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Meet the Graysons . . .

On Friday, July 25th we published the first in a brand new series by Tracy Anne Warren, The Last Man on Earth! It’s sexy, clever and we’re pretty sure we’re the ones who gave that guy his lipstick mark . . .

 

Read more about the beginning of the Graysons series below and be sure to pick up your own copy now! The Man Plan, second in the trilogy, is coming soon!

 

 

 

 

Idealistic good girl Madelyn Grayson believes in doing what’s right. Even as a high-powered executive in the mad world of advertising, she doesn’t cut corners, making her ad campaigns sizzle without having to burn anyone along the way.

Rival exec Zack Douglas never wastes an opportunity to land the next big deal – especially when it benefits him. A bad boy with a reputation to match, he has no qualms about doing whatever it takes to get ahead, no matter who gets in the way.

When a hot promotion pops up at their company, both Zack and Madelyn wind up on the short list for the position. But as the two square off, they discover that being heated rivals in the office makes for scorching bed play behind closed doors. Will Madelyn’s steamy, secret affair with Mr. Vice make her compromise her ideals – or worse, lose her heart?

 

‘Few things are more fun than an enemies-to-lovers romance, and Warren delivers with The Last Man on Earth Sarah Maclean

‘Effortless and light-hearted romance’ Eloisa James

 

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!

Win the complete Rules of Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean

To celebrate publication of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean, we’re offering you the chance to win the first three books in the series: A Rogue By Any Other Name, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover and No Good Duke Goes Unpunished.

To be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question then fill your details in the box below:

 

Sarah MacLean’s other trilogy published by Entice is called?

A. Love by Numbers
B. Love by Memory
C. Love by Night

Terms and conditions here. Good luck!


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Welcome to the Entice Writing Competition! – Grace Menary-Winefield

It’s all happening at once! The sun, the royal baby birth, and I just heard that George Cloony is single again!! BEST. SUMMER. EVER!

And just in case you’re not sick of all the excitable exclamation points, I just wanted to remind you all about the lushious Entice Writing Competition we’ve got going on! If you’re an aspiring writer, this is your chance to strut your romantic stuff and impress enough to win an ebook publishing contract with the pioneers of digital romance. We’re the proud publishers of Christine Feehan, Eloisa James, Jennifer Haymore and Sarah Maclean (along many others). Our writers are RITA award winners, New York Times Bestsellers, and serious hotties . . .

In last year’s competition, I remember being nearly buried up to my eyeballs in submissions! It was incredibly gratifying to find real treasure in amongst the piles of entries and, in the case of every single one I read, embrace the passion and enthusiasm that came with all these hopeful writers! I cannot wait to do it all again.

In fact, we’ve already had some serious contenders arrive! Keep them coming . . .

If you have a little idea, a big idea or even a really bad idea, turn pen to paper and see what you come up with. We’re genre fiction, for Pete’s sake! We love the wacky, the bonkers and the unexpected romances. I can’t wait to read your entry!

Grace x

Six Days of Christmas: Sarah MacLean

In the third of our festive posts, historical romance writer Sarah MacLean spreads some peace, love and joy from her home to yours.

Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing A LordChristmas is a notoriously stressful time in the MacLean household  – lots of loud family members and wild kitchen hi-jinx.

That said, my husband and I have developed a pre-holiday quiet tradition of our own. On the first weekend of December, we walk a few blocks from our home to buy our Christmas tree on a New York City street corner and then carry it home through throngs of shoppers. We play carols for the first evening of the season and Eric strings the lights on the tree while I cook dinner. After dinner, we decorate our tree and then sit in the darkness with the dog and the quiet. We know that the next day starts the mad rush of gift buying and travel and drama . . . but in that moment, we remember what the holidays are really for – peace and love and joy.

Happy happy holidays . . . from our house to yours.

Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, Ten Ways to Be Adored When Landing a Lord and Eleven Ways to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart are all available from Piatkus Entice now.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with romantic reads from Piatkus Entice

Mother’s Day isn’t a date you’d necessarily associate with romance, but it is all about indulgence and treating someone you love. With the big day just around the corner (Sunday 18th in the UK in case you need to do a last minute dash to the card shop), we’ve come up with a list of unmissable reads available from Piatkus Entice.

Whether you’re looking for a story you can share with your Mum, or you’re a mother yourself, looking for a few moments of peace and quiet this weekend, we’ve got the perfect ebooks for you.

Coming Home by Mariah Stewart is Best magazine editor Jackie Hatton’s ebook of the month. She describes it as ‘a fast-paced and gripping love story with a twist’, and once you get stuck in, we promise you won’t be able to put it down.

Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison has soared into the Kindle Top 10 chart this week, and for very good reason. Fun, feral and fiercely exciting, this paranormal romance might be best kept to yourself rather than sharing with Mum!

If you’ve haven’t already heard of Sarah MacLean’s Love by Numbers series, you’re in for a treat. These ebooks are heartwarming historical romance at it’s absolute best, and the good news is that once you’ve finished 9 Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, there are two more titles already available from Piatkus Entice.

Winning the Wallflower is Eloisa James’s fun, funny fairytale, perfect for women of all ages.

And last but not least, if you’re looking for more of a racy read, look no further than Eternal Blood, Laura Wright’s sizzling, sexy Mark of the Vampire novella.

Sarah MacLean answers Eleven Essential Questions on Romance

To celebrate the launch of Eleven Scandals to Start to Win a Duke’s Heart in the US, I hosted a collection of fabulous authors over on my blog to answer Eleven Questions on romance.

Now to celebrate the launch of my Love By Numbers series in the UK – and for a bit of fun – I thought I’d share my own answers here with you!

1. Alpha hero or Beta hero?

I love to read about alpha heroes: Stephanie Laurens’s Devil Cynster; Jude Deveraux’s Ranulf, the Black Lyon; any of JR Ward’s enormous, leather-clad Black Dagger Brothers. There’s nothing that makes me sigh harder than a book with a hero who knows precisely how to run the world.

That said, my heroes seem to be something different. Oh, on the outside they may have their alpha moments, but on the inside, they’re conflicted and emotional, and damn if that heroine doesn’t set them out to sea.

So…I vote 85% alpha with a dash of beta. Not that they’d ever admit it.

2. Virgin Widow or Secret Baby?

I am a sucker for a secret baby story. I love that moment when the hero marches into the room thinking he knows everything there is to know about everything….and realizes that he knows absolutely nothing about everything. Secret Babies make that moment much, much sweeter.

3. Time Travel or Futuristic?

Do you remember that rash of Time Travel romances in the early 90s? Amazing. I wish that genre would come back. I blame A Knight in Shining Armor.

4. Hot as Sin or Cold as Ice?

This is a tough one. While writing Ralston in Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, I was all hot as sin. But having just finished Bourne in A Rogue by Any Other Name…I think cold as ice might just be hot as sin.

5. Spinster or First Season Out?

I love spinsters. I love the way they take in the world, the way they think about themselves, the way they think about the way the hero thinks about them. Debutantes need to go a time or two around the block before they have any idea about life. Spinsters know what’s up.

6. England or Anywhere but?

Blame my British mum, or my Judith McNaught obsession, or Colin Firth. My heart…and reading taste…is all England.

7. Vampire or Shape Shifter?

So difficult. I now realize why I never answered my own questions before. In the right hands, vampires are the best. JR Ward does them beautifully, for example…tough and dangerous without being scary. But I’m over the whole ‘I vant to drink your blood’ thing. So, I vote shifters. As long as they’re shifting into cool things like lions or tigers or wolves. Basically, I like my shifters in the hands of Pamela Palmer. Her feral warriors are the best.

8. Small Town or Big City?

Big cities make for big sets and big stories and love that ends up in parks and libraries and museums and ballrooms and carriages and casinos and…yeah. I’m a city girl. 100%.

9. Wallflower or Belle of the Ball?

While I believe that wallflowers – like spinsters – always deserve to be the heroine…I love writing Belles of the Ball in the background. The popular girl is popular for a reason, after all…and that makes her a very fun secondary player.

10. Unrequited love or love at first sight?

ARGH! So hard! I love a good pine. Especially one that has gone on and on and on for years. I wrote one in Nine Rules…and another (though less obvious one) in Rogue, and I loved them. But there is something to love at first sight—to that sizzle of awareness that comes when two people simply. Cannot. Stop. Thinking about each other. That’s where Ten Ways, Eleven Scandals and my next book, One Good Earl Deserves a Lover, live. So, by sheer count, I’m going with Love at First Sight. Or, at least, Lust at First Sight.

11. Now I get to turn the tables! You tell me…what’s your absolute favorite romance plot device?

Books One and Two in the Love by Numbers series from Sarah MacLean are available from Piatkus Entice now.

Nine Rules for Reading Romance from Sarah MacLean

Long before I was a romance writer, I was a romance reader. And once you’ve started reading romance, you’re hooked. You always have a romance novel with you (thank heavens for eReaders, because now you always have hundreds of romance novels with you), and anytime something crazy happens in your world, you think, ‘How would my favorite heroine respond to this?’

As you can probably tell by the titles in my Love By Numbers series, I like lists. So, it’s only natural that I have one for reading romance.

I give you, Nine Rules for Reading Romance:

1. It’s ok if you fall in love with the hero. The man in your life never has to know a thing.

2. Before you crack open that historical romance, be aware of one thing: there was an epidemic of virgin widows in 18th & 19th-century England.

3. Shapeshifters are hot. If you didn’t know it before, I’m telling you now.

4. Resist the desire to think about historically accurate smells. All characters in Romancelandia live in a special bubble where people are obsessed with good hygiene.

5. Chances are, you’ll want to be best friends with the heroine. It’s ok. Chances are, your current best friend has some of the qualities you like so much in the heroine.

6. Stick with the hero when he does something dumb. There will be groveling. And it will be worth it.

7. If you fall for a secondary character (and you will)…no worries. The author is in love with him, too. And she likely won’t rest until he gets his own love story.

8. Be warned: once you start reading romance, you won’t be able to stop.

9. Happily Ever After happens.

What are your rules for reading romance?

Books One and Two in the Love by Numbers series from Sarah MacLean are available from Piatkus Entice now.