Exclusive Presents Sneak Peek!

By Laura McCallen, Assistant Editor/Editorial Assistant

The Presents team have two absolutely sensational new series starting in January 2015, and we just couldn’t wait to tell you all about them…so consider this an early Christmas gift from us to you! :)

First, we’d like to welcome you back to….

 

The Chatsfield

Synonymous with style, sensation…and scandal! 

With the eight Chatsfield siblings happily married and settling down, it’s time for a new generation of Chatsfields to shine!

Spencer Chatsfield steps in as CEO, determined to prove his worth. But when he approaches Isabella Harrington, of Harringtons Boutique hotels, with the offer of a merger that would benefit them both…he’s left with a stinging, red palm-shaped mark on his cheek!

And so begins a game of cat and mouse that will shape the future of the Chatsfields and the Harringtons forever.

But neither knows that there’s one stakeholder with the power to decide their fate…whose identity will shock both the Harringtons and the Chatsfields.

Just who will come out on top?

Find out in

Sheikh’s Desert Duty—Maisey Yates

Delucca’s Marriage Contract—Abby Green

Princess’s Secret Baby—Carol Marinelli

Virgin’s Sweet Rebellion—Kate Hewitt

Greek’s Last Redemption—Caitlin Crews

Russian’s Ruthless Demand—Michelle Conder

Tycoon’s Delicious Debt—Susanna Carr

Chatsfield’s Ultimate Acquisition—Melanie Milburne

 

8 titles to collect—you won’t want to miss out!

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We’d also like to encourage you to indulge your every wicked fantasy in…

 

Seven Sexy Sins

The true taste of temptation!

From greed to gluttony, lust to envy, these fabulous stories explore what seven sexy sins mean in the twenty-first century!

Whether pride goes before a fall or wrath leads to passion that consumes entirely, one thing is certain…the road to true love has never been more enticing!

So you decide:

How can it be a sin when it feels so good?

Sloth—Cathy Williams

Lust—Dani Collins

Pride—Kim Lawrence

Gluttony—Maggie Cox

Greed—Sara Craven

Wrath—Maya Blake

Envy—Annie West

Seven titles by some of Harlequin Presents’ most treasured and exciting authors!

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 With exciting new cover designs and sensational editorial you won’t want to miss any of these dazzling offerings from some of your favorite Presents authors. In the meantime, though, tell us, which series are you most excited about?

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Presents Hearts Secret Babies!

by Carly Byrne, Editor for Presents

As the new mum on the Presents team it seemed appropriate for me to write this blog about one of Presents most popular story themes – secret baby – and why authors, editors and readers alike go gaga for it!

The Presents Guide to Parenthood

As you know, Presents is the home of alpha males, decadent glamour and jet-set lifestyles not play dates, teething and tantrums. And any night time activities most certainly do not involve night-feeds! So where do babies fit in such a sophisticated world?

In Presents, it’s about the emotional journey towards parenthood, rather than the trials and tribulations of parenthood itself, that’s the focus. The white-hot night of passion where it all begins, the world-shattering moment when the little blue line appears on the pregnancy test, the drama of the heroine telling the man she’s just met or her ex or the ruler of a far distant land that they’re going to be bound together for a lifetime whether they like it or not! The pressure this puts on a fledgling or already fragile relationship, the duty bound proposal, the remembrance of their own childhood traumas to finally cradling the product of their love in the epilogue! It’s this rollercoaster of emotions that keeps us turning the pages and coming back for more!

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Carly’s not-so-secret baby daughter Ella – Presents heroine in the making!
(We couldn’t not mention the smallest (and cutest!) member of the Presents team!)

So it’s the emotional repercussions of the baby bombshell that is the apple of our eye in a Presents secret baby story – whether it’s one night with a lifetime of consequences, a years old secret where the baby is now a child or even double the trouble with twins! We’re certainly broody for babies in Presents…secret babies that is!

If you also love secret baby stories look out for more from the miniseries One Night with Consequences coming in 2015!

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In the meantime, tell us…what do you love about secret baby stories? And what are your favourite kind of secret baby stories – one night babies, royal babies, twins?!

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Everyone Loves a Bad Boy + Giveaway!

by Melanie Milburne, author of The Valquez Seduction

Everyone loves a bad boy…except London schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham. Good girl Daisy has no time for the slick moves of Prince of the Pickups, Luiz Valquez when she meets him in a Las Vegas bar. He’s too smooth, too sure of himself so she spurns his hot come on with a cool brush off.

But when Luiz comes to her rescue after her drink is spiked everything changes. Captured by the press coming out of his room the next morning, Daisy suddenly finds herself labeled as Luiz’s latest pickup. Ack!

If that wasn’t bad enough, Daisy’s (rumoured) mob-connected father is after Luiz’s blood for sullying his baby girl’s reputation.

Luiz decides for a win-win. He will play at being good for a few days until this all blows over. Sure, his reputation as a one-night stand guy will get a little tarnished but it’s not as if he’s going to do anything with the uptight little English schoolmarm. She’s not his type.  :)

But Daisy has other ideas. This is her one chance to take a walk on the wild side. And who better than with Luiz Valquez? He has already shown her he can be a gentleman. What else can he show her?!!

A little thought took hold in her mind…She could have a holiday fling with him to get herself out there. He wasn’t interested in anything permanent. And there was no way she could ever be serious about someone so unsuitable as husband material. But for a few days of flirting and fun… who better than a man who really knew how to lay on the charm? ‘Are you sure you’re not too busy?’

‘For you, querida?’ He clinked his glass against hers once more, his black eyes gleaming. ‘I am more than happy to clear my diary.’

‘Well… if you insist.’

‘I do.’

She smiled at him. ‘You know something? When I first met you I thought you were brash and arrogant and ridiculously shallow.’

‘And now?’

‘I think underneath that easy come, easy go exterior you’re a really nice guy.’

A dangerous light came back on in his eyes as he trailed a lazy finger down the curve of her cheek. ‘Don’t be fooled, little English girl. Your white Knight has the blackest of hearts.’

‘At least you have one.’

He studied her mouth for a heart-stopping moment. Daisy felt her breath come to a screeching halt as his fingertip traced the outline of her lips, the top one and then the bottom one. The movement of his finger stirred every nerve into a happy dance. She could feel her lips buzzing as if a swarm of bees was trapped beneath their surface.

‘Are you going to kiss me?’ Had she really asked that? She really needed to work on her flirting lines. But hey, this might just be the opportunity to do it.

His mouth curved upwards in an enigmatic smile. ‘Let’s say I’m measuring the risks.’

‘Just so you know… I don’t bite.’

‘No.’ He took a fistful of her hair in his hand and pulled her close as his mouth come down towards hers. ‘But I do.’

I hope you enjoy The Valquez Seduction, the second book in the Playboys of Argentina series. I have a signed copy (all regions) for a reader who tells me what’s the most gallant thing someone has done for you.

And just because it’s close to Christmas I will also send a signed copy of The Valquez Bride- a perfect gift for a friend or loved one!

 

Happy reading!

Melanie Milburne xx

 

Giveaway! Answer the above question and you could win a copy of The Valquez Seduction! The contest will close on November 27 and a winner by random draw will be selected on the 28. For full giveaway rules, click here.

Update this contest is now closed.

About The Valquez Seduction:

1114-9780373132911-bigw (1)The most dangerous game of all… 

Standing outside a decadent Las Vegas nightclub, innocent schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham has never felt more out of her depth. And that’s before sultry Argentinian polo player Luiz Valquez rides to her rescue in front of the global media, leading to reports of their engagement….

It’s a dangerous charade, but one they’re both prepared to play! Luiz can shake his playboy image, and Daisy can cast aside her cloistered upbringing. With Luiz doing his best to be good and Daisy trying her hardest to be bad, it’s only a matter of time before one of them gives in….

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Lynn Graham’s heroes: now in digital!

by Lynne Graham, author of Emerald Mistress

Dear Reader,

When Harlequin first told me about their plans to digitize, for the first time, I was so incredibly excited. These are some of my favorite stories and to have them available to you as they were originally published is really wonderful.

In Emerald Mistress, a longer length Presents, Harriet Carmichael’s world comes crashing down about her ears, but she’s determined to make the best of things. Until her new neighbour is revealed to be the very man who cost Harriet her job! Her determination to keep him at bay is soon tested by the passion that flares between them!

Alex Veranchettiwas one of my favorite heroes, who ended his marriage to innocent Kerry when he believed her to have been unfaithful. But when he discovers, in The Veranchetti Marriage, that she has had his child, he returns, demanding full custody, or marriage… again!

I love a sheikh, and in An Arabian Courtship Prince Raschid is determined to break down the carefully constructed barriers around Polly Barrington’s heart to prove that she can give herself to him completely!

So we’ve had desert princes, alpha males and brooding tycoons, and now we come to a fabulous story about two people with a shared past—Kitty Colgan and the irrepressible Jake Tarrant, the man who got away. Years later, Jake is still incredibly attractive…and infinitely more dangerous. Find out what happens in An Insatiable Passion.

I hope that you enjoy reading these stories as much as I loved writing them.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for my next Harlequin Presents, The Secret His Mistress Carried.

The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos’s divorce papers but there’s only one thing on this unstoppable Greek’s mind:  finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face!

Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back into her life, she’s determined not to fall for his seduction again. Especially now that she has a secret to protect… their son.

But she hadn’t counted on just how badly he wants her back in his bed!

Find out what happens next in January 2015!

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Best wishes,

Lynne

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A Heroine Out For Revenge

by Maisey Yates, author of To Defy a Sheikh

This book came about the way so many books do. I had an idea that I wanted to write a present for the heroine came to kill the hero. But I dismissed it quickly because, that’s crazy. Now, I’m no stranger to crazy, but I thought that I was overstepping, even for me. Right at that time Caitlin Crews was emailing me about the book idea that she had. So I thought I would mention my new, toned down idea. No one was out to kill anyone in this new idea.

She sent back a response that was appropriately underwhelmed. I returned volley with an email that said: well I was going to have the heroine come to kill him.

Her response back was: Well, if you aren’t going to have her try to kill him what’s the point of writing the book?

I could only hope my editor felt the same way.

Luckily, she did and that was how Ferran and Samarah’s story came to be. As most of my books do, with a little help from my friends and a lot of help from my editor. :-)

I’ve always liked the idea of the heroine being the character in the story who is out for revenge. I have written quite a few vengeful heroes, but I’m not sure I’d ever written a vengeful heroine before. Certainly not one quite is determined, or as deadly as Samarah.

Like any revenge story the challenge with these two characters was to take them from a place where they hated each other to where they loved each other. Simple, right?

*cue maniacal laughter*

For all the challenges it represented, I actually really enjoyed writing this book. Because even though the heroine’s feelings toward the hero weren’t positive, they were passionate from the beginning. There was so much at stake for both of them. Ferran wanted to heal the nations, Samarah wanted to satisfy her need for revenge, to repay the evil she believed Ferran had done to her family.

When he thwarts her plan to assassinate him, he offers her an ultimatum: marriage to heal the rift between their nations or prison.

Of course, Samarah believes that she can use their tentative truce against him. But during the time she spends with Faron, as she gets to know the man, she has to concede that he isn’t the monster she has built him up in her mind to be.

Samarah has never imagined a future for herself. Beyond her revenge plan, she has nothing. Because she’s always imagined she would die pursuing justice for her family. Ferran’s offer of more is tempting, but it conflicts with everything she believes in.

Ultimately, during the course of writing this book I had to answer the question: how powerful is love? Can it wipe away years of hate? Can it heal the people who need it the most?

I think the answer is yes.

Here is an excerpt from To Defy a Sheikh, for your pleasure. In this scene Ferran and Samarah are burning off some energy…sparring in the gym.

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She found herself fascinated by his chest. By each cut muscle. By the way the hair spread over his skin. So unique to a man’s body. These shapes, the hair, the hardness of the muscle.

She looked down farther. At the well-defined abs, the line of hair that disappeared beneath the waistband of his shorts. And she nearly choked.

She’d never been this close to a man. Not for this long. She’d fought them off before, but this was different.

She looked back up at his face, breathing even harder now. Her limbs tingling a bit. From the lack of oxygen, she was certain. Since she was breathing hard. And there was certainly no other explanation.

He leaned forward and bit her neck. It wasn’t painful, the sensation of his teeth scraping against her skin. It was something else entirely. Something that made her flail, stumble and fall backward onto the mat.

“I say we call it even, little viper,”he said, looking down at her.

Rage filled her and she popped back to her feet. “Of course you’d say that because I won. That was…not a move I recognize.”

“You didn’t say no biting.”

“One shouldn’t have to say that!”

“Apparently one did,”he said, breathing out hard, the muscles in his stomach rippling.”

“I demand a rematch.”

“Later,”he said, “when I can breathe again. You are a fierce opponent. And considering I do have a major size advantage, I cannot overlook the fact that, were we the same size, you would have destroyed me.”

“I very nearly destroyed you as it is,”she hissed.

“Very nearly.”

“Don’t sound so dry. I could have ended you.”

“But you will not,”he said. “Not now.”

“You don’t think?”

“No,”he said, shaking his head. “Because I can offer you life. Ending me means ending yourself, too.”

Her throat tightened, her palms slick. “I was prepared for that.”

“I understand,”he said, his tone grave. “But I think now that you’ve been given another opportunity you might see things differently?”

She looked down, hating that the war inside her was transparent to him. Hating that he could see her weakness. That he could see she wanted. That his poisoned apple was indeed shiny and tempting.

A future. One with power. One where she wasn’t starving, or freezing or afraid.

One where she lived.

About To Defy a Sheikh:

1114-9780373132904-bigw (1)The cost of defiance 

Princess Samarah Al-Azem knows you cannot rush revenge. Having bided her time, she’s finally ready to bring down Ferran, her kingdom’s enemy and the man who took everything from her. In the still of night, she lies in wait in his bedchamber….

It isn’t the first time Sheikh Ferran has found himself at the edge of an assassin’s blade…but never has it been wielded by such a beautiful assailant. Soon he has her at his mercy—something he’s wanted for years!

Now Samarah must decide: imprisonment in a cell…or in diamond shackles as his wife.

 

 

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