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Happy Release Day Jennifer Probst! Summers Sins Now Available!

Please Welcome Jennifer Probst to Write on the River!


Writers are always looking for various ways to find new readers. At the same time we want to increase our readership, and occasionally may need to stretch our writing muscles a bit. Do something in a new genre. Write shorter, longer, or dive into essays. We need to keep the writing gene fresh, but try to stay in the game where we don’t have to sacrifice our current readership to rebuild a whole new one. Time is also an important factor. Between those long, emotional single title books I write, I enjoy switching to a shorter length and playing a bit.

One of my favorite ways to do this is writing a trilogy with two other authors.

The first time I ventured into this type of project was with the Sex on the Beach series. The concept was three best friends who go to Key West on Spring break and find love. Each of us took one of the girls and wrote her story. The novellas shared one to two common scenes,  but each one was a complete standalone. They were more fun read together but it wasn’t necessary. We combined networking and released all three books together.

I had a blast. And the books sold well.

It was so much fun, and I was writing in first person POV, new adult, so it was stretching my writing muscles. We wrote a continuation of the series the very next year.

summer sins by Jennifer Probst 300dpiI’m thrilled to write this blog on my release day of a brand new series called Hot in the Hamptons. Again, it’s three novellas, new adult, about three best friends who spend the summer in the Hamptons, revolving around a wedding. My book is Summer Sins, and Storme, the heroine is the one who will need to decide whether she’s going to go through with her wedding. All of the stories work together, but can read alone.

Besides being a great beach read, the Hamptons becomes a character in itself, with the lofty mansions, beach, popular nightspots, and the play-hard crowd that spills in for those perfect eight weeks of the year.

Here’s a teaser, blurb and links if you want to check it out. And next time you’re looking to do something different in your writing world, think about joining in with some other authors to create your own series!

Love burns hotter in the Hamptons. Come play.

The Hot in the Hamptons Series:

Summer Dreaming by Liz Matis | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Temptation by Wendy S. Marcus | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One summer to remember.
Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! But when read together, you’ll find extra story scenes to enhance your reading pleasure. No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas will make you burn.

Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst Pre-Order Price only .99!

Please welcome NY Times Bestselling Author Jennifer Probst to Write on the River!


I love summer vacation.

Honestly, I live for summer. The beach, the sun, the sand, the endless lazy mornings and the excitement of going away somewhere. As a NY girl born and bred, I visited Long Island several times to visit family and hit the beach. Maybe a concert at Jones Beach. Wine tastings. Great shopping. But I’ve always been intrigued by the mystery and coolness of the Hamptons.

The Hamptons is THE summer place to go for the rich and famous. Or the bored and wealthy. Expensive shops and mansions and long stretches of beach. Bars and restaurants to party all night.

When I decided to join two author friends to create a series of three best friends spending the summer together revolving around a big wedding, immediately the Hamptons became the perfect setting. Each new adult novella features one of the girls, leading up to the wedding that may or may not occur. They are all standalone – but are more fun to read together, especially for some extra bonuses.

For a limited time until release day – August 4th – all three books are priced at .99.


Here’s a quick blurb of Summer Sins to wet your appetite.


Summer fun before my wedding…
I have one goal this summer. Hang with my besties for some much needed sun, sand, and relaxation while I put the final touches on my idyllic wedding. I didn’t count on meeting a smart-mouthed, bad boy biker whose gaze burns hotter than a beach bonfire. I never planned to lose myself, body and soul, and question my entire future. Now, I have to make a choice that’s tearing me apart, and could shatter the lives of the two men I love…

Turns into summer sins…
I have one goal this summer. CHILL. Do nothing. Nada. I need simple before I have to head into Manhattan to take on a high powered position on Wall Street. I didn’t count on a dark haired, inky- eyed spitfire who’d spin my world upside down, or make me burn for things I never thought I wanted. I vowed to make her my summer fling, but had no idea she was claimed by another. And now that she possessed not only my body but my soul, the stakes are too high for me to lose her…

Love burns hotter in the Hamptons. Come play.

The Hot in the Hamptons Series:

Summer Dreaming by Liz Matis | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Temptation by Wendy S. Marcus | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo
Summer Sins by Jennifer Probst | Amazon | iBooks | Nook | Kobo

Three separate novellas. Three different authors. One summer to remember.
Read them all, or just read one. It’s up to you! But when read together, you’ll find extra story scenes to enhance your reading pleasure. No matter which route you choose, these standalone novellas will make you burn.

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!

Airplanes, Thrillerfest, Doing what it takes, RWA, and all things Hannibal

Neither Bob or I were planning on attending Thrillerfest this year. My spring and summer are filled with lots of change. My daughter joined the Peace Corps and is now living in Madagascar. My youngest son just graduated from high school and we’re getting ready to send him off to his first semester of college all the while the middle boy moved back home for the summer. He’s got one more year in college and now plans on going to graduate school. So it’s been hectic. Bob just became a grandpa for the second time, so they have been super busy as well. We can’t be everywhere at once.

2015-website_banner_final-RegOnlineThat said, as it got closer to Thrillerfest, it became apparent that one of us should go since our reps at Amazon and iBooks were looking to meet up with us as well as some of the board members of ITW. So, we decided I would go in for the day. Fly in first thing. Fly home last thing. Oy. That was a long day. Anyone who knows me understands that flying is not something I enjoy. Not even close. When Bob teaches his Write It Forward workshop, he always asks the group: what is the one thing you don’t want to do? He asks this question both in the context of writing and with your career. My answer: Fly. Then Bob says: that’s the one thing you have to do in order to succeed. So, I got on that plane.

Networking is so important. And not just with people from the platforms that sell our books, but other authors. You never know how the person standing behind you in line to register for the conference might turn out not only to be a good friend, but someone who might play a huge role in your career later on down the line. Who knew that Bob would end up chatting with me at a conference after his lecture about digital publishing, and then a year later, we’d be business partners.

But its not just networking at the conference. It’s also important to keep in contact via social media with some people that you have connected with. It doesn’t have to be every single person you met, but you know that feeling you get when you meet someone and you have an instant connection. And not necessarily the “big” name authors. You go to enough conferences, you start to see the same people over and over again. Publishing, for big business, is relatively small.

Jon Land, an ITW board member who just happens to be a good friend, reached out to Bob and I a few weeks ago, one of the reasons I got on that plane. I meet Jon years ago. He was kind enough to take me to breakfast and work with me on my pitch. I still frighten that poor man with my creepy story ideas. Anyway, he’s putting together a new track called CareerFest next year and would like Bob and I to come and give a workshop based on Bob’s book Write It Forward. We’re very excited about this because Bob and I are huge fans of author training. Craft is key and should always be the number one thing a writer focuses on. But as authors in today’s publishing climate, trad or indie, we are all running a business and often it is that part of being a successful author that is overwhelming and often hinders a writer from being successful. In order to succeed, we have to understand the business we are in, our choices, and then make the best decision for our career. Bob always talks about how no one ever taught him what it means to be a working author. Maybe back before the internet, an author could just write. But that isn’t the case. We have to market. We have to engage with our readers on a different level. The business is constantly changing and for the new author, or the midlist author, it can be very difficult to manage it all.

For those of you going to RWA this coming week, here are mine and Bob’s top ten checklist for attending a Conference take from: Writer’s Conference Guide: Getting the Most of Your Time and Money.

  1. Wear comfortable shoes. Ones you know will treat your feet right.
  2. Dress like a professional. You don’t have to wear a suit, but the normal writerly attire of sweats, T-shirt and bed hair is not acceptable.
  3. Don’t sit by yourself, ever.
  4. Say hello to whoever is next to you in line, at lunch or in a workshop.
  5. The best ice breaker ever: Ask authors what they are writing. Or what they are pitching to an editor or agent. Works every time.
  6. Never bring query letter, synopsis or manuscript unless it’s to red pen it while you’re in your room…except you won’t be in your room because you will be networking.
  7. Remember everyone there is a person before they are a best-selling author, an agent or editor.
  8. Take notes. Not just in a workshop, but when you are in your room after the day is done. Make a list of things you wished you had done, wished you hadn’t done, and write a summary of your overall experience. Makes for a good blog post if nothing else.
  9. Don’t ever tell an author you read their book when you didn’t.
  10. Most importantly, have fun.

TamingEvil(2)So that takes care of everything but all things Hannibal. One of the great things about writer conferences is we can talk about our books without anyone thinking we’re nuts! Okay, well not entirely true as I was talking with Allison Brennan about my current problem with the book I’m working on titled: Taming Evil. I’m moving from the romance genre to straight suspense and I was telling Allison how hard that has been and how my pacing in my story is all off and I’m frustrated. So she started asking me questions, specifically, what is the story? My one liner right now is: Total Recall meets Hannibal in the female edition living like a Stepford Wife. I explain it a little bit more and tell her about one scene where the character who doesn’t know she’s a cannibal is serving up this fabulous meal at the neighborhood barbeque and well, she’s serving up the missing neighbor. Yeah. This is why Jon is a tad freighted of me and Allison loves me anyway.

Nothing but good times!

Black Witch of Mexico by @Colin_Falconer

Please welcome guest blogger Colin Falconer to Write on the River!


Available at Amazon

Available at Amazon

Colin Falconer

(note this title is FREE to those who have a subscription to Kindle Unlimited)

I was in Mexico researching a book and a writer friend told me about the black witches. I decided to go looking for one. It was in the south, in a town called Catemoco, that I finally tracked one down.

He was a snappy dresser, even down there in the middle of nowhere; a silk guayabera shirt, chunky gold rings on every finger, one of them a skull with small rubies set into the eyes.

In a candle-lit room filled with statues of Santa Muerte, he got straight down to business.

‘Is this for business or for love?’ he asked me.

I decided to play along. ‘Love,’ I said.

‘Who is this woman? Do you want her back – or do you want her dead?’

That took me off balance. ‘I don’t want anyone to die,’ I told him.

‘Give me a photograph,’ he said, putting out his hand. ‘She will come back to you.’

He smiled as if he could read my mind.


“There exists good and evil in the world,’ he said. ‘There is the devil and there is God.’

He regarded him with his magician’s nasty eye. ‘I can call forth the maldad negra and cause great harm, even death.

‘Is that what you want? Is it? All I need is a name, and a piece of their clothing or even a photograph. I can take away your bad luck and give it to someone else.

‘Or I can make a woman love you. Is that your secret desire? Come, tell me. What is it you want? I can give you anything, anything. Todo que quieres.’

I walked out.


But the idea lingered; what would have happened if I had gone along with him?

And so The Black Witch of Mexico was born.

Would you sell your soul to have anything you wanted?

From the witch markets of Mexico City to the ancient valleys along the Guatemalan border, places still haunted by the statues and ruins of the Olmecs, a man is drawn deeper into a world he doesn’t understand. He soon comes to question everything he once believed.

Are witches just superstitious nonsense? Or is there such a thing as real evil in the world?

The Black Witch of Mexico is a chilling psychological thriller where nothing is quite what it seems.

Be careful what you wish for – you might just get it.


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