The first novel in the women’s fiction series Captain’s Point Stories, A Clue for Adrianna, written by multi-published, internationally known From Women’s Pens authors Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill under the pseudonym Charlotte Kent, offers the reader romance, humor, and adventure in a story of love and personal growth.
Forced to return to her ancestral home in Captain’s Point, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Adrianna Montgomery receives a shock and a challenge when the terms of her great-aunt’s will are read. Faced with a haughty attorney, a crumbling old house and a clue, she must draw upon the resources found in those around her as well as her own inner strengths in order to solve the riddle and secure her inheritance. Little understanding the adventure and danger she will encounter along the journey ahead, she accepts the challenge and ultimately learns who she is destined to be and discovers the meaning of true love.
Don’t miss this chance to fall in love again!
Reader reviews on Amazon proclaim: “A beautifully written story…that definitely reminds us of what really makes a home. I can't wait to see what Captain's Point has in store for me in the next novel!” (T. Dale) and “This is an excellent novel, well written, heartwarming and gratifying… Good job Charlotte Kent!” (A. Nichols)
Who is Charlotte Kent?
You may contact and/or follow the authors at:
On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlottekentcaptainspointseries?ref_
And Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7053190.Charlotte_Kent
Books, Stories and Box Set in our Captain’s Point Stories Series:
A Clue for Adrianna http://amzn.to/ZqYJz9
A Man for Susan http://amzn.to/16ecUfI
Love’s Journey http://amzn.to/18T4JWa
Love’s Surprise http://amzn.to/1wY5qMg
A Christmas Kiss http://amzn.to/15fzIQc
A Valentine Surprise http://amzn.to/Z77tAt
Captain’s Point Stories Box Set http://amzn.to/1tqPcGQ
One Sweet Christmas http://amzn.to/1yGzTSz
Titles also available in the UK and on Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes.
Annie Acorn is the pseudonym of a prolific, internationally published author, whose readership recognizes her mainly for her women's fiction, cozy mysteries and richly woven stories with a warm southern flair. She writes her romantic women's fiction/family saga Captain's Point series as Charlotte Kent. She is a founding member of From Women's Pens - A Cooperative of Women Writers.
Annie is the mother of two sons, one of whom is married to the best daughter-in-law in the world. She lives in the Washington, D.C. area, where she has done extensive technical writing as a contractor.
She owned a tri-state medical outsourcing business for a number of years and was the Director of a behavioral healthcare firm. She once flipped a comic book and collectible retail company comprised of five stores, and she has managed cemeteries and funeral homes. She is the owner of Annie Acorn Publishing LLC.
Ms. Acorn has published in The Inspirational Writer, and she edited an in-house publication for the State of Mississippi. She is a contributor of ezine articles.
In her spare time, Ms. Acorn enjoys reading, writing mysteries, listening to classical music, playing cards, and spending time with her family and friends - often at a restaurant serving delicious food.
Annie is the author of the blog at annieacorn.com. You can friend her on Facebook and tweet her at Annie_Acorn. She will respond to your email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juliette Hill is the pseudonym for a creative writer who is passionate about all things vintage, traveling with her husband and exploring family history. She enjoys treasure hunting at local antique markets and estate sales, searching for her next great 'find' that will spark her imagination. Her desire to discover the story behind each treasure motivates the writer within.
Juliette's other interests include planning family gatherings, scrapbooking, cooking, shopping and dining out, to name a few.
Her works, including Pink Lemonade Diary, the Christmas Shoppe Magic series, The Christmas Spirit of Starlight Cove, Country Cabin Christmas, Finding Christmas Love and Two Beaux for Christmas involve multi-dimensional characters and generational plots which bridge the gap between the past and present.
Juliette also writes the Captain's Point romantic women's fiction series with Annie Acorn.
She is a founding member of From Women's Pens and is currently working on several projects for Annie Acorn Publishing.
Juliette is the author of the blog at onevintageheart.com. You can friend her on Facebook and tweet her at JulietteHill1. She will respond to your email sent to email@example.com.
Charlotte Kent – Collaboration Lessons Learned
Lesson 1: Contemporary romance is an intensely challenging genre.
Contemporary romance is the largest subgenre of the romance novel, insuring intense competition for readers’ attention. What about your novel or series makes it stand out among the others? Our Captain’s Point Stories series combines elements of women’s fiction and family saga as we deal with relatable relationships and timeless women’s issues.
Lesson 2: When creating a series, map it out!
Literally create a map of your series. Take time and visually create a layout of your setting. Know the locations where each of your main characters live, work, and play. This will provide an invaluable tool when plotting characters’ moves and will maintain accuracy and consistency of directional passages within your novels.
Lesson 3: When creating a family saga, start and maintain your family trees.
Our characters’ families grew by leaps and bounds, as multi-generational relationships were revealed between husbands, wives, children, grandparents, and great-grandparents. Extended family members often emerged as influential players in the main characters’ lives. Have a mechanism (i.e. family trees, charts) to document these relationships, allowing their use as reference tools.
Lesson 4: Listen to your characters, and let them tell their stories.
Annie often tells me that this or that character woke her up in the middle of the night. Once our series was born, our characters became so strong and ever-present in our thoughts, there was no turning back. Some took on a life of their own, influencing and guiding us to create, modify or change storylines. Bottom line – listen to your characters, if for no other reason than to keep them true to the unique character traits and personalities you, as a writer, have given them.
Lesson 5: Be flexible!
Our collaboration has proven that it’s necessary to be flexible with your characters and storylines. We initially planned a third novel in the series to fill a specific timeline within our story. As our plots developed, though, we found that three novels were necessary to accommodate life’s twists and turns in Captain’s Point during that same time period.
Lesson 6: Remind yourself often of your overall series goals.
Often our characters persuade us to veer off course and pursue an avenue somewhat afield of where we wanted them to go. Guard against becoming so engrossed in a particular novel that you lose sight of the progression of the series. Pacing the storylines is key.
Lesson 7: Put yourself out there! Exposure of your series to readers is key.
Take advantage of every opportunity presented to advertise, publicize, and put your story/series in front of readers. If you don’t talk about it and connect with readers, they won’t know it’s out there. Let your target audience know why they should become invested in your series. Author interviews, book features, guest blogs, and guest appearances are all wonderful ways in which to advertise your series.
Lesson 8: Create an environment to which your readers will want to escape.
Remember the power of your readers’ five senses. Create sights, sounds, and scents that entice them to enter, explore, visit, and stay in the fictional settings of your novels. We’ve created Captain’s Point, a fictional seaside town on Maryland’s eastern shore – an area steeped in history, but yearning to remain vibrant in the present and prepared for the future.
Lesson 9: Never underestimate your readers.
Readers will always keep you on your toes and true to the series you’ve created. Listen to their feedback, emphasize your series’ strengths, and address any issues that arise. At this point in our series, our cast of characters and interrelationships are too numerous and complex not to have a reference tool for readers, who wish to keep track of our Captain’s Point families. Now, we’re working hard to address this challenging aspect of a family saga.
Lesson 10: When you complete a book, your work is only half done! Market, market and market some more!
Once you’ve had a book or series idea, brainstormed, written, edited, rewritten, and thoroughly proofed your work, it’s time for release and book launch. You think you’re 99 percent done, right? No. Now you must invest in readers’ wanting to buy and read it!
Take advantage of every marketing tool, strategy or event that you can within your budget. Especially in the environment of independently published authors and boutique publishing establishments, the only way your work will catch the attention of readers is your letting them know about it! Social media channels are essential. Maintain a viable social presence on Twitter Facebook, Goodreads, and available author pages, as well as other platforms on which you feel comfortable. Competition is fierce. Always stick to your message and be true to the writer you are.