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Publisher pitch: Pride Publishing, Jun 2019

8 June 2019

We at Pride Publishing are so excited to bring you our upcoming releases. Mermen, superheroes, men in uniform and small-town romance—we really have it all this month!

You can find more of our titles at, 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 we have releasing over the next few weeks:

11 June

Treacherous Seas (Mermen & Magic #6) by LM Brown. The latest instalment in LM Brown’s magical series sees Atlantean god Caspian get a second chance at love, but Marin, Caspian’s reincarnated lover, is not the merman he once was.

18 June

Ripples in Cedarwood (Cedarwood Pride #2) by Megan Slayer. Join Megan Slayer’s men of Cedarwood as they navigate small-town romance. This time it’s Steve, recently appointed guardian of his ten-year-old sister, and Farin who are making the leap.

25 June

The Black Mask by Samuel King. Charlie knows all about superheroes—he writes for The Black Mask adventure series—but all bets are off when The Black Mask becomes reality. Complicating things further is Charlie’s gruff and oh-so-straight boss, Sam. Are all Charlie’s fantasies coming true?

2 July

Justice Prevails (Sin City Uniforms #3) by Morticia Knight. A brand-new version, expanded and re edited, of Morticia Knight’s Justice Prevails. A serial killer is on the loose in Vegas and Beau, homicide detective with the LVMPD, is determined to catch him. Throw in investigative technician Austin, and Beau will learn what it really means to have something to live for.

Favourite reads: May 2019

5 June 2019

Books_purpleWelcome to our favourite reads for May. 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 May …

Tightrope by Amanda Quick (Burning Cove #3) (historical romance)

I was in a reading slump, and this one, from a ‘comfort’ author of mine, broke it rather nicely. I like how she evokes the era of the 1930s, with fashion, cars and inventions. The heroine is an ex–trapeze artist and the hero is a mysterious man with ‘connections to the criminal underworld’, who also has quite a useful paranormal ability that is integral to the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship, the humour and the side characters, plus the fact that the ultimate villain came as a surprise. [Deb, NSW]

Mr Impossible by Loretta Chase (Carsington Brothers #2) (historical romance)

It’s an oldie but such a goodie. Big, reckless, handsome Rupert Carsington, the youngest son of an earl, arrives in Victorian-era Egypt and proceeds to cause chaos among the locals—all honorably motivated, of course. Daphne Pembroke, secret scholar of Egyptian antiquities, needs a male escort to enable her to search for her missing brother—neither the Egyptian nor the British authorities are keen on independent women, so she pulls Rupert out of prison and hires him. A delightful romp. Laughs, adventure, mystery and romance. [Anne, Vic]

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (contemporary romance)

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked up this book. By all accounts everyone seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it, and wow I did as well! What a fabulous story—it grabbed me from the start. It is fun and so very moving; there were tears and there were lots of laughs as I got to know Leon and Tiffy and their friends and family. I really had a hard time putting this one down after I picked it up. I do highly recommend it. [Helen, NSW]

The Wedding Obsession by Madeline Ash (contemporary romance)

This was a very different book with an interesting premise. Emmie had a heart transplant and woke up desperate to get married. She blurts out a proposal to her best friend/nearly boyfriend, Bran, and then it gets awkward. After a time apart they have to work out how to get back to at least being friends, if not more. The story was a real tearjerker in some places, but also very thought provoking and a very satisfying romance. [Debbie, ACT]

The Unsung Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Troubleshooters #1) (romantic suspense)

A blast from the past: I reread this book to see if it withstood the test of time. And, yes! I loved it as much as I did around the 2000 mark, especially the secondary romance between the hero’s niece Mallory and comic artist geek David. There are huge (inevitable) differences in technology {shrug}, but this is a fabulously strong romance—and the rest of the series now blissfully beckons. [Malvina, NSW]


Feature book: Wild Child

5 June 2019

Wild Child by Christy McKellen

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Nov 2018
Publisher: M&B Dare
Format: ebook and print
Length: 154 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Maya Darlington-Hume is the ultimate party girl, who knows what she wants, and always gets her way. Her wayward ways hide a past hurt that has always haunted her, causing her to feel like the black sheep in the family, always trying to prove her worth. She’s young, sometimes impetuous and will go to any lengths to get what she wants; and after catching Benedict Chivers watching her pleasure herself in the bath, Ben is who she wants.

Benedict Chivers has worked his way up from nothing, and no way will he jeopardise his success by having a fling with the daughter of the man who can put his company on the map. But Maya is strong willed, and the more they get to know each other, the harder it is to keep their hands to themselves.

Both feel an intense attraction to the other, but both are cautious to put their emotions into words. Maya needs her father’s approval to inherit her trust fund to launch her dream jewellery venture, Ben needs Maya’s father’s backing to reach the next level with his business. Both have so much to lose by having an affair, but it sure is worth it. The heat level in this book is hot, hot, hot!

Ben’s initial resistance to Maya was impressive and made me like his character more for it. These two were polar opposites, but drew each other out of their respective issues to heal the other, and find true lasting love. It was fast paced, full of glamour but also had touching heartfelt moments as these two revealed their true selves.

This was the author’s first Dare offering, and I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

reviewed by Jayne

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

Release day: Luca’s Lessons

4 June 2019

Today is the official release of Luca’s Lessons by Deana Birch and Amelia Foster (ebook, Totally Bound). Here’s the blurb:

An Italian Dom guides a Swiss banker through the world of BDSM and she threatens his most important rule.

Sparked by curiosity and drawn by need, Swiss banker Claire asks Italian businessman Luca to introduce her to the D/s lifestyle. He agrees, as long as she abides by his number one rule of not falling in love. The two then embark on a slow, complete and realistic path of liberating Claire’s true submissive nature.

But as their lessons progress, blurred lines morph into a child’s scribbled drawing when feelings creep into their playtime. And with new emotions bubbling under the surface, Luca questions Claire’s hard no. She calls “red” and walks away, leaving the Dom sure he’s lost the one sub who finally saw his true desire to be cared for.

Now, certain she’s broken his only rule and torn by thoughts of betraying her dead husband, Claire must decide between exploring the love she’s found or locking away her heart with the ghosts of her past.

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

This book was a magical writing experience shared between Amelia Foster and Deana Birch. It was written in about a month, sometimes as many as four chapters in one day. The goal of the writers was to shine a proper and respectful light on the BDSM lifestyle with all the sexual tension and heat of an erotic romance.

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

Publisher pitch: Tule Publishing, Jun 2019

3 June 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 500 titles, and garner 13 RITA® nominations and one win in five years.

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

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

  • Forget Me by Kimberley Ash
  • Outback Brides of Wirralong: Emma by Kelly Hunter
  • The Cowboy’s Daughter by Jamie K Schmidt
  • Closing the Deal by Lenora Worth
  • Command and Control by Shelli Stevens
  • The Ultimate Surrender by Elsa Winckler
  • The Matchmaker’s Match by Nicole Flockton
  • The Greek’s Bedroom Bargain by Joanne Walsh
  • A Cowboy’s Salvation by Megan Ryder
  • Full Texas Throttle by Katherine Garbera


Publisher pitch: Totally Bound, Jun 2019

1 June 2019

We’re so thrilled to bring you our June releases from Totally Bound Publishing. We’ve got short and sweet, sexy thrillers, no strings attached (or are they?) and the latest instalment in the wildly popular Arcanium series—come along and visit the circus!

You can find more of our titles at, 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 we have releasing in June:

4 June

Luca’s Lessons by Deana Birch and Amelia Foster. A sleek and sexy BDSM story featuring an Italian Dom, a Swiss banker and a promise not to fall in love. But some promises are made to be broken.

11 June

Sweeter Than This by Samara King. A romantic suspense with a kick-ass heroine and ties to the mob, this book packs a punch. Murder, revenge and desire all wrapped up in a thrilling love story.

18 June

Storm Warning by Dorsey Adams. A short and sweet story about two strangers trapped in a storage room in Mexico … will what happens in the storage room stay in the storage room?

Whiskey Surprises (Classic Curves #1) by Jaqueline Snowe. The first in a new series, this fun and sexy tale sees our characters strike a deal—one week of no-strings-attached sex. Of course, it’s never as simple as that! Throw in vintage cars and plenty of whiskey, this is a classic in the making.

25 June

Haunted (Arcanium #8) by Aurelia T Evans. Haunted picks up where Funhouse left off, and Neve’s getting into the creepy, sexy spirit of demon hands in inappropriate places. Despite her initial trepidation, the dark circus of Arcanium is growing on her. Come along and find out what this freak show is all about.

Release day: A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid

1 June 2019

Today is the official release of A Scandalous Midnight in Madrid by Susan Stephens (Passion in Paradise, book 2) (paperback and ebook, Harlequin Presents). Here’s the blurb:

Her body awakened…

by Madrid’s most eligible bachelor

Chef Sadie Montgomery’s life is changed forever by an intense moonlit encounter in Madrid with infamous Alejandro de Alegon. The sizzling anticipation he sparks tempts virgin Sadie all the way to his Spanish castle … and into his bed! She’s never known anything like the wild passion Alejandro unleashes. But their night of illicit pleasure soon turns Sadie into Spain’s most scandalous headline: Pregnant with Alejandro’s Baby!

Feel the heat in this sizzling Spanish romance—with a secret baby twist!

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

The passionate soul of Spain with its proud history, dramatic music, glorious and varied scenery, fabulous art and architecture—and let’s not forget the red-hot men!—has always struck a chord with my romantic nature. My very first romance was set in Spain, and it’s a country I return to with huge pleasure over and over again. It’s sheer indulgence to imagine myself in the quaint back streets of Madrid where night clubs and restaurants are atmospheric and mysterious, to find a larger than life hero bestriding the cobblestones when he spots our heroine in chef’s whites, whipping up a storm in the kitchen of El Gatto Feroz. Sparks will quite literally fly!! I hope you enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed writing it—indulgence indeed!

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