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Along with do-hickeys, what-cha-ma-call-its, and thing-a-ma-jigs
We’re just two Texas girls
Straight from the sticks
The only thing we won’t gab about
Is religion and politics!

ANN: March 1st kicks off “Read an eBook Week’, along with ‘Paws to Read Month’ where authors can spotlight pets they feature in their books. Just about every book Ann writes will have a pet. They provide a way for a character to have one-sided conversations to reveal more of their personality.

So today, Susan and I will do some shameless self-promotion!

She and I have been busy these past few months. She’s been writing like a crazy person getting a new series out, while I’ve been doing a major clean-up of my steamy romances publishing sweeter versions under the penname of Emma Ames.

Take a gander at what we’ve been up to!

SUSAN: My new series about a private detective will be told in episodes or novellas, each dealing with a different case. I’m really excited as it will be the first urban fantasy I’ve ever done. It’s set in Austin, Texas, which has a reputation for being weird and will include the surrounding hill country. As a lifelong Texan, I have plenty of stories to draw on.

Jack Charles, Private Detective

My name is John Nick Charles, but everyone calls me Jax. I’m a private detective and not your ordinary run-of-the-mill kind. Paranormal investigating is my thing. I deal with the likes of witches, ghosts, shapeshifters, alchemy, and the occult. My name

usually doesn’t come up over cocktails at dinner parties. Most people in Austin, Texas, don’t even know I exist. Unless they find themselves in a situation where they need my particular expertise. And even then, they don’t like talking about it.

All Things Paranormal

It came as a surprise when famous explorer Sir Dwight Winston showed up at my office looking to hire me. Why me? A wealthy man like him could afford a top-notch team of investigators. Simple. He wanted me to keep it off the record. Of course, I jumped at the chance. I needed the money. And it seemed easy enough. My mistake.

The Hunter’s Moon

The morning after an unexpected visit from my Uncle Darwin, my secretary informed me I had an appointment with a potential client. I had qualms, worrying it was one of those cases where I’d be tailing a spouse, trying to get proof they’d been cheating. Imagine my surprise when I found out it had to do with a shapeshifter. One that might be going rogue.


The fictional town of Bluebird, Texas is the setting for Ann’s steamy series while her ‘sweeter’ versions are set in the fictional town of Sparrow, Texas.

Fun Fact: Other than Eagle Lake, Eagle Pass and Pelican Bay, Texas doesn’t have any towns named after birds.


Swan Malone never dreamed shooting a promo for the University of Texas athletic department would lead to an acting career, or her first film would be the runaway hit of the year. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Not after she discovers everyone in La La Land lies and so does her family.

When Teague Shanahan joined the National Guard, he never expected to be called to active duty. Now, he’s stuck on the other side of the world with no idea where he is and no one to talk to except the spider in the corner of his prison cell.

When Teague returns a broken man, will Swan’s love be enough to save him?

Find out more about Ann Everett/Emma Ames: https://www.anneverett.com

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