Ties that Bind and Giveaway by Annie West

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Over to Annie...

Hi, Nas! Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by and talk about my latest release, ‘Imprisoned by a Vow’.

I’ve been distracted lately, finishing off a new book so it’s terrific to come up for air and enjoy this one which I’m yet to see on the shelves. I know it’s out there…I’ll have to visit a store in the next few days.

As you’d guess from the title, there’s a theme in this new book about things that bind us. In Joss and Leila’s case it’s a marriage contract. Not because they care for each other particularly in the beginning, since this doesn’t start as a love match. Legalities bind them. There’s also a sense of responsibility. Both are honourable people and since they’ve agreed to this deal, each believes they should deliver on the contract.

Of course the story is more complex than that. Curiosity and attraction bloom between the pair, and a gradual respect that’s almost unwilling to start with. The trouble for this couple who essentially want to live independent lives is that once respect and liking surface, it’s impossible to ignore the other. That cold-blooded deal just won’t work, especially when desire stirs.

There’s another layer too. Leila had been kept a virtual prisoner by her stepfather, deprived of contact with family or friends for so long that the prospect of marriage to a stranger is welcome as it promises a means of escape. What she wants is personal independence. Imagine her distress when she discovers that, though she’s now free of his control, she carries an unseen and unwanted legacy of that time – a fear of venturing out that stands between her and her dreams. She’s escaped one prison only to discover another one she needs all her determination to conquer.

Joss is a man who for his own reasons wants no emotional ties, yet getting to know Leila and all she battles, he can’t help but be drawn to her. Instead of keeping his distance he finds himself changing his plans to support this remarkable woman.

Soon the ties that bind Joss and Leila have nothing to do with legalities or profits but respect, caring, sexual attraction and, yes, love.

Do you enjoy stories where the hero and heroine are tied in some way to each other by more than passion? Maybe be a marriage of convenience or a promise or even a desire for revenge?

To celebrate the release of ‘Imprisoned by a Vow’ I’ll give away a signed copy of it to someone who leaves a comment here. If you’re drawn as the winner and you already have a copy I’ll send you another of my titles.

 

52 comments:

  1. Hi Annie, Hi Nas. Annie, i love your summary of Imprisoned by a Vow. If I hadnt read it already I would be out buying it. I love each and every aspect about this book that you've raised. Fab post.

    I do because it gets us right into the conflict and gives the characters plenty of opportunity to interact with each other which makes for great reading :D

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    1. Waving hi, Tash. So pleased you like this one. Sounds like we appreciate similar things - diving right into a conflict creates that real up and down emotional ride, doesn't it?

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  2. P.S Nas I love your pic of the book, your garden looks so beautiful!

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    1. I agree, Tash. That orange ixia looks lovely. I bet it grows better than mine!

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    2. I didnt know what they were called lol, interesting name!

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  3. I read IMPRISONED BY A VOW and just loved it. Was on the edge of my seat waiting and waiting for the truth to come out, and you didn't disappoint, Annie! Loved them both. Loved their love. Could say more, but I don't want to give it away. Thanks for yet another great romance, Annie. I look forward to reading more and more of your books!

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    1. Hi Laney,

      What a lovely wrap for IMPRISONED! I'm mean enough to enjoy having kept you on the edge of your seat. For me they are a couple who really showed how well suited they are after what they went through. I hope you read and enjoy lots more Annie West titles too!

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  4. I appreciate the info - sounds like an interesting story. It's nice to meet you, Annie!

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    1. Nice to meet you too, Karen. I'm pleased you like the sound of this one.

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  5. I love stories where the couple aren't sure but learn to like and then love! Sounds like a fantastic story! :)

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    1. Jemi, that's the sort I like too. Or maybe they know they're in love but resist it. Always fun. So glad you like the sound of this one.

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  6. I enjoy stories where the couple is bound my more than passion. It gives opportunities for more twists and turns in the plot. This one sounds like a winner!

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    1. Hi Shelly,

      I so agree about needing more than passion (though I have to say I love that strong attraction). If that's all they've got between them it's not a solid basis for a relationship, is it?

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  7. Hi Annie,

    Lovely to meet you. Congratulations on the release of Imprisoned By A Vow-sounds interesting!

    All the best!

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    1. Hello Kelly,

      It's good to meet you too. Thanks so much for the congratulations. As you may have guessed, I'm thoroughly pleased to be sharing this story. It's great that you find the premise interesting.

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  8. Hi Annie,
    You keep writing fabulous books for me to read which distract me from my own writing. Shame on you!
    Looking forward to seeing you in Fremantle.

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    1. Melanie,

      It's great to see you here. Sorry to distract you but chuffed that I do. I tell myself you need a break...Just so long as it's not too much of a break from your creative processes!

      It will be terrific catching up in Fremantle next week.

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    1. Ruth, I'm so glad you think so.

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  10. Hi Nas! Annie, great piece. Love the title, The Ties that Bind! It's almost as good as Imprisoned by a Vow. As a reader, that draws me in immediately. What's the vow and why are they imprisoned? Personally I love stories about people who fall in love in spite of themselves, and marriage of convenience stories are almost always on that theme. It's such fun watching them fight like demons against the unstoppable power of love. And then when they lose, they have to deal with the consequences. I really enjoyed IMPRISONED BY A VOW - such an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. Bravo, you!

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    1. Ah, Anna, you put your finger on it - that bit about them fighting the unstoppable power of love. That's what I enjoy reading and therefore, writing.

      I'm glad you found IMPRISONED a rollercoaster of emotion. It sounds like you really entered into the spirit of it.

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  11. I love the story lines that have another reason for the hero and heroine to be together, especially one that makes them stay together if they get mad at each other. Makes a much more intriguing plot. They just can't get away from each other until the problem is solved, usually with making up afterwards. Love Annie West's writing. This book will be as good as all her others.

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  12. Hi Shirley,

    It's terrific to hear you love my writing. Thank you so much!

    Yes, please. I enjoy stories where the characters can't get away (or not for long). That's when they have to face their feelings. Always such fun.

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    1. Thank you so much for the reply. I love to hear from the authors that I love. Keep up the great work! Happy writing!

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  13. Great post:) And I love stories that have more depth to the characters and connections beyond just instant attraction... makes it so much more real that way.

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    1. Hi TF, for some reason my reply has gone to the bottom of the page!

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  14. I love romance. I love it even more when the hero and heroine have to go through difficulties before finding each other in the end. Maybe they meet up in their younger years, drift apart, go separate ways, live their own lives until one day their world got turned upside down and somehow they cross each other path again. That kind of story always creates butterflies in my tummy.

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    1. Ah, it sounds like you enjoy reunion stories, Lid. I've just been working on my first reunion book and I loved that sense of shared history (and hurt) that had to be dealt with.

      Don't you love it when a book gives you butterflies?

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  15. Congratulations on the new release. I always enjoy reading a good marriage of convenience story. The new Harlequin covers look nice.

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    1. Kim, don't they look terrific? I'm so pleased about this one, and my October book has a lovely one too so I count myself very lucky. Thanks for the congratulations.

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  16. Intriguing story idea. I've always been interested in prisons of our own making, or rather, mental or emotional prisons as opposed to physical ones.

    Congrats on the release!

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    1. Hi S.P. Isn't it fascinating to delve into the various prisons we make for ourselves? There's so much that can restrict our lives. It was a treat to explore that in this story. I'm pleased you found it intriguing.

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  17. I really like that this goes from a professional arrangement to something deeper. Interesting when freedom turns out not to be freeing.

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    1. Hi Theresa. You pinpointed some of the things I most enjoyed, writing this. Perhaps it was the fact that what looked so straightforward in the beginning turned out to be far more complex. That always draws me as a reader, and I'm finding, as a writer.

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  18. Hi Annie and Nas

    I do love your stories Annie and this one very much the pull between Joss and Leila is so strong and Joss is so caring when he realises that Leila is having a problem such a great story

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Helen, thanks for dropping by. I've kept your lovely email about this book. Thank you!

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  19. Sounds very interesting. Congratulations on all your books.

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    1. Hi Carol and thanks for the congratulations. It's amazing how the titles have grown over the past few years.

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  20. Hi TFWalsh,

    I'm glad you liked this post. It was good to revisit the issues behind Joss and Leila's marriage. I'm a fan of instant attraction, or at least interest, but like you, I prefer a sense of something more going on too.

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  21. OHHH!! i have "captive in the spotlight"!! Annie your books are that great classy love story!

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    1. Hi Tammy,

      You've made me grin here. I'm so glad you've got CAPTIVE and that you enjoy my stories. That's terrific!

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  22. The dynamic between Joss and Leila sounds great. It's fun to read about people falling for each other.

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    1. Hi Missed Periods,

      Isn't it fun? I always feel better after reading a great romance.

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway.

    I love it when there's more intrigue and another subplot. Makes for a juicier story.

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    1. Medeia, I like juicier stories too.

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  24. I do like more complicating factors than just passion, for sure. As Medeia says, it makes the story meatier.

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    1. Talli, I think most readers expect more than simple physical attraction to be satisfied. I do too.

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  25. I'm SO rooting for Leila and glad she has Joss to help her break away the chains and embrace the world (on her terms of course!!) Take care
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    1. Hi Old Kitty,

      It was interesting seeing how the dynamic worked between this pair. Leila is so independent and determined not to be needy and Joss is so determined to be a loner, but each needs the other.

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  26. A marriage contract sounds like an intriguing premise. Congrats, Annie!

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  27. Thanks, Nick. It was intriguing to write too.

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  28. Congratulations to Shirley Buchanan. Please email me at nas_dean@ymail.com or contact Annie West via her website. You've been chosen the winner of this contest.

    Thanks to all my friends for coming along!

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