Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: December 2020

30 November 2020


Merryn Allingham: Ladies Who Dare
Regency Romance
The Verrall Press
1 December 2020

A Regency Romance Collection. Scandal and Betrayal. Mystery and Adventure. Amid the elegance of Regency England, six spirited heroines dare to challenge society in their search for true love. All full-length novels.







Rhoda S Baxter: Getting Published is Just the Beginning

Non-fiction (writers’ guides)
ebook and paperback
03 Nov 2020

Are you an unagented author managing your own career? This easy-to-read guide to IP rights and common contract terms will empower you to take charge of your author’s career.







Francesca Capaldi: War in the Valleys

Hera Books
25th November

Young mother, Violet Jones, lives a tough life in the Rhymney Valley, caring for two small children while her husband fights on the Front Line. WW1 takes its toll on the small mining community, with food shortages and several of their young men losing their lives. With little money coming in, Violet takes in a relative to help make ends meet. But far from easing her burden, it might be the worst decision she’s made. As the Great War takes its toll on the nation, Violet faces her own battle. Alone in the world, can she protect her children, and herself?





Lucy Coleman: The Villa of Dreams

Women’s fiction
Boldwood Books
ebook, paperback, audio.
1 December 2020

Seren Maddison left behind a rainy Britain to follow her dream to live and work in Lisbon. The vibrancy, the beautiful scenery, and the sunshine made her fall in love and she knew, instantly, that it would be her forever home. But when she meets International artist Reid Henderson, is Seren about to discover that love is as much about what you are prepared to give up, as what you are prepared to keep hold of?





Christina Courtenay: The Runes of Destiny

Time travel romance
Headline Review
Paperback, ebook, audio
10th December 2020

Separated by time. Brought together by fate. When helping at an archaeological dig, Linnea uncovers an exquisite brooch, but blacks out after reading the runic inscription. She wakes up surrounded by men in Viking costume, who seem to take re-enactment seriously. Lost and confused, she finds herself in the power of Hrafn, a Viking warrior who claims her as his thrall and takes her on a journey across the seas to sell her for profit. Setting sail, she confronts the unthinkable: she has travelled back to the 9th century. Linnea is determined to find a way back to her own time, but there’s a connection forming with Hrafn. Can she resist the call of the runes and accept her destiny lies here …






Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead: The Captain’s Snowbound Christmas

contemporary m/m rom-com.
22nd December 2020

All of Reuben’s Christmas dreams come true when he’s hired to work on the set of his favourite TV show with swonny Christopher Manners. When their first date turns into a disaster, it looks as though the show’s over before it’s begun, but a blizzard, a mysterious bearded man in a red coat, and a hot winter night combine to give them a second chance.







Susan Griffin: The Amethyst Necklace

Tanzanite Press/Susan Griffin
Kindle & Paperback
7th December

Unlocking the past is the key to the future. But what would you do if you found out your whole life has been built on secrets and lies? And what unknown heartbreak is hiding in the old mill?







Elizabeth Hawksley: Frost Fair

Mundeville Books
7th December, 2020

1814. When 16-year-old Emilia elopes with charming ne’er-do-well Stephen Kirkwall, she is unaware that he is in debt to the sinister Balquidder. Balquidder has his eye on the fortune Emilia will inherit at 21 and will stop at nothing. Alone and desperate, Emilia turns to childhood friend, Noel Beresford, but will he either believe her or help her?







Audrey Harrison: The Colonel’s Spinster


Regency Romance
Paperback/Kindle/Kindle Unlimited

He needs a rich wife. A pity that he’s falling for the wrong woman… She’s looking to find out more about her past. She wasn’t expecting to find her future.






Amelia Hopegood: The Avenging Witch

Paranormal Cosy Mystery
Paperback/Kindle/Kindle Unlimited

Threatening letters causing fear and mistrust in the vampire and witch community……..A vampire boyfriend acting stranger than normal……..Then people go missing………No matter how hard she tries to lead a quiet life, it seems Jenny Sinclair can’t help being drawn into the mayhem that surrounds her





Judy Leigh: Heading over the Hill

Women’s fiction, romantic comedy
kindle, ebook, audiobook, paperback
3rd December,

Billy and Dawnie may be in their seventies, but that won’t stop them from taking chances or starting again. But the residents of Margot Street (or Maggot Street as Dawnie insists on calling it), don’t quite know what to make of their new neighbours. Billy’s loud, shiny and huge Harley Davidson looks out of place next to the safe and sensible Honda Jazz next door, and Dawnie’s never-

ending range of outrageous wigs and colourful clothes means she’s impossible to miss.




Sarah Mallory: Forbidden to the Highland Laird

Historical romance
Mills & Boon
Paperback and e-book

A reluctant Laird and a Highland beauty from a neighbouring clan: can they ever find happiness?









Margaret Mounsdon: The Lombardi Emeralds

Modern Romance
December 2020
Who is Auguste Lombardi, and why has May Maxwell’s mother been invited to his 80th birthday party? She attends the party and discovers to her horror her mother may have been a jewel thief.







Glynis Peters: The Forgotten Orphan

Historical Romance – WWII
One More Chapter / HarperCollins
eBook / Paperback

A moving and compelling historical novel about love, second chances, and resilience in the darkest of times
Southampton 1940: Abandoned when she was tiny, Maisie Reynolds was separated from her twin brother and forced to grow up in Holly Bush orphanage, a place where she has never known love or kindness. But with the world at war and Hitler’s devastating bombs coming ever closer, fate has other plans for Maisie, and a secret from her past changes everything. When she meets handsome Canadian paratrooper, Cam, Maisie learns love might not be lost to her, but not before her past life and D Day bring a tragic twist to her happiness.







Elaine Spires: You Never See Rainbows At Christmas

Kindle and paperback
1st December 2020

Like a rhinestone Miss Havisham, Eloise plans to spend Christmas alone lying on the settee, crying her eyes out and listening to Dolly Parton’s Greatest Hits. But a fall in the sleet two nights before Christmas lands her at the feet of rough sleeper Adam who is fighting his own demons. Injured she has no alternative but to accept his help. And instead of rejection and solitude, there’s friendship and company, and the festive season suddenly seems brighter. Eloise’s never seen a rainbow at Christmas… Until now.







Contemporary Pocket Novel
DC Thomson


Following a death on a television show she was hosting, Genni Kilpatrick has retreated to Maldington House to complete her recovery from the shocking event and to re-assess her priorities. She meets local businessman, Paddy Delford, and thinks London and her celebrity lifestyle could be overrated. Stepping into a breach to direct the local panto helps her resolve and Paddy helps her recovery.








Lindsay Townsend: Carrie’s Christmas Viking

Contemporary time slip romance
Prairie Rose Publications

He was trapped, and she freed him. Bound by golden chains, the old statue of Eric the Viking protector had belonged to Carrie’s grandfather, and his father before him. Eric had always been a part of Carrie’s life, though she’d wished through the years he was real—not just a statue.
But the magic spell imprisoning Eric was dealt by one of Carrie’s ancestors—a punishment for his greed—until he truly understood what he’d done.






Jules Wake: The Spark


Romantic Comedy
One More Chapter
December 2020

When Jess and Sam lock eyes at a party, a spark ignites. The spark. But love, at first sight, isn’t like the movies, especially when Sam’s ex, Victoria, is determined to make their honeymoon period a living hell.
Is love at first sight enough?




Sheila Riley, author of the Reckoner’s Row series, brings you a wonderful collection of R.N.A. novels every month. Published by Boldwood Books, her new novel, The Mersey Mistress, is out in early 2021.

Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas and a healthy 2021.