posted on June 20, 2017 by Annie Seaton

A real love story to make you sigh.

by Annie Seaton

I am often asked why I write stories. Where do I get my ideas from? And where do I get the inspiration for the exotic settings in my contemporary romances?

Usually my inspiration comes from a place that I have visited, or an experience that Mother Nature has given me. The sound of the waves breaking on the sand, a fluffy cloud scudding across the sky on a windy day, a spectacular sunrise or sunset has inspired many a scene or setting. I am fortunate to live by the ocean and have many opportunities for seeing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and wild oceans in the winter. All of my books have sunsets, sunrises, calm seas and gardens somewhere in them!

However the inspiration for Her Outback Cowboy came from a very different source. Sure, Mother Nature was there. But even though the paddocks were beautiful, and the outback sunsets spectacular, she also showed me the red dust, the flies and the sharp prickles underfoot in the outback. We have visited a farm out in the Pilliga Scrub since our children were small, and I learned many things about the outback environment from fabulous yarns around the campfire at night. Many of these yarns and outback legends will make an appearance in the Prickle Creek Series.

So Her Outback Cowboy? Where did the story come from? It is the first of four stories about four cousins who come home to the outback to Prickle Creek.

Sitting around that campfire a few years ago, I listened to the story of how the owners of the huge wheat and cattle property met and fell in love. It was in the days before I had started writing, but the romance of their story stayed with me. A beautiful girl from Central London, meting her very own outback cowboy, finding true love and following him back to the outback of New South Wales, and making a happy life and family together.

In Her Outback Cowboy, that became the back story of the grandparents of the four cousins who are summoned home; I loved including about Helena and Harry’s romance  from many years ago, knowing it was based on a true story.

Lucy, the first of the cousins to have her story told, hates the red dust, and the prickles and the flies that I experienced on my visit. The last thing she wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.

After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.

I hope you love reading the story of sweet love—across the generations—in Her Outback Cowboy. Come and visit me at http://www.annieseaton.net/ to see all of the other wonderful places I have visited and written about.

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Her Outback Cowboy
By Annie Seaton
Release date: June 19, 2017
Entangled Bliss

The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.

After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.

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Annie Seaton

Annie Seaton

Annie Seaton lives on the edge of the South Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Australia She is fulfilling her lifelong dream of writing and has been delighted to discover that readers love reading her stories as much as she loves writing them. Annie lives with her own hero of many years. Their two children are now grown up and married, and two beautiful grandchildren have arrived. Now they share their home with Toby, the naughtiest dog in the universe, and two white cats. When she is not writing she can be found in her garden or walking on the beach... or most likely on her deck overlooking the ocean, camera in hand as the sun sets. Each winter, Annie and her husband leave the beach to roam the remote areas of Australia for story ideas and research. In 2014 Annie was voted Author of the Year and in 2015 was voted Best Established Author in the AusRomToday.com Readers' Choice Awards. Readers can contact Annie through her website annieseaton.net or find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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