Monday, 2 April 2012

Guest post by Annie Seaton + Giveaway

Today I welcome to the blog one of Entangled Publishing's new category romance authors, Annie Seaton who takes the reader on an exotic travel to the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands in her latest novel Holiday Affair, released on March 15th. Today she stops by to tell us about the loud, boisterous but so very loveable large Italian family of the hero of Holiday Affair. Please give Annie a warm welcome and read on, you could win a copy of Holiday Affair!

The Creation of Secondary Characters in Holiday Affair
by Annie Seaton

In all of my books, and across all genres, the use of secondary characters balances the tension and conflict that surrounds the main characters. In Holiday Affair Nick’s large and boisterous family provide light-hearted moments of fun and laughter, which served to alleviate the sadness that surrounds Lissy as she struggles to regain her security after the death of her much beloved grandfather. The large, happy family provided a stark contrast to Lissy’ s loneliness.

Nick’s mother Tessa is the typical Italian matriarch, much loved by her adult children and she provides a warm chaotic environment for them to come home to. Secondary characters can often paint truer portraits of the main characters than the characters themselves and I used Tessa to give more insight into Nick’s character. Nick’s father is an absent-minded professor who is immersed in his latest book and Nick’s two brothers provide a balance to his character. Tom is a bit of a stuffed shirt who is a stickler for routine and doing the right thing, and Alex is the younger brother who takes great delight in practical jokes. Tom was a very useful secondary character as his relationship with Lissy provided a basis for conflict and his conversations with Nick allowed more of an insight into Nick’s character.

Nick and Tom each take on the role of the main character in the two next books in the series, Italian Affair and Outback Affair.

We also briefly meet their three sisters who are married with young children.

The family home of the Richards provides a wonderful location for some social functions where Nick and Lissy clash. The cohesion of the family and their love and concern, for Nick and Lissy is particularly evident in the final chapter of the book.

I would love to give away a copy of Holiday Affair to a lucky reader. It will be drawn on the 20th April. For instructions on how to enter please scroll down.

Stella...thank you for hosting me. It has been a pleasure visiting!

Staid professor Lissy McIntyre believes that choosing a mate should be based on common sense, not runaway passion. And she 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 woman. Will Nick break loyal Lissy’s heart or will she be the one woman he simply can’t walk away from?

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Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the south Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia. Recently retired from the world of full time work, she is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing, and her first two books were both published on the same day!

She writes across genres steampunk, historical and paranormal romance, romantic suspense but her favorite genre is contemporary romance.

She lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. They share their home with “Bob” the dog and two white cats.

Annie’s working life went through several major career changes…., librarian, teacher, technology consultant and university tutor. She has now retired and spends her days writing down all the stories in her head. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach… or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc in hand.

Annie loves hearing from readers, you can reach her at her website, Twitter, Goodreads and on Facebook.


Annie has generously offered an ebook copy of Holiday Affair to a lucky commenter!

All you have to do is

Go to Annie's site and tell her about your happiest family memory in the contact form.

Giveaway ends on 20 April 2012 and is open worldwide!

Good luck!

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