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Publisher pitch: Pride Publishing, Sep 2017

8 September 2017

PrideHello everyone, and welcome to September!

We have another great collection of releases to see you through the month, with exciting new titles from your favourite authors and some great introductions to new series.

We start things off with a gripping contemporary gay romance, Hard Time by CF White. Book two in the Responsible Adult series will tug at the heartstrings and show that love isn’t always responsible …

We’re also delighted to introduce a new author to Pride Publishing at the start of the month, with Zoë Mullins’ new release Eighty-One Days packing a punch in the erotic romance and ménage genre.

Book three in the Redwood Shifters series, Our Secret by Lily Harlem will be available from 5 September. Even when love is forbidden, it can’t be denied—as Davey is about to discover.

The exciting writing duo K Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn are back on 12 September with Calm, the sequel to Wake. Catch up with Carter and Riley and discover a love worth the wait.

If you missed it the first time around, 19 September marks the re-release of sci-fi romance Retribution by Jambrea Jo Jones. The question is: is love worth the cost … especially when a planet’s at stake.

For fans of the paranormal, don’t miss Single Male Vampire by Cheyenne Meadows on 26 September, where we discover that dating in the vampire world isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Keep track of what else we have coming up by visiting our website.

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Here is the full list of our releases in September:

  • Hard Time by CF White
  • Our Secret by Lily Harlem
  • Eighty-One Days by Zoë Mullins
  • Calm by K Evan Coles and Brigham Vaughn
  • A Master for Michael by Morticia Knight
  • Levi by Bailey Bradford
  • Like Father, Like Son by Sarah Masters
  • Fear of Flying by JP Bowie
  • Retribution by Jambrea Jo Jones
  • Single Male Vampire by Cheyenne Meadows
  • Oscar by Bailey Bradford
  • Complete Us by Lily Harlem

Release day: Gentleman Wanted

8 September 2017

Today is the official release of Gentleman Wanted by Isabella Hargreaves (ebook, self-published). Here’s the blurb:

Is what a widow needs, really what she wants?

Widow Selena Hartnell is deep in debt and faced with prison. Her managing friend, Barbara, Baroness De Ritz decrees Selena needs a wealthy husband – fast!

Guy, Viscount Rushcroft needs a wife to oversee his six motherless children who are running wild.

Barbara decides Selena and the Viscount are perfectly suited, and launches into matchmaking mode. The outcome of her scheming will surprise you.

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

We often think of Regency-era widows as enjoying much more freedom than their single or married sisters. If left financially secure, they have some hope of remaining independent of male control. If impoverished by their husband’s death, then they must either return to their family and thus their father’s or brother’s control; or marry again. This is the dilemma that my heroine, Selena Hartnell, faces. When considering a setting for the story, a recent visit to the popular Regency spa town of Bath gave me good insight into that town’s layout and feel. With its Georgian architecture, its Bath stone building material, its Society, and its own social season, Bath seemed the ideal location! I hope you enjoy this light-hearted Regency-era novella.

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

Feature book: Husband Rollover

6 September 2017

Husband Rollover by Louise Cusack

Fritha Wynde is a woman who is carefree and doesn’t care what people think about her. She is a woman who has sex with who she wants, no matter their age. At her girlfriend’s wedding, she decides that she wants to find someone who will be there for her just like her girlfriends have. She runs the Bohemian Tea House, which is doing really well and suits her personality until Max comes along and puts a kink in her armour.

Max is a British critic who has come to decide whether the tea house should feature in his next series. What he doesn’t count on is his reaction to Fritha and her no-nonsense attitude. He discovers why she is the way she is and what makes her do what she does. When she decides to stay the night, he discovers a loving and fun side to Fritha that he can’t seem to do without.

Fritha and Max discover that they are both trying to hide behind a facade that people on the outside believe is their true personality. Fritha will meet her match in Max, but Max knows Fritha is the one person who sees him and not the harsh critic. This book takes you on a journey with Fritha and you discover who she really is.

You will laugh and certainly cry throughout this book, but it is worth the journey. Louise Cusack has truly developed four great characters in Louella, Jillian, Angela and Fritha, with each book getting better than the last.

reviewed by Diane

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

Favourite reads: Aug 2017

5 September 2017

Books_purpleWelcome to our Favourite Reads for August. 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 August …

Pushing Rope by Jennie Kew (The Q Collection #3) (erotic romance)

This erotic short story was a fast, HOT read with a paranormal twist. Mo (archdemon of lust) works through his ‘issues’ (read erectile dysfunction) with the help of Nadia (water spirit). He believes she’s cursed him, and is out for revenge, but the trouble between them is something a lot more surprising than he first believes. A dark hero and sexy heroine, fan-yourself sex, humour and good pacing make this short story a ripper of a read. [Kylie, NSW]

Secret Shores by Ella Carey (contemporary and historical romance)

Ms Carey has done it again, writing a story that is moving, compelling and not put-downable. I savoured every word. This one takes us from 1946 to 1987, where we learn about life after the war and the people who believe in the modernist movement; their lives then and, for some, now; the loves, the losses and the strength that is shown as they journey through ups and downs. This is such a beautiful journey for the hero and heroine in two eras, and is such a poignant and nostalgic story, one that I highly recommend. [Helen, NSW]

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (WAGS #1) (contemporary romance)

The hero of this novel was introduced in the authors’ duology Him and Us, and I wanted more of him then—and there is a lot more of him to get <g>. The characters are charming, the banter is very amusing, and the growth of the romantic relationship is hot, sweet and believable. The issues involved are dealt with seriously but do not overwhelm the general lightheartedness and sheer fun of the story. I finished this book with a smile on my face and a desire to read the next one. [Deb, NSW]

Darkness by Karen Robards (romantic suspense)

I’ve loved Karen Robards forever, but it’s been a while since I’ve read one of her books. This one, mostly set on isolated Attu Island, Alaska, is one big breakneck ride of ice, terror, murder, betrayal and romance. What a fantastic ride! I loved the suspense, the larger-than-life hero Cal, and the ornithologist heroine, Gina. What an unlikely pair, but Robards pulled it off with tremendous style. Warning: stay cosy while you read it, otherwise you’ll get frostbite (apart from the red hot romance bits)! [Malvina, NSW]

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews (Hidden Legacy #3) (urban fantasy)

I read this book in record time, after several late nights reading books 1 and 2. This series is a cracker. It is fast-paced with a tough and resourceful heroine, Nevada, and an absolutely will-not-quit hero, Rogan. This is a fascinating new world filled with awesome characters. Nevada’s family is just great and the combination of magic and heavy artillery leads to some epic battles. I’m so glad there will be more in this series. [Debbie, ACT]

Release day: Secret Shores

5 September 2017

Today is the official release of Secret Shores by Ella Carey (ebook and paperback, Lake Union Publishing). Here’s the blurb:

In 1946, artist Rebecca Swift’s dreams of love and a life free from convention are crashing like the waves of the Australian coast below her. And it’s into those roiling waters that she disappears.

Forty-one years later, Tess Miller’s dreams are crashing, too. The once-successful New York editor has lost her most prestigious author to the handsome new golden boy of publishing. Meanwhile, she’s stuck with Edward Russell, a washed-up Australian poet writing a novel about some obscure artist named Rebecca Swift. But Tess may have underestimated Russell. His book is not only true—it’s a searing, tragic romance and a tantalizing mystery set in a circle of postwar modernists. When Tess uncovers a long-hidden secret, she’s drawn even deeper into Rebecca’s enigmatic life and death.

As Rebecca’s past intertwines with the present, Tess finds herself falling for the last man she thought she’d ever be drawn to. On the way, she discovers the power of living an authentic life—and that transcendent love never really dies.

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

In this novel, I was inspired by a true story with an unexpected twist, a charming old Australian homestead and a group of Bohemian artists who lived in post-war Melbourne. The novel, which is a dual narrative, is set partly in New York and Rome in 1987 and partly in Melbourne and South Australia in 1946. I became fascinated by the idea of modernism that was adopted by the bohemian post-war Heide Circle, who adopted modernism as both a new way of life after the war and an attitude toward how they produced art—some of the most iconic art that this country has seen. Throw in the true story of the tragic death of a young artist on a wild island off the Australian coast and I had all the ingredients to write two searing love stories in beautiful settings with one massive twist. I hope you enjoy reading Secret Shores as much as I loved writing it. The story grabbed me from the heart the moment I became involved and would not let me go…

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


Guest blogger: Fiona Palmer

3 September 2017

Photo credit: Craig Peihopa

Today I feel like talking about romance. I love it! I’m not embarrassed to say it. I LOVE ROMANCE!

If I read a book and there is no romance at all, I’m left feeling a little disappointed. Okay, maybe more than a little. Romance is life. There wouldn’t be many people that grow up not experiencing some sort of romantic interlude, be it first hand through their own crush or first love or through a friend or their parents. It creates life. I remember being a little girl and all I wanted most in the world was to find a man like my dad and get married and have babies. To me that was what life was all about back then. Also reading romance stories from a young age might have nurtured the love. I get swept away in the pages that describe that first look, or kiss and I always crave a happy ending of some sort. It can even be a sad ending like The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but the romantic journey was there.

So for this reason I’m a big reader and writer of romance. But what I’ve realised is its romance across all genres! It seems I’m not picky when it comes to needing that satisfaction that only a romantic thread seems to bring. Sure, I can-and have- read non-romantic books but they don’t satisfy me properly. I like to tick all the boxes. I don’t see why I can’t have my cake and eat it. GIVE ME ROMANCE, I say.

Just the other day I read Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza, a Star Wars style that sucked me in and the hint of romance will have me looking for the next book. Then there was Frost Blood by Elly Blake and the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass that I just devoured, these are in the fantasy genre.

I love thrillers, crime, you name it … if it has a romantic thread then I’ll read it. A lot does come down to the writer and their style also but the right ones will take you on an amazing journey. Take TV shows, for example—Jag and Bones and even NCIS—I watched every episode just waiting for the moment Mac and Harm would finally get it together, or Bones and Booth. It’s amazing what I’ll read through and watch just to see a single moment of emotion between the characters. For example: the way Darcy helps Elizabeth into the carriage—just a simple touch of hands, can bring the biggest joys.

Yes, I probably do read these pages with a big goofy smile on my face!

Some writers are brilliant at expressing so much emotion with so little movement and words. I take my hat off to them and ask them to write more books! Please. I need my next fix.

Fiona Palmer
You can find Fiona here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Secrets Between Friends

Friendship is a million little moments, but can it survive this one?

Three friends embark on a luxury cruise to celebrate their ten-year reunion in this heartfelt story of how long-held secrets can catch up with even the best of friends.

Life was about living, experiencing and emotions. The good and the bad. You had to laugh to cry. You had to love to hurt. You had to jump to fall or fly.

Best friends Abbie, Jess and Ricki are setting sail on a cruise ship, rekindling the excitement of a school excursion they took ten years earlier to the historic port town of Albany, the oldest city on the stunning turquoise coastline of Western Australia. But are they truly prepared for what this voyage will reveal?

Ricki, a dedicated nurse, harbours a dream she hasn’t chased. Is she actually happy or stuck in a rut?

Jess, a school teacher and single mother to little Ollie, had a tough upbringing but found her way through with the help of her closest male friend, Peter. But Peter has bought an engagement ring and is ready to propose to Ricki …

Abbie had it all: a career, a loving boyfriend and a future, but a visit to the doctor bears scary news. Her world is tumbling down and she feels adrift at sea.

Secrets Between Friends is out on 12 September from Hachette Australia.

Publisher pitch: Tule Publishing, Sep 2017

2 September 2017

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 bring you fresh, modern and exciting plots and beloved classic romance.

Tule has over 80 authors who have unique styles, terrific voices, and have helped us grow to house over 300 titles, and garner eight RITA® nominations and one win in three years.

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

This September enjoy our new releases with titles from our Montana Born, Texas Born and American Heart imprints.

The Cowboy Rides Away by Jeannie Watt. (Western) Meg Marvell doesn’t want former flame Jason Mann back—she wants to prove that she can rise to a challenge. Unfortunately, the attraction they once shared has not withered and died as she’d once thought … if anything, it’s stronger than ever.

Sweet Dreams, Baby by CJ Carmichael. (contemporary, Western) Austin has two reasons to return to Marietta—win back the heart of the woman he still loves and convince her he’s a good bet for a forever man and father.

Along Came a Ranger by Debra Holt. (contemporary, Western) Take one determined Texas Ranger and one equally stubborn romance author and there is bound to be a showdown at high noon where desires and hearts are concerned. Can Stacy risk opening her heart to the man who represents everything she never wanted?

A Cowboy to Keep by Barbara Ankrum. (contemporary, Western) Adam Wolfe’s scars don’t seem to matter to the beauty who unexpectedly turns his house into a home and heals the rift between him and his teenage niece. Still, he suspects there’s more to Ali than meets the eye and he’s determined to uncover what she’s hiding from him before it’s too late.

Something New by Megan Ryder. (contemporary) Just when Wyatt thinks he has moved on from the past, a friend’s wedding reunites him with the woman he once loved and lost, along with his dreams. Can Ann and Wyatt overcome the circumstances of their past and reclaim the future they were always destined to have?

Lie to Me by Melinda Di Lorenzo. (contemporary) Can Audrey figure out Derek’s secrets before he figures out her’s? Will the truth build a bridge between their hearts, or will it just tear them apart?

Texas Heat by Holly Castillo. (historical) Serena has never met a man like Trevor whose strength and determination match her own and whose kisses leave her longing for more. Their budding romance is torn apart when the meeting turns into a massacre. As Serena’s desire to help creates more trouble, will Trevor be able to save her in time?

Branded with a Kiss by Paula Altenburg. (contemporary) When Alayna and Patterson find themselves working together, Alayna realises that moving on for their night together might be harder than she thought. And Patterson? He discovers that reputations are hard to live down.

Halloween at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne. (contemporary) When a red-haired, grey-eyed beauty with a body that melts Calum’s mind pours him a double shot of whiskey and challenges him to one more round, how can he say no?

Then Came You by Jeannie Moon. (contemporary) If Mia and Adam can get out of their own way and embrace a little hometown magic, they can find the happy ever after they both crave …

Whiskey River Runaway by Justine Davis. (contemporary) Hope was forced to run to protect the ones she loves. True tempts her to stop running and set down roots in Whiskey River, a town she’s come to love. Can this strong, honourable man help her retake her life or will the danger she’d left behind strike out at them both?