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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.

 

WIN a signed copy of THE BARON NEXT DOOR!

This week marked the publication of Erin Knightley‘s luscious second Regency romance in the Prelude to a Kiss series, The Earl I Adore.

 

 

Because we’re so excited (and also because we want to tempt Erin back to the UK (we’ll give you more scones!)) we’re giving away five signed copies of the first in the series, The Baron Next Door!

Simply enter your details into the form and we’ll pick five winners by the end of next week. But be sure to read our terms and conditions first!

Writing a Multi-Generational Story

Three Mothers – a multi-generational novel that deals sensitively with the infinitely complex and fascinating nature of mother-daughter bonds – releases today in ebook. To mark the occasion, Sonia Lambert discusses her experience of writing Three Mothers.

Hello. I’d like to tell you about how I came to write Three Mothers.

I started working on the book after my daughter was born.

The months just before and after the birth of a baby are such a strange time – wonderful and awful and emotional, all at once. I was surprised by how much the experience reminded me of two other big upheavals in my life – the death of a parent, and also the feeling of falling in love. It was exhilarating, frightening and unsettling. I lived from one moment to the next, and everything seemed turned upside-down. I had to reinvent who I was, and everything I thought I knew.

I began wondering about how this had been for my mother, and my grandmother. I started thinking about the big moments in their lives, and the amazing upheavals they’d survived. Through becoming a parent myself, I began to feel I had more in common with them. Perhaps they had hopes, and dreams, and secrets I’d never considered? I asked questions. I used some of their best stories – but the characters in my book evolved to become very different from my real-life family.

The book is about mother-daughter relationships – the way you rebel against your mother, but also keep her inside you. I was thinking about how we choose the things we’d like to pass on, and also about the way our decisions go on to affect our children.

I tried to be truthful, and to write, about how things felt to me. After Three Mothers was published, it was wonderful to hear back from readers, and to find that my story resonated with them.

I put everything I had into this, and it is very close to my heart. I really hope you like it too.

Three Mothers releases in ebook today and is available from all good retailers.

 

Happy Publication Day to Penelope Douglas and Erin Knightley

The sky may be grey, the wind cold and people may be struggling to shift out of holiday mode, but the January blues don’t stand a chance with us today as we release Penelope Douglas Falling Away and Erin Knightley’s The Earl I Adore.

The Earl I Adore

Sophie Wembley is about to discover two hard truths: When planning a rushed betrothal, one must not be picky; and when the perfect earl happens by, one must not be shy . . .

After receiving word that her sister has eloped, even ever-optimistic Sophie has trouble staying positive. She needs to secure her future before the scandal destroys her prospects, although she doesn’t relish the idea of a hasty marriage. But her longtime crush has just shown up for the summer festival in Bath. He may be the key to avoiding disgrace and getting a happily ever after . . . if she can bring herself to pursue him.

John ‘Evan’ Fairfax, Earl of Evansleigh, is one of the most popular bachelors in the ton. However, his easygoing ways hide a dark past he’s determined to keep secret. Evan has always kept acquaintances at arm’s length for self-preservation, but there’s something irresistible about Sophie . . . and her seductive charms may well sway the confirmed bachelor to seize a chance at love.

The Earl I Adore publishes in print and in ebook today, and is available from all good retailers. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Falling Away

Jaxon is the guy she’s supposed to avoid . . .  

K. C. Carter has always followed the rules – until this year,  when a mistake leaves her the talk of her college campus and her carefully  arranged life comes crashing to a halt. Now she’s stuck in her small hometown  for the summer to complete her court-ordered community service, and to make  matters worse, trouble is living right next door.

K.C. is the girl he won’t let get away . . .

Jaxon Trent is the  worst kind of temptation and exactly what K.C. was supposed to stay away from in  high school. But he never forgot her. She was the one girl who wouldn’t give him  the time of day and the only one to ever say no. Fate has brought K.C. back into  his life – except what he thought was a great twist of luck turns out to be too  close for comfort. As they grow closer, he discovers that convincing K.C. to get  out from her mother’s shadow is hard, but revealing the darkest parts of his  soul is nearly impossible.

Falling Away publishes in ebook for the first time today. Are ready for Jax and K. C.? We feel they were well worth the wait!

New Year, New You: How to write romantic fiction

To kick start the New Year, we’ve asked Sophie King, bestselling romance novelist and author of How To Write Romantic Fiction, to give us her top tips on becoming a published romance author.

‘I’m going to write a book – one day.’

Does that sound familiar? I can’t tell you how many times people have said that to me. In fact, I used to say it to myself for years. After university, I became a magazine journalist because that seemed the best way to make a living until I had time and experience to write that novel. Fast forward fifteen years (and three children) and I still hadn’t done it.

So what got me going? Believe it or not, it was the combination of a thirty-something birthday and a new year resolution. ‘When are you going to write that best-seller you’re always talking about?’ asked a friend when all the corks were popping. And as everyone else started singing auld lang syne, I suddenly realised that if I didn’t start now, I might never do it.

That’s all very well but how do you get cracking if you have a job and a family? Well, here are some tips to set you on your way.

ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY – AND NOR IS A BEST-SELLER
 It took me ten more years after that New Year’s Eve party to get my first book accepted. So if you don’t get an agent or a publisher as soon as you had hoped, just keep going. Real writers don’t give up. They can’t.

CHOOSE A SUBJECT WHICH EXCITES YOU
Romance is catching – both on the page and off it. If you are excited by your subject, it will leap off the page and hopefully, stir an agent.

WRITE FOR HALF AN HOUR (OR EVEN BETTER AN HOUR) EVERY DAY
No time? Try reducing your newspaper reading time (get your news from the radio instead). Or get up an hour earlier. Go to bed an hour later. Scribble in your lunch hour. Ask a friend to have the children and do a reciprocal swap.

DRAW UP AN ACTION PLAN FOR THE YEAR
Challenge yourself to write one chapter a week. That will be 52 by the end of the year. Make sure that something big happens in each chapter to keep the reader’s attention going. Each character needs to have a problem in order for the plot to keep moving. Ask yourself what he or she wants in life. Write a mini biography for every character in your book to help you understand him or her. What are they scared of? I help myself visualise my cast by cutting out pictures from magazines and sticking them on a cork board.

NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK
Find out what writing festivals you can get to in the year ahead and put the dates in your diary. Not all literary festivals are for published writers only. Some, like the Festival of Writing which is held in York in the autumn, offers one to one appointments with publishers and agents. This can be a great opportunity to get an expert interested in your manuscript.

TAKE OUT A SUBSCRIPTION TO A WRITING MAGAZINE
Writers Magazine and Writers Forum both have up to date news about new agents and publishers. I’ve personally found them invaluable. They also run competitions….

SET YOURSELF A CHALLENGE
Enter at least one magazine competition a month. It will give you discipline and help you to think about new subjects. If you win, that’s a bonus!

PUSH YOURSELF
This November, enter the National Novel Writing Month.For details, visit the Nanowrimo website.

KEEP A SEASON DIARY
Note down descriptions of places you know and visit during the year. Include the colour of the leaves; the different blues in the sky; the feeling of waves on your legs as you go into the cold water; the smell of salt air. All this will come in useful for your book.

DON’T TELL EVERYONE YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK
If they do find out, keep the plot to yourself. Talking about it can take away the urge to write it.

NOW JUST DO IT!
Good luck – and let me know how you get on.

To find out more about Sophie King and her books, visit the Sophie King website.

Piatkus Entice Stocking Filler: Kate Doran

This week we have Piatkus Marketer Kate, who is celebrating a bit of a late Christmas (extended family, you know). She’s excited to share what she hopes to find in her (belated) Christmas stocking!

 

I’ve chosen Whispers in the Snow as my Entice stocking filler. Packed with secrets, tragedy and hope, Jessica Blair’s wonderful holiday novella is the ultimate Christmas read.  If you want something to make you feel warm and cosy long after the last mince pie has been eaten, Whispers in the Snow is the book for you.