Hot on the heels of The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, my release at the end of September, I’m delighted to announce that my 2019 Christmas story is coming out 26th November on Amazon and on 2nd December on all other platforms. Huzzah!
She’s found the man for her, but he has no plans to stay on her island. Perhaps it’s time to try a little sabotage!
Scotland. 1725. The moment she sees handsome Dougal Drummond, Kirsty Macbain tumbles headlong into love. A chance storm a few days before Christmas has blown the gallant Highlander off-course to her father’s isle of Askaval, but once he’s repaired his boat, Dougal is determined to continue on his way. His bright blue eyes are firmly fixed on valiant deeds and a distant horizon. What does he care for a smart-mouthed, independent lassie who forms no part of his plans for his future?
Kirsty is convinced that if only she can keep Dougal on Askaval, he’ll see how perfect they are together. With his boat out of action, he’s trapped in her company. Some surreptitious midnight destruction with a drill and a hammer might help true love to win out. On the other hand, if Dougal discovers what she’s been up to, there will be the devil to pay.
Will this madcap Christmas deliver Kirsty’s heart’s desire – or will her scheming see Dougal sail away to a life without her?
Find out more about the story on my website here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/lairds-most-likely-series/the-highlanders-christmas-quest/ I’ll be putting up an excerpt in the next few weeks.
I’ve received another fabulous 5 star review for Book 4 in my Lairds series, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, this time from Rose at Rose Is Reading: “Anna Campbell did an amazing job with Callum & Mhairi’s story! Fabulous characters, feuding clans, and Anna’s trademark witty dialogue throughout, and you end up with a captivating and entertaining story with a perfect ending! I loved it and look forward to what Ms. Campbell has for us next!”
I love seeing foreign covers – and this cover for the Slovenian edition of Untouched is just gorgeous. If you’re a Slovenian reader and would like to pick it up, you can order it from: http://felix.si/zenski-romani/16308-nedotaknjen-zepna-knjiga-9789610042983.html.
In other news, as we head toward the Christmas season, I’m preparing my six stand-alone seasonal novellas for print. There will be three volumes with two stories in each:
Make sure you check back next month for details of where to pick them up. They’ll make wonderful Christmas gifts!
My last public appearance for the year is on a romance panel at the wonderful GenreCon which is on at the State Library in Brisbane from 22nd to 24th November. For more details, visit the GenreCon website: https://genrecon.com.au/
And don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things column. It’s continuing my series on recent interesting reads, this time featuring memoirs.
Well, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive is now out in the world and making a lot of friends. It made a good showing on a couple of top 100 lists on Amazon where it’s currently sitting on 4.5 stars. It’s on 4.3 on GoodReads, and some stellar reviews have started to come in.
Helen at Romance Book Haven gave the story 5 stars and says, “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
Amy at Historical Romance Lover says, “I loved the latest addition to Campbell’s The Lairds Most Likely series. I loved reading the interaction between Callum and Mhairi, most of which had me laughing out loud.” 5 stars.
You can read the blurb and an excerpt here. You can pick up my latest Highlander from all good retailers, including:
If The Highlander’s Defiant Captive is your introduction to my Lairds Most Likely series, why not try the other 3 books in the series, The Laird’s Willful Lass, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, and The Highlander’s Lost Lady? Just click on the titles and it will take you to a page where you can find more information and buying links.
Even more good news about my Lairds! Next month, I’m releasing this year’s Christmas story, The Highlander’s Christmas Kiss. Look out for a cover, a blurb, an excerpt, and purchasing links over the next few weeks.
While I’m talking about reviews, check out Anna Belfrage’s wonderful Discovering Diamonds review of Lord Garson’s Bride from my Dashing Widows series. “For those who enjoy well-written and layered historical romance, this novel is a treat. Neither Hugh nor Jane are stereotyped, their reactions and feelings easy to relate to. Add to this the historical setting, the swish of expensive evening gowns, the glitter of jewels and of polished Hessians, and I am swept away to another time, another place, all the while keeping my fingers crossed that Ms Campbell will somehow find a way to give Hugh and Jane the Happily Ever After they deserve!”
I’ve been out and about quite a bit over the last month. If you’d like to know more about my writing journey and current projects, check out this Journeys of Romance podcast where bestselling historical author Jess Michaels talked to me for over an hour about everything from pen names to how I got started to the pleasures of being part of the writing community: http://www.authorjessmichaels.com/podcasts/
Historical mystery author Pam Lecky also talked to me about everything including the kitchen sink when she interviewed me for her blog this month. Check out the great interview here: https://pamlecky.com/2019/09/14/a-conversation-with-author-anna-campbell/
I talk about why I write historical romance in an article over at Originality by Design. Historical fiction author Grace Augustine invited me to be her guest and talk about why I love this wonderful genre in a piece called Loving the Alien. You can find the column here: http://originalitybydesign.blogspot.com/2019/10/loving-alien-by-anna-campbell.html
Speaking of being out and about, I thought you might enjoy a couple of photos from the wonderful Historical Romance Retreat I attended in mid-September at the fabulous Mission Inn and Spa at Riverside near Los Angeles.
And next, three photos of me in the fabulous costumes that my friend Bronwyn Parry made for me. I particularly love the picture in the middle where I got to ham it up with a Highlander!
Do you follow me on Facebook? If you do, there’s lots more great photos of my American trip already up and still more to come. Here’s the page link: https://www.facebook.com/annacampbell.writer
Don’t miss Annie West’s latest masterpiece, Demanding His Desert Queen, book 2 in her Royal Brides for Desert Brothers mini series (although it can be read as a standalone). This one’s brimming with Annie’s trademark emotion and passion and sensuality. You’ll love it. I sure did!
Finally, I’m talking about three romances I recently read and enjoyed over on My Favorite Things this month. Check out my reading recommendations here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/
If any of you have read The Laird’s Willful Lass, Book 1 in the series, you may remember Fergus telling Marina about a tempestuous romance in the legendary past that united two feuding clans. Well, Defiant Captive tells Callum Mackinnon and Mhairi Drummond’s story. It’s set in the wild and woolly 17th century and it’s very old school. I had enormous fun playing in a different sandpit with this one and I hope you’ll enjoy it too, and like how this story links up with my Regency Scottish releases.
Here’s the blurb:
Peace in the glens means war in the bedchamber!
In a time of heroes, the greatest hero of all is Callum Mackinnon, Laird of Achnasheen. Brave, reckless, canny, and handsome enough to turn any lassie weak at the knees, Callum is a legend in the wild corner of the Highlands where he rules. Now the young laird is determined to choose a new path for his clan and end the violent feud with the Drummonds, a conflict that has painted the glens red with blood for centuries. This means taking Bonny Mhairi Drummond, the Rose of Bruard, as his wife. When negotiations with her pig-headed father break down, Callum seizes matters into his own hands and kidnaps the fairest maiden in Scotland, swearing to make her his own.
Bonny Mhairi is the adored only child of Clan Drummond’s doughty chieftain and she’s inherited all her father’s courage and stubbornness. Not to mention his undying hatred for anyone called Mackinnon. When the Mackinnon chieftain steals her away from her home and vows to woo her into accepting him as her husband, she swears that she’ll never consent to be his bride. But trapped inside her foe’s castle, Mhairi finds it hard to cling to old certainties. She detests her arrogant jailer, even as he sparks a fierce, forbidden hunger in her soul.
Loving the enemy…
As Callum and Mhairi wage their passionate war of hearts, danger, treachery and desire circle closer and closer. When her father’s army masses at the gates of Achnasheen, will Mhairi prove herself a Drummond now and forever? Or will new allegiances trump ancient hatred, as the desperate laird battles to win the lass he loves more than his life?
You can pre-order The Highlander’s Defiant Captive from:
Over the next few days, I’ll be putting up an excerpt so keep an eye out for that.
As I write this, I’m only a week away from flying to the U.S. to attend the Historical Romance Retreat at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside from 11th to 15th September. I hope to see you there. The Saturday with its humungous book fair is free so even if you can’t attend the whole event, why not come to that? I’ll have copies of my fresh out of the printers paperback Dashing Widows books to sign, as well as my Sons of Sin books.
By the way, if you’d like to pick up paperback editions of the Dashing Widows, I’ve put links up on each individual book’s page on the website. If you click on the Dashing Widows link under books, it will take you to a list with links.
There’s also a possibility of a reader get-together in Washington D.C. or surrounds on Saturday, 28th September. I’ve just put up a Facebook Event post so please register your interest if you’d like to come. At this stage, I’m just gauging interest. If there’s a few of us, I’ll go ahead and organize a venue. Here’s the link to the Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/events/672098683294567/
Have any of you wondered how I got from there to here? I did a career review post for Women Writers, Women Books last month that I’ve had really excellent feedback on. Check it out here: http://booksbywomen.org/independently-minded-one-womans-journey-from-traditional-to-self-publishing-by-anna-campbell/
Last month, I also received another wonderful review of The Highlander’s Lost Lady. Kathy of Kathy’s Review Corner calls the story: “Another enjoyable foray into Ms. Campbell’s Lairds Most Likely series.”
A couple of bits and pieces of foreign translation news. Check out this lovely cover for the new Polish edition of A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. How romantic is that? I also have a release date and a title for the French edition of A Scoundrel by Moonlight. It’s out 4th December 2019 and it’s called Le Scelerat (the scoundrel). Cover coming soon!
I hope you’ve been enjoying the last few My Favorite Things columns where I’ve been talking in more detail about some of the lovely places I went to in this year’s European excursion. This month it’s the turn of beautiful and romantic Deene Park in Northamptonshire. Lots of spectacular photos and a couple of hints about future writing projects inspired by this wonderful house. Check it out!
It’s August! And do you know what that means? Only a month until I fly to California for the fantastic Historical Romance Retreat at the Mission Hotel and Spa in Los Angeles.
If you’re a historical romance fan, don’t miss out on this. There’s some great events and authors, and besides that, I’m not sure when I’ll get back to the States again so it’s a great chance for me to meet my readers face to face.
More information here: https://www.historicalromanceretreat.com/
Before that, I’ve got some wonderful news for my readers, especially the very many of you who have asked about print copies of my newer books. Right now, you can buy the first 6 Dashing Widows books in print from Amazon (other outlets to follow). The editions are just beautiful – it’s lovely to see Hang Le’s gorgeous covers in larger format! The books released so far are $8.99 U.S. from Amazon and make a really lovely set. I should also have some for sale for the big signing at the Historical Romance Retreat – an extra incentive to be there!
I’m also hoping to have print copies of Lord Garson’s Bride before the HRR so watch this space. Next books off the old print block will be the Christmas stories so check back for news about those too.
It’s Bobbi Dumas’s wonderful Read a Romance Month, and I’m delighted that I’m featured on her The Romance of Reading Blog on 5th August. There’s a great giveaway too so make sure you swing by and see what magical event in my reading and writing life I’m talking about (the magic of books is this year’s theme).
Here’s the calendar:
Many of you will remember that in 2017, I visited Slovenia where I met some really dedicated romance readers. Such an inspiring event! I’m now delighted to let readers in Slovenia know that my first three books, Claiming the Courtesan, Untouched, and Tempt the Devil will be released in translation there from Ucila/Felix. Claiming the Courtesan is out now! Isn’t that a spectacular cover?
I’ve done a long interview about all sorts of things on Fiona Mcvie’s blog, including my writing journey, advice for writers, some great reads, and fun stuff like who would play my latest hero on screen. Check it out! https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2019/07/08/here-is-my-interview-with-anna-campbell/
I’ve also written an article about my journey from traditional to independent publishing for the online magazine, Women Writers; Women(s) Books. That will appear at the end of the month.
If you’re in Australia and you’d like to meet me personally, there’s two great chances coming up.
The first one is the Historical Novelists of Australasia conference in Parramatta in October. The second one is GenreCon at the State Library of Queensland in November. Just click on the links for more information.
If you’re a fan of really emotional, steamy contemporary romance, don’t miss Annie West’s latest, Sheikh’s Royal Baby Revelation, which is out on 20th August. This one has such a high-stakes beginning – kidnapped geologist Tori spends one night of passion with fellow captive Ash, both convinced that the morning brings their execution.
And finally, check out this month’s My Favorite Things column which has lots of photos of gorgeous Belton House which has been described as “the perfect country house.” I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful property back in May and I loved it. You’ll see why!
After much gallivanting, it’s nice to be home again. At least for a little while. If you live on the west coast of the U.S.A. (and even if you don’t!), why not swing by the Historical Romance Retreat in Riverside, California, from 11th to 15th September? It promises to be wonderful and there are some great authors to meet, including me. I’m not sure when I’ll get back to the States so it’s a nice opportunity for me to hang out with readers.
One of the fun things about this month is Christmas in July. I’m delighted to say I’m taking part in a month-long celebration from N.N. Light Book Heaven where you have the chance to win various gift cards and books and find out what 44 great authors like most about Christmas. Bookmark it now: https://www.nnlightsbookheaven.com/christmas-in-july-fete – and why not start entering?
I’m also participating in a charity auction to raise money for band instruments for disadvantaged schools in Kentucky.
My offering is four signed paperbacks of my Sons of Sin series (Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed; A Rake’s Midnight Kiss; What a Duke Dares; A Scoundrel by Moonlight) but make sure you check out everything else up for grabs. The Books for Band 2019 Online Auction is such a worthy cause and there are some great items on their site. Check it out, register, and make sure you bid between 12th and 21st July. Here’s the link: https://www.32auctions.com/books4band2019
A couple of good reviews for my latest Lairds Most Likely release, The Highlander’s Lost Lady.
Barb at Tartan Book Reviews gave the story 5 out of 5 stars and says, “Again this book has beautiful settings, multi-detailed fascinating characters, amazing dialogue, magnificent story lines that will make your heart race. This book is captivating action-packed, fast-paced, page-turning, filled with mental pain, physical abuse, conspiracy, mistrust, deception, deceit, treachery, blackmail, attempted murder, betrayal, intrigue, shattered hearts, trust, forgiveness, heroism, faith, joy, and so much more. An emotional book that tugged at my heartstrings, putting tears in my eyes. I could not put this book down. It had me sobbing like a bairn! So I definitely recommend to read this book with a box of Kleenex!”
Helen from Romance Book Haven also gave my Highlander 5 stars, and calls it, “a fabulous journey to a HEA that will leave you feeling so good.”
Don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things. It’s an extra special one about my visit to the bluebell-covered island of Canna in the Hebrides. Lots and lots of gorgeous photos!
Still late, but not quite as late as last month. Hopefully now I’m home from my big European trip, I’ll be back in the swing of getting my website updates done for the start of the month. At least that’s the plan!
First up, I’ve got a major update about forthcoming books in the bestselling Lairds Most Likely series. Last month, I mentioned that there was a Christmas story and another full-lengther on the way. Well, if you’re a fan of Scottish romance, rejoice, because there are actually going to be five more books in the series with a tentative release schedule as follows:
August/September 2019 The Highlander’s Defiant Captive
End of October 2019 The Highlander’s Christmas Quest
End of August 2020 The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden
End of October 2020 The Highlander’s Christmas Lassie
Keep an eye out for updates.
The picture at the top is from the Festival and I’m holding both French translations of my Sons of Sin books. I’m delighted to announce that the third book in the series will be out 31st July and will be called Follement Amoureuse (previously I’d announced it was called La Belle Voyageuse). French readers can pre-order on Amazon here.
I had a wonderful time at both events and thank you to everyone who gave me such a warm welcome. I’m looking forward to going to the Historical Romance Retreat in California in September, to the Historical Novelists’ Association of Australasia Conference in Sydney in October, and to GenreCon (just announced) in November. Lots of chances to catch up with you all!
Thank you so much to everyone who has picked up The Highlander’s Lost Lady and especially to those people who contacted me to say how much they enjoyed it or left a review.
There have been some lovely reviews coming in from bloggers over the last month. Here’s a selection:
Historical Romance Lover gave the book 5 stars and says, “This was a great addition to the Lairds Most Likely series!! I can’t wait to see what Campbell comes up with next!!”
Jaci, the Reading Wench, also gave the book 5 stars and says, “I really enjoyed this story and know you will too!! Anna has the best Highlanders!”
Jonetta at Blue Mood Cafe says, “I hated to see this one end.” 4 stars.
Rose at Roses Are Blue says, “How I love Diarmid! He’s truly a hero who’s willing to sacrifice his all for the woman he’s come to love. Even through his own pain of knowing that he’ll never have Fiona’s love, or even the comfort of her body, he treats her with care and respect. Fiona struggles to be a good wife and to overcome the wounds that years of abuse have left on her soul. THE HIGHLANDER’S LOST LADY takes the reader on a journey through danger and betrayal, then finally, and satisfyingly, to trust, healing, passion, and ultimately – love.” 4 blue roses.
Finally, don’t miss My Favorite Things this month. It’s a photo essay on my recent trip to Venice. Lots of water and sunlight and beautiful old buildings.