Aug 192012
 

Ten Interview Questions for The Next Big Thing:

What is the working title of your book? I have 2 in process: The Ruins and Through the Darkness

Where did the idea come from for the book? Frankly, I have no idea. Scenes and characters spring to mind, seemingly out of nowhere. Many times they pester me until I get them recorded somewhere.

What genre does your book fall under? Romantic Suspense interwoven with Inspirational

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition? Depends on which book is under consideration. With that said, Meryl Streep seems to me to transform herself with every character she portrays. Perhaps a much younger male & female version of her?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book? Me? ONE sentence? Oh, that’s funny. Here’s the best I can do. The Ruins: When everything falls apart…to the point where life is on the line. Colin’s love has proven insufficient. Can newfound faith win Kristen back? Or will either of them survive? Through the Darkness: Murder. Spirits. Love & Faith. Can Alyssa’s love lead Judd through it?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency? Probably going to self-publish

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? Unfortunately, years. Working on a few books simultaneously

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? I haven’t read anything like what I write, so can’t think of anything to which to compare them.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? While hoping that I don’t come off as obscenely full of myself, I do believe that my drive to write is prompted by God’s plan for me.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest? The fact that they are inspirational but also include suspenseful romance and what I believe are real-life challenges and situations faced by fallible Christians and those who don’t (yet?) consider themselves Christians.

 Posted by at 3:23 am
Apr 212012
 

To promote my novel, From the Shadows, I’m giving away free e-book copies through Smashwords.com until July 29, 2012. Smashwords provides multiple versions for download, so you don’t have to own a Kindle or Nook. You can still read by downloading a pdf version, html or rtf version. You can also ‘sample’ up to 20% of the book without committing to downloading or purchasing.

Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/143332
Prior to check-out, enter code WW44H (not case-sensitive). You’ll see a 100% discount reflected.

After reading the book, I would be grateful if you’d post an honest review at Smashwords and Amazon for me. You may be honest. Hopefully you’ll really, really like it and encourage others to purchase it, or you can protect the innocent from undue trauma. (A worthy endeavor) As a new author, it is difficult to make potential readers aware that my work is out there. So, if you find my work worthy, all the help you might be willing to lend (telling friends, posting reviews, sharing it in book clubs, posting on Facebook and Twitter) is sincerely appreciated. Either way, thank you and God bless you and yours.

 Posted by at 6:13 pm
Apr 012012
 

Hello World. Welcome to Annette Francine’s blog and thank you for visiting.

I’ll start by saying that I don’t consider myself particularly brilliant, wise, remarkable or interesting, so I feel pretty silly and uncomfortable posting a “blog”. But, I’m told by my friends and associates in the business that this is what an author must do to market his/her wares. I don’t know how often I’ll be posting updates (my life is just not that interesting), but feel free to check back whenever you please.

My philosophy: try to be a decent human being, and try to leave this world in better shape than I found it. You may find that a recurring theme in my stories.

Annette Francine

I reside in the metropolitan Phoenix area. After writing romantic suspense intended for traditional publishers, but unable to suppress the Christian themes and understories persisting in my stories, I fully subjected myself to my muse. My books are best described as sensual romance, involving fallible Christian and non-Christian characters, simmering in a broth of suspense.

While I truly hope my readers find my stories both encouraging and uplifting, in order to depict realistic characters and situations, and also stay true to the stories I feel driven to tell, my stories do include some explicit language and sexual content. In addition, my characters do not always portray and should not be expected to reflect good examples of Christian behavior nor my attitudes. I realize this risks offending some of my fellow Christians–although that is not my intention. I see my primary reader audience as non-Christian or “passive” Christian . . . someone who would not ordinarily pick up an “inspirational” book, but who I hope will be encouraged by the various stories’ messages to consider and investigate some conflict points a little deeper, and also explore Scripture directly to better understand the tenets and beliefs introduced by the Christian characters.  Ultimately, love and faith always triumph in the end.

Free online Bible studies are available–many with audio lessons downloadable at your convenience. A really good, Scripturally sound one I’ve found is Versebyverseministry.org.

It’s important to me to help others and improve the circumstances of those in need. At least half of the proceeds from my novels are donated to Samaritans Purse, Care, St Mary’s Food Bank, Salvation Army, and/or reputable Veterans’ assistance organizations. If you did not purchase my book(s), or have it/them purchased for you as a gift, please consider donating the equivalent funds to a reputable humanitarian charity. (This does not mean I’m giving you permission to pirate my work, though. All my work is copyrighted, so please obey the law.)

So, thank you again for your interest. Please feel free to send a comment. If you have a criticism to share, I promise to fully consider it and thank you for taking the time to write. God bless and guide you.