Wednesday, February 04, 2015

His Hometown Cowgirl (Diamondback Ranch Encore #1: Kelsey and Pete)


HIS HOMETOWN COWGIRL
Diamondback Ranch Encore #1

When fate deals a cruel blow to Kelsey McCade, she returns home to the Diamondback Ranch to rebuild her life and heal her shattered heart. Unforeseen circumstances keep throwing her into the company of Pete Lafferty, the object of her teenaged fantasies. Against her will, Kelsey finds herself drawn to Pete—to the boy from her memories who kept her safe, and now to the strong and honorable man he’s become.

Pete Lafferty has known a lot of women, but he’s never fallen in love. When Kelsey McCade finally returns home, vulnerable but not broken, he quickly realizes she’s a threat to his carefree existence. He’s always had a soft spot for Kelsey, and seeing her grown up and beautiful stirs up emotions he's not sure he's ready to explore. He's never done a long-term relationship, and she deserves nothing less. He knows he’s not the right man for her, but how can he convince his heart?


EXCERPT:

"Oh, honey," Pete said. "Please don't cry again. You don't know how bad it tears me up inside to see you so unhappy."
"I can't help it." She wiped her cheek with the back of her hand, blinking and sniffling as more tears fell. She raised soul-sad eyes to his. "Don't you think I'm tired of all this? Tired of crying? Tired of being sad?" Her voice broke on a sob. "Why did he have to die? Why? God, I feel so alone. So very much . . . alone."
Pete pushed back his chair and quickly walked around the desk. He pulled Kelsey from her seat and into his arms. "Shush now. You're not alone. You have a loving family and good friends to support you."
And me. But he didn't say that. They didn't belong together. He wasn't the right man for her. But that logical argument didn't seem to matter to his heart. He was constantly fighting an internal battle against wanting Kelsey with an urgency that nearly brought him to his knees and knowing he couldn't . . . shouldn't start anything with her, especially when she was in such a vulnerable state.
Hell, what was he thinking? He couldn't start anything with her ever.
He held her close while she sobbed her heart out. Poor kid. He rested his chin on the top of her head, the scent of strawberries and woman filling his nostrils. He rubbed her back with one hand, while hugging her to his body with the other. She wrapped her arms around his waist and leaned against him, her head tucked in the crook of his shoulder like when they'd danced together last week.
Only, now it was just the two of them. No family, no friends, no interested spectators.
Pete let her have her cry out. After several minutes, her tears finally stopped. She hiccoughed and stood frozen in place, plastered against him. Damn, why did her body have to fit him so perfectly? With a will of its own, his libido kicked into full throttle; he couldn't control the flash of heat hardening his body to almost painful intensity.
Kelsey slowly unwrapped her arms from around his waist and moved her hands to the front of his jacket. She patted the damp fabric right above his heart. "I got you all wet. I'm sorry." She tilted her head to look at him, her eyelashes spiked with tears.
He felt her stiffen in his embrace, her eyes widening, dilating with awareness. His body flexed in response to that primal signal of desire. Well, hell. How was he supposed to resist that? Resist her? He was only human after all.
"Pete?" Her voice was breathy, a whisper, bedroom soft.
Never before had his name sounded so good, so sexy on anyone's lips.
Her breath hitched, and before Pete could do something stupid like act on his inappropriate hunger for her, Kelsey took his choice away. She stood on tiptoe, draped her arms around his neck and pressed her mouth to his.
Instant sexual combustion blind-sided him. His mind went blank and instinct took over. She was female to his male. He wanted her in the most elemental way. He'd wanted her for weeks, months, years, and now she was in his arms, kissing him like there was no tomorrow.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!!! 2015!!!



It's hard for me to believe it's 2015. Looking back, I wonder where 2014 disappeared to. It was a difficult year for me. I lost my mother last February. She was my friend, my mentor, my critique partner and cheerleader. Yes, well . . . life marches on.

This year instead of going back and looking at what I didn't get done on last year's list, I'm going to just list the things I did achieve. No need to start the New Year on a negative note. Going forward with a positive attitude is one of my resolutions.

So here we go:
  •  I tweaked and published five novels in The Diamondback Ranch Sweeter Series.
  • I wrote and published two short stories/novelettes in my Anna St. James' Brides of Cactus Gap Series.
  • I published a novella under another pen name.
  • I attended the RWA National Conference in San Antonio in July.
  • Revamped my website.
  • Hosted two BIAM Writathons.
  • I organized MASTER FILES for all my books so I can now locate any book file speedily and easily. 
  • I updated front and back matter in each file, included cover jpgs, blurbs and excerpts. I then updated each book on each platform on which I sell my books: Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, Apple iBooks, Smashwords, Google Play and Kobo
  • I revamped some of my covers.
  • I rebranded my Regency Romances. 
  • I released all of my novels into print (POD).
  • I released one boxed set.
  • My first German translation, Der Doktor trägt einen Cowboyhut, went live in July.
  • And I finished writing Kelsey and Pete's story just a few days ago. Yay, me!!!
All and all, it was a good year. I didn't write as many new words as I would have liked, but what's done is done. Moving forward, right? This next year, I want to have more fun with my writing, alleviate most of the stress I've been feeling, and just live my dream of writing and publishing and sharing my stories with the world, and not worry so much.

Here's what I would like to achieve in 2015:
  • Write 6-10 short stories/novelettes in the Brides of Cactus Gap Series.
  • Write Marco Defalco's story in the Return to Stone Creek Series.
  • Study and improve my craft by listening to RWA Writing workshops and taking a few online courses.
  • Figure out and participate in the various Affiliate Programs out there.
  • Cut down on wasting time on the computer and social media.
  • Use my time more efficiently.
  • Walk on my treadmill every day.
  • Eat more healthfully.
Well, that's it. I'm in my fifth year of Indie Publishing, and it's been awesome. There will be challenges in the coming months and years, but it's still a great time to be a writer!!!

Happy New Year!!!

Anne Marie   :)


Sunday, November 16, 2014

Check out my New Regency Covers!!!

I absolutely love, love, love the new covers for my Regency books. The very talented Kim Killion of The Killion Group did the gorgeous makeovers. Thanks, Kim!!!



MIDNIGHT MY LOVE
Traditional Regency Novel
Heat Index: Sweet and Spicy
Kindle  
Nook  
Google Play Books
Apple iBooks 
Amazon UK  
Smashwords 
All Romance








TO HIS LADY'S RESCUE 
A Damsels in Breeches 
Regency Novella 
Heat Index: Spicy  
Kindle  
Nook  
Google Play Books  
Apple iBooks  
Amazon UK  
Smashwords  
All Romance







THE VISCOUNT'S SURPRISE
 A Damsels in Breeches 
Regency Novella  
Heat Index: Sweet and Spicy 

Kindle  
Nook  
Google Play Books  
Apple iBooks  
AmazonUK  
Smashwords  
All Romance





PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN
 A Damsels in Breeches
Regency Novella  
Heat Index: Spicy  
Kindle  
Nook  
Google Play Books  
Apple iBooks  
Amazon UK  
Smashwords  
All Romance





DAMSELS IN BREECHES
BOXED SET VOL. I (Books 1-3)  
Three Regency Novellas 
Heat Index: Sweet and Spicy