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Foanna’s 2014 Best Romance Winner

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to recommend the books they enjoyed in 2014. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of my giveaway:

JANE!

Jane, congratulations! You’ve won your choice of Annie West‘s REBEL’S BARGAIN, Kandy Shepherd‘s THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT, or THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by Vanessa Barneveld (ebook only).

Please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) and let me know which book you’d like and your snail mail if you’re choosing either Annie’s or Kandy’s book or the format (Kindle or whatever) if you’d like Vanessa’s. If you need help choosing, I’ve given a short precis of each book in yesterday’s post: http://romancebandits.com/foannas-2014-reading-roundup-part-1/

Happy reading!

Foanna’s 2014 Reading Roundup – Part 1

rr 1Happy new year, Banditas and Bandita Buddies! I hope 2015 is fantastic for you.

That’s enough of the looking ahead. Let’s look back to 2014 and some great books.

I thought I’d devote my spots on the Romance Bandits for January and February to listing some of the wonderful reads I found last year. After all, we all love recommendations for our towering TBR piles, don’t we?

Today, I’m going to talk about romances. Next month, I’m going to talk about books that aren’t romances (or at least not primarily – I find my favorite books nearly always include some sort of romantic plot, even if only as a subsidiary). You’ll notice that I’ve steered clear of books by my tremendously talented Bandit sisters – if I included theirs, we’d be here all year!

rr 2I blogged a couple of months ago about how I was on a major Nora Roberts kick. That looks like it might continue this year. Of the many Noras I read in 2014, my favorite is THE WITNESS, her story of a super-intelligent, high achieving teenager who finally kicks over the traces and rebels, only to be forced into a living nightmare when she witnesses a mafia killing. The woman grows up, always on the run, always smart enough to stay alive – but what happens when she falls in love with the local police chief? Is it time to stop running and finally face her enemies?

This one has two wonderful central characters (I love Abigail’s dorky but smart take on life), a lovely romance and some seriously good suspense. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you grab it now! For a peek at some of the other Nora books I read this year, here’s my blog on the subject: http://romancebandits.com/im-in-the-mood-for-love-and-nora/

rr 3The next book, THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT by Kandy Shepherd, is by a friend of mine. It just happens that some of my favorite reads last year are by people I know – they’re all well worth picking up! Summer is simply gorgeous, a lovely story about two damaged people who were in love as teenagers and reconnect after life hasn’t been kind to either of them. It’s a story about bad timing turning into forever after. I laughed and cried in this one – and you’ll fall in love with the town of Dolphin Bay where the book is set. You can read an interview with Kandy here: http://romancebandits.com/kandy-shepherd/

The next sooper-dooper read for you is THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE, the debut novel by Vanessa Barneveld, another friend of mine.

rr 5This YA is a beautiful story about coming to accept who you are and finding the right person and learning that life is a mixture of happy and sad. It’s also a darn good ghostly mystery story as heroine Keira struggles to answer the questions surrounding the death of high school hero Jimmy and in the process realizes that she’s always loved his older brother Dan. Even if you’re not usually a YA fan, give this one a go. You won’t be disappointed. You can see where Vanessa visited the lair and gave us the lowdown on her book here: http://romancebandits.com/vanessa-barneveld/

With my next recommendation, I’m cheating slightly as it’s a series of six, M.C. Beaton/Marion Chesney’s The Travelling Matchmaker books. These are trad Regencies full of wit and romance and classic period touches like duels and highwaymen and marriages of convenience.

rr 4When housekeeper Hannah Pym unexpectedly receives a bequest from her late employer, she determines to seek the adventure that her quiet life in domestic service has so far prevented. She sets out on various stagecoaches and meets danger and excitement and young lovers and a chance to discover talents she never knew she possessed. These books are such fun – definitely a series to put a smile on your face. Here’s a link to a more detailed review of the six books that I did on the Romance Dish: http://www.theromancedish.com/2014/06/regency-charmers.html

My next choice from 2014 is a corker of a steamy reunion story from lair favorite Annie West. For some reason, I couldn’t link this one through the cover, but here’s the Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J2ZVDSM?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00J2ZVDSM&linkCode=xm2&tag=romanbandi-20

rr 6I love all Annie’s stories but this one really hit it out of the ballpark for me. Orsino Chatsfield and his estranged wife Poppy have so much passion between them that when they come together in a glamorous French chateau, they set the Loire Valley aflame! This is part of the Harlequin Chatsfield continuity but you can read the story as a stand-alone. Give it a go – these characters are unforgettable. Here’s a link to where Annie visited the lair to talk about this book: http://romancebandits.com/annie-west-6/

My last favorite book of the year is one I read in December. Who doesn’t like a Christmas charmer? Mary Jo Putney‘s collection of four Regency novellas plus a contemporary, CHRISTMAS REVELS, is uber charming. All the stories are great, but my particular favorite is The Christmas Cuckoo where a capable young woman who believes she’s on the shelf collects the wrong man from the local inn and takes him home for a family Christmas. A lovely story about life delivering some gorgeous surprises just when you think your chances have run out. And you’ll fall in love with Jack Howard just like Meg does.

So that’s my romance round-up. I’ve got a mixture of women’s fiction and mysteries and nonfiction coming next month so make sure you check in.

In the meantime, what were your favorite romances of 2014? I’m always looking for recommendations.

1BanditBootyAnd because I love to share my friends’ books, I’ll give one commenter today their choice from THE SUMMER THEY NEVER FORGOT by Kandy Shepherd, REBEL’S BARGAIN by Annie West, or THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE by Vanessa Barneveld. The prize is available internationally. Good luck! 

Miranda Neville’s Winner!

BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to say hello to Miranda Neville this week. I’m delighted now to announce the winner of the copy of THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRES. Congratulations to:

JILL!

Jill, could you please email Miranda on miranda @ mirandaneville.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

Festive Fun Prize Winners!

1BanditBootyThanks so much to everyone who stopped by and took part in my Festive Fun Quick Five! Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners of the prizes, but I’ve tried to stay off the internet during the Christmas period, while we’ve had friends and family around.

But it’s now time to bring some holiday cheer to two luck BB’s. So, without further ado …

Congratulations to:

Franca Poli and Deb Hinshaw!

Please send your snail mail addresses to me at anna at annasugden dot com.

 

Annie West’s Winners!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to say hello to Annie West this week when she visited to talk about her new novellas BOUGHT BY THE ITALIAN! The winners of a signed copy of a book from her backlist are:

SALLY SCHMIDT!

PEGGY KUNTZ!

Congratulations! Please contact Annie on annie @ annie-west.com with your snail mail details and she’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!

Winner! Rachel Brimble’s Super Prize!

BanditBootySorry for the delay in posting the winner, after Rachel’s visit – I was deep in the deadline cave and lost track of time! Anyway, without further ado, the lucky winner of a signed copy of Rachel’s book What Belongs to Her goes to …

*drum roll*

Sandy Porter!

Congratulations, Sandy! Please send your snail mail details to Rachel at rachelbrimble at googlemail dot com.

Christmas Earl Winners!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to wish my earl and his Philippa all the best yesterday. I’m now delighted to announce the three winners of the downloads of the book:

TAMMY Y!

SALLY SCHMIDT!

DEB MEREDITH!

Congratulations, girls! Please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info with your preferred format (Kindle or whatever) and what email you’d like me to send your book to! Happy reading!

 

Jennifer St. George’s Winner!

1BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to say hello to Jennifer St. George yesterday when she visited to tell us about her latest release, TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON. I‘m delighted now to announce the winner of the giveaway:

VANESSA BARNEVELD!

Vanessa, you’ve won a download of TEMPTED BY THE BILLIONAIRE TYCOON. Please email Jen on jstgeorge.author @ g.mail.com (no spaces) with details of what format you’d like (Kindle or whatever) and also the email address you have your ebooks sent to. Congratulations!

Annie West’s Winners!

BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by to wish Annie West and her REBEL’S BARGAIN well. We had a great day in the lair.

Annie has chosen her two winners to receive the signed copy of REBEL’S BARGAIN. They are:

EFTHALIA!

JENNIFER TANNER!

Congratulations, girls! You’ll love this story. Please email Annie on Annie @ Annie-West.com (no spaces) with your snail mail details and she’ll get your books off to you. Happy reading!

 

Vanessa Barneveld’s Winner!

BanditBootyThanks to everyone who swung by yesterday to turn my friend Vanessa Barneveld’s launch of her debut YA THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE into such a party. I’m delighted now to announce the winner:

DONNA FLINT!

Donna, please email Vanessa on ness @ vanessabarneveld.com (no spaces) with your preferred ebook format and the address where you’d like Vanessa to send both your Amazon $20 gift card and your download of THIS IS YOUR AFTERLIFE. Happy reading!

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