Annie Rayburn is a pseudonym for Carol Burnside, who is an award-winning author. Five of her novel length, contemporary romance manuscripts have placed in numerous RWA chapter contests and won five, including the prestigious Maggie Award for Excellence. Her personal second-chance-at-love story resulted in a marriage to her high school sweetheart. They reside in the Texas hill country where Carol/Annie drinks sweet iced tea year round.
Writing as Annie Rayburn, she produces mashup fiction, erotic romances. Imagine our world today with a humanoid race very much like us (Crainesians) living peacefully among us here on Earth and searching for their life-mate. They have the ability to communicate telepathically, can project visions and share dreams. Can you imagine? Not just phone sex, but dream sex? They have soft sci-fi and lite paranormal elements in a contemporary setting. Talk about cross-genre sizzle!
While Carol/Annie enjoys the adoration she receives from her furbabies, she also loves is hearing from her readers. Browse around her website for blog posts, excerpts, review snippits, and more about her sexy characters. Subscribe to her (free!) newsletter for all the lastest news at http://eepurl.com/smDmf.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the small Texas town of Mineral Wells. It had an army helicopter training base on the outskirts of town, which meant we got an influx of people from other areas of the U.S. So, not your typical small town as far as inhabitants. However, I moved from there to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, another small town. I've lived in large cities since then, but always chose to remain on the outskirts, where it had a more small-town feel. Writing as Carol Burnside, my Sweetwater Springs series is based in a fictitious small Arkansas town.
What's the story behind your latest book?
At this point in time, that would be Bittersweet Obsessions. My Crainesian race has pretty unique mating habits and customs. I like to turn things on their heads and see what shakes out. In doing so, I wondered what would happen if a Crainesian woman (Teriza) found her lifemate (Deacon), but couldn't claim him because he was already married to a Human (Sallie)? That was the premise behind the story, then it grew into two very sexy love stories. Of course, I wanted my heroine to have a HEA, so I brought Paul into the picture. I really like the way it turned out. I hope my readers will, too.
Imagine our world today with a humanoid race very much like us (Crainesians) living peacefully among us here on Earth and searching for their life-mate. They have the ability to communicate telepathically, can project visions and share dreams. Can you imagine? Not just phone sex, but dream sex? That's why they're also labeled soft sci-fi and lite paranormal. Talk about cross-genre sizzle!
One woman, three men. Which will trigger her obsession? Bittersweet Obsessions features Annie Rayburn’s sensual race of Crainesian’s in a story of ancient mating customs turned upside down. To Crainesians, love means one perfect mate. Could testing centuries-old beliefs bring everything they desire?
Passion too hot to ignore: a romance between a Crainesian woman with a troubled past, the life-mate she denied and the intense pheromone heat drawing them together. Can Zeenie leave phantoms of her past behind and embrace her fantasies, or will she leave Turk feeling rejected once again?
The Seduction of Gabriel Stewart
on May 09, 2011
A few minor nits here and there in the text, but well written. Lots of sexual tension and emotion in this one. My biggest criticism: It should be priced.
on June 08, 2011
A black "demon" cat (or is he?), a native American shaman of indeterminate age, a beloved grandmother, a nurse, a doctor: these are the motley collection of interesting characters you'll find in Forever Love. It's story of love that transcends time in interesting and unusual ways.
Seducing the Huntress
on July 09, 2011
Not my usual cup of tea, but I really enjoyed this story by Ms. Spear. Seducing the Huntress was an interesting read and a sexy romance with characters I could identify with. Nicely done.
Drool Worthy Part 1 of 7
on Nov. 05, 2012
Some reviewers penalize an e-book for length, but I don't do that. For what this is - a short story - I thought it was well done. On Amazon it's listed as a 'cute meet' which is appropriate.
Sometimes I just need a quick reading fix and this story worked for me. I liked the characters and the glimpse into their beginning. I would read more from this author.