Monthly Archives: August 2016

Two More Contracts…

With The Sword and the Rose Book 1 released eight days ago as an e-book, Luminosity Publishing provided me with two new three-year worldwide publishing contracts for books 2 and 3 of The Sword and the Rose series.

Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms is scheduled for release as an e-book in October 2016, and in November this year Passionate Harvest is to be also released as an e-book.

As books have to be greater than 35,000 words to appear in paperback, and books 2 and 3 are under this threshold, Luminosity Publishing has agreed to combine both books under one cover to enable the stories to be available in print.

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(All cover art copyright © 2016 by Dusktildawn Designs) –

(Cover designs by Dawné Dominique)

Meanwhile I have begun writing book 4 – Lady of Seville, and today I drafted out the plan for book 5. Although I have thought of a title for the latter I’m not going to announce it just yet as this might change.

There will be at least two more books after these in the series, but whether I’ll stop and move on to something else will depend on how popular The Sword and the Rose series becomes.

I will let you know as soon as I am given the dates of the print versions for books 1 to 3.

Regards

Louise

 

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Showcasing “NO GREATER LOVE” by Justin Sheedy

No Greater Love by Justin Sheedy

To abandoned child, Colin Stone, World War Two grants an escape from the mean streets of St. Kilda. A natural warrior, his talents qualify him to join an elite group of young men. The shining ones. Who fly Spitfires against Nazi tyranny. Rising with them, from the top Colin Stone looks down on a world that has doomed his first true friends.

Bringing to vivid life true Australian war history and events, No Greater Love is a saga in the classic mold, featuring the drama, beauty, heroism and horror of one young man’s war journey through stunning Malta, Egypt and North Africa, Sicily, England and Europe. It is a portrait of the once-in-a-lifetime characters the war places on his path, of the tragic, wholesale waste of war, on occasion even the profound humanity of his enemy, and of his evolving perception of his world for what it is.

Though standing on its own as a ripping and also highly emotional read, No Greater Love is the third and final chapter of Justin Sheedy’s now widely and warmly cherished World War Two novel trilogy begun with Nor the Years Condemn and Ghosts of the Empire. Continuing and now concluding their portrait of shining young men destined never to grow old, No Greater Love is the full and rich story of Part 1’s reader-favourite character, Aussie rough diamond Colin Stone (‘Stoney’). It is the story of his war, of his loyalty and devotion to his friends, of his enduring love for the mother who abandoned him, and his dreams of being held by her once again.

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About the Author:

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Justin Sheedy was born in 1968 and grew up in North Epping in Sydney’s north-west suburbs. He was educated by the Little Sisters of No Mercy, then by the Jesuits, and obtained a degree in fine arts, qualifying him to drive a cab.

He has worked in radio, for a while as a go-go dancer as well as for the Australian Public Service though has since made a full recovery. If you have ever worked in the public service, you will understand. If you still do work in the public service, Justin remembers you, so you better have been nice to him as he’s writing books now.

His efforts have seen him invited to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival 2010 and to the Gloucester Writers’ Festival 2012.

His books “Goodbye Crackernight” and “Nor the Years Condemn”, “Ghosts of the Empire” plus now his latest book “Memoirs of a Go-Go Dancer” are available at AMAZON in paperback and Kindle formats, in Australia at Dymocks Books nation-wide. Also at GLEEBOOKS, ABBEY’S BOOKSHOP, BERKELOUW BOOKS & THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL, in the UK via WATERSTONES, WH SMITH and orderable at YOUR local bookstore.

On a personal note, I have read all of Justin’s books and have enjoyed each one thoroughly. As recommendations go I have no difficulty in promoting Justin Sheedy’s books.

I wish him every success with his latest offering “No Greater Love”.

Best Wishes

Louise

 

The Sword and the Rose – Now on Pre Order

Hooray!! Finally after almost twelve months since Secret Cravings Publishing returned my publishing rights to me following the closure of their company, “The Sword and the Rose” is soon to be re-released by Luminosity Publishing.

The novel is currently available on pre-order prior to its release as an e-book on Saturday 20th August 2016.

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It should be available in paperback next month.

Regards

Louise

 

 

Showcasing “The Druid Chronicles” by Christina Phillips

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He was a master of seduction – but no match for the magical allure of the woman he wanted most

Carys knew from the moment she first spied on Maximus in his naked barbarian glory that he was a dangerous Roman centurion – his taut, battle-scarred flesh marking him as a fearless warrior. But her desire for him was as undeniable as it was illicit.

Charged by his emperor to eliminate a clan of powerful Druids in Britain, Maximus never expects his mission to be thwarted by the clan’s ethereal princess, Carys, his daring voyeur. Falling under her spell, he doesn’t realize her true heritage – until he captures her heart as well as her body.

As Carys’ loyalties are twisted, and freedom is no longer her single-minded obsession, an avenging former lover threatens to crush Maximus’ people into oblivion. Now Carys and Maximus must overcome the devastation of war and face the ultimate sacrifice if their forbidden love is to survive.

Previously published by Penguin US in 2010

Read Chapter One

The mighty Roman Empire spreads across the face of the earth, conquering and destroying all who dare to stand in her path. Britain falls, and the rich natural resources of Cymru beckon. But in a fragile world, where the old ways are threatened by the new patriarchal order, the ancient goddesses will do anything to ensure their names will never be forgotten in the hazy mists of time…

Forbidden is the first book in The Druid Chronicles, with dominant alpha male heroes who end up falling for the last woman they should ever touch.

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#1 Forbidden

#2 Captive

#3 Enslaved

#4 Tainted

Each book can be read as a standalone. There are no cliffhangers!

About the Author:

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Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is addicted to good coffee, expensive chocolate and bad boy heroes. She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

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Another Masterpiece by Dawné….

I recently asked Dawné Dominique of Dusktildawn Designs to create a cover for the third book in The Sword and the Rose Series. Although the novella has only recently been completed and has yet to be submitted to a publisher I always feel that having a cover ready, or an idea for a cover, gives me encouragement to move on to my next project. Equally, it is hoped, that such display of enthusiasm allows potential publishers confidence in my commitment to my stories.

I have always been delighted with Dawné’s work but what she came up with this time just blew me away:

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Passionate Harvest is a 27,000 word Historical Romance Novella

[The Sword in the Rose Series – Book 3]

Copyright © Louise Roberts 2016

Manuscript completed available for publication

Cover design by Dawné Dominique

All cover art © 2016 by Dusktildawn Designs

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It is April 1622 and Magdalena Lorca is newly arrived at the Villa Sant’ Angelo in eastern Spain. She is maid and chaperon to Senorita Elena de Cellorigo-Borja who has travelled from Seville to meet her Valencian family.

As Magdalena is integrated into the household staff she gradually gets to familiarise with the surroundings. The Estates located near the village of Cullera are extensive and boast formidable orchards of citrus and stone fruits, but the family’s pride is their vineyards.

When Magdalena meets the wine-master, Joquim Alvares, for the first time their mutual attraction is immediate and develops into a strong friendship.

But will Elena’s impetuousness and selfish attitude towards her maid servant threaten to jeopardise any chance of romance for the young woman?

The only hope Joquim and Magdalena have will depend on whether Elena’s change in circumstance causes her to mellow when she in turn is courted by the Estate’s heir.

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Book 1: The Sword and the Rose is a 124,600 word Historical Saga with romantic elements that was first published by Secret Cravings Publishing USA in 2014. Sadly just twelve months later publishing rights were restored to me when SCP closed its doors.

As I adored the cover Dawné had designed I asked to buy it, as well as the cover for book 2:

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Book 1                              Book 2

Happily thanks to Kate Miles at Luminosity Publishing, UK, The Sword and the Rose is to be given a second chance when in May 2016 I was offered a three-year worldwide publishing contract which, of course, I accepted. The icing on the cake is that as Kate loved the cover as much as I did she agreed to release the book using that cover. The Sword and the Rose is to be released on 20th August 2016 (my birthday – what a great gift).

You’ll initially be able to obtain the book on Luminosity’s website at http://luminositypublishing.com/ and then on the usual popular book distributors.

Buy links will be added to the blog page of The Sword and the Rose as they become available.

Whether books 2 and 3 will also get published this year we’ll just have to wait and see….

Regards

Louise