CTRL Me Reissued

I mentioned a bit ago that I received back the rights for my short story CTRL Me from Riptide publishing. It had been in the anthology Rules to Live By.

I gave the book a quick edit and updated a few things (like the Consol Energy center is not called that anymore…), added some more explicit consent, and took out some gender binary language, and released it on Amazon.

It also has a lovely cover by Garrett Leigh, which I think captures the spirit of the story well.

Tom likes rope. He really really likes rope.

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If you own Rules to Live By, it’s basically the same story, so there’s no need to rebuy if you don’t wish to. This one’s also in KU, since it’s kind of a nice sample of my kinkier contemporary writing. I do want to write more with Gabe and Tom… I just haven’t found quite the right story yet. But yes, I foresee more with them.

They might also meet some of the other kinky folk who live in Pittsburgh….

In the meantime, I’m starting work on Twisted Wishes #3, Reverb, which is Mish’s book! Look for that in 2019!

Counterpoint Cover and Blurb

Do you want to see the cover for Counterpoint (Twisted Wishes #2)? Yes? Well here it is!

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What do you think? I really love it!

What’s Counterpoint about? Here’s the blurb!

Twisted Wishes lead guitarist Dominic “Domino” Bradley is an animal onstage. But behind his tight leather pants and skull-crusher boots lies a different man entirely, one who needs his stage persona not only to perform, but to have the anonymity he craves. A self-imposed exile makes it impossible to get close to anyone outside the band, so he’s forced to get his sexual fix through a few hot nights with a stranger.

When computer programmer Adrian Doran meets Dominic, he’s drawn to the other man’s quiet voice and shy smile. But after a few dirty, demanding nights exploring Dominic’s need to be dominated, Adrian wants more than a casual distraction. He has no idea he’s fallen for Domino Grinder—the outlandish, larger-than-life rock god.

Dominic is reluctant to trust Adrian with his true identity. But when the truth is revealed prematurely, Dominic is forced to reevaluate both his need for Adrian and everything he believes about himself.

Preorder: Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Google Play

Goodreads (My review has some content warnings behind a spoiler tag)

There’s D/s elements in this one and bondage, but nothing else. Also part of the story deals with anxiety.

Rep: Dom is gay, while Adrian is pansexual.

Technically, Dom should have a few more tattoos than depicted on the cover, but getting the exact cover model from stock is hard and the one there is significant to the story, so I’m really pleased!

Release Day for Syncopation!

Syncopation, book one of Twisted Wishes, is out in the wild!

  • M/M rockstar romance
  • Angsty stressed singer/songwriter
  • Classically trained drummer
  • Enemies to friends to lovers
  • BDSM
  • Tour bus sex

Ray is gay. Zavier is pansexual, aromantic, and kinky.

Buy links: Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Google Play / Kobo / Carina Press

This one was so much fun to write, and I hope you like the initial tour with Ray and Zavier, and Mish and Dom.

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For those that loved Dom in Syncopation, in September, the series continues with Dom’s book, Counterpoint. I do have plans for a book with Mish, too and the proposal is in with Carina. Keep your fingers crossed for that one!

Update on My Relationship with Riptide

So, if you didn’t know, there was an upheaval at Riptide Publishing due to their former editor in chief making sexual statements and racist statements to authors.

Their statement about the resignation is here: http://riptidepublishing.com/SL-statement

As a result, Riptide allowed authors to authors to ask for their rights back.

Their pledge going forward is here: https://www.riptidepublishing.com/reform

What does this mean for me? Well, my agent and I canceled the contracts I’d signed to write in a new multi-author series with Riptide. I may take one of the characters (a non-binary high-tech worker) and write another book with them, since I was really looking forward to developing a character close to who I am.

I’ve received the rights back to my story CTRL Me, which had been in the anthology Rules to Live By. I plan to add on to that story and republish it later this year.

I’ve left my book Outside the Lines at Riptide, since it’s part of a house series I can’t republish it, so if I were to pull it, it would go out of print. It’s only been in print a couple of months.

It’s a book I feel strongly about, and fought to have published as a polyam romance between a married m/f couple and a gay man (rather than as an m/m/m romance, which is what I was asked to change the book to at one point). I wanted to show that HEAs are possible for everyone, even people in non-standard relationships, and that you can have a committed relationship with someone without sexual attraction, too. These types of relationships are the reality for a bunch of folks.

So it’s staying at Riptide for the time being. This was a hard decision for me, but I think it’s the right one for this book.

Cover for Syncopation!

This past Saturday, the lovely people over at From Top To Bottom Reviews were kind enough to host the reveal of the cover for Syncopation. But in case you missed it, here it is, in all its hot glory!

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And here’s the blurb!

There’s no resisting the thrum of temptation in this male/male rock-star romance from genre-favorite author Anna Zabo!

Twisted Wishes front man Ray Van Zeller is in one hell of a tight spot. After a heated confrontation with his bandmate goes viral, Ray is hit with a PR nightmare the fledgling band so doesn’t need. But his problems only multiply when they snag a talented new drummer—insufferably sexy Zavier Demos, the high school crush Ray barely survived.

Zavier’s kept a casual eye on Twisted Wishes for years, and lately, he likes what he sees. What he doesn’t like is how out of control Ray seems—something Zavier’s aching to correct after their first pulse-pounding encounter. If Ray’s up for the challenge.

Despite the prospect of a glorious sexual encore, Ray is reluctant to trust Zavier with his band—or his heart. And Zavier has always had big dreams; this gig was supposed to be temporary. But touring together has opened their eyes to new passions and new possibilities, making them rethink their commitments, both to the band and to each other.

Wanna Preorder? Amazon / B&N / iBooks / Google Play

2017 in Review and Looking Forward

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So, that was 2017. Whew.

What did I accomplish? I finished writing 2.5 books:

  • Outside the Lines: 63,000 words
  • Syncopation: 103,000 words
  • 1/2 of Counterpoint: 50,000 words

That’s more or less 216,000 words in a year, which is a lot. I had expected Syncopation to be about 75,000. It wasn’t, as you can see. That book was almost like writing two novels in the end. And the edits were great and wonderful and I had to work hard on them. I think it’s the best book I’ve written to date.

I published two new novels this year:

I am very proud of both these for different reasons. Outside the Lines was the first (but not last) foray outside of m/m. Daily Grind deals with an older person finally acting on their bisexuality, which is vaguely based on my own experiences.

I wrote a bunch of Takeover shorts for Alpha Book Club, which you can find on the Takeover Extras page. I also started work on some Takeover holiday stories. Alas, I did not complete them. Perhaps next year!

This year, I also received the rights back to two titles (a novel and a short story), gave them a light edit, bought covers, and re-released them via self-publishing:

I also signed a contract with Riptide Publishing for two more books. I can’t talk much about them yet, but they’re going to be part of a multi-author series that I think you’ll like.

Reading-wise, I read 48 titles this year. I think my favorite was probably Layla Reyne’s Agents Irish and Whiskey series, with Kris Ripper’s Scientific Method series a close second. Both of these series grabbed me, pulled me under, and didn’t let go until I’d finished them all.

But I read SO MANY good books this past year. If you’re curious what those titles were, my Goodreads Challenge is here.

So what’s next? Well, more books!!

Syncopation, the first book of my new rockstar series Twisted Wishes comes out from Carina on April 8th, 2018. The followup, Counterpoint, comes out in September.

And I am bound and determined to release No Quarter Given in July. That’s the second Close Quarter book I keep promising, the one where Rhys and Silas face what awaits them in New York.

You can read a bit more about Syncopation over on my Coming Soon page.

I’ll have more about the other titles in the future. For now, I’m sipping wine from my Carina cup and still working away on Counterpoint.

Happy New Year! May it be filled with all the best things.

Love, Anna

Outside the Lines is Out in the Wild!

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It’s release day for Outside the Lines, my fun, sexy, polya romance!

I had so much fun writing this one and I adore these characters. I hope Ian, Simon, and Lydia find a home in your heart too.

There’s also a blog tour going on with a chance to win a $25 gift card from Riptide publishing!

 

 

 

Buy Links for Outside the Lines: