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Hey guys - I'm excited to announce that Dima & I are participating in an amazing limited-time paranormal romance anthology! It's called Gathering Darkness, and it's just gone live today! My contribution is Close Liaisons, and there are a ton of other stories by extremely talented authors. Grab it now for only $0.99!

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Hey guys - I'm excited to announce Oasis, Book 1 of our new scifi/dystopian series, The Last Humans! The credit for this amazing cover goes to Najla Qamber of Najla Qamber Designs. Oasis releases January 19th, but you can save 25% by pre-ordering it now:

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My name is Theo, and I'm a resident of Oasis, the last habitable area on Earth. It's meant to be a paradise, a place where we are all content. Vulgarity, violence, insanity, and other ills are but a distant memory, and even death no longer plagues us.

I was once content too, but now I'm different. Now I hear a voice in my head, and she tells me things no imaginary friend should know. Her name is Phoe, and she is my delusion.

Or is she?
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I'm excited to announce that CAPTURE ME, the first book in a new dark romance series about Lucas & Yulia, will be released DECEMBER 8, 2015! A huge thanks for this wonderful cover to Najla Qamber Designs,  Lindee Robinson Photography, and amazing cover models Sarah Stroven and Adam Stroven (who happen to be a beautiful couple in real life!). You were all phenomenal to work with! 

Capture Me (A Twist Me Trilogy Spin-Off)

Capture Me Description

She fears him from the first moment she sees him.

Yulia Tzakova is no stranger to dangerous men. She grew up with them. She survived them. But when she meets Lucas Kent, she knows the hard ex-soldier may be the most dangerous of them all.

One night—that’s all it should be. A chance to make up for a failed assignment and get information on Kent’s arms dealer boss. When his plane goes down, it should be the end.

Instead, it's just the beginning.

He wants her from the first moment he sees her.

Lucas Kent has always liked leggy blondes, and Yulia Tzakova is as beautiful as they come. The Russian interpreter might’ve tried to seduce his boss, but she ends up in Lucas’s bed—and he has every intention of seeing her there again.

Then his plane goes down, and he learns the truth.

She betrayed him. 

Now she will pay.

NOTE: Capture Me is the first book about Lucas & Yulia and has a cliffhanger-ish ending. It’s a long novella/short novel of approximately 45,000 words (about 200 pages) and is a spin-off from the Twist Me trilogy. It’s not necessary to have read that trilogy to enjoy Capture Me, but the book does contain major spoilers for books 2 and 3 of Twist Me.

Capture Me Excerpt

Author’s Note: This is from Yulia’s POV. For those of you familiar with the Twist Me trilogy, this scene takes place in Moscow, when Lucas & Julian were there to meet with the Russian officials.

He steps into my apartment as soon as the door swings open. No hesitation, no greeting—he just comes in.

Startled, I step back, the short, narrow hallway suddenly stiflingly small. I’d somehow forgotten how big he is, how broad his shoulders are. I’m tall for a woman—tall enough to fake being a model if an assignment calls for it—but he towers a full head above me. With the heavy down jacket he’s wearing, he takes up almost the entire hallway.

Still not saying a word, he closes the door behind him and advances toward me. Instinctively, I back away, feeling like cornered prey.

“Hello, Yulia,” he murmurs, stopping when we’re out of the hallway. His pale gaze is locked on my face. “I wasn’t expecting to see you like this.”

I swallow, my pulse racing. “I just took a bath.” I want to seem calm and confident, but he’s got me completely off-balance. “I wasn’t expecting visitors.”

“No, I can see that.” A faint smile appears on his lips, softening the hard line of his mouth. “Yet you let me in. Why?”

“Because I didn’t want to continue talking through the door.” I take a steadying breath. “Can I offer you some tea?” It’s a stupid thing to say, given what he’s here for, but I need a few moments to compose myself.

He raises his eyebrows. “Tea? No, thanks.”

“Then can I take your jacket?” I can’t seem to stop playing the hostess, using politeness to cover my anxiety. “It looks quite warm.”

Amusement flickers in his wintry gaze. “Sure.” He takes off his down jacket and hands it to me. He’s left wearing a black sweater and dark jeans tucked into black winter boots. The jeans hug his legs, revealing muscular thighs and powerful calves, and on his belt, I see a gun sitting in a holster.

Irrationally, my breathing quickens at the sight, and it takes a concerted effort to keep my hands from shaking as I take the jacket and walk over to hang it in my tiny closet. It’s not a surprise that he’s armed—it would be a shock if he wasn’t—but the gun is a stark reminder of who Lucas Kent is.

What he is.

It’s no big deal, I tell myself, trying to calm my frayed nerves. I’m used to dangerous men. I was raised among them. This man is not that different. I’ll sleep with him, get whatever information I can, and then he’ll be out of my life.

Yes, that’s it. The sooner I can get it done, the sooner all of this will be over.

Closing the closet door, I paste a practiced smile on my face and turn back to face him, finally ready to resume the role of confident seductress.

Except he’s already next to me, having crossed the room without making a sound.

My pulse jumps again, my newfound composure fleeing. He’s close enough that I can see the gray striations in his pale blue eyes, close enough that he can touch me.

And a second later, he does touch me.

Lifting his hand, he runs the back of his knuckles over my jaw.

I stare up at him, confused by my body’s instant response. My skin warms and my nipples tighten, my breath coming faster. It doesn’t make sense for this hard, ruthless stranger to turn me on. His boss is more handsome, more striking, yet it’s Kent my body’s reacting to. All he’s touched thus far is my face. It should be nothing, yet it’s intimate somehow.

Intimate and disturbing.

I swallow again. “Mr. Kent—Lucas—are you sure I can’t offer you something to drink? Maybe some coffee or—” My words end in a breathless gasp as he reaches for the tie of my robe and tugs on it, as casually as one would unwrap a package.

“No.” He watches as the robe falls open, revealing my naked body underneath. “No coffee.”

Capture Me Release Day Info & Pre-Order Links

Capture Me will be released in ebook and paperback December 8, 2015. I will try to get the audiobook out as close to that date as possible. German and French translations will be available within 3-5 months, and I hope to have Bind Me (Capture Me: Book 2) available for pre-order by the time Capture Me comes out. 

For those of you who are curious about the total number of books in the new series, it's currently looking like 3 or 4, but that could change as I get deeper into the story. The first couple of books are going to be a little shorter than my usual, and will have somewhat cliffhanger-ish endings due to the complexity of Lucas & Yulia's story.

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Hey guys - I'm excited to announce that all three books in the Twist Me series are now available in one convenient, discounted bundle! You can get over 1000 pages of addictive, thrilling dark romance at 30% off the individual books’ prices. 

“Will you ever let me go?”

“No, Nora,” he replies, and I can feel his smile in the darkness. “Never.”

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Nora Leston meets Julian Esguerra, and her life changes forever. Stolen away to a private island, she finds herself at the mercy of a powerful, dangerous man whose touch makes her burn.

A man whose obsession with her knows no bounds.

Her enigmatic captor is as cruel as he is beautiful, yet it’s his tenderness that devastates her most. Drawn into his violent world, Nora must find a way to adapt and survive—and find light within the darkness.

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Hey guys - I'm excited to announce that The Elders, book 4 in the Mind Dimensions series, is now available in ebook and print formats! The audiobook version is coming soon.

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Les Romantiques, a premier French romance blog, was kind enough to interview me for their webzine. You can find the interview in French at: http://www.lesromantiques.com/Webzine/Webzinejuin2015.pdf. For those of you who don't speak French, here's the original, untranslated Q&A in English:

1 - Can you introduce yourself to our French-speaking readers?

Hi guys! I’m Anna Zaires, and I write contemporary dark erotic romance and sci-fi erotic romance. I also collaborate with my husband, Dima Zales, on sci-fi and fantasy books. We live in sunny Florida, where we moved from New York City after starting to write full time in 2013.

2 - When did you decide to write in order to be published? Why did you choose to self-publish your books?

I started writing in the summer of 2012. It happened on a whim—I didn’t have any aspirations to be an author. I had a great job on Wall Street, and I really enjoyed what I did. However, I was also an avid reader of romance novels, and that summer I found myself bored with everything I was buying for my Kindle. I’ve always had vivid stories in my head, and one in particular (the one that would become Close Liaisons) kept nagging at me. So I told my husband about it—at the time he was managing a team of iOS developers for a major magazine company—and to my surprise, he said I should try writing a book. I laughed at first, but then I sat down and tried to get some words on paper. It took me three days to write one page, but when I showed it to my husband, he told me it was as good as any published book he’d read. So I continued—and to my shock, I became completely obsessed. I started writing every spare minute I had—on my commute using my iPhone, in the morning before work, in the evening after work… Dima and I plotted the book together, and before I knew it, we had almost 50,000 words—more than half of a full-length novel.

That’s when we began thinking about publishing. Neither of us had any idea how to go about it, so we started googling “how to publish.” We came upon terms such as “agent” and “query letter,” and also a couple of blogs on self-publishing. It took only a few hours of research online for us to decide that we didn’t want to spend the next several years pitching the book, only to be paid a tiny advance and miserably low royalties. Self-publishing had already taken off, and that seemed like a much more appealing alternative, as the economics were better and we could get the book published much, much sooner. In fact, from the time Dima encouraged me to try writing to the time we pressed the “publish” button on Amazon, it was less than 3 months.

3 - How did you start in the self-publishing industry? Were your books well received from the start? In any case, French readers love them since all your books are on the Kindle bestsellers list.

Thank you! I’m so glad readers in France enjoy the books!

When we came out with our first book in the US (Close Liaisons), we enjoyed modest success. A number of readers loved it, but it didn’t go viral or anything like that. We had the wrong cover—one that made the book look more like an urban thriller than a romance—and we knew very little about marketing or promotion. We learned quickly, though, and by the time we published Close Obsession a few months later, we had much better covers. We also made the first book free to incentivize purchases of the second book. The strategy worked really well, and that’s when we saw that we may be able to do this for a living. After much agonizing, we decided to take the risk, and both of us quit our job to start writing full-time.

4 - Self-publishing is more developed in the USA than in France. I think, in the USA, it has reached its peak. Do you think that after this peak, this phenomenon will subside?

No, not at all. Self-publishing is here to stay. I don’t even think it’s peaked in the US—in fact, from what I see, it’s becoming more and more prevalent. Many popular traditionally published authors are now going hybrid or leaving their publishers altogether. The publishers just don’t offer enough value for what they take from the author. Dima & I can do almost anything that a big publisher can do, except possibly get our books into physical bookstores. And even that is just a matter of being willing to risk enough capital. Barbara Freethy, for instance, recently formed a unique partnership with Ingram to get her self-published print books into major stores, and everybody’s watching to see how that turns out.

5 - You only write trilogies. Can you tell us why?

It’s not intentional—it just happened that way with the first two series. I do plan to write some standalones in the future, and maybe even some novellas. Of course, I planned for Twist Me to be a standalone too, but I just couldn’t leave the characters alone :).

6 - You work with your husband. How do you work together? Are there some difficulties when you are writing a book? Do you sometimes argue with each other?

We actually work together really well. We take long walks to discuss the books we’re writing, and we plot everything together. We did try writing together, as in sitting side by side and writing, but it was too inefficient, so now we help each other with plot, offer feedback on scenes, and edit each other’s books, but we don’t actually write side by side. Dima does most of the writing on the sci-fi and fantasy books, whereas I do most of the writing on the romance novels.

7 - Let’s talk about your dark romance Twist Me trilogy. Were you afraid of the American readers’ reaction? Why did you choose such themes in your books? (Rape, abduction etc.)

I was definitely nervous, even though dark romance was becoming increasingly popular here in the US. As to why I chose to write it, well, partially it’s because I’ve always liked reading those types of dark, forbidden stories, and partially because the book and the characters just came to me. I started writing Twist Me thinking I was going to publish it under a different pen name, but Dima convinced me not to do that, as we already had a built-in readership from the Krinar books (which also have some of the darker elements, just more toned down).

8 - With the forced seduction theme, don’t you feel you are going back to the romance novels of the eighties? Is this a new trend ?

Yes, in a way, dark romance and dark erotica are a callback to the bodice rippers of the 80s. Romance novels have become very politically correct—and bland—in the last couple of decades, and many readers have been missing those types of books (don’t judge – it’s our right to have fantasies :)). Of course, modern-day dark romance often has a psychological component to it, and at least one of the protagonists realizes that that type of relationship is not okay.

9 - Considering your success, do you feel you should send your manuscripts to traditional publishers? If not, why?

At this point, it would be very easy for Dima and me to get traditionally published. In fact, we’ve already been approached by agents and foreign publishers. I can’t say we won’t ever go for it, but the offer would have to be extremely compelling. Mozaika Publications—the company Dima & I formed to publish our books—does more than most traditional publishers. We not only release our books in ebook and print formats, but we also do audiobooks and translations (and even audiobooks of translations). The business aspect does take up a lot of our time (80%, in fact, even with one full-time employee and one part-time assistant), but we don’t have to deal with query letters, difficult editors, treacherous contracts, delayed royalty payments, or any of the other issues we constantly hear about from our traditionally published author friends. We have complete control over our books, and we can make sure they’re exactly what we want them to be.

10 - Do you have a last word for our French-speaking readers?

I love you, guys :). Thank you so much for your support, and I promise you many more books in French!

OMG, you guys! This is so surreal. Hold Me made it onto the New York Times List of Best Sellers and onto USA Today List at #42! I'm beyond grateful to each and every one of you for loving the series and helping spread the word. We have the best readers in the world! 
Hey guys – now that Hold Me is out, I know many of you are wondering what's coming next. And I have a couple of different things in the pipeline, including The Krinar Captive and White Nights. However, the book that excites me most right now is Lucas's story.

You see, after I finished Hold Me, I re-read all of my works in progress, trying to see which one I was going to focus on next. And as I was doing that, a story kept nagging at me. Another dark romance, one hinted at in Keep Me and Hold Me.

That book—the story of Lucas and the Russian interpreter (and Rosa, in a way)—will be titled Capture Me. I don't know the release date at the moment, and I don't have the cover or the blurb. However, I have written about 13,000 words (roughly 16%). I won't firmly commit that this is the book that's coming next, just because so many things can change in the course of writing a novel, but if you sign up for my newsletter, I will let you know once I have the pre-order links and a specific release date.