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Month: June 2013

Tuesday Tease #10

Or, An Excerpt From My Upcoming Novel Spell of Binding

“You shine when you smile.” David kissed her, and the banked fire in Dani’s belly roared to life all over again.

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Spell of Summoning 99¢ Sale!

Or, Enjoy Dark Caster #1 For Under $1 All Summer Long

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Great news! In honor of summer, Spell of Summoning (Dark Caster #1) will be on sale for 99¢ at all major online ebook retailers. Take it to the beach, the boat, or the campsite. Enjoy this story of necromancers, witches, and kick-butt mortals wherever summer takes you.

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Spell of Binding Cover Reveal

Or, An Update on Book Two in the Dark Caster Series

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Spell of Binding (Dark Caster Book Two) cover blurb:

Daniela Ferraro can’t touch people without hurting them. So when she wakes up in the Dark Caster’s cell next to the one man guaranteed to mess with her heart, she will risk anything to escape.

David Wilkes has no idea why he’s been abducted and thrown in a locked room with Dani, the woman who jilted him two years ago. But when the Dark Caster threatens David’s four year old son, David will not stop until Ryan is safe and the evil necromancers tormenting him are destroyed. 

When Dani’s powers are bound and her necromancer friends are out of commission, the only way to protect the people she cares about and keep the Chaos Gate firmly closed is to trust in David. 

But the closer Dani gets to David the more lethal her touch becomes for the only man she’s ever loved.

S.O.B. is with my editor now and I’m thrilled it will be ready for a July 2013 release! Afterwards I’m taking a six month break from the Dark Caster series to develop a young adult paranormal trilogy. But don’t worry! I will return to my necromancers in 2014 with book three–Cole’s story.

<3 Anna

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Tuesday Tease #9

Or, An Excerpt From My Upcoming Novel Spell of Binding

The idea that this local do-gooder was secretly a caster just didn’t click. But if there was a chance that David was a necromancer—even one very, very deep in the magical closet—Dani had to get him to power up. They needed every advantage they could muster.

Spell of Binding, ms pg 16

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Flirty Clip Friday #1

Or, I’m Sharing My Favorite Romantic Video Montages

For my inaugural Flirty Friday I’m sharing a Damon + Elena video from one of my favorite series The Vampire Diaries. Enjoy!

<3 Anna

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Are Audiobooks Worth The Effort?

Or, Why I Decided to Create an Audiobook Version of Spell of Summoning

Converting my first novel in the Dark Caster Series into an audiobook made me more nervous and way more scared than publishing it in its current digital form. My inner pessimist went wild:

What if it sounds awful?

What if the voice actor sucks?

What if it doesn’t sell well and then I look like a loser to my producing partner?

I'm a bit of a worrier.
I’m a bit of a worrier.

Before I lost any more sleep, I logged onto iTunes and downloaded my first audiobook–Relentless Seduction–a paranormal romance by Jillian Burns. I listened to it in the car on my iPad, and I loved it! My new favorite thing to do on road trips is listening to audiobooks.

ACX.com, an Amazon company, is a user friendly one stop shop for uploading your novel and hiring a producer to create the audio version. The technical, contract style language made me a little hesitant to move forward, but I agreed to the site’s terms and opened Spell of Summoning as a new project. I could have waited for a producer to find me and offer to record my novel, but I’m impatient, so I listened to pre-recorded auditions. After some trial and error I decided I wanted a young woman with a general American accent and an engaging voice that I could happily listen to for hours on end.

I was lucky to find a talented young actress, Elizabeth Siedt, right away who agreed to produce the audiobook.

Unlike traditional “books on tape,” there were no upfront costs. Similar to publishing your digital book with Amazon, you and the producer receive a percentage of the sales in exchange for selling the audiobook exclusively at Audible.com, iTunes, and Amazon.com.

The answer to my initial question–Are audiobooks worth the effort?–is yes!

<3 Anna

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Bitten by Paranormal Review of Spell of Summoning

Or, a Good Book Blogger Review of Dark Caster #1

You can see the website here.

 

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3 out of 5 howls

 

I loved Abner’s take on necromancer’s.  It was refreshing to see them portrayed as real people that have a choice to use their powers for good or evil, instead of just automatically being nasty people because of their powers.  Holden is a genuinely good guy with lots of baggage.  Baggage that he is forced to confront head on if he wants to save Becca from demonic possession.  She’s got a particularly nasty demon that is being summoned to take control of her.  Becca and Holden need to find a way to stop it and kill the necromancer controlling it before it’s too late.

Even though I had guessed the bad guy’s identity part way through, the story was written in a way that I kept second guessing myself all along the way.  With lots of action and a deep love between our two characters, it was a fantastic story that kept me very entertained until the very end.

–Jasmyn

<3 Anna

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