Posted by Anna Campbell Sep 10 2013, 12:02 am in A Rake's Midnight Kiss, Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, historical romance, Kisses, Launch Parties, Regency romance, Sons of Sin
Wow, I feel like I only just got over the headache from my last launch for DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES and here we are with another launch, this time for A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS! I’m glad I stocked up on aspirin!
Yay! Yazoo! Waheeeeeeee!
Book 2 of the Sons of Sin series is live. A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is out from Grand Central Publishing Forever as we speak. Wave that blue cover high!
Here’s the blurb:
It Takes a Lady…
Brilliant scholar Genevieve Barrett knows how to keep a secret. Her identity as the author of her father’s academic articles has always been her greatest deception-until a charming housebreaker tries to steal the mysterious Harmsworth Jewel from her. She doesn’t reveal that she recognizes her father’s devastatingly handsome new student as the thief himself. For Genevieve, this will be the most seductive secret of all…
To Catch a Thief!
Sir Richard Harmsworth has been living a lie, maintaining a rakish facade to show society that he doesn’t care about his status as a bastard. Yet long haunted by his unknown father’s identity, Richard believes the Harmsworth Jewel will confirm his claim as the rightful heir. But when Richard sets out to seduce the bookworm who possesses the stone, he instead falls for its beautiful owner. But even as she steals Richard’s heart, Genevieve will be in greater danger than her coveted treasure…
If you want the actual smooch, you’ll have to get the book! I do love to tease!
So today in honor of my new title, I thought we’d talk kisses!
First off, I thought we’d play kiss chasey with the boys in the lair. I’ve promised them all danger money and you know, they all said they don’t want it. Clearly, they’ve never seen Ermingarde in an amorous mood!
And if a loincloth happens to slip under the influence of the kissing, well, what happens in the lair stays in the lair (until I’ve downloaded the photos anyway!).
Then I thought we’d talk about wonderful kisses in the movies. Perhaps we need a whole new genre of movies with kisses at midnight! Hmm, I’m willing to audition all the rakes. I’m prepared to suffer for my art!
I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about all these kisses before in the lair. But the definition of a classic is something we can revisit over and over. And frankly, with A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS
hitting the shelves, kisses are on my mind.
Watch out, Paolo!
I think my all-time favorite kiss in a movie is the one from THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS. The music! The setting! The passion! Oh, my beating heart!
I was lucky enough to see this for the first time on the big screen and there was something about Daniel Day-Lewis pashing Madeleine Stowe in 70mm with Dolby Surround Sound that made an indelible impression on me. He’s so handsome, she’s so beautiful, at the time we’re convinced they’re so doomed, their love crosses barriers of class and continents.
Sigh! How could any unabashed romantic fail to be thrilled?
My second kiss is from the all-time romantic classic, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER. It’s actually a bit of a ring-in as we don’t actually see Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr kiss on screen. It’s all very subtly done. They’re coming down the stairs at night (could be midnight!), their hands brush, they pause and look at each other, the camera continues going down as if they’re still descending, but instead it’s clear from the way their feet move that they stop to share a kiss. That’s a fairly awkward description of a very sexy moment. Another big sigh!
Now, what kiss could possibly be missing from this list?
Could it be time to mention the Armitage word?
I think it might be!
You’ll notice I said THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS kiss was my favorite – from a movie. Strictly speaking, NORTH AND SOUTH is a miniseries. Which gives me a chance to eat my favorite kiss and have it too.
The ending of this BBC series is one of the most beautifully romantic scenes I’ve ever seen on film. If you haven’t seen it, go to YouTube and google NORTH AND SOUTH ending. Or even better, watch the whole story. The kiss means so much more when you know how close John and Margaret came to losing each other. I just melt when I see the tender way he cradles her head as he kisses her, as if this one woman contains the whole world for him. Triple sigh with whipped cream and chocolate sauce.
So NORTH AND SOUTH gets the RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS Oscar! Take a bow, Richard Armitage and Daniela Denby-Ashe, even if I’m green with jealousy that you got to kiss old Dicky babe.
So it’s over to you! What other on-screen kisses should we nominate for the RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS Oscar?
And the Award goes to…
It’s tradition in a Bandita launch party to give away prizes so I’ve got two copies of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS (international) going out to commenters today. Good luck! And lots of lovely smooches to you!
Posted by Anna Campbell Aug 11 2013, 11:00 pm in A Rake's Midnight Kiss, Anna Campbell, ARCs, Bandita Booty, great books, historical romance, Regency romance, Sons of Sin, writer's life
Thanks so much for everyone who swung by to talk about borrowing books yesterday. I had a great day and picked up some wonderful recommendations for my TBR pile. I’m delighted to announce that the winner of the signed advance reader copy of A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS is:
Aislinn, can you please email me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with your snail mail details and I’ll get your book off to you. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Jul 11 2013, 11:00 pm in Anna Campbell, Bandita Booty, Days of Rakes and Roses, e-books, novellas, Sons of Sin
Thanks so much for a great launch party yesterday, guys! I had a ball. All those virtual bouquets are making my house smell like a flower garden! I’m delighted to announce the winners of the downloads of DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES (or one of my indie novellas if any of our winners are outside North America) as:
Congratulations, girls! Please contact me on anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with information about what format you’d like your novella in (Nook or Kindle) and also what email address you’d like me to send it to. Happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Jul 10 2013, 12:02 am in A Rake's Midnight Kiss, Anna Campbell, Australian Authors, Bandita Booty, Days of Rakes and Roses, ebooks, Grand Central Publishing, historical romance, Launches, novellas, Regency romance, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin
Ah, don’t you just love a launch in the lair?
We’ve had some spectacular ones lately. Bandita releases are coming thick and fast.
And today it’s my turn!
DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES is an e-novella that forms part of the “Sons of Sin” series which began with SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED and continues on 27th August with A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS. In the meantime, as a bit of a taster, readers can discover the love story of Lady Lydia Rothermere, the Duke of Sedgemoor’s sister (Cam features in 7 Nights and even more strongly in ARMK, although the hero of that story is rakish Sir Richard Harmsworth).
Here’s the blurb:
Lady Lydia Rothermere has spent the past decade trying to make up for a single, youthful moment of passion. Now the image of propriety, Lydia knows her future rests on never straying outside society’s rigid rules; but hiding away the desire that runs through her is harder than she could have ever dreamed. Now as Lydia prepares for a marriage that will suit her family, but not her heart, Lydia must decide what’s more important: propriety or passion?
Simon Metcalf is a rake and adventurer. But for all his experience, nothing can compare to the kiss he stole from the captivating Lydia Rothermere ten years ago. Simon can scarcely believe he’s about to lose the one woman he’s never forgotten. The attraction between them is irresistible, yet Lydia refuses to forsake her engagement. With his heart on the line, will Simon prove that love is a risk worth taking?
You can read an excerpt here: http://annacampbell.info/daysofrakes.html
DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES hit the North American waves on Tuesday, 2nd July, and it’s available at the bargain price of 99 cents!
That’s right. 99 cents!!!
I’m hoping it will be available in Australia and New Zealand soon.
If you click on the cover above, it will take you straight to Amazon. Here’s the Barnes and Noble link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/days-of-rakes-and-roses-anna-campbell/1114855712?ean=9781455576289
This seemed like the perfect opportunity to bombard you with some photos of roses.
I love roses. They were my late mother’s favorite flower and she definitely passed the partiality on to me. My mum in particular loved those big, sweet-smelling old-fashioned style of roses and those are the roses I imagine littering Simon and Lydia’s bumpy path to true love.
All these photos were taken on my cruise to New Zealand. In Wellington, the capital, there are the most wonderful rose gardens adjoining the National Botanical Gardens. Thousands and thousands of them and all gorgeous. The scent on a hot summer’s day which is when I was there was enough to make you feel quite intoxicated.
So it wouldn’t be a launch without giving away a prize or two, would it? Just tell me your favorite flower/flowers and why and you’ll go in the draw. I’ve got three downloads of DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES (their choice from my indie e-novellas for international winners) up for grabs today for my botanically minded Bandita Buddies! Good luck!
Posted by Anna Campbell Jun 10 2013, 12:01 am in A Rake's Midnight Kiss, Anna Campbell, Chatsworth, Days of Rakes and Roses, e-books, England, Grand Central Forever Yours, historical romance, novellas, Regency, research, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin, stately homes, travel
I don’t think it’s any secret to regular visitors to the lair (or to my website where I tend to salivate with embarrassing regularity – not a sentence I write every day!) that I LOVE old houses.
One of the really fun things about writing historical romance is designing houses to suit the aristocratic setting. I’ve been lucky enough to visit a lot of big houses in England and Scotland.
You really don’t want to go with me – I dig and delve into every corner, I pester all the attendants, I try and get into the places you’re not supposed to go, and I tend to arrive at opening and then they have to drag me kicking and screaming out of the gates after closing.
I’ve got two Sons of Sin releases coming up soon – in July and late August this year. The first, an e-novella called DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES will get its day in the sun next month when I hold a launch party. The next A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT’S KISS (Richard Harmsworth’s story) will suffer an infamous lair launch in September.
In the meantime, I’m busy writing the third book in the series which will be Cam’s story. I’ve already had some lovely people telling me they’re looking forward to this and I must say it’s lovely seeing Mr. Control losing it when he falls in love with his very inconvenient bride!
Cam’s story isn’t out till 2014 so I thought I’d give you a bit of background to DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES, the novella which comes out 2nd July from Grand Central Forever Yours. And in the process, I thought I’d share some luscious pictures of the house that features in that novella as well as in Cam’s story.
DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES is the story of Lady Lydia Rothermere, Cam’s very proper sister, and the childhood sweetheart she’s never been able to forget – yup, lovers reunited is pretty much the theme of this one.
While most of the action takes place in the very glamorous London season on 1826, it opens ten years earlier in a prologue set at the family seat of the Dukes of Sedgemoor, the very extravagant Fentonwyck in Derbyshire in the English Midlands.
A ducal seat in Derbyshire?
Could Fentonwyck possibly be based on the actual ducal seat in Derbyshire, Chatsworth, where the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire live?
Does Grumpy Cat scowl in the morning?
This gave me a lovely excuse to dig through my photos and research materials on Chatsworth which I was lucky enough to visit in 2007. And then an even better excuse to share some of the pictures with you.
It’s a glorious house and with justice called “the Palace of the Peaks” (it’s in the Peak District National Park). And the gardens are breathtaking.
Here’s a link to Chatsworth’s official site, just in case you want to join me in salivating!
No? I agree! Salivating is better done in privacy, isn’t it?
In my imagination, I’m actually living in Chatsworth right now (well, the Fentonwyck version of it anyway!). Because Cam’s story has a marriage of convenience theme, much of the action takes place in the glorious English countryside as Cam and his new bride, Penelope, wrestle with falling in love against their better judgement.
At least I’m having fun being on this wonderful estate. Too bad for my characters, although at least there’s quite a bit of bedroom action so there’s SOME fun involved, snicker. And check out this photo of the State Bedroom at Chatsworth!
If you were lying back and thinking of England here, you’d at least have a very nice ceiling to contemplate!
You can read the blurb and an excerpt for DAYS OF RAKES AND ROSES here. And don’t forget to pick it up on 2nd July – it’s a bargain at only 99 cents!
So do you like old houses or modern houses? Have you been to Chatsworth? Do you have a favorite old house somewhere in the world? And should I write a four-poster into Cam’s story? That, of course, is the most important question! If there’s going to be much hanky panky, perhaps I should give it a suitably ducal setting!
Posted by Anna Campbell Nov 11 2012, 11:03 pm in Anna Campbell, Australia, Bandita Booty, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin
Wow, what fun we had with the interesting facts blog. I’m going to do that again – I loved hearing the fascinating little tidbits about the places where you all live. The winner of the signed copy of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED is:
Jenny, please drop me an email to anna @ annacampbell.info (no spaces) with your snail mail details and I’ll get your book off to you. Congratulations and happy reading!
Posted by Anna Campbell Nov 10 2012, 12:03 am in Anna Campbell, Australia, Australian Authors, Bandita Booty, history, Seven Nights in a Rogue's Bed, Sons of Sin, travel, writer's life
..for people who don’t live here! Especially if you’re from North America!
I’m a proud little Aussie gal!
Just now, I’m particularly proud (not for nationalistic reasons) because my seventh historical romance SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED recently hit the shelves.
In honor of all the 7s doing the rounds, I thought I’d pick out seven interesting facts about Australia that foreigners may find interesting.
So here are seven mostly obscure facts about my beloved homeland that you can use to dazzle the guests at your next barbecue:
7. Apart from Antarctica, Australia is the world’s driest continent. Perhaps that explains our dry sense of humor!
6. Australia is one of the few nations to send athletes to every modern summer Olympic Games. We’ve hosted the Olympics twice – in 1956 and 2000.
5. In World War II, we came very close to Japanese invasion (Darwin was bombed and there were Japanese submarines creating havoc in Sydney Harbor). Hundreds of thousands of American troops under the command of General MacArthur came to Australia to fight in the Pacific arena. So on behalf of my nation, a big thank you to the United States!
4. We had a series of gold rushes from the early 1850s through to about 1900, just in time for miners from San Francisco to hop on the nearest sailing ship and float across the Pacific to dig for the yellow stuff. The gold rushes established Australia’s prosperity and population – and when you look at the records, you’d be amazed how many Americans made the trip to our sunny shores!
3. We have some very strange animals (no, I’m not talking about the types who hang around our local pubs and clubs after midnight on a Saturday!). There are koalas and kangaroos and echidnas and wombats. I want to talk about the platypus here – this duck-billed, egg-laying mammal is so strange that when the first specimens reached London (stuffed, not live) in the early 19th century, the scientific community was convinced it was a hoax.
2. A couple of American slang terms have very different meanings in Australia, something which gives us great (and childish) amusement. In America, if you ‘root’ for someone, you’re cheering them on. In Australia, ‘root’ means intimate relations. And don’t start me on fanny pack! In some things, we’re two nations divided by a common language!
1. There’s a myth that we ride kangaroos down the main streets of our biggest cities. This is completely untrue. The kangaroos of Australia formed a union (the HEA – Hopping Entities of Australia – affiliated to the Transport Workers Union) in 1934 to object to this cruel and unusual treatment. Now the kangaroos ride the Aussies! There’s a whole underclass of people who work as Roo-shaws!
OK, not ALL those facts are 100% true. Can you tell which one? However, having read this post, even if you don’t come from my wide brown land, you may now consider yourselves honorary Aussies. Have a stubbie in your stubbies on the black stump outback of beyond in the never-never.
I’d love to know an interesting fact about where you live. And hey, it doesn’t even have to be true!
I’ve got a signed copy of SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED available for one lucky commenter today. So get commenting, people. Or as we say in Oz, drag up a stump for your rump and have a chinwag, mate.