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The Sanity (or Insanity) in Self-Publishing

Hello, my darlings! I’m so happy to announce that Cloaked in Scarlet is published and available in both paperback and ebook!

Obviously this book comes right on the heels of Hooked, so if you’d like to know how I’m doing with this rapid release strategy I’m trying, stay tuned until after I give you to lowdown on this book.

This is book 2 of my Tales of Winberg series, which is spun off from the world of Saving Marilee. Our heroine, Emeline, was Marilee’s very quiet 13-year-old cook whom she befriended. Cloaked in Scarlet casts her in the roll of Little Red Riding Hood. I hope you enjoy it!

A girl determined to fight her own battles.

A boy desperate to protect her at all cost.

And a prowling villain with a deceptively charming smile.

After watching her two closest friends survive mistreatment and degradation, Emeline is determined never to become a victim herself, no matter how small and quiet she may be. She’s proven to others that she can take charge as a cook; now she’s proving to herself that she can handle any situation.

She’s trained hard with a sword to become a force to be reckoned with. Her determination to try her skills in a festival competition will require subterfuge, especially when Hunter, a young man from her past, ends up employed in the same household. When he takes an interest in her, she’s anxious to rekindle their friendship, but will his protective nature hold her back?

With Hunter leaving her breathless at every turn, Emeline longs to understand him and be understood in return. His past experiences have made him mistrusting and protective, but he’s not the only one who knows the world can be dangerous. Rather than hiding in fear, Emeline plans to be ready to fight any threats that may stalk her. But will her determination to prove herself capable lead her to ignore the warnings of those she loves and walk straight into danger?

A story about finding yourself and fighting for those you love, this reimagined version of Little Red Riding Hood infuses the tale with romance and emotional depth.

My Sanity…

So I’ve put myself in the interesting position of launching several books back to back. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for me, but it’s also not necessarily a good thing. At the moment, I feel as though I scheduled them too close together. There’s only so much attention I want to grab for, and launching three books one on top of the other kind of forces me to be constantly jumping up and down, shouting, “Look at me! Look at my books! You want them, you need them, go buy them, go review them!”

It starts to feel more than a little self-centered. But who knows, maybe this strategy of mine will end up being brilliant and successful.

It’s also hard to know that I have three more book ideas that I need to actually start writing, but that I can’t seem to jump into. It’s easy for me to focus too much on the book launch side of things and forget that I have to move on to the next thing. Continuing this series means actually writing more books. When’s that going to happen, huh, Annette? Now is definitely the time to get on with it since school will be ending in a couple months and all of this quiet time at home will be gone.

*grumble grumble* I love writing. I adore these books. But I hate running a business.

In the end, I won’t know if this was the correct strategy for a couple more months. It is looking promising though. And as always, I’m immensely grateful for any and all support from my readers.

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