Holiday Sweets

received_1006648112728670Wow, the holiday season is already upon us. I can hardly believe it! And just in time, I released a short, sweet, holiday romance for you to enjoy in between all the hustle and bustle. Turn on the Christmas tree lights, grab your favorite drink, and snuggle up with this read about second chance love. Let me tell you a little about Wendy’s Wish…

Blurb:

Wendy Becker has one wish this holiday season, the same one she’s had for the past five years. She hopes to miraculously be reunited with her college sweetheart, Brennan Jackman, now a popular country singer. When he left Ohio State to make his dreams come true, he promised her he would be back for her. Now, it seems he’s all but forgotten that promise with his newfound success.
Invited to accompany a friend from work on a holiday cruise, Wendy views it as her first step in moving on, although fate may have different plans. Brennan is performing every night of the cruise! Will her wish finally come true or will she be disappointed in the man she has never forgotten?

Ah, see where this is going? I wonder what will happen when they see each other for the first time on board that ship…

 

Excerpt:

The buffet was enormous and the choices endless. The two friends filled their plates and found a place to sit.

“This is the life, isn’t it?” he asked as they enjoyed the food.

“Just think. Brennan does this all the time, traveling to different places. Why would he ever be interested in me these days? Annie’s right. It’s just a silly pipe dream that we could ever reconnect.”

“You can’t think that way,” Geoff said. “I think it may be fate you were able to take this cruise with me. And where there’s a will, there’s always a way. Don’t ever forget that.”

After they’d enjoyed the food, they strolled along the deck before returning to their cabins to prepare for the show. Wendy carefully looked through her wardrobe before finally choosing one of her sundresses. It was floral, with a full skirt and spaghetti straps. She slipped her feet into a pair of sandals and finished her hair and makeup. She wanted to look ravishing, even though she knew Brennan would never see her in the crowd. What would it be like to be in the same room with him again, to see him on stage doing what he loved? What would it do to her to hear his voice again as he belted out the words to his latest hit?  I guess I’ll find out, she thought as she walked to the door to let in Geoff.

“Wow, you look sensational!” he said. “Brennan is sure to notice you.”

“Oh, shoot, with all the other passengers in the crowd, I doubt he’ll even realize I’m there,” she said, grabbing a light sweater and a small purse.

“Don’t bet on it,” he replied as he followed her into the hallway and closed the cabin door behind him.

The room was already crowded when they arrived. They found seats near the middle and sat down. The opening act began at eight, and Wendy found herself fidgeting as she anxiously waited for the moment Brennan made his appearance on the stage.

“You’re really nervous about seeing him again, aren’t you?” Geoff asked.

“Yes, I guess I am. And to be this close to him and not be able to talk to him is just…well…torture.”

“We’ll try and remedy that situation, I promise.”

She looked at him gratefully. “Thanks for all this, Geoff, the trip, the surprise, the offer to help me find a way to talk to Brennan. You are truly a friend.”

“I try.”

Soon it was time for Brennan to walk out on stage. When he did, the crowd went wild. Wendy held her breath as he picked up his guitar and began to speak.

“Good evening, are y’all having a good time?” he asked.

“Yes!” the crowd shouted in reply.

“I thank y’all for coming out to see my show tonight. With so many things to do on this ship, it means the world to me that y’all took time out for me. I’ll try to entertain you for the next hour and a half.”

He began to strum the guitar as the band started to play. The room quieted as he sang one of his first hits. When he’d finished, the applause was deafening. The crowd loved him; he had them eating out of his hand.

“I wrote this song back in my college days at Ohio State. A pretty little gal I knew back then was my inspiration.”

Geoff looked over at Wendy. “That’s you!” he whispered.

She didn’t know what to say. As she listened to the words of the song, her heart melted. He sang of things they had done back then and of how he would never forget her. He still remembered! She never knew he had written a song about her, and she was touched.

Be still my heart! Can you just imagine…sitting in the audience and the hottest thing in country music sings a song that he wrote for you?

Wendy’s Wish is available on Kindle Unlimited. Grab yours now and find out what happens with Wendy and Brennan.

https://www.amazon.com/Wendys-Wish-Anna-Kristell-ebook/dp/B01MSIH30K

Book Pirating and What It Means To An Author

AnnasigningHi and welcome back to Anna’s World. I haven’t written a post for a few weeks because I’ve been busy finishing up a new project and starting another one…or two…

But tonight I’m back and I’m going to talk about a very serious subject that most authors will encounter at least once in their career. Pirating. What is it? Pirating is when some unknown person downloads the file to your book or books to a site not approved by the author or their publisher and offers the book free or at a very reduced price. The author nor the publisher sees any of the monies and if the book is offered free…then all the hard work that has been done to bring that book or books to publication is pretty much down the drain. At least with the missed sales for the ones that were downloaded from that site.

Many authors depend on the royalties from their book sales to pay their bills. When someone takes it upon themselves to offer a copyrighted book free, it’s not only illegal but unethical. What can be done about it? Sadly not a whole lot. A cease and desist letter can be sent demanding the book be taken down from the site and sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t.

The first time it happened to me, a best-selling author friend told me she knew I was upset but it was my first time. She shared that her books had been pirated numerous times. I was appalled! 

What prompted this post? A few weeks ago, one of the authors who writes for one of the pubs I write for happened to find almost all of our authors’ books on a couple of sites. We were all just sickened by the news and immediately sent letters to the owner of the sites. We also asked friends to do the same.

I decided to address this issue to bring attention to it to unsuspecting readers who may not even realize they are downloading books illegally. The rule of thumb…if it’s not one of the major retailers…it’s probably not legit.

Occasionally an author or a publisher will offer a book at a reduced price for a short period of time or sometimes even free, but it will be offered on one of the major sites, most often Amazon or the publisher’s website.

How do these ‘pirates’ gain access to the files? Sadly there are any number of ways.

Just remember, if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is.

On a brighter note, one project submitted a few weeks ago, another one just about ready to send in, and another one in the works. Anna and Isabella have both been busy…LOL.

Have a great week, read lots of books, write reviews, and meet me back here soon for more news in Anna’s World!!!!!

Love,

Anna