Defying Her Desert Duty Paperback – 1 October 2012
- Publisher : Mills & Boon - AU; First edition (1 October 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0263891232
- ISBN-13 : 978-0263891232
- Dimensions : 10.7 x 1.3 x 17 cm
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About the Author
As well as encouraging her love of books, Annie's family taught her to love travel and the Australian bush. Often she managed to combine all three. There was the long trek to the marvellous Finders Ranges of South Australia - with Tolkien. Walking in the rugged Grampian Ranges of Victoria - with Tolstoy. And reading gothic romances while camped under the snow gums in the Australian Alps.
She got hooked on romance early. In her teens she spent long afternoons playing tennis with her best friend. Between endless games on baking gravel, they'd stagger to her friend's house to recover, and in that house was an unending store of books, all with that distinctive rose on the cover. That's how Annie discovered romance and she's been addicted ever since. 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.
Fortunately she found her own romantic hero while studying at university. Despite the distraction she completed her honours degree in Classics. She was also fortunate to spend lots of time travelling, backpacking through Egypt and Greece, 'tramping' in New Zealand, sightseeing in Europe and living in Germany a couple of times.
Annie emerged from University with no idea of a career path and took a job in the public service. The perfect preparation for an author! In her first permanent job she spent six weeks proof-reading various versions of the Australian Government's purchasing manual: every - single - word - of - it. Checking the text of a novel is so much more fun! For years Annie wrote and amended and redrafted and revised: government plans, letters for cabinet ministers and reports for parliament. All good grounding for a would-be author.
Then the inevitable happened. Annie decided to write romance. Those books had been a constant through the years of job change and travel. Her chance came when she took leave to spend time with her children. Between preschool and school activities she produced her first novel. At the same time she discovered Romance Writers of Australia (RWAus) - and thank goodness. Without the help of authors who knew what they were doing she might still be writing stories just as good as that first manuscript! Since then she's been active in RWAus writers' groups and competitions, attends annual conferences and loves the support she gets from so many other writers. She had short stories and a romance book published in Australia but it wasn't until late 2005 that she found the success she sought with Harlequin Mills and Boon.
Annie lives with her hero (still the same one after all this time) and her children at Lake Macquarie, north of Sydney. They are neatly situated between the Hunter Valley's marvellous wine country, some of the state's superb beaches and the beautiful lake.
She is always thinking of possible further travel (strictly for research purposes, of course) and in the meantime fantasises about gorgeous men and their love lives. It's hard work but she has no regrets! Her circle of writing friends and her critique partner keep her on the straight and narrow, writing stories she hopes readers will enjoy as much as she does.
Annie loves to hear from readers. You can send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website above. If you prefer to drop her a letter, you can also reach Annie at Po Box 1041 Warners Bay NSW 2282.
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What I loved most about this book is how strong the heroine is. Soraya may have been brought up in a traditional way, and she may have scars from anything but an easy upbringing, but she is full of hidden strength, determination, an indomitable will, intelligence and sensuality. I reveled in seeing her insist on her last chance, and not hesitating to stand her ground. Of course she has a vulnerable side to her too, but that fits right in. She isn’t simply beautiful and head over heels in love with the hero, but has a brain and heart of her own, and a story to tell. She sounds like someone to admire and to cherish as a friend, and perfect to be a ruler’s bride.
Karim is everything I could have hoped for, and a perfect match for Soraya. His intoxicating mix of power, confidence, fierce loyalty, principles, hot looks, cleverness and stubbornness made him come alive. I’d definitely fall for his charms too if I were Soraya. I loved it that he is also hiding a softer side, and a very tragic past that almost overshadows the present.
As I’ve come to expect it from the author’s novels, the ‘steamy scenes’ were wonderfully written, so sensual they nearly melted my screen, and so much more than just a romp in the sheets. The descriptions of France as the setting were the icing on the cake, making the story feel even realer.
Zahir is sent from his Emir to bring Soraya, his chosen one, back home to her homeland palace. Soraya negotiates a month's travel before she has to return to be married to the Emir, someone 30 years her senior and who she never thought would actually make her marry him. Unfortunately, duty bound, she begins her tripping around to see the world before marriage and life as a Queen. The only catch is Zahir is to accompany her. Their feelings grow for each other and by the time they return home they're in love. But what of the Emir?!?
Annie West has such a wonderful way with words Im always on my magic carpet flying away to lands I'll never see in reality. It's like I'm there, descriptions are wonderfully rich and dialogue is always fantastic.
It's a delight to discover Zahir and Soraya make an appearance in Annie West's Imprisoned by a Vow.