09 September 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway ~ The Sweet Spot, Appleton Vale #1, by Anneli Lort

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The Sweet Spot
Series: Appleton Vale, Book 1 
Author: Anneli Lort
Publisher: Creativia
Cover Artist: Louise Mizen Ferguson
Release Date: July 4, 2017
Romance Genre(s): Contemporary, Sports
Words: 89,500


About the Book

The Sweet Spot is a classic love story with a sexy, modern edge, set in the sleepy West Country village of Appleton Vale, and in the glittering world of professional golf.

Olivia escapes London to overcome memories of heartbreak, and moves to Appleton Vale to ghostwrite the autobiography of Sebastian Bloom, former world number one golfer and global icon. But he doesn’t make things easy for her; Olivia is not ready for a new relationship and fights her feelings for Sebastian.

Their story comes to a head at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open Championship, where Sebastian’s return to form sets up an explosive clash with his lifelong rival, Troy McLoud.

As the lives of Olivia, Sebastian and the residents of Appleton Vale interweave, passions flare and the stakes rise.

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Author Interview

Welcome to my blog, Anneli.

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote a lot as a child – short stories, fairytales and anything that I could write that would feature an animal or ten! I always knew I wanted to write and was fortunate to be guided by some excellent English teachers at school and university who had faith in my talent. In the end, it was a case of making time to sit down and write the book that had been in my head for years.

What inspired you to write The Sweet Spot?

I worked with some of the world’s best sportsmen and women throughout my career and spent a lot of time with them behind the scenes. I saw all of the drama unfold and a lot of other things that I couldn’t un-see! How could I not write about it when these guys had given me so much content to use?

How do you overcome writer’s block?

I go for a long walk with my dog or take my horse out for a blast in the countryside.  When I’m walking Hector it gives me time to think and work out where I’m going with a particular storyline or character. I often come back from a walk with a whole new chapter already written in my head. If I just want to forget about it all then I go to my horse. You have to be in the moment with horses so I’ve learned to leave my stress at the gate and just be with him.

Is there a novel you love that you feel is unappreciated?

The Ambassador’s Women by Catherine Gaskin is my favourite book. It’s pretty old now and most likely out of print but well worth a read. Perhaps it was appreciated in its day but I’m guessing my Mum and I are the only current members of its fan club!

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

This is your dream, make the time for it. To write as much as possible as often as possible. It’s better to get something down on a page that you can edit later than not to write anything at all.

Where do you see yourself in five years times?

Like every other author I’d like to be writing full time. It doesn’t feel like work to me. I enjoy it every single day. I’d like to think I’ll be living even deeper into the countryside and have a few more animals join the family – I’m thinking a Tortoise and a goat or two!

Thank you Anneli! It was a pleasure getting to know you.

About Anneli Lort

Anneli Lort lived with a charming cast of characters in her head for a number of years before she found the time to sit down and bring them to life in the Appleton Vale series. Once she put pen to paper her imagination was free to create a character driven world of contemporary romance that is both heartwarming and engaging.

In a public relations career that spanned more than two decades Anneli worked closely with elite professionals at the highest level and with some of the world’s biggest sporting companies. With this came an access-all-areas pass to the greatest sports events on the planet where she saw for herself the tension, drama and emotions that were played out behind the scenes. While TV audiences around the world watched the sporting excitement unfold, she was there to witness first-hand what really happened before and afterwards – the untold stories the rest of the world never got to see.This is the rich and enviable background she brings to her debut novel - The Sweet Spot.

Anneli lives in a village much like her fictional creation - Appleton Vale - that is nestled against the foothills of the South Downs. She spends her days working in brand communications, writing, walking her dog – Hector – and riding her New Forest Pony Henry. The dog shares the house; the horse has his own rather spacious accommodation.

Anneli is currently writing the second novel in the Appleton Vale series - The Country Club - which will be on sale in December 2017.

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To celebrate the release of her bestselling debut, The Sweet Spot, Anneli is giving away a £20 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, enter via the Rafflecopter below. The contest closes at midnight EST on September 8, 2017, and is open to entrants worldwide.

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Tour Stops

August 28
Bookk Review by Foxylutely Books

August 29
Author Interview with Drops of Ink

August 30
Exclusive Excerpt at The Bookworm Lodge

August 31
Exclusive Excerpt at All Things Bookaholic

September 1
Exclusive Excerpt at Reviews by Crystal

September 2
Guest Post at Book Huntress’ World
Exclusive Excerpt at Underneath the Covers

September 3
Guest Post at Lori's Reading Corner

September 4
Exclusive Excerpt at I Heart Reading

September 5

September 6
Character Interview with Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books

September 7
Exclusive Excerpt at Romantic Reads and Such
Book Review by Life at 17

September 8
Exclusive Excerpt at Loves Great Reads

September 9
Author Interview with Liz's Reading Life

September 10
Exclusive Excerpt at Abibliophobia Anonymous

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1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your new release and the tour also. Always a big time and super excited for you.