Romantic Novelists' Association

New Releases: October 2019

30 September 2019



Diane Saxon: The Keeper

Psychological Crime Thriller
Boldwood Books
EBook, Paperback, Large Print, Audio
1st October 2019

‘Compulsive, addictive and gripping – a truly five star read! Diane Saxon is a name to look out for!’ Geraldine Hogan
A high adrenaline new psychological crime series, introducing Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Karen Rose and Mel Sheratt. Responding to reports of deadly screams in the Ironbridge Gorge, Detective Sergeant Jenna Morgan is first on the scene to investigate.
As the search intensifies, Jenna soon discovers her sister Fliss’s severely injured Dalmatian, Domino and the naked, tortured body of an unknown woman. Who is the dead woman and where is her sister Fliss?
‘A nail-biting psychological thriller you won’t forget in a hurry’ Cherry Adair




Laura K. Curtis: A Darker Shade

Ghost Story
River Hills Press
Ebook and Paperback
October 1. 2019

Molly Allworth has been in service since leaving college when her mother died. Still, her situation is getting desperate and when the agency offers her a position that sounds too good to be true, she cannot resist.
Soon she finds herself in a remote house in Maine, caring for a little girl who swore she saw her mother’s ghost…before she stopped speaking entirely. Nathaniel Prescott, the child’s father, thinks any belief in the supernatural is absurdly credulous. Molly’s history and heritage, however, have given her a wider view. There’s a significant bonus for Molly if she lasts the year. But as winter closes in and mysterious, often creepy events begin to occur, even her growing affection for Nathaniel and Liza may not be enough to make her stay.




Lindsay Townsend: A Summer Bewitchment

Historical Romance
Large Print and Audio
Linford large print

Battered crusader knight Magnus and his witch-wife Elfrida are happily married, but each has their own secret turmoil. Elfrida dreads that her difference in rank with Magnus will undermine his love for her, whilst Magnus fears his deep scars mean he will not be able to give Elfrida children. When high-born Lady Astrid appears, demanding their help in finding seven beautiful girls who have been kidnapped by a shadowy piper, Magnus and Elfrida must work together to save them in time – but what will the cost to their marriage be?




Jean Fullerton: A Ration Book Childhood

Kindle and Paperback
Oct 3rd 2019

With her family struggling amidst the nightly bombing raids in London’s East End, Ida Brogan is doing her very best to keep their spirits up. When Ida’s oldest friend Ellen returns to town in dire need of help, it is to Ida that she turns. But Ellen carries a secret, one that threatens the entire foundation of the Brogan family. Can Ida find a place in her heart for a little boy, one who will need a mother more than ever in these dark times?





Leah Fleming: The Olive Garden Choir

Contemporary Christmas Novel
Head of Zeus



Christmas with a difference on a Greek island…








Sasha Lane: Girl, Always and Forever

Romantic comedy
Sasha Lane
eBook and Paperback
eBook release 1st October, Paperback release 5th October

Emma is turning forty, and that’s when everything in life falls in to place, right? Apparently not.
As Emma moves into a beautiful new house with her lovely boyfriend, Joe, she feels that life couldn’t get more perfect. But perfection is short-lived as Emma’s friend’s relationships all start falling apart at the seams, with adultery and mid-life crisis wreaking havoc.
Joe is also given a promotion at work meaning he is away from home in London, leaving Emma alone and under pressure to keep everything together.
Joe’s new-found love for life in the big city, and his close relationship with his new work colleague, Karen, leave Emma questioning everything. Is she destined to follow in the footsteps of her friends, or will she and Joe stand the test of time? Hilarious, heart-warming and romantic! Will Emma find her happy ever after?




Lynda Stacey: The Fake Date

Psychological Thriller
Ruby Fiction
3rd October 2019

Nine hours and eleven minutes …
That’s how long it’s been since Ella Hope was beaten to within an inch of life and left for dead.
She lies, unable to move and praying for somebody to find her, as she counts down the minutes and wonders who could have hated her so much to have hurt her so badly.
Was it the man she went on a date with the previous evening, the man linked to the deaths of two other women? Or somebody else, somebody who wants her out of the picture so much they’re willing to kill?
Whoever it is, they will pay. All Ella has to do first is survive …





Heidi Swaine: The Christmas Wish List

Commercial fiction
Simon and Schuster
Paperback, ebook and audio
October 3rd

After being let go from her job in a swanky hotel just weeks before Christmas, Hattie is feeling lost. Even more so when her high-flying boyfriend announces he’s landed his dream job in Abu Dhabi and asks her to move with him. Luckily, Hattie’s long-time friend Dolly is on hand to help and invites Hattie to spend one last holiday in the small, festive town of Wynbridge, determined to give her a Christmas to remember . . .
Upon Hattie’s arrival, holiday preparations are in full swing. But for Hattie, whose Christmas cheer has long since run out, it’ll take more than mince pies and mistletoe to open her heart to the season once more. Relishing the task of reigniting Hattie’s Christmas spirit, Dolly suggests they create a wish list of all the things the season can offer, and with the helpful hands of Wynbridge’s resident handyman, Beamish, Hattie finds her frosty exterior is starting to thaw.
As Wynbridge prepares for its most spectacular Christmas yet, will Hattie leave snowy England behind for a life in a sunnier clime, or will she, in fact, realise that her heart’s desire lies much closer to home?




Sophie Clair: The Christmas Holiday

Women’s fiction/romance
Hodder & Stoughton
ebook & paperback
3rd October 2019

Can a trip away lead you home?
After a bad break-up, eternal optimist Evie Miller has moved to the small village of Willowbrook to finally pursue her dream of opening a craft shop. Unfortunately, with money worries and an ex-boyfriend determined to track her down, her fresh start isn’t going entirely to plan.
Jake Hartwood is also looking to escape his past. Haunted by the loss of his wife, he’s determined not to get close to anyone again – and the last thing he wants is to be celebrating this December. Hoping to avoid the festivities, Evie and Jake arrange to escape Christmas together as friends in Provence. But will the magic of the season change things between them?
And what happens if one of them starts to feel something more?





Margaret Mounsdon: The Eighth Child

Mystery Romance
Linford Romance Library
01 October 2019

Why is Posy Palmer the only person to be concerned when Iris Laxton disappears? As she delves into Iris’s past she becomes aware there was more to her old school friend than she realised. When strange things start happening to Posy the only person she can turn to for help is Sam Barrington, the charismatic ex-policeman who once accused her of wasting police time when a fellow she had reported missing subsequently turned up married to a glamorous new wife.





Rosemary Gemmell: Highcrag

Gothic Romantic Suspense
E-book (paperback to follow)
Now available

When Cate Stewart’s life falls apart, a job cataloguing the vast library at Highcrag on the Scottish east coast sounds perfect. Especially since she has a personal interest in the notorious Scottish witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth century.
But the house has a dark past that seems to affect the present. And an owner, Lyall Kinnaird, who unexpectedly stirs Cate’s damaged heart. As the Celtic festival of Samhain approaches, when the veil between the living and dead is thinnest, who can Cate trust?





Lucy Coleman: Snowflakes Over Holly Cove

Women’s contemporary/romance
Aria Fiction (Head of Zeus)
3 October 2019

As the snowflakes start to fall, Holly Cove welcomes a new tenant to the beautiful old cottage on the beach…
For lifestyle magazine journalist Tia Armstrong, relationships, as well as Christmas, have lost all their magic. Yet Tia is up against a Christmas deadline for her latest article ‘Love is, actually, all around…’
So, Tia heads to Holly Cove where the restorative sea air and rugged stranger, Nic, slowly but surely start mending her broken heart.
Tia didn’t expect a white Christmas, and she certainly never dared dream that all her Christmas wishes might just come true…
Set in Caswell Bay on the stunningly beautiful Gower Coast, the cottage nestles amid the limestone cliffs and the woodlands, where the emotions run as turbulently as the wind-swept sea.
As cosy as a marshmallow-topped mug of cocoa.





Samantha Tonge: The Christmas Calendar Girls

Contemporary Romance
Aria Fiction

Christmas is meant to be a time of giving, so with Chesterwood food bank under risk of closure, Fern knows just what to do to save it. She’s going
get the town to create a living advent calendar – with support from her best friends Davina and Cara who are facing their own challenges. And there’s help from Kit the new man in town. Can widow Fern find love again with him, despite his dark past?





Shari Low: The Last Day Of Winter

contemporary women’s fiction
ebook and paperback
3rd October

One December wedding. One runaway bride. One winter’s day to bring everyone together again.
Today is the day Caro and Cammy are due to walk up the aisle. But Caro’s too caught up in the trauma of her past to contemplate their happy ever after.
Stacey’s decision to return from L.A. is fuelled by one thing – telling Cammy how she feels, before it’s too late. Wedding planner, Josie, needs to sort the whole mess out, but she’s just been dealt some devastating news. Can she get through the day without spilling her secret?
On a chilly winter’s day, they have twenty-four hours to prove that love can lead the way to a brighter future…





Louise Rose-Innes: LOVEABLE ROGUE

Romantic Suspense (Military Romance)
Digital format
4 October 2019

When Jamie is sent to protect an oil rig in Seychelles from a
a growing pirate threat, the last thing he expects to find is love.
Penelope is a chemical engineer and one of the sexiest women Jamie has
ever met – and he’s met a few. What begins as a fling rapidly turns
into something more, until Penny gets cold feet and dumps him.
Determined to win her back, Jamie sets out to charm the pants off her,
but then the oil rig is attacked, and all his carefully laid plans go
up in smoke. Penny is on the oil rig to do a job, but she’s not averse to a little
fun too, especially with one of the hottest security contractors
onboard. When the heat intensifies, she backs off. A long-term
relationship, even with a man as gorgeous as Jamie, isn’t part of her
future. But then they get stranded on a deserted island together, and
Penny sees a different side to the loveable rogue – a side she could
easily fall in love with.





Mary Jayne Baker, Sophie Claire, Jacqui Cooper, Helena Fairfax, Kate Field, Melinda Hammond, Marie Laval, Helen Pollard, Angela Wren

Christmas at Miss Moonshine’s Emporium
Romance anthology
ebook and paperback
4 October 2019

When the magic of Christmas is just what you’re looking for…
There’s something magical about Miss Moonshine’s Wonderful Emporium, and at Christmas, she brings an added sparkle to the inhabitants of the pretty Yorkshire town of Haven Bridge. Customers who step over her threshold find an eccentric collection of gifts, but Miss Moonshine has a rare knack for providing exactly what they need: a strange Advent calendar whose doors give a glimpse of a happy ending; a vintage typewriter that types a ghostly message from Christmas past; a mirror in a silver case that reflects the person you’d like to be. Step inside Miss Moonshine’s quirky shop, and the thing you need most for Christmas will be right there, waiting for you…
Nine romantic novelists from Yorkshire and Lancashire, including best-selling and award-winning authors, have joined together to create this collection of uplifting festive stories guaranteed to warm your heart. This intriguing mix of historical and contemporary romances will make you laugh, cry, and believe in the magic of Christmas.





Ruby Moone: Loving Daniel

Gay Romance
Self Published

Twelve years ago, Daniel McCafferty walked away from the man he loved without a backward glance. He threw himself into his father’s vicious empire as the son of one of the most notable criminals in Manchester. Forced to deny who he was, who he loved, he buried himself in work and drink. Christian’s life is steady. He has a good business, good friends, but he’s never had a lasting relationship. Second cousin to Daniel, they fell hard for each other over one hot summer. When Christian needed him the most, Daniel walked away. It broke something inside him. Over the last year, Christian asked Daniel for help with a lowlife named Bryce. Daniel gave it. Unstintingly. When Daniel’s father dies unexpectedly, Christian stands by him. Offers him comfort. But when Bryce rears his ugly head again, and Christian is in grave danger, Daniel whisks him away to Europe. Away from normality, Daniel and Christian are thrown together in the heat of the Mediterranean sun. Daniel’s walls tumble, and for the first time he thinks that just maybe, it can work. All he has to do is keep secret the real reason he left Christian.





Susan Willis: Fun-Size Tales of Love & Family.

Short Stories
Self-Published – Amazon
Date – 6.9.19

Ten Short Reads.
Not much time to read? Forgot Your Magazine? 15 minute reads in your lunch break or on the journey home
From Angela arranging to meet her hubby at The Eiffel Tower, to Paul trying to win his ex-wife back with a Romantic Picnic, I’m sure you’ll enjoy these short reads. Find Annette in A Charity Shop discovering a locket and June struggling to understand Her New daughter-in-law. Carol has a spooky cat, called, Cordelia and a witch’s hat but will it stop Him Getting Married Today? Two Christmas stories find Ellen making A Christmas Album for her sister, and Marian rescuing The Christmas Angel. There’s a love or family story for everyone





Jen Gilroy: The Wishing Tree in Irish Falls

Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Format: eBook
Date of publication: 9 October 2019

Sometimes happily ever after is only a wish away . . .
There’s a wishing tree in Irish Falls. The bits of paper tied to its gnarled branches hold the hopes and dreams of everyone in town . . . except Annie Quinn.
Single mom Annie has spent years rebuilding her life and trying not to have regrets. After giving up her dream of music stardom, she returned to her Adirondack hometown—and convinced herself she’s content with a simpler life. The last thing she needs is a man to remind her of the heartbreak she left behind. A divorced dad, Seth Taggart used to be a successful LA songwriter. But now his reputation is in tatters, he’s burnt-out and estranged from his adult son. Inheriting a small-town radio station just might be the do-over he needs.
Although he always planned to go back to LA, when working with Annie turns into sharing music and more, Seth realizes second chances—and home—are where he least expects.




Fenella J Miller: A Wedding for the Spitfire Girl

WW2 saga
Aria Head of Zeus
ebook/ pb
10th October
An emotional historical fiction that tells the story of friendship, camaraderie and triumph over adversity.







Elaine Roberts: Christmas At The Foyles Bookshop

Aria, Head of Zeus
10th October 2019

With the war raging on, can there be peace, love and joy this Christmas?
London, 1917. After her parents died in a tragic accident, Victoria did everything she could to keep her siblings safe and off the streets. Working at the Foyles Bookshop with her best friends is a dream come true – but now the war has put everything she holds dear in danger.
With her brother fighting on the frontline, Victoria wants to do her part. Little does she know that volunteering to spend time with injured soldiers at Endell Street Military Hospital will reward her in ways she could never have imagined. There are family secrets to uncover, along with love, once lost but never forgotten. This Christmas, all the Foyles girls want is their loved ones back safe and sound…





Jules Wake: Notting Hill in the Snow

Contemporary Romance
One More Chapter
11 October 2019

It’s mayhem in Bethlehem…unless they can work together!
Viola Smith plays the viola in an orchestra (yes really!), but this year she’s been asked to stretch her musical talents to organising Notting Hill’s local nativity.
Nate Williams isn’t looking forward to Christmas but as his small daughter, Grace, has the starring role in the show, he’s forced to stop being a Grinch and volunteer with Viola. With the sparks between them hotter than the chestnuts roasting in Portobello market, Nate and Viola can’t deny their feelings. And as the snow starts to fall over London, they find themselves trapped together in more ways than one…




Katie Ginger: Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage

Contemporary Romance
HQ Digital
11th October

On a grey, London day, Esme’s world crumbles around her when she loses her glitzy job on a top TV programme, her gorgeous, city-slicker boyfriend and her stunning apartment, all in one fell swoop just before Christmas.
Everything is looking bleak until she reconnects with an old crush and finds herself unexpectedly getting swept away. But Joe, handsome and charming as he is, has a tragic past which he might not be able to overcome…
Surrounded by her loving, if harebrained, family and with the support of her hilarious friends, Esme is determined to have a go at forging her own path, even if it all comes to nothing. But one question still lingers in her mind: will she find someone to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas?





Eleanor Harkstead: The Low Road

m/m paranormal romance short
15th October

One night in the pouring rain, Alex stops on Gallows Hill to pick up a hitch-hiker. But when the hitch-hiker vanishes from the passenger seat, Alex fears for his sanity. Then he discovers that Gallows Hill is a place filled with ghosts—of smugglers, witches and highwaymen. And a young, tragic hitch-hiker named Joe.
When Joe appears again on Gallows Hill, Alex dares to hope they can cheat both time and death. But how can there be a future for them when Joe is trapped in a few minutes of a rainy night forty years before?





Jackie Ladbury: Happy Christmas Eve

Contemporary Romance
Ruby Fiction
October 15th

All I want for Christmas is you … or you?
Eve Halligan is back in her hometown for Christmas after a whirlwind few years touring with her band, the Molotovs. A lot has changed since she left, but two things have stayed the same. One: Eve is head-over-heels in love with Lucien Malikov, the Molotovs’ bad boy lead singer. Two: Lucien is completely indifferent to her. Still, Eve dreams that this could be the Christmas where she convinces Lucien that they’re made for each other. But when childhood friend and local caterer Theo Wright comes back into her life bringing with him festive cupcake and sausage roll conundrums, Eve begins to question whether her Christmas dreams have been wasted on the wrong man.





Merryn Allingham: Murder at Melstock: a Christmas mystery

Fabrian Books

Christmas in Melstock is a quiet affair – at least it always has been.
But this Christmas Eve, heiress Harriet Findlay is determined to marry against her family’s wishes. Then her sweetheart, Joshua Honeywell, disappears, seemingly into thin air, and Harriet is left distraught.
Yet worse is to come. At her father’s funeral, she makes a dreadful discovery – and it won’t be the last. Suddenly, at every turn, Harriet is faced with danger. Doubting everything and everyone around her, can she
uncover the evil lurking beneath Melstock’s placid surface? And how shocking will the truth turn out to be?





Emma Davies: The Little Shop on Silver Linings Street

Contemporary Romance
ePub and PB

Twenty-five-year-old Daisy Turner has worked at Buchanan’s Family Jewellers since the day she finally escaped her troubled home. With a unique talent for matching the perfect piece of jewellery to any romantic milestone, she painstakingly polishes each stunning creation every morning and safely locks them away each night, longing for the day she’ll have a love story to call her own…
But everything changes one day in December when the owner announces she is retiring. She will leave the shop to whichever of her three sons creates the perfect piece of Christmas jewellery for Daisy.
In danger of losing the job that once saved her, Daisy is catapulted out of her comfort zone as each of the brothers sweeps her off her feet to find out what her heart truly desires. Between ice-skating, starlight shopping and cosy candle-lit dinners, it’s only handsome and guarded youngest brother Kit who really seems to be listening. Because Daisy has a secret. Every night, when the shop closes, she lays out her tools in neat rows and creates sparkling designs of her own… As Christmas Day approaches, Daisy’s growing feelings for Kit fill her with a confidence she never knew she had. But as the brothers present their elaborate gemstone masterpieces, she’s in for the shock of her life… Was Kit using her to get ahead in the competition all along? Or has he truly worked out the one thing she has always longed for?
They say all good things come in small packages, but the best things don’t need wrapping at all…




Karen King: Single All The Way

Contemporary romance
ebook and print
28 October

I can see my mother is calling me. I answer the phone, knowing I’ll have to tell her about Oliver and me breaking up. But before I can, she announces, ‘I don’t exactly know how to tell you this… But I’m leaving your dad.’
Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart – from a love story that seems a lifetime ago…
Meg and Sally find they’re getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers. Sometimes, it’s being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good…
An escapist, romantic and heart-warming novel for fans of One Day in December and No One Cancels Christmas.




Lucy Keeling: Make It Up To You

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: Choc Lit
Format: ebook and audio
Date of Publication: 17th September 2019

What do mascara wands and gardening shears have in common? Absolutely nothing! At least that’s what wannabe beauty influencer Sophie Timney thinks when her friend Polly suggests involving her brother Marcus in Sophie’s make-up tutorials. She needs more views, Marcus needs promotion for his gardening business – in Polly’s mind joining forces will help them both. Sophie isn’t so sure.
Because Marcus Bowman has a habit of getting under her skin in a way that no exfoliating face scrub ever could. But, as the views and comments on her videos begin creeping up, it becomes increasingly obvious that Sophie’s subscribers like Marcus, and what’s even worse is that Sophie might be starting to feel the same way …




Lynda Stacey: Keeper of Secrets

Ruby Fiction
22nd October 2019

Should some secrets stay buried?
For as long as Cassie Hunt can remember her Aunt Aggie has spoken about the forgotten world that exists just below their feet, in the tunnels and catacombs of the Sand House. The story is what inspired Cassie to become an archaeologist. But Aggie has a secret that she’s buried as deep as the tunnels and when excavation work begins on the site, Cassie is the only one who can help her keep it. With the assistance of her old university friend, Noah Flanagan, she puts into action a plan to honour Aggie’s wishes. It seems the deeper Noah and Cassie dig, the more shocking the secrets uncovered – and danger is never far away, both above and below the ground…





Mel Gough: Their Special Agent

Reverse Harem romance/mystery
ebook and PoD
24 October 2019

A murder. Three gorgeous men. One choice – Do your job, or follow your heart?
On the eve of the Thistle Hearts reunion tour, the rock band’s manager is found murdered. When Special Agent Carrie McDonald arrives to assist with the investigation, the band has mixed emotions about the involvement of the FBI. Jay, Lou and Corey have everything riding on a successful comeback, and their manager’s violent death has thrown them into turmoil. The last thing they need is the wrong kind of press. As Carrie delves into the case, the band’s complex history of desire and tragedy emerges. Their shared passion intrigues and excites her, and gradually, the men open up and draw her into their ménage. But a killer is on the loose, and he’s not yet done with Thistle Hearts.
Can Carrie prevent another brutal crime and protect the men who offer her a future beyond her wildest dreams?




Francesca Capaldi: That’s Amore

Contemporary Romance
Pocket Novel
DC Thomson
31st October 2019

Anna Dunlop joins an Italian class to fulfil a long-held desire to learn the language. Her emotions are thrown into turmoil when her old teen crush, Dante Buonarotti, turns up to the class and proves a favourite. But as several secrets and underhand deals are revealed, Anna wonders if Dante’s the nice boy he used to be…




Gwen Kirkwood: Love Has No Borders
Romaunce Publishing.
September 2019

This is the fifth and last in the Moor Novels Series. The war is over and we have moved on to the third generation of Sinclairs with a big surprise for the Laird and his tenants, as well as bringing together the younger generation with a satisfying conclusion.






Rhoda Baxter: Belonging by Rhoda Baxter

Contemporary romance
Independently published
(e-book, paperback, audio etc): Ebook. Paperback to follow.
17 September

She’s grieving her lost love. He’s searching for his lost niece. Can attraction overcome family loyalty in this enemy to lovers romance?
Hiding away in a tiny Yorkshire village, Harriet is grieving for her lost love. His family won’t talk to her and she can’t move on from his death. All changes when his daughter, Niamh, turns up on her doorstep, needing a sympathetic ear.
Tim thinks Harriet broke up his sister’s marriage all those years ago. His sister’s enemies are his enemies. When his niece runs away to Harriet’s house, he knows he has to get her back before his sister finds out. But that means talking with Harriet. As they work together to console Niamh and get her home safely, Tim and Harriet become increasingly attracted to each other. But with attraction comes guilt.
Can they overcome their respective loyalties and give in to love?



New Releases are brought to you every month by Sheila Riley, author of The Orphan Daughter, published by Boldwood Books. Sheila has been a member of the RNA since 2004 and is represented by Felicity Trew at the Caroline Sheldon         Literary Agency.