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Butler author launches cruise
romance novel

Published in the North Coast Times

A BUTLER author’s latest novel could stir nostalgia about travel romance for those missing cruise journeys.


Annie Chandler-Cummings set her contemporary romance, A Rose in the garden, on a cruise ship where new love and the past intertwine for widow Rose, whose family gave her the trip for her 50th birthday.


The book, released by Shawline Publishing in February, follows Rose as she navigates interactions with the captain, his father and another passenger, who might have a connection to her late husband.


Chandler-Cummings is semi-retired from teaching students with special needs, and published her first book in her 60th year.

She loved to travel, especially on cruises, and it was where she found inspiration for her writing, mostly in the romance genre.


“My family and friends inspire characteristics of the characters of my books,” she said.



“Even people I see on TV, or stories I read about – overcoming struggles, moving on… the strength of characters.


“My husband is super-supportive and the reason I finally wrote and published my first book.

“My kids think it’s great as they have known of my love of writing for years.”

Butler author hits book signing trail

Published in the Wanneroo Times

ANNIE Chandler-Cummings has always been a writer but it took until her 60th year to publish her first novel.

Now the Butler author has self-published three books and plans to write “many more” since semi-retiring from her profession as a teacher of students with special needs.

“I love to travel and go on cruises and this is where I find wonderful inspiration for my writing,” she said.

Chandler-Cummings recently took her first steps on the promotional trail, with a book signing at Dome Café in Butler.

This included the first two novels in the Flower Quartet, A Daisy in the Field and A Lily in the Valley, with the third, A Rose in the Garden, due for release in October.

“Though they are of the romance genre, the stories are about four strong women over three generations in the one family, who overcome some great difficulties in their lives,” she said.

“The stories have readers feeling a gamut of emotions and are set in a fictional town just south of Perth.”



Also published, Sixty and Sassy: Aging Disgracefully, is “a humorous account of me reaching that milestone”.


“And I have already done lots of research for the next book of the series, Seventy and Sexy: Aging Distastefully, which is hoped to be available by the end of the year,” Chandler-Cummings said.

Books are available to download on Amazon and Kindle, or in print from

A video interview with Shawline Publishing Group

Annie speaks about her passion and love of romance and her book series. She talks about her writing process and her plans for her future books. 

An interview on The Couch TV show
An interview on The Couch TV show

Annie speaks with The Couch host, Fred Mafrica, about her writing and her books.