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Kicking off the year with good news

Happy 2024! How’s the new year treating you so far? I realized I’ve been remiss in posting updates the last couple of months, so I thought I’d give you a quick recap of all my exciting news. Hope you're well!

LIE WITH ME IS A WINNER

In December, my latest book Lie With Me (Night Herons #1) won the romance category of the BookLife Prize for Fiction to advance to the final round! It wasn’t the grand prize winner, but I’m so proud that Emma and Jason’s story had such a good run through all the rounds and earned a 9.5/10 on the preliminary score sheet.

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Romance finals judge, author Dylan Newton, said:

This page-turning romantic suspense has grit, substance, and a sizzling second-chance romance woven throughout. Hernandez's writing grabs you in the very first chapter and doesn't let go until the end. Lie With Me is a fantastic thrill-ride of a romance!

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AUDIO BOOKS ON AUDIBLE

Many of you have told me you don’t use Scribd (now Everand) for audiobooks, so I’m happy to announce that Blind Fury and Blind Ambition are now available now on Audible!

And since Scribd bought the audio rights to the rest of the series, all of your favorite men of Steele should be coming to both Everand and Audible soon. I’ll be sure to let you know when they hit the shelf.

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Veterans Day deep discounts on military romances

As a lifetime military brat and 20-year military spouse, I just can’t seem to stop writing military heroes (and heroines—hello, Caitlyn in Running Blind). So, to celebrate Veterans Day, I’m having a sale on the steamy, adventurous books that started it all.

Forced proximity, best friend’s little sister, second chances, enemies to lovers… These books feature your favorite tropes with smoking hot heroes who’ll do anything to protect the women they love.

If you haven’t read BLIND FURY, BLIND AMBITION, or BLINDSIDED yet, don’t miss your chance to bring these sexy vets home with you at these low, low prices!

Amazon | Amazon AU | Apple | Nook | Kobo | Google

Adding Images in Scrivener 3

Scrivener was conceived as drafting software—and that’s still where it truly excels—but along the way it’s become a one-stop shop for writing and publishing a book. That includes the ability to add images to your project.

Whether for scene breaks, chapter headings, illustrative figures within a section, book covers, or just a reference to a character or setting’s appearance, here’s a rundown of how to work with images in Scrivener 3.

Also—spoiler alert—my ultimate goal is to convert you to a user of image placeholder tags, but read on for all of your options.

Getting Images into a Project File

In most cases, it’ll be easier to work with an image if you import it to your project first. There are exceptions, which I’ll mention where appropriate.

You also might want to store an image file in your project even if you never plan to insert it into your manuscript. For example, character or location images. And an ebook cover image must be stored in the project in order to include it when you compile.

The supported file types are JPG/JPEG, PNG, and PDF.

NOTE: Importing an image makes a copy of it, so there is no link between the original and the one in your project. Later I’ll discuss how to use linked images.

Here are your options for importing an image:

Audio news and a Father’s Day sale

If you’re into audiobooks, the first two books in my Men of Steele series—BLIND FURY and BLIND AMBITION—are now available in audio, exclusively at Scribd!

You can see them both here—>https://www.scribd.com/series/633009102/Men-of-Steele

I’ve been waiting years to make this happen, and I’m hoping to get the rest of the series in audio at some point. Fingers crossed they do well and I have more good news soon. 🤞🏻

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Are you a Kobo fan? (If you’re not, go get the app, it’s great.) I’m honoring my awesome dad on Father’s Day by putting my only “dad book” BLIND JUSTICE on sale at Kobo for $2.99 through the 19th. Get your copy for the weekend!

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A sexy bodyguard. A high-maintenance city girl. Sometimes opposites attract…a killer.

Actually, the hero, Jeff, is more than just a bodyguard, he’s a former combat weatherman, part of the Air Force’s special operations. If you’re a sucker for a badass hot guy with brains who’s also a really good dad, pick up BLIND JUSTICE today!

Killer Deal on DepositPhotos is back!

Just in case you missed it elsewhere: The DepositPhotos $39 for 100 photos deal is back at AppSumo! I’ve been buying this one every single time it comes around for at least 7 years.

I have so many image credits it’s ridiculous. But also freeing. I never hesitate to download a photo for whatever I need, whether it’s for a book cover, social media post, newsletter, or my web page.

That $1 graphic on Canva seems like a good idea until you realize you could’ve had 2.56 images for the same price. #nerdlife

I’ve never seen DepositPhotos offer 100 images for less than $50, and they’re usually at least $100. But they periodically give them away extra cheap to AppSumo customers. The credits don’t expire, so if you think you might ever want access to quality high-resolution images for any part of your business, I wouldn’t sleep on this deal.

(If you’ve never heard of DepositPhotos, it’s similar to Shutterstock, and often has the same images.)

Get the offer here => https://appsumo.8odi.net/baOODP

(Yes, that’s an affiliate link. If you click it, I might make a few bucks, but you’ll get the same great price. I’m only sharing because I truly believe in the value of this product.)

Enjoy!

LIE WITH ME is out & BLIND TRUST is on sale!

LIE WITH ME is finally here! Emma Gallagher is out to expose the killer her sexy ex, Jason Chin, was hired to protect. When her mission turns deadly, they must overcome past betrayals and risk it all to outwit the enemy and forge a future together.

“You can always count on Gwen to deliver the perfect balance of steam, action, and suspense!” 

USA Today Bestselling author Rachel Grant

“A fantastic start to a new series has everything that checks all my boxes…mystery, mayhem, action and plenty of twists and turns. Throw in some romance and a 2nd chance for Emma and Jason and I loved it!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”

Nancy K, BookBub

If you want to read an excerpt or look at fun facts and pictures about the book and settings, visit the LIE WITH ME page.

Ready to start reading now? Grab your copy in ebook or paperback from your favorite retailer.

Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play

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And, to celebrate, the previous book BLIND TRUST (with crossover characters) is on sale through March 29th for only 99 cents/pence.

If you haven’t read BLIND TRUST, it’s the book where Todd and Lindsey meet when he rescues her on a Montana mountainside. They end up on the run from ruthless killers, and pretty soon they’re sharing more than a sleeping bag…

Amazon | Apple Books | Nook | Kobo/Walmart | Google Play

Happy reading! If you enjoy these—or any of my books—would you consider leaving a rating or review at your favorite retailer? Thank you!! 💕