Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Introverts and Extroverts and 'The Flaw in Raffaele's Revenge' - Annie West

Hi everyone! It's been a while since I visited as I've been busy on a number of projects (yes, more books in the pipeline) and with a trip to Europe to attend some romance reader events - enormous fun! It's lovely being here at Tote Bags again, sharing some news and musing a little.
You see, I have a release coming up late in June. Here's the cover. I smile whenever I see it.
And here's a little taste of what it's about:
A fragile beauty that tamed the beast within…

Relentless Italian Raffaele Petri needs reclusive researcher Lily Nolan to see his revenge plans come to fruition. But the damaged beauty is feisty, argumentative and all-too intriguing to be ignored!

Scarred as a child, Lily shut herself away from cruel prying eyes, so working for a man as breathtakingly handsome as Raffaele makes her own physical imperfections harder to bear. Until Raffaele’s kisses awaken the untouched woman inside.

As Raffaele’s retribution draws closer, Lily must use her new-found strength to help him release the torment eating at his soul. But will Raffaele risk his vengeance for her love.

This is my reverse Beauty and the Beast story, where the hero is the beauty (at least on the outside) - he's been voted the Sexiest Man on the Planet, and Lily is the beast (scarred and locked away from the world).

One of the things I most enjoyed writing during this story was how Raffa helped Lily overcome her reserve and her past pain, and lured her out into the world again. It wasn't easy, not least because Lily is basically an introvert anyway. She gets her strength from that quiet time away from others. Through the story she's surprised to discover there's joy as well as challenge to be had from being part of a group, not just a loner. By the end of the book, as well as finding love, both Lily and Raffa had found more balance in their lives, and more purpose, which was very satisfying.
UK cover
My question to you is: are you an introvert or an extrovert. Or, if you don't want to commit, tell me what you most enjoy doing by yourself and what you most enjoy doing with others.

To celebrate the upcoming release of THE FLAW IN RAFFAELE'S REVENGE I'll give away a signed backlist title of mine to someone who comments. (I'll announce the winner here).

In the meantime, here are a couple of links if you'd like to order a copy:
Barnes and Noble
Book Depository
UK Amazon


Grandma Cootie said...

Hi Annie, I think I swing from both extrovert to introvert. I really enjoy my alone time, usually reading, but when I am comfortable in a group I have been told I can get a little chatty. Or maybe they mean bossy!

Thanks for the giveaway and looking forward to the new release. It's time for a good love story.

jcp said...

your new release looks great!

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Anna Campbell said...

Annie, just swinging by to give a little squeee about Raffa and Lily's story being so close to release. Everyone, I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of this and it's a corker!

Linda Poindexter said...

Extrovert all the way, my son calls me an Earth Mother, and my daughter in law gives me odd looks when I start a conversation with perfect strangers.

Pam Lowery said...

I think I am a little bit of both. I don't like being the "center" of attention, but like going out and being social, but I also love my alone time. Time to read, think and just, be.

Pam Lowery said...

I think I am a little bit of both. I don't like being the "center" of attention, but like going out and being social, but I also love my alone time. Time to read, think and just, be.

Annie West said...

Hi Grandma Cootie! For some reason I can't reply directly to your comment. I suspect most of us are a mix of introvert and extrovert. It would be tough being totally one or the other, wouldn't it?

Annie West said...

jcp, I'm glad you like the sound of it. I so enjoyed living in the world of this story as I was writing.

Annie West said...

Hi Anna! Lovely of you to stop by and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the story so much. Yay!!

Annie West said...

Linda, you'd be great fun at a party, I bet. Actually talking to strangers can be so much fun!

Annie West said...

Pam, that's very familiar to me. Sounds like you're a mix too.

Annie West said...

Thanks everyone for dropping by. I've just done a random draw and come up with LINDA POINDEXTER as the winner of a signed, backlist book. Congratulations!

Linda, could you email me at annie(at) with your postal address and I'll get your book to you.

Linda Poindexter said...

Thank you so much, awesome surprise.