New Start September

New month! New week! New goals. New book (kind of) and new back cover copy!

It’s September 1st and the start of a new week and I’m ready to make some CHANGES. Things got a little out of control this summer—schedules out of whack, immobilizing waiting, wayyyy too much eating. What better day to start getting things back on track than Monday the first?
 
In New(ish) book news…
 
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ALL I HAVE is out as a solo title now. This is my rival farmer romance that takes place at a Missouri farmer’s market. If you purchased the HarelquinE Contemporary Box Set vol. 2 available from June through August, you have this book. You may even have read it! But, if you were waiting for it to be available alone–now’s your chance! 
 
In new back cover copy news…
 
ALL I AM is the second book in the series and follows Mia’s sister Cara. This book will be out on December 1 and I have BACK COVER COPY!

The best thing about Wes Stone’s job? The dogs don’t expect him to talk about his injuries, his time in Afghanistan or his lack of experience with women. The worst thing? His organic dog treat business is booming and he needs live-in-the-moment Cara Pruitt to help out.

Cara is a strictly short-term kind of gal. She juggles jobs—including helping out at her sister’s stand at the farmer’s market—men and careers because she can’t screw up if she’s not really trying.

When Cara learns just how inexperienced anti-social but sexy Wes is with women, she is happy to help him fix his pesky virginity problem. After all, when two people are as wrong for each other as they are, walking away from a no-strings fling should be easy…

No buy links/cover yet, but those will be revealed here as I am given them.

Also, watch this space for exciting news coming soon!

April Round Up

Happy April, everyone! With Risky Return just released last week and four weeks until Flight Delay releases, plus lots of news to share, I thought it was time for a round up of info.

First up, if you go to my Amazon Author page, on the right hand sidebar there’s some orange text that says Stay Up To Date. Under that you can click to subscribe to get emails about new releases from me. I do this for a couple authors, and it only ever sends me info when they have a new release. If you’re interested in getting that kind of info, feel free to sign up!

First of all, there’s a blog tour going on for Risky Return right now. Here is the schedule of posts and at each stop, there is a place to enter a giveaway for a $50 Amazon gift card.

As I mentioned above, Flight Delay comes out in FOUR WEEKS! I’m really excited for this book. I just love the Antiques in Flight world and I think Flight Delay is really sweet, and I think both books in this series are similar to the tone and feeling in my Superromances. There’s a review and an excerpt up at Fresh Fiction. And another excerpt is available on the Samhain site, if you click the excerpt tab. ALSO, if you preorder from the Samhain website, you can get Flight Delay for $3.85 instead of $4.24. That promotional price lasts through the first week of its release as well.

In Superromance news, Too Close to Resist will be in bookstores that carry Superromances in June! It’s also up on the Harlequin website, and if you buy from Harlequin, I believe you can get the book in May!

Also, my second Superromance has a title and a release day. Too Friendly to Date is one of my favorite books I’ve written and it will be out in October! Friends to lovers, fake relationship, lots of jokes, a Joe Mauer poster. I’m working on line edits right now and I’m just so pleased with it.

Lastly, in HarlequinE news, my rival farmer book, All I Have, will be appearing in the HarlequinE Contemporary Box Set Volume 2, releasing June 2nd. It’s up for preorder on Amazon and BN (Just a heads up, it’s over a dollar cheaper at Amazon, BN may lower the price closer to release day). It will also be available on its own in September, but the box set really is the better deal. Four books for under four dollars!

Also, All I Am, the next book in my farmer’s market series, is tentatively scheduled to be part of the Harlequin E Contemporary Box Set Vol 3 in September, and it would also come out alone in December.

It’s going to be a full year of Nicole Helm books! Yay! Now, I need to get to work on getting some stuff settled for NEXT year!

Catching Up

March is barreling on offering what I freakishly enjoy: being so busy I can’t see straight.

So, let’s catch up!

First, Risky Return, the second in my Harrington Airfield series, will be out in 3 weeks (March 31). It’s up on goodreads right now if you want to add it to your shelves, and it’ll be showing up on vendors etc as it gets closer to release date. Also, I have a cover!

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And if you’re a blogger/reviewer it’s up on Netgalley.

Speaking of covers, I got the cover to my first Harlequin Superromance! Too Close to Resist will be out in June, both in print (!) and digital.

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It’s so sunshiny and pretty! TCTR has some darker elements to it, but it’s all about finding the good and happy (and love, of course!) in spite of the bad, and I think the cover gives off that vibe.

I also got the news that as long as edits go as they’re supposed to the next book in my Superromance series (currently untitled) will come out in October! I’ll make a page for that book as soon as I have a title for it. I’m currently working on revisions and loving this couple so hard.

Lastly, I registered for the RWA National Conference in San Antonio in July last week! Can’t wait to see friends, sign some books (!!!), and meet new people as well.

It’s been a crazy busy month (did I mention I still have a book to write and a Youngest Child turning 2?), and here’s to many more.

Welcome to 2014

Happy 2014, everyone! I hope your first six days of the year are going a little more smoothly than mine. The oh-so-fun, lingering respiratory thing everyone seems to be down with hit us hard right before the new year, and continues to outstay it’s welcome.

But! It’s the first week of 2014 and that means it’s time to buckle down and try to get some work done.

I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to blog on a schedule. This year, I’ll be blogging any time I have information to share (new sales, release dates, covers, blurbs, contests, a great read I’m recommending etc) but I won’t be posting every Monday (or most Mondays) like I did in 2013.

However, while I scale back on blogging, there’s still plenty of places to follow me. I’m not sure a day goes by I’m not on Twitter @NicoleTHelm, and I post almost daily on Facebook.

Since it *is* the beginning of the year, I thought I’d take a few moments to tell you about my 2014 releases. You’ll hear more about each throughout the year, but here’s a quick overview.

Risky Return: This is the second book in the Harrington Airfield Series. If you read Seven Night Stand, you’ve met Ryan, the hero. When he finds out he’s accidentally still married to his high school sweetheart, a now very famous actress, he knows he’s got the perfect opportunity to help out the reality show his brother (Nate) and his brother’s girlfriend (Vivvy) are trying to get picked up. This is a series that doesn’t have to be read in order, but the reality show concept is set up in Seven Night Stand. Risky Return will be published by Entangled Indulgence and is slated to come out in March, but all Entangled dates are always subject to change.

This book will also introduce the heroine of the third book, Second Go. This book is slated for fall of 2014, but again, that date is subject to change, as is the story since it hasn’t gone through any edits yet.

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Flight DelayThis is the second book in the Antiques in Flight Series. If you read Flight Risk, you’ve met Lawson, the hero. The story takes place about six months after Flight Risk ends, with Lawson and his sons all settled into life at AIF, until his ex-best friend, Katie Potter, returns ready to make amends. This series can also be read out of order. Flight Delay will be published by Samhain Publishing in May.

Too Close to ResistThis book is my first Harlequin Superromance, which means it will be sold both digitally and in print! It also means I’m being published in the same line as some of my favorite authors, which is just amazing.  It’s also the longest book I’ve written. Too Close to Resist features a heroine with a bright tattoo, colorful hair and a painful past. And an uptight hero who can’t help but be undone by her. I’ll have the official back cover copy soon, and a cover in the next few months! Too Close To Resist releases in June!

All I Have (formerly known as All I’ve Got): This is my rival farmer book and it’s being published by the newly launched HarlequinE. I don’t have a release date yet, but it should be in 2014. There will also be a second book in this series (All I Am) that also revolves around a farmer’s market. If you check out All I Have’s page, you can get a sneak peek with an excerpt.

2014 is shaping up to be a busy year, and I can only hope things get busier!

Hey, Hey, I’m on Facebook!

I’ve decided to start posting excerpts of my books (both available and soon-to-be-released) on my Facebook page every Monday. So, if you haven’t already, come over and like my author page: www.facebook.com/AuthorNicoleHelm

I’ve finally emerged from edit-palooza and that means I’m back to writing! At least for the time being. I’m waiting to hear back on a couple proposals and working on the third Flight book (Em’s story) while I wait.

Also, TOO CLOSE TO RESIST is starting to pop up places like GoodReads and Amazon. The blurb, cover, etc will come within next few months, but for now, I am there! And I am so excited about that. This book.

Anyway, I’ll be taking it easy through the rest of the year, which means I won’t be blogging again until 2014! Have a happy continuing holidays, everyone, and a very happy new year!

Mid-September

It is now the middle of September. We’ll probably take the kiddos apple picking this week or next, and everyone seems to have a cold. The days are getting moderately cooler and I am dreaming about sweatpants.

I’m also working on my second farmer’s market book, and once I finish the proposal for that, I’ll be working on the proposal for the third Flight book (that’ll be Em’s book, for those of you who’ve read Flight Risk).

My submission list is dwindling down to two projects, and I’m feeling pretty good about next year’s prospects.

I’m still toying with the idea of doing a free read. I have two novellas as candidates, but I have to work out formatting and logistics before I can put that into place. One of the possible venues will be my newsletter, so if you’re interested in reading something from me for free, or want to be kept up to dae on upcoming titles/sales etc, feel free to sign up here: http://ymlp.com/xgbbsbqmgmgj

You will not be spammed, and the newsletter will come out (at most) once a month.

So, that’s what’s up with me. What’s up with you?

Fiction Meet Reality

Over Labor Day weekend my family traveled up to Iowa to my grandpa’s airport and his annual fly-in. We also got to see extended family and had a great (albeit exhausting) time.

If you’ve read Flight Risk or plan on reading it, I thought I’d share some pictures that give you an idea of what Antiques in Flight looks like in its real life form as Antique Airfield.

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At the beginning of chapter two, Callie is driving to the airport. That’s what her drive looks a bit like.
Or you can check out this vine video.

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Here are my two sons looking out over the runway from the window in my grandpa’s office. In Flight Risk Em and Callie look out this window. Of course, they see something a little more interesting than planes. 🙂

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This is the main office.

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Under this overhang is where Em’s mandatory lunches take place.

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And a beautiful sunset, much like the night of Shelby’s graduation party.

Here’s a plane landing on the grass runway.

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And some planes flying over the “big house”

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It’s been fun to populate a real place with fictional people, and I’m so happy I get to keep doing it. Lawson’s story has just been approved and will come out next year, and I’m currently working on Em’s story. There’s even a little possibility Shelby may get a book of her own as well.

Summer is the Cruelest Season

Okay, so the title is a little overdramatic, but as soon as mid-July rolls around, I feel like I’ve lost that tenuous grasp on order and with-it-edness. For me, July-September and November-January are those three month intervals of what feels like insanity.

How is it almost August? How have I not heard back on a million things I thought I would have heard back on by now? How have I run out of contacts, not cleaned the bathroom in too long to mention, and have a book releasing in a month?

But, yay, I have a book releasing in a month! Gird your loins because August is going to be alllll about Flight Risk.

Make sure you’re following me on Twitter (@NicoleTHelm) as I’ll be having a few eARC giveaways. If you’re a blogger who’d want to host me for guest posts/giveaways/reviews email me at NicoleTHelm@gmail.com. And if you’re just interested in hearing more about this book, make sure you’ve subscribed to the blog (you can do it in the sidebar).

To whet your appetite for a little Flight Risk action, here’s a very brief excerpt:

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And that’s where Em was—sitting on the bench with her nose pressed against the glass. She looked back at Callie and grinned, her gaze quickly returning to the window. “Come look.”

Callie crossed the cluttered office to the big window. Em pointed to the grass runway below. The riding lawn mower was parked and next to it stood Trevor.

Shirtless.

“Um.” Like Em, Callie’s eyes were immediately transfixed. He was using his T-shirt to wipe the sweat off his forehead, and the motion caused muscles to move and bunch under sweat-slicked skin. He could use some sun, but other than that Trevor was pretty much flawless.

“So far this is the best part of Trevor being a volunteer.” Em practically giggled.

“How long have you been watching him?” Though the question held some accusation, Callie wasn’t walking away from the window either. In fact, she was pressed against the glass almost as close as Em was.

“Just a few minutes.” Em waved a hand briefly in Callie’s line of sight, but Callie’s gaze didn’t falter.

“Not creepy at all, Emerson.” Sarcasm dripped from the words, yet she was doing the same thing. She should look away now. Step back from the window. And she would.

In a few minutes.

“Callie. Seriously.” Em pointed toward the window, her gaze never leaving Trevor. “Look. At. That.”

Couldn’t stop if she wanted to. It wasn’t that Trevor was super hot or something. Okay, maybe he was, but she was a woman and any woman with a beating heart would want to watch that. Any woman would feel a certain amount of lust over flat, hard abs and strong, powerful shoulders. Didn’t mean a woman had to act on it. She was just having a normal reaction.

Except that reaction was being caused by her best friend. A guy she was determined not to think about naked. Anymore. Mustering all her strength, Callie pushed away from the window and headed for the door.

“Where are you going?”

When Callie looked over her shoulder, Em’s nose was still pressed to the glass. Callie grunted in disgust. “To tell Fabio down there to put a Goddamn shirt on.”

Happy Heroine Week!

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It’s HEROINE WEEK! The amazing Brie over at Romance Around the Corner collected a bunch of guests posts from authors and readers regarding heroines in romance novels and organized it all into one awesome week celebrating romance heroines.

If you’ve read my blog long enough, you know I love me some heroines. Especially if they’re effed up. On Wednesday, I’ll have a post at RAtC about the appeal of unlikable heroines.

There are some amazing authors and bloggers who I’m in total awe of taking part and I can guarantee if you read or write romance, you won’t want to miss a post.

Each day has a variety of posts. (Here’s the schedule)

If you’re following me on Twitter or like me on Facebook, I’ll post individual links as they occur. And hopefully by the end of the week, you’ll be just like me:

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Nose to Grindstone

It’s June! I’m pretty excited about that because I’ve got nothing pressing going on. No family weddings, no conferences, no trips. After a month full of those things, I’m ready to sit down, breathe, and focus on work.

And a lot of work there is to do.

1) will be finishing Flight Risk edits, I believe. Also need to focus on putting together a blog tour and reaching out to reviewers. I’m so, so excited about this book!

2) will be doing first round of edits for the second Harrington book, Risky Return. I fall in love with Ryan a little more each time I read, and adore the heroine. Plus I get to reunite with Nate & Vivvy for a bit.

3) finish current WIP. I’m so excited about this book. Every day I can’t wait to sit down and write it. More than any other book, I think I’ve found my single title “voice”, which is why I revamped the website just a smidge and added my voice’s promise: life is hard, but love always heals.

4) polish the second Flight book and send it in to my editor (and hope she loves it).

Plus, I’m still waiting to hear back on two projects.

June always passes in the blink of an eye and I’m sure this year will be no different. What’s going on in your neck of the woods?