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J. A. Redmerski Joins Piatkus!

We’re delighted to announce the acquisition of J. A. Redmerski’s stand-alone romance, THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO. Set in Hawaii, this is a sexy, delightful whirlwind of a romance that’s absolutely perfect to escape with this summer. J. A. Redmerski is the bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER, and we’re so happy to welcome her to Piatkus!

J.A. has also picked out her very own book boyfriend, being as it’s so close to Valentine’s Day:

As far as my ‘book boyfriend’, I’d have to say that: “My number one book boyfriend is (and no one has yet to beat him for the spot) Alexander Barrington, more intimately known as ‘Shura’ from THE BRONZE HORSEMAN trilogy. Talk about swoon! Not only is Alexander a military man, but he’s super protective of the girl he loves and will fight to the ends of the Earth for her. He’s got that bad-boy vibe, but without being bad. He’s kind and compassionate, yet mouthy and sometimes infuriating! And did I mention he’s panty-melting sexy?”

K. Bromberg & Chicks That Read choose their Valentines Book Boyfriend

Another day, another #valentinesbookboyfriend! Today we’ve got author of Slow Burn K. Bromberg, plus Tay from Chicks That Read . . . Make sure to join us on Twitter and Facebook where we’re chatting about OUR favourite book boyfriends for Valentine’s Day.

K. Bromberg and Tay from Chicks That Read

K. Bromberg:

This is a hard question…Who my fave book boyfriend is….So besides Colton and Becks (obviously… lol), I’m going to have to say Christian Grey. My reason may be a little different than some but Christian got me reading again when I hadn’t in a while due to day to day life and kids and lack of time. But I picked up Fifty Shades of Grey (after a phone call from my mother) and devoured all three books. Then I read more books. And more books. Then one day I thought, “I can do this. I can write a book,” and so I started outlining Driven. So to me Christian is my favorite book boyfriend not only for the character he is between the pages, but also for the unexpected career he led me to.

Tay:

My ultimate book boyfriend is Jared Trent, from Penelope Douglas Fall Away series. This was a hard decision for me as I have an irrational love for all of Douglas’ leading men, from the self-assured Madoc to the complex Jax, but I had to pick Jared for a number of reasons. Firstly he is a bad boy and what woman doesn’t like to make that bad boy go good, specially when said bad boy is a delicious tattooed god who drives not only a fantastic car but a motorcycle too! *swoon* Jared is so much more than a pretty face though, he oozed emotion for me, with a heavy heart, he faces personal and heartbreaking trials that just made me love him even more. I can say with complete confidence that Jared Trent is the perfect book boyfriend, Penelope Douglas is a master at creating characters that capture you and I am captured, hook line and sinker!

Ask Becks Anything – exclusive Q&A with the hero of Slow Burn by K. Bromberg

 

Fans of Driven, there are 12 days to go before Becks and Haddie’s story is finally available! I know, it’s too long and we can’t wait either. So we spoke to K. Bromberg and she, lovely author that she is, has agreed to give us exclusive access to the one and only hero of Slow Burn, the smoking-hot Becks!

Up until publication you have the chance to send us in any questions you have for Becks and he promises to answer them as honestly as he can (unless it’s very rude . . .).

And to make this even better, if you’re a UK fan sending in a question you will be in with a chance of winning a SIGNED  COPY of Slow Burn.

Just email your question to piatkus.entice@littlebrown.co.uk – he’s waiting!

Terri Nixon & Samie Sands choose their ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend

Day 4 of our quest for the ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend! Today historical romance author Terri Nixon and book blogger Sammie from The Lockdown choose theirs. Can you think of someone better? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook

Terri:

Thanks to Anna for inviting me to talk about my book-boyfriend. So many books, so many men… so little resistance! Being a long-time Diana Gabaldon fan, it’s a given that Jamie Fraser, from the Outlander series, will rank very high on my list. However, for me it all took a bit of a swerve a few books in, and now it’s all about Roger Mac. I’ve always been a sucker for green eyes and dark hair, and, let’s face it, Roger is basically a green-eyed, dark-haired, Jamie! I don’t think he’s been cast in the TV series yet, but in my head he very definitely has a Henry Cavill look about him. Throw in a beautiful singing voice, a guitar and a bodhran, and it’s a big dollop of “yes please!” from this end!

Samie:

I would pick Kellan Kyle from the Thoughtless series for my book boyfriend. Not only is he a sexy, mysterious musician, he’s a romantic, caring soul who gives absolutely everything when he falls in love. What more could a girl want?!

Stephanie Wahlstrom & Miss Bookworm choose their book boyfriend for Valentine’s Day

Day three of our quest for the ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend and today we’re joined by Stephanie Wahlstrom, author of The Accidental Socialite and The Accidental New Yorker, and book blogger Abbey from Miss Bookworm. The conversation continues on Twitter and Facebook so join us and share your Valentine’s Day book boyfriend of choice! 

Stephanie:

My ultimate book boyfriend has always been Mark Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary. I was sixteen when I first read the book and strangely identified with the thirty-something Bridget, as if I knew I would become her someday (despite not being British nor living in a big city). What drew me to Mark Darcy was the famous scene where he tells her he likes her just the way she is.  It blew my mind. Imperfect Bridget found someone who liked her just as she was? Really and truly? Shortly after I read the book, I was told I needed some dental work and spent my last year of high school missing my right front tooth. Boys weren’t exactly fighting over me and I didn’t have a date to prom, but it didn’t really bother me. In the back of my mind I knew one day I would find my Mark Darcy, who would love me just the way I am, with or without my teeth.

Abbey:

My Book Boyfriend has to be sexy and handsome Braden Carmichael from the On Dublin Street series by Samantha young. As soon as i first read On Dublin Street and read about Braden and Jocelyn, I knew I was going to want to have him as my book boyfriend. He comes across as scary and bit mean but deep down he is a softy and true romantic.

Elizabeth Hoyt and Alba in Bookland choose their book boyfriend

For day 2 of our search for the perfect Valentine’s Day book boyfriend, bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt and Alba from the blog AlbaInBookland make some brilliant choices. But do you agree? Tell us your ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend on Facebook or Twitter now! 

Elizabeth:

My book boyfriend is Wolf MacKenzie from Linda Howard’s classic, MacKenzie’s Mountain. Wolf is strong, gentle, protective, and, of course, heart-meltingly sexy!

Alba: 

You know what they say… Boys. They are better in books. I think I have so many book boyfriends that I could fill a whole notebook listing them. Yes, I am a book slut. But can I do, I fall in love easily and thanks to my books I have met the most perfect, gorgeous and charming men.

If I had to choose only one I think I would pick Alex Reid, from the I Heart Series by Lindsey Kelk. What can I say… I have a soft spot for musicians and Alex is the leading singer of his own rock band. With a wild past, he is ready to settle down and with that long fringe falling on his green eyes, who would be able to tell him no? Imagine going to a concert with thousands of people and knowing that he is singing the songs he has composed for you directly at you, because you are the only that matters to him. Dream come true. But he is much more than a musician, always easygoing but ready for a grand gesture when you less expect it. Perfect book boyfriend material.

Also, if I had to choose a Piatkus book boyfriend in between all the gorgeous men they publish, I’d pick without a doubt Luc, from Breaking Love by M.J. Summers. Luc is sexy as hell and the most romantic guy ever and he is French. Who can resist a French accent? I would totally escape to Paris with him for a weekend, or… eh… forever!

Hot by Elizabeth Hoyt is available to download now.

Who’s your Valentine’s Day Book Boyfriend?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and to celebrate, we’ve asked five of our favourite authors PLUS five fabulous bloggers to tell us who they would choose as their #valentinesbookboyfriend.

Every day this week we’ll be posting a Valentine’s Day book boyfriend from one Entice author and one blogger. Check back each day to read new posts (we’ll link to them all from here) and don’t forget to let us know who you’d choose as YOUR book boyfriend on Twitter or Facebook using #valentinesbookboyfriend.

MONDAY

Samantha Young & Emma from Book Angel Booktopia

TUESDAY

Elizabeth Hoyt & Alba in Bookland

WEDNESDAY

Stephanie Wahlstrom & Miss Bookworm

Samantha Young & Emma from Book Angel Booktopia choose their book boyfriend

Day one of our search for the ultimate Valentine’s Day book boyfriend and we’re joined by bestselling author Samantha Young and Emma from the blog Book Angel Booktopia

See if you agree with their choices below, then let us know YOUR choice of book boyfriend on Facebook or Twitter #valentinesbookboyfriend. If they feature in one of our books, you could be in with the chance of winning a copy! 

Samantha:

My favourite book boyfriend has to be Jericho Z Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s FEVER SERIES. I read this series once a year just so I can savour Barrons over and over again. He’s actually more anti-hero than hero, but I love how mysterious, complicated, funny, brooding and scary powerful he is. He keeps me guessing and I absolutely adore his insane chemistry with the heroine Mac.

Emma:

I was so excited to talk book boyfriends when Clara mentioned the idea to me. Then she dropped the bomb that I would have to pick ONE. I mean come on my book boyfriend changes with every book I read, the list just keeps growing :)  Well it did get me thinking, I love a bad boy as much as anyone BUT could I really see myself with one. The answer is NO, I am far too insecure, even at my age, to deal with all the baggage a bad boy carries. So that leaves the good guys, it’s a complete myth that they finish last you know.

I have to say originally I was going to cheat and go with two hot cowboys both by the same author (so not REALLY cheating) Chance Anderson and Jesse Walker both characters from Three Brothers by the wonderful Nicole Williams. Don’t get me wrong they totally have the whole alpha male thing going on *swoon* BUT they have hearts of pure gold and the women they love are worshiped :)

But then I remembered who I turn to for comfort. When I am feeling a little down or just in need of a good dose of warm and fuzzies, my go to guy HAS to be Lucas Maxfield. I seriously loved him in Easy by Tammara Webber but when I read Breakable there was no turning back. This guy has my heart in his hands every single time. So if you haven’t met Lucas yet, remember that boy is MINE ;)

Hero by Samantha Young is out now. 

Must Love Austen: Julia Quinn talks about inspiration, Austen & Sir Richard Kenworthy

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy is, in many ways, my salute to Jane Austen. The very first line reads:

To quote that book his sister had read two dozen times, it was a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.

But of course, I’m not Jane Austen, and my hero most definitely is not Mr. Darcy. Hence the next two lines of the book:

Sir Richard Kenworthy was not in possession of a fortune, but he was single. As for the wife… Well, that was complicated.

Thus the tone was set, and before I knew it, my heroine was having a lively discussion about Pride and Prejudice with her sister. (Much to the confusion of their mother, who did not realise that Lizzy, Darcy and Mr. Collins were fictional characters.)

Jane Austen’s books endure in a way that few would have predicted at the time of their publication. I believe it’s because she was writing about smart women in a time that did not celebrate smart women. She was writing about love and happy endings in a time that viewed marriage – in her social class, at least – as more of a business contract than a bond of love. I’d like to think that my books honour Austen by adhering to these ideals. I don’t write stupid heroines (nor stupid heroes), and everyone gets a happily-ever-after.

In 2007 I was asked to write the Afterword for the new Signet Classics edition of Mansfield Park. It is still one of the highlights of my career, and I’d love to share a bit of it with you.

I am an author of historical romances, which means that I spend an inordinate amount of time in front of my computer, dreaming of witty men, wittier women, and ways to torture them both before allowing a happily-ever-after. I know the difference between a duke and an earl (and the proper way to address each, both in person and in writing), and I regularly find myself researching such strange and random bits of knowledge as the journey length from Liverpool to Dublin in 1819, the location of Boucher’s Portrait of Marie-Louise O’Murphy during the same year, and the earliest known usage of the phrase “Little Bo Peep.” (At least twelve hours, Germany, and Shakespeare, as far as I can tell.)

Like most authors writing in my time period, I worship at the altar of Jane Austen, and while I do not credit her with the birth of the modern romance novel (what she did and what I do are far too dissimilar for that), she must be acknowledged as the genre’s most vital and influential ancestor.

Three cheers for Miss Austen!

 

Julia Quinn started writing her first book one month after finishing college and has been tapping away at her keyboard ever since. She is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe colleges and lives with her family in Colorado.