Guest Post by Author Marsha Canham

“It’s time to read!  Indeed it is and I, for one, am thrilled to be riding on the new wave of digital publishing.  My book, SWEPT AWAY, along with three of my earlier backlist novels, CHINA ROSE, BOUND BY THE HEART, and THE WIND AND THE SEA, had been languishing in Out of Print obscurity for the nearly two decades.  With Kindle readers and iPads and Sony readers and Nooks, to name a few, the doors of the backlist vaults have been opened and myself, along with an overwhelming number of print authors, are finding a new outlet for their books.  Older favourites from the 70’s and 80’s are being given a second life through Amazon and Smashwords, reaching a whole new generation of romance readers in greater numbers than publishers…or authors…could have anticipated.

Self publishing is not all a bed of roses.  There is a huge learning curve involved, starting with formatting, cover design, finding freelance editors.  Even after the book is online, there is the strange new world of marketing and promotion via Twitter, Facebook, and blogging.

On the bright side, reissuing the books also gives the author the rare opportunity to gently revise and update the language of some of the “dated” books. Out with throbbing manhoods and ripped bodices and hopefully, my favourite euphemism found in a romance novel in the 80’s:  the purple-helmeted soldier of love.  Whoever came up with that…I hope they take advantage of the chance to edit *s*.

While I was preparing SWEPT AWAY, I did do some editing.  The heroine, for example, blushed so many times I should have just painted her red.  The original print cover was an orange and turquoise travel brochure, complete with a seagull drifting across the horizon.  So it was with great pleasure I was able to design a new cover, one that reflects the content of the book—a half-naked man washed ashore on a lonely stretch of beach.

SWEPT AWAY is an adventure romance set in Regency England, full of intrigues and betrayals, murder and mayhem, kidnapping and seduction.  I hope to meet new readers through the digital releases and I hope they enjoy my stories.”

Synopsis of Swept Away:

When a woman who’s ready for love meets a dangerous, passionate man, she can easily get Swept Away….

Bestselling, award-winning author Marsha Canham’s breathtaking new novel transports readers to Regency England as a young woman rescues a mysterious man, only to find love, danger, destiny….

“They have to know the truth. Before it is too late.” Those were the half-naked stranger’s only words as he opened his eyes, looked into her soul, then lost consciousness in the shallow tidal pool. Annaleah Fairchilde, heiress and noblewoman, soon learned the identity of the man she saved: Emory Althorpe, adventurer, accused traitor, and Napoleon’s spy. Even as she bound the dangerous scoundrel’s wounds, she fell deeper under the spell of a man handsome as the devil, sent to her by fate.

He remembered nothing. Only the need to escape. Emory Althorpe was wanted for treason, yet his only hope was a shadowy memory hovering just beyond his grasp, and beautiful Anna, who aroused unexpected passions. He had no choice but to abduct her, needing her to gain access to London’s ballrooms, where he could prove his innocence. Together they raced into the face of danger, determined to find the key to his past and live–or die–together, as destiny decreed….

For more information about Martha or her novel check out:

www.marshacanhamebooks.com

http://www.facebook.com/marsha.canham

http://twitter.com/#!/marshacanham

Caesars Through the Fence http://marshacanham.wordpress.com/

Swept Away can be found at

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Swept-Away-ebook/dp/B003XVZAB2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=digital-text&qid=1300799029&sr=1-1

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/20084

Barnes and Noble:  http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Swept-Away/Marsha-Canham/e/2940011089893/?itm=9&USRI=marsha+canham

Thanks for you time Marsha!

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