Sunday, January 18, 2015

Risking Ruin - What's next? Surviving Bitsy

I'm about a fifth of the way through the follow up novel to Risking Ruin.  The working title is Surviving Bitsy.

Surviving Bitsy picks up where Risking Ruin left off.  The story opens in the airplane as Erica processes what Trip has done without her knowledge or permission.  The novel follows Marisa and Trip as they go through the ups and downs of an early relationship.   Plus, Erica is back.   Who doesn't need some girl-talk?

We'll also learn about the status of the nine sexual harassment lawsuits and the unwinding of the conspiracy that Trip and Marisa believe they've uncovered.

And why "Surviving Bitsy"?  Don't worry -- this isn't a step-monster story.  Bitsy is lovely. However, Bitsy loves Trip.   Marisa loves Trip.    That can be hard.

Anything you'd like me to include in Surviving Bitsy?  Drop me a line!  MaeWoodWrites at Gmail.




Friday, January 16, 2015

Kindle Countdown Success!

This week Risking Ruin was a Kindle Countdown!

Normally priced at $2.99, Risking Ruin was 99 cents.  A huge discount.

So, did it work out?

Yes, it did.  I sold as many copies during this week as I had in the past two months.  I also promoted the heck out of it.  Tweeting, blogging, contacting bloggers who had agreed to review to let them know of the promotion, listing the promotion on Goodreads.

It was a lot of work.

So, as this deal comes to a close in a few hours, I think it was a success.   I sold books, got 2 more reviews, and doubled the number of Goodreads users who had it on their shelves.

My goal was to help get my book more exposure.  I think it worked.

The next couple of weeks will be telling and I'll update then.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Blogger Reviews! Praise for Risking Ruin!

Three book blogs have released wonderful reviews of Risking Ruin.   


A New Page Book Blog gave Risking Ruin 4 hearts and wrote:

For me, Risking Ruin was all about the small details. Wood has a knack for crafting scenes that literally take you there. From artwork, wardrobe, and the sites of Memphis, I had a perfect envision of each scene as they unfolded. Her characters are well-developed, fun, and flirty. Add that in with just enough steamy parts to keep things interesting and you’ll find yourself immersed until the very end.

My Little Book Blog wrote:

The characters are nicely developed; the storyline does have a few interesting legal insights which made it feel a lot more believable. This would be the perfect summer beach read; not too taxing but a lovely story all the same!

Afternoon Reads  issued 4 stars and wrote:

Marisa is a fun, likeable heroine. She’s good at her job, and not so fussed about the fact she hasn’t found a man who wants to stick around for good yet. Sometimes I find strong, independent romance novel heroines too intense, but Marisa was just right on the I love my job and don’t need a man! front. Her parents make a few funny appearances, and I loved her friend Erica too – I can’t get enough well-written girl talk. As for Trip, well, he’s pretty swoon-worthy. He’s not just the playboy Marisa originally takes him to be, and they actually have more in common than she thought. He’s actually pretty perfect, apart from the whole working for her biggest client and a relationship being against the rules thing. The way they work around it is both cute and hot (what actually defines a “sexual” relationship, hmm?). In addition to the romance plot, there’s an interesting little mystery subplot as Marisa and Trip try to figure out the strange connection between the seven or eight sexual harassment suits that have been brought against Branco.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

99 cent Kindle Countdown Deal! January 10 - 17th!

Risking Ruin is $2 off this week!   

The normal list price of $2.99 is slashed to just 99 cents this week.


Come, meet your new book boyfriend, Trip Brannon, in Risking Ruin.

Check out the Look Inside and then dive in to Marisa and Trip's Memphis for a funny and steamy treat.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Book blogger review! 4 Stars!

Afternoon Reads awarded Risking Ruin 4 Stars!  


An excerpt of the review:
Marisa is a fun, likeable heroine. She’s good at her job, and not so fussed about the fact she hasn’t found a man who wants to stick around for good yet. Sometimes I find strong, independent romance novel heroines too intense, but Marisa was just right on the I love my job and don’t need a man! front. Her parents make a few funny appearances, and I loved her friend Erica too – I can’t get enough well-written girl talk. As for Trip, well, he’s pretty swoon-worthy. He’s not just the playboy Marisa originally takes him to be, and they actually have more in common than she thought. He’s actually pretty perfect, apart from the whole working for her biggest client and a relationship being against the rules thing. The way they work around it is both cute and hot (what actually defines a “sexual” relationship, hmm?). In addition to the romance plot, there’s an interesting little mystery subplot as Marisa and Trip try to figure out the strange connection between the seven or eight sexual harassment suits that have been brought against Branco. 
The full review is found here:

https://afternoonreads.wordpress.com/2014/12/26/review-risking-ruin-by-mae-wood/


I'm tickled to death that someone would take time to read Risking Ruin and write such a thoughtful review.  She also hit on two of my personal favorite aspects of the story:   

  • working around the prohibition of "sex"
  • a funny and realistic friendship

Have you read Risking Ruin?  What's your favorite part of the story?