A happy new year to all of you! May 2013 be a wonderful year!
Thank you so much to everyone who picked up THE WINTER WIFE: A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA, still available at $1.99 from Amazon and other good e-book retailers. And thank you especially to everyone who left a review or a rating for the book on the various social media sites. I had enormous fun with my Christmas novella and I'm hoping to do another novella for next year as part of the festive season.
Speaking of THE WINTER WIFE, Kimba the Caffeinated Reader gave the story a lovely review: "If you are looking for a quick historical romance with a little Christmas magic then THE WINTER WIFE is sure to delight. Campbell's novella gave us a strong sense of the characters and an understanding of their troubled past. Filled with passion and second chances this is sure to get you in the holiday mood."
If you live on the Gold Coast, don't miss the Absolutely Austen! Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice event from Tuesday, 29th January to Saturday, 2nd February.
I'm taking part in two free events:
Author Encounter with Anna Campbell When: Thursday 31 January Where: Southport Branch Library, Corner Garden and Lawson Streets, Southport 4215 Time: 6pm - 7.30pm Bookings: Please phone (07) 5581 7220
Excessively diverted - why the Regency era is perfect for romance
Romance author Anna Campbell joins a panel of readers to discuss the appeal of the Regency era and the influence of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE on contemporary romance. When: Friday 1st February Where: Robina Branch Library, 196 Robina Town Centre Drive, Robina 4226 Time: 12.30pm - 2pm Bookings: Please phone (07) 5581 1600
And I'm up for Favorite Australian Romance Author of 2012.
Wow! Thank you from the bottom of my heart to everyone who voted for my book and congratulations and good luck to all the nominees. You can see a list here. Special congratulations to my two brilliant critique partners Annie West and Christina Brooke who have also been nominated in multiple categories. Winners will be announced at the gala dinner at the convention on Saturday, 2nd March.
More good news (last month was full of good stuff!), Australian online bookseller Booktopia just closed their poll on Australia's Favourite Novelist. To my great surprise and delight, I ended up winning my heat then coming in 28th overall. Thank you to everyone who voted for me. You can see a complete list of the top 50 here.
A huge thank you to everyone who picked up my Christmas novella, THE WINTER WIFE. I was absolutely overwhelmed by the response I received to this simple, heartfelt story about two estranged lovers who come together one snowy Christmas Eve. For a couple of heady weeks in December, it reached the top 10 Regencies on Kindle. I loved having a seasonal story out - I'll definitely do another one next year. It's still available (if slightly less seasonally appropriate) at $1.99 from Amazon and from Smashwords.
PJ at The Romance Dish said, "Anna Campbell packs so much emotion into four short chapters that I felt as if I was reading a complete novel. A heartwarming, emotional tale that sizzles; I highly recommend THE WINTER WIFE."
Bree at All the Books I Can Read said, "This was a fun, well constructed story that was perfect for what I was after. It's short but not without depth and character development and it makes me super excited to read her full-length novels."
Gayle at Intrigue and Delight said, "The characters in THE WINTER WIFE are likable, and the story completely engaging."
Carol at Rakes and Rascals said: "It had the emotional and passionate intensity I've come to expect from Anna Campbell, all in a small, enticing package. She captures Sebastian and Alicia's feelings of pain, hurt, regret, forgiveness, hope, and love so perfectly. Somehow the story never seemed rushed and I really felt I understood Sebastian and Alicia and why their marriage had failed. Youth, immaturity and pride had prevented them from bringing their problems into the open and so they separated acrimoniously. Ten years on, both are older and wiser and I loved watching them finally able to discuss things openly and rediscover their love for each other. THE WINTER WIFE: A CHRISTMAS NOVELLA is perfect for curling up with on a dark winter's evening and recapturing a little of that Christmas magic."
Vanessa at So Many Books, So Little Time said, "I have to admit that SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED reminds me of my favorite novel, WUTHERING HEIGHTS. Which is not a bad thing at all! Except SEVEN NIGHTS is a little more erotic. I love the language and the beautiful imagery of the novel. The characterization is perfect and I could picture all the characters as if they were standing right before me."
There's also a wonderful review from Michelle Michelle at the Scarlet Quill. "It's Beauty and the Beast, but not like you've heard it before. This version is emotional, captivating, brought to life by its poignant setting and unforgettable characters."
And the most fabulous review for TEMPT THE DEVIL from Jayne who I met at GenreCon back in November: "Wow, this book blew me away. I was expecting a sweet historical romance; instead I got a sexy, multifaceted love story between an unconventional couple- a lord and a courtesan. Not only was the story set largely in the bedroom, but it was also more focused on the male protagonist's perspective than the female. I was captivated at every scene. Campbell expertly captures the mood, highlights what is at stake for each character and purposefully makes them face their fears. Both Olivia and Julian were so well developed and their internal conflict dissected until just the bare bones of the character remained."
Monday, 4th February
I'm taking part in Sealed with a Kiss: A Celebration of Love on the Ramblings from this Chick blog and Not Another Romance Blog. That means writing a couple of love letters between Lydia Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor's sister, and her childhood sweetheart Simon Metcalf. Should be fun. Danielle and Rita have run a couple of events together and they're always fun.
If you're an Aussie romance reader, do you know about the fabulous Australian Romance Readers Convention to be held in Brisbane from 1st to 3rd March this year? The cream of Australia's romance writers will be there (and me!) as well as fabulous international guests, Kristan Higgins and Rachel Vincent. There's also going to be a huge signing on Saturday, 2nd March, from 3:30 to 5:30 with over 60 authors including our international guests. These conventions are such fun and so friendly. You'll meet so many great people and have a chance to rave about romance fiction with like minds. Check it out! I'd love to see you there.
A highlight for me will be taking part in the first Australian Lady Jane's Salon. You can find more information here. Between 6 and 7 on Friday, 1st March, Lady Jane's will provide guest authors, patrons, industry professionals and members of the media the opportunity to meet, mingle, read aloud, and discuss great romance reads in a free-flowing forum. Other authors speaking will be Hope Tarr, Keri Arthur, Cathy Maxwell and Amy Andrews.
I love romantic ghost stories. THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR is one of my favorite things (really, check out "Ghosts Are the New Black"). With this story, I got to have fun with not one, but two couples who face dramatic events on their wedding day, one in 1749 and one in 1818. Here's the blurb:
On one fateful wedding day at Marston Hall in 1818, four linked destinies hover in the balance.
Josiah Aston, Earl of Stansfield, wakes to discover he's seventy years dead and he alone can free his beloved wife Isabella's tormented soul. But first he must convince her to trust him against all the evidence…
Lady Isabella Verney, beautiful and tempestuous, married the man of her dreams, only to die violently on her wedding day. Every clue points to Josiah as the murderer…
Is true love strong enough to defeat ancient malevolence forever?
Miles Hartley, Viscount Kendall, is society's ideal catch, but what does that matter if he can't convince Calista Aston that he loves her? When an age-old curse strikes, only by proving himself worthy of her faith can he save their happiness…
Lady Calista Aston, noted bluestocking, fears she loves Miles Hartley not wisely, but too well. On her wedding day, her doubts place her at evil's mercy. When death and disaster loom, is it courage or mad folly to believe that Miles loves her in spite of all her faults?
On one fateful wedding day at Marston Hall in 1818, will the lovers emerge triumphant or will darkness conquer all?
How's this for another gorgeous cover? J'ai Lu released L'INACCESSIBLE, the French edition of UNTOUCHED, on 20th February. I'm delighted that as I write this, it's still in the top 100 books at Amazon France
M. Thomas at Read, Dream, Relax gave CAPTIVE OF SIN a really lovely review. "CAPTIVE OF SIN by Anna Campbell provides readers with an impressive prose that depicts the angst-filled tale of love, desire, and prevailing against the odds."
Valentine's Day means that romance writers are out and about talking to people about our wonderful genre, and this year, I was no exception. 2013 marks 200 years since PRIDE AND PREJUDICE was published so there are celebrations all over Australia. I was delighted when Gold Coast Libraries invited me to participate in their Absolutely Austen! event at the end of January. On Thursday, 31st January, I spoke to a room full of Austen and Regency enthusiasts at Southport Library about the joys and challenge of writing books set in this fascinating period. On Friday, 1st February, we had another room full of fans who enjoyed a discussion on how Jane Austen has influenced romantic fiction.
I hope you enjoy the photos. As you can see, Georgette Heyer fan Sandra really got into the swing of things. Love that Book from Helensburgh put together an impressive selection of Anna Campbell titles. And I love this picture of Vanda Vadas, Bronwyn Houldsworth and Claire with me at the Southport talk.
On Wednesday, 13th February, I did a talk for the Sunshine Coast Inner Wheel Club at the Caloundra Events Centre about writing romance for a living. Thank you to the ladies who gave me such a warm welcome. Here's a photo of me with Allison Bennett and Vicki Belcher at the dinner.
Monday, 4th March
Annie West is my guest on Romance Bandits where she'll be talking about her wonderful new release CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. Giveaways!
Sunday, 10th March
I'm holding a launch party for THESE HAUNTED HEARTS on the Romance Bandits Giveaways!
And finally, there's a book out this month that you won't want to miss. Annie West's CAPTIVE IN THE SPOTLIGHT is crammed to the brim with great stuff and you won't want to put it down. So much emotion and passion in this one! And for North American readers, there's an added bonus of BLACKMAILED BRIDE, INNOCENT WIFE as a free inclusion. Wow, what a bargain!
I've got a new contest up this month where five lucky people can win downloads of THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE and March's MY FAVORITE THINGS details my latest reading crush, Dick Francis's thrillers.
:: April 2013
It's always an event in Campbellandia when I have a new cover to share with you - and this cover is a doozy! I'm delighted to present for your delectation the cover of Book 2 of the "Sons of Sin" series, A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS. Don't you love that blue? A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS is out on 27th August from Grand Central Forever in North America and from HarperCollins in Australia and New Zealand. Here's the blurb:
It Takes a Lady
Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father's academic articles has always been her greatest deception-until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn't reveal that she recognizes her father's devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all...
To Catch a Thief
Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish facade to show society that he doesn't care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father's identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard's heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure...
I'll upload an excerpt closer to the release date.
Talk about best-laid plans going agley! Apologies to those of you who tried to buy THESE HAUNTED HEARTS: A REGENCY GHOST ROMANCE on the 10th March. More apologies to those of you who swung by most of the blogs I listed last month. I'm blaming the fact that Mercury was in retrograde, but for most of the month, I had no internet and no phone. Not only that, but there were hiccups with uploading the novella. So all round, the launch of THESE HAUNTED HEARTS turned into a bit of a squib. The good news is that the e-novella is now up and ready to be read on Amazon and Smashwords at the bargain price of $1.99. You can read the blurb and an excerpt here.
If you're looking for some light reading, why not check out the new piece posted on my articles page? It's a quick roundup of my talks for Gold Coast Libraries as part of their Absolutely Austen! event. While we're on the subject of Gold Coast Libraries, if you live down that way, don't miss Literati, the huge literary event from 17th to 19th May this year. I'll be there, and so will romance luminaries like Keri Arthur, Helene Young and Lisa Walker. More details to come next month.
Welcome to May! I'm delighted to reveal the blurb, excerpt and cover for my next e-novella, DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, part of the "Sons of Sin" series through Grand Central Forever Yours. I really enjoyed writing this story of love lost and found featuring Lydia, the Duke of Sedgemoor's sister, and her childhood sweetheart Simon Metcalf. This will be available at a special price on 2nd July as a lead-in to the release of A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS on 27th August.
May is always a huge month in Romancelandia because it's when New York Times bestselling author Brenda Novak holds her auction to raise funds for research into a cure for juvenile diabetes. So far Brenda has raised over $1.6 million - talk about the power of one!
Check out the range of items on offer and bid generously! You'll find treats and goodies of all kinds including signed books galore. For writers, there is a plethora of critiques, marketing opportunities and other useful things to grab. My donations are:
There's also a fabulous donation from the Romance Bandits! At the time of writing this, I don't have a direct link for that item, but if you search for Romance Bandits on Brenda's site, I'm sure you'll see the listing.
If you're in South-East Queensland, why not pop down for the annual Gold Coast Libraries Literati festival on Friday, 17th and Saturday 18th May at Upper Coomera Library? There's an amazing selection of writers turning up this year including romance stars Helene Young, Keri Arthur and Lisa Walker. I'm taking part in two panels on romance writing and also I'm going to be at the wonderful Literati Feast at the Gold Coast Events Centre on Friday 17th May, starting at 6:30. All daytime events are free and the dinner is $70 including food and wine and the company of 14 scintillating authors (well, 13 scintillating authors and me!). For bookings and further details, including a list of attending authors, check out the website.
This month's My Favorite Things is a whole stack of flower pictures I've taken in my travels. I've had great feedback on the botanical pics I've had up on Facebook so I thought I might put a lot of them together in one place. I hope you enjoy. And don't miss out on my new contest where three lucky people will win my latest novella and a book from Heather Snow's backlist. There are two consolation prizes of downloads of the novella. Good luck.
:: June 2013
Hurrah! I have the cover for DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, my "Sons of Sin" e-novella from Grand Central Forever Yours, which is out from all good e-tailers in North America on Tuesday, 2nd July. Aren't those pink roses gorgeous? And the guy's not too hard on the eye either!
Also in the realm of awards, do you remember back in December, a whole stack of HarperCollins Australia writers (including me) took part in a Twitter Fiction Festival Event called AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 HOURS? Well, I am majorly delighted to let you know that our efforts have been rewarded with a Book Industry Innovation Award nomination.
From 17th to 18th May, I was a guest at the annual Literati Festival that Gold Coast Libraries run. I had a marvelous time meeting dedicated readers and hardworking librarians and wonderful authors like Helene Young and Keri Arthur. I've got a blog about Literati on my Tote Bags 'n' Blogs post on the 11th June with lots of photos, but I thought I'd share two favorites here. One features the moving force behind Literati, Louise Pieper of Gold Coast Libraries, romantic suspense author Helene Young and me. Helene and I had a wonderful chat to some aspiring romance writers on Friday afternoon as we debunked the myth of a formula for romance writing. Then first thing on Saturday morning, Helene Young,Lisa Walker, Keri Arthur and I spoke to a large audience about the path of true love. The other photo features from left to right, Keri, me, Helene and Lisa.