‘As the Crowe Dies’ to Launch Soon

Yay, I typed “The End” today on my most recent Melanie Hart novel. I still have revisions a edits to do, but some of that work is already done. I’m excited. I always am when a new book is about to launch.

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Meet Molly, the Alternate Me

catPlease meet Molly. She now officially represents me on various discussion boards where I hang out.  I never felt comfortable using a personal photo  in my posts, because having my face pictured next to my words felt, well, too personal for me.  (It’s probably a deep-seated flaw in my character, but I have been camera-shy since a very young child.)

Since I’ve used an avatar for a while now, I’ve tried more than one. The first I liked very much, but no one else did. I decided to change it one day when I stumbled across an electronic discussion suggesting it was a very poor choice.. (It was the head of a turkey, so possibly they may have had a point.) So it came down to be replaced by another image. But I didn’t much like that one. And then one recent day there she was, Molly, the avatar of my dreams.

My inspiration came from the avatar of a fellow forum member. She has the picture of the face of a white dog with a tiny tip of her pink tongue reaching up toward her nose and a glorious wig of pink hair, which cascades elegantly down her shoulders. It is darling!

So what do you think of my Molly? Do you like her? Would you read books written by her? And what about you? Do you use your own photo, or do you, also, hide behind a beloved image?

And please forgive me for filling this page with such nonsense, but I really, really like Molly.

Tales from the Dark Side of Love giveaway

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Valentine receives a rosary from the Virgin, by David Teniers III

It’s February, that month when the groundhog sticks his nose out of his hole and discovers love is in the air. (Well, maybe that’s not exactly how it works, but I think you get my drift.) Anyway, this year there’s even more reason to celebrate our escape from January’s frigid embrace. That’s because this February brings with it the Tales from the Dark Side of Love giveaway, offering readers a chance to win free books, or Amazon gift certificates, or a Kindle Fire HD.

The event has been organized by romantic suspense author, Bianca Sloane. And the idea for the giveaway tracks back, of course, to the presence of Valentine’s Day halfway though the month. But while many of us when we think Valentine’s Day picture chubby cupids with bows and arrows or red paper hearts with lace, the day’s origin actually stems back to the life an early Christian saint.

But poor St. Valentine. Apparently no one’s quite certain if he was one man or was perhaps a composite of two different people. For this reason Valentine’s name was dropped from the Catholic calendar of saints when revised in 1969. But his memory still lives on and he is lists among the saints allowed to be locally venerated. And for the less church oriented of us, he’s gained even wider recognition for his alleged support of love and loving couples. And our thoughts of love and hearts and flowers care little about his status as an officially sanctioned saint.

And the group of writers participating in the Tales from the Dark Side of Love giveaway aren’t looking at love quite so simply, either. We’re out to present to you the flip side of hearts and flowers.

To learn more about our perspectives and the prizes available to you, the reader, be sure to visit Bianca Sloane’s blog where you can enter the contest and possibly win one of those many, amazing prizes!

Three ways to win:

  • Tweet about the giveaway/promotion using the hashtag #DARKSIDEOFLOVE with a link back to http://www.biancasloane.blogspot.com/

  • Leave a comment on blog posts with email address. No email address means no entry.

  • Email Bianca Sloane at Bianca@biancasloane.com with the subject line “Dark Side of Love.”

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Out of the Blue, a New Cover Strikes

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I’m pleased to announce a new cover for Murderous Decisions. I’m not sure why I changed covers. My book only came out in July. But at a recent sale I found a graphic I liked so well, I simply had to buy it. And once bought, I could not resist using it in a cover.

WIP Update

In my first attempt at writing a mystery series, I produced very little new content today. Instead, I spent most of my day editing. Editing has become rather interesting now what I’ve invested in a spiffy editing program. It’s amazing the kinds of things I’m learning from using it. I have a tendency to repeat words. This program is marvelous at pointing those errors out to me. Now, if it would only write the revisions for me, life would be a snap. LOL.

I’m at some twenty thousand words in this opus. I’d hoped to put this book out as a novella at around forty thousand words, but it looks as though the thing will extend well beyond that word total. Word count is always a mystery to me. The mantra for success today is to write quickly and publish often. They say doing so will to keep your name before the readers and increase your chances for a sale. To that end, I think a novella looks like a dandy choice. However, other people say longer books sell better than shorter ones. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough books out to test either theory yet.

Which brings me to my last point, my writing commitment. I thought it was fine. I thought I was doing a decent job of plowing forward in this writing attempt of mine, but I’ve begun to suspect I’m a I don’t produce enough words per day. In short, when it comes to book production in this digital age, I’m appear to be a piker.

J. A. Konrath recently posted his statistics for the sales of his titles on his blog. The info was an eye opener for me. Besides the fact he earned some  $1.5 million over the span of three to four years, it was his book count that blew my mind. I only totaled up titles for two years. But one year, he listed ten new titles. The next year, he recorded nine.

So, order to self: Butt in chair. Hands on keyboard. And pick up my pace!

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Latest Work Progressing

I’m pleased to say my effort to launch a series seems to be working out. My first full book in the Angela and Mickey Mystery Series is progressing nicely.

Of course, the opening scene has been tweaked a time or two since it was originally posted here. Most of my works  are. I’m rarely content with my original effort. I’m almost never sure they’re the best they can possibly be. Plus, I believe my readers deserve no less.

I’m enjoying writing the adventures of these two madcaps. They are, to me, delightful characters. I hope they will eventually please you, dear reader, as well.

This is a new experience for me. I’ve written before of the joy of falling in love with one’s leading ladies. But in this case, a guy is worming his way into the mix as well. He’s fun. She’s fun. I’m having a blast.

More later,

Anna Drake

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Romantic Mystery Writer?

I’m currently working on my second novel, which has now morphed to a story titled Murderous Decisions. My heroine is battling her way through a host of issues, including a handsome attorney she’s recently met. Not the usual fare for mystery novels. But the romance angle is secondary to the mystery. Plus it’s part of the plot. And to make matter worse, Victoria Cross is married to a very nice guy.

So here’s today’s rough, unedited work. My only hope is that you enjoy it. The book’s working title is, Murderous Decisions.

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