September brings a fruitful harvest of members’ new publications. Thank you to Sheila Riley for collating this amazing list of books.
Hardback and E-book
Allison & Busby
Nell has come to feel very at home in her beautiful corner of Wiltshire with her partner Angus. What she could do with, however, is a challenge, and the prospect of bringing life back to an abandoned row of 1930s houses in Saffron Lane is just what she's looking for. Formerly used by the Government during WW2 and not returned till long after the war ended, they haven’t been touched since except to keep them weatherproof. She decides to start an artists’ colony with a gallery/café in one house to attract customers and bring in money to do the maintenance on their listed home.
One of the first artists to gain a residency is Stacy, lost and alone after a divorce she didn't see coming and trying her best to start over. The other is Elsa who is 76 and is battling her nieces who would force her into residential care. She needs to sell her large family home and longs for a new one where she can get back to her new career as an artist, with her paintings just beginning to sell.
When all their paths cross, the future starts to look brighter although not all goes according to plan. There is a big surprise waiting for them in one house and there are people in town who would rather knock down the old houses and put up a modern development.
Summer In Manhattan
E-Book and Paperback
When Cici Johnson falls for the charms of American big shot Rich Maguire, their drunken one night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. Rich wants nothing to do with the baby or Cici, but she's determined to give their child the love of two parents on her own. Jason Hooper's spent his whole life wondering what family really means. In and out of the foster care system, he never gets too close to anyone; just in case they walk away. But then he meets Cici and he feels as if he's finally home. For both of them, the summer they share in Manhattan couldn't be sweeter. If only he'll let his guard down, Hoop's own happy-ever-after might not be make-believe anymore
The Major Meets His Match
Paperback and E-book
Harlequin/Mills & Boon
Wastrel, rebel, layabout…just a few of the names Lord Becconsall has hidden his quick intellect and sharp wit behind over the years. Recently titled, ex-military and required to wed, Jack views ton ladies with a cynical eye… Until he falls upon–quite literally–Lady Harriet Inskip.
Blackberry Picking at Jasmine Cottage
E-book and paperback
Harper Collins, HarperImpulse
As the lazy days of summer ebb away and the hedgerows fill with rich, plump blackberries, Lucy Jacobs couldn't be happier. She's feeling more and more at home in the small village of Langtry Meadows and has fallen in love with idyllic Jasmine cottage - not to mention gorgeous vet Charlie. But just as Lucy is thinking about putting down roots like the blackberries that grow in her garden, Charlie's ex returns and threatens to put a thorn in their perfect life...
Pursued for the Viscount's Vengeance
Paperback & E-book
Mills & Boon
Viscount Gilmore believes ruining Deb Meltham is the only way to be revenged upon her brother. Not seducing her beyond repair, of course, he is not lost to all sense of honour. However, Gil hasn't counted on his feelings for Deb changing - nor her reaction when she realises he has been deceiving her from the start. Instead of shaming Deb, he finds himself risking his own life to save her.
The Girl from Ballymor
Paperback and E-book
Ballymor, Ireland, 1847
As famine grips the country Kitty McCarthy is left widowed and alone. Fighting to keep her two remaining children alive against all odds, Kitty must decide how far she will go to save her family.
Arriving in Ballymor, Maria is researching her ancestor, Victorian artist Michael McCarthy – and his beloved mother, the mysterious Kitty who disappeared without a trace. Running from her future, it’s not only answers about the past that Maria hopes to find in Ireland. As her search brings her closer to the truth about Kitty’s fate, Maria must make the biggest decision of her life.
People's Friend Pocket Novel
Vanessa Blake's sister Michelle asks her to take her place as dance hostess on a private yacht owned by the Petucci family, then promptly disappears. When an expensive ring goes missing on the yacht Vanessa realises she is high on the list of suspects. Taking refuge on the island of Santa Agathe she thinks she is safe until a valuable painting by local artist Severino, with whom Vanessa is staying, is stolen.
Can Vanessa trust security chief Lorenzo Talbot to help prove her innocence or is he working off his own agenda?
As the Four Winds Blow
Family / Romantic Suspense
Her archaeologist husband, Douglas, is in South America and she and their three children miss him sorely. On Isobel’s birthday, her mother, Ailsa, and sisters Kirsty and Dorrie travel to the Yorkshire Dales and join the family at Chimneys, their old brownstone house on the banks of Ferneys Beck. During the birthday celebrations, Ailsa presents Isobel with Douglas’s gift – an airline ticket! Overjoyed, Isobel sets off for a holiday with him at the dig. But heartache, danger, conflict and tragedy lie ahead for the whole family – Those at home, as well as Isobel and Douglas in Castildoro...
Christmas Weddings (Millie Vanilla’s Cupcake Café Book 3)
The Old Rectory: Escape to a country kitchen
E-Book & paperback
This memoir/recipe book/history of cooking documents falling in love with a house and the Victorian/post-Victorian kitchen.
After She’s Gone – (Book 1 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
There’s evil and then there’s Patrick Sullivan. A drug dealer, pimp and murderer,
there are no depths to which Patrick would not sink, and Detective Inspector Matthew Adams has found this out in the most devastating way imaginable. When Patrick’s brother is shot dead in a drug bust gone wrong, the bitter battle between the two men intensifies, and Matthew finds it increasingly difficult to hold the moral high ground.
All he wants is to make the pimping scum suffer the way he did … the way Lily did.
But being at war with such a depraved individual means that it’s not just Matthew who’s in danger. Patrick has taken a lot from Matthew, but he hasn’t taken everything – and now he wants everything.
Deadly Intent – (Book 3 in the DI Matthew Adams thriller series)
Choc Lit (Death by Choc Lit imprint)
What if you and your family were at the mercy of a psychopath/a man with no conscience? Just when DI Matthew Adams thinks he’s left the past behind him, it comes back to haunt him once again; this time in the form of the Conner family.
Like Matthew, the Conners have lost a child in tragic circumstances – and they’ve also found themselves in the hands of one of the most depraved criminals to walk the streets: ‘Dead-eyed’ Charlie Roberts, a drug addicted low-life with a penchant for extreme violence. Matthew’s greatest affinity lies with Daniel Conner, the brooding father who still blames himself for his youngest child’s death. But when Daniel’s wife and daughter are tortured and tormented by Roberts, can Matthew prevent him from completely ruining his own life for an act of revenge particularly when, once upon a time, that’s exactly what Matthew would have done too?
With a passion for people and property, nothing gives newbie estate agent Gemma Cole more pleasure than matching buyers with their ideal homes. After a nomadic childhood with her ditzy mum, Gemma longs for nothing more than a pplace she can call her own. But with one modest income and meagre savings, will she ever be able to make her own home-owning dream come true? When Marcus, the new photographer, arrives at the estate agency, he’s the epitome of laid-back, festival chic. Sexy, laid back, festival chic. But Gemma dismisses him as another commitment-phobic, eternal student, just like her ex. However, looks can be deceptive. Marcus is reeling from a shocking family tragedy, one that’s left him as sole carer for an eight-year-old boy, as well as his scruffy dog. Will Gemma revise her opinion of Marcus, and will he trust her enough to reveal his family’s painful past? Pandora works at Perfect 10, a premier beauty and cosmetic clinic. Always effortlessly glamorous – with model-looks, bucketloads of confidence and bulging designer wardrobes – she appears to have it all. But Pan also has a spiralling spending addiction, a string of failed relationships, and still lives at home with her mum. Aged thirty-three. When her numerous credit cards are refused, Pan takes drastic action and joins dating website MillionaireMen.com. Will a super-wealthy guy be the answer to all Pan’s woes? And can she find one who’s sane, honest and not old enough to be her grandfather? Your Move is a lively romantic comedy, charting the blossoming friendship between modern heroines Gemma and Pandora, as well as the amorous entanglements that crisscross both their lives.
The Girl In The Dark
When Kim goes to old friend, Sidney’s, photography studio to start a new food styling contract she meets his new assistant, Alex. Kim is catapulted from her mournful existence into an explosive romantic relationship with Alex.
Sidney, however, is wary. He thinks, there’s something not quite right about Alex, and urges caution. Will Kim look back and wish she’d listened?
Redeeming the Rogue Knight
Mills & Boon
When injured spy Sir Roger Danby comes asking for shelter at her inn, Lucy Carew is wary. He may be strikingly handsome, but the disgraced single mother has learnt the hard way with men like him. Against her better judgement, she gives him refuge.
Sir Roger has never been at the mercy of a woman before, and he’s never met one as mysterious and bewitching as Lucy. He hasn't come looking for redemption, but Lucy is a woman who could reach in and touch his closely guarded heart.
Except for her infant son, Lucy has had enough of men and their sweet words, but there is something different about Roger and it might just be worth the risk to give into his love…
THE MAGNOLIA GIRLS (book 3, the Magnolia Creek Series)
Helen J Rolfe
Carrie has it all: a stellar career, a gorgeous heart-surgeon boyfriend, and an apartment in the city. But when something happens that forces her to question her ability to do her job, the only way she can see through the mess is to get far away from everything. Carrie is thrust into a very different life in Magnolia Creek. She’s knee-deep in renovations at her house at the top of the hill; she’s sharing time and space with her ex, Owen; and newcomer, Noah, gets under her skin from day one. Meanwhile, her boyfriend, Lachlan, is doing everything he can to convince her she belongs back in the city with him doing the job she’s worked so hard to establish. Carrie never had time for anything apart from work but in Magnolia Creek it isn’t long before she strikes up a lasting friendship with Rosie, Gemma and Bella, and when a face from the past turns up offering forgiveness, Carrie realises that everyone needs a little bit of love and friendship in their lives.
Flowers of Resistance
Historical thriller with strong romantic element
They go to the vineyard of Flora’s step-cousin Luca, in the Vichy Zone Libre
Despite Luca’s resentment of Flora, she is attracted to him, but there is a traitor among them and he is mysteriously absent much of the time.Then there is her employer, André, mayor, sponsored by the Nazis, but he is lonely after the death of his wife and young daughter. Should she spy on his activities, betraying his trust and friendship and putting herself and her family in danger? Resistance fighter or collaborator; petulance or passion; divided loyalties and discovered love. This is a love story and a thriller set during turbulent times in France.
Sheila joined the RNA in 2004 as a new writer. Since then she has written best selling sagas under the name of Annie Groves for Harper Collins. A member of the Sandpipers, the North West chapter of the RNA, Sheila loves to catch up with writer friends at regular Southport lunches. Currently writing family sagas set in the immediate aftermath of WW2, Sheila explores the close-knit community of Liverpool Docklands, which hides many a family secret...
Collating the monthly publications list is another of her great pleasures, and her tottering T.B.R. list gets bigger every month!
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Deadline for submission is 27th of the month, if possible
Thank you Sheila. We look forward to next month’s wonderful list.