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Grab some great deals on Boxing Day!

 

We hope you’re all sat in your pajamas, breathing deeply through the food coma and trying to ignore the snores emanating from the overstuffed armchair by the fire. You could also be packed into your wellies, sloshing through the mud in the brisk winter air and looking forward to a hot cup of tea (or cider) as you tromp back in through the door.

Whether you’re stretching your jaw or stretching your legs, Boxing Day is a great excuse to appreciate a great read and we have three amazing books priced at only £1.99! Grab some gritty paranormal romance with Caged Warrior, contemporary with a supernatural twist in A Little Night Magic or sexy erotic drama with Break in Two. Something for everyone . . .

Unless you’re the person snoring in the overstuffed armchair. Best just let them be . . .

 

Piatkus Entice Stocking Filler – Anna Boatman

Piatkus Senior Editor Anna Boatman is ready for some Christmas reading! So what does she hope to find in her stocking?

 

Only THREE DAYS to go till Christmas! This means lots of things, such as that I’m beginning to panic about my total lack of Christmas presents purchased (three days is loads of time though. 72 hours. Loads of time), and that I’m getting incredibly excited about drinking far too much and playing board games for a few hours straight until we’ve all fallen out over the rules (our family are cool like that . . .). But most of all, it means it is time for me to write about my perfect stocking stuffer!

I’m going with a slightly older book, one of the first I bought when I joined Piatkus, and that we published in 2013. It’s by Lindsey Piper and is called Caged Warrior, the first in a fantastic series called the Dragon Kings. From the very first moment that I started reading I was completely hooked.

The premise is brilliant: the Dragon Kings are an ancient race who humans once worshipped as gods (they have pretty amazing powers). Now, however, they face extinction at the hands of cruel humanity and the curse of increasing infertility. Those remaining healthy are being slowly captured by ruthless cartels, and forced to fight as gladiators in cages for the pleasure of their human masters. If they win their battles, they’re allowed the chance to choose a mate. We follow the story of infamous cage warrior Leto, as he is forced to train up a new ‘recruit’, Nynn, who committed the ultimate sin of falling in love with a human. As he tries his best to break her, forcing her to face up to the past she escaped from and embrace the warrior inside, he starts to release her incredible powers. Soon the heat between them goes nuclear . . . and the fall out will change the fate of the Dragon Kings forever.

It’s gripping, sexy, incredibly addictive stuff and anyone who loves JR Ward should pick up Caged Warrior straight away, particularly because it’s only £1.99 until the 5th January! Auntie Edna pretending she’s gluten intolerant when last year it was ‘diabetes’? Granny’s accidentally poured away the gravy while trying to help? Brother grumpy because his stocking wasn’t as good as yours? It’s all ok. Take a deep breath and pick up Lindsey Piper.

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!

Lindsey Piper on her inspiration for the Dragon Kings!

Lindsey Piper‘s Dragon Kings series published today on Entice with Caged Warrior and Blood Warrior! The prequel novella Silent Warrior is also available! Read below for the amazing inspiration story behind what is sure to be one of the most talked-about debuts of 2014 . . .

I began my career writing historical romance after earning an advanced degree in history, which included a year abroad at the University of East Anglia. There, I met my future husband and lured him from Surrey to Chicago, where he has lived as a happily married man for sixteen years—and an often-frustrated West Ham supporter.

After fictionalising Robin Hood mythology, medieval Spain, Napoleonic Salzburg, and Victorian Glasgow in my award-winning Starlight, I have explored other genres. Now I co-write acclaimed contemporary erotic romances under the name Katie Porter. My active, wandering imagination is apparently without limits, because . . .

In December 2011, I became obsessed with the television programme ‘Spartacus’. It contains plenty to sensationalise, including comically graphic violence, but features complex story arcs. Characters portrayed by John Hannah and others underwent changes that were shocking, yet in keeping with established ambitions and relationships. I continue to defend those initial twelve episodes as some of the best writing in popular television.

Three days after watching Warrior, the Tom Hardy film about mixed martial arts, I was struck by the basis of what would become ‘The Dragon Kings’: paranormal beings who fight in Cage matches. Although compelled and inspired, I knew that once again stepping into a new genre would test my skill.

‘The Dragon Kings’ are not dragon shapeshifters. Instead, they were birthed by a being revered as the Great Dragon, which spawned the sacred Five Clans. Each clan is blessed with paranormal powers, from telepathy to the legendary Berserker fury. They have influenced human culture for millennia, such as inspiring Greek legends of Zeus and Mount Olympus. I was determined to mix mythological ideas with to-the-death combat.

Yet, what would they fight for? Money and power seemed trite. I hunted for something fresh and compelling. What if these supernatural clans faced imminent extinction? What if the ultimate prize was not wealth or influence…but the right to bear children? How far would individuals go to perpetuate clans, bloodlines, and families?

I have two daughters. I would do anything to secure their safety and happiness. What loving, responsible parent would do otherwise? That question is the heart of Caged Warrior, the series’ first full-length novel. The heroine, Nynn, labors to become what she previously thought barbaric: a Cage warrior. As with the heroines in Aliens and The Terminator, Nynn’s little boy is threatened. She endures harsh training with the goal of him from torturous imprisonment.

Her mentor, adversary, and Cage partner is Leto, a man raised to believe victory is life’s greatest reward. Slowly, Leto begins to sympathise with Nynn’s cause and realises how brainwashed he is. The trust they develop is one of my favourite romantic tropes: ‘I have your back, and you have mine’. That theme is repeated in each of book of ‘The Dragon Kings’ series. In a violent world, how can love exist without such devotion?

For those eager for actual dragon shapeshifters . . . never fear. Hunted Warrior, due in May, brings the lore of the Great Dragon full circle and reveals how little this formidable race understands of its history and potential. What was once will be again . . .

Please join me on what has been an intense, challenging, emotional journey as an author, and what I hope will offer a rewarding and unique paranormal romance experience for readers.

Cheers!

Lindsey Piper

What’s Next for Romantic Fiction? – Senior Editor Anna Boatman

Since becoming Senior Editor of Piatkus Fiction, this is the single question I’ve been asked the most. It’s a problematic one, as unfortunately nobody really knows! Who could have seen Fifty Shades and Erotica coming? (really sorry, couldn’t resist!), or predicted Twilight and the subsequent vampire explosion? As a result, my (slightly cheaty) response to this question has usually been to ask the room what they’ve read recently and secretly add any new-sounding genres to my ‘to read’ list, which has meant I’ve discovered all kinds of new niches . . .

The romance market has blossomed over the last few years, which means more romance fans and more new, exciting, niche genres than ever before. Having done my sneaky research via picking the brains of readers, I thought that I would take you through a few of my favourites, both those that seem to me to be gaining ground and also those that readers I’ve spoken to have been particularly passionate about:

New Adult

This is a really interesting new style of romance story that I have a particular soft spot for. It’s a great blend of the dark, emotional, angsty themes that make good Young Adult fiction so universally appealing, with the sexier, grittier, edge of an adult romance novel. The hero and heroine tend to be 18+, out of school but still at the beginning of learning who they are and who they want to be. This allows the authors to give their story all the intensity of first love and coming of age but with more explicit sex, and heftier relationship baggage – at their best, New Adult books are absolutely unputdownable – a deeply emotional, sexy, exciting roller-coaster. I’m delighted to say that we have just taken on our first New Adult author at Piatkus – check out A.L. Jackson for a great example of New Adult at its best.

Dragons

My name is Anna Boatman and I am addicted to dragons. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan and a general fantasy geek, so mixing the awesome fantastical power of dragons with a unique world and a compelling romance is my idea of fiction heaven. After George R.R. Martin’s immense success, I’ve been waiting for tons of dragon submissions, which sadly haven’t yet materialised! I have, however, recently taken on a wonderful author called Lindsey Piper, whose series, The Dragon Kings is erotic, bloodthirsty, totally fresh and honestly, unbiasedly brilliant.

Steampunk

All serious genre romance readers seem to love Steampunk, and most editors I speak to also love Steampunk. The problem is that not many readers, currently, seem to be actually buying Steampunk, For those who haven’t come across it before, Steampunk is a glorious mash up of Historical fiction with steam power and clockwork machinery. It’s usually set either in an alternative Victorian London or in the Wild West, and is a dark, clever, wonderful world, with so much potential to explore romance and characterisation, I really hope one day that it will begin to reach more of the mainstream. This year’s Romance Novel Association saw Leisel Schwartz’s Steampunk title Conspiracy of Alchemists win one of the main awards, so perhaps we’re on the way. Piatkus doesn’t have a Steampunk author yet, so I’ll be on the lookout for new and promising authors in this genre. 

That’s my very brief round-up finished – do let us know if you have any questions, or if I’ve missed out your favourite new genre. In the meantime, I hope the writing’s going well for all of you – I can’t wait to discover even more new types of romance fiction when judging the competition!