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Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The highs and lows of a writing journey

Being an author is much harder work than I ever dreamed it would be. I am so lucky that I was able to give up my full time career and now have the luxury of writing full time.  I really, truly, admire authors who work, and those who have a young family at home. And those who do both!

The past four years has been such a steep learning curve for me...coming in as a mature aged writer and plunging head first into this new career.

I had always been avid reader of many genres and I believe that truly honed my craft. But I was a raw recruit and I had to learn so quickly

Point of view? Yes I had one about most things...oh you mean point of view in a story...ah never heard of it.
Filtering....showing and telling, wandering body parts... a whole new language and skill set for me to learn.

But it is easy to learn.. but it has taken dedication, structured working hours, patience and ... did I say...dedication.

The highs:

  • My very first publishing contract
  • The next nineteen contracts in four years
  • Holding my first book in my eager hands
  • Attending my first romance writers' conference in Melbourne
  • Making so many new friends who understood me!
  • Attending a writers' workshop in Tuscany
  • Meeting Eloisa James and helping her with a sticky plot issue over dinner
  • Meeting readers
  • Seeing my books on the shelves of the local library
  • Meeting my author friends in London for the first time
  • Attending a business meeting in Las Vegas
  • Signing a three book print deal with Pan Macmillan
  • Being taken out for lunch by my Pan Macmillan editors
  • Making best seller lists
  • Talking to beginning authors and showing them that hard work DOES pay off
  • My nine-year-old grandson telling his school that Nanny is famous because she writes stories
  • Thinking of a new story idea
  • Starting the first sentence of a new book
  • Working with editors to polish my work
  • Sending off the final edited version of a book
  • Being able to write anywhere...on the beach, in the car, in our boat
  • Release day... the joy never lessens... the excitement grows with each one
  • I could keep writing the highs forever... I DO love my writing life!

The Lows:

  • There are none :)

This week's high... 

The release of the third and final book in the Half Moon Bay Series:

Some people get under your skin.
Some get into your heart.
Bestselling author Liam Wyndham needed an escape, and Half Moon Bay, with its small town charm and beautiful ocean, is the perfect place to hide out from the scandal surrounding his estranged dead wife. A place where he can enjoy his writer's block in sweet isolation. But all of his plans to become a surly recluse disappear when carpenter Georgie Sacchi marches into his house…

Georgie wants an adventure, and she has a plane ticket that promises her everything she needs—excitement, independence, and a way to escape the memory of her last ruined relationship. Still, she has one last job to complete before she can leave the country. The last thing she needs is a recalcitrant author with a gorgeous face (and a hot body) distracting her from her plans.
But life doesn't always give you what you think you need…

Available from all e-tailers here.

Available here

For a copy of two of my earlier books from Dangerous Desire and Holiday Affair..comment and tell me what is your favorite book ever? It will be drawn at the end of the month.
Mine is Katherine by Anya Seton

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!