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Anny Cook

Anny Cook

 

Interview with Anny Cook

Current Release: Love Never-Ending

See the romance book review on Love Never-Ending

Publishing companies: Ellora's Cave, Cerridwen Press

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal

Check out her website at: www.annycook.com

 

Here's the scoop on Anny:

 

RBS: Tell us a little about yourself.

 

Anny: I'm a retired wife, mother, and grandmother. The house hunk and I just celebrated forty-one years of marriage. I've worked a varied assortment of jobs from manufacturing to warehousing to secretary and teacher. Three years ago, finding myself at loose ends, I decided to write a book. That book was Dancer's Delight.

 

RBS: How old were you when you first decided to sit down and write your first book?

 

Anny: Fifty-six.

 

RBS: What was your first novel ever published, be it e-book or print?

 

Anny: Dancer's Delight

 

RBS: It can be difficult to get a book published. Who or what was the greatest encouragement you had during the non-published times?

 

Anny: Geez, dare I confess? I didn't have a non-published time. I'm one of those strange authors who sent off my first book, had it accepted the first place I submitted it, and haven't looked back.

 

RBS: What is your favorite genre to write? Why?

 

Anny: Actually, I don't write a particular genre. I just write the story that's clamoring to get out and then figure out what category it fits in. Most of my books seem to have paranormal elements, but that's not particularly on purpose.

 

RBS: Tell us about your current release?

 

Anny: My current release is book five of my Mystic Valley series, Love Never-Ending. It's the story of Bishop who accidentally enters Mystic Valley only to find there is no way out. In Mystic Valley, the people are blue with pointed ears and fangs. Needless to say, he's not happy... until he meets Samara. She brings a new outlook on life in the valley!

 

RBS: Who or what were your influences when you begin to write your newest release?

 

Anny: Hmmm. I think that Bishop reflects the way life often changes on us when we reach middle-age. We may think we have everything planned out, that's not necessarily so. Bishop's life completely changed. His adjustments to those changes were not always pretty.

 

RBS: What is a typical writing day look like for you?

 

Anny: Most days I write from 9:30 AM to 1 PM, break for lunch and then write from 2 PM to around 5 PM. If I have the opportunity I might write for two or three hours in the evening.

 

RBS: Do you have a favorite hero from one of your books? What is it about him that makes him stand out?

 

Anny: I believe that my favorite hero is Traveller from Traveller's Refuge. He probably endured the most to reach his HEA. He's a loving, graceful man who genuinely treasures his woman.

 

RBS: Do you have a favorite heroine from one of your books? What is it about her that makes her stand out?

 

Anny: Unity from Winter Hearts is a strong woman who just keeps on going through thick and thin. She has a terrible childhood, a tough time as a young adult, and yet there's still something deep down that allows her to accept the gift of Quill's love.

 

RBS: Who is your favorite author? Did they give you any kind of inspiration in your own writing?

 

Anny: Louis L'Amour. He wrote westerns that were authentic and well researched, but they also have romantic elements. His men were alpha heroes before alphas were popular and his women were strong. I love his books.

 

RBS: What's coming up on your book schedule in the next year?

 

Anny: I currently have two books contracted with Ellora's Cave. Rescuing Clarice is a stand alone book. Otis and Clarice are dragon elemental shifters. His element is fire--her's is water. There's breathtaking adventure, hot sex, and a race to save the world. What more could you want?

 

The second book is Surpassing Pleasures, the sequel to Winter Hearts. It's Zipporah and Sebastian's story. I can be read alone, but I suspect that readers would enjoy it more if they read Winter Hearts first. Zipporah has a secret... she's an angel shifter. And she's afraid that Sebastian won't love her anymore is he finds out. There are ample opportunities for her to spend time with him in her various animal incarnations, but perhaps my favorite is when she shift to a tiger. Seb is suitably impressed!

 

Book Reviews:

A Prisoner of the Heart

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: A Carnal Reunions tale

ISBN: 978-1-60735-087-3

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: Resplendence Publishing

 

5 Hearts

 

Becky goes back to her college town to attend her 10 year reunion only to find the boy next door all grown up and looking for love.

 

Joe Harris was just 16 years old when the college girls lived in the Old Victorian across the street. He had a crush on Becky and knew he wanted her to be his, but she was in love with Tom and ended up marrying him. That didn't turn out to well for Becky. Now she's divorced and back for her 10 year reunion and there is nothing that will keep Joe from finally getting to make his move on her.

 

Anny Cook's Prisoner of the Heart is just one in a series of seven stories, by different authors, that are centered around the college reunion. This novella tells the story of only one of the girls that lived in the old Victorian house. It can be read on it's own or as part of the series. Prisoner of the Heart is a delightful short story that shows that anyone can have a second chance. See more reviews on books by Anny Cook and Romance Book Scene's interview with the author at www.romancebookscene.com under author's Anny Cook.

 

Description:

When Rebecca Iversen graduated from college, she headed home with nothing on her mind but wedding plans. Less than a month later her plans were in ruins when she discovered she was pregnant the same week her fiance was arrested for selling drugs. Anxious to provide legitimacy for her child, she married Tom while he was still in jail. Years later, Becky finally divorced him, resolved to make a peaceful life for her children and herself.

 

When the reunion invitation from Karen arrived in her e-mail, her Aunt Mary urged her to take the time to enjoy a little adult time at the reunion.

 

Young Joe Harris lived across the street from the old Victorian where Becky lived during college. He spent those years secretly yearning for the "older woman". Now that Becky is back and single, Joe plans to do everything in his power to convince her that he's exactly the man she needs.

 

 

Magnolia

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Flowers of Camelot

ISBN: 9781419918612

Genre: Menage a trois or More / Fantasy / Christmas

 

5 Hearts

 

In continuation of the Flowers of Camelot series young prince bond mates Undain and Dennac finally find the one woman for them. Dennac rescues Magnolia just as she is about to die in a shipwreck. Little does he know that she is already to be mated with an evil prince. Once the princes find out they only decided to speed their wedding date up.

 

Magnolia doesn't know what to think when she wakes to find two men who say that she is to be their wife. Certainly they are a much better choice to the evil prince that her father has chosen for her. What will happen though if the evil one won't let her go?

 

The Flowers of Camelot series is a lot of fun to read. The best part is the quirky characters and the references to the characters of the original tale of Camelot fairy tale. The sex scenes that Anny writes are hot, hot, hot so remember to keep a fan handy.

 

Description:

This is the fourth of the Flowers of Camelot series, but may be read as a standalone story.

 

The Yule season has come to Castle Came-a-lot. With the annual influx of family, Prince Undain, the last unmarried son of King Arthur, decides to retreat to the tower he shares with his partner, Prince Dennac.

 

It is there that Dennac brings Magnolia, the woman he rescues from a shipwreck. Fleeing from a dangerous arranged marriage, she quickly accepts the offer of marriage from Undain and Dennac.

 

Almost immediately, their honeymonth takes an unexpected turn. With the loss of her virginity, Magnolia sprouts wings, leading them to the inescapable conclusion that she is half-faery. And once faeries sprout their wings, they require frequent hot sex. Dennac and Undain eagerly meet Magnolia's new demands even as they deal with the Yule celebrations and threats from the evil Prince Rugat.

 

Love Never-Ending

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Mystic Valley

ISBN: 9-781-4-1991-909-1

 

4 Hearts

 

Description:

When naked Bishop Llewellyn is kidnapped from his bed in the middle of the night by his angry best friend Trav, he has no idea of the enormous ways his life is about to change. After they are trapped in a cave, Bishop's search for help for his seriously injured friend leads him to a mysterious valley where he discovers his long-lost brother among the blue-skinned inhabitants.

 

His stubborn search for an escape from the valley is sidetracked when he meets Samara, a woman who is more interested in finding out what's hidden under his sharda than seeking out a mate. Soon he's blithely showing Samara all the sensual possibilities without understanding the consequences of his actions. Their no-strings-attached affair derails when Bishop unintentionally embarrasses Samara. Then an assassin's attack on Bishop nearly succeeds╔

 

From the back of the book:

Anny Cook learned to read at five years old. Learning to write was a natural extension. Through her adult years while a wife, mother, grandmother, fast food cook, warehouse book packer, Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, perpetual college student, executive secretary, and adult education teacher, writing served as the anchor that kept her sane.

 

Well, maybe not exactly sane, but close to it. Today, after thirty-five years with kids, cats, dogs, guinea pigs, and hamsters, she and her husband are empty nesters. Sigh. Finally, there's time—and quiet—to write in peace.

 

My View:

Love Never-Ending is book five from the Mystic Valley series, but can definitely be read as a stand alone book. The novel actually begins two books back when readers first meet Traveller. In Traveller's Refuge, Trav kidnaps his friend in a moment of insanity. Trapped in a cave with his injured Trav, Bishop has to find help as fast as possible. He stumbles upon the entrance to Mystic Valley. Realizing it is Trav's only chance he drags his friends body out of the cave and runs into his long lost brother and sister-in-law who went missing twenty-five years earlier.

 

Finding it hard to comprehend the new surroundings he has stumbled into, Bishop has a lot to work through before he can accept his new life in Mystic Valley. Maybe it wouldn't be so hard for him if he could come to terms with the strange looking blue people with pointed ears and fangs and their customs, but as it is he longs for nothing more except to find his way back into the cave and into his old life.

 

While he works to come to terms with his new life, Bishop meets Samara. Samara is a fallen woman in the eyes of the people in Mystic Valley. When she was sixteen years old she was raped. According to the rules of the Valley she can not bond mate or have children. Coming to terms with her situation, Samara carves out a new life for herself. She falls in love with Bishop, but he isn't ready to hear that he has no choice but to stay in Mystic Valley, much less that he can have a life with Samara. While they work their way toward each other there is an outside force that doesn't want Samara to be happy in life and wants her miserable.

 

Love Never-Ending is delightful tale that readers won't be able to put down. I was really happy to see that Anny told so much of the previous stories because there was a lot going in and as it intertwined with previous stories it was important to put it all in perspective. I'm also happy to see that Bishop had so much trouble getting used to the idea that he was stuck in Mystic Valley. Think how you would feel if suddenly you were told your old life is gone, just be happy and get over it. How realistic would that be? Readers who enjoy fantasy romance will like Anny's great imagination.

 

Traveller's Refuge

By: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Mystic Valley

ISBN: 9781419910593

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Sequel to Dancer's Delight published by Cerridwen Press



Framed and running for his life, Traveller Devereaux decides to follow his missing brother Dancer, using the clues he left behind when he disappeared. They lead Traveller to the mysterious Mystic Valley where the people are blue, the flora and fauna are decidedly odd, and the mating customs are definitely different.



 

On his journey, he is injured in a serious accident that traps him in a cave with his best friend, Bishop. Bish finds the hidden tunnel leading to the valley and takes Traveller to safety. Trav's slow recovery allows him much-needed time to adjust to the valley and fall in love with Wrenna, the woman chosen as his bond mate. When he finds out that she is related to the man who murdered his parents and siblings, he must choose between the woman he loves and her murderous grandfather.

 

Everything Lovers Can Know

By: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Mystic Valley

ISBN: 9781419911538

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Decription:

Prequel to the Mystic Valley series.

From the time they were children, Baron and Jade were heart-bonded and mind-linked. But children don't stay young forever and when they reach adulthood, they yearn for more than a mind-link. They yearn for the bond of physical love.

When Jade's secret plan to seduce Baron backfires, their families separate them using coercion and blackmail. Jade goes on to a successful career as a musician while Baron completes medical school and begins his internship.

Now, three years later, Jade has a new plan to end their separation. Baron arrives at the isolated cabin where Jade is waiting to find out once and forever if the fierce longings and desire they had for each other before are enough to make them truly two-as-one.


Cherished Destinies

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Mystic Valley

ISBN: 9781419911880

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Book four in the Mystic Valley series.



Arano Llewellyn, Master Seer in Mystic Valley, has dreamed that his destiny lies with Silence Brown, a woman fourteen years older than him. Silence is trapped in an abusive relationship with Homer, her bond mate. Unexpectedly, she is freed when Homer dies in a lightning storm. But there are obstacles to overcome before they can meet the destiny Arano has foreseen. Silence must move on from her terrible past and learn to trust Arano at the deepest levels while he allows her the time and freedom to become the woman she was meant to be.



Arano's Justice Warrior twin Arturo, desolate and damaged from a brutal attack and rape, struggles to recover as he sets out on a journey of discovery to seek the mate Arano has promised him. Before he is ready to accept the love his future mate offers he must face his greatest fears and haunting truths about his past. The Master Archivist, Banisher Ewell, is waiting with a loving heart when Arturo is finally ready to face his destiny.



Reader Advisory: This story contains depictions of rape and domestic violence that may be emotionally triggering for some readers.

Chrysanthemum

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Flowers of Camelot

ISBN: 9781419911101

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Description:

"On that dark day Arthur, mortally wounded, was taken to the Isle of Avalon by Vivian, Lady of the Lake, and Merlin, where he died and was laid to rest in the crystal cave╔" Well, actually, that's not quite the way it happened.

In truth, Queen Vivian and Merlin abducted the king and returned him to his home planet, Avalon. Now he's anxious to marry off his youngest son, Gareth. When Florian LeFleur, his wardrobe guardian, asks permission to bring his three unmarried daughters to court, Arthur decides it's the perfect opportunity and assigns Gareth to oversee their time at Came-a-lot Castle.

Despite her determination to remain heart-free, Chrysanthemum immediately falls for Gareth. Life should have been rosy but there were roadblocks along the path to happily ever after. The Blue Knight captured Arthur, Percival the dragon demanded a virgin, Queen Vivian decided it would be the perfect time to stage a coup and the Abbott at Solomon's Choice Abbey chose Chrysanthemum for their ritual deflowering.

Will Gareth get Chrysanthemum to the priest in time to save the king and Avalon?

 

Daffodil

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Flowers of Camelot

ISBN: 9781419915468

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Description:

When Florian LeFleur announces his intentions to take his three unmarried daughters to Came-a-lot to find husbands, his youngest daughter Daffodil is not pleased. She's quite happy with the arrangement she already has with Raulf the butler at LeFleur Manor. Undeterred, Florian insists that she accompany him to Came-a-lot. Besides, he's sure she can do better than a butler.

 

Then Raulf discovers his antique cock rings and favorite floggers are missing. He follows in hot pursuit, using the theft to claim Daffodil as his own. Instead of mastering Daffodil at his leisure, Raulf finds that he must fit in her hot, sexy lessons while tracking down the thief who stole the king's pet rock, training Timid Timmy in rope bondage and capturing the sorceress Morgana.

 

Reader Advisory: Includes explicit M/M interaction and an M/F/M menage scene.

 

Winter Hearts

Author: Anny Cook

ISBN: 9781419913723

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Description:

Unity Brooks can't believe her eyes when she discovers evidence of illegal transactions in the company books. She presents the evidence to her supervisor, who listens attentively and even provides her with a comforting cup of coffee. Imagine her embarrassment when she wakes half-naked and bound in the arms of Aquila Johnson, the accountant auditing the books.

After spending a stunning night with Unity, Quill is puzzled when she drops out of sight. His employer sends him home to investigate a case nearby until the media finds other scandals to focus on. When the two cases collide and Unity's life is threatened, they learn that sharing secrets is the safest way to stay alive.

 

 

Honeysuckle

Author: Anny Cook

Series Connection: Flowers of Camelot

ISBN: 9781419914096

Genre: Erotic Romance

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

 

5 Hearts

 

Description:

When Florian LeFleur's wife runs away with an acrobatic troupe, leaving him with three marriageable daughters, he resolves to take them to Came-a-lot in search of husbands. Honeysuckle, his middle daughter, resigns herself to settling for just one man, though in her heart she longs to find two special men who will make mad passionate love to her for the rest of their days.

 

The first night at the inn, Honey encounters the hunkalicious Hieney twins, Peter and Dick, who claim her immediately and announce their intention to marry her at the first opportunity. Their plans are delayed as they deal with a coup attempt against King Arthur, are abducted by a wicked sorceress, experience wild poison-induced passion in a cave and meet a sexy well-endowed unicorn.

 

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