Launch Day for Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens

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Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens (Annie Acorn’s Dark Tales Book 1) – also available in print, on Amazon UK, for Nook and Kobo ereaders, and on iTunes.

In late October of 2014, Ron Shaw, host of the The Ron Shaw Show on ArtistFirst Radio Network, asked our Annie if she would be willing to edit and publish a collection of horror and paranormal short stories written by himself and a group of other talented male authors, who have now become known as From Gents’ Pens – the male equivalent of our From Women’s Pens.

The result is an amazing compilation of short stories that cover all things guaranteed to send a shiver up and down your spine.

The volume’s blurb says it all:

Where can you find all the suspense, thrills, blood, and gore that reflect the dark underbelly of our world? Where do murder and voodoo curses stand alongside innocents and little children? Where do the kinder, gentler things disappear? Within the tightly crafted stories gathered for your enjoyment by Annie Acorn into Dark Tales From Gents’ Pens!

With their skillfully woven tales, the founding members of From Gents’ Pens, a cooperative of award-winning contemporary male writers, have forged a unique collection of stories that are sure to please those who enjoy a tingle running up and down their spines, as they face the monsters who no longer linger beneath their beds.

Contains:

The Halloween Clock by Annie Acorn
The Petrified Girl by Steve Cartwright
The Challenge of the Killer by Steve Cartwright
The Embalmer’s Apprentice by Steve Cartwright
The Reincarnation of Lou Gehrig by Joe Eliseon
The Horses of Paiute Canyon by D. A. Grady
The Two Hundred by K. Edwin Fritz
Shelter by William D. Prystauk
Ms. Grant by William D. Prystauk
The Dead and the Dying by Ron Shaw

So turn on all the lights, and enjoy a great read!

The Editors

 

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Best wishes, Susan Jean Ricci

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Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems (Cindy’s Crusades Book 1)

Those of you who frequent our website know that Susan Jean Ricci is one of our affiliated authors. Imagine our excitement, when she shared with us that her novel Dinosaurs and Cherry Stems had been listed as a finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards competition in the First Novel category!

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We first met Susan when our Annie purchased and read her indie novel Dinosaurs & Cherry Stems for her own reading pleasure and felt strongly enough about her enjoyment of the book to write a rare review.

Already following one another on Twitter, the two enjoyed swapping tweets back and forth, and then Annie asked if Susan would be willing to write a short story for Annie Acorn’s 2014 Christmas Treasury. The result was a Cindy’s Crusades Christmas short titled Two Miracles for Christmas that’s one of our favs.

Two Miracles for Christmas (Cindy’s Crusades Book 50) – also available for Nook, Kobo, and on iTunes.

A few months later, Susan asked if AAPub would be willing to publish her hot and spicy novella My Sexy Chef, a spin off from the Cindy’s Crusade series that revolves around Cindy’s niece Malibu, and the rest is history.

My Sexy Chef – also available for Nook, Kobo, and on iTunes

So, congratulations Susan for having been chosen as a finalist. You know you’re a winner with us!

The Editors

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28th Christmas in July 2015 Cover

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC, is celebrating Christmas in July.  As if our Christmasy banner wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to feature a different one of Angel Nichols’ fabulous Christmas covers each day.

Angel is an accomplished illustrator, author and graphic artist who juggles a busy working schedule with family, friends and her passion for the arts. She has been a hobbyist writer for much of her life, before being asked to author for Annie Acorn’s 2012 Christmas Anthology.  She is a member of From Women’s Pens.

Ms. Nichols is the exclusive cover artist for Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC. Her award-winning covers have been seen on the Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list as well as in Amazon top categories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication and Digital Design from AIU.

All of us at AAPub breath a sigh of relief each time we sign on a new work, knowing as we do that Angel will be there to produce the cover.

Today, we are featuring Angel’s cover for A Magic Cup of Christmas Tea by Charlotte Kent, so Merry Christmas in July to Angel and all of YOU!

A Magic Cup of Christmas Tea (Captain’s Point Stories Book 53) – The first novella in the Captain’s Point Stories series.  A romantic women’s fiction/family saga/chicklit series written by Annie Acorn & Juliette Hill writing as Charlotte Kent.

Also available on Amazon UK and iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Christmas is fast approaching in Captain’s Point, and handsome Liam O’Brien, Head Cook at Chester’s crab shack, finds it hard to get into the spirit, as memories of the girl who was spirited away from him in the dead of night twelve years before fill his mind.

But then, a newcomer to his condo building serves him what she claims is a magic cup of Christmas tea, and his whole world changes in a flash. Now, what should he do with the gift that has been given to him?

Don’t miss this love-filled Captain’s Point novella from the collaborative writing team of internationally beloved, From Women’s Pens authors Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill, writing as Charlotte Kent.

Come and fall in love again!

- The Editors

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7th Christmas in July 2015 Cover

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC, is celebrating Christmas in July.  As if our Christmasy banner wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to feature a different one of Angel Nichols’ fabulous Christmas covers each day.

Angel is an accomplished illustrator, author and graphic artist who juggles a busy working schedule with family, friends and her passion for the arts. She has been a hobbyist writer for much of her life, before being asked to author for Annie Acorn’s 2012 Christmas Anthology.  She is a member of From Women’s Pens.

Ms. Nichols is the exclusive cover artist for Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC. Her award-winning covers have been seen on the Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list as well as in Amazon top categories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication and Digital Design from AIU.

All of us at AAPub breath a sigh of relief each time we sign on a new work, knowing as we do that Angel will be there to produce the cover.

Today, we are featuring Angel’s cover for A Christmas Quilt by Juliette Hill, so Merry Christmas in July to Angel and all of YOU!

A Christmas Quilt (Juliette Hill’s Christmas Shorts Book 6) – A contemporary Christmas story by Juliette Hill.

Also available on Amazon UK and iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Tennessee widow, Ella Brown, has been matriarch of her church’s women’s guild for the past ten years. As director of their annual Christmas quilt project, she must guide four members and countless volunteers through the quilt production process from March to the raffle and presentation in late December.

This year, Ella has more on her mind than usual, though, as she deals with her husband’s death the previous Christmas, his long-kept secret and dying wish. Follow Ella and the other women on a life-changing journey touched by the magic of a Christmas quilt.

Filled as it is with the true meaning of Christmas, you won’t want Juliette Hill’s new novelette to end!

- The Editors

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4th Christmas in July 2015 Cover

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In case you hadn’t noticed, Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC, is celebrating Christmas in July.  As if our Christmasy banner wasn’t enough, we’ve decided to feature a different one of Angel Nichols’ fabulous Christmas covers each day.

Angel is an accomplished illustrator, author and graphic artist who juggles a busy working schedule with family, friends and her passion for the arts. She has been a hobbyist writer for much of her life, before being asked to author for Annie Acorn’s 2012 Christmas Anthology.  She is a member of From Women’s Pens.

Ms. Nichols is the exclusive cover artist for Annie Acorn Publishing, LLC. Her award-winning covers have been seen on the Barnes and Noble’s bestseller list as well as in Amazon top categories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communication and Digital Design from AIU.

All of us at AAPub breath a sigh of relief each time we sign on a new work, knowing as we do that Angel will be there to produce the cover.

Today, we are featuring Angel’s cover for The Ghost of Christmas Present by Angel Nichols herself, so Merry Christmas in July to Angel and all of YOU!

The Ghost of Christmas Present and Other Stories (Angel Nichol’s Christmas Book 1) – a collection of Christmas stories by the multi-talented graphic designer and author Angel Nichols.  Includes the novella from which the book takes its name as well as three other works.

Also available in print on Amazon UK and iTunes and for Nook and Kobo.

Only the multi-talented, internationally beloved, From Women’s Pen author and graphic designer Angel Nichols could offer a collected works that will send chills down your spine, develop your survival skills, warm your heart, and lead you to the truth about Santa Claus!

So grab some Christmas cookies, a warm beverage and a chair by the fireplace, relax, and enjoy:

The Ghost of Christmas Present –

A teenage girl, an eccentric millionaire, a former cop, a mysterious drunk, and a murderer all find themselves in the middle of an old English forest a week before Christmas. Things soon go sideways as their own agendas come to light, and only a ghost can help them find what they’re really looking for.

Danger, adventure, betrayal and murder all find themselves at a crossroads when they meet the Ghost of Christmas Present!

Christmas in the Mojave –

It’s Christmas Eve, and nine passengers aboard a small Cessna jet receive the holiday surprise of their lives! When their plane goes down in the Mojave, these strangers from all walks of life must work together to survive. Twists and terror come together, create unlikely friendships under dangerous conditions. How will they survive this Christmas in the Mojave?

Christmas Love Exchange –

Hungry for change, New York native Dean Anderson accepts an offer of an exchange semester at a college in Germany. Arriving in the midst of a snow storm, he makes his way to his new home, only to receive a shock. An angry dog, a starving kitten, and a beautiful blonde reinforce his belief that this may be his worst Christmas ever, but then, his one lifeline is almost jerked from his hands.

Jolly Old Spook –

It’s two days before Christmas Eve, and the Mills family is under siege. Nine-year-old Will is used to the annual battle with Ysolda Povenmire and her devil dog, but what, pray tell, do the FBI and CIA have to do with things? Fearlessly risking life and limb, the brave youngster follows first one clue and then another, until they lead him to the biggest surprise of all and the best Mills family Christmas EVER!

Bet you can’t read this one without laughing!

- The Editors

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Pen & Ink Get Edited

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Soooo…

You’ve written the Great American Novel or the Greatest Short Story Ever Told.  You’ve even done some rewriting.  Now it’s time to edit your work, and suddenly your blood is running cold.

How do you know what is right and what’s wrong?  Where can you go to learn the rules?

“What to do?” You pace back and forth in a dither, unsure whether or not you can do this.

Can’t figure out where to go for help in making these important decisions?  Might we suggest the tried and true?  Who better to provide you with an answer than author D. A. Grady, who has agreed to be Guest Quill for the 6/16-30/2015 Pen & Ink session?

This session’s question?  What do you remember most from your first experience working with a professional editor?  What did you take with you?

Before you pay for years of intense therapy, might we suggest that you grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  There’s no telling what you might learn from an answer that’s come from someone as successful and talented as D. A. Grady is!

- The Editors

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Pen & Ink Solve a Murder

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Soooo…

You’ve read mysteries all of your live.  You know them inside and out, and yet, you’re at a loss as to how to make sure that your own effort keeps readers guessing.

What makes a mystery work?  How can you know that your readers will care about the victim and not guess the ending too soon?

“What to do?” You pace back and forth in a dither, unsure whether or not you can do this.

Can’t figure out where to go for help in making these important decisions?  Might we suggest the tried and true?  Who better to provide you with an answer than author Peggy Teel (also writing as Denise Hays), who has agreed to be Guest Quill for the 6/1-15/2015 Pen & Ink session?

This session’s question? What led you to write in the mystery genre, and how does it differ from writing in other genres?

Before you pay for years of intense therapy, might we suggest that you grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  There’s no telling what you might learn from an answer that’s come from someone as successful and talented as Peggy Teel is!

- The Editors

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Pen & Ink Learn to Laugh

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Soooo…

You’ve decided to inject some humor into your writing, in an effort to allow readers to better relate.  And yet, you’re at a loss as to how to make sure that your light-hearted efforts will make the grade.

What makes humor work?  How can you know that your readers will laugh?

“What to do?” You pace back and forth in a dither, unsure whether or not you can do this.

Can’t figure out where to go for help in making these important decisions?  Might we suggest the tried and true?  Who better to provide you with an answer than author Anna Burke, who has agreed to be Guest Quill for the 5/16-31/15 Pen & Ink session?

This session’s question? What makes humor work in your writing, and what advice would you give to others?

Before you pay for years of intense therapy, might we suggest that you grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  There’s no telling what you might learn from an answer that’s come from someone as successful and talented as Anna Burke is!

- The Editors

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Pen & Ink Pick a Book

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Soooo…

You’ve decided to take your writing seriously, to work hard, pay your dues, and get yourself published.  And yet, you’re at a loss as to how to make sure that your work will make the grade.

What are readers really looking for? What will they never forgive?

“What to do?” You pace back and forth in a dither, unsure whether or not you can do this.

Can’t figure out where to go for help in making these important decisions?  Might we suggest the tried and true?  Who better to provide you with an answer than author Judy Probus, who has agreed to be Guest Quill for the 5/1-15/15 Pen & Ink session?

This session’s question? As an author, what do you personally look for in books that you read for pleasure?

Before you pay for years of intense therapy, might we suggest that you grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  There’s no telling what you might learn from an answer that’s come from someone as successful and talented as Judy Probus is!

- The Editors

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Pen & Ink Make Their Way

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Soooo…

You’ve decided to take your writing seriously, to work hard, pay your dues, and get yourself published.  And yet, you’re at a loss as to how to get started, make your way, and insure your success.

“What to do?” You pace back and forth in a dither, unsure whether or not you can do this.

Can’t figure out where to go for help in making these important decisions?  Might we suggest the tried and true?  Who better to provide you with an answer than author Merrie Housdon, who has agreed to be Guest Quill for the 4/16-30/15 Pen & Ink session?

This session’s question? What would have helped you the most as a writer trying to make your way?

Before you pay for years of intense therapy, might we suggest that you grab a pen and paper and get ready to take some notes.  There’s no telling what you might learn from an answer that’s come from someone as successful and talented as Merrie Housdon is!

- The Editors

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