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Publisher pitch: Totally Bound, Nov 2014

1 November 2014

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Happy November! We are very busy at Totally Bound this month and here is some information on a few of our upcoming titles!

This month features the release of the next novel in our What’s her Secret? imprint! Now You See Me by new author, Pamela L Todd. The editor says this tale is “brimming with dark secrets and dangerous twists, this story is guaranteed to hook you in.” A thrilling tale of love overcoming all, this is the ideal book to snuggle down with as the nights get colder.

Sierra Cartwright’s hotly anticipated new release is out at the end of this month! Claim is book two in the Bonds series, and sees Kennedy and Mackenzie coming together despite their aversion to commitment. As the tag line suggests: It had to be her. He won’t be satisfied until he claims her. Pick up this newest release from bestselling author, Sierra to find out more!

Bailey Bradford is starting the new Coyote’s Call shifters series! Off Course kicks it off this month and features bear shifters and coyote shifters. This is sure to be a ripping read, available on early download now from Totally Bound.

Morticia Knight also has a new series out this month, The Hampton Road Club series comes to you from 1920s Hollywood. In this book Morticia shows naïve Sam’s first foray into the hitherto unknown world of BDSM. Pick up Hesitant Heart to find out how Aaron is able to show Sam all he has been missing.

Jenna Byrnes has the next two instalments of her Kansas City Heat series coming out this month. Cameron’s Code and Taylor’s Task feature men from different crime-fighting walks of life pairing up (in and out of the bedroom) in order to protect the public. This is book three and four, so don’t forget to check out the rest of the series!

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Coming up in November …

  • Firestorm Encounters by Taige Crenshaw
  • Apple Brew by West Thornhill
  • Cameron’s Code by Jenna Byrnes
  • Hesitant Heart by Morticia Knight
  • Wilde Jagd by Leah Grant
  • Sporting Chance by Alexa Milne
  • Sex with Her Ex by Anais Morgan and Noelle Keaton
  • Master Dan by Natalie Dae
  • Out of CTRL by SA Welsh
  • All Along by Willa Okati
  • Hiding by Sarah Masters
  • Defying the Duke by Meta Mathews
  • Turbulent Rain by Cheyenne Meadows
  • Touched by Jaye Peaches
  • Now You See Me by Pamela L Todd
  • Best Laid Intentions by Talia Carmichael
  • Off Course by Bailey Bradford
  • Manbot by Scarlet Blackwell
  • Primal Desire by Lupa Garneau
  • Pack Beta by Crissy Smith
  • Taylor’s Task by Jenna Byrnes
  • Claim by Sierra Cartwright
  • Taking by Sarah Masters
  • Between Good and Evil by LM Brown


Release day: Her Christmas Earl

1 November 2014

Today is the official release of Her Christmas Earl by Anna Campbell (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Her Christmas EarlNo good deed goes unpunished… To save her hen-witted sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom – and into his power. Now her reputation hangs by a thread and only a hurried marriage can rescue her. Is the Earl of Erskine the heartless libertine the world believes? Or will Philippa discover unexpected honor in a man notorious for his wild ways? Blair Hume, the dissolute Earl of Erskine, has had his eye on the intriguing Miss Sanders since he arrived at this deadly dull house party. Now a reckless act delivers this beguiling woman into his hands as a delightful Christmas gift. Is fate offering him a fleeting Yuletide diversion? Or will this Christmas Eve encounter spark a passion that lasts a lifetime?

Anna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:

I love writing a special Christmas story every year. This is the third year in a row when I’ve done a Christmas novella as a small gift for my readers. Her Christmas Earl follows The Winter Wife and ‘His Christmas Cinderella’ in the free anthology A Grosvenor Square Christmas. Earl plays with a number of my favourite themes, including the rake falling head over heels with the innocent miss; a hero and heroine with smart mouths; a marriage of convenience; not to mention a touch of the Cinderella. And all for only 99 cents!

You can read an excerpt of Her Christmas Earl here and buy it at Amazon or Smashwords.

Release day: Unlucky for Some

1 November 2014

Today is the official release of Unlucky for Some by Carla Caruso (ebook, HarperCollins). Here’s the blurb:

Unlucky for SomeRaffy Fortuna knows all about luck, and she’s not interested in pushing it. But sometimes luck pushes you to the places you least expect.

Sassy Italian-Australian newspaper reporter Raffy has been ultra-superstitious ever since her ex-fiancé saw her in her bridal gown before they got hitched – and left her at the altar.

But as luck would have it, one of her new assignments at Press Publishing is a feature series challenging some of the most common superstitions in the lead-up to Friday the thirteenth.

It’s her worst nightmare – not helped by the grumpy, yet annoyingly handsome cameraman accompanying her to film the daily online videos for the newspaper’s site…

Carla dropped by today to tell us little about this book:

While I can’t cook to save my life, I’m a true Italian in other ways, particularly being quite superstitious! I have a thing about touching wood for luck and I never walk under ladders or put shoes on the table. And Friday the thirteenth gives me the heebie-jeebies. That’s what helped inspire this novella about an ultra-superstitious heroine (with her own reasons) who is handed a media assignment that makes her test her luck and challenge her own beliefs. (Previously, I also worked in the media as a newspaper and magazine journalist before becoming a stay-at-home mum to one-year-old twin boys!)

You can find out more about this book at Carla’s website and by it at HarperCollins.

All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win an iTunes voucher.  Giveaway closes 22 November 2014.

ARRC2015: concurrent session 1C

31 October 2014

arrc2015_banner_light_200x200Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2015. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Concurrent session 1C—Beyond firsts: why we need NA

Coined in 2009 by St Martin’s Press, ‘new adult’ has become a phenomenon in the publishing world, characterised by leads in their early 20s, characters and storylines; it’s angsty, sensual, and a darned good read. But where does new adult fit in the romance world—is it old YA, or young romance, or perhaps a little bit of both?

Join the best and brightest of Australia’s new adult scene—Kylie Scott and Rachel Bailey, Maggie Gilbert and Kelly Hunter—to learn their thoughts on this burgeoning genre. What makes for good new adult, and what’s the appeal in writing post-high school and pre-adulthood? Can new adult be a genre unto itself, undefined by the other genres? What makes it special, and who is the audience? How are the ‘firsts’ brushed aside while embracing the emerging realities of life as an adult?

The panellists

CS1cRachel Bailey writes for Harlequin Desire, new adult rom-coms for Entangled Embrace and adult rom-com for Momentum. Her first book was published in 2010, and since then her books have hit the USA Today bestseller list, were published in over twenty-six countries and have been translated into sixteen languages. She lives in Queensland with three dogs and her hero, and is always trying to scam more time to sit on the verandah and read.

Maggie Gilbert is the author of YA and NA contemporary romance. She has two books out with Escape Publishing–a horsey rural YA, Riding on Air, and the edgy urban NA, This is Now–and is working on another YA title. She lives in rural NSW with her husband and dogs.

Accidentally educated in the sciences, Kelly Hunter didn’t think to start writing romances until she was surrounded by the jungles of Malaysia for a year and didn’t have anything to read. Eventually she decided that writing romance suited her far better than throwing sterile screw-worm flies out of airplane windows, and changed careers. Kelly is a USA Today bestselling author and has won several fine and fabulous romance writing awards, including the ARRA’s Favourite Short Category Romance Award (three times!). Kelly loves writing to the short contemporary romance form.

Kylie Scott is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Favourite Romance Author of the Year, 2013, by the Australian Romance Readers Association and her books have so far been translated into five different languages. She is a long-time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Nov 2014

31 October 2014

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On top of our fabulous November titles (and the first of our Christmas stories!), we are so very pleased to release the first two in our Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives continuity this month!

From the hottest writers in Australia comes a scintillating new series. Enter the world of Sydney’s elite, and find out what goes on behind the doors of the most exclusive addresses in the country. Releasing every fortnight, with the stories unfolding in real time, each story goes behind the closed door of one Sydney wife.

Kicking off this month:

Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives—Virginia by Rhian Cahill. Cool, collected, confident—those who know Virginia in her personal and professional life would never expect to find her in a bar across town from her circle of friends and socialite world. But Boyd’s offers her something she can’t get among her rarefied acquaintances: rough, hard, mind-blowing, anonymous sex.

Secret Confessions: Sydney Housewives—Lana by Cate Ellink. Lana lives her life by her own rules—and she has very few. But an unexpected one-night stand opens up exciting new possibilities, and a chance for Lana to enact one of her deepest, most illicit fantasies.

Releasing November 8:

Unrestrained by Rhyll Biest. From the dark mind of Rhyll Biest comes a story about a Teutonic god, a guarded recluse, some dirty pictures, and the spark of curiosity that leads to a dangerous attraction.

Unexpected Places by VK Black. One treasure map; a pair of priceless emeralds; two very keen hunters—only one can win, but who says that competition can’t be a little fun?

A Scandalous Wager by Cassandra Samuels. As the Black Raven, she’s cold, distant and alone…untouched by the gossip and scorn of her aristocratic peers. Until he enters her house — and her life — then suddenly her icy shell is no match for the heat of attraction…

Home for Christmas by Fiona Greene. What began as an impersonal-but-cheerful holiday gift for a soldier far from home becomes so much more. Sergeant Tate McAuliffe, stationed in Afghanistan, opens his Christmas care package from Australia and is stunned by both its contents and the sender.

Releasing November 22:

The Chieftain’s Feud by Frances Housden. From the internationally bestselling, award-winning Chieftain series comes a Romeo and Juliet style Christmas novella with a Scottish twist. A bad boy highlander is about to meet his match.

12 Days at Silver Bells House by Jennie Jones. From the author of the internationally bestselling The House on Burra Burra Lane comes a Christmas story—country style.

The Seek by Ros Baxter. From the talented and versatile Ros Baxter comes the first full-length novel in her sexy, engaging, groundbreaking SF romance series: When everything else is gone, all you have is hope.

The Mission by Fiona Palmer. From bestselling author Fiona Palmer comes the second in a young adult/new adult crossover series about sexy spies, a super secret agency and the work they do to save the world.

New Year’s Promise by Anna Clifton. They’ve been colleagues, allies and best friends forever, but he wants more—and he’s not above using the magic of the Christmas season to get it.

You can find us at all the usual places! FacebookTwitter and on our website.

Kate and the Escape Team

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Feature book: Bitter Fruits

29 October 2014

Bitter FruitsBitter Fruits by Sarah Daltry

Nora is an English major at college who enjoys research and her favourite subject is mythology. Her beautiful friend, Scarlet, encourages her to go to a vampire-themed fancy dress party to cut loose for once. She meets a compelling young man called Alec and his frightening brother Caleb.

Alec is beautiful but runs hot and cold with Nora. He’s eager to be alone with her and fools around with her but baulks at full tilt intercourse. His brother Caleb is sexy and compelling and seems not to care that Nora has feelings for Alec; he pursues her even though she declares her interest in Alec. The brothers are hostile to one another; it’s a long-held animosity. They are immortals, of a sort, and cursed.

Alec tries to resist Nora, even though they share a (Nora describes Alec as sweet in comparison to Caleb) lusty chemistry. He doesn’t want to hurt her either fang wise or because of his curse. His interest has proved fatal to at least one other woman in his past. Nora doesn’t understand Alec’s hot/cold attitude to her or his reluctance to have intercourse with her. This raises both embarrassment for throwing herself at him and self-doubt as to her appeal. She also feels compelled to have sex with Caleb when Alec isn’t around, not particularly compelled by Caleb, just an almost impossible-to-resist feeling to climb him and have nasty sex.

The story is written in Nora’s first person point of view. First person narratives often seem more difficult to read and the frequent use of ‘I’ pulled me out of the book; it may resonate more with the Twitter/Facebook generation. It is an intriguing storyline with a vampire twist, using a version of the Cain/Abel vampire origin tale. If you’re into angst there’s plenty in this book, but there’s little hope and the sex is emotionless, the connections feel superficial. The ending doesn’t live up to the rest of the book’s angst (which brother does she chose?). Even though we have immortals that agree to be bound for eternity, it delivers a happily-ever-after that is more sorted-for-now than love-me-forever. The Cain/Abel and Lilith/Adam/Eve origin stories were interesting, but it was difficult to finish and left me feeling depressed and wondering how such a relationship would work given all the angst.

Reviewed by Gina

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Feature book: The Sword and the Rose

29 October 2014

The Sword and the RoseThe Sword and the Rose by Louise Roberts

This is a story about love and family in 17th century Spain. It spans many years as we follow the lives of twin brothers Iago and Ferdinando de Borja on their quest to find love and the paths that are taken in their lives. At the age of fourteen, both boys set sail on a trip with their uncle on the family-owned ship. They are a rich family who have helped to keep the values of Spain true.

The twins are not identical in looks or personality. Iago is the eldest by two minutes and is known as The Sword for his love of adventure and horsemanship. Ferdinando is known as The Rose as he is quieter and known for reading and learning. This trip is about helping them determine what it is they want out of life as well as to add to the family coffers with silver and produce bought back.

They come from a large, well-known and liked family in Spain. They live in the village of Cullera and their home is known as Villa Sant’Angelo. They grow grapes for their wine, which they are well known for, and also lemon and orange trees. They have servants who are well cared for and are respected. Their wine master, his wife and their children, Margherita and Miguel, are very close to the family. The daughter Margherita is very close to Iago and Ferdinando and has been in love with one of them for a long time.

When the twins arrive home from their trip years later, Margherita is hoping for a marriage proposal from a particular brother but it comes from the other, which starts a chain of events that will change everyone’s lives forever. Iago goes off to war and sees a lot of death while Ferdinando goes off to Naples, supposedly to train with another uncle to join the church, but becomes a lawyer instead and does a lot of travelling.

When Margherita is taken to Valencia to stay with her sister for a while, she meets a possible suitor, Don Ramón de Cabezon. When Margherita’s brother comes to bring her home and Don Ramon and Miguel get into an argument, Miguel loses his life and justice is not served correctly. This starts years of searching when Iago and Ferdinando return to their home again but this also causes a rivalry between the brothers that has dire consequences.

I found this story hard to get into at first. It is very descriptive and jumps around a fair bit. The setting is lovely and travels to many countries I enjoyed. When one couple get their HEA, it is very good. This story shows the strength and courage that people had growing up in these years and the strong religious backgrounds that were the way of life.

Reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.


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