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Carol Burnside


While growing up, Carol most often had her nose buried in a book, occasionally hearing characters having conversations when she wasn’t reading. Then one day she decided to write some of those pesky voices down. Eureka! She’d been a writer all along. Happiness ensued within this native Texan who loves emotional reads with steamy love scenes and happy endings.

Married to her high school sweetheart, Carol has two grown children and three spoiled dogs. In addition to writing, she enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, beaches and (of course!) reading. Her husband’s career moved them around the country. Today, she’s grateful her travels have given her personal knowledge of a variety of settings for all those stories about men and women finding love and their very own happily ever after…much like she did.

Today, Carol is an award-winning author who also writes as Annie Rayburn. Carol is traditionally published in short stories. Annie is e-published and self/Indie published. Her latest release from Red Sage Publishing is Bittersweet Obsessions, a contemporary erotic romance with light sci-fi and paranormal elements.

Whatever name she writes under, you can be sure you’ll get “sizzling romance that tugs at your heart!” For more about her work, awards, excerpts, reviews, appearances and more, visit her website  at

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Bittersweet ObsessionsBittersweet Obsessions
Writing as Annie Rayburn

A contemporary erotic romance novel (e-book)

When it comes to love,
they believe in one perfect mate,
but putting the centuries-old belief to the test could bring them everything they desire.

One woman. Three men. Who will trigger her obsession?

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new cover art for Phantoms & Fantasies by Annie Rayburn (aka Carol Burnside)Phantoms & Fantasies

Writing as Annie Rayburn

A contemporary erotic romance novella (e-book)

Seeing Turk again inspires hot fantasies in Zeenie, but phantoms of the past stand between them and lasting happiness. Then Turk’s secrets come to light and Zeenie must reach deep inside herself for the courage to become the woman Turk has loved all along or risk losing him forever.

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Cover artist: Book Graphics



Insight by Annie RayburnInsight

Writing as Annie Rayburn

A contemporary erotic romance short story (e-book)

What’s a Crainesian to do when her half human life-mate is too clueless to follow when beckoned? Seduce him with his own desires, of course!

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Cover artist: Dawn Seewer



Professional Memberships

Romance Writers of America RWA Chapters:   Georgia Romance WritersRWAOnlineFF&P
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Author portraits by Tonsmiere Studio, Cartersville, GA

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