Author Showcase / Inteview – Annie Edmonds

 Please welcome, Annie Edmonds!
1. . For those who might not be
familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the readers a little about
yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
(Annie)  Sure Kam I would love to.  My mom has been telling me to write a book
for as long as I can remember.  I am a
woman who didn’t have an easy life.  I
married my first husband when I was twenty. It’s something I don’t recommend.  And by the time I was twenty one I was
widowed.  Back then they called panic
attacks a chemical imbalance and you were told to take vitamins.  After he died it was my dad that told me to
get back out there.  He knew I had an
invitation to a New Year’s Eve party and he wanted me to go. 
I am so
glad I did because I really believe there was an angel watching over me that
night.  I met my true soul mate at the
door that night.  And we have been
happily married for twenty eight years this April.  Mike and I have been through just about
everything together. You could say we weathered every storm and our love is
stronger than ever.  Two years after we
were married I was in a freak car accident and have lived with chronic back pain
ever since.  We were never able to have
children.  But we still think we are
luckier than most to have the kind of love and relationship we have. 
I’m no different from most writers; except I
have lived a lifetime in my fifty years.  What I mean is I can go back and remember all
that heartache and all those promises that were never kept.  So when I find myself in a crossroads with a
character I can usually dig deep and come up with something. 
 I didn’t just start typing one day and say, hey
I’m an author. No I have been writing for as long as I can remember.  I have journals that go back years.  And I have found short little stories that I
wrote when I was kid slipped inside books and sandwiched between family
2. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, please share how you handle it.
(Annie) Well I hope I don’t Jinx myself by saying I haven’t had the
dreaded “Block” just yet.  I can usually
start typing and the story just seems to flow. 
The trick is to sit down and not get caught in the e-mail, social
network trap.  I have to write before I
open anything or nothing gets written. 


3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance
writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us.
With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend
your time?
(Annie) I spend my down time on the computer haha, no glitz and
glamour here.  I’m usually in my sweat
pants with my hair up in a ponytail. 
Like I said I open up my laptop and the hours fly by.  As an indie we have to promote
ourselves.  So between blogs, e-mails and
social networks there just never seems to be enough hours in the day.  It’s winter now in New Jersey and we are
stuck in the house.  The cold weather is
the worst for someone with the kind of nerve pain I have.  So I don’t get out much this time of
year.  I love the beach, I can find peace
there, and for some reason my pain levels go down.  So spring, summer and fall my husband takes
me to the beach as much as possible.  I
also like to garden, take photographs and we are foodies that love to
4. I know many writers keep their
pastime/career a secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are
their thoughts?
(Annie) Everyone knows that I
write. And that I am now a published writer. 
I’m from Jersey and that means I have a big mouth.  I think they were all a little shocked when I
picked the genre of Erotic Romance.  But
I asked everyone I knew who reads what they were reading.  And when most were reading some kind of
romance book I knew I had to give it a shot. 
The research alone is fascinating. 
I have family members that won’t read my books but that’s alright.  I am proud of myself.  And my family and friends are proud of
me.  And in the end that’s really all
that matters. 
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If
you’re like me, it’s a long list so give us your top ten.
(Annie) First is the queen of erotic romance E.L. James gave us
Fifty shades of let’s talk about sex. 
This woman gave women everywhere the license to talk about what they
were reading and thinking openly.  Cherise
Sinclair is another of my favorite authors. 
Jinx Jamison; Madam X School of sex, Omg Yes!  Do you see a pattern here?  Sylvia Day is one of those writers that are
more subtle, but her stories are great. 
Cari Quinn’s No Flowers required. 
Then I go in a whole other direction with; J.K. Rowling, and Harry
Potter.  Suzanne Collins; Hunger games
series.  At age 16 Doris Lund made me
want to read with her book Eric.  That
book still touches my heart.  And I love
The Velveteen Rabbit, Kathryn Stockett. 
That rounds out the top ten. 
6. If you could choose one book to go to the big screen,
yours or otherwise, which book would you choose and whom would you love see
casted in the parts?
(Annie) Of course I’m going to pick my book; Second Chances Sammy’s
story.  I would love to see Jessica Biel
as Samantha Raine.  And Thor, Chris
Hemsworth as Jake Monroe. 
(KAM) FYI: I looooooooove the cover! And I also love the actors you chose to play each character. 


7. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now?
That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I
swear it’ll go no further.
(Annie) Right now I am working on the sequel to Sammy’s story which
is Master Mike’s story.  I haven’t picked
a title and I really need a series name. 
I wanted Circles in the Sand but I just saw another author put a book
out with that title.  When I picked
Second Chances I didn’t even look to see if there were other books out there
with that title.  Another lesson
learned.   Master Mike Sloan is an ex
-military man who is a man’s man.  He
owns Club Desire which is a member’s only BDSM club in Sarasota Florida.  I’m on Chapter five.  I am going to do something that I never
thought I would do and that’s make this next book shorter with a cliff
hanger.  It just seems that’s what the
reader’s want. 


8. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular
reading order?
(Annie) Second Chances Sammy’s story is my debut novel, It is an
9. Would you please share how your present and future fans
can contact you?
(Annie)  I love to hear from my readers and future
readers.  You can find me on Facebook at
my author page. 
10. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you
have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Annie) I want to thank you, Kam, for having me.  I want to talk a little about my book; Second
Chances Sammy’s story is a believable love story.  We have Sammy who’s the widowed Jersey girl
and Jake Monroe; the handsome architect who is also part owner of a private
kink club called, Desire.  Sammy’s two
best friends ask her to watch their beach front home on Siesta Key, Florida for
three months.  She has no idea that her
friends have set her up by talking to Jake Monroe for the last two yrs.  He has been waiting for her.  And once Sammy commits her whole world
changes.  There’s plenty of sexy kink in
this book along with Drama. It’s a beautiful love story that comes to life
right before your eyes. 
Here is an excerpt of when Jake finally meets Sammy for the first time….

She smiled and as she went to shake his hand he took hers and brought it up to his lips than kissed it, he never took his eyes off of hers, and she was shaking. “Oh my god Did he just kiss my hand, this guy is drop dead gorgeous and very tall, his arms are huge, he must work out focus Sammy focus”.

She just lost her breath in his crystal blue eyes that were mesmerizing just like Kelly said. The scent of his cologne was giving her palpations, he smelled like a man should. “Hi, Jake, nice to meet you,” “Samantha I am so glad we finally meet.”

She was gazing into his amazing eyes “I figured if you were friends of the O’Hara’s that it had to be alright for me to come out for a drink. Besides Kelly has your name on a list she made for me of people to contact if I needed anything.”

Sammy lowered her head to calm down and then she looked up at him “Actually Jake, you are number one thru four on that list.” She giggled, “Am I talking too much?”

“Samantha you’re not talking too much, actually I am stunned that Kelly has me on the one through four lists.” They both laughed, as she calmed down. Jake had such a warmth about him, he asked her what she was drinking, “A white wine spritzer please.”

He motioned to the hot tan bartender and he came right over; “Keith this beautiful woman is Samantha”, he smiled “Hi Samantha what can I get for you?”, Jake spoke right up “She would like a white wine spritzer the good stuff, and can you get us a couple shots of Patron.” Keith couldn’t take his eyes off of Sammy and then he looked at Jake, “Sure thing Jake, why don’t you both have a seat and a waitress will bring you your order.”

As Jake touched the small of her back he moved her in the direction of a nice table away from Keith the bartender, and he pulled out a chair for her and sat down across from her. She was impressed. “I have to tell you Samantha I have the advantage here, The O’Hara’s have told me a little about you. And when they told me you were coming to watch their home I was going to make sure I reached out to you. I want to thank you for showing up tonight, I hate eating alone.”

A waitress brought over their drinks and some oysters and a few other appetizers to nibble on, “I hope you don’t mind me ordering. I have a habit of taking control.” “I don’t mind one bit, I actually like a man who takes control.”

She giggled as he got a huge smile on his face and she started to blush, “I mean I like a man who is sure of himself, sorry I am a little rusty and a little nervous.” He smiled, “You’re doing fine, Samantha” and he touched her hand. “I haven’t gone out with a man in a long time.”

The evening was going great. They were laughing and once she had a few drinks she relaxed. Jake realized that she was everything and more of what he had been told. Samantha was even more beautiful in person. And the way she dropped her head and put it to the side, she was turning him on. Garrett was right she was very submissive and she had no idea, he thought she was sexy as hell.

And he loved hearing about her from her. Even though he already knew pretty much everything there was to know about her he listened as this beautiful woman told him about her life back in New Jersey.

The only thing that Sammy knew about Jake was that he was first thru fourth on Kelly’s list to call if anything went wrong. That he had a black lab named Rocky and that he was very handsome with amazing blue eyes you could get lost in. She was learning all about this very handsome man Jake Monroe and she liked what she was hearing. She kept thinking; why didn’t Kelly say more about Jake?

“Samantha it’s surprising that some man has not swept you off your feet in the last two years. She put her head down and to the side, “I would have had to put myself out there for that to happen.” He lifted her head up with one finger, “I guess you weren’t ready Samantha.”

She looked him straight in the eye after having a few wine spritzers, “I might not have been ready then, but I sure am ready now.” She blushed a perfect shade of pink as she heard that statement come out of her own mouth.

He gave her a wicked smirk but didn’t flinch and didn’t run; she asked him the one question she needed to know “Jake do you have a girlfriend or a wife?” He laughed, “No Samantha there is no one special in my life and I am not married. I almost made that mistake with a woman who was very wrong for me a few years ago.” She asked him what happened. “I had been working on a huge project for months and I found out that she was cheating on me, and I had no idea who this woman was.”

He opened up to her, “She lied to me about so many things, I have been extremely careful ever since, it took me awhile to get back out there too Samantha.” She was impressed with this man, he was an architect and builder and he truly loved what he did.

He told her that he had done all the renovations on the O’Hara’s home. Sammy liked what she was hearing and that he owned his own company that he started from the ground up. He was a self-made man. And she very much liked what she was seeing and hearing.

She realized he had said he did the remodel for Kelly and Garrett, and she started to blush again. “Was it something I said Samantha?” She looked down and to the side; “It was just the remodel that caught me off guard.” He got this look on his face and he smiled as he took that last shot of tequila and bit the lemon wedge, then he shook his head yes, “Yes I worked on that room for almost six months while my crew took care of the rest of the house.” And she started to laugh.

He had this wicked half smile on his face as he laughed with her and never took his eyes off of her. He loved her laugh and her nervous giggle; she was as perfect as Garrett had said. She blushed some more thinking about him in that kink room putting together those wooden cabinets and hanging that leather swing.

While they talked and ate the grouper he ordered, they listened to the band who were playing old eighties music, and they each did one more shot of tequila. They were having a great time laughing, talking and touching; things were going so smoothly and everything was perfect.

Jake offered her the last couple oysters even though she hadn’t eaten any of them. “I don’t think so,” she smiled and then she remembered change is good. “Ok, make me one.” He looked surprised than he squirted some lemon on a fresh shucked oyster and held it to her mouth, “Swallow Samantha.” She looked into his blue eyes and answered right back, “Don’t mind if I do,” then she went for it. He was amazed that she had taken that oyster then she asked for another. “Samantha you’re really blowing my mind right now.” She loved the way he said her name, no one but her mom called her Samantha.

The night was going great but the Oyster bar was getting ready to close. The band was packing up, the bar keeper had called last call an hour ago. She didn’t want this night to end. She also shouldn’t of had that last shot, three white wine spritzer’s and two shots of tequila was just too much for her.

He asked if she was alright to drive home and she smiled, “Nope, I think you are going to have to drive me home,” “Good call little one.” With the bar closing right behind them Jake tipped the bar keeper a hundred dollar bill. He had already taken care of the check. Then he asked Sammy for her keys to the rover, she handed him her keys without a care in the world. He stood in front of her and as she got up she looked up into his eyes and he gazed back into hers. “You have the most beautiful eyes Samantha; she giggled, “And so do you Jake.” He wanted to kiss her but he held back as he put his arm out so that she had something to hold onto. She squeezed his bicep and snuggled her head into him as she breathed in his cologne.

He smiled as he escorted her to the Range Rover. He opened the passenger side door and helped her in then went around to the driver’s side and she thought he was a true gentleman. They started to pull away, “I should give you the address.” “Just sit back beautiful I have been to your house many times, I drove there every day for six months. I have also been to a few parties at the O’Hara’s. I think I could find my way there with my eye’s closed Samantha.” She sat back as the music played she could smell his cologne and it was making her Horney. It was only eleven o’clock and even though she had had a full day she was ready for whatever this night might bring.

As Nora Jones was playing on the radio he asked her how her trip was going and how long she was actually staying, “Well so far I have had a spectacular day. I am staying for three months and if the rest of the trip is anything like today I think I just may never leave.”

Jake smiled that perfect smile he had and she giggled, than hiccupped, and they both laughed, “I think we should spend more time together Samantha. Would that be something your open too?” She smiled, “I would really like that Mr. Monroe.” She hiccupped again then giggled, which made them both laugh.

When they arrived at her new home Jake parked the Rover in the garage, “Stay here little one, he ran over to the passenger side and led her out by taking her hand. She had her shoes in the other. He walked her to the door and unlocked it.

He walked right in and went to the refrigerator and opened a bottle of water. “Drink this Samantha,” she hiccupped and then giggled, and he laughed, “I am going to hold your ears tight while you drink this water. She looked up and didn’t hesitate she just did it. She lifted the bottle to her lips as he placed his strong hands over her ears tight, as if her head was in a vice. She looked up at him as he said “drink, drink, drink” she swallowed as much water as she could. And then he let go and took the bottle away from her lips and he watched her waiting to see if the hiccups were gone. “You did it, there gone, thank you Jake.”

“Would you like to take a walk on the beach with me, I really don’t feel safe walking alone at night just yet.” “I would love to walk with you on the beach.” He took his shoes off and opened the sliding doors; she told him she would be right back after using the bathroom.

She walked out and met him on the patio; and noticed the Jacuzzi was running. She gave him a smile, “What do you think?” “I’m game if you are,” he smiled “Let’s take that walk on the beach first.” He held his hand out and she took it.

They walked in the powdery sand that was now cold as their feet touched it and felt great, “Jake, I am really glad that you called.” “I am really glad I called too, I wanted to thank you for taking care of Rocky at the beach today.” She smiled “I love dogs, he is beautiful Jake, oh and I have Rocky’s tennis ball.” He smiled “I have a feeling that there will be plenty of time for you to give Rocky his ball back. Hold onto it he has plenty of them. I will bring him by one afternoon if that’s alright with you Samantha.” “I would love that Jake.”

As they watched the moon over the water Jake felt what he had hoped for was standing right next to him. “I have had a really great time tonight, and I really would love to see you again Samantha.” “I would like that too Jake.” He faced her and took her head in his huge hands, he rubbed his thumb over her bottom lip and he kissed her like she had never been kissed before. It was a slow sweet wet kiss, one that she was not going to forget any time soon. He had waited a very long time for that kiss. 

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3 Responses to Author Showcase / Inteview – Annie Edmonds

  1. Great interview, Annie, and I loved the excerpt.

  2. Hi Annie!!! Looking forward to reading this!!!

  3. Thank you Alienor33 and Tanya for reading my interview. Its so exciting to actually see readers who are interested in little ol me.

    Alienor, I really wanted to show the readers that my book is not only kink but an actual love story. So this excerpt was one that I loved writing and I'm so glad you liked it.
    I hope you both enjoy the book. Today 3/8/14 you can get my book on Smashwords for FREE, Here is the link its the last day and I should have thought of it sooner but I had no idea the interview was getting posted this week. . Don't forget to leave review. Jersey hugs for you both..Annie

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