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Compelling book blurbs, taglines, and marketing copy designed to sell your book. ALL genres, fiction and non-fiction.

Book blurbs are only the beginning. For a complete list of services and rates, email me at carolanivey(atsign)yahoo.com

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NOTE: Due to work load and upcoming surgery, I will temporarily close my doors to new submissions as of Oct. 15, 2018. Doors will reopen sometime around mid-December.

ALSO, due to increasing work load, all manuscripts in excess of 30k words now require an outline or synopsis. Thanks!


Hello! Welcome to my web page.  My name is Carol Goodman, a.k.a. award-winning romance novelist Carolan Ivey.  I’m closing in on my third decade as a freelance writer in a wide variety of industries, most recently specializing in compelling book blurbs, taglines, and marketing copy designed to sell your book. ALL genres, fiction and non-fiction.

My professional experience includes writing software manuals, technical documentation, and marketing copy, plus 10 years writing and editing blurbs as Samhain Publishing’s in-house “blurb wizard.”

Book blurbs are only the beginning. For a complete list of services and rates, click here. If you don’t find a service listed there that you need, email me at carolanivey(atsign)yahoo.com and let’s talk.

Recent Projects: 1-800-CUPID by Josie Riviera

1800cupidcover1-800-CUPID by USA Today Bestselling Author Josie Riviera.

A house flipper looking for quick profit. A survivor with a dream. Can two broken hearts find a place to call home?

When a Miami investor calls in search of prime property-flip prospects, North Carolina real estate broker Candee Contando expects to meet a balding, steely-eyed land shark. Turns out the first customer she’s had in months is a hot prospect in more ways than one.

Except his gaze has fallen on her dream house, a dilapidated Victorian she just bid her last penny on in hopes of creating a safe place for disadvantaged children – like the girl she used to be.

Teddy Winchester is adept at negotiating life’s curves, but Candee’s curves stop him in his tracks. She’s a warm spark in the emptiness he’s felt since his brother died, leaving him with a beloved nephew to raise.

Attraction glows in Candee’s eyes as well, but there’s also wistfulness as she points out all the reasons an old, tumbledown Victorian doesn’t fit into his tried-and-true house-flipping plan. Yet the more he looks at the house – and at her – he begins to think some things are worth the risk.

Now if only he can convince her that building a new life often starts with tearing down some walls….

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Recent Projects: Gallant (Enforcers & Shields of Intelligence, Book 1) by Melissa Combs

gallant-300x450No escape. No turning back. And no resisting a storm of desire…

When Reno Arjona surfaces from a dive to discover he and his boss’s woman have been left behind, he knows one thing: he’s on his own. His undercover mission to bring down Vasco, a notorious Colombian drug lord, is too important to risk blowing his cover.

Once he tows Lacey Manning through miles of stormy ocean to a deserted island, all they have to do is wait. Because Lacey belongs to Vasco, and Vasco always comes for what’s his.

Since the moment she accepted Vasco’s friendly invitation for a drink, Lacey has lived in terror, an unwilling “guest” watched day and night. Only in her bodyguard’s arms, she feels safe. And on the island, there are no distractions from the forbidden sexual tension between them…

But the storm is only the start of the danger they’re in. And the only way to save Lacey may be to break his silence—and pray that when the bullets start flying, it won’t be friendly fire that destroys their hearts.

Author web site: Melissa Combs
Blurb services: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: The Lost Trinkets series by Sherrie Lea Morgan

1-ATimedWagerWhen the gloves come off, the truth comes out…

Ghosts of the past hover at Shannon Pryce’s fingertips, waiting for her to touch the things they loved an

d envision snapshots of their lives. With the ghostly spirit of her wise-cracking twin sister at her side, Shannon’s gift made her the most sought-after psychic in Birmingham. Until she tried to help the police find a missing boy alive—and failed.

When she inherits Trinkets, an antique store in small-town Petrie’s Crossing, she jumps at the chance to leave the nightmares behind. The dusty shop comes with a cat, quirky neighbors, and Mitch—sexy owner of the corner diner, whose touch leaves her weak-kneed with desire.

Trinkets also comes with a hidden cache of seemingly unrelated objects, each with a mystery to untangle. Shannon resolves to return each one to its rightful owner, though even this small, hesitant use of her gift reopens a Pandora’s box of flashbacks.

Can she manage to accomplish her mission, keep her sanity, fall in love, and sidestep the local police, all while keeping her gift off the town gossips’ radar?


2-RingOfTruthHelping someone get closure could open the door to her own heartbreak.

After a month of cleaning, tidying, and getting to know her neighbors—particularly Mitch, who warms her belly with his food and her bed with his body—Shannon Pryce is ready to throw open Trinket’s doors to the Petrie’s Crossing tourist crowd.

She’s also ready to return another item in the box she found in her late aunt’s desk. This time, it’s a silver ring that sends visions from Shannon’s fingertips to her mind’s eye, plus something new and worrisome: the echoing cries of a woman’s pain.

With the help of her ghostly twin, Steph, and her aunt’s diary, Shannon sets out to unravel a mystery filled with love and heartbreak in her quest to return the ring to its rightful owner—hopefully while keeping her psychic power a secret.

But hiding her ability gets harder every time she reaches into that box of trinkets. Especially with an author researching the crime that drove her away from Birmingham hounding her for an interview. If the town gossips catch wind of her past, Shannon could lose everything—her new shop, her new life…maybe even her new love.


3-SecretEscapeWhen the past is unlocked, no telling what will come out…

Shannon Pryce is slowly settling into small-town life, but with a psychic gift like hers to hide, fitting in is more of a challenge. If she’s ever to put down real roots in Petrie’s Crossing’s red-clay soil, it’s time to widen her circle beyond a few friends, acquaintances, and one smoking-hot lover.

It’s also time to solve the mystery of the next object in her late Aunt Caroline’s box, this time a brass key. Oddly enough, the key transmits the same disturbing impressions she picks up inside the railroad museum—fire, smoke, pleas for help from an underground trap.

Worse, the author who’s been hounding her for an interview is asking too many personal questions—and threatening to show up on her doorstep. Can Shannon dig deep enough to find the key’s rightful owner, heal a woman’s broken heart, and find the strength to confront the ghosts of her own past?


4-HushedFavorWhen you take the next step, hold on tight—the ride could get rough.

Shannon Pryce thought that once she left Birmingham, her past would stay behind. Instead, it’s nipping at her heels and tearing holes in her plan to live a quiet, normal life in Petrie’s Crossing.

Things are still hot and spicy with Mitch, but with a tell-all book hitting the shelves—and Mitch ready to take the next step—how long can she stay off the town busybodies’ hot topics list?

Her emotions grow even more tangled when she touches a locket from her late aunt’s box of trinkets. The impression of love and loss is almost too much to bear. Worse, as Shannon’s psychic power grows stronger, the ghost of her twin sister, Stephanie, seems to be growing weaker.

Yet as she pushes herself to discover the locket’s story, her quest to start over with a clean slate doesn’t seem like such a high priority. Not when there’s an injustice to make right…even if it turns her own house of cards into a ton of bricks.


Author web site: Sherrie Lea Morgan
Blurb services: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: A Guardian’s Heart by Renee Wildes

785-thickbox_defaultStrength can be drawn from pain…if the heart can heal faster than it bleeds.

Guardians of Light, Book 1

Dara Khan Androcles was trained from childhood to be a healer. But as a traitorous, demon-possessed invader threatens Safehold, and she defends a wounded warrior on the battlefield, her ruthlessly hidden dragon thirsts for blood.

When she lifts the warrior’s blond, blood-encrusted hair away from his ear, she discovers he is more than King Hengist’s outlander ally. He is an immortal. The elven heir to the throne of Cymry.

Loren ta Cedric senses something different about flame-haired, falcon-eyed woman who saves him. A healer, wreathed in raw, dark power, who wields knives with deadly skill. A mortal who prays to the Lady, not the human gods. Now he owes this thoroughly distracting female a Life-Debt. Which, in the heat of their flight to Loren’s homeland to raise an army, somehow becomes Life-Mate.

Dragon-human and elf, peasant and prince, logic says they have no future. Yet the power of their unlikely bond could be the only thing that saves their world from a demon poised to tear it apart.

Warning: This new twist on Cinderella contains a grouchy dragon, a sentient war mare with the dry wit of a certain English Dame, and a fiery heroine who strikes serious sparks with a mercenary elf.

Author web site: www.reneewildesromance.com
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Recent Projects: A Marquess for Convenience by Bianca Blythe

51qqkyfgsklThe ton views widowed baroness Lady Madeline Mulborne as a renowned hostess of society parties. In reality, her flighty manner disguises an encyclopedic knowledge of art, a bone-deep distrust of men, and a dangerous secret.

Lord Arthur Carmichael, Marquess of Brighton, is at a crossroads. His wild reputation was the perfect cover for the spy missions he undertook for the Crown. Now, that reputation could keep him from settling into a cabinet position—unless he takes a wife.

Before he can embark on the dreaded wedding quest, he must complete one last mission: catch a thief who’s stolen four of five priceless French jewels. If the last one disappears, the fragile peace between France and England could be damaged beyond repair.

Whom should he encounter on the French Riviera but Lady Mulborne, who never forgave him for vanishing during their long-ago courtship. Arthur suspects her nimble fingers are adept at more than just fluttering a fan, because he knows of one item she’s already stolen: his heart.

Warning: Contains a mysterious baroness with a secret identity, a marquess who’ll bite the matrimonial bullet to get what he wants, and a marriage that’s anything but convenient.

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Recent Projects: No Ordinary Fairy by Claire Davon

NoOrdinaryFairyMysterious. Magnetic. Deadly. And his only hope.

When the new guy in town blows into Pani’s pet shop, bristling with impatience as icy as the Wyoming winter, she knows instantly he’s not there to buy dog food. She also knows exactly what he is. A cougar shifter. An apex predator not unlike herself.

Rafe Anderson needs help, which isn’t easy for a cat to admit. Not only has his dog mysteriously vanished, so has his ability to shift. The only creature who can find both is Pani, a woman the local coyote pack warned him to avoid. But he’s desperate—and running out of time. The longer his cat is caged, the closer he edges to insanity.

As a Vila, a fairy with the power to enchant men, even to their death, Pani has never dared reveal her true self, much less fallen in love. But something about Rafe’s fiery green eyes and uncommon vulnerability calls to her. And his touch tells her the feeling is mutual.

Desire rolls over them like thunder, but their search uncovers a dangerous secret that could turn everything to ashes…and bring destruction howling down upon all shifter kind.

Author web site: Claire Davon
Blurb and tagline: The Blurb Wizard

Recent Projects: Aether Psychics series by Cecilia Dominic

AP1The scientific method: Love doesn’t obey it. Secrets skew the results.

After a dishonest woman broke his heart, renowned aetherist Edward Bailey buried the pieces under a strict routine built on solid, scientific predictability. Any deviation doesn’t just bother him—it short circuits his carefully cultivated balance.

A routine faculty meeting unexpectedly presents a twin challenge to his comfort zone. Not only does the beautiful Iris McTavish appear in her famous archeologist father’s place, Edward is forced to accompany her on an undercover expedition to find an element that will harness the power of aether.

Iris is determined to prove her worth as a scholar and scientist, and save the financially ruined house of McTavish without accepting an unwanted marriage proposal. But keeping her secret is difficult when she’s faced with Edward’s compelling gaze and unrelenting logic.

Amid clockwork spy devices, threats from a mysterious society who’ll stop at nothing to conceal their secrets, and plots from a guild bent on stealing them, Edward and Iris’s attraction sparks and gains momentum. But betrayal awaits them on the road from Paris to Rome—and the revolutionary discovery they seek could grind their hearts to pieces.

Warning: Contains a brilliant professor with a white-knuckle case of anxiety, a woman with an ahead-of-her-time spirit of adventure, real and made-up history, and a Grand Tour that serves up murder plots and secret temples along with wine, tea, and cream puffs. You may wish to pack your shovel along with your silks.


AP2Everyone wears a mask. But the deadliest secrets hide in plain sight.

Marie St. Jean’s supreme acting talent comes with a price: Every spellbinding performance extracts a piece of her soul. When she reluctantly steps into a role abandoned by another leading lady, she encounters the reason the other woman fled in terror—a ghostly spirit who promises to fix her affliction.

Violinist Johann Bledsoe pulls her heart in a direction she dares not go, but with the Prussians surrounding Paris, she is well and truly trapped.

Johann thought he’s left disgrace and his gambling debt behind in England, but a murder outside the Théâtre Bohème makes him fear he’s been exposed. Though his heart resonates for the ravishing daughter of Madame St. Jean, he knows that once the siege is over, he’ll have to keep running.

Under the baleful eye of steam-powered ravens, more murders drive Marie and Johann closer to the truth of what really lurks below the stage, and what dangers hang over their heads. Their only hope could lie in exposing their darkest secrets—and surrendering to the Eros Element in a way that could push them irretrievably close to the edge of madness.

Warning: Main ingredients include copious amounts of wine and decadent desserts. And drama. Mon dieu, lots of drama. May result in the uncontrollable urge to applaud even if you’re reading this in a public place.

Author web site: Cecilia Dominic
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