Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: February 2020

3 February 2020


Alan C. Williams: Lost in the Outback

Large print soft-cover
Ulverscroft Linford Romance
1st Feb 2020

Newly qualified teacher Amy Shaw has a lot of adjusting to do when she moves from Sydney to remote Gurawang. On her first night there, someone plants an explosive in a railway wagon outside her hotel window – the first in a chain of dramatic events that colour Amy’s new life. After a nearly catastrophic misstep with a handsome local banker, does she have a chance at winning the heart of the town’s senior constable – and can they work together to dispel the shadows that hang over Gurawang?




Elly Redding: In Too Deep

A second-chance contemporary romance
SilverWood Books
Paperback and ebook
3rd February 2020

One little lie. A guilty secret. And the man she mustn’t love.
It’s been six years since Isy Forrester left home. In that time, she’s strived to forge a new life for herself in London, away from Jack Mancini, her father’s adopted son, and his devastating betrayal of everything she thought they had. Only now her father’s in hospital, and the house that’s been in her family for generations is at risk. Forced to return to Devon, she finds Jack as infuriating and stubborn as ever, and just as irresistible. Soon she realises the bright lights of London can’t hold a candle to him. But Jack has a past, one which he refuses to share with her. And until he can trust her with these deepest secrets, how can she risk her heart? How can she even begin to help him, when he won’t tell her what happened all those years ago – before her father brought him home to Hambledon Hall?’




Emma S Jackson: The Devil’s Bride

Paranormal Romance
ebook & POD
5th February 2020

No one goes near Edburton Manor – not since the night in 1668 when demons rose from the ground to drag Lord Bookham’s new bride to a fiery death. Or so the locals say.
That’s what makes it the perfect hideout for the gang of highwaymen Jamie Lorde runs with. Ghost stories have never frightened her. The living are a far more dangerous prospect, particularly to a woman in disguise as a man. A woman who can see spirits in a time when witches are hanged and who is working hard to gain the trust of the most ruthless, vicious man she has ever known because she intends to ruin and kill him. But when the gang discovers Matthew, Lord Bookham’s illegitimate brother, who has been trapped by a curse at the Manor ever since the doomed wedding, all Jamie’s carefully laid plans are sent spiralling out of control.





Kate Hardy: A Night to Remember

M&B True Love
Paperback and ebook
Feb 6

She can’t remember him…
But he can’t forget her!
Harry Moran spent the most amazing night of his life with Holly Weston, before she completely disappeared. Now, months later, Holly’s back– with a baby bump and amnesia! Could this handsome stranger be the key to uncovering the missing pieces of her memory… and her heart?





Alrene Hughes: The Girl from the Corner Shop

Family Saga/Historical Romance
Head of Zeus
6 February 2020

WW2 Manchester: Newlyweds Helen and Jim Harrison have big plans to leave the family shop and set up home together. But when Jim is tragically killed in an air raid, Helen is heartbroken; her life in ruins.
Battling grief and despair, Helen resolves to escape her domineering mother and rebuild her shattered world. Wartime Manchester is a dangerous place, besieged by crime and poverty. So when Helen joins the Women’s Auxiliary Police Corps, working with evacuees, the destitute and the vulnerable, she finds a renewed sense of purpose. She’s come a long way from the corner shop, but there’s still something missing in her heart. Is Helen able to accept love and happiness and find the courage to change her life?





A. C. Williams: Wings of a Nightingale

Pocket Novel No. 1997
My Weekly – DC Thomson
6th Feb 2020

It’s early in World War 2 when pretty Australian Nurse, Pauline Newton, arrives at Killymoor Hall, a makeshift military hospital in Lancashire, She soon realises that there are secrets and Nazi saboteurs there. Realising the danger to her fellow nurses and patients, she is determined to help the local officer in charge and his offsider, Sergeant Keith Tennyson, to discover who the spies are and prevent a disaster at a nearby airfield in Blackpool.



Kate Field: A Dozen Second Chances

Contemporary women’s fiction
One More Chapter
6 February 2020

What are the chances that twelve little tokens could change a life?
Seventeen years ago, Eve Roberts had the wonderful life she’d always dreamed of: a degree in archaeology, a gorgeous boyfriend, and exciting plans to travel the world with him, working on digs. But when her sister Faye died, the life Eve knew ended too. Faye’s daughter Caitlyn came to live with Eve, her boyfriend left, and she quickly gave up on her dreams.
Now approaching her fortieth birthday, Eve faces the prospect of an empty nest as Caitlyn is leaving home. Caitlyn gives Eve a set of twelve ‘Be Kind to Yourself’ vouchers, telling her she has to start living for herself again and that she should fill one in every time she does something to treat herself. With her very first voucher, Eve’s life will change its course. But with eleven more vouchers to go, can Eve learn to put herself first and follow the dreams she’s kept secret for so long? Because life is for living – and as she well knows, it’s too short to waste even a moment…



Giulia Skye: When Adam Met Evie

Contemporary Romance
eBook and paperback
7th Feb 2020

When former Olympic Swimmer, Michael Adams—now reluctantly Canada’s hottest reality TV star— insults his fake showbiz wife on social media, he escapes the ensuing scandal and jumps on the first flight to Australia. Desperate to experience ordinary life again—if only for a few weeks—he becomes “Adam”, just another tourist travelling through the Outback. But with a reward out for his safe return and his fame’s nasty habit of catching up with him when he least expects, he needs a disguise… and he’s just found it. Sweet and scruffy British backpacker, Evie Blake, is taking a year out of her busy London life. Tired of lies and liars, she’s looking for an adventure to heal her broken heart. So when the hot Canadian she meets at the campground offers to be her travel partner through Western Australia’s wild Kimberley region, she grabs the chance, unaware he’s got the world out looking for him. He’s just a down-on-his-luck traveller, right?




Cass Grafton: The Cottage in a Cornish Cove

Contemporary Upbeat Romance
Tabby Cow Press
Paperback and eBook
11th February 2020

Anna loved her childhood holidays in Cornwall. When a chance arises for a fresh start, she relocates to Polkerran and is soon swept off her feet by an old crush. Loving her new life, and her job with a reclusive but often exasperating writer, the stars are finally aligned for her wishes to come true. But a shocking discovery reveals Anna is living a dream that isn’t hers to hold. As she struggles to resolve the situation who will come to her aid and who can she trust with her future happiness?




Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead: The Dishevelled Duke

m/m contemporary
11th February

Will a photographer be swept off his feet by a duke who’s more dishevelled than dashing? It’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s Billy last shift at the café. His photography career never took off, so it’s time to leave London, parcel up the leftover heart-shaped cakes and head home.
Rumpled Charlie is Billy’s favourite customer, so when he turns up at closing time with a mysterious gift and the offer of a whirlwind trip on the London Eye, Billy can’t say no. As the snow falls over London and the big wheel grinds to a halt, Billy discovers that wishes aren’t just for Christmas.




Lizzie Page: The Forgotten Girls

Historical Fiction (WW2)
Paperback and E-book
Feb 13th 2020

Two women from very different times, linked by a single, powerful photograph of two lost little girls. A moving tale of love and the power of hope in war’s darkest moments, inspired by an incredible true story.
London, 1943. Elaine Parker works as a clerical assistant for the government, transcribing letters from POWs hoping to find secret messages to help the war effort. Danger is all around, but dancing and revelry go on behind blackout curtains each night. One evening, Elaine meets famous war photographer Robert Capa and is immediately drawn to him and the haunting photos he takes. Their connection feels so strong, but Bobby’s work is risky, and Elaine has growing troubles of her own at home… while war grips her country, can she afford the price she is being asked to pay for happiness? Present-day. Even the kiss of warm sunshine and the musical call of birds at her family’s countryside villa can’t make forty-four-year-old Jen forget the doomed marriage she’s left behind. That is until her brother investigates the origins of a tattered family photograph: two sweet little girls gazing out across a sparkling bay, their eyes clear and hopeful – looking for all the world as if they hadn’t witnessed the most terrible war to ever touch England. What is the story behind the picture, and could it finally be the key to mending the cracks in Jen’s own past?




Caroline James: Hattie Goes to Hollywood

Cosy Crime
The Publish Hub
Ebook & Paperback
14th February 2020

When recently bereaved Hattie Mulberry inherits her aunt’s dilapidated cottage in the village of Hollywood in Cumbria, she envisages a quiet life. But retired hotelier Hattie is bored and when her neighbour asks her to investigate a suspicious suicide, Hattie’s career takes a new direction and H&H Investigations is born. During the hottest summer on record, Hattie discovers there have been three recent suicides in Hollywood and she determines to find out why. Temperatures rise as she throws herself into village life and, with mischief and shenanigans aplenty, Hattie has her work cut out. But will she establish the truth?




Jessica Thorne: Mageborn

Fantasy Romance
EBook, Audiobook, Print
18th February


(The Hollow King, Book 1)
A dark and addictive fantasy read for fans of Graceling and Sarah J. Maas. The life of an orphan soldier becomes entwined with that of the mysterious heir to the throne, whose very presence draws out the secret magic living inside her: a magic that breaks every law she is duty-bound to uphold…





Diane Saxon: Copycat

Psychological Thriller
Kindle, Paperback, Audio
Boldwood Books
18th February 2020

Is he still out there?
Brand new psychological crime from the author of The Keeper.
When a beautiful, red-haired nurse’s body is found mutilated in her house in Lawley the morning after a date with Detective Constable Ryan Downey, all eyes turn to him. With a very specific modus operandi, Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan and her team know exactly who the offender is, the trouble is he’s serving a life stretch in HMP Long Lartin.
It soon becomes evident to DS Morgan and her team that there may be a copycat killer is on the loose. In a race against time, they need to track down the copycat and discover who is pulling whose strings?




Jessica Redland: New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms

Contemporary Romance
Boldwood Books
eBook, Paperback, Audio
20th February 2020 Audio version 17th March 2020

Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Book 2 Sometimes love can bloom where you least expect it…
For Sarah Peterson, it’s time for a change. Coming out of a dead-end relationship and having had enough of city life, she just needs to escape and have a fresh start – a new job, a new home and a new lifestyle. So when her Auntie Kay unexpectedly offers her the opportunity to take over her flower shop, Seaside Blooms, the timing could not be more perfect. She could escape to the beautiful seaside town of Whitsborough Bay, start a new chapter in her life – and learn how to run a business! But, as she packs up her life in London, she isn’t prepared for the discovery of a clairvoyant reading that’s been missing for twelve years. All the predictions have come true, except one: she’s about to meet the man of her dreams. Oh, and his name is Steven… As she prepares for the biggest move of her life, Sarah can’t help but wonder if Seaside Blooms could be a new beginning for love too? A warm, uplifting novel of love, friendship and destiny from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland. New Beginnings at Seaside Blooms is a new, revised and updated edition of a novel previously published as Searching For Steven.




Jessica Redland: Finding Hope at Lighthouse Cove

Contemporary Romance
Boldwood Books
eBook, Paperback, Audio
20th February 2020 Audio version 17th March 2020

Welcome to Whitsborough Bay Book 3 When it feels like everything is against you, sometimes you just need a little bit of hope…
Married to her childhood sweetheart for over twelve years, Elise feels like starting a family is the next natural step. However, her husband, Gary, has other ideas… Suddenly single, Elise is heartbroken and struggling to start over on her own. But when she’s enlisted to be a bridesmaid to her best friend, Sarah, she has to put on a brave face, put her own feelings aside and find a way to get over Gary. Fast. So when she meets handsome, recently divorced Daniel, she thinks he could be just what she needs. But why can’t she shake the feeling that he must be too good to be true?Will she ever be able to take that leap and trust again?
An uplifting read of love, loss and finding yourself from top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland.
This book was previously published as Getting Over Gary




Tracy Baines: The Variety Girls

WW2 Saga
paperback, ebook and audio
Ebury Press
20th February 2020

Even with the country at war, the show must go on…
When aspiring singer Jessie Delaney is cast as one of the Variety Girls in a new show at the Empire Theatre. She hopes this will be the new beginning she’s been longing for since the tragic death of her father. But following her dreams onstage will mean being separated from sweetheart Harry. As she starts her new job, it’s not long before she forms a close-knit friendship with Frances and Dolly, although the girls soon find that life in the theatre isn’t always glamorous. And with the country on the brink of war, everyone is facing an uncertain future. Can friendship help Jessie through the challenges ahead?



Liz Fielding: Their Doorstep Baby

Contemporary Romance 3-in-1
Mills and Boon
23 January 2020



Grace McAllister thought being a surrogate for her sister was what she wanted until she clashes with Josh Kinglsey over the pregnancy. Josh is carrying his own secrets for wanting to stop the surrogacy, but when tragedy strikes can he be there for Grace and finally find the family he desperately wants?





Audrey Harrison: Lady Edith’s Lonely Heart

Regency Romance
ebook and paperback
Indie published
26th February

Book 1 of the Lonely Hearts series
A dashing tale of romance from a bestselling author of Regency Romance.
She is under pressure to find a husband she doesn’t want.
He keeps to the fringes of society because of family constraints.
Will the written word be enough to bring two lost souls together?
Lady Edith Longdon is an heiress, in danger of being classed a spinster, and disillusioned with the fops, dandies, and fortune hunters surrounding her in society. Deciding it’s time to take her future into her own hands, she devises a foolproof way of finding someone she can love. She’s convinced nothing could go wrong…  Lord Ralph Pensby, overwhelmed by a sense of obligation, and with no one, he can turn to, is adrift from those around him…
Two people are drawn together, both on a journey which will affect them in ways they could never have foreseen. Secret correspondence, mistrust and confusion, not to mention cads of the highest order, make this novel a fast-paced, heart-warming story, with appealing characters and a strong sense of time and place. Perfect for lovers of all things Regency.





Audrey Harrison: Miss King’s Rescue

Regency Romance
ebook and paperback
Indie published
26th February

Book 2 of the Lonely Hearts series
She is under threat and turns
He’s a war hero but damaged. He can’t allow anyone to get close.
Miss Susan King is an heiress who doubts her own worth because of the treatment of her family. She can’t turn to them when she faces danger and as a result, is at the mercy of fortune hunters. Lord Miles Longdon, has returned from fighting in Spain, America and France. Outwardly, he’s the same person who left the shores of England many years before, but he’s a changed man. His nights are haunted by the sights he’s seen and the people he’s lost. Can two damaged people work together to have their own happy ever after? Or are they doomed to remain alone?
Complex characters brought together in a fast-paced Regency Romance. Characters who first appear in Lady Edith’s Lonely Heart get their own story in Miss King’s Rescue.




Greta Sykes: The Defeat of Gilgamesh

Historical Fiction
paperback and ebook
Austin Macauley
End of February

The novel presents the early Mesopotamian’s rich and egalitarian civilisation by telling the adventurous story of two women as they travel from their home town to the then capital, Uruk. They meet the hero Gilgamesh and a battle ensues.



Gwen Kirkwood: Moorland Mist

Family Saga
Publisher Joffe Books
e-book January 2020 (originally in Hardback by Hale Ltd 2015)

Book 1 At fourteen Emma Greig starts work as a maid at Bonnybrae Farm. She is nervous and tearful, knowing nothing of the world beyond the village school. Maggie, the eldest of the Sinclair family, is kind and patient. Her brothers Jim and William tease Emma but show her how to milk the cows. Their mother is haughty and objects to her family’s friendship with a maid. When a bond develops between William and the young maid Emma is dismissed and William is banished from the farm he loves.





Historical Romance
9 January 2020

A gorgeous and deeply absorbing story’ TRACY REES
A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
London, 1917 When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter. Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth. Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.
As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?



Catherine Miller: The Day that Changed Everything

eBook, Paperback
17th January 2020

When you lose the love of your life, how do you find yourself again?
For Tabitha, the day that changed everything started like any other.
She woke up, slid her feet into fluffy slippers, wrapped herself in a dressing gown and tiptoed out of her bedroom, leaving her husband Andy sleeping. Downstairs, she boiled the kettle and enjoyed a cup of tea as the sun rose. Upstairs, Andy’s alarm sounded, and Tabitha took him a freshly brewed coffee, like every other morning. Except today, the incessant beeping rang out and her husband hadn’t stirred. She called his name, she nudged his shoulder. But Andy wouldn’t wake up.
Three years later Tabitha is trying her hardest to get by in the shadow of her grief. She may have lost the love of her life, but she won’t give up on the family they dreamed of. Fostering troublesome teenage girls and a newborn baby is a chance to piece together her broken heart.
But being a mother isn’t easy, and neither is healing the heartache she carries around. After losing everything, could saving these three children help Tabitha save herself too?




Traditionally published
One More Chapter
Ebook on 17 January 2020. Paperback: 2 April.

Two sisters. They couldn’t be more different.
Eve, the mature and sensible one. Sarah, headstrong and eager for a taste of life.
When Eve brings a new face home for the holidays, Sarah does something that will change both of their lives forever. Something that Eve can never forget – or forgive.
But life won’t keep them apart forever and decades later, one of them will have to choose whether to put the past behind her or to hold on to hate forever…




Annie Burrows: The Scandal of the Season

Regency Romance
Mills & Boon
paperback and ebook
Jan 23rd

Her name is ruined.
But her heart is untouched!
Having saved Cassandra Furnival from scandal once before, it shouldn’t have surprised Colonel Nathaniel Fairfax that she was now attempting to lay siege to the Ton’s eligible bachelors! Determined to thwart her plans, he’s as astounded by her defiance as by her beauty. But nothing shocks the jaded soldier more than discovering her innocence. Restoring her reputation is set to bring about the scandal of the season!





Susan Willis: His Wife’s Secret

Psychological Suspense
Ebook & Paperback


When David meets old school-friend Erin again, he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But in a small village, people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour changes in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?




Margaret Kaine: A Life of Secrets
Romantic Historical Fiction
Hardback and ebook
Allison & Busby                                                                                               23 January 2020
Deploring social injustice, Lady Deborah Claremont opens a staff agency, concealing the fact that she’s a member of the aristocracy. But Deborah has become accustomed to keeping secrets. It began eight years ago in 1918 when her dashing French lieutenant was tragically killed. Amid an undercurrent of social unrest and with the General Strike looming ahead, Deborah meets two very different men, handsome Theodore Field, MP and the charismatic union firebrand Evan Morgan. Deborah is torn between her feelings for Theo and the magnetism between herself and Evan. But then she is astounded by a mystery, one she is desperate to solve. And when its explosive secret is revealed she discovers that she has been both manipulated and betrayed…




New Releases are brought to you every month by Sheila Riley, author of The Orphan Daughter. The second novel in her Reckoner’s Row series will be published this year. A member of the Romantic Novelists Association since 2003 and The Society of Authors. Published by Boldwood Books, Sheila is represented by Felicity Trew at The Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.