Guest Interview: Annabelle Weston + Book Giveaway!

Author of sizzling romance... Annabelle Weston knows how to push boundaries. With duel citizenship in the USA and France, Ms. Weston spends serious air time crossing the pond and is a proud card carrying member of the mile high club.
Q: Welcome Annabelle! What inspired your new book, Hunting Tucker?
A: I was taking a class on writing paranormal shorts—and the story was originally only 5K. It wasn’t a romance, just an odd little story. Then I thought… hmm… Tucker really deserves to find the gal of his dreams, and so I started adding bit by bit, until a novella formed.
Q: That's fantastic! What is the story behind the story?
A: Let me have you read the blurb first:
When sexy detective, Tucker Brown, arrives on the scene of a crime, the last thing he expected was to come face to face with leggy, delectable Bailey. She's a mystery to him, but one he thoroughly enjoys investigating. After a night of mind blowing sexcapades, Tucker decides she may just be the one for him. But Bailey's got a secret... She comes with feathers and she's on the hunt. Will Tucker be her next prey?
Now the story behind the story… Tucker is a hotshot detective, an adventure seeker. He’s always in for a challenge and doesn’t like to say no when one’s given. He comes across a real mind-boggling mystery, with this woman he totally is falling for, and the little odd man with his birds. Let’s just say, what he’s got coming for him, is not what he ever expected.
Q: Sounds hot and very intriguing! :) Please tell us about your favorite character in the book.
A: My favorite character in the book is Tucker. He’s an alpha male, but has his flaws. We enjoy watching him fall for the heroine, but also figure out the mystery behind her.
Q: Which element of story creation is your favorite?
A: Definitely the characters. My stories are character driven, and so I like to create strong characters, with a lot of dynamic. They aren’t going to get off easy here, and will have to work for their happy ending J
Q: Which element of this story was the hardest for you?
A: Doing the story entirely in the male-POV. I’ve never done a story before completely in one POV—I usually have at least 2 sometimes three, and this time was even harder, because I was only doing the male’s and, I’m a female.
Q: That's neat. I love male POV. What inspires you? What motivates you?
A: I am inspired by music, by photos, by real-life situations. As a natural story-teller, I am motivated to share interesting and unique stories with my readers. .
Q: Please tell us about your other books.
A: I have two more books written, one is a contemporary romantic intrigue story, and the other is a historical western. I’m currently in the editing/revising process for those two stories.
Q: Please describe your journey to publication.
A: HUNTING TUCKER is a very unique story.  I submitted it to many, many publishers, and all of them had great feedback, but the problem was, they couldn’t figure out where to put it. The book, according to their terms, was not a straight erotica, nor was it classified as a romance.  I feel differently about that. To me the story is a paranormal erotic romance—although a little different than what some may expect. I wanted to share this story with others, because I think it’s a neat tale, so in the end, I decided self-publishing this story was the best route.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: Editing and revising my two finished stories, and then the submission process begins.  I’m not opposed to self-publishing again, but with self-publishing also comes a whole other host of responsibilities. You then become the editor, copy-editor, cover artist, publicity rep, etc… All the things a publisher does, and that takes away from writing time. As an author, I don’t necessarily like things that take away from my writing time J
Q: Would you like to ask readers a question?
A:  Yes, I would!  What do you consider a happy ending?
Thanks so much for being our guest today, Annabelle! Everyone please visit Annabelle's websites below. And remember, one commenter will win a copy of Annabelle's new book, Hunting Tucker!
The book is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble


Christi Barth said...

Completely in Tucker's POV - now that is intriguing. I've forced myself to write a love scene in the man's POV only once - soooo hard. But I love seeing how they think. And I can't wait to see how the feathers play into the whole story!

Annabelle Weston said...

Thanks Christi! I was really interesting to do! And I had to check with a couple guys to make sure it read right :)

Nicole North said...

Thanks for being our guest today, Annabelle!!

Annabelle Weston said...

Thank you Nicole!

Carly Carson said...

Sorry I'm late. A happy ending is where the 2 main characters end up together in some way. I've read wonderful, well-written books where they don't, and I'm always disappointed, no matter how much I like the writing. Good luck with the self-pub. I hope it goes well for you.

Jess said...

A happy ending for me would be the two main characters beating all the odds and coming out stronger together than they would have apart. Hunting Tucker sounds like a great read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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Annabelle Weston said...

Thanks Jess and Carly! I totally agree! They have to end up together, and everything be tied up in a nice neat little package.

IdentitySeeker said...

A happy ending, for me, would have to be one in which the two main characters resolve their problems, realise how much they mean to each other and resolve to never let barriers rise up between them again. In short- a typical happily ever after scenario but with both characters recognising that they may face future difficulties that they'd have to overcome together.