Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Annie West News and Contest

ANNIE WEST’S NEWSLETTER - May-June 2011

I’ve got news of free books, new releases and awards to share.

I’m starting the newsletter with a photo I took just last weekend in the Dandenong Ranges north east of Melbourne. It was a fleeting interstate trip for a family celebration but we managed a gorgeous day in the mountains where the tall trees were shrouded in mist and the occasional showers made us appreciate a cosy café even more. Just lovely! Whether you’re moving into autumn like me, or a northern hemisphere spring, I hope you’re enjoying the change of season.

It’s been an eventful couple of months. I was lucky enough to attend the Australian Romance Readers’ Convention at Bondi Beach, had a very busy family Easter and have been working hard on my latest story. In book news I was thrilled to learn that PASSION, PURITY AND THE PRINCE aka PROTECTED BY THE PRINCE won a CataRomance Reviewers Choice Award! More recently, FORGOTTEN MISTRESS, SECRET LOVE-CHILD has made the finals of the Write Touch Readers’ Choice Award. You can imagine how happy I was to hear that news.

Right now it’s release time for PRINCE OF SCANDAL in the UK and Australia/New Zealand. Raul and Luisa’s story has been on sale in the UK since mid April and it goes on sale Down Under on 1st June. I’ve included both covers as I’m so pleased with them. Notice that gold logo on the Aus cover? Raul and Luisa’s story has been made ‘Book of the Month’ for its Australian release! Yay!

This book is about Raul, cousin to Prince Alaric in PROTECTED BY THE PRINCE. If you didn’t read that first book don’t worry, they’re stand alone stories. Though for those who enjoyed reading about Alaric and Tamsin, they appear in PRINCE OF SCANDAL. Here’s the back cover copy:

Ruling prince...

Raul, Prince of Maritz, is furious that an archaic law is forcing him to wed. But scandal and unrest has dogged this prince for years, and a marriage to recently- discovered princess, Luisa Hardwicke, will help bring stability to the monarchy.

...reluctant princess

Only Luisa is an outspoken, mud-splattered, farm girl, who isn't going to come quietly! Even as she's reluctantly transformed into polished perfection, Luisa challenges Raul at every turn, and he finds himself anticipating their wedding night with an excitement he never imagined he’d feel...

I’ve recently had some other wonderful book news. It's particularly good for those people who’ve written to me about titles that hadn’t made it into North American release. Advice just this week from my editor: THE SAVAKIS MISTRESS will be a Presents Extra edition in November in North America. This story finalled in both the Australian Romance Reader Awards and the Award of Excellence Contest and attracted lots of positive feedback including a 5 blue ribbon review at Romance Junkies. I’m absolutely thrilled to hear it will get a US release.

Another book getting its first US release is RAFE’S REDEMPTION which was sold in other markets as THE BILLIONAIRE’S BOUGHT MISTRESS. It will go to readers who subscribe to Harlequin books and also be available in ebook and to people who order the paperback (ie. I’m not sure if it will be in bookstores). The release date is 1 July (my birthday) so you can be sure I’ll have a wonderful birthday this year! It is one of my favourite stories. For anyone interested in grabbing a copy I’m told it’s currently available for $4.99 US/$5.99 CN. To order the paperback send an e-mail to orders@harlequin.ca including your name and complete mailing address in your e-mail.

And for those who have ever been curious about manga or comic book editions, I can share the fact that an English language comic book of THE SHEIKH’S RANSOMED BRIDE is on sale now in kindle edition (I’ve seen it at Amazon and UK Amazon). This is a real first for me! Rafiq looks amazing – a sheikh samurai with a touch of pirate thrown in!

DATES TO KEEP IN MIND

April/May PRINCE OF SCANDAL is released in the UK, then June in Australia and New Zealand, and August in North America.

July RAFE’S REDEMPTION is on sale in North America (ebook or paperback) but it’s also available now by order.

19 August GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT is released in the UK then on 1 October In Australia and New Zealand. North American release to be advised.

November THE SAVAKIS MISTRESS is on sale in North America (Presents Extra).

SOMETHING JUST FOR MY NEWSLETTER READERS

Some of you already know I’m running a NEW RELEASES CONTEST to mark the release of PRINCE OF SCANDAL as well as two terrific new stories from my good friends Christina Brooke and Anna Campbell. You’ll find the details on the contest page of my website: http://www.annie-west.com/

One winner will receive:
signed copy of Christina Brooke’s June release HEIRESS IN LOVE
my signed May UK release PRINCE OF SCANDAL
 book cover and chocolate to enjoy with your reading.

A second winner will receive
a signed copy of Anna Campbell’s current release MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION
and my signed PRINCE OF SCANDAL
a book cover and chocolate to enjoy.

In addition I’m giving newsletter readers an extra chance to win. Simply enter the current contest by 28 June 2011 Australian Eastern time. As well as a chance to win one of the prizes listed above you will also be in the draw to win:

The anthology: SHE CAN’T SAY NO TO THE GREEK TYCOON which includes:
‘The Kouvaris Marriage’ by Diana Hamilton
‘The Greek Tycoon’s Innocent Mistress’ by Kathryn Ross and
‘The Greek’s Convenient Mistress’ by me
Plus a Mills and Boon Australia mouse mat and
A beaded bangle.

If you’ve already entered my website contest, don’t worry, as a newsletter recipient you’ll be entered in the newsletter draw too.

 
With warmest wishes,
Annie

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