>Anna Campbell has become an autobuy for me. I knew the minute I read Untouched, I’d found an author I loved to read. As I prepare this post, I’m loving My Reckless Surrender (yes it takes writers time to catch up with everyone else!). When I met Anna in 2008, I was impressed with her terrific sense of humor. Her laugh is infectious, and her books are delicious! Please welcome Anna for today’s Pleasure Me With Romance guest post.
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Monica, thank you so much for having me as your guest today on the blog party to celebrate the release of your latest delicious historical PLEASURE ME. I’ve been on tenterhooks for this book ever since checking out the excerpt – and that’s one of the most sensual covers I’ve ever seen. Yum!
OK, I’ll stop drooling now and try and be moderately coherent…
I too am in the middle of launching a fabulous new project. No, not a luscious historical romance like Monica’s. Although I hope my project’s definitely within the luscious spectrum. There were definitely times when I thought putting it together was as much work as writing a book!
My new project is a re-designed WEBSITE! It went public yesterday just in time for Valentine’s Day and I adore it. If you get a chance, please check out www.annacampbell.info
I think writers, by their very nature, are communicators. That’s why we labor long and hard to get the stories in our heads down on paper so we can share them with people all round the world. In the not so recent past, that was probably the limits of the communication a writer had with readers apart from face to face events. It still boggles my mind that Georgette Heyer did one interview in all her career and Daphne Du Maurier never even did one. Yet both still managed to sell books in the millions. In this era of the internet, I doubt they’d get away with that level of mystery!
It’s one of the joys of my life as a writer that I’m in touch with so many readers – and the fact that I’m in Australia isn’t a problem at all! There’s Facebook and its ilk (love a day when I get to use ‘ilk’), email, various blogs. But I still think an author’s main window on the world remains her website.
When I sold my first book in 2006 (CLAIMING THE COURTESAN), a brilliant Aussie designer Paula Roe put together a beautiful and very gothic site that was exactly right for those early books which were basically…gothics.
lives solely for revenge…
The dashing, licentious Marquess of Ranelaw can never forgive Godfrey Demarest for ruining his sister—now the time has come to repay the villain in the same coin. But one formidably intriguing impediment stands in the way of Nicholas’s vengeance: Miss Antonia Smith, companion to his foe’s unsuspecting daughter.
While I still love the dark, dramatic look of that original site, after five years, it was starting to look a little tired. Not to mention that the books I’m writing now aren’t nearly as gothic in tone as the first couple. In fact, my May release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION is basically a classic Regency romance with people getting dressed up and going to parties all the time. Well, not ALL the time! It is an Anna Campbell book after all so there’s still plenty of angst and sexual tension and sensuality.
A couple of months ago (it’s taken that long!), Paula and I put our heads together and started to work on a new look. I love the Regency elegance of the design we came up with and I also love that it reflects the sensual, intense tone of the books so beautifully. The portraits are by a wonderful Scottish painter of the Regency era, Sir Henry Raeburn, and I’m terrifically proud that all the photos of British scenery and architecture are mine, taken on my various jaunts to the U.K. in search of inspiration.
In 2006, as a newbie to website design, I spent a lot of time touring other writers’ sites to work out what I liked and what perhaps I didn’t like so much. Over the last six months, I’ve done the same thing and to my surprise, found out that my tastes haven’t changed much. Number one priorities were a site that reflected the atmosphere of the books and offered ease of navigation. Other things I like are ‘extras’ – you know, something you get on the website that you don’t get anywhere else. I don’t particularly like over-complicated websites that take forever to load and because I’m usually listening to music through my computer anyway, music on the home page doesn’t appeal to me.
This time round, I also had the experience of running a website for five years, and it seemed silly to change things that were working like a treat. So I kept popular features from the original website like the free short stories and the My Favorite Things column. But I also added pages that are relevant now as they weren’t back then, particularly a page of trailers and video interviews.
Anyway, I hope you’ll visit my new site and that you’ll love the rich design too. And now I’m curious – what do you like to see in a website? Do you have any websites that you love to visit? Why? To celebrate the re-launch of http://www.blogger.com/www.annacampbell.info, I’m giving away a signed copy of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER to someone who leaves a comment today. Good luck and happy browsing!
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