April 2018: New Releases.
2 April 2018
Liz Eeles: Annie’s Summer by the Sea
E-book and paperback
27 March 2018
When Annie Trebarwith unexpectedly inherits Tregavara House, her much-loved family home atop the cliffs of Salt Bay, she begins to wonder: with all the good friends and warm memories she’s made in the village, could it be her forever home? Luckily her gorgeous Poldark-lookalike boyfriend, Josh Pasco, has the same idea. High on the Cornish cliffs, he gets down on one knee, and Annie has everything she’s ever dreamed of. But when a summer storm causes catastrophic damage to the beautiful but ageing house, Annie and Josh are faced with tumbling tiles and a massive repair bill – and a roof that’s leaked straight onto her wedding gown… Can the Salt Bay community save Annie’s house and her wedding – and give Annie the happy-ever-after she’s always wanted?
Victoria Cornwall: The Thief’s Daughter
1 April 2018
Hide from the thief-taker, for if he finds you, he will take you away … Eighteenth-century Cornwall is crippled by debt and poverty, while the gibbet casts a shadow of fear over the land. Yet, when night falls, free traders swarm onto the beaches and smuggling prospers. Terrified by a thief-taker’s warning as a child, Jenna has resolved to be good. When her brother, Silas, asks for her help to pay his creditors, Jenna feels unable to refuse and finds herself entering the dangerous world of the smuggling trade. Jack Penhale hunts down the smuggling gangs in revenge for his father’s death. Drawn to Jenna at a hiring fayre, they discover their lives are entangled. But as Jenna struggles to decide where her allegiances lie, the worlds of justice and crime collide, leading to danger and heartache for all concerned
Kate Ryder: Summer in a Cornish Cove
eBook and Paperback
Aria (a digital imprint of Head of Zeus)
1 April 2018
Set against a gloriously rugged Cornish backdrop, this summer will change their lives for ever… To the outside world, acclaimed movie star and global heartthrob, Oliver Foxley, leads a charmed life. However, under the glare of the spotlight, Oliver’s ‘perfect’ life – and marriage – is slowly starting to crumble.
Cara Penhaligon is talented, yet, undiscovered artist living simply and quietly in a cliff-top bungalow on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. Free-spirited by nature, she is slowly coming to terms with the untimely death of her husband, which has left her raising two young children on her own. Meeting Oliver might just give her a second chance at the happiness she deserves. As each begins to heal the other, the pieces of Oliver’s frustrating jigsaw puzzle effortlessly fall into place. But as the Cornish summer draws to a close, Oliver faces the toughest of choices, and no one emerges quite as they were at the start.
Tracy Corbett: The Summer Theatre by the Sea
Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
2 April 2018
A Summer to remember… Charlotte Saunders has always loved the buzz of city life. So, when she finds herself abruptly fired, dumped and forced to leave London to move in with her sister Lauren in Cornwall, she thinks the world is ending. To keep herself busy in the quiet coastal town, Charlotte agrees to help the local drama group, designing the set for their performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, just for the summer, while she figures out her next career move. But could days at the beach, new friends and a dashingly handsome doctor, change Charlotte’s mind? Suddenly Cornwall doesn’t look so boring after all…
Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead: The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper
3 April 2018
As the Great War tears Europe apart, two men from different worlds find sanctuary in each other’s arms. Captain Robert Thorne is the fiercest officer in the regiment. Awaiting the command to go to the front, he has no time for simpering, comely lads. That’s until one summer day in 1917 when his dark, flashing eye falls upon the newest recruit at Chateau de Desgravier, a fresh-faced farmer’s boy with little experience of life and a wealth of poetry in his heart. Trooper Jack Woodvine has a way with strong, difficult stallions, and whispers them to his gentle will. Yet even he has never tamed a creature like Captain Thorne. With the shadow of the Great War and the scheming of enemies closer to home threatening their fleeting chance at happiness, will the captain and the cavalry trooper see peacetime together?
Abbey MacMunn: What if…? Short Fantasy Stories: Vol 1
Urban fantasy short stories
3 April 2018
What if… you discovered you were a ghost, or a mermaid, or even an alien? Or perhaps vampires are more your thing? A magical short story collection from paranormal romance author Abbey MacMunn.
Susan Lodge: Captain Rockford’s Reckoning
4 April, 2018
Esmie Elstone is thrown into a panic when she hears of Captain Rockford’s return. But she is determined that the days of him interfering with her life are over. To alleviate the boredom of society life, Esmie helps run a discreet betting enterprise under the guise of a sewing club. But there are some things you just shouldn’t wager on, and Esmie’s integrity is soon put to a dangerous test. Richard Rockford had known Esmie almost all her life. Her father, Admiral Elstone, depended on Richard to keep an eye on his daughter when he was away at sea – a responsibility he had always taken on willingly. But her cruel actions, four years earlier, had shaken him. Now, he was back, and he wanted answers. But when Esmie tumbles into a treacherous conspiracy, can he really turn his back on her?
Jennifer Bohnet: A Year of Taking Chances
6 April 2018
Life is about to change forever…
When best friends, Tina and Jodie, make a drunken New Year’s Eve vow to change their lives before they hit the big 3 – 0, neither expected to end the year with much more than another hangover… Twelve months later, Jodie is married and living in Provence – and Tina is exactly where she was a year ago (although now her rent is double). Tina can’t help but feel a little bit left behind, but as Jodie reminds her, she’s not thirty yet, there’s still time to quit her job, start her own literary agency and sign the man of her dreams.
Nicola May: The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay
ebook and Paperback
9 April 2018
Rosa Larkin is down on her luck in London, so when she inherits a near-derelict corner shop in a quaint Devon village, her first thought is to sell it for cash and sort out her life. But nothing is straightforward about this legacy. While the identity of her benefactor remains a mystery, the will states that the shop cannot be sold, only passed on to somebody who really deserves it. Rosa decides to throw herself into getting the shop up and running again. But can she do it all on her own? And if not, who will help her succeed – and who among the small seaside community of Cockleberry Bay will work secretly to see her fail? With surprising and heartfelt results, Rosa, accompanied always by her little sausage dog Hot, slowly unravels the shadowy secrets of the inheritance, and brings her own, long-hidden heritage into the light.
Sharon Booth: Fresh Starts at Folly Farm
10 April 2018
Rachel Johnson has returned to her childhood home in Bramblewick, a small village on the North York Moors. Taking up a position as practice nurse at the village surgery, Rachel hopes she can rebuild her own life, and provide a better life for her young son, Sam. But Folly Farm isn’t what it used to be. Since the death of Rachel’s father, the spark seems to have disappeared from her mother. No longer a working farm, the place seems neglected and sad. Sam is clearly resentful of the changes in his life and, after a worrying incident at the school, Rachel fears that the move has come too late, Trying to settle into a new job, aware of her mother’s obvious loneliness, and fretting over the state of the farm on top of everything else, her new start isn’t working out as she’d hoped. Then, one morning, Rachel’s mother finds a horse in the stables, and life at Folly Farm changes forever.
Morton S Gray: The Girl on the Beach
Women’s Fiction Romantic Suspense
Paperback and Ebook
10 April 2018
Who is Harry Dixon? When Ellie Golden meets Harry Dixon, she can’t help but feel she recognises him from somewhere. But when she finally realises who he is, she can’t believe it – because the man she met on the beach all those years before wasn’t called Harry Dixon. And, what’s more, that man is dead. For a woman trying to outrun her troubled past and protect her son, Harry’s presence is deeply unsettling – and even more disconcerting than coming face to face with a dead man, is the fact that Harry seems to have no recollection of ever having met Ellie before. At least that’s what he says … But perhaps Harry isn’t the person Ellie should be worried about. Because there’s a far more dangerous figure from the past lurking just outside of the new life she has built for herself, biding his time, just waiting to strike.
Erica Brown: East of India
Canelo Digital Publishing Limited
16 April 2018
A sweeping saga beginning in India, 1940. Nadine discovers her nurse and the woman who taught her how to dance, is in fact her mother, and following her death hates her father so much she marries a man much older than herself and goes with him to his plantation in Malaya. When Singapore falls to the Japanese, Nadine ends up in Sumatra where she is expected to entertain the enemy officers. It’s the last place she expects to find love with an American/Japanese officer who, like her, is caught between two worlds and both end up fleeing for their lives.
Kate Johnson: Not Your Cinderella
Romantic Comedy/Royal Wedding
Ebook and paperback
17 April 2018
He’s a prince. She’s a barmaid. It’s never going to work. All Jamie wants to do is finish his PhD and live a life of quiet academic obscurity, but since he’s Prince Jamie of Wales, that’s not likely to happen. All his family wants is for him to find a suitable bride, but the local pub probably isn’t the place he should be looking. Clodagh shouldn’t be falling for a prince. She’s worked too hard to improve her life and leave her shady past behind to get derailed by romance anyway, and all the press scrutiny that comes with royalty would be a nightmare with her background. But the sparks won’t stop flying between them, and soon all Clodagh and Jamie can do is try to limit the fire.
Fiona Ford, The Spark Girl’s Promise
19 April 2018
January 1941. Peggy Collins has learned a lot during her time as a Spark Girl. Posted to Swansea, as a driver to the squadron leader, she often hears things she shouldn’t, and she knows to be discreet, understanding how serious the phrase, loose lips sink ships really is. Peggy meets and falls in love with pilot Jim Hudson, but her heart is broken when he becomes missing in action and Peggy is left fearing the worst. That isn’t the end of the shocks in store for Peggy and she is forced to remember a promise made long ago. But can she keep her word while the bombs fall?
Heidi Rice: Summer at Willow Tree Farm
HQ Stories (Harper Collins)
19 April 2018
IS HOME ALWAYS WHERE THE HEART IS? When Ellie spent a summer with her mum on a Wiltshire commune in the 90s it was a bigger disaster than Leo DiCaprio’s trip aboard the Titanic – so fleeing to America seemed like the perfect back-up plan. But now, with her marriage falling apart, running back to her mum seems like the only option for her and her son Josh. She wasn’t expecting Art, the boy she once had a crush on, to still be working at Willow Tree Farm… And for him to still be as hot and bothersome as he was when they were teenagers. Ellie came to Willow Tree Farm for a fresh start. But is she ready to risk sailing her life – and her heart – into another iceberg?
Rachel Dove: Nice Guys Finish Lonely
Ebook and paperback
19 April 2018
On her deathbed, Rory Gallant’s mother begs him to be a good man, and to not behave like his caddish father, Doug. Now 35, Rory is all grown up – a good man, but lonely. He and his pal, Gill, are both on the lookout for love, but when a barb from best friend Sarah hits home, they realise that perhaps it’s not the nice guys who always win…. Deciding to follow the cad dating rules, and with a bit of help from lothario Doug, Rory and Gill decide to become the opposite of the men they really are… but will they find the true love they deserve.
Rosie Hendry: Secrets of the East End Angels
Little Brown, Sphere
19 April, 2018
London, 1941. The East End Angels – Frankie, Bella and Winnie are settled into life as ambulance crew members at LAAS Station Seventy-Five. The threat of air raids and other atrocities are a constant worry, but life continues regardless, and the weight of responsibility weighs heavy on each of them. Frankie’s grandfather is unwell, and she promised him she would always look after Ivy, her step-grandmother, but things between the two women are becoming increasingly strained. And then Frankie discovers something that turns everything she thought she knew about herself on its head. Winnie’s natural leadership puts her at the forefront at the station and she’s soon making the difficult decisions on call-outs. As she is exposed to a higher level of war and destruction, she begins to wonder how much more London can take – and how much more can she take? Bella is beginning to drive the ambulances, she is growing closer to James and her love for writing is opening new doors for her. Then she receives devastating news about someone close to her and things begin to unravel. Life and war may keep testing the angels, but love will always find a way to shine and the strength of their friendship will see them through the darkest of times.
Margaret Kaine: The Black Silk Purse
Romantic Historical Fiction
Allison & Busby
19 April 2018
Sent to the workhouse as a child, all Ella Hathaway can remember is a voice whispering, ‘Dearie, promise you will never forget what you saw . . . Your Ma was killed deliberate, them horses were driven straight at her, and someone oughter pay for it.’ When young, wealthy spinster Letitia Fairchild witnesses Ella being ill-treated, she takes her in as a scullery maid. But as Ella grows up, she is determined to find the truth about her mother’s tragic death and appeals to Letitia for help, revealing to her the contents of her only personal possession, a black silk purse. Intrigued, Letitia agrees, and they begin a quest to solve the mystery of Ella’s past. But neither could have imagined the astonishing and dramatic consequences. From the miseries of life in a London workhouse to the splendour of a beautiful mansion, will Ella find the love and security she longs for?
Jules Wake: A Girl’s Best Friend
Romantic Comedy/Rural Romance
Sphere, Little Brown
19 April 2018
Welcome to your new cottage in the country – complete with a grumpy vet, village gossip, and a very muddy dog . . . City girl Ella wants to take refuge in the country, lick her wounds and work out what she’s going to do with the rest of her life. She certainly doesn’t want to have a four-legged house guest or anything to do with village life. Unfortunately, the inhabitants of Wilsgrave have other ideas
Zara Stoneley: The Wedding Date
ebook and paperback
Harper Collins, HarperImpulse
20 April 2018
One ex. One wedding. One little white lie.
When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems… 1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man. 2) His new girlfriend is pregnant. 3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t. So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires actor Jake Porter to do the job. It’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out. But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen! As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore.
Natalie Kleinman: The Ghost of Glendale
Regency Romance/Ghost Mystery
e-book and pod paperback
25 April 2018
At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.
Carrie Elks: Absent in the Spring
Paperback & Ebook
Piatkus (Little Brown)
26 April 2018
Losing control never felt so good . . .
A successful lawyer, and the eldest of four sisters, Lucy Shakespeare is used to being in control of everything and everyone around her, that is until she meets the gorgeous Lachlan MacLeish. Lachlan’s hired Lucy because he needs the best. His inheritance, the Lairdship of Glencarraig, is suddenly in doubt, thanks to his devious half-brother. Glencarraig is the only place where his memories of his family are happy ones and there’s no way he’s going down without a fight. The very last thing he wants is a distraction, but as soon as he sees Lucy, he knows he’s in trouble. Despite their efforts to resist, it isn’t long before Lachlan has Lucy longing to break all her careful rules. As they travel from Scotland to Paris and on to New York, Lucy can’t help but wonder: is it sometimes worth risking it all?
Carol MacLean: Maid at Muirfield
When Hannah Miller loses her servant’s position, she is glad to quickly find another at Muirfield Hall. There she discovers she is filling the shoes of Ellen, a maid who drowned in the lake under suspicious circumstances. Soon, Hannah is drawn into playing detective, as it turns out Ellen knew many secrets about the Muirfield staff. Handsome gardener, Adam, also catches her eye, but are they destined to be together?
Elaine Everest: The Butlins Girls
Molly Missons gazed around in awe. So, this was Butlin’s. Whitewashed buildings, bordered by rhododendrons, gave a cheerful feeling to a world still recovering from six years of war. The Skegness holiday camp covered a vast area, much larger than Molly expected to see. Molly Missons hasn’t had the best of times recently. Having lost her parents, now some dubious long-lost family has darkened her door – attempting to steal her home and livelihood… After a horrendous ordeal, Molly applies for a job as a Butlin’s Aunty. When she receives news that she has got the job, she immediately leaves her small hometown – in search of a new life in Skegness. Molly finds true friendship in Freda, Bunty, and Plum. But the biggest shock is discovering that star of the silver screen, Johnny Johnson, is working at Butlin’s as head of the entertainment team. Johnny takes an instant liking to Molly and she begins to shed the shackles of her recent traumas. Will Johnny be just the distraction Molly needs – or is he too good to be true?
The New Releases list is compiled by Sheila Riley.
Sheila joined the RNA in 2004 as a new writer. Since then she has written best-selling sagas under the pen-name of Annie Groves. She is a member of The Sandpipers – the North West Chapter of the RNA and loves to catch up with writer friends at the regular Southport lunches. She is also a member of the Society of Authors.
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