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Friday, April 22, 2011


New Beginnings

I live in Vermont where the seasons are drastic. Each one is very different from the next and I love it. I’ve spent the last few weeks anxiously waiting for the start of spring. It’s late this year. Oddly, my crocuses have bloomed next to my melting snow banks and they are reporting another snow storm on the way.  O-0

My anxiety for spring isn’t about warmer weather or less clothing to wear but for my flower gardens, my second passion in life. I could spend pages boring you with the details, so I will.

No, just kidding. But I do spend the season struggling with my desires to write or to garden.  So, last spring I created an outdoor office for writing. On my patio, by my flowers, I’ve placed a gazebo to shelter from the sun with a little table and chair. Now, I have the best of both worlds.

With this spring, I have more than just my garden to look forward to. I have a new book. The Beta will be releasing on May 16th. It’s the third book of The Vanguards series.

Three days of hell, in charge, and running out of antacids.

 As the pack’s Beta, Robert needs to watch over the Vasi werewolf pack for a few days. He hates the responsibility, but his job is to dissolve any problems while his Alpha honeymoons. Nevertheless, trouble comes to town and her name is Esther. She’s beguiling, beautiful and picks his pocket. Although Robert doesn’t trust her, he still wants to possess her.

Esther arrived in Chicago with the intention of slaying a vampire named Daedalus. While trailing her quarry, she encounters Robert who unhinges her world. He doesn’t know her trade, and she doesn’t know his connection to the vampire. Disturbed by her attraction to this unusual werewolf, she can’t decide which prey to hunt--the one who’s stolen her heart or the one who’ll fill her bank account.

Content Warning: Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu.

Excerpt  Link:

What are some of the things you look forward to?

Annie Nicholas


Maria said...

Hi Annie! Hope your flowers survived any additional cold weather. Sounds like a really good idea on building an "outdoor" office so you can indulge both your passions:)

Love the cover to "The Beta" - Thanks for the blurb.


Judy said...

Don't know if I could survive a Vermont (or Northern winter), I am from the deep South:)The pecan trees are already budding, so Spring is upon us down here. Love that cover of The Beta, looks very good!!!!


cheryl c said...

I would love to visit Vermont someday in the fall. What month is best for fall color AND no snow? :-)
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booklover0226 said...

"Hot graphic werewolf sex, growing body parts, and one pissed off Nosferatu"... sounds like a great combination to me!

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Sarita said...

Vermont is so pretty, despite its harsh winters. :)

Jean P said...

What a great idea to have a gazebo, so that you can be outside but have some protection from the elements. A great blurb for your book, sounds like a great read.

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Rebekah E. said...

I have alway wanted to visit the Vermont, Maine areas. I hear they are so beautiful and green during certain times of the year.


chey said...

The book sounds great!
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Cathy M said...

I love puttering in my garden too, Annie, and getting those empty flower boxes filled with all the annual's that are out right now. And your gazebo sounds amazing, and for a gardener, truly inspirational.

Really looking forward to reading The Beta.

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EdgesAngel23 said...

Your book sounds awesome! I love me some "Hot graphic werewolf sex"!
Your gazebo sounds like it will be wonderful :) I hope all your plants bloom healthy and gorgeous :)
Ashley A

Annie Nicholas said...

Thanks for the encouraging comments about the book.

All the snow has melted and my bulbs have bloomed. I'm anxiouly watching my magnolia tree hoping it survived my transplanting it in fall. :)

Cindy said...

Hi Annie, Looking forward to reading your books

D. C. said...

I love the Spring, too, especially all the lil baby critters! My newest obsession is the live Bald Eagle nest-cam -

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie - I loved Vermont when I went on vacations there with my grandparents. Coming from Southern California, it was like soaking in pure green. Congrats on The Beta coming out.

Terra Pennington said...

Wow is the Beta part of a series? I am off to check out your web site and I am adding "Beta" to my wish list. Happy Earth day.


Bratty said...

I look forward to fresh lettuce, tomatoes and spinach, and cucumbers from the garden. If spring ever warms up!

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Anonymous said...

An outdoor gazebo sounds like a great place to write.
And I like your cover!!! Hotness!

Terra Pennington said...

Ok I am not crazy and have the first two books in the series.


Robin said...

I look forward to reading this book! Also to the moments of sun we occasionally get in the Pacific NW.

Robin D
Vancouver, WA

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a wonderful writing place. We just got a gazebo this year too. I can't wait to put it up and enjoy the outside while I write. So nice to enjoy the warm weather while writing.

Amy S. said...

The Beta sounds good! I love gazebo's and being outside around flowers. I love seeing all the flowers come up in spring. I wait for it each year. I'm not a winter person and can't wait for spring and summers. I like fall too, but it's sadder for me cause I know winter is around the corner.

cheralyn said...

Hi, I live in Maine so I know what you mean about the weather. I really look forward to spring and summer every year! Your book sounds great. I'm looking forward to reading it. cheryllynne(at)rocketmail(dot)com

Beth said...

Love that cover. Can't wait to read the book.

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

every year we slowly add more plants to fill in one of our flower gardens. This year, more lillies!

Mike Keyton said...

writing or gardening? No competition - get down that best seller and hire an attractive gardener. Keep the outdoor writing area though :)

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Anonymous said...

LOL! I love the warning label on your book. Too funny. Congratulations on your upcoming release!

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