Here we have the list of October releases from current members of the Romantic Novelist Association. Thank you to Sheila Riley for compiling such an interesting list of books.
Linn B Halton
A LITTLE SUGAR A LOT OF LOVE
Choc Lit UK
14 October 2016
Life isn’t all love and cupcakes. Katie has had her fair share of bad luck, but when she finally realises her dream of opening a bakery. It seems things can only get better. But the reality of running a business hits Katie hard and whilst her partner, Steve, tries to help she can’t help but feel that the situation is driving them further apart. Could Katie be set to lose her relationship and her dream job? Then, one winter’s day, a man walks into her shop and, in the space of that moment, the course of Katie’s life is changed. But nobody finds happiness in the blink of an eye.
Sometimes it takes two Christmases, three birthdays and a whole lot of cake to get there.
A LITTLE LUCK A LOT OF FATE
Choc Lit UK
25 October 2016
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When destiny calls, you need to pick up. On the surface, Kristi Danielson has it all.
She’s lifestyle coach to the rich and famous, has a bestselling book to her name and is
described by her fans as the veritable Queen of how to lead a fulfilling life. But the harsh truth is that Kristi has never practiced what she preaches.
Her home life is a mess, her relationship with artist boyfriend, Tom, not much better
and now she has to redeem herself before all is lost. At her wit’s end, Kristi is driven to seek out the help of Patrick Blakeslee, a tarot card reader and psychic medium, in an attempt to make sense of the mounting panic she’s feeling.
But Patrick’s visits have an unexpected effect on Kristi, leaving her with more questions than answers and a life-changing decision to make
CHRISTMAS AT THE DOG AND DUCK
22nd September 2016
Ellie Browne has returned to the charming village of Little Leyton looking for a simpler way of life. Only in her absence, things have changed. Property developer, Max Golding, is ruffling feathers all round.
Johnny Tay, Ellieís ex, wants to pick up where they left off and the pub, which holds a special place in Ellie's heart, might be sold. Suddenly, life’s looking a whole lot more complicated. It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, but can Ellie juggle her emotions and commitments in time to celebrate Christmas?
COURTING THE COUNTESS
8th September 2016
Beauty, Melissa Pateley, has been injured and scarred by a fire. Colonel Harry Gunn is charged by his uncle to find the countess and rescue her from their dangerous cousin, George Gunn. Can love grow in such inauspicious circumstances? Will the family secrets now dislodged prove too strong to overcome?
DANCING FOR THE DEVIL
Traditional publishing, epub, mobi, pdf
29th August 2016 as a box set
Bruce McGunn is a man as brutal and unforgiving as his land. Discharged from the army, he is haunted by the spectres of his fallen comrades and convinced he is going mad. And he is running out of time to save his estate from the machinations of Cameron McRae, heir to the McGunn's ancestral enemies. When the clipper carrying McRaeís new bride is caught in a violent storm and docks at Wrath harbour,
Bruce decides to revert to the old ways and hold the clipper and the woman to ransom. However, far from the spoilt heiress he expected, Rose is genuine, funny and vulnerable a ray of sunshine in the long, harsh winter that has become his life. But Rose is determined to escape Wrath and its proud master the man she calls McGlum.
Will she be reunited with Cameron McRae, the dazzlingly handsome aristocrat she married after a whirlwind romance in Algiers,or will she risk her heart and her honour to help Bruce discover the truth about his past and solve the brutal murders committed on his land?
THE KYDD INHERITANCE
Self-published (previously hardback with Hale)
1st September 2016
Nell Kyddís brother is missing, her father is dead and her loathsome uncle is ruining the family estate. Enter Captain Hugo Derringer who blows hot, then cold, and is discovered in odd places asking some very odd questions. How far can Nell trust him?
Self-published (previously hardback with Hale)
1st October 2016
When Kit Kydd rescues actress Susanna Fair from disreputable Rafe Warwick, he proposes a feigned engagement to suit them both. But problems multiply when Susanna's past beckons, her former theatre troupe need her and Rafe reappears.
Not a good time to fall in love, really.
Linford Romance Library
Serena is a paediatrician and Jake a journalist and adventurer. Their unlikely romance blossoms in the steamy jungle where danger from rebels, an injured lion, etc., is only a heartbeat away. Will they return to normality and go their separate ways or is there a future for their romance?
INDEBTED TO MORENO
Harlequin Mills and Boon
Traditional published, and e-book
1st October 2016
Dark and dangerous Spaniard took Rose’s virginity before a terrible misunderstanding
led her to nearly destroy his life. Now he’s back with the design commission that will
save Rose’s career as a dress designer ñ but he’s also determined to collect on the debt she owes him.
THE VELVET CLOAK OF MOONLIGHT
Traditionally published, paperback and ebook
When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences a vision that transports her to 17th century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege. Her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past and when the new owner of the estate arrives - New Zealander Josh - the parallels become even more obvious.
But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning.
MISTAKEN FOR A LADY
Harlequin Mills & Boon
Paperback and eBook
When a shocking revelation reveals Francesca’s illegitimacy, she worries that her marriage to Tristan, Comte des Iles, will crumble. Her heart in tatters, she awaits her husband’s return. Will he request an annulment or give their union a second chance?
Duty has kept Tristan from his beautiful wife’s side for far too long, but the memory of her touch is seared into his soul. Now, with malevolent forces working against, them, it’s more important than ever for Tristan to show Francesca that he’ll never let her go!
e-book and paperback
Jenna has reached a low point in her life - she's lost her business, her home and her boyfriend. Reluctantly she goes to live with her step-family where she's treated like Cinderella. Then she meets Gus, a handsome stranger with his own problems. When they fall in love it looks like Jenna will get her own fairytale happy-ever-after but there are troubles to overcome before Jenna and Gus can finally reach for a life and love together.
THE TROUBLE WITH LOVE
Sphere, Little, Brown Book Group
e-book via traditional publisher
1st August 2016
When Polly Park meets Spike, the fact that he's emigrating to Australia in six months' time is not a problem - no commitment or messy endings. But she doesn't bank on falling in love, or on making a certain discovery after he's gone. Three years on, Polly is a single mum to her gorgeous daughter Rowan, she's dating cameraman Max and she might finally be ready to take a chance on love. Then, out of the blue, Spike returns with his glamorous girlfriend in tow, and suddenly Polly finds herself in the middle of a very sticky situation . . .
Will Spike's return resurrect Polly's feelings for him? Where does that leave Max and Polly? And how will all this change effect Rowan? Nothing is simple - but then, that's the trouble with love . . .
GIRL HAVING A BALL
Traditional published, e-book.
27 Sept 2016
Now that poor needy little Stevie is all grown up, she won’t let a man get in the way of her dreams will she?
MISS WESTON'S MASQUERADE
1st OCT 2016
Take a desperate woman, an unwanted suitor, one very reluctant nobleman, a valet with a broken leg, a ferocious great aunt, the under-footman’s breeches and Miss Cassandra Weston finds herself on the Grand Tour in a dangerously romantic masquerade
Leah Mercer (Talli Roland)
WHO WE WERE BEFORE
1 October 2017
Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.
Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way. A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?
ONE CHRISTMAS IN PARIS
E-book and paperback
7 October 2016
They say Paris is the City of Love, so bring your je ne sais quoi and donít forget the mistletoe! Will Ava go home with a broken heart, or will she find true love amongst the cobbled streets of Paris?
Helen J Rolfe
IN A MANHATTAN MINUTE
20th October (available for pre-order).
Jack exists in a world that has seen its fair share of tragedy, but also success and the wealth that comes with it. One snowy night, he crosses paths with Evie, a homeless girl, and it changes everything.
Books We Love
e-publication and paper back.
14th October, 2016
Love, despair and renewed hope amid the gaiety and anxiety in Brussels between Napoleon's escape from Elba and Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo.
Abandoned By My Mum
Everybody needs someone somewhere. Chelsea isn’t like most people. For as long as she can remember she’s been in care, and for all sorts of reasons this hasn’t gone well. At fourteen years old her past has been the stuff of nightmares, so much so that even she hasn’t wanted to know the full story. Desperately searching for the love she’s always craved, her life takes an even more sinister turn when she’s befriended by two men with a string of convictions for the sexual abuse of minors. Her only hope of salvation comes in the form of someone she’s never even met. Social worker Natasha Livingston is sent on a raid of the men’s house with the police.
Little by little, Tasha uses her professional skills to help Chelsea understand her life and find a way towards a happier future. It means confronting some ghosts from the past but with support that helps her come to terms with what she’s been through. Abandoned by My Mum is the story of Chelsea’s self-discovery and the recognition that whilst not everyone has her best interests at heart, there are some people who care enough to convince her she’s worth the effort.
Large Print Linford Romance Library
F A Thorpe
1st October 2016
Reluctant 1920s debutante Annabel prefers horses to suitors. She’s furious when she discovers Lawrence, Lord Lassiter, is the despised 13th guest joining the family’s Christmas house party.
Apart from keeping busy compiling our monthly lists of members new novels Merseyside saga writer, Sheila Riley, also writes bestselling novels for Harper Collins under the name of Annie Groves.