My dark, dirty, sweet, reclusive billionaire is on sale for the holidays!
Cosmopolitan (yes *the* Cosmo) called it “Very erotic” when they featured it on their website! Check out what readers are saying:
“This story has soooo much, and kept surprising me! A secret affair (with lots of sex), dirty & complicated, but also an intensely sweet & deep romance.”
“Awesome storyline with fantastic characters, love, heartache, hot sex, violence and one heck of happy ever after you must read.”
“This book was SO well written. Alexis Anne knew these characters inside and out and portrayed them beautifully. One of the most satisfying reads ever!”
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A Time to Fall by Jess Vonn (Free in KU)
The year is winding down and I’m looking ahead at 2018. Authors are always thinking about their next project and that’s the topic of my Friday chat this week.
So what will 2018 hold in romance? I’m hoping a new wave of romantic comedies that focus less on falling in love as the solution to life’s problems and more focus on an improbable journey. One filled with laugh-out-loud but relatable moments, reminding us all of our humanity, and in the end, make us all really happy.
I want the warm fuzzies, but without the sickening sweetness of too much fluff. Maybe I’m an outlier. There’s certainly a massive following for the Hallmark channel. And there’s nothing wrong with the fluff. If you like your romances fluffy, more power to you!
But I like mine with some reality thrown in. I want to feel like just maybe this could really happen if the right ingredients mixed together. I want to relate to the characters and see myself reflected back at me. I’m not sweet or fluffy, but I do love a feel-good romance filled with funny moments.
Dear 2018, can I have that, please?
I have so much to tell you guys so instead of burying you under a pile of information I’m going to break it down into a BEST OF NOVEMBER list! Woot! Let’s get started!
Summer Heat is FREE!
For a limited time I’ve made Summer Heat free! Why? Well, I’m playing around with some behind the scenes stuff on the business end. You’ll see that the book is now listed as Book 1 in the Wild Pitch Series, a spin-off of the Storm Inside series.
Nothing has changed. The book is still #5 in my mind, but Summer Heat, Night Games, and the upcoming Last Fall (Zoe’s book) can also be considered their own little series, so I’m testing out having these three books as a spin-off. Basically I’m making it less intimidating for readers who haven’t tried the series.
So if you haven’t grabbed the book yet…do it now! And then join my reader group on Facebook! We’re doing a read along! I’ll be in there everyday to answer your questions, share fun facts about the book, and give away some prizes!
Mistletoe Key: a Hallmark movie you can read!
The holidays are fast approaching and a lot of us are ready for some Christmas cheer right now! Guess what? We have that for you! My writing group decided to start a “World” where we could each bring our talents and flair to the page. Thus, Mistletoe Key was born: a tropical island where Christmas is celebrated year round!
Lindsay Emory kicked us off with her funny, sweet, holiday book, Resisting Santa! Next week Alexandra Haughton brings us Blue Christmas, and then this spring Julia Blake and I will bring you two more installments! (And I’ll have a sneak peek of mine in just a couple of weeks!)
Get Resisting Santa now!
You want more? Okay. I can do that! Here are some holiday freebies for you to enjoy!
Allina Hemphill’s been (unsuccessfully) set up by her parents too many times, but when her mother’s scheming puts Blane Douglas in her sights on Christmas Eve, she finds she’s more than happy to steal a kiss under the mistletoe.
This Christmas, Mollie Embry feels like a misfit toy. When her parents announced their divorce over Thanksgiving leftovers, it rocked the foundation of her life—even though she’s almost thirty, not six. By refusing to take sides, she finds herself with nowhere to go for the holidays. Which is fine by her because the magic of the season has lost its sparkle.
Reluctantly, Mollie agrees to join her best friend’s little family celebration—it’s better than spending Christmas alone. But when their party grows by an unexpected number at the candlelight Christmas Eve service, it’s a blast from the past who just might be able to help her put the spark back in the season of love.
My Favorite Book This Month
I’ve binge-read all of Autumn Jones Lake’s books this month. All. Of. Them. It started with Bullets and Bonfires. Her video ad totally hooked me in. Hot alpha cop? With a crush on his childhood BFF? Who needs his help (but doesn’t want it?) SOLD. And then I had to read everything. This month she released a two-part story that I devoured. These two books are my favorite in the series and I think you all will love them. Autumn writes about sweet alphas who love and respect their women. While most of her books take place in an MC, it’s the kind of MC we’d all want to be part of (if we wanted to be in an MC.)
Check out Bullets and Bonfires
All of my other favorite things…
This month I’m crushing on:
MOVIES: Thor: Ragnorak. It was amazing and fun and the soundtrack is awesome!
TV: The Expanse (watch Season One on Prime) it’s a scifi, but it’s a mystery, but it’s kind of a western, and in season 2, a little bit of a horror. It’s amazing!
MUSIC: Imagine Dragons. We’re taking our oldest to his very first concert! Ahhhhh!
PODCAST: Lindsay Emory created a book club you can listen to! She has an amazing lineup of guests. Check out Women With Books!
I’ll be back real soon with more excitement! There is a lot happening right now! Including that Mistletoe Key short preview I promised at the top…stay tuned!
Hello lovely readers! Have you missed me? Now that I’ve reached the end of my current writing spring I hope to be around on the blog again! But before we get ahead of ourselves lets celebrate 7 Dirty Lies! Here’s what early readers are saying:
“Falling in love has never been so wickedly good.” – Isha Coleman
“5 stars for 7 Dirty Lies. I have discovered a new favorite author in Alexis Anne!” – The World Was Hers For the Reading
“I have fell in love with Alexis’s style of writing and she has weaved me in her web….one-click now!” – Vicky, Goodreads Reviewer
“If you are looking for sexy romance this is your book, series and author!” – Rockstar Book Muse
Lily Lawrence (Elizabeth’s little sister) finds love when she least expects it…
It was right out of one of my movies:
Tropical island, sexy single man, two hot nights of nameless passion.
Except instead of falling into each other’s arms, we went our separate ways, never to be seen again.
Of course I thought about him all the time. The way he laughed, the way he saw right through me, the way he took no shit as his strong hands roamed my body. If there was one night I could repeat, it would be that one.
I never expected to see my mystery man again.
Fast forward to my new movie set and the handsome property owner. Yep, same guy. Same sexy, sexy guy. Our chemistry is still off the charts but there’s one tiny problem: he doesn’t trust me.
Okay, so I skipped a few important details. I don’t blame the guy. But they were just little white lies. Unfortunately if I want that movie-perfect ending I’m going to have to set the record straight…and hopefully have a little fun in the process.
“There were so many scenes I found to be epically stunning in this book. That first meeting, waterfall scene, the barn scene, the office scene, the beach scene near the end, the epilogue… but even more than that the perfect symmetry between the love story between our two protagonists and the love story Lily is performing as leading lady of her current film was pure, literary genius. I loved it.” –Katy and Zetti’s Book Ramblings
Get Night Games Now!
Wes and Carrie are finally here! A little twist on my usual second chance story in the series, these two have a very special place in my heart! I hope you enjoy it!
Baseball’s biggest player is about to get played…
I love women and women love me. It’s not my fault I’m irresistible.
Okay, I may be a little cocky too. All I have to do is post a picture of myself shirtless with my cat, Snickers, and the women flock to me. A selfie, a smile, and I have them in bed—but never in a relationship.
Until Carrie entered the game.
She may not know it, but she owns me. And I’m not letting her go.
What do you get when you throw two relationship-phobic party animals with great big gooey hearts together and make them fall in love? Night Games of course! Because we wouldn’t want Wes and Carrie to fall in love without torturing each other first, now would we?
The latest stand alone in The Storm Inside series is pretty straight forward. We have Wes Allen, the sexy internet sensation of a star catcher for the Jacksonville Waves. He loves women, pranks, and being the center of attention. In the other corner we have Dr. Carrie Anne Walker. Super professional surgeon to the St. Pete Mantas, party girl by night, badass by day. She takes no shit and has fun making people squirm.
And what do two fighters do when they start to fall in love? Play games instead of feel their feelings of course! But as the stakes get higher, the games get dirtier . . . until there are no take-backsies!
Baseball’s biggest player is about to get played.
I love women and women love me.
It’s not my fault I’m irresistible. Okay, I may be a little cocky too. All I have to do is post a picture of myself shirtless with my cat, Snickers, and the women flock to me. It probably helps that I’m good with my bat and balls.
A selfie, a smile, and I have them in bed—but never in a relationship.
Until Carrie entered the game.
She may not know it, but she owns me. And I’m not letting her go.
I’m a professional. No, not THAT kind of professional. I’m an orthopedic physician for the St. Pete Mantas and my job is everything. I love the game and I love my players … but I never fall in love with any of them. Especially not players like Wes. Especially Wes.
He thinks life is one big game.
One sexy, romantic, and sometimes sweet, game that’s left me confused and little bit worried…
I may have actually fallen for the ultimate player.
I’ll have to beat him at his own game if I have any shot at walking away with my heart intact.
*Cover design by the fabulous Lexi at Romanced By The Cover!
It’s the end of an era. The One Week in Hawaii anthology is headed into retirement! But before it goes off into the sunset we decided to put it on sale one last time. For 99¢ you get four steamy romances about falling in love on vacation in Hawaii!
Sun, sand, and seduction.
This summer, Alexis Anne, Audra North, Julia Kelly, and Alexandra Haughton sweep you away to paradise for One Week in Hawaii.
A wedding planner breaks all the rules to have just one night of pleasure, only to find that a stolen moment might hold the key to forever.
A movie star falls hard for her sexy co-star…who just happens to be her best friend.
A former black sheep risks falling from grace again when she seduces a handsome stranger with a dark history.
An artist has to choose between dating a guy who will please her parents and one who will please…and pleasure…her.
Sex on the beach is so much more than a drink in these four sizzling contemporary novellas by the authors who brought you One Week in Wyoming.
Everyone is different. We know this. Even the people we identify closely with are ultimately different in many ways from us. My writing group recently took some time to study our personality types. Personally, I’m a bit of skeptic so when the conversation started I didn’t pay it too much attention.
It may have been the fact that I was set up at my favorite pita restaurant and was in the midst of devouring a gyro the size of my face while my Mac cursor blinked at me demanding a thousand more words.
Or it may have simply been that in my past, tests like these have been hit or miss. But then the messages on our Slack channel started scrolling in fast and furious. “This was so enlightening,” sandwiched between, “Yep. That’s when I finally realized why I hold back.”
Excuse me? A personality test was enlightening and helpful? Okay fine. Give me the link and I’ll take this bad boy. (If you want to do it, this is the test we used: 16 Personalities.)
So I took the test and bam! Not only did it peg me pretty darn accurately, but it really was very insightful! I was able to see myself in a new way, kind of like when you hear someone else describe you for the first time. They have a totally different perspective. And this test, much like a friend, allowed me to view the different parts of my personality with new eyes.
Why is this important to a writer (or other creative), you may ask? Well, as I mentioned in my Anatomy of a Writer post last week, writers are forced to inhabit a few different personality types–some that are frequently in stark contrast to one another. Some parts of the writer life are going to be natural, while others will always be a struggle. Those struggles can seem frustrating, especially if we see another author excelling in that area. But a test like this can give you insight into why your strengths are strengths and why your weakness are giving you fits.
I’ll use myself as an example.
My personality is the INFJ-T aka “Advocate”, part of their delegation of “Diplomats”. They hooked me right in with the initial description. INFJ’s have an inborn sense of idealism and morality.
Yep. That sounds right, but I was still feeling like we were in the fake-psychic territory of “this is a pretty wide net and a lot of people can fit inside this” … until the next part. INFJ’s are set apart from other “diplomats because of their judging trait. We’re dreamers who believe firmly in taking concrete steps to reach goals.
Guilty as charged.
As in, it has been pointed out on numerous occasions (both positively and negatively) that I’m an unrelenting hard-ass about turning dreams into reality.
So at this point the test had my full attention. It goes into great detail about each point of the personality and what drives it, so I won’t go point by point. I’d be writing a novel if I did. But I will tell you about a few things that made me go from “pshaw, what can this cooky test do to help me be a better writer, as if!” to “OMG this makes so much sense!”
- “Remember to take care of yourself. Your passion for your convictions may very well take you past your breaking point.” (Again, guilty as charged. What is this stop and take a break before you break you speak of? I have a book to finish!)
- “Speaking in human terms, not technical, INFJs have a fluid, inspirational writing style that appeals to the inner idealist in their audience.” (Don’t beat myself up about my writing style.)
- “INFJs are able to follow through on their ideas with conviction, willpower, and the planning necessary to see complex projects through to the end.” (Be proud of your planning skills and follow the heck through already!)
- “Highly vulnerable to criticism and conflict.” (read: this is who you are, now accept it and stop trying to be one of those people with armor for skin. It ain’t you, buttercup.)
- “INFJs too often drop or ignore healthy and productive situations and relationships, always believing there might be a better option down the road.” (ummm…stop. Just stop. Also: reading this entire section for all of the additional insight was like WHOA.)
- “INFJs get so caught up in the passion of their pursuits that any of the cumbersome administrative or maintenance work that comes between them and the ideal they see on the horizon is deeply unwelcome. INFJs like to know that they are taking concrete steps towards their goals, and if routine tasks feel like they are getting in the way, or worse yet, there is no goal at all, they will feel restless and disappointed.” (Ok. I copied this point wholesale from the 16Personalities website. BECAUSE OMG IT IS SO ME! And this affects my ability to work for myself, but more importantly, how I can be an effective team member in my writing group. We all have big goals and plans that we are trying to reach together. Understanding what trips me up and what I excel at will make me so much more effective to the group.)
- “Their passion, poor patience for routine maintenance, tendency to present themselves as an ideal, and extreme privacy tend to leave INFJs with few options for letting off steam.” (So fix this, buttercup. Know your weaknesses and don’t let them get the better of you. Burnout is not pretty and it’s really hard to get back from.)
And this is just a teeny tiny fraction of the information available on their website. Nearly all of it was a dead ringer for me and it really was incredibly enlightening to realize this information could help me be a better writer and collaborator in the future. So, if you’re intrigued by what drives your personality and how it may be affecting your effectiveness as a creative entrepreneur, you may want to take a few minutes to dive into this test and see what you come up with.
On Friday we celebrate the wins we had in the week because weeks are hard. This week my FriYay’s are pretty freaking awesome!
1. New dresses! I’m headed out to RT next week and since I haven’t bought myself a new dress in … well … hmmmmm … I decided to spend my last birthday gift card on this cutie. It looks as great as I’d hoped!
3. Spotify! Why did I resist you for so long? Writing to playlists is now easier than ever. You can check out what I’m listening to as I write Night Games and try to guess what trouble I’m getting Wes and Carrie into!
5. Keys! That’s right! As of this moment now we have the keys to our new home up in Charlotte, North Carolina. I guess we should probably start packing …
Celebrating the good is how we roll around here. How was your week? Share it here or with your friends. Either way, take a moment to reflect and celebrate! Happy weekend from the Anne’s!
If I see the “Weekday Meals You Can Make in Less Than an Hour” post one more time I’m going to scream.
I DON’T HAVE AN HOUR!
And the headlines all make it seem like this is so much better than usual. I’m sorry, no. I can make a freaking feast in an hour. What I need during the week is a meal I can make in 15 minutes with little to no clean up. I’ve got shit to do, tiny humans to raise, and no time for culinary delights during the week.
That’s what holidays and weekends are for.
So in my fit of you’ve got to be kidding me rage, I’ve listed my favorite quick meals for the busy bad asses out there looking for ideas mid-week. (Note: some are heavily inspired by my writing group. I can’t take all the credit. These ladies love food and know the stakes!) Also, most of these require a very tiny amount of pre-cooking on, say, the Sunday before. So I’ve made my pre-prep list first, followed by my quick meal list second. Go forth and eat!
Quick Prep Foods
- Quinoa. It refrigerates so freaking well. I still can’t get over it. I make a batch in my Instant Pot on Sunday (or Monday if I’m making lunch at home) and use it for lunches and dinners throughout the week.
- Shredded chicken (or beef or pork). In the Instant Pot or slow cooked in the crockpot, a few breasts in chicken broth = delicious shredded chicken plain enough to be used in any meal, but tasty enough to eat alone.
- Roasted chickpeas. (I don’t even know who I am anymore!)
- Dressing. I make my own for reasons. So if I know what the ethnicity of my food plan is for the week then I make a dressing or two to complement the foods that go with it.
- Egg scramble. (Inspired by Lindsay Emory) Scramble up some high protein eggs and throw in whatever is in the fridge (spinach, onions, sausage, lunch meat, tomatoes, cheeses). Add some toast with jam, avocado toast, or even a spinach salad with vinaigrette. (I also save any leftover pancake batter from the weekend and toss in a few pancakes as a treat for my kids.)
- Rice bowls. Chipotle is faster but I don’t always have the time to run into Chipotle between homework, soccer practice, yoga, and who knows what else this week has brought upon us.) And, to my great dismay, my kids still don’t really like anything there. Ugh. But at home I can IP some rice, throw on some black beans, top with whatever meat I shredded for the week, salsa, sour cream, and even some spinach, for a quick, yummy meal. (I’ve also been known to throw a chicken breast marinated in my Adobo seasonings on the stove for a different flavor of chicken mid week.) Even my picky kids will take part in bowl night (and they get to adjust what goes inside!)
- Quinoa bowls. I’m still amazed I eat these! But thanks to Mary Chris Escobar I’ve found the secret (hint: it’s the lemon dressing!) A bed of quinoa topped with the shredded meat of the week, spinach, roasted chickpeas, and half an avocado, drenched in a lemony dressing of 1 fresh lemon, olive oil, and mustard, plus anything else from my fridge I find enticing (sometimes those sweet peppers call my name) and I’ve got a very tasty, quick meal.
- Grilled cheese night! Always a hit in my house. Who doesn’t love grilled cheese? While the kiddos eat it the good old fashioned way, I usually jazz mine up with some fancy cheeses, olive oil, spinach, and any other veggies (or bacon!) we have in the fridge. A great side dish is tomato soup (a la Julia Kelly!) and/or a salad. If you make Julia’s soup you’ll probably want to make that ahead of time and save.
- Chicken and grits. Boil up some quick grits (with half chicken broth instead of all water) and top with parmesan cheese and shredded chicken when it’s ready. Add a side salad if you want or maybe a veggie tray. (These grits refrigerate surprisingly well for a quick breakfast or lunch the next day.)
- Nacho night! Pick your chips of choice, top with shredded meat of the week, veggies you like, cheese, salsa avocado, or lettuce. This is one of those quick meals that can be as healthy or junky as your heart desires.
- Mexican pizza night! Same as above. The ingredients you choose affect how healthy this dish can be. My current incarnation (inspired by my favorite Texas ladies and using Alexandra Haughton’s flair for the wild) involves layering 2-3 tortillas in a pan with shredded chicken, Rotel and/or salsa, and creamy sauce of your choice: cream of chicken, cream sauce you just made in a pan, sour cream sauce, or go really crazy and add queso. Top with cheese and bake. This one might take you closer to thirty minutes all said and done, but it is still a quick and easy way to throw a warm dinner together. (And have leftovers the next day, which equals zero cooking.)
- Italian night! Spaghetti and sauce is about as easy as you can get, or you can add a pesto and shredded chicken for a different flare.
Stop back in two weeks for more information on my Sunday ingredient prep process! What else does your family like to throw together for a quick and easy meal during the week? Sharing is caring!