Monday, March 17, 2014

A Little Crowing!

I have two pieces of news to pass along! I've been really negligent about one of them.

First, my novel Close Quarter won the EPIC Award for Paranormal Romance!






I was really surprised and pleased even to make it into the finals. Close Quarter is a gay romance and this was not an LGBT category, just a genre one. So to win, for me, validates that all kinds of love make up romance.

And because of the win, my publisher has put the book on sale for 50% off!

The second bit of news...the one that I was negligent about, since it's from a month ago... was this deal announcement:

Author of the Rainbow Award-nominated and EPIC award finalist CLOSE QUARTER Anna Zabo’s MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS,  a contemporary erotic office romance which follows Mike, who has a one-night stand on his last night of vacation only to get back to work and realize that it was with his new CEO, a man so deep in the closet he may as well be in Narnia, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley Intermix, by Jennifer Udden of Donald Maass Literary Agency.
It was a two-book deal, too. And I was kind of blown away, again. I never expected to attract the attention of one of the Big 5, especially with a gay romance. But times, they are changing.

It is a familiar trope to anyone who reads romance, though. The office romance between a boss and an employee. There is a little twist in this one, though in that it's actually the employee who has the upper hand...

In between the deal announcement and now, MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS was renamed TAKEOVER, as if you search for the original title, you get a lot of business and finance textbooks.

And I don't want to scar any poor, unsuspecting MBA students. Heh. Though, they might learn a thing or two, as well.

Takeover is up for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. No cover art yet, but the blurb is there!

And I didn't have to write it!

So that's my news. It's been a bit of a wild ride.

5 comments:

JMB said...
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Theresa said...

Congrats, Ann!
That's terrific news and a very lovely cover! Well done!

Lisa Potocar said...

I'd say it's been a wild ride for you, Ann...such wonderful news!!! Congratulations on a great cover too--I take it there is a romance aboard a cruise ship--one of my favorite modes of travel.

Have fun, and enjoy the ride.

Leslie Ann aka LA said...

Wow, is all I can say. It's been a wild ride, but a great one.

I'm thrilled with your win and your 2 book deal.

Keep us informed!!

Hugs
LA

AnnK said...

Thanks, All!