Showing posts with label Defending Glory. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Defending Glory. Show all posts

TGIF!

Thank goodness it's Friday. 

If you're looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense to read this weekend I'm thrilled to announce the kindle version of DEFENDING GLORY is on sale for 99¢ or 99p. 

US Amazon:

UK Amazon: amzn.to/2et2nIZ


Amazon Reviewer: "Now this is romantic suspense at its best!" FIVE stars 

Download your copy today and have a fantastic weekend and of course, happy reading!

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New Cover Reveal

Some suggest it's impossible to judge a book by its cover, but I beg to differ. Take a look at the new cover for my romantic suspense DEFENDING GLORY

Suffering from survivor's guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. When he discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer's property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman's life is in grave danger. He vows to keep her safe until the completion of the construction project, but how will he protect his heart?

As the author I may be biased, but I absolutely love this new cover. It captures the essence of this romantic suspense perfectly.

Happy reading! 


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1 Writer + 1 Reader = FAN MAIL!


One of the best things about being an author is receiving an email from a reader who has not only spent their hard earned cash on your book, but enjoyed it, AND then felt compelled to tell you in their own words why you should write more. 

Villains & Their Villainous Ways

Every story needs a villain. They challenge, threaten and oppose the hero or heroine and make it difficult if not impossible for them to achieve their heart's desire. Some villains are visible and known by both the reader and protagonist from the first page. Others lurk in the background, but all are coy, cunning and dangerous.

2013 Recap

I rarely look back, but 2013 has been particularly memorable with many highs and an equal number of lows. This past year deserves at least a quick recap.

January was a depressing month because my New Year's Resolution was to NOT promote my books. I won't go into the reasons why, but for a writer to stop blogging, stop writing, and withdrew into a writer's funk it goes without saying it isn't pretty.

New Release: Love & Just Desserts


Four short stories, Baker's Dozen, Katie's Gift, Botanic Justice, and The Green Flash, are featured in my short story collection, Love & Just Desserts. Available now on Amazon, it's perfect for those moments when you want to read but are strapped for time. Enjoy, and happy reading!

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Setting: Make it Work!


Setting is the locale or period in which the action of a novel takes place. It can be urban, rural, tropical, wintry, foreign, indigenous, alien, and/or everything in between.

I Wrote That?

One of the joys of revisiting a story is the opportunity to reconnect with beloved characters and share in their trials, tribulations, and of course happily-ever-afters. 

This month I was able to do that with one of my own books--Defending Glory.

Defending Glory

I'm doing the happy dance because DEFENDING GLORY, a Piedmont Island romantic suspense, is available NOW on Amazon in ebook format!

What's it about?

Suffering from survivor's guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. 

When he discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer's property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman's life is in grave danger. 

He vows to keep her safe until the completion of the construction project, but how will he protect his heart?

What are reader's saying? Donna Basinow said, "Now this is romantic suspense as its best! DEFENDING GLORY is a wonderful combination of romance - and who dunnit. Ms. Albert has a wonderful way of leaving the reader in the dark - with just a hint of light - to keep you wondering right until the end. I loved it and can't wait to read more of her work!"

Speaking of the next book in the series, my brain is working overtime on possible and plausible plotlines. I'll provide more info about DEFENDING HOPE in future blog posts. Until then, happy reading! 

Did I mention Defending Glory is available on Amazon?! ;-)

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It's Time We Talked


Some of you may have noticed I've been rather quiet and subdued lately. Changes were taking place in my professional life, and I was unwilling (and unable) to discuss it. 

As with most things, of course, the passage of time changes a situation and now, thank goodness, I'm able to say what's been on my mind.

Sixty plus days ago I parted company with my publisher, but it did not become 'official' until very recently. 

Leaving a traditional publisher behind wasn't an easy decision for me to make. Months of inactivity passed until I finally reached the gut-wrenching decision to end our association. 

I'd assumed the hard part would be submitting the termination letter. It wasn't. The most difficult thing happened when e-book copies of Defending Glory and Frank, Incense and Muriel were withdrawn from Amazon. I felt a real and very deep sense of loss. 

Think of it as an author's limbo or purgatory, if you will. For the past few months I've been a writer without a single book to offer my readers. Could there be anything worse?!

Now, that I'm in total control of my writing career, what's next? 

For starters, both my books will receive new covers. Then, they'll be available once more on Amazon. The details of how and when are in the works, but one thing is certain. It feels good to be back. I missed you guys!

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Easy is Hard Enough Says Author Anne K. Albert

Life is all about change, and significant changes are in the works for my entire family. After nine years of living in their own home within a ten-minute drive of us, my parents (89 & 99) are flying to the opposite side of the country to live with my sister and b-i-l. It's a win/win situation for everyone, and I'm grateful my sister is taking over as their primary caregiver. (Thanks, and hugs, Lynda!)

As you can imagine my daily routine will change dramatically, and being an optimist who actually enjoys change, it's a given my first priority will be my writing.  (It's taken a back seat lately, and I'm excited that too will change!)

My goal for September is to focus on PROTECTING HOPE, book 2 of the Piedmont Island Trilogy, and submit it to my editor. Besides getting sufficient exercise, I also want to remain somewhat visible online. As I often do author interviews, I thought this might be a perfect opportunity to turn the tables and share a few personal tidbits about myself. :)

So, here's part of my bio from my website

A fan of Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, the Hardy Boys, Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner and married to her high school sweetheart for one-third of a century, it's a given Anne K. Albert writes mystery and romantic suspense stories. 

When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using 'Threegio' her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!


Enjoy the 'interview'!

Q: Please tell us a few interesting tidbits about yourself that might surprise us.

Anne: I majored in political science at university, but have never had any political aspirations. I also graduated from art college, but can't paint or draw. The sound of jingling coins in a man's pocket drives me crazy. I'm afraid of big dogs. And last but not least, I rarely ever get homesick. I love to travel and suspect I may have been a nomad or gypsy in a former life!

Q: Where would you like to visit?

Anne: This list is endless. I enjoy exploring close to home, but I'm also keen to see the world. I've toured South America, the Caribbean, England, eastern Europe, and almost every state and province in the US and Canada. Ireland, Newfoundland, France, and Australia, however, are all on my bucket list.

Q: What’s your favorite food?

Anne: Anything my husband cooks! Fortunately, there aren't many foods I dislike, but I'll bypass liver at every turn. (Liver, shiver!) I love eating outdoors when weather permits, and that includes fresh, easy snacks and finger foods. When the temperatures drop, I enjoy oven baked meals that fill the house with delicious aromas. Those tempting smells promise a comforting evening meal. Yum!

Q: What is your favorite quote?

Anne: EASY IS HARD ENOUGH. I do my best to live each day with those four little words in mind. They often save a lot of grief!

Q: If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

Anne: Ah, remember that nomad thing I’ve got going? I could never choose just one place to live. I’d have four. One rural, one urban, one ‘continental’, and one at the beach. Spending three months of each year in various places around the globe would mean I’d never get bored…at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Q: If you came with a warning label, what would it say?

Anne: I have flying monkeys and I’m not afraid to use them. I'm smiling as I type that, but honestly, I imagine most people would think I'm a pushover. That may be true in some respects, but I’m also resilient, tough and determined. As a friend once said, “Being a writer isn’t for wimps!” So true.

As always reader comments are welcome and appreciated. Now, my turn...I'm curious. Do you have a warning label? How do you handle life's changes? Do you have a favorite quote that defines you and your life? 

*If you are an author and have a recent release that falls within the romantic suspense, romance and/or mystery genre, AND is suitable for readers 16 to 90, please contact me to arrange an interview.

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Have You Taken the E-Reader Plunge?


Are you an e-reader? Me, too, but I have a confession to make. I resisted for a very long time--mainly because I doubted the technology could live up to the hype. Boy, was I wrong! In 2011, along with almost 15 million others, I purchased an e-reader

I'm now a card carrying convert and advocate. I love the convenience of downloading a book in seconds. I'm excited to discover new authors I would otherwise have missed because of the increasingly limited space on bookshop shelves. I'm reading more than ever, and cherish the portability of my Kindle. Nicknamed 'Threegio', it fits into my purse, weighs less than a paperback, and is thinner than a magazine. Plus, having instant access to my entire personal library is just SO cool!

This literary phenomenon has changed my life in other ways as well. The number one question readers asked in the past was where they could get a print copy of my books. Now, the majority ask if Defending Glory and Frank, Incense and Muriel are available in e-book format.  

Well, YES,  YES, YES and YES!


Suffering from survivor’s guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over. He discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer’s property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can and abandon her dream of building a Christian retreat, His past has come back to haunt him. He vows to keep her safe... but how will he protect his heart?

DEFENDING GLORY, book one of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series, can be downloaded onto your
Kobo, Sony, Nook, or Kindle



What happens when a gullible intellectual reluctantly joins forces the week before Christmas with her sexy high school nemesis, now an even sexier private investigator, to find a missing woman? The stress of the holiday season is enough to frazzle anyone's nerves, but Frank and Muriel must also deal with an embezzler, femme fatale, kidnapper, and of course, Muriel's eccentric family.

FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries, received the 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Download it now onto your Kobo, SonyNook, or Kindle.

Are you an e-reader? What feature do you like best? How has it changed your life?

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Insecure Writers Support Group: What Are You Afraid of?



Fletcher Marron: What are you afraid of? 
Frank: I'm afraid of not being there. 

Welcome to another Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. 

My offering last month was a light hearted approach to a very dark subject. Writers are overly sensitive--about almost everything and anything. Those who say otherwise are lying, but then, that’s what we do, isn’t it? We write fiction. We lie, make up stories, and share them as gospel.

We refuse to accept the truth. Even when it’s our own.

Take my latest WIP (work in progress), for example. A romantic suspense, book two of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series, Protecting Hope should have been released six months ago. All that’s required to make it complete and send it off to my editor’s desk is a measly four or five thousand words. 

Easy, right?

Well, yes, and no. 

The truth is I’ve spent months doing everything possible to avoid this book. I’ve blamed the delay on family obligations, health issues, lack of time, promotion and marketing of my previous two books, blog tours, blogging, blah, blah, blah.

The reality is that deep down this story felt wrong. The plot felt forced. The words sounded stilted. There was no spark. I dreaded the damn book.

What am I afraid of?

Like Frank, I’m afraid of not being there.

I want my story to engage the reader. I want them to feel the excitement, angst and joy of my characters. I want to be there for the reader

I want to be there. With. My. Words.

My heart knew months ago my current WIP would never be the next installment of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. My brain finally caught up and accepted that truth last week.

And so, I began again. The words are flowing. Fast and furious. The story excites. The joy of writing is back. 

I'M THERE!

Protecting Hope will be released this spring.

What are you afraid of?


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Happy National Peanut Better Day

Huh? If today is Happy National Peanut Butter Day, why did I include a photograph of chihuahua? 


Simple! That cute little dog is a she, and her name is "Peanut". She belongs to the heroine of Defending Glory, book one of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series. Peanut also had a puppy, and her name is...yup, silly and sappy as it sounds, Mac, the hero of Defending Glory, named the pup "Butter". 


It seems only fitting to share this snippet from Defending Glory with you on this oh, so, special day. Enjoy!


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“Peanut! Butter!” Glory shouted.

Mac strolled down the porch steps to the sandy cove beach, watching his wife playing with the dogs. She called their names once more, and tossed the tennis ball as far as she could throw it.

Peanut’s saffron colored offspring, whom Mac had had the honor of christening “Butter” moments after she and two other puppies were born, romped alongside the older dog. The two Chihuahua’s zoomed past him, their tiny tails wagging and each hoping to reach the cherished toy first.

As always, their antics made Glory giggle with delight.

She waved, and welcomed him with open arms. “Good morning, sleepyhead.”

He kissed her, savoring the delicious sweetness of her lips, and... 


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To read more of Defending Glory, see the BookBuzzr widget to your left. 

Now, a few tidbits about peanut butter: 

(1) More than 1/2 of the American peanut crop becomes peanut butter  

(2) It takes 540 peanuts to make a 12-oz jar of peanut butter 

(3) the average American child eats 1500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before graduating high school.

Happy National Peanut Butter Day, and as always, happy reading!

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Me and the Espresso Book Machine

I love coffee as well as espresso, so it's hardly a surprise that'd I'd appreciate the Espresso Book Machine.

What is an Espresso Book Machine?

It's a miraculous wonder that prints a book (any book) in minutes. These machines are found around the world. (Click HERE for map and locations.)

Being technically challenged, I find them fascinating. How do they do that?! Still, I'm aware there has been a lot of discussion about print on demand books. Some folks think they're the best thing since the invention of the Gutenburg press. Others fear print on demand books will cause the downfall of modern western civilization as we know it.

Frankly, I've never understood how more books, and the freedom to access them, is a bad thing.

If you're curious about how the machine works, watch the video.

Oh, and if you happen to come face-to-face with one of these amazing machines and feel the need for a book...why not order one of mine? (Click on the title for the link.)


                                   

Happy Reading...Espresso Book Machine style!

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