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Spotlight on Annie O'Neil, Doctor...to Duchess & #Giveaway

This week's Spotlight is on author Annie O'Neil and her latest release Doctor...to Duchess? There will be giveaway of a Kindle copy of  Doctor...to Duchess? to one commenter!

Annie spent most of her childhood with a leg draped over the family rocking chair and a book in her hand. Novels, baking, movies and writing too much teenage angst poetry ate up most of her youth. Now, quite a few years on from those fevered daydreams of being a poet, Annie splits her time between corralling her husband (and real life Scottish hero) into helping her with their cows or scratching the backs of their rare breed pigs and spending some very happy hours at her computer writing.
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If you have a pen name, can you explain how you came up with it? 
Annie is my pen name as Ann is my middle name and all of the stories obviously come from me. O’Neil is my grandmother’s maiden name. She was both a nurse and a romantic. Given that I write romantic medical stories - I figured it would be the perfect tribute to one heck of an amazing woman.
 What are a few things we would find in or on your desk? 
My desk is like a magnetic zone for quite a gamut of things. There are some great fake plastic teeth just in case I want to freak out my husband. I have a Romantic Novelists’ Association mug sitting there - reminding me I haven’t sent it to a fellow author and friend (ooops!), a now empty bowl that had my breakfast yoghurt in it. A half eaten packet of pretzels and hand lotion. ALWAYS hand lotion.

 What motivates you to write?
Anything and everything. I’ve always had a fevered imagination and having a way to channel it? Absolute bliss.
Share something about yourself no one else knows?
 Oh, dear! Then it wouldn’t really be secret anymore, would it? I have a closet passion for flip flops. With flowers on top. The flowery, the better. Love them.
 Tell us about your book…
Doctor…to Duchess is actually the third in, not so much a trilogy - but a collection of stories very loosely linked that travel around the globe. This one brings us to a beautiful village in the North of England - one of those magical chocolate box varieties with stone cottages and beautiful flowerbeds and - of course - a gorgeous stately home complete with a cottage hospital run by our heroine Julia MacKenzie. She has just settled in the village - and the tiny hospital - only to discover the Duke’s son, Oliver, is home from working with Medecin Sans Frontieres to decide whether or not to sell the entire estate. If he wasn’t so…so perfectly perfect…it would make it MUCH easier to go to war with him. Without letting her heart get in the way, she has to show him how this tiny village hospital is every bit as important as the work he does overseas. Will Oliver overcome the painful events of his childhood enough to see his inheritance in a new light?

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A Kindle copy giveaway of  Doctor...to Duchess? to one commenter!

35 comments:

  1. Congratulations on the release!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! I am really excited about this one - I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read!

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  2. Looks like an awesome story.

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    1. Thank you so much. I really loved writing it. If it was real, I would've demanded some sort of research weekend/week/life??? there...Not that I had a crush on Oliver or anything weird like that!

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  3. Hello, Annie! Congrats on your latest release.

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    1. Why thank you very much indeed! I Hope you enjoy it. And cake, of course!

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  4. The little cottage hospital sounds really unique.

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    1. Thanks Mary! I have to confess, there is one (albeit a bit bigger than the one in St Bryars) about ten miles away. I've never been in - but I think it looks wonderful. I superimpose reams of climbing roses on it every time I drive by.

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    1. What great news! I can't wait for you to read it. Do feel free to write and let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy x A

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  6. The book sounds lovely, Annie.


    Hi, Nas:)

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    1. Why thank you Sandra. I do hope you enjoy. Best - Annie O'

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  7. Congrats to Annie. I love when people create pen names from names of family members. I think it's really sweet.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I thought it was a fitting tribute to my romance loving Grandmother. She would've eaten these up with a spoon. A big one! x A

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  8. I am glad to see you out and about and taking the trip across the blogs with Nas, It will be great. Your book sounds amazing and your desk sounds cleaner than mine. Then again, mine has cats. Enjoy the ride!!

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    1. Thanks Jacqui! It feels delightful to be here! My desk, I can assure you, requires some excavating each and every day. I don't have cats - but I do have a Bernese Mountain Dog called Jorja who has taken to lying underneath it. Doesn't really leave all that much room for feet!

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  9. Love how you came up with your pen name! And flowery flipflops are wonderful things :)

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    1. Meradeth - I am pleased you agree. They ARE wonderful. I used to have this AMAZING pair a friend found for me in Thailand with these huge opulent red roses on them and then the unthinkable happened. They broke. I cried. Bleak day in the house. Bleak.

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  10. Annie, I love the way you've segued Medicin sans Frontiers into the story. One of my favourite charities. Sounds intriguing.

    Thanks for hosting Annie, Nas. A great interview as always.

    Denise:-)

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    1. Thanks Denise. I think the work of Medicin sans Frontiers is amazing, too. I have been trying to think of a romance with two people doing that work - but have yet to find the perfect recipe. Nas gives great questions, doesn't she? x Annie

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  11. You sound awesome and so does Julia Mackenzie.. I'll be buying this one.

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    1. Thanks Lucy! That means a lot. I wanted Julia to be my friend. I have all sorts of nicknames for her and if she was real we would definitely, definitely do a really grubby fun run together. Then eat cake. Enjoy! x Annie O'

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  12. What a great background...I do hope he sees how important the hospital really is... it sounds like a really good story xox ♡

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    1. Oooo - I hope you think so....and you have a fabulous name by the by! Enjoy! X Annie

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  13. Sounds like my kinda book. If I don't win it, I reckon I'm gonna have to buy it!

    You've gotta love someone who has fake teeth on her desk. :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks Susan. I find them most convenient. What I am wondering...is where the other three pairs from my Super Pack have gone....

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  14. The setting and characters sound wonderful. Congrats to Annie.

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    1. Many thanks Medeia! I hope you enjoy it. x Annie

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  15. Sounds like an interesting series of books! So fun to learn more about Annie and how she got her pen name. When I first started reading her bio- it sounded almost like a book blurb. What an interesting life! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thanks Jess! I have to confess to being deeply prejudiced - but I hope you like the books as much as I enjoyed writing them. All the best x Annie

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  16. Congratulations, Annie. Your book sounds like a sweet read. :-)

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  17. Love the premise for this book! Sounds like a great read.

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  18. Wow! This book sound exciting. Love the interview, too, Annie, although I can't wear flip-flops. I need a strap across my instep. Thanks for sharing this with your followers, Nas.

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