Friday, November 25, 2016

Anita Philmar - An Author Interview at the HBS Author's Spotlight

Today our blog puts the Spotlight on AuthorAnita Philmar. She is an Amazon Best Selling author of Western Romances.

Author Genre: Hot Romance

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Author Description:
Amazon Best Selling erotica author, Anita Philmar enjoys writing stories that push the limit and take her readers to new exciting places.

In a house full of men, she has learned the inner working of both boy's and men's minds which has enriched her stories.

Having grown up in Texas. she's a big fan of cowboys. She couldn't help but write westerns set in her home state. Hot, historical, or erotic fantasies, she lights up the pages with sizzling sex scenes.

SPOTLIGHT Questions and Answers with the Author

Congratulations on your book: The Warrior In Me. What do you have on the drawing board next? Can you tell us the timeline for its release and give us a little tease?

Thanks, James. The Warrior in Me was a fun book to write. Up next on the drawing board is A Cowboy’s Passion, which is part of the Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas. This book is a continuation of Cowboy’s Pleasure and The Country Doctor’s Bride. Not only do you find out what happens to Tess, but who was behind Gab killing Tobias. I’m planning to release it Jan. 2017.

You have a good following on twitter. Since you started before the social media buzz, what impact has social media relationships had on your current success? How did you build your following in your niche? How much has it changed your book launch process?

I have been on social media for years and believe it has fueled my current success. I have met some great followers and have had a chance to share my work with the world. I build my following my following people who like the same authors that I enjoy reading. When launching a book now, I make sure I included my twitter account and facebook friends in my marketing strategy. Luckily, I have great support from both.

Do you do any book signings, interviews, speaking and personal appearances? If so, when and where is the next place where your readers can see you? Where can they keep up with your personal contacts online?

I don’t have any book signings, speaking or personal appearances scheduled in the near future. Most of my interviews are like this one, which happens online. If I plan an event, I normally share that information on my blog or in my newsletter. Anyone can join and receive a free copy of my book “Hot Prairie Nights” at

You have great covers. They carry a theme and your brand with them. How does your book cover creation process work? Do you hand over the basic theme or do you have more of a hands-on approach? Do you get your readers involved in its development?

I am very lucky that I have a cover artist that lets me share in the creative process. Normally, I give her an idea and then I will search for pictures that I like. She puts it together and creates the final product. I haven’t asked readers opinions on my covers, but I have considered doing this in the future.

You have written several short stories. Can you tell us if they had an impact on the sales of your novels? Are shorty’s one of your styles of writing or are they created to give readers a sample of your work?

I enjoy writing short. They are quick and help my sales numbers because I can price them lower. New readers can read my books without having to invest a great deal to discover my style. I have to say I do it because I enjoy writing short stories and to give readers a sample of my work.

I like the idea of Author bundles. You are a part of a several novel and short story collections. What was the impact on your other sales? What was the main objective of bundling your works with other romance authors? How did you put something like that together?

I enjoy being in a box set. Mainly, I like working with other authors on a common goal. This has helped my sales. In that, it exposes me to new readers and spreads the cost of promotion over the group, giving each of us more exposure. I haven’t been the one to put a box set together. Luckily, I have been associated with other authors that have invited me to be in the group, which makes my part in the group much easier.

What has been your experience in giving your books away free? Have you been involved in any other type of giveaways and how did that work out? What was your main goal in doing this? Did you run into any obstacles?

I had my book “Hot Prairie Nights” free on all outlets for four years. This exposed me to some readers. This year, I pulled it from all the sites and now uses it to find people who want to be a part of my newsletter group. I do Amazon giveaways, and I’m currently running a giveaway to celebrate the release of The Warrior in Me on my blog dated 11/11/2016. I find this again gains new readers and helps say thank you to your followers. There are some obstacles in that you need to make sure you know what you're doing and state your terms and conditions.

Do you maintain a reader list? What are the methods you use to find your readers and create the list and the relationship? Do you use social media, forums, newsletters and/or support groups to build your list?

Yes, as I mention above. I am working to build what I call my special friends list. These people are walking with me through my publishing journey. I work to establish a relationship with them and hope they feel invested in me. I use every social media to increase the number of people on my list. I use the link to Instafreebie link on social media, signature line, promotion ops and anywhere that lets people learn about me. One place is in ebooks.

Besides the #MFRW authors, what other writer support groups do you belong too? Do they help with the writing, marketing and the publishing process?

Marketing for Romance Writers is a great group, but I have a group that I belong to which is called Authors Helping Authors. It is where I brainstorm with other authors about the upcoming author exchange that is hosted I also have something similar on my blog, which is for erotic authors only
It allows authors to sign up and exchange blogs with other authors. Most of the groups are for marketing.

You have a great blog. You do a great job keeping readers informed and marketing your books. What is your primary goal? And where in the world do you find the time to create great novels, take care of the social media and maintain your blog?

Lately, I have spent a lot of time marketing for The Warrior in Me. I try my best to balance my day and spend a few hours doing each task. Some days, I might spend more time on updating my blog and the next day on marketing. However, I do try to write a little each day. Some days, I get more done than others.

Author's Book List
The Warrior In Me - Ancient Warrior Prophecy Book 1
Special Security Agent Sebastian Berlin is eager to track down his partner's killer. Instead, he’s assigned the job of baby-sitting a scientist. His boss thinks she's the key to an Ancient Warrior Prophecy. Science never interested Sebastian, but the know-it-all female standing at the end of his Alaskan dock could persuade him to do a little experimenting. That is, if he can keep his Neanderthal Warrior genes from taking control.

DNA specialist Lily Sinclair is in need of a vacation, or so her over-protective ex-husband tells her. Arriving in chilly Alaska instead of sunny Cancun, she's tired and cranky and so not in the mood for her bodyguard's he-man tactics. Still, there's something about the sexy eye-candy that makes her want to lick him all over even as she's demanding to go home.

Then Lily's ex is poisoned, and Sebastian is certain the two murders are connected and she could be next. She knows he's hiding something, but with the worldwide release of Neanderthal DNA project only days away, she has no choice but to trust him to protect her. But can she trust him with her heart?

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McKee's Ghost - Western Historical Paranormal Romance
His fiancée called off their engagement after being accosted by a ghost in his house.

Now, a beautiful ghost detective has shown up at his ranch, saying his brother has hired her to take care of the unwanted spirit.

Konnor McKee is more than happy with PSI Agent Ruth Oliva Wilson. One look and he was hooked. Now, if he can only get some help from a ghost, he might be able to secure himself a bride after all.

With the return of his ex-fiancee, his life is turned upside down by an angry ghost, a vindictive woman, and a sexy medium. Konnor doesn’t know which way to turn.

Can he get everyone out of this alive and marry the PSI Agent? Or has he lost all hope of a happy future because of the ruthless ghost of one of his ancestors?

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The Country Doctor's Bride - The Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas series Book 6
Hot stories set in 1860 Texas

With no ties to Texas, Dixy secures a ride to the next town on her way out of the state. The driver, Tobias Poe offers to let her rest. While she’s in the back, he is shot.

Rushing to save him, she arrives in Naked Bluff, Texas.

The town’s doctor, Nathaniel Murphy can’t save him, but he can save her? Penniless, alone, and now a murder suspect, Dixy has no alternative but to accept his help. Can this couple build a future together?

Or will a killer silence her forever?

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Naked Bluff, Texas - The Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas series
In Deep Water

Wading into the water, Carolyn Evans takes one step too far and finds herself neck¬-deep in the river and fighting for her life.

After saving Carolyn from drowning, Zack Goodman is trapped in an awkward situation when they’re both rescued by a steamboat and hauled on deck.

Naked and embarrassed, Carolyn is quick to save them from humiliation and claims they are married.

Will Zack release her from her claim of matrimony? Or will he teach her once words are spoken…they are not so easily retracted?

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A Cowboy's Pleasure - The Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas series Book 5
Having traveled across the country to escape the war between the states, John Bristol Smith needs a job, any job.

Told of a potential job, he arrives at the interview with high expectation. Nothing, however, in his life prepared him for the nature of this assignment. Tess Van Pelt wants excitement and she means to have it.

Her husband is more than willing to pay for whatever she wants and she wants John.

Is this a job or a fantasy?

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More Than Ready - Naked Bluff, Texas Book 4
A cowboy is at a crossroad-

After losing his brother, Kirk Pepperman planned a future with Richard’s wife, Sadie. Kirk wanted to honor his brother and take care of Sadie. He worked for years showing her that he’d make her the perfect husband. However, she had other ideas and married another man.

Now, he is uncertain what he should do with his life.

Sitting in the barn’s loft, he’s debating leaving town and perhaps joining the civil war efforts. After all, why should he still around only to be miserable and alone?

Enters a determine woman –

Mary Beth Owens knows her parents are arranging for her to marry Kirk. The problem is he’s been stuck on the wrong woman for years. With Sadie out of the picture, Mary Beth is determined to find out if Kirk can be the man, she wants him to be. If not, then she has no desire to marry him either.

With rope in hand, she heads into the barn. The man will listen to her if she has to tie him up and gag him.

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Deputy's Bride - The Cowboys of Naked Bluff, Texas series Book 3
Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two. With his job taking him away from home regularly, Bo has hatched a plan where he and his brother, Chase can both be happy.

Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever fits the bill.

She has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife, has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling.

Tempted by both men, Sarah is settling in nicely,

Until her past rears its ugly head.

Then the perfect life she believes she’s found is altered forever when Nevada Burns shows up at the ranch. He makes threats and demands Sarah submit to his will.

Forced into making a life changing decision in the blink of an eye, Sarah finds her past has not let go and just might ruin her future.

Can these three build a life together?

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In Too Deep - Naked Bluff, Texas Book 2
Looking for a chance to escape her in-laws, Sadie Pepperman is standing on the banks of the Trinity River, hoping for a relaxing day. With her husband’s death, her in-laws want her to marry her brother-in-law so they can take control of her farm. She is determined to make it on her own.

Suddenly, the peace of the day is shattered, when her best friend steps too far into the river. Rushing to save her, Sadie meets a handsome stranger. Instantly, the man ignites her dormant lust. She sees her friend rescued by a steamship and backs away from Logan Jansen. Her ankle turns painfully and she can't walk.

Needing help, she offers Logan a place to stay if he’all help with the chores on her farm. With his agreement, Sadie adds another problem to her list. Now, not only does she have to worry about how to bring her crops in from the field and run her farm alone but she also has to fight her attraction to Logan.

Can Sadie end her in-laws’ interference in her life, run her farm alone, and give love another chance?

Can Logan settle down and give up his plans to join the war between the states?

Will their mutual desire lead to a future together or will Sadie’s in-laws finally convince her to follow their plan for her future?

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In Deep Water - Naked Bluff, Texas Book 1
Skinny-dipping to cool off in the Trinity River couldn’t cause any problem...could it?

Wading into the water, Carolyn Evans takes one step to far.

Fighting for her life, she finds herself neck­-deep in the river and going under one too many times.

Zack Goodman jumps in and saves her. Now, he's trapped in an awkward situation when they’re both rescued by a steamboat and hauled on deck.

Naked and embarrassed, Carolyn saves them from humiliation by claiming they are married.

Will Zack release her from her claim of matrimony? Or will he teach her once words are spoken…they are not so easily retracted?

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Banished Witch - Banished - Erotic Shape Shifter Series Book 3
Banished Witch

Once a princess of Ardenia, Danella, left her homeland to warn her childhood sweetheart only to be kidnapped and sold into slavery. Learning the dark magic from her keeper, she grew to accept her role as a witch to protect her family and track down the traitor to the crown. But when Omar Mandel, the love from her past, arrives to bring her home, she realizes she can never go home. That doesn't mean she can't use his assistance in her plan for revenge and, in the meantime, live out a few unfulfilled fantasies.

The queen wants her daughter to come home and Omar’s job is to see that it happens. However, Danella isn’t the same sweet girl he remembers. In her place is a sexy woman who excites his lust and claims his heart. He must teach her to trust in his love and face the sins of the past if they are to have a future together.

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