Who Is Isabella Kole?

Accepting-His-Terms-CoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have a surprise for you. I’m going to introduce you to someone very near and dear to me. Her name is Isabella Kole, or as I affectionately call her, IzzyB. Just who is Isabella Kole? Well, to be quite honest, she’s me…or the spicier side of me…

A few months ago, a group of writer friends who write erotic romance and spanking stories asked me why I didn’t try one. As most of you know, if you’ve followed me at all, Anna writes mainstream romance, some dramatic, some light, but all just a little sweet and sexy. I mentioned this to one of my publishers in passing one day and she wasn’t opposed to the idea, so I wrote a rough draft. Then one night, Sable Hunter invited me to chat with her street team and promote my books in her group. She encouraged me to come forward and tell them about IzzyB. Up until that time, I was keeping the fact that IzzyB and Anna were the same person a secret. So I told them a little about the story, Accepting His Terms, and was met with such enthusiasm I couldn’t believe it. In fact, several of the people I met that night, came to me a few weeks later and asked if they could start a street team for me. And that’s how Anna’s Fab Friends began.

The writer friends who had first encouraged me came together and helped me too. One helped me kick around different ideas for a title until together we came up with the perfect one, another read the story and offered suggestions, another one did the same. All were supportive and encouraging. Members of the street team beta read for me as the story progressed. As I began to tell people about the new book, other author friends offered to host Isabella on their blogs. Everyone, including my readers, were very receptive to the idea.

My street team and I decided to market Isabella as the spicier side of Anna…because that’s exactly who she is. Isabella’s debut erotic romance is an Anna love story with Isabella spice. There is no better way to describe it. So if you like Anna’s romances but would like it spicier…Isabella’s your gal. If you prefer Anna’s sweet and sexy stories, there are plenty of them around and more to come.

Accepting His Terms by Isabella Kole debuts October 9th from LazyDay Publishing, the same publisher who released Anna’s Fab Five series. Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble as an ebook, it’s one you won’t want to miss. Not your ordinary spanking story…I wanted to do something just a little different…I did it my way…and I hope you’ll give it a chance. Branching out is never easy but I was determined to see this through because of all the support I was given from author friends, readers, friends, family, and my publisher. Will there be another Isabella Kole book in the near future? That remains to be seen as Anna is very busy at the moment, but if you like it, please let me know by leaving a review. If I know you like it, Isabella might be persuaded to do an encore.

Now here’s the blurb for Accepting His Terms:

Jill Lincoln has the hots for her stern, hunk of a boss, Jarrod Baine. With his piercing steel-gray-blue eyes, hair as black as coal, and a body to be enjoyed, she wonders what it would be like to be his woman. But she’s only one of many who would give her eye teeth to be in his bed.

 The day Jarrod rescues her from a would-be assault by a young mail clerk; she finds that he is as attracted to her as she is to him.  As the two begin a relationship, it becomes very apparent to Jarrod that Jill is a nervous, high-strung lady and he searches for the best way to ease her tensions. Together they begin to form a strong bond as they experiment with discipline.

 As the couple realizes their feelings run much deeper than an office affair, Jarrod asks her to be his wife. As they enter into a hot, passionate marriage, complete with the discipline, by mutual consent, a deeper emotional bond is formed that continues to grow much stronger over time.

But when Jill suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage and Jarrod is not by her side, she retreats into a deep, dark depression, turning away from the one man who can save her.

Will their bond be severed forever?

Did that whet your appetite at all? Just in case, let’s throw in a small excerpt:

On Saturday morning, Jarrod kept his word and phoned Jill to tell her he would pick her up at noon.

She flew around her apartment, straightening, fluffing pillows, and making sure everything was in place. Then she treated herself to a long soak in a cherry-blossom scented bubble bath before getting dressed for their date. She chose a green floral sundress and a pair of sandals. It was spring in Tennessee and the weather had turned warm. After her makeup and hair were near perfect, she sat on the couch waiting for him to arrive.

At eleven-forty-five, her doorbell rang, she sprang from the couch and let him in.

“I’m early, I know, these are for you,” he said as he entered the room and handed her a bouquet of flowers.

“Flowers?” she asked, “Thank you.”

“Have you eaten?”

“No, I had a late breakfast,” she replied.

“Good, there’s a nice little Italian restaurant in the winery. I thought we could have lunch there before we do our wine tasting.”

“Oh, that sounds fantastic. I love Italian food.”

He grinned. “Are you ready to go?”

As he drove to the winery, she said, “I thought it would seem odd to be out with you, but it doesn’t. The other night at dinner was the only time we’ve been together outside the office.”

“It feels perfectly natural to me, Jill,” he replied as he cast a sideways glance in her direction.

She smiled and asked him about the music playing in his CD player.

When they reached the winery, he walked around and opened her car door, helped her out, and took her hand as they walked inside.

They sat at a corner table and as Jill looked around, she said, “This is nice. I like the atmosphere.”

“Romantic?” he teased.

She blushed and took a sip of her water.

“So after we finish touring the winery, what would you like to do?” he asked.

“You mean there’s more?” she asked with a smile.

“If you’d like; we can extend this afternoon date into an evening date. Do you dance?”

“I love it,” she replied.

As his hand reached across the table to caress hers gently, she shivered. As her gaze met his, she saw amusement in his eyes.

“Are you cold, sweetheart?” he asked with a sexy grin.

“Uh… no…” she stammered.

Their lunch arrived and the moment passed. As they made pleasant small talk and enjoyed their food, Jill found herself becoming aroused. The sound of his voice, the look in his eyes, and the touch of his hand made her nipples harden and heat to flow through her veins. She caught him watching her and she was sure he’d looked down at her breasts. She shivered again.

“Are you sure you’re not cold?” he asked again, the amused look back in his eyes.

“I’m really quite… warm,” she answered with her sweetest smile.

“I can see that,” he said in a low voice as he leaned across the table. “I think we should get started on our tour before you get any… warmer.”

She stood up and took the hand he offered. As they made their way to the winery, he leaned over and whispered in her ear, “You’re cute when you’re… bothered.”

“Bothered? What makes you think I’m bothered?” she asked.

“Your body betrays you, my dear,” he teased as he leaned over to kiss her.

They began their tour, tasting many of the different wines offered and finally Jill chose her favorite, a sweet red.

“We’ll save it for a special occasion,” he said as they walked to his car.

“Where are we going dancing?” she asked.

“Well, this is Tennessee. Where else but a good old country dance hall?” he asked.

“You… like country?” she asked in surprise.

“I’m an old-fashioned southern country boy at heart.”

“I never would have guessed that,” she said as he pulled out of the parking lot.

They arrived at one of the well-known bars in town and as they sat waiting for the band to begin playing, he asked if she was hungry.

“A little, how about you?” she replied.

“They have great wings here, how about it?”

“Sure, that sounds good.”

They talked some more about movies they’d like to see, books they’d read, and when their wings arrived, they ate, laughed, and talked some more. It was becoming more and more natural for her to be in his company. He really was quite different away from the office. There was still a commanding presence, but there was also a softer, more romantic side to Jarrod Baine.

“Oh, look, the band is ready to play,” she said as she looked up at the stage.

“And they’re starting with a slow song. Let’s go,” he said as he stood and took her hand.

As she was whisked into the arms of the man she’d spent months dreaming about, Jill melted. The moment he pulled her close to his chest, she knew there was nothing she wouldn’t do for this man. She was his. Whether he knew it yet or not, she would surrender to him, and she would love him for as long as he wanted her in his life.

She looked up at him and caught sight of the corners of his mouth turned slightly upward. His eyes danced as they gazed at her. She put her head on his shoulder and as he pulled her closer, he whispered, “I could stay like this all night.”

She nestled closer, letting her right hand tease the hair at the nape of his neck. Her body was on fire, as a warm wetness flowed from within. Her nipples were aching, begging for attention. Her left hand moved down his back.

“If you don’t stop that, I’m going to take you to the parking lot and have my way with you in the car,” he warned as he nibbled at her ear.

“In that case, I won’t stop,” she teased.

“Oh, you’ve got such sass… you know I owe you a spanking for putting yourself at risk, for staying late that night, and now with all the sass and teasing you’ve been throwing around, I think you’ve had your three strikes. You’re out, baby.” He spoke in a low, husky voice.

“Three strikes? I’m out?” she asked as she raised her face his.

 Hmmm…what’s gonna happen next? You can find out by downloading Accepting His Terms at either Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

http://www.amazon.com/Accepting-His-Terms-ebook/dp/B00FPWB1QK

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1117061855?ean=2940148463177

 

 

You can find Isabella on Facebook. Please swing by and give her a “Like”…she’ll appreciate it.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isabella-Kole-Author/580591041984962

Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have my good friend, Ginger Ring, here on the twelfth talking about her first release which comes out on October 10th!!!! So excited for her!!!! And on the 22nd, I’ll be telling ghost stories…as part of Sable Hunter’s Halloween Blog Hop so you’re not going to want to miss that…contests and prizes too!!!

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An Interview with Emily A. Lawrence

HopefulDreamscoverWelcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have the pleasure of interviewing Emily A. Lawrence. She’s going to tell us about a couple of her works. I’ve enjoyed talking with her and I’m sure you will want to hear what she has to say.

 Author bio:

Emily A. Lawrence is extremely passionate about fiction. She’s been writing stories, mostly fan fiction, for years now, but only began thinking seriously about publishing approximately a year ago. Encouraged by her family, friends and fellow authors she pursued her dream, and received her very first acceptance in March 2013.

She loves creating new characters and losing herself in their worlds. Usually, she writes contemporary romance in three heat levels: sweet, sensual and erotic. However, she would like to try her luck at other genres one day, such as paranormal or mystery.

When she’s not writing, she enjoys traveling and experiencing new cultures, new sceneries, food and meeting new people, or simply reading a good book.

What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

My stories contain explicit sex scenes, so they are addressed to 18+ readers. I enjoy reading a good romance which does not have sex behind closed doors. I have a wild imagination, but I’d rather read it than imagine it, so I guess this is why I decided to include such scenes in my books.

My first series of short stories featuring Carly and Robert (The Weekend Getaways Series) is erotic romance, but the “Soul’s Desire Series” I am working on at the moment is mainstream romance, which is more accessible to larger audiences.

We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Balancing time is never easy. I have a day job that keeps me busy 8 hours a day, but I manage to do a lot of editing while I’m at work. I do most of my writing during weekends or when I come home from work. Writing the book is just the first step. Promoting it is time consuming, but it is essential, so I do my best to do a little bit of everything every day.

Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

I prefer writing strong female and male leading characters. “The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” coming soon, is a good example of that. Both of them are strong, stubborn and independent characters, but they also have a weak spot.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

There are a lot of authors I love. Some of them are Stephenie Meyer, E. L. James, Dan Brown, Suzanne Collins and others. E. L. James’ story has inspired me the most, because just like her I too have been writing fan fiction for years, but never showed anything to anyone. After reading Fifty Shades, I turned one of my stories into Fifty fan fiction just to see what people thought of my writing. Even though the stories are so different from one another and I basically only borrowed the names of the characters in Fifty, I can honestly say that it was the readers’ reaction to it that has encouraged and motivated me to keep writing. Now that story will be part of the “Soul’s Desire Series”, so yes, my favorite authors have inspired me to read, write and express my creativity.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Every writer’s nightmare is having writer’s block. It’s happened to me a few times and it can be very frustrating. So when that occurs, I detach myself from the book, go for a walk, go shopping, read or edit something else, but never force myself into writing. I like it when ideas come naturally to me, and that’s when I’m most efficient.

Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Guilty? Hmmm…I really love pizza.

Tell us about your newest book.

“The Guardian of my Soul”, the first book in the “Soul’s Desire Series” will be published next month with Beau Coup Publishing.

Currently I have the first two books in the “Weekend Getaways Series” on sale, published by Secret Cravings Publishing. “Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul” is the first and “Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings” is the second. The third book in the series, “A Dream Come True” will be released in December.

                                                             Hot Dreams of a Lonely Soul – Book 1

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

Sexy former bikini model Carly Smith chooses to stay away from men after getting out of a bad marriage. Still traumatized by her past with her jealous, abusive ex husband, she is afraid to engage in another relationship, let alone be intimate with anybody. However, sparks fly when she meets her new handsome boss, Robert Benton. Extremely attracted to him, she finds herself in a delicate situation as he is constantly in her thoughts and haunting her dreams at night, turning her entire body into a time bomb of need, ready to explode. Each time she wakes up disappointed and alone, craving for his touch, but lacking the courage to turn her hot dreams into reality. What happens when Robert unexpectedly shows up at her door one night? Will she manage to overcome her fears and allow him inside, or will she deny him access?

Excerpt:

Raw need twisted in her gut. Anxious to see the rest of him, she unbuttoned and unzipped his jeans, then watched him hook his thumbs inside the waistband and peel them down his hips together with his boxers, freeing his huge erection.

She gasped before she could catch herself, her insides liquefying more at the mere sight of it. Suddenly she was dying to feel him inside her, stretching her cunt in the most pleasurable ways.

“Is something wrong?” A hint of amusement edged his words as he regarded her mischievously. “You look surprised.” Pure confidence of male pride laced his husky voice.

Carly saw the twinkle playing at the corners of his eyes. “You’re big…” she murmured, but hardly recognized the sound of her own voice.

“I am as big as I need to be to make you scream like never before and beg for more,” he said with a confidence that only enhanced her impatience, her channel quivering with the need to be filled. His deft hands spread her thighs wide and his eyes took in the glistening pink folds of her pussy now exposed to him. “Gorgeous!” He swept his tongue over his lips to moisten them. “I’ve wanted to taste this the moment I first say you.”

“Robert…” Her throat tightened and her mouth went dry. The color grew hotter and hotter in her cheeks under his profound glare, and she fought with the urge to pull her thighs back together. However, the look in his eyes was nothing like that of her ex husband. His was of pure joy and admiration and his gaze seemed to be worshipping her, sweeping her from head to toe. The realization soothed her, little silvery wings of anticipation fluttering through her and causing all her worries to dissipate into thin air.

Buy links:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369558098&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreams-Lonely-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00CZXWGNO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1378674432&sr=8-1&keywords=hot+dreams+of+a+lonely+soul

Hopeful Dreams and New Beginnings – Book 2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Book blurb:

After two traumatic years spent with her abusive ex husband, Carly swore that she would never remarry. With a low self-esteem and haunting demons from her past refusing to relinquish their grip, she could hardly confide in men until she met Robert, her handsome boss who managed to sweep her off her feet and show her the time of her life.

With his help, her fears and frustrations became a swell of lust, a wave of desire that aroused her numb senses, restoring her lost confidence and reviving her need for a man’s touch and affection, needs that she had suppressed for such a long time.

Naughty, erotic fantasies are fulfilled while on a well deserved vacation to the AndrosIsland in Bahamas, adding more spice to their steamy sex life.

Will Robert manage to convince her to give marriage another chance and start a new chapter in their lives?

Excerpt:

“Why are you so afraid that I’m going to leave, anyway?” she asked, running her hand up and down his firm abs. She could feel his muscles contract under her fingertips.

“Because it’s happened before,” he answered in a low, feeble tone.

Carly tilted her head up to look at him, taken aback by his answer. “What?”

“Yes, I’ve been dumped before. After that I could no longer trust women. I refused to get emotionally involved with anyone. It was nothing but no-strings-attached sex for me.”

She took a moment to process his words. “Who would want to leave you? You’re the sweetest, craziest, naughtiest man I’ve ever met and if someone locked me up in here with you for the rest of my life, I’d be more than happy to accept such punishment.” She pressed her lips to the pulse that was pounding in his throat, amazed that a sexy, clever guy like him would have troubles in love. Unable to help herself and feeling the need to erase the unwelcome memories she had stirred, she gave in to the impulse and licked along a damp line up his neck, nipping at his chin on the way. She hoped that the sensual treatment she was giving him was enough to make him put everything behind.

His voice was husky when he spoke, “I guess she had better plans…”

“Nothing could be better than this,” she stated and offered him a scorching kiss, devouring his mouth possessively. It was her turn to make him feel at ease. Determination oozed from every pore of her body, and she did everything she could to make him understand that she had no intention of leaving him.

“When you…showed up…for the job interview…” He tried to speak, but she kept interrupting him with kisses, his own tongue playing with hers with an eroticism that made her head swim and her need for him grow.

“Yes?” she asked, curious to hear what he had to say. She angled her head down and moved her mouth back to his neck, then swept it over the curve of his cheekbones, his stubble tickling her soft lips. Her palms were splayed against his chest and her fingers toyed with his nipples in a way that she knew inflamed him.

Robert let out a low roar and moaned her name unintelligibly, but he seemed to struggle to concentrate. “Carly…the moment I saw you…I was struck by your beauty. You innocent smile was the sweetest thing I had seen. I went home from work that day and nearly crashed the car twice. I couldn’t stop thinking of you. It was not something that I had experienced before and I wasn’t sure how to act. Then…once I found out what had happened to you I got so angry. I wanted you even more. I wanted you so much that I ended up knocking on your door in the middle of the night and asking you to sleep with me. Straightforwardness is my thing, but it was the first time I was doing that with somebody that I really liked. I acted on an impulse because I couldn’t stand one more day without holding you in my arms and loving you like you deserved it. I needed you…badly…”

Carly had stopped her playful assault and was hanging onto every word he was saying to her, their gazes locked in a heated clash. She felt an unusual sensation of weightlessness and the illusion held for a long moment as she stood enthralled by the promise in his eyes. “Any other man who would have showed up at that hour requesting such a thing would have most likely made me call the police. But you…I wanted you too even though I was scared as hell. I still can’t believe I did it. I could not recognize myself. But I do know one thing…that was the most beautiful, hot, sensual, enticing night in my entire life and I’d be more than happy to have nights like that with you for as long as I live.”

Their tender embrace turned to raging passion in the blink of an eye. Desire for one another spiraled higher, pushing away thoughts of the past and the future, lost in their happy place, their bodies yearning to move to the rhythm of a melody only they could hear.

Buy links:

Amazon US:

http://www.amazon.com/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342537&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hopeful-Beginnings-Weekend-Getaways-ebook/dp/B00EQJ3RXS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377342451&sr=8-1&keywords=hopeful+dreams+and+new+beginnings

Secret Cravings Publishing: http://store.secretcravingspublishing.com/index.php?main_page=book_info&cPath=33&products_id=688

Barnes&Noble:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hopeful-dreams-and-new-beginnings-emily-a-lawrence/1116735714?ean=2940045236157

Author contact links:

Blog: http://emilyalawrence88.blogspot.ro/

Website: http://emilyalawrence.wix.com/emily

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EmyALawrence?ref=tn_tnmn

Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/author.emily.a.lawrence?ref=hl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmyALawrence

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/20344150-emily-a-lawrence

Thank you for having me on your blog, Anna!

Hugs,

Emily

Thanks for joining me here today, Emily, and best of luck to you!  EmilyALawrenceHotDreamscover

Anna Welcomes Carlie Sexton

FallenForYou coverI am so happy to welcome Carlie Sexton to my blog today! I met Carlie last winter when my first book came out. She was writing then and we had several conversations about her work and about mine. I’ve asked her to answer some questions for me and she’s going to tell us about her books. Part 1 and Part 2 are now available and Part 3 will be out in September.

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Carlie: My Killer Next Door series~ Fallen for You, Taken by You, and Given to You are erotic romance thrillers. The story itself is based on some of my real life experiences when I was in college (no, not the sex). I made the story erotic because that genre is growing rapidly. My books are different with the serial killer twist.

Anna: You’re right about that, the erotic romance genre is growing and the serial killer does give it a twist. Next question: We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Carlie: I am a full-time teacher, so fitting in writing has been a challenge. I, of course, do all of the elements pertaining to writing in the evenings or weekends. Time management is an issue and I think I have become a little one dimensional in attempting to find a balance. Still a work in progress.

Anna: You sound like me. As most people who know me are aware, I am still working my full time Monday through Friday job, as well, and all my writing related work is done in the evenings and on the weekends. Throw in social and family obligations and it sometimes gets tricky meeting a deadline. Now, on to the the juicy question. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

Carlie: The hero in my series, Neil, is based largely on my husband~ confident, slightly controlling, demanding, affectionate, playful, intelligent, adoring, communicative. I like a hero who goes after what he wants.

My heroine Kate is more on the aloof side to begin with, but she becomes putty in the hands of the hero once he has won her over. I like heroine’s who are strong, but let the man be the man.

Anna: Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 Carlie: This is an ironic question because Raine Miller did indeed inspire me to write. I work with her husband and found out she was writing books. Of course I bought Naked right away and devoured it. I decided I had a story to tell and began writing last September. She has been an inspiration and a mentor. Without her, I would have no idea how to promote my books and may not have even finished them at all. I also love Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyers, Nora Roberts, Catherine Bybee, to name a few.

Anna: What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

 Carlie: Hands down it has to be promoting my books.

Anna: I have to agree with you there. It’s hard to get the word out there. Now, something I ask all my guest authors. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 Carlie: I’m actually kind of boring. I do indulge frequently on mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ate some while doing this interview! Does that count?

Anna: Yes, it definitely counts. I love chocolate chip ice cream too but I prefer the vanilla rather than the mint. Now it’s time for you to tell us about your newest book.

 Carlie: I am releasing the third book in my series~ Given to You in September. I have already started a fourth book about two characters from the series, Mac and Natalie. I fairly certain it will be called Beholden to You. Mac and Natalie find themselves in a situation that she wants to keep secret from Kate and Charlie. They begin dating, but an old flame threatens to destroy their budding romance. There are complications and the choice of who to be with is spurred on because of the complications.

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Here are the links to find Carlie:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonromance?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/carliesextonauthor

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Fallen-Killer-Next-Series-ebook/dp/B00D7NQSIU/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094554&sr=1-2&keywords=carlie+sexton

http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Killer-Next-Door-ebook/dp/B00DTJXDIK/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1376094582&sr=1-1

Here’s the Blurb for Fallen for You The Killer Next Door Part 1:

If you believe your life is the sum total of your choices, what do you do when things just don’t add up? You are about to find out. It won’t be pretty. It won’t be dull. And surely, it won’t be safe. In fact, making just one wrong choice could put evil at your bedside watching you sleep.

And so it is with Kate Simmons, a young woman who, by choosing to regain her life, actually puts it at risk by the very choices she makes. After unimaginable heartbreak stops her world on a dime, Kate falls into a three-year blackness of self blame that brings her to the edge of life, itself. As time finally brings light back through tiny cracks of renewed desire, Kate moves out of the prison she made for herself in her mother’s home to find a new reality, rooming with her best girlfriend, Charlie. 

Yet, to be free is to be vulnerable, and Kate’s choices more than ever mark a splattered line between being happy and being dead. 

Care to choose? Here’s your menu: 
A strangely alluring building manager so possessed with wanting you for his own, he’ll bury more than the fact he has a girlfriend; a buff college student for whom you are clearly hot, as are all the other girls on campus; a pushy lawyer who is as handsome as he is intoxicated with conquest, who doesn’t take no for an answer, who gets what he wants — always.

Sometimes, it’s whom you choose. Sometimes, it’s who chooses you. If you’re Kate, it’s both, and it puts you on a perilous road where good looks and humor are the thin masks of jealous delusion and utter violence.

You’re in trouble when the sum total of your choices is written in blood red.

Thanks so much for being my guest today, Carlie, and best of luck to you with the new release coming up!

Don’t forget to stop back by next week, folks, for the Rebel Ink Press third anniversary blog hop! There will be a big giveaway!!!! Until then…Love, Anna

Welcome Barb Han!

Welcome back to Anna’s World! Today I have Barb Han with me. I’ve asked her a lot of questions and she’s been gracious enough to answer them. Let’s see what she has to say!

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First, I’d like to thank you for hosting me on your blog today, Anna.

Oh, you’re so welcome, Barb. I’m glad to have you here. Let’s get started.

  1. 1. What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)? I loved romance but didn’t know if I could write one, so I literally lurked in the back of a local romance conference. I was too scared to talk to anyone. Eventually, I plucked up the courage to join my local chapter’s loop and romance ideas started coming to me.
  1. We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you? Seeing the word balance does make me chuckle. As a working writer with three kids, I keep thinking I need to get some of that balance. I do try to keep life as simple as possible. The two most important things to me are my family and my work, so that’s what I spend 95% of my day on. Everything else has to wait for a turn. Also, sadly, I gave up TV a few years ago. I miss it.
  1. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine? This is a great question. Most of the time one or the other just shows up and starts telling me their problem. Once I get enough details about them and/or the story (via loose plotting), I start writing. My heroines are a match for the strong heroes in my stories and they take me on the journey along with them.
  1. Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?  I felt inspired to write from a really young age. When I was little, I read every Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys book I could get my hands on. I still love a good murder mystery or suspense read. Most people will recognize these names:  Stephen J. Cannell, Sandra Brown, Linda Castillo, Cindy Gerard, and Harlen Coben. I also read these up and coming authors:  Jerrie Alexander and Diana Layne.
  1. What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career? Having my first two releases come out within days of each other was an interesting problem. Soon after, I signed with Harlequin to write for Intrigue (squeee!). Trying to balance writing with promoting on top of a super busy schedule for my kids has been interesting to say the least. I barely skidded into summer this year grateful for the calmer pace. And yet, I wouldn’t change that ride for the world!
  1. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence? Since I do a lot of research on weapons, the military, the FBI, etc, I’m pretty sure I’m on a couple of Watch lists. I would feel sorry for anyone who actually had to listen to my calls or shadow me for a day. They might actually succumb to boredom. Carpool? Again? Since I consider chocolate a necessary food group, I’d have to say my guilty indulgence is e! News. Don’t judge.
  1. Tell us about your newest book. Thank you so much for asking. Caught In The Crosshair is about a sister who is determined to help her brother no matter what it ultimately costs her. She teams up with an ex-special forces sniper and the race to save her brother (and themselves) begins.

Here’s an excerpt:

Lauren James had learned the hard way that sometimes the best childhood was a brief one, that there was a direct link between determination and success, and it only took one phone call to unleash hurt and memories she’d spent the past decade trying to suppress.

“H-h-elp me,” a man’s voice choked out. It was strained and cracked, and he gasped for air when he spoke. Even so, his identity was unmistakable.

She drew a breath, forcing air into her lungs.

“Max—”

“L-l-isten.” He made a strangled noise before his mouth must’ve moved away from the receiver. She heard a train and more voices. One…two…three…she counted, identifying at least three men with terse South American accents.

A crack followed by a pained grunt dropped her stomach to the floor, scrambling her nerves.

“Max. Max? Are you there? Are you hurt? Who’s doing this to you?” The words fired off like buckshot.

More muffled noises, and then a tortured scream seared her eardrums.

“Max?”

“Senorita, if you want tu hermano alive, you pay.”

“Pay? Pay what? Pay whom?” Should she call the police? Maybe she could reach her cell phone and dial 911 now while she still had them on the line?

“Pay or we cut him into pieces.”

Icy regret stabbed her chest. Why hadn’t she taken any of his calls in the past six months? Because the last time he called four years ago, he wanted to use her for money.

“No. Don’t hurt him. Tell me what to do,” she said, trying to keep panic out of her voice. Think. Think. Her cell was in her purse in the kitchen. Could she get to it?

“You bring in the cops, lady, we cut him up and mail you the pieces.”

No police. Of course they would have anticipated that. She’d have to go alone. Alone. Panic brought bile to the back of Lauren’s throat. It burned.

Scuffling noises came through the line before another loud crack sounded.

And a blurb:

Lauren James had ignored the recent spate of calls from her brother.  After all, he was a big player linked to a major cartel, and he’d been dead to her for nearly a decade. Then she receives the one call she can’t ignore—her brother’s been kidnapped and will be killed if she doesn’t bring money. No matter how far gone her brother is, Lauren can’t turn her back on him completely. Deep down she’s always wanted to save him. Now, she’s forced into action because he’ll die otherwise.

Ex-Special Forces sniper Jaden Dean owns a private security firm and after losing his older brother to gang violence, needs to take down as many scum bags as he can—single-handedly if need be. And he was the best. Until he trusted the wrong woman on his last assignment and ended up nearly dead in the street.

On a tropical island with a hurricane brewing and dangerous men closing in, Lauren and Jaden will need to work together to survive and find her brother. The cartel seems to be one step ahead and Jaden’s operatives are being killed one-by-one. He will have to use all his specialized training and risk everything, including his heart, to outwit the deadly group and keep Lauren safe. Their magnetic attraction isn’t helping matters…because even a slight distraction might just get them both killed.

You can find Barb on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnandbarb.han?fref=ts

And on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Barb-Han/e/B009KMUEC8/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1374443991&sr=1-2-ent

Thank you so much for joining us today, Barb, and best of luck to you!

Until next time, have a great week!!!

Love, Anna

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Ryan O’Leary Is In The House!!!!

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Oh, things are hopping today in Anna’s World. Or maybe it’s just Anna who’s hopping. And believe me it’s a tad bit hot and steamy, too. My favorite Cougar Bait, Ryan O’Leary is in the house. Shh…don’t tell him, but I’ve locked all the doors and windows and he’s not getting out for at least a week. We’ve been throwing out little teasers on Facebook about this interview for the past week or so…Ryan says the interview took place in his shower…and I say I had my camera so I might have a few blackmail pics…

Ryan was one of the first people I met on Facebook after I began writing. One of the characters in my Fab Five series is named Ryan O’Grady and I often get asked if I named him for “our” Ryan. The answer is no, I didn’t, although “our” Ryan likes to think I did, since both Ryans are playboys. I actually wrote the first book in the series long before I met Cougar Bait.

All teasing aside, Ryan O’Leary is not only a sexy, sweet young man who knows how to keep his huge female fan base happy but he’s also one of the most talented writers I know. His short and sexy books about a young, married couple and their sexual escapades that involve bits of clothing from the wife’s closet are fantastic. If you like a short and sexy read and haven’t yet been introduced to the J’s Closet series, go check it out. Ryan also writes with Sable Hunter, who you met on this blog last week, and Sable’s brother, Jess Hunter, who I interviewed a few weeks ago.

Now get real comfy because you’re about to find out why I think this is one of the best young authors around, as well as just a really sweet guy.

 BIO

Rarely will you find Ryan O’Leary in a state of rest; if he’s not on the ice or kicking around a soccer ball, he’s plotting his next story or out on the town with friends. His fun and flirty nature makes it possible for him to write the kind of romance that makes the reader both smile and tingle.

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Ryan: Write for women? Write sex that will turn women on? What’s not to love? I only wish I had of thought of it earlier. That’s not entirely true, I did think of it years ago, but my plan was to write mainstream romance, not the hotter erotica I write now. One day I happened to stumble across an article on how to self-publish Ebooks. In the article they featured an erotic writer, so I figured I’d take a stab at it. I knew it’d be fun. I’m sure this’ll sound corny, but the most rewarding thing I get out of writing the stories that I do, is the thought that my words might turn a woman out there on. It’s the number one reason I do it, so don’t be shy ladies, Ryan wants to hear all about the effect his words have had on you.

Anna: Hear that, ladies? Don’t be shy! Whew…the effect his words have on me…Moving right along, we all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Ryan: Liek most things in life (including life), I don’t take it too serious. Luckily, I’ve met a few people who have offered their assistance with all that other stuff that you have to do, the editing, the promoting, the blah, blah, blah. Without them, I’d be lost, unmotivated and probably not doing this interview with you right now. Instead, we’d just be sitting here, alone, a glass of wine in each of our hands, talking, laughing, smiling and I doubt that’d be very much fun for you. Writing isn’t my life, I do it for fun and I’ve said it a million times in public and in private, if it ever gets to be anything other than fun, I just won’t do it anymore. Uh, Anna, I think it’s your turn to talk now…

Anna: What? Oh, sorry, you had me at drinking wine, talking, laughing, smiling, and … Okay what’s next? Oh yeah, tell us about your characters. I’m surprised you write about a married couple in the Travis and J stories, what made you decide to do that? I noticed your little trademark “liek” in there too. Your fans have picked that up and are now spelling it that way…you’ve started a trend.

Ryan: Most times, my fingers work faster than my mind; some typos I just don’t bother correcting because I do them so often. The stupid games we play with each other when we first meet and are getting to know one another; that’s why I decided to write about a married couple. Sure, I love those games just as much as the next guy or gal, but Travis and J are married. Fuck that! Travis and J are SOULMATES. They just get each other. I just wanted to write about a couple who have already played those games, who just want to enjoy each other. Travis does the thing he does for J because he wants to do them, he loves to see her smile when he surprises her, not because he’s trying to get in her pants, but because her smile is his prize. The sex is great and all, but for me, when I’m writing about them, the payoff is that moment when he does something that makes her smile, or makes her laugh.

Anna: I’d say most women wish they had a Travis in their life. Now, tell me, who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

Ryan: I don’t really have a favorite author. I have a lot of Stephen King books, but that’s only because my older brother is the one who got me reading and he had a lot of them. Thing with me is, I see something and if it interests me, I do it. I never set out to be a writer. When I was twenty-one I figured I’d try to write a novel, because I thought it’d be a something cool to do, something that would fill up some time and something I could look back on in fifty years, something I could read and see what kind of a person I was back then, see my thoughts and feelings. Anything you do artistically, be it painting, writing, dancing, music, whatever, it’s all a window into your soul and a time capsule of how you felt at that time. I forgot what I was trying to say. Oh yeah. I can’t say I was ever inspired to write, I just see something I want to try and I try it. I wrote that first book and I enjoyed it, so I wrote another, then another and I lieked it, so here I am.

Anna: Hear that, ladies? Ryan has an older brother…there are two of them! Oh…my…Sorry, getting off track again. Get serious, Anna. What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Ryan: Discipline. Oh and editing. Wait. And promoting. It’s all tough. You know that. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I guess for me, it’s the discipline part. I’ll never be the kind of writer who sits down every day and writes, I write when I feel like it. Maybe I could churn out more work, but I’ve always moved at my own pace, in every aspect of life. Editing is my Achilles heel though. I’ll be honest; I don’t have a god damn clue what an adjective is, or an adverb is. Hell, up until a few years ago, I really didn’t even understand the difference between “there”, “their” and “they’re”. For the most part, I’ve figured a lot of it out and luckily I’ve got great help when it comes to spotting an incorrectly used “than”.

Anna: Now for the good stuff. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

Ryan: Everybody wants dirt on Ryan huh? I hate to disappoint, but I’m really kind of a bore. Not much of one for indulgence. Women are my indulgence I guess. I don’t mean sleeping with as many as I possibly can, but I’ve got very active eyes, I’m always checking them out, wherever I go.

Anna: What’s it like to write with Sable? I’ve never co-written with another author, so tell   us how that works. Also, how did that come about? How did the two of you meet?

Ryan: It’s awesome and terrifying. She’s beyond words when it comes to talent. She has more ideas in her head than most people will have in a lifetime, it really is kind of scary the stuff she comes up with and I mean, scary good. I was actually extremely nervous when we first talked about writing together. We met on Facebook over a year ago and she kept trying to get me to let her help promote me and teach me new things, but I just wasn’t ready to do it, so she waited patiently, because that’s the best way to describe the way her and I work together. She waits patiently for me. She works at this frenetic pace that I didn’t think was possible, but she knows that I have a different style, a lot less structured and disciplined, so she lets me go at my pace. I often feel like I’m holding her up, but she keeps busy with her own stuff and other things. She’s patient with me, I never feel rushed or pressured, which is a great feeling when you’re already intimidated by working with someone you admire so much. How it has worked so far, is that we flesh out an idea. And I won’t lie and say that it’s a 50/50 split as far as the creative is concerned, she really is the driving force behind anything we do together, and it’s usually her idea. Then we discuss it, either on Facebook or via email. She’ll send me notes with her ideas; her storylines. Usually I say, “I love it all!” But if there is something I don’t like, or something I want to add, or tweak, I say so. If we agree, then we change it. After that, Sable divides the scenes. Did I mention how amazing she is at all this stuff? Because she really is a special talent. With our new book, Thunderbird for instance, we started with an idea and it changed, then changed again, and when we finally got down to writing it, she sent me a scene to write. “Ryan, I’d like you to write this scene where such and such takes place.” I say yes of course. I’m sure you’ve heard her accent; how could I possibly say no to her? Then I procrastinate. When I’m done procrastinating, I procrastinate a bit more, then get down to writing my scene. I send it back. We discuss any changes that may need to be made. Discuss any other changes, then she gives me another scene to write. Sable weaves her stuff in with mine. Make changes where and if needed. Bingo! Done. I thought it was going to be tougher to be honest, but it isn’t that hard if you’re familiar with the person you’re writing with. It’s a lot of fun once you get into a rhythm.

Anna: I agree with you. Sable is one awesome lady. So, now I want you to tell us about your newest project.

Ryan: I’m actually working on a few different things at the moment. Sable and I are discussing the next installment of our “It’s Just Sex” serial, but haven’t actually started it yet. I also got going on the prequel I guess you could say, to the J’s Closet short stories. I’m writing the book about how they got together, but that is on hold at the moment. What I’m actually devoting my efforts to (aside from soccer) is the first book in a series that Sable and I are writing, called The Equalizers. The first book is titled, Thunderbird and it’s the story of Hannah and Kyle. Thunderbird will be the first in a series called The Equalizers. This series will center around a group of six men who have bonded over their past and their vision for the future. Kyle Chancellor is one of those men. He is Thunderbird, a title he was given on the football field and perfected in the skies as a fighter pilot. He is a Heisman trophy winner, a war hero, and the heir to a Texas dynasty, yet he never hesitates to lend a helping hand to those in need. His group, The Equalizers, specialize in locating missing children and fighting battles for those unable to go it alone. When he returns to the States, he learns that his former girlfriend has died from liver disease. She had broken up with him, never telling him she was sick. He is devastated and drowns his sorrows at a bar – where he meets a beautiful young girl who is trying to spread her wings and learn how to fly.

Hannah Montenegro has led a life of sacrifice. After losing her mother to a dreaded disease, her family discovers the son has Lou Gehrig’s also. Hannah is made to feel worthless because her father wishes she was sick instead of her brother. They move to the United States from Mexico, with only fake papers. They live undiscovered in the Austin area, the picture of good citizens, but with no legal standing. Hannah devotes her life to taking care of her little brother Andre. One night, she has the opportunity to go to a bar with a friend and she grabs it. There she meets a man who sweeps her off her feet and into the back seat of his car.

They both had too much to drink, the memory of their time together is hazy, but their connection haunts them both. Neither knows how to get in touch with the other, which is disastrous, because the result of their one night stand is a little boy. Hannah adores Paulo, but her father takes him away from her. She is almost insane with grief.

As you can see, the story will be intense. Hannah will look for their child. And when she meets Kyle again, she is so tempted to unburden herself and throw her arms around him and beg for his help. But she is not of his world – she cleans his office, and she’s shocked to find that he has been recruited by the powers that be to run for the office of Governor. His stance on stem cell research, internet security and immigration has pushed him to the forefront of Texas politics. The chasm between them seems insurmountable – to Hannah. Not to Kyle. Kyle wants her. Kyle goes after her and the circumstances which throws them together could have been ripped from the front pages of today’s newspapers. Sex Tapes. Scandals. Political Intrigue. But woven through it all is the undeniable attraction of two people who are destined to be together. When love is the guiding force, there is no foe it cannot conquer.

So, I’m doing all of that and trying my best to be utterly fabulous on Facebook, but there’s always time to stop by and have a little chat with you, Anna.

Anna: Oh, you know you’re welcome here anytime. And as far as being utterly fabulous on Facebook, you’re certainly doing a good job of that! Thanks so much for stopping by. Can I reveal our little surprise for your fans now???

Ryan: I wish you would already, so we could get that glass of wine.

Anna: **smiles**

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And don’t forget about the key chains that will be available soon on Amazon for $2

But first, here’s where you can connect with Ryan.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ryan.oleary.75098?fref=ts

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/WriterRyanOLeary?fref=ts

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ryan-OLeary/e/B00BEJ2NUQ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1371252077&sr=1-2-ent

Blog: http://teamoleary.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6074123.Ryan_O_Leary

Now…a little gift for the girls 🙂

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Meet Jess Hunter…Author of For A Hero

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Welcome back to Anna’s World. Today I am welcoming Jess Hunter for a visit! Is it getting a little warm in here? Whew! Some of you know Jess, he is the younger brother of bestselling author, Sable Hunter. Well, Jess is writing now and let me tell you, this is one cute Cougar Bait you’re going to want to check out. I’ve asked him some questions, and he’s been kind enough to indulge me and give me some answers. He’s also going to treat us to a blurb from his new book, For A Hero, and he’s going to tell us a little bit about himself. Are you ready to get started? Better get your fan out, ladies. It may get a little steamy in here.

  1. 1. What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Sable inspired me to write a romance novel. I’m not sure I would have otherwise. She has accomplished so much and become an integral character in the community. She showed me how this particular genre affects people and changes their lives. She receives several messages daily from people who claim that everything is different and better because of the stories she creates and shares with them. I have ideas in my head, stories that are just bursting to come out. I have horror, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and adventure. But, because of Sable and the wonderful people she works with, I am currently working on another romance book.

  1. And we’re so glad to hear there’s another romance book in your future!  Now, tell me, we all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Compartmentalization is the best for me. I like to tell everyone else what day I will be completely unavailable barring emergencies. I will then seal myself into a room and set my expectation for accomplishment very high and basically not come out of the room until I’ve reached it. It also helps to have a wonderful team working with you.

  1. That’s good advice for any author and is sort of what I do. And yes, you do have a wonderful team to work with. Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

My primary male characters are all parts of me, of course. Where else could I find a guy I knew well enough to analyze his traits and apply them to paper? But they are not just me. There are several, ancient, captivating archetypes for the hero that have been present since literature first began. David from “For A Hero” is the otherworldly visitor that falls in love and uses himself to better the world. It’s been done a hundred times. Superman,  Hercules, Sherlock Holmes and Captain Kirk are all the same character as far as story progression is concerned. In the sequel, Blaine is the abstaining sacrifice, who is essentially the same as Batman, James Bond, Theseus, and Clint Eastwood in any of his movies. They are all bigger than life and represent what every man COULD be.

My heroines are meant to be a special highlight of what makes every woman special. It is no secret that these books are targeted toward women so it makes sense that the showcase is how special and phenomenal every woman is. Every woman deserves a hero, so I do my best to show a perfectly imperfect woman in all her beauty.

  1. Wow! That’s awesome, Jess! Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 

Robert Louis Stevenson is an inspiration for me. When his muse struck him, his brain would shut out the entire world and he would create a classic in a matter of days.

Ernest Hemingway did a marvelous job of capturing masculinity and struggle in his work. That is a theme I would like to tackle in the future.

F. Scott Fitzgerald always, obviously, used himself as the protagonist in his works. He discovered the secret to the art: you don’t need to look outside yourself to find inspiration. Some of the best books in the world were created by him.

One of my greatest goals is to create a character that will outlive me. Authors that accomplished this are: Ian Fleming, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Clive Cussler.

  1. What a wonderful goal to strive for.  Tell me what has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

 

The most difficult thing is growing and adapting in front of the world. The entire universe could look and see my first foray into the literary world. Of course they will find criticisms and imperfections. I can now use that piece as the starting point for my development into a much better writer, however, I will have to make that journey and all of my mistakes in front of the entire reading audience. With anything else, such as working out, martial arts, etc., I can be a beginner in privacy and nobody has to see my progress until I am adept, but as a writer, trying to make money from the art, the world will watch me stumble on the path.

6.    That’s for sure. Writing is a bit different from other careers in that respect.  Now for the good stuff all the ladies want to hear. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

 

I don’t really feel a lot of remorse. Haha. That’s terrible to say. I still read comics, and am obsessed with superheroes. I don’t feel guilty about it, but before I explain how culturally, and literarily significant they are, some people may judge me about it. Some others may judge me anyway.

Oh, I know. I have an exhibitionist fantasy. Sneaking to be intimate in a public place in which I may get caught is very sexy to me. Shhh. Don’t tell anyone.

7.    We won’t tell…whew…did the temp just go up about a hundred degrees in here or what?  On that note, what’s it like to write hot stories with your sister, Sable? I’m not sure I could co-write with my brother…LOL. What made the two of you decide to write together?

It was weird when she started writing that kind of book, but we were always close, and I, reluctantly, got used to it. It’s no problem now. She is much better at writing intimacy than I am, so I submit to her expertise when writing a scene like that. In any other way, when we write together, it’s like rock’em sock’em robots. We just keep hitting each other until the book is done.

8. I think it’s great the way the two of you get along. I love the banter that goes on between the two of you on Facebook, as I’m sure others do too. And I love it when she tells you what to do…not that you always listen.  Now the part everyone’s been waiting for. Tell us about your newest project.

 

The sequel to “For A Hero” is in the works. It’s going to follow Blaine, David’s best friend. He is a very different kind of hero. The book will be darker, deeper, more detailed, and hopefully, more poignant. The story will continue where the first left off, and I will answer a lot of questions about Blaine, a character that was shrouded in mystery in the first book.

Sounds great. Now here are some links for all of you to follow for Jess.

Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ForAHero?ref=hl

BLURB:
Heroes are not born, they are made – they are made by defeating enemies, by overcoming impossible challenges and by walking through fire. David is such a hero. He has devoted his life to saving the hopeless, yet he can’t accept the fact that he is worthy to be loved.

David lost his family and he blames himself, so he fights Fire to repay a debt he never really owed. Day after day he does his job and goes home alone to face a future of solitude and regret – until Jenna comes into his life. 
Jenna sees a hero when she looks at David. She sees a man who is bigger than life and deserves to be loved. So, Jenna sets out to prove to him that he is perfect just the way he is. And starts by buying a date with him – to the tune of $15000. 
Before David knows it, his life is full of excitement, passion and more love than he can handle. But will he be able to keep it or will the demons from his past snatch happiness from his grasp?

** Warning: Contains Explicit Scenes and Content, Intended for 18+ Audience

Bio –
Jess Hunter is a New Orleans native who grew up in Austin, Texas. He attended the University of Texas with a major in Business and Communications. Jess loves to ride motorcycles, play video games and philosophize about the meaning of life. He is the brother and co-author of Sable Hunter and enjoys good food, beautiful women and sleeping-in on weekends. Jess will continue to write – not only romance, but horror, suspense and fantasy.

Delve into the enigma that is Jess Hunter as he captures the purity and innocence of the hero dynamic and intertwines it with romance and love that will take your breath away.

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 Well, there you have it, ladies. This is Jess! Whew…isn’t he just the best? Be sure and check out his new release, For A Hero, and watch for the sequel.
Next week, Jess’s big sis, Sable, will join us. I’ve put her in the hot seat too, so she’ll be answering questions as well as telling us about what’s new in her world.
Until then, keep reading, stay safe, and have a great week. Let’s make a date to meet back here next week.
Love, Anna

And The Craziness Continues…

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Welcome back to another glimpse into Anna’s world. It’s been a crazy week, that’s for sure…

Last weekend, we offered Crossroad to Love as a free download for a few days and the response was great! The book, the first in my Fab Five series from LazyDay Publishing, is followed by The Road To Her Heart, which was released on March 20. The third book in the series, The Road To His Soul, will be available on May 22. There are several more books planned for the series before it ends…so stay tuned.

During the month of May, I’ll be talking more about The Road To His Soul, and giving you some teasers along the way, as well as interviewing Kurt Liebetrau, who is the marketing manager for country singer, John Adam Murph. Kurt’s going to give us all some pointers on marketing. He’s helped me along this journey of mine.

John Adam Murph, a friend, and up and coming new country artist, graciously allowed me to use his name and one of his songs, Don’t Forget Me, in The Road To His Soul. I’ll be featuring him on this blog in May, as well.

Kurt and I are planning a big Facebook release event for the book…so keep your ears open…there have been rumblings about some giveaways…

And if that isn’t exciting enough, Rebel Ink Press released Sunny’s Love on April 3rd. This is one of my books that isn’t part of the series. I talked about it last week…if you haven’t picked up your copy yet, go grab it now…it’s already getting some good reviews!! It’s also one of the featured books in the All Romance newsletter this week!

Speaking of Sunny’s Love, I had an interesting discussion with an author friend of mine tonight. She writes about domestic discipline, and normally only reads paranormal or DD books. She’s reading Sunny’s Love right now and is loving it. We discussed how it’s a refreshing change sometimes to go out of your normal genre when choosing a book to read. In the past, I’ve had Sci-Fi fans who never read romance tell me they’ve read my books and loved them, as well as guys who normally wouldn’t be caught dead reading a romance novel, tell me they’re hooked on my books. So there must be something to be said for going out of your usual genre once in awhile. I normally only read romance or erotic romance. But I’ve been known, on occasion, to read another genre and have been pleasantly surprised when I liked the book. Food for thought the next time you’re choosing a book to read.

I got the cover for The Road To His Soul this week and I love it…it is sooooooo Colt and Kendyl, the couple in the book.

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So you see, it really has been a crazy week…add the day job, out of town guests, and hubby starting on new meds to the mix, and you’ll understand why I’ve taken a break from writing this weekend, a rare occasion for me. But never fear, I’ll be back at it this week, working on something for Rebel, and also on Book #6 for the series for LazyDay. Never a dull moment in Anna’s life, that’s for sure! With nine contracts signed, I’m not ready to stop anytime soon…oh yeah, heard that edits are headed my way again any day now…

Stop back by next week…you never know who will be here…

Love, Anna 🙂

SUNNY’S LOVE…From Rebel Ink Press

  Welcome back! InRebel Ink Press just a few more days, Sunny’s Love will be released by Rebel Ink Press..

I’ve been told some of my readers are anxiously awaiting the release of this story, so I’ve decided to treat you to a little excerpt this weekend to whet your appetite even more…

My characters, Sunny and Chase, are not quite a couple you’d think would have anything in common. He’s eleven years her senior, widowed, with two small children, and owns a large, successful restaurant chain. Oh, and did I mention, he’s HOT?? And Sunny, well…she’s been betrayed and hurt in the past by her only boyfriend…lost her father… and soon will find herself out of work…

And then one day…Sunny meets Chase…and his adorable, motherless cherubs…the journey has begun…and did I mention Chase is HOT??

One of my readers told me she saw a commercial on television that reminded her of this book cover…and it’s a gorgeous cover, created by none other than Carl Franklin, at Rebel. I have to say, the couple on the cover depict my image of Chase and Sunny almost perfectly…and by the way, did I mention Chase is HOT??

Here’s the Blurb:

Sunny Drake has had a few bad years.  First she lost her beloved father. Then her long time boyfriend married someone else.  Now the doctor she works for is retiring. When Sunny meets widowed, restaurant mogul Chase Dupont, who is suddenly in need of a nanny, she agrees to take the job, never dreaming the journey it will lead her on.

 To save his business from being taken over by another company, Chase asks Sunny to marry him. It will be a marriage of convenience but it will be for life. She agrees since she’s already in love with him. But can she make him love her, too?

 When Sunny suffers a fall and lies unconscious for days, Chase realizes all he’s ever wanted is Sunny’s Love. But a mystery begins to unravel as they realize Sunny’s fall wasn’t an accident. Someone is trying to murder her. Will Sunny and Chase get the chance to admit their true feelings to each other?  Or is it too late?

How about an excerpt??

 “Have you ever thought about becoming a nanny?” He watched her face, gauging her reaction.

The question caught her off guard. She hesitated for just a moment. “No, I’ve never thought about it.”

“Why don’t you think about it, Sunny? I can make arrangements for the next month, until Dr. Rose retires. The job is yours if you want it. We can discuss salary and benefits later. I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed. I take care of my employees. Your schedule will be flexible, to a certain extent. I like to arrange my schedule so I can spend time with Ali and Brice. You’d be free during those times.”

 Sunny was literally in shock. She didn’t know what to say.

 “Think about it, that’s all I ask,” he urged.

 “I don’t have to think about it. I accept.” She wasn’t one to make spur of the moment decisions, but this had just fallen into her lap, and was too tempting to resist.

“That’s wonderful, Sunny! You’ve just helped me escape a gruesome task of interviewing potential nannies. Besides, the kids both like you already. I’ve seen firsthand how you were with Brice, at Dr. Rose’s office, and earlier I watched your interaction with Ali. And I have to say I was impressed both times.”

“And I like both of them, as well. They seem to be very sweet, well-behaved children.” Not to mention their daddy is hot, she thought.

 “I have to warn you, even though they are both very well-behaved kids, they’ve had a tough time getting over the sudden loss of their mother,” he said with a hint of sadness in his voice.

“That’s understandable. I’m an adult, and I still have a hard time dealing with the loss of my father, at times.”

“How long has he been gone?”

 “A little over a year now,” she replied.

 “I’m sorry, Sunny.”

 “Thank you. Dr. Rose and his wife have been especially kind to both my mother and me, through it all.”

“We’ll be leaving for our summer home at the beach, just about the time you finish your work with Dr. Rose,” Chase informed her.

 “Really?” she asked. How lucky can I get? I’ve been offered a dream job and a summer at the beach.

“I’ll get back to you with the details, if you’ll give me a number to reach you.”

“I’ll give you my cell number. If I don’t answer, just leave a message and I’ll be sure to call you back.”

 “Great! This could be the start of a beautiful relationship, Sunny.”

 If only he didn’t mean the relationship between an employer and his employee! I would have loved to have pursued another type of relationship with this fascinating man, but apparently that isn’t in the cards.

After they’d had dessert and coffee, he suggested they tell the children the news. But when they entered the bedroom, both children were sound asleep. They were two tiny motherless cherubs; sound asleep with their arms around each other.

 “I’ll move Ali to her bed.” Chase picked up his daughter. He tucked her into her bed, kissing her goodnight, before walking over to the other bed. He gently tucked his son in, giving him a kiss on the forehead. He took the DS from Brice’s hand and set it on the nightstand. PIcking up the remote, he turned off the television, placing it on the nightstand as well. As they walked out of the room, he flipped the light switch, but not before placing a tiny nightlight into a wall socket, leaving a soft glow of light in the room.

“The big news will have to wait till morning,” he said as they tiptoed out of the room.

 “I’d better be going. I have to work in the morning.”

 “Sunny….thank you, I’ll be in touch.” He gently touched her cheek as if he wanted to say more, but stopped himself.

 Her breath caught in her throat. It was almost as if he had wanted to kiss her goodnight.

 She picked up her purse, quickly told him goodnight and quietly let herself out.

All the way home, she thought about the way he’d said goodnight. Did he want to kiss me or was it my imagination? I wouldn’t have fought it if he had. Maybe I shouldn’t have accepted the job as nanny to his children. It might prove to be dangerous to my heart. And then again, maybe it will prove to be much more. She went to bed that night full of anticipation of the summer that lay ahead for her, with the Dupont family.

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 Sunny’s Love will be available on Amazon, B&N, ARe, and Bookstrand.  Check back next week for more exciting news in Anna’s World. You never know what’s going to be happening…

Oh…yeah…did I mention that Sunny thinks Chase is very HOT???

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Welcome Rebel Author, Jane Wakely

Rebel Ink Press

Welcome back to another week in Anna’s world. Today my very special guest is fellow Rebel author, Jane Wakely. She’s here to tell us all about her new release.

 I’ve asked Jane a few questions, so before we get to the good stuff, let’s see what she has to say.

 

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

 Jane: If it’s romance, I’ll read it! I will read any romance genre if the book sounds good, but my favorites are paranormal shifters and vamps! Not surprisingly, most of my ideas start with a hot shifter or vamp! 🙂

Anna: We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

 Jane: Even though it doesn’t support me right now, I’m lucky enough to be able to write full-time and I’m most productive when I follow a “work” schedule. I try to get in all of what I call “admin (email/social) stuff” done before nine, then write from 9-2. Family stuff comes next, but I usually fit in another hour or two of admin stuff later on in the day. I try not to work on weekends, but I usually end up doing some blog stuff for an hour or two on both Saturday and Sunday. If I keep the schedule, I can see great results!

Anna: Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

 Jane: I usually chose tall, muscular, alpha types with a weakness for their heroines. My heroines are strong women who have usually been faced with some obstacle to shake their internal confidence.

Anna: Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

 Jane: I love a good paranormal/shifter romance and I’ve read quite a few. My favorites are the worlds created my Cynthia Eden and Dana Marie Bell. They inspire me to write a story that my readers love as much as I love their books!

Anna: Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

    Jane: Lately it’s been ice cream! My family loves ice cream, so we have to limit the   good (real) stuff to once or twice a month! Haagen Dazs Banana Split is my usual choice!

Anna: Now, Jane, tell us about your newest book.

Title: Jenn’s Wolf

Blurb:

Jenn is used to being overlooked by men. She’s short, slim, shy and her past keeps her guarded against others—especially men. It also gets her labeled as having a “good personality.” When she sees Matt for the first time, she realizes he’s the first man she’s willing to take a chance on.

 

Matt is a wolf shifter worried that he’ll never find his mate. Without a mate, a shifter’s life is incredibly drawn-out and lonely. Willing to try anything, he agrees to a blind date with Jenn and is stunned to find out she’s the one.

 

A misunderstanding interrupts their first night together and leaves them both miserable. After determining she may have overreacted, Jenn apologizes and they agree to start over. When Matt tells her about his wolf, she has to decide whether to trust her heart or run from the only man she’s ever wanted.

Excerpt:

Jennifer and Christina had been college roommates their senior year and became fast friends. They relocated to Chestnut Rock together and now shared a small, affordable apartment. That had been two years ago.

 

Jennifer was happy she had Christina in her life. Her best friend kept her from locking herself away and hiding from the world. Christina taught her that people sometimes drink in social situations, but they didn’t always get drunk or make a scene. Though she still had qualms, Jennifer could now have a good time in situations where friends may have a drink or two.

 

Christina had wanted to go what she called “man shopping,” which basically meant “go to the bar and look at hot guys!” Jennifer agreed to come along.

 

While Christina had no trouble finding dates, Jennifer was a bit more challenged. The two friends were as different as night and day. Christina was tall and blond with blue eyes and a bubbly personality. Jennifer was short with brown hair and brown eyes. She was reserved which most people took as timid and sometimes rude or snobby. It was hard for her to meet people and without Christina’s help, she might have ended up friendless and alone for the rest of her life. Luckily, that didn’t happen and her friend even convinced her to go on a blind date set up by one of her co-workers. The date was tomorrow night.

 

The group in the center roared with laughter again and the one with his back to her stepped to the right and bent over to look at his friend’s phone. Jenn could see the group more clearly now and her gaze stopped on the tall piece of awesome standing closest to the bar. If they were truly “man shopping,” she’d buy him and take him home.

Buy:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/116bhls

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1458lX1

All Romance: http://bit.ly/WtMrsU

BookStrand: http://bit.ly/110XBUW

 

Find Jane:

Blog: www.janewakely.blogspot.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JaneWakely

Twitter: www.twitter.com/JaneWakely

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/JaneWakely

Thank you, Anna, for hosting me today!

Readers: I’m giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card at the end of my Mini Blog Tour! How do you enter? Leave a comment below (with email)! Yes, it’s that easy! Want more chances to win? Visit all five stops on the tour! Every comment (with email) will go in the drawing! (Find all the tour stops here: http://janewakely.blogspot.com/2013/03/jenns-wolf-mini-blog-tour.html )! I’ll draw/announce/post the winner on my blog on Tuesday, April 2!

Good luck and thanks for visiting! 🙂

Thanks, everyone for joining Jane and me today. My interview with Ana Vitsky has been postponed to a later date, so I’ll be sure and let you know when she’ll be visiting.

 

In the meantime, check back next week when I’ll be talking about my next Rebel release, Sunny’s Love. Until then, have a great week and keep reading!!!

 

Love, Anna 🙂Jenn's Wolf Cover