Wednesday, November 15, 2017

ROMANTIC/SUSPENSE - THE REMAINS IN THE POND - WIN A SIGNED COPY


Random drawing for one signed copy of my new Romantic/Suspense 
THE REMAINS IN THE POND
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Winner will be drawn December 20th by Random.org

I didn’t see Matt anywhere. There weren’t any vehicles in the gravel lot. I parked but didn’t roll down the windows. Something felt wrong. The night began to feel as opaque as the murky water. If Matt wanted to see me, where was he?
            Backing up, I shined my headlights a different direction, then I made a small tight circle and lit up the entire parking area a little at a time. Low mesquites and spindly live oaks bordered one side of the lot. It was the sort of foliage that loved a little water now and then but thrived just as well without it. I saw neither Matt nor Rose.
            After a few minutes, I pulled out of the lot and circled the pond as far as I could go. The gravel road didn’t loop around the entire thing, only about three quarters of the way, and then you were forced to turn around in the only remaining wide spot unless you wanted to get out and have a picnic beneath the single stand of oaks tall enough to give good shade.
            Of course I didn’t need any shade now. And I really didn’t want to get out of the car. This seemed too weird. I put the car in reverse and executed a careful turnaround. When my headlights picked out the figure at the edge of the water, I inhaled sharply. It was not what I expected to find.
            I rolled down my window. “Rose?” I called. “Is that you?”
            A branch cracked, a shadow moved, and panic slid between my ribs like a blade.  The figure turned toward my headlights, definitely female. She wore her long hair lose and flowing. Under the moonlight, I couldn’t be certain if the woman’s hair was red or light brown.
            “What are you doing here?” No answer. “Where’s Matt?” I tried to keep my voice steady, to show her I wasn’t afraid. I put the car in PARK and opened my door tentatively, putting one foot on the ground.

            She stared into my headlights, one hand shielding her eyes like a sailor looking for land, and then, like a flash, she ran straight at me. Straight toward my little Honda with the window rolled down. Her hair flew out behind her and it was all so surreal that for a moment, I simply sat there, paralyzed. Then she raised her right hand above her head. In her grip, I caught a glimpse of silver.


Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Remains-Pond-Ann-Swann-ebook/dp/B076PH5V37

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Preorder - THE REMAINS IN THE POND


Ready for Preorder
Expected Release date November 13th 
Just in time for Christmas!


Senior prom is the happiest night of Gabi’s life. Her crush has just revealed that he is every bit as infatuated with her as she is with him. When he has a car wreck and is transported to the hospital in a coma, Gabi feels as if she’s taken a knife to the heart. But his jealous cousin, Rose, sees her chance to give the knife an even harder twist. She convinces Gabi to meet her at a local parking spot outside town. It's a night that will change several lives forever. One of the girls will return, and one will become known as the remains in the pond.   

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Remains-Pond-Ann-Swann-ebook/dp/B076PH5V37

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Monster Mash Books and Prizes

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

99¢ Sale - ALL FOR LOVE - Women's Fiction

ALL FOR LOVE - digital - on sale for 99¢

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When Liz met Quinn in college, it was love at first sight, but what she did next would haunt her forever . . . even though she did it all for love.

"The man of her dreams may be the worst thing that ever happened to her."


Chapter One
We were drinking iced tea at our favorite sidewalk café when the plastics plant exploded. One moment Ronnie was checking my left hand to see if my wedding ring was still there, and the next thing I knew she was crawling across the blistered sidewalk in slow motion, reaching out for me.




Sunday, September 17, 2017

Writing - What I Do

Writing Tips - What To Do When You're Stuck

Stuck on a sentence or a plot point?

Highlight it, leave it alone, go back in a day or two and it will often straighten itself out.

This usually works for me. If I'm in doubt, I highlight it, make a note about the problem, and then leave it alone. When I go back later, the solution is usually staring me in the face and I can change it.

My biggest flaw is stopping to revise or fix something in the middle of a writing session. IT ALWAYS MESSES UP MY TRAIN OF THOUGHT. Guess I'm a slow learner. I catch myself doing it all the time.



I do much better all the way around if I follow my own advice, highlight it and move on.

It also helps me get back into the story the next day when I go back to fix it.


Afterthought:
If you don't have a fix to take care of, do you leave yourself a tag for the next day? I always leave myself a word or two about where I'm headed or what I want to write next. It helps me jump right back in the water.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Writing Workshop September 15-17 Midland, Texas


Sign up soon - one day, two days, or all three. 



September is National Literacy Month



In honor of National Literacy Month, McDonald’s is giving a free book with every Happy Meal purchase from September 5 to 18. Yes, that’s right—a book! Partnering with HarperCollins Publishers, the fast food giant will include one of the following: a copy of Pete the Cat’s Got Class by James Dean, Amelia Bedelia’s First Day of School by Herman Parish, Just A School Project by Mercer Mayer, or If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff in each Happy Meal box. In some locations, the books will be available in both English and Spanish.
What's more, McDonald’s is also teaming up with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to offer families an extended experience around the featured books with a new digital portal. On the site, families can access lesson plans, puzzles, activities, and reading passages for all levels to keep the reading going!
What a GREAT idea. I remember getting a serialized version of a Stephen King book -- I believe it was The Green Mile -- through Diet Coke a few years back (okay, it was quite a few years) and they had other awesome authors as well. I saved every tiny book.
I hope other retailers take note. A free book would make those late night grocery runs well worth the effort!
Afterthought: I can't wait to collect all of these with my grandkids!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Short Fiction - Where It Will Land - Easy Street Magazine

“Little Yellow Horses,” oil on canvas, by Franz Marc, 1912.
Hey, look at this lovely layout and art accompanying my creative nonfiction story, "Where it Will Land," in Easystreet Magazine. There's a ton o' great fiction here! http://www.easystreetmag.com/where-it-will-land/ 

Thank you, Easystreet!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Women's Fiction on Sale 99¢


 ★★★★★ 
Liz falls in love with Quinn the moment they meet in college. He professes to love her, too. She begins to think about the future, but his past rips them apart. What Liz does next impacts the rest of their lives, but she feels it is the only way… she does it all for love.