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USA Today bestselling author Anna Snow loves lipstick, cats and sassy blonde sleuths #amreading #cozymystery #mystery

USA Today bestselling author Anna Snow
USA Today bestselling author Anna Snow

USA Today bestselling author Anna Snow writes the break-out successful BARB JACKSON MYSTERIES for the Gemma Halliday Publishing House. While Anna is a happy wife and mom, she has a deep dark secret – she’s a  self-confessed lipstick junkie. Anna carries no less than 15 lipsticks in her purse at all times. You never know when you’re gonna need one! 

Welcome Anna!

LP:  You are published with a small boutique houseGemma Halliday Publishing and Gemma Halliday is also a bestselling author – tell us how that came about and what is it like working for a boutique house?

AS: I started my writing career writing steamy paranormal and contemporary romance but after a while I wasn’t happy with that genre. I felt out of touch with it, I guess you could say, so I decided to try my hand at cozy mystery. I wanted to stick with mysteries because that’s what I love, but I also wanted to write with humor because I love making people laugh. I’ve always been a huge fan of Gemma’s so when I heard that she had started her own publishing house, I knew that I had to submit my Barb Jackson Series to her, and I’m so glad that I did! I absolutely adore working for GHP. Gemma is amazing.

KillerBeachReads_5inLP: You’re a USA Today bestselling author – which book or books did you hit the list with and what did you do to celebrate or mark the occasion?

AS: I was fortunate enough to have one of my Barb Jackson Mysteries (Blondes’ Night Out) be included in a collection of summer stories alongside some of my awesome fellow GHP authors, titled Killer Beach Reads. We hit the promo hard and were blessed with a spot on the USA Today Bestseller List.

I didn’t really do anything to celebrate. Can you believe that?

LP: You write cozy mystery – tell us about your series and why you love this genre?

AS: I’ve always been a huge fan of cozy mysteries. I dipped my toes into the genre by reading books by Jana DeLeon and moved on to Gemma Halliday and many others. I love cozy mystery because it has two of the things I love most while reading. Mystery and humor!

14232598_1136793886381193_4572252941410000382_nThe Barb Jackson Mysteries is a fun, light-hearted series about a petite blonde private detective, her best friends, and her wacky aunt Mona. Barb is clumsy, not very girly, and (hopefully) very relatable. I wanted people who read this series to see Barb and instantly relate to her. She has bad hair days, a coffee addiction, she’d live in her pajamas if she could, her detective boyfriend is constantly worried about what she up to next, and she’s a complete work-a-holic. Barb is near and dear to my heart and I hope reader’s lover her as much as I do.

0dc35a_2e03c54caab146298f520974dd0bc199-mv2_d_2800_4200_s_4_2LP: Do you have anything in common with your heroine Barb Jackson?

AS: I love coffee and I’d live in my pajamas if I could. I’m a bit clumsy, but nothing like Barb. I hope most people who read about Barb find that they have something in common with her.

LP: The industry has gone through some big changes in the past few years and some authors who had been doing well with a big pub were let go, meanwhile many indie authors have really taken off – what do you think authors need to do to stay sharp and stay in this business?

AS: Just keep writing and promoting. That’s all we really can do whether we’re published with a big publisher or an indie. I’m still climbing the ladder, so I’m probably not the one to be giving advice, *big grin* but what’s worked for me is that I just keep working. I keep writing. I keep submitting, and I keep moving forward. Do I have set backs? Of course. I sit down have a good pity party, then stand up, brush myself off, and get back to work.

0dc35a_455c489fbfa443afbe51633b95e78666-mv2_d_2100_1500_s_2LP: What do you have coming down the road for your blonde sleuth Barb Jackson?

AS: Barb has a lot of things coming up. Illegally Blonde (Book 2 in the Barb Jackson Mysteries) releases on November 15th, 2016. In this one we’ll see Barb working hard and fast to prover her best friend’s innocents when she’s accused of killing her shifty rock star boyfriend.

In April 2017, Barb will be helping an acquaintance find out who’s killing the dancers of the Double Trouble Gentlemen’s Club, with some help from her office girl and pal Mandy, and her crazy Aunt Mona in Blonde and Fabulous (Barb Jackson Book 3). This is going to be a crazy fun one!

Anna Snow loves to give away swag as part of her promotions.
Anna Snow loves to give away swag as part of her promotions.

And later in 2017 Barb will be headed to the Bahama’s on a cruise with her hunky detective boyfriend Tyler Black in Bahama Blonde (Barb Jackson Book #4). This time, Barb discovers the slimy lounge singers dead body in an elevator and just has to stick her nose in and find the killer.

LP: What are three things that you think authors should do to promote their new releases?

AS: Word of mouth is HUGE. Always tell people about your work. Don’t beat them over the head with it, or nag them about it, but talk about it, and social media is a great tool to utilize when promoting a new book.

I, myself, always have business cards, bookmarks, ink pens, book cover postcards, and other swag items that I send out to whomever wants it and I hold a huge giveaway on my Facebook page every release day. Also, try to get a BookBub advertisement. They’re hard to land, and pricey, but if you can hook one, it’s definitely worth it.

LP: Tell us about three authors you love and why?

BrashBlonde_5in5136CAqBvzL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_5164RgMCkRLAS: Gemma Halliday is always first. Her stories are just so funny that I find myself thinking about them even after I’ve finished the book. The same goes for Jana DeLeon and Hannah Howell. I adore these women!

LP: You are also a self-published author and have written erotica – under the same name Anna Snow – what has been the response of your mystery readers to your foray into erotica?

0dc35a_bc52505095d34f2e8a50a442e7601f02-mv2_d_1600_2400_s_2AS: I have the best readers in the world!

I wrote erotica before stepping out of that genre and into cozy mystery and my readers have been so incredibly supportive and responsive to my books in both genres. I keep the two genres separate on my website and everyone seems to be alright with my writing both genres.

14264876_1434602186554854_774958497900340075_nLP: BONUS QUESTION: I know you love cats – let’s say you’re Anna Snow’s cat – what could you tell me about Anna that she doesn’t want people to know? 

AS:  As Anna’s cat Roscoe:

Anna’s insane. Seriously.

Do you know that she steals my poop from the litter box and puts it in a plastic bag in a big thing she calls the trashcan? Geez. What a whack-job. That’s my business she throwing away!

She also does this thing where she tries to sing along with someone she calls “Prince” on the box that she calls a “radio”. It’s not pretty.

And she hides these yummy cookie things she calls a “Fig Newton” in her top desk drawer, then she complains that she didn’t lose any weight this week. But she gave me a piece of the “Newton” one time. I can’t blame her for eating them. They’re stinking delicious!

Check out the trailer for the Barb Jackson mysteries. Click on the image to view.
Check out the trailer for the Barb Jackson mysteries. Click on the image to view.

LP: Thanks so much for joining us Anna!

AS: Thanks for having me here today. I had a great time!

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She’s All That and More! Q and A with USA Today bestselling author Maya Rodale #amreading #romance #Regency

What does Maya Rodale ABSOLUTELY need while writing? Coffee! "It's my muse," she quips.
What does Maya Rodale ABSOLUTELY need while writing? Coffee! “It’s my muse,” she quips.

Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author of numerous smart and sassy romance novels. LADY-CLAIRE-IS-ALL-THAT-1A champion of the genre and its readers, she is also the author of the non-fiction book Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation Of Romance Novels, Explained and has written for The Huffington Post, NPR, Bustle.com and more. Maya lives in New York City with her darling dog – a shiba Inu and a
rogue of her own.

Visit her online at www.mayarodale.com, like her facebook page,  or follow her on twitter: @mayarodale.

Welcome Maya!

LP: You write romance – Regency historical and contemporary – what attracted you to both?

wallflower-mm-c-1MR: I started writing historical romance because that’s what I was reading—because that’s what my mother read and passed along to me. But I’m so fascinated with the parallels between the Regency world and today and I wanted to explore that in my writing, so that’s why I did a series like the Bad Boys & Wallflowers. It’s about a modern day heroine “writing” historical romances based on her “real life” romance with the bad boy billionaire. This page on my website outlines how the books are connected.

WHAT-A-WALLFLOWER-WANTS-372x600LP: You’re a USA Today bestselling author. What book(s) did you hit with and how high? And how did you celebrate?

MR: I hit the list with What a Wallflower Wants and I celebrated in the usual way: jumping up and down and crying in the kitchen with the husband. I actually wrote a little blog post about it, from my initial reaction, to the champagne, and what my mom said when I called with the news.

Dangerous-Books-For-Girls-Cover-1LP: You’ve also written a non-fiction book called DANGEROUS BOOKS FOR GIRLS: THE BAD REPUTATION OF ROMANCE NOVELS EXPLAINED. Do you think romance novels still get a bum rap and why?

MR: I think romance novels have gotten a bum rap because they’re unapologetically by women/for women and they’re mass (read: cheaply) produced and our culture tends to be dismissive of both those things. But that’s also what makes them so powerful and popular! I see this changing, though, as there is more attention and respect paid to women’s work (whatever it may be).

LP: Aside from writing your books, what are THREE key things that you do consistently that help you “put noses in your books” and build a reader fan base.

MR: Well, writing the books is the main thing. The best way to sell a book is by making a reader happy with another book you’ve written. For advice other than that, I’d suggest:

–Cultivating relationships with other authors. Champion the books you love and give shout outs to authors you want other readers to discover. Maybe they’ll do the same for your work, or it might just add to a culture of sharing the love, which helps everyone. 🙂

–Be an engaging person on social media. Connect with and converse with people there and talk about stuff other than trying to sell your books.

— Unless you have a new release and then . . .

–Tell everyone when you have a book out! HUSTLE! Tell your friends and family. Call your local bookstore. Shout it from the rooftops. Whatever it takes to get the word out!

marryingwinterborne200x322LP: Who do you fan girl over and why?

MR: In Romancelandia, I’d get super bashful and excited to talk to Lisa Kleypas. Her writing is some of the best in the genre, and any fiction I’ve read. Plus, I love how she’s written historical and contemporary romances.

LP: Tell us about THREE AWESOME books you’ve read by newbie authors or authors who haven’t yet “broken through” (can be any genre).

tycoon_300w-200x300Screen Shot 2016-07-07 at 10.41.28 AM10154227_943478235747782_271647258688955677_n-186x300After looking at my recently read list, I don’t think there are many newbies on it! Gasp! But here is what is downloaded on my kindle and awaiting me this weekend: Tycoon by Joanna Schupe, Unmasked Heart by Vanessa Riley and Stirring Attraction by Sara Jane Stone.

LP: What is one of the coolest/sweetest things a reader said to you or did for you?

MR: I’ve gotten some sweet cards from readers and even a really lovely wedding present. 🙂 But the best thing is just hearing from readers on social media that they enjoyed my books.

CHASING LADY AMELIAScreen Shot 2016-07-07 at 10.48.16 AMLP: Tell us about your latest release and what you have coming down the road.

My latest is Chasing Lady Amelia—it’s book #2 in my Keeping Up With The Cavendishes series about an American family that inherits a dukedom in Regency London. Each book in the series is inspired by a Rom Com and this one is my tribute to the movie Roman Holiday. Think runaway heiress + dashing rogue . . . you know where this goes! Next up is Lady Claire is All That, inspired by She’s All That.

LP: Bonus: What are three fun “romance heroine” lines that a gal could use on a cute guy at a party or coffee shop?

Maya Rodale is also a speaker, blogger and one of the founding members of Lady Jane's Salon in NYC.
Maya Rodale is also a speaker, blogger and one of the founding members of Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC.

MR: Oh, that is a tricky one! Any romance heroine line is one that is from the heart and probably sounds like “the wrong thing” to say. Or it’s a declaration that she will never marry the hero (haha, famous last words).

LP: Thanks so much!!!

MR: Thank you! This was fun!

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Lachesis Publishing Book Reviews: A Bodyguard to Remember by Alison Bruce (Reviewed by Jacqui Morrison)

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From its very first line: It started with a dead body on my living room floor, a Bodyguard to Remember, by Alison Bruce will have you hooked.

The novel is fast paced and the excitement continues until the very end. Prudence Hartley arrives home to find a body in her living room. Her first instinct is to protect her children and her second is to call the police.

Her home becomes a crime scene with all that that entails. The RCMO gets involved because of the identity of the dead man. Stoic Sergeant Merrick quickly becomes a friend to our heroine, Pru, and maybe (hopefully) something more.

The novel, a first in a series, is set in Guelph, Ontario, a small city, which makes the crime and the story all the more interesting.

The dead man hid something either on Pru or in her home, that could get her killed. Because of the nature of the crime, she is immediately under police protection, along with her kids. Slowly but surely an attraction kindles between Pru and Merrick. The back and forth romantic tension between them is an wonderful thread that runs throughout this thoroughly enjoyable book.

The main character Prudence or Pru as she’s often referred to, is a single mom and Alison Bruce has captured that “single mom” spirit beautifully. Children come first no matter what, in this thriller. Pru is a writer and editor. There is an interesting sub-plot where art becomes reality as Pru’s science fiction book is published and she embarks on a promotional book tour while trying to lure the killer out into the open.

Pru has the wit of Kinsey Millhone from the Sue Grafton novels, but through the eyes of a mom. Her humour is quick and often references Star Trek, which is hilarious. I thoroughly enjoyed Pru’s ability to compare everyone she meets to a Star Trek character.

A Bodyguard to Remember is the perfect book for a holiday on the beach. It’s quick-paced fun and it keeps you guessing until the very end.

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You can get your copy of  A Bodyguard to Remember at Lachesis Publishing FOR ONLY .99 CENTS. THIS WEEK ONLY. You can also purchase your copy at amazon, Barnes and Noble, kobo, and iBooks.

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Top Five Funny Reads by Beverly Adam (Regency Romance Author)

51Sd9xB8NXL._SX373_BO1,204,203,200_My daughter, Natasha, who is at home for a visit from university, slumps into a nearby chair. I can tell from her glum expression that it’s been one of those days. She asks me, “Mom have you got any funny novels to read? I need an upper.” I turn to my bookshelf of keepers and pass her one. Now, I am sharing them with you, because we all could use a good laugh. Here are some of my family’s favorite comedic reads:

Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie, is a contemporary romance about an almost divorced, school teacher, Lucy Savage, who becomes involved with a handsome cop, Zack Warren. He’s investigating her soon to be ex-husband, Bradley. When someone attempts to kill her, the handsome copper stays at her home. It is a short romp with plenty of passion, comedy, and action. My daughter gave it a rave review. Bookshelf status: Paperback now missing, but I found a free e-book version online while writing this blog. Hurray! 51iBlaOwWYL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_

Mama Makes Up Her Mind by the late southern writer, Bailey White. National Public Radio introduced me to her funny short stories about life in the south. My parents and I did a read aloud around the table at Thanksgiving. Oh, the laughter! Every chapter was a gem filled with hungry ghosts, hissing gators, and a very eccentric Mama. My own mother, who is eighty plus years old, recommended it to all her friends. Bookshelf Status: The book has been given away twice and a third copy now sits on the shelf.

61NhxV9ABKL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Marrying Harriet (School for Manners) by Marion Chesney. I began reading Chesney’s books after my daughter’s godmother recommended the author to me. I was a busy young mother then and had limited time for reading. I adored this book because of the delightful Tribble sisters, who act as matchmakers throughout the series, finally find love themselves, with the help of plain Harriet Brown, and the rakish, Lord Charles. Bookshelf Status: I hid my copy behind some others on the keeper shelf. It disappeared during the move to my new home. Dang!

51cBiC9ZxJL._SX330_BO1,204,203,200_Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louisse Rennison. This comic young adult recommendation for reader (ages 11+) comes from my daughter. It’s written in a type of snarky Bridget Jones voice. The main protagonist is a fourteen years old, English schoolgirl, Georgia Nicolsen, who makes funny observations and commits some hilarious antics. Bookshelf Status: The book is so good, my daughter has decided not to give away her copy. It’s currently sitting on her bedroom closet shelf.

The Martian by Andy Weir51v1t48NzmL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_. This is my teenage son, Julian’s, humor pick. If you haven’t read this science fiction version of Robinson Crusoe in space, I can tell you from the amount of laughter I’ve heard from him that you are missing out, it’s that good. Bookshelf Status: The book is not at my house, as my son loaned it out to one of his friends. Bookshelf Status: Not likely to ever be seen again.

Post Script: Julian went and saw the new movie version. I asked him, “How did you like it compared to the book?” His answer, “Pretty good. It left out some important details, but it was okay.”

Last, but not least, I would be remiss not to recommend my own, The Gentlemen of Honor Series (Regency Romance) (The Spinster and the Earl, The Lady and the Captain, The Widow and the Rogue), which has humorous situations and wit throughout. Enjoy! Have some fun reading this holiday season!

So what would be your comedic book pick?

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