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Weekly musing: adventure romance

24 May 2018

This week I when I decided to research ‘adventure romance’. I have to admit I struggled at first. A lot of the books that I would consider ‘adventure’ just naturally fall under romantic suspense or even military romance. So I decided to focus on themes such as treasure hunting, heists and sleuthing.

What comes to your mind when you hear adventure romance? Do you have a different definition to me?

Adventure romances feature exotic locales and an intruiging crisis. The hero and heroine find love for each other while facing these ordeals. They have to fight to resolve their issues in love and in their world while working together under duress.

They are action-packed, past-paced and often witty novels. Common tropes are forced proximity, abduction, mistaken identity, enemies to lovers.

I would say my favourite authors in advenutre romance would be: Angie Fox and Heather Blake. Who are your must-read adventure romance authors?

I couldn’t really find many treasure hunting, Indiana-type must-reads, so mine focus more on the sleuthing and mystery elements:

  • Southern Spirits by Angie Fox (Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries)
  • The Quick and the Thread by Amanda Lee (An Embroidery Mystery)
  • Heart of Fire by Linda Howard
  • Hot Ice by Nora Roberts
  • On What Grounds by Cleo Coyle (Coffee House Mystery)
  • A Potion to Die For by Heather Blake (A Magic Potion Mystery)
  • Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle (Coffeehouse Mystery #14)
  • Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlise (Bibliophile Mystery)
  • Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks (A Quilting Mystery)
  • To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel (Brewing Trouble)
  • Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell (Tangeld Web Mystery)

What are your adventure romance reading recommendations?

And these are my favourite covers:

Happy reading!

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Feature book: A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance

23 May 2018

A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance by Kate Walker

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 1 Feb 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: print and ebook
Length: 192 pages

His revenge is set, and she knows it, now.

Raoul Cardini is determined to take his vengeance on Imogen. He has turned up to her wedding claiming a business deal with her father, but the reality is that he wants to stop her wedding to another man. He is determined to make her suffer as he has suffered. He cannot believe that she left him and then got rid of their child.

Imogen O’Sullivan has much to deal with. Her renewed relationship with her sister after many years apart, her heart break over Raoul, and the horse breeding business her father owns is in significant debt. She is determined to marry her friend, Adnan, to ensure the family business remains active. She has also promised him an heir.

When Raoul and Imogen are caught in the same room by her father, sister and Adnan, the wedding is off. It is at this point that Raoul realises that he still wants Imogen and tries to make a new arrangement with her. He agrees to the same conditions that Adnan had made for the marriage. As they continue their discussion and with accusations, they often talk at cross purposes, until Raoul finally realises that he was wrong about Imogen and their baby. He blames himself. Imogen also comes to the realisation that she can’t live without Raoul.

While all of this sounds complicated, it isn’t really. The basis of their past relationship is misunderstandings or more the lack of talking especially when there are hurts that Imogen and Raoul do not want to talk about as they only knew each other for a limited time before events overtook them. Raoul was about revenge, but he couldn’t forget Imogen.

reviewed by Heather

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

Feature book: The Prince’s Son of Scandal

23 May 2018

The Prince’s Son of Scandal by Dani Collins

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 1 Jan 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon Sexy
Format: print and ebook
Length: 256 pages

It is their celebrity that drives much of their lives.

Trella Sauveterre feels under siege. She is desperate to get out of her house and find her way in the world again. She had a traumatic experience when she was younger when she was kidnapped. She was contained but fought against her kidnappers. A friend managed to hack their system and find the young girl. Subsequently, she was affected by anorexia, depression but more specifically panic attacks. Trella’s twin sister, Angelique, has covered for Trella on many occasions due to her panic attacks, and also senses when things are not right for Trella. On this one night, Trella just wants go out into public and decides to impersonate her sister, with her full knowledge, before she makes her comeback into the limelight.

Crown Prince Xavier of Elazar wants her but how to achieve that end. Trella bids for a dance with the Prince and naturally wins. The dance becomes a kiss and becomes a night together. The one night is all it can be.

Six months later, Xavier notes that Trella is pregnant in a paparazzi photo where Trella is unable to hide her swelling belly. Of course, Xavier is furious with Trella and insists on her coming back to his palace. Trella is reluctant to do so as she doesn’t know if the baby will survive due to the physical damage done to her during her kidnapping. The baby comes early and Trella’s life is in danger.

Xavier’s grandmother rules the country and she is very unsympathetic to Xavier’s new situation. She believes that another woman should be the new queen and not Trella. She is very icy when she speaks with Trella who is also in the middle of a panic attack.

It takes a few realisations before Xavier can deal with his grandmother and then his love for Trella. Trella has lived in fear of bad things happening but Xavier needs to convince her that good things can happen for them.

This was a nice story of a woman trying to overcome her panic attacks due to her childhood experiences. This really makes the character a little more real to the reader knowing that when she has control of her life, she can minimise the attacks but they will never leave. Xavier has to come to understand that there will always be limitations, but together they can deal with them.

reviewed by Heather

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

Release day: Burning Fields

21 May 2018

Today is the official release of Burning Fields by Alli Sinclair (print and ebook, Harlequin MIRA). Here’s the blurb:

1948. The world is struggling to regain a sense of balance after the devastation of World War II, and the sugar cane–growing community of Piri River in northern Queensland is no exception.

As returned servicemen endeavour to adjust to their pre–war lives, women who had worked for the war effort are expected to embrace traditional roles once more.

Rosie Stanton finds it difficult to return to the family farm after years working for the Australian Women’s Army Service. Reminders are everywhere of the brothers she lost in the war and she is unable to understand her father’s contempt for Italians, especially the Conti family next door. When her father takes ill, Rosie challenges tradition by managing the farm, but outside influences are determined to see her fail.

Desperate to leave his turbulent history behind, Tomas Conti has left Italy to join his family in Piri River. Tomas struggles to adapt in Australia–until he meets Rosie. Her easygoing nature and positive outlook help him forget the life he’s escaped. But as their relationship grows, so do tensions between the two families until the situation becomes explosive.

When a long–hidden family secret is discovered and Tomas’s mysterious past is revealed, everything Rosie believes is shattered. Will she risk all to rebuild her family or will she lose the only man she’s ever loved?

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

When I wrote Burning Fields I wanted to tell a story that would resonate with readers today and inspire conversations about what has, or hasn’t, changed for women and immigrants in the past seventy years in Australia. My main character, Rosie, represents the generation of women who had worked for the war effort and experienced independence and learned non-traditional skills. These women saw the world through new eyes, so going back to more traditional roles after the war proved quite the challenge. With her brothers lost in the war and her father in ill health, Rosie desperately wants to run the family’s sugarcane farm, but the conventions of the day work against her. Even her own father won’t allow her to do something she’s more than capable of. Rosie’s battle for her voice to be heard, coupled with the immigration story of Tomas from Italy, highlights aspects of our Australian historical landscape that are still relevant. It’s the battles that Rosie and Tomas fight to be accepted that bring them together—or could rip them apart.

You can find out more about this book at Alli’s website or buy it from Harper Collins.

Release day: One Night Only

21 May 2018

Today is the official release of One Night Only by JC Harroway (ebook and paperback, Mills & Boon DARE). Here’s the blurb:

The romantic vs. the cynic

Chemistry is all they have in common!

New York lawyer Ash has moved to London to escape his demons—and one red-hot night with gorgeous stranger Essie is the perfect distraction! He’s ready to forget about her entirely…until she walks into his office for her first day at work. She’s a romantic, seeking her happily-ever-after—he’s a distrustful cynic who can’t commit… Could a sexy fling be the best mistake of their lives?

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

I loved writing this story of Essie the unlucky-in-love hopeless romantic, who knows more about the theory than the practice of love, and cynical lawyer Ash, who’s learned the hard way love is for fools and he’ll never be duped again. Set in London, Ash and Essie must work together to open a shiny new Soho nightclub while they reel from their ill-fated one night together. One of may favourite scenes is when Ash flies Essie to Paris to check out Europe’s hottest club. The romantic and the cynic in the city of love … what could be better?

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


Release day: Wolf Bound

20 May 2018

Today is the official release of Wolf Bound by Leisl Leighton (Pack Bound series, book 4) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

The ultimate sacrifice, a love that lasts forever…

Five hundred years ago, facing extinction, a group of powerful witches united to create a pact with the Were to save witch–kind. The pact expelled an ancient evil, known only as the Darkness, that was blocking the Were from their wolves. With the Darkness destroyed, the Packs and their Covens grew strong as they thrived beside each other in their brand–new world.

But the Darkness was not destroyed.

Shelley Conners has good reason to hate and fear the powers that connect her to the spirit world and the insanity they foretell. But with the Pack’s Trickster, Adam McVale, transformed into a Shade, a creature caught between life and death, Shelley holds the only key to saving him. Opening herself up to the world of the dead will only speed up her descent into madness, but Shelley never expects an even darker evil within–the Darkness, waiting patiently for her and the opportunity to destroy the world.

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

This book was probably the most difficult to write in the Pack Bound series, because at the end of the 3rd book, Shifter Bound, I managed to do something to Adam, the hero of Wolf Bound, that was unexpected and not a bit shocking. You might ask, ‘Surely you, the author, had control over what happened to your characters?’ and I would respond, ‘Not really. I don’t think any author truly does when playing in the heads and world of their characters.’ When the surprise occurred (and I won’t mention it here for those who haven’t read Shifter Bound yet #spoilersareanauthorsenemy) I did try to change it because it made what I had planned for Wolf Bound impossible to do, but my characters very stubbornly kept doing what they did no matter how I re-wrote it and the same event kept happening. I knew then I just had to change what I’d planned and challenge myself—and Adam and his potential mate, Shelley—to rise above this difficulty. It was a difficult write at times but oh-so-rewarding as it moved the story in ways I never expected and I think made it so much better than anything I had planned originally. It just goes to show that there are times my characters (or maybe it’s my muse) know much better than I do! I hope that my readers are as shocked (in a positive how-could-she-do-that-I-have-to-find-out-what-happens kind of way) by the end of Shifter Bound as I was and get stuck right into the fascinating challenge it created for Adam and Shelley and the way they deal with a world still ruled by ancient magic, myths and legends and the evil that just won’t leave them alone so they can make their way to their Happy Ever After.

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


Guest blogger: Kat Martin

20 May 2018

Top 10 favourite cities

I love to travel. I was fortunate to marry a man who also enjoys seeing the world.

Though it is difficult to choose my ten favourite cities, Paris would be city #1. There is no more romantic place on earth. Charming streets, a beautiful language, and fabulous food.

City #2 is Rome. Roman palaces and temples right in the middle of the city! And more amazing food!

City #3 is Athens. Walking along the sidewalk, ‘Oh, look! There’s part of an ancient temple sticking out of the middle of the street!’ It’s definitely unique.

City #4 is Venice. Winding narrow cobbled streets and traveling by water everywhere—how fantastic is that?

City #5 Stockholm. Another beautiful city whose buildings overlook vast expanses of water. Interesting history there, as well.

City #6 Our own New York City. I love the vibrancy, the energy that keep you out late and won’[t let you slow down until well after midnight. Plus it’s a very patriotic place to visit.

City #7 Barcelona. Beautiful wrought iron grill work reminiscent of New Orleans. People there are very friendly.

City #8 San Francisco. The most stunning views of the bay and some fantastic restaurants.

City #9 Quebec. What a lovely French city and it’s just over the border in Canada. Fascinating place to visit.

City #10 London. I’ve written a number of historical novels set in England. I fell in love with London on my first trip over.

As I look at these, I would probably have to mix them up and start again. All of them are fabulous places to visit and I can think of a dozen more.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into my travels and that you’ll watch for my new book, Beyond Control, out 29 May.

In Beyond Control, Victoria Bradford and her four-year old daughter are on the run from Tory’s abusive ex-fiancé. Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere, exactly what Josh Cain wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.

One look tells Josh the pretty redhead who showed up on his door with her adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But Josh has seen trouble before, and he doesn’t scare easy. Not when ‘accidents’ start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend is abducted.

Not even when it looks like their current problems are only just the beginning.

I hope you’ll watch for Beyond Control and that you enjoy it. All best wishes and happy reading, Kat

Till then, all best and happy travels, Kat

You can find Kat here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Kat is giving one commenter the chance to win an ecopy of Against the Storm. Leave a comment below to go in the draw. The giveaway will close on 3 June.

There is also the opportunity to win a Kindle Fire 7″ display, wi-fi, 8 GB and a Kindle copy of Against the Wind, Against the Fire and Against the Law. Visit Kat’s website to enter the contest. It closes on 30 June.

Beyond Control

When Victoria Bradford got engaged, she told herself to give love a chance. Six months later, she’s on the run from her angry, abusive ex-fiancé with her four-year-old daughter and nowhere to go.

Seventy miles north of Dallas, the Iron River Ranch is pretty much nowhere. That’s what its new owner, Josh Cain, wanted when he came back from Afghanistan. Big skies, quiet nights, no trouble.

One look tells Josh the pretty redhead with the adorable little girl will give him trouble of the most personal kind. But he’s seen trouble before, and he doesn’t scare easy. Not when ‘accidents’ start happening around the ranch. Not when Tory’s best friend back in Phoenix is abducted and brutalized. Not even when it looks like their current problems are only the tip of the iceberg.

But if he gets too close to fierce, determined Tory, Josh knows his nights are going to be anything but quiet. And that’s one possibility no amount of training can prepare him for …

You can buy Beyond Control here:
Amazon | Kobo | Google Play | iTunes | B&N | Indiebound