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Publisher pitch: Crimson Romance, Jul 2017

27 June 2017

Crimson Romance_200Crimson Romance is proud to announce we’ve joined Simon & Schuster publishing, as we continue to bring you brand-new strong, smart and satisfying romance reads each month!

Visit us at www.crimsonromance.com for info on our new single titles, value-priced digital collections, submission guidelines, audio releases and more.

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Here’s what’s new in July:

As winter descends in Australia, it’s a great time to stay toasty as you work up a sweat with some new sports titles from Crimson! Elley Arden heads for home in her Arlington Aces independent baseball league series final installment, The Perfect Game. Aces pitcher Pauly is super serious about baseball, but carefree and careless catcher Ian Pratt is jeopardising her chance to win the championship and move up to the majors. But she’s not ready to throw in her glove yet, and these opposites might just find they share a sizzling attraction and some surprising common ground.

In case that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, Bodies in Motion: 10 Athletes to Adore has a bevy of tales by bestselling authors Alicia Hunter Pace, Synithia Williams, Elley Arden, Rachel Cross, Katie Kenyhercz, Lynn Cahoon, Casey Dawes, Toni Jones, cj petterson, Lucy Oliver and Angela Smith. For a great low price, you’ll have hours’ worth of sensual, pulse-pounding reading ahead!

If getting swept away to the past sounds inviting, Kingsley Manor: The Complete Series by Amanda LV Shalaby and The Brentwood Saga: 2 Historical Romances by Elizabeth Meyette are just the ticket for adventure. Secrets lurk behind the intricately carved wooden doors of these ancestral manor homes, but love will emerge to save the day! Get a double dose of riveting romance with these value-priced collections that will take you on a memorable armchair vacation.

Secrets abound in Unlocked Secrets: The Complete Series, Erin McCauley’s gripping saga starring three women who must rebuild after deception tears their lives apart, only to find unexpected, lasting love along the way.

Witness protection can’t keep Alexa O’Brien safe after she accidentally witnesses a brutal execution in Susanne Matthews’s chilling No Good Deed. Luckily Lieutenant Mike Delorme is there to serve and protect when Alexa’s safe house is compromised. But when the murder is revealed to be the tip of a terrorist’s deadly plot, it will take all their wits to stay alive and make it through to a brighter future together.

The supernatural doings in Bobbi Romans’s Swamp Magic: Books 1 & 2 will delight shapeshifter fans as stories chock full of passion and danger unfold in the Florida Everglades.

For more shapeshifter action, don’t miss Jaye Shields’s Immortals in Alameda: The Complete Series as an epic battle of good and evil brews in an alternate version of San Francisco.

For more information, visit our website, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

FEATURED BOOK

Face Off: Emile by Alicia Hunter Pace

When you think ‘hockey’, you automatically think ‘Nashville’, right? Okay well, maybe not, but this brand new series from USA Today bestselling author Alicia Hunter Pace just might change your mind. Reunite with the sexy stickmen you met in their Beauford Bend and Crossroads series as you step into the world of the Nashville Sound hockey team, featuring four fetching heroes bound to find love. The Soundtown train boards with launch title Face Off: Emile, which finds our favorite French-Canadian goalie playing knight in shining armor for a professional organiser who’s down on her luck. But this feisty gal is planning to save herself, thank you very much! It’s a clash of wills as sparks fly in this fun gateway to a great, new sports romance series.

Crimson Romance are offering ARRA members the chance to win a copy of this book. To go into the draw leave a comment below. The giveaway will close on 11 July. 

Release day: Heartbreaker

26 June 2017

Today is the official release of Heartbreaker by Belinda Williams (book 2, Hollywood Hearts) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

When love is an act, will her heart be fooled?

Lena Lyons, one of Hollywood’s hottest female stars, has a celebrity problem: she’s too famous.

Lena’s had stalkers before and figures the crazies come with the territory, but when things start going dangerously wrong on the set of her latest movie, her production company isn’t taking any risks. They hire Marc Romero, Hollywood security expert. And Lena thought stalkers were bad—Marc appears to hate his job and anything celebrity, including Lena.

Still reeling from her divorce, the last thing Lena needs is a brooding investigator who won’t let her out of his sight. Worse still, his plan to protect her involves him going undercover as an up-and-coming actor and pretending they’re a couple.

Lena has no choice but to get close to the mysterious man who won’t share anything about himself. With her life depending on her acting skills, she must convince everyone that Marc’s the man for her. But will she be able to convince her heart it’s all an act?

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

I must confess, I’ve always wanted to write the dark, brooding hero and Heartbreaker was my chance! For whatever reason all my previous heroes have been good guys, which I guess is a pre-requisite for a leading man. Not that Marc Romero isn’t a good guy. He is—once you get past his tough outer shell. I loved peeling back the layers of his character with my calm and collected heroine who discovered she wasn’t always so calm in Marc’s presence!

You can find out more about this book, including buy links, at Belinda’s website.

Guest blogger: Tamar Sloan

25 June 2017

Those of us who love to get lost in a novel, who have characters living in our head long after a book is finished, who celebrated the advent of the ereader because we could read Fifty Shades of Grey at work and no one was the wiser, recognise the title is true. We know, instinctively and intuitively, that we are a better person for being a book nerd.

But now psychology has proven it.

In the last decade or so, science has turned its lens to understanding literature’s importance to the human race. Considering story has been with us from the Aboriginal Dreamtime thousands of years ago, it’s stamped in the hieroglyphics of the pyramids and was carried in the beaded necklaces of the American Indians, they figured there had to be a reason. And what they’ve found is fascinating (and extremely validating).

What they’ve concluded is that story was, and continues to be, our first virtual reality. Just like it’s much safer for pilots to learn to fly in simulators, we get to learn the complicated lessons of life through the experience of others. Scientists and their love of MRIs have found that reading fiction taps into the same networks as real-life experience. When you get sucked into a story your brain is literally living vicariously through the characters at a neurobiological level. One study found that when someone read a sentence like ‘Johnny kicked the ball’ or ‘Sarah grasped the cup’ brain scans revealed that the specific parts of our grey matter linked to either kicking or grasping an object light up like Vegas.

So, it’s not surprising that reading fiction can improve a reader’s ability to put themselves in another person’s shoes. But what’s really cool for us lovers of the written word is that recent research has discovered that people who read score higher in empathy and understanding others. Yes, it literally makes you a better person! And when empathy is linked to prosocial behaviour and health benefits for the individual, it seems everyone wins when you pick up a book.

So, the science is in: the more you read, the more your empathy will grow. Which means I feel totally justified in turning up gritty eyed to work, wishing I drank coffee because ‘just one more chapter’ turned into ‘there’s only a hundred pages to go …’ It’s not poor self-control or an addictive personality (okay, maybe self-control got skipped in my DNA …), I’m doing this as part of a self-improvement strategy. I’m doing this because it benefits others!

And what better genre to lose ourselves in, to experience first-hand, than that of two people falling in love? Romance is the one genre where human relationships is at its core, where our strengths and our weaknesses are explored, where discovering life beyond our comfort zone has the ultimate reward. Which means you no longer have to call reading romance a ‘guilty pleasure’ or hide that steamy bare-chested cover—you’re actually reading this for your children, your grandchildren and for society as a whole.

A school psychologist by day, Tamar channels her passion for books into creating young adult stories about discovering life and love beyond our comfort zones. She is the award-winning author of the Prime Prophecy series. Her debut novel, Prophecy Awakened, is an epic story of a love that defies boundaries. When not reading, writing or working with teens, Tamar can be found with her ever-patient husband and two beautiful sons enjoying country life on their small acreage in the Australian bush. Tamar finds it deeply rewarding to share her stories and she loves to hear from her readers and fellow lovers of all things book related.

You can find Tamar here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Prophecy Awakened

On the first day of her new school all that shy, wounded Eden wants is to finish her senior year and escape to college. It can’t be too much to ask for, can it?

Noah has spent two years not knowing why he failed to come of age as every one of his ancestors has. Two years drifting aimlessly, searching for direction…

When the two meet the connection is instantaneous and undeniable. A connection that has Eden running and Noah burning to know more.

A connection destined to be the catalyst for a prophecy that neither knew existed.

A prophecy others are willing to kill for.

As families rupture and struggle to realign, as their hearts connect and ignite, Eden learns to trust. But with their love and life on the line, Eden must find the power to believe.

Feature book: Winter’s Kiss

21 June 2017

Winter’s Kiss by Darlene Fredette

Winter’s Kiss is a sweet contemporary romance that is part of the Redford Falls series, but it can be read as a standalone.

Twenty-nine-year-old Danielle Lerato has been putting off moving to Redford Falls in Atlantic Canada as part of her job’s relocation for the past year. She doesn’t want to move to a small town with bad weather. Her boss finally convinces her to move for a couple of weeks to train the new assistant who will take over her position. Danielle decides she’ll get the job done and dusted and leave as soon as possible.

On her way from the airport to Redford Falls, she crashes her car in the middle of a blizzard. Danielle is trapped, covered in snow, the car won’t start, and she has no phone reception. How will she get out?

Restaurant owner, Andrew Haley, comes to her rescue even though their first encounter a couple of years ago was very unfriendly, and this encounter isn’t much better. Andrew takes her to her boss at the new resort, but due to the snow storm there are no rooms available. Danielle’s only option is to stay with the town’s most eligible bachelor, Andrew! Under these circumstances, the small town’s community believes there is something between the two of them. With all the gossip floating around about them it seems like some of the town are intent on matchmaking. However, not all of the town is as keen on this, especially the young ladies who have an eye on Andrew already.

I loved the names of the town’s residents; Frost, Cane, Eve, Kringle, Bishop, Clarence, Potter. Perfect for a Christmas setting and it doesn’t come across as cheesy.

During Danielle’s short stay at Andrew’s place, we learn they have both suffered extreme grief in the past couple of years. This brings them a bit closer together and more understanding of each other.

Danielle intends to leave Redford Falls as soon as she can get the new assistant trained, but the assistant is nowhere to be found. Danielle soon finds herself falling in love with the charm of the quaint town, and Andrew. She is still hesitant to move, even though they both have feelings for each other, as haunting memories of her past make her unable to embrace the cold weather and the town’s setting.

Just as it seems like Andrew and Danielle will get their act together and admit they can’t live without each other, a misunderstanding regarding Andrew’s sister comes between them. Will they be able to get over this and find true love? Will Danielle stay in Redford Falls? Will Andrew do everything possible to convince her to stay?

This story was a beautiful, quick read that will have you falling in love with Redford Falls and the town’s inhabitants. I wish the story was longer so I could read about Andrew and Danielle’s story in more depth, but it was still a fantastic book!

If you like this book, I definitely recommend reading ‘One Sweet Christmas’ which covers Candice Cane and Jackson Frost’s story! See I told you the names are brilliant!

Reviewed by Juliette

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

Release day: Anthem of the Sea

20 June 2017

Today is the official release of Anthem of the Sea by Thom Collins (book 1, Anthem trilogy) (ebook and paperback, Pride Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

An ocean of possibility. For love, revenge and murder.

Daniel Blake, a handsome young singer, boards the Atlantic Anthem in Portugal for the final voyage of her maiden season. The state-of-the-art ship is the jewel in the Royal Atlantic cruise fleet. For Daniel, a one-time boy band member and TV talent show winner, it’s an honor to perform aboard such a vessel. Daniel loves the freedom and adventure of the sea. He began his solo career as a cruise ship entertainer and returning to the ocean as a headline act brings him full circle. He isn’t looking for love.

Neither is comedian Elijah Mann. Working at sea has given Elijah’s career the boost it desperately needed. Often considered too good-looking and sexy to be funny, work has been hard to come by since his TV show was canceled. With a potential new career opening up, he must remain focused. But when Elijah meets Daniel the attraction is mutual and instant. As the ship sets sail for England they have three days to get to know each other. Elijah can’t let that opportunity pass.

The voyage home is far from smooth. Also on board is a figure from Daniel’s past. A man who’s been holding a grudge for years, waiting for his moment. As a storm builds in the North Atlantic, Daniel and Elijah discover that the trip of a lifetime could be their last.

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

Anthem of the Sea is the first novel in the Anthem trilogy. A contemporary romantic thriller, filled with intrigue, passion and danger, who could ask for anything more? Certainly not me. This is a book I wanted to write for years and had an absolute blast doing so. Daniel and Elijah meet while working on board a luxury cruise ship. Daniel is a singer, Elijah’s a comedian and it’s instant attraction for both of them. Also on board is a figure from Daniel’s past. Someone who’s held a grudge against him for years. As Daniel and Elijah fall in love, old rivalries and bitterness resurface with fatal results. Anthem of the Sea is just the beginning of Daniel and Elijah’s story. While we all love a HEA, I wanted to go beyond that, to explore their relationship further down the line and see how they cope with the aftermath. In book one the guys meet and fall in love. I recently completed the second novel, which picks up their story eleven months later, and am now writing the third and final book, which opens a year after book two. I love these characters and can’t wait for readers to discover them.

You can find out more about this book at Thom’s blog or buy it from Pride Publishing.

Release day: Her Outback Cowboy

19 June 2017

Today is the official release of Her Outback Cowboy by Annie Seaton (book 1, Prickle Creek) (ebook, Entangled Bliss). Here’s the blurb:

The last thing advertising art director Lucy Bellamy wants is to go home to the Outback, but duty to family calls. At least there’s one bonus—her first love, sexy cowboy neighbour, Garth Mackenzie, is there and the attraction between them is still explosive. But Lucy has no intention of getting stuck in this two-bit town and she counts down the days until she can go back to her real life.

After an engineering degree and working in the mines of Western Australia, Garth has returned to the Outback and is home to stay. His goal is to settle down, start a family, and work his beloved land with the girl he’s always loved. But if it comes to Lucy choosing between the glamour of the city or making a home with him in the Outback—he’d lose, hands down.

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

I’ve always loved heading off into the outback and absorbing the quiet and the beauty. A couple of years ago we went back to the Pilliga Scrub to camp, and it was, shall we say, an interesting trip. We were camped in a canvas camper trailer, the flies were everywhere, the red dust was blowing, and every time I stepped outside I stood on prickles that wound their way into my shoes and socks! On the same visit, we called into see the friends who owned this property. Their story was one of pure romance, and as I listened to them and saw how much they were in love, thirty years after she had moved from London to be with her Aussie outback cowboy, the story was born. When I wrote the story, I mixed the red dust, flies and prickles into Lucy’s experience! Will love overcome the trials of living in the outback? You’ll have to read the story to find out!

You can find out more about this book at Annie’s website or buy it from Amazon.

 

Release day: Taken by the Desert Sheikh

19 June 2017

Today is the official release of Taken by the Desert Sheikh by Cathleen Ross, Mel Teshco and Christina Phillips (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Three Sheikh brothers, three virgin brides …

The Grand Vizier has a plan to save Qutum …

To prevent a war … three royal brothers must wed

Stolen by the Sheikh by Cathleen Ross

The Sheikh’s Rebel by Mel Teshco

The Sheikh’s Reluctant Princess by Christina Phillips

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

Christina Phillips, Mel Teshco and I love writing Sheikh books because we get to write about the ultimate alpha male and the woman who can bring him to his knees. There is always something incredibly appealing about a tall, dark, mysterious sheikh. Making them do what they don’t want to do and watching them twist and turn before falling in love. I don’t think we’ll ever get sick of writing them. The boxed set went straight to the Amazon erotic romance bestseller list, which makes me think that readers can’t get enough of them either.

You can find out more about this book at Cathleen’s website or buy it from Amazon.