Welcome to Sheila Riley with another bumper crop of members' publications.
13th July 2017
On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him, as always. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually would. But then he leaves Emily a letter and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect.
“Beautifully written and evocative”
(The Independent Top Ten Book Club Reads 2017)
Linford Romance Paperback
F A Thorpe
Large Print Romance
1st July 2017
It’s 1966 and Liz Lane, longing for change, takes a job as secretary to the Entertainments Manager of Rainbows Holiday Camp. She’s thrown into a world of sun and fun, despite long hours. Before long, Liz is wearing a Rainbows uniform, enjoying the challenge and making friends, but how come she ends up at loggerheads with Chief Host Rob when their attraction towards each other is obvious? She considers handing in her notice but her boss has other ideas.
THE CORNISH HOTEL BY THE SEA
Paperback (and e-book)
13th July 2017
"A feel-good summer escape." Mandy Baggott
Ellie Truman’s widowed mum is struggling to keep Gwel Teg, the family hotel in Cornwall, afloat. Ellie is determined to do everything in her power to help her, even if that means moving back to the sleepy Cornish village she fled from broken-hearted a few years ago. Things go wrong from the start and she’s grateful for the help from hunky guest, Reece Mitchell. But does Reece have ulterior motives? Will Ellie’s efforts be for nothing?
CINDERELLA AND THE DUKE
Paperback and ebook
Mills & Boon
1st July 2017
Never welcomed into society circles, Rosalind Allen gave up her marriage prospects long ago - life has taught her she'll only get hurt. So she's shocked when an encounter with a mysterious stranger makes her long to reconsider. Little does Rosalind know that her mystery man is Leo Beauchamp, Duke of Cheriton, travelling in disguise to evade the ladies of the ton! Impoverished Rosalind is the first woman to captivate Leo - but can he persuade this wary Cinderella to trust him with her heart?
THE CAPTAIN’S GIRL
July 6th 2017
Cornwall 1793 - As the French Revolution threatens the stability of England, so too is discontent brewing in the heart of Celia Cavendish. Promised to the brutal Viscount Vallenforth, she must find a way to break free from the bounds of a life stifled by convention and cruelty. Inspired by her cousin Arbella, who just a few months earlier followed her heart and eloped with the man she loved, she vows to escape her impending marriage and take her destiny back into her own hands. She enlists her neighbours, Sir James and Lady Polcarrow, who have themselves made a dangerous enemy of Celia's father, in the hope of making a new life for herself. But can the Polcarrows' mysterious friend Arnaud, captain of the cutter L'Aigrette, protect Celia from a man who will let nothing stand in the way of his greed? And will Arnaud himself prove to be friend... or foe?
This is the second book in my Cornish Saga published by Corvus Books - the next book, The Cornish Dressmaker will be published next Year.
HOUSE OF SECRETS
4th July 2017
Madeleine Frost has to get away. Her partner Liam has become increasingly controlling to the point that Maddie fears for her safety, and that of her young daughter Poppy.
Desperation leads Maddie to the hotel owned by her estranged father – the extraordinarily beautiful Wrea Head Hall in Yorkshire. There, she meets Christopher ‘Bandit’ Lawless, an ex-marine and the gamekeeper of the hall, whose brusque manner conceals a painful past. After discovering a diary belonging to a previous owner, Maddie and Bandit find themselves immersed in the history of the old house, uncovering its secrets, scandals, tragedies – and, all the while, becoming closer. But Liam still won’t let go, he wants Maddie back, and when Liam wants something he gets it, no matter who he hurts …
HALF A SIXPENCE
13th July 2017
Catherine Rook takes her peaceful life for granted. Her days are spent at the village school and lending a hand on her family’s farm. Life is run by the seasons, and there’s little time for worry. But rural unrest begins sweeping through Kent, and when Pa Rook buys a threshing machine it brings turbulence and tragedy to Wanstall Farm. With the Rooks’ fortunes forever changed, Catherine must struggle to hold her family together.
She turns to her childhood companion, Matty Carter, for comfort, and finds more than friendship in his loving arms. But Matty has his own family to protect, and almost as quickly as their love blossomed their future begins to unravel. With the threat of destitution nipping at her heels, Catherine must forge a way out of ruin . . .
COMING HOME TO CUCKOO COTTAGE
Paperback and ebook
Simon and Schuster
Women's commercial fiction
July 13th 2017
When Lottie Foster’s grandmother’s best friend Gwen dies, she leaves Lottie her lovely home, Cuckoo Cottage. Lottie loves the cottage but Matt, a charming local builder, points out that beneath its charm it is falling apart. Luckily he is always on hand to help with the problems that somehow seem to keep cropping up. But is he just a bit too good to be true? Certainly Will, Lottie’s closest neighbour, seems to think so. Lottie plans to set up her own business renovating vintage caravans. She hasn’t told anyone about the project she has cooked up with Jemma from The Cherry Tree Café to repurpose Gwen’s old caravan and turn it into a gorgeous tearoom. But before she can finally enjoy living with her legacy she must uncover who she can trust, and who to avoid. And with two men vying for her attention, will she also find love?
SINGLE FOR THE SUMMER
27th July 2017
Tess Parks has made up her mind: love isn’t for her. When it comes to dating she has one rule: after six weeks with a guy, she ends it. So when her heartbroken best friend invites her for a girly getaway in Corfu, Tess is sure she can stick to their pact to stay single for the summer. But then she meets the gorgeous restaurateur Andras…
EAST END ANGELS
Hardback and ebook
Little Brown, Sphere
13th July 2017
Strong-willed Winnie loves being part of the crew at Station Seventy-Five but her parents are less than happy. She has managed to avoid their pleas to join the WRENS so far but when a tragedy hits too close to home she finds herself wondering if she's cut out for this life after all. Former housemaid Bella was forced to leave the place she loved when she lost it all and it's taken her a while to find somewhere else to call home. She's finally starting to build a new life but when the air raids begin, it seems she may have to start over once again. East-Ender Frankie's sense of loyalty keeps her tied to home so it's not easy for her to stay focused at work. With her head and heart pulling in different directions, will she find the strength to come through for her friends when they need her the most? Brought together at LAAS Station Seventy-Five in London's East End during 1940, these three very different women soon realise that they'll need each other if they're to get through the days ahead. But can the ties of friendship, love and family all remain unbroken?
SUMMER ON FIREFLY LAKE
Mass Market paperback, Ebook, Audiobook
Hachette Book Group USA, Grand Central, Forever
25th July 2017
Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire- and the one kiss they’ve shared- has turned everything upside down . . . Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city . . . until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted . . . and the woman he can’t live without.
LINN B. HALTON
THE SECRETS OF VILLA ROSSO
21st July 2017
When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she's reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn't prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate's director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso. It's not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?
What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie's life forever.
Paperback & E-book
Piatkus (Little Brown)
13th July 2017
Cesca Shakespeare has hit rock bottom. Six years after the play she wrote bombed at the box office, she's unable to hold down a job, keep an apartment, and worst of all her family have no idea how far she's fallen. So when her fairy Godfather offers her the use of his friend's Italian villa for the summer, she grudgingly agrees to try writing a new play. That's before she finds out the house belongs to her arch-nemesis, Sam Carlton.
When Hollywood heart-throb Sam Carlton sees his name splashed across a gossip rag, all he wants to do is hide. That's how he finds himself traveling to Italy, deciding to spend the summer in his family's empty villa on Lake Como. Except when he arrives it isn't as empty as he'd hoped. Over the course of the hot Italian summer, Cesca and Sam have to come to terms with their pasts. What begins as a tentative friendship quickly grows into an intense attraction - and then a scorching fling. But they can't hide from reality forever. as their different worlds collide, Sam and Cesca face a choice: is this just a summer romance, or could their love weather even the coldest winds?
DYING TO TAKE THE TOUR
Cornish Murder Mystery
A group of people take a tour round Cornwall to look at the sites where Poldark was filmed. They spend the night at an hotel and someone is murdered.
Who did it? Why? Why did two of the guests disappear in the night?
A SHAPE ON THE AIR
E-book and paperback
Historical (medieval) time-slip romance
28th July 2017
E-book on pre-order on Amazon
Two women 1500 years apart. One need: to save the world they know. Can they help each other to achieve their greatest desire? And what if that world they want is not the one that's best for them? University lecturer in medieval studies, Dr Viv Dulac, is devastated when her partner walks out (and with her best friend too!) and threatens her home. Drunk and desperate, her world quite literally turns upside down and she finds herself in the body of the fifth century Lady Vivianne, who is struggling with the shifting values of the Dark Ages and her forced betrothal to the brutish Sir Pelleas who is implicated in the death of her parents. Haunted by both Lady Vivianne and by Viv's own parents' death and legacy, can Viv unravel the web of mystery that surrounds and connects their two lives, and bring peace to them both?
A haunting story of lives intertwining across the ages, of the triumph of the human spirit and of dreams lost and found.
SUMMER AT THE LITTLE FRENCH GUESTHOUSE (La Cour des Roses Book 3)
E-book and paperback
12th July 2017
Emmy Jamieson loves her new life in the gentle hills and sunflowers of the lush French countryside, managing La Cour des Roses, a beautiful, white stone guesthouse. With marriage to caramel-eyed Alain just round the corner, things couldn’t be more perfect.
The odd glass (gallon) of wine dulls the sound of Emmy’s mum in full motherzilla-of-the-bride mode, and the faint tinkling of alarm bells coming from Alain’s ex are definitely nothing to worry about. Guesthouse owner Rupert and a whole host of old and new friends are there to make sure nothing gets in the way of Emmy’s happiness. But as Emmy gets close to the big day, a secret from the past throws everything decidedly off track. Will her idyllic French wedding go ahead as planned, or will Emmy run back home to England with a broken heart? This summer, escape to the rolling vineyards of France for an utterly uplifting read. Fans of Jenny Colgan, Debbie Johnson and Nick Alexander
will want to join Emmy for a pain au chocolat in the sun-drenched garden at La Cour des Roses.
ECHOES OF LOVE
18th July 2017
Paranormal writer Kala Westenra, staying with her best friend Vika in Norway, is hunting for a new subject for an article, and finds it when she hears footsteps in the hall twenty minutes before Vika's hot brother Tor Viitanen arrives home. This, Vika tells her, is the vardoger - a Norwegian ghost, a future echo which always precedes a person's arrival. Kala plans to stake out the hallway to catch the vardoger in the act - and is shocked when, on its arrival, it kisses her. Her feelings for Tor have been hidden ever since she first met him two years ago; could it be that the vardoger is acting on Tor's secret desire for her? As Kala and Tor work together to understand what is happening with the spirit, their longing for each other begins to overtake them - but the vardoger has more to show them than they expected...
THE FLOWER SHOP OF FOXELY STREET
26th July 2017
Welcome back to Westfield!
Lily Baxter is looking forward to running her business, now she has bought her parents out. With a long engagement to Stuart, and a good friend in Roger, she should be loving life, but things just don't seem quite right. Bert and Lizzie Baxter should be enjoying their retirement, but their house is feeling less like a home and more like a prison. What is going wrong in their twilight years? Will Singer is a newcomer to the village, and keeps himself to himself. Working with his hands in the gardens of Westfield should bring him peace, but under the surface, everything isn't coming up roses for Will.
MAGGIE'S GARDEN, Book 3 Tingara Series
E-book and paperback
7th May 2017
Dumped redhead, Maggie Ellis, buys a neglected cottage, Lakeside, in Tingara on acreage to start her life over and fulfil her dream of owning a garden nursery. Divorced truck driver and single dad, Nick Logan, has his hands full enough raising three sons alone without getting distracted by his new neighbour. Can Maggie and Nick lose their caution to overcome personal issues and allow their love to grow?
SUMMER SUNDAES, THE BOARDWALK BY THE SEA book 1
15th July 2017
Book one in a series of four stand-alone books.
When Sacha Collins, café owner and sundae-maker extraordinaire, meets Italian archaeologist, Alessandro Salvatore in Rome, she's grateful to him for being her tour guide. Now he’s turned up in the seaside village where she lives, known locally as
The Boardwalk by the Sea and is setting up a gelateria in direct competition to her retro Summer Sundaes Café. She's only been running her café for two years since taking over from her father and until now the only other shops on the boardwalk, a wool shop, an antique shop and a second-hand book shop have helped rather than hindered her custom.
How will her creative sundaes made from fresh Jersey ice cream compete with his delicious Italian gelatos? Sacha is worried. Is there enough custom for both businesses to thrive? Who is behind the strange changes being made at night on the boardwalk? And when the oldest resident on the boardwalk is threatened with eviction can Sacha and Alessandro come together and find a way of helping her? For a peaceful little boardwalk overlooking one of the quieter beaches on the island, there's an awful lot going on and some of it is going to lead to big changes
THE SECRET OF SUMMERHAYES
E-book, paperback and audio
Historical romantic suspense
27th July, 2017
Summer 1944: Bombed out of London by the Blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now a shadow of its former glory, the house and gardens have been requisitioned by the military and show the scars of army occupation. Alice has struggled with the realities of war but is now plagued by anonymous letters and haunting visions of her old household. At first, Beth tries to convince her it’s all in her mind, but soon it becomes clear that a sinister force is once more at work in the Summer family.
The Secret of Summerhayes tells of dark secrets, almost-forgotten scandals and a household teetering on the edge of ruin.
LEAH MERCER (TALLI ROLAND)
THE MAN I THOUGHT YOU WERE
E-book, paperback, audio
Lake Union (Amazon Publishing)
25th July 2017
One fine autumn evening, Anna returns from work and starts making dinner, eager to welcome home her husband, Mark. It’s just like any other day in their ten-year, Pinterest-perfect marriage—until he says he’s leaving her. Discovering that the man she thought she knew better than anyone else is capable of abandoning it all sends Anna reeling.
She believed the life they’d built together – and the bright future they’d imagined—counted for everything. How can he walk away? The truth is Mark is battling secrets of his own — secrets Anna knows nothing about. A painful past and an uncertain future threaten to bring his life down around him—and he’ll do anything not to expose her to that. But unravelling the past is lonelier than Mark could ever have imagined and, as the days turn to months, Anna worries the separation will break them forever. Can she bring him back from the brink of self-destruction before it’s too late, or will she discover that she never really knew him at all?
TANYA JEAN RUSSELL
E-book and POD
6th July 2017
An attack at her sister’s society wedding leaves Elizabeth Worthington on the run. Desperate to find a way to save both her family and their airline she isn’t about to let anything get in her way. Whether it’s a little thing like her own safety or something bigger, like her growing attraction to the compelling stranger she has woken up with. Chase Maddox is having a really bad day. He has better things to do than hang around babysitting a spoiled heiress who is determined to put herself in harm’s way. The fact that she turns out to be anything but the pampered princess he expected is irrelevant.
He has his own personal mission to complete. The price if he succeeds? The destruction of everything Elizabeth holds dear.
MAX SEVENTEEN: FIREBRAND
E-book and paperback
KDP and Createspace
4th July 2017
Max has always eaten life in very small bites. Now it's coming at her in great big mouthfuls. Riley used to have very short horizons. Now the future stretches out further than he can see. They've made the starship Eurydice their home and forged a family out of the strange and dangerous crew, but when the past comes calling it threatens to drive a wedge between them all and shatter the bonds they've made. With the crew of the Eurydice scattered and an unknown menace stalking them across the universe, Max and Riley are faced with the ultimate question of trust and an enemy neither of them quite knows how to fight.
FELICITY AT THE CROSS HOTEL
Kindle and print
7th July 2017
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel … Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he's forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles. With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?
MARIE LAVAL (together with a five other authors)
ESCAPE TO AFRICA
E-book and print
World Romance Writers (self-publish)
Anthology of Romantic Short Stories by six romantic novelists
ebook 14th July 2017, print book 15th July 2017
Let your wild side free and Escape to Africa! Come along on an adventure through these 6 stories brought to you by 6 best-selling/award-winning authors. You’ll uncover tales of an undercover operative in Casablanca, a safari guide in the Serengeti, students on holiday in Morocco, time-traveling agents in Tripoli, vengeance in Algeria, and deadly secrets in Carthage. Each of these stories will captivate you with love, danger, intrigue, and excitement. What better way to Escape? My contribution to the anthology is a short story called The Ravine of the Wild Woman. Algeria, North Africa, 1865: Lenora Sharp is Azerwal's perfect woman. Brave, determined and unconventional, she is also related to the man who stole his name, his childhood and his identity - the very man he has vowed to destroy, even if it takes him all the way to hell. Will love get in the way of revenge, or will Azerwal lose his soul before he loses his heart?
HELEN J ROLFE
YOU, ME, AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
21st June 2017
Lydia and Theo face the unthinkable when a knock at the door changes everything.
As Theo lies unconscious, Lydia begins to pick up the pieces, but not every part of the puzzle fits together as neatly as it did before. And when Lydia begins to move on, what happens when Theo wakes up and realises she didn’t wait for him?
Theo and Lydia have a history together, but do they still have a future?
Or has too much happened to be able to forgive and forget?
Thank you, Sheila! So many wonderful RNA members' books out this month and thrilled to be among them. Thank you for all your hard work, too!
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