Can you believe that Christmas is in a few days? It felt like I had just taken down the tree and put away the ornaments from last year, when it was time to drag them out again.
As we celebrate the birth of Christ, let us be thankful and appreciative for all the miracles and favors that God has granted us during 2021, and hope for abundant blessings in the coming year.
Websites, Covers, et al
In addition to spending time in Akilina with Raph and Xio, I've also been busy with redesigning my website. I finally found a designer who was familiar with Thrive Themes Templates, and he has done an awesome job so far. It's a work in progress still, but I'm already in love with the new look. Go check it out, poke around and learn something new.
I also updated the covers for the Billionaire Brides of Granite Falls series. Although the original covers are, oh so, lovely, I thought it was time for a renovation in Granite Falls. So after months of searching for the perfect models, (images of brown-skinned people are so hard to find), and lots of back-and-forth tweaking with Najla Qamber, the most patient design artist on the planet, here are the results:
We're still working on the boxed set, but in the mean-time, head over to your favorite online stores and update your covers with these hot, sexy men, whom you've grown to love over the years...
And, if you plan to purchase print copies for your brick and mortar library, or to gift to friends and family, wait until I give you the green light. You will go gaga over the paperback and hardcover covers. Yes, I said, hardcover! I'm in the process of adding them to Amazon POD.
NEWS FROM THE CAVE
Where I got the idea for the setting of the Billionaire Island Brides series
My writing career began at age 9 on the Caribbean island of Nevis, so it's natural that I would want to write a romance set in the Caribbean, steamed in all the flavors of island life.
But as I began to pen the first draft of Seduced by Passion, set on an island much like the one I grew up on, I had a "What If?" moment that came from watching Black Panther, where the culture and lifestyle of the fictitious African country of Wakanda had not been touched nor influenced by Westerners, or any other outsiders.
I thought, what if there was an island in the Caribbean that was never colonized by Europeans? What if the Taino, or the Kalinago, and other indigenous people who occupied this island for thousand of years before Columbus showed up were left to practice their way of life without outside influences and ideology? And what if that island was also inhabited by the descendants of former enslaved people—some who escaped during slavery, and others who immigrated after the British Emancipation Act of 1833?
And so, the ideas for the island of Akilina, and the Megiri, an indigenous people with a mixture of Taino, Arawak, and Kalinago cultures, were born.
My research led me down multiple paths. I learned so much about the pre-Columbian history of the islands and their inhabitants, especially Dominica, the island that inspired the idea to split the population of Akilina, with the Megiri occupying one half, and African descendants, the other.
To learn more about my journey as a writer, visit the FAQ Section on the About Ana page on my website.
To get more familiar with the island of Akilina before Seduced by Passion is released, visit the FAQ section of the Billionaire Island Bride series page on my website. I will be adding more information, so check back periodically.
And now for the excerpt I promised you last month...
While you wait for the release of Seduced by Passion, check out the...
Christina Tetrault, my friend and USAToday Bestselling author of contemporary romances, recently released The Irresistible Billionaire - Book #16 in The Sherbrookes of Newport series. This is one of those romances that have you waiting for the main characters to figure out that they have just met “The One.” It’s a sweet and enjoyable read that will leave you with a warm glow of appreciation.
Blurb: Billionaire Alec Sherbrooke might live a life of luxury, but that doesn’t mean he’s afraid to work hard and get his hands dirty. And when his best friend suggests Alec could never handle a job that requires manual labor, he accepts the bet. One week later, Alec arrives on Sanborn Island, fully expecting to be the winner at the end of the month. What he doesn’t expect is to fall for his boss.
Gianna Ferguson has lived on Sanborn Island, one of New England’s premier getaways, her entire life, so she is well acquainted with spoiled, wealthy playboys. When her cousin asks her to give Alec Sherbrooke a job with the family landscaping business for the summer, she is not enthusiastic about the idea, but she agrees.
It’s not long before Gianna sees Alec as more than just another playboy looking for some summer fun. But will mistakes from Gianna’s past prevent Alec and Gianna from getting what both their hearts desire?
During my research, I discovered that about 5,000 descendants of the Kalinago people occupy the Kalinago Territory on the eastern coast of Dominica. The Arawak had originally named the island Waitukubuli, which means, "Tall is her body". Exotic, huh?
These survivors make up the only large group of indigenous people living in one place in the Caribbean. They are steadfastly trying to revive their culture so that they can pass it on to the next generation.
Tune in next time for more facts about the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean, which I hope will enhance your reading experience once Seduced by Passion is released.
I recently added Seduced by Passion to my Goodreads account. Now is a good time to hop on over there and add it to your "To Read" list, so you don't miss out on any updates as they are posted.
Thanks for all your support during 2021. You are my inspiration. My wish is that your hearts and homes be filled with love, peace, and good tidings as you celebrate this Holiday Season with your friends and families.
Until next time...
Ana E Ross Books
Indulge in Romance Northeast, United States
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