For the next few days, beginning November 3, my Regency Christmas romance titled The Secret Christmas Ciphers is on sale for 99 cents instead of the usual price of $2.99.
Someone recently asked me what a cipher is. The dictionary definition for cipher (which can also be spelled “cypher”) is “a message written in a secret code.” A second definition is “a secret method of writing.”
The Secret Christmas Ciphers
When I was writing The Secret Christmas Ciphers, I researched ciphers and learned that to “encipher” or “encode” means to convert plain text into a cipher or code that can only be deciphered or uncoded by someone who has a “key” as to how the text was enciphered to begin with.
Although my story, which is set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, is fiction, ciphers were reportedly used by Napoleon and his generals. I used this information in plotting the story by providing the heroine with the knowledge she needed to help her husband decipher intercepted messages from the French and thus provide invaluable information for the English.
I enjoyed writing a story about ciphers, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, especially at a reduced price! But hurry before it goes back up to $2.99! Buy it now by clicking on the following link: http://amzn.to/1bOlp36
On Tuesday, August 14, and Wednesday, August 15, my Regency-era Christmas novella will be free on Amazon for the Kindle. If you missed it before, you have another chance to download it free of charge.
The Secret Christmas Ciphers
And if you notice anything strange about the cover, well, there’s a reason for that. I loved the cover with the black background but unfortunately, the name of the book did not show up well at all. Thus, I asked the cover artist to revise and use a lighter background. She did so, and the new cover is shown in this post. (The original cover is still shown in the right-hand column.) AUTHOR’S NOTE: THE COVER WITH THE LIGHTER BACKGROUND IS NOW SHOWN IN THE SIDEBAR.
But in any case, nothing has changed inside, so if you downloaded the earlier version, you have the current version except for the cover. And if you have not yet downloaded the novella to your Kindle, remember that you can get it free on August 14 and 15.
My Elusive Countess recently received a very nice review from the Regency Reader site, in which the reviewer commented:
I like that the heroine is from the merchant class, but shows real class through her forebearance and kindness. And her actions throughout the novel demonstrate this, its not just delivered through a few punchy monologues. I also found her descriptions of the young lad endearing rather than annoying, which was a relief.
In any case, thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy this first weekend in June.
Oops! I forgot to include a title for my post yesterday when I posted here about my new book, The Secret Christmas Ciphers.I’m not sure how much difference that makes, but to be on the safe side, I decided to mention again that the ebook version will be free on Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3. If you are so inclined, I invite you to download it and, if you enjoy it, to say so on Amazon in the review section.
And if you’re interested, here’s a blurb about the book:
Abigail can’t explain, even to herself, why she married Derek after he’d asked her to wait for him and then became engaged to someone else. If his poor fiancée had not died, he would now be wed to her instead of Abigail. But then Abigail begins uncovering some of the secrets that are a part of her husband’s life and wonders if perhaps there is hope for their marriage after all.
Abigail and Derek
Derek, Lord Westdale, wasn’t sure why Abigail married him; she obviously despised him. On the other hand, he knew exactly why he was marrying her: she was the only woman he would ever love, despite his having offered marriage to another. Unfortunately, he can’t seem to convince Abigail that he never really betrayed her after all.
Can their decoding of a secret Christmas cipher bring an end to their misunderstandings and help them create their own special Christmas tradition?