Today is a special edition of the blog to celebrate the fifth birthday of Aspen Mountain Press. I write historical western romance for their Aurora Regency Historical Program.

I get private emails all the time asking me about my experiences with Aurora and AMP, so I thought I’d take the opportunity with this blog to answer some of those questions. The big one is why, after years in traditional publishing, did I decide to go with a relative newcomver to e-pubbing?

Several reasons — I was looking for a publisher that wanted western historicals — not as an afterthought, but as something they actively wanted to publish. Though I enjoy the contemporary romance and women’s fiction I write for other publishers, historical western romance is my first love, and I am happy to have found a home for those books at Aurora.   I also know the publisher personally and AMP is a Colorado company, which I like.

What’s it like, working with the people at Aspen Mountain Press?

This was the biggest surprise of the whole experience. The editors at AMP are some of the best I’ve worked with, hands down. After 40 books and counting I’ve had good editors before, but my editor at AMP is at the top of the list. Then there’s all the folks in the art department. They really do bend over backwards to do their jobs. Of course, people at the big publishers do great jobs too. But I never had the personal email of anybody in those big companies. Everyone at AMP seems to really care about every book and really go out of their way to help the authors.

Why didn’t you just self-publish your backlist?

Lots of authors do this, and quite successfully. But it takes a lot of time and effort to do that work — time I’d rather spend writing. My choice — not for everyone. But I’m happy.

Are you making a lot of money?

No. But I get a check every month and the numbers are slowly increasing. I didn’t pursue this as a moneymaker. I hope the books will earn more in the future, especially now that they’re available in so many outlets.

Are you giving up on traditional publishing?

No. I have two new contracts in the works right now with traditional publishers. My business plan has always been to have a variety of outlets for my work and AMP fits nicely into that plan.

So, that’s the skinny on my experience with AMP. I’ll also add that, as a fan of westerns and regencies, I’ve really enjoyed many of the AMP titles I’ve had the privilege to read. There’s a lot of good stuff on the site, so I urge you to check it out.

To celebrate the AMP birthday, various authors are holding a blog tour. Follow the tour and you could win a Kindle or free books. Just post a comment and follow the tour by clicking on the link at the end of this blog. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win.

And while you’re at it, stop by Aspen Mountain Press and check out the wide variety of books they offer — from steamy erotica to fantasy to traditional Regencies. And oh yeah, western historicals. They’re publishing my complete backlist, as well as a brand new book, A Long, Sweet Ride, set at a Wild West Show.

Can’t decide which book to try? As part of their birthday celebration, AMP is offering discounted bundles. Each bundle contains four books at 20 percent off the cost of buying the books separately. There’s a bundle for almost every taste — including a Cindi Myers Bundle that includes all three books in my Titled Texas series, plus A Long, Sweet Ride.

Though all the AMP and Aurora books are available on Amazon and other e-retailers (they’re in the process of being loaded to Barnes and Noble for the Nook as I write this) the bundles are only available on the AMP website. Check them out here.

Check out all the AMP authors on the blog tour and maybe win some free loot.  Post a comment here, then head on over to JESS DEES’ BLOG, the next stop on the tour.

Tour Rules:
1) Tour Starts: Monday, August 1, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Tour Ends: August 7, 2011 at Midnight (EST)
Final Celebration is August 7th from 6pm-11pm (EST) at the AMP Community Loop.
Grand Prize: a Kindle (Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E-Ink Pearl Technology) is the Grand Prize. Drawing will take place and be announced on August 7, 2011 on the AMP Community Loop at 11pm (EST). Only comments posted before 10pm (EST) on August 7, 2011 are eligible to win the Kindle. Winner will be notified by email on August 8, 2011 if they are not present on the Loop for the announcement.
***Individual winners from author contests will be drawn and posted August 8, 2011 on their individual sites.***
2) Participation at every blog on the tour is not required but the more blogs a person comments on, the more chances they have to win. If a person comments on one blog, they are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing once. If they comment on ten different blogs, they will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing ten times. Only one comment per blog per person will be entered to win the Grand Prize.
3) The winner of the Grand Prize must be a resident of the United States with a US mailing address. Non-US winners will be eligible for $50 US in Aspen Mountain Press books from the AMP Website.
4) Prizes at individual author blogs are completely at the discretion of the individual authors and are not in association with Aspen Mountain Press and its prize system. To enter the contest on any given blog, you must follow their contest rules and objectives.
5) By commenting on any blog in the tour, the participant is agreeing to these rules and policies.
6) All prize winners will be chosen randomly by using Random Line Picker.