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January 2018

My next Dashing Widows story, Lord Garson’s Bride, is now up for pre-order on most platforms (there’s been a slight hiccup with Kobo, but we’re working on that and should have everything right as rain in a few days). This full-length novel follows the story of the man who loved and lost so gallantly in Catching Captain Nash and it features a marriage of convenience that turns out to be anything but convenient (one of my favorite tropes, and I hope yours). Here’s the blurb:

Lord Garson’s dilemma.

Hugh Rutherford, Lord Garson, loved and lost when his fiancée returned to the husband she’d believed drowned. In the three years since, Garson has come to loathe his notoriety as London’s most famous rejected suitor. It’s high time to find a bride, a level-headed, well-bred lady who will accept a loveless marriage and cause no trouble. Luckily he has just the candidate in mind.

A marriage of convenience…

When Lady Jane Norris receives an unexpected proposal from her childhood friend Lord Garson, marriage to the handsome baron rescues her from a grim future. At twenty-eight, Jane is on the shelf and under no illusions about her attractions. With her father’s death, she’s lost her home and faces life as an impecunious spinster. While she’s aware Garson will never love again, they have friendship and goodwill to build upon. What can possibly go wrong?

…becomes very inconvenient indeed.

From the first, things don’t go to plan, not least because Garson soon finds himself in thrall to his surprisingly intriguing bride. A union grounded in duty veers toward obsession. And when the Dashing Widows take Jane in hand and transform her into the toast of London, Garson isn’t the only man to notice his wife’s beauty and charm. He’s known Jane all her life, but suddenly she’s a dazzling stranger. This isn’t the uncomplicated, pragmatic match he signed up for. When Jane defies the final taboo and asks for his love, her impossible demand threatens to blast this convenient marriage to oblivion.

Once the dust settles, will Lord Garson still be the man who can only love once?

Lord Garson’s Bride is out 28th February and you can pre-order it now from:

Amazon

Smashwords

Barnes and Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Lots of review news this month, so settle in!

I’m delighted that readers really enjoyed my new Christmas story this year, The Christmas Stranger. Here are a selection of reviews:

Jaci Tobin at The Reading Wench gives The Christmas Stranger a lovely review and calls it, “the perfect Holiday love story.”

Jonetta at The Book Nympho says, “I enjoyed everything about this one.”

Miranda at Breathless in the Bush picked The Christmas Stranger as one of her favorite Holiday reads this year, saying, “Still in snowy England, we have everyone’s fave author Anna Campbell’s stunning new novella, The Christmas Stranger. Architect Josiah and housekeeper Maggie (although she was previously from an ‘upstairs’ refined family) become snowed-in at an isolated property in the Yorkshire wilds for Christmas. Two super lonely people find each other…This is so tender, big sigh. Thanks Anna, another Regency winner – and I loved Josiah’s occupation!”

Helen at Romance Book Haven gives The Christmas Stranger 5 stars out of 5 and says, “This is a fabulous story, yes, a real fairy tale that had me thoroughly engrossed. I loved Joss and his romantic ways and how he bought vulnerable Maggie back to life again, it really is such a feel good story filled with joy, happiness a sensual romance, and of course it is filled with Christmas spirit. You rock, Ms Campbell, an awesome story. Such a hero in Joss. I want Joss, oh, and Maggie is strong and vulnerable and beautiful. Thank you for making me smile.”

Rose Blue at Roses Are Blue says, “The Christmas Stranger is a sweet and enjoyable holiday read with a touch of heat, and a happy ever after that will leave you with a smile.”

Heather Kon in the Australian Romance Readers Association newsletter called The Christmas Stranger “a very enjoyable Christmas story.”

Cathryn Hein picked The Christmas Stranger as one of her favorite reads in November: “My second favorite read of the month. Yes, Anna and I are buddies and feel free to call me biased, but I honestly think her books are wonderful. The hero and heroine of The Christmas Stranger are so lovely, you can’t help cheering like mad for both as they struggle with their attraction.Romances where the hero and heroine are trapped together are a blast, although I don’t think Josiah and Maggie see it quite the same way at the beginning of their story! Ooh, now that reminds me of one of my all-time favorite Anna Campbells, Her Christmas Earl. That’s a forced proximity romance too. The Christmas Stranger is only 99 cents on Amazon. Get festive and romantic with a copy today!”

My other Christmas release this year, Mistletoe and the Major, got a lovely review from Jonetta at The Book Nympho: “An all round gem of a story.”

It’s the time of year where people start to list their best of for 2017. I’m delighted that Catching Captain Nash (Dashing Widows 6) has achieved two mentions. Jonetta at The Book Nympho chose that lovely cover as one of her favorites of the year. And Stacey at Stacey is Sassy chose the book as one of her favorite reads of the year. Thank you!

If you’re a regular reader of my website, you’ll know I’ve been raving about Annie West’s fabulous Hot Italian Nights series. Well, you can buy the first 6 novellas in one glorious boxed set at a bargain price from 8th January (you can pre-order now). These are luscious stories featuring all the passion and emotion Annie is famous for so if you haven’t read them yet, what’s stopping you?

My Favorite Things this month continues my roundup of the stately homes I visited on my last trip to the United Kingdom – I’m off again in February so make sure you check out my Facebook page for more photos of the lovely places I’m going to visit. Anyway, this month, you can check out photos from the fabulously spooky Kinloch Castle on the Isle of Rum in the Hebrides. Check it out!

So all that remains is for me to wish you all a very happy new year! May 2018 be a bobbydazzler!

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December 2017

Time to wish everyone Happy Holidays! 2017 has just flown, hasn’t it?

One of the nice things about December is that all the Christmas romances are out. This year, if you’re keen, you can read THREE Anna Campbell romances. There’s the brand-new The Christmas Stranger, Mistletoe and the Major which has previously only been available in the short-lived anthology Under the Kissing Bough, and for a bumper edition of Christmas reading, you can pick up Romance Under the Mistletoe, a multi-author anthology featuring my Her Christmas Earl. That should keep you going until it’s time for Christmas dinner!

Speaking of The Christmas Stranger, there have been some lovely reviews. Rose from Roses Are Blue says, “THE CHRISTMAS STRANGER is a sweet and enjoyable holiday read with a touch of heat, and a happy ever after that will leave you with a smile.” While Jessie from Night Owl Reviews says, “This story is sweet, charming, and accented with the warmth of the Christmas,” and chose it as a Top Pick.

Carol from Rakes and Rascals really enjoyed Mistletoe and the Major and calls it “a delightful start to my Christmas reading.”

Watch out for news of a new full-length release, Lord Garson’s Bride, which should be up for pre-order this month and will come out at the end of February 2018. Those of you who have read Catching Captain Nash (Dashing Widows 6) will know that there was a hero in the making in that story in Morwenna’s unlucky suitor Hugh Rutherford, Lord Garson. I’m delighted to say Garson will get a very happy ending in this story. The cover is gorgeous and I’ll put it up when I have buy links. How’s that for a teaser?

Do you read your ebooks on Kobo? If you do, there’s a bargain in store for you this month. My A Pirate for Christmas is only 99 cents for readers in North America. Don’t miss your chance to pick up this romantic Christmas romp at this special price! Here’s the link for the United States: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-pirate-for-christmas-a-regency-novella. And here’s the link for Canada: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-pirate-for-christmas-a-regency-novella 

Don’t miss the podcast I made about romance fiction for the Unladylike website with superstar Kylie Scott and romance fan and super librarian Adele Walsh. Kylie and Adele and I had lots of laughs making this – we hope you’ll find us amusing too!

This month’s My Favorite Things is the second part of my roundup of the lovely old houses I visited on my last trip to the UK. I’m currently in the throes of  planning next year’s trip so color me excited!

See you in 2018!

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November 2017

News of two hot new releases this month, both for Christmas!

First up, my story Her Christmas Earl is part of an anthology of seasonal tales called Romance Under the Mistletoe with fabulous authors Grace Burrowes, Julie Johnstone, Eliza Knight, Kathryn Le Veque, and Tanya Anne Crosby.

All the novellas have been published previously but it’s an easy and bargain way to catch up with some stories you mightn’t have already read from some of the best in the business.  There’s also a lovely variety – Regencies, Victorian, medieval, and modern day heroes. Here’s the blurb:

The promise of true love echoes down the centuries in this dazzling collection of Christmas romances from six New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors! Whether for a noble medieval knight, a dashing Regency gentleman, an irresistible Victorian magnate, or a charming Scottish visitor to today’s New York, mistletoe magic provides the perfect heroine for an affair to remember.

PATIENCE FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes: Patience Friendly makes her living writing advice columns that are the talk of Regency London, but when she falls for Dougal MacHugh, her irascible Scottish publisher, common sense is not what’s needed!

HER CHRISTMAS EARL by Anna Campbell: To protect her hen-witted sister from scandal, Philippa Sanders ventures into a rake’s bedroom on Christmas Eve – now her reputation hangs by a thread, and only a hurried marriage can save her.

MISCHIEF & MISTLETOE by Tanya Anne Crosby: Suspecting he can never be the man Emma Peters wishes him to be, Lucien Morgen, the fifth duke of Willyngham, decides to break off their long-standing engagement… only to discover the innocent fiancé he set aside for years has unexpectedly blossomed into a passionate, irresistible woman.

CHRISTMAS IN THE SCOT’S ARMS by Julie Johnstone: A Scot looking for love and a lass needing saving discover Christmas wishes do come true in each other’s arms.

A KILTED CHRISTMAS WISH by Eliza Knight: Present Day, NYC. Darla Strider wonders if she’ll ever meet her own kilted hero until the day Aaron Sutherland walks into her modern café, and changes her whole world.

UPON A MIDNIGHT DREAM by Kathryn Le Veque: A wandering knight and a broken lady come together for a romantic Christmas miracle.

Your invitation to delightful Holiday reading awaits in this breathtakingly romantic anthology. ‘Tis the season to surrender to temptation!

Out 31st October. Here are the buy links:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

iTunes

My other new release is out Thursday, 16th November. The Christmas Stranger is only 99 cents on Amazon – that’s a lot of Christmas cheer for less than a buck. Here’s the blurb:

At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…

When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?

But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?

Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?

Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?

You can buy The Christmas Stranger at:

Amazon

Kobo

Barnes and Noble

iTunes

Now for some review news. First up, three very nice reviews for my other Christmas release this year, Mistletoe and the Major.

Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner calls Mistletoe and the Major “a delight.”

Jaci Tobin at the Reading Wench says, “Anna Campbell is just one of the best at writing a full-blown love story in a novella. She does not disappoint. I have said this before about her books, this is the best 99 cents you will ever spend!!”

Rose at Roses Are Blue says, “Mistletoe and the Major is a short, but beautifully written novella, which is full of heart, emotion, tear inducing sentiment, and a deserving couple finding their home and love with each other. A recommended read for any time of the year.” 5 roses out of 5.

In other lovely news, my third Sons of Sin book, What a Duke Dares, has been included in BookList’s Best 101 Romances of the last 10 years. BookList is the prestigious journal of the American Library Association. Here’s what they had to say: “Campbell continues her Sons of Sin series in this lusciously sensual, scintillatingly witty Regency romance about a fraught encounter between highly desirable Camden Rothermere, Marquess of Pembridge, and Penelope Thorne, the woman who turned him down years ago.”

Now for a few foreign covers. I always enjoy sharing these. First of all, higher up on the page, you’ll see the lovely cover for the Polish reissue of A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. Isn’t that dress pretty?

And now here’s a picture I took of my first three books from Slovenia where the Sons of Sin have been a great success. Here are Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss, and What a Duke Dares in Slovenian on my piano. The books came out in both paperback and hardcover over there which is an added thrill for the author.

And if you’re in Slovenia, in the middle of this month, the fourth Sons of Sin book, A Scoundrel by Moonlight, hits the shelves. Here’s the cover.

I’m very much looking forward to going to GenreCon in Brisbane from 10th to 12th November, where I’ll be conducting a workshop on Writing Through Fear: Feel the Fear and Write it Anyway.

I’m also looking forward to meeting the other participants – it’s always a really stimulating get-together. If you’re going, please make sure you find me and say hello. I’m pretty sure it’s sold out, but it might be worth contacting the organizers by clicking on the link if you’d like to see if there have been any cancellations.

Whatever you do, don’t miss Annie West’s latest contemporary romance, the passionate and emotional The Greek’s Forbidden Princess, part 2 of her wonderful Princess Seductions (I talked about His Majesty’s Temporary Bride, the first book in the duo, last month). This is one of Annie’s best so rush to your nearest bookseller and grab it. I couldn’t put it down. It’s out this month.

Finally, My Favorite Things this month revisits some of the stately homes I went to on my recent visit to the U.K. I’m in the throes of planning my next trip (where to go, where to go? I want to do it all!) so it’s been fun to visit memory lane.

 

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October 2017

First, news of my ‘new’ new Christmas novella this year. As most of you know, Mistletoe and the Major appeared in an anthology last year. The Christmas Stranger: A Regency Novella will be out in November. I should have the excerpt and buy links up in the next two weeks or so. Here’s the blurb:

At Christmastime, a stranger crossing the threshold means good fortune…

When Josiah Hale, society’s favorite aristocratic architect, stumbles upon an isolated manor house in the middle of a snowstorm, he feels like he’s entered a fairytale world. And Sleeping Beauty in this secret corner of Yorkshire is lovely, vulnerable Maggie Carr, surely a princess disguised as a humble housekeeper. Is Josiah her prince – or the man who will break her heart and leave her life in ruins?

But is the stranger’s arrival lucky for the girl Christmas forgot?

Maggie Carr has worked as a housekeeper at isolated Thorncroft Hall since her beloved mother died five years ago. No matter how often she tells herself she’s accustomed to being poor and alone, Christmas always stirs poignant memories of a time when she had a place in the world and a family to love. But this Christmas, a handsome stranger bursts into her solitary world and makes her feel like a desirable woman. Maggie has already lost so much to cruel fate. Now as the season advances and she finds herself in thrall to the man who challenges her loneliness and turns winter nights to sultry summer, what price will this irresistible passion demand of her?

Will the Yuletide enchantment vanish with the season’s decorations? Or have Maggie and her Christmas stranger discovered a magic to sustain them through a lifetime of happiness?

This one has a really poignant, fairytale feel with a real touch of Christmas magic – and all for the princely sum of 99 cents on Kindle!

I’m out and about in a big way in October so if you live in South-East Queensland or the Northern Territory, why not come to a workshop? Here are the details:

Brisbane:

What: The Building Blocks of Romance Fiction

When: 10:30am to 1:30pm, Saturday 7th October, 2017

Where: Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland

Bookings and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-building-blocks-of-romance-fiction-with-anna-campbell-tickets-34645198722

What: Selling and Marketing Your Novel

When: 2pm to 5pm, Saturday 7th October, 2017

Where: Queensland Writers Centre, State Library of Queensland

Bookings and more information: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/selling-and-marketing-your-novel-with-anna-campbell-tickets-34645265923

Darwin:

What: Panel – The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing with Euan Mitchell, author of Your Book Publishing Options, and marketing advice from author Anna Campbell.

When: 2:15pm to 3:15pm, Saturday 14th October, 2017

Where: Northern Territory Library in Parliament House

FREE! No bookings required

More information: http://www.ntwriters.com.au/workshops/darwin/darwin-publishing-forum/

What: Selling and Marketing Your Novel (for the Northern Territory Writers Centre)

When: 9:30am to 12:30pm, Sunday 15th October, 2017

Where: The Training Room, The Sailing Club

Bookings and more information: http://www.ntwriters.com.au/workshops/darwin/selling-marketing-novel/

What: The Building Blocks of Romance Fiction (for the Northern Territory Writers Centre)

When: 2:30pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 15th October, 2017

Where: The Training Room, The Sailing Club

Bookings and more information: http://www.ntwriters.com.au/workshops/darwin/building-blocks-romance/

Now a few new reviews to share with you. First off, some coverage for Mistletoe and the Major:

Tracy from Flippin’ Pages says, “This is a sweet Christmas novella about reunited lovers. It is a well written, steamy, emotional, lovely story that flows beautifully and makes you believe in the power of love! I really loved this novella and highly recommend it!” 5*

Meghan at Quills & Vellum says, “In Mistletoe and the Major, Anna Campbell combines the quiet joy of Christmas with the poignant sweetness of coming home. The novella is a tale of second chances and unspoken love rekindled as a dignified, war-battered man comes home to his steadfast, caring wife. Lyrical and elegant, Campbell’s latest release is a gift for the holiday season.”

And my 6th Dashing Widows story, Catching Captain Nash achieved a Top Pick at Night Owl Reviews. I’m going to quote Jessie’s review in full:

“Catching Captain Nash is the 6th and final story in the Dashing Widows series. Anna Campbell has been holding the best for last as readers finally get to witness the reunion of Morwenna and Robert. During the 5 previous novels, readers have known that Morwenna has been mourning the loss of her husband who was lost at sea. Suddenly he has returned but during the worst possible moment. Even though these stories are short, readers get snapshots into lives of characters who are having their worst and best days. Every story has been enjoyable but this one is my favorite. There is an extra bonus in this book for fans of the entire series as the epilogue is a time jump to reveal the futures of all the beloved characters. It’s a very satisfying end by a very talented author.”

Thank you to everyone who picked up the free The Seduction of Lord Stone – and you were in your thousands! I hope you enjoyed this introduction to my stories and to the glamorous world of the Dashing Widows. Thank you especially to everyone who took the time to leave a review – I’m so pleased that so many of you really enjoyed Silas and Caro’s story. The novella is going back to its full price at the beginning of the month, but if you’re quick, you still might pick it up for free. Here are the links:

Amazon

Kobo

iTunes

Barnes and Noble

Don’t whatever you do miss Annie West’s latest release, the first in her Princess Seductions Duo – the second book, The Greek’s Forbidden Princess, also a corker, is out next month. His Majesty’s Temporary Bride is a really high stakes romance with a wonderfully intriguing couple in the center of a whirl of passion and royal intrigue. You’ll love it. I certainly did!

This month’s My Favorite Things talks about my recent visit to the Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. I’ve long wanted to visit this cradle of Australian Modernism and it didn’t disappoint me.

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