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All About Anna Sugden

I’ve always been a sucker for a happy ending. Even as a child, whether it was Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder or Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe, I preferred books and films with a happy ending. And, if a story I loved didn’t come to the joyous conclusion I wanted, I’d imagine a new ending of my own. I was always a voracious reader too, so discovering romance novels was perfect.

It’s probably no surprise that I had a dream of writing my own romances one day. Busy with my career as a senior Marketing manager for a major multinational company that makes household products, then as a primary school teacher, it was something I imagined in the future, perhaps when I’d retired. In the meantime, I dabbled away, penning scenes and scenarios, plotting stories and listening to the characters who inhabited my head. (yes, I hear voices!)

Who’d have known that my husband’s posting to the US would open the door for me to write? Thanks to a lengthy and torturous immigration process, and no work permit, I had a lot of time on my hands when we moved to New Jersey. My husband came across an online romance writing course on Barnes & Noble’s website, linked to the Gotham Writer’s Workshop in New York, and encouraged me to take it. Through the course, I was introduced to eharlequin.com and RWA. I’ve never looked back!

I write heart-warming contemporary romances. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, my work has won or finalled in a number of prestigious writing contests. In December 2012, I sold my first book to Harlequin Super Romance. A Perfect Distraction will be released in September 2013.

When I’m not writing, I enjoy watching/going to hockey and football (both soccer and American football) games, collecting autographs, movie and TV memorabilia, and penguins. I love travelling too, and enjoy finding ways to combine writers’ conferences with new places to visit.

I’m lucky enough to have had a happy ending - or rather a happy beginning as the story continues - in my own life. I’m married to a wonderful man, my very own romantic hero, who supports me in everything I do and who makes me believe dreams can come true. We share our home, in a village near Cambridge, England, with two spoiled cats. To find out more - check out my website, www.annasugden.com.


Anna's Fun Facts

  • As well as loving penguins, I adore kookaburras. I was thrilled to see some for real on our recent trip to Australia. We even heard one laugh!
  • My favourite children's book characters are the Moomins (by Tove Jansson).
  • I once had tea with the Queen Mother, at St James' Palace.
  • The only podcast on my iPod is The Puck Podcast - a fab weekly hockey podcast. Doug and Eddie rock!


September Fun in the Lair!

I don’t know about all of you, but I can’t believe it’s September already. Before you know it, shops will be stocking up for Christmas! At least those of you in North America have Halloween and Thanksgiving to keep those retailers occupied. Here in England, we’ve seen tinsel and twinkling lights as early as the beginning of October. *shakes head*   Anyway, the weather may be cooling in the northern hemisphere, as summer fades into fall, but here in the Lair, the fun is heating up – rather like the weather for our friends Down Under! As usual, we have
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Secret Ingredients, Signature Dishes and Special Treats Quick Five!

Since everyone had fun doing the Reading Fun Quick Five, I thought I’d do another Quick Five today. This time, focusing on food! There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of dishes using ground beef, or mince meat as we call it over here. (Yes, that’s been one of my Friday Facebook posts on Two Nations Divided!), but every country has their stock recipes which are filling and easy to cook. Dishes we learn from our parents, as students or from the first cook book. We all have our own variations on these dishes – that secret ingredient that makes our dish
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Saturday Quick Five – Book Fun!

Happy Saturday! There is much happiness in the Sugden household today as the English football (soccer) season kicks off for our Premier league. Doc Cambridge and I will be at Old Trafford to welcome our new manager and cheer on Manchester United, so I’ll answer comments when I get back. In the meantime, here’s a pic of the two of us at the last game of last season. Several of our BBs reminded me that I hadn’t done any Book Fun Quick Fives lately, so I thought today would be a good day to get you all playing Book Fun.
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  • A Perfect Trade final
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  • Cross Springs In Bloom BN
  • A SEALs Kiss
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  • Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00036]
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  • A Cowboy in Her Stocking
  • A Grosvenor Square Christmas
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  • Kick Start
  • Close to the Edge final front only
  • Love in the Land of Lakes
  • historical romantic thrillers box 1
  • bigler county box 2
  • The Patrician final 800 by 500 (3)
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  • Deadly Little Lies
  • Heiress in Love
  • Deadly Little Secrets