The Highest Bidder continuity covers – part 2

Reading: Skin Hunger by Kathleen Duey
Watching: Doctor Who series 5
Listening to: Heart of Stone by Cher

Finally I can show off the rest of these gorgeous covers!  For part 1 go here.

Paula Roe – A Precious Inheritance (October)

He won the auction…
Vanessa Partridge has a good reason for wanting the manuscript offered at auction – it is her twin babies’ legacy. But she doesn’t count on the winning bidder, financial guru Chase Harrington, showing up on her doorstep.
 
Now he wants the woman…
Chase has a new obsession – Vanessa. There’s more to the former-socialite-turned-working-single-mom than meets the eye… and he’s going to find it. He’s got secrets of his own – secrets threatened by the sexy Vanessa. More than anything, Chase wants to give in to their sizzling attraction… but can he afford to play with fire?

Cat Schield  – The Rogue’s Fortune (November)

Elizabeth Minerva tries to steer clear of legendary adventurer Roark Black and focus on her career and her attempts at motherhood. But the rakish treasure hunter can help her in her quest to be a single mom, if she’ll do him one tiny favor….

To save his beloved auction house and his own reputation from ruin, Roark needs to settle down fast—with a sensible woman. After a six-month “engagement,” he and Elizabeth can go their separate ways.

But Roark knows priceless objects, and Elizabeth is the real deal. Now he intends to keep her…by any means necessary!

read an excerpt  |  check out Cat’s website

Barbara Dunlop – A Golden Betrayal (December)

Nothing will stop him…
In his Arabian kingdom, Crown Prince Raif Khouri commands, and women do his will…but then he meets headstrong American Ann Richardson. To get back the priceless statue he’s convinced her minions stole, Raif kidnaps her!Held captive by the sexy prince and mired in scandal at her auction house, Ann has her hands full. How can she convince Raif she’s innocent…and convince her traitorous body to resist his sultry kisses?But after one night with the woman his duty will never let him have, it’s Raif who realizes the high price of ransom – his heart!

check out Barbara’s website

The Highest Bidder continuity covers (part 1)

Reading: Shadow Kin by MJ Scott
Watching: Primeval
Listening to: How We Do by Rita Ora

I love me a good cover!  So I’m excited to be showing off the covers for Desire’s new The Highest Bidder continuity 🙂  Here’s the first three:

Maureen Child – Gilded Secrets (July)
When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family’s name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly’s downfall? There’s one way to find out: seduce the truth out of her!

Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly’s secrets to her unidentified blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she’ll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she’s come to love–her big, bad boss–could put her over the edge….

Read an excerpt  |  check out Maureen’s website

Charlene Sands – Exquisite Acquisitions (August)
For Macy Tarlington, the only good part of seeing her legendary mother’s possessions sold at auction is ogling Carter McCay, the tall Texan who buys the famous diamond ring. Even better is seeing him again when he rescues her from the paparazzi like a white knight in a Stetson.

Carter whisks her to safety at Wild River Ranch, hiding her identity by day and lusting after her by night. Yes, he’s sworn off love. But with the Hollywood runaway starring in his every fantasy, Carter may find Macy too much temptation–even for a hard-hearted cowboy.

Read an excerpt  |  check out Charlene’s website

Yvonne Lindsay – A Silken Seduction (September)
London-based artist Avery Cullen refuses to sell her late father’s art collection. But bold, brash Marcus Price will try everything to get her to reconsider. He even launches an all-out sexual siege on the lonely heiress in the gilded cage.

Securing the collection would be a coup for his auction house, but for Marcus, it would settle a lifelong score. He’s managed to keep his true motives hidden along with his family’s skeletons…and now he’s so close, he can taste success in Avery’s kiss. But after their torrid night of passion, is Marcus prepared for the outcome?
check out Yvonne’s website

Stay tuned for the rest of the series (including mine!) in the next few weeks.

May news

Reading: Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones
Listening to: What Makes You Beautiful by One Direction
Watching:  Simpsons Movie

Hi everyone!  Some fabulous news to share with you all this week.  First, the news that Harlequin Australia are reprinting the fabbo Diamonds Down Under!  Squeee!  I loved this series and loved being a part of something with my fellow Aussie and Kiwi friends.  Book one (featuring Bronwyn Jameson, Tessa Radley and Maxine Sullivan) is out this month, and book two (with Jan Colley, moi and Yvonne Lindsay) is out in June, coincidentally my birthday month 😀 Happy birthday to me!  Aren’t the covers gorgeous?  If you missed the series the first time around, you can read all about it at our Diamonds Down Under website (and blog).

The Australian Romance Readers Association is hosting a massive book signing at the QT Hotel, Surfers Paradise on 17 August from 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm.  With over 60 authors attending, it’s your chance to meet your favourite.  To register or for more info, check out the ARRA website.

I’m very excited to see Desire’s newest series, The Highest Bidder coming to fruition.  This six-book series is set in the world of a famous auction house and revolves around movies stars, scandal and intrigue of the rich and famous.  The line up is:

  • Gilded Secrets by Maureen Child  (you can see the cover here)
  • Exquisite Acquisitions by Charlene Sands
  • A Silken Seduction by Yvonne Lindsay
  • A Precious Inheritance by Paula Roe
  • The Rogue’s Fortune by Cat Schield
  • Golden Betrayals by Barbara Dunlop

And bonus, some of the books will contain an extra mini story!

Lastly, some more cool covers to show off – the French Kindle bundle, which includes my Billionaires and Babies book, Billionaire Baby Bombshell,  and the German translation of Promoted to Wife? For more cover goodness, you can check out my website.

Promoted to Wife? cover!

At last I can share my gorgeous new cover for my March release!  It’s actually quite amusing, because when I sent it to an author friend, we both agreed that The Twelve Apostles (which are on the back) must’ve gotten sick of the Melbourne weather and hitchhiked up to the Gold Coast.  She also commented: “rugged coastline?  On the Gold Coast?”  But is still a beautiful cover!

International covers

It’s always a delight to see international translations lob into my mailbox!  These two are for The Magnate’s Baby Promise in German (left) and Czech (right).  The German title is translated as “That Night In Shangri-La”  (referring to a very posh Sydney hotel where Cal and Ava first… ahem… you know 😉  ).   And the Czech title is “Future Heir”.  Not only do I get a very sexy cover, I’m also paired with Ann Major!

Classic Romance Covers

Watching: Percy Jackson & the Lightning Thief
Listening to: Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Reading: Charlaine Harris’ True Blood series (Eric… yum!!)

So during these school holidays, I’ve been blowing off the dust from my book shelves and checking out my old historical romance covers of yesteryear.  I remember how awesome I thought these were when I bought them (mumble mumble) years ago.  But now, of course, most are extremely dated.  So I thought I’d share a few memorable ones.

1981 cover

Bitter Passion, Sweet Love by Patricia Ott – I would say this was my first erotic romance read.  Classic English beauty gets kidnapped by wild sheikh.  There’s group sex, multiple partners and some forced seduction scenes (one aided by drugs that was so graphic, I regularly read it aloud to my enthralled/horrified girlfriends when I was 12!).  Wow!  All for the bargain price of 79c.  Sadly, I can’t find any mention of the author any where on the web.

ahhh, the memories of 1983!

While Passion Sleeps by Shirlee Busbee – check out that lurid red!  That billowing hair!  That back-breaking embrace!  I adored this cover at the time (hmmm… I guess I had limited taste at 14).  And the story, as I remember it, was just as fab – kidnapping, forced seduction, arrogant hero.  The heroine was feisty, too, but the issue that continues to grate on me was that the hero never believed she was a virgin until the very end, when he overhears her talking to a maid about it.  Until then he thought she was a bit of a slut.  Hmmm… I should probably re-read it again and see if my memory is reliable.

original 1980 cover

Lady Vixen by Shirlee Busbee – loved, loved, loved this book!  One of my first historicals I ever read – around the age of 11, I think.  Shirlee Busbee (along with Johanna Lindsey and Kathleen Woodiwiss) was one of the first greats of historical romance for me.   Heroine (Nicole) had the same name as my best friend at the time 🙂  She runs away from bad relatives, dresses up as a boy (the heroine, not my friend!) and stows away on a ship as a cabin boy.  There’s an arrogant alpha male, a bit of intrigue/mystery about spying, soft violence (he ends up cracking her wrist when she won’t release a weapon), and – I’m pretty sure – a few forced seduction scenes.  I especially loved her return to her rightful place in society.  And I loved the cover art – I ended up reproducing it as an art project in high school.

ahhh, that's better...

original 1978 (!) cover

A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey – there’s pirates (of course!), an abduction, some forced seduction.  The heroine’s eyes change color when she’s angry.  The hero whips her for disobeying him, which is pretty un-PC these days.  And while the original cover wasn’t exactly bad, this later version is beautiful and elegant.  Interesting to note that from Once A Princess (1991) onwards, Marketing started putting flowers/symbols on Johanna Lindsey’s covers, but still had the clinches on a step back (inside the front cover).  Me, I much prefer the style of the revamped A Pirate’s Love.

can you believe this was done in 1986?

Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde – it’s high time I read this book again.  Such fun, such a great heroine.  And how gorgeous is that cover?   She’s a street urchin, he’s her rescuer, teaches her how to act, eat, socialise, so a huge Pygmalion theme going on there.  Gainsborough paints her portrait.  Umm… I think she writes a book?  See, told you, I have to read this again!

Do you have a favorite book that has  a less-than-flattering cover?  A revamp that does the story better justice than the original?  Or just a cover that makes you howl with laughter?  Share!

international covers

I’ve been receiving a steady flow of international translations in my post box.  It’s wonderful to see those covers and the (sometimes odd) titles in other languages 🙂  I think my favorite has to be the French version of The Magnate’s Baby Promise (translated to “The Promise of an Evening”)…  so elegant, so romantic – ooh la la!

I also love the revamped UK covers.  It doesn’t show here but they have that wonderfully smooth matt-finish cover.  Oh, okay, you CAN see for yourself – I’ll give away a copy!  Post a comment and I’ll pick a random winner.

Cover love

Watching: A-Team movie trailer (jeez, I feel so old!)
On the iPod: Halo by Beyonce

So I finally got my new cover for my outback Billionaires and Babies book.  Ain’t it gorgeous?  For those of you interested in behind-the-scenes inner workings of Harlequin, Harlequin/Silhouette authors have access to an online program that’s used to make the covers.  In that data we supply info on physical descriptions of our main characters (eye color, hair, style, ethnicity etc), setting and tone/mood (bad boy hero?  pregnant heroine?  MOC?).  We also offer three scene suggestions for the cover art and any links or pictures that would best describe that, a short 1p synopsis and story themes.   It’s about eight screens to click through, so it’s pretty comprehensive.

However, most of my suggestions for this book were the traditional sexy couple-clinch (a la’ Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir),  and the B&B series feature… yeah, babies 😀   So that’s what we have, along with a gorgeous view of the outback on the back (which you can’t see here).   And Alex looks suspiciously like Ben Affleck, which isn’t too shabby 😀

To celebrate the three outback B&B series, Maxine Sullivan, Robyn Grady and myself have launched a dedicated site/blog to them.  It’s always fun to get together with my fellow Aussie writers and celebrate all things Australian – drop by and check it out!

covers!

forgotten marriage czechboardrooms germanboardrooms greek coverSticking my head up from writing (1st October deadline and 100 pages to go!) to share some pretty new international covers.  They are (left) Forgotten Marriage in Czechoslovakian – where I am officially known as Paula Roeova 😀  Middle is Boardrooms & A Billionaire Heir for Germany and right is for Greece. Pretty cool, huh?