Bound by Darkness Review

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Nov 13 2011

Bound by Darkness, book 2 in the Soul Gatherer series, received a wonderful review over at Bitten by Books yesterday.

“McCleave skillfully reveals pieces of Lena’s and Brian’s backstories as the story progresses, seamlessly weaving them into the plot and action of the present in which the tale takes place. The pacing never lags in this excellent novel, and the characterizations are so clear that the reader will sometimes feel as though they are looking directly at the persons or beings described.”

For the entire review, visit the Bitten by Books website.

It’s always a thrill to learn out someone has enjoyed one of my stories. :-)

And Now for Something a Little Different…

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Jun 24 2011

I know many of you are waiting for news of the next Soul Gatherer novel, and I’m sad to say the series has come to an end…sort of. There are no more books scheduled for release from NAL Signet Eclipse. However, since I know my fans are seeking some closure, I’ll be self-publishing an e-book short story in September to wrap up a few loose ends. I’m still working out the details of the story, so I can’t tell you who the hero and heroine are yet, but I soon as I have deets, I’ll share them.

To help you get your fix of hot heroes in the meantime, I’ve released a full-length e-book paranormal romance on Amazon, called Dark Deceiver. It’s not set in the Soul Gatherer world–it’s a novel I wrote before I sold the first book in the Soul Gatherer series–but with any luck, Daemon Kemp (the hero) will rock your world as much as he did mine.

I’ll be releasing the book in other formats besides Amazon Kindle over the next couple of weeks. I’ll update this post when they’re available. Other versions of Dark Deceiver, including web browser .HTML and Adobe Acrobat .PDF, are now available at All Romance eBooks.

If you don’t have an e-reader, take heart. You can still read the book on your computer. Most of the major e-reader companies provide free reading applications for the PC, MAC, iPhone, Android phones, and more. Try:

Barnes & Noble

You can also read PDF and EPUB files with Adobe Digital Editions. It’s a free download, as well.

Digital Editions

Tempting the Knight

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May 13 2011

A couple of years ago, I wrote a novella for the Brava Novella contest sponsored by Kensington Publishing. It finaled in that contest, and I even had some people stop by my website hoping it would be published. Alas, it wasn’t to be. I put the novella aside when my paranormal romances caught the interest of NY publishers.

But the popularity of e-readers and the simplification of the e-publishing business, especially through Amazon, have given me a new opportunity to provide the story to readers. So, it’s with great pleasure that I announce Tempting the Knight: A Novella is available on Amazon and Smashwords.

If you like medieval romances, I hope you’ll check it out.

A lovely review

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Apr 14 2011

Surrender to Darkness got a wonderful review from Romance Reviews Today:

“Annette McCleave has written another enthralling read. Fast-paced, intense, and full of magic, this is a book sure to capture your imagination. Kiyoko’s calm is sublimely balanced by Jamie’s fire, and when they come together it’s perfection. Great storytelling and a unique world combine to make SURRENDER TO DARKNESS a sure-fire winner. Don’t miss it.”

I’m always so thrilled when a reader or reviewer enjoys my books enough to rate it highly. Thanks to all of you who’ve written me or written me up. :-)

Release Day!

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Jan 4 2011

Surrender to Darkness officially releases today! I’m so excited to see this book on the shelf–Murdoch is one of my favorite heroes so far.

I’m blogging over at Silk & Shadows today … and giving away a signed copy to one lucky commenter. If you’d like to win a copy, hop over and log a comment. There’s a new excerpt posted there, too.

p.s. I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but the German version of Surrender has a release date: September 12, 2011. I’ve posted the covers on my Books page.

Great Review for Surrender

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Nov 22 2010

My January release, Surrender to Darkness, got a very nice review from Publishers Weekly today. If you visit the PW link, scroll down to the bottom of the page. My favorite line: “McCleave skillfully interweaves action, magic, mythology, and love to produce a fast-paced, satisfying story.”

Happy Canada Day!

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Jul 1 2010

Happy Canada Day to my fellow Canadians. I hope you have a terrific holiday and have plans to celebrate in style. I’m celebrating, too. Not just the 143rd anniversary of the birth of our nation,  but the latest cover of my Soul Gatherer books.

The first two covers of my Soul Gatherer series, Drawn into Darkness and Bound by Darkness, both featured hot guys with swords.  The focus was the body and the mystical elements of the weapons and the backgrounds. I loved them both.

With Surrender, my publisher is taking a slightly different approach. Don’t worry, there’s still a hot guy with a sword on the front! I’d be heartbroken if my Soul Gatherers lost their moment in the spotlight. But instead of the chopped off head and bare chest, Surrender to Darkness has the full image of my hero, Murdoch, in a more active pose. My editor and the marketing team at NAL did an awesome job of finding a look-alike and dressing him in the attire he wears in the book, right down to the motorcycle boots.

I love this cover, too! Take a look:

So, what do you think?

Another German Sale

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Jun 29 2010

I’m thrilled to announce that the third book in the Soul Gatherer series, Surrender to Darkness, will be published in Germany! The German rights to Drawn into Darkness and Bound by Darkness sold last Fall, so this is wonderful news. I can’t wait to see covers.

Speaking of covers…I’ll reveal the totally rockin’ cover of Surrender to Darkness on Thursday, Canada Day. Stay tuned.

Edits Surrendered

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Jun 22 2010

The general edits for book 3 are done and the book is off to the copy editor. If you’re confused, you’re not alone. It took me a while to sort out the process, too. A copy editor looks at the grammar, style, and consistency of the book, where my editor focuses on the bigger picture elements such as plot and character development.

So, what’s the name of this mysterious third book, you ask? Surrender to Darkness. If you’ve read Bound by Darkness, then you’ve met the hero, Murdoch. Being a Soul Gatherer is challenging enough, but Murdoch’s got an added burden–he’s a berserker.

I’ll post the blurb and the cover art in days to come…:-)

What’s In a Name?

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May 4 2010

I’m at Donna Grant’s blog today. Do you attach meaning to names, especially when it comes to romance heroes? Stop by and share your point of view. And yes, there’s a chance to win Bound by Darkness. :-)

Danke Schön

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Nov 24 2009

I’m thrilled to announce that Drawn into Darkness and Bound by Darkness have sold to the German market. Yay! I’m not sure when the translated books will appear on shelves–it can take a while–but it’s terrific news. I’ll update you with more details when I have them.

Cover Art – Bound by Darkness

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Nov 20 2009

Okay, I admit it – I’m biased. But I LOVE this cover. The mystical sword is totally awesome, the cityscape rocks, and the bare-chested guy…well, I’ll leave that one up to you. :-)

Bound By Darkness cover

What do you think?

Bound by Darkness Available for Pre-order

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Oct 27 2009

…you can pre-order Brian’s story over on Amazon. Yay! It’s scheduled to be released May 4, 2010. As soon as I have the cover, I’ll post it, promise.

Additional Reviews

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Oct 15 2009

Two additional reviews of Drawn into Darkness have recently come to my attention:

Rowena at Book Binge gave it 4.5 out 5 and said, “…I was captivated by the story…a total winner for me.”

Stacey at Manic Readers gave it 5 stars and said, “…an exhilarating roller coaster of emotion and action…

Yay! Book bloggers have been so wonderful in helping me get the word out and I truly thank them for that.

PASIC Interview

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Oct 14 2009

Susan Vaughan interviewed me over at the PASIC blog today. One of the questions was: What three people–fictional, living or dead–would I invite to dinner, and what would I serve? If you’re curious about my answer, stop by!