Monday, June 15, 2015

Guest Post: Welcome, Shana Gray!

I’m so glad to be here with Cait today! To think, I’m on a blog in Scotland – which of course will reach around the world.  How perfect too with the Outlander series a lot of us have been drawn into :) I have for sure!
My mom was English, born in Eastbourne. A seaside town on the south coast. I’ve been a few times to visit her hometown and hope to go back again. We have family in London and Wales as well. All fabulous places to visit. My dad is Polish, he’s now 92! A WWII vet that found his love in the way of an English Rose way back in 1952. They were married 60 years before mom suddenly passed in Dec 2012.  Below is a pic taken at our family luncheon to celebrate their anniversary. Because mom was such a Royal watcher I applied to have the Queen send her congratulation as well. And mom was thrilled when it arrived.

It’s a miracle dad is still with us after everything he’s been through. We have grown so much closer over recent years. I miss my mom terribly. She was the one that I was first to call whenever I had news. So when all this great news happened over recent months, she wasn’t there to celebrate with, dad had to step in. He had a serious learning curve in writerly things :D
I have been published since 2010, but going into a new phase in my writing career. Changing my author name from Cristal Ryder to Shana Gray seemed perfect. This name has so much more significance as it is taken from my two son’s names.
Thrilling news is that I’ve sold to Harlequin Blaze. My book will be out December 2015, a smoking novella set in Hawaii. More Than A Fling, will be paired with a novella by Leslie Kelly. Our book is titled A Taste of Paradise.  AND I’ve sold a full length hot contemporary to Loveswept, Random House. After The Hurt will be release in May 2016. Plus, Louise Fury of Bent Agency is now representing me. Between now and December I’ll be re-releasing my erotic romance stories where the rights have returned to me. The first one coming at the end of this month, Passion, Cowboy Style. Then in July will be its quickie wrap up, Love, Cowboy Style.  And watch for monthly releases after that too! OMG whew!  
My new web page has been live for a little over a month and there is a place to sign up for my newsletter which will come out now and then when there’s something cool to say. I hope you decide to opt in Newsletter Signup

Passion, Cowboy Style
Jenna takes a big risk and decides to live in the moment. After months of communication by social media, she accepts the invitation to Colorado where she finally meets her cowboy. Burned by past romances, Jenna is determined to go with one goal in mind – a booty call with a tall, dark, sexy cowboy.
Chet is a romantic at heart and even before Jenna arrives, he knew there’s more to her than just a fling. He’s smitten and decides to woo her the old-fashioned way with time and patience and passion, cowboy style.
Their chemistry is elemental and they come together with heat that sears the snowy peaks. When mother nature steps in, Jenna is forced to face the feelings she’s tried so hard to keep buried and Chet has to draw on his mountain skills to save the woman he has come to love.

About Shana Gray
Now writing under her new  name, she will be published with Loveswept/Random House and Harlequin Blaze. Shana is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.
Shana's passion is to enjoy life! She loves to travel and see the world, be with family, friends and experience the beauty that surrounds us. Much of her experiences find their way into her books.  First published in 2010 as Cristal Ryder, Shana has written contemporary erotic romances for  Sybarite Seductions, Lyrical Press (now Kensington) and Ellora's Cave. Her stories range from scorching quickie length to longer erotic romance novellas.
You can find Shana on social media at Twitter Facebook Pinterest
She splits her time between her house in a small Ontario town with her twentysomething son's, four cats, two budgies and, as the world knows him, Meat Man's house. It's an adventurous challenge that she loves.


  1. Thanks so much for having me today!

  2. Thanks for joining us!!! Love the new cover!!!!

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I love the cover too! More to come in that department. Karla Doyle was the designer.

  3. Cover days are like Christmas morning!!! I LOVE new covers!!

  4. I know! And I'll have a bunch more to do too :)