Doubleblind Countdown Celebration-wk 3

Only a little over a week until Doubleblind comes out on Sept 29! People have sent me a few pictures from where they spotted the book already in the wild. Grimspace came out like two weeks early as well in select locations. I’m told readers are finding it in Hawaii, California, and Florida. I don’t know if it’s anywhere else yet.

This is the final week of the contests leading up to Doubleblind‘s release, and I have something special planned for y’all. I have a fabulous cover artist, Scott Fischer, who does a fantastic job on the Jax books. So to celebrate those covers, I’m giving away a print. You can pick art from Grimspace, Wanderlust or Doubleblind, whichever one you like better. It will be high quality and framable. My agent has some from Scott and she reports they’re absolutely beautiful, prettier than she expected. You can have one for your wall at home.

How do I get this? you ask. Simple. I’m calling on your creative side now. This is a fan-art contest. Bring one (or more) of the Jax characters to life, however you choose. Any means is fine: sketch, paint, clay, computer programs like Poser or Photoshop. Make a video out of Lego people, if you want, enacting your favorite scene. Whatever makes you happy, I want to see it. Here’s an example by Moira Rogers, the Bree half: Jax and March

Once you’ve created your work, upload it somewhere & post a link here in comments. Be patient. I’ll check the spam folder often in case the link red flags your comment (and it does more often than not). One lucky winner will receive a print. The rest of you, I’ll create a fan art page and feature your work on my site. I’m super excited about this, and I hope y’all are too.

anthoFor those of you who are far too lazy busy to do this, I’m giving away a copy of the Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2. I have a story in it. It’s called CIRCLE UNBROKEN, and I’m actually pretty proud of it. To win this, you have to promise to read my story first. I’ll post the winner(s) on Sept 29, which means you have until next Monday at 11:59.

Good luck to everyone! Can’t wait to see what you come up with.

The First Doubleblind Contest

Listen up, people, for I am about to unleash some real goodness on you.

The winner of this contest will receive an ARC of DOUBLEBLIND, which will be FedExed to your door. Imagine the bragging rights! I won’t be doing my fangirl / fanboy contest for a couple of months yet.

What do you need to do?

Find a copy of Blue Diablo. Read it. Post a review on Amazon. If you have a blog, you can post it there as well, but it needs to be cross-posted. Once it shows up, post a comment to let me know it’s there and what name it’s under. You also need to leave me a valid email.

You have two weeks to get this done.

Yes, if you already reviewed it, you are automatically entered, but you DO need to comment here to let me know who you are (and give me a valid email address) so I can send your ARC, if you’re lucky enough to win.

Now go read and review Blue Diablo and you could win Doubleblind!

A fan letter from my copy editor

Squee! My copy editor wrote me fanmail after Grimspace and Wanderlust. I wasn’t expecting more, so I’m thrilled to hear from him again.

Hi Ann:

Must confess that I was not looking forward to this book since it was hard for me to conceive how you could top either of the other two. Boy was I wrong. Really good stuff, both the love story and the main plot.

The [spoiler redacted] are simply overpowering. Got to the point where [spoiler redacted] and said to myself, You do not want to read this just before going to bed. Fortunately, I was right, as became clear the next day after finishing it. The [spoiler redacted] was so affecting I had to get up and walk around before being able to get back to the job. WOW!!!

Guess I’ve learned my lesson and, perhaps to your dismay, will expect the next one to be at least as good, if not better, than the other three.

Woohoo! Note: I really got this email today, it is not an April Fool, and Bob gave me permission to share.

I’m Bringing Sexy Back


It’s not easy to tread lightly wearing steel-toed boots.

Sirantha Jax isn’t known for diplomatic finesse. As a “Jumper” who navigates ships through grimspace, she’s used to kicking ass first and taking names later—much later. Not exactly the obvious choice to sell the Conglomerate to the Ithtorians, a people whose opinions of humans are as hard as their exoskeletons.

And Ithiss-Tor council meetings aren’t the only place where Ambassador Jax needs to maneuver carefully. Her lover, March, is frozen in permanent “kill” mode, and his hair-trigger threatens to sabotage the talks—not to mention their relationship.

But Jax won’t give up on the man or the mission. With the Outskirts beleaguered by raiders, pirates, and the flesh-eating Morgut, an alliance with Ithiss-Tor may be humanity’s only hope. Which has Jax wondering why a notorious troublemaker like her was given the job…