Thanks to ARRA for having us here again this month. We love showcasing the books we have available to our romance fans. Summer is meant to be here in the UK, although the weather isn’t quite on our side just yet—at least we have some scorching new reads just for you!
This month we have new books from BA Tortuga, Wendi Zwaduk and bestselling author Tracy St John along with firsts in new series.
Hands up who loves cowboys?! This month we have single book releases from a recent anthology, Boots, Chaps and Cowboy Hats ready for you to devour … Try Tied and Taken by BA Tortuga, Three to Feud by Nan Comargue, Cadence Falls by Beth D Carter or Healing Her Cowboy by Molly Ann Wishlade—July is the perfect time to enjoy erotic romance and cowboys.
We also have the first in a new series from Kathryn Lively called, Finish What You Started: in this business, it gets hot under the spotlight … You can grab a copy of this brand new novel at a discounted price from 19 to 26 July—don’t miss out!
Another first in a new series is brought to you by Elle Q Sabine and is called Hunt Her and is a contemporary novel filled with vampires and the paranormal—can you resist?! The Vampire Master won’t let her disappear, not ever again. This title is also on special offer from 26 July to 2 August.
Keep track of what else we have coming up by visiting our recently made-over website: www.totallybound.com
Coming up in July …
- Tied and Taken by BA Tortuga
- Her Man by Wendi Zwaduk
- Three to Feud by Nan Comargue
- The Thirteen Acts by Desire Tyler
- Finish What You Started by Kathryn Lively
- Cadence Falls by Beth D Carter
- Hunt Her by Elle Q Sabine
- Healing her Cowboy by Molly Ann Wishlade
- Alien Hostage by Tracy St John
We’ve got some winter warmers for readers this July!
Kate and the Escape Team
Releasing 5 July
Copping it Sweet by Anna Clifton. To find out her secrets he’s willing to risk everything—including his heart.
Quest for Earth by SE Gilchrist. With the survival of her crew at stake, an old enemy waiting in the wings, and a mighty chieftain declaring his love, can Sherise lead her people safely home?
Releasing 15 July
Evan and Darcy by Melanie Cole. Jane Austen gets a little dusty in this outback retelling of a beloved story about a man who learns that first impressions can be wrong when you’re looking for Ms Right.
Releasing 25 July
Next to You by Sandra Antonelli. A witty, quirky and unexpectedly moving story about cinema, secrets and a complicated love affair.
Today is the official release of Long Way Home by Susanne Bellamy (book 3, Hearts of the Outback series) (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Can you ever trust your enemy?
The first time they met, Detective Caleb Richards snapped handcuffs on Sarah Tait and she vowed never to forgive him. But when he seeks her help to find a kidnapped thoroughbred stallion she becomes his unwilling assistant.
Sarah sets out on a marathon endurance ride. As Caleb tags along, he realises that the horse whisperer has deeper secrets than he’d ever suspected.
Can he uncover Sarah’s secrets and win her trust?
Susanne dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
When I started writing Hearts of the Outback, I wanted to go back to the wonderful people I met and lived amongst while teaching in north-west Queensland. There is a real sense of community in a land that can be challenging and unforgiving to those who don’t respect its power. In Long Way Home, I knew I had to tell Sarah Tait’s story. She and Caleb ‘met’ in Heartbreak Homestead and their meeting was the sort that will become the stuff of family legend. The horse whisperer’s challenge is an endurance ride through this vast and wonderful country but the physical journey has parallels with her journey to reconcile her past and find a way forward. The catalyst is Detective Caleb Richards, whom she has sworn never to forgive for their meeting and what he did to her family. Caleb understands the one thing Sarah can’t refuse is a horse in trouble but having gained her assistance, he helps Sarah overcome her secret fear. Sometimes your enemy is the most trustworthy person of all.
Today is the official release of Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:
Blame it on the rain…
After her engagement to a local landowner ends in scandal and recrimination, Miss Charlotte Warren vows never to marry. Her father might write to say he’s found her the perfect husband – she’s sticking to her spinsterish guns. But when in the middle of a spring flood, her father’s choice turns up on the doorstep under an unconvincing alias, she has no choice but to take him in.
That doesn’t mean she’s going to marry Lord Lyle. No way.
Except he’s very handsome… And he kisses like a dream…
And when a girl finds herself trapped alone in a great big house with a roguish Scottish earl, who knows what will happen? Even to the most resolute and independent lady.
Ewan Macrae, Earl of Lyle, doesn’t believe in love at first sight—until he sees Charlotte Warren’s portrait. One glimpse of the real Charlotte, and he knows this is the lassie he means to carry off to the Highlands as his bride.
But his beloved is no easy conquest. She’s stubborn and headstrong, and dead set against becoming a wife.
Will lashings of Scottish charm, some highly convenient privacy, a scattering of sizzling kisses, and an eventful day battling the elements to save the spring lambs combine to change Miss Warren’s mind about marriage?
They most definitely will, if this proud Scotsman has any say in the matter!
Anna dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
I had such fun writing my novella, Stranded with the Scottish Earl, which is out today as an international ebook release. This light-hearted romance features a feisty English miss and the rascally, charming Scottish earl who arrives on her doorstep in the middle of a flood to claim her as his bride. As you can imagine, sparks fly fast and hot! This is basically a cabin romance (even if the cabin is a huge Palladian mansion in Hampshire) where the hero and heroine are trapped with their mutual attraction and can’t escape it. I love getting the hero and heroine under one roof and watching the heat build until it explodes. Stranded with the Scottish Earl is a stand-alone after writing a couple of Dashing Widows books (more Dashing Widows to come next, with Pursuing Lord Pascal scheduled for the end of September). I hope Stranded leaves you smiling!
Today is the official release of Homeworld by Valerie Parv (book 3, Beacon series)(ebook, Momentum Publishing). Here’s the blurb:
Leaving Earth may be the only way to save it.
An alien warship looms over Earth, and the only beings with the power to stand in its way are scattered to the winds. The beacons’ messenger, Adam, has mysteriously vanished, and the watcher, Elaine, is a prisoner aboard the alien ship. Only the listener, Garrett, remains, and he must use any means available to reunite the beacons and save the planet.
Enlisting the help of celebrity Amelia Takei, Garrett is determined to answer the alien threat, but the warship’s captain has demands. Convinced that they played a part in condemning her race to a barren planet, the captain intends to force the beacons to take her to their home planet to seek revenge.
The beacons have an impossible choice – surrender to the alien captain’s demands, or put their adopted planet at even greater risk by fighting back. In a last-ditch attempt to turn defeat into a chance for the planet’s survival, Garrett and Amelia risk a daring raid on their enemy in space, where they make a startling discovery. Sometimes those you trust most can destroy you.
Valerie dropped by today to tell us a little about this book:
With every book I write, I try to do something new but the Beacon series was still quite a stretch. I used to help organise Star Trek conventions and avidly followed every Apollo and shuttle mission. These passions plus my love of romantic suspense came together and the series grew from there. Homeworld is my favourite because I not only put my aliens through every ordeal I could devise, but as it’s the conclusion to the series, I gave them the happy ending they’d well and truly earned. On the way, I had a few ordeals of my own. The alien commander out for revenge on the beacons told me she was a weather engineer. Until then I had no idea that’s a real profession, but what this lady does with weather is beyond anything we humans can do, luckily for us. Having my beacons take her on in space was a real buzz, and I have to thank the talented designers of the Bombardier Global Express private jets for showing me how to make this work. By the end of writing Homeworld I was exhausted—I guess saving the planet will do that to you.
Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole
This story starts on the day the heroine, Josephine, dies at the age of 11. But Josephine isn’t a normal girl (she’s always suspected that) and that’s just the beginning of her new life. She realises she is a vampire, but that’s not all she is. That other part of her, and where she came from, is a mystery. Not realising there is a supernatural community, Jo lives on the street. Many years later she ends up in New Orleans and becomes known as Lady Shady, who protects prostitutes. And then she comes across Rune.
Rune is part demon, part dark fey. He has been an outcast for most of his very, very long life and has a kind of skewed view of his worth. He is now part of the Morior and has been sent to kill Nix. Rune targets Jo because he thinks she knows where Nix is (she doesn’t). Jo is fascinated by Rune because his blood smells delicious. Even when she’s told that his blood and kiss is poisonous she can’t keep away from him. Rune isn’t interested in a relationship, he just wants to finish his mission.
Jo is an awesome character. She’s basically been alone for most of her life but she’s tough and smart-mouthed and she doesn’t back down from anything or anyone, even Rune. She might not know who or what she is, but she has a core belief in what she is capable of, and what is right, and that never wavers. When she decides she wants Rune her challenge is to convince him that he is worth loving.
The IAD characters that we already know were only a small part of this book, except for Nix—who was her usual meddling self (although actually quite a bit meaner in this story). This story is focused for the most part on Jo and Rune, and it is another great addition to the Immortals After Dark series.
(But I have to say I really don’t like this cover. The red feather is such a small part of the plot and then it dominates the whole cover. I thought it was a very strange choice. I was really hoping they would go back to the old look when they released a mass market paperback version of this book.)
Reviewed by Debbie
A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher. ARRA members who leave a comment by 13 July 2016 will go into the draw to win a copy of this book.
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Thanks for taking a look at our new releases this July …
Holidays for Romance: the Complete Series by Peggy Bird (contemporary)—Holidays are the best kind of celebration, and what better to toast amid fireworks and feasts than finding new love? Join these six couples as they light up the calendar with new starts on old wishes, in this value-priced digital collection.
Sweet Texas Secrets: The Complete Series by Monica Tillery, Nicole Flockton and Robyn Neeley (contemporary)—The Cooper brothers receive the shock of their lives when their deceased father, owner of the lucrative Guac Olé company, wills away their inheritances to three random women. He leaves them each only a mysterious object and a riddle to solve. You don’t want to miss a sexy minute of their search for answers—and love.
Luc by JM Stewart (contemporary)—When her best friend fixes erotic romance author Liz Anderson up with a single father ten years her junior, she doesn’t expect the hot young chef to ignite her long-dormant passion. An offer to teach her to cook leads to a steamy fling, but this gorgeous older woman makes Luc wonder if it’s time to open his heart again.
Desert Guards: The Complete Series by Holley Trent (paranormal)—Meet three alpha were-cougars and their spirited, sass-spouting soulmates in this shifter romance bundle. Spells, hexes, and curses won’t stop these strong, sexy desert guards from finding love at long last.
Misbehaving in Merritt by Alicia Hunter Pace (contemporary)—Love’s crossroads converge when Beauford, Tennessee, meets Merritt, Alabama, in this charming new series by USA Today best-selling author Alicia Hunter Pace. After too many speeding tickets land Dr Maxwell Ellis Buchanan IV in hot water, he must volunteer at Merritt’s local arts centre. Then he finds out that he’ll report to Audrey Evans, the gorgeous new woman in town who just turned him down for a date. After losing her dream job, Audrey retreated to slower-paced Merritt to figure out her next path. She never expects it to lead to an arrogant golden boy like Max. Yet as they work together to support their new community, Max and Audrey find surprising common ground and a chemistry that leaves them breathless. They soon discover that starting over might just be the best way to get to where you always belonged.
Love Connection: 4 Contemporary Romances by Monica Tillery (contemporary)—Chocolates may win a girl’s heart on special occasions, but it takes more than sweet talk to find true love. Dive into these decadent romances and discover the secret recipe to a happily ever after! Available at the low price of just 99 cents, this digital collection will delight and satisfy.
Tokyo Love by Diana Jean (contemporary)—When Kathleen Schmitt relocates to Tokyo to work be project lead for the Personal Love Companion (PLC), a life-sized, hyper-realistic dating doll, the transition is quite the culture shock for this born-and-bred Midwesterner. Most surprising of all: the test PLC fashioned to embody her innermost desires, turns out to be a woman—a double of her neighbour and coworker, Yuriko Vellucci. American-born Yuriko thinks Kathleen is about the most pathetic transplant ever. She clearly needs Yuriko’s help and expertise if this transition—and the PLC project—is to be a success. With Yuriko to show her the way, Kathleen will learn to socialise at anizakaya, find the best onsen in Nikko, party at a matsuri, buy doujinshi in Akihabara, and fall in love with a country so very different from her own. but can she also learn how to confess her love for the person who showed it to her?
Valor Under Siege by Elizabeth Boyce (historical)—The Honorables are back! When ambitious solicitor Norman Wynford-Scott is ousted from his legal studies due to a holiday revel spun out of control, he adapts a new plan: running for Parliament. Trouble is, the same irresistible woman who ruined his good name is thwarting his campaign at every turn. Divorced and drink-addicted, Lady Elsa Fay has retreated to the family village of Fleck to regain her sobriety. She’s distracting herself from her troubles—and her memories of the one passionate night she shared with Norman—by organizing the Parliament campaign of her husband’s cousin—until Norman arrives intent on winning the seat for himself. Shamed and determined, Elsa will do all she can to send her former friend and now adversary packing—even if it means breaking her own heart in the process.
Summer Sizzle: 6 Hotter-than-Hot Romances by Lotchie Burton, Alicia Thorne, Susann Oriel, Susan Blexrud, Christy McKellen and Livia Olteano (spicy)—Passion is never too hot to handle when these six sensual couples bring the heat between the sheets, and end up finding a love that sears their hearts for all time. From fake boyfriends to fantasy maids, secrets and pretence make for seriously smoking bedfellows in this value-priced digital collection.
Fool for You by Rina Gray
This sparkling debut showcases sexy African-American professionals taking a bite out of the Big Apple and finding true love. Sports journalist Melanie Foster has achieved most of her goals: Bomb.com job—check. Tomboy-to-smoking-hottie makeover—check. Convince her best friend, Damien Richards, to slide a ring on her finger and father her two-point-five kids—not so much. When she activates Operation: I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, she never imagines her BFF already has plans to stroll down the wedding aisle with another woman. But when the tables turn, it’ll take all of Damien’s persuasive powers to show Mel that he can be a fool for love, too.
Fool for You is out 18 July.
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 2016.