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Out Now! Drinking Partners

My hot, action-packed vampire romance Drinking Partners is now available in e-book and trade paperback.

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Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory south of his.

Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing what vampire bodies can do.

Preorder Now: Drinking Partners

Drinking Partners, the first book in my Vampire Territory series, has been freshly edited and has a brand new cover. Get in on the fanged action for only $3.99. You can preorder the e-book now:

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/drinking-partners-1
Apple/iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1331196031
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/drinking-partners-allie-ritch/1121062927
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078SMH5ZV
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B078SMH5ZV
Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B078SMH5ZV
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B078SMH5ZV

And don’t miss the print editions! The entire Vampire Territory series will be released in trade paperback on 1/15/2018.

2017 in Review

I don’t know about other authors, but I’ve found 2017 to be an unpredictable year. Despite the curveballs I’ve been thrown, though, I’ve still accomplished a lot to be proud of this year: I upped my social media exposure, participated in The Romance Reviews Party, got my Bookbub profile sorted out, re-released my psychic romance Unmasked, competed in the Scorching Book Reviews Sex Scene Championship, and dealt with the fallout of one vendor closure and one publisher closure.

I’m also happy to share that I’m in a good position for 2018. The most exciting news is the release of my Vampire Territory series in print next year. Although these books were already edited and proofread as e-books, I just finished editing them all again for release in trade paperback. Be on the lookout for them on January 15, 2018. With the e-book rights reverting to me sooner than expected, you’ll also see seven e-book releases next year.

For those interested in trying out my Alien Sex Ed or Children of Nanook series, the box sets still offer a great bargain, or you can get my Sexy Shorts (Romance Short Story Collection) for only $0.99. The collection has complete stories—not cliffhangers or excerpts—and includes stories set in the same world as my sci-fi and shifter series, as well as a couple of standalones.

Looking back on this year, I was curious about my overall sales stats. Since I released eleven works in 2016, I understandably had more sales overall last year than in 2017. However, I wanted to know how the individual titles have fared. The chart below shows what I found, based on gross earnings from 2016 to 2017. The units of measurement are percentages increased/ decreased over/under last year’s earnings and are only based on the sales data I’ve collected as of this writing. I certainly hope to sell more before we reach New Year’s. The numbers are also based on royalties owed, not collected, which all authors know makes a big difference.

 

 

So what does this mean? At least for my books, Sci-Fi Romance was the most popular genre of 2017 and went up about 64% from the previous year. Shifter Romance and Vampire Romance (down 82%) took the hardest hits, which is consistent with what I’ve heard from other authors, who say Paranormal Romance is no longer popular. Of course, trends change all the time, so who knows which genre or subgenre could take off next? My book with LGBTQ elements, Alien Sex 107: Huv & Lexy, went up by 24%. Box Sets and Anthologies decreased by about 45%.

What has 2017 been like for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2018?

Happy New Year, everyone.

Interview with Alex Gage from Drinking Partners

(excerpted and adapted from a Character Sketch posted on Romance Lives Forever 1/14/15)

How did you find love in such a violent world?

Alex: It was more like love found me. Lucas showed up on my doorstep looking to do a little political maneuvering between master vampires. The sexual attraction between us was instantaneous. Then I got to know him better, and I was a goner, though real trust between us took a little longer.

 

 What is it like making love to another vampire?

 Alex: (grins) There’s a lot of sucking involved.

 

What is your philosophy in life?

 Alex: I’m not really the philosophical type. I tend to focus on the present, and at the moment my strategy is simple. Survive, squash my enemies, and enjoy the pleasure I share with Lucas.

 

Why do you think your writer decided to write about you?

Alex: I think Allie Ritch enjoys action scenes and was ready to write a heroine who is a real warrior—one who doesn’t need a man but is certainly strong enough to handle a master vampire, both inside and outside the bedroom.

 

Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise?

Alex: Before I taught her about weaponry, Allie knew nothing about guns. Zilch. She kept asking me where the safety was on my Glock and what a caliber meant. It was embarrassing.

 

Why does your writer love to write?

Alex: She’s creative. I respect that. Maybe I’d do something more artistic with my creativity if I weren’t busy fighting other bloodsuckers. Instead, I apply my skills to building more innovative booby traps around my home.

 

Is there anything you want to say to your writer?

Alex: Yeah. Did you have to let me get shot? I know I can handle it, but bullet holes still freaking hurt! Then again, the multi-orgasmic sex with Lucas is amazing, so I guess that makes things even.

 

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Warning: Hot Vampire Sex

(excerpted from a post originally shared on Love, Lust, and Laptops 1/17/15)

I think it’s important that I be here today to warn readers about my paranormal romance, Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners. In fact, I think it’s my public duty. This is serious business. Readers, you should not read Drinking Partners if any of the following apply to you:

1. You are offended by hot vampire sex. We’re talking heart pumping, fangs extended, mind-blowing multiple orgasms that are not for the prudish.

2. You are anemic or have other cause for being outraged by blood drinking. Frankly, I think as humans we should be wary on principle, although I understand master vampires Alex and Lucas have instituted human rights laws within their territories.

3. You have a heart condition and need to avoid excitement and action. The gun play alone could give you palpitations, not to mention the one love scene when Lucas puts a hole in the drywall with his…never mind. Just take deep breaths and think of calm blue water.

4. You have a reading addiction and for some strange reason wish to fight it. Once you start reading Drinking Partners, you may not be able to put it down.

You have been warned!

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The Vampire Territory Series

(excerpted from a post originally shared on Cara Bristol’s blog 4/21/15)

The truth is I’ve been a fan of vampire fiction for a long time. Anne Rice, Tom Holland, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Fred Saberhagen—I could go on forever naming authors whose works I love. Pair vampires with romance, and I’m captivated. A man who can live forever has to pick up some serious skills in bed, right? Never mind that he can penetrate you with his fangs as well as his… But I digress. Having read tons of vampire romance over the years and dabbled in it some, I finally decided to jump in and launch the Vampire Territory series.

Although the books can be read as standalones, readers can follow the characters from the beginning if they want to read the series in order. The first book, Drinking Partners, introduces master vampires Alex Gage and Lucas Thane. Sparks fly when these two alpha personalities clash, but they’re the ultimate power couple.

Just My Type then picks up right where book one leaves off, only it focuses on Alex’s personal assistant (Melody) and her guard (Eryx), who like to trade barbs. The sexual tension between the two mounts over time, but Eryx isn’t the only contender for Mel’s attention. Alex’s human brother Wess has been spending a lot of time with Mel, and she likes his delicious human heat. Which man will she choose?

I’m thrilled by the enthusiastic reception readers have already given Drinking Partners and hope they enjoy the sequels. This series is definitely sexy, dark, violent (à la Kill Bill), and just a bit campy. I mean, who doesn’t like a heroine who literally takes people’s heads off when provoked?

 

Evolution of the Children of Nanook Series

(excerpted from a post originally shared on Rosanna Leo’s blog 4/11/16)

Like many authors, I started out writing single-title works. If I had an idea for a story, I wrote it, and that was it. It was only later that I began to get into writing series, which carry with them a whole new world of possibilities and complications.

When I first wrote Mating Season, I only intended it to be a single-title novella. I wanted to write something with a winter theme, and since I enjoy both the paranormal and sci-fi genres, I created a bunch of frost bear shifters on an arctic planet. Although I was happy with the work, I never anticipated the overwhelming response I would get from readers. Mating Season was and continues to be my bestselling book to date. And fans wanted to see more.

All of a sudden, I was confronted with the challenge of adding to that single book and making it into a series. It took some time, but I eventually realized that the hero’s best friend could use his own book. In Season was born.

I was flattered when most of the readers told me they not only liked it, but wanted to know when the next book would come out. Although I didn’t have another sequel planned at the time, I did write a short story, “Breeding Season.” In it, two male shifters are fighting over a woman, and only one comes out the victor. And then it hit me. What about the shifter who was defeated?

That was how Pleasure Season, the third book in the Children of Nanook series, came about. Undeterred by defeat, Tuaq continues to look for a mate, and one whiff of Sorena’s scent tells him he might have found her.

After revising Mating Season and In Season to ensure consistency across the series, I’ve re-released both books alongside the brand-new release of book 3, Pleasure Season. Each book can be read as a standalone work, or readers can follow along from the beginning. I’ve included the short story “Breeding Season” in the same volume as In Season so that readers can read all the stories in order, if they choose.

The journey from a single novella to a complete series has been a wonderful, though sometimes harrowing adventure. I hope readers will enjoy my frost bear shifters in all their forms.

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