I want to introduce a new friend of mine to Believe!
One I'm tickled to share with you
as she's featured with me in the new,
upcoming St. Valentine Day release
Hearts & Kisses.
And... she's a wonderful author!
Hi everyone. Thanks so much to Mimi for hosting me on her blog! So excited to be here.
Although I'm a long-time writer, I'm a newbie to the publishing world. After numerous years (too many to count) of working my way up the ranks, 2015 is shaping up to be the year I've been waiting for. I got an early start late last year with my first published Harlequin work, CHRISTMAS, ACTUALLY (11/14) and am gearing up for my very first single title contemporary romance release through Berkley InterMix with ASKING FOR TROUBLE (the first in my Tremayne Family Romances). Having the opportunity to participate in a boxed set with these talented authors is yet another dream come true for me. I'm so honored READING BETWEEN THE LINES is included in HEARTS & KISSES (can you believe the .99 price?!).
READING BETWEEN THE LINES isn't a story I'd planned to write. In fact, the idea didn't even percolate in my brain until late last year when fellow author Melinda Curtis suggested I branch out and stretch my publishing wings. A year ago, heck, a few months ago, the idea of self-publishing was positively petrifying, but here I am! I might be wearing floaties, but I'm in the pool! Look at me go! <splash zone>
The reason for my dive off the ledge? Well, with my single titles (3 so far) coming out five to 6 months apart, Melinda advised me I needed a bridge between stories, something to keep my (hopefully growing) audience anxious for the next books. Thus the Lantano Valley Novellas were born.
While these novellas don't feature the main characters in my Berkley books (but they are referenced!), this special group of friends who belong to a book group will each get their happily ever after in the same southern California town of Lantano Valley over the next year. Cassidy Wells and Ethan Sutherland--former high school sweethearts are about to find their way back to each other--get the series off the ground, providing eternal loner Cassidy can find the strength to forgive Ethan for what was, to her, a heart-breaking betrayal. I'm all about the HEA, but boy these two were tough to wrangle.
Cassidy was a bit of a new type of character for me to tackle. Her history is less than pleasant and she dealt with issues no child should ever have to face. She might be stronger because of her past, but she's also incredibly mistrusting, which makes forgiveness all the more challenging. Ethan had his own set of difficulties, nothing on the scale of what Cassidy faced, but complicated nonetheless. Watching these two come around and see life from the others' point of view, where they learn to let go of the past and, however terrifying the idea, move into the future with hope instead of skepticism was incredibly rewarding. When I closed the file and hit send I was already thinking about the next novella. But first I'll be venturing into ASKING FOR TROUBLE (on sale 2/17 wherever eBooks are sold). I'd be thrilled if you'd stop by Lantano Valley for a visit...or perhaps an extended stay. The more people in the pool the better!
Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head.
Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family centric romances with happily ever afters for the independent heroines she writes for Harlequin and Berkley. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her).
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Hearts & Kisses
A Valentine's Day Special for readers who love romance.
12 heart-wrenching stories
by 12 talented authors
to be released