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New Feature, Five on Friday

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Beginning this Friday, Oct. 3rd, I’ll be introducing a new weekly feature on my blog…Five on Friday.


Each week an author will answer five questions and share their answers here. Some will be about writing, but many will be about life and love.


I hope you’ll check the featured authors out each week. You might just discover a new favorite!





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New Laid Out and Candle Lit cover

New Laid Out and Candle Lit cover

New cover for You're Busting My Nuptials

New cover for You’re Busting My Nuptials

Tied cover

Last March, I decided to go out on my own as an “indie” author, although I already had two books published by a small press.

That meant, I needed to get my books re-formatted, new covers, and re-submitted under my ownership.

It was a huge job because I had three other books ready to publish as well, so that meant I’d be working on 5 books at one time. Whew! I get plum tuckered out now just  thinking about it.

After many sleepless nights, a few migraines, and an additional twelve pounds…mission accomplished.

Today, I want to share with you a great place to get a book cover done.

Jimmy Gibbs is great to work with. He takes the information you send and comes up with a design that will blow you away! Once you see the copy, if there are changes you want, he does them. He delivers the cover quickly…within a few days. I highly recommend him. If you use him, please tell him you got his name from Ann Everett. I don’t receive any discount or compensation for the reference. I just want him to know how much I love his work…enough to tell others!!!

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Strong_Verb_copy                   First pinterest verb post

 As many of you know, I spent the summer getting my books ready to go on Amazon and other retailers under my ownership. My three year contract with my publisher expired, and I chose to try the “indie” route  of publishing.

The years I spent with Grey Gate Media, were great and I learned a ton. So I will always be grateful for that.

 Self-publishing was quite an experience. And as the saying goes, if I’d known then what I know now…well, I might not have attempted it. But, another great  little saying is…ignorance is bliss and I was downright blissful a lot of days!!!

Anyway, it’s done and all the books are now available. The one I’ve been marketing the most is my New Adult Romance, TELL ME A SECRET,  and my efforts have paid off. So far, it’s been doing well surprisingly in the UK moved up in rankings there to #21.

With that bit of success, I now need to add other books to my marketing plan. Today, I’m featuring my non-fiction reference book, STRONG VERBS STRONG VOICE.

It’s a handy little guide for replacing weak verbs with stronger choices. In it, I list 27 commonly used words such as look, run, hit, said, etc. and offer better selections.

I use it myself every time I write. It’s a great resource especially for “newbie” writers, as well as experienced ones.

It’s available in print and ebook. See it and all my other books at:


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Years ago I signed up for the Bank of America program where they round up to the next dollar every time you use your debit card, and deposit that in a special account.

Before I knew it, I had over $300 bucks in there. Wow! So painless, and those few cents here and there add up quickly. Besides, my debit card is what I use 99% of the time.

Well, Walmart has this program called Savings Catcher where you sign up online and each time you shop there, you enter your receipt number and date and they search other retailers to see if you could have bought the items cheaper. If they find it for  less, they give you the difference! I love that they are doing all the work for me.

For those of you who have the fancy smart phones, it’s even easier, because you can just get the app and scan the receipt. I still have a dumb phone, but I want a smart one…sigh…someday.

I highly recommend you take a few minutes and sign up for this great little perk they offer. I’ve made three entries so far, and have almost $5. That’s pretty good for about ten minutes work.

Go to and sign up today! Hey, $5 bucks, is $5 bucks!

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What a Great Review!

TMASeBook  As a member of Goodreads Read4Review group, I offered some advance reading copies in return for honest reviews of Tell Me a Secret. Here’s one that I really like. Thank you, Eva for such a kind review!

TELL ME A SECRET releases August 26th!! Be sure and get your copy on release day.


*****ARC Copy supplied for honest review*****

Wow, this has got to be one of the best story’s I’ve read all year. The story starts off with Maggie, a smart graduate student being asked to tutor Jace, the star football player and typical playboy. She’s a no nonsense, not easily affected kind of fir who finds Jace’s lifestyle and lack of respect for other peoples time irritating.

Maggie was picked to tutor Jace for a dual purpose but one of the purposes gets pushed to the background when Jace starts falling for her and all bets are off.

This book has two parts, which was a good idea instead of doing two different books. The second part is when all the secrets start to come together. I was not expecting the tragedy and stubbornness that followed but it was very engrossing and I loved it.

I was very pleased with the way Ms. Everett tied all the ends together in such a way that we were made to think about how, who and why of the whole story.


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way over my head teaser

Maggie is a nurse and student working on her masters…Jace is a popular football player. When they’re thrown together via tutoring, they soon realize, opposites do attract!

TELL ME A SECRET, a love story…releases August 26th!

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Thrilled with the cover of my new book…soon to be released, Tied With a Bow and No Place to Go. Should be available by August 20th!


Tied cover

Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper has investigated some odd cases during his career, but when local chicken farmer, Jay Roy Hobbs, is found dead, wearing nothing but boots and a bow, it becomes the strangest one yet. On the positive side, the lawman won’t lack for suspects. Turns out the victim got up close and personal with most of the girls in his graduating class and they’re in town for a reunion. All Ridge has to do is tolerate a talking parrot and consult a color wheel as he tries to determine if the culprit is one of Jay Roy’s three ex-wives or a high school conquest.

While her husband looks into his latest murder case, Tizzy Cooper has problems of her own. She’s joined forces with first cousin and local PI, Jinx Monroe, to follow a possible cheating husband, confront their Nana about baking Boom Brownies, and drench-a-wench at the local Renaissance Faire.



Awards for Tied With a Bow and No Place to Go

Top five finalist 2013 Strongest Start Novel Competition,

First place in Northeast Texas Writers’ 2014 First Chapter Contest




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Back in March, when it came time to renew my contract with my publisher, I chose not  to. No hard feelings. They have been super to work with over the last three years, but I wanted to move in another direction. It has become very popular to “Indie” publish these days,  and I wanted to give that a try. It has been a challenge. Mainly because, I had to get the two books already published, republished under my ownership.

At the same time, I had the third book in the Tizzy/Ridge series done, and a New Adult Romance story finished, and also a reference book about verbs. So…I had five books to get ready.

I had people doing covers, formatting, and advising me about marketing. At the same time, I had people helping me edit. I had so many people involved, I had to keep a list of who was doing what!


Well, I’m in the home stretch. I have all the covers. I have proof copies of all the books except one, and I should have it shortly.


Although it has been hectic, it has been a good learning experience.


Today, I’m sharing the new covers for my first two books, Laid Out and Candle Lit…and You’re Busting My Nuptials. I hope you like them.


New Laid Out and Candle Lit cover

New Laid Out and Candle Lit cover

New cover for You're Busting My Nuptials

New cover for You’re Busting My Nuptials



Keep watching. In a few days, I’ll reveal the cover for the third and final installment of this  series, TIED WITH A BOW AND NO PLACE TO GO!

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TELL ME A SECRET~~~a love story.



Maggie’s been keeping all her secrets in journals since she was 10 years old. Jace is fascinated by that and is dying to find out what they are…especially if she has any thoughts about him.


Jace laughed again. “Read me one thing you’ve written about me.”


“C’mon. Just one thing. One sentence. Then I’ll hang up and won’t bother you anymore.”

“Fine. One thing. One sentence.” Maggie’s heart fluttered. She fanned the pages of her journal, stopped on one and smiled. “Tonight….


Want to know what Maggie read to him? Find out when TELL ME A SECRET releases August 26th. Pre-order now for .99 cents to make sure you get your digital copy as soon as it’s available. Go here to pre-order:








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