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Here’s what we have coming up in October …
Releasing 5 October
Hell on Wheels by Rhyll Biest. An imperious princess, an arrogant mercenary, a marriage of convenience, and one hell of a roller derby bout.
Nothing to Lose by Darlene Fredette. She has one last hope—a small, family-run bakery that might just be baking up second chances.
Releasing 15 October
Give Me Some Answers by Shirley Wine. The final book in the stunning Darkhaven trilogy about secrets, lies, and love conquering all.
Releasing 25 October
In the Spotlight by Shona Husk. A diva who lives for the spotlight, a sailor deeply in the closet, a love that will change them both.
Now available as box sets
Bound by the Billionaire by Nicole Flockton (releasing 25 October). From hot author Nicole Flockton comes three steamy stories of powerful men discovering what they need the most …
In Safe Hands by Lee Christine (releasing 15 September). From critically acclaimed author Lee Christine comes three tense, taut stories where top lawyers and bad boys clash, but the one thing they can’t dispute is attraction …
Today is the official release of The Ice Duchess by Amy Rose Bennett (book 2, Scandalous Regency Widows) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Georgiana Dudley, the ‘Ice Duchess’, has just emerged from mourning after a nine-year marriage of convenience to the Duke of Darby, her twin brother’s lover. Deeply hurt by a scoundrel a decade ago, Georgie swore she would never turn her head for any man, let alone another rakehell. But then she encounters the wickedly handsome and all too charming Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham and against her better judgment, her interest is reluctantly aroused. An affair may be impossible to resist but dare she trust Lord Markham with her most intimate secrets … and her heart?
Society believes Rafe to be a diplomat but for many years he has been working on the Continent as a spy for the Crown. Leaving the shadowy world of espionage behind, he returns to London with the intention of finding a wife. When he is paired with the frosty yet fascinating Duchess of Darby at the piquet table during a ton ball, he is intrigued. Do-or-die man that he is, he’s certainly not going to let her cool demeanor dissuade him from pursuing her.
When Rafe’s dark past returns to endanger Georgie, he is determined to protect her at all costs, even if that means hiding who he once was. With the stakes so high, both Georgie and Rafe must decide if love is a risk worth taking…
Amy dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
The Ice Duchess is the second novel in my Scandalous Regency Widows series. It’s a steamy Regency romance featuring the frosty but also feisty Georgiana Dudley, the widowed Duchess of Darby, and the very smooth, James Bond type hero, Rafe Landsbury, the Earl of Markham, a recently retired spy for the Crown. Readers who have read the first book in the series, Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal, may recall Lord Markham is the friend of Lord Rothsburgh. Like Lady Beauchamp’s Proposal, there are some dark themes that are explored within The Ice Duchess; both Georgie and Rafe must deal with issues from their complicated pasts and face down not one, but two villains on the way to their well-earned happily-ever-after. That being said there are also plenty of lighter banter-filled moments as well as love-making scenes at the hotter end of the spectrum. I loved writing Rafe—who doesn’t love a man of action?—and Georgie is probably the most spirited and complex heroine I’ve written to date. I really hope readers love Georgie and Rafe too!
Today is the official release of Pursuing Lord Pascal by Anna Campbell (book 4, The Dashing Widows) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!
But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.
All that glitters…
Gervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.
When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?
Anna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
Sometimes fate hands you a story through pure serendipity. That’s what happened with Pursuing Lord Pascal, the fourth Dashing Widow novella, which is out today. When I originally started this series, there were going to be three stories, but to my absolute delight, readers have really taken to my widows so there will be at least three more. PLP is the first in the ‘second’ trilogy, if you know what I mean. And I didn’t have to look far for a hero and heroine. In the very first book, The Seduction of Lord Stone, the rascally Silas, Lord Stone, is trying to discourage his lady love Caroline Beaumont from setting her cap at a range of eligible gentlemen, including the handsomest man in London, Lord Pascal. Silas makes a passing reference to the fact that his agriculturally minded sister Amy had a raging crush on Pascal when she was a teenager, but she’s since grown out of it. Then in the next two novellas, Pascal appeared as a not-very-serious alternative romantic interest. So when it came time to write a new story, he seemed an obvious hero. And who better to win her Prince Charming than Silas’s practical sister whose story has a touch of the Cinderella?
Last week ARRA received an email from one of our members, Juliette, saying that she’d been tinkering around with iMovie and had made a trailer for ARRC2017—were we interested in using it?
The committee loved what Juliette had done and offered a couple of suggestions and some extra photos to include … and we are thrilled with the final result.
Click on the image below to view the video.
Hasn’t she done a great job? Thanks Juliette!
It was lovely looking back at all the photos from previous events and picking out some to include. We’ve had our heart set on a trailer for ARRA ever since we saw the video Kobo put together following ARRC2013, so you can bet we’ll have Juliette working on another trailer soon!
See Her Run by AK Leigh
Diana King is on the run from her psychopathic, soon to be ex-husband. She has been placed into witness protection and moved to a small town, Smithfield, North Carolina. Diana is recovering from debilitating injuries suffered during her marriage.
Diana married Richard Russo when she was young and after the death of her parents. She was naïve and coerced into marriage with Russo who was controlling and abusive. However, Diana managed to escape, and holds crucial information for an upcoming court case against her husband. In Smithfield, Diana slowly becomes involved in small town life. She has a job in the local café and is studying and making new friends. She is also on the long road to recovery with the help of a physical therapist, and a psychologist. More of Diana’s horrifying back story comes to light as her therapy continues.
Coincidentally, another witness in the same court case has moved back to the same town. Jonathon Smith has long held family ties and property in Smithfield. He and Diana are attracted to each other. Jonathon thinks that Diana reminds him of someone, not realising he had met Diana before. Diana gradually lets down her guard with Jon, and their relationship develops.
However, Diana is frightened that her ex-husband will find her. In fact, Russo hires an investigator to search for her. As the story progresses, Diana comes under threat and so do her friends.
Diana shows strength of character in the way she is pushing herself to recover from her injuries, and also improving her skills so that she can have a better life. She has been through a horrifying marriage and is trying to trust men again. Her relationship with Jon is gentle, loving and caring. Jon is a saint and very patient with Diana.
AK Leigh is an Australian author and this is her debut novel. See Her Run shows a lot of promise and was entertaining, although it took me a while to get into the story. I found that the storyline in the beginning jumped around and left gaps, which made it frustrating to follow. However, once the story developed, I enjoyed the book more. It had subtle suspense and a lovely, gentle romance.
Reviewed by Nicola S
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.
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Thanks for taking a look at our new releases this October …
What the Gambler Risks by Kristina Knight (contemporary). Don’t miss the final instalment of bestselling author Kristina Knight’s Billionaire Cowboys series! Twenty-something ice queen Sabrina York enjoys fame and fortune writing about her life of celibacy. The fact she’s the Oldest Living (Supposed) Virgin in Vegas? Just keeps her readers interested in how she juggles dating in Sin City. Jase Reeves knows Sabrina’s not nearly as cold as she would like people to think. He didn’t intend to have a one-night stand with the Vegas Virgin, but he can’t get her out of his head. But Sabrina has one goal: stay away from the handsome gambler before he melts her career—and her heart.
Betting on Love: 4 High-Stakes Romances by Kristina Knight, Katie Kenyhercz, Danica Winters and Susanne Matthews (contemporary). Hearts are on the line in the casinos and bedrooms of Las Vegas in these four sexy stories of couples taking a gamble on a little fame, fortune, and fun. Enjoy these high-stakes payoffs at a no-risk price—this thrilling collection is available for just 99 cents!
The New Man in Town: 5 Contemporary Romances by Jennifer DeCuir, Christy Newton, Ellie Darkins, Amie Louellen and Ana Krista Johnson (contemporary). Expectations are high for the new guy in town, and these five heroes don’t disappoint. Whether they’re journalists sleuthing out scandal and intrigue, writers looking for some local flavour, or Hollywood producers seeking the next big thing, these strangers get a whole lot more than they bargained for with their small town heroines. You’ll be glad you opened your door to the passionate possibilities!
Love Corp: 3 Geek Romances by Ashlinn Craven (contemporary). Geek is the new chic, so you’ll adore the uber-intelligent heroes and savvy, successful heroines in Ashlinn Craven’s trio of thoroughly modern romances. Brainpower combines with breathtaking chemistry when these sexy nerds take their boardroom games into the bedroom.
Double Trouble: 8 Twin Romances by Robyn Neeley, Evan Purcell, Kathryn Brocato, Alicia Hunter Pace, Clarissa Ross and Nancy C Weeks (contemporary). You’re seeing double and enjoying trouble as these six sets of twins try to win your heart. From football players to special agents, rodeo kings to daring detectives, these doppelganger heroes and heroines offer twice the fun of ordinary romances!
Guild of Truth: the Complete Series by Mary K Norris (paranormal). Fans of the X-Men will love the Guild of Truth series! A trio of supernaturally gifted couples must fight to stop the power-hungry Kratos Corporation, which is determined to exploit their abilities for profit. Join them in a world of danger and intrigue as they discover that love is the greatest superpower of all.
Man’s Best Friend: 10 Romances for Pet Lovers by Jessica Starre, Shelley K Wall, J Arlene Culiner, Leslie P García, Winter Austin, Becky Flade, Monica Tillery, Lynn Crandall, Rachel Cross and Kristina Knight (contemporary). Who can resist a gorgeous man with a puppy? It’s a tail-wagging good time for these ten animal-loving couples as they find their happily ever afters with their best four-legged friends’ blessings.
Moonlit Kisses: 4 Romantic Novels by Anne Bourne, Kristine Overbrook, Clarissa Ross and Peggy Gaddis. ‘Moonlight incites dark passions like a cold flame, making hearts burning with the intensity of phosphorus.’―Japanese author Rampo Edogawa. There’s something enchanting about the power of a full moon, and these four couples are definitely making magic beneath its luminous glow in these swooningly satisfying romances.
Bewitched and Bewildered: 5 Spellbinding Romances by Susan Conley, Jaye Shields, Jessica Starre, Christy Newton and Holley Trent. Forget the tricks! Treat yourself this Halloween to five enchanting romances featuring some seductive sorcery. Witchcraft is afoot as these couples fall madly, passionately in love.
Protecting Her Secrets by Dana Volney
Fans of Mr and Mrs Smith will adore the latest Wyn Security novel! Bodyguard Eddie Dever always has a wisecrack at the ready to mask his painful past … until his younger brother gets scooped up by the FBI on murder charges. Clearing Leo’s name is the first step on Eddie’s path to redemption—if he can get past the ice queen FBI agent in charge. Special Agent Hannah Malone is laser focused on putting the crime boss responsible for her brother’s death behind bars, even if that means informant Leo Dever becomes a casualty. Telling Eddie a few lies … well, it’s a small price to pay for justice. But things get sticky when the two go undercover as Mr and Mrs and the pretence starts to feel all too real.
Protecting Her Secrets is out 10 October.
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 October 2016.