Happy Book Birthday to Beyond the Rules!

Beyond the Rules Release Day

Hello everybody,

Beyond the Rules is out today, available from Amazon, B&N and Kobo, right now.

 The release of a new novel is always a joyous occasion for an author, summit day after a long, arduous trek. For me, release day is yet another opportunity to thank the many people who contributed with their hard work and talents to the making of Beyond the Rules.

 A huge load of gratitude goes to my editor, Nancy Cassidy, whose valuable insights challenged me to realize the full potential of each of the characters in Beyond the Rules. At a time when publishers are mostly buying wham-bam thank you ma’ams, she reminded me that the brain is the most important sexual organ and that there’s still a place in the world for sizzling and smart, panty-melting and top quality, the kind of erotic romances I’m committed to writing.

 My sincere thanks to Donna Alward, who polished the final versions of this manuscript to a shine. Donna is also the author of over forty sweet and bright contemporary romances. Her work on Beyond the Rules is greatly appreciated. 

 Thank you also to my hubby, family, and friends, who put up daily with my writing addiction. You guys rock!

 Thank you especially to the wonderful folks who help promote my work, including Aileen Aroma and her street team, my peers and fellow writers who walk the road with me, and the hundreds of bloggers who help get the word out every day. Special gratitude to all the dedicated reviewers who take the time to post awesome reviews of my novels. You guys have a special place in my heart.

 And as always, thank you, the reader, for supporting my career, for spending your precious time reading my stories, and for allowing me the extraordinary privilege of writing for you.

 A.

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Beyond the Rules is out tomorrow!

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Beyond the Rules is out tomorrow, so lots going on this release week. Here’s a quick recap:

I’m on Roxanne’s Realm today, talking about funny moresome “logistics.”

Here’s a preview:

1. Every part has an owner and every owner has his parts.
2. The owners—like their parts—are not interchangeable.
3. So don’t mix, but do match.

More laughs here.

Don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway!

Beyond the Rules goes on virtual tour blog today. Follow the tour here.

Lots of awesome pre-release reviews here.

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More praise for Beyond the Rules

I just lo-oh-ved this amazing review of Beyond the Rules. So I had to share:

5 out of 5 stars!

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5 stars

This review is going to be in three parts because it deserves lots of attention from all aspects. Tanner, Zar, and Aiden understand this concept well.

First, let me begin by applauding the author on the polish of Beyond The Rules. In nearly every technical aspect, this piece was clean. No plot holes, no glaring grammatical errors, no unanswered questions, no word echoes. Truly a very well written manuscript. However, in all honesty, there may have been tiny issues that were completely overlooked because…

The second point: holy hotness Batman! Ms. del Mar obviously was challenged to write as steamy of a piece as possible and then exceeded every expectation. While there were certainly tender and loving scenes, there were also incredibly desperate and heady encounters that left me reaching for the nearest cold drink. As much as I loved every highly charged and well depicted sexual encounter, I was just as appreciative for the sweet moments, both from the guys and from Nina. She is truly more than just their own sex kitten; she heals them each in very different ways and they her.

Finally, the suspense! Often a book with this kind of themes is simply erotica (and there is exactly zero wrong with that!) but Beyond The Rules manages to offer an intriguing and interesting plot full of mystery that had me often holding my breath and swallowing past a lump of fear.

This is very well-done, and I am thrilled to offer the very first 5 star NetGalley review from this reader.

https://www.3bookbabes.com/beyond-the-rules-book-review/

Thanks to 3bookbabes.com for this awesome review. I’m so honored! And thanks also to all of you wonderful readers who take the time to read and review my novels.  A.

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Praise for Beyond The Rules: 5+++ Stars!

I’m so pleased to share this amazing pre-release review of Beyond the Rules:

“When Anna del Mar decides to write a novel of romantic suspense that includes a menage a quatre, polyamory, and BDSM, she pulls out all the stops, and this third novel in her At the Brink series starts off with a bang and doesn’t let go until the very end. I give it 5++++ stars!

Nina Leon is a hacker, and she’s beyond good at what she does–so good, in fact, that she hacked an elusive international terrorist, someone the government has been trying to do for years, and, as the novel opens, she’s on the run for her life, flying a small Cessna to Montana so that she can try to deliver her findings to the hacker’s hacker, known only as Ulysses. She was almost caught and killed when she first picked up her rented plane, which took a couple of bullets, causing her to crash land in a small mountain meadow, approximately 15 miles short of her goal. She manages to drag herself outside before her plane blows up–rescuing herself, her phone and her laptop, all essentials, as you’ll son learn.

When she’s greeted by a tall, gorgeous hunk on an ATV, she thinks they’ve already found her, but no, he’s most definitely not the enemy, he’s Tanner Vazquez, and he’s soon joined by two more alpha males, Tanner’s friends, Aidan Black and Balthazar “Zar” Flint . She soon discovers that Tanner is no enemy, he’s her rescuer, and he, Zar and Aidan are a trio of ex-SEALs, who formed a pact while in battle overseas–they’ve agreed to share everything, their lives, their home, their talents, their skills, and now that she’s impressed them by flying a plane without ever having taken a lesson (she learned to fly via a computer flight simulator), and put herself in harm’s way by trying to protect Tanner from his rapidly approaching friends, who she believes are the enemy, sharing “everything” will soon come to include her.

This is not a novel for the faint of heart, nor are all of these ex-SEALs going to be easy to understand or deal with, but as Nina heals from the wounds she incurred when she crashed, she gets to know and admire Tanner and Aidan–Zar is the more elusive and dominant of the trio. The men are certainly attracted to her looks, her intelligence, her hacking skills, her bravery, and once they learn that she’s also sexual adventurous, they set out to make her theirs in every way.

Written in alternating points of view, we slowly get to know and understand these men and the situation that brought them all together. We learn Nina’s backstory too, and she’s most definitely a worthy foil and a challenge to these three alpha SEALs, but her hacking skills set her apart from any other woman these men have ever known.

While Beyond the Rules is as hot and incendiary an erotic novel as I’ve ever encountered, it’s also a well-written, emotional, deeply moving, alternative lifestyle love story and an exciting action thriller as well, so prepare yourselves for a sexually explicit read, containing secrets and lies and both graphic sex and violence, that also addresses issues like self-sacrifice, loss, wounded warriors with PTSD and even suicide. It’s a novel I found utterly impossible to put down, and although, as I stated earlier, it’s not for the fain of heart, it’s one heck of an exciting and gripping read, and I highly recommend it.”

Donna Respher, Reviewer, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2084108814

I want to thank this kind reviewer for her time, read, and review. I write for readers like her.

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First early review for Beyond the Rules is up on NetGalley

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Early release reviews for Beyond the Rules are beginning to hit NetGalley as we speak. As usual, I always share the very first official review for a new release here. So drum roll, please. And the first review for Beyond the Rules is…

5 out of 5 stars!

“I really enjoy this series… I really enjoy Anna del Mar’s work. She is the rare erotica author that not only has really hot, steamy sex scenes but she has a compelling, believable story with fully realized characters. Loved all the characters and their diversity as well as their compatibility. I just couldn’t put the story down.”

https://www.netgalley.com/book/118501/review/21683

I want to thank librarian and NetGalley reviewer Pam Steinken for giving Beyond the Rules its first official review. It’s a huge relief for me as an author to lead this launch with such an amazing review. More wonderful NetGalley reviews are going up on the website in the next few days.

It sounds totally cliché, but reviews are the best ways of spreading the word about a new novel and to support the authors we love to read. So thanks to all of you who post reviews of my novels. I really appreciate your time, read, and review.

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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.
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