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::January 2014


Happy New Year! I hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you all.

First up, I've got something lovely to share with you, the beautiful cover from Grand Central Publishing for the third book in the Sons of Sin series, WHAT A DUKE DARES.  Isn't that red delicious? Here's the blurb:

A REPUTATION AT RISKů
What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children - and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed - until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins...


WHAT A DUKE DARES is available in North America in both print and digital on 26th August 2014. When I know the release dates for Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain, I'll let you know. 

You can preorder from Amazon and the Book Depository.

Some advance warning on two workshops I'm running in February.

Writing Sizzle
When: 10:30am to 12:00pm, Tuesday, 11th February
Where: Redcliffe Library, 476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe
Cost: Free
Every great romance novel, whether sweet as fairy floss or hot as red chilli peppers, needs the sizzle of sexual tension. Join multi award-winning author Anna Campbell as she helps you put the tssss into your love story. Anna will show you how to use the senses in your writing and how to write compelling love scenes. You will learn a range of techniques to make the most of sensual and emotional possibilities, however hot you write.
Bookings essential: (07) 3283 0311   


Developing Your Writing Practice
When: 10:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 15th February
Where: QWC Offices, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Cost: Full Price $160/Concession $144/QWC Members $110/QWC Member Concessions $99
Details: Are you a passionate writer looking to give some structure to your writing habits? Join Anna Campbell as she helps you discover and explore the discipline of daily writing, touching on different approaches, ways to get started and methods for going the distance.
Bookings essential: at the QWC website

Don't miss out on a new book from one of my favorite authors, Christina Brooke, which is out this month. THE GREATEST LOVER EVER sounds absolutely delicious and if you're in the wintry Northern Hemisphere, it might warm up a cold night or two.

Another book to watch out for is bestselling author Kandy Shepherd's first release for Harlequin, THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT. This one sounds like so much fun. I do love a good reunion story.    

I've got a new contest this month, another chance for three people to win their choice from my backlist (my last contest was so popular, I decided to do it all over again). My Favorite Things this month is a tribute to the late Peter O'Toole who sadly passed away just before Christmas.
:: Saturday, 1st February
I'm doing a love letter blog with billets doux from Richard and Genevieve on Ramblings From This Chick. Giveaways.

:: Monday, 3rd February
Vanessa Kelly is my guest on the Romance Bandits Giveaways

:: Monday, 10th February
it's my regular spot on the Romance Bandits where I'll be talking about writers in movies

:: Tuesday, 11th February
it's my regular spot on Tote Bags 'n' Blogs/

:: Thursday, 20th February
Shana Galen is my guest on the Romance Bandits Giveaways!

:: Monday, 24th February
I'm reviewing some recent Harlequin romances I've enjoyed over on the Romance Dish
::February 2014


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! May romance flourish for you all year round! As befits the romantic month of the year, lots going on, so grab a cup of tea!

First up, if you live in the UK, I have a local release. So many of you have contacted me over the years asking about e-book availability in Great Britain and because I didn't have a publisher there, I had to return the disappointing answer that I hoped I'd have something out for you one day. Well, one day has come. On 21st February, Mills and Boon are releasing SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED (isn't that cover glorious?) in both print and digital formats. Watch out for A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS on 20th June, with WHAT A DUKE DARES to follow.

If you live in South-East Queensland, I'm doing a couple of workshops in February and I'd love to see you.

Writing Sizzle
When: 10:30am to 12:00pm, Tuesday, 11th February
Where: Redcliffe Library, 476 Oxley Avenue, Redcliffe
Cost: Free
Details: Every great romance novel, whether sweet as fairy floss or hot as red chilli peppers, needs the sizzle of sexual tension. Join multi award-winning author Anna Campbell as she helps you put the tssss into your love story. Anna will show you how to use the senses in your writing and how to write compelling love scenes. You will learn a range of techniques to make the most of sensual and emotional possibilities, however hot you write.
Bookings essential: (07) 3283 0311 or the website

Developing Your Writing Practice
When: 10:30am to 4:30pm, Saturday 15th February
Where: QWC Offices, Level 2, State Library of Queensland, Cultural Centre, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Cost: Full Price $160/Concession $144/QWC Members $110/QWC Member Concessions $99
Details: Are you a passionate writer looking to give some structure to your writing habits? Join Anna Campbell as she helps you discover and explore the discipline of daily writing, touching on different approaches, ways to get started and methods for going the distance.
Bookings essential: on the QWC website


The Australian Romance Readers Association have released their nominations for their favorite books and authors of 2013 and I'm delighted that A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS and I are up for a few gongs:
  • Favorite Historical Romance (A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS)
  • Favorite Continuing Romance Series (Sons of Sin)
  • Sexiest Hero (Sir Richard Harmsworth from A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS)
  • Favorite Australian Romance Author

You can see the complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced at the ARRA dinner at Cello's Restaurant in Sydney on 22nd March and this year, I'll be attending. Can't wait. At the date of writing this, there are still a few tickets left if you're interested in a great night celebrating romance fiction. Details here.

In more good news, local bookseller extraordinaire, Booktopia, ran their annual poll to discover Australia's top 50 favorite novelists. I'm delighted to say that I came in at number 46 - not too shabby! You can see the list here.

Make sure you enter my current website contest where THREE people get their choice from my backlist. My Favorite Things this month talks about the TV adaptations of Agatha Christie's Poirot books.
::Tuesday, 7th January
debut author Julie Brannagh is my guest on the Romance Bandits where she'll be talking about her new release BLITZING EMILY

::Friday, 10th January
I'm talking about writers in movies over on the Romance Bandits

::Saturday, 11th January
it's my regular spot on Tote Bags 'n' Blogs/

::Tuesday, 16th January
my dear friend Kandy Shepherd is my guest on the Romance Bandits where she'll be talking about her first book for Harlequin, THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT

::Friday, 24th January
I'm reviewing NORTHERN LIGHTS by Nora Roberts on the Romance Dish
:: March 2014


Can you believe it's March already? This year is already going so fast!

Firstly, I've got something new on the site for your reading pleasure this month. As part of the Ramblings from this Chick Valentine's Day event, I wrote two love letters from Richard and Genevieve. As a result of numerous requests from people who saw them there, I've now included them on A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS's book page. As you read the letters, you might pick up a hint or two about the fourth book in my Sons of Sin series, Lord Leath's story, which will be out in 2015.

Every year Romance Writers of Australia holds a favorite cover contest and I'm delighted to report that the gorgeous pink cover from DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, my novella from Grand Central Forever, has tied as the best shorter fiction cover. You can see all the winners here.

A couple of nice reviews of RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS to report this month. Firstly Renee at Addict of Romance called it "beautifully done." Maria over at Austen Student said this was "some of the best dialogue I have read" and she called the whole story "wonderfully romantic."

My Favorite Things this month talks about a few of my favorite knickknacks (suspect there's another one coming next month on a similar topic). And don't miss my new contest where I celebrate my first British release by giving one lucky reader the chance to win a personalized edition of the U.K. edition of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED.
:: Monday, 3rd March
historical author Blythe Gifford is my guest on the Romance Bandits Giveaways!

:: Monday, 10th March
I'm doing a launch party for my U.K. edition of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED on the Romance Bandits Giveaways

:: Tuesday, 11th March
it's my regular spot on Tote Bags 'n' Blogs/

:: Monday, 24th March
I'm on the Romance Dish with a review of some Harlequin romances I've recently enjoyed

::April 2014

I've had my head down on the fourth Sons of Sin book which features the Marquess of Leath who plays a major role in WHAT A DUKE DARES. This new story should be out in the first half of 2015 - keep an eye out here for updates on release dates.

Speaking of WHAT A DUKE DARES, I've got advance reader copies on the way, so make sure you check back next month and enter my May website contest to win one.

Over the next couple of months leading up to Duke's release in August, I'll also be doing flash giveaways on my Facebook page. If you'd like to follow me there, here's the link. And there will be at least one GoodReads giveaway. Here's the link to my page there.

While we're talking about the Sons of Sin books, A RAKE'S MIDNIGHT KISS (book 2) has finaled in the historical category of the 2013 Birmingham Southern Magic RWA Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. You can see a complete list of the finalists here.

Please check out the lovely review Maria at Austen Student gave my novella THESE HAUNTED HEARTS.  She called this story of love lost and found "hopeful and poignant." You can buy THESE HAUNTED HEARTS at Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

There's a new article on the website this month for the writers among you. My piece on writing productivity, "The Games People Play", appeared in WQ, the magazine of the Queensland Writers Centre, last February in conjunction with the workshop on Writing Practice that I ran for them.

Have you entered my current website contest? I'm giving away one of the beautiful U.K. editions of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE'S BED and the question is really easy. This month's My Favorite Things is a tribute to the late Elizabeth Peters and talks about her wonderful Amelia Peabody mysteries.
:: Thursday, 10th April
it's my regular spot on the Romance Bandits where I'll be talking about prologues in books and giving away an ARC of WHAT A DUKE DARES

:: Friday, 11th April
it's my regular spot on Tote Bags 'n' Blogs where I'm talking about some favorite music

:: Thursday, 24th April
I'm Dani's guest on Ramblings from This Chick where I'll be talking about my favorite romance couple and giving away a copy of the book I choose

:: Thursday, 24th April
It's my regular spot on the Romance Dish where I'm reviewing BATH TANGLE and LADY OF QUALITY by Georgette Heyer