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ARRC2017: concurrent session 2A

8 December 2016

arrc2017-light_200Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2017. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Session 2A—Tropelicious

All romance readers have at least one favourite trope—a lot of them have many! This panel will explore our favourite tropes, giving examples of some of their favourite stories for each. We will also look at tropes across subgenres, whether there are any specific to some subgenres, tropes that have come and gone and ones that have stood the test of time.

The panellists

2a-photosCassandra Dean is the author of nine historical and fantasy romances, including the popular Silk series, and was a 2016 finalist in the Romance Writers of Australia’s coveted R*BY Award. Cassandra lives in Adelaide, South Australia.

Christine Wells is the author of The Wife’s Tale, out now with Penguin Random House. Her popular Westruthers historical romance series was written under the pen name Christina Brooke. A Golden Heart winner and two-time RITA nominee, Christine lives in Brisbane, Queensland.

Eden Summers is a bestselling author of contemporary romance with a side of sizzle and sarcasm. She lives in Australia with a young family who are well aware she’s circling the drain of insanity. Eden can’t resist alpha dominance, dark features and sarcasm in her fictional heroes and loves a strong heroine who knows when to bite her tongue but also serves retribution with a feminine smile on her face.

Kylie Scott writes in the new adult and fantasy/horror romance genre and is the winner of the ARRA Australian Romance Writer of Year Award in 2013 and 2014. Kylie’s popular Stage Dive series has been translated into six different languages. The second title in her spin-off Dive Bar series, Twist, is due out in 2017. Kylie lives in south-east Queensland.

Not registered yet? What are you waiting for? Here’s the booking link.

Publisher pitch: Pride Publishing, Dec 2016

8 December 2016

PrideHello everyone

December is here! We hope you’re all looking forward to the festivities ahead. It’s been a fantastic year and as usual, we’ve loved working with ARRA. Everyone at Pride Publishing would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2017!

We’re also very happy to bring to you all an insight into our upcoming releases for December. Take a look, there’s sure to be a title to put a spring in your Christmassy steps …

Boots is the exciting new release from top Gay Romance author, Angel Martinez, and it’s truly unique. Meet Wilhelm, who has just lost his job, boyfriend, and now possibly his mind when his cat calls him a nitwit. Kasha, who claims to be a magical cat, reassures him that all will be well. And low and behold, along comes a handsome stranger one night … If you’re looking for something totally different, with magical M/M romance, choose Boots! Out 6 December.

pride-covers_dec2016Another fantastic release for December is Falling Into Darkness by LM Brown, available to buy and download from 13 December. This is a gorgeous addition to the LGBT paranormal genre, in which we follow the story of Lucifer and Michael, a leader of an army of demons and an angel respectively. The former lovers were separated by war, knowing that the time will come when they must face each other in battle. A sensual tale of forbidden love, LM Brown does not disappoint.

We’ve got a number of Lesbian Romance releases out this month, including Window Dressing by Lucy Felthouse. This short and sexy read takes place on London’s Oxford Street, where shop-fitter Jessie is asked to work overnight on a flagship store’s front window. The woman in charge, Edith, has the appearance of a pixie and the personality of a dragon. As the night goes on, however, Jessie starts to see beneath Edith’s frosty exterior, and kind of likes what she finds … Will the night take a steamy turn? Window Dressing is out on 20 December, the perfect time to get you feeling warm inside, ready for Christmas.

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All our new books available in December:

  • The Tiny Blue House by RA Padmos
  • Boots by Angel Martinez
  • Heart and Home by CL Etta
  • In the Flesh by HK Carlton
  • About You by AJ Llewellyn
  • Falling into Darkness by LM Brown
  • Window Dressing by Lucy Felthouse
  • Soul Bonds by Lynn Lorenz
  • New Eyes by TK Paige
  • Wild Rose, Silent Snow by Angel Martinez

Feature book: Tell Me No Lies

7 December 2016

tell-me-no-liesTell Me No Lies by Shirley Wine

When Victoria Scanlan agrees to travel with her friend, Logan Donovan, to his family’s estate for a long weekend, she has no idea how complicated her life is about to become. At the house she soon meets Logan’s step-brother who also happens to be the father of her six year old son and the man she couldn’t forget. Now he’s in front of her, using a different name and with a fiancée on his arm. The emotional reunion is further complicated by his mother’s frosty welcome and the barely concealed claws the fiancée is aiming in her direction.

Keir Donovan has never forgotten the woman he spent one summer with and when he sees her again, all his old feelings for her return in force. Yet after being lied to and deceived by all of the important women in his life, he is immediately on guard and suspicious of her motives for returning. Yet it is soon obvious that the sexual chemistry between them is still explosive. As he questions Victoria’s motives for returning, his fiancée soon senses a threat and is determined she won’t be pushed out. A simple house party now becomes a hotbed of emotion, tension and everyone has secrets.

After several arguments and fraught incidents Victoria decides to fight for Keir who she now admits she loves. She inserts herself in his bed and just before she can start to seduce him his fiancée walks in with the same idea. Seduction is forgotten as they all engage in a blazing row, which ends with Keir a single man. Victoria spends the night with him, and the next morning a family row sees threats made and Keir declare his support for Victoria. That is until a phone call brings news of a medical emergency for the son he never knew he had. At the hospital recriminations flow and Victoria is devastated to learn of deceit and secrets from her family, who conspired against her when she had tried to find Keir during her pregnancy.

With their lives in turmoil and their son unconscious, the last thing they need is a vengeful ex fiancée whose Daddy just happens to own a major newspaper and is quick to use the press to expose the dirty secrets of the Donovan family, with a particular focus on Victoria. As her safety is called into question Keir moves her into his home but it’s not to play happy families. With secrets, innuendo, threats and a murky past between them can they ever get their life together back on track? And can they move past the scandals and paparazzi to live relatively normal lives?

This book will keep you turning the pages as each new secret, threat or crisis makes life more complicated for Victoria, Keir and their families. The climax brings through one last secret that will surprise you and you will be cheering for the lovers as they are forced to fight every step of the way to possibly find a happily ever after. I highly recommend picking up this book from Escape Publishing, when you have some time to devote to it because it’s hard to put down.

Reviewed by Tracey

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

ARRC2017: concurrent session 1C

6 December 2016

arrc2017-dark_200Here is the next in our series about the panel sessions at ARRC2017. You can find further details on the convention, including the full program and registration links here.

This week we are talking about…

Session 1C—Speed dating

This is the second of our speed dating sessions. Just like regular speed dating, but without the cocktails and heartache … Meet some of your favourite authors, and discover new authors, in these one-on-one ‘dates’. Can you find a soulmate in just four minutes? Come along to one of our speed dating sessions and find out!

Readers—spots for the speed dating sessions are filling quickly, so be sure to book a place soon.

The line-up

1c-photosAlissa Callen is the author of ten small town and rural fiction novels and novellas. She is a USA Today bestselling author of the Wildflower Ranch, Outback Dust and Born in Boots books. Alissa lives on a small farm outside Dubbo, NSW.

Alli Sinclair is the author of books that combine travel and romance. Alli won ARRA Favourite New Romance Author in 2014 and her debut novel, Luna Tango, won Ausrom Today’s Book of the Year. Under the Spanish Stars was released in 2016. Alli lives in Geelong, Victoria.

Darcy Delany is the author of The Modern Day Fairy Tale Series (I Don’t Date in December and The Go-Between) and Love Gone Wrong: Short Stories about love and all its debacles. Darcy writes stories with sassy heroines and the strong, smouldering men who love them. Darcy lives in Canberra, Australia. She makes a mean Sangria and is partial to car karaoke.

Diane Demetre is the author of three red-hot erotic romances. Her debut novel, Dancing Queen, book 1 in the Dance of Love series, was voted Luminosity Publishing Readers’ Choice Award for Best Book and Best Cover 2015. Tiny Dancer and Dance to a Gypsy Beat, books 2 and 3 in the series, were released in 2016. Diane lives on the glamourous Gold Coast in Queensland.

Elizabeth Squire is an historical romance author; Closer to Sin is her debut novel, a daring story of intrigue and passion, set in Napoleonic France and Georgian England. Elizabeth lives in Canberra in the ACT.

Imogene Nix is the author of over 25 romances, featuring science fiction and paranormal romance. Imogene lives in Biggenden, in regional Queensland.

Kandy Shepherd is an award-winning, multi-published author of contemporary romance. She has twice won the Australian Romance Readers Association award for Favorite Contemporary Romance. Kandy lives on a small farm in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of four-legged friends. Kandy believes in love-at-first-sight and real-life romance—they worked for her!

Keri Arthur has now written over 38 novels, including the New York Times bestselling Riley Jenson Guardian series. She’s received several nominations in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Awards and has won RT’s Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. She lives with her daughter in Melbourne, Australia.

Nicole Hurley-Moore has written three rural romances as well as several medieval fantasies. Country Roads is her latest book and is the first in the White Gum Creek series. Nicole lives in Castlemaine, a semi-rural town in Victoria and is a fan of happily ever afters.

TM Clark is the author of three contemporary African adventure/suspense stories. Her first book, My Brother-But-One, was nominated for a Queensland Literary Peoples Choice Award in 2014. TM Clark lives in beautiful Bribie Island, Queensland.


Favourite reads: Nov 2016

5 December 2016

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for November. Each month some of ARRA’s members will tell you a little bit about one of the books they’ve recently read and loved.

These are not full reviews of the books, just honest opinions on why they enjoyed the book so much. Hopefully one of these will strike a chord with you.

So, we asked our members to tell us about some of their favourite reads for November …

‘Play’ by Karina Bliss in You Had Me at Christmas anthology (book 1.5, Rock Solid series) (contemporary romance)

playThis novella is a sexy but realistic look at a couple trying to rejuvenate a marriage and raise children amid the pressures and temptations of unexpected fame. The rock-star hero is no playboy, but an ordinary man whose recent fame has brought him adoring fans and media scrutiny. Their lifestyle changes have impacted them both in different ways, and resolving these new issues is the essence of the story. It is amusing and heart-breaking by turns, and I plan to read the other books in the series. [Deb, NSW]

Shadows of Hunters Ridge by Sarah Barrie (book 2, Hunters Ridge series) (romantic suspense)

shadows-of-hunters-ridgeWell I have been waiting for this one and can I say WOW what a fabulous story it is, truly this book has everything that a romantic suspense needs to pull the reader in from page one, edge of your seat suspense a fabulous sensual romance, danger, so much danger strong characters that make you feel so much a part of the story and then a hero and heroine that so deserve each other and after a dangerous path get their beautiful HEA. Ms Barrie writes a story that fully engages the reader from page one and I can highly recommend her stories. I am looking forward to the next one. [Helen, NSW]

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber (contemporary romance)

twelve-days-of-christmasI look forward to Debbie Macomber’s Christmas book every year. The hero really started off as a bah! humbug! guy, which is always a terrific beginning in a romance—I really looked forward to seeing how he’d change. The theme of the book is kindness, and paying this forward. We can all do with a little bit of kindness in this world, but Debbie also twisted the idea and made the acts of kindness also quite introspective, producing surprising results. You never quite know where it will take you! A lovely, festive, romantic book. Well worth the read. [Malvina, NSW]

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (book 1, Court of Thorns and Roses series) (young adult fantasy)

a-court-of-thorns-and-rosesDo you love fantasy books? Do you love magic and fae? Do you love a Beauty and the Beast type trope? If you answered YES then this is the book for you. I was quite surprised that this was classified as a ‘young adult’ fantasy novel as it reads more mature than that. A nice surprised was a riddle in the book that the author gives you time to figure out on your own. Alas, I was not able to solve it; can you? I looking forward to the next book in the series, A Court of Mist and Fury. [Juliette, Vic]

The Goal by Elle Kennedy (book 4, Off Campus series) (new adult)

the-goalThis book was an awesome read and a great wrap-up for this series. Sabrina was a great heroine-tough and smart and working hard to make a good future for herself-who suddenly finds herself dealing with a very difficult situation. Tucker was so supportive, and incredibly even-tempered (especially for a hockey player), but also very single-minded in going after what he wanted. I loved that he just hung in there right to the end waiting for her to be ready. I also loved that their reactions felt authentic. I will miss this series, but thankfully there will be a spin-off. [Debbie, ACT]

Release day: The Rogue

5 December 2016

Today is the official release of The Rogue by Allison Butler (book 2, Highland Brides series) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

the-rogueA charming rogue, a woman with responsibilities, a Highland romance you won’t forget…

Lowlander Adair has more charm and wit than any one man has a right to, despite being abandoned by his mother when only four. Granted one year’s leave from his duties to the Elliot Clan, Adair travels to the Highlands in search of kith and kin, enjoying whichever women catch his eye along the way. But no one can hold him, and he always leaves the next morning.

Until he is beaten senseless and wakes to find his wounds being tended by a redheaded, emerald-eyed beauty who has him questioning his roguish ways.

Orphaned at birth, Keila Fearn spent her early years being shuffled from one relative to the next. But at the age of ten, Keila’s greatest wish is granted when she is given Drummin House by Euphemia I, Countess of Ross, a woman she has never met. The only rule? She can never wed, or the house will revert back to the Earl of Buchan.

The idea of marriage has never appealed, so Keila works hard to remain self-sufficient and does everything possible to keep her home. She is content with her life and needs nothing more, until the battered stranger left on her doorstep shows her that a home is nothing without a heart.

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

The Rogue is the second book in my Highland Brides series and was such a pleasure to write. I love the history and the Scottish setting, but mostly I love the characters. Adair is the charming, witty hero travelling the Highlands in search of his origins, but wherever he is, Adair uses humour to cope with any situation. Keila Fearn is the caring, determined heroine who works hard and takes her responsibilities for keeping her home very seriously. Adair and Keila have developed beliefs and fears due to their circumstances, but they have different ways of dealing with what life throws at them. Moira Denune is Keila’s fierce and protective older companion and Rory McRae is a kind-hearted, jovial elderly man who suffers from a mild case of the sad and cruel disease dementia. With my twenty-five-year milestone for caring for the elderly fast approaching, these two secondary characters were inspired by the hundreds of men and women I have been honoured to know. Happy reading xx

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

Release day: Invoked

5 December 2016

Today is the official release of Invoked by Dani Kristoff (book 3, Spellbound in Sydney series) (ebook, Escape Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

invokedThe final bewitching story in a trilogy about sexy witches and second chances…

Earl Pressonville knows he made a mistake, but he never expected it to cost him his life. Well, most of his life. Some small part of him survives, but only as a shadow, a thought, a feeling…a purgatory of his own making.

When a young witch, Nea Royston, comes near with her reader sense, something about her gentle touch draws him back to awareness.

But there’s a darkness that’s also returned to Lake Macquarie, one that Earl has dealt with before. Having seen the light that Nea brings to the world, he knows that she will draw the darkness to her, and he vows to protect her at all costs. But Nea is looking for life, for love, for a future, and all Earl can ever offer is a dream.

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

Invoked is about family, love and magic, which is a common theme in the Spellbound in Sydney series. While Spiritbound is full of light and Bespelled full of fun, Invoked is shaded darker. Earl was an interesting character to write about and difficult to sculpt. He represents the mistakes of youth and the wisdom of old age. Nea, though, was a pleasure to work with. Young, lusty and loyal. And while the action takes place mostly by Lake Macquarie, there is something a bit pongy reaching out from the Sydney coven.

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