Rainbow Snippets: Coming of Age

This week for Rainbow Snippets, I’m sharing a few more lines from my new release Coming of Age, the third in my Twelve Letters Regency romp series.

Coming of Age, plus the first two books in this series, Twelve Letters and Queer Relations together with all my titles are in JMS Books Cyber Monday 40% off ebook sale today and Monday.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.

This snippet is taken from the middle of my story and includes Ben, another member of my ensemble cast. Best friends from childhood, Captain Ben Harding and Jo Everett work together on a charity that Ben has founded to help injured ex-servicemen.

When on duty at the charity’s office one day, a soldier leaves his two young motherless children in Jo’s bemused care. At a loss, Jo temporarily leaves them with his friend Percy in Mayfair before conferring with Ben. The discussion takes place in Ben’s Piccadilly rooms, ruled by his eminently capable manservant Cribbins, where Ben is somewhat surprised at Jo’s decision to involve Percy. 

Ben was incredulous. “What? Percy allowing two brats to clutter up that gorgeous drawing room without complaining that they clash with his color scheme? And heavens forfend if they leave any dirty finger marks on his wallpaper or venture within ten feet of his precious possessions.”

Jo shrugged nonchalantly, “They seemed to be adjusting quite happily when I left. They were engaged in rearranging Percy’s dressing room as their bedroom which they found quite exciting.”

“I don’t expect such harmony to last,” Ben joked. “Ah well, if Percy has a conniption and shows them the door, we can always rely on Cribbins to find a dark cupboard to stash them for a couple of days.”

Rainbow Snippets: A Tricky Situation

As we’re so close to Halloween, for this week’s Rainbow Snippets, I thought I’d share a few more lines from my last year’s Trick or Treat Halloween story A Tricky Situation. This story, along with my new Halloween tale, A Trick of the Light, and all my titles are included in the JMS Books 40% off Halloween weekend sale from October 28th – 31st.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.

This snippet follows on from last week’s lines where in 18th-century Bristol, Christopher Holloway, (known as Kit) a wealthy merchant’s son was being pursued by a gang of thugs near the docks. He’s rescued by blacksmith Edmund Hall who then walks him home, away from danger.

As they talked, they reached the top of the hill, with Kingsdown before them. The open countryside was traversed by the new Parade with its few splendid houses. Any residue of Kit’s alarm dissolved so close to home and familiar security.

“You’ll be safe from here on,” Edmund said as if reading his thoughts.

“I don’t know how to thank you,” Kit said, starting to fumble in his pockets, wondering if his saviour would be insulted by an offer of payment.

The problem was solved unexpectedly. Kit felt the tip of a work-roughened finger lifting his chin. Surprised but not unwilling, Kit looked up at Edmund who bent to touch his lips softly with his own. He instinctively closed his eyes, lost in sensation.

When the fleeting kiss ended, Kit’s eyes flickered open. “I’ll consider myself thanked,” Edmund said and Kit could hear the smile in his voice.

Coming Soon: Queer Relations

Queer Relations, my follow-up to my July story, Twelve Letters is now on pre-release! Queer Relations is included in the 40% Labour Day Weekend sale at JMS Books with all my titles until Monday, and then it will be on a 20% pre-release/new release sale on the JMS site until September 16th.

When I wrote my Regency romp Twelve Letters for JMS Books’ 12th Anniversary celebrations, I had no intention of writing a sequel. But my characters ganged up on me (the disadvantage of having an ensemble cast) and Percy the Regency brat sashayed into my head and demanded his own story. So I was outnumbered! Queer Relations will be on release from September 10th.

In the autumn of 1814, the Honourable Percy Havilland is generally content with his sheltered existence in London’s exclusive Mayfair. As a society beau, renowned for his fair and youthful beauty, an object of desire to other well-born gentlemen, Percy is slightly miffed that his personal life is not running as seamlessly as he might wish.

His good-natured lover from the spring Season, Jo Everett, has inexplicably lost interest, and his replacement, Nathaniel Brooks, is far too hard-headed to be cajoled and manipulated into pandering to Percy’s every whim.

But these trifles are cast into proportion when out of the blue, a family scandal of immense proportions threatens Percy’s peace of mind and his standing amongst the ton. Fearing rejection or even social banishment, to his surprise, Percy discovers a small, unconventional band of friends, including Jo, who are prepared to stick by him. And more importantly, he finds Nathan is utterly reliable in a crisis.

Will Percy remain spoiled, immature and pampered? Or can he grow from this disaster to appreciate the value of true friendship? And might he even learn to love?

Rainbow Snippets: A Marriage for Three

For this week’s Rainbow Snippet, I thought I’d choose six lines from my story A Marriage for Three which I can’t believe is one year old this month! A Marriage for Three, along with my other titles is included in the Labor Day Weekend 40% ebook sale at JMS Books until Monday.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets each weekend are encouraged to post a few lines from one of their stories on their blog and then link back to the group post on Facebook. I always enjoy joining in with Rainbow Snippets, especially to read and comment on everyone else’s choice of snippet.

This Regency story is set in rural England and from the point of view of Charlotte Grenville, a young woman providing for her widowed mother and younger siblings by working as a ladies’ companion. When it is clear the family can no longer make ends meet, Anthony Wallace, a close family friend, proposes marriage as a way to solve their problems.

Lottie realises this is a purely practical and financial arrangement, since Anthony, who she has known from childhood as her older brother’s best friend, is involved in a devoted relationship with his steward, Simon Walker. When family circumstances make it impossible for her to refuse Anthony’s offer, Lottie reluctantly accepts.

In this snippet, some weeks before the wedding, Lottie and Simon are conversing alone, skirting delicately around the edges of their new situation…

Simon stopped and looked down at her. He smiled, his deep brown eyes full of appreciation. “You are an admirable woman, Miss Grenville,” he said and, taking her hand, kissed it lightly through her glove.

They turned and walked back through the pasture and down the hill, chatting about commonplace matters. Charlotte tried not to rub her hand that still tingled from the touch of Simon’s mouth through the thin fabric. She felt a frisson of guilt, unfaithfulness even, as she tried to quash the sudden flare of attraction.

40% Labor Day Weekend Sale at JMS Books!

I’m heading over to JMS Books to fill up my basket in the 40% sale lasting all Labor Day Weekend until Monday!

There are plenty of fabulous stories on sale from such great authors as Ofelia Grand, Holly Day, Addison Albright, Ally Lester, Kristin Noone, Nell Iris, K.S. Murphy and Amy Spector, to name but a few!

My new pre-release Queer Relations, the follow-up to my July Regency romp Twelve Letters, plus my August release One Summer Night and all my other titles are included in the sale. Definitely the weekend to pick up some reading bargains!