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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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I did it: I’ve Published Five Novels in Three Months! Here is #5

It’s another rom-com mystery, this time set in the 1980s—a prequel to GHOSTWRITERS IN THE SKY and SHERWOOD, LTD (an ebook now, with the paper version to follow in about a month.)

Buy The Best Revenge for Kindle at Amazon.com
Long before the events of GHOSTWRITERS and SHERWOOD, in 1980s New York, a time of big hair, coke-fueled society parties, and the rise of the greed-is-good 1%, teen heiress Camilla Randall befriends Plantagenet Smith, a penniless young gay playwright. But they quarrel and he disappears in the direction of California.

Soon after, Camilla is assaulted by her mother’s fiancé, smeared in the newspapers by a sexy muckraking journalist, and her family loses all their money in the Savings and Loan scandal. With nothing left but her DeLorean and a suitcase full of designer clothes, Camilla sets off in search of Plantagenet, her only real friend.

But when she arrives in the Golden State, she discovers Plant has developed strange heterosexual tendencies and an inconvenient girlfriend. Camilla is forced to move in with some wild-partying college friends, and when a famously debauched TV star comes on to her and then ends up dead, Camilla is arrested for his murder.

In order to clear her name and find the real killer, she turns to a friendly sanitation worker, a dotty octogenarian neighbor and the hot muckraking newspaperman who ridiculed her—who also happens to be her boss. 

And don't you just love this cover by Katheryn Smith? It's got that 1980s nostalgia feel, but matches the look of the other two Camilla books. Thanks bunches, Kate!

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Blogger Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations! Wow, it took me five years just to write two novels.

December 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

That's an amazing accomplishment and an inspiration! You must have had a super busy year (sounds like next year, too). Well done!

December 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger E.J. Wesley said...

Way to go Anne! Much success!


December 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger Diana Stevan said...

I agree. Great cover! Kudos to you for plowing ahead,despite the gales confronting all writers in today's publishing world.

December 28, 2011 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Cynthia Lee said...

Good for you! How exciting!

December 28, 2011 at 11:17 AM  
Blogger Cathryn Leigh said...

What? More shoes? *giggles* (I've been spending to much time reading MWi haven't I?) Anyway...

CONGRATULATIONS! That's so super.

5 books, one year... wow. My mind boggles.

:} Cathryn

December 28, 2011 at 11:21 AM  
Blogger irishoma said...

Congratulations! What an accomplishment; makes me dizzy.
Donna V.

December 28, 2011 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Michael Offutt, Supra-Genius said...

I feel like such a slug.

December 28, 2011 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Louise Behiel said...

Congratulations. I can write 160,000 words a year and edit two books in that time, but not five. yikes. i feel like a slug.

December 28, 2011 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Sarah Pearson said...

Wow. Congratulations. I can write plenty, I just can't turn them into things other people can read :-)

You really are an inspiration.

December 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks everybody. Nobody should feel like a slug. Two of the books are re-edited relaunches of my OOP UK books and three are "new" in that I wrote one a year over the last three years. But getting them edited and launched did kind of take over my life. You do not want to see what my house looks like. My visiting relative just wrote "clean me" in the dust on my dresser top. It's sad...

December 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Andrew Hudson said...

Congratulations on your newest book (Five in a year? Wow!). I'll definitely have to pick it up.

1980's New York eh? Let's just hope that Camilla Randall doesn't run into Patrick Bateman.

December 28, 2011 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Patricia said...

First, congratulations on number five. The Best Revenge is awesomely intriguing. I'd love to read it.

December 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM  
Blogger Lani Wendt Young said...

You rock! congratulations - youre inspiring me ( and helping to give me the kick in the butt I needed to get moving with this darn second novel...aaaargh)

What a productive writing year, well done. I always enjoy your blog and learn a great deal from it. Thank you

December 28, 2011 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations Anne! I'm so very happy for you.

Funny my house looks the exact same way and I'm not even at the editing stage yet.

December 29, 2011 at 4:03 AM  
Blogger Yvonne Osborne said...

You've been on fire! Your latest sounds really intriguing. It took me five years to write one novel!

December 29, 2011 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Judith Mercado said...

Fabulous synopsis.

December 29, 2011 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger Patricia Gligor said...

Five novels in three months! Even though only three of them are new, that's incredible! You must tell me your secret!

December 29, 2011 at 7:04 AM  
Blogger Alicia Street said...

Congratulations, Anne! I know how exhausted you must be, because I'm doing a similar type speed marathon with a mix of books -- the out-of-print, the older finished books lurking on the hard drive needing revamps, and a couple new.

Wishing you a happy 2012 with many sales. You know I luv rom-com mystery and The Best Revenge looks like juicy fun!

December 29, 2011 at 8:10 AM  
Blogger Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Wow, that's amazing! :) May 2012 shine even brighter for you! :)

December 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Andrew--LOL. Luckily Camilla and Plantagenet escaped NYC in the early 80s, before American Psycho.

Thanks so much, everybody. You're right about the exhaustion part. Especially after a week of travel on top of it. Finally I'm back home, and all I want is to curl up with my new Kindle and read other people's books for a good long while.

December 29, 2011 at 12:30 PM  
Blogger roh morgon said...


Doesn't it feel wonderful to have your work out there?

Kudos for your perseverance.

December 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM  
OpenID tfwalsh said...

That is so amazing... huge congrats... Here's to you making lots of sales:)

December 30, 2011 at 5:28 PM  
Blogger widdershins said...

Now that's a whole lotta editing!


December 30, 2011 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Joanie said...

Sounds like a great read. It just went to my TBR list.

December 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Anne R. Allen said...

Thanks, all. I see BR is getting some nice sales, so Joanie and all the rest of you who bought it--thanks so much. I hope you're enjoying it!

Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

That is an awesome achievement! Good job. :D You inspire me.


January 5, 2012 at 5:51 PM  

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