Why I Wrote About Alaska

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How an essentially tropical gal like me ends up writing a novel set in Alaska is a story in itself. I hate the cold. I love the beach. My definition of an adventure is going to the zoo. How then did I muster the mojo—not to mention the confidence—to get hooked on Alaska?

I blame my children for starting all of this. They were the ones who insisted we travel to Alaska. They are the same pair who dragged me out to raft the Colorado River and forced me to learn how to ski, an inexplicably adventuresome duo, given that my husband and I prefer a kinder sort of travel.

To be fair, I’d been to Alaska before. We’d been on a comfortable, lovely cruise, where the park rangers announced the sights over the ship’s loudspeaker, narrating the passage. “On the port side, you’ll see a group of seals basking on the ice. On the starboard side, there’s a pod of whales bubble-net feeding in the sound.” It was wonderful, posh and relaxing and I my motto during that first cruise was see Alaska from your bed.

Fast-forward a few years, and all of the sudden my daughter was a park ranger and my son was volunteering at the Denali Kennels, caring for sled dogs as big as horses and as powerful as motorcycles. He lived in a nice, new tidy cabin with a dry sink. Hint. That means no running water. You fill in the blanks.

By then, we had learned that Alaska had a lot to offer. This tropical gal had acquired a few extra items of gear that made the rigors of the weather bearable. The fall had become my favorite season in Alaska, when the tourists are gone, the mosquitoes disappear, and Denali begins to peek out of the clouds that envelop the mountain through most of the summer. Most importantly, I’d been dazzled, surprised and seduced by the wildlife and the vast landscape that challenged my eyes, opened my mind and dared my imagination. Yeah. I was hooked.

Sure, I read, researched, googled and interviewed. But the truth about Alaska is that the place cannot be properly understood without the experience. It’s all about the feel. So off we went, to experience the magic, the most important research of all.

Traveling in Alaska is an education in itself. The main form of transportation away from the cities entails tiny single engine planes, mechanical mavericks that land wherever, however. For a woman who hates flying, those little planes? Terror.

But I learned to appreciate a place where there are no roads to your destination, no schedules but those you carve out of the weather by relying on the skills of strangers. And then it hit. I was a writer. I mean, really. How can a writer fall in love with Alaska and not write about the affair?

From my personal, life-transforming travels through Alaska, The Stranger, was born. The Stranger is the second book of my Wounded Warrior Series, following on the heels of my Amazon bestseller, The Asset. The Stranger features Summer Silva and Seth Erickson, fire and ice, a most unlikely pair. I like to say that fiery Summer’s character benefited from all of my Alaskan misadventures—believe me, there were plenty of those and they weren’t always pretty or dignified—while icy Seth is Alaska in the flesh.

As you can probably tell, I had a lot of fun researching The Stranger. It all made it into the story. So come along in the journey. I’m happy to share. You can visit Alaska from the comfort of your reader and laugh, cry, and feel along with Summer and Seth as they fight their demons and turn their lust into forever love. And if you fall in love with Alaska, well, believe me. I understand.

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Amazing Denali Rescue

Wow. This amazing rescue in the vicinity of Denali could’ve passed for a scene right out The Stranger. Kudos to those incredible rangers!

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Denali National Park mountaineering ranger Frank Preston was gearing up to rescue a mountain climber sick on North America’s tallest mountain when a second call for help arrived.

Diverse Read-A-Likes

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Looking for a great read this weekend?

This incredible list of diverse reads was originally prepared for the RT BookLovers Convention 2017 Librarians and Booksellers by the amazing Frannie Strober Cassano, who has one of the coolest jobs in the world. She is an adult reference and romance librarian. Talk about a dream job…for me! :)

Frannie first stumbled into the romance section of her local drugstore as a teen, and then found herself back there during the Fifty Shades of Grey “phenomenon”. You can find her gleefully discussing book boyfriends, tropes, and Happily Ever Afters over at her Reference Desk or on Twitter. I’m so grateful that she’s allowed me to share her amazing list with you.

So, without further delay, here’s Frannie’s list:

If you love Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast, then you’ll love Suleikha Snyder’s Bollywood and the Beast (Here’s why: Fairy Tale)

If you love Beth Kery’s Make Me series, then you’ll love Alisha Rai’s Glutton for Pleasure (Here’s why: Intense Connections Between MCs, Erotica)

If you love Nico Rosso’s One Minute to Midnight, then you’ll love Anna del Mar’s At the Brink (Here’s why: Navy SEAL/PTSD)

If you love Dorothy Clark’s His Substitute Wife (LoveInspired), then you’ll love Beverly Jenkins’s Night Song (Here’s why: Western)

If you love All I Want for Christmas Is a Duke by Valerie Bowman, Tiffany Clare, Vivienne Lorret, Ashlyn Macnamara; then you’ll love Burning Bright by Megan Hart, Jennifer Gracen, Stacey Agdern, and KK Hendin (Here’s why: Anthology, Holiday)

If you love Megan Frampton’s Why Do Dukes Fall In Love?, then you’ll love Cat Sebastian’s The Lawrence Browne Affair (Here’s why: Boss/Secretary, Historical)

If you love Opal Carew’s Nailed, then you’ll love Damon Suede’s Hot Head (Here’s why: Occupational Romance, Business Deals, Erotica)

If you love Joanne Rock’s Secret Baby Scandal, then you’ll love Farrah Rochon’s Field of Pleasure (Here’s why: Sports, Football)

If you love Shana Galen’s Love and Let Spy, then you’ll love Alyssa Cole’s An Extraordinary Union (Here’s why: Spy, Historical)

If you love Sherry Thomas’s Private Arrangements, then you’ll love Heidi Cullinan’s Lonely Hearts (Here’s why: Angst)

If you love Gina Conkle’s To Find a Viking Treasure, then you’ll love Jeannie Lin’s The Sword Dancer (Here’s why: Historical Era)

If you love Susan Mallery’s Only Mine, then you’ll love K.M. Jackson’s Insert Groom Here (Here’s why: Reality TV, Series)

If you love Alexa Riley’s Curvy, then you’ll love Rebekah Weatherspoon’s So Sweet (and the Sugar Baby Novella Series) (Here’s why: Curvy Heroine, Billionaire Hero, Erotica)

You can find Frannie in Twitter @NBPLRomance.

Happy Reading!

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The Asset is a 2016 Best Book of the Year at Coffeetimeromance.com


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I’m so honored that http://coffeetimeromance.com/ has chosen The Asset as one of 2016 best books of the year!

This is what their email said: “I had a hard time deciding between this book and The Stranger, but Book one did lead me to read book two so I chose The Asset. I loved both books in the Wounded Warriors series. I look forward to more.”

Thanks Coffeetimeromance.com!

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At the Brink is a Kindle Daily Deal, December 22nd ONLY!

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If you’ve been waiting for a chance to purchase my erotic romance, At the Brink, December 22nd is the day. To celebrate the release of To the Edge, the second book of the At the Brink Novels, Carina Press is offering At the Brink as a Kindle Daily Deal. But it’s only December 22nd, so don’t forget to download At the Brink right now.

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On sale: The Asset AND The Stranger are both Kindle Daily Deals, December 16th ONLY!

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If you’ve been waiting for a chance to purchase the Wounded Warriors Novels, December 16th is the day! To celebrate the release of To the Edge, Carina Press is offering The Asset and The Stranger as Kindle Daily Deals, but only for today. Don’t miss this chance. Download them now.

And keep an eye out for December 22nd. A little bird told me that maybe, just maybe, At the Brink may be a Kindle Daily Deal, also for one day only. :)

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FREE digital sampler! Wild Winter Nights: A Sizzling Sampler


As a special gift for readers of erotic romance, the Carina Press and Harlequin marketing teams have created a fun and exciting FREE digital sampler! Wild Winter Nights: A Sizzling Sampler. It includes an excerpt from To the Edge, by yours truly, but also chapters by some of my favorite erotic romance authors, like:

Under Pressure by Lori Foster

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

The Greek’s Christmas Bride by Lynne Graham

Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen

Everything for Her by Alexa Riley

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Hold Me, Cowboy by Maisey Yates

To the Edge by Anna del Mar

Bound by a Scandalous Secret by Diane Gaston

Snuggle in and let yourself be whisked away by some of the hottest romance stories of the year. Download now and enjoy!


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Thanks for your reviews!

I want to thank all of you have posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and your blogs. I really appreciate the read. Today I came home to find a fabulous 5 Star review of To the Edge posted on Goodreads by Donna Repsher. It reads in part:

Anna del Mar really does push BDSM erotica to the edge with this one, the second novel in her At the Brink series and it earns 5+ stars from this reader. It’s a well-researched, well-written, sexy, steamy, holy hotness, second chance romance and it worked for this reader on every level…

 If you like your novels hot, want to see BDSM accurately portrayed, read wounded warrior romances and love second chance at romance novels, grab a copy of To the Edge–you won’t be disappointed.

Read the entire review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1832574235

Thanks, Donna Repsher, and thanks again to all of you who post reviews on behalf of my novels.

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