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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.

 

 

August 5th – the DAY TO END ALL PUBLICATION DAYS!

Hold the phone! Stop the presses! WHOA NELLY!

Why is today so chock fill of amazing publications?! How are you going to manage all the the joy?

Well, actually, we’re all mature adults here so we think it’ll be ok . . . but STILL!!

 

Happy publication day to Tracy Anne Warren, Lia Riley and Cara McKenna! See below for more juicy details . . .

 

The Man PlanTracy Anne Warren

What’s a girl to do when the man she’s loved her entire life thinks of her as a little sister? For Ivy Grayson, the chance to get him to see her in a different light comes when she receives an unexpected invitation to move into his luxury New York apartment building. Manhattan also just happens to be the perfect place to pursue her wish to become a successful artist. But how many dreams can one woman expect to come true?

Billionaire financier James Jordon has everything a man could want – except love. When Ivy’s family asks him to keep an eye on their “little girl” in the big city, he agrees. But the innocent girl he knew is now a woman who knows what she wants, and how to get it. He may have promised himself to keep things platonic, but ignoring the game of love isn’t an option. Especially when Ivy is so eager to play.

 

 

Upside Down Lia Riley

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

 

Lay it DownCara McKenna

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. When his town’s slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders’ cut-throat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With the police turning a blind eye, it’s up to Vince. It’s time to fight back. It’s time to call in the Desert Dogs.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride-not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she finds evidence that her bosses are rattlesnake-dangerous, Kim must entrust her safety to the man who threatens danger of a whole different kind.

The inspiration behind Darkest London . . . by Kristen Callihan

On the 29th we published the first four in Kristen Callihan‘s rich and exciting Darkest London series! And to help celebrate we have a special web piece written by the author herself, fresh-faced from the RWA convention in Texas!

 

Piatkus: What can you tell us about Firelight, and the inspiration behind it? And what do you think of the setting and characters?

 

Kristen: Firelight  is what I like to call a weed book, in that it popped up without warning . . .

 

One minute I was putting on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for my young daughter, and then next, I started to wonder, what if the ‘beast’ was not outwardly ugly but had to hide himself behind a mask? What if who he was, and what he was hiding, made him the prime suspect of a murder mystery? And what if ‘Beauty’ was determined to solve this mystery and save her beast?

 

Of course this tale needed a setting; some place dark, atmospheric and full of danger; a place where murder most foul could play out on a grand scale. What better setting could there been than London? To me, Victorian London and Gothic tales go hand in hand. Flickering gas lamps, narrow alleyways shrouded in murky fog, glistening cobbles echoing with the sound of footsteps, all of it is a veritable feast for the senses. Is it any wonder that London became a character in its own right?

 

I’ve had such fun with this great city. From the British Museum to Big Ben to Trafalgar Square and St. Paul’s, the landmarks play their own roles and characters often have an emotional connection to them. In truth, during the course of research, I’ve grown quite attached to London myself!

 

The Darkest London series are stories of action, mystery and romance, revolving around characters who hide what they are from normal human society. And while the characters often have extraordinary powers, they crave for love and acceptance, as we all do. I hope you enjoy reading the books, and invite you to sink into the sensual and often dangerous world of 1880s London.

 

Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance are out now in ebook, and in paperback later this year!

Happy publication day Kristen Callihan!

Today we publish Kristen Callihan‘s Firelight, Moonglow, Winterblaze and Shadowdance in ebook and we could not be more excited! The magic side of Victorian London is so richly realised in these books that we know you’ll soon get lost in the love, power and thrilling action that the Darkest London series is known for.

Check out the gorgeous covers below and, if you’re just starting your journey into Darkest London, pick up your copy of Firelight today!

 

INTERNATIONAL Upside Down giveaway!

Stoked to find love in the land down under? Excited to finally meet the free spirit that is Bran?

Are you ready for a little wanderlust?

To celebrate the upcoming release of Lia Riley‘s Upside Down, the first in her Off the Map series, she is holding an INTERNATIONAL giveaway with the coolest swag pack! You can enter to win tons of Australian goodies, along with signed merchandise and an Amazon gift card!

Upside Down is out on August 5th but this contest is open for nearly two weeks. So what are you waiting for?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*This competition is being run by the lovely author. For terms and conditions, please see the Rafflecoptor link.

Happy publication day to Julie Garwood!! – Why write romance?

Fast Track is out today and we are so thrilled to have Julie Garwood celebrating here with us! We asked why she wrote romance novels – or basically, how did we get so lucky? Below is her wonderful answer . . .

Why do I write romance novels?

The answer is simple.  I love happy endings.  And to me the one essential element that absolutely has to be in any romance novel is a happy ending.  In my stories the hero and heroine must eventually find true and everlasting love.

I suppose there are those who would say, in this age of cynicism and doubt, that my thinking is a bit naïve, but I would disagree.  I contend that soul mates do exist.   For the rare lucky ones, it’s love at first sight, but for others it takes a while.  The characters I create usually fall into the second group.  Outside forces might distract them or throw obstacles in their path, but eventually, despite all the turmoil, they are drawn to each other.  My heroes and heroines have to get past the chaos before they realize they’ve met their soul mate.

I get a lot of satisfaction out of creating terrible predicaments for them, and I do my best to come up with some really sticky situations.  For example, in KILLJOY a house was wired to blow up if a door or window was opened, and in HOTSHOT a dream job became a nightmare when the boss turned out to be a lecherous jerk.   In my newest book, FAST TRACK, the heroine is faced with a father’s lies and a mother’s betrayal, a revelation that upends her life as she goes after the truth.  Throwing the characters into the middle of these dilemmas and then watching how they react is what makes writing so much fun.

For the few hours the readers spend with my characters, I want them to escape into another world, a world where good is good and bad is bad, and they can tell the difference.  Of course, woven into these elements of suspense and danger is a passionate love story.  After all, it is a romance.

When I hear that someone got lost in one of my books, I feel I’ve accomplished my goal.  I’ve received letters and emails from readers who tell me how important those moments of escape are.  I was touched by the cancer patient who said, while she was reading one of my historical novels during a chemo infusion, she was completely unaware of the IV’s and the needles because she was off falling in love with a Highland laird in medieval Scotland.  And I was thrilled to hear from a soldier serving in Iraq who said she picked up one of my books and forgot about the hot sand blowing outside her makeshift barracks because she had been swept away by a handsome hero on an adventure in the Louisiana bayou. These kind and thoughtful remarks make all the hours at the typewriter (yes, I use a typewriter) worthwhile.

I write romance novels because I know there are people out there who are just like me.  They want books that will make them feel something.  And most of all, they want a happy ending.

 

Fast Track is available from Entice on ereaders everywhere!