25% off at Torquere!

Starling Covertd-lakeeffect1400To celebrate its 11th anniversary, Torquere is offering 25% off everything in its store with code Torquere2014.

That means you can get Starling for just $4.49 and “Lake Effect” for just $1.87.

The coupon is valid through this Sunday only.

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Do the thing! (Even though you’re totally going to screw it up)

Do the thingWow. It’s 11:33pm, and we just remembered it’s Monday and that it’s time for Do the thing!

Considering we’re now five days past our first book launch this seems like a good time to tell you what will happen when you Do the Thing!

Well, lots of things will happen, but the important one right now is this: Shit will go wrong.

A lot of shit.

A lot of shit no one cares about but you.

Stuff won’t happen when you think it will. There will be technical snafus. There will be instructions misunderstood. And you will be tired, and you will forget stuff, and it will all seem like the apocalypse.

None of it, however, actually is, even if some of it turns out to be a little cringe-worthy.

And the reason you need to know this isn’t to try to get things perfect or even to accept that you can’t.

The reason you need to know this is because a lot of us are really afraid of success. We don’t think we’ll survive it — either because it’ll be really big and scary or really anti-climatic (You know what you have to do after you get a book published? You get to go back to writing the next one).  I mean, holy crap, we just wrote a book about how fame makes someone’s life really weird.

But the reality is that our protagonist survives fame. Which almost certainly means you will survive your book release, your big audition, your dream job, and the way you or other people may screw all of those things up or at least find them kind of eh.

And on some level that sucks.  It’s totally balloon bursting.

But if succeeding isn’t the end of the world, and failing isn’t the end of the world, wow, there’s a lot less out there to stop you all of a sudden, isn’t there?

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Good news for Nook users

Starling CoverStarling is now available in ebook format at B&N for the discounted price of $4.99!

We hope to have news on the paperback release for you as soon as next week.

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Starling gets 5 stars from Carly’s Book Reviews!

Starling CoverOur blog tour begins in earnest today with Carly’s Book Reviews and it’s 5 stars! Carly writes:

“STARLING is a reader’s treasure that completely engaged me from the very beginning. I found myself talking to my kindle, offering advice, yelling, cringing, cheering and processing each emotional experience as if it was my own. The realities of life, love and self discovery that are presented in this highly character driven story are exceptional. STARLING is well written and develops at a slow but steady pace that perfectly complements its raw emotionalism. I was thrilled with this first offering in the Love in Los Angeles series and am eagerly anticipating further additions by this exciting writing duo!”

Wow.  Just wow!  We’re shocked and thrilled in the best possible way!

Please visit Carly’s site to check out the full review, enter to win a Torquere gift card, and see another excerpt from Starling.

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Release Day: Starling

Starling is here!

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Amazon | AllRomance | Smashwords | Torquere Bookstore | Barnes & Noble

By Racheline Maltese and Erin McRae

Be careful what you wish for…
When J. Alex Cook, a production assistant on The Fourth Estate (one of network TV’s hottest shows), is accidentally catapulted to stardom, he finds himself struggling to navigate both fame and a relationship with Paul, one of Fourth’s key writers. Despite their incendiary chemistry, Alex’s inexperience and the baggage they’re both carrying quickly lead to an ugly break-up.

Because the stars aren’t benign

Reeling from their broken hearts, Alex has an affair and Paul has an ill-advised reunion with an old flame. Meanwhile, the meddling of their colleagues, friends — and even the paparazzi! — quickly make Alex and Paul’s real life romance troubles the soap opera of the television season.

But while the entertainment value may be high, no one knows better than Alex and Paul that there are no guarantees when it comes to love in Los Angeles.

You can get Starling now at AmazonTorquere BookstoreSmashwords, and AllRomance. Throughout today and the rest of this week, it will also become available at other major ebook retailers, including B&N. As that happens, we’ll update the links on our book page.

As always, reviews help improve a book’s visibility. We hope you will take a moment to review Starling on your favorite website(s) (e.g., Amazon, Goodreads, etc.) and encourage you to do the same for all your reading choices.


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Starling launch and blog tour

starling2Starling is almost upon us, so we wanted to let you know when and where you can buy the book, as well as about our upcoming blog tour stops.

Late tonight (Tuesday, September 9), Starling will become available as an e-book on Torquere‘s website (where it, and our short “Lake Effect” are both on sale for 20% off this week). Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10), Starling will be available as an ebook on Amazon websites.  Over the next week it will become available on other major websites (i.e., All Romance, Barnes & Noble).  We expect the paperback edition to be available around September 17.  We will post updates with buy links on September 10, and once the paperback is available.

Where should you buy Starling?  Where it’s most comfortable for you to do so!  Purchases direct from Torquere are great because both us and our publisher earn more revenue from them.  Purchases on Amazon are great, because a good Amazon ranking helps a book get more attention.  Basically, if you buy our book, it’s great!  And what’s even better is if you review it or tell friends about it.  Word of mouth is key for all authors, especially those with small presses and in niche markets.  If you want to take the time to review Starling on Goodreads, Amazon, All Romance, or other sites, we are so grateful!

Meanwhile, we’re thrilled to be hosted on a range of blogs or our launch.  Our blog tour will include excerpts, posts from us about how we got this story (and survived writing it), and from some sites, reviews and chances to win free books or, in one case our protagonist J. Alex Cook’s signature beanie.

The schedule of where we’ll be is below, and we’ll update the links as we get the specific ones:

9/5: Heroes & Heartbreakers
9/5: Romance for the Rest of Us
9/9: Joyfully Jay
9/10: The Hat Party
9/10: Author Extra @ Romance for the Rest of Us
9/11: Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
9/11: Carly’s Book Reviews
9/12: Romance Lives Forever
9/13: Thoughts from a Yodeling Goat Herder
9/14: Wicked Wolves and Dreaming Dragons
9/14: Sharing Links and Wisdom 
9/17: An Indie Adventure
9/25: RomCon Contemporary Romance

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Do the Thing! Pre-thing anxiety

Do the thingSo Starling comes out on Wednesday. Which means that, naturally, today has been an exercise in Murphy’s Law. Everything’s been sorted out now, and better today than tomorrow, at least (knocks on all the wood). But Starling has been a part of our creative lives for just over a year now, and in less than 48 hours it’s going to stop being just a Thing We Made and become a Thing Other People Get To Read.

That’s exciting. It’s also really fucking terrifying.

Part of it is the natural terror that comes with the experience of sharing content on the Internet, or you know at all — what if people are trollswhat if they hate it, etc.

But a bigger fear, at least for me, is the one that keeps catching me off-guard and sending Racheline emails at five in the morning in all-caps: OH MY GOD PEOPLE ARE GONNA READ OUR BOOK.

Which, well, duh. That’s why we wrote the story, to share it. But the experience of writing it has been so intense, and there’s so much of both of us in it, that opening it up for the world at large to get its hands on leaves me feeling really very vulnerable.

It’s an inevitable part of doing all sorts of Things, really, the moment when the work stops being a Thing You Did and starts also being a Thing That Simply Is. There’s a moment of letting go, if not of the story, then of this precise phase of our lives. It’s bittersweet, and not easy, and there have been some really scary moments.

But we’re here now, taking some time in the midst of everything else we’re getting done before the release, including our half-dozen other current projects, to savor that moment just before the Thing. And we want to hear about your moments, when all you could do was just take a breath, let it go, and then ask, “What’s next?”


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