What have I been reading…?

It’s a wonderful thing, isn’t it, when books are so good they keep you from the chores you were supposed to do and the appointments you were supposed to keep. They fill the afternoon, and then the evening, until you’re reading late into the night. 

And, when you finish, there’s no guilt, because you haven’t wasted a single minute. Instead, you emerge at the other end not only uplifted but feeling smugly wise. 

Because you’ve learnt something. Experienced something. 

And you’re very subtly changed. 

You’ve turned the last page but the story is under your skin, and you find yourself thinking about it for days afterward.

If you’ve read any of Pam Rosenthal’s historical romances, you’ll know that feeling–because she’s breathtakingly good, and she doesn’t shy away from exploring all that makes us human. 

Her characters are never quite what they seem and her plots (even when they appear simple) have layers upon layers. 

And her sex scenes?

Red-hot and wild, yet beguilingly tender. 

And watch carefully… because those scenes reveal as much about the characters as the delicious banter. 

Which is no surprise when you realise that Pam Rosenthal began her writing career as Molly Weatherfield, writing fabulous erotica

As Pam herself explains: “When I began writing erotica (before I turned to romance), it was from having my mind blown, during the ’80s and ’90s, by a generation of brilliant sex-positive feminists, notably Susie Bright, Carol Queen, and Gayle Rubin. What I got in particular was the need to own my erotic imagination rather than pretend that sex was something that “just came over” me. I wanted to write about sex imaginatively conceived and astutely joined. I got into writing romance, I think, to see if I could apply my erotic writing chops to expressing what it could mean to share one’s life with someone.” 

Some years ago, I read Pam’s ‘Edge of Impropriety’ (winner of The Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best Historical Romance) and I knew then I’d found something special. 

Exquisitely crafted, Pam’s writing is intelligent, complex and bittersweet. The sort you need to devour in a single sitting. 

So, what have I been reading most recently? 

Pam’s ‘A House East of Regent Street’.

Seemingly a simple tale of one man’s ‘last fling’ before settling down; except that the story unfolds in the most unexpected way, as Jack and Cléoturn out not to be the strangers we think… 

As Pam explains: “Often, what first draws people together is attraction — ill-considered, physical, and apt to get them in over their heads — but what keeps them together is understanding, achieved through mutual experience and by learning about oneself and about the other. This is, really, the basic romance form. Sexuality plays many roles in the love arc, while love plays many roles in the sexual arc as well, as characters become braver, more experimental, more emotionally exposed and liable to failure, and more needing of love. As for Cléo and Jack, I wanted to show how deeply she understood him, and how this went beyond sex.” 

If you’d like to read Pam’s works for yourself, explore them on her website: stories “about love and liberty; social convention and its boundaries; sex, sensibility, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Deeply satisfying, emotionally rich and beautifully written, I recommend with the highest of praise. 

And, if you’d like to get in touch with Pam, to receive an email alert when her Bookseller’s Daughter comes back into print, message her via her website, HERE.

Secrets and Scandals

Exciting news today… as I have a new ‘Lady’s Guide’ story : ‘The Lady’s Guide to Scandal’

‘The Lady’s Guide to Scandal’… Oh I say!

…and, it’s nestled among these two gorgeous (sizzlingly steamy) Christmas sets.

Too early for Christmas I hear you cry?
Well…maybe… But, it’s never too early to enjoy some fabulous historical romance!

And who doesn’t love a Christmas house party?

Both collections are free with Kindle Unlimited but you can also purchase them as ‘forever keeps’ for just $2.99 each.
(the elves tell me the price is going to be rising as we get closer to the Yule season, so best to nab them both now)

And, to celebrate, there’s a giftcard giveaway.
Do click through to take part.

Someone has to win!

Viking Surrender

 

Love hard-muscled, dominant heroes? Love Viking romance?

The steamily seductive Viking Surrender series (first released as the ‘Vikings’ boxed set) has hit Amazon with brand-new epilogues… so you can find out ‘what happens next’ for all nine couples (including my own story, ‘Magnus‘)

If you’re yet to explore this gorgeous set of shared-world romances, filled with scorching scenes of sexy sizzle and supreme alpha hotness, you’ve a real treat in store.

And…. you can download the first volume totally FREE => HERE, on Amazon 

 

 

For a limited time, all the titles are on sale, and you can download them in Kindle Unlimited.

Find the whole series on Amazon US here 
and on Amazon UK here 

 

A horde of battle-hardened warriors.
A village at the mercy of its enemies.
A harrowing bargain struck for nine reluctant brides
Life is perilous and the future uncertain, but each Viking has sworn protection, and there are no lengths to which a man will not go to safeguard the woman he loves.

 

 

Devour nine smouldering stories, created by

 Ashe Barker

Lily Harlem

Felicity Brandon

Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Gianna Simone

Vanessa Brooks

Sassa Daniels

Sky Purington

and Jane Burrelli

 

Happy Reading… your Viking warrior book boyfriends await

 

 

 

Why I love a Viking

 

I can’t hide it! I LOVE a Viking hero (and a dastardly Viking villain).

I’ve been binge-reading Viking romance for well over a year now. 

Addicted – yes, I probably am! 

So, what is it about Vikings that keeps drawing me back? 
 I’ve FIVE good reasons right here…

 

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Meanwhile, it’s launch week for the delicious boxed set, Vikings, and I’m so happy that I keep getting up to have a shimmy.  

Hard-muscled heroes, steamily smouldering action, and scorching scenes of sexy sizzle.

That’s right. All the things we LOVE about Vikings! are in this set.

Find the Vikings boxed set HERE

Already nabbing bestseller status across international platforms, this collection of supreme alpha hotness features nine shared-world romances, written by Ashe Barker, Lily Harlem, Felicity Brandon, Gianna Simone, Vanessa Brooks, Sassa Daniels, Sky Purington, and Jane Burrelli.

Click here to mark Vikings among your ‘to read’ pile on Goodreads



Happy Reading 

xxx

Em

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Vikings!

 

 

 

Filled with action and suspense, this summer’s hottest beach read comes in the shape of Vikings!

Prepare yourself for steamily smouldering stories, filled with scorching scenes of sexy sizzle.

A big hooray for Ashe Barker, Lily Harlem, Felicity Brandon, Gianna Simone, Vanessa Brooks, Sassa Daniels, Sky Purington, and Jane Burrelli, joining me in creating our shared-world series of supreme alpha hotness.

 

 

A tiny Scottish settlement at the mercy of its enemies.

A harrowing bargain struck for nine fearful and reluctant brides.

Delivered into Viking hands, the brides of Achnaryrie now belong to their conquering masters but, as wedding nights bring surrender to duty, will fierce lovers also surrender their hearts?

The Highland wilderness is savage, life is perilous, and the future uncertain, but each Viking has sworn protection, and there are no lengths to which a man will not go to safeguard the woman he loves.

Against the forbidding backdrop of medieval Scotland, join these indomitable heroes and intrepid heroines as they discover that the raging storms of fear and passion can transform into enduring devotion.

 

If you’d like to nab all nine of these Viking romances, the set is currently just 99p/99c (and free with Kindle Unlimited)

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Find the Vikings boxed set HERE

Want to see what the earliest readers of the set think?

View on Goodreads

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