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Spotlight on Andie Brock, The Last Heir Of Monterrato #Giveaway

Our Spotlight this week is on author Andie Brock and her latest release The Last Heir of Monterrato! And there is a giveaway to one commenter!

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Hello, I am Andie Brock, the author of The Last Heir of Monterrato – my Harlequin Presents/Mills and Boon Modern debut!
My Life
I am married with three children and live in Bristol in the south west of England.
For many years I worked for the family antiques business; going to auctions and antiques fairs, buying and selling, wheeling and dealing. And truth be told I’m still always on the lookout for a bargain – we think it’s in the blood! But more recently I’ve had a ‘proper’ job in a university library, much quieter and more sedate and I get paid holidays too!
But my dream has always been to write romantic fiction and I am so thrilled and honoured to have made it to publication.
Influences
Writing wise I am influenced by the remarkable talents of the Harlequin authors. Their skill and productivity and the sheer brilliance of their story telling spurs me on to do better – and write faster!
How I write
I’m not as disciplined as I’d like to be (that is top of my New Year’s resolutions list, along with actually plotting a novel before I start it J). Because writing has to be fitted around work most of it is done at the weekends, usually with the cat on my lap for company. I tend to leave everything until the last minute a bit but I have learnt that there is nothing like a deadline to focus the mind!
Motivation
It’s funny, I’ve never really questioned why I want to write – I just know I’ve always loved it. I think I must have been the only child in the world who looked forward to penning their thank-you letters J. And then, of course, there were the angst ridden teenaged diaries, most of which don’t bear re-reading! Nowadays it is characters, or fragments of plots, that pop into my head and demand further investigation. I can’t wait to follow the trail and see where they might lead me.

My Book
The Last Heir of Monterrato is a story about love and loss and finding a way back from heartbreak to happiness.
 
A skydiving accident means that Rafael Revaldi, the Conte di Monterrato, has only one option if he wants to produce an heir – and that means winning back his estranged wife, Lottie. Will he ever be able to convince her to grant him his most desperate wish?
Finding herself back at the palazzo, Lottie is shocked by Rafael’s dramatic request. How can she say no when a baby would mean so much to both of them?
But a desire for a baby is not the only thing that binds this couple together. As they confront to the emotional scars of their marriage it soon becomes obvious that the fire and passion they once felt for each other is still very much alive. The question is, are they strong enough to resist? Or are things about to get hot?

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33 comments:

  1. Congrats to Andie! I never questioned why I want to write either, and I still love writing thank you letters. :)

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    1. Thank you Christine. I must admit I've moved on to thank you emails... or even texts *hangs head in shame*. Years of standing over the kids whilst they grumpily chewed the end of their pencils must have worn me down! I love receiving a letter though.

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    1. Thank you William, you too. A Happy New Year to you!

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  3. I'm betting things are edging toward hot!!!

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    1. You are right, Jemi! Hot passion fighting cold disregard make for an interesting mix. :)

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  4. Sounds like things will get steamy between them. Congratulations, Andie!

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    1. Thank you Sherry! Your instincts are right - steamy meets frosty. And only one emotion can win...

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  5. Hi Naz, long time no see. Happy new Year to you and yours. And best wishes to Andie!

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    1. Thank you Stephen, and a Happy New Year to you.

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  6. Congratulations, Andie, for achieving your dream of publication. You SHOULD be proud of yourself! Best wishes for much success. The story line of your first book sounds very interesting. Oh, and nope, you aren't the only kid who liked writing thank you notes. I was a sucker for writing them. (Still am.)

    Happy New Year to both you and Nas. May your dreams continue to come true.

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    1. Thank you so much, Susan, and a very Happy New Year to you too! Maybe writing thank you letters has spawned more literary careers than we realised!

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  7. Congrats on the debut. That's a good-looking cover and it was interesting reading about the author.

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    1. Hi Medeia, thanks for stopping by. Yes, I was thrilled with the cover - it really sets the scene for the book.

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  8. Hi Andie, a very big WELL DONE, I know how hard it is to crack this market! Wishing you many more successes!

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    1. Thank you very much, Carole! It's not easy, that's true, and it's very competitive, but so much fun to write for this market. I love it!

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  9. Beautiful cover. I tried to get published by Harlequin for years and I still feel a little envy toward romance novelists because I couldn't accomplish it. Writing romance was definitely fun!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, glad you like the cover. The great thing about Harlequin is that they are always actively seeking new authors. It's never too late to try again!

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  10. So fun to hear from Andie! I can relate to squeezing in writing when I can- and the weekends are a time I can get a lot in too! :) I also tend to write well under the pressure of "the last minute"- it is very motivational.

    Wishing Andie the best of luck!
    ~Jess

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    1. Hi Jess. Thank you for stopping by and for your good luck wishes. It's true that pressure is a great motivator. I'm not sure that I like it, but know that sometimes I need it!

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  11. Congratulations, Andie! I love a good bargain, too :) That old joy never gets old!

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    1. Thank you Liz. It's great, isn't it, the buzz of getting a bargain! I collect antique miniatures and silhouettes and have a wall of them looking down on me when I write. The kids think they are creepy. :)

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  12. I love people who can do the "last minute deadline" thing. That totally freaks me out. I'm a distance runner. Regardless, how awesome about getting on with Harlequin!

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    1. To be honest, it freaks me out too, Crystal! But at the same time it focusses the mind and makes you realise what you can do if you have to. A sort of tough love! And yes, I feel very honoured to be a Harlequin author. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Carrie. So nice of you to stop by. :)

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  14. Hi Andie Your debut cover is super and the story sounds so angst ridden. Can't wait to read. Congratulations on this wonderful debut.

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    1. Thank you so much, Ann. I didn't set out to write such an emotional book, but that's just how it turned out! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  15. Fabulous debut Andie! Congratulations. X

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    1. Thank you, Rachael! Can't wait to read your second book, Claimed by the Sheikh. It looks fab!

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  16. Congratulations on your debut Andie, it's a cracker! I am looking forward to your next books and wish you a successful writing career :D

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    1. You are very kind, Tash. My second book, out in July, has a wronged sheikh for a hero. I'm hoping you are going to like it! ;)

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  17. Congratulations Stephanie Faris! You were chosen as winner of this Andie Brock giveaway by random.org!

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