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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton - Cover Reveal, Excerpt & Giveaway

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The Secrets of Villa Rosso

Escape to Italy for a summer romance to remember

When Ellie Maddison is sent on a business trip to Southern Italy, she's reminded why she loves her job – set amongst rolling vineyards and rich olive groves, the beautiful Villa Rosso is the perfect escape from her life back home. But what Ellie isn't prepared for is the instant connection she feels to the estate's director Max Johnson, or the secrets they share that are as intertwined as the rambling vines that cover Villa Rosso.

It's not long before Ellie finds herself entangled in the history of the place, trying to understand the undeniable effect Max is having on her. As their relationship grows, what will Ellie discover about this idyllic villa and those who have walked through its doors?

What started as a simple work trip will change Ellie's life forever.

Available to pre-order now as a digital copy and paperback

Digital copy release date: 21 July 2017
Paperback release date: 5 October 2017
 About Linn B. Halton

Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives in the Forest of Dean, in the UK.

"I'm a hopeless romantic, self-confessed chocaholic, and lover of strong coffee. For me, life is about family, friends, writing ... and house renovation! Oh, and the occasional glass of White Grenache..."

An Amazon UK Top 100 best-selling author with A Cottage in the Country in November 2015, Under the Stars and A Little Sugar, A Lot of Love also became best-sellers in 2016 & 2017. Linn's novels have been short-listed in the UK's Festival of Romance and the eFestival of Words Book Awards. Linn won the 2013 UK Festival of Romance: Innovation in Romantic Fiction award.

Linn writes chick lit, women's contemporary fiction and psychic romance for Harper Impulse, Choc Lit and Endeavour Press.

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It isn’t just the sunshine and the electric blue sky, but the musical calls of the countryside that reach out to me. A chorus of low-level sounds play like a soft melody in the background. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and I feel like I’m watching a re-run of a favourite film. I could stand here for a long time simply taking in the detail and with each sweep of my eyes noticing something new.

Spinning around I look back at the villa, taking in the rustic beauty of the stonework and the pale orange-red hue of the sun-bleached roof tiles. This is, quite simply, unreal. It’s a little piece of heaven and, so far removed from my daily life that it’s hard to believe this is on the same planet. The sheer scale of the landscape literally steals your breath away. I’m a mere speck, small and insignificant in the grand scheme nature is presenting to me. But rather bizarrely, it doesn’t feel alien in anyway at all. The vastness isn’t overwhelming, but strangely comforting.

I walk back to a cluster of wooden tables surrounding a small fountain and take a seat. As I dive into my bag to extract some sunglasses, I hear a polite cough and look up at the face staring down at me.

‘Mrs Maddison? I’m Max, Max Johnson. Welcome to Villa Rosso.’

I stand, automatically plastering a pleasant smile on my surprised face as recognition kicks in. I know this man, I mean, I’ve met him before. At least I think I have, but there’s nothing similar reflected back at me, only a warm smile. The sort of smile that radiates out from mysteriously deep, hazel eyes. We shake hands. He’s younger than I expected, probably in his early forties and tall. Six foot something that’s for sure, because I feel he’s towering over me.

‘I’m sorry to disturb you. I just wanted you to know that I’m here at your disposal whenever you are ready to begin. Would you like me to fetch you a coffee so you can sit for a while and enjoy the view?’

Although I knew he was British, his tan and elegant demeanour lend an air of cosmopolitan sophistication. I would not have been at all surprised if he had been Italian. He’s hovering politely and I still haven’t answered him…

One very lucky reader of With Love For Books will receive a signed paperback copy of The Secrets of Villa Rosso by Linn B. Halton. The paperback version will be released in October and the winner will receive the book as soon as it's available.
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  1. I love coming to visit and thank you guys so much for all the support - it wouldn't be a cover reveal without you! xx

    1. The cover is stunning, I can't wait to read the book! xx

  2. The book review and excerpt sounds intriguing. Thanks for sharing. Love the cover too.

  3. What an interesting book! Great excerpt. I'd love to read more. Thanks for sharing.

  4. A very nice cover. Like when it's colorful :)

  5. The cover looks great and the book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  6. I absolutely love reading books which are set in Italy. Will definitely be reading it. Such a stunning cover.

  7. FAB author, crossing my fingers as I love her writing xx

  8. Italy is such a beautiful place the book sounds like a great read

  9. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance x

  10. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  11. The cover for The Secrets of Villa Rosso is really lovely, and reminds me of the villas along the French Riviera. I loved the blurb, and wonder what secrets Ellie & Max share, the history of Villa Rosso, and how it will change Ellie's life. I would add it to my wish list but it's not currently available on Amazon for purchase or preorder.

  12. It sounds lovely :) Thanks for sharing it.

  13. I feel this book will have some more following it, possibly detailing those who have walked through its doors and their sagas :)

  14. I'm looking forward to another great book by Linn.

  15. I love Linn's books and can't get enough of them, really.

  16. Love the cover, looks like a great read too, Italian countryside, love it!

  17. The book sounds great, would love to read this

  18. You had e at: The impossible love affair...

  19. Would love to be transported to Italy by reading this lovely book.

  20. Well done on the book, looks a great read.

  21. I love trying new authors who I haven't read yet.

  22. I could use a visit to a Villa Rosa - by book will do if l can't manage the real estate/travel. Take me to Italy.

  23. Oh this sounds so good. I have not read any of Linn's books before, cannot wait to read this one. Italy and romance.....what can be better?

  24. I'm sure that your new book will be great and we all have fun reading it!
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