Let’s Talk Books With Annie West, Author of The Flaw In Raffaele’s Revenge

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Today I am super excited to have one of Australia’s very own romance Super Stars Annie West! Annie writes for Harlequin Mills & Boon’s Sexy line and her stories are simply to die for.  Set usually in exotic locations, her stories feature dashing heroes and strong spirited heroines who slow dance their way to love. It seriously is nothing short of amazing to witness the power of Annie’s words as her characters slowly fall in love before your eyes. I’ve been emotionally gripped and moved by many of her books to date and I’m a relative new Mills & Boon reader!

Growing up on the east coast of Australia, I didn’t get to ride a kangaroo to school but I did acquire some valuable survival skills like what to do when faced with a venomous snake or when caught in a dangerous rip while surfing. As the dangers of ocean swimming involved close observation of tall, burnished surf life savers, you could say I began researching early to become a romance writer.

I’ve been a reader almost as long as I can remember and the idea of being without a book sends a chill down my spine. In my teens I got hooked on romance and never looked back. The boys at school just didn’t make the grade when compared with all those strong silent types, flashing-eyed Italians, haughty Spanish aristocrats and the rest. No wonder the boys at school just didn’t make the grade!

With an impressive 30+ books out already, and her latest   – THE FLAW IN RAFFAELE’S REVENGE –  having just released this month, Annie is a wealth of story knowledge and knows a thing or two about a great book. So without further ado, I’m going to hand over to the lady of the hour.

A fragile beauty that tamed the beast within… 

Italian Raffaele Petri needs reclusive researcher Lily Nolan to see his revenge plans come to fruition. But the damaged beauty is feisty, argumentative and all too intriguing to be ignored!

Scarred as a child, Lily shut herself away from cruel prying eyes, so working for a man as breathtakingly handsome as Raffaele makes her own physical imperfections harder to bear. Until Raffaele’s kisses awaken the untouched woman inside.

As Raffaele’s retribution draws closer, Lily must use her newfound strength to help him release the torment eating at his soul. But will Raffaele risk his vengeance for her love?

EDIT: Before we get any further into this post, I just discovered that it’s Annie’s Birthday today! She never told me, so on behalf of readers everywhere, and The Never Ending Bookshelf, please join me in wishing Annie West the biggest, Happiest Birthday ever!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNIE WEST!!

Hey Annie, thank you so much for chatting with me today.

Hi, Jess, thanks so much for inviting me to visit!

What are you currently reading?

Christine Wells’s The Wife’s Tale – utterly absorbing!

What was the last book you bought?

Ben Aaronovitch’s Foxglove Summer.

Do you prefer to read books in print or electronically?

Print, though I read in both. There’s something about holding it in your hand that makes it a different experience.

I totally agree!

If I was to walk into your house right now, what would your bookshelves look like? Do you have an organisation system (genre, colour, author…) or are you just happy to go with the flow?

Overloaded! Yes, I sort of have a system. Non fiction on a couple of bookshelves, fiction on others. Non-fiction is roughly by subject/interest area and fiction by author. But some of them are double-stacked. Basically I need a library!

How often do you read?

It varies enormously. Sometimes it’s several times a day. If I wake early I’ll often read before anyone else gets up. Sometimes I’m more absorbed in the book I’m reading than in what’s happening in real life. At other times, especially when I’m really wrapped up in finishing one of my own stories, I may decide to put other books on hold for a couple of weeks so I don’t distract myself. It depends how intense and all-consuming that fictional world is.

Describe what you would expect to find in your dream book?

A story (fiction is my favourite) that draws me in from the opening, intrigues me and keeps me wanting more, more, more. I prefer a happy or at least satisfying ending and I love stories that make me pause along the way just to savour something especially wonderful – a character, a plot twist, a turn of phrase or an idea.

How do you choose what to read next?

Preferably by the mood I’m in. I prefer to read a book that appeals at the time, rather than one I feel I should read. Sometimes its intense, sometimes light, other times something completely different.

So you’ve started a book and discover it’s not for you. Are you more likely to discard it or finish it?

I always used to finish a book I’d started. Now, if it’s really not working for me I might give it up and devote my time to something else

If you could read any book again, for the first time, what book would you choose?

Ooh, that’s tough. It could be any one of a dozen or more. Maybe Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter or something by Georgette Heyer. I love the idea of discovering something wonderful again for the first time.

  

What is about books that appeals to you so much? What is your favourite part about reading?

Entering into another world. It’s magic!

Was there any particular book that inspired you to start writing?

No, there were lots of them. I read all the time and I read lots and lots of romance. Over the years I simply developed a fantasy that perhaps I could create stories like the ones I was so enjoying. To my delight I found that, though it’s not easy, it’s immensely satisfying and so much fun to dive into those worlds of your own making and create stories not just for yourself but for others as well

Do you have any advice to other writers out there?

Lots of suggestions. First of all, read and keep reading. I don’t know any successful authors who aren’t readers. Secondly, keep writing. Practice your craft, stretch yourself by writing and seeking to improve (by more writing and by getting feedback via contests or readers). Thirdly, if it’s really your dream to be published, don’t give up. Persistence means you’ll be honing your craft and, as I heard once years ago, the difference between a published author and an unpublished one, is that the published one never gave up.

And lastly, what are you currently working on?

I’m putting the final touches to a story that is scheduled for release early next year. It features a ruthless sheikh determined to save his nation and a spirited princess who is forced into a marriage of convenience against her will. I had such fun with this pair as neither would give in or give up and each was determined to win till they discovered the joys of compromise (and love). This pair just about leapt off the page as I wrote their story and I’m hoping readers will love them as much as I do.

Thank you so much for stopping by Annie and congratulations on your new release again.

  

To learn more about Annie West, visit the following social media sites:

Annie’s website | Facebook | Goodreads

Don’t forget to grab a copy of Annie’s latest release while you are at it too!

A fragile beauty that tamed the beast within… 

Italian Raffaele Petri needs reclusive researcher Lily Nolan to see his revenge plans come to fruition. But the damaged beauty is feisty, argumentative and all too intriguing to be ignored!

Scarred as a child, Lily shut herself away from cruel prying eyes, so working for a man as breathtakingly handsome as Raffaele makes her own physical imperfections harder to bear. Until Raffaele’s kisses awaken the untouched woman inside.

As Raffaele’s retribution draws closer, Lily must use her newfound strength to help him release the torment eating at his soul. But will Raffaele risk his vengeance for her love?

To purchase a copy of the book, visit the following online retailers:

Amazon AUS | Amazon US | Barnes & Noble | Mills & Boon | Book Depository | Booktopia |

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Books With Annie West, Author of The Flaw In Raffaele’s Revenge

  1. annacampbell says:

    Hi Jess! Hi Annie! Jess, what great questions. Annie, what great answers! And congratulations on the release of the fabulous THE FLAW IN RAFFAELE’S REVENGE. I was on the edge of my seat reading it – there’s so much sexual and emotional tension in it. Great stuff! I see we both loved Christine Wells’s The Wife’s Tale too – another great read. And happy birthday for yesterday! xxx

    • Jess says:

      Hey Anna, thanks for stopping by.
      They really were great answers weren’t they, I absolutely loved having Annie on the blog!
      I have read The Wife’s Tale yet, but I’m thinking I’m going to have to go and a copy soon and read it ASAP now!

    • anniewest says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Anna. I had a ball, watching whales go by while I enjoyed lunch! So pleased you enjoyed Raffa and Lily’s story. Love the idea of you being on the edge of your seat! Wasn’t ‘The Wife’s Tale’ a treat?

  2. Vanessa Barneveld says:

    What a fantastic post, Annie and Jess!

    A very happy birthday to you, Annie! Congrats on your new release! I’m so thrilled about your well-deserved RUBY nomination. You’re a huge inspiration to me. I can certainly relate to those overloaded bookshelves. I’ve convinced myself that I could have worse problems, really. 😉

    • anniewest says:

      Ah, Vanessa, I seriously need a library. I was laughing as only yesterday my husband asked me to clear 2 shelves for HIS books! No more room for shelves. Thanks for the kind words. It’s a thrill being nominated for the RBY again this year and am so looking forward to the awards night as there are so many great books nominated. A good excuse for a celebration. 🙂

  3. Kandy Shepherd says:

    Hi Annie and Jess. What an interesting format for an interview, I really enjoyed reading it. I’m very impressed that you sort your books in some kind of order, Annie. Mine are shoved I every which way. I have way too many and find it hard to throw them out!
    I have read and enjoyed many of your books and looking forward to catching up on your new one – I love the idea of your scarred heroine.
    Congratulations on your RUBY final, can’t wait to cheer you on!
    And Happy Birthday!

    • Jess says:

      Hey Kandy,
      Thanks for stopping by. Let’s Talk Books is simply, but oh so much fun and I was over the moon when Annie agreed to be part of the feature 🙂
      I have a system in theory for my books, but it’s more all over the place at the moment. I just undertook a massive re-shelving job and there’s a lot more of them in my book cases then I originally thought!

    • anniewest says:

      Kandy, it’s terrific to have you visit. I’m smiling that you’re impressed with the way I organise my books, but it probably sounds better than it is… No, throwing out books is horrible. I can’t do it.

      Thanks for the RUBY congratulations and the birthday wishes. I’m chuffed too, that you like the sound of my scarred heroine! Hope you enjoy the book if you pick it up.

  4. helensibbritt says:

    Hi Annie and Jess

    What great questions and answers I would be totally lost if I could not read and Annie is an auto buy for me never miss your stories, and I have read The Wife’s Tale what a fabulous story 🙂

    Woohoo

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Jess says:

      Hey Helen,
      Ohh another one for ‘The Wife’s Tale’; I really am going to need to grab a copy of this on Monday!
      I’d be totally lost without books as well. My organisational system is much like Annie’s with books overflowing everywhere…. and I love it!

    • anniewest says:

      Helen, wasn’t The Wife’s Tale great?

      I dread to think of a life without reading. Errk. Lovely to think of my stories being autobuy for you. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Sue Gerhardt Griffiths says:

    Hi Annie and Jess. Great post and great questions and answers. I too would be lost without reading and my piles and piles of books. Mine are in order of genre but my rural romances are in alphabetical order by author.
    Annie, through Cathryn’s recommendation I started reading Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series, I’m also onto Foxglove Summer next. Not a bad series.
    And Annie, I was looking at books today in Kmart and when I turned around there was your book staring me straight in the face. So, yay, I bought The Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge.

    A big Happy Birthday to you, Annie!

    • Jess says:

      Hey Sue,
      Thanks for stopping by. It seems like everyone (not just Annie) is talking about Ben Aaronovitch this week, I might have to check his books out soon too because everyone is raving about them!
      I got very excited when Annie’s book came into work last week. If anyone was watching me when I discovered it on the shelf, I think they would have seen a little kid at the lolly shop!
      Happy reading!

      • anniewest says:

        Jess, next time I’ve got a book out I’ll come up and see you and we can be like kids in a lolly shop together! 🙂

        If you read Ben Aaronovitch, it’s best to read them in order.

      • Jess says:

        Haha. I’ve been known to dance in the back dock before unpacking new releases… Not this year due to injury, but I can report it has happened more than once. Happy little dances all around 🙂

        Thanks for the tip regarding Aaronovitch 🙂

    • anniewest says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes, Sue. I had a lovely time. And how terrific to hear you’ve just bought my ‘Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge’. I hope you enjoy it. I’ve heard people say they thought from the title that the hero would be a hard man wreaking vengeance on the heroine, and found themselves surprised, but nicely so to discover the characters are a little different.

      Hey, what a coincidence about BA’s books. Foxglove Summer was fun but rather different from the earlier ones.

      Good on you for being so organised with your shelving!

  6. Sharon Archer says:

    Fun post, Annie and Jess! And happy birthday, Annie!

    I haven’t been keeping up with news at all but I see from Kandy’s comment that you’re a RUBY finalist! I’m so thrilled to hear that and huge congratulations! I’ll be cheering you on too!

    The Flaw in Raffaele’s Revenge sounds like another fabulous Annie West read with Raffaele and Lily with challenging walls to be breached before they reach their Happily Ever After.

    • anniewest says:

      Hi Sharon! Thanks for the birthday wishes, and for the RUBY congrats. Lots to smile about.

      So glad you like the sound of Raffa and Lily’s story. I’d been wanting to write a reverse Beauty and the Beast for ages. So enjoyed it!

  7. michelledouglas says:

    I hope you had a fabulous birthday, Annie…and I hope birthday celebrations continue all weekend. 🙂

    Great post too, ladies! Sighing in envy that you have your books organised, Annie. Mine are stuck in my bookcases willy nilly — two books deep per shelf with books crammed in horizontally on top as well. I have been known to download an ebook when I haven’t been able to find the physical copy. 😉

    Oh, and congratulations on the new release–can’t wait to dive into Raffa and Lily’s story. 🙂

    • Jess says:

      I’ve done the same thing Michelle … brought and read the ebook, or hired it from the library because I couldn’t find my copy 🙂 I’ve also brought the same book twice … more than once (for different books). Opps!

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