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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

In my own chair

Today I was interviewed by the talented author, Deborah O'Brien who wrote 'The Trivia Man' one of my favourite reads of 2015.
Deborah's Q&A and review are included below.

Deborah O'Brien kindly had me as a guest over on her blog and I wanted to share her delightful review and Q and A ... so today I am in my chair being interviewed by Deborah!
Q&A with Annie Seaton
Author of 'Kakadu Sunset'


Available here: http://bit.ly/1RAtqhE


Annie Seaton is the author of 'Kakadu Sunset', a captivating new novel from Pan Macmillan Australia. She is also an award-winning e-book author. I’m delighted to have the chance to chat with Annie about her writing career.
Annie, you’ve had a varied and respected career as an educator. What inspired you to begin writing fiction?
Deborah, the desire to write has always been a part of me. I remember walking into a public library in Brisbane with my mother when I was four years old and my love affair with the written word began. Reading became my favourite activity from that day on but although my initial career was in librarianship, the desire to write was always there, however the opportunity to write was delayed by study, career, marriage and family.
Kakadu National Park is more than a mere backdrop for your first full-length novel – it’s almost a character in its own right. Would you agree?
Absolutely! Kakadu is not just a geographical location. Although the physical landscape of the park is majestic, much of its beauty comes from the spiritual sense that surrounds you as you walk through the park. The silence is amazing. Aboriginal people have occupied the Kakadu area continuously for at least 40,000 years and the park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites. Walking through those sacred places had a profound effect on me. Ubirr Rock and Jim Jim Falls are unforgettable.
Ellie Porter, your female protagonist, is an intrepid helicopter pilot. The scenes in the helicopter (which would have been a nightmare for me to write as I’m mechanically challenged) are so deftly written that I’d think the author was a pilot herself! How did you go about researching Ellie’s job?
That’s a great question. Ellie’s profession just happened; it wasn’t even something I had consciously planned. I had never been in a helicopter because I don’t like heights or small planes, let alone helicopters! So as all good researchers do, I went hands on researching and took a helicopter training flight. It was absolutely awesome and I was much better placed to convey the sense of piloting a ‘bird’ because I had done it.
Kakadu Sunset is the first book in the Porter Sisters Series? Can you tell us a little bit about this trilogy? And will the next two novels weave together romantic and suspense elements in the same way as this one?
Book Two, 'Daintree Sunrise' is complete and with my editor now. I won’t give away any clues, but again, it weaves together suspense and romance, and some eco-environment issues. I am currently researching and writing Book Three, 'Kimberley Moonlight' and loving it. It is shaping up to be my favourite as this one has a real combination of environment, cultural issues, suspense and a foray overseas as well as being set in the East Kimberley. I love writing strong female leads, and Drusilla in Book Three is a very strong and feisty character.
Your travels provide inspiration for your stories. Do you write while you’re on the road, or do you wait until you’re back home behind your desk?
The story simmers away in my mind as we travel, and I jot down ideas. It takes a few weeks for the threads to join together in my head and then I sit down and write very quickly when it has all come together and I am back at my desk.
Which writers have most influenced your own writing?
I have very eclectic taste in my choice of reading, so I had to think about this answer. Strangely enough, it is historical writers such as Sharon Penman, Diana Gabaldon and Anya Seton who shaped my writing. The ability to let the reader feel with a character is not genre specific, and I always wanted to be able to make a reader become emotionally entangled with the characters as I reading those particular authors.
And finally, what are your top three tips for aspiring novelists?
Persevere. Have determination, and keep the faith in yourself. Develop your own voice, follow your heart and stay with what you believe.
Thanks for having me visit, Deborah.
It’s been a pleasure, Annie.
You can read my review of ‘Kakadu Sunset’ here.
And visit Annie's website here.

REVIEW
If you were to make a judgment about this novel based on a glance at the young woman on the cover, dressed in skimpy shorts and standing beside a lagoon, glowing orange in the dying light, you might assume Annie Seaton's ‘Kakadu Sunset’ is a typical romance novel. But you’d be wrong. There’s far more to this book than meets the eye. As well as its strong romantic elements, it also happens to be a riveting enviro-thriller with some very serious issues simmering under the surface.
Ellie Porter is an intrepid helicopter pilot, who takes tourists on scenic flights over Kakadu National Park. Having grown up on a mango farm adjoining the Park, Ellie is passionate about the area and its preservation. One day, when she is flying over the old property, she notices extensive man-made scars in the earth and resolves to discover exactly what is going on.
Meanwhile, Ellie finds herself with an attractive new colleague by the name of Kane McLaren, who happens to be the stepson of the current owner of her family home. Can he be trusted to help in her search for the truth, or is he in cahoots with those who are defacing the landscape?
The main characters are well drawn. Ellie is a smart, feisty, capable woman in a job that is traditionally male. Kane is also interesting, as much for his ‘muscled arms and tight abs’, as for the secrets lurking in his recent past.
This book is a real page-turner, and I love the way the author has made the crocodile a leitmotif, weaving its way through the story in both a physical and a metaphorical sense. Annie Seaton’s prose is lucid and polished, and her descriptions of the Kakadu landscape vivid and lyrical.
I look forward to the other books in her planned trilogy. Read more in my interview with Annie Seaton.
And by the way, all you film producers out there, here’s a great commercial screenplay in the making.
IN A NUTSHELL:
With its strong characters, evocative prose and mix of romance and suspense, Annie Seaton’s ‘Kakadu Sunset’ will not only transport you to one of the most magnificent landscapes on earth but also keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.


'Kakadu Sunset' is published by Macmillan Australia and is now available at all good bookshops and online.


Deborah O’Brien
18 January 2016

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Forget the 12 days of Christmas... there are 7 days till sunset!




Seven days till sunset you say? Won't there be a sunset this afternoon?

That makes me smile...I am an avid sunset photographer much to the amusement of my husband. As I hover on the verandah each afternoon, waiting for the golds and pinks and oranges to light up the evening sky, and capture that magical moment when the sun slips behind the mountain. . .  oh I could wax lyrical for hours... DH rolls his eyes and says drily... there'll be another one tomorrow, dear.

So here are the six sunsets for the countdown... until the release of my 'seventh' sunset and a draw of goodies for the winning entry in the rafflecopter. An international winner will win a basket of gift e-books and an Amazon gift card. Australian winners will receive a gift basket filled with Christmas goodies and an Amazon gift card!
So how do you enter?
Scroll through the sunsets to the bottom of the post!


1. A sunset from my back porch



2. A glorious sunset from my back porch


3. Um..another one from my back porch


5. And another one from home

5. A ha..an outback Queensland sunset in winter


6. A western Australian sunset


And there will be a sunset for the next six days until my very special Kakadu Sunset is in the stores!

And on the seventh day we have a Kakadu Sunset!

Available in all stores in Australia and New Zealand and on line internationally.
Pre-order and have it delivered to your e-reader the instant it releases!

It is also available for pre order now in digital format from the following etailers:

Pan Macmillan Australia
Booktopia
Amazon Australia
Amazon US
iBooks

Kobo
​Barnes and Noble


To enter the draw...enter below...click on the Rafflecopter link


Thursday, 10 December 2015

I'm so thrilled to tell you my news. I received notification that  I have been voted  the Best Established Author of 2015 award  in the AusRom Today Readers' Choice Awards! A huge thank you to those of you who voted as I heard that votes came from all over the world: US, UK and Europe as well as Australia!

It's so nice to hear that readers enjoy my stories

This week I have released my first Australian rural (western) romance under my rural pen name: Melody Edmonds. It's funny what names can mean to us...over the past five years I have really become Annie Seaton, but Melody Edmonds is special to me. Edmonds was my family name and my darling mother  (who sadly passed away last year) had always wanted to call me Melody!


99c Christmas Special
Loving Lucy is the first of a series about four cousins. Lucy, Jemima, Liam and Sebastian.
The four Peterkin cousins have been called home to Prickle Creek for Christmas, and suspect their grandmother has an ulterior motive. 
First home is Lucy, advertising art director who is about to land a contract that will launch her career. Lucy counts down the days until she can get back to the city, away from the red dust, the flies and the prickles underfoot. But in the city there is no Garth, the man she left behind when she was eighteen.  


The great news is that readers are loving...Loving Lucy!
You can find it here:
US       http://amzn.to/1XriE49
Aus     http://bit.ly/1PnaqWn
UK      http://amzn.to/1IuHt2I

There is also a little taster here but be prepared... Melody writes a little hotter than Annie!
It is less than two weeks ...12 sleeps...not that I'm excited... until Kakadu Sunset hits the stores! Real and ebooks! Last week Pan Macmillan Australia put it on a pre release special for pre orders.
Kakadu Sunset is a little bit of Erin Brockovich mixed with Crocodile Dundee for those of you who like adventure mixed with your romance.
You can read more about it here


Each week from now leading up to release day I will be giving away a set of one of my e-book series to two lucky subscribers each week. Email me at annieseaton26@gmail.com with the subject line 
Kakadu Sunset Countdown to go in the draw. I will draw two lucky winners each Saturday until release day

99c books
 This week  Loving LucySeductive Secrets and Christmas Down Under are a  bargain at 99c each!