I’m so excited about it being March, not just because it marks the end of what’s been a catastrophic summer down here in Oz, but also because it’s the month that sees the release of the next book in my bestselling Lairds Most Likely series. Huzzah!
A lot of you have been waiting for Hamish’s story since I released The Laird’s Willful Lass, the first book in the series back in July 2018. Just to brush up your memories as it’s been so long, TLWL opens with a prologue featuring three boys who were slated to be the heroes of what was at that stage going to be a trilogy (best-laid plans and all that!). Hamish was the youngest of the three, the one who wore his emotions on his sleeve, and the one who had ambitions to become an astronomer. Well, fast forward twenty years and Hamish has achieved his ambition, but scandal and a troublesome miss called Emily Baylor is threatening all his hopes.
The Highlander’s English Bride is out 30th March on all platforms and as you can probably tell from this blurb, it’s a classic marriage of convenience story:
Hamish Douglas, the mercurial Laird of Glen Lyon, has never got along with independent, smart-mouthed Emily Baylor. Which wouldn’t matter if this brilliant Scottish astronomer didn’t move in the same scientific circles as Emily and if her famous father wasn’t his mentor. But when Emily looks likely to derail the event which will make Hamish’s career, he loses his temper with the pretty miss and his recklessness leaves her reputation in ruins.
A marriage made in scandal…
Emily has always thought her father’s spectacular protégé was far too arrogant for his own good. But what is she to do when the only way she can save her good name in society is to wed the unruly laird? Reluctantly she accepts Hamish’s proposal, but only on the condition that their union remains chaste. That shouldn’t be a problem; they’ve never been friends, let alone potential lovers – except that after they marry, Hamish reveals unexpected depths and a host of admirable qualities, and he’s so awfully handsome, and now the swaggering rogue admits that he desires her…
From the ballrooms of London to the grandeur of the western Highlands, a battle royal rages between these two strong-willed combatants. Neither plans to yield an inch – but are these smart people smart enough to see that sometimes the greatest victory lies in mutual surrender?
You can pre-order The Highlander’s English Bride from:
I’ll put up an excerpt in the next week or so, so make sure you swing back to check that out!
“The Highlander’s Christmas Quest was a funny romance that entertained. Poor Dougal, needing a quest so he latches onto a tale that he probably could admit was tall. If everyone wasn’t pointing it out to him. A stubborn lovable hero who Kristy decides is the one for her. I enjoyed Kristy, growing up on the small island, so different from other lairds’ daughters. She was fun, hard-working and willing to get her hands dirty. I loved watching these two navigating their way together.”
Are you enjoying revisiting some of the older My Favorite Things posts in my current series of favorite favorite things? This month’s entry talks about a few favorite romantic films. We all love a good celluloid romance, don’t we? You can read the piece here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/
Welcome to February, the most romantic month in the calendar with Valentine’s Day sitting fair and square right in the middle.
As with most years, I’m doing a few special things to celebrate Valentine’s Day for my readers. If you follow me on Facebook, I’ll be doing a series of giveaways to mark the date. If you don’t, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/
Also on Facebook, I’m getting back with the girls who did the wonderful Halloween Hop back in October to do a Valentine’s Day Hop. Lots and lots of wonderful daily prizes, not to mention a fantastic grand prize of more books than you can poke a stick at + $100 Amazon gift card. Here’s where you sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/172759387463698/
I’m going to start with the very happy tidings that The Highlander’s Defiant Captive has finaled in the favorite historical romance category of the Australian Romance Readers Association. If you’d like to see the great list of all the finalists, check out this link: https://australianromancereaders.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/2019-arr-awards-finalists-announced/ Winners are announced in Sydney on 7th March.
Also with the Australian Romance Readers Association, I was delighted when dedicated romance reader, Helen, chose The Highlander’s Christmas Quest as her favorite read for December as part of a regular column of member choices. I’ll quote the review in full because it’s a beauty:
“If you are looking for a quick Christmas story filled with lots of witty banter, a hero who is determined to play Sir Galahad and a strong, beautiful, determined heroine to win his heart then this is the book you should pick up. I loved it from page one. Ms Campbell writes a witty sensual story with the best setting—Scotland. There is snow and it is Christmas time, I did love this one.”
The Highlander’s Christmas Quest also made an appearance in Cathryn Hein’s list of her favorite December reads: “Dougal was absolutely gorgeous and made me laugh. He was so earnest about his quest! I was with Kirsty in that half the time I was lusting and the other half wanting to push him in the sea to see if the arctic water would knock some sense into him. Lovely characters, wonderful setting and a fabulous romance.”
Now for a lovely review for The Highlander’s Christmas Quest, which is getting a lot of love this month! Jonetta at the Blue Moon Cafe says, “It was a lovely Christmas story with a satisfying ending.”
Helen at Deanna’s World chose The Highlander’s Defiant Captive as one of her favorites for 2019, saying, “I do love a good Scottish romp with a hero in a kilt and Ms Campbell does them so well, Callum goes after Mhairi to get peace in the glen but she is not what he expected, this story had me cheering them on and smiling lots a must read, sensual and fun.”
For my lovely Slovenian readers, I have a new release right now, the translation of my third book Tempt the Devil. It’s available in hardback and paperback from Felix Ucila. Isn’t that a beautiful cover? The title means Lady in the Scarlet Dress which is also what my French publisher chose to call the book.
Are you looking for a great read? As you know, I’m a major fan of Annie West‘s books, and her latest, Revelations of a Secret Princess, which is out in North America on 24th February really hits it out of the park when it comes to emotion and passion and high stakes romance. I couldn’t put this one down and I’m sure you’ll feel the same. Don’t miss it!
And finally, this month’s My Favorite Things continues my series on the best of the best with a piece linking to older columns about Agatha Christie, Elizabeth Peters and A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. If you’re looking for some more great reading recommendations, check it out!
Thank you to everyone who picked up a book of mine, and especially to those wonderful people who left me a review or recommended my stories to their friends or who contacted me to say how much you’re enjoying the stories. Looking forward to the coming year, there’s 3 more Scottish stories on the way, with the first one, The Highlander’s English Bride, out probably at the end of March. There will also be an extra Christmas story this year! Then in 2021, there’s some exciting new stuff coming, but that’s far too far away at this stage to talk about!
On a personal level, I’m looking forward to a slightly quieter year. A shorter European trip, no American visit, and not so many conferences. I have a yen to get my ducks in a row in 2020 – the ducks were running all over the shop in 2019!
Are you still reading Christmas romance? If you are, there’s a great special right now on last year’s Christmas story, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, which like all my stories, can be read as a standalone. It’s 99 cents instead of $3.99 on all platforms until 15th January. Here’s a couple of links:
Speaking of reviews, there have been a stack of lovely new ones that came in over December and I’d love to share some highlights here. I’ll start with some reviews for The Highlander’s Christmas Quest, my new Christmas story.
“Oh, how I love Anna Campbell and her Christmas stories. I always look forward to what she has in store for us, and this little gem was perfect! Poor Kirsty, I really liked her and the fact that Dougal was so blind to her charms and was set on leaving as soon as possible made me want to knock him over the head! Lol! But then again, maybe Dougal wasn’t as blind to Kirsty’s charms as we might have thought… They were a fantastic couple and the story Anna wove for these two was fabulous, one I struggled to put down. With Anna Campbell’s witty dialogue, a blushing Highlander, a determined young woman set out to get her man, and an absolutely perfect ending, it was easy to fall in love with this story! Anna Campbell never disappoints and this has been an absolutely fantastic series to date. I highly recommend this book, series, and author!” 5 stars
“I really enjoyed this story, it was a very sweet love at first sight tale with a bit of steam, wonderful characters, a hero that blushes, a heroine who will do whatever is necessary to win the love of a man set on another and finally a very satisfying ending complete with a fantastic epilogue. I am happy to recommend this story and while this novella is part of a series, it can easily be read as a stand-alone title.” 4.5 stars
“I loved this, it was a great quick read which hit all the historical high notes for me. It had the dashing, devilishly handsome Laird and a Shy but witty take no nonsense female lead who has always had a thing for the Laird. I love that Elspeth was a smart, self-deprecating female but one who had to go on her own journey of self-discovery before realising that she was worthy of love and the attention of the handsome Brody. Brody and Elspeth had great chemistry, I loved that this story was set around the Christmas period and the glimpses of the other characters in the series. All in all a great read, that had all the emotions and swoon worthy moments you are after in a historical fiction book. First one I have read of Anna’s and it won’t be my last!!” 5 stars
Kathy has also picked her best of 2019 list and I’m delighted that The Highlander’s Lost Lady, book 3 in the LML series, is one of her gems. Here’s a link to the original review: https://kathysreviewcorner.com/reviews/CampbellAnnaLML03TheHighlandersLostLady.html
And finally something a little bit different in terms of reviews. As many of you know, my four Sons of Sin books have been released in France this year from J’ai Lu Pour Elle. There’s a lovely review of the latest installment Le Scelerat (A Scoundrel by Moonlight) here: https://songedunenuitdete.com/2019/12/20/le-scelerat-danna-campbell/ The upshot? The book “captivated her to the last page.”
And finally, as the New Year is a time of looking back as well as forward, I’ve started a series pointing you toward some of my favorite My Favorite Things columns. I’ve been writing these pieces since 2006 so there are a lot of opinions there by now, and I’d love to share a few columns that perhaps you might have missed. Check out part 1 here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/
First up, this year’s Christmas story is now live on Amazon and will be live on all other platforms on 2nd December. Thanks so much to everyone who has already picked up The Highlander’s Christmas Quest and especially to those people who have taken the trouble to contact me to say how much you enjoyed the story or who took the time to leave a review. I’m delighted at the book’s reception. It’s reached well up on a couple of Amazon top 100 lists and readers seem to be loving Dougal and Kirsty’s story.
Here are the buy link for my latest Lairds Most Likely story:
Two of my Christmas print anthologies are currently available. with the third one going out this week. The Gifts of Christmas contains reader favorites “The Christmas Stranger” and “The Winter Wife.” Mistletoe Brides contains my bestselling “A Pirate for Christmas” and “Her Christmas Earl.” The volume still to come, Kisses and Christmas Bells, contains the popular novellas, “Mistletoe and the Major” and “A Match Made in Mistletoe.” These would make perfect Christmas presents for the romance reader in your life – or perhaps even a present from you to you! – so check them out!
You can buy The Gifts of Christmas at:
You can buy Mistletoe Brides at:
Have a look at this gorgeous cover for Kisses and Christmas Bells, which as I said will be available in the next few days. Buy links will be on the website page or just search under the title at your favorite retailer.
In other exciting news (I said there was a lot this month!), book 2 in my Lairds Most Likely series, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, is on special until early January. It’s usually USD $3.99 but for a limited period only, you can pick up this bestselling story for only USD 99 cents!
This one was a reader favorite and is currently sitting on a 4.5 Amazon star review average. Like all my stories, you can read it as a standalone if you haven’t yet managed to catch up with the rest of my Scotsmen.
You can pick up The Laird’s Christmas Kiss at this special price from:
A couple of nice reviews for my September release, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, which has proven really popular with readers! I’m so glad that Callum and Mhairi have hit the right chord with so many of you!
I love this review from Jaci Tobin at The Reading Wench of The Highlander’s Defiant Captive: “Anna knows her way around the Highlands of Scotland and her heroes and heroines. I fully enjoy her books because of her ability to tell a story that is both lovely and exactly what her readers enjoy.”
Jonetta, at the Blue Mood Cafe says of Defiant Captive that “This is a favorite.” https://bluemoodcafe.com/2019/11/11/the-highlanders-defiant-captive-by-anna-campbell/
I do love a nice foreign edition. J’ai Lu pour Elle in France have released all four of my Sons of Sin stories this year. The fourth book, A Scoundrel by Moonlight, is out on 4th December. Le Scelerat means “the scoundrel.” Here’s a link: https://www.jailu.com/Catalogue/jai-lu-pour-elle/aventures-et-passions/le-scelerat
In other foreign edition news, reader Lori Kurochkina, who lives in St. Petersburg, sent me this lovely photo of the Russian edition of Midnight’s Wild Passion from a local bookshop.
Looking forward to next year, there are another three Lairds Most Likely hitting the presses, starting with The Highlander’s English Bride in March/April. I should also have all my lairds in print by the middle of 2020 too! I’m loving that so many of my books are now available in paperback!
This month’s My Favorite Things column continues my recent series about enjoyable reads. This latest edition covers a mixed bag of stories – a spy thriller, a fantastic re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, the first in a great new historical mystery series, and a nonfiction entry, one of the best books I’ve read in 2019. Check it out!
Which only leaves me to wish you all the compliments of the season and a very happy new year! See you in January!
Hot on the heels of The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, my release at the end of September, I’m delighted to announce that my 2019 Christmas story is coming out 26th November on Amazon and on 2nd December on all other platforms. Huzzah!
She’s found the man for her, but he has no plans to stay on her island. Perhaps it’s time to try a little sabotage!
Scotland. 1725. The moment she sees handsome Dougal Drummond, Kirsty Macbain tumbles headlong into love. A chance storm a few days before Christmas has blown the gallant Highlander off-course to her father’s isle of Askaval, but once he’s repaired his boat, Dougal is determined to continue on his way. His bright blue eyes are firmly fixed on valiant deeds and a distant horizon. What does he care for a smart-mouthed, independent lassie who forms no part of his plans for his future?
Kirsty is convinced that if only she can keep Dougal on Askaval, he’ll see how perfect they are together. With his boat out of action, he’s trapped in her company. Some surreptitious midnight destruction with a drill and a hammer might help true love to win out. On the other hand, if Dougal discovers what she’s been up to, there will be the devil to pay.
Will this madcap Christmas deliver Kirsty’s heart’s desire – or will her scheming see Dougal sail away to a life without her?
Find out more about the story on my website here: http://annacampbell.com/books-2/lairds-most-likely-series/the-highlanders-christmas-quest/ I’ll be putting up an excerpt in the next few weeks.
I’ve received another fabulous 5 star review for Book 4 in my Lairds series, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive, this time from Rose at Rose Is Reading: “Anna Campbell did an amazing job with Callum & Mhairi’s story! Fabulous characters, feuding clans, and Anna’s trademark witty dialogue throughout, and you end up with a captivating and entertaining story with a perfect ending! I loved it and look forward to what Ms. Campbell has for us next!”
I love seeing foreign covers – and this cover for the Slovenian edition of Untouched is just gorgeous. If you’re a Slovenian reader and would like to pick it up, you can order it from: http://felix.si/zenski-romani/16308-nedotaknjen-zepna-knjiga-9789610042983.html.
In other news, as we head toward the Christmas season, I’m preparing my six stand-alone seasonal novellas for print. There will be three volumes with two stories in each:
Make sure you check back next month for details of where to pick them up. They’ll make wonderful Christmas gifts!
My last public appearance for the year is on a romance panel at the wonderful GenreCon which is on at the State Library in Brisbane from 22nd to 24th November. For more details, visit the GenreCon website: https://genrecon.com.au/
And don’t miss this month’s My Favorite Things column. It’s continuing my series on recent interesting reads, this time featuring memoirs.
Well, The Highlander’s Defiant Captive is now out in the world and making a lot of friends. It made a good showing on a couple of top 100 lists on Amazon where it’s currently sitting on 4.5 stars. It’s on 4.3 on GoodReads, and some stellar reviews have started to come in.
Helen at Romance Book Haven gave the story 5 stars and says, “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.”
Amy at Historical Romance Lover says, “I loved the latest addition to Campbell’s The Lairds Most Likely series. I loved reading the interaction between Callum and Mhairi, most of which had me laughing out loud.” 5 stars.
You can read the blurb and an excerpt here. You can pick up my latest Highlander from all good retailers, including:
If The Highlander’s Defiant Captive is your introduction to my Lairds Most Likely series, why not try the other 3 books in the series, The Laird’s Willful Lass, The Laird’s Christmas Kiss, and The Highlander’s Lost Lady? Just click on the titles and it will take you to a page where you can find more information and buying links.
Even more good news about my Lairds! Next month, I’m releasing this year’s Christmas story, The Highlander’s Christmas Kiss. Look out for a cover, a blurb, an excerpt, and purchasing links over the next few weeks.
While I’m talking about reviews, check out Anna Belfrage’s wonderful Discovering Diamonds review of Lord Garson’s Bride from my Dashing Widows series. “For those who enjoy well-written and layered historical romance, this novel is a treat. Neither Hugh nor Jane are stereotyped, their reactions and feelings easy to relate to. Add to this the historical setting, the swish of expensive evening gowns, the glitter of jewels and of polished Hessians, and I am swept away to another time, another place, all the while keeping my fingers crossed that Ms Campbell will somehow find a way to give Hugh and Jane the Happily Ever After they deserve!”
I’ve been out and about quite a bit over the last month. If you’d like to know more about my writing journey and current projects, check out this Journeys of Romance podcast where bestselling historical author Jess Michaels talked to me for over an hour about everything from pen names to how I got started to the pleasures of being part of the writing community: http://www.authorjessmichaels.com/podcasts/
Historical mystery author Pam Lecky also talked to me about everything including the kitchen sink when she interviewed me for her blog this month. Check out the great interview here: https://pamlecky.com/2019/09/14/a-conversation-with-author-anna-campbell/
I talk about why I write historical romance in an article over at Originality by Design. Historical fiction author Grace Augustine invited me to be her guest and talk about why I love this wonderful genre in a piece called Loving the Alien. You can find the column here: http://originalitybydesign.blogspot.com/2019/10/loving-alien-by-anna-campbell.html
Speaking of being out and about, I thought you might enjoy a couple of photos from the wonderful Historical Romance Retreat I attended in mid-September at the fabulous Mission Inn and Spa at Riverside near Los Angeles.
And next, three photos of me in the fabulous costumes that my friend Bronwyn Parry made for me. I particularly love the picture in the middle where I got to ham it up with a Highlander!
Do you follow me on Facebook? If you do, there’s lots more great photos of my American trip already up and still more to come. Here’s the page link: https://www.facebook.com/annacampbell.writer
Don’t miss Annie West’s latest masterpiece, Demanding His Desert Queen, book 2 in her Royal Brides for Desert Brothers mini series (although it can be read as a standalone). This one’s brimming with Annie’s trademark emotion and passion and sensuality. You’ll love it. I sure did!
Finally, I’m talking about three romances I recently read and enjoyed over on My Favorite Things this month. Check out my reading recommendations here: http://annacampbell.com/my-favorite-things/