Finally finished the new look website (which has been on the ‘to be done’ list for, oh, about 5 years?) Hopefully now much move navigable and user-friendly as well as being free of pesky adverts!
Congratulations to Olga Sy who was selected by random .org as the winner of this contest.
Thank you to everyone who entered and for all the lovely comments about Restored (and other books)!
I’ve added a bonus prequel scene for my upcoming release, Restored (28th October!) to the Extras page.
I’ll have a new Christmas story coming out in a festive charity anthology which is releasing on 1st November, with all proceeds going to the Trevor Project. It’s all organised by the fantastic RJ Scott who has put an amazing amount of work into it.
The anthology, called Gifts for the Season, features 15 authors – all brand new stories – and the collection will be available for a limited period of three months (full details of authors and stories below).
You can (should you wish) pre-order now: https://books2read.com/GiftsSeason
My story is a 12k historical story called The First Snow of Winter which links to the Winterbourne series – it’s sort of a prequel story, featuring two characters who will appear as side characters in the next book in the series – the much touted (by me) but as yet untitled Jonny-and-Perry book.
Blurb for The First Snow of Winter:
Captain Sam Alderton returns to England from the continent with his life in tatters. Maimed and directionless, the last thing he wants to do is spend Christmas with his family and their close friends, the Huxleys—especially Jasper Huxley, who he almost kissed five years before.
Sam plans to avoid the festivities, but when the first snow of winter arrives, and he and Jasper are trapped alone together at Alderton Hall, they find themselves revisiting old traditions and painful memories together—and discovering that things may not have been quite as either of them thought five years earlier.
As a small FYI, I plan to bring all the Winterbourne stories together in a single print book once Jonny-and-Perry is out.
Full story and author list:
Joanna Chambers – The First Snow of Winter
Christmas Eve, 1814: a maimed war hero and the childhood friend he almost kissed five years earlier are trapped together by the first snow of winter.
Annabeth Albert – Must Be Santa
Tis the season for Operation Christmas Papa!
Eli Easton – Twelve Days of UPS
What happens when your Secret Santa is less intriguing than the delivery man who brings the gifts?
Suki Fleet – Sometimes, Always
When Echo’s Christmas Eve surprise for Peri goes a little sideways, it turns into a night they’ll both remember for the best reasons, for always.
Lane Hayes – Out For The Holidays
Good Things Happen When You’re Out for the Holidays!
Annabelle Jacobs – Driving Home For Christmas
A road trip, snowstorm, and only one big bed at the Inn…
Alex Jane – Homestead for the Holidays
Alone in a cabin in snowy Nebraska for Christmas
Amber Kell – A Santa for Trin
Everyone needs a bit of Christmas magic.
Garrett Leigh – No Place Like Home
As long as they’re together, love always wins
V.L. Locey – Dressed In Holiday Style
Can the spirit of Christmas save this budding love affair?
Clare London – Five Gold Blings
Where Christmas sparkle leads two lonely hearts.
Posy Roberts – Sojourn with You
This year, a place to stay is the best Christmas gift Sawyer could ask for.
RJ Scott – Single Dad Christmas
It would be a Christmas miracle if he loved me back.
Felice Stevens – The Gift of Forever
What do you get the man who has everything?
AE Via – An Unworthy Gift
What do the lonely do at Christmas?
Quick newsflash: I’m going to be bringing Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf out as audiobooks, with Hamish McKinlay narrating. The hope is to have the both books out for Christmas – watch this space for more details.
Hamish did the narration on Provoked, Beguiled and Enlightened and my audiobook listeners seem to have loved his performances (I know I did) so I’m super-excited to hear what he does with them.
This was something of an impulsive decision, prompted mostly by getting a number of emails recently from audiobook fans asking for more. Audio is a long-term investment for me as it takes a while to make back the costs, but since Hamish was available, I decided to go for it.
Next up, though, is Restored, which will release on 28 October .
Eighteen years ago, Henry Asquith, Duke of Avesbury had to leave his kept lover, Kit Redford, in order to devote himself to raising his young family. Now, a lifetime later, his children are moving on and for the first time in years, Henry is alone.
During a rare visit to London, Henry unexpectedly happens upon an old friend of Kit’s and learns that Kit did not receive the financial pay off he was entitled to when Henry left him. Instead Kit was thrown out of his home and left destitute. Horrified, Henry begs Kit to see him and allow Henry to compensate him. But Kit, who now owns a discreet club for gentlemen of a certain persuasion, neither needs nor wants Henry’s money.
“Perhaps you should earn the money you owe me the way I had to earn it? On your knees, and on your back, taking my cock like a whore.”
Kit thought he had put his old hurts and grievances about Henry behind him, but when he sees Henry again, he discovers that, not only is the old pain still there, so is the fierce attraction that once burned between them. When, in a moment of fury, Kit demands a scandalous form of penance from Henry, no one is more surprised than Kit when Henry agrees to pay it.
As Kit and Henry spend more time together, they learn more about the men they have become, and about the secret feelings and desires they concealed from one another in the past.
Henry realises he wants to build a future with Kit but can he persuade his wary lover to trust him ever again? And can two men from such different worlds make a new life together?
What do you think of my new cover for The Dream Alchemist by the fabulous Natasha Snow?
I recently (and finally) invested in a new computer and Vellum software so will be doing a refresh on all my books format-wise. The cover for this book looked very old and tired so I also treated myself to a new cover and I LOVE THIS!
I’m very fond of this book which I first published (I think) 5 years ago with Samhain. will be doing a give-away in my July newsletter 😀
This story will be exclusively available to my newsletter pals. See subscribe button on this page. The newsletter with the link will be issued on 14 June 2020.
If you subscribed and didn’t get the email, contact me at email@example.com as a couple of people have reported not getting this. If need be, I will add you manually and re-send.
David Lauriston and Lord Murdo Balfour have been living happily together for three years at the Laverock estate in Perthshire. But when some unexpected news arrives, Murdo must confront old demons he thought he’d put behind him forever.
It is finally release day for Master Wolf! Buy links here.
Obviously, I didn’t plan for this day to come in the middle of pandemic, however, I’m pressing on with a (somewhat muted) release.
In my last newsletter, I mentioned I would be having a grand goody box contest. Unfortunately, the UK is now in lockdown as we all #stayathome. And of course, people may not really want to receive (at least not right now) a goody box from a stranger.
So: I will give the winners of the contest a choice. They can either opt to receive the planned goody box at a later date once things have calmed down), or they can opt to receive an alternative prize*.
I have three goody boxes to give away: a gold goody box, a silver goody box and a bronze one. See the descriptions below plus the alternative prize* winners can elect for instead. The competition is open to anyone, anywhere the whole world 🙂
To enter, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading Enter me in the contest! The competition closes at midnight (GMT) on 31st March 2020 and the winners will be informed on 2nd April 2020. One entry per person, whether via my newsletter or direct email.
*** Edited to add: Winners have now been selected and contacted (Alicia, Dee and Rosa).***
Gold goody box
Signed copies of Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf, Master Wolf keyring, Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf fridge magnets and postcards, Mrs Tilley’s Scottish tablet, Deans Scottish shortbread, tin of wolf paper clips, Enlightenment postcard, darling little rainbow love sweeties
Silver goody box
Signed copy of Master Wolf, Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf fridge magnets and postcards, Enlightenment keyring, Mrs Tilley’s Scottish tablet, Deans Scottish shortbread, tin of wolf paper clips, darling little rainbow love sweeties
Bronze goody box
Signed copy of Master Wolf, Master Wolf key ring and fridge magnet, Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf postcards, Mrs Tilley’s Scottish tablet, tin of wolf paper clips, darling little rainbow love sweeties
Choice of unsigned print copy of Master Wolf or signed copy to be sent at a later date plus: if you are the Gold winner – $15 Amazon giftcard; if you are the Silver winner – $10 Amazon giftcard; or if you are the Bronze winner – $5 Amazon giftcard
Good luck, and I hope Master Wolf is everything you’re hoping for! Arooooo!