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September 2019

I’m delighted to introduce my latest release to you. The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, Book 4 in my Lairds Most Likely series, is out 27th September on all platforms.

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:

Amazon

Amazon U.K.

Amazon Australia

Amazon Canada

Kobo

iTunes Australia

iTunes

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

Over the next few days, I’ll be putting up an excerpt so keep an eye out for those.

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!

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August 2019

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!

Here are the Amazon buy links:

The Seduction of Lord Stone

Tempting Mr. Townsend

Winning Lord West

Pursuing Lord Pascal

Charming Sir Charles

Catching Captain Nash

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!

 

 

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July 2019

Welcome to July and to a website update at last arriving at the start of the month! Cheers and felicitations, please!

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!

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June 2019

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

March/April 2020 The Highlander’s English Bride

End of August 2020 The Highlander’s Rescued Maiden

End of October 2020 The Highlander’s Christmas Lassie

Keep an eye out for updates.

It’s been a really busy month, including not only a flight home to Australia from Paris but the Festival Du Roman Feminin and the Rainforest Writing Retreat at O’Reilly’s.

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.

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May 2019

Apologies for yet another late Latest News! At least it’s VERY latest this time round. Through all the moves around with the trip, I’ve got a little behind with things!

Anyway, firstly, I’d like to thank everyone who picked up The Highlander’s Lost Lady, and especially those people who took the trouble to leave a review or to contact me privately about how much you enjoyed Diarmid and Fiona’s story. It’s made a good showing on the bestseller lists on Amazon and Smashwords.

Reviews have started to come in too and I’m delighted that they’ve been really positive. I’ll start out with this 5/5 star review from Rose Marie at Rose is Reading: “I have enjoyed each and every story in this series, but this one blew me away! Ms. Campbell never disappoints in delivering a well-written story, full of suspense, humor, and love. It’s a fabulous story I struggled to put down. Highly recommend this book and series!”

Tracy at Flippin’ Pages gave my new story 4.5 stars out of 5 and says, “I am happy to recommend this book and can’t wait for the next one!!”

Reviews have also come in from Heather at the Australian Romance Readers Association for first two books in the series, The Laird’s Willful Lass, and The Laird’s Christmas Kiss. Heather says Willful Lass is “a great start to the Lairds series.” This is what she says about Christmas Kiss: “I’m not sure I can come up with enough synonyms to describe Ms Campbell’s stories. They are always delightful, the characters somewhat cheeky, and have interesting twists. I’m enjoying the Lairds series and this story was no exception.”

For those planning well ahead, I’m delighted to say that there will be three more books in my Lairds Most Likely series. The Highlander’s English Bride will be out later this year, there will be a Christmas novella, and then a final story to finish up the series in style in the first half of 2020. Can’t get enough of those Highlanders and I found such inspiration when I visited the beautiful Isle of Canna near Skye that I couldn’t resist adding another tale of passion and adventure to the others.

I’m still traveling (currently in England so don’t miss out on the next On the Road with Anna Campbell post on the Romance Dish at the end of the month) but will be home in two weeks. Coming up shortly are two events that you really shouldn’t miss if you’re in the area.

First up for French readers is the Festival du Roman Féminin:

Dates : Vendredi 24 mai et Samedi 25 mai 2019
Lieu : MAS PARIS – 10/18 rue des terres au curé – 75013 PARIS
Accès : Métro porte d’Ivry, Olympiades ou Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
https://mas-paris.fr/
 
From 31st May to 2nd June, I’m one of the presenters at the Rainforest Retreat at beautiful O’Reilly’s in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Check out the details of this year’s retreat – it looks fabulous and that setting is unparalleled. Book soon for this one! It regularly books out.
In this month’s My Favorite Things, we’ve finally reached the announcement of my book of the year. Click the link to see what it is – and if you haven’t read it, grab it now! You won’t be sorry.

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April 2019

April is a very exciting month for me as it sees the release of my first new story for 2019. On 29th April for Amazon readers, Book 3 in my Lairds Most Likely series hits the shelves. It comes out on other platforms on 6th May. Here’s the blurb for The Highlander’s Lost Lady:

A Highlander as brave and strong as a knight of old…

When Diarmid Mactavish, Laird of Invertavey, discovers a mysterious woman washed up on his land after a wild storm, he takes her in and tries to find her family. But even as forbidden dreams of sensual fulfillment torment him, he’s convinced that this beautiful lassie isn’t what she seems. And if there’s one thing Diarmid despises, it’s a liar.

A mother willing to do anything to save her daughter…

Widow Fiona Grant has risked everything to break free of her clan and rescue her adolescent daughter from a forced marriage. But before her quest has barely begun, disaster strikes. She escapes her brutish kinsmen, only to be shipwrecked on Mactavish territory where she falls into her enemies’ hands. For centuries, a murderous feud has raged between the Mactavishes and the Grants, so how can she trust her darkly handsome host?

Now a twisted Highland road leads to danger and passion…and irresistible love. But is love strong enough to banish the past’s long shadows and offer these wary allies all that their hearts desire?

You can read an excerpt on my webpage. Here are some buy links:
 
 
I’m doing a few blog appearances for the new book and almost all of them include an opportunity to win a download of the story. Here are the dates for your diary:
 
24th April Mary Anne Yarde’s Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
29th April On the Road with Anna Campbell on the Romance Dish
2nd May I’m taking over the Drawing Room Facebook page.
 
Last month, I put up a list of forthcoming appearances, including The Festival du Roman Feminin in Paris in May, the Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland in June, and the Historical Romance Retreat in Los Angeles in September. I actually missed out on mentioning one. From 25th and 27th October, I’ll be in Parramatta at the Historical Novel Society of Australasia Conference. Check out the great program here: https://hnsa.org.au/conferences-events/
 
While you’re waiting for The Highlander’s Lost Lady to come out, why not pick up Annie West’s next release? Wedding Night Reunion in Greece is out 16th April and it’s brimming with her trademark emotional depth and steamy passion. Definitely recommended!
 
This month’s My Favorite Things is about one of the best series of books I’ve ever read, Katherine Arden’s Winter Night Trilogy. Check out my thoughts here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/

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March 2019

As I write this, I’m well into my latest European adventure. I’ve had a week in Paris, three weeks in Venice and I’m currently enjoying the wonderful comfort and inspirational surroundings of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland where I’m putting the finishing touches to my next release (more about that below).

The third book in the Lairds Most Likely series is up for pre-order. The Highlander’s Lost Lady will be out on 29th April on all platforms. Here’s the blurb:

A Highlander as brave and strong as a knight of old…

When Diarmid Mactavish, Laird of Invertavey, discovers a mysterious woman washed up on his land after a wild storm, he takes her in and tries to find her family. But even as forbidden dreams of sensual fulfillment torment him, he’s convinced that this beautiful lassie isn’t what she seems. And if there’s one thing Diarmid despises, it’s a liar.

A mother willing to do anything to save her daughter…

Widow Fiona Grant has risked everything to break free of her clan and rescue her adolescent daughter from a forced marriage. But before her quest has barely begun, disaster strikes. She escapes her brutish kinsmen, only to be shipwrecked on Mactavish territory where she falls into her enemies’ hands. For centuries, a murderous feud has raged between the Mactavishes and the Grants, so how can she trust her darkly handsome host?

Now a twisted Highland road leads to danger and passion…and irresistible love. But is love strong enough to banish the past’s long shadows and offer these wary allies all that their hearts desire?

Here are some buy links:

Amazon US
Amazon Australia
Amazon UK
Amazon Canada
Smashwords
Kobo US
iTunes US

iTunes Australia
Barnes and Noble

I’ll get an excerpt up in the next week or so, so make sure you check back for that!

And in more news, check out this beautiful cover for the French edition of A Rake’s Midnight Kiss, released there as Le Plus Precieux des Joyaux (the most precious jewel). It’s out 3rd April from J’ai Lu Pour Elle.

Cassie at Belle Addiction Litteraire reviewed the French translation of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and gave it 10/10! She also called it a “magnificent historical romance.” If you speak French, check out the review!

And now for some news of a few events coming up where you can meet me and a stack of other great authors.

First up, if you’re anywhere near Paris from Friday, 24th May, to Saturday, 25th May, why not come to the Festival du Roman Feminin?

I’m really looking forward to this – I’ll be signing copies of all my French books, including the new ones, Le Chateau des Miroirs and Le Plus Precieux des Joyaux. For details on where it is, how much it costs, and who’s going to be there, check out this site: https://www.facebook.com/FestivalDuRomanFeminin/

Just after I get back to Australia, I’m teaching a workshop at the fabulous Rainforest Writing Retreat at O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in the Gold Coast hinterland. This is Australia’s premier writing retreat, so you don’t want to miss out. There’s a great range of workshops and presenters on offer. This goes from Friday, 31st May to Sunday, 2nd June. For more information and bookings, check out this site: http://www.rainforestwritingretreat.com/

And finally, if you’re an American fan of historical romance, don’t miss the Historical Romance Retreat at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. I went to the first HRR back in 2016 and had a ball and I’m so excited they’ve invited me back again this year. The retreat goes from Wednesday, 11th September to Sunday, 15th September and it promises to be a blast. For details and bookings, check out this site: https://www.historicalromanceretreat.com/

Finally, don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things column. It’s part 2 of a series on my favorite reads of 2018. This month, it’s about my favorite nonfiction books, mainly travel and memoir, as you’ll see. All four books are fantastic and well worth picking up!

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