Happy Valentine’s Day & New Work in Progress Announcement!!

I’m a few days late in my usual weekly updates post, but I figured I’d wait until today so I could say — Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

cday heartsNow I know a lot of people aren’t huge fans of this Holiday, but as for me — it’s an entire Holiday based on love and chocolate. How can we not like it? And I promise, hubby and I don’t do anything over the top special! Even when I was single, I’d visit with a good book boyfriend, drink some champagne and eat chocolate covered strawberries and I was in heaven 🙂  So yes, I’m one of THOSE people who happen to like Valentine’s Day … speaking of which I need to go get some champagne today!

This past Monday, I went live on Facebook and gave some updates of things happening this week, but I also talked for the first time about my New Work In Progress!! More on that momentarily!

A few updates and things to be on the lookout for this week:

  1. I’ve joined the world of Facebook and now have a personal page! Before I just had my Business Page, but found it easier to interact in Groups, Giveaways and Takeovers with a personal page. SO — feel free to “Friend Me” and have another way to get in touch and chat with me!
  2. Laura Lee, a Paranormal, Urban Fantasy & Contemporary Romance Author, has released her final book in the Pixie Dust Chronicles, Elemental Magicks! YAY! This is a fantastic paranormal romance / urban fantasy series! She’s going to be having a HUGE Release Party on Facebook this Friday, February 16th from 12 PM EST – 9 PM EST! There will be multiple authors taking over her page for giveaways and some fun all day! I will be doing an Author Takeover during the Release Party from 2:00 – 2:30 PM EST!! I’ll have my own giveaways and games and I can’t wait! Click here to join Laura Lee’s Lounge so that you can take part in the event, the Elemental Magicks Release Party!
  3. Finally, Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) is part of the Paranormal Romance Lovers’ Valentine’s Day Sale! You can snag Protected on Amazon for just $.99!!! Check out some of the other awesome finds available for you this Valentine’s Day as part of their sale here: Paranormal Romance Lover’s V-Day Sale

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Now onto the Work in Progress Announcement: I’m so excited about this book. I haven’t been this excited about writing in a while, so I can’t wait to get more done and share some additional details with you all! For now, what I can tell you is that this book will focus on our main character, Jules Parker. Jules is a 24-year-old in her final year of a Master’s Program. She has an internship at Falcone Industries, the number one pharmaceutical company in the U.S. She hopes to become a Research Scientist, with a focus in Genetic Research.  It’s a paranormal romance, so you know things aren’t going to go smoothly for Jules for very long. She’ll get going on quite an adventure and we will get to meet some of her good friends, and some sexy new additions to her life along the way! This book does not have a title right now, but I’ll be sure to update you as soon as things get further along! The book will focus on vampires and vampire hunters! I can’t WAIT to share more!! Any thoughts so far???

That’s about all from me for now! Have a great rest of your week, and hopefully I’ll chat with some of you during Laura Lee’s Release Party on Facebook this Friday!


Signed Paperback Giveaway: Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)


Have you checked out my Facebook & Instagram pages yet??? Head over to one (or both) to enter for a chance to win a Signed Paperback copy of Awakened NOW!!

Here’s the info on how to enter:

  1. Visit my Facebook Page Here and my Instagram Page Here!
  2. Look for the image below, then answer the question in the comments of the picture!!! *Make sure you Like / Follow the pages, too!!
  3. Tag a friend in the comments who might be interested in winning, for an additional entry!
  4. Stay tuned sometime the evening of Sunday, 11 February for an announcement of the winners! There will be 1 Winner from Facebook and 1 from Instagram (BUT YOU CAN ENTER IN BOTH PLACES 🙂 )!

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*All comments must be made and received by 12 Noon EST on Sunday, 11 February.  Names will be entered for a random drawing that will be announced the evening of Sunday, 11 February.

Good Luck and I can’t wait to hear what character you’d be!! 🙂


Behind the Scenes: Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)

Another week is here, which means another theme and topic for us to get to dive in and chat about! I’m excited for this week! Really, I’m excited anytime I get to go behind the scenes with you guys into my books. I know as a reader, I love hearing things about books I read that I didn’t know before! Hopefully, you do too!

If you tuned into my Facebook / Instagram Pages last night, you already know this — but in case you’re catching up …

This week’s theme will be all about Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)!

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Awakened, picks up right where Protected leaves off. While Protected focused on meeting Ariya and the gang, and finding out that she’s not as safe as those before her may have been – for reasons I won’t give away because SPOILERS (P.S. anyone know what Fandom I’m referencing there? 🙂 ) – Awakened takes us more into the truth behind who and what is after Ariya.

Awakened was almost half written by the time Protected was released. I just continued writing once I finished Protected, before I knew I was going to even publish anything, so they were released very close together. Protected came out June 2013, and Awakened was released October 2013. I have to say I think that Awakened is my favorite of the three books. I had so much fun writing and it came the easiest to me. Protected took awhile, since it was my first time writing anything, but Awakened poured out of me. I was writing when I most needed a place to escape to and Ariya provided that for me. So I feel like I’ll always have a special bond with this book in particular!

This week I’m going to be sharing all things Awakened AND … if you were tuning in a few week’s back, you know that there was a GIVEAWAY when I was chatting with you about Protected. There might just be a giveaway with Awakened, too. If there were to be a giveaway, I would say you should probably keep your eyes peeled on my Facebook and Instagram pages this Wednesday (2/7) to find out what said Giveaway would be and how you would enter!

If you have already read Awakened, I’d love to hear your favorite part, what you liked, didn’t like, etc.! Send me a message and maybe I’ll share it, but I’ll definitely answer you regardless 🙂

If you haven’t read it yet, it’s a great time to snag it! It’s just $2.99 on Amazon in e-book format, available in Paperback and FREE if you are part of the Kindle Unlimited Program!

Stay tuned for some fun this week and as always, I’d love to hear from you!



A Look into Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)

Happy Monday!

One of the things I have loved most about becoming an author has been the community.  When I first started writing, I met some incredible authors, book bloggers and designers. I can’t quite capture and describe how wonderful it is to be surrounded by people who share your passion. These people became friends and there are many that I am still in touch with, years later!

Surround Yourself

With Social Media it can sometimes be hard to feel real connections to people. But, since technology isn’t going anywhere, I feel like it’s so important to encourage those connections when we can!

So with that being said, I’m going to be “theming” my weeks on Social Media so that we can connect, discuss and chat about things — hopefully more often!! Each Monday I’ll be hopping on Facebook, Instagram and here on my Webpage to say hello, touch base and let you know what the weekly theme is & if there are any particular things to keep an eye out for in the upcoming week!

Since this is the first week of an official theme, I thought it was best to start with where my journey began — Protected!

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Protected is Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy. It’s a new adult, paranormal romance centered around Ariya Adams, a Senior at Kingsbrook College. She has led a “normal” existence so far, but that’s all about to change. Get ready to go on a journey with Ariya and her friends as she learns secrets about her past that will throw her into a dangerous new paranormal world.

Protected has both vampires AND werewolves, for those of you who like both paranormal creatures (although I will warn you I am #teamvampire, so the werewolves don’t play as big of a role).

Protected is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback formats (Click here to check it out!). I am exclusive with Amazon, so that is the only place to find my books at this time. This also means, I have enrolled in the Kindle Unlimited Program! If you don’t know what that is — check it out at Amazon! But essentially what it means for you is that you can read the entire Ariya Adams Trilogy for FREE!! YES you are reading that right! 🙂 FREE!!

A couple of other notes / reminders, in case you hadn’t heard! I got a new Pinterest account, Author Anna Applegate, so look me up there and check out some things I’m posting. Can’t wait to Follow what you post as well!!

I’ll also be doing a GIVEAWAY this Wednesday for a little #WinningWednesday action. I’ll be giving away a signed paperback version of Protected with a bookmark on both Facebook and Instagram! Stay tuned later this week (Wednesday) for how to enter that!

That’s all for now! Thanks for stopping by and I’m looking forward to chatting with you soon!

Sacrificed is LIVE!!!!!

Happy December & Happy Holiday Season!

As an early Holiday gift … Sacrificed is AVAILABLE NOW and LIVE in e-book format on Amazon!! And about a day early! YAY!!!

Can’t wait to read it?! Want to FINALLY see what happens to Ariya, James, Nick, Caroline & Riley?? Get your copy on Amazon here, NOW!

Psst…I’m exclusively with Amazon now, so if you are on Kindle Unlimited — Sacrificed is there, too!! You can snag it for FREE!

Don’t forget to join me Thursday, December 7th at 8:30 PM EST for a fun Launch Party night on Facebook! Join the event here and don’t miss out on the silly games and awesome Giveaways!!

EEK! So excited to have this in your hands and LIVE!

Thank you all ❤

Happy Thanksgiving & Lots of Updates — Are you Ready?

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! First and foremost, I hope you all have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by family, friends and loved ones!

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In case you missed it, I went live on my Facebook page last night to announce some BIG NEWS!! Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Black Friday Sale!!! Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) will be available for FREE on Amazon starting this Friday (24 November) – Sunday (26 November)! Click here to bookmark where you can get your FREE copy and start your journey with Ariya and the gang!
  • I joined Instagram! I’m doing Giveaway to get some excitement going about it! Check it out and enter for a chance to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card ~OR~ an e-book copy of Awakened (Book 2 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy)! This Giveaway will be open starting TODAY and run through Monday the 27th!
  • Sacrificed Cover Reveal will launch on all Social Media Platforms Tuesday, 28 November (that’s less than a week away)!! 
  • FINALLY — **Drum Roll please** The Sacrificed release date has been announced!! Book 3 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy will be available on Amazon Thursday, December 7th! I’ll be hosting a Release Party on my Facebook page that evening with lots of giveaways! Stay tuned for more details around that!

I can’t wait for you all to get your hands on Sacrificed! Thank you, as always for your support and encouragement!

Again, Happy Thanksgiving to you & your loved ones! 


Happy Memorial Day and Protected Giveaway

Hi everyone!

First and foremost, I want to take a moment to say thank you to all those who are serving, or have served, our county. Sometimes we take for granted the sacrifices that so many people have made so that we may enjoy all the freedoms we do. This Memorial Day, I want to make sure I say THANK YOU! It should be said everyday because I truly am grateful to wake up each day here in the land of the free. Thank you to each and every one of you. Your service and selflessness is one of the greatest blessings and gifts there is. Thank you for all you have done. Thank you for all you do. God Bless You.

Now, I know I’ve been quiet again lately. I just finished re-editing Protected! I had that as a goal before UtopYA 2014. There were definitely areas to improve, and I’m so excited to have it out there, re-edited, and in such great shape. Julie at the Book Gardener (Check out her Facebook page here) had edited Awakened for me and helped me go back through Protected. She is absolutely amazing. Any indie authors out there – please visit her page and see what she can offer. She has an amazing eye and has taken my stories and cherished them as her own. I’m so thankful to get to have such a great relationship with such a beautiful person!

My next goal is getting both Protected and Awakened in paperback form before the conference. I’m pushing to get that done with the help of the amazing J.L. Durfey 🙂 (Thanks girl!!). We will both be exhibiting at UtopYA! I can’t wait for June 20th!! If you haven’t checked out J.L.’s work you need to! She’s an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance author, who I have written about many times, and is also under the Writing Sisters tab 🙂 Dreamer, Book 1 in her Kali Lockton Trilogy, is FREE ON AMAZON! I’ve even included the link there for you to one click! Fair Warning: You will be hooked!

So while I’m working on finalizing things for the conference, and of course getting things down for SACRIFICED (Book 3 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy), I thought I’d do a GIVEAWAY! I’d like to get Protected out to some NEW FANS who may not have read the book yet. Here’s how you can snag a copy. The first 5 newbies to comment on my Facebook Page, OR Contact Me here on the website through the form, OR ask to be added to the mailing list on the Contact Me Tab, will get a copy of Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy). If you haven’t read Protected, now you can! If you’ve already read Protected and know someone who might find it interesting, let them know they can get it from me for FREE now!

I’m also working with some bloggers in the next week or so who will be doing Flash Giveaways of Protected! Stay tuned for that information. These bloggers are fantastic and I have discovered so many fun, new reads from their reviews and spotlights!!

I think that’s all from me for now! I hope everyone has a fun and SAFE Memorial Day Weekend!

Talk to you soon! ❤