As the publishing industry is ever-changing in this increasingly digital landscape, we writers must adapt to new ways of sharing our words with the world. Earlier this year, an innovative app developer reached out with an offer I couldn’t refuse. I’m eager to announce that my newest historical romance, The Poet Bride, is now available exclusively on the FREE Readict app.
If you’re interested, you can download Readict at no cost via the app store on your phone, tablet, or device. My story and many others will be available to you there for free. (You may have to view ads between chapters, but a paid subscription is available if you prefer to read ad-free.)
Keep reading to learn more about the story. Thanks for being part of the journey!
About the Book
Baltimore, 1901: Aspiring poet Elly Owen is eighteen when her family takes on a boarder in the flat above their shop. The new tenant, dockworker Ben Porter, is the muse of Elly’s dreams: charming, masculine, and mysterious. They embark upon a whirlwind forbidden romance as secret lovers—until Ben abruptly disappears, leaving Elly reeling and disconsolate.
When a hidden betrayal surfaces, Elly resolves to go west to find Ben. Chaperoned by Jonathan, a young seminarian with hopes to marry her, she ventures to Maumee, Ohio in search of the truth. But what she discovers is a rustic life far removed from her romantic expectations, and a rocky marriage that just might rewrite everything she believed about love.
The Poet Bride is a character-driven period piece set in turn-of-the-last century America. The narrator’s candid examination of marriage, perseverance, and commitment to her heart at all costs will charm readers of historical romance and women’s fiction alike.
Note: The above link is for mobile devices and tablets only. If you’re on a laptop or desktop computer, the link may not work for you. If you don’t already have the Readict app installed, the link may take you to the app store. It will open directly to The Poet Bride if you have the latest version of Readict installed. Thank you!
F.A.Q.S about the new NOVEL & platform
Q: Is The Poet Bride available on Amazon?
A: No, The Poet Bride is my first-ever publication that will not be available on Amazon for the duration of its contract. It has been exclusively licensed to Readict.
Q: Will it be published in other formats (print, audio) or through any retailers?
A: No, not likely. The Poet Bride, for the foreseeable future, is digital-only as an ebook through Readict’s app only.
Q: Are you getting paid for ads viewed and/or downloads of Readict?
A: No, I am not getting paid from any ads, free downloads, or paid subscriptions of the app. I was compensated a one-time licensing payment up-front for my story. If readers download the app, subscribe to the paid version, view or click ads, it has no bearing whatsoever on my earnings.
Q: Are all of your books moving to Readict now?/Will your future stories be on an app?
A: No, all of my previously published titles will remain as they are. Most of my work is exclusive to Amazon Kindle as always. I’ve recently released some free ebooks on Nook, Kobo, Scrib’d, and other retailers, which you can view & download here.
While I can’t speak for all future works, at least the next novella in my Mythic Maidens series (TBR summer/fall 2021) and the sequel to Whisper (TBR sometime in 2022)will be joining their predecessors on Amazon as per usual. In other words, this is an experiment but is not likely to become the norm!
Q: Can I be a Readict author, too?
A: I thought you’d never ask! Readict is actively seeking submissions from new & published authors alike. Go to https://www.readictnovel.com/#/writer-opportunities to learn how to submit your story. Please be sure to include that C.K. Brooke referred you. I do earn referral bonuses that way! 😉
4 thoughts on “My Newest Historical Romance, The Poet Bride, is FREE Exclusively on Readict!”
I’m a new Readict reader and I never noticed your novel when looking for historicals. Is it still there? (Going to go look for it now).
I am writing a novel that I am considering submitting to Readict, but I can’t find any author’s reviews of their experiences with them. How do you feel about them? Do you feel you were fairly paid for your work, or do you feel your work would have made more money elsewhere?
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Hi, there! Yes, The Poet Bride is still on Readict. My contract with them is through 2026. I feel that, for an indie and self-published author, I was fairly compensated for my work.
However, as it goes with granting exclusive licensing rights to a story, I cannot reproduce the novel anywhere else or in any other format until our contract expires. I do regret the decision not to opt for less money and a non-exclusive contract instead, so that I could still sell this title in print & ebook.
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I started reading it, and your writing is beautiful. Thanks so much for the input. Assuming I actually get this written and submitted, I’ll consider what you said about contracts.
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Aw, thank you! Best of luck with your writing endeavors, and feel free to keep in touch!