My Interview with Blogcritics

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Hi Anna and congratulations on the release of your latest book, The Guardian.


When did you start writing and what got you into romantic suspense?

I’ve been dabbing in writing for a little while now, but I only started to write romance a couple of years ago. Last year saw the publication of my first two romantic suspense novels, The Asset and The Stranger. This year, I’m celebrating the release of my latest, The Guardian.

I love romantic suspense. I especially enjoy reading it. The combination of action, adventure and romance is irresistible to me. The ingredients are exciting: Two flawed and complex characters struggling with their demons. An attraction that defies the odds. An explosive, twisting plot that takes place in a remarkable setting. High stakes that matter. Add to that lust and sex on the way to true love, and I’m hooked.

 What is your book about?

 The Guardian is the story of Matthias Hawking, an ex-SEAL turned game warden, engaged in a fierce battle to end poaching in Africa. When Jade Romo, a beautiful, stubborn, fiery journalist defies the poachers, Matthias will do everything in his power to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

What was your inspiration for it?

The Guardian was born during a holiday in Africa. It was supposed to be a no-laptop, no-writing vacation. But I get a lot of inspiration from my trips and this one was packed with inspiration. Tanzania is an amazing country. And who could resist the magnificent Serengeti as the backdrop for an epic love story?

What type of challenges did you face while writing this book?

The Guardian was the type of novel that pretty much wrote itself. After my experiences in Africa, it flowed easily onto the page. Matthias and Jade were a joy to write. But then came the editing and that took forever. Even after that, the wheels of the publishing world came to a grinding halt. Bringing the novel to market tested my resilience but also taught me a lot. I’m a better writer and a wiser person because of The Guardian.

Did your book require a lot of research?

Yes, but I was lucky. I had some amazing guides as I traveled through Tanzania, so I had a great head start.

What do you do when your muse refuses to collaborate?

Haven’t had that problem yet.

 Many writers experience a vague anxiety before they sit down to right. Can you relate to this?

 Nope. I can’t wait to sit down and write.

 Do you have a writing schedule? Are you disciplined?

 I write every day, rain or shine.

 How do you celebrate the completion of a book?

 By starting a new book!

 How do you define success?

Success is a state of the soul. It means you define what makes you whole and you’re committed to your own happiness. The rest is all hype.

 What do you love most about the writer’s life?

 The writing itself. It’s my sweet, sweet indulgence. And my readers. I write for them.

 What is your advice for aspiring authors?

 Write a lot, write now, keep writing.

 George Orwell once wrote: “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” Thoughts?

 Orwell has a perverse style. I’m not sure I’d use the word “horrible,” but I fear he might be right. Exhaustion is par for the course and there’s a little madness in what we do. Or a lot.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I’m working on a brand new series that I’m really excited about. I also have several new novels in the pipeline. My plan is to hunker down for the remainder of the year and give my readers something new and amazing next year.

 Anything else you’d like to tell my readers?

 If you’d like to experience the majesty of Africa from the comfort of your favorite couch, if you’re looking for a thrilling adventure that will take you in a new journey, spice your day, and warm your heart, give The Guardian a try.

Interview: Anna del Mar, Author of ‘The Guardian’


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T’s Interview with Anna del Mar


T: You are known for your bestselling romantic suspense. Why do you write erotic romance?

AdM: You are absolutely right. Most people are familiar with my romantic suspense novels, The AssetThe Stranger and The Guardian. But I also love to write erotic romance for my more audacious readers, novels like At the Brink, To the Edge and now Beyond the Rules.

My erotic romance novels feature sizzling, heart-warming romances and graphic, kinky, really intense sex scenes. But they also have a strong element of suspense, intricate plots, and characters who matter in and out of bed. Whether I’m writing romantic suspense or erotic romance, quality matters.

I write erotic romance because I think that sex is an important, natural part of our lives that should be celebrated, not suppressed. I’m always shocked by how we, as a society, continue to be so repressed and repressive on the topic of sex. We are constantly projecting sexual and sexualized images in all of our media and yet most aspects of sex continue to be taboo. Why? Let’s talk about! Let’s embrace sex in all of its positive expressions.

In my erotic romance, sex is a good thing–cathartic, transformative, healing; fun and panty-melting hot, but also meaningful. In the context of love, sex is a sublime subject.

T: Your latest erotic romance release, Beyond the Rules, is a ménage a quatre. Why a ménage and how was it different to write?

AdM: I love to explore sex and love in all of its forms. Beyond the Rules is a ménage that features three very sexy, brawny alphas and their mission to conquer one woman’s heart. In the story, Nina Leon is a brilliant hacker who crash-lands in the rugged mountains of Montana while fleeing from a deadly enemy and a painful past. She runs straight into the arms of three hot, brave, mysterious ex-SEALs who have an agreement to share everything. And now, that includes her.

Writing a ménage meant I had to juggle four POVs, four completely different characters, and four different approaches to life, romance, and sex. But, hey, I do love a challenge. I really enjoyed writing three very distinct alpha males, Tanner Vazquez, Aiden Black, and Zar Flint. I loved getting into their heads and understanding who they were and why. Each guy has his own set of strengths and weaknesses, traits and quirks. Each guy is attracted to Nina and appeals to her in a different way. And each man is eye candy in every way.

In addition, each guy has his own very specific sexual preferences. Aiden’s generally vanilla, Tanner’s flexible, Zar is all about kink. Variety only added layers to the story, fun, sexy, supremely erotic layers that caught this novel on fire.

T: How does Beyond the Rules fit in with the rest of your work?

AdM: Beyond the Rules is in the vein of At the Brink and To the Edge. The cool thing about all of my novels is that you don’t t have to read them in any particular order. If you’ve read the other novels you may recognize a character here or there, but you won’t be missing a thing. I promise.

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The Serengeti: An Epic Setting for an Epic Romance

 So we went to Africa and yes, we got to see the big five, elephant, rhino, leopard, buffalo, lion and so much more. I’ve always said that traveling is a great source of inspiration and Tanzania was a creative treasure-trove at every level. Perhaps it was unavoidable that a setting as magnificent as the Serengeti would spawn an epic love story in my mind. But the truth is I didn’t set out to write a novel set in Africa. It just came.

I shouldn’t have been surprised. The Serengeti is like a big, fat, juicy award-winning novel, where all the elements of fiction are finely tuned to tell nature’s primeval story. My experiences as a guest in Africa combined to produce my latest romantic suspense novel, The Guardian. The Serengeti birthed it fully formed and ready to take its place on the shelves.

The Guardian is the story of Matthias Hawking, an ex-SEAL turned game warden, engaged in a fierce battle to end poaching in Africa. When Jade Romo, a beautiful, stubborn, fiery journalist defies the poachers, Matthias will do everything in his power to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

Matthias and Jade are a sexy, formidable pair. They burn brightly against the Serengeti’s spectacular setting. And what a setting it is! The stunning beauty of the landscape is a treat to the eyes and inspiration to the soul. The grassy plains go on forever, dotted with the occasional kopjes, rocky outcrops that break the endless horizon. The crocodiles and the hippos rule the waterways. The water holes are places of drama where animals congregate. And the light. I’d never seen anything like it. At dawn and dusk, the light dazzles with shimmering tones of red, golds and cobalt that imbue the place with a magical quality.

The wildlife stuns and amazes at every turn. The lions are the stars that bring hordes of tourist-packed Land Rovers darting from the furthest corners of the Serengeti. Hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards round out the star cast. Only in Africa can you see these stunning predators in the wild.

But despite the predators’ star power, by numbers, the Serengeti belongs to the herds. Zebras, wildebeests and buffalos dominate the plains and the water holes. The giraffes are everywhere. No wonder they are Tanzania’s national animal! The diminutive Thompson gazelles and the delicate Grants can be seen at every turn and so can the warthogs strutting about, tails up, as if they owned the place.

We were fortunate enough to see rhinos during our travels, even though these armored beauties teeter at the brink of extinction. The elephants too are in danger. I fell in love with these amazing, fascinating giants. Their social structure, intelligence and behavior is proof to me of higher awareness and ancient wisdom. That’s why elephants are featured prominently in The Guardian. The story centers on a terrible reality: Thousands of elephants are killed by poachers every year and the killing must stop.

The challenges of conservation in Africa comprise a complicated reality, controversial and often heart wrenching. But the Serengeti is a special place and we MUST do everything we can to help protect it. Hope lies with the diverse, dynamic people of Africa, for whom I have the utmost respect, admiration, and love. I got to meet some amazing people when I traveled in Africa, folks from different backgrounds, religions, and tribes who challenge the odds every day to build a better future for themselves and for humanity. I have a lot more to learn from them. I can’t wait to go back.

PS: Would you like to see the images that inspired the scenes in The Guardian? Click here to see a few of my personal pictures of Africa.

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5.0 out of 5 stars #GUARDMESOMEMORE

Loved, loved, loved this wonderful review of The Guardian:

5.0 out of 5 stars #GUARDMESOMEMORE

HOLY HELL ANNA DEL MAR! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?! When I read the blurb for The Guardian, I was very intrigued, but I NEVER SAW THIS EPIC GOODNESS COMING! Jade Romo didn’t have an easy childhood, and although she was adopted by a loving couple, she still battles some demons from early childhood… Now Matthias was a great hero, although at times I wanted to shake him, but he oozed the sexy alpha male. He and Jade together were TNT together, and while very entertaining with their push & pull arguments, that TNT finally EXPLODED into FIERY FLAMES that lit up the African skyline in it’s intensity. And if they were entertaining enough, that cast of colorful secondaries kept me laughing, and I LOVED me some African Proverbs. Anna del Mar is my newest addiction after one book, and trust me it was off the charts exciting, with her super talented writing style that kept me in one position cover to cover with heart racing! Her diabolical twists & turns kept me on my toes with loud f-bombs dropping, and I never wanted the story to end! I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on more of this amazing author’s work, so I’ll just end with HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

By Jennifer Pierson:  The Power of Three Readers

Thanks to Jennifer Pierson and to all of you who take the time to post your awesome reviews of my novels! AdM

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When Romance and Adventure Collide


I was recently doing an interview when the question came up. “Anna,” the interviewer asked, why do you write romantic suspense?” I actually had to think about that one. A writer’s genre choice is not a simple decision and yet most of the time, we choose our genres not with our brains, but with our hearts.

The short answer to the question is, of course, that I write what I read. And I do love reading romantic suspense. In my mind, romance and suspense are like wine and cheese, vanilla ice cream and chocolate hot fudge. They are amazing in their own right, but when you put them together? Perfection!

I began reading romantic suspense when my aunt thwarted my parents’ radar and sneaked in some of her romance novels into my life. Having been exposed to the full array of classical world literature by age fourteen, you might be surprised or shocked that I never come across an adventure romance. I found I couldn’t put down my aunt’s selections. These books were fun. Moreover, these novels were insightful and heartwarming. They took me to places far from my own realities and sparked my imagination like nothing else. The cherry on top? The sparks. Oh, yeah. I lo-oh-ved those sparks.

Fast-forward to the future and here I am, writing romantic suspense. Unexpected? Hardly. If you think that reading romantic suspense is fun, try writing it. Each novel is an exhilarating, thrilling, fun-tastic journey. Oh, and the places you will go. Case in point, my first romantic suspense novel, The Asset is set in the Rocky Mountains, where I love to play and hike. My second novel, The Stranger takes place in magnificent Alaska. Research demanded several trips. Yes, I know, somebody has to make the tough sacrifices. :)

This year, I’m celebrating the release of my latest, The Guardian, the story of Matthias Hawking, an ex-SEAL turned game warden, engaged in a fierce battle to end poaching in Africa. When Jade Romo, a beautiful, stubborn, fiery journalist defies the poachers, Matthias will do everything in his power to protect the woman who has captured his heart.

The Guardian is exactly the type of romantic suspense novel I like to read, an action-packed journey of the heart, set against an extraordinary background of the Serengeti, imagine that! Oh, yes, I got to go to Africa. I wasn’t intending to write during my holiday to Tanzania, but I couldn’t resist. Thus The Guardian was born inspired by my journey and nourished by my life-long love of romantic suspense.

The combination of action, adventure and romance is irresistible to me. The ingredients are exciting: Two flawed and complex characters struggling with their demons. An attraction that defies the odds. An explosive, twisting plot that takes place in a remarkable setting. Interesting secondary characters and high stakes that matter in and out of bed. Add to that lust and sex on the way to true love and a happy ending, and I’m hooked. Because when romance and adventure collide, sparks fly. And I do love those sparks.


PS: Would you like to see the images that inspired the scenes in The Guardian? Click here to see a few of my pictures of Africa.

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5 out of 5 Faeries for The Guardian

I’m so proud of this awesome review of The Guardian and happy to collect my 5 Faeries.

5 out of 5 Faeries!

Forget everything you think you know about romance novels, and buckle in for a wild ride. The setting isn’t the only thing that brings the heat in this amazing tale of love, daring, and fighting for what’s right. But can two alphas really fall in love, and submit completely to the desires whirling within? You’ll have to read this unforgettable book to find out!”



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Happy Book Birthday to The Guardian!

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It’s officially release day for The Guardian, my latest romantic suspense, and for me that means giving thanks to all the wonderful folks who contributed to this project.

My special thanks to Nancy Cassidy who worked through several versions of this manuscript with saintly patience and devilish determination. Without her, this book would not have seen the light of day. Huge thanks to Malley Simon, Grant Nel and all the wonderful people of Tanzania, who extended me such warm hospitality. A Special thanks to my hubby, who is a great sport as I drag him all over the world, and to my family, who put up with my writer’s quirks with such love and patience.

Much gratitude goes to my alpha readers who gave me such great feedback as I polished The Guardian. A shout out to my online promoter Aileen Aroma and to Chris Bowyer, who spend quite a lot of time wrestling with my pictures of Africa. Thanks also to Barclay publicity and all the many bloggers and reviewers who are helping to promote this launch.

And as always, from the bottom of my heart, thanks to you, the reader, for supporting my work with your read and your reviews, and for coming along in my adventures. You know who you are! I thrive on the great friendships you’ve offered along the way. Your love and support mean the world to me.


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What Readers Are Saying About At the Brink

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I’m so pleased to share some of the awesome At the Brink reviews that have been posted by readers just like you. In the current publishing environment, reviews play a vital role to help a novel rise through the all important and very competitive Amazon ecosystem. So I really want to thank all of you who have posted such glowing reviews for At the Brink. You guys rock!

Five Stars by Pinky1979 on Amazon

“A scorching and intense read!”

“Wow, wow, wow!!! This book far exceeded all my expectations. To be fair, this was my first book by Anna Del Mar and even though the description drew me in; the narrative, the characters, the love scenes and the surprises along the way were delightful and unexpected…

A story full of dark moments and deep emotions. Josh may seem like a control freak with issues at times, but as we get to know him -through his friends and family – we start to understand the sexy man behind the flashy suits. He not only knows how to lead a boardroom, but he is also a legend in the bedroom wink emoticon And trust me, there are plenty of scorching love scenes to prove it. If you like reading about rich and successful CEOs who have a dominant streak, than this book is definitively for you! Can’t wait to read more form Anna Del Mar!”

Five Stars by Donna Repsher on Goodreads

“If I could give it more than a 5-star rating I would”

“Ms. del Mar is certainly quite adept at writing some of the hottest and most compelling erotic scenes I’ve read…but At The Brink is so much more than just another erotic romance novel about a billionaire and his whims. Instead, At The Brink touches on subjects near and dear to this reader’s heart, issues of honesty, trust, forgiveness, and the PTSD that now plagues so many of our returning veterans. It’s a novel filled with intrigue and danger, it’s masterfully written and plotted, it has memorable characters about whom you come to care deeply, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.”

Five Stars By Tammy S on Amazon

“An intense and emotional read!”

“Josh is a successful business man with a haunted past. Lily has done her best to take care of her parent at the expense of her own happiness including, marrying a man who is willing to trade her for money. The chemistry between Josh and Lily is sizzling and the sex scorching. Loved it!”

Five Stars By Erica on Amazon

A Tantalizing, Scorching Read

“At the Brink by Anna Del Mar was such an intriguing read. It’s scorching, intense, and simply demands readers’ attention. With a fairly unconventional plot, I was drawn into the dynamics of the story almost immediately. After the initial hook, the continued delve into a deeper storyline and a deeper relationship between Lily and Josh had me consistently coming back for more.

Lily has so many great qualities, and she loves her art. Josh is the soldier who is successful in life but still has his past that haunts him. Together, they just work. There are so many explosive scenes between the two of them. And despite how they initially get together, they are meant to be.

It is totally scandalous and 100% awesome. This was a definite hit from Anna Del Mar, and I would definitely be interested in reading more in the world of Josh and Lily.

Five Stars By C. McSWAIN on Amazon

“Really loved this!”

“This book is my kind of BOOK. I couldn’t believe it when I started reading and it turned out to be my favorite story line. Very hot guy and the lady of his choice burn up the pages, extremely page turning… can’t wait for book three.”

Five stars by Heather on Goodreads

Another fantastic book by Anna del Mar!!!! This is the second book by this author that I have read and it did not disappoint!!!!

Five stars by Pam on Goodreads

“I really enjoyed this. I loved Josh, a former Navy SEAL with the weight of the world and the death of two friends on his shoulders. I understood why he was so emotionally stunted and just wanted to hug and cuddle him…poor guy. And his father provided some of the best comic relief…

I loved the settings (the Cove) and the supporting characters (Mac, Amman, et al). I shed a few tears, laughed some, and occasionally wanted to yell at the characters. My husband did ask me who I was talking to on one occasion, “Why Josh of course.” He shook his head and returned to his television program.”

Five Stars by Jeri’s Book Attic on Goodreads

“Josh and Lily are such interesting characters – and their development takes place throughout the whole book. It is only on the last pages that their picture becomes complete for the readers. What a rare gift – to tell a story like this.”

Five Stars by Maria11 on Goodreads

“What a gripping powerful story! It starts out very scandalous and some parts outrageous but turns into a heart wrenching romance with a back story that explains it all…

Great emotional read loved it couldn’t put it down even read some at work…but don’t tell. First book from this author and I will check our more from her.”

Five Stars by Sissy’s Romance Book Review For You on Goodreads:

“At The Brink by Anna del Mar is a really hot, emotional book that I could not put down. This is the first book I have read of Anna del Mar and now I am dying to try to get more!… I would ask that you give this book a chance. It has more to it then what can be put down in words. I think you will enjoy the emotional roller coaster ride you get here.”

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My First Post

Today I’m inaugurating this blog with my first post. I’m so excited about this new journey. Anna del Mar didn’t exist two years ago, but my stories have always been there, waiting in my head, playing out in my dreams, pounding to get out. And then I went on my annual vacation/pilgrimage to Colorado. Since I was on vacation, I decided to write for the pure pleasure of it. And thus began my new adventure.

The Asset was born in Colorado, so it was only fair that the Rocky Mountains should be the setting for this heart-warming story about a woman desperate to escape her dangerous past and the Navy SEAL who would lay down his life to save her.

In the story, Lia Stuart is fleeing from the ruthless drug lord who has terrified her existence. She’s hiding in a small Colorado town. When a stranger comes to her door, she confronts him at gunpoint. She’d rather die before going back to her former life.

The stranger who shows up at Lia’s door, Ash Hunter, is also on the run, from his superiors, but worse, from his uncertain future. A SEAL wounded in Afghanistan, he bolts from an extended stay at the hospital, without permission.

Along with his trained service dog, Ash flees to his hometown only to discover that his home has burned down and his grandmother is dead. Suffering from a crippling infection and severe PTSD, Ash is drawn to the isolated lakeside cottage where he confronts Lia’s shotgun and the limits of his broken body.

When Ash collapses in her kitchen and the Marines turn up hell-bent on returning him to the hospital he loathes, Lia defies her fears and risks her life to care for the embittered wounded warrior who has disrupted her carefully orchestrated farce of a life.

But Ash soon realizes that he’s not the only one suffering from PTSD. He teaches Lia that weakness can transform into strength, fleeing doesn’t lead to freedom, and caring is a shared endeavor. Together, Ash and Lia must defeat the evil that threatens to destroy their lives as they struggle to heal, not only Ash’s broken body but Lia’s shattered soul.

The Asset will be available from Carina Press on February 22nd, the first book of my Wounded Warrior series, which will comprise several novels about strong, self-reliant heroines trying to find their place in the world and the brave, sexy military heroes who challenge their limits to protect the women they love.


I’ll tell you a lot more about the Wounded Warrior series and how it came to be in my next few posts. Meanwhile, please help me celebrate the birth of Anna del Mar and The Asset. Here’s to all those stories waiting to be told. Cheers!


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