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Member Showcase: March 2015


Ann DeFee

a.k.a. Annaliese Darr 

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Tune in to XTRA 99.1FM to hear the Author interviewed by Neal Steele on CBW's Second Monday monthly broadcast, March 9th at about 8:05AM. If you missed the live broadcast, play the podcast:



About the Book


Believe is the first book using my new pseudonym, Annaliese Darr. It's also my initial venture into writing magical realism—a genre in which the improbable becomes the possible and the magical enhances realism. Believe is the start of a trilogy featuring the three O'Flaherty sisters. It was also one of those stories that headed off in a direction that I didn't anticipate.

Believe explores the struggle of a woman with otherworldly abilities who seeks a life with the man she loves, while also repairing her relationship with God.

Springen O'Flaherty has the ability to see auras. As a child she lived in a Popsicle world where the kids were swathed in brilliant colors and the grown-ups were a fuzzy pastel. Later, her psychic powers multiplied and resulted in a life of secrets and half-truths–of otherworldly sights and experiences. Spring was resigned to the status quo until she met Jed Collinsworth. Now she wants that two-kids and a mini-van life, but to accomplish her goal she has to be honest with the man she loves. But first she has to come to terms with her unique abilities.

The sudden loss of her dad plays havoc with Spring's well-laid plans. Ready or not, Jed is about to be introduced to the O'Flaherty clan of western Virginia with all their eccentricities and quirks–tent revival preachers, gospel musicians, healers, heroes, and pot growers. When faced with the truth will Jed help Spring discover the elusive sense of peace and acceptance that she's always wanted? And can she repair her relationship with God?

About the Author

"By way of introduction I'm a small town girl from South Texas, and naturally I'm partial to Texas barbecue, Mexican food and fiestas. My husband and I got married in college and from there we set out on our great adventure as an Air Force family. Each move–and they were numerous–was a wonderful opportunity to experience new places and cultures.

I started my professional life as a teacher and then went on to urban planning–a world of lawyers, engineers and documents that had to be legally defensible. Writing fiction is a ton more fun! What other job allows you to have conversations with imaginary friend without anyone batting an eyelash. I've published eleven novels and one novella with various Harlequin imprints. My first book, A Texas State of Mind (2005) was a double RITA finalist in both the Long Contemporary and Best First Book categories. Summer After Summer won the Orange County Book Buyers' Best Long Series Long Contemporary award.

And now I'm branching out in an entirely new endeavor by establishing Bellastoria Press–a small independent publishing company–with my business partner, Linda Cardillo. It's exciting, it's new, and we're looking for avid readers and creative writers. Please let me know if you fit in either category. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep laughing."  -- Ann

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