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Guest Blogger: Cris Anson (Contest)
Friday, November 9th, 2012

NaNo Day 9:
SS-2—0 words (vacation)

When It Rains, It Pours

You’ve heard the old adage, “When it rains, it pours”, right?

Well, Superstorm Sandy poured rain and wind all over me and the rest of the east coast over the weekend leading up to Halloween.

What does this have to do with writing?

To set the scene, I submitted my twelfth book with Ellora’s Cave to my editor on April 30. Got an acceptance June 15 for Mercy and Redemption with the notation to send a blurb and fill in a cover request form. I got my cover within a month and it was awesome! But edits? I was waiting and waiting and waiting…

Until, you guessed it, Sunday night, October 28, when I opened an email from my editor with “Revisions” in the subject line. This was the night before Sandy ravaged the power grid in eastern Pennsylvania. Not only that, I couldn’t upload, format and post a scary blog about sexual predators by Dr. Matthew Scrivens on my blogsite until the lights came back on late Wednesday, October 31. That’s also the day my electronic calendar reminded me I had committed to writing a guest blog for Delilah that would be due, yes, the next day.

So, it rained writing obligations that Halloween day, and it was a trick to get them all done. S’okay, I’m a procrastinator and I work well under pressure. Um, I used to, anyway.

Based on all of that, Frankenstorm Sandy gave me the subject matter for this blog, which was sent in a timely fashion to Delilah. My own blog got uploaded. The edits for Mercy and Redemption have been submitted and soon, I hope, I’ll have a release date. Meanwhile, here’s the blurb:

Searching in an old cemetery for likely gravestones to illustrate her colonial cookbook, Mercy Howe meets two hunks who are tracing their ancestry and sparks fly. Literally.

When Mercy casually touches Seth and Adam, her vividly erotic vision involving all three of them feels like a memory, not a dream, and awakens long-dormant sexual urges. Their kisses are achingly familiar, and she welcomes each in turn into her body. Then she spends a no-holds-barred weekend with both men in her bed and discovers an intimacy—and a past—that blows her mind.

As memories resurface from three hundred years ago, Mercy will have to choose whether to relive their experiences from the past or forge a new bond with either Seth or Adam. Or both.

Mercy and Redemption is a present-day sequel to Punishment and Mercy, which was set in 1694 Massachusetts. To one commenter chosen by Delilah at random, I’ll award a prize of a download to Punishment and Mercy to whet your appetite for the upcoming release.

About Cris Anson:

I write erotic romance because I firmly believe that life doesn’t stop at the bedroom door. I had a deeply romantic relationship with my husband of 22 years, and I want to celebrate his memory in my writing. After he died, it took me a long time to come out of my grief, but parts of him — his honor, courage, optimism, tenacity, and lust for life — live on in all my heroes. They’re all alpha men, as well.

And I write erotic romance because I feel you’re never too old to give or receive love. Many of my stories have older heroines who dazzle younger men (one of them was Adding Heat, a novella for the Cougar Challenge series), and I wouldn’t mind being such a heroine in real life. But that’s another story…

You can find more information about me here:

Author page at Ellora’s Cave
Author page at Amazon

9 comments to “Guest Blogger: Cris Anson (Contest)”

  1. ELF
    · November 9th, 2012 at 3:07 pm · Link

    Although I am sorry for your loss, I am glad that you are able to celebrate your memories in such a positive way. Thank you so much for sharing and good luck with the storms and with the new release.

  2. Fedora
    · November 9th, 2012 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Wow–what a moving post–thanks for sharing, Cris!

  3. pam howell
    · November 10th, 2012 at 11:39 am · Link

    would LOVE to win and read
    you GO girl!

  4. Donna H.
    · November 10th, 2012 at 10:23 pm · Link

    What a great reason for having Alpha male heroes… memories are our link to those we have lost. Never let them go, and you’re linked to your loved one forever.

  5. Cris Anson
    · November 10th, 2012 at 10:59 pm · Link

    Thanks, ladies, for taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate your comments about Alpha heroes, and mine in particular. Wishing that everyone has a joyous and happy holiday season.

  6. Stacy Wilson
    · November 10th, 2012 at 11:48 pm · Link

    Asa born and bred Massachu-tan (our own word, y’all) I can SO dig the concept of Punishment and Mercy! Sounds wonderful!

    What a fantastic way to honor your husband’s memory!! Hugs and I am sorry for your loss. I’ve been married now to a great man for more than 24 years. I don’t know if I could pick myself up like you did.

    Stacy Wilson
    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  7. Lisa Hutson
    · November 11th, 2012 at 12:18 am · Link

    Every time I read your words about your husband, Cris, I feel the love. It floats from your words. I thank you so much for sharing it freely as you do. Its always wonderful to read. 😉

  8. Eva P.
    · November 11th, 2012 at 12:41 am · Link

    Sounds like an awesomely hot story I want to read!

  9. Cris Anson
    · November 11th, 2012 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Stacy, you’ll do what you have to do. You don’t know how strong you are until you have to be strong.

    Lisa, thank you for your comments. That means a lot to me.

    Eva, I hope you do read it and enjoy it 🙂

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