Sunday, March 30, 2008
If you think it's worth a vote as best cover, I'd be very happy, plus it would save me grovelling and begging which is so undignified. :o)
Regards, Anne.~ http://www.annewhitfield.comBroken Hero, Her Shadowed Heart and Woodland Daughter, all released soon!
Friday, March 28, 2008
Today marks the official print release date of Love, Texas Style. The digital release has been a phenomenal success, steadily climbing the bestseller list and remaining at or near the top for four weeks. From romantic suspense to inspirational, historical to paranormal, this diverse collection of short stories offers twelve delicious slices of romance only the Lone Star State can deliver.
The Double-Dog-Dare Dance by Nancy Connally
The Ring by Christine Crocker
The Rancher's Wife by Jen Fitzgerald
A Lady in Deed by Nikki Hollaway
Someone to Run To by Mary Malcolm
The Lost Highway by L.A. Mitchell
Shotgun Seduction by Angi Morgan
My Love Dropped in at the Drop Your Doggie Inn by Gina Lee Nelson
Reclaiming Tess by Beth Shriver
Prickly Heat by Marty Tidwell
Wallflowers by Marty Tidwell
Bounty Hunting, Texas Style by Arline Todd
In support, I (of course) donate to the cause. This year, in addition to my normal donation, I’m going to kick in additional funds for every one of my books and short stories sold between now and May 1st, and I’m inviting you to help. If you email me copies of your order confirmations from any source—the publisher, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Fictionwise – doesn’t matter. I’ll add $1.00 for every novel and fifty cents for every short story sold during this timeframe. This is your chance to enjoy a good read and help a good cause. Whether you choose one of my two new Wild Rose Press releases, Hurricane Breeze and Second Chance Rose, or go all the way back to Words, the first contracted WRP short story, you'll know you're doing more than enjoying a good read.
Note: This is a personal donation and in no way represents an endorsement from my publishers.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
It started out as a germ of an idea. Then it blossomed into three chapters. Then I lost the notebook I had penned those first three chapters in. I didn't forget about the idea, but I kept typing away(really revising and revising and revising) on How Much You Want to Bet?
But then I got the chance to write this story. (Okay, I was freaking out, going over edits for How Much You Want to Bet? and waiting for more. I had nothing but free time to spaz out. So I used the time to distract myself.) I didn't remember all the details of the story, but I had a title and the opening scene. This story had been simmering for close to a year. So I penned that sucker in three months. And now, voila
Oh, the title change, well, it was a little racy. But trust me the sex scenes live up to that title.
Here's a blurb:
A rock and a hard place has nothing on Megan Hazley when she agrees to stay for her mother's wedding. Nicole aka Mommie Dearest isn't Megan's only obstacle to getting the deed to her deceased father's home; her ex-boyfriend, Aiden Blake, is the best man. Time hasn’t lessened the spark between them, a spark that should have died the day she hitched hiked out of “Boondock”, U.S.A.
Megan must deal with the troubles she left behind 12 years ago and choose between the man she once loved and the life she built for herself.
Who said going home was easy?
I know since you've read How Much You Want to Bet? You can't wait for this one to be released. Well, you're going to have to wait for me to finish spazing out on edits. But if you don't have How Much You Want to Bet? You can get it here. Just a little something to tide you over.
Melissa Blue and I'm out.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
The years have passed, the stories have changed and the writing has improved.
Yes, my book Vortex to the Ojibwa is coming out in e-print. The story of time-traveling teens who visit an Indian encampment was based in part of a cenote found near my cottage in Parry Sound.
When a friend's son climbed down inside it, he found an arrow head from the pre-historic age.
The story almost wrote itself.
I hope you read it and enjoy it.
Monday, March 24, 2008
The lower the number, the better your sales are. Besides giving you a rough idea of what your sales might be, it can also show you if a particular marketing/advertising strategy has worked. See your number go down one day? Did you just place a banner ad on a well-known site? Or do an interview, or a reading somewhere?
Is you don't have time to constantly check your rank, though, here's a site you might find useful. I stumbled upon it over the weekend and am impressed with what I see so far. RankTracer will trace any number of products for you, and create daily/weekly/monthly charts that show your sales ups and downs. They'll also include estimated sales, based on your rank number. Just a bit of an easier way to keep track of your sales and marketing efforts, I think.
Plus their customer service is awesome. It costs only $2/month per product to trace, but if you blog about them or put a link on your website, they'll start you off with a couple of months free. Check it out - I'm liking it so far!
One day while pregnant with my daughter I flung the book I currently attempted to devour in disgust and muttered, "I can do better than that!" I'm still not sure if the book was really that bad or if I merely had a hormonal moment, but thus began my writing journey.
That incident occurred more than twenty-five years ago and I must say I, as an author as well as a human being, have evolved a great deal in a quarter of a century.
For years I was a closet writer who wrote in 5-subject notebooks, shy and afraid of what people would think. I had no idea that there were rules to writing or anything similar. I simply wrote as the characters and story unfolded in my mind. Once I bought my first word processor, my secret was out. The one defining moment when I thought I just may be on to something was when my mother, also an avid reader but a sports fanatic, missed the Super Bowl to read my manuscript. If you know any sports fanatics you'll know that it takes something very special or drastic to pull them away from that game.
I've come a long way since those years as a closet writer. Today I am multi-published in romantic fiction and creative non-fiction. My writing has won awards such as Coeur de Louisianne’s 1999 Diamond in the Rough and their 2000 Ruby and in 2001 I earned my RWA Pro Pin.
My short stories have received awards such as Reviewers Top Pick from Night Owl Romance & Recommended Read from My Book Cravings
Sunday, March 23, 2008
candidates campaigning to be
the next President of the United States.
will help determine policy
both nationally and abroad.
The stakes have never been higher.
What would happen if someone
secured a microchip that
could be manipulated to give
his or her candidate
the edge to win the next
Not enough votes for a landslide,
but just enough to put their candidate over
the top in a decisive win.
It’s Ivy Dillon’s last week
as a Washington Intern.
She and Ms. Geneen Waters,
to the President of the United States,
overhear a conversation
about voting machines
and missing software.
Months later Ms. Waters body is found
in the Potomac River.
Special Agent Ian Serby
swears he will give his life to protect her
& takes Ivy into protective FBI custody.
Ian is smart, sexy and seems to
have a hidden agenda all his own.
Will Ivy follow her heart and believe
what Ian tells her
or is he one of the Wildcards,
a group of maverick agents
who wants to take over the outcome
of who the next President
of the United States will be?
With her life in danger,
Ivy hops the first bus out of Chicago
and takes it south to Austin, Texas
where she blends in to college life
and takes a new identity.
A timely political book.
Sometimes, you know--when you write, you kind of wonder if anyone (well, other than your critique partner) is ever going to say, "Hey, that was good." Guess I was stressing. My first romantic suspense, Hot Contract, came out the other day--all thanks to my fabulous editor, Laura. And I got a review.
It might only be "a" review. But it's a spiffy keen, utterly fabulous review, and I love it to death. I'm going to frame it and hang it on my wall. (I'm such a noob, lol)
...doing the happy dance!!!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Here's a video I found on You Tube from the screen adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, detailing the difference of life between South England and North England during the Victorian Era. It's one fine production! The romance will sweep you away! Richard Armitage as John Thornton is just so hero worthy! *sigh*
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I'm thrilled to announce that my recent release, an Alaskan contemporary romance called "A Sigh of Love" has been getting some great reviews! I used to live in Alaska, and I've got a special fondness for this story. The beginning is based on true events...all the way up to the romance!
Night Owl Romance gives it Five Hearts and a Reviewer Top Pick!
Here is what the reviewer says:
“I absolutely loved this story. There was just something magical about it since it was set in Alaska. Having visited there a few years ago, its beauty just leaves a permanent image in your heart, mind and soul. Alaska was the perfect backdrop for this story and the characters were just so believable. I felt so bad for Abbie because she just seemed to be getting a bad deal all the time until she returned back to Alaska. It was as if Alaska helped her to find herself again. I would definitely recommend this story to others and I eagerly look forward to reading more stories from Ms. McBride.”
The rest of the review: http://www.nightowlromance.com/nightowlromance/reviews/Review.asp?ReviewId=1333
And The Romance Studio gives it 4.5/5 and a Sweetheart Win!
"I really enjoyed reading this book and found myself reading through the night because I just could not put it down. The sensual scenes were beautifully presented but were not explicit. The sex was alluded to, but not specific. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a good love story with great action. I believe that it will be a definite winner."
The rest of the review:
My first book for Vintage Rose will be out later this year. As urban fantasy and paranormal romances are my favorite reading, you can be sure my story falls into this area. Drop me a line with comments or questions about my writing and I'll get back to you.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
I'm so happy to receive such a wonderful review for Broken Hero. It's thrilling to find out that people are enjoying this story, as I loved writing it.
To read the review, go here.
To purchase Broken Hero in ebook, go here.
Out in print in April.
I'm pleased to announce that my new story, "Pigmalion," will be released on April 23, 2008. Thanks to Nancy Swanson for excellent editing and Nicola Martinez for a beautiful--and hot cover! Here's a teaser to put this thirty-three page, spicy short story on your to-buy list.
Graduate student Levisa Harris is focused on finishing her Master’s thesis on Baltimore dialects, and only needs one more volunteer to complete her study. After a homecoming game, she meets Sam Parker, a handsome man with an interesting accent. But he’s not interested in being a “guinea pig.” An accounting major from the poor side of town, Sam soon finds out that his "Bawlamerese" is getting in the way of his career.
Swallowing his pride, he agrees to be in Levisa’s study in exchange for free lessons. A dream job at a big accounting firm is within his reach, but only if she can teach him proper speech—in four months! Little does Levisa know that tutoring Sam will lead to passionate private lessons that take her breath away and teach her heart and body to speak the language of love.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
A great review for Broken Hero!
A great review for Broken Hero!
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
Book 2 in my NovelTea series (NovelTea Next Door) has been contracted for the Crimson or Romantic Suspense line. This story is about 4x the length of the original so I was able to delve a little bit more into the characters and develop a case for the Hero/Heroine to solve together. It is written in first person just like A Night of NovelTea except this time it comes from the hero’s perspective. Writing as a man for an entire story was a challenge but in the end I was very happy with how it turned out. It still has a light, fun tone along with the suspense. Here is the blurb for you:
Second in the NovelTea Series:
Government agent Grant Gerard knows he’s cocky. It’s the reason he can do this job day after day. He’s always kept his life simple and uncomplicated…until destiny took a turn when he met bookstore/tea shop owner Juliet Truesdale.
Armed with a new lead pertaining to known criminal spook, Alexis Guthrie, Grant enlists Juliet to aid the investigation which ends up at the door of her neighbor, Adam Trudeau. This investment banker neighbor of hers seems harmless enough despite his annoying interest in Juliet. Will this turn of events only usher in more dangerous or even deadly situations for the duo? Can Grant allow Juliet into his heart and keep her safe from the danger looming in the distance?
I have also started a new blog for the NovelTea Series. You can find it at: http://novelteaseries.blogspot.com/. I plan on posting something new every Friday. This is where you can keep up with this exciting romantic-comedy suspense series with excerpts and insight into the stories and characters.
A Night of NovelTea (Book 1) Available Now at The Wild Rose Press
Don't you just love it! Rae Monet designed this absolutely gorgeous cover for my futuristic paranormal romance, Do Or Die coming soon from The Wild Rose Press!
Here's the blurb to whet your appetite!
Do or Die by Marly Mathews
Coming soon from The Wild Rose Press!
The world has changed. Ten years ago, Earth nearly crumbled beneath the might of an intergalactic War. Their Enemy fought them with their destructive psychokinetic powers. Only a band of extraordinary humans stood in their path. They were known as the Gemini Order. Led by Shylah McKay, they saved Earth from ruination.
Now, Shylah McKay and her kind are being persecuted for the very talents that saved Earth. But Shylah's a mover and a shaker, and with her lover Grayson by her side, she'll go to the ends of the Earth and beyond to fight for her people.
Have a magical weekend, everyone!
Thursday, March 06, 2008
Which famous author/poet are you?
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|You scored as William Shakespeare|
You are most like William Shakespeare, considered to be the greatest writer in English. Mystery surrounds his life, but scholars know he had a wife and family, who was not around much because he was in London writing and directing plays at the famous Globe Theater, where he produced plays that everyone of any background could enjoy. His sonnets show his mastery of style. His plays show his insight into human nature, as he has created some of the greatest characters in all of literature. His works are too many to list, but some include "Hamlet," "MacBeth" and "Twelfth Night."
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
I don't, at least not yet, but I have a feeling I'm falling in love...
I have to admit Amazon's Kindle does attract my attention. It's still a little expensive for me as yet, but I have it on my wish list and will keep an eye on the price, hoping that in a year or so it might go down. Don't tell me I'm wishful thinking, please, I couldn't bear it.
So anyway, I went to visit the Amazon Kindle page and found that Amazon have sold out of the little machine, which surpised me. I watched the little video and was very impressed with it's features, and Kindle was pushed up a bit higher on my wish list! :o)
I was even more impressed and surprised when I saw my historical WWII romance, Broken Hero, was available for Kindle. Does that make me no longer a Kindle virgin?
So if you do Kindle, drop me a line and let me know how you like it. I promise I'll not get too jealous.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
I also signed another contract with The Wild Rose Press. Both me and my friend, Abbey Macinnis signed contracts for the fantastic Wayback Texas tales. Our heroines are sisters and their stories are intertwined, so our fantastic editor, Spencer Glenn, will be working with both of us.
Oh and we'll be moving next month too. So between edits on my Wayback Texas tale, Return of the Prodigal Daughter, and getting ready for the move, it'll be a busy few months before my first Wild Rose Press tale is released. I'm thrilled to be in the garden with such wonderful authors and editors though and I know my association with The Wild Rose Press will continue for many years
Monday, March 03, 2008
I'm thrilled to announce that No Second Chance won Book Cover of the Month at the Erin Aislinn Cover contest. My cover artist at The Wild Rose Press, Kim Mendoza did an excellent job with the cover art, and this cover beat out four other books for the honor of Best Cover. Even better, by winning, the cover will stay posted at Erin's contest site throughout 2008, giving the book additional exposure.
If you haven't checked out No Second Chance yet, be sure and read the blurb below. A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit Days End Farm Horse Rescue, so every sale helps a great cause.
No Second Chance is out in print and ebook format. Get your copy today!
BUY LINKS Print: Buy it at Amazon ebook: The Wild Rose Press or Kindle
Hope Farrier rescues unwanted horses, but she’s saddled with debt. Without help she’ll lose Second Chance Farm, the first home she’s ever known. An endowment brings the promise of future relief and the presence of shrewd business manager, Devlin Temple.
Trouble is, Devlin has his dreamy blue eyes on more than her bottom line.
Playboy Devlin Temple lays a trap for the thief that’s fleecing his company. When his cousin sets his cap for Devlin’s job, Devlin knows he needs Hope’s help to secure the CEO position. In her arms he finds the solace and support he craves, but their blossoming romance prompts the thief to raise the stakes.
Will Devlin and Hope pay the ultimate price for love?
romance danger mystery
I just wanted to stop by and let everyone know I'm this week's guest moderator in the Wild Rose reader's loop. I'm tickled to be doing this and I'm hoping to get everyone chatting up a storm. Won't you stop by and visit a while?
I'll be looking for you! :)
From the Heart