|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|
|My helicopter pilot about to take me flying|
|The view says it all|
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 Rock...my most recent book.
Now I'm head down and off to work!
Till next blog,