Here is your chance to get to know author Annie Seaton a little better. Feel free to ask her your own romance abroad questions below!
Holiday Affair, the first story in the bundle was story that had been in my head for years. The setting came to me when we were on a sailing holiday in the Whitsunday Island and it all came together then.What made you choose to bundle them all together?
My wonderful publisher offered to do that and I jumped at the chance. As a reader, I love series and to have them all together is a bonus.To which character do you best relate?
I love Tomas in Italian Affair. He fulfils my need for list making and being orgainsed!Which story is your favourite, and why?
I think Holiday Affair will always hold that special place because it was my debut novel. I achieved my dream with that book.What is it about romance abroad that is so appealing to readers and writers?
We all love to travel and by providing readers with love stories in exotic and varied settings, they get to travel the world in their imagination.Have you ever had your own romance abroad?
I was married and had my family by the time I travelled. So yes, I had a romance with my husband in Scotland!What are some of your favorite travel destinations?
The Whitsunday islands are number one, Scotland, Vienna, Italy... I could fill a page.Which ones remain on your bucket list?
The Caribbean, New York and Tuscany.Australia is a place I would love to visit some day. What are some of your recommendations for visitors?
You must visit the tropical islands. From Mackay up to Cairns. They are the hidden jewels of the world. (I’ll attach a picture of my last visit for you to drool over.)
You have had a variety of careers over the years. Other than writing, which one was your favorite? Which was your least favorite?
I began my working life as a librarian and I loved that. I really can’t say I had a last favourite as I have a tendency to throw myself into everything I do with a passion. Being a teacher was very hard work and could be very sad at times.What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
I can’t ride a bicycle.Is there anything else you would like to add?
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Thank you for having me visit.
by Annie Seaton
Nothing more than a holiday fling…until he moved in next door!
Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And Lissy would certainly never pick a rolling stone like Nick Richards for long-term love. But a red-hot, tropical romance? Oh, yeah. He’s got a body just made for sinning and his sizzling kisses leave her senseless.
When Nick blows into town, he’s stunned to discover that his no-nonsense new neighbor and co-worker is the same sultry creature he seduced for one night of forbidden island pleasure. He’s unaccustomed to staying in one place for long, but he just can’t seem to keep his hands off the multi-faceted Lissy. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?
Read an excerpt:
Footsteps on the sand woke her a short time later, and she lay there, eyes closed, enjoying the kiss of the sun on her shoulders. The steps paused and she slowly opened her eyes to see a pair of tanned, male legs in front of her. With a groan, she rolled over and sat up, knowing without looking up just who those legs belonged to and understanding that those few minutes of peace had come to an end. Nick walked closer and sat down on the edge of her towel. She reached for her T-shirt and pulled it over her head to cover her bikini. Hunching her knees up against her chest, she snapped at him. “What the hell are you doing here and how did you find me? Why can’t—”
“I asked Mrs. Mac where you were when I couldn’t get ahold of you this morning.” He put his hand on her arm to stop her as she attempted to push herself to her feet. She shook his hand off angrily and stood up, looking down at him and watching warily as he played with handfuls of sand, funnelling it through his fingers as though he didn’t have a care in the world. He repeated the action three times without either of them speaking a word until she couldn’t stand it any longer. She kneeled down next to him on the towel, her eyes level with his as he played with the sand. She put her hands on his shoulders and felt the instant jolt of heat through her fingertips as she gripped him tightly.
“Nick,” she said, enunciating each word clearly as though she was speaking to a child. “You didn’t come here to build sandcastles. What are you doing here?”
His hand stilled and he lifted his eyes to meet hers. “The simple truth? I had to come. I couldn’t stay away from you.” He reached for her and tried to pull her into his arms. Her body trembled as a sudden strength surged through her. She pushed him and he fell back on her towel as she stood and ran through the dunes, leaving him lying on the sand. The passion she’d experienced with him was already unforgettable, and had touched her in ways she had never felt before. If she allowed him to touch her again, she didn’t think she would have the strength to face his next rejection.
Much easier to stop him now. She was panting by the time she reached the cottage and she slammed the door shut behind her. Standing at the sink, gripping the edge of the bench, she looked out the window at the big black motorcycle parked in the driveway. Her heartbeat slowly returned to normal, her anger subsiding. She reached for the kettle and stood wearily waiting for him to follow her, as she knew he would.
Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.
For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn. But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.
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“How would you feel about coming with me and translating for me at the lawyer’s tomorrow morning? You do speak the language like a native.” A shaft of red sunlight hit the wall behind him and she jumped up and grabbed his hand. “Come on. The sun’s setting over the Tyrrhenian Sea. We can’t miss that.”
He gathered up the cups and leftover food, put them back into the plastic bag she’d left on the seat, and then followed her out to the deck. The breeze was cool and they stood close together as the sun dropped low in the sky. One by one, the other passengers gave in to the cold breeze and headed back into the warmth of the saloon.
Brianna shivered and rubbed her arms. “I didn’t think to pack a coat. Summer in the Mediterranean, I thought it would be warmer.”
“It’s always cooler out on the water.” Tom removed his jacket and placed it around her shoulders. Her skin absorbed the lingering warmth. His fingers brushed her throat as he pulled it around her and she shivered again. But not from the cold, she thought.
“Happy to stay out here till sunset? It’s not far off now,” he said. He stood behind her and put his arms loosely around her, grasping the rail in front of them. She appreciated the warmth of his body blocking the chilly breeze blowing across the deck. They watched as the bloodred rays of the setting sun tinged the clouds with shades of color ranging from the palest pink to silver. The last sliver of the orb dropped behind the water to the west, and the wind dropped almost immediately.
“Would all their colors from the sunset take, from something of material sublime, rather than shadow our own soul’s day- time in the dark void of night,” Tom murmured.
“John Keats? You are full of surprises, Mr. Bursar.” Brianna looked back at him and the wind caught her loose strands of hair and blew it into his face. “Sorry.” She turned around, reached up, and removed the hair stuck to his cheek, and was surprised by an intent look on his face before he dipped his head and caught her lips with the soft warmth of his. It caught her by surprise, and she stood stiff in his arms, not sure how to respond. By the time she’d come to terms with it, he’d pulled back.
“You looked sad, Bri,” he said with a smile. “And I couldn’t resist trying to cheer you up. And, yes, I’ll help you out. I’ll come along to the lawyer and translate. Now, come back inside where it’s warmer and you can tell me more about this visit to the lawyer’s office and what you need me to find out.” Tom held out his arm and waited for her to take it. “Oh, and perhaps while we’re talking, maybe you can tell me if this has anything to do with your crazy proposal on the plane.”
Brianna took his arm and looked up into serious blue eyes. She had a feeling she’d been set up. Sucked in by poetry and a kiss.
Jessica Trent wants to be a full-time writer for Cuisine magazine, but in order to land the gig she has to snare a one-on-one with the reclusive Alessandro Ricardo, a man hell-bent on staying out of the limelight. The last thing she expects as she heads to Crocodile Springs resort in northern Australia is to end up traveling across the Outback with a rugged and far too sexy barramundi fisherman.
Ex lawyer Alex Richards protects his privacy and his heart in equal measure. So when a Yankee bombshell in need of a ride turns up and threatens both, he decides to teach her a lesson. As they make their way through the wild country together, the attraction between them ignites. Alex must choose between his heart or letting go of his past … and will Jessica understand why he lied once she finds out who he really is?
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Alex looped the leash through the dog’s collar and climbed out, waiting for Bowser to follow him, but he turned in a circle and settled back on the seat. Jess stayed in her seat as well until he walked around and opened her door.
“I thought you needed a stop.”
“I do.” She swung her legs through the door and looked down at the bare dirt at the side of the road before lifting her gaze to meet his. “Are there any snakes here?”
“Sweetheart, there is nothing here.” He spread his arms wide and followed her gaze as she leaned out and looked around. Deep blue sky, big sky, contrasted with the bare red dirt. The only thing breaking the flat, red vista was the narrow road heading west in a perfectly straight, unbroken line. “No self respecting creature would survive out here.” Alex took pity on her as she looked hesitantly at the rough ground. She let out a soft gasp when he reached in and lifted her out, letting her slide down the front of him to the ground. A prickle of awareness shot through him as her soft breasts pressed against his chest, and he held her longer than necessary.
“I’ll get back in the truck with Bowser and close my eyes while you go around the back of the truck and use the…er… washroom.” He shrugged. “Sorry, we don’t have five star facilities in the outback.
“Looks to me like you don’t have any facilities.” She stepped gingerly toward the back of the truck and waited for him to get back in.
Alex hoisted himself up into this seat. He lifted Bowser onto his lap and waited. “What do you reckon, little buddy? She’s a looker, isn’t she?” All he got was a snuffle in reply. He leaned his head back on the seat and closed his eyes while he waited.
“Alex!” The shrill scream turned his blood to ice.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Annie Seaton 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 through contemporary, historical, suspense and paranormal...but all with romance of course.
Her love of reading and history began at an early age and she was a child who always carried a book (or two) no matter what she was doing. Several of her favourite books were confiscated from beneath her desk by teachers who had no understanding of her capacity to read while she was doing her schoolwork!
Her working life has seen her through several major career changes and Annie has now retired from the world of full time work and has fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a published author.
Annie’s 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 June 2013, and will be followed shortly by Outback Affair. Annie has more books being released in 2013 and 2014 with Entangled Publishing in the Bliss, Entangled Ignite and Covet imprints.
Annie loves to hear from readers at: firstname.lastname@example.org