By: Annabelle Blume
Release date: August 7, 2012
A decade surviving on her own. Three days with the enemy. Can love conquer all?
Cressenda knows how to survive. With her sled dogs as her only companions, she’s spent the past ten years hiding in the snow covered wilderness from the oppressive regime of the Affinity. When a routine trip to civilization takes a turn for the worst, Cressenda is forced to take refuge with the enemy or lose her life to the frozen countryside.
But Beckett, a Guard of the Affinity, is more than a man in uniform. His desperate need to help Cressenda escape both the blizzard and the Affinity, makes her feelings for him all the more troubling. Will Beckett be true to his word and set Cressenda free? Will her heart let her leave after all they’ve shared?
About the Author:
Annabelle is a Science Fiction and Urban Fantasy Romance author, that is, when she's not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.
Her Sociology degree did nothing to progress her writing skills, but has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle's unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.
She's also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com, where she expounds her knowledge of being a vixen clad in sweatpants.
Web Site: www.AnnabelleBlume.com
Hey Annabelle, welcome to Fall Into Books. Thank you so much for being here today!
Thanks, Amber, for having me on your blog today! You and I have a lot in common, including our love of our Keurig coffee brewers, our Kindles, and our passion for writing stories. Since I’m asked often about how I decided to write a book, I’d like to share with your readers today my experience in writing my first novella Frozen Heart.
It was a dark and stormy night...
No, not really. I’m totally yanking your chain. I was working as a freelance journalist and I knew I wanted to write a book. Countless hours of online research about the publishing industry and all the new fangled options available to writers today left me overwhelmed but excited. Simultaneously, I infiltrated the Twitterverse of romance writers, learning as much as I could from the amazing authors who share and teach and encourage those around them. And after all of this research, the countless hours spent looking for the secret to success in the publishing world, the painstaking dissection of other authors’ climb to the top of the slush pile, I walked away with one clear answer.
Do the work.
Now, you can take this to mean you have to actually do the writing part (which, is kind of, well, DUH), but “the work” so much more than just writing. You have to learn how to do the hard, back breaking, ego crushing, and very UNglamorous work. Conclude the nice little pat on the back you gave yourself for getting to the finish line of word count and grab your big girl/boy undies, because writing a first draft is not the finish line, it’s the loud bang of the pistol at the beginning of a very long marathon.
There are edits to be made (I recommend 5 times at a minimum), synopses and query letters to be written, and submissions guidelines to find and follow. None of these things can be skipped. There are no shortcuts. Do not pass “go”. Do not collect $200. You catch my drift? This is the work that, if done correctly, gets you past the gatekeepers and onto the desks of Those Who Choose the Books.
Only when I understood the true undertaking of my endeavor did I muster up the courage to write Frozen Heart. Because even after seeing all of the work I’d have to do outside of telling the story, and how much of it would go unrecognized even in the event that my book was published (and YAY because it is), I still wanted to write it. And that, my friends, is when I decided I wanted to write a book.