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Happy publication day, Emma Jane Holloway!

What would you do if the regency man you adored knocked on your door not with a bouquet of flowers, but a gun powered by coal? Or if the carriage to the ball floated above the roofs of London in a dirigible?

If you’re a steampunk fan, then Emma Jane Holloway‘s Baskerville Affair series will sweep you off your feet! And if you’re only just dipping your toes in the water, this is the perfect introduction! And how about exploring more into the world of steampunk? Let Emma be your guide in these brilliant web posts!

Over the Effing Rainbow

Bitten By Books

Keeping reading for more information on the first book, A Study in Silks, and click here for more on all three.

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with – not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines – something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.

 

 

August 5th – the DAY TO END ALL PUBLICATION DAYS!

Hold the phone! Stop the presses! WHOA NELLY!

Why is today so chock fill of amazing publications?! How are you going to manage all the the joy?

Well, actually, we’re all mature adults here so we think it’ll be ok . . . but STILL!!

 

Happy publication day to Tracy Anne Warren, Lia Riley and Cara McKenna! See below for more juicy details . . .

 

The Man PlanTracy Anne Warren

What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true?

Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want – except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.

 

 

Upside Down Lia Riley

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

 

Lay it DownCara McKenna

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. When his town’s slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders’ cut-throat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With the police turning a blind eye, it’s up to Vince. It’s time to fight back. It’s time to call in the Desert Dogs.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride-not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she finds evidence that her bosses are rattlesnake-dangerous, Kim must entrust her safety to the man who threatens danger of a whole different kind.

The inspiration behind Darkest London . . . by Kristen Callihan

On the 29th we published the first four in Kristen Callihan‘s rich and exciting Darkest London series! And to help celebrate we have a special web piece written by the author herself, fresh-faced from the RWA convention in Texas!

 

Piatkus: What can you tell us about Firelight, and the inspiration behind it? And what do you think of the setting and characters?

 

Kristen: Firelight  is what I like to call a weed book, in that it popped up without warning . . .

 

One minute I was putting on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for my young daughter, and then next, I started to wonder, what if the ‘beast’ was not outwardly ugly but had to hide himself behind a mask? What if who he was, and what he was hiding, made him the prime suspect of a murder mystery? And what if ‘Beauty’ was determined to solve this mystery and save her beast?

 

Of course this tale needed a setting; some place dark, atmospheric and full of danger; a place where murder most foul could play out on a grand scale. What better setting could there been than London? To me, Victorian London and Gothic tales go hand in hand. Flickering gas lamps, narrow alleyways shrouded in murky fog, glistening cobbles echoing with the sound of footsteps, all of it is a veritable feast for the senses. Is it any wonder that London became a character in its own right?

 

I’ve had such fun with this great city. From the British Museum to Big Ben to Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s, the landmarks play their own roles and characters often have an emotional connection to them. In truth, during the course of research, I’ve grown quite attached to London myself!

 

The Darkest London series are stories of action, mystery and romance, revolving around characters who hide what they are from normal human society. And while the characters often have extraordinary powers, they crave for love and acceptance, as we all do. I hope you enjoy reading the books, and invite you to sink into the sensual and often dangerous world of 1880s London.

 

Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance are out now in ebook, and in paperback later this year!

Happy publication day Kristen Callihan!

Today we publish Kristen Callihan‘s Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance in ebook and we could not be more excited! The magic side of Victorian London is so richly realised in these books that we know you’ll soon get lost in the love, power and thrilling action that the Darkest London series is known for.

Check out the gorgeous covers below and, if you’re just starting your journey into Darkest London, pick up your copy of Firelight today!

 

INTERNATIONAL Upside Down giveaway!

Stoked to find love in the land down under? Excited to finally meet the free spirit that is Bran?

Are you ready for a little wanderlust?

To celebrate the upcoming release of Lia Riley‘s Upside Down, the first in her Off the Map series, she is holding an INTERNATIONAL giveaway with the coolest swag pack! You can enter to win tons of Australian goodies, along with signed merchandise and an Amazon gift card!

Upside Down is out on August 5th but this contest is open for nearly two weeks. So what are you waiting for?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This competition is being run by the lovely author. For terms and conditions, please see the Rafflecoptor link.

Happy publication day to Julie Garwood!! – Why write romance?

Fast Track is out today and we are so thrilled to have Julie Garwood celebrating here with us! We asked why she wrote romance novels – or basically, how did we get so lucky? Below is her wonderful answer . . .

Why do I write romance novels?

The answer is simple.  I love happy endings.  And to me the one essential element that absolutely has to be in any romance novel is a happy ending.  In my stories the hero and heroine must eventually find true and everlasting love.

I suppose there are those who would say, in this age of cynicism and doubt, that my thinking is a bit naïve, but I would disagree.  I contend that soul mates do exist.   For the rare lucky ones, it’s love at first sight, but for others it takes a while.  The characters I create usually fall into the second group.  Outside forces might distract them or throw obstacles in their path, but eventually, despite all the turmoil, they are drawn to each other.  My heroes and heroines have to get past the chaos before they realize they’ve met their soul mate.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of creating terrible predicaments for them, and I do my best to come up with some really sticky situations.  For example, in KILLJOY a house was wired to blow up if a door or window was opened, and in HOTSHOT a dream job became a nightmare when the boss turned out to be a lecherous jerk.   In my newest book, FAST TRACK, the heroine is faced with a father’s lies and a mother’s betrayal, a revelation that upends her life as she goes after the truth.  Throwing the characters into the middle of these dilemmas and then watching how they react is what makes writing so much fun.

For the few hours the readers spend with my characters, I want them to escape into another world, a world where good is good and bad is bad, and they can tell the difference.  Of course, woven into these elements of suspense and danger is a passionate love story.  After all, it is a romance.

When I hear that someone got lost in one of my books, I feel I’ve accomplished my goal.  I’ve received letters and emails from readers who tell me how important those moments of escape are.  I was touched by the cancer patient who said, while she was reading one of my historical novels during a chemo infusion, she was completely unaware of the IV’s and the needles because she was off falling in love with a Highland laird in medieval Scotland.  And I was thrilled to hear from a soldier serving in Iraq who said she picked up one of my books and forgot about the hot sand blowing outside her makeshift barracks because she had been swept away by a handsome hero on an adventure in the Louisiana bayou. These kind and thoughtful remarks make all the hours at the typewriter (yes, I use a typewriter) worthwhile.

I write romance novels because I know there are people out there who are just like me.  They want books that will make them feel something.  And most of all, they want a happy ending.

 

Fast Track is available from Entice on ereaders everywhere!

Meet the Graysons . . .

On Friday, July 25th we published the first in a brand new series by Tracy Anne Warren, The Last Man on Earth! It’s sexy, clever and we’re pretty sure we’re the ones who gave that guy his lipstick mark . . .

 

Read more about the beginning of the Graysons series below and be sure to pick up your own copy now! The Man Plan, second in the trilogy, is coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Idealistic good girl Madelyn Grayson believes in doing what’s right. Even as a high-powered executive in the mad world of advertising, she doesn’t cut corners, making her ad campaigns sizzle without having to burn anyone along the way.

Rival exec Zack Douglas never wastes an opportunity to land the next big deal – especially when it benefits him. A bad boy with a reputation to match, he has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get ahead, no matter who gets in the way.

When a hot promotion pops up at their company, both Zack and Madelyn wind up on the short list for the position. But as the two square off, they discover that being heated rivals in the office makes for scorching bed play behind closed doors. Will Madelyn’s steamy, secret affair with Mr. Vice make her compromise her ideals – or worse, lose her heart?

 

‘Few things are more fun than an enemies-to-lovers romance, and Warren delivers with The Last Man on Earth Sarah Maclean

‘Effortless and light-hearted romance’ Eloisa James

 

A delightful prequel to Terri Nixon’s Maid of Oaklands Manor

  Today, Terri Nixon shares with us a very special and exclusive, never before seen prequel ,to Maid of Oaklands Manor.

 

March 1912.                                     

‘Getting off at Breckenhall?’ the woman asked me, her voice cutting easily through the rising din of excitable children. The train carriage was packed, with the youngsters climbing all over each other and their luggage, and this woman clearly had no intention of taming their behaviour. Why would she, when she was able to ignore them with such practiced ease?

I nodded. It probably looked rude, but my grainy eyes just wanted to close, and open again to find myself back home in Plymouth. Instead all I could see were bobbing heads, and the rapidly flashing tops of trees through the window. It was starting to make me feel sick.

‘Going into service?’ the woman persisted.

I nodded again, and managed, ‘Oaklands.’

Immediately the woman’s mouth tightened. ‘Hmm. Them up at the manor … well, they’re ones to watch, if you ask me.’

I hadn’t intended to do any such thing, but now she had my reluctant attention. Ma had worked at Oaklands for years, and been very happy doing so; she’d never once suggested the Creswells were anything but a normal, if extraordinarily wealthy, family. Cheshire royalty.

‘What do you mean, ones to watch?’ I could have kicked myself, but it was too late to take the question back now.

The woman sniffed, and shifted her position in her seat so that her back was turned to the only other adult in the carriage. I leaned forward, forgetting my queasiness and tiredness for a moment, and her eyes narrowed. ‘Lord Henry Creswell. Him that died in Africa?’

‘Yes?’

The woman paused with her mouth slightly open, then shook her head. ‘No. It’s not for me to say.’

‘I’m sure you’re going to, nevertheless.’ The words had popped out before I had chance to bite them back, and I saw her plump face darken. She abruptly remembered she had the care of six children, who were currently entertaining themselves by pinching one another to see who could elicit the loudest shout, and she turned to admonish them. They paid as much attention to her as she had so far been doing to them, and I looked away, suppressing a smile.

‘I’m sorry,’ I said after a moment, ‘I’m just a bit tired. It’s been a long journey.’

The woman thawed slightly, and nodded. She abandoned her charges to their own devices once more, and settled back in her own seat.  ‘I understand, pet. Anyway, I’m sure you’ll be right as rain. Oh, but watch out for their kitchen maid, Ruth. She’s no better than she ought to be.’

‘Thank you, I’ll remember that.’ It seemed the right thing to say.

‘What’s your job to be? Lady’s maid?’

I shook my head. ‘Nothing so grand, I’m afraid. I’m replacing a girl called Mercy, as scullery maid.’

‘Well, she’s always had her nose in the air when it should be in the grate,’ the woman opined. ‘Scullery maid was never good enough for her.’

‘So, that’s the Creswells, the kitchen maid and the scullery maid,’ I mused. ‘Is there anyone there I might like, do you think?’

The woman eyed me sharply, and didn’t answer. This time I made no apology, although I did feel a glimmer of guilt for the way I’d spoken. My tiredness returned with a crash. All I wanted was to get off the train, and leave this woman and her squabbling brood; she was clearly nothing more than the local gossip, and knew far less than she pretended to.

The train rattled into Breckenhall station and I took my leave with a polite smile –  which wasn’t returned – and a huge sense of relief, as I stepped onto the platform and the noise faded into the background. But as I turned my feet towards the road leading out of town, and towards Oaklands Manor, I saw that sudden tightening of the woman’s face again, and heard her words of warning, and I wondered …

Terri Nixon’s Maid of Oaklands Manor is available from Piatkus now!

 

 

Welcome to Piatkus, Lia Riley!

This Summer, Autumn and Winter we are publishing the fantastic debut New Adult series, Off the Map, written by Lia Riley! Starting off on the sandy beaches of Santa Cruz, California, this series follows Natalia on her study abroad year in Australia and what happens when she meets the activist, surfer and fellow run-away Bran.  Read on for more on the first in the series, Upside Down . . .

 

 

If you never get lost, you’ll never be found . . .

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories—and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Upside Down gave me all the feels. Romantic and poignant, the journey of love and acceptance lingers long after the book is closed’

- Jennifer L. Armentrout/J. Lynn, # 1 New York Times bestselling author

 

Upside Down is published August 5th 2014, followed by Sideswiped on October 7th and Inside Out on December 5th! Paperbacks follow in 2015!

Stay tuned for more exciting details, messages from Lia and the opportunity to get involved in Nat and Bran’s world down-under . . .