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Anne Rainey: The Struggle is Real
Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Life brings challenges. We all know that, right? As we find ourselves doing battle with a terrible virus that has swept the globe, it’s caused many of us to wake up and realize what’s truly important in life. Family and friends top that list. Without them, we struggle. I know that too well. A few years ago, I found myself floundering. Some big life things hit me, and I lost my love of writing. I even lost my passion for reading. I’ve always been a reader, and yet, I didn’t care about those fictional worlds anymore. Then the dreaded menopause monster kicked me while I was down, sucking the life right out of me. I honestly thought my writing days were over and that sent me into a downward spiral. After all, without writing, what am I? All those story ideas in my head, those characters talking to me every day had suddenly gone silent.

Writer’s block is the official term. Honestly, it was so much more than that.

I felt as if I had nothing that I could call my own. It’s a terribly dark place to be. The people in my life tried to help, but it’s a solitary journey, to tell the truth. It wasn’t until my health started to suffer, that I realized I needed to take control. I started with exercise, which inevitably led to eating better. My mood improved, and the mental fog began to clear. The story ideas started trickling in. Yes! Before I knew it, I was writing and reading again. I’m thankful for authors like Shannon McKenna, Laurann Dohner, Delilah Devlin, Nalini Singh, and Lucy Monroe for getting me through the darkest days. Their stories kept me sane.

And since August of last year, I’ve managed to release six brand new books. I’m proud of that accomplishment, but it’s only a drop in the bucket. My writer’s brain never sleeps now. And you won’t hear me complaining, lol. I’ve started a new steamy contemporary romance series titled, Men of Silverlake. The first three books are available for purchase: And I’ve dipped my toes into the paranormal romance genre. I’m having such fun, too! The first two books in my Zenarian series can be found here:

Dyre: Zenarians, Book 3 (Coming Soon)

She will test his allegiance…

As the leader of the red guard, Dyre is aware that most Zenarians fear him. He’s often been forced to use that fear to uphold the six laws and protect the Zenarian race. With the rebel faction increasing their numbers every day, all his focus is centered on securing the mountain they call home from any and all threat. When he spots a human female much too close to their border, Dyre quickly captures her. His intention to interrogate the pretty brunette goes up in smoke the instant his wings encircle her small, curvy body. She stirs his creature. When Dyre notices the cuts and bruises littering her fair skin, he breaks protocol and brings her home.

Jade is on the run from the law. Or more accurately, the law according to Granger Wasser. As sheriff of Macone County, Granger has appointed himself judge and jury and everyone in town is too afraid to oppose him. When Jade turns down his marriage proposal, it sets off a chain reaction that forces her to flee to parts unknown. Imagine her surprise when she runs smack into a crimson-winged alien! His gentle touches ignite her blood and Jade wants nothing more than to surrender to the wildfire brewing between them. Still, Dyre is a man. And trusting a man is how she ended up falling down the rabbit hole to begin with.

Read more about the Zenarian race here:

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Happy reading,
Anne Rainey

10 comments to “Anne Rainey: The Struggle is Real”

  1. Lucy Monroe
    · August 6th, 2020 at 12:25 pm · Link

    As I read your post, I felt such a kinship, hon. Going through that is so hard and finding your creative muse again is so darn affirming. So happy for you! Cannot wait to read this new series now that I know about it. One of my toughest struggles is that I still cannot spend much time on social media if I want to manage my anxiety, which means I miss A LOT of announcements of new books. Big hugs!

  2. Laura
    · August 6th, 2020 at 2:52 pm · Link

    I read your blog today Anne. I had no idea you were going through that. I wish I had though. I’m glad you found yourself on the other side of the darkness. I can’t say that I can relate. I started menopause in my late 30s early 40s and was all done by the time I was 45. I did not suffer any darkness just a lot of hot flashes.

    On a positive note I have read the first two books from yours in Zenarian World and I love them. And I am anxiously awaiting for Dyre.

  3. Anne Rainey
    · August 6th, 2020 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Hi Lucy,
    It’s so nice to see you here! Anxiety and depression is so hard and so many of us suffer from it. I’m so thankful for your books though. They kept me sane! {{{Hugs}}}

  4. Anne Rainey
    · August 6th, 2020 at 3:49 pm · Link

    Hi Laura!
    Depression with menopause wasn’t something I was expecting. It hit and just sucked the joy out of me. I’m so glad to be on the other side of that. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the series! I promise Dyre is coming! Lol {hugs}

  5. flchen1
    · August 7th, 2020 at 1:43 am · Link

    Hugs, Anne–glad to see you’ve regained your love for writing and reading! Life can be a doozy sometimes! Excited to see what your new releases are!

  6. Moran Videletz
    · August 7th, 2020 at 6:47 am · Link

    Hey Anne
    We know one another online for many years now and I always enjoyed ready your books. I have most of them on my Kindle and in print.
    I’m so glad you are feeling and doing better now and you started writing again.
    I’m so behind on my reading but I have some of your new books waiting on my Kindle.
    I hope the bed days are behind you 🤗

  7. Anne Rainey
    · August 7th, 2020 at 11:06 am · Link

    Thank you! I’m writing contemporary romance, paranormal romance and even a thriller. Something to please everyone, lol {{{hugs}}}

  8. Anne Rainey
    · August 8th, 2020 at 9:06 am · Link

    Thanks, Moran! I hope you enjoy the new books! I’m just so happy to have the characters talking to me again! 🙏😃 {{Hugs}}

  9. Delilah
    · August 18th, 2020 at 7:57 am · Link

    Anne, thank you for being my guest and good luck with DYRE!

  10. Anne Rainey
    · August 18th, 2020 at 11:01 am · Link

    Thank YOU for giving me a place to chat with readers! {{{Hugs}}}

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