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Saturday, 31 January 2015

Swingin' in my chair

It has been a wonderful summer down under  this year. And now it is a beautiful Saturday morning in paradise. I'm sitting in my swing chair on the verandah with my trusty laptop.
Summer has been spent out in the boat
 The sun is warm, the sound of the breaking waves (which you can just see at the end of the road) provides a soothing backdrop as I work on my edits.
My new writing chair

Two blue butterflies just fluttered over my garden and I had one of the those moments of feeling truly blessed.
 Last year was huge for me  and I didn't blog as often as I should have.

This year is shaping up to be productive, but over the summer break I have focused on getting a life balance back. Lots of reading...some wonderful books, and I have discovered some new favourite authors, Liane Moriarty and Kate Furnivall have given me some wonderful reading days.
Watching butterflies as I write

But now to work... two books will be released by Entangled Publishing in March and April, including the book I researched in Tuscany last year. Guarding his Heart, a Bliss book will be released late March, followed by Ten days in Tuscany in April.

 I am currently immersed in edits for Kakadu Sunset, my first print book with Pan Macmillan which will be released on 1st July in bookshops around Australia and New Zealand. It will also be available in e-book for the rest of my international readers.

One of my earlier books has just been released as an audio book, and it gave me goose bumps to hear my story being acted by a narrator. Dangerous Desire is available on  Audible but I have some give-aways below!

My writing journey has come a long way since it began with my little steampunk novella e-book Winter of the Passionflower back in 2012.
Since then I have lost count of my books but you can see them all looking pretty on my Amazon author page. Click here... I love seeing them all lined up. I have certainly had some great cover artists. Which is your favourite cover of those on my author page? Tell me below to go in the draw for a copy of your choice of three of my e-books

I have now moved through e-book, print and into audio books! Also recently, I have been working with other authors to independently publish some great stories and collection.

Come on over and see what we have done at Emerald Romance. We only publish QUALITY books by QUALITY authors!

For a give-away of two copies of an audio book of Dangerous Desire (worth $20 each) tell me what you prefer to read...or do you read e-book, print and listen to audio books. There will be a  random draw to choose the two winners on 4th February.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Christmas stories, childhood memories and good friends...

It has been several weeks (er...months) since I last blogged but I do have a good excuse...several in fact! 
New books, edits and new releases have filled my days and nights. I have included them all at the bottom of this post for you! 
However I have now given myself an early Christmas present and the best present for me is time! Yes... a few days off writing and editing.

I've written several blog posts about perseverance and following your dream. The last three years has been magic for me as my writing career has blossomed. (Love that was one of my mother's favourites)  Being grown up can be tough  and I know many of my readers have sad times and difficult circumstances to deal with. This year, we lost our beautiful mother and memories of my childhood years have filled my mind for many months.
One of my all-time favourite stories is Peter Pan. I guess the memories of being a child,  and being carefree stay with all of us for much of our lives. Peter stayed a child and I love watching the movie, reading the book and losing myself in his world. (Another one to add to the holiday list)


Wouldn't we all love a few days as Peter Pan or reliving our childhood?
Another of the joys of being an author is sharing your feelings and emotions with your readers.  For me , a good story is one that makes me feel along with the characters: their joy, their grief, their happiness. To live in other worlds and to experience the lives of others, is a wonderful past time.

Another is spending time with like-minded people.Other people who make up stories in their head and talk to their characters as they do everyday things. I have made wonderful, wonderful friends all over the world over the past three years...both authors and readers and I count myself as truly blessed.
Five of those authors have contributed to my recently released holiday anthology.

I love this time of the year. I love Christmas and the holiday season. This year, I will make time to decorate the tree, send REAL Christmas greetings in the post, and wrap the presents.
So to celebrate Christmas have combined two of my loves and I have worked with five other authors to produce two holiday anthologies. The first one has been released and is available now.

All I Want For Christmas has been reduced to only 99c for a few days so you, the readers, can enjoy the spirit of Christmas and romance all over the world.

Amazon Buy Link
Keeping you up to date....and to give you a choice of Annie Seaton holiday reading...
My recent releases: 

Seductive Secrets: 

Regan James has lived the life of a wanderer, and is jaded with working in second class tourist dives. When she is rescued from a seedy bar by her past lover, Rod Carruthers, he believes the worst of her—as usual. Can Regan convince him that she is not the bad girl he thinks she is—or does she really want to, now that Rod is mixed up in something mysterious? 
Each of them holds a secret; will the passion between them ever let the truth be told? 

Capturing the Pirate's Heart:
When Madeleine Bellerose sets out from her English manor on her quest to recover a priceless family heirloom in New Orleans, the last thing she expects is to be held captive by the infamous pirate, Sebastien Le Clerc. 
Will Sebastien mend his wicked ways and help Madeleine in her quest? 
Can love overcome the lack of trust and the web of lies that is spun in the race to find the emerald necklace?

Brushing Off the Boss:
Artist Sienna Sacchi is about to have everything she’s ever dreamed of, when sexy playboy Jack Montgomery comes strolling back into her life as the owner of her gallery. Her plan to buy it herself ruined, she refuses to let him interfere with the most important thing—her debut exhibition. But Jack’s not just taking over her workplace, he’s also intruding on her art studio, her home, and maybe even her heart.

Jack Montgomery has few rules for his carefree life, but never mixing business with pleasure is one he is determined to keep. He’d planned on finally satisfying the tension between him and Sienna, but discovering he’s her boss puts an immediate end to that. Unfortunately, being forced to share a tiny apartment with the gorgeous, tempting sculptor is pushing Jack to his limits. One brush with desire could ruin everything they’v worked for.

All I Want for Christmas
Love is everywhere. Under the Tuscan sun, in tropical breezes and highland snow. Travel the world and discover yours in three delightful Christmas stories to warm your heart.

So tell me what is your best Christmas memory? I will gift a copy of my recently released novella Seductive Secrets to three commenters. Drawn on 7th December.

Until next time... Happy reading!


Monday, 4 August 2014

Back on deck

When I saw how long it was since I last blogged...I was amazed. The last three months have whizzed by and I've been busy in so many ways. Learning, writing, editing, catching up with friends all over the world and making new friends...the time has flown.
Beautiful Tuscany... flowers and colour everywhere

The wonderful workshop in Tuscany with Eloisa James where we met and twelve different women from all over the world received tuition from Eloisa, was like gold. Lifelong friendships were forged in ten days of bonding where we shared laughter, stories, tears and partook of amazing Italian food and wine.  You can follow our adventures on my Tuscan blog.

The farewell function and grasping my completion certificate...with Eloisa.

After Tuscany I travelled to England and met up with old friends, as well as meeting some fellow authors who I had talked to online for the past three years. We had high tea at Park Lane and then wandered around the streets of London. An experience I will always remember
Meeting the London crew!

One of the best things about being in London was waking up to the email from Pan Macmillan, Australia telling me they wanted to buy  and publish my  three book Porter Sisters series, the first of which will be available in print in 2015. Truly the culmination of a lifelong dream for me.
 I was alone, Fiona and Bronwyn had headed back to Australia, and I couldn't get onto any of my family back home for a couple of hours, so I was jumping around the hotel room like a mad thing, hugging the news to myself. I am sure the people in the next room wondered what was going on!

Back to Australia. two days in my own bed, and then we headed off on a trip to the north of Queensland in our little camper trailer and spent six weeks camping alongside beaches, and in the mountains, before we joined friends for a week's sailing in Airlie Beach.
In the tropics...I would love to use this for a book cover one day
Some of the time was spent researching my current books and I was very brave and had a helicopter training flight, so I could write authentically!
My helicopter pilot about to take me flying
The view says it all
We sailed for a week and then headed home to the cooler climes of a southern winter. As I write this, I am rugged up, sitting in the watery winter sunshine. The warm days of Tuscany and tropical Queensland seem far away.

 In Queensland I signed my eleventh contract with Entangled Publishing for a contemporary romance about a billionaire in Tuscany... so I could use all of the wonderful settings, and food and wine that I learned about while I was there!

So now I have much to keep me busy.  I am back at my desk, my fingers are hard at work on the keyboard as I continue fulfilling my deadlines.
A quick detour this week as I head to Sydney to catch up with everyone at the Romance Writers' Association annual conference...and then back to my desk.

So what's coming next from Annie?

Brushing off the Boss....Book 2 Half Moon Bay series...September 15 2014...on the countdown
Seductive Secrets...the prequel to Dangerous Desire....March 2015
Capturing the Pirate's Heart....the first book in the Emerald Quest series....April 2015
In Tuscany with the Italian Billionaire...April 2105
Guarding His Heart... Book 3 in the Half Moon Bay series

Kakadu Sunset ...Book 1 of the Porter Sisters Series .. PAN MACMILLAN PRINT...2015, to be followed by the next two books in that series.

You can keep up to date with my daily news over on my Facebook page...
To celebrate being back at home...yes, I do love it...and knuckling down to work, I am giving away three copies of Hot most recent book.
Comment below and tell me what you love about where you live, to go in the draw, which will be drawn on 12 August.
Now I'm head down and off to work!
Till next blog,