Thank you so much to my amazing Carina Press team for having me stop by the blog today! This month marks the launch of my new Frozen Hearts series, which is set in Alaska with lots of big scenery, epic feels and rugged men. A lot of readers have asked me how the series came to be, and because it’s an awesome example of the synergy that can happen between long-standing writers and their editing teams, I wanted to share a little glimpse behind the scenes of this new series.
As I approached book seven in the Out of Uniform series, which would be my eleventh book with Carina Press, I started to feel that the series was reaching an end point, and my editing team agreed that as much as we all loved that series, taking a break, at least for a little, while would be a good idea. Now as an author, this is often a time of panic. What next? The freedom to come up with something completely new is also more than a little daunting and scary.
Luckily, I have a great team on my side. And one of the things that I love most about Carina Press is the clear wish lists that the editors post. My amazing editor really, really wanted more adventure romances set in interesting locations. One of my favorite things about my SEAL books were the adventure elements and the research—the idea of big moments echoing the big feelings taking place in the book.
So I started kicking ideas around and one thing that my critique partner and I kept coming back to was how much I enjoy snowbound and forced-proximity books. And I mentioned how much my younger self had adored Debbie Macomber’s and Nora Roberts’s Alaska-set series. So the kernel of a series started to take place. I pitched it to my agent, who loved the concept, and who had great feedback for me as we prepared our proposal for my editor. (And yes, dear fellow writers, you never outgrow the need to write a strong synopsis!)
As I’d hoped, my editor felt the concept was a strong fit for her wish list—adventure, Alaska setting, rugged heroes and complex plotlines. The sort of books that we’ve really enjoyed working on together. Thus, she sent my proposal on to the acquisitions team, who agreed that they loved the idea of following my military romances with the Alaska-set books, especially since book one includes a former air force pilot, which bridges nicely from military romance to more civilian contemporaries that still have a certain flavor of adventure to them. I then got the call from my agent that the series was accepted, and I was super excited. The excitement of getting an offer doesn’t diminish over time either!
And now, a year after that proposal, I get to bring readers along with me on the Alaskan adventure. What can you expect? First, these are longer books, more emotionally complex, and have deep characterization. I’m especially proud of Arctic Sun because I feel that it really shows how I’ve grown since my early books, and it reflects the very best of what an editing process should be, as I was encouraged to dig deep and really home in on the core story. Second, you can expect a mix of adventure, scenic vistas and quiet love scenes, just as readers have come to expect from me. Doing the research for this series was such fun, and I’m looking forward to sharing all those little details with readers as well. Finally, you can expect some of my very favorite heroes. These three couples really had to work for their HEAs, and I’m so excited for everyone to meet them!
Bringing out a new series really is the work of an entire team, and I want to again extend my appreciation to everyone at Carina Press from editing to acquisitions to marketing and publicity and the amazing art department too! I hope you enjoyed this behind-the-scenes look, and to my fellow writers out there, keep studying those editor wish lists, keep submitting, keep growing your craft, and good things will follow. To my readers, thank you so much for your support—I can’t wait to take this adventure together!
About Arctic Sun:
Everything’s bigger in Alaska, especially the HEAs. Annabeth Albert kicks off the brand-new Frozen Hearts series with Arctic Sun, an opposites-attract romance between a rugged outdoorsman and a smoking hot former male model.
He’s built a quiet life for himself in Alaska. But it doesn’t stand a chance against the unrelenting pull of a man who’s everything he shouldn’t want.
Ex-military mountain man Griffin Barrett likes his solitude. It keeps him from falling back into old habits. Bad habits. He’s fought too hard for his sobriety to lose control now. However, his gig as a wildlife guide presents a new kind of temptation in superhot supermodel River Vale. Nothing the Alaskan wilderness has to offer has ever called to Griffin so badly. And that can only lead to trouble…
River has his own methods for coping. Chasing adventure means always moving forward. Nobody’s ever made him want to stand still—until Griffin. The rugged bush pilot is the very best kind of distraction, but the emotions he stirs up in River feel anything but casual, and he’s in no position to stay put.
With temptation lurking in close quarters, keeping even a shred of distance is a challenge neither’s willing to meet. And the closer Griffin gets to River, the easier it is to ignore every last reason he should run.
Publisher’s Note: Arctic Sun deals with topics some readers may find difficult, including sobriety and eating disorders.