Surprise Cover Reveal – Summer’s Lease

Sometimes you have to make some tough decisions. Changing the US and Canadian cover for Summer’s Lease was one of those for me. You see, I loved the old cover. The designer and I worked really hard at getting the concept right, choosing the right model and background to really get the essence of the story. And yet, from the feedback I was getting, it just wasn’t working.

I’m a Brit, and we have particular tastes in covers. You only have to take a look at the top books in the UK romance charts to see that. We like covers with girls on, with bright colors and happy fonts. Especially when it comes to a summer book.

But then if you look at the US romance charts, the cover preferences are completely different. They’re dominated by two concepts — either the manchest (pic of man with a naked torso from the waist up) or by couples. There aren’t a whole lot of pictures of women on their own in there. Yes, there are a few, but these prove to be the exception rather than the rule. Usually, a  woman on her own signals Women’s Fic — and that wasn’t the vibe I was looking for here.

So with a heavy heart (and a lighter wallet) we’ve gone back to the drawing board and created a whole new cover for Summer’s Lease, and I have to say I LOVE it. I love the colours, I love the couple, and I love the way it feels so summery, and yet really screams romance, too. Because Summer’s Lease is definitely a romance, between a sexy movie star and a girl who’s just looking for an escape.

MY BRAND NEW US COVER!

If you still prefer female-centric covers, don’t panic – my UK cover remains the same, with a pretty girl staring out across Lake Como, toward a glorious vista of Varenna, Italy. So really, I have the best of both worlds.

HERE’S THE UK COVER!

It’s now only 4 days until release day, and I really CAN’T WAIT! I’ll be having lots of giveaways and celebrations over on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention with my newsletter subscribers, so make sure to join me there!

And don’t forget that you can still pre-order Summer’s Lease for only 99p / 99c at these places:

AMAZON UK

iBOOKS US & CANADA

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Monday News

Good morning! (or afternoon, depending on where you are right now!) It’s a beautiful day here in the South East of England — the sun is out, the sky is blue and the children are off school for their Easter Holidays. Which doesn’t mean much here in the Elks house, because they’re still in bed (teenagers). Still, it’s nice to have them home for a change!

Even more exciting, I actually managed to sit outside with a coffee and a book yesterday. Reading in the garden is my favourite thing to do — it really doesn’t get any better than that. We have lots of tree surrounding us, so listening to birdsong while holding my kindle is my happy place. I hope you managed to get some reading done too!

And speaking of books, I’ve got book news times two. Firstly, in case you missed it, I had the UK Cover Reveal for Summer’s Lease last week — the first book in my new Shakespeare Sisters series. Scroll on down for a look at the cover and the blurb — I LOVE IT!

The US/ Canada cover reveal and links will be coming very soon!

Pre-order links are up here: myBook.to/SummersLeaseUK

And you can add to your goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34728527-summer-s-lease

Wanna know what it’s about? Read on…

Meet the Shakespeare family: four sisters, four stories . . . four ways to find true love

Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she’s unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she’s fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend’s Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That’s before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.

When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That’s how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family’s empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn’t as empty as he’d hoped.

Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction – and then a scorching fling. But they can’t hide from reality forever . . . as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?

I also have a 99c sale for Broken Chords going on this week. If you haven’t picked it up already, it’s for sale on all venues. Alex and Lara’s story is one of my favourites — telling their story AFTER their happy-ever-after.

☆.•°*°•.☆99c Sale – This Week Only! ☆.•°*°•.☆

A dirty-talking, sexy rockstar meets a smart-mouthed London girl, and sparks fly. But when she falls pregnant with his baby, their lives begin to unravel. What happens when real life clashes with happily-ever-after…

Amazon ➜ http://mybook.to/BrokenChords

Nook ➜ http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940046258561

iBooks ➜ https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/broken-chords/id1094732599?ls=1&mt=11

Kobo ➜ https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/broken-chords-3

Google ➜ https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Carrie_Elks_Broken_Chords?id=ZWTDCwAAQBAJ&hl=en_GB

That’s all my news for now. I’m planning on spending the next couple of weeks getting to work on a  brand new series (yay) and hopefully spending a lot of time reading in the garden. I hope you have an amazing, book filled week!

Release Day – Break the Cycle

Hi all,

Today I’m proud to announce the release of a new anthology. Break the Cycle attempts to expose the myths around bullying, and to scrutinize ways in which we can all make a difference. I was delighted to submit a story to such a worthwhile cause. Do the Right Thing tells the story of a young social worker, and the difficulties she faces trying to protect a vulnerable child.

With all proceeds going to the NSPCC, please do whatever you can to support our book!

 

Carrie Pink

 

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Featuring short stories by new and established authors:

Andrew Lynch

Anna-Maria Athanasiou

Blake Rivers

Cameron Lincoln

Carrie Elks

Charlotte E Hart

Cliona Woods

David E Gordon

Eleanor Lloyd-Jones

H. A. Robinson

LJ Stock

Muriel Garcia

Sarah Michelle Lynch

Victoria L. James

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BUY LINKS

AMAZON US

AMAZON UK

AMAZON CA

AMAZON AU

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break_the_cycle_an__cover_for_kindleTo coincide with National Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, 14 writers have come together to write about bullying from a variety of perspectives. We think this is still an issue that needs more of a spotlight – now more than ever unfortunately. Forget what you read in the media, these stories will tell you what is really going on in schools, behind closed doors and in places you never thought to look. The pressures our social workers face when it comes to bullying and abuse are immense but it doesn’t stop there. Sometimes bullying gets brought to the attention of head teachers, or the police, then the parents (of both the bully and bullied). Maybe a friend steps in. Maybe a stranger steps in. Or even a family pet. So many people are affected by the malicious acts of one or more instigators and the cycle threatens to repeat.

Perhaps, bullying doesn’t stop though. Ever. Maybe it ends in death. Maybe we can’t break the cycle, or can we? Perhaps bullying isn’t straightforward; maybe it’s sometimes mistaken for jest. You really need to read on… because bullying isn’t an issue limited to childhood. It’s all around us and sometimes escalates into devastating abuse. Sometimes it’s verbal, sometimes physical, maybe even both, but whichever form it comes in, it always has an impact. These stories might make you reach out to a certain person in your life you’ve never really questioned until now – because most victims are still suffering in silence. This is for them.

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http://mybook.to/BTC

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Friday News! – 4 new books to be published from 2017!

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Happy Friday everybody! Today I have some wonderful news that I can’t wait to share with you. For the past year I’ve been working on a super secret project, telling the story of four English sisters who are searching for love in the modern world. Featuring a variety of fabulous locations, The Shakespeare Sister Quartet will be published by Piatkus, with the first book being launched in 2017. Here’s what the fabulous people at Piatkus have to say:

Carrie Elks is the bestselling author of the ‪#‎FixYou‬ and the ‪#‎LoveInLondon‬ series – and now she’s joining us with the Shakespeare Sister quartet – launching in Summer 2017.

“If music is the food of love, then books are definitely the appetizers” – the Shakespeare Sisters series tells the stories of four English sisters: Francesca, Juliet, Lucy and Kitty, each book focusing on one sister and their search for love in the modern world.

If you like Samantha Young or Kirsty Moseley you’re going to love Carrie – and the first in the Love in London series is currently FREE! http://amzn.to/2agB5Hr

Welcome Carrie, we can’t wait to work with you!

I’m looking forward to sharing more details over the coming months, including my very favourite part — the cover reveal. And in the meantime I’ll be having a glass (ahem) or two of bubbly tonight. Hope you can all join me!!

Love,

Carrie Pink

January News!

New Year NewsA very Happy New Year to you!

2015 was a year of real highs and lows for me, and although it was often rewarding I have to admit I’m sort of pleased to see the back of it. From a writing point of view it was very successful – I released Broken Chords (Love in London #2) to some great reviews, and also saw the digital edition of Fix You go from strength to strength in the UK, reaching a high of #2 in the iBooks charts and #20 in the Amazon charts.

Somehow I even managed to write 2 more books, both of which are awaiting publication dates. Canada Square is #3 in the Love in London series, and tells the story of Amy, a student who interns in a big city partnership, and Callum, her boss. My beta readers think that this could be the best book in the series so far, and I hope that you’ll think the same! Release date for this should be coming soon.

In other news, I’ve started a new secret project, a 4 book series that I hope to update you on soon. I had a lot of fun planning these stories, and can’t wait to unleash them on the world.

From a personal point of view 2015 was challenging. At the end of 2014 my daughter was diagnosed with Scoliosis, and this year we’ve spent a lot of time at hospital appointments with her, culminating in a spinal fusion operation in December. Though she faced many challenges this year, I’m delighted to say she’s recovering in leaps and bounds while keeping a smile on her face, and making sure her school work is done. To say I’m a proud mum would be an understatement.

Fortunately I also had lots of lovely things happen to me in 2015. I attended 3 signings in the UK and managed to meet lots of wonderful readers and bloggers, and also had some success abroad, selling the rights to Fix You to Germany and Italy, with more announcements to come. Coming Down was also translated to Portugese and released in Brazil. Fix You will be released in paperback in the UK on 4th February 2016, and will have a gorgeous new cover. I can’t wait to share it with you!

In 2016 I plan to spend a lot of time writing and also with my now-recovering family. I hope to have at least a couple of new releases to share with you, as well as meet many of you at the signings and events I’ll be attending this year. Remember, if you want to be the first to hear about new releases, make sure you sign up for my newsletter. I often have exclusive sales news and competitions solely for my subscribers there.

In the meantime, I hope that 2016 treats you kindly, and that you managed to grab some rest and recovery during the holiday period.

Lots of love,

Carrie Pink

February Update – Cover Reveals, Signings, Festivals

I can’t believe February is here already! Though I’m sad to see the time passing so quickly, I have to admit I’m looking forward to warmer days and longer evenings.

It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to update this blog, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy. In fact I’ve had my head down, writing and editing, as well as working on a few plans for future releases. So to get things up to speed, I’m going to do a little run down of everything that’s going on in my world!

A New Cover For Fix You

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Fix You has had a makeover for the spring! And as much as I adored the blue snowflakes, I have to admit I was very excited to see the red cover. It’s up on all the usual retailers now, and I’ll be having some promo items created for it!

Romance Festival 2015 – 7th & 8th February

I’m very excited to be part of the virtual Romance Festival this weekend. The festival is taking place over two days. The Saturday is dedicated to aspiring and established romance authors, and the Sunday to fans and readers. As a virtual festival, you can participate from anywhere in the world, so come and hion us, it promises to be a lot of fun.

To register, click on this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/romance-festival-2015-tickets-15326821937

Broken Chords – Cover Reveal and Release Info

One of the things I’ve been busy working on is my next book. This is the second in the Love in London Series (Coming Down was #1) and is a stand alone story set in the same world. I’ll be revealing the cover on Monday 9th February, and it will be released on 26th February. I absolutely love the characters in this book, and can’t wait to share Alex and Lara with you. In the meantime, be sure to add to your Goodreads ‘to read’ shelf https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24599970-broken-chords

Signing Events

I’ll be signing at three different events in the UK this year, kicking off with The British Book Affair on 18th April in London. The following weekend (25th April) I’ll be at the Tattooed Bad Boy Author event in York (did I tell you that Alex in Broken chords is a sexy, tattooed singer?)

Finally, I’ll be signing at the Second City Author event in Birmingham in July. For more details hop over to my news page!

That’s it for now. Don’t forget to come and see my new cover on 9th February!

Carrie Pink