Out at the Inn ~ 2nd edition and NEW cover!

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Along the majestic shoreline of the central coast of California lies a secret.  Leah Van Heusen has discovered an ancient house amongst some overgrown foliage.  The house is amazing and eerie.  Most women wouldn’t have taken a step inside, but Leah is intrigued and feels drawn to the old mansion.

After seeking out the owner and purchasing the entire estate for a single dollar, Leah wonders if she has taken on more than she bargained for.  As she begins the restoration, she learns who her real friends and real family really are.  What’s a few ghosts between friends?

Between repairs, upgrades, and the old house’s secrets, Leah has her hands full.  When she finds a hidden staircase, Leah realizes that coming to grips with her sexuality and dating are now the least of her worries.  Then, just as her beloved dream of running an inn is about to become a reality, she suddenly finds it is in jeopardy. 

Will Leah discover who is willing to kill for the inn and the immense fortune she has found in time to save her dream?

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August 31, 1997 is one of those days that a lot of people know EXACTLY where they were.  It was the day that Princess Diana died.  I remember that day vividly.  I was in San Luis Obispo County, California, shopping for a second home.  We were contemplating a move from our home in Huntington Beach and possibly selling the townhome we owned.  My boys and I were staying in a hotel in Atascadero when we heard the news.  I called my mother immediately as I knew she was an avid royal-watcher.  We were both devastated.

I’m sure news like this, such as the Kennedy assassinations stay with people as days that are burned into your psyche for life.

In January of 1998 we moved my businesses up to Morro Bay and we moved to Los Osos, slowly.  I’d ‘commute’ the four hours between San Luis Obispo or SLO as it were called to Huntington Beach, every few days.  We had our standard black poodle Abner in those days and he was a good companion.  Sometimes, my boys would go with me, depending on if it were a weekend.  Each trip I took a trailer load of things from our house to the house we were renting as we hadn’t found one to buy, not yet (that would come later).

In the middle of this move my mother suffered three strokes.  I joked with her that she was just trying to get out of moving heavy boxes.  After rehab where she relearned to talk and walk, I took her to Los Osos.  That brisk, clear air not only helped her recover faster, but my son’s childhood asthma went away.

We lived in that area for three and a half years, with both homes (as I later bought a house up there too) and my boys and I explored the Central Coast.  We went up to Big Sur and climbed the cliffs on the coast, hiked in the mountains, and collected jade and moonstone along the beaches.  By then we had a Golden Retriever we named Sophie and the beaches were a great source of enjoyment for myself, the boys, and the dogs.  A place exactly like what takes place in my book OUT AT THE INN.  It’s where I got the idea for this story, those locations are so very distinctive.

It is with great pleasure that I announce a second edition of my book, newly edited, tweaked, and a few things polished.  I’m also thrilled to show you the new cover.  I hope, if you haven’t already read it, that you enjoy your first read-through, and if you have already bought a copy, hit me up, I’ll send you the updated copy (proof of purchase required).

Purchase your copy here!

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Sapphic Surfer ~ Audiobook!

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Ashley is a Midwestern girl who is enjoying the life in Southern California.  She learns to surf, a lifelong dream that wasn’t possible in Illinois.  Now she meets professional surfer Willow Samuels who becomes a good friend to her.  How good isn’t really apparent until she realizes there is a mutual attraction.  Can a virgin such as Ashley cope with the feelings that are building inside her for the famous surfer?  Can a Midwestern girl with all the morals and hang-ups ingrained in her overcome them to actually enter into a Sapphic romance with this woman?

Ashley is conflicted when she realizes she is having feelings for her famous friend Willow.  When Willow makes a pass at her she realizes that her friend is gay and attracted to her, how can she overcome a lifetime of ethics and values that just might destroy the happiness that Willow offers her?

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Sapphic Surfer was my FIRST best-selling novella.  It’s a little rough here and there but the story is still very sweet.  I’m so thrilled to offer you this book as an audio book!  It is already out on Audio and Amazon and coming soon to iBooks.  Click here for the links.

Lawyered 2nd edition

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Discovering that you don’t have everything you thought you wanted is a surprise.  Getting a promotion, finding new friends, learning you are attracted to women….

Nia Toyomoto has worked hard all her life to prove she was the best; she graduated early from high school, college, and got the dream job in Manhattan.  Becoming a partner at the tender age of thirty, she thought she had it all until the law firm made demands about her personal appearance and a few other things that made her change her life for the promotion.  Then she realized having everything isn’t all that it is cracked up to be without someone to share it with….

A successful lawyer in the big city, choices have to be made; sacrifices and surprises await this beautiful and talented woman… Does she make the right ones though?

Newly edited, tweaked, and ready to go!  Buy your copy here!

Sayyida

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Two years ago I released Sayyida with Kindleworlds.  Unfortunately Amazon decided that Kindleworlds wasn’t working (the premise was good, but they weren’t making enough money at it?) and canceled it.  Getting my rights back I am re-releasing it, with a few differences, including a paperback copy!  Please take a moment to check it out!

Sayyida, variously known as a pirate queen, Queen of the Western Seas, or Queen of Tétouan was a REAL and HISTORICAL figure, but not much is known of her.

Sayyida married young, just sixteen, at the insistence of her father.  Her first husband was thirty years older and a friend of her father’s.  Al-Mandri sensed his bride’s intelligence and taught her about his business affairs and diplomacy.  Together, the couple rebuilt Tétouan, which had been destroyed by the Reconquista, and when her husband died in 1515, she became the Governor or Queen of Tétouan in her own right. 

Later, Sayyida was pursued by the King of Fes, Ahmed al-Wattsi, and accepted his marriage proposal, but on her terms: he had to travel to her kingdom to marry her, not the other way around.

Sayyida’s love of the high seas and her appetite for battle and conquest often clash with her duties as wife, mother, and queen.  As hardworking as she is, Sayyida feels an emptiness in her life.  Will Aya, her new slave, silence this longing?  Join us as this fictional version of a real woman takes you into her world and captures your heart….

Available from all the usual outlets, check my website here for the links as well as buying it direct.

Random

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I love doing things randomly, impulsively, and on the fly.  It’s probably why I have so many works in progress because I come up with those random or impulsive stories based on just as random ideas.  I can watch a movie and come up with three book ideas sometimes…writing them can take years.  It’s the random or impulsive things that are usually the most successful for me.  That flash of brilliance that pans out.

Take this meme for instance…it had something about Steve on it and I erased whatever it was, promptly forgot it, and then came up with this little gem.  I got so many shares and likes on it that I still lol about it.  Fortunately, my g/f is named Sarah and she found it amusing it too.  I like putting things like this out into the universe, on the various social media sites, and letting it randomly come back up on my feed…sometimes years down the line.  It wasn’t my artwork so I certainly didn’t sign it.  I do have a Lesbian page where I put out lots of meme’s, if you aren’t aware of the page, hit me up (that is, hit me up as in ask me, cause, you know, girlfriend?) on Facebook and I’ll tell you where or what it is.

If you like a little random humor or story now and then, my books always have something that is a bit amusing, real, or impulsive and I hope that is portrayed accurately in them to where you might laugh out loud.

Check out my website at www.kannemeinel.com

Pre-order Pioneering

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One family’s saga had only just begun… In the epic sequel to Cavalcade we find out what happens to the Herriots once they arrive in Oregon and take up their claim. 

Erin and Molly have arrived in Oregon with their family.  Granted six-hundred and forty acres of land for married couples under the Organic Laws of Oregon they have to build their home, farm, and eke out a living from the raw land.  Wolves, bears, and wildcats are the least of their worries in this new land.  Hard work and trust in each other to do their very best are the keys to conquering the wilderness as they pioneer their lives on the high plains of Oregon!

Come along as they and their family live a life that few attempted in this wilderness near the Blue Mountains of Oregon.  Part of the fantastic set of prequels to Vetted and Vetted Further!

Order your copy here and be among the first to get it the day it comes out!