As you know Fridays is guest author day. Today I’m sharing with you the new novel of Annie Seaton, a wonderful author I met through Facebook and who loves nothing more than to make our hearts beat faster with her romantic stories.
She’s been very kind sharing with us the story of how she decided to write Italian Affair.
Thanks for hosting me on your blog.
I’d like to tell you about how this book came about…
Having my first contemporary romance, Holiday Affair, accepted for publication by the fabulous Entangled Publishing was the first exciting part of my writing journey after I retired from my career in education two years ago. Seeing my debut novel hit the best seller lists and get fabulous reviews was overwhelming . Suddenly I was an author, a published author and a bestselling author all in a matter of four months!
So where did the idea for the second book in the series… Italian Affair come from?
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 a stuffed shirt, 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 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 adore this book. I have learned and developed so much as a writer over the past couple of years; I hope everyone enjoys my story and will ‘laugh, cry, and sigh’ as Amy Andrews wrote for my cover quote!
And an excerpt of the book:
She looked from one to the other and then placed her hand on Tom’s arm. She wanted to know what was being said. Tom shook his head and the elderly lawyer frowned at her. A flash of white caught her eye and she looked across to the corner as the other lawyer wiped a tear from his eye. Absorbed in watching the old man wipe his eyes, she jumped when Tom reached out and placed his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close to him.
He leaned down and placed his lips against hers before she could move. “What the f—” she whispered against his lips.
“Just follow my lead,” he murmured into her mouth.
“Kissing men, crying lawyers. This is bizarre,” she muttered and Tom frowned at her.
She sat straight in her chair and flicked her braid over her shoulder. She concentrated and tried to follow the conversation. Signore Antoniolli directed a comment to the man in the corner, and he gave a cry of distress and jumped out of his chair, launching himself at her. He leaned over and hugged her tightly from behind, his papery skin rubbing against her cheek before he stood and wiped his eyes once again.
“Più tardi,” he said as he walked to the door and left, shutting it behind him.
Brianna turned to Tom, absolutely bewildered. “What the hell was that all about? Translate, please.”
“No, now,” she said in a furious whisper. “Tell me now.”
Tom looked at her patiently. “It means later. Più tardi means later.”
And if you’re as impressed as I am I’m sure you’ll want to get to know Annie a bit better:
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 released in June 2013, will be 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
Annie loves to hear from readers at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for reading, thanks Annie for being my guest and for sharing your creative process.
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