First up, two upcoming events to tell you about, one in May, one in June.
If you’re in Slovenia, I’d love to see you at my first signing in your beautiful country. Here are details:
What: Anna Campbell Book Signing
When: Thursday, 10th May 2018
Time: 5pm to 7pm
Where: Felix Bookstore, Miklosiceva 7, Ljubljana
The second event is at the New South Wales Writers Centre in Sydney where I’ll be conducting a full day’s training on writing a great love story. If you’re an aspiring writer in the Sydney area or fancy a weekend in the big smoke with a bit of writing thrown in, it would be great to see you. Here are the details:
When: 10am to 4pm, Saturday, 16th June 2018
Where: NSW Writers Centre, Garry Owen House, Callan Park, Balmain Rd, Rozelle
Bookings and More Information: http://www.nswwc.org.au/products-page/romance/write-a-great-love-story/
Last month I said that my next release would be the end of June. Because the book, The Laird’s Willful Lass (The Lairds Mostly Likely Book 1) ended up becoming a full-length story (she was clearly a bit too willful!), I’ve pushed that back to the end of July. I’m sorry for any inconvenience caused. Stay tuned for a cover and pre-order links in next month’s updates.
There have been a couple of very nice reviews in the past month for Lord Garson’s Bride, my most recent release.
Helen at Romance Book Haven Reviews gives the book 5 stars out of 5 and says, “It is sure to have you cheering them on. This one left me beaming with joy, another keeper.”
Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner calls Lord Garson “a lovely romance.”
I love Christine Wells’s books. She wrote some brilliant historical romances as Christina Brooke and these days, she’s writing World War II romantic thrillers. The latest, The Juliet Code, is out this month and I’ve been dying to read it. Don’t miss it!
My European jaunt is coming to an end. I’ll be home at the end of May. But before then, make sure you check out my next installment of On the Road with Anna Campbell on The Romance Dish which talks about my Scottish travels during a very rainy April.
This month’s My Favorite Things is the first in a series about (wait for it!) series. I’m talking about some of the books that have kept me coming back for more. Check it out – you might find something you like the sound of!
Greetings from Bonnie Scotland where I’m going to spend the next 5 weeks writing a new series called The Lairds Most Likely (no prizes for guessing the setting of the stories – let’s say I’m looking for lots of inspiration!). Look out for The Laird’s Willful Lass, the first story in the quartet, at the end of July.
Lots to tell you this month, starting off with the wonderful news that all my new releases last year have featured in the finalists list of the best of 2017 from the Australian Romance Readers Association. I’m delighted to announce that my books (or me!) have been nominated in the following categories of the ARRA Awards:
Favorite Australian romance author
Favorite Continuing Series:The Dashing Widows
Strongest Heroine: Maggie Carr from The Christmas Stranger
The winners will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on 5th May. You can check out the complete list here: https://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/2017-arr-awards-finalists-announced/
Thank you to everyone who has picked up Lord Garson’s Bride – and there have been a lot of you! There have been some lovely reviews. Here’s a selection.
Jaci Tobin at the Reading Wench says, “This book is a perfect example of what a Historical Romance Novel should be.”
Rose at Roses Are Blue gives the book 4.5 stars and says, “Lord Garson’s Bride is a well written and passionate story that touched my heart and sent my emotions on a rollercoaster ride. I particularly recommend this book for fans of convenient marriages, and those who enjoy seeing a deserving character find out that love is lovelier the second time around.”
Jessie at Night Owl Romance says, “I truly hope that there are more books planned for this series because I would read them all.”
I’m travelling until the end of May and each month, I’m doing a piece on my adventures for the lovely people at the Romance Dish. Here’s a link to my French doings in March and make sure you swing by and check out my Scottish high jinks at the end of April. http://www.theromancedish.com/2018/03/on-road-with-anna-campbell.html Lots of photos!
If you’re interested in following my travels, I’m posting lots of photos on my Facebook page, so why don’t you follow me there? Here’s the link: https://tinyurl.com/y9btmv4p
Don’t miss Annie West’s latest Hot Italian Nights novella, The Italian’s Marriage Bargain, which is out 8th April. I loved this passionate story of lovers reunited in the glamorous city of Milan during Fashion Week.
This month’s My Favorite Things is a piece on the best books I read last year. Check it out – we all like reading recommendations, after all!
Lord Garson’s Bride is out at last! Huzzah! Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered – I’ve been so happy to see him reaching so high in the Amazon ratings even before he hit the shelves. For those who would like to know more about my first full-length story in three years, you can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/the-dashing-widows-series/lord-garsons-bride/
You can buy Lord Garson’s Bride at:
And when you pick up Lord Garson, grab Catching Captain Nash at the same time. This novella is FREE for a limited time and gives the background story to Lord Garson’s tumultuous courtship. Here are the links for the free Captain Nash:
In conjunction with the lovely people at the Romance Dish, I’m doing a monthly column about my travels in Europe over the next few months, called On the Road with Anna Campbell. This month it’s about the past couple of weeks I spent in London. Lots of photos and bits and pieces to keep you amused. And tune in next month for news about my visit to France. You can win a copy of Lord Garson’s Bride if you leave a comment!
This month’s My Favorite Things concludes my series about the stately homes I visited during last year’s trip to the UK. And I’ve saved the best photos for last, I believe, with lots of shots of beautiful Stowe in Buckinghamshire which is the archetypical romantic landscape.
Lots of news this month – which is entirely appropriate seeing it’s Valentine’s Day in a couple of weeks!
First up, make sure you grab Catching Captain Nash if you haven’t read it yet. It’s FREE on all platforms until the end of March as a lead-in to the release of Lord Garson’s Bride on 28th February. Lord Garson starts his story with a broken heart – you can get the lowdown on how that happened if you read Captain Nash and hopefully you’ll also enjoy this touching story about lovers reunited despite the workings of fate.Here are the links:
I’ve put up an excerpt from Lord Garson’s Bride to give you a flavor of this story of people falling in love despite themselves. It’s a fun scene with kissing so I hope you’ll enjoy it. You can read the excerpt here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/the-dashing-widows-series/lord-garsons-bride/
For those of you who don’t use Kindle, for Valentine’s Day I’m price-matching two of my most popular titles for a week from the 8th February. Stranded with the Scottish Earl and The Seduction of Lord Stone are only 99 cents for this limited period rather than the usual $1.99. Great chance to pick up some fine romantic reading if you’re a Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes or Nook reader!
Lord Garson hits the shelves on the 28th February, so not long now for all those lovely people who have pre-ordered it!
There’s a bit of buzz building already for Lord Garson. I was delighted when both Janga and PJ at the wonderful Romance Dish blog selected it as a book they were hotly anticipating in early 2018. More news about The Romance Dish later in this column, so make sure you hang around.
Catching Captain Nash featured in quite a few best of 2017 lists, I’m delighted to say.
Rose at Roses Are Blue included Captain Nash in her top 15 reads of 2017.
Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner selected Captain Nash as one of her Gems of 2017.
Helen Sibbritt at Deanna’s World chose Captain Nash in her top 10 of 2017.
Now two nice reviews to tell you about. The first is for Catching Captain Nash, which seems to be catching a lot of attention today. Heather at the Australian Romance Readers Association blog says: “Why this story resonates is that it is of a love that was budding, then taken away, then returned in another, deeper, form.”
As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, I’m about to go on another big trip to Europe, starting out in London in early February. PJ at the Romance Dish has invited me to write a monthly column called On the Road with Anna Campbell where I’ll get a chance to share some stories and some photos. I’m really looking forward to this! The columns will appear towards the end of each month until May.
And speaking of overseas trips, I’m still doing my series on the Favorite Things page about some of the marvelous old houses I saw in the UK last year. This month I’m talking about Rockingham Castle, Lydiard Park, and Lyveden New Build. Lots of photos, so why not check it out!
See you next month!
My next Dashing Widows story, Lord Garson’s Bride, is now up for pre-order on all platforms. 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.
Lord Garson’s Bride is out 28th February and you can pre-order it now from:
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!”
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!