Bestselling Australian Author
Bestselling Australian Author
A house is a home when…
What does a house or a home mean to characters in a book? With the release of my fourth book in the Swallow’s Fall series, The Turnaround Treasure Shop, I decided to go outside my four walls and ask my neighbours - authors of contemporary and historical fiction.
Over 12 days special guest authors talk us through A house is a home when…
It's TUESDAY and I'm welcoming ANNIE WEST!
(And there's a giveaway too.)
"USA Today best selling author Annie West (with dozens of published romance novels) writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon Sexy
- and look out too for her self published novellas."
When I want hot Italian nights, princes, sultans, billionaires, rebels - and strong, loving, intelligent women with opinions of their own, Annie's my author.
Character: Samira, heroine and the ‘princess bride’ from the title.
Character bio: It seems like she has it all – beauty, wealth and privilege. But Samira knows too well that can’t guarantee happiness. Born to a dysfunctional family, she’s also been betrayed by her lover with dire consequences. Now she’s picking up the pieces, building her career and getting her life on track. That means risking everything to win what she most wants in life: the family she’s been told she can never have.
The House: Not your house next door. Samira was born royal and though she’d happily give up the trappings of privilege, the man she yearns for, the only man she trusts, is royal too. Have you ever imagined a sprawling, glorious desert palace, like something out of The Arabian Nights? That’s her new home. Think old world tradition mixed with modern luxury.
What does a house or a home mean to Princess Samira?
The building doesn’t matter, nor does the location. For Samira it’s all about being part of a loving family. She finds that with Tariq and his twin sons, who welcome her into their lives. Home is about heart and building something positive. It’s about belonging.
An excerpt from The Sheikh's Princess Bride by Annie West:
Abruptly Tariq stood. Samira blinked, her gaze sliding over his amazing bronzed body.
Covers from the Desert Vows duet
(For those who don't know, 'Sexy' is the Harlequin Mills & Boon Australia/NZ imprint Annie writes for, alongside her self-published novellas.)
The blurb for Annie West's Desert Vows duet (series):
Two powerful princes…and the only women who can tame them.
Sultan Asim of Jazeer and Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sarath are both bound by honor, duty and tradition. They’ve always known they must marry, but it would be for the good of their kingdoms -not for love. Yet now two very different women threaten the vows Asim and Tariq have always sworn to uphold. As desire burns hotter than the desert sand, can these powerful sheikhs withstand the heat of temptation?
There are 3 different covers for each book in the Desert Vows duet depending where you live.
Here are the three covers for The Sheikh's Princess Bride.
You'll find all the links of where to buy and discover more about
USA Today bestselling author Annie West over on: annie-west.com
And pop back tomorrow!
Three days to go of special guest authors.
Tomorrow it's a major league Aussie rural romance and women's fiction author.
You'll be taking your heart on a country adventure with a character who is the aunt of the book’s heroine, and is an extremely glamorous double-divorcee who dresses and acts like an Italian film siren…
Jennie, in the company of Annie West x
After you’ve left a comment for Annie, why not scroll down or click the links and visit previous days and maybe win a book:
Monday 18th: USA & Australia bestselling author Anne Gracie with The Spring Bride
Tuesday 19th: Award winning author Fiona Lowe with Truly Madly Montana
Wednesday 20th: Historical fiction author Eliza Redgold with Naked: A Novel of Lady Godiva
Thursday 21st: Much loved international bestseller Rachael Johns and The Road to Hope
Friday 22nd: Me, Jennie Jones - and The Turnaround Treasure Shop
Saturday 23rd: Multi award winning contemporary author Barbara Hannay and Moonlight Plains
Sunday 24th: Much-loved small-town fiction author Alissa Callen and Down Outback Roads
Monday 25th: International bestselling historical author Michelle Diener and A Dangerous Madness
26/5/2015 12:32:25 am
Annie West does it again. Yay!!
26/5/2015 12:55:11 am
Absolutely, Mary. Agree on both counts: home is where the heart is and Annie does it again :)
26/5/2015 01:32:48 am
Hi Jennie. I'm so glad you think I've 'done it again' with this book. Feedback so far has been great, I must say.
26/5/2015 01:31:46 am
Hi Mary. Lovely to see you here and so enthusiastic.
26/5/2015 02:47:00 am
Would be happy to win either book. A great escape on a winter's day.
26/5/2015 02:57:02 am
Hi Ilonka. I'm glad you like the sound of both stories. It's lovely weather for reading, isn't it? Though, with the sun shining here today I'm looking forward to getting outside.
26/5/2015 03:49:18 am
What stunning exotic covers, just what we need to warm up during these cold winter mornings and nights. The perfect escape! Happy to read either book if given the opportunity to win. Thanks Jennie and Annie West.
26/5/2015 04:30:14 am
You're welcome Amanda - the perfect escape - yes please - sigh!
26/5/2015 04:43:42 am
Hi Amanda. Aren't they great covers? I was so chuffed when I saw them. As you say, they look like perfect winter weather. And, knowing the content, I think they fit that bill!
26/5/2015 04:06:25 am
I loved The Sultan's Harem Bride and I can't wait to read Samira's and Tariq's story, Annie. :-)
26/5/2015 04:32:03 am
I definitely want me an Arabian Night's style castle. Would love to visit Princess Samira for a few days...
26/5/2015 04:46:00 am
26/5/2015 05:03:53 am
Hi Jennie! Hi Annie! Annie, firstly let me say how much I loved The Sheikh's Princess Bride. Such a gorgeous story - and it's lovely to see Samira find out where she belongs in the end! That's my definition of home - where you belong. And Tariq is such a lovely hero! Actually one of the fun bits of this gig is making up the houses where our heroes and heroines live. I know I have a wonderful time with those gorgeous British stately homes - you did a wonderful stately home with your AN ENTICING DEBT TO PAY. Loved that story - and the house!
26/5/2015 08:54:50 am
Hi Anna and thanks so much for the kind words about 'The Sheikh's Princess Bride'. So chuffed you enjoyed it. Yes, I rather fell for Tariq too, I must admit, and that was even without his house!
26/5/2015 10:12:39 am
Hi Anna - one of the best things for me in any romance book (any genre) is when a character finds the place they belong. Be it a terraced house, a palace, a boat, or a stately home - whatever pertains to their situation in the story. Although, yes, I'm a huge fan of stately homes and have visited many in the UK and would honestly take one on all alone if someone was kind enough to give me one - possible ghosts and all :)
26/5/2015 06:03:13 am
I think I'd love Samira's house ... not sure I want a home in the Desert but that said, better a dry desert than hot and humid!
26/5/2015 10:07:04 am
I much prefer dry heat to humid, Laura - and I'd love to spend a week at Princess Samira's place. Fortunately, I can - in the book! :)
26/5/2015 12:04:58 pm
Hi Laura, I'm with you on avoiding the humidity! That can be so rough in summer on the coast here. Well, it's a house with all the amenities and a city close by so I think it wouldn't be too hard to take, but maybe not for everyone.
26/5/2015 06:12:15 am
Hello Annie, I read Princess Samira and Sheikh Tariq. And 'one of my favorite books, because even speaks of Arab sheiks, and I love these stories, and it is also a way of dreaming and your books do really dreaming. Thank you.
26/5/2015 10:05:48 am
I'm so happy to have so many much-loved authors on this blog series, Franca - and isn't it lovely to have a dream we can be whisked away to in a book? Thanks for visiting Annie!
26/5/2015 12:06:58 pm
Jennie, it's an absolute pleasure to be here. Thanks for having me!
26/5/2015 12:06:19 pm
Hi Franca, how lovely to see you here. I'm so pleased you enjoyed this book. Thrilled, in fact, that it's one of your favourites. I love a dreamy setting for a romance, and particularly a sheikh book so I'm glad this one hit the spot.
26/5/2015 09:01:44 am
I'm a huge Annie West fan! I'm thrilled to have won a copy of The Sultan's Harem Bride in a previous giveaway, so don't worry to enter me in the draw. I just wanted to stop by and say hi to an author who is an inspiration and all round 'nice guy'. ;) Have fun on your tour, Annie! Waving hi to Jennie (another good friend and inspiring author).
26/5/2015 10:03:30 am
You lucky thing already having won a copy, Juanita! And yes, Annie West is an "all round nice guy" :)
26/5/2015 12:09:33 pm
Gee, thanks, Jennie. I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy after such a nice reception here.
26/5/2015 12:08:52 pm
Aw, that's so lovely of you, Juanita! Thanks so much. Fabulous to think you find some inspiration in what I do - wow! I appreciate you dropping by to say hi.
26/5/2015 09:09:40 am
Hi, Annie! Hi, Jennie!
26/5/2015 10:02:18 am
I have to agree with you, Vanessa - just quietly, I'd love to live in a palace too. Or a stately home. If only ... :)
26/5/2015 12:10:54 pm
Smiling at that, Vanessa. Yes, it would be fun if our loved ones just happened to live in palaces. Sigh. But I'm fine with mine the way he is.
26/5/2015 10:33:06 am
HI Annie and waving to Jennie, As you know, I love your sheikh stories. Your heroes are so gorgeous but so noble as well. Love the covers of these books. Please don't put me in the draw as I am fortunate enough to already own them! Whoever wins is in for a treat.
26/5/2015 12:12:40 pm
Hi Kandy, and thanks for dropping by. That's so kind of you! I always think of you if I have a new sheikh story out. I love the honourable protective type hero for these stories - glad you do too.
26/5/2015 02:38:59 pm
I love the cover of this book! And would love to read them both :)
27/5/2015 02:36:14 am
Hi Jenna. Isn't it a gorgeous cover? I'm so glad Samira is wearing such a terrific dress, since she's a designer!
26/5/2015 09:10:47 pm
27/5/2015 02:36:43 am
Glad you think so, BN.
26/5/2015 11:28:54 pm
Hi Annie, I loved Samira and Tariq's story. Samira starts out just wanting a place to belong, a family to love and she ends up with so much more. Beautiful!
27/5/2015 02:38:01 am
Sharon, here's to the cover fairies!
28/5/2015 04:39:23 am
You already know I love the detail in the dress on the cover of The Sheikh's Princess Bride - but I thought I'd tell you again! Yeah to another Annie West book!!! And I totally loved the extract! xo
31/5/2015 03:03:45 am
Hi TM! Yes, that dress makes me smile too. I don't in the least mind hearing it again. So glad you enjoyed the extract!
30/5/2015 12:21:32 am
My house is a home is near the water. Full of all that I love being man, dog, cat and glorious food cooked in my kitchen. Perhaps near lake to watch the moon's reflections once in a blue moon, whilst I moon around with my love©
31/5/2015 03:04:47 am
Lexie that sounds so romantic! I love seeing reflections in the water. A moonlit lake would be just terrific. Thanks for stopping by to comment.
31/5/2015 07:30:31 am
AND THE WINNER IS: Amanda Barrett - thank you so much everyone for joining in the fun - let's do it again soon. Amanda - Annie West will contact you via the (private) email address you left your comment with. Congrats! xx
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