It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Yes, Christmas anthologies are out. The shops are decorated to within an inch of their lives. Christmas trees are up and front doors all along my street are adorned with wreaths.
I do look forward to that special day to share with family and friends and I like to surprise my hubby and three sons with fun and special gifts on Christmas Day.
But can I admit something, just between us? The thing I love most about Christmas is the annual leave.
Is it because I’m exhausted from the year that’s just gone? Some of that.
But mostly I love holidays because I get real time to read. And I don’t mean a few chapters each night before I fall asleep. I mean good, honest days full of time to devour the books that have been taunting me all year.
Every year, my family heads to the beach for our annual holiday and I pack in as many books as I can carry.
Read a few chapters before getting out of bed in the morning? Check.
Another chapter during breakfast? Check.
Perhaps a mid-morning reading break on the sofa that lasts right through lunch? Check.
Back from a swim? Can I head back to the sofa for a little more reading? Check.
And at night, just before I drift off, can I manage a few more? Absolutely.
This summer holidays will be especially important to me because I’ve had a huge year. Not only have I had my first book, Nobody But Him, published but I’ve written my second and third books! My lovely publisher Harlequin Australia will be releasing Someone Like You on 1 February 2014, with the third in my Boys of Summer trilogy due for release later next year.
It’s been a thrill ride and every dream I’ve ever had come true. But my head has been so full of my own words for so long that I want to get lost in someone else’s stories.
And what am I going to read? Lots! I hate to name them because there are so many wonderful writers in our romance community. But I am setting myself a couple of rules: one, they must be Australian authors. And two, there most definitely will be happy ever afters.
So, from me, my stack of books and my iPad loaded with ebooks, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
May they be filled with lots of delicious words.
When Lizzie Blake knocks on the door of Dan McSwaine’s beach house at Middle Point, she barely recognises the man who answers. Whatever happened to the guy who swaggered into her home town with a grin and left with her heart in his back pocket? Lizzie wonders if he’ll ever be that man again – and if she should risk everything she’s built her life on to help him.
Dan can’t normally bear to be more than ten minutes from a hip bar, an imported beer and a group of hot women. So what is he doing holed up in a falling down beach shack at Middle Point? All he knows is that he’s made some crazy decisions since the night a truck slammed into his car and almost killed him. The first one was to think that buying a crumbling piece of coastal real estate was a good idea. The second crazy decision was to try to hide away from the world when a woman like LIzzie Blake is determined to drag him right back into it.
Today is the official release of Dangerous Decisions by Margaret Kaine (paperback, Choc Lit). Here is the blurb:
Helena Standish knows that a good marriage would enhance her father’s social status but she’s wise enough not to accept any handsome fool. The wealthy and enigmatic Oliver Faraday is considered an ideal match, so why does Helena have faint misgivings?
Nicholas Carstairs has little patience with frivolous pleasure-seekers or an upper class that closes ranks against outsiders. Why then is he entranced by the lovely ‘girl in the window’ – a debutante who would appear to be both of those things? A champagne celebration at Broadway Manor marks the start of a happy future for Helena, but no one can predict the perilous consequences of her decision or the appalling danger it will bring.
Margaret dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I found this novel a joy to write. I’ve always been fascinated by the Edwardian era, loving the fashions, the formal manners, the romance of it all. And yet beneath lay another world, one of poverty and vice. I felt for Helena, the lovely and sheltered debutante, charmed by the wealthy and enigmatic Oliver, despite a sense of unease. For Nicholas, the attractive doctor who continues to haunt her thoughts. Helena is courageous in struggling to forgive the travesty of her wedding night, but she has no concept of what lies ahead. And if I ever felt sympathy for Oliver’s flawed character, that vanished as the story continued. Have you ever allowed a physical attraction to blind you to your lover’s faults? Have you ever made a Dangerous Decision of your own?
All ARRA members who comment on this article will go in the draw to win a copy of this book. The giveaway closes on 21 December 2013.
When Honey Got Married is an Entangled anthology telling the story of four heroines who unexpectedly find love during the celebrations that surround the marriage of Honey and Brent. Two powerful families with an assortment of scandals and feuds combine to provide a vivid backdrop to these stories. The lucky couple also score an epilogue with an unorthodox wedding night, which actually seems to suit them rather well.
Each heroine is returning to their hometown or to the place where their life took a dramatic turn. As they confront their past and explore the impact of it on their present they also encounter a hero who challenges them in more ways than one. With him by their sides they meet the challenges from the townsfolk, the wedding and the rumours that surrounded their departures. A complex web of relationships, friendships, lost loves and crushes combine to ensure there is never a dull moment.
Each story is well developed and the threads are nicely combined into the stories that follow, providing the reader with an insight into a range of the wedding guests. All of the stories flow well with emotion and a touch of comedy and the dash of spice that we have come to expect from these wonderful authors. I strongly recommend reading the stories in one session to be able to fully appreciate them and their array of characters.
This is a collection of stories that will have something for everyone and will easily fill a spring afternoon with the pleasure of finding love.
Reviewed by Tracey T
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
Blaire Wynn has lived through too much sorrow and tragedy. Her twin sister died in a car accident and now she’s buried the mother she nursed for three years before her death. She has sold the family home and everything else so she could pay the medical expenses. With no money and nowhere else to turn, she contacts the father who had abandoned them all, years before, showing no remorse and offering no help when her mother was ill and her sister died. But Blaire has no other choice. All she wants from him is a place to stay while she gets back on her feet. But when she arrives at the address she’s given, she receives a very cool reception from the mansion’s owner. Rush Finlay makes is very obvious he does not want Blaire anywhere around, but very reluctantly agrees to let her stay until she can find somewhere else. Blaire is glad her room is well out of sight of the decadent crowd who seem to be around for the endless parties that take place in the mansion. All she wants is to make some money and move on.
Rush is very resentful of Blaire’s intrusion into his life. He’s not happy about his mother’s new marriage, nor the implications of Blaire’s presence, because there are lots of secrets in his life. Added to the complications is his unwanted attraction to Blaire, and knowing she is just as fascinated with him, is making it very difficult to remain aloof from her. He tries very hard to avoid her, but his protective streak has him very possessive and aggressive toward any male who comes near her. Blaire is too different, too real and innocent to be allowed near his friends and acquaintances. He knows their predatory streaks only too well. Blaire is not the love ‘em and leave ‘em type. And he doesn’t want any of them coming near this special female. He wants to be the one, no matter what it takes …
Ah new adult! These books should come with a warning. Addictive! Can’t stop once started! Again, Abbi Glines. Her characters have so much to deal with in their lives. Their issues sort of grab you by the throat and won’t let you go. You have to keep reading, hoping all will work out, but knowing there will be revelations that are going to hurt everyone before anything good can come out of it. I didn’t anticipate the revelations despite the fact that Rush had kept warning Blaire he was no good for her. I’m left wondering how they can resolve and forgive. Oh for the next book! Bring it on!
Reviewed by Rosalie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! At least we think so, and we owe our excitement to the launch of a new line of sexy novellas at Entangled. Flaunt novellas are hot little numbers sure to warm up your nights. Even if you live south of the Equator, you’ll need to crank up the a/c if you plan to read one of these stories.
One Night in Santiago by Audra North is the first of the novellas we’ve acquired in an ongoing call for stories centred on a one night stand in another city. In Santiago, a woman has just finished a terrible vacation—the honeymoon she would have had if her fiancé hadn’t backed out last year—and finds herself stranded in a storm. Worse, she’s going to have to share the last remaining hotel room with a stranger … a very sexy stranger who seems open to some naughty adventure. Oh, and that sexy stranger has a sexy accent.
In Máire Claremont’s The Twelve Days of Seduction, a governess will have to convince the duke she works for that her little misrepresentation about her experience doesn’t extend to her otherwise impeccable character. So she proposes a challenge: if he can seduce her before the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas, she will pack her trunk and leave. But that challenge might be more difficult to win than she’d assumed.
New York Times bestselling author Jen McLaughlin writes as Diane Alberts in Kiss Me at Midnight. Two friends who parted on less than amicable terms in high school run into one another in their old hometown just before New Year’s Eve and end up in bed. But their agreement on a one night stand turns into a lot more than either thought they wanted or deserved.
We hope you love these stories as much as we do! Especially when they keep you warm all night.
Kerri-Leigh and the Flaunt team
How is it December already?! This year has gone so fast and so much has happened. As you will have read last month, we are now Totally Bound. As well as having the retail store we have also launched our new publisher website Totally Bound Publishing. This website provides authors with all the information they need about Totally Bound Publishing and how you can submit a manuscript to us.
There is also a news section on there so you can see what we’ve been up to and an author blog, where a selection of our authors blog one day a month.
So, coming up in December we have lots going on ahead of Christmas!
We are releasing a new box set to launch our new imprint What’s Her Secret? This is a collection of six seductive short stories all about modern day women and the secrets they hold. Find out more about the box set here.
Can you believe that this month we are also releasing the 30th book in the fantastic Cattle Valley series by Carol Lynne? To celebrate this release we are putting the entire series into box sets and releasing two a week over three weeks from the 6 December. Keep your eye on our box sets page for when they are released!
Also coming up we have our Christmas promotion, Twas the Week Before Christmas, where we are giving a different prize away every day from 18 December. Keep checking the website for more information!
Lastly, we’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014!
Keep track of what we have coming up by visiting our website.
Coming up in December …
- A Wizard’s Touch #2: Kevin’s Alpha—Amber Kell
- Delectable Vines #1: Apple Mead—West Thornhill
- Cabin Fever—Sarah Masters
- Nightmares #2: A Living Nightmare—Sage Marlowe
- Attack Force #2: Lock and Load—Desiree Holt
- Prentiss #3: Opposites Attract—Talia Carmichael
- In Aeturnum #3: Protected by Shadows—Aliyah Burke
- Cattle Valley #1 Box set: #1-5—Carol Lynne
- Cattle Valley #2 Box set: #6-10—Carol Lynne
- Serena’s Submission—Jasmine Hill
- Sense and Sensibility—Jane Austen and Cerise DeLand
- Frost Bite collection—
- 1_Night Fall—Jenna Byrnes
- 2_Succulent Dark—DJ Manly
- 3_Gravedigger—Aurelia T Evans
- 4_A Study of Blood in Winter—Catalina Dudka
- Seasoned Women #3: Winter’s Thaw—Stacey Lynn Rhodes
- Vincent: Part Four—Sarah Masters
- Cattle Valley #3 Box set: #11-15—Carol Lynne
- Cattle Valley #4 Box set: #16-20—Carol Lynne
- Seeing Him—Carol Lynne
- Blown Away—Amber Kell
- Montana #1: The Crooked Tree Ranch—RJ Scott
- Cattle Valley #30: Fingerprints and Muddy Feet—Carol Lynne
- Out of Service—Devon Rhodes
- His Last Client—TA Chase
- A Good Feeling—SA Meade
- Cattle Valley #5 Box set: #21-25—Carol Lynne
- Cattle Valley #6 Box set: #26-30—Carol Lynne
- Beyond the Reef—AJ Llewellyn
- Sisterhood of Jade #4: Eternal Embrace—Billi Jean
- Samantha Lytton #2: The Dimple Strikes Back—Lucy Woodhull
- Boundaries #1: To Love and Submit—Katy Swann
- Mossy Glenn Ranch #4: Fences and Freedom—Bailey Bradford
- McKingley #6: Seductions Dance—Aliyah Burke and McKenna Jeffries
- A Vampire’s Kiss: Kissing Orion—Amber Kell
- Christmas of White—Devon Rhodes
- Slippery When Wet—Stephani Hecht
- Where Tomorrow Shines—Jambrea Jo Jones
- Vincent: Part Five—Sarah Masters
- Were Chronicles #9: Pack Council—Crissy Smith
- Sure Mastery #2: Sure Thing—Ashe Barker
- The Fall of the House of Usher—Morticia Knight/Edgar Allen Poe
Today is the official release of The Most Expensive Night of Her Life by Amy Andrews (paperback and ebook, Harlequin Mills & Boon). Here’s the blurb:
Supermodel Ava Kelly is more used to luxury yachts than London canal boats. But she desperately needs a refuge from the paparazzi and delectable Blake Walker’s boat will provide the perfect bolt-hole. This brooding ex-soldier is bound to rescue her, right…?
Wrong. Pampered princess Ava is the last person Blake wants in his personal space—she’s far too tempting! But with a million-pound charity donation hanging in the balance Blake can’t say no. Now that Ava’s close enough to touch, keeping his hands off her is pretty difficult, too! Maybe money isn’t the only thing at stake this Christmas…
Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Anyone who was at ARRC2013 in Brisbane this year may have heard me talking about my amputee bodyguard book and here it finally is! I love Blake, my wounded war veteran. I love how he’s just about the only man alive on the planet to ever turn down hoity-toity supermodel Ava. Blake’s been through a lot and all he wants is a productive, peaceful life. The last thing he needs is a high-maintenance woman. But Ava has other ideas and she’s not above a spot of emotional blackmail to get her way. Fortunately for her, Blake has an honourable streak a mile wide and even though he’s backed into a corner, he’d never really ignore a damsel in distress–even one who is a monumental pain in his butt. But that doesn’t mean he has to like it. I hope you enjoy my bodyguard with a twist story. It’s on shelf currently and available also in ebook.