Thursday, February 2, 2012

February Releases

The February releases of RNA members.....

Jean Fullerton HOLD ON TO HOPE
Orion Fiction
Trade Paperback
16th February

Kate Ellis learnt the hard way that falling in love with the wrong man could be your undoing. It was nine years ago that she fell for the charms of Freddie Ellis, only to discover his criminal ways. With her husband in prison, Kate has fought hard to give her two children everything they could need. But now Freddie is back and threatens to destroy everything she has worked for. Captain Jonathan Quinn has resigned from the army after the needless death of too many of his men. But when his father disowns him and his fiancée breaks their engagement, Jonathan finds himself in desperate need of work. Accepting a friend's proposal of acting as headmaster at a local school, Jonathan is determined to leave the army behind and turn his life around. When Kate and Jonathan's paths cross, the attraction is instant. But with Kate still a married woman, they know it can never be. As Kate grows more distant, Jonathan finds solace in the arms of another woman, and Kate is left to wonder if she will ever find true love again...

Bantam Press
16th February 2012

July 1575
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, arrives at Kenilworth Castle amid pomp, fanfare and a wealth of lavish festivities, laid on by the Earl of Leicester. The hopeful Earl knows this is his very last chance to persuade the Queen to marry him. 

But despite his attachment to the Queen and his driving ambition to be her King, Leicester is unable to resist the seductive wiles of Lettice, wife of the Earl of Essex. And soon whispers of their relationship start spreading through the court.

Enraged by the adulterous lovers growing intimacy, Elizabeth employs Lucy Morgan, a young black singer and court entertainer, to spy on the couple. But Lucy, who was raised by a spy in London, uncovers far more than she bargains for. 

For someone at Kenilworth that summer is plotting to kill the queen. No longer able to tell friend from foe, it is soon not only the queen who is in mortal danger - but Lucy herself.

1st February 2012
Falling for the forbidden warrior…Once a slave, maidservant Katerina has promised to convince Commander Ashfirth Saxon that she is an Imperial princess, but the longer she  keeps up the deception, the less she wants to deceive him…

Musa Publishing
24 February 2012

Drawn into international espionage by navy officer Edwin Hardie, Lucy Mainwaring is advised by her diplomat uncle, who is Hardie’s superior, to accept Edwin’s marriage proposal. Believing the offer, although honourable, is made without true affection, she refuses him but agrees to get to know him better during an Atlantic voyage to a peace conference in America. They embark on RMS Titanic, but who will reach New York?

Safkhet Publishing
1st February
£6.99, $9.99 
Mix romantic comedy and step-by-step cooking instructions. Bake at 200 degrees for an entertaining read and handy guide.
She's a single. He's a widower. She wants him. He wants her. She wants to impress. So does he. There's just one catch – she can't cook. To get him, she needs to get past the big fish – his mother. Lucky her, she's got an Ace up her sleeve and all she's got to do is impress this one time. Bad luck, though, her new guy can't cook either, her dog Rambo is on the loose and now they've got to pull off the big lunch at the club. Will it be a match made in heaven? Will they be able to pull off a culinary miracle? Will their combined efforts result in love at first bite? Or is it simply a Recipe for Disaster?

 Samhain Publishing
21st February 2012
Drifter Leon quickly regrets accepting a ride from a handsome
stranger—who turns out to be a werewolf. But he's not the only one
who's made a mistake, and soon both of them are running for their
lives from the rest of the pack.

Linford Romance Linbrary
Annabel had disappeared after going to meet the woman who, she'd just discovered, was her natural mother... However, when her sister Jo travels to Somerset to try and find her, she must follow a trail of lies and deceit. The events of the past and the present have become dangerously entangled. And she discovers, to her cost, that for some people in the tiny village of Neston Parva, old loyalties remain fierce and strangers are not welcome...'

Freda Lightfoot ANGELS AT WAR
Magna Large Print
1 February
Two years have passed since Livia and her sisters suffered at the hands of their brutal father. Livia is set to marry Jack Flint but still dreams of running the neglected drapery business. Standing in her way is wealthy, determined Matthew Grayson. As her problems with Jack worsen, Livia finds it increasingly difficult to resist his charms.

Allison and Busby
February 2012
1920 and there is civil war in Russia. Young Lydia Kirillova is separated from her family and the only clue to her identity is the opulent jewel concealed in her petticoat; the Kirilov Star. Adopted by Sir Edward Stoneleigh, a British diplomat, she grows up in England, but the pull of her roots is strong and she finds herself back in Russia at the outbreak of World War Two and in dangerous circumstances, her only hope is the enigmatic Alexei Simenov…

Allison and Busby
February 2012
Married in 1938 Julie and Harry are blissfully happy with their baby son, George, when war is declared. Harry joins the Royal Air Force and is sent to Canada, leaving Julie to cope alone in the London blitz. Caught out one day when the siren goes she is in a shelter that takes a direct hit. She is pulled out alive but wounded and has lost her memory. Her husband, her child, even her own name are forgotten. In the hospital she is given a new identity as Eve Seaton, but is plagued by disturbing flashes of memory. She cannot understand why no one is looking for her; surely she has a family somewhere? She must make a new life for herself as Eve Seaton, but can she?

2 February 2012
The 8th - and last - in my Hubble Bubble practical magic series, Never Can Say Goodbye is a rom-com ghost story set in a vintage frock shop.
Frankie is the proud proprietor of Francesca's Fabulous Frocks in the Berkshire village of Kingston Dapple. Kingston Dapple is home to all manner of odd-balls, including Brian from the kebab van, Lilly the man-eater, Cherish the worst colour palette adviser in the universe, and, of course, Dexter Valentine, the lady-killing Beckhamesque florist. It's also home to a ghost. Just the one ghost - until Maisie the Useless Medium is called in, and then Francesca's Fabulous Frocks has more dead customers than live ones and life suddenly gets very complicated indeed...  

Classic Romance Publishing eBook release
A hand in the dark for new writers needing help to get the story in their head onto paper.

Xcite Books 
12th January 2012
Demure Adelaide hides a passionate nature beneath her elegant gowns. After hiring a delicious new maid, Daisy, she can’t wait to initiate her into the delights of the orchid house. Though resenting paternal pressure to marry businessman Thomas, Adelaide finds excitement in his touch and his erotic whisperings. Yet, when he reveals his sinister side, she seeks solace elsewhere. Christmas brings snowflakes, also a vivid reminder of a heart-wrenching past. Intrigue and obsession rock this Victorian household as Adelaide’s poignant search for love leads her into storms. Will she ever bask in the sunshine?

MuseIt Up
Ebook and paperback
February 2012
Australia 1850.  Phillippa Noble, strong minded, spirited and adventurous, her parents and twin emigrate to the distant land of Australia to begin again. In a new country they can put their tainted past behind them, and Pippa can forget the unrequited love she felt for a distant cousin.
Pippa blossoms in Australia and is determined that their horse stud will be the finest in the land.
However, circumstances ensure that not all is golden. For every success, Pippa must overcome challenges of bushfire, death, the return of an old love and danger in the goldfields. Her strength is tested as she tries to find the right path to happiness, but it is the near loss of her dearest friend that makes her realise true contentment rests within her grasp and she must not let it go.

Maggi Andersen MURDER IN DEVON
Black Opal Books
Paperback and e-book
25th February 2012
An ex-patriot American reporter living in England, Casey Rowan wakes to find one best friend murdered and another seriously injured. Casey is determined to find the killer, despite running afoul of the detective in charge of the case—a blue-eyed Scot named Rod Carlisle, who considers her a prime suspect. As Casey gets closer to the truth, losing her heart to the sexy cop isn’t the only thing she risks. Now her life is danger, too. 
Rod has no patience with civilians who interfere in police matters, even hot little numbers like Casey. Though he tries to keep things professional between, Casey’s beauty and spunk are hard to resist. Rod warns her that what she’s doing is dangerous, but she refuses to listen. Can he find the killer before Casey becomes the next victim?

Vanessa Devereaux TAKEN FOR A RIDE
Cobblestone Press
e-book (Blue Line)
22 February 2012
Nightclub parking lot attendant, Nic’s had his eye on the red Mercedes for a month when Julia catches him with a pair of binoculars in his hand. He suggests they take the car and visit another club. However, when the car ends up stolen, they need to find another story to cover up their trail of deceit.


snoopsspots2 said...

Thank you, Liz. Smashing job! Fabulous releases! :) x

Jane Holland said...

Great line-up for February!

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LindyLouMac said...

Another interesting list, some of which I will be adding to Mt TBR.