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Welcome to my Amanda Quick world – a guest post by Jayne Ann Krentz

Greetings from Seattle:

What a perfect opportunity to wish my readers in the UK a glorious spring!

Welcome to my Amanda Quick world.

I’m often asked why I chose the Victorian era for my novels of historical romantic-suspense. The answer, of course, is that it is absolutely perfect for the kind of stories I love to write. There is gaslight and fog and a sense of change in the atmosphere. Scientists are at last starting to unlock the secrets of the natural world and people are becoming aware of both the wonders and the dangers that the future hold — and a public raised on “horrid” novels laced with dread and the supernatural are discovering that there are real monsters such as Jack-the-Ripper prowling the dark streets of London.

What better time for the return of Mr. Slater Roxton? He can be forgiven a few eccentricities, don’t you think? After all, they say he was entombed alive on a strange island. And there is that talk about the strange sexual rituals that take place in a secret room below his mansion. Nevertheless, as far as Miss Ursula Kern is concerned, Roxton is an excellent client and he pays well for her secretarial services. It’s all business between them. What could possibly go wrong, hmm?

Sincerely,

Jayne Ann Krentz
Writing as:
Amanda Quick

Is three the magic number? A guest post by Joya Ryan

The Reign Series has been a fun and tricky one to write. In dealing with love triangles, the assumption that one person will lose out is implied. Because surely . . . three people can’t be in a relationship right?

Or can they?

One thing I enjoyed exploring in these books was the idea that one woman was in love with two men and she couldn’t—wouldn’t—choose. Between the love, lust, loss and despair, she refused to pick between different men who made her feel different emotions. The majority of the third book—Yours Forever—explores this notion that choosing between the men is irrelevant when in fact, she’s choosing to not make a choice. The idea of a three person relationship then starts to present itself.

Ménage a trios have been done by many authors in many ways. In the case of Yours Forever and the entire Reign Series, this was attacked more as a love triangle exploring options for the ending rather than a relationship between three people from the beginning. Though both men are present in all three books, each hero has his individual time with the heroine. However, the ending isn’t as traditional. Yours Forever, the third book in the Reign Series will you keep guessing until the very last page. And the idea of what is possible, takes on a whole new meaning.

Other favourite ‘menage’ authors of mine include Maya Banks, Lexi Blake and Shayla Black.

You’ll find Joya’s Reign Series here: http://www.piatkusentice.co.uk/authors/joya-ryan-3/

 

Win a copy of Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

‘Hilarious and heartfelt, sexy and surprising…I’m begging for the next one!!’ – J.R. Ward

‘If you enjoy Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum, you will certainly enjoy Charley Davidson.’ – Suspense Magazine

‘I am furiously envious of Darynda Jones and rue the day she came up with this concept, damn her eyes. First Grave on the Right kidnapped me from the first paragraph.’ – Mary Janice Davidson

‘Rollicking humor, sizzling sexual tension and a spine-tingling mystery.’ – Kresley Cole

Charley Davidson is back and she’s ready to reap! To celebrate, we’ve got 5 copies of Eighth Grave After Dark to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill your details in the box below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first. Good luck!


Win The Chateau on the Lake by Charlotte Betts

Charlotte Betts shot to success with her sumptuous debut novel, The Apothecary’s Daughter, which has won and been shortlisted for several awards.

The Chateau on the Lake is Charlotte Betts’ fourth novel and this time the story is set in revolutionary France. If you like books by Phillipa Gregory, Georgette Heyer and Joanne Harris, you’ll love Charlotte’s writing.

To celebrate publication of The Chateau on the Lake in paperback, we’ve got 5 copies to give away. To be in with the chance of winning, tell us which of the following is not a novel by Charlotte Betts then fill your answer in the form below.

A. The Apothecary’s Daughter
B. The Painter’s Apprentice
C. The Spindler’s Sister

Terms and conditions here. Good luck!


Sherwood Forest vs. Ancient Egypt – what will you pick?

Well, our debate for where Sammy Carter should go next – the tombs of Ancient Egypt, or Sherwood Forest at the time of Robin Hood – is certainly hotting up on Facebook; if you haven’t already let us know where you’d like Sammy to go, check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/piatkusfiction

Not wanting to sway you, but two fans of the series in the Piatkus Fiction team have very definite ideas of where they’d like the next story to be set . . .

Dom – Ancient Egypt

If there’s one thing I like, it’s a rollicking, no-holds-barred tomb-raiding adventure. Maybe it’s from growing up on a healthy diet of The Mummy and Lara Croft, but for me there’s something irresistibly creepy about a sepulchral lair where anything is possible, and danger’s always lurking in the shadows. And if there’s one woman who can thrive in this kind of environment, it’s Sammy.

Throw one of the greatest love stories in history – that of Antony and Cleopatra – into the mix and I’m sold: that’s why I’d like to see Samantha Carter go back in time to kick some Ancient Egyptian vampire butt.

Anna – Sherwood Forest

I’ve always been a huge fan of Robin Hood, in fact the fox from the Disney version was my very first crush (oh stop looking disapproving, I know I’m not the only one). The brave band of rebels against the brilliantly evil Sheriff and false King – it’s a classic story I love in all its incarnations, from the surprisingly dark original book to pretty much everything about Kevin Costner vs Alan Rickman. I can’t wait to see Sammy in Sherwood and I think Tim could have so much fun within Robin Hood’s world. To be honest though, the most important reason that Sammy should go to Sherwood Forest is as follows: Harry + green tights. Enough said.

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If you haven’t yet entered Sammy’s world, what are you waiting for? Follow the link below to download the first books in the Samantha Carter series.

http://www.piatkusentice.co.uk/authors/tim-orourke-2/

Stay tuned for the results . . .

Come to Me Recklessly: read an extract

His heart was turned off, until she turned him on . . . 

This week we published the intensely hot Come to Me Recklessly by New York Times bestseller A.L. Jackson. If you haven’t yet encountered her Closer to You series, what are you waiting for?

Read on for the prologue below . . .

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There are few things that hurt so much as a broken heart.

It’s physical.

Intense.

Real.

It doesn’t matter which way you slice it, analyze it, or add it up, you’ll always come up with the exact same sum. The worst part is there is no antidote for this affliction.

They say time mends all things.

I say they are liars.

Maybe time subdues, burying the pain beneath all the new memories we make, tucking it under the burdens and joys and new experiences that life layers on over the years.

But that broken heart?

It’s always right there, lying in wait. Ready to crush you when you’re slammed with that errant, unexpected thought.

But nothing could have prepared me for this— what it would feel like to look up and find him standing inches from me.

From the moment we met, he always had the power to bring me to my knees. I should have known his control over me would never diminish or dim.

I should have known it would only intensify.

Maybe I should have run.

But somewhere inside, I knew he’d never let me get far.

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Want to know what happens next? Of course you do.

Download Come to Me Recklessly today: http://www.piatkusentice.co.uk/ebooks/come-to-me-recklessly/

Win a copy of Tales From a Honeymoon Hotel

Can true love really conquer all obstacles?

Welcome to the honeymoon hotel in Croatia, where newlyweds Gemma and Andy arrive after their oh-so-perfect wedding. They soon discover that they’re not the only honeymooners on the island, and that happily-ever-after isn’t necessarily everything they thought it might be . . .

Olivia Ryan’s writing is warm, romantic and laugh-out-loud funny at times. This is the perfect escapist read, whether you’re planning a wedding, happily or married or still searching for THE ONE.

We’ve got 5 paperback copies of Tales From a Honeymoon Hotel to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, tell us your dream honeymoon destination in 20 words or less and fill in the box below, making sure to read our terms and conditions first. Good luck!

 

Slow Burn publishes today – fancy some signed swag?

A very happy publication day to K. Bromberg, whose deliciously dark and sexy Slow Burn is out in paperback today. As you’ll have noticed over the past few weeks, this a book that’s got everyone in Piatkus hot under the collar, and if you haven’t read it by now, what are you waiting for?

To celebrate, the author has very kindly sent us some signed swag, including copies of the book and these fabulous beer can holders . . .

For your chance to win 1 of 5 sets we have, simply answer the following question:

What series does Slow Burn belong to?

  • A. Obsessed
  • B. Motivated
  • C. Driven

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

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