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Piatkus Entice Stocking Filler(s) – Tara Loder

 

For the month of December, the team at Piatkus Entice will be sharing their chosen stocking filler title (and please don’t tell their friends, as who knows if this will end up in their sock)!

Today’s choice was picked by Tara Loder, Piatkus Fiction Editorial Assistant . . .

For me this year it’s all about the New Adult releases, and I’m going to cheat by naming two stocking fillers – one for my virtual stocking and one for my real stocking (you can never have too many books).

On my iPad will be all things Lia Riley. Her debut Upside Down totally Sideswiped me and turned me Inside Out. To ensure a break from festive feasting, I’ll choose to be consumed by the emotional intensity of Talia and Bran (and delighted by the humour).

In my actual stocking will be Robin York’s Deeper; making me swoon, clap and sniffle. The story of Caroline and West is absolutely beautiful and the way they meet their challenges makes me want to cheer. It’s going to be Harder than ever to stop reading this Christmas.

 

Win three Christmas reads from Sheila Roberts

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On Strike for Christmas, Nine Lives of Christmas and The Snow Globe are all available in ebook but we think the packaging is far too pretty and festive not to have display copies as well.

Which is why we’re giving away the complete set in paperback.

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Lia Riley’s Off the Map MAP!

IMPORTANT: This is a ‘Special Feature’ web post! Spoilers do pop up! If you don’t want to know about the locales of the Off the Map series or haven’t read where our couple end up in Inside Out, check back after you’ve read the book!

Never has love spanned across so many continents than Lia Riley‘s stunning duo of Bran and Talia: their relationship started on the busy streets of Australia, flew over to North America, Tasmania and Africa, settling finally at the doorstep of the Golden Gate Bridge . . .

As Bran and Talia explore the world, they do so in the footsteps of their creator Lia Riley! Did you know that every place they visit was inspired by her own experiences or the people around her?

As we celebrate this week’s publication of Inside Out, follow along on the map below to read into how each place in the Off the Map trilogy stemmed from the author’s own life.

And try not to get jealous. :-)

 

Australia/Tasmania

‘I studied abroad in regional New South Wales, where I met and fell in love with my now husband. Long-distance international relationships are tricky, and often require a leap of faith to succeed. In our case, I moved to Hobart, Tasmania at twenty-two, leaving behind family, friends, a state I loved (Montana), two classes shy of finishing my degree. The first six months that my boyfriend and I lived together were challenging. I had to take remote college courses to graduate, visa issues limited my work options, and homesickness proved a struggle. Out of any of the Off the Map books, Sideswiped (Book #2 Off the Map), felt the most personal.’

 

Africa

‘I wanted Talia to experience the Peace Corps, so choosing Malawi as a destination was a no-brainer. My younger sister spent almost three years in the country, running HIV/AIDS education and women empowerment programs. She kindly spent the majority of our time together last Christmas reading my first few chapters of Inside Out (Book #3 Off the Map), and pointing out everything I got wrong (and promptly fixed). I’m in her debt on that one. Big time.’

 

 

Santa Cruz/San Francisco

‘I live in Santa Cruz, a quintessential California beach town, on the northern edge of Monterey Bay. It’s known for its great climate, stunning coastline, redwood forests, funky locals, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating on the main city beach. Last winter, I strolled through the Boardwalk, and noticed a cave in the sandstone cliffs along the San Lorenzo River. As a good smutty-minded romance writer, a naughty plot bunny hatched, and I went straight home and wrote the whole Boardwalk cave smexy scene. It’s the only scene in the book that I didn’t make any edits on, LOL. Living local to a book setting has its advantages!

Only an hour away, San Francisco is an amazing, eclectic city perfect for a vibrant couple like Talia and Bran (although I predict these two will move around a bit).’

 

Inside Out is out now in ebook, along with Upside Down (#1) and Sideswiped (#2)! All three will be released in paperback in 2015!

Happy publication day to Jessica Blair!

On a blustery winter evening, curled up in front of a fire or even snuggled up under the duvet, you’ll find the Entice team with (what else but?) a great read! And luckily, the perfect holiday ebook has released today!

Whispers in the Snow is the first novella written by saga author Jessica Blair and combines ghost story with Christmas in a bite-sized serving of period story-telling. And it’s out now!

 

December 1964.

Kate Slater has been brought up in London by an Aunt who she has always called Mum because she never knew her mother and father. Two years after her Aunt dies, Kate receives a letter from a solicitor in Lincolnshire, telling her that if she contacts him in person she could learn something which might be to her advantage.

Kate has never been north of London and does not relish heading to Lincolnshire especially as snow has been forecast. She is inclined to ignore the letter, but something or someone ushers her to head there. Kate learns from the solicitor that she has been left a property by an Aunt she never knew existed. She is taken to inspect the cottage. It is in bad repair, isolated, near an old wartime airfield. Kate’s immediate reaction is to sell it and return to London. But then the whisperings of ghosts grow stronger and urge Kate to stay.

Piatkus Entice Stocking Filler – Grace Menary-Winefield

For the month of December, the team at Piatkus Entice will be sharing their chosen stocking filler title (and please don’t tell their friends, as who knows if this will end up in their sock)!

Today’s choice was picked by Grace Menary-Winefield, Piatkus Fiction Assistant Editor . . .

 

For the holidays I wanted something that was cozy, romantic and filled with magic. And I don’t mean the ‘Christmas Spirit’ kind of magic. Real magic, like sparks flying, fires burning and control of the elements (yes, I do appreciate the irony of ‘real’ magic – hardy hardy har).

Firelight by Kristen Callihan is exactly what I want in my stocking! It’s paranormal romance set in smoggy, mysterious Victorian London. Reading Firelight in front of an actual fire (cue the hot chocolate and a waistcoated man under the mistletoe) and I’m set!

A Christmas memory from Jessica Blair (William Spence)

Tomorrow we publish Whispers in the Snow by Jessica Blair, our first ever Entice saga novella! Just reading it gets us in the holiday spirit and inspires us to think of days gone by.

In this special author post, Jessica Blair shares her Christmas memory and how she found out Santa might be all that he seems . . .

 

 

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He comes in the night! He comes in the night!

He softly, silently comes;

While the little brown heads on the pillows so white,

Are dreaming of bugles and drums.

 

‘Mum, I’ve asked Father Christmas for the Boy’s Own Annual and it will be too big to fit into this.’

 

‘Don’t you want me to hang your sock up as usual?’ his mother asked.

 

‘What’s the use?’ he snapped grumpily, throwing the sock off the bed.

 

‘As you wish,’ she replied.

 

With his lips tight, he thumped his pillows angrily.

 

‘Settle down, Billy,’ she said with soothing authority. ‘Go to sleep; otherwise Father Christmas won’t call.’

 

‘What’s the use?’ he muttered.

 

Mum was awake early, listening for any movement in Billy’s bedroom. Hearing him stirring, she slipped out of bed without waking Billy’s Dad.  She found Billy, emptying the contents of his sock, not looking particularly thrilled even though he knew later in day the there would be presents from his Mum and Dad and grandparents.

 

As she sat down on the bed, she said, ‘What’s this pillow doing on the floor?’

 

Billy craned over the edge of the bed. ‘Dunno, Mum.’

 

She picked it up.  ‘There’s something in it,’ she said, placing it on the bed.

 

His natural curiosity was sparked and he automatically looked inside. His attention was caught, but what was it? He reached in; his hand closed round something. He tried to drag it out but it was heavy. He stretched in with his other hand; his head disappeared into the pillowcase. He pulled. His head re-emerged and was followed by a large thick book.

 

His eyes widened, stunned by the title: Boy’s Own Annual.

 

He looked at her. ‘Mum, he got my letter!’

 

‘And he thought to bring a pillowcase!’ she pointed out quietly. ‘Come on. Let’s tell your Dad.’

 

Billy scrambled down off the bed, took the book into his arms, went out on to the landing and headed for his parents’ bedroom to find his Dad.

 

Then he stopped in mid-stride and looked curiously at his mother who smiled because she had read his thoughts. The last words of the poem, laced with his wonderment of discovery, came slowly from him.

 

‘Then, children, be good to the little old man,

When you find who the little man is.’

 

Whispers in the Snow by Jessica Blair is out December 4th from Piatkus Entice and is the perfect holiday read!

Happy publication day to Lia Riley!

You fell in love with Lia Riley’s breakout debut, Upside Down, second book in the series Sideswiped made you clamour for more. Now, with Inside Out, Lia Riley brings her evocative Off the Map series to its stunning conclusion.

When Talia first moved from California to Australia to study abroad, she never dreamed she’d find the love of her life. Bran understands her like no one ever has before. And despite the numerous challenges they’ve faced, they’ve always managed to figure out how to stay together. But this time they’ll face their toughest hurdle yet. Is their love strong enough to keep them together?

We would follow Bran and Talia anywhere in the world with their gorgeous story, and for the final book in Lia Riley’s romantic Off the Map series we are hoping the journey ends in a Happily Ever After!

Inside Out publishes today, out in ebook for the first time! We hope you love the ending as much as we do, although as every good author can vouch, it’s only the beginning . . .

Vote for your FAVOURITE Entice romance read in 2014

It’s been quite a year for Piatkus Entice. We’ve published big name bestsellers, launched brand new authors and read our way through everything from heartbreaking new adult to hilarious contemporary romance, scandalous historical fiction and passionate paranormal romance.

We’ve all got a favourite title, but which was yours? We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 Piatkus Entice romance reads in 2014. Tell us which one you thought stood out above all the rest and why, and you could be in with the chance of winning a year’s worth of Piatkus Entice books! (terms and conditions here).

Breaking Love by M.J. Summers | Bully by Penelope Douglas | Chained By Night by Larissa Ione
Come to Me Quietly by A.L. Jackson | Firelight by Kristen Callihan | Dark Wolf by Christine Feehan
Deeper by Robin York | Dust to Dust by Karina Halle | Fall From India Place by Samantha Young
Falling Light by Thea Harrison | Hard Time by Cara McKenna | Never Judge A Lady By Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
One Night With An Earl by Jennifer Haymore | Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones |The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom The Baron Next Door by Erin Knightley | The Best Kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine
The Blade and the Dove by Christine King | Three Weeks with Lady X by Eloisa James
Upside Down by Lia Riley | Vampire Watchmen by Tim O’Rourke

Cara McKenna on her inspiration for HARD TIME

Cara McKenna on why she didn’t have a Hard Time setting an erotic romance in a prison . . .

 

I couldn’t tell you precisely when I knew I wanted to write a book about a convicted felon, only that it was a year or more before I ever thought to pitch the idea to my editor. It was a vague sort of wish-list idea, jotted down on my mental notepad and left to sit around in a dusty corner of my head while I attended to contracted projects.

As I’d first envisioned it, the romance would be a purely epistolary one, comprised solely of letters between an inmate and a woman on the outside—a correspondence born of both curiosity and caution, then steadily evolving into something more intense and explicit, and always a touch dangerous. Though I never articulated it to myself, I had imagined that it would be a passionate but doomed affair, the felon serving a life sentence and having no chance at parole (and guilty of his crime, as well.) Loads of longing and hollow hope, leaving it to the reader to imagine what might have happened if the two had been able to be together, that sort of thing—more lit fic than a true romance. More of a concept piece than the novel that little seed ultimately grew into.

Last autumn I’d been struggling to come up with an idea that really clicked for my next book, the third of a three-book contract. I’d been wanting to revisit Darren, Michigan—the struggling Rust Belt city I created for an earlier story, After Hours—and had been wondering what sort of sub-setting I could use. After Hours was set on a locked psychiatric ward (I love grim, institutional stories, whatever that says about me.) Cousins Correctional Facility already existed in that world; many of its inmates wound up at the psychiatric hospital. The moment I realized I could set this new book in a prison, I was instantly infatuated with the notion. (Readers who are familiar with my backlist may have noticed that my heroes are often pretty pent-up, not having gotten laid in a while for a variety of reasons, so writing one who’s been locked up for five years…? Right up my weird alley.)

It took a little effort to convince my then-editor that a story about a felon could be sexy, as opposed to plain old scary, but in the end, I think my naked obsession with the idea swayed her. At least enough to run it by the editorial director, who thankfully shared my enthusiasm.

There’s a point in Hard Time, about halfway through the book, where the heroine discovers that the hero is about to be paroled. (She’s an outreach librarian, in charge of the prison’s literacy program.) By then they’ve been interacting cordially in public and exchanging secret, heated letters for months, but she’s suddenly faced with a reality she hadn’t anticipated. Every worry she has—Is he really as good a man as he seems? Is he dangerous? Is it wise to try to pursue him in the larger world? Will our heat even translate into a kiss, and beyond?

These are some of the same worries I had, myself. Or perhaps more pointedly, Can I pull this off? Will readers stand by this heroine, if she chooses to pursue a romance with a felon with a heinous crime in his past? Will readers feel the depth and strength of her infatuation and understand her decisions, or condemn her as an unforgivable fool?

Well, Hard Timee is out now, and I’m sure readers are falling into both of those camps. It’s not the easiest romance, certainly, but I hope some readers will enjoy that about it, and embrace the contentiousness. Many questionable decisions dot the paths of both characters’ lives before they ever meet and embark on their risky love affair, and writing it was a bit of a risk in itself.

I can say already, however, that the risk has paid off, at least for me—few books have been such a joy to create.

 

 

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Cara McKenna writes contemporary romance and smart erotica, sometimes under the name Meg Maguire, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Penguin, Piatkus, Harlequin, Samhain and Signet Eclipse. She’s known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a three-time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee. Cara writes full-time and lives in the Pacific Northwest with her own bearded hero.

www.caramckenna.com

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