Wednesday, July 30, 2014

5 SECRETS (What No One Knows About My Book)

Our guest author today is Anne Cole, who is going to share some tidbits about the writing of her book that no one knows--until today.

Souls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.

5 SECRETS from Souls Entwined

#5 Pirates! Johnny Depp’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean Movies is the inspiration behind Souls Entwined pirate character, Kadir Haty….and yes…Kadir will return in the sequel, Souls Estranged!

#4 Grandmothers and Rings - Anne B. Cole’s real life great, great, great, great grandmother’s name was Roxana, who gave her second granddaughter a garnet ring that was given to her by her brother, who was a US sailor in Europe during the early 1800s. It was passed down through the generations to Anne’s grandmother. She gave it to Anne (also a second granddaughter) when she was about 12 years old. Anne is not aware of any curses on her ring and wears the heirloom often.

#3 Runners - Anne is an avid runner and once nearly tripped over a squirrel that darted in front of her sneakers. During Gretta’s run in the park, Sam watches her suddenly fall. He didn’t see the squirrel that tripped her…Readers don’t know in Souls Entwined that Katarina’s spirit is entwined within the squirrel. The squirrel returns in the sequel, Souls Estranged, where Katarina’s presence within the squirrel will be revealed in true ‘Katarina style’.

#2 Deleted, but not forgotten - The first draft of Souls Entwined was handwritten in composition notebooks. It topped at 150,000 words. In this original, Gretta and Sam don’t meet in the park until Chapter Eight! Needless to say, Anne has many deleted chapters and scenes to reveal in the future on her blog.

#1 Titles - Souls Entwined was originally titled Maledicta, which is the Latin word for ‘cursed.’ During edits, it was suggested that Anne change her title to something that is easier for readers to pronounce and remember. Authors tend to bond with their titles, especially their first novels. For weeks after she changed the title change to Souls Entwined, she referred to it as #1. The #1 nickname stuck and Anne continues to call it #1 and refers to the sequel as #2. The yet to be written final book of the Soul Series is called, you guessed it, #3.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed Five Secrets from Souls Entwined!

Blurb from Souls Entwined:

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives—or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

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Thanks for checking out Anne and her secrets. If you have any comments or questions, Anne will be around to answer them today.

And don’t forget to check back next Thursday to find out even more author secrets about their book.


  1. Hi Anne,
    Great post. I love secrets. Best of luck with your story.



  2. Beverley,
    Thank you for having me here today. Love your blog--your books look very interesting too!

  3. Hi Margaret,
    Thanks! I love secrets:)
    As a reader, getting behind the scenes of a book it something I love to do so I'm happy to share:)

  4. Hi Anne,
    I love reading back stories. Thanks for sharing your secrets. Joanne :)

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Thanks for stopping by! Beverley has a great blog---and cool books!

  5. Beautiful cover. I love the ideas of getting to know more about books and authors.

    1. Thanks Melissa!
      Fiona Jade is the artist for my cover---I loved it at first sight:)
      After writing my 5 Secrets for Beverley, I've invited authors to share their secrets on my blog---it is fun as a reader and an author to see the inspiration and influences of a book!