Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: June 2018

1 June 2018


Jan Jones: A Rational Proposal

Historical Romance


Independently published

19 April 2018

When spirited Verity Bowman is left a sizeable legacy by her uncle on condition that she spends six months “in a wholly rational manner”, neither she nor her long-suffering attorney Charles Congreve have any idea where it will lead them. Nor, it has to be said, does anyone else. Set in Newmarket and London, ‘A Rational Proposal’ is the fifth Newmarket Regency by Jan Jones and the first in the Furze House Irregulars series featuring women of spirit, women of courage, women who don’t see why, in this male-dominated Regency era, they should not also play their part in bringing wrong-doers to justice.


Louise Allen: The Youngest Dowager

Historical romance



1 May 2018

Lucian Southwood returns from the West Indies, attends the funeral of an estranged cousin – and discovers he is the new Earl of Longminster. Not only that but his resemblance to his cousin is so close that Marissa, the widow, faints at the sight of him. The attraction is instant and mutual, but a spectre from the past haunts Marissa and Marcus begins to doubt he will ever vanquish it and win her trust. The adventures of his headstrong young sister, the threats of Marissa’s father and the arrival in London of Marcus’s ex-mistress only make things worse before Marissa can make the leap of faith that might bring them together.


Charlie Cochrane: Pack Up Your Troubles


Williams and Whiting

Paperback, ebook

9 May 2018

Pack up Your Troubles features three stories of love won, lost and regained against a backdrop of war. This Ground Which Was Secured at Great Expense. An officer thinks he finds love in the trenches but is it really waiting for him on the home front? Hallowed Ground A doctor and an army chaplain spend the night in a foxhole and discover there’s hope even in the darkest situations. Music in the Midst of Desolation. And an old soldier discovers that there are romantic problems to solve even after you’ve cashed in your chips.


Emma Davies: Summer at the Little Cottage on the Hill

Contemporary Women’s Fiction

eBook, Paperback


30 May 2018

Take an endless stroll through wild meadows and breathe in the sweet aroma of flowers in full bloom. The first ever guest at the little cottage on the hill is looking for an escape, but her past is not far behind her… Thirty-two-year-old ‘ice queen’ Isobel slams the cottage door and pulls the curtains shut. She has just six weeks to practice for a secret project that could save her career, and no one must know she is here. When Tom, the local thatcher with eyes as blue and deep as the ocean, hears the sound of her violin on the breeze he feels a tug at his heart-strings that reminds him of happier times. Who is this mysterious new lodger, and why does she look so familiar? Desperate to find out more, Tom is devastated when Isobel refuses to enjoy everything the farm has to offer. He won’t give in, but just when it looks like Isobel is coming out of her shell, someone recognises her and the troubles from her past threaten to take away everything she has been working towards. Will the lessons Isobel learned at the little cottage help her to stand up and face the music? Will Tom ever find a way to unlock the emotion she needs to move on?


Rosemary Gemmell: Venetian Interlude

Contemporary Novella



1 June 2018

Will it be third time lucky for old friends, Scottish Livy and half-Italian Seb, when they unexpectedly arrive in Venice at the same time? Their lives have already diverged once after university, then a few years later after a friend’s wedding. Why should this interlude be any different? Apart from Livy’s realisation that he is the only man she can never forget.



Louise Allen: A Kiss Across Time (Book 2 of Time into Time series)

Timeslip mystery romance



1 June 2018

Cassandra Lawrence, technical translator and part-time Special Constable, survived one adventure in 1807 when the chance purchase of a miniature portrait of the Earl of Radcliffe catapulted her back in time – and into Lucian’s arms. Now she’s back again and this time Luc’s brother James is embroiled in the murder and suicide of two of his friends. The fact that they are all members of London’s hidden gay community only makes things more perilous – exposure could lead James to exile, the pillory or even the scaffold. And then there’s the problem of having an affair across two centuries – but what’s a girl to do when she’s falling head over heart for a man?


Margaret Mounsdon:  Island Magic

Contemporary romance

Thorpe Large Print – Traditional


1 June 2018

Can you trust a security guard who can dance the tango? Vanessa doesn’t have any choice. She must accept Lorenzo Talbot’s offer to be her partner as she has been duped into taking her sister’s place as dance hostess on a millionaire’s yacht in the Mediterranean and she doesn’t want to alert his suspicions. Things go from bad to worse when a when a valuable diamond ring goes missing, the subterfuge is discovered, and Vanessa finds she is the prime suspect. Will Lorenzo help prove her innocence, or does he have his own agenda?


Elaine Roberts: The Foyles Bookshop Girls

Historical Saga

Aria Digital, Head of Zeus


1 June 2018

London, 1914: one ordinary day, three girls working at London’s renowned Foyles bookshop. When war with Germany is declared, their lives will never be the same again… Alice has always been the ‘sensible’ one in her family – especially in comparison with her outspoken sister! However, against her father’s wishes, she accepts a job at Foyles Bookshop; for bookworm Alice, it’s a dream come true. With the country at war, Alice’s happy world is shattered. Determined to do what she can, Alice works in the bookshop by day and risks her own life driving an ambulance around bomb-ravaged London by night. However busy she keeps herself, she can’t help thinking of the constant danger facing her loved ones on the frontline… Alice, Victoria and Molly couldn’t be more different, yet they share a friendship stemming back to their childhood – a friendship providing everyday solace from the tribulations and heartbreak of war.


Annie O’Neil: One Night with Dr. Nikolaides

Medical Romance



1 June 2018

One night……that could change her life forever!

In this Hot Greek Docs story, when an earthquake hits the Greek island of Mythelios, Nurse Cailey Tomaras rushes to help—only to encounter childhood crush Dr Theo Nikolaides! As the trauma fades they find comfort between the sheets… But when Cailey realises the consequences of that she must prove to lone wolf Theo that he’d make the perfect dad.



Amanda James: The Calico Cat

Women’s Fiction

Bombshell Books

Paperback and E-book

3 June 2018

At thirteen, Lottie discovers a huge secret which her parents have kept from her, the impact of which proves to be life-changing. Because of the way Lottie’s mother handles the consequent fall-out, the two become distant. Lottie’s rejected by her mother and deemed troublesome, rude and willful. Ever since then, Lottie has struggled with fitting in and actively tries to be different from others. As an adult, Lottie decides to quit her teaching job and follow her dreams to become an artist. But will she succeed, and can she put her troubled past behind her? As Lottie embarks on a journey of self-discovery she will come to examine the importance of life, love and friendship.



Kitty Wilson: The Cornish Village School – Breaking the Rules.

Romantic comedy.



11 June 2018

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.


Julie Stock: Finding You (Jenna’s Story) (From Here to You Book 3)

Contemporary romance

Ebook novella

Independently published

12 June 2018

Finding You tells Jenna’s Story following on from the end of the first book in the series, From Here to Nashville.

Can love blossom despite all the obstacles in its way?

Jenna Andrews’ delight at welcoming her boyfriend, Will back from his business trip to Nashville is short-lived when he tells her that he now has to leave for Paris for the next few months. What with running her busy flower shop and developing wedding business, everything is conspiring to stop them being together. Will Thompson loves his job but hates the way it keeps taking him away from his girlfriend, Jenna. When he gets called back to Nashville again because of a family bereavement, he starts to think he and Jenna will never get to spend any time together. As the survival of their relationship becomes more at stake, Jenna and Will finally realise they need to put it before everything else in their lives if they want to be together forever. Are Jenna and Will determined enough to finally get their own happy ever after?


Kathryn Freeman: Oh Crumbs

Contemporary romance

Choc Lit (Traditional)


12 June 2018

Abby Spencer knows she can come across as an airhead – she talks too much and is a bit of a klutz – but there’s more to her than that. Though she sacrificed her career to help raise her sisters, a job interview at biscuit company Crumbs could finally be her chance to shine. That’s until she hurries in late wearing a shirt covered in rusk crumbs, courtesy of her baby nephew, and trips over her handbag. Managing director Douglas Faulkner isn’t sure what to make of Abby Spencer with her Bambi eyes and ability to say more in the half-hour interview than he manages in a day. She’s a breath of fresh air though and could bring a new lease of life to the stale corporate world of Crumbs. To his life too, if he’d let her. But Doug’s harbouring a secret. He’s not the man she thinks he is.


Juliet Archer: One Summer Weekend


Ruby Fiction


19 June 2018

One summer weekend can change everything …

Alicia Marlowe’s life as an executive coach is well under control – until she meets her new client, Jack Smith. Jack’s reputation precedes him, and Alicia knows immediately that he spells trouble. Not least because he reminds her of someone else – a man who broke her heart and made her resolve never to lower her guard again. Taking Jack on as a client is a risk, but one that Alicia decides to accept for the good of her career. As long as she keeps him in his place, she might just make it through unscathed. But Jack has other ideas – including a ‘business’ trip to the Lake District. One summer weekend with him is all it takes to put Alicia’s carefully organised world in a spin.


Anna Jacobs: Peace Comes to Honeyfield, #3 of Honeyfield series

Historical family/relationships

Allison & Busby (Trad)

Hardback and ebook

21 June 2018

Armistice Day, London, 1918.

Fiercely independent Georgie is tired of being told what’s best for her by men. When she defies her father’s wishes by going out into the peace festivities, she tries to help a woman being attacked and encounters Patrick, a gallant wounded ex-soldier looking for a new calling now that the fighting is done. But the war isn’t over for everybody. Enemy forces have infiltrated the bureau and sent her father into hiding. And they are coming for her too. Georgie knows there’s only one place where she’ll be safe: Honeyfield. But there are traitors in the bureau and she doesn’t know who she can trust. With Patrick in charge of her security detail, can she get to Honeyfield before her father’s enemies find her? And will she be reunited with her father, the only family she has left?


Madalyn Morgan: Chasing Ghosts

Romantic thriller

E-Book and Paperback

Independently Published

23 June 2018

Set in post WW2 Chasing Ghosts features Claire and Alain (Mitch) Mitchel from China Blue – the third book in The Dudley Sisters Saga. In many ways, Chasing Ghosts is a sequel, which can be read independently of China Blue and the other books in the saga. CHASING GHOSTS takes place in England, Canada, and France. At the end of 1949 after receiving treatment for shell shock in Canada, Claire’s husband disappears. Has Mitch left her for the woman he talks about in his sleep? Or is he on the run from accusations of wartime treachery? Claire goes to France in search of the truth, aided by old friends from the Resistance.


Tora Williams: Bound to Her Blood Enemy

Historical Romance

The Wild Rose Press

Ebook, paperback

25 June 2018

Norman heiress, Matilda Comyn is desperate to escape her grasping guardian and reclaim her inheritance. After a lifetime of being let down by men, she wants to rule her lands on her own terms. She can’t escape without help and battles her mistrust when compelled to join forces with a Welsh spy. Huw ap Goronwy has a rival claim to Matilda’s castle and has sworn a blood oath against the Comyns. When his king rules they must marry, he struggles to reconcile his attraction with his need for revenge. But they must form a truce if they are to seize their castle. Risking capture and death, they will only succeed if Matilda learns to trust, and Huw allows his love for Matilda to overcome his need for revenge.


Paula Martin: Irish Shadows

Contemporary Romance

Tirgearr Publishing (Indie)


27 June 2018

Rose Finlay has vowed never to give another man a chance to hurt her – until Liam McKenna arrives at Mist Na Mara Arts Centre in the west of Ireland to organise an anniversary celebration event. Liam has his own reasons for not wanting to embark on a new relationship, and both fight the mutual magnetic attraction. Shocks await them when Liam meets the boy his sister gave up for adoption twenty years earlier, and Rose’s ‘ex’ makes contact with her thirteen-year-old son. Rose also discovers a betrayal which has divided her family since the Irish Civil War in the 1920s. Will Liam and Rose be able to resolve all the shadows from the past in order to find a future together?


Bella Osborne: Coming Home to Ottercombe Bay

Romantic Comedy

Ebook and paperback

Avon, HarperCollins

28 June 2018

Daisy Wickens has returned to Ottercombe Bay, the picturesque Devon town where her mother died when she was a girl. She plans to leave as soon as her great uncle’s funeral is over, but Great Uncle Reg had other ideas. He’s left Daisy a significant inheritance – an old building in a state of disrepair, which could offer exciting possibilities, but to get it she must stay in Ottercombe Bay for twelve whole months. With the help of a cast of quirky locals, a few gin cocktails and a black pug with plenty of attitude, Daisy might just turn this into something special. But can she ever hope to be happy among the ghosts of her past?


Kate Johnson: Not Your Prince Charming

Romantic comedy/royal weddings


EBook & paperback

29 June 2018

Princess Eliza would much rather be doing the things normal girls do, like going to parties and meeting unsuitable men, but instead, she’s surrounded by bodyguards 24/7. Until she makes her escape…and disaster strikes! There’s no one more unsuitable than narcotics cop Xavier Rivera, but the Miami bad boy is the only person who can help the kidnapped princess. Lost in the Caribbean together, they’re going to need to depend on each other to survive. Being shipwrecked on a desert island turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to both of them. But will what happens on the island stay on the island.




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 as Annie Groves. She’s a member of the North West Chapter of the RNA and loves to catch up with writer friends at the regular Southport lunches.

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