A Very British New Release!

rake UKWell, shiver me timbers!

Except that well bred young British gels don’t say such things.

Unless they’re celebrating a new release in the United Kingdom. My second Sons of Sin book, A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, is out from Mills and Boon there this month.

I thought I’d celebrate in a truly British way with a wonderful afternoon tea! Not to mention giving a Bandita buddy the chance to win one of these lovely green monsters.

There’s a lovely new blurb too:

‘I’ll soften her up with a bit of flirtation, a few weeks of masculine attention, then leave her with a smile and the jewel in my pocket.’

Me and cookiesTired of rumours of his mother’s sin, of being the Harmsworth bastard, indolent rake Sir Richard Harmsworth decides to hunt down the jewel that will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But the quest isn’t as easy as he expects…

The Harmsworth Jewel’s custodian is scholarly virgin Genevieve Barrett and the treasure is coveted by others as well as Sir Richard. Genevieve won’t part with the jewel easily – his only option is to seduce it from her.

Frustratingly, deceiving the innocent beauty is much tougher on his conscience than he ever imagined…

sliceIf you’re in the U.K., you can buy this gorgeous emerald beauty at all good booksellers, including:

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rakes-Midnight-Mills-Special-Releases-ebook/dp/B00JXN2TOA/ref=pd_sim_kinc_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=0P8V7W62BQ643QQPC43R

The Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Rakes-Midnight-Kiss-Anna-Campbell/9780263246537

lizzie's chinaW.H. Smith: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/a-rakes-midnight-kiss-mills-and-boon-special-releases-new-edition/product/9780263246537

 Waterstone’s: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/anna+campbell/a+rake27s+midnight+kiss/10428805/

You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/rakeskiss.html

mum's chinaI hope you’ve noticed that I’ve baked and got out the good china for your visit! Only the best for my Banditas and Bandita Buddies. The white and gold set was my mother’s Royal Doulton. It’s a pattern called Richelieu and I love it to death (despite its complete lack of suitability for a dishwasher!). The blue and gold set was a present to me from my godfather who used to work for Doulton back in the early 1960s. Isn’t it spectacular? My mother was crazy about good English china and she passed the obsession on to me. These two sets are both very cherished possessions!

BanditBootySo let’s launch this green baby with a lovely English afternoon tea. What are your preferred afternoon tea treats? Share your fave sweet morsels and you’ll be in the draw to receive the U.K. edition of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS (hmm, that sounds like a sweet morsel too!), international!  

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  • Jane says:

    Hello Anna,
    Congrats on the new release. Love your china. I do love Walkers shortbread cookies with tea. I would also love to try some Devon scones. I’ve heard about them, but never had one.

    • Jane, scones are very popular over here. So much so that we call a cream tea a Devonshire tea which caused some English friends of mine much amusement when they visited a few years ago. And I love shortbread! Thanks for the congrats – and for saying you like the china!

    • Ooh, and the rooster says he’s partial to a scone too. Looks like we’ll have company at our afternoon tea – the fine feathered friend kind!

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I don’t know much about tea, but I think little finger sandwiches would be good.

  • Helen says:

    Woohoo Anna they are going to love this story in England and anyone who hasn’t read it yet is really missing out Sir Richard is one of the most romantic heroes I have ever read 🙂

    I so love that chine I have a few sets of beautiful china that was my Mum’s one has ladies in a garden with Georgian dresses on it is so beautiful and I do love a good devonshire tea for afternoon tea and also how can you go past lammingtons yum

    Congrats on the English release

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Helen, I love lamingtons. But I’m such a pig, I end up with chocolate and coconut all over me when I eat them. Perhaps I’ll save them for a private moment, not for this classy afternoon tea. Although definitely, you have some! Thank you for saying such nice things about Richard!

  • flchen1 says:

    Mmm… I’m in the mood for lemon bars! Or maybe ginger snaps! Happy congrats, Anna–that’s a gorgeous cover!

    • Fedora, I’ve been so blessed by the cover gods. I love that green! Thank you! Ooh, lemon bars and ginger snaps. I’ll have what you’re having!

  • Susanne Bellamy says:

    Butterfly cakes – haven’t had them since my children were little. I share your love of fine china and have a wonderful set of Old Country Roses that my big sister started me on for my 21st birthday. Tea tastes best when drunk from those cups!

    • Sue, I haven’t had butterfly cakes in years either – they were a real children’s party fave when I was growing up. And I so agree with you about tea tasting better out of bone china!

  • Annie West says:

    Hi Anna,

    Love the cover of this book. Yay! congratulations on the release – it’s a beauty and I’m sure lots of readers will fall in love reading it.

    As for afternoon tea. Scones please with homemade raspberry jam. Plus cucumber sandwiches. Our other favourite is a sandwich of soft goats cheese and watercress with plenty of pepper. Perfect!

    • Ooh, yum! Annie, I love your taste in afternoon tea goodies. I was trying to remember if we’ve ever had high tea together. You know, I’m not sure if we have. We’ve had plenty of lovely lunches and dinners!

      Thanks for swinging by to wish the British launch well. May all who sale in the good ship Rake prosper!

  • Sandie James says:

    Anna, love the sound of this book. Can’t wait for it to be published in Oz.

    I’m with Annie scones with homemade jam. Yummo.

    Congratulations on your up coming release.

    • Sandie, actually it’s been out in Oz since last September – Mills and Boon in the UK picked up the rights to the first three Sons of Sin books and are putting them out through the course of the year (Duke’s out in November which actually isn’t too far behind the US and Oz!). Thanks for the congrats!

  • Mary Preston says:

    My mother brings out the “good” china now that we are all grown up. It is good too. Beautiful fine bone English china. Some of it is wafer thin.

    My mother bakes, so we would have raspberry coconut slice, jam drops, melting moments and date slice.

    Nothing better than a chat over afternoon tea.

    • Ooh, Mary, my mouth is watering at the sound of what your mum bakes! My mum used to make wonderful cakes. I don’t have much of a touch with cakes although I’m a dab hand at biscuits. Horses for courses, I suppose!

  • ki pha says:

    Woot woot!!! That’s some fine chest he’s showing. I wouldn’t mind being in a Genevieve’s position.

    Oh and those are some lovely China! I’ve always wanted a set but we only have the, Asian kind….? The round cups with no handles. Yeah, those. And I love my struldels!!! Strawberry, cherry, blueberry~ Yummm
    Lemon tea cakes are delightful too, along with scones~ Man I’m hungry now.

    • Ooh, Ki, we’re both hungry. Yum! Interesting about the Asian stuff. I remember my grandmother had a beautiful set of Noritake fine china – not sure what happened to that.

  • Quantum says:

    Anna, Great news that your books are now available on kindle in the UK. I just need to find audio versions on audible UK and my vision of heaven will be complete!

    I like the idea of formidable blue stocking guarding the jewel that the hero covets. Sounds quite a challenge for his rakish skills. LOL

    I rather like Devon cream teas (scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam). But after watching Wimbledon tennis, I’m a devotee of strawberries and cream with a well brewed cup of tea (no tea bags!) served with Royal Worcester china. Though Royal Doulton will do just bas well!

    • Quantum, goodness you’re a class act. Royal Doulton and Wedgwood – and Devonshire teas! Yum! Actually this will make you wince but I hate strawberries so for me it would have to be raspberries and cream. That brings back such memories of a visit to Polperro in Cornwall many years ago. Fresh raspberries and clotted cream and a perfect English summer afternoon. Honestly, heaven!

      And speaking of heaven, thanks for saying such nice things. I haven’t heard anything about the audiobooks going to the UK – be nice if they did! I’ve wanted UK releases for years (as you can imagine) so I’m really excited about this Sons of Sin contract. I’m hoping that they do so well that Mills and Boon will pick up the older titles. I know people in Britain can order the American paperbacks but people are so devoted to their e-readers now!

  • Shannon says:

    My grandmother’s china is Royal Prince from China. My china set is made in Bavaria. I cannot read the rest, really small type.

    I’ve just come from a tour of a museum of a wealthy heiress’ house. I got to see a huge collection of Serves, Wedgwood, and several Russian china makers.

    I’ve only had high tea once here in the states. I cannot remember what was served much liked.

    Congrats on the release in the UK. Lovely cover.

  • Maureen says:

    Congratulations on the United Kingdom release! I have never had afternoon tea but I think I would pick shortbread as a sweet to go with it.

    • Maureen, maybe afternoon tea is more a British/Aussie thing. It’s quite popular here – it’s lovely to dress up and play ladies with fine china and eat yummy little delicacies. I think it’s a trend that should catch on over your way!

  • Manuela says:

    I love chocolate with my tea. Cookies or bars, I am good when I have my fix. Congrats on the UK release.

  • May Pau says:

    Congrats. It is a gorgeous cover!

    I love any type of bakery treat. Any sugary things will do.

    • May, I’m with you. If it comes with the adjective ‘baked’, I’m kinda there already. Love cakes and biscuits and things of that ilk. Like a nice fresh sandwich too. I think afternoon is just made for me!

  • sandyg265 says:

    I like scones but don’t have them often. Usually I like chocolate chip cookies with tea.

  • pjpuppymom says:

    Congrats, Anna! That china is lovely and speaking of lovely things, that cover and the book’s creator are looking pretty spiffy too!

    I’ve never had a traditional afternoon tea so I really have no idea what is “acceptable” but I think I’d go with something fresh and light. Lemon bars would fit the bill.

    • PJ, isn’t it funny? I had no idea afternoon tea was such a novelty in the States. It’s a lovely tradition – you guys need to get on the bandwagon. Although after a big high tea, you don’t need much dinner! There’s a couple of lovely places in Sydney I used to go with my girlfriends when we felt like playing ladies. One in particular, the Queen Victoria Tea Rooms is like being inside a wedding cake. I’ll get a link up and post it.

      Thanks for saying such nice things about the book and the creator! Have fun at RWA!

  • Linda says:

    Lovely green cover indeed, but then green is my fav colour.
    I love tim tams!

  • catslady says:

    Congratulations, Anna. And a gorgeous cover too! My in-laws lived in Japan for a while and I inherited a lovely tea set but I’ve only used it once! Most everyone I know are coffee drinkers. I also inherited a cup collection from my husband’s grandmother but, alas, I have no where to display them. I never did get a hutch since I have a small dining room/kitchen. Hopefully one of my two daughters may want them some day.

    • Catslady, thanks for the congrats. Oh, I love that Japanese eggshell china. I bet it’s really pretty. And definitely keep the family pieces for your children. It’s something that they’ll treasure.

  • bn100 says:

    anything sweet

  • Deb says:

    Ooh, Anna! I agree with Helen, I think Richard sounds to be a most romantic and wonderful hero!! The cover is lovely, too; a soft shade of emerald green.

    I make pretty good Blackberry-Almond bars, so I will make those and bring them to tea. I will even make some small cheese and cucumber sandwiches, lightly dusted with dill.

    Your tea sets are beautiful! I have a lovely set from my mother that is white with small delicate pink roses. Not old, but cherished because it is from Mother.

    Congratulations, Anna, on the release!!

    • Thanks, Deb. He was a fun hero to write – I love it when they use a witty quip to hide the wounds in their souls!

      Ooh, I like the sound of blackberry almond bars. Anything with nuts pretty much has me running in its direction. And if anyone says anything about like attracting like, I’ll throw a peanut at you!

  • Arizona Dutt says:

    Congratulations on your new British release Anna, that cover is just gorgeous!

    My favorite treats for tea are:
    Victoria Sponge Cake, Scones, Shortbread, Battenburg Cake, tarts and Madelines!

    In case you haven’t noticed, I love Tea Time! 🙂

    • Ooh, Arizona, I want to come to your place! What a fabulous menu. I’ve never had Battenburg cake – I just looked up the recipe. Isn’t it pretty? And just right for afternoon tea!

  • Kim says:

    Congratulations on the new release. A local Italian bakery has delicious cookies & pastries. That’s always a nice afternoon treat.

    • Ooh, Kim, that Italian bakery sounds lovely. Those Continental cooks have a way with sweet things, don’t they? I remember eating like a loon at the pastry shops in France!

  • Minna says:

    Peanut butter bars! I just made some.

  • Jessica Smith says:

    Congrats on the new release! 🙂 It sounds amazing!

  • A lovely place to have high tea is the Queen Victoria Tea Rooms right in the heart of Sydney. Their website is majorly annoying and I can’t seem to get past the first page but here’s the link: https://www.thetearoom.com.au/

    Here’s a link to some photos so you’ll see what I mean about feeling like you’re inside a wedding cake: http://tinyurl.com/l9hs3jh

  • Beth Penland says:

    Congratulations on the new release. The cover is beautiful.

  • Marcy Shuler says:

    Congrats on the new release, Anna!

    If I’m going to an English tea I’ll have scones, please. And may I have lemon curd with them? I need the tart to offset my natural sweetness. *snicker*

  • Anna, congrats on the new release! I do love this book.

    I’ll take scones, any sort of scones, with clotted cream and black currant jam to go with my tea. I also like those little cucumber sandwiches.

    And what lovely tea service you trotted out for us!

    • Nancy, I have to say the Doulton is a very cherished possession in this house down through the generations. It really is beautiful. And just right for your lovely afternoon tea menu. Thanks for saying you love the book!

  • Kathy Nye says:

    I would love any flavor scone. Let me be honest I would love anything sweet.

    • Kathy, I don’t think you’re alone in having a sweet tooth. I must say with afternoon tea I like a few sandwiches and sometimes you get things like mini quiches or patties – just a little savoury to go with all that sweet. Thanks for the congrats!

  • Amy says:

    Cannot wait to read the book Anna. And scones are awesome but I cannot make them. But I will eat Amy scone that is free, warm and smothered in jam and cream.

    • Amy, a scone straight from the oven smothered in jam and cream is a thing of beauty. My mother used to make wonderful scones – as light as air.

  • Chris Titheradge says:

    Anna I to love my Royal Albert, I have a white & gold trimmed pattern called Val ‘Dor, I started collecting when I was 10 years old with my mum buying my 1st cup, saucer & bread plate set & now I own the whole set as an 8 sitting. My daughter has Lavender Rose that was my mothers and my sister has 2 full sets of country Rose 1 set was my late Nanna’s set.

    I drink my tea everyday from a Royal Albert mug everyday it just seems right and there is always an arh moment as the gold of the rim reaches you lips and the aromatic taste of a real Chai tea slips into your mouth and the satisfying warmth rolls down your throat.

    I’m a big believer of using your good bone china because it needs a regular drink to keep the china from crazing.

    Anyway off for a cuppa & read a good book “what a duke dares” is waiting for it’s pages to be turned, sadly I do not yet own “A Rakes Midnight Kiss” yet but that will change 🙂

    • Chris, lovely to see you here. Is this your first visit? If so, welcome!

      Oh, how lovely that you’ve collected the whole set of the Royal Albert and that it brings such lovely memories of your mum. Whenever I see Mum’s Doulton, I remember her too – they really are heirlooms, these lovely china sets, aren’t they?

      I should use my Doulton – I used to regularly have dinner parties when I lived in Sydney but I’ve fallen out of the habit since I’ve come up here.

  • Hi Anna –

    Congrats on the new release, not a green monster at all !!!! Love the beautiful tea sets. I have the “Diana” set from Royal Doulton. It’s so pretty.

    My favorite treat is one that I don’t have to make and has some chocolate to it. LOL. The brownies look particularly yummy.

    • Donna, I just looked up the Diana pattern. Isn’t that pretty? I must say I’m a sucker for pretty china.

      Thanks for the good wishes for Rake! I’m so excited my books are available in England at last.

      The chocolate slice (the brownies) is always a huge success when I make it!

  • Becke says:

    Anna,

    I really enjoyed this book. It was fun and sexy with great dialogue.

    Terrific!

    I recently traveled to Baltimore and found a local treat- Otterbein’s cookies. They are paper thin and come in sugar, lemon, and ginger. Absolutely wonderful with tea and they aren’t high in calories–unless you eat the bag. Even better, you can order online and send gift tins.

    Yeah, I had way too many.
    b

    • Becke, what a lovely thing to say about Rake. I loved writing the dialogue in this one. They’re both so sure they’re too clever to fall in love – and of course, they haven’t got a hope of resisting!

      Ooh, those biscuits sound lovely. A few years ago, a reader in Belgium sent me some buttery Belgian waffle biscuits. I reckon they must have been about a million calories a bite, but man, they were good!

  • Thanks so much to everyone who swung by celebrate the release of that gorgeous green book. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to see who won the signed copy!

  • Amy Conley says:

    congratulations Anna on the British release. you know we don’t really do afternoon tea as such usually in the afternoon and night grab whatever’s handy which lately hasn’t been much. I’m sorry I am behind on replies I always had a medical emergency and I’m trying to keep up and keep my sanity with you guys thanks. the worst part of all of this is that not only am I five hundred miles from home i cant find my Kindle, which was in my purse with plenty of things to read and I didn’t bring any you know solid book so I’m going nuts.

    • Amy, sorry to hear life’s such a chaos at the moment. Hopefully things will sort themselves out. And ack to the nothing to read dilemma – that’s one of my worst nightmares! Thanks for swinging by to say hello!

  • Alyn says:

    I have tried tea but never liked it. That doesn’t mean I won’t go for any of the scones, sandwiches and other goodies!

    • Alyn, it’s funny, it’s called afternoon tea but coffee would be at least as popular as tea as the beverage of choice. And I agree – not drinking at tea certainly doesn’t stop you getting a chance at all the goodies!

  • Congrats on the new release, Anna! A wonderful treat for your UK readers.

    Wow, that vibrant green really is the new black when it comes to covers, isn’t it? Reminds me of when we used to call Untouched the green monster, although that was more of an emerald green, wasn’t it?

    • Christina, there’s a new green monster on the block. And I still called Untouched the green monster! Not sure why it collected a special nickname. I mean, Claiming the Courtesan didn’t get the blue monster as a nickname! Thanks for the congrats. You know how excited I am to finally have books out in the UK!

  • JUANITA DECUIR says:

    I love the blue and white china! Orange scones for me! THERE ARE VERY FEW COVERS WHO CAN DO GREEN…Eileen Dreyer’s Never A Gentleman…comes in first and I would say your next!