Thursday, January 28, 2016

Released: THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH

It is official. THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH, published by Kindle Press, is now available on Amazon. If you have Prime on Amazon you can get THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH free using Kindle Unlimited. Check it out: http://amzn.to/1OZ2gDO

Here's a snippet of a review posted on Amazon:

“The book had a pretty exciting plot with crazy twists, wonderful major/minor characters that I really want to know more about and quite knowledgeable facts about the rodeo lifestyle that kept me entrenched and interested in the story.” Amazon reviewer

If you've read the book, or when you are done reading it, I would be most appreciative if you would post a review. Many thanks in advance!

Rodeo, wedding bells, and one crazy will!
She wants her company back and him gone. He wants her…for a while at least.
She fears she’s risking her heart; He fears he’s playing with fire.
They are both gambling…on love.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH is available for Pre-Order

Today is the day that The Maverick Meets His Match is available on Amazon for pre-order from Kindle Press. For those who are interested, an excerpt follows the blurb. Hope you enjoy it.

Rodeos, wedding bells, and one crazy will!

For love…
When Mandy Prescott’s grandfather dies, this determined cowgirl expects to head up the family’s stock rodeo company. But JM Prescott’s last will and testament not only gives that honor to Ty Martin, a man who broke Mandy’s heart a decade ago, it contains a crazy provision: to wrest back control, she must agree to marry Ty Martin for a period of six months. Mandy has three days to decide—marry a man she doesn’t trust but is still attracted to, or risk her company being sold. Risking her company is one thing. Risking her heart is another

For money…
Maverick lawyer Ty Martin measures success in dollars and cents. And he’s promised JM Prescott to base his decision to keep or sell the company on that yardstick. Only now he’s presented with an intriguing bonus: a six month, commitment-free relationship with a woman he’s always desired. Ty’s certain he’s up to both challenges.

Forever?
But, when it comes to this feisty cowgirl, has the maverick met his match? 


Chapter 1

Ty Martin had never regretted the choices he’d made, until now. Shading his eyes against the sunlight glinting off the dial of his Rolex, he checked the time. Twenty minutes until life changed. Maybe temporarily. Maybe for good.

Or bad.

Tamping down the unease that always came with loose ends, Ty moved past the corrals where the cowhands were topping off the water troughs. Heads popped up like jack-in-the-boxes, but no one acknowledged him. Not a word, not a wave, not a nod. Instead, they stared as if he were some curiosity on parade.

Ty tugged the brim of his Stetson lower. At least being an outsider would make decisions easier.
Without breaking stride, he swept by the barn where the stalls were being mucked out and moved on past the low building that served as an office for the livestock rodeo company he would now head. Dust kicked up as he went, coating his custom-made alligator boots and threatening to settle on his black dress pants.

A steer bellowed in the distance, part of the ranch herd that had been brought in for culling.

He scanned the side parking area for a gray pickup truck. Silver metal glistened just a few feet away from his black BMW. At least he wouldn’t be the last one to walk into the lawyer’s office.

For most of his life he had run from anything to do with ranching, working his way through law school, scoring a job at a land development firm, and fighting his way to a partnership—only to eventually walk away. And now, here he was, heading up a livestock operation. A rodeo livestock operation.

Just a year. That’s what he had promised. Just enough time to decide the fate of the company that bore another family’s name. And they would hate him for it, or at least one person would hate him for it, if she didn’t already.

He clicked the remote in his pocket, and his car hummed in response. A few more steps and he pulled open the door. Semi-cool air blasted his face from the side vent, carrying with it that new-car odor. He slipped onto the sun-warmed leather seats, extracted a pair of Oakley shades from the center compartment, and opened the sunroof as he closed the door.

 It was too damn hot for May in Wyoming, he thought, removing his suit jacket and hat and laying them on the passenger seat. He buckled up, popped on the sunglasses, and shifted into reverse. Gravel crunched under the tires.

 Mandy Prescott would fight him despite this just being business. He might understand why the old man had worked it this way. She never would.

It would be easier if she wasn’t so damned attractive, and stubborn. A challenging combination he’d found tempting in the past. But the fact she was J. M. Prescott’s granddaughter had kept Ty’s pants zipped. He’d realized early on dallying with Mandy was not an option unless he was prepared to marry her. And that would never be the case—with any woman, but certainly not with a hardheaded, determined woman like Mandy, no matter how much she tempted him.

Ty shifted the car into gear. Of course, now that J. M. Prescott was gone, maybe a little fling with Mandy, if she was as inclined as she’d once been, would be just what he needed to fight this strange feeling that had come over him since JM’s passing. Like something important had seeped out of him, slowly, almost imperceptibly, but steady enough to leave an uncomfortable void.

Yup, Mandy Prescott’s feminine charms could be just what the doctor ordered, despite her current disposition toward him, because if life had taught him two things, it was that anything was possible and nothing was certain.

Pre-order at: Amazon



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas Decorating--What to do?

I find Christmas decorating a challenge, especially in our current home. When we lived in a Victorian era House it seemed easier, I guess because I had a theme to decorate around. This house is more contemporary so I'm left with a lot of Victorian decorations that now seem out of place.  I continue to do my tree in a Victorian theme--my family has fond memories of all the decorations and tell me "it's tradition!" Here's some pictures of the tree and decorations. (It is a faux tree because daughter is allergic to pine.)


Saturday, December 5, 2015

GREAT NEWS!

Great news here--THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH will be published by Kindle Scout! And it is a big thanks to all of you who voted. Hopefully is you voted, you have received your letter from Kindle Press saying you will be getting a free e-copy of the book! And it means that not only will Kindle Press publish, but that I will also receive a pretty nice advance for the book!  I couldn't be happier.

And I am glad that I tried Kindle Scout--obviously! While the 30 day campaign is grueling, it took me out of my comfort zone, made me try new things, and I learned quite a bit about what works and what doesn't promo wise so because they track every view of your campaign and where the person came from so I can tell if facebook is working, loops are working, etc. I am grateful Amazon has such a program for relatively unknowns like me.

I've already heard from someone at Kindle Press and we are arranging a phone meeting for next week so I feel I am on my way. I will keep you posted!

Monday, November 23, 2015

4 DAYS left to NOMINATE THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH

THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH has only 4 days left in Kindle Scout and unfortunately, I don't think there is enough momentum to put it over the threshold necessary for a Kindle Press contract. And not being very proficient in publicity hasn't helped.

But I have learned a lot regardless of the final outcome.

First, it has been much easier for me to ask people to nominate the book for which they have the potential to get a free e-copy than to ask them to buy my book :)

Second, this campaign has gotten me out of my comfort zone and as a result I've tried new things--Fivver promotions, for one. One was very successful but the other two, not so much. I've done Facebook Ads and they have been more successful when sent to followers and their friends than to "targeted" audiences. A smaller audience has actually produced better results. But it is a lot of money per nomination received so not sure I will do it again. Tweeting hasn't really produced anything, but it is easy and simple so I'm still doing it.

Third, I realize I will need a lot of promo help when I do launch this book so I will be looking around for a promo company to help with that campaign.

Fourth, I have some really great friends, virtual and in-person, who have helped get the word out and I appreciate their efforts on my behalf!

Here's the nomination link:
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/search?q=The+Maverick+Meets+His+Match

Hanging in there until the end--Hugs, Anne

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Update: Kindle Scout Stats

Well, today THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH fell off the Hot and Trending list. Now what? I am running a Facebook Ad and posting on every group where it's allowed but will that be enough? The book has spent 103 hours on Hot and Trending and had 238 page views (which is the only surrogate they give you for votes)--and I'm sure many of those page views were from me checking if it was on Hot and Trending, lol.

In case you'd like to nominate THE MAVERICK MEETS HIS MATCH, (and if the book is selected by Kindle Press you would get a free kindle copy) here's the link:
https://kindlescout.amazon.com/search?q=The+Maverick+Meets+His+Match

Friday, October 30, 2015

Hot and Trending on Amazon Kindle Scout

I suppose it goes with out saying that you have a better chance of being picked up by Amazon Kindle Press if you're book is on the Hot and Trending list of Kindle Scout, than if you are not.

I am happy to say that The Maverick Meets His Match hit that list last night and is still on it today. By the time they provided statistics (approx. 5 a.m. this morning) I had 104 page views so I figure I had at least a 100 nominations the first day--which I am very pleased with. Thank you to all who nominated The Maverick Meets His Match.

However, how do you stay on Hot and Trending? That's the key question. Almost half of my page views came from Kindle Scout readers, the rest came from loop emails and Facebook according to their stats which I guess was a result of my promo efforts. But once your friends on Facebook and Twitter and the loops nominates your book, that's it. So now where do I go to get nominations?

I am trying a boosted post on my Facebook page which has about 2600 likes/follows. I will have to wait until tomorrow to see how many nominations are coming from that ad since Kindle Scout only updates once a day so no idea how many page views today although, last I checked the book is still on Hot and Trending but now on the first page and it is listed first on the Romance category page so I'm hoping that means good news ahead. Fingers crossed!

If you haven't already and would like to view the campaign and nominate the book, here's the link:



Thanks for everyone's support!