It’s January, the first month of the first full year during which I’ll be a full-time stay at home, “juggling” author. I’m happy to announce that I’ve now entered Phase 2 of my working-from-home mode, which means that I am actually getting dressed before noon. Heck, let’s be honest, during many days over the last six months I never changed out of my pajamas at all, showers were just a pipedream for my family, and razors grew rusty from disuse. BUT NOW my pajama days are (mostly) behind me, and jeans and T-shirts rule again. So, forward progress on the pajama front. Yay!
More exciting than me actually smelling nicer is the release of my newest book, THE GREAT JACKALOPE STAMPEDE. This is the third book in my Jackrabbit Junction Mystery series in which I introduce Claire’s oldest sister, Veronica “Ronnie” Morgan.
NYT Bestselling Author Gemma Halliday was kind enough to give me the following cover quote: “Cool characters, a clever
mystery, and a ton of laughs!”
Not since the Great Jackalope Stampede of ’58 has tumbleweed-choked Jackrabbit Junction, Arizona seen so much action. Claire Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind a stolen treasure before goons come gunning for it–and her family. But all the strangers roaming around town have her anxiety red-lining. Then her mother shows up …
iStore: (Coming soon! Keep an eye out for it.)
** BONUS SCENE ** At the end of the book, there is a link to a secret, password-coded page on my website that contains a bonus scene in a PDF file format. Be sure to use the bonus scene link to access the secret page and enjoy one more scene with Claire and crew after you finish the story.
Great news! I have contracted with professional narrator/voice artist, Lisa Larsen, to read the first book in my Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series. We’ll be getting the other two books contracted soon. She is going to begin recording the books in February. I hope to have all three available by this summer for those of you thinking about taking a fun road trip vacation and would like something different to listen to other than static on AM radio stations when you’re in the middle of nowhere. The audiobooks will be available on Amazon, Audible.com, and Apple/ iTunes.
Note: The second book in my Deadwood Mystery Series, OPTICAL DELUSIONS IN DEADWOOD, will be available in an audio format in February. I’ll share the links for this in my newsletter next month.
I’ve been spending some time sprucing up my website, making it easier to navigate and adding fun stuff about the Jackrabbit Junction Series (located under the ANN’S SERIES menu option). I hope you enjoy the new pages and extras!
I’m in the process of writing the fifth Deadwood Mystery Series book right now, titled AN EX TO GRIND IN DEADWOOD. For those of you who follow me on Facebook, you’ll be seeing posts showing my progress as I go, chapter by chapter. The goal is to have this book out early this summer. I’m already busy working with my cover graphic artist (Sharon Benton) and my cover artist/illustrator (Chuck Kunkle) to get the cover created for this book. It’s so much fun to watch them take an idea and turn it into an awesome cover!
After I finish with the fifth Deadwood book, I’m going to publish the first book in a new series that will start Violet’s brother, Quint Parker. These will be archaeological-based mysteries that will fulfill the Indiana Jones wanna-be in my head. My goal is to release this book in the fall. I’ll share more information on this book after Deadwood #5 is done.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support in 2013. Cheers to another year of fun stories and lots of laughs together!