Contest and Kindle Serials

Posted by Patrice Wilton | 12:29 PM | 12 comments »

Hi everyone,
As most of you know, I have a new book, the first in my returning war hero series, now out as a serial for Amazon Kindle. This is something new for us all, and it's exciting and scary at the same time. So far, the serials seem to be doing well, but the common complaint we see is why don't they get the entire book at once! Well, as it clearly states, the books are downloaded on kindle in episodes, normally 8 episodes every two weeks, and is pretty much "live" brought to you as the writers themselves are finishing each episode. Which means they can't go back and edit what they wrote in the first or second segment, which is challenging, and perhaps a little stressful for some.
Three of us Montlake authors are having a contest this month to promote the "serials" and a Kindle Fire HD is the grand prize, and three $20 Amazon gift certificates will be given by the three of us, every two weeks. How to answer? Go to our websites, and answer one simple question. One question, one entry-- or go to all three websites and answer three questions for three chances to win.
We wish you all the best of luck, and please try our serials. For less than two dollars, you will be guaranteed a great read. Like watching your favorite show on television, the anticipation builds...



From Valentine’s Day through the end of March, three romance authors are combining to not only bring readers an easy opportunity for a chance to win a 7” Kindle Fire HD, but also the chance to discover a new and exciting way to read books!

Have you heard of Kindle Serials? It’s a blast from the past, where books are released in episodes in the same vein as in Charles Dickens’ day. Only, instead of getting each episode in a magazine or newspaper, you’ll get them on your Kindle or Kindle app. It’s kind of like your favorite television shows. The ones that leave you hanging each week, anxious to get to the next episode and know more!

Cheryl Bolen, Kim Law, and Patrice Wilton each have a Kindle serial releasing, and are hoping you’ll give them a try! In return, they’re giving away a 7” Kindle Fire HD on April 1st, and will give away three $20 Amazon gift cards along the way. All you have to do to enter is go to one of their websites and answer a simple question about their serial. Want to enter three times? Go to each website and answer a question about each serial.

Additionally, after reading each episode, join the fun by chatting with other readers on the Kindle forums, and discussing how you think the next episode will play out! Links to the forums are found on each book’s Amazon page.

Falling for Frederick, by Cheryl Bolen – Laden with mystery and suspense, Falling for Frederick is a fast-paced romance that takes place in contemporary England. Aided by the lord of the manor, a lovely doctoral student seeks a priceless medieval artifact – just a step ahead of those who've already murdered to get it.
Ex on the Beach, by Kim Law – Andie Shayne is getting ready to host the wedding of the summer at her resort on Turtle Island. As the guests arrive she’s taken aback to learn that her ex--who left her at the altar--is the best man. What he did was unforgiveable, and now he’s back with an agenda for her affection.

A Hero Lies Within, by Patrice Wilton – Old secrets linger and two reunited lovers are faced with more deception and mistrust. Can their love survive a second time around? Jake Harrington left her once when her life was falling apart, and now he’s back, and so are all the emotions she fought hard to expel. Can she forget his bitter betrayal, and will he forgive hers when to save her career she must betray his trust?

$20 Amazon Gift Card giveaways:
February 28th – Winner pulled from all entries from Cheryl’s contestHYPERLINK "" HYPERLINK ""page.
March 14th – Winner pulled from all entries from Kim’s contest page.
March 28th – Winner pulled from all entries from Patrice’s contest page.
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have on Kindle Serials. Bring them on!!!
And please feel free to spread the word.




  1. Mona Risk // March 7, 2013 at 12:44 PM  

    Hi Patrice, it seems like a big challenge. Are all Montlake publications serial?

  2. Patrice Wilton // March 7, 2013 at 2:32 PM  

    No, Mona,
    Most Montlake authors have regular books out, as ours will be when the serials are finished. Both Kim and Cheryl have other books from Montlake, but were asked to do this. It's double promotion, double chances to gain more readers, and double the fun!

  3. Kim Law // March 7, 2013 at 3:13 PM  

    Hi Mona. I'll just add that it also potentially opens us to a different reader group. Not sure, but I figure any exposure with our books is good.

    But so glad they all aren't serials! It's a little stressful having something coming out as you're still writing it :)

  4. Cheryl Bolen // March 7, 2013 at 3:33 PM  

    I want to thank the bunch at Pink Fuzzy Slipper Writers for letting us tell you about our exciting contest to win a Kindle Fire - and to tell you about our serials.

  5. Beth Trissel // March 7, 2013 at 3:36 PM  

    Wow Patrice~! This does sound both exciting and challenging. Don't think I'd be up to it, but wishing you and the other participating authors all the best. Sounds like a win win concept to me.

  6. Patrice Wilton // March 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM  

    Beth - my first two books were already written and I'm now
    writing the third,so I don't have that weight on my shoulders, but yes, Kim and Cheryl are doing this, God bless them!

  7. Mary Marvella // March 7, 2013 at 6:00 PM  

    Sounds like something old made new! Folks went to the movie theaters to watch serial movies and now they watch "to be continued" TV shows. Cool idea! Good luck and many sales!

  8. Patrice Wilton // March 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM  

    Thanks, Mary,
    It is an old concept and now I've heard a few big publishing houses are giving it a try. So far so good with sales. We will see how successful it it, long term.

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel // March 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM  

    Best of luck with this new venture. It is an interesting avenue to explore. I don't know about publishing chapters that haven't been critiqued to death! I would probably embarrass myself. You are very brave to do this. I went to your website to enter the contest, but didn't know the answer to the question! Guess I'll have to read and go back.

  10. Patrice Wilton // March 9, 2013 at 9:15 AM  

    Scarlet, I'm not brave at all. My books are already written, so no pressure on me, but the other ladies are writing as they go. That would never work for me as I'm a pantser not a plotter.

  11. Mary Ricksen // March 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM  

    You are gonna knock 'em dead with sales Patrice!!

  12. Autumn Jordon // March 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM  

    Woohoo. Congrats! I'm watching this serials with a lot of interest. I hope it works well for you and my Ruby sister, Kim Law.