Ginger’s Revenge

I’m deviating from the normal with my latest book in the Melanie Hart series. Melanie is a reporter who works at her father’s newspaper. She is polite, careful, and  rarely goes off on tangents. She also usually narrates these books. This time her sidekick, Ginger Black, has insisted on stepping on center stage and laying out the tale.

As Ginger puts it: “This is my story and I’m going to tell it my way.”

Ginger runs her own beauty salon and is almost the polar opposite of Melanie. She’s pushy, quick to anger, and not shy about wanting to get her way.

Ginger'sThen, one night, someone rammed into the back of Ginger’s car at a stop intersection. Ginger insists the jerk was trying to kill her.  She is determined to track the offender down. That person fled the scene before the cops arrived. The creep didn’t check for survivors, didn’t leave a calling card, didn’t offer an apology. Ginger has major plans for what she’ll do when she gets her hands on him or her. Obviously, those plans don’t include hugs and kisses. They’re not Ginger’s style.

Meanwhile, August’s 99-cent mystery and thrillers sale continues. If you haven’t already done so,  snatch up one or several of these ebooks  today. Available here.

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Thoughts on the Groundhog’s Forecast and a Link to a Free eBook

Thanks, perhaps, to the groundhog with his forecast of six more weeks of winter, my little corner of Illinois is about to slip back into the frigid season. Forecasters are calling for from one to three inches of snow for two days in a row. I guess that means we could end up with from two to six inches of the white stuff total. One of my favorite posts on social media sites these days says, “The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, so I ate him.”

My sentiments exactly.

One of the few benefits from this inclement weather  is that it makes it easy to stay indoors and to read or write. I’m still working on my current project. It’s been slow going. I’ve had several non-writing tasks that needed handling. Those are now behind me, so I should be able to concentrate on completing the stories that are floating around in my head.

Your Free Read for today:


The police procedural Autumn Secrets is free at Amazon today. The series is written by Susan C. Muller and features the exploits of detective Noah Daugherty.  Click the cover to view the details.

Please note: Autumn Secrets was free when I published this post. I have no idea how long it will remain that way. On the other hand, you’re always free to follow the link and check.

Happy reading. Happy writing. And let’s hope the groundhog was wrong!


I Am Woman; Watch Me Change My Mind.

Some time ago, I announced that I was working on the third Melanie Hart book. Well, here I am today to announce it’s a Hetty Fox book which is under production.

What the hay?

I changed my mind, okay? Hetty is, at this moment, more popular with readers than Melanie. I know, that’s not fair. but who says life is fair? Or as one of my friends once said: fair is a place where they sell cotton candy.

And for those of you wondering what Hetty looks like, she might look something like this.

Now, I ask you, would you really want to tangle with this woman? Heaven knows I wouldn’t.


Actually my Melanie Hart production has seen some work. This third Melanie story, however, is being told by Ginger Black, Melanie’s outspoken friend who says this is her tale and she is going to tell it her way.

I can’t wait to finish that book.!

Meanwhile, what’s up with me, the insignificant author of all this merriment?

Well, I’m almost over a bout of flu. Thank heavens.

The Christmas decorations are back inside their closets and cubby holes for another year.

I survived an outrageous cold spell, and now face a round of ice. Electrical outages anyone?  I have my fingers crossed.

But through it all, rest assured, I WILL CONTINUE TO WRITE!

Happy January and may we all face a better February.

Just think, Valentines Day is next up.

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Happy reading and writing,

Anna Drake




Writing Naked



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.


Cover Reveal for Latest Hetty Fox Book

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.



1st Chapter in Latest Hetty Fox Book

I’m currently hard at work on my third Hetty Fox cozy mystery. This is the first chapter in that effort. Any and all feedback is welcome.


“You weren’t supposed to come.” I kept my voice down and swept a nervous eye across the people walking beside me. Approaching my mid-sixties, I didn’t want anyone thinking I was babbling to myself—not even the nameless strangers proceeding down the Amtrak platform with me.

The source of my angst drifted along beside me. He claimed he was the ghost of my college sweetheart, Andrew Peters. Part of me suspected he was simply proof of my decaying mind.

Andrew grinned. “Hetty, you know I’m real and that you’d be lost without me.”

I gritted my teeth. “So you say.”

At least I wasn’t being haunted by an unfamiliar ghost. This one had the same dark eyes, dark hair, and killer smile as Andrew. On the other hand, during those lost years, I had developed gray hair, wrinkled skin, and fallen arches.

“You still look beautiful to me,” Andrew said.

That he knew my innermost thoughts only confirmed my suspicions. I wasn’t sure why or how,  but I’d invented him, an imaginary friend to accompany me through my golden years.

Continue reading “1st Chapter in Latest Hetty Fox Book”

4-Star Review for As the Crowe Dies

The first review of my latest mystery, As the Crowe Dies, has been posted at Amazon. It’s a 4-star, and I am thrilled. A good review makes the work that goes into writing a novel so worth it.

Read the review from Lisa reviewer at Haven’t Got a Clue here.