Guest Post by Annie Rains … a long road to today’s release of WELCOME TO FOREVER!
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Guest Post by Annie Rains … a long road to today’s release of WELCOME TO FOREVER!

  Welcome, Annie Rains, to the blog! Annie is a past Pitch Wars alternate and a part of Lady Lioness’s #ThePride, and she’s here today to share her journey to success. So take it away, Annie … It’s been a long road from start to finish! And, while today might be release day for my debut military romance WELCOME TO FOREVER, this isn’t the finish line. Far from it! I suspect there won’t be a finish line because I’ll never stop writing, never stop learning, or reaching for my next goal. Brenda invited me to her blog today to talk about how I got to this road marker on my journey because I was an alternate in the 2013 Pitch Wars contest. I’d been writing for years before that, querying my heart out, and doing all the things that aspiring writers should do (and there’s a long list of shoulds, right?). Entering my manuscript in Brenda Drake’s Pitch Wars contest was a pivotal turn for me, though. I’d been told that I had talent, but I was still getting rejections left and right. I desperately needed someone to tell me exactly what I was doing wrong. That’s what I got when Lady Lioness, one of the mentors participating in Brenda Drake’s 2013 Pitch Wars contest, selected me as an alternate—raw, uncensored honesty. I won’t say brutal honesty because I’d developed a thick skin over my years of rejection forms and notes from agents and contest judges. Brutal was not knowing why I was getting these rejections and notes. As a mentor, Lady Lioness gave me advice on how to improve my manuscript. For the next several weeks, I worked through the night taking that advice and preparing my manuscript for open season in Pitch Wars, where submissions go on display for participating agents. I only got one request during the contest, but I latched onto that request, did one more polish, sent up a whole lot of prayers, and pushed SEND. Then I waited. And waited. Aspiring authors get very good at waiting. Secret: it doesn’t stop after you get an agent or your first publishing contract. I waited on that submission for several months. It turns out my submission from Pitch Wars had somehow landed in that agent’s SPAM box (it happens!) Then I got interest from an agent I had submitted to BEFORE the Pitch Wars contest. With more finger crossing and prayers, I sent on my freshly polished manuscript, which led to me signing with my current agent, Sarah Younger at Nancy Yost Literary Agency! Moral of this post: Take every opportunity and never give up!...

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TAKEN BY STORM by Emmie Mears … release day!
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TAKEN BY STORM by Emmie Mears … release day!

Available now! Amazon | Audible It’s release day for TAKEN BY STORM, Book Three in the Ayala Storme Series, by Emmie Mears! The first two books in the series, STORM IN A TEACUP an ANY PORT IN STORM, are on sale now for $.99 each.  Hurry the sales price is only for a few days. Also, the audio books for all three books in the series (narrated by Amber Benson of Buffy fame!!!) goes on sale today, too. Here’s a little something about the books … TAKEN BY STORM … Stripped of her Silver Scale, made a pariah by the Summit, and with a price tag the size of Kentucky on her head, Ayala is on her own. Gregor Gaskin is still missing, and when Ayala discovers he’s far outside the Mediator territory line, she will unravel more about the Summit than she ever thought possible. Finding Gregor will take her far from home, but catching him might hit her right where she lives — and Gregor’s plans may just release hell on earth before she can stop him. And the first two books … STORM IN A TEACUP, Ayala Storme Series Book 1 Now on sale for $.99! Amazon | Audible Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is, until one of them saves her life. Dodging the Mediators and the demons alike, Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock and trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first… ANY PORT IN A STORM, Ayala Storme Series Book 2 Now on sale for $.99! Amazon | Audible After months of training a budding army of human/demon hybrids, Ayala and Carrick have worked out most of their differences. Who gets to use the bathroom first in the morning. Who’ll feed the bunny before they go out to make mayhem. Who gets to keep the jeeling claw they found in Forest Hills. You know, the important stuff. But when Gregor sends them out with their battalion of shades and the mission quickly lands on the wrong side of Ayala’s “don’t kill norms” moral line, she quickly discovers...

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