Thursday, March 19, 2015

In high school, Annie Seaton had three goals...


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

In high school, Annie Seaton had three goals. First, she always wanted to be the sweet girl. You know, a bit like Sandy in Grease ... or like the girls Molly Ringwald used to play in movies like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. But nah ... she was always the academic one. The serious one with the glasses on and her head in a book ... usually a Sweet Valley High paperback. But always fascinated by and quietly watching the bad boys from afar.

And second, she wanted to live by the beach. Loved that scene where Sandy and Danny got together at the beach, just like From Here to Eternity. So she read sweet romances and dreamed of holidays by the ocean.

And third, she wanted to travel and see the world.

On to university and sitting in lectures, her head was still full of sweet romance stories, and not the stream-of-consciousness techniques she was studying in Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse. Don't get me wrong, she loved reading the classics and more literary works and wrote a brilliant (or she thought it was) thesis on stream of consciousness. After all, she was doing a degree in English literature.

But the call of sweet romance was there. So when she finally came to writing after leaving her teaching career — teaching English to students who weren't interested in the classics — she decided it was time to write down those wonderful sweet romances that were in her head.

And then the desire to travel came in very handy. Annie discovered as she travelled around the Australia and on the occasional trip overseas that every time she visited a new location, a romance story would pop into her head!

Her many books are all set in different  locations and one of her favourite series is the Half Moon Bay set in Northern California where she visited a couple of years ago.
The three books follows the romances of three great friends, Ana, Sienna and Georgie. The final story, Georgie’s romance wraps up in Guarding His Heart

GUARDING HIS HEART

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…

To find out more about Annie and her books, visit www.annieseatonromance.com. You can also connect with her on her blog, Facebook and Twitter (@annieseaton26)
Buy Link: http://www.entangledpublishing.com/guarding-his-heart/.

Excerpt:
Mutt leaped ahead as something moved on the trail in front of them and the leash pulled from her fingers. He disappeared over the sand dune onto the beach and Georgie hurried after him. By the time she’d reached the base of the dune and clambered over the piles of driftwood, he was in the water and was barking and jumping about in the shallows.

The sun was almost to the horizon in the west and Georgie put her hand up to her eyes to shield the silver glare reflecting on the water. She squinted as she spotted a small kayak floating upside down in the break. Mutt barked and took off toward a large log lying on the wet sand.

“Oh God.” It wasn’t a log, it was a person lying face down on the sand and Georgie took off at a run. “Not a body, oh please, not a body.” 

The sun broke through the low cloud and bathed the beach in front of her in late afternoon sunshine. As she ran toward the unmoving shape on the now glistening sand, she dug in her pocket for her phone and a cuss word did escape her lips this time. Her cell was on the counter in the kitchen where she’d thrown it before she’d picked up Mutt’s leash. 

“A…B…C…” Her breath caught as she ran toward the person. “Or is it C…A…B?”

All she could remember from the first aid course that Blake had insisted that the staff complete each year was the first two words…circulation and breathing. Or was it airway and beating? Even as she tried to remember the sequence, a memory flashed though her mind. Damn, if she couldn’t even remember the funny song she’d made up at the course. She’d changed ‘shake and shout’ into twist and shout and had performed an impromptu dance with the mannequin. All she could remember was the rest of the staff rolling around with laughter at her little performance. Blake had glared at her before his lips had twitched, too, and he’d given in to laughter. Now Georgie racked her brain for the rest of the words. She’d never had to administer first aid. The guy—she was now close enough to see it was a man—was lying on his stomach with his arms stretched above his head and his face turned away from her. Georgie reached him, kneeled down, and grabbed his shoulders to put him in the recovery position. She could remember that much at least—hopefully the rest of the first aid knowledge would follow.

“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” 

Georgie rocked back on her heels as the guy pushed himself up onto his forearms and turned his head to face her. A pair of ice blue eyes stared into hers and a shiver ran down Georgie’s spine as she sat back on the wet sand, and the shiver didn’t have anything to do with the cold water that was seeping through her shorts. 

Oh…my God. He’s gorgeous. She exhaled a huge breath of relief and put her hand to her chest. “Oh, thank goodness. I thought you were drowned.”

“Well, I’m not.” His voice was short and Georgie narrowed her eyes. A trickle of blood was running down his cheek. 

P.S. When Annie grew up, she got to write about lots of sweet girls in her stories (and some sassy ones too!), she lives by the beach and got to travel too!

Giveaway
As Guarding His Heart is Book 3 in the Half Moon Bay series, Annie has a copy of Books 1 and 2 to give away to one lucky commenter. She would love to know where you like to see your romances set. She is looking for a place to set her next romance.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST March 19th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

6 comments:

  1. I have to say Los Angeles. There are so many communities in Los Angeles that makes up the city. Everybody travels by car just to reach from the Westside (Santa Monica) to the Southside (San Pedro) to the Eastside (El Sereno) within minutes. Of course, very Angelenos know to avoid the 405 freeway. It is an exciting city and of course, it's home to me.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I love seeing romances placed in so many different locales... get to visit them through the words of the authors... Hawaii, Ireland, Scotland, even small town USA are places I like to "see". Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. I like to see settings that I have never seen, particularly out of the way places that I might never even know about.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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  4. maybe a rainforest

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  5. I like romances set in a cabin in the woods, far away from busy cities. If there is a river nearby for swimming and fishing, even better.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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  6. I like romances set in a cabin in the woods, far away from busy cities. If there is a river nearby for swimming and fishing, even better.

    joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

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