Please welcome Annie Seaton back to the virtual offices today! Annie is here to celebrate the release of her latest Indulgence romance, Italian Affair. First she’s going to share her favorite beaches, then she’s going to have a nifty giveaway for you to enter! Read for details!
Guest Post: Annie Seaton’s Favorite Beaches
Coming up with my list of top ten beaches was an absolute pleasure. So the very best in the world… I have been to each of these beaches and they have provided inspiration for several of my books!
The ocean is my inspiration… if the muse leaves me… I go for a walk on the beach and can come home and write hundreds of words.
I also love the sky… I watch clouds, sunrise, sunsets and I love those boiling cumulonimbus clouds that rise up over the ocean in the tropics in the afternoon. Sheer inspiration!
The beach at the bottom of my hill where I walk every day!
Whitehaven Beach Whitsunday Islands
Shelley Beach-Nambucca Heads NSW
Surfers Paradise –Gold Coast Australia
Monterey Beach –California
Woodgate Beach –Queensland
Kyle of Lochalsh (Scotland)
Byron Bay, Australia
Excerpt – Italian Affair by Annie Seaton:
They stood on the crest of the hill on the northernmost side of the village. Tom had sought directions from the bus driver, who told them to follow the road through to the other side of the little village.
“It’s magnificent.” Brianna took a deep breath and stood staring out over the sea.
Mount Stromboli lay seven miles to the north across the Tyrrhenian Sea. Clouds of smoke hung over the volcanic island, contrasting with the deep blue sky and the azure waters of the sea. From the side of the road, the hill ran steeply down to a magnificent white beach.
“Oh, I do hope we can see the water from the cottage.”
“Come on, let’s find this place and then all your questions will be answered.” Tom tugged at her hand and they walked up the steep hill.
“Are you sure he gave you the right directions?” Brianna asked, stopping and pulling a water bottle from her bag after they had climbed for another ten minutes.
“Yes, I am sure. It should be around the next bend.”
She skipped ahead of him and he smiled to himself. From a distance, she looked like a teenager with her long gangly legs and her black braid flying in the breeze as her excitement at seeing her mother’s house spurred her along.
A whitewashed villa sprawled down the hill at the end of the road. The vista of the sea formed a scenic backdrop to the waves breaking gently on the pebbled beach far below them.
“Is this it?” He strode down the hill and caught up to Brianna, who stood at a locked wrought iron gate. Tom peered over the top of the intricately scrolled metal into a paved courtyard with a small fountain in the middle. Wind chimes tinkled and the soft sound of the cascading water greeted them from inside.
“This is it. La Casa Bianca.” Tom held the key out. “The White House.”
“But…but…it’s not a cottage. It’s a lot posher than I imagined. I thought it was going to be a wee cottage.” Bianca’s hand shook as she inserted the large key Mr. Antoniolli had given them. To Tom’s surprise the gate opened noiselessly on the first turn of the key and they stepped through.
As promised, please fill out the widget to be entered in Annie’s giveaway! She’s giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.
About the book:
ree-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.