Writing Naked

 

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Share your book while you write it, someone suggested. “Are you kidding?” I replied. I do corrections. I revamp things, move chapters around. I even write a character out of a story here and there — now and again.

Somehow, though, the idea kept percolating around in this relentless mind of mine. And now, here I am, trying to get everything right the first time, hopefully enabling me to send words straight from my fingertips to your eyes.

I’m two chapters, plus a prologue into the experiment. I can’t judge how it’s going. I only know it’s pressure, but sometimes, pressure is good, right?

As if that’s not challenge enough, I’m also trying to write in what is for me a new genre. Up to this point, I have been primarily a cozy mystery writer. Nice, safe, murderous little tales that won’t send you looking out your windows trembling over what might be out there. But you see, I really love suspense.

Plus, my mystery books also include a love interest. I mean, give me a break, these are female sleuths. One, Melanie Hart, is a young news reporter who has developed a relationship with a CPA. He lives about five hours away. Then there’s Ginger, owner of the most popular beauty shop in the county, who enjoys teaming up with Melanie to hunt for killers. She’s always in search of a new man.

My other series features an elderly widow. She’s dealing with the ghost of her college heart throb. He’s moved into her house, and he loves giving her all kinds of fits.

So, see? I write a little romance, too.

So put all that together and what could be more logical than that I try writing a little Romantic Suspense.

(I know. I know. That’s an intensely crowded field, too. But these days, what isn’t?)

So if you want to have a laugh or discover what I hope will be a good book, feel free to follow along. It’s title is Blind Faith.

It’s under construction at Wattpad, where it may be read for free. Here’s the link. https://www.wattpad.com/story/98029457-blind-faith

 

An Older Child Gets a Facelift as I Undertake a New Genre

mrnewThe first book I published has gotten a new face. Murderous Relations, my very first published novel, now has a new cover. First reactions seem promising.

This is not only my first book, but it is also my best selling book. It enjoyed a good run when first published at one retail outlet but languished at others. There is even one outlet where the book only sold two copies throughout  the many years it’s been on the market. But since slapping on a new cover, I’m up to 13 sales in one month on that particular site. Could one cover really make that much a difference?

Of course, I REALLY like the new cover.  I hope you  like it, too.

Murderous Relations was awfully close to being a romantic suspense story. But to reach that level, I’d have had to increase the percent of the story that was dedicated to romance. It’s in there. And is a lovely bit of matchmaking if I may say so. But  I would have had to cut back on the mystery and suspense elements to fulfill the romantic suspense genre expectations.

 

blind-faithNow, I’m working on a true romantic suspense story. During  my writing of what is a new genre for me, I’ve been playing around with covers for the story, which I have titled: Blind Faith. Here’s my latest effort at a cover for my first romantic suspense book. I think I like it. And I’d be thrilled if you did too:

 

Free Cozy Mystery Available Today

bones-boxes-take-2-5The first book in the Hetty Fox cozy mystery series, Bones & Boxes is free today only. Hetty Fox is an elderly widow, who has recently moved to a small town, where she  is being haunted by her college sweetheart. As annoying as Hetty finds this visitor to be, her cat dislikes him even more. Then when bodies start showing up in her life, Hetty ends up with even more problems to solve. But Hetty has always loved puzzles, so solving a murder feels perfectly logical to her. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WY5C1JM

“Delightful,” says a Goodreads fan.

The third book in this series should be available soon.

Thanks for reading.

Hetty Fox Bounding Through Latest Adventure

“You weren’t supposed to come.” So says Hetty Fox to poor. long-suffering Andrew. Hetty has just arrived in Chicago to visit an old friend. She’s been looking forward to being free of her ghost and the endless warfare that goes on between him and her cat. But Blackie is being cared for by her daughter. If only Hetty could have found someone to corral Andrew, her vacation might have been perfect. That is if that danged corpse hadn’t turned up.

Of course, Andrew is all for Hetty jumping into the murder investigation. It seems even in a big city, the skills of a small-town sleuth can be helpful.

Murder and knitting

Am hoping to release this latest book sometime before June 15th. Follow this blog to learn exact publication date or sign up with one of the other methods listed on my home page.

Thanks for reading.

Anna Drake

As the Crowe Dies Is Now Available

The much anticipated publication of As the Crowe Dies is now final. The third book in the Melanie Hart cozy mystery series went live on Amazon Sunday. In this book evil stalks the halls of the Cloverton High School, where both Melanie and her friend, Ginger Black, attended classes as teenaged girls.

Now, they’re all grown up and find themselves hard pressed to figure out what has gone wrong in their once peaceful school.

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Available to buy or free to read on Kindle Unlimited at Amazon.

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!

Anna Drake

Coming Right Up

 

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Melanie Hart and Ginger Black are close to galloping off into a new adventure. Hope to publish As the Crowe Dies sometime within the next two weeks. Fingers crossed.

In this tale Melanie and Ginger tackle the murder of a high school math teacher. But who did this woman know who’d want to kill her? No one seems to have any idea. Yet as the two dig deeper, they discover all sorts of possibilities. Who dreamed high school could be so complicated?