Anna by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles is one of the books Piatkus Entice picked for their December 12 Days of Romance promotion! It’s an enthralling tale of love and war, romance and adventure. A few days after giving Cynthia the news, the Entice team was delighted to find a piece of mail from America with a beautiful postcard inside from Cynthia. A very special postcard with a very special story . . .
When Readers Digest decided to do Anna as a condensed book, I was invited to Pleasantville, (isn’t that the perfect name for Readers Digest HQ?) their headquarters in NY state, for a visit before publication day.
We were collected from our Manhattan hotel by a chauffeured limo and driven to Pleasantville. It was like a vast, green lawn, kept to English country house standards, and dotted with ancient trees. Set about it were a number of beautiful 18th Century houses, mostly built of wood, in which all the Headquarters activities take place. We were taken first to the hospitality house, a mansion furnished with 18th century originals, furniture, carpets, clocks, china, wonderful fireplaces and chandeliers. There are bedrooms here for guests to stay but sadly we were only on a day trip. However we were met by various executives in the gorgeous drawing-room for drinks and chat, then taken through to the dining-room (shining mahogany table that seated 20) for an elegant luncheon. Afterwards we were given a guided tour and saw various offices and staff amenities (eg wonderful restaurant and a fully-equipped gym). The most amazing thing was that the offices and corridors were hung with original paintings by great masters like Degas, Renoir, Breugel, Kandinsky and so on – worth a fortune but just hanging there, where everyone passed back and forth, with no apparent security. They must be happy employees to be so trusted!
They commissioned an artist to paint several oils to be used as illustrations in their edition of Anna. They were all very lovely, but they decided the Troika picture was so gorgeous they would use it as the illustration for their worldwide corporate Christmas card for that year! On this occasion I was shown the original oils. Being a horselover, I asked if I could buy the Troika picture, but they said they were not for sale – alas.
Imagine having paintings of your book hung next to a Degas! Or sent nationwide! See below for the beautiful picture and be sure to check out Entice’s 12 Days of Romance!
If you’ve not yet heard of Robin York, remember this moment. You heard it here first. Robin York is going to be BIG.
We’re hugely excited to welcome this new adult author to the Entice list and are counting down the days until Deeper is available to buy (28th Jan in ebook and 6th March in paperback).
Because we can’t quite contain that excitement, here’s an early extract so you can discover Robin York’s wonderful writing for yourself. Then, the countdown begins . . .
Deeper by Robin York Extract
Piatkus Entice are delighted to welcome a brand new author, the brilliant Stephanie Wahlstrom!
Want to know where the red carpet leads? Stephanie’s hilarious debut, The Accidental Socialite, is a semi-autobiographical romantic comedy about a girl who is catapulted into an exclusive world of free champagne and VIP areas after an accidental paparazzi pose with a married (oops) footballer.
If you loved Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series, Tracy Bloom , Mhairi McFarlane or are simply looking for something fun to read then this is the book for you! Stay tuned for the cover reveal and publication date – as you can probably tell, we’re really excited about this one!
Joss and Braden are BACK in Samantha Young’s unmissable new On Dublin Street novella, Castle Hill. The novella is available to buy in Entice ebook now and to celebrate author Samantha Young has a special message for readers:
‘A huge hello to all my readers! UK readers have been so amazingly supportive of my books, especially the ON DUBLIN STREET series. Thank you for all the wonderful emails, tweets and messages of support on social media–I especially love the photos readers send me of themselves standing next to the Dublin Street and London Road street signs on Edinburgh. Always makes me smile!
It’s phenomenal how much my UK readers love Joss and Braden. I receive so many requests for a peek into their lives after On Dublin Street, so as a massive thank you to you all, I decided to write CASTLE HILL: A JOSS AND BRADEN NOVELLA. The novella dives back into Joss and Braden’s romance, and J&B share those all important moments UK readers have been looking forward to reading about. I hope you all enjoy the novella, and again a big thank you from me.’
Last weekend saw the Festival of Romance return once more to Bedford, and Caroline Kirkpatrick of Piatkus Entice was delighted to attend. Working in partnership with the Festival of Romance, and brand partners Radio Gorgeous and Cornishware, Piatkus Entice has been on the hunt to find a new romance star of the future, and Caroline was absolutely delighted to announce Entice’s new author to the attendees of the gala dinner on Saturday night: Historical romance author Christine King and her delightful novel The Blade and the Dove.
Congratulations Christine and welcome to Piatkus Entice!
Celebrations were all-round, as our fantastic historical romance author Charlotte Betts won Best Historical Read Award with her fantastic novel The Spice Merchant’s Wife.
And it was so lovely to see last year’s Piatkus Entice winners at the festival too: Terri Nixon, author of Maid of Oaklands Manor, and Celia Anderson, author of Sweet Proposal.
Look out for more from our Entice winner, Christine King, soon. And if you haven’t read the fabulous novels that Piatkus Entice has to offer, take a look at our website and immerse yourself in the world of romance!