I'm Bloggin' Today: With Ann Everett
Hello Ann, thank you for joining me today, could you tell us a little about yourself
Thanks for having me. Here’s a list of things to help readers know me better.
I’m a fifth generation Texan.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart.
I love shopping at thrift stores.
I don’t remember my first kiss.
I hate talking on the telephone.
A really sharp pencil makes me happy.
I secretly want to get a tattoo.
I’m thankful wrinkles aren’t painful.
I think everyone should own a pair of cowboy boots.
I hear you have a new release, the genre, the name, and when will it come out?
My newest release, True, A Bluebird, Texas Romance, is contemporary/new adult and was released June 14th.
Could you tell us a little about your plot/characters?
After main character, True Shanahan, catches her boyfriend cheating, she leaves Dallas with no idea where she’s going. She just wants away from him! During a storm, she gets lost and ends up in Bluebird, Texas, where she has a car accident.
Ritter Malone, local hero and utility lineman, rescues True. The story takes up from there.
Here is the book blurb:
Sometimes it takes losing everything…
True Shanahan must be the unluckiest woman in the world. Either that or she’s cursed. After another failed relationship, True leaves Dallas with a broken heart and new attitude. It’s time to walk on the wild side. But when she makes a wrong turn and ends up in Bluebird, Texas, the only man she wants is anything but reckless.
…to find all you’ve ever wanted.
Ritter Malone is the town’s favorite son and has the local hero awards to prove it. Seems he’s always in the right place at the right time. But when he crosses paths with True, his life takes a turn he never sees coming. Her songwriting skills may be questionable, but her ability to turn him inside out is indisputable.
Welcome to Bluebird, Texas.
Where a chance meeting gives two people a chance at love.
Is this a standalone novel or is it part of a series?
It is part of a companion series, connected to a previous book by location, but each story is standalone. Chirp, is first in the series. True, is book two, and I’m currently working on the third story, Swan.
I know you write many genres including non-fiction, what is your favorite to write?
I love writing romance, and whatever book I’m writing at the time is my favorite.
What is your most popular series (or book)? What is it about?
I have two. Strong Verbs Strong Voice, is a non-fiction book with lists of active alternate verbs to replace commonly overused choices like walk, look, Give, etc. It remained on Amazon’s Best Seller list for over six months.
Tell Me a Secret, is my most popular fiction/romance book. In its first year of release, it sold close to 25,000 copies, which I thought was pretty good. It’s a story about a smart girl and a jock. Kind of good girl/bad boy story.
How do you describe your writing style? Does it vary per genre?
I have a tag line that says…Sass, Sizzle, Suspense…Texas Style. Most of my books will have those things. They are all set in Texas. My main character will be a bit sassy. The sex will sizzle. And, there will sometimes be an element of suspense.
Do you have a daily writing schedule?
No, but I sure wish I did! I have too many family obligations to have a set time. I just work it in when I can. Usually early morning and late night.
What does your writing space look like?
My spare bedroom is my office…even though I have a bed in it! In one corner sits my computer armoire and file cabinet. That’s my little writing nook.
Do you travel as part of your writing research?
Since all of my books are set in Texas, and I’ve lived here all of my life, I know the state fairly well. That’s a good thing, because I don’t like to travel.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received as a writer?
Two things. Write to please yourself. And, join a writing website where strangers can critique your work.
Thank you so much for joining me Ann!
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When Ritter arrived at the gym, he spotted Cole jumping rope. He stopped and glanced at the wall clock. “You’re late. Roommate didn’t have you tied up, did she?”
“Very funny. We got a dog. Stayed up playing with him. I hit the snooze one time too many.”
Cole ran a towel over his face, then his lips curled. “That’s not good.”
“What? Getting a puppy?”
“Naw. The we in that sentence sounds like a contract extension.”
Ritter stretched. “I won’t lie. I’ve gone home to an empty house so long, thought having someone there would drive me nuts, but it hasn’t—for the most part.”
Cole stepped on the nearest treadmill, turned it on, and ran a steady pace. “I gotta hand it to you. You’ve managed to sleep with her and keep your hands to yourself. Or have you?”
Ritter climbed onto the machine next to Cole’s and matched his stride. No need to confess he hadn’t exactly resisted, but he’d not passed second base—by much. Had it not been for the phone call, he would have hit a home run. He’d had the wood for it. “No.”
“Come on. No way you haven’t hit that. Especially after what you told me about her coming on to you.”
“That’s why I can’t let her stay. My resistance is wearing thin.”
Ritter and Cole’s phones sounded a text at the same time. Ritter read his, then shot Cole a look. “Turns out, we’re off this afternoon.”
Cole dropped his cell back into the cupholder. “I’ve never been to New Jersey. You?”
“Nope but looks like the storm is calling us there.”
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Award winning author, Ann Everett embraces her small town upbringing and thinks Texans are some of the funniest people on earth. When speaking to writing groups, businesses, book clubs, and non-profit organizations, she incorporates her special brand of wit, making her programs on marketing, self-publishing, and the benefits of laughter, informative and fun.