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April 2017

Greetings from green and fragrant England where I’m currently on a research trip. Those of you who follow me on Facebook will be seeing lots of photographs of spring flowers and old buildings. Why not join me there? Here’s the link to find my author page: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/?pnref=lhc

Thank you to everyone who has picked up my fifth Dashing Widow story, Charming Sir Charles, which came out at the end of February. He’s still riding high in the Amazon Regency charts and I’m terrifically happy that so many of you have enjoyed my novella. Here are some excerpts from reviews:

Firstly, I’d like to quote the lovely review from Jessie at Night Owl Romance in full:

Charming Sir Charles by Anna Campbell is the fifth book in the wonderful Dashing Widows series. I love Anna’s novellas because they are sweet, charming, and packed with a lot of heart. Since all her characters are so likeable, I was really thrilled that this was the type of story where everyone in the book knows that Charles and Sally belong together except for Sally. This way, no other hearts are broken and it’s obvious from the beginning that this couple is meant to be together so it’s an enjoyable read from beginning to end.

Charming Sir Charles has an added bonus for fans because this story starts out with the marriage of the couple from the previous book, Pursuing Lord Pascal. However, there are now so many characters that I would suggest that readers start from the beginning of the series to understand all their relationships. I truly hope that there are more stories planned for this great historical romance series.

Jonetta from the Book Nympho says: “This was a passionate and, at times, funny story about two really wonderful people that couldn’t follow the straight line to each other.”

Jaci at The Reading Wench calls it, “A wonderful novella that proves that no matter how long or short a book is you can always count on Anna Campbell to keep you intrigued and reading late into the night.”

Rose at Roses Are Blue singles the hero out for special praise: “Charles is a swoonworthy hero, who had an aura of honor and goodness about him that made me fall a bit in love with him myself, and he’s one of my favorites that Anna Campbell has written.”

Please check out the fabulous profile Damian Bathersby wrote about me from the Sunshine Coast Daily last month. I felt like a complete star and it was wonderful to have all that space to talk about my writing life and inspirations.

Readers in Slovenia, make sure you pick up Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed, the first in my Sons of Sin series, which is out in translation right now. Here’s the link: http://felix.si/zenski-romani/12042-sedem-noci-v-falotovi-postelji-trda-vezava-9789610032809.html

This month’s My Favorite Things is about that wonderful British series, Midsomer Murders. Check out the glorious mayhem in the English countryside!

Finally, here are a few photos from my recent travels. First up, we have a picture of the beautiful churchyard in Whittlesford near Cambridge, a photo of me in front of London’s oldest pub, The Prospect of Whitby, and the famous view of Tower Bridge from the river.

Next, a treat for those who have read A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. You’ll remember the Harmsworth Jewel in that book. Here is the original of the Harmsworth Jewel, the Alfred Jewel, which is displayed at the fabulous Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. A great thrill for me finally to see it in the “flesh.”

Next, Salisbury Cathedral, the interior of the Royal Opera House and some heraldic beasts from magnificent Westminster Hall.Finally, some shots from a beautiful day at Scotney Castle in Kent, one of the most romantic landscapes I’ve ever seen.

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March 2017

How can it be March already? Didn’t we just have Christmas?

On the other hand, I’m very excited because this month I start a huge trip to England and Scotland which hopefully will include lots of story research and ideas. If you don’t follow me on Facebook or Twitter, maybe you should. I promise lots of fab photographs. On Facebook, you can find me at : https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/?pnref=lhc And my Twitter handle is AnnaCampbellOz.

The big news is that Charming Sir Charles: The Dashing Widows Book 5 is now out. Thank you to everyone who’s picked up my novella. As I speak, it’s in the top 500 on Amazon.com, the top 10 Regency romances, and the top 5 hot new Regency releases. No reviews yet but I hope to have some to share with you next month.

Here’s the blurb:

Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!

Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband.

When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!

There are none so blind as those who will not see…

From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants.

However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!

Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!

You can read an excerpt and find buy links here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/the-dashing-widows-series/charming-sir-charles/

Not a lot of other news this month (which might be a relief given how much I had in January and February!). Just one new review to report – Heather Kon on the Australian Romance Readers Association blog reviewed Pursuing Lord Pascal and calls it, “Another great story by Ms. Campbell.”

And if you want to pick up a fantastic read, don’t miss Annie West’s The Desert King’s Captive Bride. I always love Annie’s stories, but this one hits it out of the ballpark.

This month’s Favorite Things is a piece on Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling) fantastic Cormoran Strike mysteries. Well worth checking out if you haven’t read them.

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February 2017

I’m delighted to introduce you to my new release, out on 27th February from all good e-tailers! Charming Sir Charles (The Dashing Widows Book 5) is Sally’s story – things get pretty complicated before she finds her happy ending! Here’s the blurb:.

Matchmaking mayhem in Mayfair!.

Sally Cowan, Countess of Norwood, spent ten miserable years married to an overbearing oaf. Now she’s free, she plans to have some fun. But before she kicks her heels up, this Dashing Widow sets out to launch her pretty, headstrong niece Meg into society and find her a good husband..

When rich and charming Sir Charles Kinglake gives every sign that he can’t get enough of Meg’s company, Sally is delighted to play chaperone at all their meetings. Charles is everything that’s desirable in a gentleman suitor. How disastrous, when over the course of the season’s most elegant house party, Sally realizes that desire is precisely the name of the game. She’s found her niece’s perfect match—but she wants him for herself!.

There are none so blind as those who will not see….

From the moment Sir Charles Kinglake meets sparkling Lady Norwood, he’s smitten. He courts her as a gentleman should—dancing with her at every glittering ball, taking her to the theatre, escorting her around London. Because she’s acting as chaperone to her niece, that means most times, Meg accompanies them. The lack of privacy chafes a man consumed by desire, but Charles’s intentions are honorable, and he’s willing to work within the rules to win the wife he wants..

However when he discovers that his careful pursuit has convinced Sally he’s interested in Meg rather than her, he flings the rules out the window. When love is at stake, who cares about a little scandal? It’s time for charming Sir Charles to abandon the subtle approach and play the passionate lover, not the society suitor!.

Now with everything at sixes and sevens, Sir Charles risks everything to show lovely Lady Norwood they make the perfect pair!.

And all for the bargain price of only 99 cents! How can you say no?.

You can buy Charming Sir Charles from:.

Amazon.

Smashwords.

Other platforms to come..

February’s latest news is chock-full of good news! First up, the Australian Romance Readers Association has announced the finalists in their annual awards. I’m tickled pink that I’m up for eight – six of my novellas are battling it out for Favorite Historical of 2016, the Dashing Widows are up for favorite series, and I’m up for favorite Australian romance author too:.

Nominated for Favorite Historical Romance of 2016.

Tempting Mr. Townsend (Dashing Widows 2).

Winning Lord West (Dashing Widows 3).

Pursuing Lord Pascal (Dashing Widows 4).

Stranded with the Scottish Earl.

A Match Made in Mistletoe.

Mistletoe and the Major.

Nominated for Favorite Romance Series of 2016.

The Dashing Widows.

Nominated for Favorite Australian Romance Author.

Anna Campbell.

Thanks to ARRA for running these great awards every year and thank you to everyone who voted for me. You can see the full list here: https://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2017/01/15/2016-arr-awards-finalists-announced/ Congratulations to all the finalists! It’s a fab list!.
Big Aussie online bookseller Booktopia held their annual Favorite Australian Author poll in January and I’m delighted I got into the finals (the last 75). Sadly, I didn’t make the top 50 but I really appreciate all the support you gave me with the various rounds of voting. Congratulations to the authors who made the top 50 – they had hundreds of nominees this year. You can see the complete list here: blog.booktopia.com.au/2017/01/27/votes-favourite-australian-author/

Jessie at Night Owl Reviews does a lovely report on A Match Made in Mistletoe and says, “If you are looking for a quick read that can still pull at your heartstrings, you need not look any further than the amazing Anna Campbell.”.

A couple of my books made best of 2016 lists too. Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner chose both A Pirate for Christmas and A Match Made in Mistletoe among her Gems of 2016. You can read her lovely review of AMIM here: http://www.kathysreviewcorner.com/reviews/CampbellAnnaAMatchMadeInMistletoe.html D.B. Tait also put together a list of her favorite reads of 2016 and I’m delighted that A Scoundrel by Moonlight made the cut. I’m also delighted that she listed one of my favorite reads of last year, Unmasking Miss Appleby by Emily Larkin..

I was tickled pink when my local paper did a feature on my romance writing career in conjunction with the ARRA Awards announcement. And I made the front cover no less! Lovely article too! Here’s a link to the article: http://www.noosanews.com.au/news/coast-author-nominated-for-eight-prestigious-award/3137800/

Thanks to everyone who booked into the library talk on the 13th February at Cooroy. I’m delighted to say it’s booked out and that we’ve closed the waiting lists. Keep an eye out for other events through Sunshine Coast Libraries – they run a great program every year. For those who got in, I’m looking forward to meeting you!.

Norwegian readers, don’t miss the bargain priced two for the price of one edition of Claiming the Courtesan and Untouched which is out right now. Love that cover!.

Are you a mystery fan? If so, don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things! I’ve recently started reading Agatha Christie’s books (yes, I can’t believe I haven’t read them before either) and I’m talking about five I particularly like..

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January 2017

Happy New Year! I hope 2017 is wonderful for all of us and packed to the gills with great reading.

Firstly, an apology. I’m so sorry to the large numbers of you who had an awful time downloading my latest Christmas novella A Match Made in Mistletoe. There was a computer glitch at the uploading stage and the result was an unholy mess, unfortunately. People buying the book  now seem to be facing plain sailing – the majority of those affected had pre-ordered. Many of you have contacted me direct for a download and many more of you have found satisfaction through Amazon who have been stalwart through all this. If however, you find you don’t have more than the first couple of pages of the story, please contact me via the contact page on this website, on my email annacampbelloz@hotmail or through a direct message on Facebook and Twitter. I’ll be more than happy to organize a free copy of the story for you.

In better news, for a limited time, my Stranded with the Scottish Earl has been included in a multi-author anthology called The Rogue is Mine which is available for a limited time on Kindle for the bargain price of 99 cents or for free on Kindle Unlimited. Here’s a short blurb on each of the five bestselling stories:

Fall in love with five novels by bestselling authors featuring sexy rogues and those who love them.

The Golden Rules of Love
by Tammy Andresen
Annie Sullivan has sworn never to trust another man again. But handsome wagon train boss, Collin Mackinnon, makes her question her choices in life and love.

Stranded with the Scottish Earl by Anna Campbell
Miss Charlotte Warren vows never to marry and she’s sticking to her spinsterish guns, even if Lord Lyle sounds like the perfect husband. But when in the middle of a spring flood, her father’s choice turns up on the doorstep under an unconvincing alias, she has no choice but to take him in.

Scandalous Redemption by Amanda Mariel
Can two wary people overcome past hurts, an old scandal, and social strictures to embrace true love?

A Sanguine Gem by Dawn Brower
Gemma confessed her love to Liam and he walked away. Now, years later, she doubts Liam could love her. Can she trust this newfound love?

Her Scandalous Wish by Collette Cameron
A marriage offer obligated by duty; an acceptance, compelled by desperation.

Reviews of A Match Made in Mistletoe have been wonderful. Here are a few examples.

Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner calls it “a perfect Christmas read.”

Rose at Roses are Blue says, “I’m happy to recommend this well written and engaging book which contains much more depth than a typical novella. The backdrop of the Christmas holiday just adds to the pleasure of the reading experience.”

Jonetta at The Book Nympho says, “Short and lovely, this was a delightful story for the holiday season.”

Helen at RBH Historical Romance Reviews calls it, “A fabulous read.”

Caz at All About Romance says A Match Made in Mistletoe has, “the most delicious romantic tension.”

Jaci at The Reading Wench says, “This is a lovely novella that can be read on a cold winter’s night in your favorite chair with a cup of hot chocolate.  I highly recommend it!!!”

Jen at Jenerated Reviews gave AMMIM 5 stars and says, “Once again Anna Campbell in her wonderful and completely one of a kind way shared the gift of love in her latest annual Christmas novella A Match Made In Mistletoe!”

Because of the mess about the upload of A Match Made in Mistletoe, I put A Pirate for Christmas on for free for a couple of weeks (rush to get it, if you haven’t already – it’s free until 7th January). As a result, I collected a couple of very nice new reviews.

Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner says, “If you enjoy historical Christmas novella romances – then this is one not to be missed.”

Julie at the Book Review says, “This story is cute and a very enjoyable holiday romance.”

And a few other reviews and accolades around the place! Bobby Dumas at Kirkus Reviews picked up What a Duke Dares and calls it, “delectable!” The Dashing Widows Book 3, Winning Lord West, made two appearances on the Book Nympho’s best of 2016 lists, once for its gorgeous cover courtesy of the brilliant Hang Le and once for Lord West as one of Jonetta’s favorite book boy and girlfriends of the year. And finally, Stranded with the Scottish Earl has made the list of Helen’s top 10 of the year over at Deanna’s World.

Something for the diary if you live in south-east Queensland – don’t miss the romance panel at Cooroy Library on Monday, 13th February. I’ll be appearing with great local writers Josephine Moon and Maggie Christensen. Details:

Where: Cooroy Library, 9 Maple Street, Cooroy

When: 10am, Monday 13th February 2017

Price: Free (morning tea will be served)

Bookings essential: 07 5329 6555

More information: http://tinyurl.com/gqh9pkm

This month’s My FavoriteThings talks about my latest TV craze, that marvelous BBC series Call the Midwife. Check it out!

 

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December 2016

ammim-for-webWe’ve made it to the end of the year! Huzzah! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful 2016 with lots of great reading.

If you’re looking for something appropriate to the season, may I suggest my brand-new novella A Match Made in Mistletoe which hit the e-shelves on 30th November? Here’s the teaser:

A mistletoe wish…

All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen.

But the mistletoe gets it wrong!

When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it’s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she’s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can’t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there’s mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her–and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place.

meme-mistletoeA Christmas of confusion lies ahead! Will mistletoe magic lead the way to a happy ending?

You can find buy links and an excerpt on my website here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/novellas/match-made-mistletoe/

And have you picked up the bumper anthology Under the Kissing Bough with 15 brand-new Christmas stories from bestselling authors? For a limited time, the anthology is available at the bargain price of 99 cents! How can you resist? My “Mistletoe and the Major” is included and it’s a heartwarming story of a soldier returning home from years of warfare to the wife he loves but who he’s not sure loves him. You can read an excerpt of MATM on my website here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/novellas/mistletoe-major/

I’ve got two reviews of “Mistletoe and the Major” to share with you today. Rae at Books I Love a Latte says it’s “a wonderful addition to a magical anthology.” Meghan Holloway on her blog says, “Lyrical and elegant, Campbell’s latest release is a gift for the holiday season.”

PLP FOR WEBThe anthology has been going great guns so thank you to everyone who has already picked it up. It’s hit the top 400 on Amazon so clearly a lot of people think it’s a bargain at 99 cents!

I’m currently hard at work on the next Dashing Widows story, Charming Sir Charles, which will be out in February 2017. So keep an eye out for buy links and an excerpt when they become available.

Another lovely review for Pursuing Lord Pascal (Dashing Widows 4) which is still riding high on the charts, thanks to my wonderful readers. Amy Dittmeier at Heroes and Heartbreakers loves this novella and says: “There are so many terrific things in Pursuing Lord Pascal, by Anna Campbell, the fourth book in the Dashing Widows series. By now readers will be familiar with Campbell’s heroines—they’re feisty, they’re fierce, and they are always in charge. She writes amazing female characters that the 25+ crowd can relate to. But Amy Mowbray has to take the cake as my favorite Dashing Widow!”

I’m already lining up conference appearances for next year. I’m very much looking forward to the Historical Novel Society Australia’s conference in Melbourne from 8th to 10th September, 2017. There’s an amazing line-up of guests, both local and international. Check out the website: http://hnsa.org.au/

desert-kingChristmas is a great time to catch up on some reading and whatever you do, don’t miss out on Annie West’s latest release which is a beauty! The Desert King’s Secret Heir is a wonderful take on the secret baby trope with a gorgeous sheikh hero thrown in for good measure. And congratulations to Annie who this month celebrates 10 years as a Harlequin author. What a lot of fabulous, unforgettable reads she’s given us in that time.

This month’s My Favorite Things is part 4 of my reading round-up for 2016. There’s a biography, a memoir and a true crime book. I like to give you lots of variety in your choices!

Something to look out for on 6th December, I’m doing Dani Gorman’s historical romance Christmas reader event on her blog, Ramblings from this Chick, again this year. This means writing a new piece and giving away a stack of books – and it’s not just me but a whole heap of bestselling and beloved authors. It starts on 1st December and runs right through to Christmas Eve and Santa will definitely be handing out the presents to people who swing by! It’s always loads of fun and I love reading the vignettes from each author – so don’t miss it.

ramblings-buttonHere are a couple of pictures from the fabulous afternoon tea that the Australian Romance Readers Association put on for readers on Saturday 29th November at the very swish Room with Roses in the historic Brisbane Arcade. The first shot is of me with some of the dedicated romance fans who turned up to meet Tina Marie Clark and Kylie Scott and me. The second shot is of me with my fellow authors. The big smiles on everyone’s faces say everything, don’t they? Thank you to Debbie at ARRA who set it all up and Heather Kon who played hostess for this Brisbane leg of an event that’s now taken place in three other capital cities. What a great initiative!

I’d like to thank everyone who has picked up one of my books this year, or talked to me on social media or checked out a post on my website. You’re all marvelous, every single one of you. And I wish you all the best of the Festive Season and a wonderful 2017 ahead. See you next year!

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November 2016

annacampbell_mistletoeandthemajor_450x675Buckle your seat belts because there’s lots of news this month!

First up, in November, I have not one, but TWO new releases. It’s like a double Christmas present to my readers because both stories are seasonally appropriate.

Under the Kissing Bough is a multi-author, multi-genre anthology featuring 15 of the best in the business, including Barbara Devlin, Kathryn Le Veque, Jeanne Adams, Suzanne Ferrell, and Sandy Blair. My contribution is a deeply emotional story about a soldier returning from Waterloo to the wife he loves but who he’s not convinced loves him. Here’s the blurb for “Mistletoe and the Major”:

The Major is home from the wars at last…

Edmund Black, Major Lord Canforth, has devoted eight tumultuous years to fighting Napoleon. Finally Europe is at peace, and he can retire to his estates and the lovely wife he hasn’t seen since their brief, unhappy honeymoon. The innocent girl he loved from the first moment he saw her, but who shied away from him on their wedding night.

under-the-kissing-bough-final-2dThe beautiful woman who greets him at Otway Hall on Christmas Eve is no longer the sweet ingénue he remembers. This new and exciting version of his beloved countess is strong, outspoken, and independent, and she’s willing to stand up for what she wants. The question is—does she want the husband who returns to her arms more as a stranger than a spouse?

Now the real battle begins.

Felicity, Lady Canforth, has had eight long years to regret that she sent her husband from a cold marriage bed to face brutal combat, danger and hardship. The only child of elderly parents, Felicity came to marriage innocent and ignorant, and unable to conceal her shock at the sensual power of the earl’s caresses. Before she found the nerve to offer Canforth a more generous welcome, he was called away to war. The Major left behind a countess who was a bride, not a wife; a woman unsure of her husband’s feelings, and too timid to confess how fervently she desires the man she wed.

Fate has granted an older, wiser Felicity a second chance to win her husband’s heart. Now nothing is going to stop her from claiming victory over the famous war hero. This Christmas, she’ll deploy every ounce of courage, purpose and passion to seize the life and love she’s longed for ever since Canforth left to serve his country. Whatever it costs, whatever it takes, she’ll lure the dashing Major back into her bed, where she means to show him he’s the only man she wants as her lover—and her love.

under-the-kissing-boughAfter years of yearning and separation, will a Christmas miracle heal the wounds of the past and offer the earl and his bride a future bright with love?

You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/novellas/mistletoe-major/

This huge anthology with its 15 stories is out on 22nd November and is available for a limited time at the unbelievable bargain price of 99 cents. Here are the buy links:

Amazon

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Barnes and Noble

iBooks

My next November release, A Match Made in Mistletoe: A Regency Novella, is more of a romp about a girl who thinks she knows what she wants – but she’s completely wrong. Here’s the blurb:

A mistletoe wish…

All her life, Serena Talbot has been in love with the handsome boy next door, Sir Paul Garside. She always eagerly looks forward to Paul’s visit to her family over the Festive Season, even if he usually brings along his dark, sardonic friend Lord Hallam. This year, Serena is determined that Paul’s kiss under the mistletoe will lead to a proposal. Even if she has to enlist every ounce of Christmas magic she can get her hands on to make that happen.

PLP FOR WEBBut the mistletoe gets it wrong!

When Serena slips a sprig of mistletoe from the village kissing bough under her pillow, it’s not Paul who turns up in her dreams as the man she’s going to marry, but brooding, intense, annoying Giles Farraday, Marquess of Hallam. Still more annoying, once everyone arrives for the annual Christmas house party, she can’t stop watching Giles, and thinking about Giles. And kissing Giles, whether there’s mistletoe about or not. Now Paul wants to marry her, and Giles wants to seduce her–and Serena has a bone to pick with the old wives who came up with all this superstitious nonsense in the first place.

A Christmas of confusion lies ahead! Will mistletoe magic lead the way to a happy ending?

A Match Made in Mistletoe is out on 30th November and it too is a bargain on Kindle at 99 cents. Here are the buy links:

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Kobo

Barnes and Noble

iBooks

Pursuing Lord Pascal continues to ride high on the e-book charts. Thanks to everyone who picked up this fourth book in the Dashing Widows series. Reviews have been lovely. Here is a selection:

scoundrelJessie at Night Owl Reviews gives Pascal 4.5 stars and called it “refreshing.”

Jaci at the Reading Wench says Pascal is “a riveting new story that proves that Anna Campbell is one of the premier voices in Historical Romance.”

Helen at Romance Book Haven says Pascal is “awesome – you will be smiling and sighing.”

Stacey at Stacey is Sassy calls Pascal “a short, sweet and steamy historical romance that packs a punch.”

Miss Elinor Wolfe of the Anonymisses says, “I absolutely adored this book.”

carlafinalistbadgeJennifer at Jenerated Reviews says, “Wit and poignancy blend elegantly in all Anna Campbell’s portrayals and make reading one of her books a one of a kind experience. Without hesitation Pursuing Lord Pascal is a worthy use of one’s time!”

Rose at Roses Are Blue gave Lord Pascal 4 stars and says, “I enjoyed and recommend PURSUING LORD PASCAL, which has Anna Campbell’s trademark charm, entertainment, and steam.”

Jonetta at The Book Nympho says Pascal is “a delightful story with wonderful dialogue. Everything about it worked.”

gwawardAnd one final review for an older story, Days of Rakes and Roses, from Carol at Rakes and Rascals: 4 stars; “Anna Campbell enchanted me with this short but captivating love story.”

A Scoundrel by Moonlight,the fourth book in the Sons of Sin series, has had a very successful month in contests, finaling in both the Mid-America Romance Authors Carla Award and Southern Magic RWA’s Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

As those of you who have been following my Facebook posts know, I’ve just come home from nearly eight weeks in the United States and Canada. I spent a month at the Banff Centre for the Arts on a writing residency which was an amazing experience, not least because of the landscape. I thought I’d share a few of my photos with you here.

Finally, this month’s My Favorite Things continues my reading round-up for the year with my favorite memoirs and biographies of the year. Check it out!

 

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October 2016

PLP-FB-adHurrah! Pursuing Lord Pascal is here! My fourth Dashing Widows story features Amy, Silas’s sister, and London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, who has appeared in all the other stories as a not very serious alternative love interest for my widows. I had great fun writing this one and didn’t want it to finish, so it’s a little longer than the other Dashing Widows novellas. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the story. It’s been sitting in the top 1000 on Amazon.com for several weeks which is lovely! And it’s already had some time at the top of Amazon’s Regency charts.

under-the-kissing-bough-final-2dYou can read the blurb and excerpt, and find buy links on the Lord Pascal page here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/the-dashing-widows-series/pursuing-lord-pascal/

I’ve got some other exciting news for you this month. It’s been under wraps, but I’ve joined with 14 other fantastic authors who write across many genres in a great Christmas anthology called Under the Kissing Bough, out 22nd November.

The cover for this has just been released, and isn’t it gorgeous? It’s now available for pre-order at the special price of 99 cents. That’s an awful lot of reading for that minuscule amount of money. But be quick, that price is for a limited time only.

Here are the links to pre-order:

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My story in the anthology is called Mistletoe and the Major. Isn’t this a lovely individual cover for it? It’s a reunion story about a man who returns from the Peninsular War to the young bride he left five years earlier, when he went to serve his country and help to defeat Napoleon.

It’s been a really busy month for me, most of which I’ve spent traveling. One huge highlight was the Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane, Washington, between 22nd and 25th September.

Thank you to all the wonderful readers and authors who made this such a fun event. The retreat was so successful that it will run again next year. If you’re a historical romance fan, don’t miss it!

renee-meHere’s a picture of me with one of the HRR Queens, Renee Bernard, at the opening reception. And here’s a shot of me at Spokane’s beautiful Japanese gardens in Manito Park.

In other news, A Scoundrel by Moonlight has finaled in the prestigious Carla Contest. And I’m delighted to announce that all four Sons of Sin books are off to Slovenia in the next year or so. I’ve never sold a book to that territory before so color me excited.

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I hope to have some news of reviews for Lord Pascal next month. But in the meantime, there have been two lovely reviews for older books.

First up, Meghan Holloway in Of Quills and Vellum reviewed my second book Untouched with a rave: “Campbell at her heartrending, spellbinding best.”

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Heather Kon at the Australian Romance Readers Association blog heartily enjoyed Stranded with the Scottish Earl: “I really loved this story.”

I’m currently at the beautiful Banff Centre for the Arts doing a one month writing residency so look forward to pictures of mountains next month. In the meantime, the other pictures on this page are all from the Spokane Historical Romance Retreat.

With the shot of the Japanese gardens, there’s a picture of me with bloggers and reviewers Carol Cork and Wendy Loveridge. The photo of me clutching A Scoundrel by Moonlight is from the big signing at the HRR16.

banffThis month’s My Favorite Things is a rundown of three novels I really enjoyed this last year. Check it out!

And I might just finish with one photograph of glorious Banff. See you next month!

 

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September 2016

PLP FOR WEBFirst up, I’ve got something lovely to show you, the beautiful pink cover for my fourth Dashing Widows novella, Pursuing Lord Pascal.

Pursuing Lord Pascal is the story of Lord Stone’s sister, Amy, who is the first of the second set of Dashing Widows to find her happy ending amidst the glittering whirl of the London season. If you’ve read the first three stories, you’ll know that Lord Pascal has been hovering on the edges of events as London’s handsomest man and a possible love interest for my other widows. About time he got his own widow to love, I decided!

Here’s the blurb:

Golden Days…

Famous for her agricultural innovations, Amy, Lady Mowbray has never had a romantical thought in her life. Well, apart from her short-lived crush on London’s handsomest man, Lord Pascal, when she was a brainless 14-year-old. She even chose her late husband because he owned the best herd of beef cattle in England!

But fate steps in and waltzes this practical widow out of her rustic retreat into the glamour of the London season. When Pascal pursues her, all her adolescent fantasies come true. And those fantasies turn disturbingly adult when grown-up desire enters the equation. Amy plunges headlong into a reckless affair that promises pleasure beyond her wildest dreams – until she discovers that this glittering world hides damaging secrets and painful revelations set to break a country girl’s tender heart.

All that glitters…

PLP-FB-adGervaise Dacre, Lord Pascal needs to marry money to rescue his estate, devastated after a violent storm. He’s never much liked his reputation as London’s handsomest man, but it certainly comes in handy when the time arrives to seek a rich bride. Unfortunately, the current crop of debutantes bores him silly, and he finds himself praying for a sensible woman with a generous dowry.

When he meets Dashing Widow Amy Mowbray, it seems all his prayers have been answered. But his mercenary quest becomes dangerously complicated when he finds himself in thrall to the lovely widow. Soon he’s much more interested in passion than in pounds, shillings and pence. What happens if Amy discovers the sordid truth behind his whirlwind courtship? And if she does, will she see beyond his original, selfish motives to the ardent love that lies unspoken in his sinful heart?

Pursuing Lord Pascal is out 30th September but you can pre-order from Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble.

Like my other Dashing Widows stories, it’s available at the bargain price of only 99 cents on Kindle. Also keep an eye out for an excerpt on my website.

HRRAre you coming to the inaugural Historical Romance Retreat in Spokane, WA, starting 22nd September? This looks like it’s going to be so much fun and as it’s so long since I’ve been to America to meet up with readers, I’m really looking forward to seeing a lot of you there. If you can’t book in for the whole weekend (which looks fantastic!), make sure you come to the big signing and book fair on Saturday, 24th September from 1:30pm to 4:00. You’ll find details about that and the whole event here: http://www.historicalromanceretreat.com/

Thank you to everyone who came to the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival in the middle of August. I was blown away with the warm reception I received (must be something to do with the warm climate). We had a huge crowd for the afternoon of romance, standing room only for Sunday morning’s panel, and 18 brave souls turned up for my workshop on character on Sunday afternoon. The whole festival was a credit to all concerned. I thought you might enjoy this photo of my breakfast venue on Sunday morning – the essence of laidback tropical North Queensland!

Cairns picA couple of new reviews of Stranded with the Scottish Earl to share with you. First up, Laura Boon Russell at the Love Lines blog says, “Cinderella may be the Queen of Lyle’s heart, but Anna Campbell is undoubtedly the Queen of the Historical Novella, seamlessly combining humour, period detail, passion and love in small parcels of story dynamite. Read and enjoy.” Kathy at Kathy’s Review Corner says, “Ewan is a man on a mission, and that mission is to make Charlotte his wife. Readers will be eager to see how quickly he wins their battle of wills, and by the end will believe in love at first sight.”

This month’s My Favorite Things is a rundown of some of the books I’ve really enjoyed reading in the last few months. So if you’re looking to add to your TBR pile, check it out – every story I mention is definitely a winner!

 

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August 2016

SwtSE FOR WEB Thank you so much to everyone who picked up Stranded with the Scottish Earl: A Regency Novella in July. I’ve been overwhelmed with the success of my rainy fairytale. It hit a number of great markers, including a whole month at number 1 hot new release on Amazon, Scottish and Regency; number 1 Regency on Amazon; number 1 Scottish on Amazon; number 1 historical romance on Amazon Australia; top 300 overall on Amazon. As we speak, it’s still in the top 500 on Amazon.

There have also been some lovely reviews. Here’s a sample:

PJ on The Romance Dish says, “A story that tickled my funny bone and captured my heart.”

Sara at All About Romance gives Stranded a B+ and says, “I had such fun reading Stranded with the Scottish Earl.

Helen at Deanna’s World says, “Do yourself a favour, get your drink of choice and sit back and enjoy,” and gave my novella 5 stars.

Jonetta at the Book Nympho says, “I really enjoyed this Cinderella tale that goes way beyond the fairy one.”

stranded romancingRachel at Romancing the Book gave Stranded a Rose that Rules All award and says, “If you LOVE friends to enemies and stories where that line is very very thin and tempting and delicious, you need to pick up this story! Anna Campbell did a fantastic job weaving a story with life, realistic characters and a steamy romance that seared the pages. It’s definitely a story I’ll be reading again!”

Jaci at the Reading Wench says, “I have always adored Anna Campbell’s books and this one is no exception.  This novella is now one of my favorites of all time.  Anna captures the heart and soul of her readers with her beautiful style.”

Cairns Stacey at Stacey B-Reviews says, “These short novellas by Anna Campbell have become some of my favourite historical reads.”

Rose at Roses Are Blue says, “This couple’s passionate journey to happy ever after makes for a very satisfying way to spend a few hours, and the wonderful epilogue gives us a peek into their joyful future together.” Four roses.

Stranded with the Scottish Earl is still available for a mere $0.99 on Kindle! So why not have a Highland fling?

There’s a new article for the writers among you on the website: Falling in Love on the Page: Writing Convincing Romantic Relationships. Check it out!

If anyone lives in north Queensland or would like a holiday in Cairns to escape the grim winter cold, why not come to the Cairns Tropical Writers Festival? Magda Szubanski is the keynote and I’m doing a whole stack of things:

poland 3:30pm to 4:15pm, Saturday, 13th August: Australian star Helene Young will interview me about life as a romance writer. Details here.

4:15pm to 5pm, Saturday 13th August: I’m joining a panel with Helene, Barbara Hannay, Jacqueline George, and Hettie Ashwin called Romance Writers Tell All! Details here.

9am to 10am, Sunday, 14th August: I’m taking part in a discussion with NZ author Jenni Ogden called Navigating the Publishing Maze. Details here.

All the above sessions are included in the festival weekend ticket which at $25 is a steal. You can also buy day passes which will allow you into these and many other sessions.

I’m also doing a workshop on Sunday afternoon from 1:30pm to 5:00pm called Capturing Characters. Bookings are essential for this one and it’s priced at $65/$60.

Finally a few foreign covers to share with you. First up, the Polish editions of Seven Nights in a Rogue’s Bed and A Rake’s Midnight Kiss. Even better news, A Rake’s Midnight Kiss was officially a bestseller in Poland. How cool is that?

russia And I’ve got Russian covers for Captive of Sin, My Reckless Surrender, and Midnight’s Wild Passion. I love these – the covers remind me of the Barbara Cartland historical romances I used to read as a teen.

This month’s My Favorite Things is a rundown of the first few Maisie Dobbs novels by Jacqueline Winspear.

And make sure you swing by next month when I’ll have the cover and blurb and hopefully pre-order details for the next Dashing Widows book, Pursuing Lord Pascal. I’m having a lot of fun writing Amy’s story and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it when it comes out on 30th September.

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