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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Guest Post with Author Annie Seaton and Giveaway

Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Annie lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with Toby, the naughtiest dog in the universe, and two white cats. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach... or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. In 2014 Annie was voted Author of the Year and in 2015 was voted Best Established Author in the Readers' Choice Awards. Readers can contact Annie through her website or find her on Face Book, Twitter and Instagram.

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How do I fit my writing into my life?

On my fridge I have a I have a fridge magnet that says ‘if it wasn’t for the last minute nothing would get done in this house!’ That applies to my writing too—I write best under pressure when I know a deadline is looming. Being contracted to write the four Prickle Creek books was exciting. I love writing for Entangled Publishing and I love writing for the Bliss line. To be able to combine that with my favourite genre of rural romance in the outback was a dream come true! The Prickle Creek series will give me fourteen books with Entangled.

So how was I going to fit these books in? I also had a contract with an Australian publisher for three print books—the Porter Sisters series— and they were on similar deadlines.

So it was go to my study. Forget there was a world out there and write, write, write! I used to sit in my writing chair in the living room overlooking the beach and the Pacific Ocean, but guess what? It was too distracting. I now head to my study where I sit and look at a blank wall and let the stories come to me.

My biggest problem is the necessary evil of social networking for promoting my books. It can be such a time waster! So when I have a deadline, I don’t allow myself to peek until I have written 1000 words. If the deadline is really close, I make myself go 5000 words before I dip into the online world! So for the past few months I have been busy bit I have loved every minute of writing these books.

I would love to live at Prickle Creek Farm! Would you like to live on a far? Or do you prefer city life?

The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.

After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.

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The small copse of trees where they’d both lost their virginity one warm winter afternoon still stood in the middle of the wheat paddock. For a few weeks afterwards, he’d expected to see her grandfather arriving with a shotgun because they’d used no protection. Condoms weren’t something he’d carried when he’d been fencing back in those teenage years. He grinned; it had been a good lesson for an eighteen-year-old boy.

Those lazy afternoons popped into his head as Lucy stood in the water and waded towards him. Her one piece swimsuit clung lovingly to her curves and he let his gaze sweep her length. Her body was more womanly than when she’d been an athletic teenage and her skin was fairer than it had been when she’d lived out here.

But she was still as drop dead gorgeous as ever.

As he kissed her cheek and stepped back he became the subject of her intense scrutiny. Her bright blue eyes held his and her low and husky voice sent a shiver down his spine. “Come on over to the farm for a quick visit.”

He shook his head.” Thank you, but no, not at the moment. Your grandmother wouldn’t be too happy if I rolled into her kitchen.”

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