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Anne writes funny mysteries and how-to-books for writers. She also writes poetry and short stories on occasion. Oh, yes, and she blogs. She's a contributor to Writer's Digest and the Novel and Short Story Writer's Market for 2016. 

Her bestselling Camilla Randall Mystery Series features perennially down-on-her-luck former socialite Camilla Randall—who is a magnet for murder, mayhem and Mr. Wrong, but always solves the mystery in her quirky, but oh-so-polite way.

Anne lives on the Central Coast of California, near San Luis Obispo, the town Oprah called "The Happiest City in America."

Anne blogs at Anne R. Allen's Blog...with Ruth Harris 
and at Anne R. Allen's Books

Friday, September 23, 2011

FOOD OF LOVE is available on Amazon!

Even though the paper version won't be available until next month, the ebook of my comic thriller, FOOD OF LOVE is available on Amazon! And it's also available at Amazon in the UK.

NEWSFLASH: The paper version of FOOD OF LOVE is available in the US and the UK !

This is the book they said couldn't be published. It breaks pretty much all the rules ever invented by corporate publishing.  I wrote what I wanted to read–but couldn’t find on the shelves: a can’t-put-it-down, laugh-out-loud mystery/thriller about women. I loved Carl Hiassen and Chris Moore and wanted to write that kind of socially conscious, but funny novel, dealing with women’s issues.

I didn't know you're not allowed to be funny about women's issues.

Newbie that I was, I wrote FOOD OF LOVE anyway. It’s about the one thing that unites women of all races and backgrounds: the urge to diminish ourselves by dieting. (And the subsequent craving for chocolate.) I added a hot KGB agent, a sexy two-hundred pound rapper girl, a couple of Elvis impersonators and a small nuclear bomb. All my beta readers loved it.

One reader said: "Imagine Tom Robbins, Fannie Flagg, and Armistead Maupin collaborating on a novel. They start by squeezing into a bathroom stall at a posh drug rehab center. Throw in a conservative talk show hostess, a model-turned princess, a reformed porn star, and of course, Elvis, and you've got a pile of laughs and a fantastic read.”

But it got rejection after rejection. Some agents were kind enough to send personal notes to say they loved it but there was no way it could ever be published. Then two agents actually took it on. But one subsequently quit agenting, then another shopped it around for a year and had to give up. Finally I found a small publisher in England willing to take a chance. (It was the height of the chick lit craze and they thought the idea of chick lit that appealed to men as well as women was great.) But the company soon went out of business and the title has been languishing in out-of-print limbo for 6 years. 

But today, it’s been re-released by a fantastic, super-supportive micropublisher called Popcorn Press. (My editor said he laughed and cried all the way through the edits and again during the coding.) And he just emailed me that the book is live on Amazon.com.   

If you want a funny read for a relaxing Indian summer weekend, I hope you'll check it out.

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Anonymous Melody M. Nunez said...

Woo hoo! Congrats! I can't wait to read it! Kudos to you for seeing it through...

September 23, 2011 at 11:13 AM  
Blogger bookspersonally said...

so wonderful, Anne! sounds like great fun - congrats!

September 23, 2011 at 11:20 AM  
Blogger Valerie Geary said...

Whoo hoo! Way to go Anne!! I love that you believe in this novel so much, that you never gave up on it!

September 23, 2011 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Rick Daley said...


I don't think I'd read a book on women's issues (wait, Does Eat, Pray Love count as women's issues? I read that and it was great!). But I would read a funny book...

September 23, 2011 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Lester Smith said...

One benefit of starting a small publishing house years ago has been the opportunity to read things like Food of Love--and make sure other people can read them too! Yeah, Food of Love made me laugh, and often I had to wipe my eyes at parts, to see well enough to proof and typeset. Thanks, Anne, for letting Popcorn Press publish this novel. Now on to The Best Revenge!

September 23, 2011 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger E. Arroyo said...


September 23, 2011 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Cynthia Lee said...

Yay!! Congratulations, Anne!

September 23, 2011 at 1:28 PM  
Anonymous Kathy Dalle-Molle said...

Congratulations, Anne, and thank you for sharing your story of perseverance.

September 23, 2011 at 2:41 PM  
Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations, Anne!

September 23, 2011 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Cathryn Leigh said...

It's PMS week, my husband has left me with the two kids for all day tomorrow, not to mention I'm eating junk food and craving chocolate... I think I'll be 'curling' up with your book tonight. *grin*

:} Cathryn Leigh

September 23, 2011 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Ranae Rose said...


September 23, 2011 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Donna OShaughnessy said...

What a trooper you are, never giving up. I will definately check out your book.

September 23, 2011 at 7:55 PM  
Blogger Claudia said...

Just bought it! But I had to do a bit of scouring on Amazon UK (you probably know there's another book called Food of Love that came up first - I nearly clicked on that, oops!) Maybe provide a UK link in case others on my side of the pond make the same mistake???


September 24, 2011 at 7:13 AM  
Blogger irishoma said...

Thanks for sharing your story of perseverance. I love the cover.

September 24, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Icy Sedgwick said...

Refuse to be stuck in a box! I for one will be checking it out.

September 24, 2011 at 10:04 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks so very much EVERYBODY! It's kind of a crazy feeling to get something you've been wanting for such a long time.

Les--Thank you from the bottom of my heart for having faith in this book and in me.

Rick--There's a lot for men to like in this book. There's lots of action/adventure, lots of laughs, and the men aren't jerks. Something you don't find in all women's fiction.;-)

Cathryn--It is hard to read Food of Love without chocolate handy. I should probably put that warning on the cover.

Claudia--thanks a bunch for the heads-up. I've put a link in the post now. That other book wasn't out there when I first wrote this. It's always a good idea to Google your title before you choose it, but nothing can prevent other people from using it. Titles can't be copyrighted.

September 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Judith Mercado said...

Okay, I've downloaded it. I look forward to lots of laughs. And the accompanying wisdom, which I am sure will be there.

September 24, 2011 at 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Mari Passananti said...

Yay! Congratulations! And, for the record, I love writers who are funny about women's issues.

September 24, 2011 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Judith--Thank you so much! I sure hope you like it.

Mari--I remember the old joke Q. "Do you know the Women's Movement has no sense of humor" A. "No, but if you hum a few bars..." People who don't have a sense of humor about themselves end up looking pretentious (and annoying.)

September 24, 2011 at 1:54 PM  
Anonymous Gwen said...

Food of Love is being whispersync'd to me as I type this. Congrats on never giving up:)

September 24, 2011 at 3:19 PM  
Blogger Alison Pensy said...

Congrats Anne!! It sounds like a hoot, I'll have to check it out.

September 24, 2011 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Elaine AM Smith said...

Wow! This sounds hysterical and I love a little humour in anything I read :)

September 25, 2011 at 2:53 AM  
Blogger Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Oh, Anne, I've been waiting FOREVER for this!!! I just went and bought it. I can't wait to get to it. Unfortunately I have like 8 books ahead of it, but I will get there! Your journey is so amazing, and what I love most about you is that you write what you want and you go to the right channels places to get your work published. You know what fits you and your work best, and that is no small feat in a publishing world which pushes us to think there is only one right way.

Congratulations, Anne!

September 25, 2011 at 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news, Anne. I will be sure to check it out. Just got a gift cert. for amazon for my B-day :) Florence once again anon.

September 25, 2011 at 9:02 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Gwen--Thank you so much!

Alison and Elaine--if you like to laugh I think you'll like FOOD.

Michelle--Yup. I've broken just about every rule there is. We'll still have to see if it's going to work for me, but at least I (cue the Sinatra music) did it my way.

Florence--Is Blogger making you anonymous again? How annoying. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

September 25, 2011 at 9:57 AM  
OpenID ninabadzin.com said...

I'm SO excited to read it, Anne!!! Will pre-order the paperback when I'm home! (I don't like putting my CC in when on a public wireless)

September 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
OpenID ninabadzin.com said...

I'm SO excited to read it, Anne!!! Will pre-order the paperback when I'm home! (I don't like putting my CC in when on a public wireless)

September 27, 2011 at 10:50 AM  
Blogger KarenG said...

Wonderful!! Many congrats and best wishes for much success! This sounds like my kind of book, I'm adding it to my to-read list!

September 27, 2011 at 5:31 PM  
Blogger The1stdaughter said...

Congratulations Anne!!! How exciting! I'll definitely have to make mention of this elsewhere. ;o)

Quick Q? Is it available for the Nook yet?

September 27, 2011 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

nina--Sure hope you like it!

Karen--You, too. I'm looking forward to guest blogging for you next week!

Danielle--No Nook yet, alas. I'm working on it. I'll be in touch.

September 28, 2011 at 10:57 AM  
Blogger J.L. Campbell said...

Sounds like a lot of fun to read. Will check it out as soon as my Kindle is back in commission.

September 29, 2011 at 10:26 AM  
Anonymous Jody said...

I am just discovering you, as you'll see from my other comment, and I'm going to buy this book right now. We write similarly, and maybe that's because I went to Mt. Holyoke and then got my M.A. in Lit from BRYN MAWR!

August 17, 2012 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Jody--Thanks for your two great comments. We sure do have a similar background! I just realized that the links in this post are out of date. I hope you found the book through the links in the sidebar. The book is no longer with Popcorn Press, who closed their doors in June. The ebook is now available from MWiDP and the paper book should be re-issued soon.

The Gatsby Game is also set at Bryn Mawr (with some mentions of Mount Holyoke :-)

August 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

"Some agents were kind enough to send personal notes to say they loved it but there was no way it could ever be published."

Comments like these are the kind that have me shaking my head at traditional publishing and edging closer and closer to indie.

Congrats! & Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

September 24, 2012 at 1:55 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Melissa--It sounds as if they're being arbitrary and mean, but it mostly means the editors they know aren't looking for this particular kind of book. Took me a while to realize they weren't talking about anything deficient in my book, but something missing in their own contacts. Also, trad publishing is 100% trend driven. One year EVERYBODY is supposed to want zombie books, and then next steampunk. They don't allow for diversity of taste. But if you happen to be in on what's trending, you can make a huge name for yourself, so it's worth trying for an agent--at least until you find out your book is not trendy this year.

September 24, 2012 at 3:26 PM  
Blogger Gina Gao said...

Anne -- Congrats! I can't wait to read it.


October 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM  
Blogger Maddy said...

Sounds like just the thing to read over the holidays. Well done you.

December 20, 2012 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Gina and Maddy--Thanks much!

December 20, 2012 at 9:27 AM  

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