The Announcement of Awesomeness.


Dance monkey in the house! (You know what that means.) Okay, first… review this post: Riding the Dragon. Are we on the same page regarding what books I’m talking about? Awesome!

So basically, we pitched these books a while back. Remember, I said I wouldn’t talk about that process and I didn’t. Mum’s the word! We got multiple offers, but in the end, we sold my new adult romance trilogy to Margo Lipschultz at Harlequin. Harlequin 4232detail


I can’t even articulate how much my new editor loves these books! Her enthusiasm (and the excitement of the WHOLE team at HQN) has been absolutely mind-blowing.

At this juncture, you might ask, “How so, Ann?”

I’m so glad you’re curious! THIS is why:  

I Want It That Way  |  As Long As You Love Me  |  The Shape of My Heart

If you’ve clicked those links, you’ll see that the first two books are already up for pre-order. The third one hasn’t posted yet but it should be out around the end of November, if the other release dates are any clue. This expeditious production schedule requires stratospheric commitment and devotion on the part of the publisher and the author. It’s great news for readers because you get to read the first in four months instead of waiting a full year to eighteen months. Honestly, the speed at which HQN has gotten behind this series is astonishing, incredible, and amazingly wonderful.  That quickly, I have six books coming out in 2014 instead of three. I hope this thrills you as much as it does me, readers. 

These are books I wrote from sheer love and passion, wedging them around my other deadlines even though my workload is already… sufficient. (Note: others would supply the word maniacal.) I have to write on spec. I have to chase chimeras down dark alleys. And I’m so glad I did.  I’m thrilled to be working with Margo and HQN; I wanted that since 2007 when we first pitched Grimspace, so this feels like a professional milestone. I remember going to a HQN panel at RWA, just so I could meet her and thank her for the nice things she said about my book. It meant a lot to the noob I was at the time.

Pretty awesome, huh? Feel free to leave questions and comments below. A random commenter will be selected to receive an arc of IWITW.

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56 Responses to The Announcement of Awesomeness.

  1. Yay!
    Congrats on the sale!
    I will most certainly be getting my trotters on these books.

  2. Paige says:

    Woohoo! Big fan of awesomeness…congrats!

  3. SIX BOOKS IN 2014?! WOWZA! You are a MACHINE, lady! But in all seriousness, congratulations! This is so great – I cannot wait to read I Want It That Way, and the rest of the books in the series! I love Harlequin, and I especially love that this book will be coming out so soon! I’m a July baby so birthday present, woot!

    Congratulations again! And thank you! I’d love an ARC – you are too kind for dropping that in there! :)

  4. Joy B says:


  5. Charles Le Blanc says:


  6. Krystel says:

    Congrats on the sale!! Will definitely be adding these books to my to buy/read list! :)

  7. Ahhh Congrats! I love the names of these books and can’t wait to read them!

  8. julie says:

    congrats on the sale and I think I have been hearing about this on twitter with Karen :) I can’t wait to read them .

  9. Congratulations! I can’t wait to read them.

  10. Timitra says:

    I’m hoping this is the NA series you spoke about on Twitter some time ago with one of my fave tropes, best friend’s older brother in it, please say it is? Congrats Ann!!!

  11. Ana Lucía says:

    I can’t wait to read them. I know -from a good source- that they are going to be great! ;)


  12. Lea Krnjeta says:

    Congrats! I am so happy for you and definetly putting them on my tbr list :)

  13. Gaynol says:

    Wow! That’s great :) I hoard your books like chocolate and dole them out to myself slowly over time. It will be great to have 3 more to add to my stash! Congratulations! You so rock!

  14. Kendall McCubbin says:

    EEK! I LOVE your books so I can’t wait to read these ones too! Congrats :)

  15. Rachel says:

    Congrats on the book deal!

    Obligatory Bsb listening will commence in your honor!

  16. 7hir7een says:

    Backstreet Boys! I am so looking forward to reading these :)

  17. Joanne Huspek says:

    Congratulations! And I am standing in line for an ARC. Better chance of me winning than the Mega Millions! :-)

  18. Stephanie F says:

    Yay! Congrats :)
    I have been eager for more news on the series since you first started talking about it and this is fantastic. It’s great that they are backing it so eagerly. Always love getting books quicker. :)

  19. Kelly B says:

    Congrats!This is fantastic news. Woo hoo!

  20. Holly says:

    Exciting! I’m definitely going to be putting these on my Amazon wish list. Looking forward to Havoc the most though!!

  21. Anne says:


  22. Sweet, I’ve loved every book of yours that I’ve read and I always did like the BSB more than NSYNC. :)

  23. Nicole M says:

    Congrats! Man, you just finished writing these. This is amazing. I am so excited to read these :)

  24. Ann Aguirre says:

    Still writing the 3rd! And it’ll be out at the end of November. Amazing!

  25. Darith says:

    Congratulations! What great news! You’ve worked hard, I can see! :)

  26. Sandra Salinas says:

    This is such awesome news! Harlequin books has been getting more of my business because of ability to stretch and surprise me with really awesome books and authors. So glad you are bringing out the books so quickly, I hate *shakes fist* to wait a year for the sequel. :)

  27. Heather says:

    Wow! Congratulations, I can’t wait for these books. I’m a huge fan of your writing and look forward to see more of your work in the future :)

  28. Lupe says:

    Wow…six books out and working with people you’ve wanted to since Grimspace (amazing book series,btw). What an accomplishment, honestly, I look up to you so much! Such an inspiration :)

  29. DrMM says:

    Congrats. I suspect this will be my first NA read. :)

  30. Kate says:

    Congrats on your new deal! These look really fun – and they’re coming out quick! Many thanks to you and Harlequin for getting these out on such a short timeline.

  31. Kaetrin says:

    Cannot. Wait.


  32. Tori says:

    Congrats!! Can’t wait to read them. :P

  33. Sunny says:

    Mazel Tov, Ann! Can’t wait to read them! Is it relevant that Nadia is tall? (And thanks for including a bisexual Jewess – don’t find too many of them in books)

  34. Regina says:

    Congrats Ann! With the new books on the way you have officially acquired a shelf all your own in my bookcase.

  35. A.J. says:

    Congratulations! I’m so intrigued by this new series. Love reading new adult books. :D

  36. susan emans says:

    Congrats!! Although I thought the ‘squee heard round the world’ was what happened when I opened my copy of Silver Mirrors! Thanks so much.

  37. ashley says:

    The books titles made me giggle seeing as how I’m a bsb fan. my best friend would love it to she’s more a fan then me. Congrats on the books.

  38. Tammy says:

    Congratulations! Books written out of love and pure perseverance are worth sharing. Can’t wait to read!

  39. Galena says:

    Gah that’s so exciting!!!

  40. Alex D says:

    Yay, congratulations! I’ve been wanting to read contemporary works from you since reading your short story – Be Delicious! And the Backstreet Boys titles make them even more exciting.

  41. flchen1 says:

    WHOA! Huge congrats, Ann! And huger congrats on the speedy route to our hot little hands ;)

  42. Susan T. says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to get my hands on them! :)

  43. Carolyn says:

    That is exciting!

  44. Halley T says:

    First, I am so so excited that I will get to read like 6 books of yours this year! Second, I also love BSB so this is the best.

  45. Emily says:

    The books sound like a lot of fun to read. Hooray for geeky love!

  46. Dana C says:

    Congratulations Ann!! So thrilled you followed your heart’s desire to write these books of passion. I am a huge, long-time fan of the Jax series, and I love Enclave. And the between the book novel from Shady Lady series. :D

  47. Rebecka says:

    Congrats! That’s excellent news :D

    I’m very picky with “pure” romances (was never a big fan, but slowly warming up to some). But if you write them Ann, I will sure as hell give them a try!

  48. Carina Olsen says:

    That is SO AWESOME :D Congrats Ann. <3 Cannot wait to read it :)

  49. Sanjana says:

    OMG! You’re doing NA! Yay! Love it! Want it! And congrats on accomplishing this! So happy for you and your success, which only leads to my happiness because I love your YA and looking forward to this.

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  51. Sarah says:

    That’s fantastic, congratulations! I’ve got to say, getting to read 6 of your books in one year is going to be a treat :D I haven’t gotten that opportunity since I discovered the Jax novels (most of them were already out).

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