Friday, 28 February 2020

Romantic Fiction Book Club Facebook Group Launch.


Come and join the official launch celebrations.

Our aim with the Romantic Fiction Book Club is to create a warm and cosy place for members to engage with readers, bloggers and authors of romantic fiction.

This is a Facebook group supported by the Romantic Novelists’ Association but membership is open to all authors of novels with a romantic element, as well as readers who love romantic fiction and bloggers. We run a small-scale trial since before Christmas and the full launch was on 14th February and is part of the official RNA60 celebrations.

What better way to start off than with a competition. This is run in conjunction with the publisher 0ne More Chapter and open to all members of the group. 0MC have donated a first prize of 60 romantic novels. There will be 60 runners up prizes of one book from a selection of 60 RNA authors, to tie in with the RNA celebration of 60 years as an organisation.

The competition runs from 14th February until 29th February. With a total of 61 prizes up for grabs, entrants have great odds of winning something. Extra entries can be claimed by subscribing to RNA and 0MC social media channels.

Here is the link to the competition. 

Here is the link to the new group: 

Jane Cable has also written an article on the launch for Frost magazine. Here is the link, in case you need more detail or would like to include this in your post: HERE

Take a look at some of the wonderful books prizes...

Thursday, 27 February 2020

New Release Spotlight & Guest Post: Her Dark Knight's Redemption by Nicole Locke

Her Dark Knight’s Redemption by Nicola Locke

 Top Five things About Reynold of Warstone:
  1. He’s hot, and the writer who wrote about him couldn’t put it in the story often enough for her liking.
  2. Reynold knows torture. Not only can he dish it out, but he’s got this really evil mother who likes her sons to prove their loyalty to her by holding their left hand over an open flame. This scar in his hand is why the heroine, Helissent, in The Knight’s Scarred Maiden thought she could talk some sense into him to not be so villainy (he’s scarred, she’s scarred…they could share). Of course, he wouldn’t bond with some gentle baker who lusted after his enemy, but can’t blame a woman for trying.
  3. He speaks several languages and loves to read anything he can get his hands on. If he can’t find something, he has books commissioned for him. His favourite book is Tales of Odysseus. If asked, he’ll tell you he likes the adventures, but in truth, the part that intrigues him is Odysseus’ need to return to Penelope and Penelope’s devotion to Odysseus. His parents would kill each other if given the chance, but something of this tale makes him long for something other than the games he plays.
  4. He waits in shadows and darkness. It’s all part of his game so he can observe his next prey without being observed. It often surprises and unnerves people, but the writer thinks the habit is part of his charm.
  5. There truly was only ever going to be one heroine for a man like him: Aliette. She’s uneducated (but loves stories). Doesn’t have a family (so she’s adopted people..a little tidbit she keeps as a secret). Doesn’t have coin or food or truly any proper clothing. In fact, she lives on the streets. And one thing she cannot stand is waiting. Who has time for dilly dallying or games? So when Reynold captures Aliette and blackmails her to play his game? He doesn’t stand a chance of winning. Good thing he’s so cute.
Nicole Locke

This man was shadow and night. He was Darkness.”
Homeless Aliette is saved from punishment for stealing by a mysterious knight. To stay alive, she’s informed by this stranger that she must claim his child as her own. She should fear the dark knight’s power, yet it’s clear there’s more good to this man than he’s prepared to show. Can she break down the barriers of the tortured knight she calls Darkness?

Nicole is the author of Harlequin's Lovers and Legends and The Lochmore Legacy series. If she isn't working on the next book, she can be reached at, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
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Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Cover Reveal: The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright

The Charm Bracelet by Ella Allbright

A moving and heartwarming love story perfect for fans of Me Before You and One Day in December…
Leila’s charm bracelet tells a story of love, a story of loss, a story of hope.
This is the story of her … and the story of Jake.
When Leila Jones loses her precious charm bracelet and a stranger finds it, she has to tell the story of how she got the charms to prove she’s the owner. Each and every one is a precious memory of her life with Jake.
So Leila starts at the beginning, recounting the charms and experiences that have led her to the present. A present she never could have expected when she met Jake nearly twenty years ago…
Published by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins UK

Ebook: 21 August 2020
Paperback: 12 November 2020

A self-confessed reading addict, Ella Allbright writes commercial women’s fiction set in her beautiful home county of Dorset. Her first novel in this genre, The Charm Bracelet will be published in August 2020 by One More Chapter, an imprint of HarperCollins, and she’s currently hard at work on her next book. Ella is represented by agent Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership, who represent J.K. Rowling.
Ella also writes as Nikki Moore, the author of the popular #LoveLondon romance series. A number of the novellas featured in the Top 100 short story charts on Kobo and the Top 20 in the Amazon UK bestsellers Holiday chart, and in 2018 the collection was released in Italy. Her first published work was the short story A Night to Remember in the best selling Mills & Boon / RNA anthology Truly, Madly, Deeply. Her debut romance Crazy, Undercover, Love was shortlisted for the RNA Joan Hessayon Award 2015.
When not writing or reading, she can be found working in her HR day job, walking the family’s cute beagle puppy or watching a Netflix series!
You can connect with Ella/Nikki on:

She also vlogs about how to get published as ‘Author By The Sea’ on her YouTube channel at

Spotlight & Review: Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jørn Lier Horst.

First in the international bestselling, award-winning Blix & Ramm series with over 100,000 copies sold in Norway alone, two of the biggest names in Nordic Noir have teamed up to create a dark, hard-boiled and emotive serial-killer thriller with echoes of Criminal Minds … and two unforgettable protagonists

by Thomas Enger & Jørn Lier Horst
translated by Anne Bruce

Oslo, 2018. Former long-distance runner Sonja Nordstrøm never shows at the launch of her controversial autobiography, Always Number One. When celebrity blogger Emma Ramm visits Nordstrøm’s home later that day, she finds the door unlocked and signs of a struggle inside. A bib with the number ‘one’ has been pinned to the TV.

Police officer Alexander Blix is appointed to head up the missing persons investigation, but he still bears the emotional scars of a hostage situation nineteen years earlier, when he killed the father of a five-year-old girl. Traces of Nordstrøm soon show up at different locations, but the appearance of the clues appear to be carefully calculated … evidence of a bigger picture that he’s just not seeing…

Blix and Ramm soon join forces, determined to find and stop a merciless killer with a flair for the dramatic, and thirst for attention.

Trouble is, he’s just got his first taste of it…

This is my first venture into Nordic Noir. Living in Norway, I was already familiar with the names of the authors but I've not read anything by either of them...until now. It's why I chose to read Death Deserved and I'm so glad I did.

Divorced Oslo Police officer Alexander Blix has a grown-up daughter who is appearing on a reality television programme.
Simultaneously, former athlete, Sonja Nordstrøm disappears. He's given the responsibility for the missing person investigation not knowing if it's a kidnapping, suicide or murder. Meanwhile, celebrity blogger, Emma Ramm is curious as to why Sonja Nordstrøm didn't turn up for her television interview to promote her book, Always Number One. It isn't long before Alex and Emma run into each other as they search for clues. Only for Alex, meeting the blogger triggers a memory of an incident in 1999, one which still haunts him to this day.

The narrative is seamless and I'm awed by how these authors have worked together to produce this intriguing novel. The tight plot and pacing keep readers engaged as Alex Blix and Emma Ramm work to find the serial killer. It's an unlikely pairing of a police officer and a celebrity blogger but their crossed paths add to the curiosity of why the dynamic works so well. In addition, we're introduced to many supporting characters including, Sofia Kovic, Alex's police partner. Like Emma, she's someone who you wouldn't expect to see working with someone like Alex Blix, but they somehow complement each other in a positive way.

Thrilling and suspenseful, I enjoyed putting together the pieces of the puzzle as the protagonists try to get ahead of the perpetrator with their investigation. With enticing details, I was gripped as the story came to a conclusion with an epilogue setting the scene for the
next instalment.

On a personal note, what I appreciated the most
is the Norwegian backdrop. I don't live in Oslo, but the familiarity of names definitely added to the overall appeal of Death Deserved. It's left me with a feeling of 'What took you so long to search out novels based in your country of residence'?

Conclusion? My introduction to Nordic Noir has whetted my appetite for more and will definitely, be reading more from Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger. It's also inspired me to buy and read
Nullpunkt, the original Norwegian version of the novel. As it'll be a slow read, I'm hoping in the meantime Orenda will publish a translated version of Røykteppe, book 2 in the Alex Blix and Emma Ramm series before I get around to tackling it in its original form.

***arc generously received courtesy of Orenda Books via Random Things Tours*** 

Jørn Lier Horst and Thomas Enger are the internationally bestselling Norwegian authors of the William Wisting and Henning Juul series respectively. 

Jørn Lier Horst first rose to literary fame with his No. 1 internationally bestselling William Wisting series. A former investigator in the Norwegian police, Horst imbues all his works with an unparalleled realism and suspense.

Thomas Enger is the journalist-turned-author behind the internationally acclaimed and bestselling Henning Juul series. Enger’s trademark has become a darkly gritty voice paired with key social messages and tight plotting. Besides writing fiction for both adults and young adults, Enger also works as a music composer.

Death Deserved is Jørn Lier Horst & Thomas Enger’s first co-written thriller.

Monday, 24 February 2020

Release Day Spotlight: Just One Year by Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling author Penelope Ward, comes a new standalone novel.

The beginning of my sophomore year in college was off to a rough start.
On the first day of orientation, I had an altercation with an infuriating British dude in a campus bathroom.
(The ladies’ room was out of order. So, I used the men’s room. Don’t judge.)
I got home later that night and realized that the foreign student we were expecting to rent a room in my parents’ house was allergic to our cat.
So, the spare room went to someone else: Caleb—the British guy from the men’s room.
And so it began…my love-hate story with Caleb Yates. Or was it hate-love in that order?

The guy knew how to push every one of my buttons.
Sometimes I’d email him to express my aggravation and disdain.
He’d actually rewrite my own words and send them back to me.
That was the type of infuriating person Caleb was.
So frustrating.
Sometimes incredibly funny and endearingly sweet.
And hot.

He eventually grew on me, and Caleb soon became one of my best friends that year.
Too bad he was headed back to England soon, so nothing could happen between us—for so many reasons.
I definitely couldn't fall in love with him, especially since all we had was just one year.
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Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of contemporary romance.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor. Penelope resides in Rhode Island with her husband, son, and beautiful daughter with autism.
With over two million books sold, she is a 21-time New York Times bestseller and the author of over twenty novels. Her books have been translated into over a dozen languages and can be found in bookstores around the world.
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