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Publisher pitch: Crimson Romance, May 2017

27 April 2017

Crimson Romance_200Crimson Romance is proud to announce we’ve joined Simon & Schuster publishing, as we continue to bring you brand-new strong, smart and satisfying romance reads each month!

Visit us at www.crimsonromance.com for info on our new single titles, value-priced digital collections, submission guidelines, audio releases, and more.

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Here’s what’s new in May:

Spring’s a time for new beginnings, and two promising debut novels launch brand-new series this month at Crimson! Devil’s Deal by Michele Arris kicks off the Tarnished Billionaires saga and delivers some serious heat. This spicy interracial romance finds golden boy Lucas Marx craving career girl and part-time café waitress Bailey Walters at first sight. Only problem? He used to date Bailey’s boss, and her burgeoning interior design career might just be over before it starts if she gives in to his wicked temptation.

Then, travel back in time to the turn-of-the-century Canadian frontier town of Fraser Springs in The Scandalous Mrs Wilson. (Fans of the popular book and TV series When Calls the Heart will love this enchanting romance by Laine Ferndale.) When journalist Owen Hart comes to town to blow the lid off titillating rumours surrounding Jo Wilson’s female-staffed bathhouse, what he finds is a captivating, respectable businesswoman just trying to keep her head above the town’s gossip. But when public scorn takes a dangerous turn, Owen and Jo find their lives and their hearts on the line.

Fans of vampires, shapeshifters, and supernatural soul mates will find plenty to feed their romance cravings in the dystopian underworld duology, Embrace: The Complete Series. Spring Stevens’s captivating dark saga features two destined couples defying the Gods to stand together in the face of oncoming war.

Summer’s just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to get ready for camping season. Bring your sleeping bags, your s’mores fixings, and your ereader stocked with this great discount-priced bundle of books perfect for fans of sultry nights spent stargazing, fireside snuggling and tent-pitching (if you know what we mean). The Great Outdoors: 8 Romances for Nature Lovers includes tales from USA Today bestselling authors Holley Trent and TF Walsh, plus Kathryn Brocato, cj petterson, Ana Krista Johnson, Nicole Flockton, Shelley K Wall and Peggy Bird.

There’s more great savings to be had, as well, with these value-priced digital sets. If you’re holding out for a streetwise Hercules or a white knight on a fiery steed, look no further than Heroes Wanted: 4 To-the-Rescue Romances starring a quartet of incredibly sexy men. If cowboys get you in a gallop, you’ll want to check out The Wild, Wild West: 5 Historical Romances or if you prefer to be moved by the spirit, Soul Mates: 6 Ghostly Romances delivers some hauntingly good loving. Finally, if you can’t resist a fake-relationship story, don’t miss In Name Only: 9 Fake-It-to-Make-It Romances.

For more information, visit our website, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

FEATURED BOOK

Crazy For You by Rina Gray

The final Crush on You novel from Rina Gray’s acclaimed romantic comedy series is here! Fan favourite Jake Ross is back and finding love at long last. This baseball hotshot needs a steady girlfriend to shake his bad boy rep or risk losing a million-dollar sponsorship. Shy media coordinator Charlotte Jones, who’s determined to lose weight to avoid the health concerns that run in her family, needs someone to talk her out of throwing in the towel. If Charlotte pretends to be Jake’s girlfriend, he’ll coach her on how to hit her numbers on the scales. It’s a home run of an idea … until sparks begin to fly. But has Jake really forsaken his playboy ways?

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 May.

Release day: Forever Mine

27 April 2017

Today is the official release of Forever Mine by Joanne Dannon (book 4, Alex Jackson series) (ebook and paperback, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

It’s never a good idea to fall for your best friend’s brother … or so they say.

Hannah Greene is fed up. A romantic at heart, she’s had a major crush on her best friend’s brother for years but he’s never noticed her. To shape a life for herself away from Zac, she must move on.

Zac Warne, smooth-talking sales guy who takes responsibility to a whole new level, loves the thrill of the chase but is not interested in settling down, ever. It’s not that he doesn’t believe in love, it’s just not for him.

But circumstances have Hannah and Zac spending one weekend together and a night of fun leads to more than just emotional consequences for them.

Compelled to right wrongs and beholden to fix problems, Zac has to convince Hannah his about-turn about wanting a relationship with her is not just one of convenience. Can Hannah now trust this smooth-talking playboy who has a reputation for breaking hearts, including her own?

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

With the Alex Jackson series, I never intended or started out to write a series. However, my one standalone story of a superstar falling for his physio became a three-book series and I was happy with each story. I loved what I had written. But then Nas Dean suggested I write a fourth book about Ellie’s BFF, Hannah. What a great idea! I loved it. Thanks Nas, you’re the best. And so I had to go about creating a new story with tid-bits from book 3, Together At Last. I hope you love Hannah and Zac’s story. I have to confess that I just loved writing it.

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

Feature book: The Pirate Lord

26 April 2017

The Pirate Lord by Vanda Vadas

Lady Eloise Blakely has brotherly affection for Gareth, Duke of Arlington. He has other ideas. The duke wants her dowry and he will do what he can to make sure the marriage takes place.

Gareth has done what he can to make sure he keeps close company with the Blakely family. He was the one to save Julian from being trampled when he was a teen when Julian’s parents were killed. As she tries to avoid Gareth, Eloise meets a stranger in the grounds when she takes some fresh air at a ball. When she pursues the stranger, she falls and hits her head and loses her sight, albeit temporarily.

Eloise is then kidnapped by the stranger who is known as the pirate lord. Zach, really Miles Zachary Fenton, has been forced to take to the seas but it is with purpose. He will extract his revenge on his brother, Gareth. Zach, as the pirate lord, has been making inroads into ensuring that Gareth’s crimes come to the notice of everyone. Too much more will mean that I give away some of the details and there are a few twists …

There are the normal misunderstandings of the relationships that Zach may or may not be involved in while he has been away pirating. Eloise does recover her sight and this leads to her being able to do things that assist Zach in his revenge. Zach does have to make the decision as to what is more important—Eloise or the final revenge on Gareth.

This book has been in my TBR (to be reviewed, as I prefer to call it) list for a while. I was looking for something historical and different, and chose this book. And then had to keep reading as there were enough turns in the story to keep me interested until the end.

Reviewed by Heather

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

Release day: Prophecy Awakened

25 April 2017

Today is the official release of Prophecy Awakened by Tamar Sloan (book 1, Prime Prophecy) (ebook, Clean Reads). Here’s the blurb:

On the first day of her new school all that shy, wounded Eden wants is to finish her senior year and escape to college. It can’t be too much to ask for, can it?

Noah has spent two years not knowing why he failed to come of age as every one of his ancestors has. Two years drifting aimlessly, searching for direction…

When the two meet the connection is instantaneous and undeniable. A connection that has Eden running and Noah burning to know more.

A connection destined to be the catalyst for a prophecy that neither knew existed.
A prophecy others are willing to kill for.

As families rupture and struggle to realign, as their hearts connect and ignite, Eden learns to trust. But with their love and life on the line, Eden must find the power to believe.

Prophecy Awakened is the first book in Tamar Sloan’s Prime Prophecy Series. If you enjoyed Stephanie Meyer, Lauren Kate or Maggie Stiefvater, then you’ll love a series that captures their best traits in an epic, captivating story of a love that defies boundaries.

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

Prophecy Awakened came to me in a dream (so cliche, right?). But it was a beautiful dream. There was moving scenes of a boy who never came of age like everyone everyone of his kind has. It was a story about the girl who has wounds of her own (and totally underestimates her potential) and the power of their connection. A connection powerful enough to spark Noah’s change, and to challenge Eden’s beliefs. And it was an idea that wouldn’t go away. So Prophecy Awakened was conceptualised and created. It has all the elements of an epic love story; it is faced paced and thrilling, it has a delightful dose of humour and wit, and ultimately it is touching and moving and beautiful. I’m looking forward to hearing what readers think of it.

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

Release day: Talk of the Town

24 April 2017

Today is the official release of Talk of the Town by Rachael Johns (ebook and trade paperback, Harlequin MIRA). Here’s the blurb:

Lawson Cooper-Jones has two priorities in life – his son, Ned, and the survival of the dairy farm that has been in his family for generations. Despite the best efforts of the town matchmakers and the determined pursuit of local girl Adeline Walsh, Lawson’s heart belongs still, and only, to his late wife.

But when a flat tyre strands Lawson and Ned in nearby Rose Hill, he’s surprised to find a woman living alone in the old general store of the deserted town. Ned immediately forms a bond with the beautiful stranger called Meg, and Lawson is surprised to find himself captivated by her too.

Although shy at first, Meg starts to open up to him about the haunting secrets of her new home and, with Lawson unable to get her out of his head, they agree to investigate the history of the old building together. Soon they find their friendship has bloomed into something more.

But when meddling Adeline makes it her mission to uncover the truth about the newcomer and her real identity is revealed, Lawson and Meg’s budding romance comes crashing down. Can they both learn to forgive in order to claim a future for their damaged hearts?

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

Talk of the Town has been milling about in my head for a few years now, since I was jogging one day and ran past an old house in the small rural town I was living in. As I ran, this sentence just popped into my head: “She had plenty of skeletons in her closet, she could deal with a few ghosts.” I knew immediately then that I wanted to write a story with a heroine who has a dark secret in her past and that there needed to be ghosts (or at least one ghost) in the book. I had no idea then who this woman was and what her secrets were, but from that one line Talk of the Town grew into a book about a dairy farmer, his young son and the mysterious woman they meet one day when they get a flat tyre in a ghost town. I hope you’ll enjoy the read.

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

Guest blogger: Helen Lacey

23 April 2017

What makes a hero …

I’ve been writing romance for a long time, and writing for Harlequin Special Edition is an absolute pleasure. I write about small towns and families, cowboys and CEOs, babies, barns and horses. But recently I received an email from a reader asking me how I make, essentially, the same kind of hero seem different in each book.

This got me thinking. Are my guys the same?

Well, the short answer is yes.

So I wrote down a list of their core values and character traits—

Integrity (a must for any hero in my opinion)—I mean, Mr Darcy was often a pompous ass, but he always tried to do the right thing, even if his arrogance sometimes got in the way of the truth.

Kindness—a hero who would save a kitten up a tree (well, not always literally, although I do have the hero in my latest release rescuing a feline trapped on top of a gazebo).

Compassion—which often gets mixed up with weakness, but I’ve never believed this to be true.

Consideration—do you remember when Gilbert Blythe took a job further from home so that Anne could stay close to Marilla in Anne of Green Gables? Even if you’re not a fan of the book or movie, this hero always seemed to be considerate of Anne (because he loved her).

Grit—a must for any good hero. I always like to give my heroines gumption … but for the boys, it’s grit. That steely determination to get things done. To me, it’s an embodiment of strength and courage. Think John McClane in Die Hard … the man had grit by the bucketload and was determined to save everyone and be reunited with his wife.

Lastly, I love a hero who will always do what’s right, even if he knows the heroine isn’t going to understand, or if it will make her question his integrity. This of course, creates conflict. And conflict is a must in any good romance.

So, yes, my heroes usually possess the same qualities, the same core beliefs and values. So whether you like Rhett Butler or Mr Darcy, Jon Snow or Jason Bourne, whoever are your favourites, you might find they share many similar character traits.

Do you have a favourite type of hero? More alpha than boy next door? More rock god than cowboy? And do your favourites have similar values? Leave a comment to go into the draw to win a signed copy of my latest release, Married to the Mom-to-Be, available from Harlequin Special Edition.

You can find Helen here: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

April marks the release of book 4 in my The Cedar River Cowboys series:

Married to the Mom-to-Be

She’s late. That kind of late…

Kayla Rickard always planned to marry and start a family—with the right man. Then she met Liam O’Sullivan. Once she sampled passion in his arms, she forgot the feud that separated their families for decades. Now Kayla’s in two times the trouble. She’s secretly married to—and pregnant by—public enemy number one.

After eloping to Vegas, the scion of the O’Sullivan empire wants to come clean. Liam wants his wife—at his side, in his bed. He’ll do whatever it takes, even get to the bottom of the feud. But are he and Kayla prepared for the bombshells they’ll uncover? They have no choice—because in nine months their little secret will be born!

Three Reasons to Wed (book 1, The Cedar River Cowboys)
Lucy & the Lieutenant (book 2, The Cedar River Cowboys)
The Cowgirl’s Forever Family (book 3, The Cedar River Cowboys)
Married to the Mom-to-Be (book 4, The Cedar River Cowboys)

and coming in August 2017 …

The Rancher’s Unexpected Family (book 5, The Cedar River Cowboys)

Release day: Dead Again

21 April 2017

Today is the official release of Dead Again by Sandi Wallace (print and ebook, Atlas Productions). Here’s the blurb:

It is almost two years since wildfires ravaged the tiny town of Bullock, and Melbourne journalist, Georgie Harvey, is on assignment in the recovering town to write a feature story on the anniversary of the tragedy.

In nearby Daylesford, police officer, John Franklin, is investigating a spree of vandalism and burglaries, while champing to trade his uniform for the plain clothes of a detective.

When Georgie’s story and Franklin’s cases collide, she not only finds herself back in conflict with the man she’s been trying to forget since their first encounter, but she uncovers the truth about how the fires started – a truth no-one is wanting to believe.

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

A childhood spent holidaying with my family in Gippsland, followed by years of exploring Daylesford and country Australia with my husband, added with a lifelong dream to be a crime writer, and fantasy that I would’ve made a good police detective if I hadn’t pursued writing, all inspire my rural crime series. In Dead Again, I throw Franklin and Georgie back into conflict, testing if the sparks in book one (Tell Me Why) run deeper than the allure of opposites and the pull of surviving danger, while they unravel the connection between a crime spree in Daylesford and the truth behind a devastating wildfire in the tiny town of Bullock two years earlier. In Australia, our environment is unique and beautiful but can also be heartbreaking and the theme of survival and rebuilding of communities in fire-affected rural regions runs beneath the fictional story, making this a book that is very close to my heart and I hope readers enjoy it.

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