Booktopia Romance Buzz
December 2013 | Edition Eight
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Welcome to the December Romance Buzz!
Kat MayoHello, my fellow lovers of lurve!

Yes, we're at that time of month where we have to leave pieces of paper lying around where loved ones can see them, with the heading 'Books to buy'. Or is that just me? How else will they know what what to get me for Christmas?

This month's Romance Buzz has your Christmas covered, as it's packed with fabulous books for you, for mum, for grandma and - why not?! - for dad. Plus, when you buy from the Romance Buzz, you'll have a chance to win a fabulous book prize pack! We've got four packs to give away featuring titles from New Adult Romance, Mills & Boon and Aussie Rural Romance - so there's something for everyone! All you have to do is buy a book from this month's Romance Buzz, then email your order number and your choice of book pack (Erotic, Mills & Boon or Rural Romance) to romance@booktopia.com.au and you'll be in the running! The winners will be announced on 30.11.2013 and contacted via email.

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This month, Anna Cowan answers our Nine Naughty Questions. She's one of my autobuy authors after her debut novel Untamed just blew me away. Check out her book and check out her Q&A - what a great finish to an absolutely cracktastic book year!

Finally, a big Booktopia welcome to Destiny Romance! Yes, you can now get your Destiny fix from your favourite bookshop - and I can tell you how much I love them!

What I just finished: The Kissing Game - a Christmas novella by Rachael Johns

What I'm reading now: How To Run With A Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper

What I can't wait for: New books under the Christmas tree!

I hope you all have an amazing holiday season. Until next year - happy reading, and may you find yourself stranded under the mistletoe with the hero or heroine of your choice!

Kat Mayo

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BOOK OF THE MONTH
Click here for details or to orderNO GOOD DUKE GOES UNPUNISHED
The Rules of Scoundrels, Book 3
by Sarah MacLean


If Sarah MacLean isn't already one of your autobuy authors, this book might just convert you. In historical romance, nothing beats a damaged hero and a vulnerable but defiant heroine who isn't stupid. No Good Duke Goes Unpunished delivers on all counts.

Temple led a privileged life until the morning he woke up with blood in his hands and no memory of a missing woman. When Mara reappears in his life, it's his chance to prove that he is not a murderer. But Mara isn't offering redemption for nothing, and the more Temple tries to exact vengeance on the woman who changed his life, the more he realises how much he's willing to give up to keep her by his side.

If you're wary of plot moppets, know that children feature in the plot, but they tend to amuse rather than annoy. And although I loved Mara, this book is all about Temple. And really, nothing is more delicious to read than a fallen duke on his path to redemption in the hands of a very skilled author.


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EARLS MAKE THE BEST LOVERS
Last month it was Dukes and pirates - this month, Earls are all the rage. Oh, okay, and the odd pirate. You know, historical romance is so familiar at times, and yet I can never get enough. Never. Also, we can never have enough pirates (with good teeth).
THE GREATEST LOVER EVER
by Christina Brooke

IF WISHES WERE EARLS
by Elizabeth Boyle
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When Georgiana Black encounters her former fiancé, the Earl of Beckenham, it's the stuff of scandals. But when Beckenham - Marcus Westruther - makes a somewhat haphazard proposal, she...laughs in his face. So you can see why I'm planning to get my hands on Christina Brooke's upcoming release. The Westruthers are fun, broody and determined not to be bested by a woman - in other words, my favourite kind of hero!

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Harriet Hathaway has pined for the Earl of Roxley, and after a 'passionate interlude' at a house party, it seems like her dream is within reach. But, inexplicably, he's in London with his eye on a different bride.

But Harriet knows what she sees in his eyes when he looks at her. And despite the Earl of Roxley's desire to keep her away from him - and away from harm - it's clear he's going to find trouble either way!

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NEVER TRUST A PIRATE
By Anne Stuart

RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
By Stephanie Laurens

THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AN HEIR
By Sophie Barnes
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BOOKTOPIA WELCOMES DESTINY ROMANCE
I'm so excited to tell you that Destiny titles have now been added to Booktopia's catalogue. I want to talk about All The Books, but I'll restrain myself - for now - and highlight some titles from their list. Destiny is also releasing a number of titles in print this month, so if you're not quite sold on ebooks, make sure you grab one of these paperbacks!
FROM RURAL TOWNS TO HOLLYWOOD TO WHIRLWIND EUROPEAN ROMANCES
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by Elise K. Ackers


Small Town Storm was nominated for a RUBY Award this year, and I'm not surprised - this is a well-crafted romantic suspense set in rural Australia. In other words, it hits all the right spots!

When Erica Lawrence left her home town 19 years ago, her best friend Jordan Hill was devastated and believed she was dead. Now she's back, and he is even more gutted that she hadn't contacted him in all those years. But a series of brutal murders seem to point to Erica, and as the local leading senior constable, Jordan needs to figure out who's behind the killings - because they might just be coming for Erica.

If you love the hybrid rural romantic suspense subgenre that has proven to be extremely popular in Australia, you need to pick up this book. I love figuring out whodunnits as much as the next reader, but I was kept guessing right to the end with this one!


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SOUTHERN STAR
By J. C. Grey

SWEET SEDUCTION
by Jennifer ST George
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Blaze Gillespie flees Hollywood for Sweet Springs in rural Queensland to get away from rumours surrounding her and some high-profile murders. She plans to renovate her family's rundown homestead, but she didn't count on her somewhat cranky - but hot! - neighbour, Macauley Black. But when people start turning up dead in Sweet Springs, it's clear that someone has it in for Blake - and one of them could be the next target.

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If you want bang for your buck (heh), pick up this 2-in-1 featuring The Convenient Bride - set in romantic Venice and featuring a hot Italian tycoon - and Seducing the Secret Heiress - set in London and featuring people making delicious concoctions. Seriously - food and love. There's no better combination.

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CONTEMPORARY: THE SEASON FOR LOVE
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by Rachael Johns


A secretly pregnant heroine meets a half-Italian hero...and helps him buy a bed! I love this twist in the secret baby plot. Rachael Johns is an evil genius. Hannah is home to lick her wounds and slow down a little after an impulsive Vegas wedding - complete with fake Elvis - ends up with her pregnant and not-so-married. When the sexy customer at her family's handcrafted furniture shop turns out to be the son of a family friend, Hannah is hard pressed to control her hormones!

Despite the somewhat over-the-top circumstances, this story is a sweet, small town romance that fans of Rachel Johns are sure to love. If you haven't tried her books yet, but are wondering why readers love her work, this novella is a great way to see if Rachael's brand of rural romance is your cup of tea. And if you're looking for a quick read in between wrapping presents, this one is a real heart-warmer.


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LAW MAN
by Kristen Ashley

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by Bella Andre

SIMPLE PERFECTION
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SWEETEST MISTAKE
by Candis Terry

BIG SKY SECRETS
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POPPY'S DILEMMA
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AND NOW FOR SOMETHING A LITTLE HOTTER...
Check out these, um, covers. Yeah, the covers. What?! Some of us are visual creatures!
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Cupid, Texas, Book 3
by Lori Wilde


The third book in Lori Wilde's Cupid, Texas series features sexy cowboy-scholar Jericho Chance, who comes home to Cupid and discover that he has not-quite-platonic feelings for his best friend Zoe. Have I mentioned that I love a friends-to-lovers relationship? The chemistry between Jericho and Zoe doesn't just happen - it's been on a slow burn all their lives, thwarted by bad timing or fear of losing their friendship.

Jericho has already been burned once for having an affair with a student, so when Zoe enrols in his course, they have no choice but to ignore the simmering attraction between them. Easier said than done, of course! And when their archaeological dig makes a ground-breaking discovery, it's not just Jericho's job on the line, because someone will stop at nothing to keep long-buried secrets in the ground.


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BADLANDS
by Jill Sorenson

MEN OF COURAGE
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FULL THROTTLE
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EROTICA: IMAGINE GETTING ONE OF THESE UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE...
I meant the books, of course. ;-)
GABRIEL'S REDEMPTION
by Sylvain Reynard

JUST ONE NIGHT
by Kyra Davis
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The third book in the Gabriel's Inferno series can't come soon enough (heh) for faithful readers. It's too bad I never had a uni professor as hot as Gabriel Emerson or I'd have been better at turning up to my classes! On the other hand, who can get any studying done in the face of this kind of distraction? If you're one of the many readers eagerly anticipating this book, well, I reckon you deserve an early Christmas present, don't you?

If you can't wait that long, visit Sylvain Reynard's website for links to deleted scenes and outtakes from the book.

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Kyra Davis' popular Just One Night trilogy is being released in print for the first time.

Kasie Fitzgerald throws all caution to the wind when she embarks on a one-night stand with a stranger she meets at the blackjack tables. But what happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas, and now that she's working for Robert Dade, the stakes are higher than ever.

If you love your erotic romance heroes rich, mysterious and masterful, make sure you add this to your Christmas list!

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PARANORMAL: WEREWOLVES, WITCHES AND ASSASSINS
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by Molly Harper

I've wanted to try Molly Harper's Naked Werewolf books for some time now, and I'm glad I finally did. Look, I love the dark, angsty, omg-the-world-is-ending paranormals as much as the next BDB fan, but it's a refreshing change to read a paranormal that makes me laugh (in good ways).

Caleb is a werewolf who tracks people for a living - nothing complicated and that's just how he likes it. When former pack physician Anna helps Caleb after a somewhat violent 'negotiation', she's careful to keep him separated from a part of her life she keeps hidden. But when their worlds collide, Caleb will have to choose between what he does and the person he might just want to spend his life with.


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DARK WITCH
by Nora Roberts

THE SPIDER
by Jennifer Estep
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Bestselling author Nora Roberts starts a new trilogy with a touch of magic with Dark Witch. Iona Sheehan uproots her life to move to Ireland, where she is united with two cousins who teach her to unlock a power that Iona must learn to wield if they hope to defeat an ancient evil.   

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Technically book 10 of the Elemental Assassin series, The Spider is a prequel to the series and reveals how Gin Blanco came to be the most feared assassin in the Ashland.




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REAVER
by Larissa Ione

SHADOWDANCE
by Kristen Callihan
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The fifth book of Larissa Ione's Lords of Deliverance series centres on the less-than-heavenly angel Reaver, who is tasked with stealing a dangerous prize from Satan himself. One of the Fallen, Harvester was an undercover agent in Hell whose cover has been blown and is doomed to an eternity of torture. But there's one thing Harvester can't escape: her thirst for angel's blood. 

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A member of the Society for the Suppression of Supernaturals, Mary Chase is after a vicious murderer. But Jack Talent is already after the Bishop of Charing...and he's not looking for a partner. If you love steampunk - or have wanted to try it - this series might well be for you, especially if you love independent but emotionally broken heroines.


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CLASSICS: FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND STORIES REISSUED
We all have authors we love, and books we've kept for decades - old favourites we can never part with even when we're too scared to reread them in case their pages disintegrate in our hands. If this sounds familiar, check out some classic romances by bestselling authors, which have been reissued - to replenish your library, to complete your collections, or to introduce a new generation to the delights of a satisfying love story.
CHARLIE ALL NIGHT
by Jennifer Crusie

BORN IN SHAME
by Nora Roberts
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Vintage - is it too early for this term? - Jennifer Cruise books make me happy sigh. Allie McGuffrey intends to transform Charlie Tenniel into a household name, but along the way, there's the one-night rebound fling that seems to be lasting a bit more than just one night. Today, this would be about bloggers and podcasts, but the not-quite-a-fling stands the test of time. If you're missing this book in your Crusie collection, grab it now!

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When I ask Nora Roberts fans to recommend a book or series from her mind-blowingly vast backlist, the Born In trilogy is always mentioned. And for a change, it's set in Ireland - not a place that romance authors tend to explore, which is a bit of a shame! This is the third book of the series, so make sure you have the full collection.

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MARRIAGE BETWEEN FRIENDS
by Debbie Macomber

PRINCESS OF THE SWORD
by Lynn Kurland

THE MACKADE BROTHERS: DEVIN AND SHANE
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BANG FOR YOUR BUCK
Booktopia has put together some romance bundles - save money by buying more books! (This kind of logic totally makes sense to readers.) These are great for trying new authors, or for converting friends into trying the romance genre!
ADRIANA TRIGIANI BOOK PACK
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BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD 3 BOOK PACK

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Barbara Taylor Bradford 3 Book Pack - includes Where You Belong, To Be the Best and A Sudden Change of Heart

Where You Belong

For Valentine Denning, memories and lies force her to leave her past life of war photojournalism for what seems like the gentler world of celebrity shoots, but this too brings danger -- a famous artist whose reputation as a playboy does not steel against a powerful attraction. Valentine's sense of searching for something leads her to retrace paths which she thought she had left behind.

To Be the Best

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Danielle Steel 3 Book Pack - includes Lone Eagle, Five Days In Paris and Special Delivery

Lone Eagle

In a room filled with the scions of East Coast society, Joe Allbright catches Kate's Jamison's eye. All Kate sees is a tall, strikingly handsome man who seems at once awkward and larger-than-life, like a shining star - just out of reach. Joe, too, is caught off balance, sensing he has met the lifelong soulmate he never expected to find.

As the months pass, they will meet again, forging a bond that will set the course of both their lives. Despite the separate trajectories of their lives, Joe always comes back to Kate, but he is obsessed with his planes and he is always needing to fly away.

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Gaelan Foley 2 Book Pack - includes Lady of Desire and The Duke

Lady of Desire

Impetuous beauty Lady Jacinda Knight is the daughter of a notorious woman. All her life Jacinda has been aware that the eyes of the ton are upon her - waiting for her to follow in her disgraced mother's footsteps. Now - faced with the prospect of an arranged and loveless marriage - Jacinda may well be about to prove her critics right.

Running from her fate, Jacinda finds herself alone with, and attracted to, Billy Blade, the notorious leader of a band of thieves and only just escapes the experience with her reputation intact. But Billy is no ordinary criminal, having turned his back on the privilege and power of his tyrannical fathe years before. But Jacinda makes him contemplate the unthinkable - returning to the more...

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M.C. Beaton's The Six Sisters Book Pack - includes Minerva, The Taming Of Annabelle, Deirdre and Desire, DaphneDiana The Huntress and Frederica In Fashion

Minerva

Eldest of the lovely Armitage sisters, raven-haired Minerva, is sent by their hunting-mad father vicar to find a rich husband under disreputable old Lady Godolphin. When Minerva's 'honesty' mars her London debut and alienates vengeful Dandies, eligible Lord Sylvester Comfrey offers her lessons in flirting - with surprising consequences.

The Taming Of Annabelle

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NOT QUITE ROMANCE: READING OTHER PEOPLE'S LETTERS
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by Michaela McGuire, Marieke Hardy


The Women of Letters series is a hugely popular literary soiree that celebrates the lost art of correspondence. This anthology features some of the event's best contributors, whose personal essays will delight, captivate and touch your heart. The author list is predominantly female, but the book does feature some male contributors who were invited write a missive 'To the woman who changed my life'.

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BEST OF 2013
These are my pick for 2013, so if you haven't already read them, it's time to add them to your Christmas list. Or, you know, buy yourself an early treat! ;-)
THE ROSIE PROJECT
by Graeme Simsion

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY
by Kelly Hunter
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This is the romance book for people who don't like romance - yes, even the men in your life! Every single person I know who has read this book has loved it. The perfect book present.

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The Rosie Project

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Skeptical of category romances? This is the book that will change your mind. It's dark, emotional and deeply romantic. It's going to make you want to buy Kelly Hunter's backlist!

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The One That Got Away

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SAVED BY THE BRIDE
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by Fiona Lowe

ANYTHING BUT SWEET
by Candis Terry

LOST TO THE DESERT WARRIOR
Sarah Morgan
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DARKENING SKIES
by Bronwyn Parry

DETAINED
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by Ainslie Paton
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Bronwyn Parry
writes romantic suspense, and Darkening Skies is perfect for readers who love crime fiction, rural settings and love stories. This is her best book to date.

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If you're a romance addict like me, you know there are days when we just want something different. Not sure what - just different. That's when you need to pick up an Ainslie Paton book. They deliver emotional highs and lows with a real sense of place and an ear for great dialogue.

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HEART OF OBSIDIAN
by Nalini Singh

LOVER AT LAST
by J.R. Ward

FROST BURNED
by Patricia Briggs
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A RAKE'S  MIDNIGHT KISS
by Anna Campbell

UNTAMED
by Anna Cowan
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If you've never tried an Anna Campbell book because you were put off by her controversial debut (Claiming The Courtesan) or because her niche, Regency Noir, was too dark for your tastes, this is the book that will convert you. The clever dialogue and deeply emotional conflicts had me riveted at every page.

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This book has been the darling of Australian-authored romance this year, no doubt about it. The plot is edgy, the characters are deeply damaged, and Anna Cowan's writing is luscious. A fabulous debut, and an author to try. This is a historical romance that turns the genre on its head.

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The Autumn Bride
by Anne Gracie

I MARRIED THE DUKE
by Katherine Ashe

IT HAPPENED ONE MIDNIGHT
by Julie Anne Long
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NINE NAUGHTY QUESTIONS WITH ANNA COWAN
Author Anna Cowan This month's feature author wrote one of 2013's most talked about books in the romance community. Melbourne-based author Anna Cowan broke all the rules of historical romance in her debut Untamed, and it's just fabulous. Published by Destiny Romance, Untamed features a cross-dressing duke, and a heroine who refuses to fit the mould of a romance heroine. The book has been such a standout that Penguin released a print version under its Michael Joseph imprint. This is definitely not your grandmother's historical romance!

So who better than to cap off our last Romance Buzz for the year than Anna, who has kindly agreed to answer our Nine Naughty Questions.

1. Headless washboard abs, a torrid embrace, the sprawling homestead, an elegantly dressed décolletage, or the vaguely kinky object against a dark background - what's your favourite type of romance cover and why?

I have a soft spot for the torrid embrace, because it's really the hallmark of our genre. But I think I'd have to go with the decolletage. It reveals only so much - which is far more sexy, to my mind. If I'd had full creative control over the cover of Untamed it would have been the bodice shot from behind, with just the suggestion it was worn by a fine-boned man.

2. What is the secret life of a romance writer? What goes on between you and your keyboard (or quill) behind closed doors?

A lot of staring into space. A lot of procrastinating on the internet. A lot of despairing glances at the screen. A tiny percentage of glorious, nothing-compares inspiration (it can be hard to type fast enough in those moments).

3. At the heart of a romantic story is the way in which the main characters reveal their true natures to each other. How much of yourself do you put into your characters, and have their stories been affected by your personal experiences?

I'm an introspective introvert, so I'm always trying to understand the emotional responses I have to the world. That's a pretty vague answer, but certainly the biggest part of myself that transfers into my writing. I'll sit with an image for days until it feels the closest to true.

4. I'm interested in how you differentiate between romance fiction, erotica and porn. Are romance readers getting naughtier?

I'd categorise them like this: Porn is hot sex; erotica is an emotional journey that progresses predominantly through hot sex; and romance is an emotionally fulfilling romantic journey that often includes sex but doesn't have to (I can easily imagine an a-sexual romance, without having to reimagine what a romance is).

5. Please tell us about your latest novel! Did you have a secret alternative title Click here for more details or to order while you were writing it?


My latest novel, Untamed , is about a brilliant, troubled duke who follows a very tough woman to her home in the countryside, thinking she can "cure" him. The thing he forgets to factor in is that tough women are...tough. Four years ago it was a very different kind of novel called 'The Three Loves of Miss Beatrice Sutherland'!

6. What's the most memorable reaction you've received after a friend or family member read one of your books?


My older brother asked if the heroine's older brother in Untamed was based on him. I think he was a bit concerned I see him as ineffective and cerebral. I felt a bit like a naughty kid caught nicking lollies when he asked me, but I'm pretty sure there's no connection.

7. Romance writers are sometimes denigrated and asked when they'll write 'real' books - what do you tell the haters?

I haven't actually come across this reaction yet - I find most people are pretty taken with the idea. My husband does wish I would write a book with laser guns in it, though.

8. Romance readers love discovering new authors. Please tell us about five books you recently read and loved to bits.

Having a baby has put me way behind in my reading - but these are all books that I've recently discovered and adored.

Laura Florand's
Chocolate series are absolutely wonderful - gorgeous food, arrogant, complicated French men and no-holds-barred emotion. My favourite was the third book, The Chocolate Touch.

Meljean Brook's
steampunk series, the Iron Seas, are unlike any other romances I've read. Her world-building is gob-smackingly good, and the second and third books in particular have fresh romance dynamics - an astonishing feat!

I recently dipped into Old Skool Romance and read my first Patricia Gaffney, To Love and to Cherish. Amazing! I want to read All The Books! The controversial second book in the Wickerly trilogy, To Have and to Hold, has just arrived in the post, and I can't wait to crack it open.

One of my comfort re-reads during pregnancy was the classic m/m romance, Muscling Through by JL Merrow. It is so good-natured and funny (the "pithy" line  Click here for more details or to orderhas to be one of the best in romance), and yet there's that one bit where I'm always crying before I realise what's happening.

This one isn't romance, but the first book I managed to read all the way through after my daughter was born was Anna Goldsworthy's Welcome to your New Life. It chronicles her journey from pregnancy through the first few years of her baby's life. It's honest, funny, heartbreaking and beautifully written.

9. Please tell us your favourite scene from your latest book, and why it's particularly delicious!

Darlington has forced Kit to share a bed with him platonically. Platonic, in the sense that Kit doesn't act on her increasing need to touch him, and Darlington doesn't think he'll want to be touched, ever. Then one night they get drunk. And Darlington, as he later thinks, is like a drunkard trying to catch a tiger by the tail. He thinks he can touch Kit and somehow not be burned by the experience. I love the danger in this first touch between them, like the world might break apart because of it.

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