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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.

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/TheEldersUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/TheEldersUK
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/TheEldersBN
Kobo: http://bit.ly/TheEldersKobo
iBooks: http://bit.ly/TheEldersiBooks
Google Play: http://bit.ly/TheEldersGooglePlay
Paperback: http://bit.ly/TheEldersAmazonPaperback

 
 
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.
 
 
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I'm excited to announce that Hold Me (Twist Me #3) is finally live! Both the ebook and the paperback versions are now available, and the audiobook will follow shortly (hopefully in 1-2 weeks). 

You can find the book at:

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonUK
Amazon Germany: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonDE
Amazon France: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonFR
Amazon Canada: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonCA
Amazon Australia: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonAU
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/HoldMeBN
iBooks: http://bit.ly/HoldMeiBooks
Google Play: http://bit.ly/HoldMeGooglePlay
Kobo: http://bit.ly/HoldMeKobo
Paperback: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonPaperback    



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Captor and captive. Lovers. Soulmates.

We’re all that and more.

We thought we were past the worst of it. We thought we finally had a chance.

We thought wrong.

We’re Nora and Julian, and this is our story.

***Hold Me is the conclusion of the Twist Me trilogy, told from Nora & Julian's point of view.***


 
 
June 9th is now only 4 days away!
 
 
Hey guys - here's another hot little Hold Me teaser for you! Also, right now, Twist Me is on sale for only $0.99! If you have friends who haven't started the series yet, please be sure to let them know! 

You can find Twist Me at:
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/YNjF9V
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1rGuyEw
B&N: http://bit.ly/1y5r8lw
iBooks: http://apple.co/1DvsfNx
Google Play: http://bit.ly/1NGTK6h
Kobo: http://bit.ly/19TeKd0

 

Hold Me Teaser #2!

05/28/2015

 
You can pre-order the book at the following places:

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonUS
Amazon UK: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonUK
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/HoldMeBN
iBooks: http://bit.ly/HoldMeiBooks
Google Play: http://bit.ly/HoldMeGooglePlay
Kobo: http://bit.ly/HoldMeKobo
Paperback: http://bit.ly/HoldMeAmazonPaperback 
 
 
June 9th is approaching...
 
 
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Hey guys – I have something very hot for you! TASTE ME is a collection of 27 sexy scenes from the hottest releases of 2015, and guess what? It contains a nice, juicy teaser from the upcoming Hold Me (Twist Me #3)!

Download the anthology for FREE to find your next scorching read!

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1QQ4YJ2
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1EabfGo 
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1HlBFwt
iBooks: http://apple.co/1JNOcGs

122,000-WORDS OF DARK ROMANCE AND DANGEROUS ENCOUNTERS!

TASTE ME is a collection of twenty-seven sexy scenes from the hottest releases of 2015, both newly released and coming soon. This all-star lineup of bestselling authors includes...

Tijan, Alessandra Torre, Lauren Blakely, Skye Warren, CD Reiss, Anna Zaires & Dima Zales, Red Phoenix, Cherise Sinclair, Kendall Ryan, Chelle Bliss, TK Leigh, Toni Aleo, Sam Crescent, Jenika Snow, Julia Sykes, Nina Levine, Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott, Ainsley Booth, Katy Regnery, Shari Slade & Amber Lin, Shoshanna Evers, Pam Godwin, Carolyn Crane, Molly Joseph, Ella Sheridan, Karla Doyle, and Brooke Cumberland

Download TASTE ME now for a sneak peek of Hold Me, the highly anticipated third book in the dark romance Twist Me series from Anna Zaires. Push your boundaries with a twisty scene from Tight by Alessandre Torre, one of the blockbuster books of the year. Sink your teeth into an alpha rocker bad boy in the not-yet-released Second Chance with a Rock Star from Shari Slade and Amber Lin.

Note: This compilation is intended as a FREE preview of this year’s hot releases to help readers find their next scorching read. May not be free in all countries due to price matching delays.