Just Ella Cover Photoshoot

The decision to create a new cover for Just Ella was not one that I made lightly. The original cover design was entirely my brain child. I scoured images, pulled together the background, the dress and the hair and then sent the cobbled together image to my sister, Cherise, so that she could paint it. The resulting painting was gorgeous, fabulous, exactly what I wanted. It was the perfect representation of my book, a cherished piece of art. Continue reading

The Prologue that Wasn’t

The KindleScout campaign for Keeping Kinley has officially ended. Thank you so, so much to everyone who nominated it! Whether it’s chosen or not, it’s been a great experience. I hope you all enjoyed reading the first couple of chapters and I’m excited to get the rest of the story into your hands.

As I was going through my manuscript (yet again) and looking over different files, I found a prologue that I toyed with using. In the end I decided it was unnecessary (as most prologues are) and it went into my ‘deleted’ folder. However, I thought it would be fun to share it with y’all, because I do like how it turned out.

The Prologue that Wasn’t: Continue reading

Saving Marilee Cover Reveal

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“This didn’t feel like bravery. It felt like pieces of me were scattered in the wind and I was just doing my best to snatch them from the air before they were lost. And even if I succeeded, I would still be left with nothing but crumpled pieces in my hands.”

Marriage wasn’t bliss—not for Marilee. Instead of finding contentment with the handsome son of a sovereign duke, she found betrayal and neglect. And fear. A fear that finally lifts when her husband dies, freeing her from his domineering hand. But freedom alone can’t give her peace, and she must battle to regain her love for life, rebuild her happiness, and reclaim the ability to trust. When her charming neighbor intrudes on her quiet life, she must determine whether his interest is genuine, and whether he deserves the fragile bit of trust she has managed to scrape together. However, trusting is a risk, and she has vowed never to put herself at the mercy of someone else’s whims. Can Marilee take that chance, knowing how terribly she’s chosen before? She doesn’t know if she can survive being wrong again.

Saving Marilee will be released on May 1st and I’m excited to be able to say that it is now available for pre-order!

Add it to your Goodreads shelf.

A huge thank you to Jen Fauset for the fantastic cover photo and for all the other photos that I’ve been able to use for memes and such. She’s amazing.

Cover Photo Shoot

As always, getting a cover put together for my newest book has been an adventure! At the beginning of January, my husband mentioned that he wanted to go watch our nephew in his wrestling state championship down in Salt Lake. I realized that it would be a great excuse for me to put together a photoshoot down there. My sister, Jennifer, is a superb photographer (Fauset Photography) and lives down that way.

So we put up a casting call and I got to look through pictures of a bunch of lovely women with fabulous long blonde hair and found a model who was perfect.

Then, the hunt for a dress was on. Once again, I relied on the wonderful ladies at In Retrospect in downtown Boise. I couldn’t resist trying on this hat while I was there. I’m ready for tea with the queen.

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I found two dresses that I thought would work and arranged to rent them. Continue reading

Missing Lily Release!

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Finally! The day has arrived! I’m so excited to have Missing Lily available for purchase on amazon and nook! It’s been crazy, and wonderful, and fun—and yes, stressful too—and now I’ve reached the finish line. *heaving a sigh of relief*

Now I get to wait and wonder and hope that everyone will enjoy it. If I was in the habit of biting my nails, I’d be doing that, but I’m not. So, instead I will twirl my hair in anticipation (cause that is one of my nervous habits—oh the useless information I will give out). In all seriousness, I do wonder what the response to Missing Lily will be in comparison to Just Ella. Hopefully my second novel will impress you and not let you down. 🙂 Continue reading

This Is The Life

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This is The Life

Firstly, two orders of business.

#1. Just Ella has been published!! Hopefully this is old news, but I thought I should do an official post about it, because I never really get tired of saying it. So if you would like a digital copy, go here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EK7R5ZW/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00EK7R5ZW&linkCode=as2&tag=annklar-20

It’s available only for kindle right now. If you don’t have a kindle and still want the digital copy, there are all sorts of kindle reading apps that go on phones or tablets, etc… Or you could wait until it’s available for Nook, on smashwords, etc… That will happen in about 3 months.

#2. Print copies. If you prefer your books to be printed with real ink on real paper, then good news! Paperback copies of Just Ella should be available next week. I’m not sure the exact date, but I will let you know.

Now on to the sentimental stuff.

Just Ella was published on Thursday, so I spent the whole day trying to get the word out and making sure that everything was squared away and going smoothly. In the midst of my launch day, I was also taking care of my kids, just like every day. Around noon, I was sitting at my computer, still in my PJs, bouncing my littlest on my knee (he’s only 2 months old) and trying to type one handed. At that point I thought to myself, rather sarcastically, “This is the life”. But then I thought about it a little more and realized, this really IS the life. This is the life I want. It’s beautiful and hard. I get to stay home with my babies AND write books. How wonderful is that? I get to rock my baby to sleep while checking sales stats on my phone. I get to work with my husband on images and marketing strategy. Live the American Dream? Check.

This is the life.