Wednesday, 2 April 2014

I'm live over at Bitten By Books today, chatting to readers about Hot Rock. Come on over and talk to me.


You can join in to the giveaway at the raffle copter below for a $35 Amazon gift card.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Time management ... is there any easy way?

So my dear blog followers... for those of you who follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you may have noticed I have been a lot quieter over the past week or two, with just the occasional post to report in on my activities.

My blog has also been sadly neglected.

Why? I must implement some better time management skills. The last two weeks have been crazy...deadlines looming for contracted books, edits coming in and book proposals due to my editor.
I also have a lovely reading list waiting for me to prepare for the writing workshop I am going to in Italy in the northern summer, including the latest Eloisa James book.

So there has been little time for the joy of chatting and browsing social media.

I made a list today of all the tasks I have lined up for the next two months and guess what I wanted to do... But never being one to give up I decided to procrastinate just a wee while longer and research some time management tips and I will share the top three tips below!

#1. Focus on importance. Prioritise.

So the first tip I found...The secret to mastering your time is to systematically focus on importance and suppress urgency.  As one author friend said to me recently focus on the task that will have the most impact on your writing career. 

#2. Say no

The second one...learn to say no... 
Life hacker's Jedi time tricks says...Most of us follow an implicit social contract: when someone asks you to do something you almost always say yes. It may feel very noble, but don't forget there's a dying princess you need to save, and you just agreed to slow yourself down because you were asked nicely.

#3. Turn off the router...and the phone...and the iPad

The evils of social media....shiver. So why do we love social media? An author's life can be a very lonely one. We spend a lot of time alone talking to our characters and solving their problems. We love to know what's going on. We love to see what other people are reading/writing/sating/joking about/looking at etc etc etc.
I can remember a well known Australian romance author, Marion Lennox, speaking at a conference and giving advice on quality writing time. She has a separate computer for writing which has no internet connection. A great idea!

And if all else fails... turn to the one least have a love before you dive beneath the covers
1. It is astonishing how long it takes to finish something you are not working on.

2. W.C Fields said If at first you don't succeed try, try again. Then quit. There's no point being a damn fool about it.

My solution would be to indulge in some time travel...a nice little set of standing stones n the back garden where I could slip back and forward in time to meet my deadlines, like my heroines.
Megan in Hot Rock  and Indigo in Winter of the Passion Flower  and Sofia in Summer of the Moon Flower 

all had it figured out and they won their sexy heroes to boot!

Okay, okay, I know. So time travel probably won't work.

 I need some more ideas... leave me a comment below. The best and funniest time management tip will each win a copy of one of my time travel books.
Now I'm off to check on Facebook...oops I mean...I'm off to write. I do have a deadline... or two...or three.

Friday, 28 February 2014

A rockin' great week!

Well, dear readers...the last week has been a wonderful ride. Hot Rock my latest book was released on Monday and the reception has been amazing.

My dear husband informed  the other day that vampires were out and time travel was in...and he may have been right!
 Since the book was released only a few days ago there have been many wonderful reviews and a flurry of emails asking for another book in the series.

Writing Hot Rock was an absolute  pleasure for me. I was able to combine many of my favorite things into one story. My love of the English countryside, the seventies,  particularly seventies music and rock stars, and my fascination with all things mystical like ley lines and time travel.
 Here are some of the pictures that inspired me as I wrote...

Band members

The festival goers
 Readers have really understood the time travel and loved my hero and heroine...Davy and Megan.

The pyramid stage
M.Smith in California says...

"Ms. Seaton pens a time travel romance unlike any other I've read. I loved the characters, the differences in time periods, and how time really had no hold over their love. David and Megan truly were meant to love each other...whenever they are."

Another reviewer on Amazon made my day...

"Time travel with a hot 70's rock star? But Annie Seaton somehow made it work and made me wish it was about a hundred pages longer. I mean, she could pull a Diana Gabaldon and drag 70's rock star drama through seven books and I'd be okay with that!"

So I guess I'd better get writing the next book and make it a series. What do readers think about that? Comment below to go in the draw for an additional $10 gift card drawn on 15 March after the tour.

Over the next few weeks I am privileged to be appearing on some blog and review sites... if you would like to follow and enter the raffle copter at each stop... here are the links... and the raffle copter is at the bottom of this page too. There is a giveaway of my three Affairs books in one bundle and another $10 gift card.
Happy reading!

22 February                       Alana Woods Interview
24 February                      Contemporary Romance Reviews
24 February                      A Dream within a Dream
24 February                     The Reading Cafe Interview
28 February                      Susanne Bellamy's All the World's a Page
3 March                            Maria's Book Blog
3 March                            Fade into Fantasy
4 March                            Becky on Books
4 March                            Rhi Reading
5 March                            Literary Escapism
5 March                            Cocktails and Books
5 March                            Deea's Book Blog
5 March                            Sweet Spot
6 March                            Read your Writes
6 March                            Ramblings from this Chick
7 March                            Toot's Book Reviews
7 March                            Simply Ali
10 March                          Bookhounds
11 March                          Let's talk about Books
11 March                          All the Bookish Love
12 March                          Book 'n Kisses
12 March                          All Things Romance
12 March                          Savvy Authors monthly column
13 March                          As You Wish Romance
14 March                          Romantic Reads and Such
14 March                          Fantasy Book Addict
1 April                              Bitten By Books...additional $35 gift card giveaway.

Davy Morgan