Summer Reads ala The View

Hey Readers
Once again this morning I was watching The View and I got a great idea.
All month long the View Crew have been sharing their summer reads. So, I thought I’d share mine:
Below, is a list of what I’m reading this summer. First,

You Will Pay, by Lisa Jackson.

The opening pages of this book are riveting.  Ms. Jackson grabs you by the short hairs and holds your attention.  .
Now for something lighter.

The Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

You mean the clothing store, Ann Taylor? No. That’s Ann Taylor. I’m talking about Anne Tyler the author.

It’s funny and you’ll fall in love with Kate immediately and wonder if the preposterous situation her father puts her in will work.

And finally, my very own book, ‘The Hunt For Red November.’

It’s the book that got it ALL right, The Russian interference in the election, Russian sanctions, who would win the election, and even down to who would play him on Saturday Night Live,
A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth
Eliza D. Ankum
P.S.  Please keep me in your prayers for the next few weeks.  As many of you know I’m a victim of stalking and that has impacted my life greatly even to my work life. And it is with some regret that I put in my notice to leave my current job, in part, due to the stalking.
So that will mean that I will have to cut back on non-essentials like, cable internet.  I will be off the grid for a while, but, as Arnold would say, “I’ll Be Back!”



A Woman’s Voice: Book Of Poems


While I was laying low, trying not to write anything evil about our new President, i.e my views on his travel ban and trying to insure his next election by impeding voter’s rights, I decided to work on another project to divert my attention.

That project is a book of poems entitled, ‘A Woman’s Voice:  Book of Poems.’

I’d like to share with you one of those poems.  It’s entitled, ‘Yellow Dresses.’

Back in the day, I could totally rock a yellow dress, like Tracee Ellis Ross is doing in the picture.  But not so much today.  That is why ‘Yellow Dresses’ is followed by the poem, ‘I Am Becoming A Budgie.’

Yellow Dresses


I am Brown!
I am sun scorched and dark
My skin the color of burnt sugar

Yellow is my favorite color
It is the color of eternity
It makes my brown skin glow

Men, when they see me in yellow, hollar
“Hey, big leg girl
Where ya going?
Can I come to?”

Yellow is my favorite color
You see me in no other
Navy blue I am not
Beige is for cowards
Red is for hoes
And that blows
Cause I like red

But yellow is my favorite color


I Am Becoming A Budgie


From being a long tall drink of water
I am becoming a short cup of tea

Of course, there’s more to the poem, but you’d have to buy the book to read it.  This book is not on my website or any other place except Amazon.

To buy, click here.


By Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders – A Novel
Jared Anderson – (The Ruby and Jared Saga)
OneThreeThirteen – A Presidential Agent Novel Series
Dancing With The Fat Woman
Thou Shalt Eat Dust
STALKED! By Voices




A Cozy Weekend Read



Now that summer is officially over, are you looking for a cozy contemporary love story that uplifts your spirit but is not so sugary sweet that you want to barf?   And one that’s not filled with xxx-rated love scenes that makes you want to have your brain washed out with soap and water AND BLEACH.  But most of all, one that has an actual plot.

Well then, I think you’re looking for:




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The Free State of Jones is Ruby Sanders

Matthew McConaughey in The Free State of Jones

It was a slow day at work and I was toiling away on the ending (one that my readers won’t hate, hopefully) of the new ebook, ‘Jared Anderson,’ and to give myself some inspiration, I decided to look at some Matthew McConaughey photos.

And guess what I came across.  Yes, that’s right a picture of Matthew McConaughey dressed as a Confederate soldier for should I say, deserter, in the new film, The Free State of Jones.

Matthew’s character plays a Civil War deserter who marries a black slave girl.  I wonder where, Gary Ross, the films director and ‘writer’ got that idea.  Could it possibly have been a Best Selling ebook by the name of Ruby Sanders and it’s sequel, Jared Anderson.

Of course, neither that ebook or my name are anywhere on the credits for the films.  Just as they were never mention on the film, ‘Flight.’ aka, Flight 404 staring Denzel Washington.

My question is, what does a girl have to do to get credit for her work?  Frustrated unpaid writer.

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman

PS  I’m sure either OneThreeThirteen or Dancing With The Fat Woman are going into production somewhere in Hollywood under another writer’s name, perhaps John Gatins.

Blackish and Gold Digger

Tonight, the television show, Blackish will present a skit featuring Kanye West’s song, Gold Digger In the show, everyone is upset when their youngest uses the word ‘nigger.’

But that’s not my problem with the song.  Mine is, in the song, Kanye basically calls Kim a gold digging slut.   I don’t know about Kim K. West  (it does look to all the world that she has forgiven him since she has married the man), but I personally would have a real problem with that song.  I would never want it played in my home nor, for that matter,  in my presence.

In my ebook, ‘Dancing With The Fat Woman,” there’s a storyline where a man tells the plus size heroine, “I don’t even like fat on my meat.  What makes you think that I’d like you?”   I’m sorry to say that it actually happened to me in real life.  And I’m also here to tell you that I’d rather civilization blink out of existence than lay down with that guy.  Why.  Because he’s told me exactly how he really feels.  And I wouldn’t want further explanation, nor would I want to waste my time, or a shattered ego, trying to change the way he feels.

Now, my question to all of you is, “Is it ever alright for your husband or your significant other to refer to you in a disparaging manner in public?”   Would you forgive and forget or forgive and remember?

I say no.  But what do you say.  Hit me back at ‘Break the  No, not really, just joking.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman

Where’s Liza? Part 2

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First let me give a whopping big THANK YOU to all those readers who put Ruby Sanders back on the Best Seller List for the following category

#83 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > African

#947 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > United States

#1454 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Westerns

 As you can see, I still have a ways to go in the other two categories.  So, I’m going to reevaluate my keywords for those particular categories.

Now, on to what else I’ve learned while studying the craft of Writing.

A while back when I first started writing, ‘Dancing With The Fat Woman,’  it was recommended that I check out Janet Evanovich.  Well, I did.  I went to her website but was not very impressed by what I found there as compared to James Patterson’s website.  And adding to that, the movie, One For The Money, starting Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum was not being well received.  So, I put Janet Evanovich on the back burner and checked out a few other female writers like, Liane Moriarty  (The Husband’s Secret and Big Little Lies).  The stats on Big Little Lies follows.

Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10,022 customer reviews)
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

#34 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Women’s Fiction > Domestic Life
    #50 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Family Life
    #115 in Books > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery

But, when I started researching Amazon’s category, Humor and Satire, guess what I found.

The reigning queen of this category, Best sellers in Humorous American Literature,  with 12 books on the Top 100 list is Janet Evanovich


5 Wicked Charms       (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
28 Takedown Twenty   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
35 Notorious Nineteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
47 The Sweet Spot         A Novel  (Stephanie Evanovich)
53 Wicked Business      (A Lizzy and Diesel Novel)
54 The Heist  A Novel
59 Explosive Eighteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
61 Top Secret Twenty-One   (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
74 Smoking Seventeen         (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
75 Sizzling Sixteen       (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
79 Big Girl Panties          A Novel
90 Fearles Fourteen  (A Stephanie Plum Novel)
91 Finger Lickin Fifteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

Below is the book description categories for Notorious Nineteen (A Stephanie Plum Novel)

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is certain of three truths: People don’t just vanish into thin air. Never anger old people. And don’t do what Tiki tells you to do. 
After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track him down. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory.
To bottom line it, Janet Evanovich was who I really should have read while writing Dancing With The Fat Woman.  And this also shows me why so many writers are trade-marking a character. 

 Finally, it really does pay to take time and do your research.  I was studying the wrong author and had the wrong category for the book, Dancing With The Fat Woman.   Now wiser and richer.

A Tiny Kitten With A Big Mouth

Eliza D. Ankum
Author of
Flight 404
Ruby Sanders
STALKED! By Voices
Dancing With The Fat Woman