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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Guest Post with Author Annie Seaton and Giveaway

Please give a big welcome to author Annie Seaton to RFTC. Annie is celebrating the release of Italian Affair and has stopped by to chat.

Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats in a house next to the beach on the east coast of Australia. She sits in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren. She has always been fascinated by all things romantic and has found her niche in life writing romance novels, ranging from contemporary to paranormal with a foray into steampunk!

Her debut full length novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March 2012 and has been a best seller on both Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The sequel Italian Affair will be released in June 2013, followed shortly after by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Suspense and Covet imprints.

Annie has also ventured into independent publishing with her de Vargas family steampunk series: Winter of the Passion Flower and Summer of the Moon Flower. Blind Lust (Musa Publishing) a paranormal novella is a sweet romance and one of Annie’s favourites.

In appreciation of the supportive author community, Annie has written a book on promotion to share the secrets of her success: Promotional Tips and Tricks for Aspiring Authors in the Digital Landscape.

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As a romance reader for many years, I loved revisiting characters in connected novels. Essie Summers, one of my early favourites, was particularly delightful to read as she slipped in characters from her earlier books and you could see the satisfying lives the characters lived after the final kiss in their own story. Contemporary romances are so short, writing a series allows you to develop layered stories and deeper characterization of secondary characters as well.

Holiday Affair, the first book in the Affair series, started its life as a standalone book. My lifelong dream of writing a contemporary romance came to fruition with this book, and I hadn’t really given any thought to the other characters. I am a panster through and through (although my editor is slowly beating that out of me!) so my characters lead me along.

Tom, the middle brother in Holiday Affair needed to find his happy ever after and I mulled over his problem and what sort of woman he would need to fall in love with, to complete his happiness.

Now, for those of you who have read Holiday Affair, you will remember Tom as a bit of stuffy, stitched-up, list-making man, as one reviewer of Italian Affair described him! Tom needed someone who was free-spirited, who could tease him, but who would also fall in love with the wonderful man he is.

Inspiration came to me through a very dear friend and I have dedicated Italian Affair to this friend, Melissa Lulham who she told me how she had discovered her birth grandfather on Lipari Island. Brianna Ballantine was born in that moment. Free spirited and with an urgent need to find a husband in four days, she meets Tom on the plane on the way to Italy. And that is where their story begins.

I can’t give away much information for Outback Affair as it will be a spoiler for Italian Affair but needless to say, there was someone else there who needed a happy ever after as well. You will need to read Italian Affair to figure that one out!

Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancĂ© so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.

For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.

But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.

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  1. Love the book cover and description of the story.

  2. Oh, this series sounds really good, I would love to win a NOOK copy of Italian Affair. Of course I first have to buy Holiday Affair since I always read series in order...thanks for the chance...

  3. Olga and LS... I hope you enjoy my stories!

  4. love the sound of this book....put it on my wish list!

  5. So happy to "meet" you this morning, Annie! I'm thrilled to meet a new author who can help satisfy my romance reading habit. :-) That's why I love blogs who introduce authors to readers. I'm gonna have to go buy Holiday Affair now from Amazon. ha!

  6. I love series, and this one looks great! I'll definitely be adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. Love the titles of your books. Thanks for the chance.

  8. That is cool that you wrote a book to help aspiring authors. Thanks for the post and my introduction to your Affair series. I am definitely going to check them out!

  9. The series sounds really good. Going to AMZ now to get first book. I love your dogs name. Lol

  10. Congratulations on the release, Annie! I love series like this where you can revisit characters from previous books and watch their continued development while enjoying someone new falling in love. :)

  11. Sounds like a great series!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Thank you all for your lovely comments. I love hearing from readers. Enjoy my Affairs! Annie

  13. Annie is a new author to me. I can't wait to read this book!


  14. How did Bob get his name? and What kind of Dog is he? Thanks. Dog lover here, own 5 of them.

    1. He is a dalmatian/border collie cross and just looked like a Bob!

  15. Congrats Annie on the newest release! This sounds like an awesome series and I'm definitely interested in reading it now :)

  16. Just the title alone beckons. I'm looking forward to a fabulous read thank you.

  17. I do enjoy reading series and revisiting favorite characters from previous stories.