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Yesterday I was eating lunch when I got the coolest email of the week. Tell (The Heckmasters, Book 3) was nominated in the Paranormal Short category for a RONE Award. The RONE Awards are held by InD'tale magazine. Books that receive 4 stars or better are nominated.

It feels pretty sweet. I had a hard time writing Tell because I didn't want to finish the series. I love my Heckmaster boys, and Tell in particular because a whole lot me went into him.

Of course, as you may know, Tell (The Heckmasters) is no longer available for sale because it's now Hell & Gone (The Heckmasters). With it's purty new cover and you get that awesome alternate ending in the Kindle version. Having a "director's cut" in a book is a first for me and it was fun, even though the alternate ending is sad. Get your tissues ready.

Just for giggles, here are the links to all three books. And they're always free on KU. You can't beat that deal.

Hell & A Hard Place
Hell & B…

They're Alive!

After a couple of weeks that feel very long (and an aching neck from bending over my laptop so much), I finally got The Convict and the Cattleman, The Wrong Brother's Bride, and Reclaiming Her Heart back on Amazon yesterday.

I have to admit, I was daunted by the prospect of reading through The Convict and the Cattleman again. I didn't wait long after I finished The Wrong Brother's Bride, but I was practically moaning about it. You know, it was one of my first books and I expected it to be bad (I had a great editor, what was I thinking?). It surprised me. That books is awesome and after three years of not looking at it, I was like, the heck? Who wrote this? It's magnificent. And it truly is. There was a part in it in which I killed a character and I have always regretted it. So, I may have reworked it a bit. You'll have to read it to find out. Ha ha. You can get it at Amazon now and it's free on KU.

I did some updating to The Wrong Brother's Bride too. It was…

A Beast of a Deal

It probably doesn't come as any surprise that Beauty and the Beast is my all-time favorite, hands-down, no contest fairy tale. What's not to love? Smart heroine, cranky hero, both transformed by the power of love. 
Why would I fight the urge to write a novel based on that fairy tale? Well, I wouldn't because that would be silly. However, to make a realistic version, I had to make some tweaks. There can't be any singing candlesticks in a historical novel. Although that would make a great paranormal. But I didn't go there.
Instead, I chose to yank that puppy out of France and set it in a place that's near and dear to me: Eureka Springs, AR. Instead of a rose, our heroine needs water. She's not thirsty, I promise. She needs it because Eureka Springs has long been noted for its many springs and the healing quality of these mineral-infused waters. She doesn't want it for herself. Not to make herself beautiful or relaxed or whatever the hundreds of excuses pe…

Take Cover!

The White People Almost Kissing collection is back! I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that these aren't romance novels, after all. 
Similar to the old cover, this one captures the same couple, but in a different pose with a lighter background and a baby horse. This is my most favorite historical romance I've written and I think the cover came out just beautifully, because I am amazing, obviously. My cover artist did the hard work though. I just picked out the images. It's bright and happy...even though some parts of the story are kind of dark. But it very much reminds me of a summer day in the Ozarks. And it captures the hat--which was an important element in the story--and the horses, which were a bonding moment for the hero and heroine.

 This one. This one just came out super awesome and captures everything I was going for in this book. I had another stock couple picked out for this one, because I really liked the woman, but the guy was shirtless and it didn'…

So This Is It

It's hard to pinpoint exactly how I feel. Not as relieved as I imagined. A little sad. Happy, but sad. It's about fifty-fifty right now.

I asked for the rights back to The Convict and the Cattleman, The Wrong Brother's Bride, and Reclaiming Her Heart at the end of December. Finally, yesterday, I got the letter in the mail releasing me from Kensington's Lyrical line.

As an author (or any kind of artist who wants to share their media with the world), you wait for the moment when you hit it big. When the announcement came that Lyrical was selling to Kensington, this seemed like the break-through. Don't get me wrong, I was thrilled to sign with Samhain, a house known for its quality books. Samhain was one of my dream houses. Signing with Kensington was a huge deal. New York house for little ol' me? Awesome. You can read all about it in the January '14 posts.

Turns out I'm a bit of a Red Riding Hood. By which I mean, I got lost in the woods. Writing for the …

A Very Lawless Playlist

One of my favorite things when I got serious about writing Lawless was the music I listened to as the world unfolded. To be honest, one of the songs that really got me thinking about Lawless and a character who could be given a chance to redeem his past was Aerosmith's "Kiss Your Past Goodbye". It's a song about a hooker, sure, but it's also about redemption. That title would have made a cool tagline for the book, except I went other places with it.

I did bookmarks for Lawless and on the back instead of the blurb, I put the top five songs I listened to while writing. Here's the full list:

Kiss Your Past Goodbye - Aerosmith

Cold Hearted Man - AC/DC

Don't Cry - GNR

Dust in the Wind - Kansas

Bad Company - Bad Company

Renegade - Styx

Wheel in the Sky - Journey

Someday Never Comes - CCR

Knockin' on Heaven's Door - GNR

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zepplin

The Sound of Silence - Disturbed

Waitin' 'Round to Die - Whitney Morgan

Spirit in the Sky - Norman Greenbaum

Oh, Happy Day

It is a big week for Allison Merritt, y'all.

Lawless is available on Amazon! It's free for you lovely KU readers. It is everything you want in a paranormal historical romance (and maybe it's some things you didn't know you needed).


I got my rights back for The Heckmasters series. I am happy dancing so hard. I spent yesterday formatting the ebooks. They look fantastic. I am going to be so happy to get them back up on Amazon. For now, here are the covers, done by the fantastic artist, Annoula.




I've been waiting on this moment for about a year. It's a bittersweet moment, I can tell you that, but mostly I'm relieved to have the Heckmasters back in my possession. Especially considering yesterday would have been the one  year anniversary of Tell's book coming out. That's kind of sad, but he's home, so everything is great.

I'm having a wonderful day, so I hope you all have one as well. Smoochies!

Review N' Win

Tomorrow is release day for Lawless! I mean, you could've already purchased a paperback copy and devoured it, if you wanted, but if you were waiting around for the Kindle version, you can't grab that until tomorrow. On the other hand, if you don't want to buy it, but still want to review, I have an extra special offer for you.

Want to win a Heckmasters prize pack that includes:
*All three of the Heckmaster novels in paperback
*A solar dancing devil
*An XL Hershey's special dark chocolate bar
*A $10 Amazon gift card
Shoot me an email at allisonmwrites@gmail.com or PM me on my Facebook page.

I'll send you a PDF copy of Lawless.

Leave a review on Amazon, your own webpage, Goodreads or another review site, fill out this form smarturl.it/Reviewnwin and you're entered, easy as 1-2-3!

No purchase necessary. Contest limited to the United States and Canada. Contest ends 4/1/2017. Winner will be notified by email on or about 4/3/2017. By entering, winner grants permissio…

Book Feature & Interview - She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade

Hey, y'all. I love box sets and today I've got a super fun one for you to look at! With rock stars! Check out this interview and feature from one of the book in the set--She Came With the Tide by Viviana McKade.

1)Can you tell us your name? Andrea Turner. (She smiles, lowers her eyes before looking up at me again with the cutest grin ever.)  Soon to be Andrea Axelsson.
2)Have you ever had a nickname?
Never until Erik. He calls me Pixie, because of my haircut.
3)What is your profession? I’m studying early childhood education. I’d love to have my day-care center one day.
4)After all you’ve been through in your life, which we know is some, what are your thoughts on love. Love is Erik. The life we have. (Her voice hardens a bit, her eyes lose that soft light.)  For may years I thought love and possession were the same thing. Now I know better.
5)What would you change about yourself? I’d love to get rid of some of this shyness, (she says, as she fiddles with the cuff of her long sleeve t-sh…

Good News Comes in Threes, But Beware Stormy Seas

You know what day it is! No, not hump day. Don't start that junk. I don't want to hear it. It's the five year anniversary release day of THE TREASURE HUNTER'S LADY! What are we doing to celebrate? Um...not much. Go get a copy free on Kindle Unlimited. After you download that, download the other two too. You won't be sorry.

If you go back five years and read all the posts leading up to and after the release, I was a nervous wreck. It seems like a hundred years ago that it happened. In honor of five years of publishing, all The Guardian Chronicle books got new covers. Good times.

Speaking of new covers...

I imagine the publishing world is abuzz with the not-so-new news of Samhain's latest closure. I got the email yesterday afternoon. I won't lie about it. I'd requested my rights back for The Heckmasters a few months after the first closure announcement, then after Cris decided to stay open. I was actually waiting to hear if I was going to get them. It'…

Lawless Cover Reveal

Title: Lawless
Genre: Western paranormal romance
Length: 64,000 words
Publisher: Demoiselle Books
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Blurb:
His redemption lies beyond death. Hers lies in changing his heart.
A moment of pity costs outlaw Clayton Wilder his life when he steps in front of a bullet meant for a young boy. While his bank-robbing posse escapes, he earns a trip to the gallows. Nothing less than he deserves, but the afterlife isn't what he expected. Instead of a one-way ticket to Hell, Wilder's given the chance to redeem his soul in the Purgatory-like town of Windfall. And instead of a guardian angel, he's saddled with a being who's been dealing with souls so long, she's forgotten what living is.
After ninety-nine years as a Second Judge of Men, Joanna Casimir hopes her last assignment is an easy one. Showing her charges the error of their ways has given many a second chance at Heaven, but Wilder continually ignores her good intentions. The revenge he took on the men …

Looking Back & Ahead

I'm sitting here right now thinking about how five years ago I was getting ready to release The Treasure Hunter's Lady. February 10th marks the anniversary of the release date. And of a journey that branched wildly out into the publishing world.

Where I'm at now isn't so different as it was then. Way back as a naive writer who only had two/three books done or nearly done, I wasn't writing for a house. Today, I'm not writing for houses. Then, I wanted to. Funny how things change.

I wanted new covers to the anniversary and veered way off from the original "romance-y" looking covers because they're strongly romance, yes, but I've learned some things on this wildly careening journey about appealing to broader masses.

I've learned a ton, actually. Enough to go back and correct what I didn't know would drag down the writing then. Some of the things I learned were hard lessons that involved a lot of pain. And complaining. And I'm still ki…

Best Laid Plans

My intentions to begin blogging again kind of fell by the wayside. Naturally, because this is me we're talking about. I have a PhD in procrastination. But, here I am, trying again.

VisionCon is coming up. It begins February 24 and goes to the 26th. I. Am. So. Excited. I have boxes of The Guardian Chronicles ready to go. Do I have Lawless yet? Erm...well, I was going through the MS again the other day after I got the files reviewed and I found some stuff that needed to be changed. This is about the fourth time I've uploaded that file. I think I'm finally finished now. I pray to be finished because this is the most I've messed with a MS in I don't know how long. I've got to get my rear in gear because the cover reveal is February 8th. Be there.

I'm semi-hard at work on a third Viking novel. Erik Agmar has been whispering in my ear for some time that he would like the chance to be the hero. So...I basically started writing his book and I yanked the rug out fro…

What's Up, Buttercup?

The last couple of years, blogging hasn't really been my thing. Of course, the last couple of years has been chock full of doubt, worry, and procrastination in the name of both those things. I hope to rectify that this year.
I could tell stories that would make any author cringe. Or maybe I'm just overly sensitive to what happened that made my writing career look bleak. Doesn't matter. We've all got a story about an experience that knocked us to the ground. And if we're lucky, we rose from it. This year I'm hoping to wipe the tarnish off what happened and make the future look brighter.
It starts with getting Lawless published. We've done the formatting. I'm waiting on the print proof to arrive. Should be next week. I'm gearing up for Visioncon in February. I'd love to do more comic cons because I had a blast with them last year. I'll be debuting the print version of Lawless at Visioncon. It'll be available for pre-order on Amazon as well…