Romantic Novelists' Association

New Publications: March 2019

4 March 2019


A Summer of New Beginnings – Lisa Hobman
Aria Fiction
February 19th

Meet Zara Bailey, a travel writer paid to cover some of the globe’s most luxurious locations. Jetting from wooden huts on stilts in turquoise seas to boutique hotels with roaring fires to 7* penthouse suites with panoramic views of the world’s most glamorous cities… Zara knows hers is the definition of a dream job! So she is seriously shocked to receive her next assignment; Scotland’s Northcoast 500 route. By bicycle. Sleeping in a tent so basic it can’t remotely be dressed up as glamping! But this could be just the distraction the recently heartbroken Zara needs. No men, no romance, just the breathtakingly rugged Highland scenery. Until she meets croft owner Lachlan Grant, and his black and white Border Collie Bess, that is…



Arabella Sheen: A Bride for Lord Redfield

Regency Romance
Beachwalk Press Inc.
25th February 2019

A risqué regency romp enjoyed by both servants and masters,
as love and passion are discovered above and below stairs in his lordship’s household. At Redfield House, everyone is busy with preparations for a ball, and rumour is rife in the servants’ quarters that the master is about to propose. Lord Thomas Redfield realizes the time has come for him to take a wife and
that this duty can no longer be delayed. The only trouble is…he isn’t sure the desire he once felt for Catherine, the woman he was previously betrothed to, is over and a new life with Rosalinda can begin. Can Lord Redfield take Miss Rosalinda Mills for his wife, and will she agree to an engagement knowing he could still be in love with Catherine? As the weekend unfolds and the fun begins, a bevvy of illicit encounters are enjoyed between maids, footmen, grooms, and guests,
while his lordship inwardly struggles with the problem of finding a wife.



Arabella Sheen: Westbury
Regency Romance

Ballrooms, Cotillions and Almack’s…
Can Miss Georgina Morton surrender her independence and accept the Duke’s love? Miss Georgina Morton, at the age of four-and-twenty, with a modest annual income of four hundred pounds, believes she has no need of a husband and can manage quite nicely without one. Yet within a matter of weeks, she’s betrothed to Giles Glentworth, the Sixth Duke of Westbury, and bound for Regency London.
Set in rural Wiltshire and elegant, fast-paced London… a runaway ward, a shooting at midnight, and a visit to fashionable Almack’s are only a few of the adventures Georgina enjoys while falling for the Corinthian charms of the Duke.



Helena Fairfax: Struggle and Suffrage in Halifax: Women’s Lives and the Fight for Equality
Social history (non-fiction)
Pen & Sword
28th Feb

Between 1800 and 1950 the town of Halifax grew beyond recognition.
The booming mills and factories were built on the labour of women and their children, and yet their voices are almost completely missing from the history books. For the first time, this is the story of Halifax from the point of view of the women who helped shape the town. From girls in the factories to the first women stepping into public office, this book provides a fascinating and moving account
of the lives of Halifax’s women through the key events in the town’s history.



Lynda Stacey: House of Secrets
Romantic Suspense
Choc Lit/Charnwood
Large Print
1st March 2019

A woman on the run, a broken man and a house with a shocking secret …
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety,
and that of her young daughter Poppy. Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily
beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past. After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit
find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer. But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …



Kathleen McGurl: The Forgotten Secret
dual timeline – part historical part contemporary
Publisher: HQ
Format: Digital.
1st March

Can she unlock the mysteries of the past?
A country at war
It’s the summer of 1919 and Ellen O’Brien has her whole life ahead of her. Young, in love and leaving home for her first job, the future seems full of shining possibility. But war is brewing and before long, Ellen and everyone around her is swept up by it. As Ireland is torn apart by the turmoil, Ellen finds herself facing the ultimate test of love and loyalty. A long-buried secret. A hundred years later and Clare Farrell has inherited a dilapidated old farmhouse in County Meath. Seizing the chance to escape her unhappy marriage she strikes out on her own for the first time, hoping the old building might also provide clues to her family’s shadowy history. As she sets out to put the place – and herself – back to rights, she stumbles across a long-forgotten hiding place, with a clue to a secret that has lain buried for decades.
For fans of Kate Morton and Gill Paul comes an unforgettable novel about two women fighting for independence.



Jill Barry: Love Strikes Twice
Contemporary Romance
F A Thorpe
Linford Romance paperback
1st March 2019

On a journey to the Scottish harbour town where her grandmother, Cathy, had
a love affair that ended in heartbreak many years before, Sarah Barnes can’t
help but think of how far away her days of strap-hanging on the London Tube
seem to be. Currently, between jobs she takes one at a local cafe – and
finds herself falling in love with GP Rory McLean. But when Rory turns out
to be the grandson of the man Cathy fell in love with, rough waters lie
ahead. Rory’s grandmother finds it hard to forget the past but a young couple’s future happiness is at stake…



Linn B. Halton: A Greek Affair
Harper Impulse (Harper Collins)
7 March 2019

More than just a holiday romance?
Her daughter, her job and divorcing her untrustworthy ex are Leah’s main priorities. She isn’t really bothered that her life might be missing a few things.
But after winning a prestigious travel blogger award, she’s inundated with offers to review glamorous holiday destinations. Lying around drinking exotic cocktails and being paid for it! What could be better? Perhaps a romantic trip to idyllic Greece to find the one man who might make Leah risk her heart again…



Kitty Wilson. The Cornish Village School – Breaking the Rules.
Romantic comedy.
March 2019

Rosy Winter is definitely not looking for love
Following heartbreak, Rosy has rebuilt her life in the beautiful Cornish village of Penmenna. Now, headmistress of the local school, she is living by The Rule: no dating anyone in the village. Easy right? But Rosy Winter has a new neighbour, handsome gardener Matt. In Penmenna for his new gardening TV show, this guy next door will do everything he can to persuade her to break her rule and win her heart. Meanwhile, Penmenna Village School is threatened with closure and it’s up to Rosy to rally the local community to #SaveOurSchool. Can she bring her worlds together and accept help from the most unlikely of sources?
One thing’s for sure… she won’t be giving up without a fight.
This heartwarming romance is perfect for fans of Tilly Tennant, Holly Martin and A. L. Michael.



Glenda Young: Belle of the Back Streets
Saga set in 1919
March 2019

‘Any rag and bone!’
Everyone recognises the cry of Meg Sutcliffe as she plies her trade along the back streets of Ryhope.
She learnt the ropes from her dad when he returned from the War. But when tragedy struck, Meg had no choice but to continue alone,
with only her trusty dog Spot and beloved horse Stella for company.
Now the meagre money she earns is the only thing that stands between her family’s safety and predatory rent collector Hawk Jackson… Many say it’s no job for a woman – especially a beauty like Meg who’s noticed everywhere she goes. When she catches the eye of charming Clarky it looks like she might have found a protector and a chance of happiness. But is Clarky really what he seems? And could Adam, Meg’s loyal childhood friend, be the one who really deserves her heart?



Kiley Dunbar: One Summer’s Night
Contemporary: Romantic Comedy
Hera Books
6 March 2019

Kelsey Anderson is stuck in a rut so big, she’ll need a 4-wheel drive to get out. She’s just been made redundant from her dead-end job, and boyfriend Fran is so busy climbing up the career ladder that he’s forgotten how to have fun. She needs to change her life – and fast.
Stumbling across an advert for tour guides in Stratford-Upon-Avon seems like the perfect way to bring the sunshine back.
In an impulsive move, she moves from her small Scottish village to Shakespeare’s birthplace, armed only with a suitcase and her a battered copy of Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Kelsey quickly falls in love with the place, her job as a tourist guide allowing her to explore every inch of the picture-perfect town, from cosy cafes to the picturesque banks of the river. But it’s not just the town that captures her heart, as she finds herself torn between the actors Will and Jonathan who both vie for her affections. But will beautiful Peony, the lead actress at the Oklahoma theatre company where Jonathan is playing Oberon in A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream, play a role in keeping Kelsey and Jonathan apart? Or will flirtatious, charming Will, the fellow tour guide who has set his sights on Kelsey, keep the star-crossed lovers from finding their happy ending?



Nicola Cornick: The Woman in the Lake

Print and e-book
7th March

When Fenella Brightwell re-discovers an 18th-century gown she stole as a child, it soon starts to possess her in the same way
it did all those years before, linking her life and fate to that of Isabella, Lady Gerard, and a dark tale of smuggling and romance.




Barbara Lorna Hudson: Makeover
Women’s fiction
Fantastic Books Publishing
e-book and paperback
8 March 2019

After a turbulent early life and two abusive marriages, personal shopper Lucille Brown has battled hard to find her feet. Now all she asks is another chance.
When Oxford don Walter arrives in her life, the sexual chemistry is tangible yet the gulf between them seems impassable.
But hard lessons and new opportunities await them both.




Tora Williams. His Clandestine Bride
Historical Romance
Ebook and Paperback
The Wild Rose Press
11th March 2019
Snowed in with the man who abandoned her five years earlier, Norman widow Isobel de Brockton is terrified he will discover her secret. If Edmund Granville finds out, she risks losing all she holds dear.
Edmund is determined to earn the king’s favour by catching a fugitive.
The last thing he needs is to be stuck in a castle with the woman who cruelly cast him off. But after Isobel’s young son is lost in a blizzard, Edmund learns the truth behind their separation. Now he resolves to reclaim his bride, but the deep wounds of their past haven’t mended. Can they finally heal their damaged hearts and seize their second chance at love?



Daisy James: Wedding Bells at Villa Limoncello
Contemporary romance
11th March 2019

When Isabella Jenkins is unceremoniously fired from her fancy London job, she escapes to Tuscany. A few weeks hiding amongst rolling hills and grape vines at Villa Limoncello sounds exactly like the distraction she needs.
But Italy holds emotional memories for Izzie and with a hapless handyman, a matchmaking village matriarch and a gorgeous – if infuriating – local chef named Luca Castelotti, her quiet Italian getaway turns into an unending cacophony of chaos.
Suddenly Izzie finds herself on a mission to pull off the wedding of the century and maybe get her life in order in the process. If only Luca’s gorgeous smile wasn’t such a powerful distraction…



Liz Eeles: New Starts and Cherry Tarts at the Cosy Kettle
Romantic comedy
ebook and paperback
12th March

After yet another failed romance, twenty-six-year-old Callie Fulbright is giving up on love.
She’s determined to throw all her efforts into her very own, brand-new café: The Cosy Kettle. Serving hot tea, cherry tarts and a welcoming smile to the friendly locals proves to be the perfect distraction, and Callie feels a flush of pride at the fledgeling business she’s built. But her new-found confidence is soon put to the test when her gorgeous ex reappears in the quaint little village. She’ll never forget the heartache Noah caused her years ago, but when they bump into each other on the cobbled streets of Honeyford she can’t help but feel a flutter in her chest… As Callie and Noah share laughter and memories, she starts to wonder if this could be her second chance at happiness. But when Callie discovers that someone is mysteriously trying to ruin the café’s reputation… she has an awful suspicion that Noah knows who’s involved. Was she wrong to ever trust him again? And can she find out who’s behind the lies and rumours, before it’s too late for the Cosy Kettle?



Morton S Gray: The Truth Lies Buried
Romantic Suspense
Choc Lit
Paperback and Audiobook eBook
12 March 2019

Two children in a police waiting room, two distressed mothers, a memory only half-remembered…
When Jenny Simpson returns to the seaside town of Borteen, her childhood home, it’s for a less than happy reason. But it’s also a chance for her to start again. A new job leads to her working for Carver Rodgers, a man who lives alone in a house that looks like it comes from the pages of a fairy tale – until you see the disaster zone inside … As Jenny gets to know Carver she begins to unravel the sadness that has led to his chaotic existence. Gradually they realise they have something in common that is impossible to ignore –
and it all links back to a meeting at a police station many years before. Could the truth lie just beneath their feet?



Scarlet Finn: Go With It
Romantic suspense
Kindle and paperback.
March 12th 2019

Life can change in the blink of an eye.
Moving to the city was supposed to be a fresh start for Harlow Sweeting, but it doesn’t go to plan. Being tackled to the ground by a bleeding man, close to death, changes the course of her life. Drawn into his grifter’s life of deceit and danger, the confident conman whose life she saves makes no secret of his desire to have her. Harlow resists, knowing he’ll break her heart. But, coercion is his life, manipulation his trade, and in a battle of wills, she may not be skilled enough to triumph. Ryske’s crew aren’t like the men Harlow’s known before. When they vow to protect her life, they prove they’ll go to any lengths to do it.
Even if it means sacrificing one of their own.



Samantha Tonge: Knowing You
Women’s Fiction
14th March 2019

Kind-hearted Violet has never fitted in but is now dating ambitious Lenny, has her dream job in publishing and runs a book club at the local retirement home. However, when her relationship with Lenny begins to falter, Violet, hurt and alone, seeks the advice of her new flatmate, Bella. Her long-term friends Kath and Farah worry about Bella’s influence and slowly Violet starts to distance herself from them. When she was a child, her closest confidant and companion was a boy called Flint. Her mother didn’t approve of their closeness and he suffered a terrible end. She won’t let the same thing happen to Bella, no matter what anyone says…



Hannah Pearl: It’s My Birthday
Contemporary romance.
Ruby / Choc Lit
19th of March.

Karen could be excused for crying on her birthday, especially as it’s the first one since her husband got on a plane to the States and never came back. Then there’s the fact that her workmates were practically bribed to attend her birthday meal. But when a restaurant double booking leads to her sharing a table with single dad Elliot and his daughter, things start looking up. As Karen gets to know Elliot she experiences feelings she thought she’d never have again. But is it enough? Or will the thing that destroyed Karen’s previous relationship also ruin things with Elliot?



Rachael Stewart: Mr One-Night Stand
Contemporary Romance
Harlequin Mills & Boon
eBook and Paperback
21st Feb / 1st March

One night only.
Just think of the possibilities…
The second she sees Mr Oh-So-Delicious, Jennifer Hayes knows she needs one night of crazy. No names, no strings, no rules. Except that Jennifer’s naughty one-nighter is actually Marcus Wright — her new business partner! Now they’re mixing business with all kinds of pleasure. But when it comes to falling in love her sexy Mr Wright is either Mr Wrong or the best mistake of her life…




Louise Allen: Least Likely To Marry A Duke
Historical romance
Harlequin Mills & Boon
Paperback & ebook
21 March 2019

When first encountering a duke a young lady should try not to be sitting at the bottom of an excavation holding a skull… especially when said Duke has just fallen into the hole you have dug. Verity Wingate might be a bishop’s daughter, but she has a secret past, an independent spirit and unconventional pastimes.
And she despises lordly aristocrats who think ladies should be meek, well-behaved models of perfection. William Xavier Cosmo de Whitham Calthorpe, fourth Duke of Aylsham, is as perfect a duke as one might hope to meet and he intends it to stay that way. The infuriating Miss Wingate is everything he dislikes in a woman, which is inconvenient as he finds her provokingly attractive. The Perfect Duke can rise above such things, of course – until his appalling siblings take a hand and Miss Wingate is comprehensively compromised. The problem is, the maddening female won’t accept that marriage is the only option. Whatever is a duke to do?



Merryn Allingham: A Tale of Two Sisters
Women’s Fiction/Saga
Ebook (paperback to follow)
21st March 2019

Separated by time and distance, two sisters seek answers for all they’ve lost.
When Alice Verinder’s beloved sister Lydia goes missing, Alice boards the Orient Express bound for Topkapi Palace in Constantinople, determined to find her. Lydia was governess to the Sultan’s young children and though her letters spoke of exotic delights and welcoming hosts, the reception Alice receives is decidedly cold and answers unforthcoming. Now, as Alice digs deeper into the secrets of a land foreign to her she has only Englishman Harry Frome to help her. But as their search uncovers unforeseen dangers and exposes an unexpected passion, is Alice ready for the truths they’ll uncover?



Janice Preston: His Convenient Highland Wedding
Historical romance
Mills & Boon
Paperback and ebook
21 March 2019

The start of The Lochmore Legacy—a Scottish castle through the ages!
Earl’s daughter Flora McCrieff brought shame on her family once.
Now she discovers she must wed impossibly rich but lowborn Lachlan McNeill.
He’s undeniably handsome, but a man of few words. Despite the attraction that burns between them, can she reach beyond his impeccable clothing to find the emotions he’s locked away for so long?



Sue McDonagh: Meet Me at the Art Cafe
Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Choc Lit
26 March

Would you take a chance on a bad boy with a leather jacket and a vintage motorbike?
That’s the question single mum Jo Morris has to ask herself when she collides with local bike mechanic Ed Griffiths
on a rainy Welsh hillside. Working at the Art Cafe. Jo hears the gossip and is all too aware of Ed’s reputation. But whilst he’s certainly no angel, there is something about Ed’s daredevil antics that Jo can’t ignore. And as she gets to know him better and watches the kind way he deals with her young son Liam, she begins to wonder – is there more to this ‘bad boy’ than meets the eye?



Donna Ashcroft: The Little Guesthouse of New Beginnings
Romantic Comedy
Ebook and POD
26th March

When twenty-three-year-old Madison Skylar arrives at The Sunshine Hideaway, she discovers the beautiful little guesthouse
is falling into disrepair. She throws herself into creating a gorgeous wellness retreat, introducing yoga sessions, adventure walks and ice-cream sundaes with a delicious twist. But will it be enough to save her childhood home?
Handsome and mysterious Connor Robertson has lived on Sunflower Island his whole life. He works hard as a builder, but something is missing and he dreams of bigger things.
As Connor helps to revamp The Sunshine Hideaway, this could be his opportunity to tell the woman he’s secretly been in love with for years how he really feels… As spontaneous and fun-loving Madison settles into life on the close-knit island, sparks fly between her and shy Connor as they clash on the reinvention of the guesthouse. Are they too different to make things work or will Madison and Connor finally find true love this year?



Emily Royal: The Sins of the Sire
Historical (Highlander) Romance
Tirgearr Publishing
March 2019

He took her captive, she enslaved his heart.
English noblewoman Elyssia de Montford cannot forget the Highlander she freed from an English prison. Memories of him burn anew when she finds herself on the road to Scotland two years later.
Tavish MacLean has pledged to fight with William Wallace against Edward Longshanks. But he must first lay to rest the ghost of his beloved sister who was murdered by an English lord six years ago, a tragedy which destroyed his family. He swore an oath on his father’s deathbed to abduct the lord’s daughter and return her to England, pregnant with a Scottish bastard. On learning that she’s travelling to Scotland he orders her abduction. But when the prisoner is brought before him Tavish recognises Elyssia, the woman who once saved his life.
Surrounded by treachery, Tavish must choose between the debt he owes Elyssia and loyalty to his clan.



Liz Fielding: The Billionaire’s Convenient Bride 

Contemporary Romance
Harlequin Mills and Boon



Kam Faulkner is back to buy the castle he and his mother were evicted from. It’s going to take more than money.



New Publications are brought to you at the beginning of each month by Sheila Riley. Sheila writes community-based sagas that thrive on a good old mystery – even crime – but at its heart, love is what makes their world go around. Represented by Felicity Trew at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.

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