Excerpts from Romance Novels

Oftentimes before I buy a book from an author I’m not familiar with, I go to their websites and read the free excerpts they offer. (If they offer them.) I also love the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon. Sometimes there are only 5 or 6 pages, but if I’m already hooked by then, I definitely buy the book!

I’m not sure yet if my publisher (Kensington) will be enabling the Amazon “Look Inside this book” feature or not, but I do have free excerpts from my gothic historical romance novels on my website. (And a few that are not gothic or historical in the Manuscript Graveyard!)

Full chapter excerpts from my two upcoming releases can be found at these links:


From the ravens circling its spires to the gargoyles adorning its roof, Blackberry Manor looms ominously over its rambling grounds. And behind its doors, amid the flickering shadows andd secret passageways, danger lies in wait.

Evangeline Pemberton has been invited to a party at the sprawling estate of reclusive Gavin Lioncroft, who is rumored to have murdered his parents. Initially, Gavin’s towering presence and brusque manner instill fear in Evangeline…until his rakish features and seductive attentions profoundly arouse her. But when a guest is murdered, Evangeline is torn. Could the man to whom she is so powerfully drawn, also be a ruthless killer? [read more]


For gossip-hungry socialite Miss Susan Stanton, nothing could be worse than being torn from London and shipped off to spend the rest of her life in a desolate coastal village. Nothing, perhaps, except a near-death incident that leaves her with broken bones and an unfortunate ability to see (and hear) dead people. Then she catches the eye of a certain pirate…
[read more]

How about you? Do you read the free online book excerpts of other authors? Have you tried out Amazon’s “Look Inside This Book”? What do you think?


  1. B.E. Sanderson - Reply

    Hi Erica! Sorry about the silence, but I just found your blog again. (That’ll teach me to read more than the first few lines of a post. Silly me.)

    Congratulations on the book sale! TWTK sounds like it’ll be an awesome read. Here’s hoping for beaucoup sales.

    I don’t really read free excerpts. I like to go into each book fresh. Sometimes it comes back to bite me in the butt, but it usually works for me. And then again, there’s my total lack of patience. If I like an excerpt, I want the rest of the book in my hands NOW and sometimes that’s just not possible. If I don’t read any ahead of time, I can wait.

  2. ERiCA - Reply

    Hi B!! I’ve missed you! =)

    You know, when it comes to excerpts, for me it depends. If it’s an auto-buy author or an auto-buy series, then no way am I reading the excerpt for the very reason you just said–because if I do, I will want the rest Right.Now.

    But if it’s a new author or a new series or I’m just generally browsing… then yeah, I do read them. (Which also sometimes makes me want it Right.Now. and I end up buying books I hadn’t intended to buy!)

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