Monday, June 6, 2011 — Release Day for ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT

Monday, June 6, 2011
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Sunny and Cool


Yes, it’s finally here! My paranormal romantic suspense novel ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT, launching the Annabel Aidan pseudonym releases digitally from Champagne Books today. I’m very excited about it, and I’m delighted that my good friend Michelle Miles also hosts me for the release over on her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell, where I talk about Challenging Yourself as a Writer and the way this particular book evolved.

About the book:
Witchcraft, politics, and theatre collide and combine as Morag D’Anneville and Secret Service agent Simon Keane fight to protect the Vice President of the United States — or is it Morag who needs Simon’s protection more than the VP?

Witch and theatre professional Morag D’Anneville is annoyed when she’s assigned to dress the conservative Vice President as he makes a surprise appearance in his favorite Broadway show. Even more irritating, she has to teach Agent Simon Keane, part of the security detail, the backstage ropes in preparation. A strong attraction flares between them which they both recognize is doomed, and Simon must also fight his superior’s prejudice that Morag’s beliefs make her a threat to the Vice President. When Morag is attacked, Simon’s loyalties are torn between protecting the man he’s sworn to protect, and protecting the woman he loves.

About Annabel:
Annabel Aidan  writes romantic suspense with a hint of magic. She 
publishes under a half a dozen names in both fiction and nonfiction. She 
spent over twenty years working behind the scenes on Broadway, in film and 
television, mostly working wardrobe. Her plays are produced in New York, 
London, Edinburgh, and Australia. If you run towards her undoing buttons, 
she will tear off your clothes and flip you into something else — and then 
read your tarot cards. Visit Annabel here.

Direct buy link here.


AKA Annabel

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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Rainy and COLD!

First of all, Happy Birthday to my friend Michelle Miles! Woo-hoo!

Second, hop over onto her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell, and see the interview with Jenny Storm there!

Those darn cats! I woke up this morning, shivering, it was in the 40’s (Farenheit) here. The feather bed was pulled off and wadded into a ball at the bottom of the bed, with three little, furry faces peering out of it. Stinkers!

Yesterday was just a Murphy’s Law day. Went to the bank, went to the post office, did a big shop at Costco. They don’t carry Izze water anymore, which makes me sad, but I got to enjoy two cases of it after not having it for several years, so that’s the way it goes.

The afternoon was spent on client projects, following up on previous pitches, and sending out some new ones. The scam artists are writing better ads to draw you in, and then doing bait and switch. I usually just shrug it off, but one response in particular so enraged me yesterday that I engaged in debate. But, to counter-balance that, one of the follow-ups got an enthusiastic response and the possibility of future legitimate– and legitimately paying work – I’ll keep in touch with that one!

Had to go on the old PC to get on IE in order to invoice Confidential Job #1 — their invoicing system ONLY works on IE, which is a pain, and means once the PC is removed from the house, I have to drive to a library every time I want to invoice this job. Urgh. It took 65 minutes to do something that should have taken 3. Thank goodness I no longer have to rely on that computer.

Read a nice big chunk of my friend’s manuscript last night — finally. I’m behind. And I’m really enjoying it.

Good morning’s work on the Matty book and good morning’s work on the new serial. I’m hoping for a productive day. I have a lot of correspondence to write, I need to get some stuff over to an eBay service that will list/ship/deal with it for me, and got to get back to work pulling stuff off the PC. More client work this afternoon, and the back to my friend’s manuscript. I also have a manuscript of my own to get out the door today.

Better get back to work.


1st draft new serial: 3,087 words out of 50,000

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Thursday, April 2, 2009
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Saturn Retrograde
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Cloudy and cool

Today is the Sixth Anniversary of Ink in My Coffee. I can hardly believe it. It’s quite a journey, and I thank everyone who’s joined me for a portion of it.

Part Two of my “Can You Cut it as A Freelancer?” article is up on Ye Olde Inkwell.

“Wrestling with Sentences” is up on the Scruffy Dog Review Blog.

GDR March wrap-up and April To-Do List on the GDR site.

I was cranky yesterday!

I had a good writing session in the morning — a great writing session in the morning, actually. Then, I had to run around and do errands, which was a mixed bag. Got a lot done, but wound up driving to White Plains only to find out the store was out of stock – even though I’d called to confirm it was still in stock before I left, and you can’t tell me the product sold through in 20 minutes. So, I was annoyed, and even more annoyed when I told the store manager I’d called and explained that I didn’t want to drive all that way if they were out of stock, was told it was in stock, and now they’re out of stock. Manager’s response, “Oh, but there are plenty of other things in the store you need.” Uh, no. Bait and switch REALLY pisses me off. I didn’t buy anything. The store changed managers a few months ago, and has really gone down the tubes unfortunately. So I won’t go there unless I’ve got no other choice. A shame, because they used to be really good.

Didn’t feel like doing anything in the afternoon. I snuck online for a bit. Considering I’d updated the McAfee, run it the previous night, updated the malware, run that, updated the security patch, ran that, and re-ran everything on Wednesday morning, the computer damn well better not have a problem!

Had an aha! moment later in the afternoon when it was too late to do anything about it. Isn’t that the way it always goes?

Watched the last episode of LIFE ON MARS last night. It truly surprised me. I never saw that ending coming (I suspect it was written quickly once the cancellation notice went around). I’m sad the show was cancelled –I’d grown to really like it over the past few weeks. Of course, next week, it’s replaced by yet another “quirky” police procedural. Let’s see how long that one lasts!

And I just find LOST unwatchable at this point.

I had a bizarre dream last night that I was on the phone with the actor Noah Wylie. I don’t know the guy; I’ve never worked with him; I don’t have any strong opinions aobut him one way or the other. I guess he became the “representative actor” in my dream because of all the promos for ER’s final episode tonight. And I suspect the dream means I’m not finished with the theatre yet and it’s less about the actual individual Noah Wylie than actors in general.

I had an excellent morning’s writing on what I’m calling “The Maine Book” because it’s set around York, Maine. I have to go off and do a few errands, then it’s back to work on CRAVE THE HUNT and FEMME FATALE.

Later, I’ll pack for the weekend gig.

Again, thanks so much for making this creative journey. May we have many more creative discoveries ahead of us!


August 1, 2008 — HEX BREAKER release!

Friday, August 1, 2008
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It’s here!

Today is HEX BREAKER’S official release date.

If you want to buy a copy, go to Firedrakes Weyr publishing. The page you land on from this link has a line near the top that says “Bookstore”. Click that, and you’ll land on the bookstore page, click on “New Releases” in the left hand column, and I’m somewhere on it. I was near the bottom yesterday, but I should be in stock today, so maybe I’ll have moved up!

I’m thrilled, excited, and nervous. I hope it’s a good, strong start to the series.

Of course, the CDs that I need for the party that were supposed to be here on Wednesday have yet to arrive. Isn’t that typical?

I should have something special for all of you pertaining to the series by early next week.

The Creative Heartbeat Collective has the review up for HEX BREAKER. You can check it out here. Phew. Wouldn’t it be awful if they spent all that time with me and then hated the book?

And Michelle Miles was kind enough to invite me for an interview on her blog, Ye Olde Inkwell. It’s a fun one. Check it out.

Now comes the stuff I’m bad at – being out there, trying to be interesting enough so people actually want to read this genre adventure. But it’s part of the gig – the audience can’t find the work if they don’t know about it, right?

Here’s an article we should all read, by Ann Patchett, in THE ATLANTIC, about the Book Tour.

I don’t have to worry about book tours until I have print books rather than digital, although I plan to do as many blog tour stops as possible, but her article hit home.

We did a test run with the dress, the hair the make-up. An acquaintance wanted to design a “look” for the party. Unfortunately, it was Mortiz hair and vampire makeup. (The former reference you’ll only get if you’re familiar with the show SPRING AWAKENING). Now, why would I want to look like I had two black eyes, deathly pale skin, and stuck my hand in a socket? This is supposed to be a celebration. Keep it simple!

Did another round of interviews, and, just when I thought I didn’t have one more word left, found some more to do an interview with Crystal Adkins for her book blog. I’ll let you know when it runs.

Carolyn Bass Burns has a question about one’s five most annoying habits. I have more than five, so I’m not sure if I should participate!

I worked on the articles that are due today; I’ve got to finish the final one, give them all a polish, and get them off by noon.

Of course, they turned the water off again this morning – but at least they warned me. Otherwise, I’ll be stopping at the theatre to shower before the party!

I still feel betwixt and between the theatre and the writing. The whole month of July was an emotional roller coaster for many reasons. I’m hoping to get my focus back on the page in August and that things will quiet down – but up the ante on work coming out!


Devon’s Bookstore:

Hex Breaker
by Devon Ellington. A Jain Lazarus Adventure. Hex Breaker Jain Lazarus joins the crew of a cursed film, hoping to put to rest what was stirred up before more people die and the film is lost. Tough, practical Detective Wyatt East becomes her unlikely ally and lover on an adventure fighting zombies, ceremonial magicians, the town wife-beater, the messenger of the gods, and their own pasts.
$4.00 ebook/ $6.00 on CD from Firedrakes Weyr Publishing.
Visit the site for the Jain Lazarus adventures.

5 in 10: Create 5 Short Stories in Ten Weeks
by Devon Ellington. This ebooklet takes you from inspiration to writing to revision to marketing. By the end of ten weeks, you will have either 5 short stories or a good chunk of a novella complete. And it’s only 50 cents, USD. Here.

Writing Rituals: Ideas to Support Creativity by Cerridwen Iris Shea. This ebooklet contains several rituals to help you start writing, get you through writer’s block, and help send your work on its way. It’s only 39 cents USD. (Note: Cerridwen Iris Shea is one of the six names under which I publish). Here.