Survivors ~ NEW

I am pleased to FINALLY announce my latest release SURVIVORS!G.jpg

For some, the world would end with the dropping of the bombs.  For others, a select few, it would present an opportunity to show their true mettle.  Those who will take on the challenge to live without, make do, and subsist on, are the survivors.

Jodi was one of the few.  She knew what was coming.  She read the signs, and she had friends in low places who kept her informed.  She bought a cabin in the middle of nowhere, fixed it up, and warned her closest friends and family that the time would come to abandon the big cities, to hide and seclude yourself for the safety of your family and everyone closest to you.

Krista was her partner, her best friend, and her wife at a time when states didn’t recognize same-sex marriage.  Krista coped with her mate’s compulsions by recognizing that indulging her was the best way to maintain a harmonious union.  After all, they could afford it.  Little did she realize that Jodi was destined to be the savior of them all.

Finding that things were much worse than everyone had speculated didn’t surprise Jodi.  But it would forever alter her family’s world view and transform them into something they hadn’t realized they were destined to become…SURVIVORS!

Available directly from my website as well as with all the links so you can get your copy.

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Love of my LIFE, 2nd edition

Love of my LIFE

When I meet the love of my life, a whirlwind romance of love, passion, and happily ever after will follow, right?  Marriage…until DEATH do us part.

Drama, intrigue, romance, and passion…what a great combination for $0.99!

Available here with all the corresponding links!

Small Town Angel, 2nd edition

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Small towns are notorious for secrets … but what if you bring your secrets with you?

Amy Adams arrives in Northpoint, Wisconsin on a Greyhound bus.  Small towns are well known for not taking to strangers, but THIS stranger decides to stay.

Amy has a look around and to her, it ‘feels’ like home. She rents a cabin in the woods outside of town and proceeds to look for a place to open a store.  Renting to own from one of the locals, she soon finds herself making friends and making waves.  She won’t discuss where she is from and has nothing to say about her past.

People are extremely curious. This Southern Belle has them talking.

Abby Shipman, the Chief of Police in this neck of the woods, is intrigued by the decidedly mysterious and straight redheaded whirlwind that has blown into town. It’s strange that she won’t talk about her past, and she is certainly uncomfortable around Abby … or is it cops in general?

All the links here.Five Star5.0 out of 5 starsLove & Mystery in a Small Town

on August 23, 2016
Amy is a mysterious, but friendly stranger to the folks in tiny Northpoint, Wisconsin when she arrives on a Greyhound bus! She reveals nothing about her previous life when asked!
Abby is the single small town sheriff of Northpoint & she is drawn to Amy, who buys her rundown grandparents store!
This is a sweet little small town romance with the mystery of Amy’s previous life looming over it, threatening their love, that is just beginning to surface!! I have it 5 stars!
on July 22, 2016
This was different kind of story. I did like the storyline of both characters. I kept wondering what was up with Amy. This definitely a book I would recommend.
Adorable read 😊
on September 19, 2015
I just finished this story.Very entertaining.
If this place really exists,I want to go there.
Never heard of the “Thumb ” area of Wisconsin on the Eastern coast but I would like to go there after reading this book.
It was fun getting to know Amy and Abby,Toby and Tabby and oh yeah the kids .Hated to see it end.
on September 18, 2015
K’Anne was absolute perfection with the use of Southern language and innuendo. The attitude of a small backwoods town could not have been more accurate
on September 13, 2015
Really enjoyed this. You literally sit through halfway to three quarters of it going what on earth is in her past… I really liked Amy/Angel’s character. Well written. But it’s K’Anne so you know it’s going to be good 🙂
on September 23, 2015
Another superior book by K’Anne Meinel. From the first page to the last you are keep guessing as to what is going to happen between our two main characters Amy and Abby. You understand the confusion in Amy’s mind regarding relationships and as you continue to read the story mush of her past life is revealed and her reason for running is so apparent. At the end you are exhausted but ecstatically happy with the ending.

This book is one of Miss Meinel’s best in a long line of great reads. Small Town Angel is a story that is so believable that you actually picture yourself as part of the story. once you start this book you will not want to put it down to do the dishes, laundry, put the kids to bed or go to bed yourself. From cover to cover this is full of excitement, love and suspense. Thanks K’Anne for another of your great imaginative stories.

on April 13, 2016
This is a well-paced story with lovely characters. I found myself rooting for the two protagonists to get together – the writing hinting that they found each other attractive was tender and believable. You get the sense that there are secrets to be revealed, and when these gradually come out they are worth the wait, and then further twists at the end had me gripped til the last page!
on January 31, 2016
I really enjoyed this book, it kept me engaged from beginning to end. I recommend this book. It almost made me want to move to Wisconsin… almost …
on November 24, 2015
the story was amazing and fun to read. I loved the fact that she overcame so many obstacles to be herself. as an avid reader I like stories that are believable. this one is. The story line is easy to follow and the story is a book you read in one sitting.
I’d recommend this to a friend.

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.

I HEART LESFIC

The prolific K’Anne Meinel is here today. Woot! She’s offering free copies of Vetted, her latest release. One winner will be selected by I Heart Lesfic. To enter the giveaway hosted by I Heart Lesfic, scroll to the bottom of this post for details. There will be two additional winners, but you have to act […]

via Guest Post: Why Write Lesfic by K’Anne Meinel — I Heart Lesfic

Vetted

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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….

Available from these fine retailers:

1 Amazon

2 Apple

3 Kobo

and coming to these fine retailers soon:

4 Barnes & Noble

5 Inktera

6 Scribd

7 24symbols

8 Playster

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