Our new website is online

ylva-logo1May has proven to be a spectacular month for us. Not only did we publish a bestseller with RJ Nolan’s In a Heartbeat, but we also launched our new website.

We integrated a blog into the website, so you won’t have to look for updates in two different places. This means however, that we won’t update this wordpress.com blog any longer.

If you want to make sure you won’t miss any updates, new releases, or book giveaways, please head over to the new website at www.ylva-publishing.com and subscribe to our newsletter or to our blog.

We’re giving away two e-books of RJ Nolan’s In a Heartbeat today.

Have a great Sunday
Astrid Ohletz
Publisher

 

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Spotlight Interview: AJ Adaire

aj small headToday we have another guest for the spotlight interview: AJ Adaire, author of  such brilliant books like Anything Your Heart Desires or Sunset Island.

Some warm-up questions first:

Coffee or tea?
Definitely tea. I never drink coffee…although my partner tells me I brew a great pot of the stuff.

What puts you in a bad mood?
Unfairness—it gets me every time.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation. I don’t like to fly, so I’ve always envied the characters on Star Trek who can be in one place one minute and somewhere else an instant later.

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled to?
I’m torn. I love Nova Scotia but also enjoyed my visit to England, specifically York.

Fav chocolate?
It’s dark chocolate or none at all for me.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
I’d pay off my friends’ mortgages and probably donate most of the rest of it to worthy causes. I don’t think money buys happiness, and I have more than enough stuff to get rid of already. Hmm…maybe I’d pay someone to invent a transporter so I could travel without flying. Just saying…

 

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And now on to the writing-related stuff:

For how many years have you been writing now, and how did you come to it?
I wrote my first book over twenty years ago on a sort of a dare. I set it aside and let it languish on the shelf. When I reread it many years later, I enjoyed reading the story and declared it “pretty good.” It inspired me to take up writing again, and the result of that effort was Sunset Island.

Why do you write?
Quite simply put, I enjoy it. I retired pretty early and had ample time to devote to writing. Writing gives me great satisfaction and a feeling of accomplishment. Oh, and it’s a part-time job I can do in my PJs without having to leave the house.

What does it mean to you?
It gives me great satisfaction to know that I’ve given someone pleasure. I love getting e-mails from people who have read my books. One of my favorite letters came from a woman who was reading my second book, Awaiting My Assignment. She had read until she got to the chapter where I revealed a bit of a surprise. She contacted me by PM on Facebook to say she was reading the book and had to tell me how much she was enjoying it, especially the fact that I’d surprised her. She read through most of the night and, when I woke up the next morning, I had another letter from her saying she couldn’t wait to tell me how much she’d enjoyed the book. I love these letters from readers and am thrilled that, through my writing, I’ve been able to get to know women from all over the world.

How long does it take you to write a novel?
LOL. Sunset Island took forever. It was written and rewritten multiple times, so it took well over a year. Awaiting My Assignment came pretty easily. I wrote most of it while on a cruise and had a first draft finished in about two weeks. Rewrites and editing took about two months of work with my beta readers and editors.

How much time per week do you spend writing?
It’s hard to say. If I’m on a roll, I sometimes work sixteen hours a day until I get to a reasonable stopping point. Otherwise, I try to devote at least two or three hours a day to writing. Now that I have two published books, I find I have less time to write because I’m spending lots more time editing the next one and doing publicity, answering mail, etc. All those things are part of the writing process that came as a surprise. To me, writing the book is the easiest and most fun part. Since Sunset Island was published in September, I haven’t written anything new. All my time has been spent editing and rewriting. I’m looking forward to the release of  Anything Your Heart Desires sometime in February because I’ll get to work on something new after that.

When and where do you write the most?
I like to write early in the morning and late at night when there are fewer distractions. I write on my recliner with my laptop in my lap and usually a cat on my chest. However, I wrote Awaiting My Assignment on my iPad.

How would you describe yourself?
I’m disciplined, organized, and obsessive about timelines. Although I’m fairly serious by nature, I love to laugh, and my sense of humor often shows in my writing.

How much of yourself is in your characters?
As with most authors, I suspect there is a little of me in each of them. For example, I think Amanda and Mallory express the caring part of my personality; Nic the straightforward, honest part; Jo expresses my obsession with punctuality; and Lindy, my lighter side. However, I don’t believe any one character is exactly like me.

What do you find the most challenging part of writing?
Sending my books out into the cruel world to be judged by others, I guess…although editing and rewriting can be a bit daunting.

What are you reading right now?
I’m doing a final proof of my own book, Anything Your Heart Desires. I’m currently reading Exception To The Rule.

What do you think makes a good romance novel?
As a reader, I like books where the characters are given a chance to come to know and care about each other. I like the romance to unfold layer by layer. As a writer, I like my characters to have to overcome “real life” problems together. I don’t think a story needs a huge conflict/misunderstanding that separates the couple. If you read one of my books, you can be assured there will be a happy resolution to the problem. I try to keep it interesting by incorporating little surprises into the stories.

What advice would you give new authors?
Keep trying and don’t give up. Rejection letters can be very disheartening, but don’t let them get you down. Recently, I interviewed the extremely talented and successful Lori Lake. The interview is on my website. She told me she has over 100 rejection letters in her possession. So, if someone with her talent can be rejected so many times, don’t give up. Keep at it, continue to hone your stories, and resubmit. Lori also mentioned, and I have to agree, to like all aspects of writing…that includes the editing, promotion of your work, and the interacting with your readers.

What are you working on right now?
I’m doing the final edits on Anything Your Heart Desires. Jo Martin, a minor character in Awaiting My Assignment, becomes the lead character in this final, for now, stand-alone novel in the Friends Series. Jo has two rules she lives by: never get involved with someone in a relationship and never, ever date a straight woman. Author Stacy Alexander is stuck for a motive for the death of her character in her mystery novel. Grasping at straws, she violates a cardinal writing rule—write what you know. She decides that her character should meet her demise because she refuses to be blackmailed for being a lesbian. Realizing she doesn’t know enough about the topic, Stacy hires Jo to advise her about all things lesbian.

What future writing projects can we look forward to?
I’m working on two novels currently. One Day Longer Than Forever is up next. It should be released by the time this interview is published. It’s a story of two women who meet on vacation because of a scheduling blunder. This story deals with issues surrounding long-distance romance and being willing to sacrifice things that you have to get something that you want. The next story after that is It’s Complicated. It is about a woman coping with a partner who is in a coma. An attraction she is not free to pursue is the dilemma facing the main character in this story. One book should be released sometime this summer, and the second later in the fall.

Thanks for the answering our questions.

Astrid Ohletz
Publisher

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Excerpt from “In a Heartbeat” by RJ Nolan

cover_In-A-Heartbeat_500x800RJ Nolan stopped by this morning to tease us with an excerpt out of her newest book In a Heartbeat, which is already #1 on amazon in the categories lesbian fiction and lesbian romance.

RJ also sent  a few words to share with her readers:

Not long after the publication of L.A. Metro, I began receiving requests from readers asking that I write about Sam, Jess’s sister. Several readers insisted that there was a story there begging to be told. And I agreed. It has taken longer than I would have liked, and I’d like to thank my readers for their patience. So finally, here it is. Unlike how long it took me to write it, Sam and Riley’s story starts… In a Heartbeat.

* * *

Delighted laughter burst from Riley. “You brought Izzy for a visit.” She reached for the teddy bear.

Sam grinned. “This isn’t Izzy.”

Riley dropped her hands in mid-reach and looked more closely at the bear. While dressed the same as Izzy in a police uniform with hat and utility belt, this bear was different, its fur much lighter than Izzy’s dark sable.

“She’s Izzy’s sister,” Sam’s brow furrowed for a second, “or if you prefer, her brother.”

“Oh. You have two of them.”

“Huh? No. Riley, I got her for you.” Her smile wavered. “If you want her…”

Riley’s gazed darted between Sam and the bear. She couldn’t remember the last time someone had given her a gift. And certainly not anything like this. Emotion flooded her throat, and it took her a moment to find her voice. “Of course I want her.”

When she took the teddy bear from her hands, Sam’s smile returned, brighter than before.

Riley stroked the bear’s soft, silky fur. “What’s her name?”

“I don’t know. She’s yours. You need to give her a name.”

Riley studied the bear. What should I name you? Her eyes lit on something purple sticking out of the bear’s utility belt. A flashlight? It looked as if it had been an addition to the bear’s attire. She tugged the item free and realized it was a mini-mag light. “What’s this for?”

A little half smirk appeared on Sam’s face. “Well, this bear is meant to be your protector. What good would she be without a bright light to scare away huge, mutant spiders? Or at least provide you with some light so you can whack them.”

Riley guffawed, then slapped her hand over her mouth. Aunt Margaret would faint dead away hearing you bray like that. She pushed away the intrusive thought. She was having too much fun to care.

Sam met her gaze and held it for just a moment. “She’s also good at keeping bad dreams at bay,” she said, the humor gone from her voice.

Unexpectedly moved by the care apparent on Sam’s face, Riley felt tears prickle at the corner of her eyes. She hid her face in the bear’s soft fur until she had regained her composure. Hugging the bear to her chest, she looked up at Sam. “Thank you.”

“You’re welcome. Once you give her a name, maybe we can set her and Izzy up on a play date sometime?”

Riley laughed. What an unexpected surprise you’re turning out to be. “How about if we adults go out to dinner sometime?” She shocked herself with the spontaneous invitation. Then she reminded herself of the as yet unfulfilled promise, made months ago, to start enjoying her life. Maybe Sam was just the person to help her do that. Judging by the look on Sam’s face, Riley wasn’t the only one surprised.

“I’d like that. A lot,” Sam said. “When?”

Suddenly nervous, Riley stroked the bear to give herself something to do with her hands. Although she had issued the invitation, it was a big step for her to allow someone into her private life. “I’m covering in-house this weekend. It would have to be next week when I’m on back-up call.”

“That’s fine with me.” Sam smiled. “You tell me when and where, and I’ll be there.”

“I know a great place that has really fresh sushi,” Riley said.

Sam’s mouth twisted for just a second. “Ah…”

I knew it. “You don’t even like sushi—do you? Why didn’t you say anything last week?”

Two spots of red stained Sam’s cheeks. “I like it okay as an occasional thing.”

Riley arched an eyebrow. “Oh. You mean like once every five years?”

“Maybe once a year,” Sam muttered, her blush deepening. “But it was fine. Really. You were nice enough to bring lunch. And I didn’t say what I wanted.”

“I’m sorry. I should have realized that sushi isn’t everyone’s thing.” At least she was flexible enough to eat it. You couldn’t even accept half a cookie. Self-disgust rose up in Riley at her inability to overcome a lifetime of restrictions. She poked Sam in the shoulder. “Next time say something. Okay?”

Looking chagrined, Sam nodded. “Um… So how about Ita—” She shook her head. “Chinese food? Do you like Chinese food?”

“Chinese would be great.” The buzz of Riley’s phone sounded loud amidst the quiet setting. “Sorry.” She pulled the phone off her belt and checked the display. “I’ve got to go.”

Sam stood with the help of her cane and picked up the tray. “I’ll take this back,” she said, in a firm, don’t-argue-with-me tone.

Riley narrowed her eyes but forced herself not to protest. “Okay.”

“Oh. I wasn’t thinking about you going back to work.” Sam snagged the now empty bag from the bench. “I can keep the bear until we meet for dinner.”

Riley’s arm instinctively tightened around her bear. You gave her to me. I’m not giving her up. “No. That’s okay. I’ll take her with me. She’ll just have to go back into the bag for a little while until I can put her in my office.” And hopefully no one will notice her.

That settled, they headed for the door.

“Thanks again,” Riley said, hefting the bag in her hand as they stepped out into the hall. “See you later.”

“You’re welcome. See you.”

Several steps down the hallway, Riley remembered their dinner plans and turned back toward Sam. “I’ll call you later, and we can plan when to meet for dinner.”

Sam waved in acknowledgement and sent Riley on her way with a bright smile.

* * *

In a Heartbeat is available for the Kindle via Amazon and as a mobi, epub, and pdf through Smashwords.

The Ylva team

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Welcome to Ylva Publishing: Blythe Rippon

Blythe Rippon photoYlva Publishing is happy and proud to announce that Blythe Rippon has joined our team. Blythe is the author of Barring Complications, a wonderful romantic suspense novel, which we will be publishing in October 2014.

Here is what Barring Complications is about:

It’s an open secret that the newest justice on the Supreme Court is a lesbian. So when the Court decides to hear a case about gay marriage, Justice Victoria Willoughby must navigate the press, sway at least one of her conservative colleagues, and concover_barring-complicationsfront her own fraught feelings about coming out. ­­

Just when she decides she’s up to the challenge,­­ she learns that the very brilliant, very out  Genevieve Fornier will be lead counsel on the case.

Genevieve isn’t sure which is causing her more sleepless nights: the prospect of losing the case, or the thought of who will be sitting on the bench when she argues it.

It’s great to have her on board. Welcome, Blythe.

The Ylva team

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Now available: “In a Heartbeat” by RJ Nolan

cover_In-A-Heartbeat_500x800We are happy to announce that In a Hearbeat by RJ Nolan is now available as e-book.

Veteran police officer Sam McKenna has no trouble facing down criminals on a daily basis but breaks out in a sweat at the mere mention of commitment. A recent failed relationship strengthens her resolve to stick with her trademark no-strings-attached affairs.

Dr. Riley Connolly, a successful trauma surgeon, has spent her whole life trying to measure up to her family’s expectations. And that includes hiding her sexuality from them.

When a routine call sends Sam to the hospital where Riley works, the two women are hurtled into a life-and-death situation. The incident binds them together. But can there be any future for a commitment-phobic cop and a closeted, workaholic doctor?

In a Hearbeat is already available through Amazon and Smashwords.

The paperback will be available soon.

Enjoy the read
Astrid Ohletz
Publisher

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And the Winners are…

cover_mac-vs-pc_500x800Thanks to everyone for participating in this give away.

And here are the winners:

T-Shirt:
Veraq

Cap:
Marie Foose

e-books Mac vs. PC:
Caroline
Erin S.

Congratulations to the winners. Please let us know to which mail address we should send the e-books to and which format you’d prefer. Also, the winners of the cap and the shirt should send us their snail mail address. You can send the information to info@ylva-verlag.de

The next give away is just around the corner.

Take care
Astrid Ohletz
Publisher

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Give Away: “Mac vs. PC” by Fletcher DeLancey

We justcover_mac-vs-pc_500x800 love to give our readers a chance to win books. Today we’re not only giving away two e-books version of Mac vs. PC by Fletcher DeLancey but also one baseball cap and one t-shirt (size XL).

If you want to participate in the giveaway, leave a comment or send an e-mail to info@ylva-verlag.de . The deadline for the giveaway is Monday 11.59 p.m. EST, which means 6 a.m. on Tuesday in Germany.

We’ll do the drawing on Tuesday and will then announce the winners here on the blog. Baseball capRecourse to the courts is excluded.

In case you don’t want to wait and see if you won a copy: Mac vs. PC is available as e-book from Amazon and Smashwords.

The best of luck

Astrid Ohletz
Publisher

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