Vetted ~ Audiobook

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Allyssa is a young college student living her life to please her upper-crust family who want her to take business courses, join her father’s business, and marry the “right” man.  Allyssa loves animals and yearns to take courses that speak to her heart, but her family are deaf to her pleas and she is unable or unwilling to stand up to them.

Fiona is an older, more established woman; a veterinarian working towards the goal of starting her own large animal practice.  When a young woman arrives on her doorstep one night carrying a dog she may have fatally injured with her car, Fiona is thrown for a loop.

Vetted—a life that neither woman anticipated, but each learns they want desperately.

Will their families, the fates, and rustlers finally bring these women to their knees?  The only way they can survive is to stand strong together, but are they both ready to fight for what they want?  Only time will tell….

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Introducing ~ Anne Hagan

I recently talked Anne Hagan into talking about our latest releases on our blogs and to our readers.  Here is hers:

I recently released Steel City Confidential. It’s ‘technically’ a legal thriller set in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but it’s much more than that. It’s a book I was challenged to write. The challenge was to write a thriller or a legal thriller that included other elements like outlaws, action and adventure, women over 40, families with children and a few more things.

In all honesty, I was having a hard time putting together a plausible plot that included all of that. Because it comes out in chapter one, on page two, it’s not a spoiler to say what made it all come together was when a writing group buddy, Sarah Fritts, suggested the “What if Thelma and Louise survived? Where are they now?” idea. I took that and ran with it.

What kind of heroine is in your current book?

There are multiple heroines in the book. I’ll talk about three of them. There’s Pam (AKA Thelma), on trial for murder, who thinks only about her loved ones until there very end. There’s Charlotte (AKA Louise) who’s loyal to her friends and to her causes, no matter what. And, there’s Rochelle ‘Ro’ Rabinowitz, the lawyer who must work it all out and make sure justice is served to the right person.

Is there one scene from your book that is the most memorable?

The big reveal that comes at the beginning, then the book builds backward taking the reader through time, back to that point and beyond it. That early reveal scene had to be right. It sticks in my mind and readers seem to agree.

How did you choose the names for your characters?

I’ve been writing the same mystery series, The Morelville Mysteries, for a long time. It has established characters with only a few new faces per book. I use the usual methods to pick those names; baby name lists from years age appropriate for the character and lists of last names common in the area where the stories are set, near Zanesville, Ohio.

For Steel City Confidential, I could have done the same thing, but I opted to ask for some reader help. Pittsburgh is an ethnically diverse city with strong Irish, Italian and Slavic roots and a growing black community. I wanted the ‘local’ cast to reflect all of that. I asked my readers to suggest a name for my lawyer and her firm with the winner getting an autographed copy of the final book. They came through big. I picked a name for the lawyer, but I used several other names that were suggested to fill other roles on ‘Ro’s’ staff, with the police department, with the DA’s office and more. Everybody was acknowledged in the book and won at least an eBook copy!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Not a thing!

Out of all your books, do you have a favorite?

I was always partial to ‘Dana’s Dilemma’ and ‘Hitched and Tied,’ books three and four of The Morelville Mysteries series because they’re an equal balance of mystery and a romance coming full circle. I have to say now that Steel City Confidential is my favorite ‘book’, by just a bit. It was a labor of love to write and it may well be the best book I have in me. As a couple though, I’ll always be partial to Mel and Dana. I know them so well!

If you could have anyone play the main character of one of your books, any actress, who would you choose and why?

For Steel City Confidential, all of the primary cast of the original movie are still with us. It would be amazing to see them reprise their roles, 28 years later age appropriate to the story. For the attorney, ‘Ro’ I’d like to see someone like either Jennifer Connelly or Moran Atias cast. They both have the look I picture for Ro and at least some of her heritage, plus they’re both great actresses who don’t get enough credit for their work.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

I’m a detailed plotter these days. I ‘pantsed’ the first draft of my first book and it was awful. It took a lot of rewriting and editing to make that story come together. After that, I started basic plotting. With an intricate story like my latest, my detailed plot saved me many times. I hate loose ends and plot points that shoot off then go nowhere and readers do too.

What genres do you normally write in?

I write mysteries primarily, but I do have several romances out there too. There were characters in my primary mystery series that had readers begging to know more. I gave them their own stories, that stand apart from the series. Some of my romance only readers have no idea where some of those characters came from!

I’ve also been slowly adding to my longish short story series, ‘Loving Blue in Red States.’ There are seven stories out now, each focusing on a different couple in a different red state. I have ideas for couples in three more states at least partially plotted out.

What are you working on now?

Several things: The 12th Morelville Mystery, ‘Tennessee Bound’ is due out next. I’m working on the 8th Loving Blue in Red States short story, also set in Tennessee…no, that wasn’t planned. I’m in the early plotting stages of the next Steel City legal thriller and I have the third Morelville Cozy mystery about half done. It’s due out later this year.

What genres do you typically read?

Mystery and legal thrillers, of course! Mysteries are my first love, from way back. I also read romance, but not the usual stuff. Maybe I should call my preference what librarian MJ Lowe calls the sort of books I like in the genre, ‘love stories’. I’m not about the meet cute, miscommunication and then a happily ever after. I like drama. I like angst. I don’t read romance to escape, I read it to feel things.

What do you think of the ‘explosion’ of available titles for the Lesfic reader that have come onto the market vs say 5-10-20 years ago? Is this a good thing or bad?

I think it’s great! The more, the better. Give us choices, lots of choices!

Facebook Groups I Run: Women Loving Women Mystery, Thriller and Suspense Lovers Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/WLWMysteryThrillerSuspense/ and the Lesfic Book Review Group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1785006305146254/
If you don’t know Anne, take a moment to check out her various books and follow her on social media.  She’s one of the most active I have seen on Twitter, she’s always up to helping others when I see her on Facebook and has helped me learn about various things in publishing and advertising.

 

Rainbow Awards ~ Honorable Mention

Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Vetted Further by K’Anne Meinel: “Enjoyable read with good character development. This is a continuation of a 1 st book but written so as to be a stand alone. Great settings made me feel I was on the farm with the characters. The author seems to have done a great job in researching her plot! In point throughout.”

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Fiona Herriot and her wife, Allyssa continue nurturing and growing the large animal practice Fiona established on their ranch. 

From a near-fatal accident to a dream come true, they have weathered all the trials and tribulations that came their way, supporting each other every step along the way.  But when one of their dreams falls through and nearly derails their marriage, will they survive the fallout?

Dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and even llamas play a part in this delightful story.

Join Fiona and Allyssa for the continuing saga of two women, a ranch, and the thriving veterinary practice they are building with love on the high plains of Oregon.

Purchase your copy here.

Check out the Rainbow Awards here.

 

Sayyida ~ Audiobook

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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….

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An Island Between Us ~ New release

An Island Between UsImagine it’s 1945.  You are waiting for your husbands to return from WW2…and they don’t.

Fast forward to 1949.  You work in a mill where you aren’t appreciated.  You hate it, and people are beginning to wonder why you don’t remarry and give up the traditionally male jobs you do now that you need to support yourself in the burgeoning after-war economy.  They want you to go back to your kitchens, take care of your existing children, remarry, and have more children…the American way.

But what if you don’t want that traditional way of life?  What if you have fallen in love with another woman and wish to make a new life with her?

Marion Whiting and Barbara Jenkins are two such women.  They are stuck in dead-end jobs in a mill, sharing a life they believe no one would understand…and each other.  After finding an ad in the local newspaper, they decide to give up everything for a dream.  They take their children and go. But the work involved in creating their dream just might quash the dream, their relationship, and the life they are building together.  How can two women alone with their children on a secluded island make it all work?

On my website, as they become available in the various distributors, they are listed here:ebook

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