Vetted ~ A Review

Check out this GREAT review on Megan the Misconception Megan Publishing Services by Owen Jones over at Modern Indie Books – “well-edited; being easily the most professionally put together Indie novel that I have ever read.”

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Blown Away, 2nd edition

Don’t judge a book by its cover!  Nothing, and no one, is EVER what they seem.

Ellen Christenson escapes from an abusive life, but does one ever escape the scars that are left on their soul?  One must move on, one must try.  But life has a tendency to circle back to what one once knew, and one finds that her life choices bring her back to the scenes of her abuse to deal with it finally and fully, in ways she had never thought she would.  It is then that the healing can begin, as she repairs her soul and the people she has devastated along the way.

Ellen hadn’t intended to end up in Silicon Valley and its high-tech world, but due to life and its circumstances she finds herself the head of a startup tech company.  Cool, calculating, efficient – she shows the world a side of her that she doesn’t have, and few if any know the real Ellen.  Nearby San Francisco provides her with plenty of girlfriends.  That elusive one, that soulmate, she has a hard time recognizing due to the scars within.

For years, she has lived with her decision of letting someone die for their sins, and Ellen is blown away by the feelings and emotions she has bottled up for so long….

I am thrilled to re-release BLOWN AWAY.  Rereading this brought back some great memories.  Now, having it edited and ready to go again, I can admit, this book makes me cry at the emotions within it.  I really hope it affects other people like this as well.

It is available through my website with all the corresponding links to get your copy through the various distributors as well as a signed copy by your’s truly.

on February 10, 2018
I really liked Blown Away. It was one of those stories, you set the book down between some of the chapters, walking away, while wondering, what was going to happen next. I thought Ellen, was very brave as a young woman, to have left home like she did. I admired her intellectual mind, and at times I chuckled at the way she interacted with others. Specially, when those moments was to be so serious. Ellen was hard yes, but one understood as to why, when she finally trusted enough to share what she had kept hidden all those years, growing up. It was no surprise Ellen’s leadership skills kicked into action when a disaster hit, but where it hit was a surprise! I do not want to give away too much. All I can tell you is, after I finished the ending, I closed the book smiling.
on August 23, 2016
This is the story of a young woman named Avril, from a small town in Oklahoma whose life is blown away by a tornado one day!! She leaves behind her despair to start a new life in California & she makes life-long friends, but she avoids letting anyone close! She changes her name & she & her best friend start their own business, but will she have the courage to try & find love? I loved this & gave it 5 stars!
on June 25, 2016
Just finished Blown Away and I have to say it was a page turner from beginning to end. Ms. Meinel, has once again out done herself in her writing. I am always looking forward to next book to come out.
on June 15, 2016
Excellent book ,love her novels,all good hope she keeps putting out more.
on August 12, 2015
Enjoyed this book immensely. Characters are vivid and believable. Story-line deals with issues of abuse and overcoming them combined with extensive research into the early years of the silicone valley explosion of technology.
on July 10, 2015
I loved this book! It is well written and edited and the story grabs you from the get go.It’s about a young woman who has to come to terms with her abusive childhood. We join her on her journey as she leaves home and makes her way in a tough world. She is fortunate in meeting a friend who would become a large part of her life and one who would ultimately lead her to confront her past. It’s a story about personal growth and love – the love of friends and romantic love. The characters are very well defined and pull you in, making you want to know what happens next! It is an excellent book and well worth reading!
on June 29, 2015
This is not the first book I have read by Ms. Meinel. I have enjoyed several of her books as her topics are modern day, in those that I have already read, and she always provide an interesting twist. This book is no exception. Tortured by the memory of loosing her father in a Tornado the main character Avril must come to terms with bullying, and her own sexuality. Her success in Silicon Valley is due to her determination not to allow her past to destroy her future. Without giving too much of the book away or it’s ending I can honestly say after reading Blown Away I certainly FELT BLOWN AWAY!

 

Kitty Kat’s Book review of Vetted

I enjoyed ‘Vetted’ so much as it was a well written story of two interesting and strong women. Alyssa had a miserable life with family members who ignored her opinions and expected her to follow the pattern of so many other girls her age and class. She has an interest in animals but has […]

via Review of ‘Vetted’ by K’Anne Meinel — Kitty Kat’s Book Review Blog

Bestselling Book

There is a big difference from being an author to being a bestselling author.  Whether you do it full-time or part-time, whether you are an indie or with a publishing house, being able to call yourself a bestselling author increases your credibility.  But, what does it take to become a bestselling author?

Well, that actually depends on many factors.  The New York Times is the most famous of these lists.  There are others of course including Publishers Weekly, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, and even WalMart.com.  Some of the most important nowadays in the e-market are Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Using myself as an example, some of my books have been on the Top 100 Amazon Bestselling Lesbian Fiction List for weeks on end.  Some, have even made it to #1 many times or remained in the top five for a while!  Many of my books have been in the top 300 for ever it seems.  However, I have to point out that Lesbian Fiction (Lesfic) is a small market and frequently Amazon throws in gay fiction which really should have a separate listing of its own (that’s a blog for another time).  A few of my books in recent years, I didn’t even put into Lesfic because they are good stories, everyone already knows I write Lesfic, and I wanted to see how they would do in the overall Amazon ranks.  They did phenomenally well.  Doctored and Veil of Silence blew my mind last year with their releases back to back.  They are both still selling well.  This year, Vetted is proving to be a best-seller.  It has never been listed a Lesfic novel, I put it into Action-Adventure and Romance…get this, in the hundreds of thousands of books that it had to compete with, it got down to the low 40’s and STAYED in that area for three SOLID weeks!  That’s incredible.

What does this mean?  It means that my books, due to the rankings that fluctuate hourly (thank goodness it’s a digital age), only 39 or so books sold more copies than mine did at any given time.  This, competing throughout Amazon and the hundreds of thousands in those specific rankings.

The New York Times bestseller list is different.  Not better or worse, just different.  They do not release exactly how these books get on the list and my own research has shown some of it is by trickery, bribery, and the big five publishers.  I don’t think my little lesfic publishing group will ever get one of my Lesbian Fiction books onto this anointed and prestigious list…ever.  That’s okay, I know I’m writing good fiction.  I know I’m writing stories that fans will want to read over and over again…and share.  They will stand the test of time.  Also, the New York Times list counts on ratings, based on orders to brick-and-mortar stores.  If your books aren’t in these, chances are you won’t get noticed.  With the downsizing of these stores, and the homophobia that still exists in major chains, the chances decline even further.  One clever entrepreneur (I use that term loosely, they were con-artists if you want the real term) managed to trick the list by placing a series of orders for their book to stores that didn’t exist, calling to see if they were available, and jacking up the system…only to cancel the order a day or so later…the numbers were already reported and their book sailed up the list.  Apparently, the New York Times list only counts the sales, not the canceled orders or returns.

In my research I came across this gem:cc

Click on the picture above for the rest of the article for more information.

Another difference that I am aware of is that the New York Times list is for paperbacks and they compile these lists weekly.  Because of its electronic system, Amazon’s list is hourly.  So, being on Amazon’s bestselling list is actually better!  It means you are SELLING more books!  Who doesn’t want to make MORE money this way?  Yes, being mentioned in the New York Times with millions of readers will get you more sales and especially more prestige over time, you are, after all, building a name…but, in the end, making money is really what it comes down to.  While being lauded as a New York Times bestselling author will garner you attention and I think it’s wonderful to be able to say that, there are other lists, there are other factors, and again, it comes down to money.

As the publishing world changes, and let’s face it, whether you love Amazon or B&N or a bajillion other outlets (mine are available on almost all of these), the e-book has changed the way we authors and publishers do business.  I am sad to see bookstores closing, I really am.  I still remember standing in the middle of a Barnes & Noble in San Luis Obispo, California and just BREATHING in the atmosphere.  I hope that libraries stay open and applaud the fact that they lend books that are e-books now too.

Another thing that I found as I researched for this blog is that literary agents, publishers, and others when looking for the next ‘rock star’ of the literary world are now sitting up and taking notice of those independent publishers and authors, and finding those ‘bestselling’ authors this way.  They want a piece of the pie, they don’t want to be left behind in the ‘old’ ways anymore.  They want to help those selling well to sell even more…so they can take their cut with their expertise.

I rely on proof, I have seen those hawking a book as a ‘must-read’ and I cringe at that.  That phrase alone is like nails down a chalkboard for me.  My first thought when I hear it is WHY MUST I?  I would rather hear from their reviews, their reviewers, or the proof that shows the book is selling well.  Here is my screen shot of Vetted taken the other day:Capture

Don’t just take my word for it…really, I am the author and publisher, I’ll admit to being biased…but, since it’s selling so well, maybe you should just go find out yourself WHY?

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Click on the picture to be taken to Amazon.

As always, you can get ALL the links at my website, or download it FROM my website at www.kannemeinel.com.

From the PR Desk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Author K’Anne Meinel launches her new book ‘Vetted’ on Amazon

After the success of her books, ‘Doctored’, ‘Lawyered’, ‘Small Town Angel’, ‘Veil of Silence’ and many others, author K’Anne Meinel has announced the launch of her latest book ‘Vetted’ on Amazon.com. The book has already started to receive great response from the readers. “loved the scene in the cafe where the two main characters entered into their partnership, and, how their love turned into something that would surely stand the test of time. Personally, there’s nothing sexier than a barefoot gal in shorts, and a tee, with a rifle over her shoulder, a pistol strapped to her waist and the willingness to use both to protect those and the things she loves. Great story. Highly recommended”, says one of the users on Amazon.com.

Vetted brings much delight to fiction and drama book lovers who love a bit of adventure. The story revolves around Alyssa, a young college student living her life to please her upper-crust family who wants her to take business courses to join her father’s business and marry the right man. However, Alyssa wants to do something different and take a course that speaks to her heart but her family is unwilling to support her in doing that. The story follows the life of Alyssa, a woman born into a well-to-do family yet yearning for freedom to do what she wants to do because such wealth comes with strings that she doesn’t want.

Fiona is another lead character in the story who is an older, established woman and a veterinarian working with an aim to start her own animal practice. The story takes a swift turn when a young woman arrives at her doorstep one night carrying a dog she may have fatally injured with her car, leaving Fiona thrown for a loop.

Vetted is an unexpected story about two women who goes through a life that they did not anticipate but learn that they wanted it desperately. The story description surely leaves the readers wanting for more and picking up the book to see what the whole suspense was about. 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”. The author known for her intriguing and sensuous plots in her books brings another exciting book for the readers.

About Author- Author K’Anne Meinel is a bestselling author, having over 92 published works including novels, short stories, and novellas. She was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Oconomowoc. She reflects the love for her home state in her stories by mentioning the beautiful and realistic backgrounds set in Wisconsin. She is also known as the lesbian Danielle Steel of her time and a versatile writer who brings a variety of fiction genre books.

Contact Details

Company:  Shadoe Publishing, LLC

Website: www.shadoepublishing.com

www.kannemeinel.com

Country: United States

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