Plans for 2017

untitled-designOne of my prime goals for the new year is to write a romantic suspense novel. In fact, I’m going to be starting that book within the next two or so weeks. Another new undertaking for me will include posting said story to Wattpad.

For those unfamiliar with that site, Wattpad is a website to which writers post stories for all to read for free. What I envision for 1017, is to post first drafts of all my books there for people to read along as I write them. Those wanting to post comments or suggestions or …. even corrections… are welcome and encouraged to do so. Think of it as a sort of beta reader experience for those who don’t want to be burdened with that label.

I view it as a fun experience for me and for readers, although I recognize, it might also be painful for me from time to time based on how honest readers are. But that’s the life of a writer.

So far this year I  have one novel under construction. It’s a Melanie Hart Cozy mystery titled: Murder in the Heartland. (Hey, we’ve just gone through a national election. How could I not respond with a story of a candidate, a reporter, and a murder? Sounds par for the course, right?

Well, of course not. But fiction is called fiction for a purpose, Right?)

Of course, as those of you who read the Melanie Hart series know, my reporter is a small-town person. And the politician in this instance is running for reelection in her very small town. That’s what makes this a story a cozy. But don’t for a minute think small town means the candidate is an innocent, laid-back politician. Such a critter has never been known to exist. All elections matter “hugely” in the eyes of those running for office. Never for a second doubt it.

So, I will post here when the first chapter of that novel goes up. I’m hoping to follow it at Wattpad in very quick order with the first chapter of my very first romantic suspense novel.

I will say though, that my  first book, Murder Relations, is very close to a romantic suspense story. It’s also been my very best seller. So we’ll see how all this shakes out.

Happy writing. Glorious reading. And best always,

Anna Drake

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A Rainy Day Murder Released


The Hetty Fox book, A Rainy Day Murder is now available in wide distribution. In this book, Hetty is off to Chicago to visit an old friend, when a murder interrupts her plans. Also, her resident ghost has joined her, which doesn’t delight our amateur sleuth. But in the end, Andrew proves to be more of a help than a hindrance.

Buy the book  or read it free with your Scribd or 24 Symbols subscription.  Find your favorite retailer here.

What I’m Reading


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51wbipharrlFollow Me by Tiffany Snow

Follow Me is a romantic suspense novel featuring the young computer programmer, China Mack, who suddenly finds herself in charge of a project in which fellow workers are dropping dead. She quickly learns she’s in harm’s way, too.

In addition, there’s her handsome boss, Jackson Cooper, who put her in charge of this mysterious project and a new next door neighbor by the name of Clark, who unfortunately reminds her of Clark Kent of Superman fame.

Light and funny with some equally tense moments, it also includes a couple of bedroom scenes which are easily skipped if you’re like me. But overall an engaging read.

I picked it up at Amazon through the Kindle Unlimited program.

Cover Reveal for Latest Hetty Fox Book


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murder-3A Rainy Day Murder is racing toward a conclusion.

In this book, Hetty Fox is off to Chicago to visit an old friend. It’s a holiday she’s been anticipating for some time,  but little goes to plan. Andrew fails to follow orders. Blackie refuses to play nice with the kids. And a corpse, no matter where it’s found, almost never improves an outing.

Meanwhile, feeling a bit out of her element in the big city, Hetty doubts she’ll be able to help police solve this crime. After all hunting a murderer in Chicago is hardly like following clues and gossip in a small town. But  when police turn their attention to the victim’s grown children, Hetty feels compelled to try to sort out the killing, which leads her to one of the biggest challenges of her detecting life.