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Book Expo 2015

10 October 2015

Book Expo AusBook Expo Australia is returning to Sydney this month. It will be held in Exhibition Hall 5, Sydney Showground on Saturday
17 October and Sunday 18 October.

ARRA will have a table at the expo. We invite everyone to come along to meet us—we will be running a free raffle on each day for someone to win a trial membership to ARRA.

For ARRA members—if you flash your membership card you can grab one of our I Read Romance bags and also a pen if you don’t have one yet. We will also put your name in the draw to win a year’s extra membership.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Tribal Law yet, we will also have some for sale.

Our stand will also be hosting some romance authors—come along and meet them and maybe get a book signed:

Saturday 17 October

10 am to 12 pm—Maggie Nash

Sunday 18 October

10 am to 12 pm—Cathryn Hein
12 pm to 2 pm—Alyssa J Montgomery

Tickets to Book Expo are $10.00 each, but we currently have some free tickets available—email us for details.

More information is available on the Book Expo website.

Publisher pitch: Pride Publishing, Oct 2015

8 October 2015

Pride_200We are Pride Publishing and we are your new destination for GLBTQI fiction!

Pride is brought to you from Totally Entwined Group—you may know us for being the home of Totally Bound Publishing. This expansion into Pride Publishing has been designed to give our GLBTQI authors and readers both the platform and the community they deserve to express themselves.

If you are following our What’s his Passion? collection, then you are in for a treat this month! TA Chase has returned to the story of Jensen and Toby from Mountains to Climb and it is filled with even more climbing, MM action and love! Climbing has always been Jensen’s way of escape, but Toby isn’t happy being the one left at home on his own. This couple have to overcome obstacles of their own, as well as the dangerous mountains K2 and Everest, on the way to their HEA. Available with extra content when bought from the Pride Publishing store, visit us today to get your copy.

Sean Michael is releasing Special Editions of his well-loved Chess series this month, with two being released each week at special discounts! If you loved it the first time round, make sure to pick up these revised and expanded editions to get an extra insight into what makes these characters tick, and for more hot man-on-man love.

One to watch is definitely Helena Maeve. A relatively new author but constantly pushing the boundaries, her Seat Sixty Five is out this month. A paranormal short where an unsuspecting Felix ends up following the handsome stranger from the train right down the rabbit hole, and finds getting out is much harder than getting in.

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Coming up in October:

  • On the Run by Michael Mandrake
  • Following the Law by Nicole Dennis
  • Then Came Cal by Lee Barrows
  • Opening Moves by Sean Michael
  • Middle Game by Sean Michael
  • Reaper by Edward Kendrick
  • Climbing the Savage Mountain by TA Chase
  • Brewing by Sean Michael
  • En Prise by Sean Michael
  • Helpmate by Sean Michael
  • Seat Sixty Five by Helena Maeve
  • Sunshine is Overrated by Bailey Bradford
  • Stand and Deliver by Scarlet Blackwell
  • End Game by Sean Michael
  • The Piercer’s Game by Sean Michael
  • And a Smile by BA Tortuga
  • Negotiating Love by Morticia Knight
  • Heaven by Belinda McBride
  • Pre-Game by Sean Michael

Release day: Bound by Their Love

8 October 2015

Today is the official release of Bound by Their Love by Nicole Flockton (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Bound by Their LoveReclusive, exclusive, and world renowned, Jeffrey Courteux might get a lot of attention for his exquisite jewellery, but he keeps his personal life under tight wraps. His solitary life fuels his creativity and keeps him sane, and he’s not willing to give it up – until a pair of sexy legs in killer heels makes hiding away less appealing than it used to be…

Smart, driven, and ambitious, Greta Adamas knows she’s the only suitable candidate for Vice-President of her family’s advertising firm. Landing the Jeffrey Courteaux account for his new line of jewellery will only catapult her to the upper echelons of the advertising world, and nothing will keep her from achieving her dreams – not even the overwhelmingly attractive designer who won’t leave her thoughts…

Mixing business with pleasure is always a potent cocktail, but one with consequences. What happens when two people who know what they want suddenly want something completely different – and completely out of their reach?

Nicole dropped by today to tell us about this book:

This is the final book in my Bound series and I am excited to share the reclusive jeweller Jeffrey Courteux with everyone. When I first started the series he was just a shadow of a character, but he became more in the second book and now he is one of my favourite heroes I’ve written. Greta is a sassy heroine who knows what she wants–or thinks he does until she encounters Jeffrey. Part of the story takes place in Broome, so it was fun to revisit some of the places that featured in the first book in the series, Bound by Her Ring. This book was a lot of fun to write and a little sad as I was saying goodbye to the characters that have been a huge part of my writing journey. 

You can find out more about this book at Nicole’s website.

Release day: Wicked Wager

8 October 2015
Today is the official release of Wicked Wager by Beverley Eikli (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

Wicked WagerA dissolute rake, a virtuous lady, a ruthless society beauty and a missing plantation owner with secrets — just another day in Georgian England…


Wealthy Jamaican plantation owner Harry Carstairs has disappeared — and everyone wants to know where he is…

Celeste Rosington knows her place in society, and while she may not be overjoyed at her upcoming wedding to her detached cousin Raphael, she nonetheless hopes the marriage will be successful. When Raphael asks her for her help to save Harry, she agrees. But her decision costs her more than she knows…

Celeste’s clandestine visit to Harry’s home is witnessed, and her connection to Harry misconstrued. Harry’s secrets put Celeste into more danger than even Raphael understands, and throws her into the path of the ruthless, cunning, beautiful Lady Busselton and the dissolute, dangerous Lord Peregrine.

Raphael is invested in keeping Harry alive. Lady Busselton is invested in keeping him quiet. Lord Peregrine is invested in anything that staves off boredom. And Celeste is becoming increasingly invested in Lord Peregrine. After all, what resistance does an innocent young woman have against something so deliciously wicked?

​​Beverley dropped by today to tell us a little about her book:

I loved the layers of intrigue in the film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich and Michelle Pfeiffer, based on Chloderos Laclos’ scandalous 1782 novel Les Liaisons Dangerouses. I took the concept of a ruthless society beauty throwing out a wager to a bored and dissolute libertine. ​The terms: the seduction of​ a virtuous maiden on the eve of her nuptials. However I added  a layer of mystery so that the motivations are not as straightforward as they might appear and matters don’t proceed at all as planned. It was a fun book to write and I hope you enjoy it, too.​

You can find out more about Wicked Wager on Beverley’s website, and buy it in all the usual places, including Amazon.

Release day: Desperate Deception

8 October 2015

Today is the official release of Desperate Deception by DB Tait (Dark Mountain #2) (ebook, Momentum). Here’s the blurb:

Desperate DeceptionWhen history repeats itself, it doesn’t pay to have a murder in your past …

Julia Taylor did ten years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit. Finally released and proved innocent, all she wants is to build up her design business and figure out where her romance with local cop Dylan Andrews is going. She’s ready for a quiet life, but murder and mayhem won’t let Julia Taylor alone.

First she finds her neighbors dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Then an erratic friend from Julia’s time in prison asks her to help find a sex worker who went missing in suspicious circumstances.

As the body count continues to rise, members of the Russian mafia and an unnerving evangelical church begin to cross Julia’s path.

Soon, Julia and Dylan are caught up in a maelstrom that threatens both their love and their lives.

Can they find justice before injustice finds them? Or is the pull of a haunted past too strong?

A tense crime novel with romantic elements in the style of JD Robb, Nora Roberts and Martina Cole.

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

This is the second in the Dark Mountain series (Cold Deception was the first) and finds out what happens after the happy ending. For Julia, ten years in prison means adjusting to the outside world with all her uncertainties and fears. She’s trying to have a relationship with Dylan, a cop in their home town of Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, but increasingly believes her past is not good for Dylan’s career prospects. At least, that’s what she tells herself. Against the backdrop of a complex murder investigation, she has to develop some faith in herself and a belief that she deserves happiness, a major struggle for many women who come out of prison and have to make a new life for themselves. If you like your romantic suspense with a bit of grit, the Dark Mountain series is for you.

You can find out more about the book (and the series) on DB Tait’s website and find buy links at Momentum.

Feature book: Snowbound Surprise for the Billionaire

7 October 2015

Snowbound Surprise for the BillionaireSnowbound Surprise for the Billionaire by Michelle Douglas

Adelaide (Addie) Ramsey is hoping to sell her family farm and then go travelling in Europe to fulfil the dream she and her best friend, Robbie, have talked about for years. Her plans don’t go smoothly when Flynn Mather buys the farm with the condition that Addie stays at the farm for two years to help develop it. To sweeten the deal, he offers her a free airline ticket and four weeks leave for every year she works with him, plus a six-week trip to Munich, leaving immediately, to work as his PA. With Christmas fast approaching and Addie reluctant to spend her first Christmas at the farm alone (her father died four months before), she agrees.

Flynn had hoped to make the farm into a home base, and he sees Addie as being a much-needed employee to ensure success. He hopes that by taking her to Munich, he can fulfil her dreams of travel and she will then be happy to stay put on the farm. He hadn’t counted on Addie’s spontaneity and her desire to not waste a moment. As he seeks revenge on a business associate of his deceased father, he finds himself charmed by Addie’s reactions to Munich and the brief interludes when he does actually need a PA.

Sexual tension begins to grow as they learn more about each other, but their progress towards their goals are putting them on two separate paths, which will ultimately pull them apart. Ms Douglas has written a Christmas romance with two leading characters you will be cheering for immediately. There are very interesting secondary characters, and as an added benefit, you can also enjoy some of the sights of Munich. I know Christmas is still a couple of months away; however, as you start to prepare for 2015 Christmas reading, this sweet book would be a great way to tap into your Christmas spirit. I highly recommend this story. Ms Douglas certainly knows how to write a lovely Christmas romance.

Reviewed by Tracey T

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 21 October 2015 will go into the draw to win a copy.

Feature book: Three Proposals and a Scandal

7 October 2015

ThreeProposalsAndAScandal_CampbellThree Proposals and a Scandal by Anna Campbell

Marianne Seaton has been brought up to be good at being a lady of the Ton, and as such had an offer from none other than the Duke of Sedgemoor. Although it was not a love match, it was a good match. Marianne was content with her life, and of course her father was overjoyed. Marianne is an only child and lost her mother when she was young, and her father can be a tad overbearing at times. But things change quickly when the Duke rejects Marianne for the love of his life, Penelope Thorne. Being caring, Marianne is happy for them as she knows how much they love each other. Of course, this causes a scandal, and that is something that Marianne does not like. A lot of things are bandied around the Ton about her, and her father is pushing her to find someone to marry.

Elias Thorne has just become a Baron, Baron Wilmott, after the death of his brother, and the family coffers are bare due to his brother’s gambling problem. It is up to Elias to set things straight as he has a good head on his shoulders. He is confident that, in time, things will improve. He has been in love with Marianne Seaton for a while, and now that she is back on the marriage market, Elias is determined to win her over. He has some work to do to convince her, and how he goes about it will have you smiling.

When Marianne and her father are invited to a house party by Viscount Hillbrook, Jonas Merrick, at his estate, Ferney, to do business, her father sees this as a good opportunity to get his daughter betrothed to the suitor he prefers. Her father insists that Lord Desborough is invited to the party as well, leaving the other two suitors, Elias Thorne and Lord Tranter, who would love to marry Marianne, off the invitation list. Marianne is not happy, but her father has convinced her that Elias is after her dowry, and Marianne feels that Tranter is not for her. As for Lord Desborough, although he is a lovely man, he is much older than her and she is having a hard time deciding who she should choose. Her friends, Sidonie and Genevieve, are there helping Marianne with her choices, so when all three suitors end up at the party, this starts a rocky journey for Marianne.

This is such a great story—one that had me from the first page. I have read all of the books in this series, and it was lovely catching up with friends and seeing how much Elias loves Marianne. The way he shows her is just so sensual, and for all the talk about what an ice maiden Marianne is, this shows her strength, courage and her very sensual side. This is a story not to be missed. It is one that will be read over a few times. It had me smiling so much, and the epilogue is fabulous. Thank you Ms Campbell for another magical story.

Reviewed by Helen S

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


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