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Anne Pine

Author of Sexy Stories and Tales of Lost Love

What I’m Reading in November

I realized that I haven’t done a post on my blog in ages, so I thought I would share my current reads.  If you want to keep up with me more regularly, I’m on Facebook where I have a private reader group and Twitter!  Let me know if you decide to read along with me!

Shut Up and Kiss Me by Christie Craig

M/F Romance

This book is about a woman who comes to a Native American reservation town to help promote tourism, but she becomes the target of a murderer and ends up in the arms of the sheriff.  I love that this book gives you insight into the relationships of everyone in the sheriff’s family while still focusing on the two main characters; however, I find that the male characters are all incredibly misogynistic.  Overlooking that problematic aspect, it’s an enjoyable read and well-written.  I’m looking forward to the conclusion of the mystery.

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty

Young Adult

This is the first book in the Jessica Darling Series.  I expected it to have a lot of fluff and teen angst (and it does), but it also covers more controversial topics like drug use, body image, social hierarchies, and family dynamics.  It’s a little outdated, but it’s a decent coming of age story.

The Vampire’s Warden by S.J. Wright

M/F Romance/Fantasy

This is the first book in the Undead in Brown County Series.  The main character is a young woman who, after the death of her father, finds out that her family’s property holds a secret.  This book is obviously about vampires, and it seems like there’s a building love triangle with two possible male love interests.  The story itself is enjoyable; although, it feels a bit rushed at times, leaving things with inadequate explanations.

All In by Alexa Land

M/M Romance

This is the second book in the Firsts and Forevers Series.  I have loved every book I’ve read by this author.  I started this series at book 3, so I’m catching up with the first two now.  The characters in this series are always lovable and there’s a lot of comedic relief in every story.  I would recommend that you read them all.

Michael’s Awakening by Jaclyn Osborn

M/M Romance

I only recently started this book, so I haven’t fully formed my opinion on it yet.  The main characters are a man who obviously has a tortured past and a hairdresser who seems a little self-centered.

Keep Me Safe by Maya Banks

M/F Romance/Suspense

I’m really enjoying this book so far.  The female protagonist is a psychic on the run from a killer.  She seeks help from a billionaire who owes her a huge debt, and those manly protective instincts kick in.  I like the characters and the writing.  The connection between them seems a little rushed, but I’m definitely guilty of that in my books as well, so I can’t complain.

This Beautiful Thing by Amanda Heath

M/F Romance

This book has been a disappointment so far, but I always hold out hope until the end.  I can’t leave a story unfinished.

 

 

 

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I Have Goals

So, I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like to over the last few months.  Life tends to interfere with my favorite hobby more often than not, but I’m taking off the week of the Fourth in the hopes of finishing “Used Goods.”  Wish me luck!!!

E-mail

I’m considering doing an e-mail announcement when I have a new release coming out.  If y’all are interested in being added to an e-mail list for releases (or if you just have a question or comment), then shoot me a line here:

annepinewrites@gmail.com

 

Opinions? Thoughts? Suggestions?

So, I’m currently focused on writing Used Goods which is the third book in my Black Sheets series, but I’ve also been dabbling some on a novella called Broken that tells the backstory of Colton Foster (Cade’s idol who he meets in Shattered Dreams Book 3). I originally intended it to be a MMF, but I’m considering a rewrite as a MMM. Any thoughts? I know that I only briefly mentioned Colt in Shattered Heart, so you might not have an opinion one way or the other, but I always appreciate suggestions.

Amazon Gift Cards up for Grabs

I will have 3 $10 Amazon gift cards up for grabs on Facebook today February 4, 2017.  Life is scary for a lot of people right now, so buy a book or two and escape for awhile.  It’s on me.  My first question will be up at 1:00p EST.

Facebook Gift Card Giveaway

So, I’ve been pretty stressed lately.  I’m sure that a lot of my fellow Americans (along with the rest of the world) can relate.  I just thought I would give away an Amazon gift card or two Saturday afternoon to spread a little cheer.  I will have a book-related question to answer (no crazy details, I promise).  I don’t know when I will have my next novel out, so don’t get too excited.  This isn’t a promo; although, I still plan on doing a giveaway for my next release as a thank you to my readers who have stuck with me.  Y’all are great.

Used Goods Update

Hey y’all!  I’m still working on Used Goods, Shattered Dreams, and BrokenUsed Goods should be my next published title, though.  Broken should be done in the next few months as well; although, it’s a MMF romance.  It tells the backstory of Colton Foster, Caden Everett/Montgomery’s rock star idol who will be a character in Shattered Dreams.  I’m considering some sort of giveaway on Facebook for my next release, but I’m not a big fan of swag.  Maybe Amazon gift cards or something related to the story that would have special meaning to the reader (like a necklace of a character’s tattoo, a journal with something from the story on the cover, a mug or tote bag).  Do y’all have any thoughts on this?

New Used Goods Teaser

I realized that I haven’t posted a teaser for Used Goods in a while, so I put one up on Facebook.  Enjoy!  I’ll try to be better, I promise.

Happy reading!

My Favorite Books of All Time

I’ve read a lot of books in my life, but these are the ones that I loved and that really meant something to me.  I’ve added an actual page for these on my blog, and I’ll add more as I think of them.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I read this book a countless number of times as a child.  There is absolute magic in this story.  It doesn’t gloss over the trauma and pain of the main characters, and it really highlights the healing power of friendship and nature.

Favorite Quote: “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

This book was my first real experience with government paranoia.  Once you read it, you can never go back.

Favorite Quote: “Reality exists in the human mind, and nowhere else.”

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

This book is an incredibly entertaining science fiction novel, but it also has a lot to say about humanity, societal responsibility, and the evolution of mankind.

Favorite Quote: “Now I understand,” said the last man.”

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

My dad first read this story to me when I was a child, and I loved the fantastical nature of the setting and characters.  When I reread it as an adult, it was an entirely different experience revolving around language, war, and the balance of everything.

Favorite Quote: “Happy endings must come at the end of something,’ the Walrus pointed out. ‘If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for a while.”

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

This book revolves around a 30-something-year-old, educated, lazy, and self-involved man who still lives at home with his mother.  He is not a lovable character at all, and yet, for some odd reason, you find yourself fascinated by his delusional worldview.  The story takes place in the 1960s in the south and does delve into some of the societal issues of the era, including the blatant racial discrimination and exploitation that was so common during that time.

Favorite Quote: “Stop!’ I cried imploringly to my god-like mind.”

Them: Adventures with Extremists by Jon Ronson

This book chronicles a journalist’s interviews with various extremists groups.  It is hilarious, which seems so wrong, but sometimes you need a little humor to coat the bitterness in the world so you can actually swallow it down and digest what’s happening.

Favorite Quote: “They can’t shit on us,” said Alex. “That’s really what I’m saying. You can’t shit on us anymore.” There was a silence. “I just want them to stop shitting on us,” said Alex. “OK,” I said. “Sorry.”

The Giver by Lois Lowry

This is another book that I read several times as a child.  It takes place in a world of sameness where everyone is at peace, but at the cost of being stripped of feeling and individuality.  It has an important message about not blindly conforming to society and how significant memory and history is to progress, and it stresses the importance of individual expression and emotion.

Favorite Quote: “The worse part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

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