Amy in Romancelandia #19: Naughty or nice?

by |November 9, 2021
Amy in Romancelandia

Welcome to back to Romancelandia lovelies, where it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Pretty much from October through to the end of January the romance market is awash with covers sporting snow, trimmed trees, frozen lakes, log cabins and twinkle-lights. Now, sure, most of us down under are usually heading for a beach but that doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate a white Christmas, right? After all, Romancelandia is the go to place for mistletoe, sexy elf outfits and shagpile rugs in front of crackling fires.

Not to mention naughty lists …

To spread some early Christmas cheer, I have books – November releases from both Australian and authors from over the seas. As per usual, if you see anything you like, just click on the cover to check them out.

Australian Romance Authors

Must Love Christmas

by Kelly Hunter


Heiress Stephanie Love has one last chance to impress her father and organise the perfect Christmas—their last one as a family before her father weds a younger woman and forgets about his only daughter. Stephanie wants to create some much-needed family memories in their historic Montana ranch that she’s always loved. All she needs is the help of one man, Mason Casey, ranch builder to the rich and famous, to give the neglected ranch a quick holiday facelift.

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Five Christmases

by Barbara DeLeo, Amy Andrews, Louisa George, Rachel Bailey and Courtney Clark Michaels


Five award-winning authors bring you five festive tales of love, loss, and laughter, set in gorgeous locations across the globe. From snowy Colorado to the sunny Pacific, the rugged Australian coast to the laneways of London, and the traditions of a Greek island Christmas, fall in love with stories guaranteed to bring you joy this holiday season!

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Broken Lives

by Chris Taylor


Good-looking, charismatic and heir to a billion-dollar mining fortune, Christopher Barrington has a lot going for him. Unfortunately, he’s allowed a bitter feud with his biological father to cloud his judgement. For years he’s lived his life filled with anger and bitterness and has been determined to hurt those around him, including those closest to him.

But a brush with death has motivated him into leaving his wicked ways behind him. He wants to turn his life around, but after wallowing in self-pity for so long he’s not sure how to go about it. A chance encounter with the beautiful Lexi Greenaway might be just what he needs to set him on the right path to becoming a better person.

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International Romance Authors

Christmas in Full Bloom

by Denise N. Wheatley


When savvy, up-and-coming floral designer Lauren Beal returns home to Maple Valley, Michigan, for her sister’s holiday wedding, she’s determined to be the perfect maid of honor. She didn’t expect the best man to be the college crush she’d reluctantly left behind to pursue her Chicago-based dreams.

Family practice doctor Mel Jennings always knew he’d remain rooted in Maple Valley to work for his father’s clinic. Sparks fly when he reunites with Lauren, the one who ran away. As they enjoy Maple Valley’s Christmas festivities, Mel remembers how close they once were. But can they ever have a future?

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Rodeo Christmas at Evergreen Ranch

by Maisey Yates


Legendary bull rider Jake Daniels has only one plan this Christmas–to ignore the pain the season always brings. Until his best friend, Callie Carson, shows up on his ranch with a marriage proposal. Jake has lived so close to the edge it’s a miracle he’s still alive–he knows all about risk. But marrying the woman he craves more than anything feels like the biggest risk of all.

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by Cookie O’Gorman


I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking this will be just one more story of the ignored, “big-boned ” girl, who sheds her glasses and a few extra pounds and finally attracts the notice of the most popular guy in school. Except it isn’t. Because I’m not unpopular. Not all that ignored. And I love the way I look—just as I am. Then someone puts my name in for Homecoming Court. The bigger surprise? People actually vote for me! Now, I’m a “princess”—whether I like it or not—but the guy I’m paired with isn’t exactly Prince Charming.

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Amy’s Favourite of the Month!

As an extra treat each month, I feature one of my fave reads/authors. For November I’m very excited to be introducing Naima Simone.

If you’re after perfectly crafted prose, fabulous dialogue, laughs and all the tingly feels from her trademark heat, then look no further! The tag line on Naima’s website reads ‘Where heart, humour and heat collide’ and it couldn’t be more perfect!

She writes across several different publishers and in many sub-genres of romance – sports, contemporary, small town, erotica, billionaire, rock star and more! And, if that wasn’t enough, she is, as we say here in Oz, a really top chick. A wicked laugh to match her wicked sense of humour, as well as a generous heart and a beautiful soul.

Naima has an amazing backlist (something for everyone!) and ordinarily I’d have trouble picking just one but, given this column has been pretty much all about Christmas, I have no issues recommending her latest book to you – Christmas in Rose Bend.


Grieving ER nurse Nessa Hunt is on a road trip with her sullen teen half sister, Ivy, and still reeling from her mother’s deathbed confession: Nessa’s dad wasn’t really her dad. Seeking answers, they arrive in Rose Bend to find a small town teeming with the kind of Christmas cheer Nessa usually avoids. But then she meets the innkeeper’s ruggedly sexy son, Wolfgang Dennison …

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That’s it for me for this year. I am taking a short hiatus and will be back in February for Romancelandia’s most sacred of days – Valentine’s!! I hope, wherever you are and whatever you do over the holidays, that you stay safe and well and you get the chance to refill your wells with family and food and festivities as well as many fantastic romance reads. And fingers crossed 2022 will be everything we’re wanting it to be!

About Amy

Amy Andrews is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling Aussie author who has written eighty plus contemporary romances in both the traditional and digital markets. She’s sold three million books and been translated into over a dozen languages including manga. She has won three Ruby awards and is a triple RITA finalist.

In her other life, she was a paediatric intensive care nurse for twenty-one years. Amy lives near the sea with her husband of thirty years.

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