2017 Christmas Extravaganza featuring Annie Seaton
At the end of each year as Christmas approaches, it becomes a time of deep reflection for me. Thinking about the milestones of the year that has passed, both personal and professional, is often joyful, sometimes sad, but always very satisfying. This year our family has grown as we welcomed a new grandchild. Charlie was born (and named) just in time to be included in the dedication of my second Prickle Creek book, Her Outback Surprise, in late August.
The release of five new books in 2017—three digital: the Prickle Creek Farm series, one self published: Come Back to Me, and one traditionally published print book, Diamond Sky—has meant a lot of hard work, writing and editing, and promoting. And the completion of another book—my first foray into a dual historical/contemporary timeline which will hit the store bookshelves in 2018 has also required much research, trips to the Whitsunday islands and many late nights of writing. You heard it here first: my Whitsundays book, title almost approved…stay posted…will be released in late July, 2018, in the HQ imprint of Harper Collins Australia.
Professionally, as always I have been overwhelmed by the support of fellow authors and new readers in my writing and publication journey. But for this year, the most satisfying thing has been the increase in the number of emails from readers who have enjoyed travelling around the isolated and iconic parts of Australia with me as they have read my Porter Sisters series and my outback books. Kakadu National Park, the Daintree, the Kimberleys and also the Pilliga Scrub in my Prickle Creek Farm contemporary romances, have been visited by many readers.
In June we headed off on another big outback adventure and the trusty laptop and camera recorded several weeks of exploring and fun. Unfortunately due to poor planning on my part, edits and writing were an essential part of every day but I think my writing was made richer by being in the outback. Attending, and speaking at, the Outback Writers’ Festival in Winton was a highlight.
Now because it’s Christmas I want to tell you about my Christmas book! A short contemporary romance based on a true story and set in my local town, Christmas with the Boss is a fun read. It also celebrates the joy of female friendships. One of my best buddies is the friend who gave me the inspiration for Christmas with the Boss. A few years back Kris turned up at my house one Sunday morning, pale and visibly shaken. She had been staying at her partner’s house (a house at the beach two doors up from mine) while her partner was away overnight. She was pleased to wake up in the middle of the night when he came home unexpectedly and climbed into bed with her. Or so she thought…
But there was no unexpected arrival of her partner, she was alone… and you can read exactly what happened in Christmas with the Boss… word for word. Her story still gives me goose bumps today. So throw together a jaded banker, a sexy surfer boss, a true ghost story and a local beach shack, and Christmas with the Boss, was born. You can find it on all e-tailers.
2017 has been a wonderful year and so onto another year of writing and more books. I am truly blessed. Wishing all of my readers and author friends, the best festive season and hoping 2018 sees all your dreams come true.
Christmas with the Boss
Jilly Henderson was looking forward to a week of bliss at the beach: alone, no work and no one to bother her.
The last thing she expected was to find her hunky boss holidaying in the beach shack next door.He looked mighty different to the uptight executive she was used to. He’d shed the suit and turned into a surf god.
Dominic is horrified that Jilly is living in the old shack. Rumour has it that it’s haunted. He wants her to move but she digs in.
Can she ignore his charms…and who is the secret visitor who won’t leave her in peace?
Annie has generously offered two copies of Diamond Sky to give away. (Print for Australian winner, e-book for international).
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