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Happy publication day, Stephanie Wahlstrom!

Anna Boatman shares her excitement on The Accidental Socialite‘s shining publication day!

‘It feels like we’ve been waiting for MONTHS but finally today is the day – #theaccidentalsocialite is out! I’m so delighted to be publishing Stephanie Wahlstrom. I think she’s a hugely talented debut author and her heroine Paige Crawford is completely irresistible – imagine if Bridget Jones accidentally wandered onto the set of Made in Chelsea! As a Londoner myself, I found the peeks into the socialite world absolutely fascinating – it’s quite something seeing the real life behind the Hello headlines! Stephanie has a message for her UK readers below, and if you love books by Tracy Bloom, Anna Bell, Mhairi McFarlane or Sophie Kinsella I can guarantee this book is for you.  The Accidental Socialite is romantic comedy at its best!’

Anna Boatman, Senior Editor of Piatkus Fiction

Hello Piatkus Entice readers! I can’t believe the day is finally here! The Accidental Socialite is out in the world. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing (and sometimes living) it. I’d love to hear what you think and if you have any questions or comments my Facebook door is always open.  Grab a glass of champagne and curl up with the book because . . . well, it’s Tuesday and there is an eclipse tonight. It’s time to celebrate! Happy reading.

xoxo

Stephanie Wahlstrom

The Accidental Socialite is available on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and other ereaders everywhere! You can also read an extract first here!

Win a complete set of Andrea Semple titles

We think the covers of Andrea Semple’s novels The Ex-Factor, The Man From Perfect and The Make Up Girl look gorgeous as a set. Which is why we’re giving all three away to one lucky reader.

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RITA finalists 2014 – Congratulations Entice authors!!

Yesterday the RITA finalists were announced! For those of you who might not be familiar with them, the RITAs are the Oscars of the Romance world – winning a RITA is the highest mark of distinction in Romance Fiction and RITA Award winners are determined by the toughest judges in existence—an author’s fellow romance authors!  The winners are announced at the RWA Conference, the world’s largest and most respected Romance conference, famous for fabulous jewels, dresses, shoes and authors! This year we are absolutely delighted to have SIX brilliant Piatkus authors nominated . . .

Banished for falling in love with a human, Nynn of Clan Tigony has been living quietly as a wife and mother. But when she and her son are kidnapped and Nynn is sent to the Cages, she must face her true warrior nature – and the magical birthright she has tried to ignore…  

Leto of Clan Garnis is a Cage warrior, using his superhuman speed and reflexes to destroy all challengers. Within the Cages, he has had no equal . . . until he is forced to train Nynn.

Nynn sees proud Leto as no better than a slave, whereas he considers her a traitor. Forced to be allies, tormented by lust, the sparks between them threaten to explode as they learn the high price of honour in their violent underground domain.

  • Ruthie Knox (Robin York)* for Along Came Trouble

*Ruthie Knox is famous for her great romantic reads, and at Entice we’re lucky enough to publish her brand new books under her pseudonym Robin York. Her debut novel under the York name is Deeper . .

When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright.  Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defence and punches her ex to the ground.

West Leavitt is the last person Caroline needs in her life. Everyone knows he’s shady. Still, Caroline is drawn to his confidence and swagger – even after promising her dad she’ll keep her distance. On late, sleepless nights, Caroline starts wandering into the bakery where West works.

The more complicated her relationship with West gets, the harder Caroline has to struggle to discover what she wants for herself – and the easier it becomes to find the courage she needs to fight back against the people who would judge her.

A rogue ruined . . .

He  is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over  the darkest of London’s corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he’s dreamed of . . . absolution.

A lady returned . . .

Mara planned never to return to the world from which she’d run but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple’s exclusive casino, she  has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to  society and proving to the world what only she knows . . . that he is no  killer.

It’s a fine trade, until Temple realizes that the lady – and her past – are more than they seem. It will take every bit of his strength to  resist the pull of this mysterious, maddening woman who seems willing to  risk everything . . . even true love.

Eli Landon seems to have the perfect life. A beautiful wife, a wonderful house, a dazzling legal career. But when his wife is brutally murdered after confessing to an affair, Eli is named prime suspect – without a shred of evidence. After a year-long ordeal the case is dropped, but Eli’s world is in tatters.

Abandoned by his friends, hounded by the media and a detective with a grudge, Eli retreats to the small-town sanctuary of Whiskey Beach and Bluff House, his beloved grandmother’s home by the sea. Bluff House has belonged to the Landons for generations and is the perfect place for Eli to regain his strength and rediscover his first love – writing. He is helped in his recovery by Abra Walsh – nurturing, courageous and a survivor herself. As Eli heals, he begins to open his heart to Abra, and for the first time, dares to dream of a future.

But as Abra and Eli take their first steps towards each other, a dangerous enemy is watching from the shadows. An enemy determined to make sure Eli Landon will never have that ‘perfect life’ – whatever the cost . . .

Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won’t back down . . .

Artemis Greaves toils as a lady’s companion, but hiding beneath the plain brown serge of her dress is the heart of a huntress. When the Ghost of St. Giles rescues her from footpads, she recognizes a kindred spirit. She’s even more intrigued when she realizes who exactly the notorious Ghost is by day . . .

Artemis makes a bold move: she demands that Maximus use his influence to free her imprisoned brother-or she will expose him as the Ghost. But blackmailing a powerful duke isn’t without risks. Now that she has the tiger by the tail, can she withstand his ire-or the temptation of his embrace?

 Lukas Hawkins, the second son of the troubled House of Trent, is on a mission: find his missing mother and her alleged kidnapper, a brute named Roger Morton. If bringing the villain to justice means breaking a few laws, then so be it. But when he encounters a mysterious stranger with the face of an angel and a body made for sin, Luke suddenly finds his task – and his heart – in peril.

Emma Curtis knows of Lord Lukas’s rakish reputation and hopes to use it to her advantage. While most men of honour would never travel alone with an unmarried woman, Luke is quite willing to take Emma on the road . . . and into his bed. As their journey carries them to unexpected places, Luke and Emma indulge their every passion and share their most private fantasies. But just when their deepest desires are finally within reach, a secret is revealed that threatens to end their love forever . . .

 

Please join us all at Entice in wishing these authors the very best of luck – this year one of our Entice team will be attending RWA, so we’ll be able to deliver on the ground updates. Until then, happy reading!

Darynda Jones and Charley Davidson celebrate Mother’s Day

As our last author insight into Mother’s Day, we have the fantastic Darynda Jones talking about how family and love tie into her Charley Davidson series . . .

 

I’m thrilled to be here today! Thank you for having me. And what a wonderful topic!

The Charley Davidson books may seem like a series about a female private investigator who was born the grim reaper. Well, they are, but they are much more than that. At the heart of the series is a very strong familial core, familial including those very close friends that we all think of as part of the family. Charley’s family, extended and otherwise, are put through the ringer with some of the things that she puts them through, but it comes with the gig. Most don’t know exactly what Charley is, but they do know, and have always known, she is special. And their respect for her supernatural role – a role that often leads to miraculous discoveries even in our world – is shown through their love and acceptance of her.

Most of the time.

There was this one time her sister Gemma heard a sound under her bed and Charley told her it was a departed rock star who was out to steal the toes of children as they slept and Gemma vowed never to speak to her again.

Besides that one little hiccup – and possibly a few dozen others over the years – their bond remains strong. That is what Charley’s world is really about. Her love of people, both alive and dead, and that bond that transcends this world and its physical ties, extending to the other side where mothers wait patiently for their children to join them. Where they look on with pride when their daughters become entrepreneurs, when their sons go back to university, when their grandchildren carry groceries in for their neighbors and give their all when they try out for the soccer team, win or lose.

Mother’s Day is about the magic of the unconditional.

 

Fifth Grave Past the Light is out now on Piatkus and Piatkus Entice! Sixth Grave on the Edge is out May 20th, 2014!

It’s also about cards made out of glue and construction paper and breakfast in bed, but that’s a Charley story for another time.

Mother’s Day will always hold a very special place in Jill Gregory’s heart

As Mother’s Day approaches, Jill Gregory reveals the special bond she shared with her mother . .  .

Mother’s Day is a universal holiday, yet such a personal one for each of us.  To me, this day reminds me of my lovely mother whose heart and soul made our home so warm and loving.  Slender and dark-haired, she passed away from breast cancer when I was twenty-one, but in the time we had together, she gave me a lifetime of love, kindness, gentleness, and wisdom.

It was my mother who introduced me to the books of Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart. They were her favorite authors and she read and collected all of their books. And of course, when I was old enough, she shared them with me. What a gift!

Once I started reading these wonderful books, they quickly became my hands-down favorites as well.  I devoured them, one after the other, as if they were the finest of chocolates.  And each one of these books which first belonged to my mother now sit prominently, first and foremost, on my own bookshelves.  Georgette Heyer and Mary Stewart, perhaps more than any other authors, inspired me with a desire to write books that would captivate readers in the same way that I was captivated by theirs.  I wanted to create stories that would delight readers and keep them turning the pages as quickly as possible — exactly as my mother and I did when we stayed up late at night in the kitchen, sitting side by side while everyone else in our home slept — both of us deeply and happily glued to our books.

As this Mother’s Day approaches, I realize that my mother had yet another great impact on the books I write.  At the heart of all of my western romances, especially my Lonesome Way series of books – Sage Creek, Larkspur Road and Blackbird Lake - the essence of the story is home. Coming home, finding a place to call home, realizing the importance of home – all of these longings are at the heart of my stories. I see now that it’s because of my mother’s love and the way she lived her life that I have such a strong sense of home, of what a home is and should be and can be.

A place of love, belonging, laughter, and peace.

All of these are at the center of every happy ending, aren’t they?  As Mother’s Day nears, I wish and hope that everyone joyously celebrates the mothers who gave them the gift of home and love – and, of course, books!

Mothers shape the lives of their children in so many ways, and one day doesn’t even seem nearly enough to honor them.

But let’s try!

Sage Creek and Larkspur Road are available from Piatkus Entice now.