today featuring a debut author
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Ann Brown is a fellow Passion in Print author who I met at my local RWA chapter, Colorado Romance Writers. Ann has an award winning story with an unusually dark beginning that gave me chills. Makes me wonder what is under that sunny-side-up exterior that shines from Ann. Free Me is the first in a three book series about sisters who face the odds and come up winners. Please welcome, debut historical author, Ann Brown to Jessica Aspen Writes.
Free Me is an historical romance novel about Isabelle McAllister, the oldest sister in a trilogy of novels about the McAllister sisters.
Isabelle McAllister is incarcerated for murdering her father, and later transferred to an insane asylum. Robert Easterman is accused of thievery by his lover, and temporarily contained at an institution for the criminally insane. The two convicts escape, race through the countryside, and sequester themselves in a secret glade. Isabelle and Rob assuage angst in each other’s arms. Twists of fate, deception, and family tragedy divide the lovers, but ultimately nothing deters the devotion of one man for an escaped murderess, and nothing deters the love of one small woman for the man who would dare to rescue her.
This novel is about fortitude in the face of adversity. Isabelle is as down as a person can be, without support, alone, imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, and must find the strength to believe in herself, to vindicate herself. She must let go of the belief that she is unlovable, and embrace the love Rob offers, embrace the strength through devotion this man in her life is willing to give to her and her alone. And she does.
In writing Free Me I employed craft skills I learned through Margie Lawson’s learning packets on Deep Editing, Empowering Characters’ Emotions, and Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist. Class information helped me write fresher similes and metaphors, improved my dialogue tags, and empowered the delivery of my scenes through enriched non-verbal communication and body language nuances. I absolutely loved empowering characters’ emotions since I have a history of writing poetry, and poetry delivers rich, powerful, concise emotionally evocative pieces. I also learned more about stimulus-response couplets, and the need to keep them close together. A stimulus occurs. Visceral response. Body language/action. Dialogue. So natural. It makes so much sense. I’m not sure why I didn’t get it before, why I continue to make mistakes in this arena.
Free Me, a historical romance novel by Ann Brown, can be purchased in its print version through
Amazon or Barns & Noble. If you prefer e-books, you can find Free Me on Passion In Print’s website, Amazon, B&N, Allromanceebooks, Kobo, Bookstrand, and Fictionwise.
Ann Brown lives in Colorado with her husband, a musician, her two children, and their two crazy dogs Buster and Tehya. When not writing, Ann works as a small animal veterinarian in Broomfield, Colorado. Ann is a member of Romance Writers of America and Colorado Romance Writers. You can learn more about Ann at www.annbrownauthor.com.