Lots of News!

Finally some updates to the coming soon page! BURN ZONE will be out in April and will launch the Hotshots series  which centers around wildfire fighters in Central Oregon.  I love this cover! Books 2 and 3 will follow later this year! CONVENTIONALLY YOURS is my New Adult/Upper YA crossover starring gaming rivals stuck on a road trip together. I can’t wait for you to see this book! It has illustrations! And I love this duo SO much! Both books are currently up on Netgalley for request from reviewers!

I’ve also had a few new freebies over at Prolific Works, so be sure and check there to see if you’ve missed any tied to your favorite series!

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I’m also trying to be a little more active on Instagram, so do join me over there too!

All Sorts of Updates

Wow! Lots of news for you guys!

  • MR. RIGHT NOW is releasing November 14 ! This holiday novella was so much fun to write and I can’t wait for you to meet Russ & Esteban!
  • ARCTIC HEAT is out now! Want more winter fun from me? This snowbound-in-Alaska romance is a full-length (LONG!!) book from me and stands alone just fine–briefest of brief easter eggs for Arctic Sun but no spoilers or other mentions!
  • I’ll be speaking at the PAGE even in Atlanta in April 2020! Hoping to see some of my writer friends there!
  • Have you been wanting the PERFECT HARMONY series in audio? It’s coming! Treble Maker is out now with the rest coming! So excited!
  • And I know readers want to know what’s coming in 2020! As of right now, my smoke jumper series, set in Central Oregon, is scheduled for April, July, and October 2020. I can’t WAIT to bring you these books! In June 2020, I’m especially thrilled to be bringing you CONVENTIONALLY YOURS, my YA/NA crossover romance with a gamer road trip enemies-to-lovers romance. Pre-orders and covers and such all coming soon!

Make sure you’re in my Facebook Reader group, Annabeth’s Angels, for all the latest news, fun, contests, and more! And newsletter subscribers get all the extras too! Thank you so much for all the great reader support in 2019! I appreciate all of you so much!

Latest News

It’s May 2019 & conference season is upon us! I’ll be at Book Lover’s Con in New Orleans this month & here’s where to find me if you’re there too: https://www.bookloverscon.com/people/annabeth-albert 

In June, I’ll be at the Ripped Bodice on June 9 at 3 pm. More information here when available: https://www.therippedbodicela.com/events-and-tickets

And Arctic Wild is coming June 3 in e-book! Even if you missed Arctic Sun, this one stands alone fine–there is a single scene with the book 1 heroes and no spoilers, just a glimpse of them.

As always, make sure you’re in my reader group on facebook and subscribed to the newsletter for all the latest! Thanks so much for your awesome support!

Lots of Updates!

I’ve just finished writing ARCTIC HEAT, which will be book 3 in my new FROZEN HEARTS series, which is set in Alaska! Book One, ARCTIC SUN is coming to you April 1st (no fooling!) in eBook, audio, and paper! You can see all three covers & blurbs here! I recently released a RAINBOW COVE novella, LUMBER JACKED which is 99cents/KU and includes a new 7,000 word bonus epilogue added to the original story which was originally free for a short time on Prolific Works/Instafreebie.

I’ll be at Book Lover’s Con in New Orleans in May! Come say hi!

Want to know more about upcoming books & releases? Make sure you sign up for my newsletter! I’ve also got a Facebook Reader Group you can join! I hope to be able to announce soon what I’m working on next! Thank you so much to all my readers for the love and support! You all rock!

All of the News!

Upcoming releases:

  • Rogue Nights Anthology–Nov. 8th. My story is a f/f novella starring a knitter!
  • Better Not Pout–Nov. 12. Standalone military m/m full-length novel!
  • Rough Terrain–Jan. 14. Out of Uniform #7! Rooster and Canaan’s story!
  • Arctic Sun–April 1st. No fooling, this is book 1 in Frozen Hearts, a new Alaska set series from me!

Recent freebies:

I’ve added several things to Prolific Works/Instafreebie recently, so take a look and make sure you’re not missing anything! Thank you so much for your support of the shorts! Make sure you’re in my facebook group to find out about new freebies and contests!

Upcoming appearances:

I’m planning to be in New Orleans for Book Lover’s Con in May 2019!

New Site, New Series, Lots of News

My gorgeous new site is thanks to Sloan J designs!

And that’s not my only news of late… There will be THREE more SEAL books over the next year or so bringing the total in the series to seven! YAY! No titles or covers yet–I’ll be sure to post when I have those! Also, be looking for a surprise new series from me this summer!

Also in news, I’ll be at RT 2017–be sure to come see me!

2015 By The Numbers

Wow! What a year! Everyone seems to be doing year-end posts, and I’ve been really enjoying reading them so I thought I’d do one too. On January 1, 2015 I had stories in three anthologies, two of which were about to be discontinued, and no single titles of my own. On January 1, 2016 I will have had eight single-title releases and one anthology, making for a total of nine stories released in 2015. WINNING BRACKET, RESILIENT HEART, SERVED HOT, BAKED FRESH, DELIVERED FAST, TREBLE MAKER, WAITING FOR CLARK, HOW WE BEGAN, and STATUS UPDATE all released in 2015, and man did I ever learn a lot about publishing in the process.

  • Traditional publishing takes anywhere from two years to seven months from a finished draft to publication.  Most of what was published in 2015 was written in 2013 and 2014. This means that I have to get used to having multiple novels in various stages of production while drafting something else entirely–I had to learn new juggling skills to go from proofs on one novel to developmental edits on another to drafting a third, all in the span of a couple of days.
  • In contrast, in self-publishing, the process is much condensed. WAITING FOR CLARK and my story in HOW WE BEGAN were the only two things that I drafted this year that also came out this year. However, I learned that no matter whether a novel goes through the traditional process or self-publishing, it still has to go through all the stages of production–drafting, editing, critique, developmental edits, line edits, proofs, and formatting, and certain things simply can’t be rushed, namely edits. I think more than anything in 2015, I learned the value of good editing at multiple stages and came to absolutely embrace its importance on the finished product.
  • Most of what I drafted in 2015 will come out in 2016, and I learned it’s both awesome and frustrating to have readers wanting the books NOW NOW NOW. It’s hard when I finish a couple that I totally love, knowing it’s going to be months before readers get the same experience.
  • Don’t get caught up in negativity! One of my biggest lessons of 2015 with so many releases was learning to let go of my books. Once they are out in the world, they belong to the readers, not me. I love getting tagged on positive reviews and there have been so many amazing moments this year with reviews and reader interactions that made me tear up in a good way, but I’ve learned to not go hunting bad reviews down.  A bad review can bring me down for days and that sort of heartache makes the rest of production difficult–learning to let go is the best thing I did for myself this year.
  • Treasure my writer and reader friends–so much of this business is lonely and there’s so much waiting involved. Screenshot 2015-10-05 09.10.53Having a good crew of friends makes the journey much more bearable.
  • Celebrate the small victories! One of my best moments in 2015 was the short moment that WAITING FOR CLARK was the #1 Free gay romance on Amazon. Victory dance time! Each release day gets celebrated too and all the little victories along the way–getting a draft, finishing edits, getting a cover, releasing into the wild. Enjoy the ride!


In addition to these lessons, 2015 was the first year that I kept careful track of my process. This is what my year overview looks like:

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Holy cow! I touched 18 separate projects this year! That’s ridiculous! The number one this I learned from keeping track of my progress like this is that it takes me two months to draft a book. I simply can’t promise a book longer than 30k any sooner than that. If you look at the spreadsheet, there are very predictable stairsteps of writing months. Knowing this will be very helpful to me going forward. Also, months where a ton of edits arrived tend to be lower word count months, so I have to make sure to account for the time those parts of the process take.

You can see the edits/word count correlation more clearly here:

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While I averaged almost 30,000 words a month this year, May, August, and November were far under that because of some tricky edits. Having enough time to deal with the edits is a key part of my planning going into 2016. My biggest word count month was December with 46,176. I don’t think that’s something I can count on each year though, as it was really challenging with family stuff and the holidays. Building in more time for breaks is key this coming year. I finished the year with 355,860 words and 7,849 pages edited (all those multiples passes per book add up fast!), and it feels like this is probably around my top speed. It would be kind of cool to hit 365,000 words next year, but the simple fact of the matter is that I’m not the fastest writer, not the fastest per hour writer for sure, and I need to just make my peace with that and celebrate what I did accomplish. Finishing six books and two short stories is a fabulous accomplishment that I feel super proud about.

What’s coming in 2016? All the books I wrote in 2015! They’ll all be released into the wild! YAY!!!!

  • LOVE ME TENOR in Feb
  • KNIT TIGHT in April
  • BETA TEST in May
  • ALL NOTE LONG in August

Then in December comes Portland Heat #5, and I’ll start that book in January.  So far this year, I know that I’ll be drafting Portland Heat #5 and #6 and doing a freebie Reader’s Choice Novella with Wendy Qualls. (Reader’s choice = my facebook group will be voting on the characters, the setting, and other fun stuff! Join us at Annabeth’s Angels!)

I’ve got other goals for my reader group and my newsletter:

2016 plans

I can’t wait to see what else I get to write this year! Yay books! Yay words yet to be written and worlds I haven’t dreamed of yet! Remember too that I love hearing from my readers–if you want stories for secondary characters or ficlets for a favorite couple, feel free to let me know! No promises, but I love when you guys are as excited as me for more from a particular universe!

In addition to all those words, 2016 is going to be the year of balance for me. More family time. More long conversations with friends. More walks. Healthier eating. More yoga. I’m not making huge word count increasing goals because what I most want is to hold steady at this production level while also bringing more balance back to my life. And that is my wish for all of you for 2016–More books, more worlds to explore, and balance in your lives to enjoy it all.



LGBT Halloween Hop!

Happy Halloween
All Hallows Eve

I’m a Halloween scrooge. There I said it. I don’t like being scared! I don’t like zombies and fake blood and haunted houses. But what I love is Fall. I love colorful trees, pumpkin bread, steaming cups of coffee, sweaters, and air just nippy enough to make you want to  cuddle with someone. I love soup and fresh bread and long walks on sunny fall days.  In my upcoming release, STATUS UPDATE, coming December 7 from Carina Press, a reclusive archaeologist and a vibrant video game developer get a little more Fall than they bargained for when they get snowed in together in a tiny RV. I wrote this book last Fall, and it really is a love letter to everything I love about the season as we head toward the holidays: comfort food, cuddles, shared connection, and unexpected simple joys.
How about you? What is your favorite thing about Fall? (And don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway!)

Thank you for dropping by and welcome to the hop! We have 25 prizes to give away, donated by some talented, generous people who write LGBT characters:

Any book in Tara Lain’s backlist
Duce by Kai Tyler
Cruise Control by Kerry Adrienne
Safety in Numbers by Jessie G (Sizzling Miami Series)
Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church
Discovery by Thianna Durston
Rescuing Kyle by Eva Lefoy
Gay for Pay by TM Smith (All Cocks Series)
Spooky Tales One by Stephen del Mar (Short story collection)
The entire Moonlit Wolves Series by Bronwyn Heeley (7 books)
Coming Back Home by April Kelley (Pickleville Series)
Any ebook in Draven St. James’s backlist
The Russian Boy by Neil Plakcy
Any book in Annabeth Albert’s backlist
Shades of Sepia by Anne Barwell
Any book in Amanda Young’s backlist
Any book in Lynley Wayne’s backlist
Electric Candle or Jewel Cave by Elizabeth Noble
Soul Sick by Kendall McKenna
When All Else Fails by J.M. Dabney (Sappho’s Kiss Series)
More Than What They See by J.M. Dabney (Sappho’s Kiss Series)
On the Run by Michael Mandrake
Ivan vs Ivan by Princess S.O. (Teddy Bear Collection)
Blue by DP Denman (Blue Series – 2 copies )

And check outBookworm Bridgette’s book blog

The grand prize is a $50 Amazon gift card

Enter today and spread the word!


Waiting for Clark final (1)Finally FREE at all vendors, my m/m contemporary friends-to-lovers, reunion romance WAITING FOR CLARK is out now!


When Bryce Weyland agrees to go to a comic convention dressed as a superhero, the last person he expects to see is his one-time best friend (and hopeless crush), Clark Kenmore. But Clark is impossible not to notice—he’s wearing spandex tights, a rainbow cape, and the same disarming smile that haunts Bryce’s dreams.

Five years ago, they shared an ill-advised kiss that torpedoed their friendship.  But now Clark has returned to Portland, and he wants nothing more than to return to the easy friendship that defined their college years. But the glowering Bryce makes it clear Clark’s mission is going to require a super-human effort—and more than a little luck.

Note: This story was originally written for the 2015 Don’t Read in the Closet event. This version has been revised and includes a bonus sneak-peek at the author’s upcoming release STATUS UPDATE.

Buy Links:

AMZ: http://amzn.to/1FRX1C6

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/2940152712582

APPLE: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1046163239

KOBO: http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9781519962027

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-waitingforclark-1900324-149.html

TREBLE MAKER is out today!!!!!

TrebleMaker_6 1It’s finally here!!!!!!!!!

TREBLE MAKER is out in e-book & print 

On Perfect Harmony, the ambitious competitors heat things up on stage and off…

Cody Rivers is determined to be a rock star, but couch-surfing between bar shows gets old fast. Joining an a cappella group for a new singing competition show could be his last chance at real fame—unless the college boy from the heart of the country messes it up for him. Lucas Norwood is everything gothy, glittery Cody is not—conservative, clean-cut, and virginal. But when a twist in the show forces them together, even the sweetest songs get steamy as the attraction between them lights up the stage. Lucas wants to take it slow, but Cody’s singing a different tune—and this time it may be a love song…

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“…Treble Maker will take you on a steamy, sexy, romantic ride.” ~Queercentric Books 


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