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Happy publication day Christine King!

We are excited to finally welcome the 2013 Entice Writing Competition winner Christine King to Piatkus! Her regency romance debut, The Blade and the Dove, is filled with secrets, danger and ferocious passion.

Trapped she may be, tamed she is not . . .

Lady Elinor, the ethereally beautiful wife of Sir Lucien Reveley, is lusted after by many but known by no one. Famously cold and unfeeling, she is regarded by the gossiping Ton with curiosity. Yet beneath her seeming serenity hides a desperate woman – married to a man whose public persona belies the sadistic, sensual monster within.

Finally pushed to breaking point, Elinor flees, desperate to escape the increasingly debauched demands of her husband. Living a modest life in hiding, Elinor keeps herself safe, but when she meets a man who sees beneath her reserve, a man who makes her tremble for his touch, the secrets of her past threaten to destroy her fragile peace . . .

 
Perfect for fans of Stephanie Laurens, Mary Balogh or Elizabeth Hoyt, Christine King is a stunning new voice in historical romance!

Win the first three books in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series (UK only)

We’re thrilled to offer Entice readers the chance to win the first three books in Kristen Callihan’s Darkest London series: Firelight, Moonglow and Winterblaze.

To be in with the chance of winning these magical, romantic novels, simply answer the following question:

Which of these is not a title in the Darkest London series:

A. Ember
B. Shadowdance
C. Summerlight

Answers in the box below please and make sure to read our terms and conditions first. Good luck!

Cynthia Harrod-Eagles introduces I, Victoria

Piatkus Entice are delighted to publish yet another wonderful novel by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Cynthia tells the story of Queen Victoria in this sweeping tale of a Monarch whose life was  colourful, enthralling and with love and romance always in her heart . . .

I used to have favourite periods of history, and those I avoided.  One of the latter was the Victorian age. I had never studied it, and thought it would be dull. The images one somehow absorbs – humourlessness, prudery, stuffiness and wall-to-wall domestic propriety – do not have the obvious magnetism of, say, the court of Charles II or the affairs of Henry VIII.

However, writing the Dynasty series forced me to cover everything, and taught me that every period has its fascination. And the Victorian age is one of the most dynamic and rapidly-changing times in our history. Machinery, manufacturing, medicine, travel, the arts, the sciences – every field witnessed a great leap forward. A million small inventions profoundly changed the lives of every citizen: safety matches, fountain pens, cooking stoves, chloroform… Just think of having washable cotton clothes, instead of heavy, smelly wool. Think how frozen and tinned food revolutionised the diet.

And the railway. In all of man’s history he had never been able to travel over the surface of the earth faster than a horse could carry him. And horses have to rest. Now, people, goods and ideas could race from one end of the country to the other in hours instead of days. You could read the London newspaper in Leeds, eat fresh mackerel in Mansfield.

At the heart of this social convulsion was Victoria. Brought up in obscurity and near-imprisonment, hurled at a shy and ignorant 18 into a firece spotlight and huge responsibility, this tiny woman came to rule half the world.

The Victorian Age takes its name from her, yet Victoria herself was in character a Georgian: a hearty, fun-loving hedonist, fond of dancing, food and wine, parties and games and silly jokes. She was quick-tempered, loyal, generous, determined and sentimental. She was a sensualist who loved the pleasures of the bedroom.

The traits we think of as Victorian really belong to her husband, the handsome, studious, intellectual Albert. He had seen in his own family the terrible consequences of debauchery, of drink, drugs, gambling and promiscuity. His adored mother had been sent away for adultery when he was a little boy; his father and brother suffered from syphilis. His understandable reaction was a retreat into ironclad virtue. Marrying Victoria, he wanted to preserve her and his children from the same degradation, to reform the court and if possible the whole country. Merry England should become Modern England. Rabelais was out, Rationality was in.

How did these two very different characters manage to live together? The answer is, stormily. The head-on clash between Victoria’s fiery temper and Albert’s chilly stubbornness seemed likely to split the marriage and the court apart.What saved them was a deep, tender and richly erotic love: however much they quarrelled, they could always be reconciled in bed.

This, then, is the background to I,VICTORIA: a love-story that changed the world and the birth-pangs of a new age. How could I ever have thought the nineteenth century would be dull?

I, Victoria is available from Piatkus Entice now!

 

Happy Publication Day Chelsea Fine!

Sometimes wrong can feel oh, so right!

Yes! It’s publication day for the gorgeous Chelsea Fine and the 3rd in her Finding Fate series! Right Kind of Wrong is available on Piatkus Entice today!

Jenna Lacombe needs complete control, whether it’s in the streets . . . or between the sheets. So when she sets out on a solo road trip to visit her family in New Orleans, she’s beyond annoyed that the infuriatingly sexy Jack Oliver wants to hitch a ride with her. Ever since they shared a wild night together last year, he’s been trying to strip away her defenses one by one. He claims he’s just coming along to keep her safe-but what’s not safe for her is prolonged exposure to the tattooed hottie.

Jack can’t get Jenna out from under his skin. She makes him feel alive again after his old life nearly destroyed him-and losing her is not an option. Now Jack’s troubles are catching up to him, and he’s forced to return to his hometown in Louisiana. But when his secrets put them both in harm’s way, Jenna will have to figure out how far she’s willing to let love in . . . and how much she already has.

 

 

Praise for Chelsea Fine:

‘You’ll fall for Pixie and Levi, just like I did!’ J. Lynn (Jennifer L. Armentrout)

‘By turns humorous and heartbreaking, Best Kind Of Broken has become one of my favourites!’ Cora Carmack

Chelsea Fine‘s style is witty, visceral and fresh. All I wanted to do was crawl inside this book and live with the characters’ Chelsea M. Cameron

‘Tangled with friendship, history and heartbreak – not to mention a huge dose of humor – Chelsea Fine‘s New Adult novel is not to be missed!’ Jay Crownover

Piatkus Entice welcomes Cecilia Tan!

Piatkus Entice is delighted to welcome Cecilia Tan to the list, with her fabulous Struck by Lightning erotica series. Here, Cecilia shares with us where she gets her inspiration from for this brilliant trilogy . .  .

Struck by Lightning. One would think with a series name like that, the idea must have come to me in a flash. Well, it did, and yet it was very long in coming as well. The apparent paradox comes from the fact that I have been writing BDSM love stories for over twenty years. In the 1990s when I began writing and publishing these stories on the very fledgling Internet, the media thought people were not “ready” for erotic bondage or spanking. Pointing out that what they deemed “too much” were actually staples of the erotic novels of the 19th century was no help. So I toiled in relative obscurity, like a rock band whose genre is not played on the radio.

Fast forward twenty-some years, and guess what? My passionate stories of love and rope and leather are suddenly NOT too much after all. People are finally ready! I chose to tell the story of a young woman trying to find herself and the mysterious man she encounters. James changes the entire trajectory of Karina’s life in the moment when he says, “The game is very simple. I tell you to do something, and you do it.”

James draws Karina into his erotic aura with that game, determined to forge a bond with her free of the expectations of identity. Karina doesn’t know who he is “really,” at first. Who they are when they are with each other–in the back of a limousine, in the bedroom–is what matters most. This idea–that our lovers would create an almost parallel universe of consensual passion–was the lightning that struck me. By keeping their identities secret from one another, could my lovers create complete openness and honesty between them about everything else?

Of course, eventually Karina finds out the truth about who James is, but perhaps more importantly she finds out who she is for herself. Beyond the expectations of daughter, sister, scholar, Karina learns what passion truly means. Real life intrudes upon fantasy, as it must when we want to immerse ourselves in a good book, but the phone rings, the kettle boils, and the cat cries for her dinner. Here’s hoping that my little series, Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow Satisfaction, can transport readers into the bubble of passion and play that James creates for Karina, and that phone, tea, and kitten can wait.

Slow Seduction, Slow Surrender and Slow Satisfaction are available from Piatkus Entice now!

August 26th Book Birthdays!!

There hasn’t been this much excitement in the office since Benedict Cumberbatch did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! So many gorgeous authors are published today on Entice and we have something for everyone, from sizzling new adult to steamy erotica all the way to misty, magical historical romance! Check out today’s publications and see what strikes your fancy . . .

 

Madoc and Fallon. Two estranged teenagers playing games that push the boundaries between love and war . . .

She’s back.

For the three years she’s been away at boarding school, there was no word from her. Back when we lived in the same house, she used to cut me down during the day and then leave her door open for me at night.

I was stupid then, but now I’m ready to beat her at her own game . . .

I’m back.

Three years and I can tell he still wants me, even if he acts like he’s better than me.

But I won’t be scared away. Or pushed down. I’ll call his bluff and fight back. That’s what he wants, right? As long as I keep my guard up, he’ll never know how much he affects me . . .

He pushes her sexual boundaries . . .

From the moment waitress Karina meets him in a New York bar, she knows James is different. Daring. Dominating. Though he hides his true identity from her, the mysterious, wealthy businessman anticipates her every desire and fulfills her secret fantasies. Awakened by his touch, Karina discovers a wild side she hadn’t known existed and nothing is off limits.

She aches for more . . .

What begins as an erotic game soon escalates to a power play that blurs the line between pleasure and pain. Even as she capitulates to James’s sensual demands, Karina craves more. She wants his heart, his soul. She wants his love . . . and she’ll break all the rules to get it.

 

 

The fifth book in Kristen Callihan’s critically acclaimed Darkest London series set in Victorian London . . .

Holly Evernight belongs to a very special family of inventors. They have nobly served the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals for generations. And Holly may have the most special creative powers of them all. But her skills are about to be tested as she tries to save the life of a half-man-half machine whose clockwork heart is ticking down to the bitter end…

William Thorne was a rebel, a hired assassin for the SOS’s greatest rival, before he was taken, tortured, and transformed. Now his mind and soul battles with his body as he becomes less and less human. But the true fight for his humanity will be waged within his heart.

Special message from Lia Riley to her UK readers!

Hey there, I’m Lia Riley, author of the OFF THE MAP series. These books sunk their hooks into my heart and I am excited they are now available outside the United States.

Writing Upside Down, Sideswiped and Inside Out was a fun and rather surreal journey. I had a vague inkling for a New Adult story, about an American girl who travels to Australia, but originally conceived a different plot. Instead, when I started writing, Talia and Bran barged into my brain, took over and steered the action in a completely different direction (thus the series name!). Next thing I knew, I had a surly surfer who wouldn’t behave and a quirky heroine hiding her obsessive-compulsive disorder beneath a veil of self-deprecation. I had to type as fast as possible to keep up with their hijinks (those two do love their banter). Upside Down was written in one dizzy month.

Throughout these books, I explore the idea that love – real love – takes you down unimagined roads within yourself, to places you wish didn’t exist while discovering possibilities you never imagined. When you find the person up for taking that challenge with you, there’s no adventure more terrifying, pivotal or beautiful.

Talia and Bran bounce between Australia, Malawi, Antarctica and coastal California. As they are tested by life’s challenges, they discover the courage to claim love and learn that sometimes in order to find yourself, you need to venture off the map.

I threw everything I had at the page. It wasn’t easy, and often felt raw and uncomfortable, but I hope you find something special to take away from their journey. I’m so proud of Talia and Bran and where they end up. Thank you for reading!

 

xoxo

Lia Riley

 

The first in the OFF THE MAP series, Upside Down, is out now! Join in on the inspiration at the Off the Map Tumblr page and be sure to enter the competition to win loads of Australian goodies! There is less than 24 hours to enter!

*WIN a special in-house proof of A STUDY IN SILKS!*

In honour of Emma Jane Holloway‘s UK publication day we’ve had five special proofs made up of A Study in Silks, the first of her digital-only steampunk series published in the UK on Entice!

 

How can you enter? It’s easy! Simply enter your information below and we’ll pick five (5) winners at the end of August to be sent a special in-house bound book.

 

Be sure to read our terms and conditions first! :-) Good luck!

 

 

Competition

Happy publication day, Emma Jane Holloway!

What would you do if the regency man you adored knocked on your door not with a bouquet of flowers, but a gun powered by coal? Or if the carriage to the ball floated above the roofs of London in a dirigible?

If you’re a steampunk fan, then Emma Jane Holloway‘s Baskerville Affair series will sweep you off your feet! And if you’re only just dipping your toes in the water, this is the perfect introduction! And how about exploring more into the world of steampunk? Let Emma be your guide in these brilliant web posts!

Over the Effing Rainbow

Bitten By Books

Keeping reading for more information on the first book, A Study in Silks, and click here for more on all three.

Evelina Cooper, the niece of the great Sherlock Holmes, is poised to enjoy her first Season in London Society. But there’s a murderer to deal with – not to mention missing automatons, a sorcerer, and a talking mouse.

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines – something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty’s secret laboratories. What’s a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she’s never found out?

But then there’s that murder. As Sherlock Holmes’s niece, Evelina should be able to find the answers, but she has a lot to learn. And the first decision she has to make is whether to trust the handsome, clever rake who makes her breath come faster, or the dashing trick rider who would dare anything for her if she would only just ask.