BANG BANG – Omega Rising is knocking

Book One of the Wolf King series
Book One of the Wolf King series

Today I planned to bang the publicity drum that the PREORDER button for my new paranormal romance novel, Omega Rising, is up at all the online retailers. It’s a big deal, huge really, publishing a book. It’s my second book but my first preorder button. I suddenly feel very cool and authorish. *hunts for tweed jacket then remembers I own no tweed and never have* It’s also my first Goodreads giveaway. You have 11 days to enter a chance to win one of four paperback copies  at the Goodreads giveaway

But I’m not feeling the bang bang yet. Don’t get me wrong. I’m excited and proud and anxious and giddy and nauseous (or is it nauseated, I get confused) about the release. My gods, look at that cover! It’s really happening!

Maybe it’s the turkey burger I had for lunch or the pizza I’m going to have during the Blackhawks game tonight – GO HAWKS. Don’t judge me. It’s GAME 7. Well here goes:

Omega Rising launches June 7th, which is in…omigod FIVE weeks?! Is that right? Yes. Yes it is. Can I get a whoohoo? WHOOHOO!!

Okay okay, wow, I’m feeling the Bang Bang a little bit now. I adored Cass and Nathan together. Their push me/pull me relationship was fun to write. I also loved putting the horses I’ve known in real life front and center in the novel, which is where horses, especially mares, like to be.

Here’s the short version:

Cass Nolan is a sleep-deprived, overworked stable owner whose life is upended after Nathan Rivers arrives at the barn one day looking for work. He isn’t what he says he is but that’s cool, because neither is she.  Cass knows what she wants and that’s the sexy wolf determined to keep his distance.

Secrets and shapeshifters, romance, with some mystery and magic.

BANG BANG. Yes, I am TOTALLY feeling it now.

To one-click the ebook on Amazon click here

Barnes and Noble loyalists can get it right here

Omega Rising is also at iTunes/Apple iBooks, OmniLit/All Romance ebooks, and Kobo.


You can only preorder the paperback from World Weaver Press right now. Just click the gorgeous cover below.

Book One of the Wolf King series
Book One of the Wolf King series




Dumping the muse


I don’t have a lot of time today so here’s my haiku for today:

The  elusive muse

dances coyly near then far

Eff off I got this

Blasphemy? Nah.

Fiction writers are fiction writers because of our imaginations, not because of some ethereal muse who may or may not show up when you need it. BREAKING: you are your muse.

Or to be more precise, your brain is your muse. If you loll about on your couch waiting for a muse to sprinkle backstories and plot twists and character flaws down upon you like fairy dust you’ll be lolling and NOT writing.

So you march that idea of a muse right the eff off.

Instead you’ve got to exercise your muse (or more precisely called the cerebellar oblongamakeshitup center, or COC, because it sounds a little dirty and I like it).  Instead of counting steps or reps, it’s butt in chair, hands on keyboard.

But Anna, you wail, I write best when I’m inspired by my muse.

That’s awesome. But also bullshit. Inspiration isn’t an outside force. The call is coming from inside the house. It’s your COC.

For example, when starting a brand new story I love lolling about on my oversize rocker (I now very much love the word lolling ) but my brain is sifting through possibilities. All drawn from experiences and interests and things I’ve read, seen, smelled, heard, tasted, etc.. that make my COC uniquely me.

Just as your COC is uniquely you. No one can write YOUR story, so only you make it happen.

Get them all down – seriously, you WILL forget some – and continue stimulating that COC (what? there’s no way in hell that my main character could be a giant forced into the seedy underbelly of the dwarf-throwing world. Unless…).  Once on paper or on screen you can whittle them down. Sadly, my giant-in-dwarf-world MC didn’t make the cut…this time. But I’m still calling dibs. DIBS.

Just like there’s no crying in baseball, no I in team, no fire without a spark, no place like home, erm, sorry off track a bit.

There is no fairy dust in writing.  So  when you pull an idea from your own COC that is amazing, absolutely freaking perfect for your story, you should happy-dance, do the Kermit flail. It’s a beautiful moment and it’s muse-free.

It’s all you, baby.



Omega Rising cover is revealed in all its hot wolfy glory

Book One of the Wolf King series
Book One of the Wolf King series

Yaaasss. Drink it in. Slowly now.  Careful, don’t cramp up. That’s the cover of my upcoming book, Omega Rising, and it’s a beauty.  *stares at it with a dopey smile on my face*

I’m so excited that Cass and Nathan’s story will be out June 7th. Here’s the back cover.

Cass Nolan has been forced to avoid the burn of human touch for her whole life, drawing comfort instead from her dreams of a silver wolf—her protector, her friend. When her stalking nightmares return, her imaginary dead sister’s ghost tells her to run, Cass knows she
should listen, but the sinfully hot stranger she just hired to work on her ranch has her mind buzzing with possibilities. Not only does her skin accept Nathan’s touch, it demands it. Cass must make a decision—run again and hope she saves the people who have become her family, or stand and fight. Question is, will it be with Nathan or against him?

Nathan Rivers’ life is consumed by his quest to find the Omega wolf responsible for killing his brother, but when the trail leads him to Cass and her merry band of shapeshifters, his wolf wants only to claim her for himself. When evidence begins piling up that Cass is the Omega he’s been seeking, things become complicated—especially since someone else wants her dead. Saving her life might mean sacrificing his own, but it may be worth it to save the woman he can’t keep from reaching for.

Omega Rising will be available in trade paperback and ebook via,, Books-a-Million, Kobo, World Weaver Press, iBookstore, IndieBound and OmniLit, and for wholesale through Ingram.

AND (of course there’s an AND) for the next 30 days you can enter for a chance to win one of four copies in a Goodreads giveaway. Check it out here.