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Seems like it takes forever…

Today, I’m celebrating the  release of my newest book, THE CATTLEMAN. And I’m happy to report it has one 5-star review! Yay!

This book is #2 in the “Sons of Texas” series and a sequel to last year’s release, THE TYCOON. You don’t have to read THE TYCOON, but the story arc over three books is a family saga, so you might like to read it to get the total picture.  🙂 The third book in the series will be THE HORSEMAN, which will be Troy’s story. If I write really fast, I might get it done within the next 6 months.

So far, THE CATTLEMAN is available only at Amazon, but I’ll be loading it onto other sites this week.  I hope to have the print edition available by the end of the month. Following are the cover and the blurb. AnnaJeffrey_TheCattleman800

     Ever since a disastrous marriage and divorce at a young age, Pickett Lockhart has kept his emotions under control. He’s preoccupied anyway with learning to be the general manager of the vast Double-Barrel Ranch outside of Drinkwell, Texas. Still, his older brother’s marriage and looming fatherhood have aroused an envy within him to have a wife, kids and home of his own. But he can’t get married, even to a woman he loves who also loves him. His divorce cost him and his family a bundle, leaving him with an overwhelming fear of stepping into another financial trap.

     Amanda Breckenridge, winning swim team coach and English teacher in Drinkwell High School, has been in love with Pic for as long as she can remember. They were high school sweethearts. After he eloped with someone he met in college, Amanda left Drinkwell. Her father’s illness brought her back to town and a revived relationship with Pic. But Pic’s mother has never thought Amanda was good enough for him. She intends to destroy their relationship by sending a friend’s beautiful daughter to the ranch to tempt Pic. Can Amanda and Pic’s bond survive his mother’s meddling schemes? Or the unexpected career opportunity that falls into Amanda’s lap?

I don’t know about other authors, but the release of a new book is an anxious time for me. I’ve never felt so naked and vulnerable as I do when a book goes on the market for the first time. I can’t explain it. I just know that I won’t relax until after it’s out there and those who are going to praise it have had an opportunity to do so and those who are going to pan it have also had the opportunity.

Since my books are a little different from most typical romance novels, I’ve gotten a lot of criticism over the years. Probably a lot more than I would get if I followed the more conventional path.

In any event, it’s packaged and gone.

If you haven’t read my Anna Jeffrey books and like a love story with a little different twist, you might give it a try. And drop me a note and let me know what you think. Or post a review on Amazon or GoodReads. I can’t express enough how important reader reviews are.

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FREE E-BOOK DOWNLOAD!

On Monday, April 23rd, THE LOVE OF A STRANGER will be a free download at Amazon. You will be able to download it to your Kindle or to your computer. So if you haven’t read STRANGER and want to, you can get it for free on that day.

Here’s a short blurb:

“THE LOVE OF A STRANGER is a novel of approximately 100,000 words. When Doug Hawkins and Alexandra McGregor meet, sparks fly. Both have been emotionally damaged by life-altering events and both are survivors. Unexpectedly united in a fight for justice and to save Alex’s property from a greedy logger, gradually, they learn to trust. And eventually, they fall in love.”

I placed this book in the Kindle Select program, which allows Amazon Prime members to download it for free any time. (I think the program’s policy is one free download per month of *any* book.)

I didn’t know what to expect from this program, so I experimented and offered STRANGER free a couple of weeks ago also. It  climbed to #3 on the Amazon Top One Hundred Free Book List. It also climbed into the Top One Hundred Paid Romance Book List.

I was really thrilled at those statistics because Amazon now has somewhere around two million e-books on its site. It’s getting harder and harder for a book to get *found.*

I now need a little help from you, fellow bloggers. I would so appreciate it if you would go to STRANGER’s book page and click “Like” if you like it. Of course, I don’t expect you to click on “Like” if you *don’t* like it.  🙂 ….. Also, scroll on down the page and click on the tags. And if you’re so inclined, by all means, write a review, especially if you enjoyed the book. ….. All of these activities elevate the book in the Amazon statistics. Here’s a link to the page: http://www.amazon.com/The-Love-Stranger-ebook/dp/B005TMV7QU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334849647&sr=1-1

Aside from all of that, I want to acknowledge the passing of music icon, Dick Clark. All of us of a certain age remember American Bandstand and the role it played in our lives.

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand

Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a kid growing up in West Texas, I lived in a fairly isolated world. Many things that others took for granted were unavailable to us simply because of where we were. Among them was TV reception. It was sketchy at best, depending on if the wind was blowing, if a tornado was passing through, if the sun was in the right place, if the antenna on the roof was high enough, if the booster was working and blah, blah, blah.

But one thing that was available,  when we could get TV reception, was American Bandstand. In our new-found connection to the outside world, it was somewhere in there with wrestling and Liberace. From those days, I distinctly remember a young Dick Clark and watching kids dance as we had never seen them before.

I also remember him from his days as a TV game host, yukking it up with Betty White. From what I saw of him, he was always a gentleman. His contribution to the dissemination of popular music far and wide can never be minimized.

I’m sure many of you followed Dick Clark, right?.

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