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November 2018

Wow, November already! Where has the year gone? Lots of news this month, so strap yourself in and grab a cup of your favorite beverage!

First up, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss: The Likely Lairds Book 2 is live on all platforms. Thank you to everyone who picked up my latest book, and especially to those wonderful people who have left reviews (so far, all 5 star on Amazon!). Brody and Elspeth are proving popular with my readers and have been hovering around the top 20 Holiday romance listing on Amazon.com since they hit the shelves.

Just in case you missed it, here’s the blurb:

Down with love!

Ever since she was fifteen, shy wallflower Elspeth Douglas has pined in vain for the attentions of dashing Brody Girvan, Laird of Invermackie. But the rakish Highlander doesn’t even know she’s alive. Now she’s twenty, she realizes that she’ll never be happy until she stops loving her brother’s handsome friend. When family and friends gather at Achnasheen Castle for Christmas, she intends to show the world that’s she’s all grown up, and grown out of silly crushes on gorgeous Scotsmen. So take that, my gallant laddie!

Girls just want to have fun…

Except it turns out that Brody isn’t singing from the same Christmas carol sheet. Elspeth decides she’s not interested in him anymore, just as he decides he’s very interested indeed. In fact, now he looks more closely, his friend Hamish’s sister is pretty and funny and forthright – and just the lassie to share his Highland estate. Convincing his little wren of his romantic intentions is difficult enough, even before she undergoes a makeover and becomes the belle of Achnasheen. For once in his life, dissolute Brody is burdened with honorable intentions, while the lady he pursues is set on flirtation with no strings attached.

Deck the halls with mistletoe!

With interfering friends and a crate of imported mistletoe thrown into the mix, the stage is set for a house party rife with secrets, clandestine kisses, misunderstandings, heartache, scandal, and love triumphant.

For buy links and an excerpt, check out this page on my website: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/lairds-most-likely-series/lairds-christmas-kiss/

As we’re heading toward Christmas, don’t miss my boxed set of previously published Christmas stories, Mistletoe Wishes: A Regency Christmas Collection. Here’s the blurb:

Six breathtakingly romantic Christmas treats from Anna Campbell, together in one collection at last – and all at a bargain price!

The Winter Wife: Will an unexpected meeting on Christmas Eve deliver a second chance at love?

Her Christmas Earl: To save her sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom – and into his power. Now only a hurried Christmas marriage can rescue her reputation.

A Pirate for Christmas: What is vicar’s daughter Bess Farrar to do when the dashing new earl, the man gossip paints as a ruthless pirate, kisses her on their first meeting? Why, kiss him right back of course!

Mistletoe and the Major: After years of war, Major Lord Canforth returns to England a hero. Now he faces his greatest battle—to win the heart of the wife he hasn’t seen since their wedding.

A Match Made in Mistletoe: Serena Talbot makes a wish on the mistletoe—but the mistletoe gets it wrong! A Christmas of chaos and confusion lies ahead. Will mistletoe magic lead to a happy ending?

The Christmas Stranger: At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune. But is Josiah Hale’s arrival lucky for Maggie, the girl Christmas forgot?

Buy information and links to more information about each story, including excerpts, on my website here.

Some reviews have come in during the month. I’m going to start with a wonderful review for The Laird’s Willful Lass: The Lairds Most Likely Book 1 from Tracy at Flippin’ Pages. I love it so much, I’m going to quote it in full:

I really loved this story – It was a straight up love story, no villains, no complicated plot to follow, just a boy and girl falling in love and learning that love is worth any sacrifice. Sigh… Marina and Fergus are wonderful characters, both strong and used to being in charge, watching them learn to compromise was both amusing and poignant. The love scenes in this book were steamy without being overly graphic, the very few secondary characters are great and added to the story without competing for attention, the banter between Fergus and Marina is very entertaining and the ending is sigh worthy. If you are looking for a really good love story without a lot of complications and side stories – this is the book for you!! I am happy to recommend this book and look forward to Hamish and Diarmid’s stories!!

Jonetta at Blue Mood Cafe also really enjoyed Willful Lass: “This was a beautiful story with two well-designed characters who were quite different from those typical of the era.” 4 Stars.

K.M. St. James at Lone Star Reviews gave Tempting Mr. Townsend: The Dashing Widows Book 2 a glowing review, saying, “Author Anna Campbell once again captures the incurable romantic heart.”

And now for something different, I have a lovely review in Croatian of my second Sons of Sin book, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss, from Just Read. If you read Croatian, check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/416456375490990/posts/459848981151729/

I’ve also found the cover for What a Duke Dares in Croatian which is out from Naklada Neptun right now!

Now for some news about events coming up.

The first one is a big Facebook party on 5th November when I take over Bobbi Dumas’s Romance of Reading page for the whole day as part of a month-long celebration of Highlanders (I’ll be in that, och aye!).

There will be giveaways galore, excerpts, fun and games – and maybe a couple of surprises that you won’t want to miss. If you would like to participate, you need to join the Romance of Reading page. Just click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheRomanceofReading/

The other events are a little further in the future but given how quickly things book out, I thought I’d mention them today.

First up is the Festival du Roman Feminin on 24th and 25th May 2019 in Paris (Les Romantiques kind of had me at hello when they invited me!). There’s a wonderful line-up of authors coming to the festival, both French and international, and if you can make it, I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time.

Next is a workshop I’m running as part of the Rainforest Writing Retreat at O’Reilly’s Resort up on the beautiful Lamington Plateau outside Brisbane from 31st May to 2nd June 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity for writers to get together with like-minded people and to learn from some of the best in the business. For bookings and more information: http://www.rainforestwritingretreat.com/

Another one for next year, too. I’m going to be one of the featured authors at the Historical Romance Retreat, held at the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, Riverside, California, from 11th to 15th September, 2019. This is one you won’t want to miss. I was a guest at the inaugural HRR back in 2016 at the Historic Davenport Hotel in Spokane and it was one of the best conventions I’ve ever been to.

Phew! I told you there was a lot of news this month! One final piece of information for you. The series on classic Hollywood musicals on the My Favorite Things page is proving really popular – thanks to everyone who has read the pieces and commented on Facebook and Twitter. This month’s entry is a movie that vies for the spot as my absolutely favorite musical – The Bandwagon from 1953. Check out my thoughts here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/

 

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October 2018

New releases are coming thick and fast right now. Last month, I told you about Mistletoe Wishes, my boxed set of six of my previously published Christmas stories which is now on sale (for more details, visit this page) at a bargain price. This month, I’ve got news of my Christmas story for this year which is currently up for pre-order and will come out on 27th October on Kindle and 31st October on all other platforms.

The Laird’s Christmas Kiss: The Lairds Most Likely book 2 is the next entry in the Lairds Most Likely series which started last July with my well-received The Laird’s Willful Lass. It takes place at Achnasheen Castle and recounts the romance of bluestocking Elspeth Douglas and rakish Brody Girvan, Fergus Mackinnon’s cousin and the laird of the title. Here’s the blurb:

Down with love!

Ever since she was fifteen, shy wallflower Elspeth Douglas has pined in vain for the attentions of dashing Brody Girvan, Laird of Invermackie. But the rakish Highlander doesn’t even know she’s alive. Now she’s twenty, she realizes that she’ll never be happy until she stops loving her brother’s handsome friend. When family and friends gather at Achnasheen Castle for Christmas, she intends to show the world that’s she’s all grown up, and grown out of silly crushes on gorgeous Scotsmen. So take that, my gallant laddie!

Girls just want to have fun…

Except it turns out that Brody isn’t singing from the same Christmas carol sheet. Elspeth decides she’s not interested in him anymore, just as he decides he’s very interested indeed. In fact, now he looks more closely, his friend Hamish’s sister is pretty and funny and forthright – and just the lassie to share his Highland estate. Convincing his little wren of his romantic intentions is difficult enough, even before she undergoes a makeover and becomes the belle of Achnasheen. For once in his life, dissolute Brody is burdened with honorable intentions, while the lady he pursues is set on flirtation with no strings attached.

Deck the halls with mistletoe!

With interfering friends and a crate of imported mistletoe thrown into the mix, the stage is set for a house party rife with secrets, clandestine kisses, misunderstandings, heartache, scandal, and love triumphant.

As you can see, there are elements of both Cinderella and the Ugly Duckling in this one, all wrapped up in a bright red Christmas bow. And if you pre-order, you get all this Christmassy goodness for the bargain price of only 99 cents on Amazon! Upon release, the price goes up to $2.99 on Amazon and $3.99 on all other platforms so get in quick!

You can pre-order The Laird’s Christmas Kiss from all good e-tailers, including:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Amazon Australia

Amazon Canada

iTunes

iTunes Australia

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

Look out for the next full-length installment in this series in early 2019. I’m currently working on The Laird’s Lost Lady and it’s going to be a humdinger, the most dramatic story I’ve written in quite a while!

While you’re waiting for The Laird’s Christmas Kiss to hit your e-reader, why not pick up USA Bestseller Annie West’s latest, Her Forgotten Lover’s Heir, which is out later this month. This is a great story, full of twists and turns and Annie’s trademark emotional power about a girl who wakes up with no memory in a Rome hospital after an accident. She’s pregnant and the man who claims to be her husband is a stranger. Wow, high stakes romance! You can buy this at all good retailers, including Amazon.

This month’s My Favorite Things column follows on from September’s about Singin’ in the Rain which was fantastically popular. Thanks to everyone who swung by to read it. I’m still talking about favorite movie musicals, and this time, I’m looking at Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in Funny Face from 1957.

 

 

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September 2018

 

First up this month, I’m delighted to announce the release of Mistletoe Wishes: A Regency Christmas Collection, the boxed set of my previously published Christmas stories, The Winter Wife, Her Christmas Earl, A Pirate for Christmas, Mistletoe and the Major, A Match Made in Mistletoe, and The Christmas Stranger. You can get all six at the bargain price of only $3.99 on Amazon and $4.99 on other platforms. Here’s the blurb:

Six breathtakingly romantic Christmas treats from Anna Campbell, together in one collection at last – and all at a bargain price!

The Winter Wife: Will an unexpected meeting on Christmas Eve deliver a second chance at love?

Her Christmas Earl: To save her sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom – and into his power. Now only a hurried Christmas marriage can rescue her reputation.

A Pirate for Christmas: What is vicar’s daughter Bess Farrar to do when the dashing new earl, the man gossip paints as a ruthless pirate, kisses her on their first meeting? Why, kiss him right back of course!

Mistletoe and the Major: After years of war, Major Lord Canforth returns to England a hero. Now he faces his greatest battle—to win the heart of the wife he hasn’t seen since their wedding.

A Match Made in Mistletoe: Serena Talbot makes a wish on the mistletoe—but the mistletoe gets it wrong! A Christmas of chaos and confusion lies ahead. Will mistletoe magic lead to a happy ending?

The Christmas Stranger: At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune. But is Josiah Hale’s arrival lucky for Maggie, the girl Christmas forgot?

You can buy Mistletoe Wishes at:

Amazon

Amazon Australia

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Smashwords

iTunes

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

The stories are still on sale individually so if you only want to pick up one or two to complete your collection, please just click on the link for each title above.

Thank you to everyone who bought my most recent release, The Laird’s Willful Lass, Book 1 of the Lairds Most Likely series. There have been some lovely reviews, too.

Lisa at Buried Under Romance has this to say: “How wonderful! We have two strong willed, confident and poised people looking for, and finding, love without knowing it. They drive each other crazy with their dictatorial assertiveness, which turns into, “Methinks thou dost protest too much.” Watching them each learn the art of compromise was charming! I completely enjoyed this story. Once again, Ms. Campbell brings us characters that we can get behind, cheer for and enjoy.”

Rose at Roses Are Blue says: “My favorite aspect of The Laird’s Willful Lass is that the whole story is basically Marina and Fergus spending time with each other and falling in love.  There is no outside interference, just two strong willed people who will have to make compromises if they are to have a future.  I also really appreciate that neither of them was too stubborn to listen to the other’s opinion, or to reevaluate their own thoughts on the way they feel things should be.  I love the sacrifice Fergus was willing to make, and I love Marina’s response even more.  The Laird’s Willful Lass is a romantic and satisfying read with plenty of steam and heart.” 4 roses.

Jessie at Night Owl Reviews says: “Anna Campbell is one of my favorite historical romance authors because her stories are consistently good. The Laird’s Willful Lass is another winner with the author’s ability to layer in historical details while creating strong female characters that get happily ever afters.” 4 stars.

Jaci at The Reading Wench says: “Absolutely Stunning!!  I love handsome rugged Highlanders, especially if they are created by Anna Campbell…Anna’s writing is witty and emotionally satisfying.  The sensual attraction is hot! She will keep you enthralled from the first page to the last.  I am a fan and will be adding this one to my keeper shelf with all my other Anna Campbell Historical Romances.  I highly recommend this book.”

Finally for this batch of reviews, Helen at Romance Book Haven gave Laird 5 stars and says: “Ms. Campbell has taken me on magical trip back in time to the Scottish Highlands, my dream holiday location, with the start of her new series. I always look forward to a new Anna Campbell book and I have never been disappointed. This one is a beauty, sensual with such witty banter and humor throughout. This journey to a HEA that is between two very strong and stubborn people will have you turning the pages. Clear your calendar because you are not going to want to put this one down once you start.”

Swing back next month because I’ll have news about my Christmas story for this year, another Lairds Most Likely installment called The Laird’s Christmas Kiss. It’s out at the end of October but it will be up for pre-order at the end of September.

This month’s My Favorite Things is the start of a series about some beloved Hollywood musicals. And what better film to launch my musings with than the brilliant Singin’ in the Rain? Check it out!

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August 2018

The big news in Campbellandia this month is that the first book in the Lairds Most Likely series, The Laird’s Willful Lass, is out on Kindle, with other platforms to follow on the 7th August.

This full-length story is a Regency romance set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and I had a wonderful time with my stubborn laird and his fiery beloved. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.

Hopefully next month, I’ll have some reviews to share with you but in the meantime, if you’d like to read an excerpt or check out buy links, please visit the Laird’s webpage: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/the-likely-lairds-series/the-lairds-willful-lass/

Thank you to the very many of you who have picked up this latest story. I’m delighted to say that the book hit top 10 hot new Scottish releases and top 20 Scottish romances on Amazon before it was even released! I’m also rapt that my laird featured in USA Today’s Happy Ever After Column as a hot new indie release to keep an eye on.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, keep your eyes peeled for some very special giveaways in conjunction with my new Scottish series, The Lairds Most Likely. While I was in beautiful Poolewe on the far north-west coast of Scotland, I raided the local National Trust for Scotland shop for some gorgeous silk scarves and postcards that I’ll be offering as prizes over the next few weeks and then for later releases in the series. For a sneak peek, here’s a photo of one of them.

Looking forward to releases for the rest of the year, I’m doing a boxed set of my Christmas stories which will be out at a bargain price in late September, then I’m releasing the second story in the Lairds Most Likely series, a novella called The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, in late October.

If you’d like to make sure you never miss a new release, why not join my mailing list? Please just email me on AnnaCampbellOz@hotmail.com or get onto me via my contact page on this website.

For readers in Romania, I have great news for you. The first two Sons of Sin books, Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and A Rake’s Midnight Kiss, are going to be released in your country in the near future. Stay tuned for further announcements.

The lovely people at AllAuthor conducted an in-depth interview with me last month. So if you’d like to know more about my life, my writing and my books, why not check it out?

For the aspiring writers among you, I’ve added three new articles to my website:

Moving On Up – Writing Your Next Novel

The Lure of the Familiar – Turning Points in a Romance Novel

And They All Lived Epiloguey Ever After – Do You Need an Epilogue for Your Romance Novel?

Don’t miss Annie West’s new Hot Italian Nights story which is out 1st August. Burning for the Italian has all Annie’s signature emotion and heat, and you’ll love the glamorous Roman setting. While it’s part of a series, you can read it as a standalone and it’s a great bargain at only 99 cents! Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Burning-Italian-Hot-Nights-Book-ebook/dp/B07CYWTCWY/

My Favorite Things this month is a visual feast of sunrise photos from my early morning walks along the seafront around the corner from my house. I hope you enjoy them!

And speaking of photos, I thought I’d end with some pictures of the glorious Scottish Highlands and Islands, the scenery that inspired the Lairds Most Likely series, which begins with The Laird’s Willful Lass, out now!

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