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Guest blogger: Megan Mayfair

3 November 2019

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas …

Is it? Too early? Maybe for some. My husband (Mr M) refuses to watch a Christmas movie until Christmas time, which in his book, is pretty much from around 19 December. Me, on the other hand? I’m more than happy to watch a Christmas movie at any time of the year. I love a Christmas movie.

Home Alone. Die Hard (it is a Christmas movie. Definitely). National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Love, Actually. And not to mention my favourite—While You Were Sleeping—which has it all for me—romance, comedy, an overwhelming but yet oh-so-adorable and loveable family, Chicago scenery, and the cute pairing of Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.

Movies and books set at Christmas are always something special. I think there are a few reasons for this. Perhaps it’s the common threads that tend to weave through stories set at this time of year. They are often uplifting, and remind us of the things that are important; love, family, friendship, community, hope and goodwill. Maybe it reminds me of a few days where things go quiet away from school and work. And not to mention there’s always something especially divine about people falling in love against the backdrop of snow, the warm glow of twinkling lights and the sound of Christmas carols, or perhaps against a mild Australian summer’s evening, sandy beaches, the sound of cicadas or the smell of eucalyptus.

Christmas movies were definitely the inspiration for my latest novella, The Christmas Movie Date. In this novella, I focus on my characters, John and Annabelle, watching different Christmas movies, and what each means to them and how they are feeling as they head towards the holidays. Here’s the blurb:

New in town and with little family, preschool teacher Annabelle Smyth is passing the lead-up to Christmas at the holiday film festival at the Hope Street Movie Theater, knowing happy endings are little more than Hollywood magic.

Architect John Golding is a family man without a family. With his ex-wife and daughter spending the holidays in sunny Miami, he throws himself into his work, his heart too wounded to allow himself to be hurt again.

At a chance meeting at the Theater, Annabelle and John realise they have more in common than simply loneliness, but will a series of unexpected plot twists roll the credits on their chance at happiness?

It was such fun combining my love of Christmas films in the story, along with a romance between two characters I came to adore. The Christmas Movie Date is featured in Christmas on Hope Street, an anthology of four sweet romance stories set in the fictional Cathedral Springs in upstate New York.

You can pre-order Christmas on Hope Street now from Amazon.

Do you love a Christmas movie or a Christmas book? What’s your favourite?

Megan Mayfair is an Australian writer who writes fiction with a dash of family intrigue, a sprinkling of humour and a spoonful of romance. And a lot of heart. She lives in Melbourne with her husband and three children. She drinks far too much coffee and has an addiction to buying scarves.

You can find Megan here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Publisher pitch: Tule Publishing, Nov 2019

2 November 2019

Tule PublishingTule Publishing brings you the best in commercial fiction, from romance to chick-lit to compelling women’s fiction. Whether you’re in the mood for sexy or sweet, Tule brings you fresh, modern and exciting plots and beloved classic romance.

Tule has over 130 authors who have unique styles, terrific voices, and have helped us grow to house over 600 titles, and garner 13 RITA® nominations and one win in five years.

We love our readers and acclaimed authors! Visit us at www.tulepublishing.com or subscribe to our newsletter here.

This November, enjoy Tule Publishing’s newest releases from our Texas Born, Montana Born, Southern Born, Holiday, American Heart and Tule Mystery imprints:

  • Christmas at the Edge of the World by Kate Hewitt
  • Oh, Christmas Night by Jane Porter
  • Boyfriends of Christmas Past by Edie Grace
  • A Lone Star Christmas by Justine Davis
  • The Cowboy’s Heart by Jamie K Schmidt
  • Bittersweet by CJ Carmichael
  • Long Lost Christmas by Joan Kilby
  • Cupid Claus by Sarah Fischer and Kelsey McKnight
  • Texas Christmas Tycoon by Katherine Garbera
  • Every Time a Bell Rings by Barbara Ankrum
  • The Christmas Scoop by Mimi Wells
  • The Christmas Sing Off by Sinclair Jayne
  • Christmas with You by Nan Reinhardt

 

Publisher pitch: Totally Bound, Nov 2019

1 November 2019

Magicians and billionaires, small-town romance and a rent-a-boyfriend agency—we’re so excited for this month’s releases at Totally Bound Publishing. And if one man isn’t enough, Jayce Carter is back with the second instalment of The Omega’s Alphas series—perhaps three Alphas will do? Get ready to meet your next book boyfriend … or three!.

You can find more of our titles at www.totallybound.com, where we’re also releasing box sets of some of our favourite series, so you can binge the whole series in one sitting! (Series of six or more books are split into multiple box sets.) Take a peek at our upcoming releases on the Coming Soon page and sign up to our newsletter—we’d love to see you there!

Here’s what’s coming up in November:

5 November

For the Fireworks by Rebecca Fairfax (Rent a Perfect Gentleman #1). Need a date? The Rent a Perfect Gentleman exclusive dating service has you covered. The sparks between Ella and Xander will rival Bonfire Night’s fireworks.

12 November

The Magician and her Playboy by Larissa Vine (Women on Top #2). Magician Lydia can’t believe her luck when billionaire Conner brings her show to Vegas. But the glitz and glamour of the Strip hides dark secrets, and Lydia and Conner need more than magic to save them.

19 November

Follow Your Heart by LM Spangler. When Paige leaves her career in her father’s law firm, and her older lover, Ben, to run a small-town B&B, she never expects Ben to follow her. Can he convince her their love is real, and give her the life she thought she’d never have?

26 November

Shared by the Alphas by Jayce Carter (The Omega’s Alphas #2). What starts out as a contract between an Alpha and the Omega he agrees to train gets complicated when two other Alphas show up. Can these three Alphas learn to share? Will they be enough to protect her from danger?

Release day: Romancing the Holidays

1 November 2019

Today is the official release of Romancing the Holidays by Susanne Bellamy, Annie Seaton, Monique McDonell, Ebony McKenna, Kris Pearson, Ashley Logan, Shirley Wine, Anne Kemp, Susan Downham, Sofia Grey and Gudrun Frerichs (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Eleven gorgeous Christmas-themed romances from award-winning authors all around the world. Warm and witty, diverse and dramatic, outrageously romantic, and totally festive.

Curl up with a glass of wine and your favourite Christmas treats to enjoy these eleven great reads.

Only US$0.99, or free on Kindle Unlimited.

From Annie Seaton – From city boss to sexy surfer.
From Susanne Bellamy – Secrets, scoops, and a chance at romance.
From Monique McDonell – A single dad’s second chance.
From Ebony McKenna – Teens on the nightshift before Christmas.
From Kris Pearson – Handsome double trouble, past and present.
From Ashley Logan – Resuscitating the doctor’s Christmas spirit.
From Shirley Wine – A Pastor, very much a man.
From Anne Kemp – ’Tis the season… to win him back.
From Susan Downham – True love healed her broken heart.
From Sofia Grey – An unexpected rescue and a surprise romance.
From Gudrun Frerichs – The start of four life-long friendships.

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

Romancing the Holidays is a wonderful set of warm, wonderful, whimsical Christmas novellas by eleven authors from around the world. Each writer brings a unique style and perspective to the idea of romancing the holiday. ‘Sunny with a Chance of Romance’ is my story, set on our beautiful Sunshine Coast around Caloundra and Noosa. Charli Jones is a journalist with ambition, but also a strong conscience. Damian Bartholomew is her best friend’s older brother with whom she was half in love before he grew up and moved away. Now, he’s a developer and he’s back on the coast while Charli’s in hot pursuit of an important scoop. Will she let Damian come between her and the story of the year, or will she put work before a chance at love?

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

 

Release day: Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal

1 November 2019

Today is the official release of Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal by Dani Collins (One Night with Consequences) (ebook and paperback, Harlequin Presents). Here’s the blurb:

Her bombshell: “I’m pregnant.”

His demand: “Marry me…”

Painfully insecure and media-shy heiress Pia is duty-bound to marry well. So illegitimate Angelo is completely unsuitable husband material. Yet this irresistible Spanish tech tycoon seduces Pia with an evening of bliss…that leaves her pregnant!

Pia can’t afford a scandal, but Angelo wants to publicly claim his heir. Now to control the headlines, Pia must wed the only man who has ever made her feel. With Angelo posing a danger to her well-guarded heart, can she step into the spotlight—with the wedding of the century?

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

When I began writing Bound by Their Nine-Month Scandal, I knew I wanted Angelo to be stealing jewels when Pia meets him. I also knew the book would come out in the fall, so a masked ball seemed like a fabulous nod to Halloween and a great way for Pia to be swept into a spontaneous tryst with a stranger. When she turns up pregnant, Pia tracks down Angelo. Her news turns both of their worlds upside down. They’re complete opposites and still irresistibly attracted, but can they turn their marriage of convenience into a union of love?

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

Publisher pitch: Escape Publishing, Nov 2019

31 October 2019

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Christmas is just around the corner, and where would we be without just a little bit of magic …

From standalone romances to the start of a sparkling new Christmas series, we’ve got everything you need to put you in a holiday mood.

As always, we’d love to know what you think. Check in with us in all the usual places! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on our website.

Happy Reading!

The Escape Team

Here’s what we have coming up in November …

Releasing 4 November

The Christmas Witch by Carla Caruso (holiday romantic comedy). Misfiring spells. A gorgeous new boss. Despite her best intentions, Mina’s plan to lie low, keep her secret identity under wraps and spread goodwill this festive season is not working out. Is she really the good witch she thinks she is? A fresh, funny story of love and the chaos and joy Christmas can bring from the ever-popular Carla Caruso.

Releasing 12 November

The Magic of Christmas by Alyssa J Montgomery (contemporary billionaire romance). ‘This year, you’ll have to help create your own Christmas magic.’ The one thing billionaire Jack can’t face is Christmas. When he catches his beautiful cleaner playing his piano, he is struck with the perfect plan to survive this holiday season. And she seems all too willing … but the darkness that haunts Jack is inescapable. If only Jack would let in just a little bit of Christmas magic …

Introducing a brand new series: Rainbow Cove Christmas

One gourmet party. Four potential couples. The taste of love?

Releasing 18 November

His Christmas Feast by Nora James (Book 1) (small town holiday romance). A sweet girl-next-door romance. French chef Christophe Duval has sworn off women for good. Until his sexy neighbour Emily Brighton turns up at his gourmet Christmas party. The trouble is, Emily is the queen of mixed signals. Will he ever understand her? Or will the fence they set out to build between their two properties keep them apart for good?

Releasing 25 November

Her Christmas Kisses by Susanne Bellamy (Book 2) (small town holiday romance). Following her parents’ divorce, Flick Ardmore is determined to find the money to rescue her family’s restaurant. She doesn’t expect to find herself stranded in Rainbow Cove with no car, no work and no prospect of success. When Flick meets Xander, owner of the luxury Rainbow Cove resort, will he be the answer to all her troubles? Or will their building attraction cause more problems than it solves?

Stay tuned for two more instalments in the Rainbow Cove Christmas series coming in December!

Feature book: It’s Getting Scot in Here

30 October 2019

It’s Getting Scot in Here by Suzanne Enoch

Subgenre: historical romance
Release date: 26 Feb 2019
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Format: print
Length: 342 pages
RRP: $15.99

London society had better watch out as the Highlanders are in town.

Lady Francesca Aldriss has deemed it appropriate that her sons have their wives selected by her, and they must be English wives. She has been living in London for thirteen years with their daughter, and her marriage dowry has been used to support Aldriss Park in Scotland. Her husband and three sons have been living in Scotland, but she wants to be part of their lives. And this is the way she can do this despite what her husband may have said about her.

The three boys arrive in London to much curiosity. They certainly make their mark on English society. Lady Aldriss has selected Amelia-Rose for her son Coll MacTaggert, Lord Glendarril, the future Earl of Aldriss. Unfortunately, Coll doesn’t like this suggestion and goes missing for a few days. Niall, the youngest, is left to pick up the pieces and be the beau Coll should be. He is the one who woos Amelia-Rose for Coll but starts to think that perhaps Amelia-Rose should be his wife.

Amelia-Rose Hyacinth Baxter (what a mouthful!) likes to speak her mind and does so with her first meeting with Coll. She is left in Niall’s care and listening to the excuses that Niall makes up for his brother. Amelia-Rose in under pressure from her mother to secure a titled match, and nothing less will do. When Coll baulks at the marriage, Niall wants to take his place. But Amelia’s mother has other plans for a titled match. It is now that Niall and his brothers make sure that Niall and Amelia can marry and be together.

This story did have some twists and turns, but not totally unexpected twists. There are many humorous moments including the Highlander’s constant need for food, not the petite scones and biscuits the ‘insipid Sassenachs’ have. Another involves how Niall and Amelia (Amy) finally attain their wedded bliss. It is a kidnapping and a road trip, then the matter of a bribe.

I did like that Francesca, Lady Aldriss had it all over Amelia’s mother, and did like that Amelia’s father did not agree with his wife and would continue to see his daughter, even though her mother disowned her.

Finally, there is Jane. Jane was Amelia’s companion. I like that the MacTaggert family protected Jane from Mrs Baxter’s wrath. But I do wonder what will happen to Jane. I hope she finds her match.

Reviewed by Heather

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