Something else I’m looking forward to is a flurry of new releases at the end of 2020. October offers my readers not one, but TWO new releases. The first is the next installment in the Lairds Most Likely series, The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden which picks up the sensual tone I established with The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress which has proven such a popular read. The other is part of a Christmas anthology which is still under wraps at the moment but which should be out at the beginning of October.
As soon as I get the go-ahead, I’ll put up some info but I promise you’re going to love what’s on offer! The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden should be out in the second half of the month. So make sure you swing back next month to read excerpts and see buy links for both new stories! And then in November, I’m releasing this year’s Christmas story, The Highlander’s Christmas Countess.
The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress has continued to make friends around the world and I want to thank all the people who have taken the time to leave a review or to contact me to say how much you’ve enjoyed the latest story. Here’s a selection of a couple of blogger reviews that have come in over the last few weeks.
Jonetta at the Blue Mood Cafe says, “It’s a lovely story with lots of steamy encounters.”
Rose at Roses Are Blue says “The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress is an emotionally satisfying romance which provides a lovely happy ever after for a deserving couple, and plenty of steam along the way.”
I’m going to quote at length from this next one, mostly because I just love it so darn much. Jaci at the Reading Wench gave the story 5 stars and says:
Anna has hit it out of the park again! Every time I read a new book by Anna I proclaim that this is now my favorite. THIS IS MY FAVORITE OF THE SERIES!!!
Brock and Selina are two people who need each other desperately and Anna knows exactly how to weave a love story that will keep you reading late into the night.
Anna’s characters are just so flawed and perfect. From the first words, they exchange to the HAE I was enthralled. Brock is now my favorite Highlander. “Cruel beauty. I hoped you’d noticed me, yet now you depress my pretensions.” Delicious chills down my spine!! All you have to do is read the first chapter to be hooked!! I read this book in two hours non-stop.
Talk about hot and steamy!!! Just a warning ladies, once you meet Brock your bookshelf will never be the same!! Wild and untamed in bed and the perfect gentleman out of it, well not all the time. A love story that will bring tears to your eyes and smile to your lips. Do not miss this one!!
I’ve done a series of interviews this last month so if you’d like to satisfy your curiosity about my writing process, what’s coming up, or anything else Anna Campbell-ish, check these out.
Sue’s Book Blog with Sudesna Ghosh: https://suesbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/08/20/meet-the-author-anna-campbell/
Dorset Book Detective (nice chance to talk about the historical aspects of my work): https://dorsetbookdetective.wordpress.com/2020/08/03/anna-campbell-interview-i-love-to-play-with-the-tropes-of-historical-romance/?fbclid=IwAR0YhxsDYow4-0EE7L6opzHSS3hq86tdxJdQADXtxTD7K6sAjjJTCDrCXVQ
Author Shehanne Moore’s Blog. This one includes an excerpt of Forbidden Mistress: https://shehannemoore.wordpress.com/2020/07/30/the-anna-campbell-books-are-coming/
This month’s My Favorite Things column talks about three more sets of memoirs that I really enjoyed and that I think you might too. Check it out.
See you in October!
Thanks to everyone who picked up The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress over the last month. I’ve been overwhelmed at the positive reception this one has received. Here’s a few excerpts from the Amazon and Goodreads reviews:
“Ms. Campbell has outdone herself with this book, absolutely a fantastic hot read, with an intriguing story.” 5 stars Goodreads Reviewer
“Ms. Campbell has written another simply divine love story.”5 stars Amazon Reviewer
“I felt like I was on an high-octane ride while reading.” 5 stars. Amazon Reviewer
“Ms. Campbell has outdone herself with this book, absolutely a fantastic hot read, with an intriguing story.” 5 stars Goodreads Reviewer
“This book is the reason Anna Campbell is a one click author for me! Her characters are both likeable and charming. Her words seep into you giving you a hot rush of joy that makes you yearn for the HEA! A must read for all romantics!” 5 stars GoodReads Reviewer
“Her words seep into you giving you a hot rush of joy that makes you yearn for the HEA! A must read for all romantics!” 5 stars Goodreads Reviewer
“The dynamic between Brock and the widowed Selina is hot, and their interactions are beautiful – a slow unfurling of discovering the other half of one’s soul while the sexual tension ramps up so high it melts the snow. Delicious and tender by turn, this is a lovely story of two lost people finding one another.” 5 stars. GoodReads Reviewer
“Her words seep into you giving you a hot rush of joy that makes you yearn for the HEA! A must read for all romantics!” 5 stars. GoodReads Reviewer
If you’d like buy links or you’d like to read an excerpt, here’s the page: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/lairds-most-likely-series/the-highlanders-forbidden-mistress/
If you’re wondering how many more books are left in my bestselling Lairds Most Likely series, I’m hoping to get The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden out at the end of September, then there’s a Christmas story called The Highlander’s Christmas Countess to finish things up. There’s also another Christmas novella which will appear in a multi-author anthology later this year. Details of that are under wraps until next month so please swing back then to find out more! Then the plan is to go back to all the glamour and passion of Regency London with a new series. Again, details under wraps right now but if you liked the Dashing Widows series, you’ll love this new set of books. Promise!
Have you signed up for A Romantic Rendezvous, The Australian Romance Readers Association online convention on Facebook which runs across the first weekend in August? An amazing line-up of international authors, including yours truly. For more information and to register, try this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ARRLD/?source_id=328481653871212
If you’re a regular reader of my website updates, you’ll know I’m a huge fan of Annie West’s emotional and passionate contemporary romances. Annie has a new book out this month and it’s a corker, with a great marriage of convenience story set in beautiful Venice. You can pick up Claiming His Out-of-Bounds Bride from all good book retailers!
My Favorite Things this month continues a round-up of good books I’ve read in the last six months or so. This time, it’s the turn of some great memoirs that I really enjoyed and I think you will too.
The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress has hit the world with a bang, making it into Amazon.com’s top 5,000 and hitting the top 50 and occasionally the top 10 in a number of Amazon lists. Check back next month when I hope to have some reviews to share, but so far reader feedback has been ecstatic about my steamy romance set on the Essex coastline (although the hero is a Scotsman, nach!).
You can buy The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress wherever good e-books are sold, including from these retailers:
You can read a blurb and an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/lairds-most-likely-series/the-highlanders-forbidden-mistress/ Like all my books, The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress can be read as a standalone.
If you’re in Australia and New Zealand, get your skates on because Apple are doing a great promotion that finishes on the 7th July. 10 fabulous romance novels that are first in series, including my The Laird’s Willful Lass, are FREE – so why not grab all 10? Here’s the geographical location-exclusive link, which works best on iPhone or iPad:
“I have always had favorites and now I am adding this one to the top of my list. I absolutely loved this story from beginning to end! Hamish is now my favorite Highlander! Six Feet Five Inches of breathtaking masculinity, honor, and intelligence.
Emily Baylor is a smart young lady who thinks Hamish is arrogant, condescending and so damn beautiful. They have been at loggerheads most of their adult lives. Like oil and water, they just don’t do well together. When a scandal breaks and the only answer is to marry they do so reluctantly. Hamish is willing to try to make a go of the marriage, Emily is not. So Hamish retreats to Scotland and Emily stays in London.
What will it take to bring them together and to realize that they have a chance at a love that will change them forever?
This love story is a roller coaster ride of epic moments that will leave you wanting more. Anna is a master at creating characters that will stay with you long after you have finished her books. All I can say is that I never put this one down until I read the entire book.”
Don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things column. It’s a new piece on some of the books I’ve been reading during lockdown. You might find a new favorite there! http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/
How on earth are we nearly halfway through the year? And what a year it’s been! I hope you’re all safe and well and in a position to burrow deep into the TBR pile. I think it’s a great year for shutting out the world and reading a good book or a hundred!
The big news in my world is that I have a new release at the end of the month. Isn’t that a gorgeous cover? I think it does a wonderful job of portraying the brooding Earl of Bruard, the Highlander hero of the title.
The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress is the steamiest story I’ve written in ages so if you like a hotter read, this might be the book for you. This is book 7 in the Lairds Most Likely series, but like all my stories, it can be read as a standalone.
Here’s the blurb:
A week to be wicked…
Widowed Selina Martin faces another marriage founded on duty, not love. When notorious libertine Lord Bruard invites her to his isolated hunting lodge, he promises discretion – and seven days of hedonistic pleasure before she weds her boorish fiancé. All her life, Selina has done the right thing, but this no-strings-attached chance to discover the handsome rake’s sensual secrets is irresistible. She’ll surrender to her wicked fantasies, seize some brief happiness, then knuckle down to a loveless union. What could possibly go wrong?
In a lifetime of seduction, Brock Drummond, the dashing Earl of Bruard, has never wanted a woman the way he wants demure widow Selina Martin. When Selina agrees to become his temporary lover, he soon falls captive to an enchantment unlike any other. He sets out to slake his white hot desire until only ashes remain, but as each day of forbidden delight passes, the idea of saying goodbye to his ardent mistress becomes more and more unbearable.
When scandal explodes around them and threatens to destroy Selina, Brock is the only person she can turn to. After so short a time, can she trust a man whose name is a byword for depravity?
Will this sizzling liaison prove a mere affair to remember? Or will their week of passion spark a lifetime of happiness for the widow and her dissolute Scottish earl?
I’ve already got the excerpt up, the beginning of the first chapter.
You can pre-order The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress from:
I’d love to share a couple of recent reviews with you. First up, Jonetta at the Blue Mood Cafe loved The Highlander’s English Bride. Let me quote at length: “Hamish and Emily’s journey to find each other and themselves was one I enjoyed immensely. Deep down he was a romantic poet, a side Emily had never seen and didn’t believe she could trust. She was an accomplished scientist operating in a world where women weren’t allowed but had entry through her esteemed father. Losing that independence was a high cost and it took time to develop trust in the man who respected her intelligence. It is a lovely story involving two very admirable, passionate and likable people who you know belong together no matter how their marriage originated. And, the Scotland setting just made this an even more delightful reading experience.”
Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner also enjoyed THEB. “The Highlander’s English Bride was an emotional romance that I truly enjoyed. I loved how dedicated Hamish was to being a good husband. He never tried to interfere. He simply eased Emily’s burdens. Emily’s position in life was precarious. Her father’s health was declining, and as a woman, regardless of the training she had received from him, her options were limited. It was easy to understand her reluctance to accept Hamish as a husband, and poignant to see how she overcame her fears and reach for him. They were the perfect couple for one another.”
And don’t forget that the first book in my Lairds Most Likely series, The Laird’s Willful Lass (4.2 stars on Amazon) is currently only 99 cents! That price is only for a limited time. If you are keen on catching up on the rest of the series, this might be a great place to start.
This month’s My Favorite Things column is the last in the short series of favorite Favorite Things, three more movies for your consideration. Check it out.
Here in the subtropical part of Australia where I live, May is always a month of lovely clear days and crisp nights. Because I ended up cancelling my European trip this year, this is the first May I’ve spent at home in a few years. I’d forgotten how lovely it is on the Sunshine Coast in autumn. I hope wherever you are, you’re happy and healthy and you’ve got plenty to read in your TBR pile!
For your delectation, I’m including a photo of Golden Beach at sunrise near where I live. Do you follow me on Facebook? I’ve been putting up a beach photo every day for a few weeks now as a gesture of solidarity. Check out my pictures!
The big news here is the there’s currently a special running on The Laird’s Willful Lass, book 1 in my Lairds Most Likely series. This has been a real reader favorite and it’s currently sitting on a 4.3 star average on Amazon. Right now, you can pick up the ebook from Amazon U.S. for a mere 99 cents with prices reduced on all other platforms as well. This price is for a limited time only so grab this bargain while it’s still live! Here are some links, but if you search on the title at your book retailer of choice, you should find it at a reduced price.
Thank you to everyone who contacted me to say how much you enjoyed The Highlander’s English Bride. Also thank you to everyone who mentioned the book on social media or left me a review. I very much appreciate the support.
The reaction has been lovely! For example New York Times bestselling author Nicola Cornick said that THEB is “One of the best Regencies I’ve read, brimming with pride and passion and great characters!”
Rose at Roses Are Blue called THEB “my favorite of the series.” Helen at Romance Book Haven gave the book a 5 star rave, saying, “Deep sigh, this is how I feel when I finish one of Anna Campbell’s stories, she never fails to makes me feel so good, I could melt in a puddle of happiness.”
I’ve got a whole heap of reviews for older books to share with you too (always nice when the backlist gets some lurve!). Heather at the Australian Romance Readers Association has been on a bit of a binge of the Lairds Most Likely series. She had this to say about The Highlander’s Lost Lady: “That is how we like our Highlanders!” She called The Highlander’s Defiant Captive “entertaining” in a review here. And finally she picked up The Highlander’s Christmas Quest and had this to say, “This is Ms Campbell’s Christmas gift to readers. I really enjoyed this novella with highly independent Kirsty and the stubborn Dougal. It was very entertaining and I was often shaking my head at Dougal’s stubbornness to believe he was only chasing an urban legend.”
For my French readers, there’s a very positive review from Les Lectures de Mylene of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed which was published by J’ai Lu in France as Le Chateau des Miroirs. Mylene gives the book 17/20 and says, “En bref, j’ai aimé le contexte, les personnages, tout ce qu’ils traversent et les voir tous les deux tomber amoureux alors qu’ils n’auraient jamais imaginé un jour ressentir ça ! Je ne me suis pas ennuyée une seule seconde en leur compagnie, j’attendais avec impatience la bataille finale, j’ai aimé ce huis clos entre eux deux et leur manière de lâcher prise. Le final nous apporte toutes les réponses que l’on pouvait en attendre et on les quitte d’une très jolie manière, avec énormément de tendresse et un grand sourire aux lèvres.”
Also on the subject of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, the Queensland Writers’ Centre has been running a series of recorded readings called Sharing Stories and I got to do a very short excerpt from Rogue. You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeTa20Nq8FE&list=PLrbUXzHWkP_SEX6fOB8kuvgsMhB1-njzK&index=8&t=0s
My other news this month is that there will be a new Lairds Most Likely book out in June. The Highlander’s Forbidden Mistress is the steamiest story I’ve written in a while so if you like a sensual read, this could be the one for you. Check back next month for a blurb and a cover and buy links!
If you’re looking for something great to read this month, look no further than Annie West‘s latest, Contracted to her Greek Enemy. This one’s a barnstormer of a book with a smart-mouthed heroine and a smouldering hero and it’s great fun, as well as brimming with Annie’s trademark intensity. Also it’s Annie’s 40th book for Harlequin Mills and Boon. Wow, what an achievement!
My new My Favorite Things column talks about some favorite places I’ve visited in the UK, so check that out!