Ann M Pratley has a simple passion for words and writing of all kinds.
Who are your favorite authors?
Since I was a teenager I have been reading Stephen King, enjoying his way of 'getting inside my head'. As I've gotten older my reading interests have expanded out into other genres. At the moment I am particularly enjoying reading books by authors I've never previously heard of - there is so much talent out there that simply never gets noticed! But who are my favourite authors - well I guess one of the authors I have read most regularly is Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Her Morland Dynasty books I can read over and over again! But some new authors I've discovered this year include Warren Dean, James Paddock, Mark Len Mayfield, Bonnie Ferrante and Harley Turner - all writers who were new to me in recent months but whose books have had me captivated from the first word.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am a morning person so I get out of bed to simply get on and get moving! Since making more time for writing, I find myself eager to get out and get my computer turned on at the moment.
Welcome to the world of jewel thieves. On the one side is the Stonewarden family. Rich in technology and military training, they love the challenge of planning and executing high scale jewel heists. They don't do small time crime. They aim big. They do big. Then they turn things around and use their scores to help people at the lower end of the social spectrum. They are, some might say, a modern take on Robin Hood.
In contrast is the Leadbetters. They do no large jobs so glamorous as large scale heists. They do nothing so noble as pass their spoils on to people less fortunate than themselves. Their family lives as generations always have, surviving on simple theft.
Although as different as two families could be, underlying they do have two things in common. They both want the gems of the city. And they both are beginning to question if the way their individual families have always lived, really is any way to truly appreciate life.
A night of theft is coming for two families. The only problem is that they both have their eyes on the same prize. One side is calculated, precise and patient. The other is impulsive and reactive. Amongst this two young people on opposite sides will be brought close together, escaping as best they can as they rely on one another for safety and support. From this an unlikely friendship will grow.
Two people are brought together by fate as a young woman is saved from a potentially horrific situation late one night. Her saviour is rugged. He looks like he could snap her in two. She is accepting that she's in a situation she might not survive. But instead of hurting her, he only helps her. Can first impressions be so deceiving? What will happen when they learn the truth about each other?
The Stonewarden family have been wardens of gems for generations. As the way people live has changed, so has this family's ways of living. All members must become part of the working jewel thief gang when they turn 19. The youngest of the family, Charlie, is against doing what her father and brothers do. During a shooting she meets Ash, someone also desperate to be free of his parents lifestyle.
Two virgins meeting for the first time through an arranged betrothal find deep love, great passion and the strongest desire for one another through equality in their inexperience and eagerness to learn and discover...
They dreamed about each other across distance & time, and finally found one another. He can only see her and only she can see him. What does it mean? Is he a ghost? Or is there a much greater power controlling their destiny?
She got away from him to start a new life. She moved on. But in his mind, he still loves her and needs her. He still believes that she loves him. That she is meant to be his. That he is meant to be hers. He will not give up searching for her. He will not give up fighting for her. He will pursue her and stop at nothing to get her back. But it will come at a cost .. a sacrifice he won't see coming.