In which Annabeth muses on blogging

First up, I’m over at Marie Sexton’s and Heidi Cullinan’s blog Coffee & Porn in the Mornings. I’m talking about the allure of sexy swimmers in speedos and sharing some totally-safe-for-work hot men. And doing my first giveaway for Going for Gold! Stop by!

Second, I’ve been thinking more about how I blog now that I’ve got actual real, live books coming out. I’ve been doing book reviews now since 2008 over at GoodReads and I’d amassed almost 600 reviews in that time. What changes should I make as I transition to being published?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Second Hand by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton

I buy books. A lot. Some (okay A LOT) are impulse purchases and some are from my long to-buy list or sales. (I get bonus points if it’s a sale on to-buy books!) But then there are the special books, the books from my auto-buy authors that I count down to like my almost-five year-old counts down to her birthday.

Second Hand

This week, I’m counting down to next week’s release from two of my auto-buy authors. Two! Heidi and Marie collaborated on this book, and I can’t wait. Like peanut butter and chocolate, the combo of both can only mean good things. (If you haven’t read either yet, I really reccomend starting with Marie’s Promises–it launches a great series of related books. For Cullinan, a great start is her Dance with Me.)

From the blurb:

Paul Hannon moved to Tucker Springs for his girlfriend, but she’s left him with a house he can’t afford and a pantry full of useless gadgets. All Paul wants is to get back to normal, even if he’s not sure what that is anymore. When he wanders into Tucker Pawn for a gift to win her back, he meets El Rozal, pawn shop owner and all-around cynic.

El Rozal doesn’t do relationships, especially not with clueless straight boys still pining for their ex. El may make his living dealing in castoffs, but that doesn’t apply to men. Still, when Paul starts clearing out his old life, pawning kitchen equipment he never wanted in the first place, El is drawn to Paul in spite of himself.

Paul and El have nothing in common except a past full of disappointments. There’s no reason to believe the two of them could fit, but in El’s line of work, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. When it comes to love, El and Paul may learn that secondhand doesn’t mean second best.

What upcoming releases are you looking forward to?

 

Six Sentence Sunday–Meet Kyle & Bohdan

I missed the deadline to do the official six sentence Sunday, but I thought I’d share the opening of Swimming the Distance from the Going for Gold anthology which comes out on August 31st from MLR.

“So you’re straight now, is that it?” Kyle tried to keep his eyes on the road and his mind off the raw hurt eating away at his stomach lining. He’d memorized Bohdan’s answers to “25 Questions for 25 Hot Olympians,” but now he needed to get the facts from the source. He flipped on his blinker and merged the car into the I-93 traffic.

“Don’t start.” Bohdan looked out at the Boston skyline, eyes hidden behind mirrored sunglasses and everything else locked down behind the firm set of his jaw and don’t-mess-with-me attitude.

Be sure to check out the other Six Sentence Sunday entries or follow along on twitter #sixsunday. I’m setting a reminder to join the official list next Sunday.

Cover Reveal! Going for Gold

I’m so excited! Less than a week until the Going for Gold anthology is out from MLR Press!

And . . . .

We have a cover! Isn’t it pretty?

Going for Gold

And we’re now up at Goodreads, so you can the anthology to your TBR pile! 

In which Annabeth unveils…

The shiny new site!

And a new fresh start. I’ve shared my call story below and I look forward to sharing more on the blog and to hosting guests!

My Call Story

When I joined RWA in the Spring of 2005, I had just finished my first manuscript. I really believed I’d be a published author by the end of the year. Then by the end of the next year . . . And now seven years, two children, five finished manuscripts, a hard drive worth of first three chapters, and 100s of rejections and several almost-sales, I’d almost started to believe it just wouldn’t happen.

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