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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Sweet Spot by Anneli Lort ❤️ Book Tour & Gift Card Giveaway ❤️ (Sports Romance)

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.

Serving up all the right ingredients for a great romance novel

You know you’re really in the zone when you start dreaming about your characters, especially if you’re interacting with them in your subconscious.

That’s what I’ve been doing every night for over a week now. It’s a very happy place to be because Appleton Vale really is an idyllic village full of gorgeous, funny, engaging people that I have met with and talked to in my dreams.

Now before you think I’m verging on madness, I truly believe that, if you want to write characters that have depth, emotions and a back-story you can trust, you need to live with them day and night. If that makes me a little bonkers then I’ll accept it knowing I have created a world where each and every one of my characters is fully rounded, 4D if you will.

We all know there’s a formula to writing a romance novel – girl meets boy, they fall in love after a few false starts and eventually live happily ever after. But it’s the quality of writing, the characterisation and a unique story that makes the great stand out from the not so great.

The Sweet Spot has all the ingredients of the best modern romance. There's a feisty heroine, a smouldering hero, a beautiful village setting, dogs, horses, love, hate, passion and plenty of action. It really hits the spot!

My fast-paced style of writing and the quality of the words I have put on paper have been applauded by many of the publishers and agents I contacted when The Sweet Spot was finally ready to go. Naturally I expected to receive a bucket load of rejections – the painful truth of being a writer – but I didn’t expect to be given such great feedback. It’s not often they take the time to send you anything more than a standard ‘thanks but no thanks’ email.

They complimented my writing, enjoyed my story but, for one reason or another, it wasn’t suitable for their lists. I was encouraged to send in my next book for review as ‘things always change’ and that gave me a real confidence boost. I knew I was onto a winner with The Sweet Spot, I just needed to find the right publisher who had room for a new romantic author on their roster.

I was incredibly fortunate that my publisher did have an opening and offered it to me. I’m one of the lucky ones.

I’m currently writing the follow up to The Sweet Spot which is why Sebastian, Olivia and the rest of the villagers are invading my every waking thought as well as my dreams. Once I get it all down on paper I’ll have to prepare for reentry into my ‘normal’ life. If I’m completely honest I’d rather stay in Appleton Vale!

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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  1. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including The Sweet Spot. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.

  2. Based on his brief description on the synopsis, I'm intrigued about what Sebastian's character is like. And the book cover! It looks like Appleton Vale would be a lovely little place.


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