One day early–Haunting Danielle is at Amazon!

HautingDanielle 1 200x300 One day early  <i>Haunting Danielle</i> is at Amazon!It wasn’t supposed to be out until tomorrow, but the first book in my new Haunting Danielle series is now available at Amazon.

It will be exclusively at Amazon for the next 90 days, so that means if you are taking advantage of Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited program you can read the book for free.

As I’ve already mentioned, it is a little different from other books written under my Anna J. McIntyre pen name, which is why I added my real name to the cover.

I’ll confess, the series was inspired by two of my favorite ghost classics, Topper and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.

 Click here to find it at Amazon.

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How do you feel when your manuscript comes back from the editor?

iStock 000045546846Small 300x199 How do you feel when your manuscript comes back from the editor?Over the weekend I received Haunting Danielle back from the editor. Actually the editor isn’t finished. She’s sending me a second corrected version mid-week. If all goes as plan, Haunting Danielle will be available on Amazon, September 1, 2014.

When I get a manuscript back from the editor I’m always curious to see if she left me any comments. Editors I use always edit in Word, using Track Changes and leave the comments along the right side of the page.

Comments tell me just how much work still needs to be done. This time she sent me on a few minor tasks, nothing major that will interfere with the deadline date. For that I am grateful.

While the manuscript has been off to the editor I haven’t been idle. I’ve started on Book 2 in the Haunting Danielle series, with a target publication date of November 1, 2014.

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Haunting Danielle
eBook Coming to Amazon Sept. 1, 2014

Haunting Danielle small ebook edited 2 <i>Haunting Danielle</i><br><center> eBook Coming to Amazon Sept. 1, 2014</center>When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she’s never visited the property, Danielle’s not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn’t expect to find one of the house’s previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost ninety years—shouldn’t he have moved on by now?

Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Danielle soon discovers her real problems may come from the living—those who have their sights on Marlow House’s other secrets.

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The haunting is the least of her problems.

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Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Danielle soon discovers her real problems may come from the living—those who have their sights on Marlow House’s other secrets.

Haunting Danielle, Coming September 1, 2014

 

 

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Inside Haunting Danielle

Oregon Coast Inside <i>Haunting Danielle</i>I’ve created the fictitious seaside town of Fredrickport, Oregon for my new Haunting Danielle series. I try to set my stories in locales I’m familiar with. Our son lives in Portland, and during one of our last trips we took a drive along the coast, even stopping by the Astoria house used in Goonies to snap a few pictures. I thought the Oregon coast would be a perfect setting for Haunting Danielle.

In my Coulson Series, the fictitious town of Coulson was patterned after my hometown of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, even down to how it was founded. Sugar Rush was actually set in Lake Havasu City, and While Snowbound was inspired by a mountain community we once lived in, Wrightwood, California.

I’ve been working on the book’s blurb—or book description—for the first book in the series, and this is what I have so far:

If the old house doesn’t need too much renovation, Danielle Boatman intends to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. Since she has never visited the property, she’s not sure what awaits her in Oregon. One thing she doesn’t expect to find is one of the house’s previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost ninety years—shouldn’t he have moved on by now?

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Cover Reveal for Haunting Danielle

HautingDanielle 1 682x1024 Cover Reveal for <i>Haunting Danielle</i>Haunting Danielle is off to the editor, and is scheduled to be released September 1, 2014. It is the first book in my new series of the same name—Haunting Danielle.

You might notice something a little different about the author name on the cover—or should I say, authors’ names.

Because Haunting Danielle is a little different from my other McIntyre books, I was tempted to publish this series under my real name, Bobbi Holmes. I kept going back and forth—unsure what I wanted to do, until I finally decided I’d put both names on the cover.

I’ll tell you a little about the story in my next post.

The cover is by the very talented Elizabeth Mackey – and not only is the cover design hers, so is the original illustration.

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Tell me the year you first read Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander

photo 42 1024x634 Tell me the year you first read Diana Gabaldon’s <i>Outlander</i>When I was a teenager you wouldn’t find celebrity posters on my wall. Had I been a little older and made it to a Beatle’s concert during their prime, you wouldn’t find me jumping up and down excitedly, tears running down my face. Fact is, I’m not much of a fangirl. Just not my style.

There is one exception—the author Diana Gabaldon. A couple of my author friends have attended conferences with Gabaldon and when they mention seeing her, I tend to go all fangirl on them.

I often joke that I was the original fan who made Gabaldon famous. After all, there had to be a first, right?

It was back in the early nineties and I had joined one of those book clubs. Remember them? Back before eBooks became the thing. You’d join the club and select five or six books that they would send you for free and then every month they would send you a new book.

Always a sucker for time travel, I chose Outlander as one of my freebees. Until the book club, I had never heard of Outlander or of Gabaldon.

When I finished reading Outlander I immediately started looking for other books in the series. I also started telling everyone I knew about it. At the restaurant I managed for my parents, I convinced one of our servers to read the book. She became an avid Gabaldon fan and told all her friends they had to read the series.

I got my sister, Lynn, to read Outlander. She fell in love with Jamie and went on to tell all her friends about the books. For several of my birthdays Lynn bought me hardback editions of the series—the first two were signed by Gabaldon.

The entire thing snowballed—we would tell someone they had to read the first book in the series, and after they did, they would in turn tell their friends.

Two decades after reading Outlander, I was discussing books with my daughter-in-law, who is an avid reader. I told her she had to read Diana Gabaldon’s series. It turned out she already had—and it was one of her favorites.

As a writer, I’ve naturally been inspired—and humbled—by Diana Gabaldon the author. It wasn’t long after I read Outlander that I sat down and wrote Lessons, now entitled Coulson’s Lessons, which is the third book in my Coulson’s Series. While Lessons is nothing like Oulander, I will confess the location of Alexandra and Garret’s honeymoon was inspired by Outlander.

I learned they were making Outander into a movie from my sister, Lynn. In July we signed up for Starz. I ended up watching the first episode twice. Lynn watched it three times.

While I would love to think I am THE fan who got the snowball going on the Outlander Series, I accept the fact it is simply my delusion. But just in case it is not a delusion, answer two questions for me.

1. What year did you first read Outlander?
2. How did you first learn of the book?

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