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Exciting News! Recognition for ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS (The Healing Edge, Book 3)

It’s not every day I wake up to such great news in my inbox! 😊

Today I learned that ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS (The Healing Edge, Book 3) was recognized in the 2018 Southern Magic Award of Excellence Contest as a finalist in the Paranormal/Syfy/Fantasy Category! I am thrilled that the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America chose to honor this third book in THE HEALING EDGE SERIES, and so honored to be in such amazing company.

This is the second recognition for ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS, and it is wonderful to know that this suspenseful installment in Cate and Ben’s story resonates so strongly with readers. If you’d like to learn more about ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS or THE HEALING EDGE SERIES, you can visit my website with buy links at AniseEden.com/books . Meanwhile, here’s a quick description. Enjoy!

ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS (THE HEALING EDGE, BOOK THREE) 

Psychotherapist Cate Duncan is done with danger.

Her training at the MacGregor Group’s parapsychology clinic has brought one crisis after another. So when research colleague Skeet offers Cate and her boss-turned-boyfriend Ben a working vacation at his secluded hunting lodge, they jump at the chance.

But the idyllic Mercier Lodge is teeming with secrets: Skeet’s unorthodox research methods, a tragic death that occurred at the lodge over a year ago, and its connection to Cate’s past.

As they delve into Mercier’s unsavory history, Ben and Cate stick close together, trusting in their love for each other to keep them safe. But when a scheme separates them, Cate must rely on the MacGregor Group’s paranormal abilities, some surprise allies, and her own determination to track Ben down and crack Mercier’s mysteries before the strange place claims any more victims.

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My Fall Newsletter is Out: Halloween Edition! 🎃

Greetings, Book Lovers!  My Fall Newsletter has been released into the wild:
“Happy Halloween from Ireland, Dragons & Castles Edition! 🎃

Click here to read it: https://bit.ly/2QQlrSR

This is my first attempt at sharing my own photographs, and the day was overcast. I hope they turned out okay!

Subscribe to future newsletters here: https://bit.ly/2P0GmFA

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Tagline! You’re it! :)

One piece of advice given to authors is to come up with a tagline that describes who we are and what we write. Personally, I’m a huge fan of taglines. I love the idea of helping readers quickly and easily get a sense of my work. It sounds so simple, too. One evening of brainstorming with a bottle of wine, and boom, we’re done—right?

Perhaps that’s how it works for some. Me, not so much. Consider this: first drafts of my novels are usually over 100k words. With the help of editors, we tighten them up to somewhere between 70-90k. Coming up with a 300-word back cover blurb takes me hours. Many, many hours. So, boiling down the whole of my work to under eight words? Not so simple, after all.

There is also a square peg/round hole problem. A workable tagline can be as simple as stating one’s genre. Technically, I write paranormal romance/suspense, but my books have been described as “atypical” for various reasons. For example, they are “paranormal,” but there are no supernatural characters. Some readers categorize my novels as “spiritual,” but they don’t fit into the usual definitions of “religious/inspirational.” And while it is sometimes assumed that “clean-with-steam” books are YA, mine are geared toward an adult audience.

Then there is the problem of complexity. A recent (beautiful!) Amazon review of my latest book, ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS, was entitled: “A lovely mix of Marine/civilian, Parapsychology, skeptics, New Age and Old age lore, science, political subterfuge, and Romance!” When I came across this, I was absolutely thrilled to see this reader’s wonderfully thorough yet succinct description of my work! Unfortunately, even this fabulous summary is over twice the maximum length of a tagline.

For all of these reasons—and the fact that I tend to overthink things ad nauseam—my search for a tagline has involved trial and error. Those who have visited my website or social media pages may have noticed a variety of different versions in rotation. This is how I often decide whether something works, creatively: try it on for size, walk around in it, see how it feels. While some attempts came close, nothing stuck.

Some time ago, I was playing around in Photoshop, creating images of THE HEALING EDGE SERIES for use on social media. Wishing to add some text to the images, I wrote a list of words describing themes and ideas that appear in my work. I circled a few, tried some out together, and ultimately came up with, “Light vs. darkness. Love vs. fear.” Recently, as I once again attempted to create the perfect tagline, I discovered that this particular image resonated more than any other with readers, generating the most attention, sharing, and feedback. You, my readers, had already told me what my tagline should be! All I had to do was listen.

“Light vs. darkness. Love vs. fear.” These are universal, epic struggles, and certainly not unique to my work. But I believe these words do an excellent job of describing what I write and what I’m about. Thank you, my incredible readers, for helping me to see what was right in front of me. 💗

Also, stay tuned! I’m working away on a new series starter called THE CRACKING (titled thus in part so that when it’s published, I can say, “Release ‘The Cracking!'” 😁). It’s going beautifully so far, and I can’t wait to share it with you! And hey, you’ll never guess what some of the major themes are…. 😉

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Best Series Winner: The Healing Edge!

I am thrilled to announce that The Healing Edge Series has WON the 2017 PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award for Romance/ Paranormal/ Fantasy/ Angels & Ghosts/ Psychics Series! I am so grateful to the Paranormal Romance Guild for this wonderful honor!

My heartfelt thanks goes out as well to each and every one of you who took the time out of your busy lives to show your support for this series. This recognition means more to me than words can say, and I am so deeply appreciative!

Purchase links for The Healing Edge Series can be found here. All e-books are free for Kindle Unlimited users on Amazon. Thank you so much again to the Paranormal Romance Guild and my incredible, peerless readers. I am overwhelmed!

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