about the book
Sometimes love is worth the wait.
Before Sara Carlisle even meets Charlie Rhodes, she hates him for insulting her best friend. As far as she's concerned, the fact that he's tall and muscular with an accent to die for isn’t enough to redeem him. Charlie is an arrogant A--hole and that's all there is to it!
For his part, Charlie thinks Sara is a conceited pain in the arse. He genuinely enjoys her frustration and makes no secret of it. Besides, she gives as good as she gets!
Fundamentally opposed, it's obvious they're never going to get along. However, they are stuck in each other's lives for the foreseeable future. Being civil is as good as it’s going to get...or is it?
In a standalone slow-burn romance following hot on the heels of Handle With Care, Sara and Charlie discover that you really can't rush romance.
Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09S35VNTL
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Prices (in USD):
E-Book: $2.99 (and enrolled in Kindle Unlimited)
Length: 240 Pages
About the author
Anita (A.N.) Verebes is a daydreamer and romance novelist. As a civil marriage celebrant, Anita makes a living telling other people’s love stories and celebrating real romance! Also armed with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), Anita is a qualified -but not practising- High School English teacher who loves to read anything she can get her hands on, including fanfiction. (And, yes, she’s written her fair share of that, too.) Living directly between Queensland’s sunny Gold and Sunshine coasts, Anita spends her days exploring the Great South East with her husband and their two rambunctious sons. When at home, she’s also a slave to two cats and one very spoilt Great Dane X.
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What is the inspiration behind your latest release?
The original idea of The Cure series actually came from a news story from the UK, about a man who had been through a severe physical trauma and as a result believed he was transforming into a werewolf each month. It got me to thinking about how powerful the mind is, and about that idea of transforming but not, about how that might affect your life. It seemed sort of monstrous, this metamorphosis, whilst also being completely psychological – and the powerlessness you might feel whilst undergoing it would naturally make you pretty damn angry. That was how I came up with my protagonist Josi. Then I started thinking about the kind of world that would further isolate Josi because of this anger and monstrousness, and it seemed like a very controlled, regulated world – maybe one in which no one else could feel the way she did? Specifically, that they had no ability to feel anger. After that I always saw her as the last woman in the world, a sort of lone figure in the post-apocalypse of emotions, and thus the dystopian future world of The Cure was born. Sorry – that was a very long-winded answer.
Tell us about your writing journey/how you got published?
I started writing when I was about thirteen or fourteen, working on a fantasy novel for other kids my age. When I was seventeen I finished the book and sent it out to a couple of publishers, and one of them picked it up, which was really lucky. I then published the first two in that series, but by that point I was older, I was studying screenwriting and had moved on to wanting to write for adults. I had several new novels, two of which turned out to be the first in two different series. It helped that I’d been published before, and had a literary agent to get me in the door with the adult novels. ‘Avery’ got picked up by Random House, and Fury got picked up by Momentum, both in the same year. I’ve been working on the two series for a few years now, and am coming to the ends of them, so it will soon be time to come up with something completely new.
What is your writing routine?
I’m a night owl, so I do my best work late at night when the house is quiet and everyone else is asleep, I put on some moody music and get to it. During the day I tend to do other things to stimulate and inspire me, before I get settled in to write.
Share a writing quote/motto about writing.
This is one I try to live by:
“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
– Robert Frost
And this is one I find useful to remember, particularly in the rather snobbish literary world that seems filled with people who turn their nose up at fantasy and try to make you feel childish for writing it:
“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
– Lloyd Alexander
What is the one piece of advice about writing that has stuck with you?
Don’t be too precious, and remove your ego from the work – developing and editing something is a process, and if you get too precious about it, or take offense when your work is critiqued, then you’re setting yourself up for a world of angst. Your writing needs to be deeply meaningful to you, but there’s always a point when it stops being about you and starts being about the story itself, about the characters, about the editors, and about the relationship readers have with the work.
What are you reading at the moment or what’s the last book you read and what did you like/not like?
I just finished reading Golden Son by Pierce Brown, which is the sequel to red Rising. It’s a fantastic series, really well written with an insightful, engaging protagonist you can really feel for. It also has space ships, gravity boots, some crazy whip-fighting, and a gorgeous love story.
Melancholy: Book Two of the Cure blurb
Author of Return to Me, Hollywood Dreams and Vintage Dreams. Short story is published in the anthology Little Raven Two by Little Raven Publishing.