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Celia J. Anderson on her writing journey

Sweet Proposal was my first published book. My baby. The one that made me feel like a real live, proper writer. And it was Piatkus Entice that made the dream come true, back in November 2012.

The occasion when I knew it was actually going to happen for me was a very sparkly one. It was the Festival of Romance gala dinner and hoards of us had flocked to Bedford to wallow in lovely books for a whole weekend. We’d done workshops, been to lectures, spent far too much money on . . . yes, more books, and now it was the grand finale– the awards ceremony for authors of all sorts of wonderful novels. Lots of categories, lots of familiar, famous names, lots of excitement.

I have to say, wine had already occurred on the table I was sharing with my Romaniac buddies. The problem was that the food wasn’t going to arrive until after the awards were all dished out. I clapped along with everybody else, listening to the whoops of excitement from all corners of the glittering ballroom. When the noise eventually began to die down, I cracked, and started to eat my rather dry bread roll.

Only, the awards hadn’t actually finished. There was still a final exciting one to come – the Piatkus Entice prize. Three contracts for debut authors. I chewed away happily, hearing words like warm, funny and quirky. Then I noticed that people seemed to be staring at me and my table-mates were on their feet, cheering. Huh? The bread roll refused to budge. I gulped some wine.

‘Go on – get up there, you’ve won! You’ve got a contract!’ said Debs, nudging me out of my chair.
Since then, life has changed in many ways. The editing process with Caroline Kirkpatrick was a steep learning curve, but Caroline’s vision was clear and she knew how to polish something that was still definitely still rough around the edges. Eventually, we were both happy, and Sweet Proposal made its first appearance on August 1st 2013. I celebrated with cocktails in a 97th floor bar in Chicago. I don’t normally do this.

The next time a launch occurred for me it was just as exciting, even if the venue was my ground floor conservatory rather than at the top of a skyscraper. Little Boxes was published in November 2014 and book three is nearly finished. I learned so much from the publishing process with Piatkus that I felt like quite an old hand by this time.

The bonus was that when Little Boxes started to take off and sell in a bigger way, Sweet Proposal developed a whole new lease of life. I didn’t see that coming, so I must still a bit green, but it was a lovely surprise. Now all I need is an idea for book four . . .

Download your copy of Celia’s Sweet Proposal here and check out her website.

Black Dagger Brotherhood FanCast

As we countdown to publication of The Shadows by JR Ward, we want to assemble the ultimate Black Dagger Brotherhood Fantasy Cast and we need YOUR help.

Each week for 3 weeks, we’ll choose one of our favourite couples and put them to YOUR vote. Share who YOU would cast as each character in the ultimate fantasy Black Dagger Brotherhood movie on Facebook and Twitter using #FanCastBDB.

WEEK ONE: Zsadist & Bella

WEEK TWO: Blay and Qhuinn

WEEK THREE: Wrath & Beth

The Rules:

Pictures or links should be posted on the Piatkus Fiction Facebook page or tweeted using #FanCastBDB

Photos of family members/boyfriends/girlfriends also welcome if they think they are the best women and men for the job (providing you have their permission, of course)!

Don’t agree with pictures other people have posted? Tell us why!

Maybe you already have a BDB FanCast Pinterest page or blog post? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!

At the end of the three weeks we’ll reveal your ultimate Black Dagger Brotherhood Fantasy Cast on the Piatkus Entice site.

 The Shadows hits the shops on March 31st.

The Darkly Passionate Reign Series Starts Today: Note to UK readers

Today we release Yours Tonight, a darkly passionate love story from #1 bestselling author of Break Me Slowly Joya Ryan. This is the first in Joya’s sensational new Reign series. If you’d like to know more, read on.

Hello readers!

With spring right around the corner, I find myself anxious for change. The need to revamp life with a little excitement is definitely consuming my thoughts. Something happens to my brain when a little bit of sunshine hits it. While I spend a lot of my time in imaginary land, thinking up new characters and stories, spring is my favourite because those thoughts turn more creative. I find myself asking…why not?

In the case of the Reign series, there are two men dominating the pages. Their objective is clear: Lana. She is the woman they both want. Problem is, while both men are equally sexy in their alpha awesomeness, they are wildly different. Both in looks and personality. So how can a girl choose? Because she can’t possibly have both men…

This is a moment I find myself asking…why not?

Sure, reality always comes full circle and while the idea of taking the best of both worlds — aka two smokin’ hot guys — is appealing, it can’t possibly last, right? But what about in the meantime? What if she had time to think about what she really wanted? A chance to see what each man brings to the table before having to decide? Unfortunately, this is out of Lana’s hands. Because she does get a chance to be with one the men of her dreams, and she falls hard for him. Only things don’t quite run smoothly, and not everything is what it seems. When the truth comes out, Lana is faced with a brutal choice and a heart that is split in two.

So the “why not” question turns into “how?”.

How can she choose between a man that has her heart and a man that has her soul? How can she move on from the twist of fate that brought her to two men that are everything she’s ever wanted and needed? How can she survive without them?

Following Lana on this journey has been exciting and, honestly, really tricky. What happens when you love, want and need two different men for two different reasons? Surely there has to be a way?

Why not!?

Thank you for reading and for all your support!


Yours Tonight

He will give her everything she’s ever wanted . . .

Jack Powell’s confidence is matched only by his intensity. The darkness in him comes from years of secrets and memories he’d rather forget. Lana has an exotic innocence that draws him in and Jack wants a taste of her. She’s a light in the darkness of his world — and she needs help, which he agrees to give her.

The only rule? He makes the rules.

Lana gives up her control, letting Jack take her body however he needs, while she works her way into his heart. But Jack’s past catches up to them and Lana finds herself wrapped up in a scheme that will expose every secret she’s worked so hard to keep. She clung to Jack once when her world was crashing down, but this time, she loves him. She’ll continue to reach for him — her only fear is if he’ll reach back, or go on his way, taking her soul with him . . .

Yours Tonight is available now in ebook from all good retailers.

National and international bestselling author Joya Ryan is the author of the Shattered series, which includes Break Me Slowly, Possess Me Slowly, and Capture Me Slowly. She has also written the Sweet Torment series, which includes Breathe You In and Only You. Passionate about both cooking and dancing (despite not being too skilled at the latter), she loves spending time at home. Along with her husband and her two sons, she resides in California.

Ask Becks Anything – the hero of K. Bromberg’s Slow Burn answers your questions

As promised, the smoking-hot Becks has been busy answering all your questions, with a little help from K. Bromberg, author of Slow Burn.

Take it away, Becks . . .

Q: What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t with Haddie or hanging out with Colton?

A: I’ll call Walker to come over to watch the game and have a beer . . . or I’ll head out to the farmhouse for some R&R.

Q: What fascinates you the most about Haddie? What is the future for the two of you?

A: Damn . . . look at her. I mean she hooks you in with her looks and then reels you in with her sassy mouth and fiery temper. She’s a contradiction of so many things that I never know who I’m going to get from day to day. Our future? Hmm, I like my Macallan too much to give it up, so I’d say for a long damn time.

Q: Can I be your UK Girlfriend/No 1 Fan?

A: Yes, but shhh, Haddie has a mean left hook.

Q: Where in the UK would you love to visit? Obviously my house but where else? Oh and if you do come over make sure you bring Kristy with you!

A: In the UK I’d love to visit everywhere. I’ve never been there so I think once I got the hang of driving on the wrong side of the road I’d rent a car and take a long drive. Well, after I visit your house of course. I’m sure I could convince Kristy to head out there as well. I know she really wants to come with her ‘UK Lovelies’ as she calls them.

Q: Becks, just wondering how alike are you to the hero of Driven? If not how different are you from him? What sets you apart from him?

A: How am I like Colton? That fucker wishes he was like me. Ha! I think Wood and me are opposites in so many ways but so alike in others. While he’s all about speed, I like to take my time . . . slow and steady. We both like to fight for what’s ours though. As he says, that’s non-negotiable. We both finally agree that voodoo is the real deal. Scary shit but oh-so-good once you accept the magic.

Q: Becks, did you like Haddie from the first time you saw her??!! I always thought you guys would be a great couple! Can’t wait to read Slow Burn! :)

A: How could you not? On that plane ride to Vegas she owned my attention . . . but she’s my best friend’s girl’s best friend. Say that ten times. Ha. So I had her in a no-go zone but well . . . some things are just too damn good to not fight hard for. When you read Slow Burn you can decide for yourself if you think we are great or not . . . because damn that woman is stubborn!

Q: Have you ever had any interest in being a race car driver, or is it the mechanics part you love?

A: For about two seconds…but no, the calculations and the precision is what excites me. Running the well-oiled machine is my thing. Knowing that when Colton crosses the finish line it’s from all of the crew’s hard work behind the scenes? That’s fucking cool.

Q: What was your first thought the very first time you saw Haddie?

A: Damn. Just damn. Need I explain it further?

Q: What was the first thing that attracted you to Haddie?

A: Those sexy legs, those lips, that smile, and then her laugh. Can’t not like a woman who draws you in with her laugh.

Q: Is there anything you wanted to say in your story that Kristy refused?

A: I think that there are times that readers will think Haddie is being a martyr . . . that she needs to suck it up and let me in . . . but I don’t think people get what it was like to be in her shoes. High heels can be sexy as fuck but you can also stumble real easily in them, if you catch my drift. I wish Kristy would have left in some scenes where I defended Had . . . no one likes their woman criticized but she wouldn’t allow it because it was Haddie’s journey to take and not mine to defend. Besides, Haddie would want to kick my ass for defending her . . . she’s independent that way.

Q: How did you get your middle name? 😉

A: From a family friend. She was good friends with my Mom and so she used her maiden name as a nod to her.

Q: When did you know I was your one and only?

A: Ahh of course you are. It was love at first internet sight, right? Lol. You and Haddie and so many others. I’ve got enough love in this big country heart of mine for all of you!

Q: Do you think we can talk Kristy into a second book about you? Because I promise it’s needed and wanted.

A: You’ll have to ask her about that one. I think Slow Burn tells a complete story but you never know what that woman will pull out of her mind.

Q: Becks and Colton have been friends a very long time. What is it that connected them so closely?

A: Sarcasm. And honesty. Those are two very important things in our friendship.

Phew, after all that we need a lie down. Want more Becks? Then download your copy of Slow Burn today!

Elizabeth Hoyt on contemporary romance

To celebrate publication of Elizabeth Hoyt’s three modern romances, HotFor the Love of Pete and Once and Always, we asked her to tell us why she went back to contemporary romance after so many years spent in Maiden Lane . . .

You know how some actors get typecast—they play a pointy-eared alien on a very popular 1960s science fiction TV show and thereafter they can only get acting jobs involving space? Well, I think the same thing sometimes applies to writers. Take me, for instance. I’ve written a rather popular (if I do say so myself) historical romance series (Maiden Lane) set in Georgian London and for some reason that makes readers surprised when they find out that I write contemporary romance set in Midwestern America as well.

Dude. It’s not like I grew up in the eighteenth century.

I love writing my historical romances, but I also love writing contemporary romances. It’s a bit like using a different muscle group. If you spend a lot of time lifting weights, it feels good to get out and go for a brisk walk. Writing a contemporary romance feels fresh and fun after writing several historical romances—I use different vocabulary, different pacing, and different character life stories. And after writing a contemporary romance, my historical writing feels lush and sensuous. I think writing both subgenres makes me a better all around writer.

But! Several years ago the American book market swerved and we writers were told that the contemporary romance was DEAD. Dead, I tell you! Fortunately I already had my historical romance career. I simply continued writing about Maiden Lane and decided—sadly!—that writing contemporary romances just wasn’t meant to be.

And then, of course, the book market swerved again.

Suddenly readers were interested in contemporary romances, which was very nice for me as I’d never be able to work dog sledding and ice fishing, not to mention the Russian mob, into a Georgian historical.

So I’m thrilled that my third contemporary romance will (finally) be coming out and I do hope that I’ll continue to be able to write both lush historicals and fast, slightly silly, contemporary romances, because life is better with a little variety.

At least in my opinion.

Do you prefer Historical or Modern settings? Why? Comment below for the chance to win a free copy of Once and Always!

Fifty Shades of Grey – review

Our new Junior Editor, Dom (no pun intended), shares his thoughts on the most eagerly anticipated film of the year . . . 

It seems like only yesterday that Fifty Shades of Grey was taking the world by storm, the trilogy by E.L. James responsible for bringing BDSM to the masses and making it socially acceptable to read erotica on public transport. That the film adaptation would be a sure-fire hit is a given, but would it satisfy the millions of fans worldwide who have their own ideas about Christian and Ana?

Thankfully, yes. Both director Sam Taylor-Johnson and star Dakota Johnson achieve the impossible – they’ve turned Ana into a real person, with a convincing interior life (no inner goddess in sight!) and a sassy streak. In a star-making turn, Johnson shows Ana to be more than just Christian’s plaything, and suggests that he isn’t the only dominant in this relationship . . .

Ah Christian. How could any actor measure up to fans’ expectations of the hottest romantic hero in recent memory? Unsurprisingly, Jamie Dornan is perfectly cast as Mr. Grey – he’s both strong and vulnerable and, obviously, outrageously good-looking. With a performance that recalls his sexy serial killer (an underused epithet) in The Fall, unfortunately sans accent and beard, Dornan fleshes out Christian and gives texture to the handsome billionaire with an interesting playroom.

The reason Fifty Shades works so well on film is that it remains faithful to the essence of the books but heightens the intensity of the main relationship (though the sex scenes could do with less sultry glances and more naked Dornan, at least according to the gals sitting behind me!), while at the same time softening the rough edges in James’s writing and allowing her characters to breathe.

Yes, there are some silly moments involving helicopter montages straight out of The Apprentice, monogrammed stationery and hilariously inappropriate use of Beyoncé’s ‘Crazy in Love’, but overall I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun in a cinema.

My inner goddess breathily anticipates the next installment . . .


In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you may have noticed that we at Piatkus Entice have been getting very excited for Valentine’s Day! As our authors and bloggers have all been sharing their Book Boyfriends with you, we thought we’d join in the fun and so asked our Little, Brown colleagues who their favourite literary loves are . . .

Zsadist, one of J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brothers. He starts off as the the most damaged of the Brothers, virtually monosyllabic and lacking in self-esteem after years of being used as a blood slave. His transformation by the love of a good vampire is incredibly moving, and has me in tears every time I read it, which is often’

My ultimate book girlfriend has to be Clara del Valle in The House of the Spirits’

Mine are Luther Fox from Dirt Music or Bucky Wunderlick from Great Jones Street

‘I’ve always secretly liked the idea of Mr Rochester – why keep this a secret?

Jamie from Outlander because he is gentle, loyal, funny and totally capable of killing anything that ever threatened him. Got to love a Highlander, especially for their good taste in whiskey’

Becky Sharp. And if she’s busy, Emma Bovary. Both indomitable women who know their own minds’

The Empress of Blandings has my heart’ – if you don’t know who this is, we suggest you Google immediately!

We hope you have a great Valentine’s Day and that you find some time to spend with your Book Boyfriend, because as we all know . . .

Lots of love from all at Piatkus Entice x

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.


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!