Romantic Novelists' Association

August 2018: New Releases.

1 August 2018

Jenny Thomas: The Silver Swimmers
Contemporary women’s fiction.
Calon Publishing,
PB or Amazon
22 January 2018
A group of women in their 60’s, still have aspirations, and hopes for new romances, careers and stimulating new lives. Love, lust, sex, new experiences and challenges are not just the dreams of the youthful. Written for and about the Boomer generation.



Lesley Eames: The Silver Ladies of London
1920s saga
e-book and paperback.
July 2018
Dismissed without references when their employer’s valuable necklace goes missing, friends Ruth, Lydia, Jenny and Grace try to rebuild their lives far from home in London. A surprise financial inheritance and gift of a beautiful silver Rolls Royce leads them to set up in business as female chauffeurs and the Silver Ladies of London is born. But driving is a man’s world and the girls face a future fraught with constant challenges.
Soon their business; romances and even their friendship come under threat.
Can the Silver Ladies overcome their struggles and find love, success and happiness?
Featuring four heroines, a scandal, a secret and a silver Rolls Royce.



Lizzie Lamb: Take Me I’m Yours
New Romantics Press
ebook and paperback
24 July 2018
India Buchanan plans to set up an English-Style bed and breakfast establishment in her great-aunt’s home, MacFarlane’s Landing, Wisconsin. But she reckoned without opposition from Logan MacFarlane whose family once owned her aunt’s house and now want it back. MacFarlane is in no mood to be denied. His grandfather’s living on borrowed time and Logan has vowed to ensure the old man sees out his days in their former home. India’s great-aunt has other ideas and has threatened to burn the house to the ground before she lets a MacFarlane set foot in it. There’s a story here. One the family elders aren’t prepared to share. When India finds herself in Logan’s debt, her feelings towards him change. However, the past casts a long shadow and events conspire to deny them the love and happiness they both deserve. Can India and Logan’s love overcome all odds? Or is history about to repeat itself?



Hanna Begbie: Mother
Contemporary fiction/psychological thriller
Harper Collins
PB, audiobook
26 July 2018
Her love for her daughter is everything
Her love for him is deadly
Cath had twenty-five perfect days with her newborn daughter before Mia’s deadly illness was diagnosed. As her life implodes, Cath’s despair drives her to a parental support group where she meets a father in a similar situation, the dangerously attractive Richard – charming, handsome and adamant that a cure for their children lies just over the horizon: everything Cath wants to believe. Their affair – and the chance to escape reality – is unavoidable, but carries catastrophic consequences: the nature of Mia’s illness means that Cath’s betrayal endangers not just her marriage but the life of her baby. Can she stop herself before it’s too late?



Elizabeth Bailey: Damsel to the Rescue (Brides by Chance Book Six)
29 July 2018
A fugitive stranger and a frantic forest escape.
Four years on the marriage mart have left Delia Burloyne resigned to life as a maiden aunt. Then fate takes a hand. Waylaid on the road to Weymouth, her life is turned inside out by the intrepid Giffard Gaunt. He’s on the run and desperate. Plunged into a dangerous dash for freedom with a wounded man on her hands, Delia must dig deep for courage. Can she help Giff win back his estates and still keep her heart intact?



Louise Allen: A Lady In Need of an Heir
Harlequin Mills & Boon
Paperback and ebook
August 2018
Gabrielle Frost knows that marrying any man would mean handing over control of her beloved family vineyard in Portugal to her new husband. She won’t take that risk. But she needs an heir! So when Nathaniel Graystone, Earl of Leybourne, arrives to escort her to London, Gabrielle wonders… What if this former soldier, with his courage, strength and dangerous air, could be the one to father her child?



Rosie Travers: The Theatre of Dreams
Contemporary /Romantic Comedy
Crooked Cat Books
1 August 2018
Musical theatre actress Tara is down on her luck and in need of a job.
When terminally ill octogenarian Kitty invites her to take over the running of her former dance academy in the old-fashioned resort of Hookes Bay, Tara thinks she’s found her guardian angel. But it soon becomes very clear Kitty is being far from benevolent. Too Late, Tara realises helping Kitty will signal the end of an already tarnished career unless she can pull off the performance of a lifetime.



Pernille Hughes: Sweatpants At Tiffanie’s
Romantic Comedy
3rd August 2018
True Love Packs a Punch…
Tiffanie Trent is not having a great week. Gavin, her boyfriend, has dumped her unceremoniously on their tenth anniversary, leaving her heartbroken and homeless.
Frank Black, the owner of Blackie’s boxing gym and where Tiff has been book-keeper for the last decade, has dropped dead. He’s not having a great week either.
And if that wasn’t enough, Mike ‘The Assassin’ Fellner, the boxer of international fame and Tiff’s first love, is back in town and more gorgeous than ever. Tiff can’t seem to go anywhere without bumping into his biceps. When she discovers Blackie has left her the gym, Tiff, with her saggy trackies and supermarket trainers, is certain she’ll fail. Can Tiff step up and roll with the punches, or will she be down and out at the first round?



Victoria Cornwall: The Captain’s Daughter
Choc Lit
7th August 2018
Sometimes you need to discover your own strength in order to survive …
After a family tragedy, Janey Carhart was forced from her comfortable life as a captain’s daughter into domestic service. Determined to make something of herself, Janey eventually finds work as a lady’s maid at the imposing Bosvenna Manor on the edge of Bodmin Moor but is soon caught between the two worlds of upstairs and downstairs, and accepted by neither, as she cares for her mistress. Desperately lonely, Janey catches the attention of two men – James Brockenshaw and Daniel Kellow. James is heir to the Bosvenna estate, a man whose eloquent letters to his mother warm Janey’s heart. Daniel Kellow is a neighbouring farmer with a dark past and a brooding nature, yet with a magnetism that disturbs Janey. Two men. Who should she choose? Or will fate decide?



Julie Caplin: The Little Brooklyn Bakery
9th August 2018
When Sophie Bennings arrives in New York, love is the last thing on her mind.
Still reeling from a painful breakup, she throws herself into her work as a food editor on a top-notch magazine. Columnist Todd McLennan is everything that Sophie wishes she didn’t want. Like the gorgeous bakery below her Brooklyn apartment, he’s as tempting as the delicious cupcakes on display. Surely a little of what you fancy can do you good? As Sophie and Todd get to know one another, a love of food isn’t the only passion they share. In the city that never sleeps, has Sophie finally met the man of her dreams…?



Chrissie Loveday: Meeting Molly
People’s Friend
Novella (paperback)
August 9th
Sarah-Louise was broke. She found an advert to walk someone’s dog and after a phone interview, got the job. The dog? It was a huge Newfoundland. ‘She’s big. Very big,’ was all she could say. Her adventures were to begin. Molly’s, owner, Olly was rather nice too. She was a party planner and soon managed to get Olly involved and Molly too of course.



Sheryl Browne: The Affair
Psychological Thriller
e-book and print
10th August 2018
The moment she opened her eyes, she knew everything had changed. The stale taste of alcohol; her uneasy stomach. She looked at her husband sleeping peacefully and knew she would never tell anyone what happened last night. You will think you know what happened to Alicia that night. You will see a desperate wife, lying to her husband. You will watch a charming lover, trying to win her back. You will judge her, just like everyone else. You will assume you know what happens next. But everything you think you know about the past, the relationships, what drives Alicia and her husband to lie… is wrong. If you loved The Girl on the Train, The Wife Between Us and The Sister, you’ll love this compelling and gripping psychological thriller from Sheryl Browne. The Affair will have you hooked from the very first page!



Julia Ibbotson: Finding Jess #3 of the Drumbeats trilogy.
Endeavour Media
ebook and paperback
10th August
Single mum Jess has had her world turned upside down.
She’s finally got her life sorted after husband Simon walked out on her and their young daughters Katy and Abi. Jess struggles to keep the family together while juggling her career as the sole breadwinner. But her best friend Polly is having an affair with Simon, and now Polly sets her sights on Jess’s job, while Simon, who spurned family life, wants more time with his daughters. No wonder Jess feels threatened. Can Jess trust anyone anymore? Then out of the blue, she is sent a clipping for a post in Ghana, where she did a gap year as a teenager, and where she was happy. Could this be a way for Jess to find herself again? A passionate study of love and betrayal, this is a feel-good story of a woman’s strength and spirit rising above adversity.



Rachel Dove: The Wedding Shop On Wexley St.
Harper Collins – HQ Digital
10th August 2018
Maria is ready to say ‘Yes, to the dress’!
As the owner of Happy Ever After, Maria Mallory is Westfield’s resident wedding planner, spending her days making dreams come true for future brides.
Maria even has her own perfect day planned out too, she just needs to find the right man. So when she falls in love with local celeb Darcy Burgess she can’t believe her luck – it was finally her turn for her Happy Ever After. Or so she thought.
Jilted at the altar, Maria can’t believe that her fairytale ending hasn’t come true. She’s ready to give up on love once and for all. But little does she know that once you stop looking for it, love has a way of surprising you… A laugh-out-loud romance, perfect for fans of Holly Martin and Tilly Tennant.



Lesley Cookman: Murder and the Glovemaker’s Son

Accent Press
Paperback and ebook
16th August
19th August in the Libby Sarjeant Mystery Series
A touring production of Twelfth Night comes to the Oast Theatre, Steeple Martin, followed, inevitably, by murder.
Libby, Fran and their friends naturally become involved in the investigation.




Phillipa Ashley: Summer on the Little Cornish Isles
August 23rd 2018
One summer can change everything …
Poppy has always loved Cornwall. So when her boyfriend Dan suggests they leave their office jobs and take over the Starfish Studio on the Isles of Scilly, Poppy doesn’t need asking twice. But things don’t go to plan when Dan dumps her, weeks before they’re due to move. Determined not to give up, Poppy accepts the help of local photographer Jake, her landlord’s grandson. But Jake is distracted by a loss from his past. Can they turn the crumbling gallery into a success in time for tourist season? And will a summer on the little Cornish Isles mend just the studio – or Poppy’s heart too?



Virginia Heath: The Mysterious Lord Millcroft
Mills & Boon
Paperback and E-book
23rd August 2018
Life as a duchess… Or something much more dangerous…?
Part of The King’s Elite. Constantly told her beauty and charm is all she has to offer,
Lady Clarissa is intent on marrying a duke. And intriguing spy Sebastian Leatham will help her! Only first she’ll assist him with his new assignment—playing the part of confident aristocrat Lord Millcroft. Sebastian awakens a burning desire within Clarissa which leaves her questioning whether becoming a duchess is what she truly longs for…



JL Merrow: Midnight in Berlin
Paranormal gay romance
Dreamspinner Press
ebook and paperback
24 August 2018
One bad decision can change your life forever
It’s midnight in Berlin, and drifter Leon is hitchhiking home in the rain, covered in feathers after a wild festival in the city park. He can’t believe his luck when he’s picked up by a hot guy in a Porsche. That is until he realises his driver is a creature from his worst nightmares. Christoph took Leon for a rogue werewolf on his way home from a hunt, and by the time he realises the truth, it’s too late to do anything but make Leon a monster to save his life. That doesn’t save Christoph from the pack leader’s harsh punishment.
As Leon struggles to cope with his horrifying new reality—and his mixed feelings for the man who bit him—he’s desperate to discover not only what’s happened to Christoph, but the secrets their pack leader is hiding from them all.