Thursday, July 21, 2011

The Best of the West

by Anna Campbell

Annie West is one of our lair favorites and I'm delighted to have her back again to talk about not just one, but TWO new releases. Oh, lucky Romancelandia!

PRINCE OF SCANDAL is a luscious royal romance with touches of Pygmalion - you'll love these two characters right from their first meeting which is an absolute doozy.

RAFE'S REDEMPTION was originally published in the U.K. as THE BILLIONAIRE'S BOUGHT MISTRESS. It's one of Annie's sexiest and most compelling love stories, full of drama and emotion.

You can find out more about Annie and her wonderful books on her website: www.annie-west.com And don't forget if you click on the covers, it takes you right to Amazon. We make it so easy for our Bandita Buddies!

Annie has very generously offered two prizes today so two lucky commenters will win either RAFE'S REDEMPTION or PRINCE OF SCANDAL. Good luck!

So without more ado, here's ANNIE!!!!


Annie, delighted to have you as my guest again on the Romance Bandits.

You’ve been really busy lately with not one, but TWO U.S. releases in the last few weeks. Let’s start with your wonderful PRINCE OF SCANDAL featuring the gorgeous and very tortured Prince Raul (that’s RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRROWL to any red-blooded woman). Can you tell us about this story?

Hi Anna, it’s fantastic to be here with the Banditas again. Thanks for slipping me into the packed schedule! Waving here to all the Banditas and guests. I feel I’ve been missing in action for a while due to a recent tough schedule and severely limited time online (advice to all other computer users – NEVER neglect a back problem – it won’t magically fix itself, as I’m learning to my cost).

Ooh Anna, I’m so pleased you like Raul (I can hear that RRRRROWL from here!). But of course, as he’s tortured he’s right up your alley. I know you have a fondness for wounded heroes. I suspected you’d like him even while he gave me a difficult time as I wrote. What is it with princes wanting things to go their own way?

Ahem, OK – that question again? Well, no prizes for guessing it’s a royal story. Plus it’s a Marriage of Convenience story (no, I wasn’t ticking off themes – it’s just the way the story worked out). Take one serious, and seriously gorgeous prince who must marry (not just anyone but the woman specified in a dynastic marriage contract) before he can inherit the throne he’s spent his whole life preparing for. Ensure his past and present circumstances make it imperative he do his duty by inheriting. Mix with an independent business woman who wants nothing to do with her mother’s long lost aristocratic family or the perks of royalty (she’d seen the negative side of that world of privilege and position as a kid). Stand back and enjoy the sparks.

I have to admit (and Anna will bear me out on this) that I snickered with anticipation over this story from the moment I imagined Raul and Luisa meeting on her farm. He’s all Armani tailoring, serious shoulders and lean, dark looks. Luisa’s in dungarees, a battered hat and head to toe mud after an altercation between a cow and a flooded creek. He’s expecting a princess. She doesn’t own a dress. He’s come looking for his bride to be, expecting excitement and gratitude. Being ordered off the property comes as something of a shock. But being a true alpha hero he recovers quickly and sets about getting what he wants.

There’s a touch of Cinderella to the story but Luisa isn’t a woman to be ‘made over’ and quietly defer to other people’s expectations of how she should look and behave. That was part of the fun of this story – watching Luisa do things her way, not taking the tried and true route expected of her. She takes the wind out of Raul’s sails more than once, which is fair since he plays havoc with her expectations of a buttoned up royal. She’s never sure what to expect next. There’s a fair bit of sizzle in this story and reader feedback so far has been very nice indeed.

I'm not surprised. It's a brilliant classic love story. American readers have a bonus Annie West available now in your wonderful RAFE’S REDEMPTION which was originally released as THE BILLIONAIRE’S BOUGHT MISTRESS. Can you tell us about this story?

Oh, I’m so very pleased Rafe and Antonia are finally crossing the Atlantic to visit North America. This book was written in response to a request from my editor for a three story anthology to showcase new authors. It was one of my favorites to write – it kept me on the edge of me seat all the way through – I think that’s a good thing. Speaking of sizzle, this one has it in spades. It’s available now from the eHarlequin site but don’t look for it in other bookstores as it’s a limited release.

Rafe Benton is planning revenge against the man he’s grown up hating – his estranged father. He will do whatever it takes to succeed, including using a stranger as a pawn in his plans. He sees Antonia as his father’s latest favorite and decides to steal her from under his nose, flaunting her as his mistress while he brings down his father’s business empire. Antonia is between a rock and a hard place, not because of what she’s done, but because of her beloved, recently dead father. Why else would she even consider accepting a position as a rich man’s mistress? It’s a story about redemption and the power of love.

This book was a real challenge to write and I’m so glad I did. The clash between these two is so strong, as are their feelings. Frankly I was a little scared about whether I could do Antonia justice as it would be too easy to write her into a situation where she was simply a victim. I needn’t have worried though as I discovered the more difficult her position the stronger she grew, finding new and inventive ways to assert her independence even when Rafe thought he was the one in control. It’s had a few reviews already including “Sizzling, emotional and poignant…” Pink Heart Society (5 stars) and "will keep you turning the pages late into the night with its captivating blend of drama, passion, intrigue and romance”(CataRomance 4.5 stars).

Congratulations on the wonderful reviews. It has to be asked – what is it with you and heroes whose names start with ‘R’? Was your first boyfriend a Rasputin or a Rattlepate?

If only my first boyfriend had been anything like so interesting! No, I wasn’t going through an R phase. The books were written a couple of years apart so it’s coincidence. But I do like R, I have to say. Just think about Rupert Carsington or RRRRichard Armitage.

What's next for you?

I’m putting the finishing touches (fingers crossed) to what I hope will be my first Beauty and the Beast story. In the meantime, my next release is for those who enjoy a sultry hot sheikh romance. GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT begins with my heroine being given as an unwilling sex slave to a visiting prince. Again, Anna will confirm I couldn’t wait to get started on that one – it was a treat to write.

GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT is up for pre-order at the Book Depository at a bargain price - check out this link: http://www.bookdepository.com/Girl-Bedouin-Tent-Annie-West/9780263886900

I don’t know when the North American release will be but I’ve seen the UK edition (it’s out in September) and the cover is my fave so far. Here’s a link if you want to check it out. My next American release is THE SAVAKIS MERGER in November – about a clash between two very passionate Greek lovers. The opening scene from this story is one my writing group will never let me forget (in a good way!).

Ooh, I remember that steamy opening scene! A little bird (well, you, actually!) tells me you’re about to embark on another wonderful European trip. Given the last one inspired your beautiful fairytale romances PROTECTED BY THE PRINCE and PRINCE OF SCANDAL, we avidly await the fruits of the inspiration you’ll find from your journeyings. Can you tell us about your travel plans?

Try to stop me, Anna! We’re away a little over a month. During that time I’ll be in London catching up with my editor and some other authors (can’t wait!). I’m hoping for time to visit the Faberge collection at Buckingham Palace as well as see some other sights. There’ll be a week in a tiny Parisian apartment with, I hope, lots of strolling and window shopping and cafĂ© sitting while I people watch. Did I mention tasting the marvellous food and wine? A short stay in the Loire Valley learning about Chateaux, a longer stay in the Dordogne which I think will be a real highlight, and a quick visit to Germany where my daughter will be studying. Jealous yet? Yes, I’m already thinking of using some of this in an upcoming story or two. How could I not be inspired?

Ooh, I'm envious! Have a wonderful time. So do you have a question for the Bandits and Bandita Buddies?

Thanks so much, Anna. I’m looking forward to chatting with everyone.

I’m giving away two books so maybe I should combine two questions to give people a chance to win.

Since I’ve been spending so much time lately thinking about fantastic heroes, and just a little time looking forward to my next vacation, how about telling me your perfect match – who you’d feature as the hero of your perfect romance and where they’d be.

Since the letter R was mentioned I’ll venture an example – Anna’s personal fave, RRRichard Armitage in a castle in Romania, surrounded of course by dark woods that harbour wolves and at least one daredevil heroine. Of course it would have to be a gothic romance.

How about you? What combination of hero and location match. Of course you can throw in the heroine too if you like.


A signed copy of PRINCE OF SCANDAL and a signed copy of RAFE'S REDEMPTION are up for grabs today. So let's get this party started!

139 comments:

Lolarific said...

I see him coming!

Lolarific said...

I absolutely love strong Scottish men in the rolling highlands, in kilt's of course.

And although I love headstrong heroines, I love them to have a sensitive side too. Not overly stubborn.

Congrat's Annie on the TWO new releases!

Andrew in Hawaii said...

Aloha, Anna and Annie! I am finally home ... so let me join the party!

Perfect hero in perfect setting - Alex O'Loughlin on the beach at sunset.

Kim in Hawaii said...

Oops! I now have to compete with my kids for the computer!

Anna Campbell said...

Lola, I think he's got a spark in his eye for you. Watch out! Or we'll have a Harlequin called CHOOK OF SCANDAL!

Ooh, a Highlands setting? Can't do better than that!

Anna Campbell said...

Had to giggle, Kim. I thought - WHO is Andrew in Hawaii???!!! Are you still coming to Oz in a couple of weeks?

Vanessa Barneveld said...

Aw, two of my favourite people in one of my favourite cyber haunts! Great interview, Annie and Anna!

Annie, I'm soooo jealous of your upcoming European trip. Please be sure to visit a boulangerie or two and have some croissants for me!

I already have your books--I know I'll love Rafe and Raul. They're impatiently waiting for me to get through a pile of work. Look after your back!

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Anna Campbell said...

Awww, Vanessa, you're such a sweet talker. You'l love Annie's latest!

Cheryl Wright said...

Oh Annie, the cover for Girl in the Bedouin Tent is gorgeous. Intriguing even.

I love Sheikh stories, but I also love outback and cowboy stories.

So my favourite match would be a cowboy hero, but I'd put him out of his comfort zone and instead have him somewhere like, hmmm, in a big city?

Cheryl Wright said...

Just went and pre-ordered Girl in the Bedouin Tent.

29 days to go!

Christina Brooke said...

Annie!!!!!! So great to have you here in the lair. Anna, thank you for kidnapping Annie today.

I'm thrilled to see your books doing so wonderfully well, Annie. Rrrrraul was to die for! I loved the first meet with her all messy--he's not even sure she's female! And he's so tailored and GQ. What a setup!

Oh, and I'm chartreuse with envy over your forthcoming European adventure. Faberge! Sigh! Paris! Double sigh! I'm sure it will be perfect book fodder.

Hmm, this hero/location thing sounds a bit like Cluedo! I'll take Rrrrufus Sewell with a rrrrope in the rrrefectory... Oh, no, that's sound a little Rrrrr Rated!

Ahem. Sorry. Anna got me started...

Looks like you'll have to make your hero the Rrrrooster, Lolarific!

Anna Campbell said...

Cheryl, you won't be sorry you ordered GITBT - it's one of Annie's best. Absolutely luscious and the sexual tents-ion in that tent is amazing!

Anna Campbell said...

Goodness me, it's ChRRRRRRRRRRRRistine! I quite like the idea of RRRRRufus in the RRRRRefectory. Or on the RRRRefectory table. Ooh, naughty! So glad you loved the ravishing RRRRRRAUL!

jennifertanner said...

Hi Annie & Anna!

Oh, how I love a man in Armani! That's enough to make me want to read the book. I love forced marriage and secret baby stories.

I've got a major crush on David Gandy, the Dolce & Gabanna model. With him as the hero, he and my heroine are alone in an elevator on the way up to a fabulous hotel suite. He's in a D&G suit looking properly sulky and sexy. And after she checks out the Jo Malone goodies in the bathroom of their suite, she demands to see the D&G logo on his undies. (I should be blushing, but I'm NOT.) :)

Congrats on the new releases and have a fantastic trip.

Pink

Anna Campbell said...

Jen, you introduced me to David Gandy - hubba, hubba. I love how he's not a pretty boy like a lot of male models. There's real strength in his face, isn't there? Not to mention in that bod! You'll love both Annie's latest!

Marie said...

My hero (for this moment anyway) would be Rhys and he'd be from England, but the story would take place in Sydney, Australia, mid to late 1800's. There would be lots of sun, lots of sand, and oh yeah, what's that other "s" word? I remember now SEX!

Marie said...

I may have messed up! Go figure! If the "R" is suppose to be a real person it would have to be Richard Gere, hands down, forever and ever. The rest of the story could remain the same though..

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Marie, bonding in BONDI by the sound of it! Rhys is a great name, isn't it? Love the sound of your story!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, Rhys is kinda miffed you canned him for Richard. Clearly I'll have to smooth his ruffled feathers. Oh, no, the rooster is now getting into the act. It's all these men starting with 'R'!

marybelle said...

How about a Jackaroo in the Outback? The strong silent type that knows how to tame his horses better than he knows how to tame his women. Who wants tame woman in a story anyway??

I imagine Jackaroo tells you I'm in Australia.

Anna Campbell said...

Mary, definitely don't want tame women! Hmm, for some reason, I'm seeing Hugh J in this role you've mentioned. Annie's another Aussie - she'll definitely be into the whole jackaroo thing, I'm sure!

Annie West said...

Hi Lolarific and congratulations on snaffling the rooster!

I understand your affection for men in kilts. Scottish men strong enough to toss a kaber (sp?) perhaps?

Thanks for the congratulations on the two releases!

Annie West said...

Hi Andrew,

Waving hi to you in sultry Hawaii. I'm listening to the rain pour down here in a deluge so believe me, your idea of a hero - Alex, on a beach at sunset (I'm assuming it's a clear, balmy day too) sounds just perfect.

Annie West said...

Ah, Kim - is that two of you using the computer or was that your pseudonym?

Anna Campbell said...

Annie, welcome! Your setting game seems to be getting a RRRRRRRRRousing RRRRRRReception!

Annie West said...

Anna, I know Harlequin gets comments about some of its titles, but 'Chook of Scandal'? I think not, dear. Though I must admit I'm chuckling at the idea of a fowl story with an historical theme - I can just see the GR strutting his stuff in boots and a jacket by Weston.

Anna Campbell said...

I think our rooster would give Puss in Boots a run for his money!

Annie West said...

Hi Vanessa - waving to you and hoping it's a tad drier down your way.

Well, of course I'll have a croissant or two. I friend (I wonder who that could be?) gave me a marvellous birthday gift outlining walks in Paris. To my delight there are as many food 'must dos' as there are historical sights. Love it! 'Walk down Boulevard x, noting the elegant buildings on the right, then stop at Cafe Y for its specialty dish, then just around the corner is the best chocolate shop in Paris, etc..." My sort of travel guide and I can pretend I'm being healthy by walking.

Thanks for the good wishes on the back. That's why I wasn't here at first - had an appointment that I hope will help me.

Hope you enjoy Rafe and Raul when you get to them!

Annie West said...

Hi Cheryl,

I'm glad you like the cover of Girl in the Bedouin Tent. I really think it's my fave cover so far of all my books. I smile whenever I see it. Isn't it nice when the cover gods (or the art department) smiles on you?

Love the idea of a cowboy in the big city. That could be such a fun story. Reminds me of my dim memories of the TV show, 'McCloud'. I just remember the drawl and the hat and the stunned city slickers. Fish out of water stories are such fun. That's one of the reasons I so enjoyed writing Luisa and Raul. At first glance they seem mismatched - till they learnt to look beneath the surface.

Annie West said...

Cheryl, I just saw that you've preordered Cassie and Amir's story. I KNEW it was a great cover! I'm so eager to get my hands on my own copy of that one - it just looks so delectable, and it's a book I have particularly fond memories of writing (some seem to write easier than others). Hope you enjoy it.

Annie West said...

Hi Christina, thanks for the warm welcome. I'm chomping at the bit in eagerness to read your new book - the snippets I've read are just terrific.

How lovely that you enjoyed RRRRaul, and that first meet scene. Actually I was channelling Clive Owen in Armani when I wrote that. Sigh.

LOVE the idea of Rufus S in the refectory. Not completely sure about the rope but on the other hand, there are intriguing possibilities. Argh - enough! I've just written a story about a heroine who finds herself chained to a tent post. That's enough for now. I'll take Rufus minus the rope.

Annie West said...

Ah, Anna, trust you to mention that long refectory table! It shows your adaptability, using the facilities at hand. Now, I wonder if you could use something like that in your current story?

Smirking here over the sexual tentsion in Cassie and Amir's tent. Can't resist a pun, can you? Have to agree with you - it certainly was rather steamy.

Annie West said...

Jennifer,

I had to go and look up David Gandy. Now that was a worthwhile exercise! Thank you.

Sounds like you're onto something with that particular fantasy. Let me know when it's written and I'll grab a copy. At least they made it to the hotel suite where she could check out the goodies. I thought they mightn't even make it that far. (You can see Anna C has had a terrible influence on me).

Anna Campbell said...

Oy, a bit of RRRRRRRespect, please!

Annie West said...

Marie, sun, sand and sex with Rhys in the 1800s? I can see the appeal. Or Richard Gere for that matter. I've always loved his eyes. I wonder if they're as compelling in real life? Actually your hero doesn't have to be an R man, but you've picked well!

Anna - as for Bonding in Bondi - Why not? or perhaps Canoodling in Canowindra or Cuddling in Coogee. Goodness knows what you could get up to in Woolloomooloo.

Annie West said...

Marybelle, I adore the strong silent types. The laconic ones whose words are worth waiting for. What a great call, and an outback setting always goes down well. Yep, you gave yourself away with the jackaroo comment. Waving to another Aussie.

I'm with you on not wanting a tame heroine. Unless it's a heroine who seems tame but is full of surprises.

Annie West said...

Anna, great casting - Hugh J as a jackaroo. I have fond memories of him as a long distance truckie driving a road train through central Australia while writing a romance novel along the way (Paperback Hero I think was the title).

Annie West said...

Anna, I think your rooster would give any hero a run for his money! However, I think I'll stick to guys who don't have feathers.

By the way, thank you again for the lovely RRRousing welcome to the bandita lair. It's always a hoot being interviewed by you - and painless too! And did I say I loved the pictures. We really do have a fantastic time when we get together - I smiled at the first shot, of me holding up an article about your books. From memory you were threatening not to let me eat breakfast till I'd smiled for the camera. So distressing when there was a feast of smoked salmon on the table.

jennifertanner said...

Annie...

Dear David has his own book out this month. It's a coffeetable book. More pictures of him than written content. It's expensive, but I wonder if I can write it off off as research. :)

Annie West said...

Jennifer,

That definitely sounds like research to me. I'm sure the tax man would agree that it should be tax deductible too! Enjoy.

barb said...

well done Loiarific

Hi Anna and Annie.... I have read Prince of Scandal..enjoyed that....will have to look out for Rafes Redemption
My fave would be Pierce Brosnan on a Greek Island....doesn't matter that he can't sing to well ....LOL

Annie West said...

Hi Barb,

How terrific that you've already read 'Prince of Scandal' and enjoyed it. That's what I like to hear (G)!.

Smiling about Pierce B on a Greek Island. Who cares about singing in those circumstances? No one is perfect.

Helen said...

Have fun with him Lolariffic.

Whoo Hoo Annie West is in the lair let the party begin Anna thanks for inviting Annie back.

I gotta say I have read all of your books Annie and WOW I have loved them all love your heroes and heroines they always grab me and take me on fantastic adventures LOL.

The holiday sounds awesome have a fantastic time (I know you will) I look forward to seeing the pictures and reading another book inspired by the trip.

I am also looking forward to Girl In The Bedouin Tent sounds like a great one.

Don't enter me in the contest as I already have all of your books, but for me it would be Hugh in a hot spring perhaps in the Highlands of Scotland not sure if they have them there but I can fantasize LOL

Have Fun
Helen

Annie West said...

Hi Helen,

It's great to see you here. Thanks for the party atmosphere. Makes me want to crack open a bottle of bubbly. Thanks for the lovely comments about my stories. Hope you enjoy 'Girl in the Bedouin Tent' when it comes out. Nothing quite like an enticing sheikh is there.

Love your idea of Hugh in a hot spring. Sigh. In Scotland? Triple whammy. Who cares if there are really hot springs there. That's what imaginations are for. I'm right there with you, believe me.

Sharon Archer said...

Hi Anna and Annie (waving from DownUnder!)

Annie (((hugs))) on your back problem! Our bodies do have a way of paying out if we don't heed the warning signs!

No need to put me in the draw for these books - I have both on my keeper shelf! You know how fond I am of Luisa and her gumboots!

As for heroes on location... I can feel a bad alliteration coming on (it's your own fault with those RRRRRRs and Richard in Romania!)... how about Hugh J on a Hawaiian honeymoon...
LOL
okay, I'll go now!
;)
Sharon

May said...

Oh, I love Beauty and the Beast stories... :) The Disney one got me started and I love it ever since...

Hmm... just love British guys and their accents... and that's about it... I am not picky!

Annie West said...

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for the commisserations on the back problem. It's really affected how much time I have at the computer, among other things. Hopefully though, it will improve soon.

How lovely to think both those books of mine are on your keeper shelf! It's fun that quite a few readers are enjoying Luisa and her gumboots, as well as Raul and his royal lifestyle.

Love the idea of Hugh on a Hawaiian honeymoon. That's two votes for Hugh already. Actually, writing a honeymoon gone wrong story could be fun, especially with him as the hero. Great suggestion!

Annie West said...

Hi May, thanks for popping by. I'm fascinated by the way Beauty and the Beast holds such wide appeal. I've never written one before so it's been real fun working on this manuscript.

A guy with a nice British accent sounds great. Personally I have a strong weakness for Scottish accents.

Kandy Shepherd said...

What a wonderful interview, Annie and Anna--I so enjoyed it. Reading about three Annie West stories had me fanning myself at all that wonderful passion and power Annie writes so brilliantly.
Annie, your trip sounds perfect--enjoy every minute. I'm sure you will come back fired up with ideas for more wonderful stories. Ahh, Paris!

Laurie G said...

Gerald Butler as a clan laird in Scotland!

Anna and Annie the books sound fabulous! I've enjoyed several of your books!

Pat Cochran said...

Hi, Anna and Lola! Greetings also to
our Golden One!

Ummm, heroes! Some of my favorites:
David Boreanaz in Disneyland, Adrian
Paul in Austria, Chris Gorham (Covert
Affairs) in Canada, and Honey in Hawaii
and Houston!

Pat Cochran

jo robertson said...

Hi, Annie!!!! Waving furiously. It's so good to have you back in the Lair.

Hmmm, I have to admit a preference for westerns with strong, silent mixed-race Native Americans. The Noble Savage, and all that LOL.

CrystalGB said...

Hi Annie.I love your books. I would choose Matthew McConaughey on ranch in Texas.

Anna Sugden said...

Great to have you back in the Lair, Annie! And how exciting that you'll be over my way soon! Do give me a shout if you get a spare moment.

Perfect hero in the perfect setting? Hmm - how about Cary Grant in the Caribbean? Or Errol Flynn ... anywhere *g*.

Louisa Cornell said...

A Chook in a Kilt? Boggles the mind! Watch him, Lola!

YAY !!! Two of my favorite people doing an interview in the Lair! I would say I can't wait to tell Mom about your latest books, Annie, but we both know she is probably trolling the bookstores for them as we speak! But, I can't wait to tell her you have another Sheik coming out! Between you and the lovely Olivia Gates (snagged a signed copy of her latest for Mom at RWA) Mom spends quite a bit of time with royalty and sheiks!

If La Campbell INSISTS on hoarding Richard Armitage all to herself I will have to settle for Gerard Butler and a trip to Italy to visit Pompeii and get all sorts of ideas from those naughty House of Vettii frescoes.

Can't wait to read your latest, Annie!

Antonia said...

Congrrrratulations on your new releases, Annie!

I have to say that I like the idea of Christian Bale on a cruise in the Caribbean. :D

And I wouldn't mind Richard Armitage in a castle in Romania, since that's where I live lol (except for the castle lol). The closer he is to me, the better. But once I get my hands on him, trust me that you will never get him back! :P

MsHellion said...

I love combos! *LOL*

Favorite hero: the tortured past type hero (think Severus Snape, but with a Happier Ending)

Setting: definitely a castle, some haunted moors, quirky weather.

Oh, wait, I have like Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights, don't I? Oops.

Well, in a gothic mood, I want a Severus Snape like hero with a castle and lots of secrets.

If I'm in a Beach Mood, I prefer heroes who are charming swashbucklers with a dark secret. :) Then we get into a madcap rom-com where we're running for our lives...or finding treasure or both! The hero will look something like Matthew McCaughahey.

MsHellion said...

P.S. I love your books, Annie! I can't wait to read the new US releases--and the girl in the Bedouin tent!

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Annie!

Prince of Scandal sounds FANTASTIC! I can't wait to read it. I'm green with envy at your upcoming trip but if it means more Annie West books - go and take copious notes (grin).

I will a hero in any setting, as long as he's heroic - and as long as he's focused totally on me (grin).

Anna Campbell said...

Jen, I think that DEFINITELY counts as research!

Anna Campbell said...

Barb, I've had a crush on Pierce forever - right back when he was really young and turned up in a couple of BBC shows before he went to America. Definitely think he's a great choice! Glad you loved Prince of Scandal!

Anna Campbell said...

Helen, Hugh with Tim Tams? Yup, I think that pretty much covers your fantasy life, LOL!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, no, Sharon, now I'm picturing Hugh in a grass skirt playing a ukelele - and I'm not sure even he can get away with that look!

Anna Campbell said...

May, I hear you on those luscious British accents!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Annie, you could write a great honeymoon gone wrong! The Girl in the Bedouin Tent with the Big Hole in the Roof?

Anna Campbell said...

Kandy, I think we should bat our eyelashes nicely at Ms. West and see if she'll send us a postcard or two!

Anna Campbell said...

Laurie, so glad you're already a fan of Annie's! She writes great books, doesn't she?

Anna Campbell said...

Pat, you've given us a whole buffet of choices! Love it!

Anna Campbell said...

Jo, how interesting! I didn't actually know that about you!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Crystal, that sounds like a fun choice! I'm enjoying seeing everyone's picks!

Anna Campbell said...

Anna, sadly I think Errol Flynn anywhere pretty much described his love life! Mind you, he sure could wear a pair of tights and I love that roguish glint in his eyes! Robin Hood is playing on cable here at the moment and I looked at him and thought, wow, that's a fine-lookin' drink of water!

Anna Campbell said...

Louisa, don't pretend you're slumming flirting with GB! We know better, my friend! I bet your mum loves these latest from Annie!

Anna Campbell said...

Oy, Antonia, hands of Richard! He's all MINEEEEEEEEE!!!! You can have CB who is also a mighty fine-lookin' specimen, I have to say.

Phew, I'm fanning myself. This is all a bit too much for this hour of the morning down here in Oz!

Anna Campbell said...

Helly, put down that copy of Jane Eyre and step away with your hands in the air and everybody leaves here unharmed. That's right, nice and slow, nice and slow, ma'am. I hate to see a girl waving a .33 calibre Rochester around. People can lose an eye that way!

Anna Campbell said...

Donna, giggled at the focused totally on you bit - that's the important part, huh?

Annie West said...

Hi everyone,

Just up out of bed here in Aus and so thrilled to see so many of you here. Looking forward to reading your hero/location combinations.

Annie West said...

Hi Kandy,

I'm so pleased you like the sound of these latest books. It's so rare to have a couple out together too.

As for Paris - I have big plans - nothing major but lots of watching the world go by and walking and tasting and soaking up the atmosphere. Should be marvellous.

Annie West said...

Hi Laurie,

Can I see a Scottish theme developing here? Gerard B as a laird in Scotland sounds fantastic. Fingers crossed for a delicious accent as well!

How lovely to hear you've enjoyed some of my books. I hope you have a chance to read one of the current ones and like it too.

Annie West said...

Hi Pat, it's good to see you here. I like a woman who has more than one option. It looks like you've given this some thought - nothing like having some good alternatives prepared just in case!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Anna and Annie!

Wonderful interview! I just saw a picture of RRRRRichard Armitage with a beard for the Hobbit movie. Oh lord. *thud* fell off my chair once again.

I am so tempted to say Richard Armitage in a kilt, but just plunk me down in 'North and South' with me the heroine to Richard's brooding Victorian hunk and I will be happy!

All the best for your releases Annie~

Annie West said...

Hi Jo - I'm waving right back. Thanks for the welcome.

Love the sound of your romantic theme. My mind immediately went for some reason to one of the characters in Last of the Mohicans - Eric Schweig playing Uncas. Now there was strong and silent and very appealing!

Annie West said...

Hi Crystal,

Thanks so much - it's great to hear you've been enjoying by stories!

I like the western theme again but this time with a twist (I couldn't imagine Matthew M being silent). Isn't it interesting that so many responses are for our heroes in the great outdoors!

MsHellion said...

I agree, Anna, I'm dangerous with a Rochester character!! Clearly I've been reading too many of your delicious heroes!!

Annie West said...

Hi Anna,

Thanks so much - it would be lovely to catch up. At the moment our stay there is pretty well crammed but you never know. What started out looking like a leisurely stay has turned into something planned to the nth degree. Paris will be a great rest afterwards. Well, not a rest, but relaxing.

Love the sound of Cary Grant in the Caribbean. In fact I'd enjoy Cary Grant anywhere. He had such charm and charisma and was so good at that twinkle in the eye good humour. Errol Flynn? Now he's an intriguing choice - definitely a charmer (and an Aussie too!). Thanks for playing.

Anna Campbell said...

Karyn, you and I were obviously drooling over the same photo. And doesn't he look wonderful in a suit?

Annie West said...

Hi Louisa,

It's great to see you here. Thanks for the warm welcome. Please say hi to your mum for me. You've made me grin (a feat since I'm currently sitting with an ice pack on a very cold morning) at the notion of her prowling the shops for my latest.

I think between us we could pry Richard from Anna's arms. She only thinks she has a monopoly on him. But Gerard Butler in Pompeii sounds such an intriguing combination. You've got me hooked there.

Annie West said...

Antonia,

Thanks for the congratulations. It is very exciting to have these books out now.

Wow, living in Romania sounds very exotic from here. Not as quite as exotic as having RRRichard staying in your own private castle (sigh) but fascinating. My son is enthralled by the place and keeps telling me snippets of information about it. I'm assuming he'll visit there one day and I'll learn a lot more.

Christian Bale on a Caribbean cruise? I could cope with that!

Anna Campbell said...

Excuse me, but my RRRRRRRichard is a very willing captive and he told you, Miss Annie, that he's VERY happy in my arms. Mind you, I was waving a loaded Rochester at him at the time but I'm sure he would have said that anyway.

Annie West said...

Ms Hellion - what terrific ideas you have!

I'm a sucker for Snape. Could it be that lovely, rich voice? The dark secrets and the heavily cloaked nobility of character? I'm with you all the way on that gothic style theme with a castle and lots of secrets. Some of the first romances I read were gothic in style and I just soaked them up.

Love the swashbucklers with secrets too. That was another type of hero I bonded with early - the adventurer, energetic, always in trouble and preferably with a lovely sly wit.

I'm really enjoying these story combos. Thank you!

So glad to hear you're looking forward to these books too.

Annie West said...

Anna, there's no need to be so possessive. Is there RRRRichard? RRRichard? Oh dear, is that a gag I see wrapped around his mouth? Tsk, tsk, Ms Anna.

Annie West said...

Hi Donna, I'm so glad you like the sound of Prince of Scandal. I have to say that when I got my copies and opened the front I started smiling as I sank into the story again. I hope readers like it as much as I do.

As for the trip - yes, it should be wonderful. I love the fact that it's a mix of places we know and seeing friends in a couple of locations and then visiting places we've never been before. So exciting.

Annie West said...

Anna - Hugh in a grass skirt, playing a ukelele? Where do you get these ideas? Surely he'd be in board shorts and bare chested, possibly striding up the beach after surfing, with the water dripping down his chest.

Ahhhh.

Annie West said...

Actually, Anna, I was half serious about a honeymoon gone wrong plot. What about a bride discovering immediately after the wedding that her husband wasn't the man she thought she was? (and no, I don't mean in bed - I can hear your snorts of laughter from here).That sounds like an intriguing start.

Annie West said...

Anna, you're so right about Errol. Definitely trouble where women were concerned, but then that roguish glint obviously worked for him. So appealing.

Anna Campbell said...

Annie, I was serious about the honeymoon gone wrong too - couldn't help thinking of the hole in the tent, though!

Marie said...

Sorry, but when it comes to jackaroos, I'm stuck with one man and one name and it isn't Hugh, although, I'd let him eat crackers in my bed also. My main jackaroo is Aaron Jefferies. Be still my heart! Now he's a MAN, warts (no pun or insult intended) and all. And OMH his jeans!!!! Oh what I wouldn't give to peel those babies off him!!! (Yes Anna, I know Aussie tv! Live for it and have all EIGHT seasons of McLeod's on dvd which I've watched oh, about a 100 times already. :) )

Annie West said...

Karyn, Richard Armitage with a beard? Could it be? I have to check this out.

Actually, Richard Armitage in a kilt would be fun. Oh dear - that's mixing Richard and Scotland two of Anna's fave things - imagine how possessive she'd get about that combo!

Didn't he make a terrifically brooding Victorian hunk. That kiss on the station just made me melt. I think you're a woman of discernment. Actually, all of you are. I'm really enjoying these suggestions.

Annie West said...

Ms Hellion, that Rochester style character works so well, doesn't he?

Annie West said...

Hi Marie,

Now that's sheer greed - Aaron J and Hugh J eating crackers in your bed! Or was than an either/or? Good call. Smiling here at you watching all those reruns of McLeod's. No wonder you appreciate those jeans of his.

Annie West said...

Anna, I think if I was writing a honeymoon story I'd avoid the tent. I know Amir has a wonderful, luxurious tent with a very wide bed but somehow I envisaged something a little more substantial than canvas walls for the honeymoon. Though, now I think about it, a tent in a secluded spot with the right man might be perfect.

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, have to giggle! EIGHT seasons of Macleods????? I think that officially qualifies as an addiction.

Anna Campbell said...

Here's a pic: http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/lasciate-ogne-speranza-voi-chintrate/

And here's a lovely one:

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150247624497266&set=a.415575287265.187748.758392265&type=1&theater

Annie West said...

Thanks for the links, Anna. I prefer the first one actually to the beard/suit combo.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Oh yes Anna!

That's the picture, beard...check...suit...check. Gorgeous.

And Annie, *melt* yes that kiss at the station.

Anna Campbell said...

Apparently he's all bearded up for the Hobbit.

Karyn Gerrard said...

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-CpmrwNJ9KGQ/TiTzK8MhBWI/AAAAAAAACRw/xVVY92LuswM/s1600/richard-armitage-the-hobbit-2012-2013-01.jpg

Richard in his Hobbit/dwarf costume~ He looks deliciously fierce!

Anna Campbell said...

Goodness me, doesn't he?

chey said...

My hero would be Jamie Fraser in Scotland.

Annie West said...

Anna, I couldn't quite work that one out since he has a false beard for his role in The Hobbit. Maybe it was just the freedom that he could grow one anyway since he wasn't filming something where he needed to be clean shaven.

Annie West said...

Karyn, thanks for the link. He does look very fierce, doesn't he? Actually, looking at the cast list for the film was fascinating. I'll definitely have to see that one.

Annie West said...

Hi Chey,

I don't know Jamie Fraser (yay, someone knew to look for) and I love the Scottish suggestion. It's really a popular place among banditas and their buddies!

Annie West said...

Just curious here - no one has mentioned a city location that I can recall. Do we all like our dream heroes in the outdoors, or is that that we're imagining them somewhere secuded so we have them to ourselves?

Helene Young said...

Oh what a fabulous post! I really should be studying something to do with aircraft but you two (plus visitors) are too distracting! Rrrraul is gorgeous :)

Can I have Daniel Craig in rumpled tux, on the deck of a yacht, back to back with my sarong-wearing heroine fighting off smugglers and sipping champagne??

Anna Campbell said...

Chey, I don't think you're alone there!

Anna Campbell said...

Annie, Jamie Fraser's the hero of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series - VERY popular!

Annie West said...

Hi Helene,

It's great to see you here. A girl can't study all the time - a break is certainly allowed. I was just doing that myself.

I adore your idea of Daniel C in a rumpled tux sipping champagne, fighting off smugglers, and keeping your heroine happy. Sigh. Can you write that one next?

Anna Campbell said...

Helene, love your yacht scenario. Actually, forget the yacht, I'll just take DC!

Annie West said...

Anna - THAT Jamie Fraser? Where were my wits? I thought it was some new actor to keep my eye out for. Now I understand.

Annie West said...

Anna, you can't take DC. You've already got RA. And last time I looked you still had him gagged so he couldn't call for rescue. Don't be greedy, girl.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, people, I'm off to do a talk to a charity lunch about the joys of romance writing (actually free lunches definitely count among those joys!). I'll be back in a couple of hours. Annie, thanks for being such a fabulous guest. I've had such fun with everybody's fantasy life!

Annie West said...

Anna, I hope the free lunch is sumptuous and the attendees all attentive. What a great topic to discuss over lunch.

Thanks again for the lovely welcome and your company here. I've been having a lovely time thinking of these terrific combinations of men and locations.

Gannon Carr said...

Oh, I must get those books, Annie! They both sound like a perfect escape on a summer day. :-)

Mmmm, I do love a handsome Highlander---think of how convenient those kilts can be in certain, ah, situations. *VBG*

Of course, Hugh Jackman could play the sheik and I'll be his private harem of one. Yes, I do like the sound of that!!!

Annie West said...

Hi Gannon,

I'm glad you like the sound my latest stories. Actually, some summer reading sounds gorgeous. It's grey and wet here today - also perfect for reading.

Hm, I hadn't ever thought of Hugh as a sheikh but I suspect you're onto something there. Something new to mull over...! Thanks for sharing.

Gannon Carr said...

Annie, Hugh can fill almost any role...at least in my prurient fantasies! ;-)

Becke Davis said...

Hi Anna and Annie! Sorry I'm late! Hmmm. I'd like to see Jeremy Northam in a story set in Cornwall. I know he doesn't have a Cornish accent, but I think it's a great setting for Gothics!

Annie West said...

Gannon, actually, I think you're right. Is there a role Hugh couldn't do?

Annie West said...

Hi Becke - it's great to see you here. Oh, yes, I can see Jeremy Northam in Cornwall too. Can there be a large house near the cliffs as well? Hm, I'm feeling the Victoria Holt influence here. Love it!

Di said...

How about a setting around Lucerne Switzerland. It's a beautiful city with a lake & surrounded by mountains. We went up a funicular to the mountain top which still had snow in summer, then half way down walked across an alpine meadow to a lodge for lunch in the fresh mountain air. Lets imagine Gerard Butler as the hero.

Annie West said...

Oh, Di, what a lovely part of the world. Was it Mt Pilatus you went up? I think that trip is just gorgeous. And Gerard B too? Sounds good to me. Now to work out why he'd be in an alpine meadow in summer and what sort of story it would be. Intriguing! Thank you.

Nancy said...

Lolarific, congrats on the bird!

Annie and Anna, I'm very late to the party, but I did want to congratulate Annie on her new releases. They sound great!

As for a hero and a setting, I'd take Norman England and Hugh Jackman. Can't go wrong picking Hugh, imho. :-)

Annie West said...

Hi Nancy,

It's never too late to drop by, especially if you're going to find a new location for Hugh to be gorgeous in. Norman England, eh? Sounds very appealing. I have a sudden yearning for a historical romance read.

Thanks so much for your good wishes, Nancy.

Annie West said...

Actually, I see it's getting very late there, so I'll take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who's popped by and left a comment. As always it's been a real treat visiting the lair. I'm having a very merry time imagining all these wonderful new ideas for heroes in romantic settings.

Anna Campbell said...

Gannon, what do you mean convenient? I don't get your drift, my friend. Snicker!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Becke, sounds like I'm going to have to wrest that Rochester out of your grimy hands as well!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Di, that sounds absolutely lovely! Lucky you, having such a wonderful experience.

Anna Campbell said...

Nancy, I had to laugh. I had a Jamie Fraser moment like Annie did a while ago. I'm thinking - who's that hunk called Norman England? I've never heard of him. Perhaps he's in one of the new superhero films!

Anna Campbell said...

Thanks, guys. It's been a great day of blogging. And don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who won Annie's two books!

Marie said...

Anna/Annie, if we really need an "R" name, Aaron's name on MD was Alex RYAN, does that count? I don't think first or last name "R"s were specified. And yes, I admit it, I am a secret Aussie. LOVE almost everything from Down Under. Another non-R peson, but an Aussie would be Erik Thomson (I think that's how his name is spelled, from PACKED TO THE RAFTERS/PTTR)...oh my. You sure know how to make 'em down there is all I can say!