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What will 2017 bring?

As the year-end fast approaches I’m in a bit of a dilemma on what I should be writing in 2017.

Certainly I will continue with my “Romance in War” series even though at this stage I haven’t got a publisher on board to take them on – Book 2 – Dragoon Serenade anxiously awaits to be released to romance readers.

I am currently writing Book 3 – Balor’s Landing which is set on the small island of Toraigh, Ireland in September 1944 and have plans for at least four more books afterwards.

“The Sword and the Rose” Series is another matter. Although Book 4 – Lady of Seville nears completion, and I had envisaged a further 3 books, feedback I have recently received seems to suggest that I should be thinking of writing something else completely different.

It will be hard to let go of the characters I have grown to love, especially Elena de Cellorigo-Borja, my heroine in two of the four books, but even so perhaps a change would be good for my readers as well as for me. Who knows maybe I shall return to complete those three other stories at a later date.

What to write instead is a question I will have to ponder over. It has been suggested that I might consider historical romances with a Scottish flavor – apparently books of this nature are best-sellers regardless if they are sweet or erotic romances, so is it something to consider? I shrug – your guess is as good as mine – sigh!

I have been toying with the idea of either returning to the early to mid-19th century Australia to pick up where I left off with my first novel Beneath Southern Stars or doing something completely different and dabble in fantasy?

For now I suppose I will just enjoy the Christmas holidays with my family and see the New Year in before I put on my thinking cap to overcome this difficult situation I’m finding myself in.

In the meantime I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Best Wishes




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.




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.

The Sword and the Rose

It should be available in paperback next month.





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:


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


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.


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….



The words are returning…

Finally the words are returning: could this be the end of my writer’s block that has been plaguing me these past few months? Who knows?

Anyway I’ve picked up on my Work In Progress novella Passionate Harvest that is book three of The Sword and the Rose series and I am plodding at it again so that’s great as far as I’m concerned.

I’ve just managed another 1,000 words this morning getting me closer to my target of between 25,000 to 30,000 words.

The thing is however I’m now in no hurry to finish it as it will be pointless to find a publisher for it until I can tempt someone to take on Books 1 and 2.

When Luminosity Publishing offered me a contract for Letter from a Stranger I had to withdraw my submissions from other publishing houses. One of them, mentioning no names, had said they would look at anything else penned by Louise Roberts in the future. So when my publishing rights were restored to me from Secret Cravings Publishing last month I approached this said publisher to consider The Sword and the Rose and Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms [namely Books 1 and 2 of The Sword and the Rose Series].

As it turned out my contact had moved on from the original publishing house to another imprint, but regardless, she told me she was forwarding my submissions to her colleagues on the acquisition team, who she was sure would be in touch in due course. Well that was five weeks ago and I haven’t heard a thing.

Yes… I know: It’s too early to hear anything back yet, but the waiting game is still pretty frustrating.

I also submitted the books to yet another publisher, one who Robert L J Borg had pitched his novel Out of the Darkness to when we attended the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Melbourne last August; but yes, you’ve guessed it… no response, not even an acknowledgement has been received from the editor in question.

I appreciate they are busy [aren’t we all?], but what does it take to send a short email acknowledging receipt of the submissions… A small gesture that goes a long way in assuring an author that your work has been received and not gotten lost in cyberspace. It also gives a bit of hope, no matter how small, that your book(s) are being looked at for consideration [or at least one hopes that is what is happening to your submissions].

Well not to be out done, yesterday I submitted only The Sword and the Rose to yet another publisher. I’m holding back Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms and will only submit it to whoever takes on Book 1. They can then have the whole series moving forward.

Robert took my initiative and submitted his book to the same publisher this morning. I think, like me, he too is becoming impatient at not hearing anything… no I tell a lie: he was knocked back by one publisher earlier this week. Mind you, he told me he wasn’t too fussed because the publisher in question only dealt with digital imprints and I do believe he wants to make sure that the publisher that takes on his book also does print versions.

I don’t blame him, what author doesn’t want to see his/her book displayed on the shelves in book stores??

All we can do is keep writing in the meantime and hope that one day soon we receive a favourable email.






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I have received an email today from Secret Cravings Publishing letting me know that The Sword and the Rose is now available in print… How good is that?

I had been told it would be available in October, but they have made my day and I have ordered and paid for my very first copy. It should arrive on my birthday – what a fabulous present!!

It’s available on Create space but will also be available on Amazon by the end of next week.

The link for the book on Create space is:



This is so exciting!!!



The Sword and the Rose is released!

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The Sword and the Rose is released and is now available at:

Hoping you enjoy the read…

Thanks and regards