Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Well, it’s the twenty sixth of June!

Congratulations to "Jonetta", the winner in Annie's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Well, it’s the twenty sixth of June!

And today is my birthday...if anyone had told me ten , five or even three years ago that I would be spending my fifty ‘somethingth’ birthday  writing a blog for  Just Contemporary Romance, I would have shaken my head in disbelief!

Over the past two years, I have undertaken the most amazing journey and achieved my lifelong dream of being not only an author...but a published author.

I took one of those side roads that beckoned and left a career as a high school principal to try my hand at writing romance novels. Within a year, I had a bestseller on the Amazon virtual book shelves!

I’ve dipped my toe in the waters of contemporary romance, paranormal romance, steampunk romance and now romantic suspense. And I’ve loved every minute of it.

Over the way I’ve made some wonderful friends both , fellow authors and readers and appreciate the contact and talking to them virtually every day as writing can be a lonely occupation. One of the questions I often get asked is ... where do I get my inspiration and I can answer that easily.

Everyday life! I love watching the supermarket, on the bus, walking on the beach and I love imaging their stories. Sometimes stories come to me in my dreams and I try to get them down as soon as I wake up before they disperse like gossamer threads.

Brianne Ballantine, the sexy, vulnerable heroine in Italian Affair came to me in the beauty salon! My secret weakness for pampering myself is having a facial—it does wonders for the stiff neck from sitting at a keyboard all day and when you have had a few is an essential!  As I lay back with gunk on my face and cucumber on my eyes, my beautician told me how she had discovered her birth grandfather on Lipari Island.

My eyes flew open, the cucumber went flying and 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 loved writing their story and I have been delighted with the wonderful reviews and the reader response.

I would love to give away a digital copy of the first book in the series –Holiday Affair to one lucky person leaving a comment or email entry.

A teaser from Italian Affair for you:

 “Excuse me. Oh, sorry.” She pushed past the few passengers who remained standing and were loading their luggage into the overhead compartments. Her laptop bumped the seats all the way up the aisle and she apologized, hitching it higher on her shoulder. She cursed softly when she reached her seat at the very back of the plane and opened the hatch above her seat row to find it was already crammed full with bags.
I hate it when that happens. Next time I’ll be on time, she promised herself.
She handed her laptop over to one of the cabin staff to stow it in another compartment. Glancing down at her boarding pass, she smiled when she saw she’d been allocated the window seat. No matter how many times she flew, she preferred sitting near the window so she could see the ground approach when the plane landed on terra firma.
“Excuse me.” She smiled at the man sitting in the middle of the three-seat row. The aisle seat was vacant. “I need to get past.”
He ignored her.
“Excuse me.” She stood with her hands on her hips as the fasten seat belt sign came on and the flight attendant gestured for her to be seated. She shrugged her shoulders and pointed to the man who was ignoring her, and then she realized he had earphones in. She reached out and tapped his shoulder, and when he looked up, she grinned at him. It was the sleaze who’d been checking out her ass in the coffee shop.
“Sorry,” she said pointing to the window. “I’m in the window seat. I need to get through.” He closed the laptop and slid his legs to the side so she could get past. Settling into her seat, she reached over and held out her hand.
“I’m Brianna. I hate flying and I talk too much when I’m nervous so I’ll apologize in advance.”

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 was released in early June and 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.

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  1. I loved The Italian Affair. It made me giggle! Wold love to read the first book in the series.

  2. Happy Birthday!!!! I have The Italian Affair and would love the first book! Thanks for the post.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

  3. What a fun way to celebrate your birthday! And I also talk to much when I'm nervous. Hell, I talk too much regardless! *laugh*

  4. Hi Annie!
    Happy Birthday! It's so fun to share a special day with you--and what a great dream you've realized. Congrats on all the success your "Affairs" are having! I love the excerpt from "Italian Affair" -- and I'm Abigail's twin talking sister (among other traits, it would seem). I just plain talk too much, so I relate to Brianna.

    It's wonderful to meet you here--I wish you all the best with your writing! Sounds to me as if you made the right career switch!

  5. I love your 'affairs' and am so glad you made the transition from teaching to writing! Looking forward to the yet to be released books you've mentioned.
    Happy birthday! We're almost time twins! Mine was yesterday.


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