Annette M. Irby

Annette M. Irby *
Mixing-It-Up Mondays

Mixing-it-Up Mondays are about fellow writers sharing writing craft helps and industry insights. Since Annette hosts this day, she often posts an article or devotional herself. Find the encouragement you need to kick off your writing week here on Mixing-It-Up Mondays.

About Annette

Annette M. Irby has enjoyed writing since her teen years. If she’s not writing, she’s reading for review, or editing. She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers and finaled in their Genesis Contest, 2006. Married twenty-three years, she lives with her husband and family in the Northwest. Her latest release is Her Nerdy Cowboy, and her other titles include Husband Material, and Love Letters. She has served in acquisitions and currently works as a freelance editor (visit AMI Editing), as well as editing for a publishing house. She has served in her church as a mentor, cell pastor, and musician on the worship team. She enjoys photography, nature, and falling deeper in love with Jesus. Learn more at her website, and blogs (Net’s Notes, Net’s Book Notes, and Net’s Bridal Notes).

Annette's Books

FL on Bainbridge Island
Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.

Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.

Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past? 

Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington

FLI Friday Harbor, WA

Will keeping his promise lead to another broken heart—or help them find love again? 

Professor Mikaela Rhoades has a plan: she’ll encourage her students’ marine biology research through an exclusive program while helping an old family friend’s whale touring business stay afloat. The challenge is the tour captain is her first love and ex-fiancĂ©. Mikaela longs to help his family in the wake of his father’s death, but she’s keeping secrets. She’ll have to face her past and overcome her concerns about the future to make it through the summer.

Captain Hunter Cahill has taken over the family touring business after his father’s death. Unfortunately, he’s drowning in grief and accumulated debt. He’s hoping the incoming stodgy professor will help resurrect the failing business, but he’s not prepared when that professor turns out to be Mikaela, his former fiancĂ©e. To make matters more difficult, he’d promised his father to pursue her if she ever returned to the island single. The more time they spend together, the easier it is to keep that promise, though she still plans to leave at the end of the season. How much will it cost him to spend the summer romancing Mikaela?

Her Nerdy Cowboy

Whoever heard of a bookish cowboy? When Logan McDaniel’s brother-in-law dies, he steps in to help his beloved sister run her ranch. But what does a city boy know of herding cattle?

Claire Langley loved her cousin. After he dies, she agrees to serve as a temporary nanny for two heartbroken children. Claire and Logan find they share a love of books, and Claire can’t resist the nerdy uncle who is great with children and who reads to her of pirate romance, but Claire’s ailing mother needs her in Seattle. Can she break away? And if she does, can there ever be a future for Logan and her?

Love Letters

Jordan Ambrose is looking for passion. From her husband. And, as Randy Ambrose will tell you—she’s great at pushing his buttons. The problem? He’s hiding out from intense emotions, like passion. So their love life is lackluster. Well, except for those letters.

Jordan discovered a box of love letters in her husband’s home office closet. Why doesn’t he act like the “R” from the letters, so clearly written to “J”? If she can drag him away from his writing desk, they can talk about it. But will Randy stop hiding and love with abandon?

Wyatt Hansen has no fears about commitment, but only three years have passed since his beloved wife died, and he can't bring himself to break their annual dinner date—that is until he meets restaurant owner Lara Farr.

Lara doesn't have time for romance; she has a business to run. At least that's what she tells herself so she doesn't have to admit that commitment scares her. But Lara's business is failing, and it just may take a miracle—or marketing analyst, Wyatt Hansen—to save it.

Can Wyatt rescue Lara’s restaurant, help her overcome her fears, and prove to her that he is good husband material?

What makes people read your work book after book? Reader loyalty. As a writer, you want to capture the attention of your readers and compel them to read your books every time you release a new one. Their commitment is based on how satisfied they are with your work. Did you meet their expectations? Did you endear yourself to them? How do you do that? Let me help.

I've served as an acquisitions editor for a Christian publisher and seen lots of submissions, and I've studied the CBA marketplace and current trends. I am a thorough, detail-oriented person, and I bring that to my editing. I have a deep understanding of fiction as I’ve read, written, and studied the craft of writing for well over a decade. My critiquing services will offer you insight into where your project’s strengths and weaknesses are. See my website for more information. (

Editing Services Testimonials:

Annette has provided a valuable service to Summerside Press as a critical reader for several of the books in the Love Finds You™ series. She is a perceptive and careful reader, and she has offered several shrewd insights. With meticulous editing skills and a strong sense of what makes a story work, Annette has my recommendation! ~Rachel Meisel, previous Senior Fiction Editor, Summerside Press

I've greatly enjoyed working with Annette Irby. She has a keen sense of story and pointed out weak areas in my story that I'd missed. I'm looking forward to working with her again! ~ Tricia Goyer, author of over thirty books, including co-author of Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington

* Author Photo credit: Sarah Irby Photos

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