News: Pippa Croft Oxford Blue Series Special Offer!

To celebrate Pippa Croft’s  truly fantastic novels, Penguin is very excited to be able to offer the first two book in the “Oxford Blue” series at a bargain price for one week only on Amazon.


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The First Time We Met is the first novel in the sizzling new Oxford Blue romance series from Pippa Croft.

Lauren and Alexander’s journey continues in The Second Time I Saw You and Third Time Lucky, which are both available to pre-order in ebook now.

When US Senator’s daughter Lauren Cusack arrives at the enchanting Wyckham College of Oxford University, she hopes to mend her broken heart by throwing herself into her studies.

But then English aristocrat Alexander Hunt walks into her life and everything changes. Handsome, brooding, and with his own dark past to escape, Alexander is exactly what Lauren doesn’t need – but she finds herself helplessly drawn towards him.

Both Alexander and Lauren know that they should stay away from each other . . . but sometimes desire is so powerful that it conquers all else.”



untitled (2)  The Second Time I Saw You will be £1.99 for one week only (28th July – 3rd August)!

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Lauren and Alexander’s journey continues in the second novel in Pippa Croft’s Oxford Blue romance series.

It’s the beginning of a new term at Wyckham College, Oxford, and a fresh start for Lauren Cusack. Her fingers were badly burnt when a whirlwind romance with gorgeous English aristocrat, Alexander Hunt, became too hot to handle – and now she’s determined to keep her distance.

Her resolve is shaken when Alexander appears on her doorstep – he’s been completely torn apart by some devastating news. Lauren knows that she should stay away, but their chemistry is undeniable and she soon finds herself back in Alexander’s arms.

Can Lauren handle the drama that comes with Alexander Hunt? Or will she have to sacrifice the most exhilarating passion she’s ever known?”


untitled (3)An exclusive interview with Pippa Croft:

EPBR: What inspired the Oxford Blue series?

PC: Although it’s taken me a very long time to do it, I think I’ve always had a sub conscious longing to write about Oxford. I spent three years there and those days are still the most intense and heady of my life; I don’t think I’ll ever forget the feelings of excitement and fear at going away from home for the first time, especially to live in such a glamorous but frankly ‘weird’ environment! My daughter also went to Oxford and so her experiences have also been at the front of my mind – though I must stress, that apart from some of the locations, all the characters and events in the books are completely made-up! (You probably couldn’t make up what really goes on. 

EPBR: What actor would you want to play your hero, if it was made into a film?

PC: Now, I’ve thought about this a lot. I can’t find anyone who’s *exactly* perfect for Alexander, but I do love Tom Mison from Sleepy Hollow – and he played a special forces officer in Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. OR Max Irons. I saw him as Kind Edward IV in The White Queen and thought he had the right aristocratic nobility and arrogance – and guess what? He’s playing a ‘posh’ Oxford student in the forthcoming film, The Riot Club. They both have amazing, sexy voices too – yum.

What do you think? I’d love to know who readers would cast.

EPBR: What are you working on next?

PC: Zzzz, what? Actually, I’ve only just finished the final copy edits on the final book in the Oxford Blue series, and I’m now waiting for the proofs. After writing all three books over the past year, I’m now taking a break for a few weeks! On saying that, I do have an idea for a single title book and a new series ‘bubbling up’ and I keep tinkering with those from time to time. Also my house and garden are like Sleeping Beauty’s castle and you can’t even see the carpet in the office… I’ll probably get down to full time writing again in September, and then in October, Third Time Lucky and is published in e book and First Time We Met is out in paperback. Exciting times!

Review: Caroline’s secret by Amy Lillard

untitled (8)Caroline’s secret by Amy Lillard

Out August 5th, 2014

“In Amy Lillard’s poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. . .

Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she’s found in close-knit Wells Landing. She’s even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer–a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves. But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she’s worked so hard to leave behind. . .

After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle’s furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible–until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline’s past comes to light–unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness. . .”

divider-NEWCaroline’s secret is a beautifully written family saga. Set amongst the Amish in Oklahoma, Caroline tries to forge a new life for her and her daughter, in Wells Landing.

Caroline’s secret is a tender and heart-warming romance. It also conveys beautifully the traditions and culture of the Amish people.

What I found more inspirational was how Caroline’s faith propelled her and gave her strength and hope- even when none was to be found.

If you are looking for something a bit different to read this summer, then I suggest this sweet novel. The best part is that this the first book in a new series and I can not wait to return to Wells Landing.


Review: Mission to murder by Lynn Cahoon

untitled (11)Mission to murder by Lynn Cahoon

Out July 31th, 2014

“In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions—until it becomes deadly…

Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove’s most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she’ll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation…”

divider-NEWMission to murder is book two in the series that started with Guidebook to murder and can be read as a stand alone novel.

Returning to gorgeous South Cove, Jill’s next adventure involves an ancient mission church. This time Jill finds herself the target and lands herself in hot water, as this charming cozy continues.

As well as a madcap adventure and a body count, the romance between Jill and Greg continues. I adore South Cove. It is one of those places you wish you could visit.

I really enjoyed this series and I am looking forward to seeing what Lynn Cahoon, cooks up for Jill and Greg next.

Review: Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay

untitled (7)Monsoon Mists by Christina Courtenay

“Sometimes the most precious things cannot be bought…
It’s 1759 and Jamie Kinross has travelled far to escape his troubled past – from the pine forests of Sweden to the bustling streets of India.

In India he starts a new life as a gem trader, but when his mentor’s family are kidnapped as part of a criminal plot, he vows to save them and embarks on a dangerous mission to the city of Surat, carrying the stolen talisman of an Indian Rajah.

There he encounters Zarmina Miller. She is rich and beautiful, but her infamous haughtiness has earned her a nickname: “The Ice Widow”. Jamie is instantly tempted by the challenge she presents.

But when it becomes clear that Zarmina’s step-son is involved in the plot, he begins to see another side to her – a dark past to rival his own and a heart just waiting to be thawed. But is it too late? ”

divider-NEWMonsoon mists is third book in the epic Kinross series, that started with Trade winds and then Highland storms. It can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest you read them in order. I can guarantee you won’t want to miss any part of this majestic saga.

Sweeping the globe, James reaches India, hoping to escape his troubled past. He meets Zarmina and their turbulent romance tries to gain a foot hold against all odds.

Monsoon mists is full of intrigue and adventure, enough to keep any reader hooked from the first page. At its core is a heart warming romance that will melt the most stoic of hearts.

Christina Courtenay is an author of impeccable talent and her books have become a bench mark for quality and exceptional detailed stories. If you haven’t read any of her other novels, I can highly recommend all her works.

The Kinross series is an exciting romantic series that should not be missed. Five stars are not enough to extol how highly I rate this series.




Review: Doctor January by Rhoda Baxter

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“If you keep looking back, you might miss what’s standing right in front of you …
Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth’s finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She’s even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles.

So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth’s arms, she’s totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn’t the man she thought he was … Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there’s more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who’s meant to love and protect her.

Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon’s placid surface before he destroys everything she’s worked for, both inside and outside the lab? ”

divider-NEWDoctor January is a brilliant novel with so much charm. It has the now trade-marked Rhoda Baxter wit- that will make you cry from laughter.

Beth is besotted with Gordon, but all he does is break her heart. Blinded by her love for him, she can’t see how toxic he really is. He is a bully – whom I think is secretly jealous of her, because he all he seems to want to do is destroy her. I hated Gordon; but that is okay, because I think I was a suppose to.

I adored Hibs, to me he was a perfect gentleman. It was just a shame Beth didn’t notice him sooner, because it would have saved her a lot of heart ache.

What I loved so much about Rhoda Baxter’s work, is that it is all rooted in reality. As you read, you see the relationships blossom and you know exactly why her characters end up feeling the way the do.

Doctor January is a charming read with wonderful rich characters. It is both humorous and heart-warming and will definitely pull on your heart-strings. Chances are you will shout out  obscenities towards Gordon at certain parts like I did, but he deserves it.

Doctor January is the perfect addition to your summer reads. I highly recommend, as you will not be disappointed.


Review: From Paris with love by Samantha Tonge


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“From the bestselling author of Doubting Abbey

Every girl dreams of hearing those four magical words Will you marry me? But no-one tells you what’s supposed to happen next…

Fun-loving Gemma Goodwin knows she should be revelling in her happy-ever-after. Except when her boyfriend Lord Edward popped the question, after a whirlwind romance, although she didn’t say no….she didn’t exactly say yes either!

A month-long cookery course in Paris could be just the place to make sure her heart and her head are on the same page… And however disenchanted with romance Gemma is feeling, the City of Love has plenty to keep her busy; the champagne is decadently quaffable, the croissants almost too delicious, and shopping is a national past-time! In fact, everything in Paris makes her want to say Je t’aime… Except Edward!

But whilst Paris might offer plenty of distractions from wedding planning – including her new friends, mysterious Joe and hot French rockstar Blade – there’s no reason she couldn’t just try one or two couture dresses is there? Just for fun…”

Elder Park Book Reviews:

“Gemma and Edward are back for their next hilarious adventure. Samantha Tonge pulled out all the stops for this one and it is larger than life. From “Paris with love” is the follow up book to “Doubting Abbey” where we first met Edward, as Gemma impersonated his Cousin Abbey to win a reality television show and feel in love. From “ Paris with love” can be read as a stand alone novel but I recommend you read “Doubting Abbey” because it was so much fun. Samantha Tonge brings Paris alive with all sights and sounds of the metro and Eiffel tower but adds her own unique je ne sais quoi to make the city truly come alive. I have to admit I now have a literary crush on Edward. He is such an amazing character who has really come into his own and proved himself to be a modern day Mr. Darcy. Gemma is just as bonkers as ever. Within minutes of getting off the plane from England, Gemma is embroiled in a intrigue of Emma Peel proportions. “From Paris with love” is a tour de force of a novel that with compel you to read from cover to cover in one sitting. I can not wait for Gemma and Edward’s next adventure. I highly recommend. Be warned, this book is so funny – you will laugh out loud and chances of falling in love with Edward are very high.”

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Samantha Tonge lives in Cheshire with her lovely family, and two cats who think they are dogs. When not writing, she spends her days cycling and willing cakes to rise. She has sold over 80 short stories to women’s magazines. Her bestselling debut novel, Doubting Abbey, came out in November 2013.





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Guest Post: Annie Lyons

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The Moment I Knew I Wanted To Be A Writer

I don’t know if many people’s dreams are born in a poorly-lit classroom in one of the more salubrious parts of south-east London, but mine was. I had enrolled on a creative writing course at my local adult education centre when my second child was eight months old. I felt that my brain was beginning to fester like something lurking at the back of the fridge and I needed to re-engage with people over the age of two. I can’t tell you how exciting those first few hours were back in the company of adults. The world seemed bright with possibility. My classmates were as diverse a group as you could ever hope to meet, each bringing a different spark of insight on the world. It was like returning to school but in a good way because we all wanted to be there. I sat with my fellow writers (for that’s what we instantly became) during the tea-break, nibbling a flapjack and sipping weak coffee from a Styrofoam cup and fell in love with the world again.

9781472017123There were exercises to stimulate the imagination, books to read and homework! I loved the homework. One week we were given an open brief: write a short story about anything you like, to be circulated for review. This was an enjoyable task, particularly when you got to scrutinise other people’s work – everyone’s a critic after all. However, when it came to the week when you were put under the spotlight, well that was a different matter. Our group consisted of serious writers, part-time scribblers and those who wanted to give it a go but didn’t think they’d be any good and probably needed to be shaken by the shoulders and told to get on with it. I was a founder member of the third category. ‘Just write about what you know,’ said my ever-patient husband. ‘I only know about fish fingers and sippy-cups,’ I wailed. ‘Well write about those then.’ I didn’t. I wrote a story about a man who is granted three wishes by a belligerent fairy he meets in the pub one day. I submitted it to my writing colleagues and waited a week, trying to dismiss the churning fear that I would be laughed out of the classroom. It turned out they liked it. One classmate berated me for using bad language. Fair enough. Another suggested building the characters a little more. Duly noted. One man, the most critical of our number and someone who always had a lot to say turned to me, his face impossible to read. ‘I have to tell you,’ he began. I held my breath. ‘That I just wish I could write something as good as that.’

And that was the moment. The moment I realised that I might have a future with this writing lark; that I might have finally found something I was good at and would love to do as a job. ‘Brilliant,’ I thought as I drove home that evening. ‘I’ll become a writer then.’ It would take another five years and two books before I felt confident enough to call myself a writer again. But that’s another story…

Annie Lyons is the best-selling author of Not Quite Perfect (now available in paperback) and Not Quite Perfect Christmas (A Short Story). Her new novel Dear Lizzie is published by Carina and is available as an eBook.

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