Rainbow Snippets: The Thrill of the Chase

It’s the first Rainbow Snippets weekend in August! As usual, authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets 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 week, I’ve decided to post a snippet from my January story for JMS Books, The Thrill of the Chase. This is an Opposites Attract Regency frolic set in the resort spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire in 1815.

My main character Adrian is a shy country gentleman charged with escorting his young cousins around the spa when he attracts the amorous attentions of Captain Guy Ransome, an older man and a bit of a rake. Guy initially comes on far too strong, flustering poor Adrian into fleeing from his advances. Following a confrontation, the two gradually agree on a tentative peace…

He quickly glanced over his shoulder, reassuring himself there was no one within earshot, before saying quietly, “But I do have a question. If it is so simple for you to find, er, obliging company, then why would you bother with me?”

The Captain looked momentarily disconcerted and took another sip of his drink while formulating his reply. At last, he said, “I find you intriguing. As you pointed out, not everyone is an easy, ah, encounter, and I find that strangely refreshing.”

At this unexpected declaration, Adrian felt the dreaded flush start to rise from his neck and over his cheekbones. Seeing this, the Captain added naughtily, “And when one is on the hunt, the pursuit of a wild rabbit is so much more diverting compared to a tamed domestic pet.”

Rainbow Snippets: Held Close to My Heart

I’ve chosen a short extract from my June story, Held Close to My Heart for this week’s Rainbow Snippet.  This story was written for the Hugs or Kisses submission call for JMS Books.

Along with my other titles, it’s is included in the final weekend of the July sales. There’s 12% off at JMS Books and 50% off at Smashwords. Summer bargains!

As always, authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets 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 snippet.

This story is set in 17th century Oxfordshire and is narrated by Luke, a young man desperately in love with his childhood friend Jem. When Jem occasionally returns home from the decadent court of King Charles II in London, the pair pick up their friendship as occasional lovers, but Luke longs for so much more…

I merely grunted in response, not wanting to show a sour face, especially after the joy of our first coupling for many months. But Jem knew me too well, and his eyes danced with amusement as he regarded my expression. “My puritan,” he said fondly, as he kissed my forehead and then turned aside to collect his scattered clothes from the dirt floor.

I watched him as he dressed, efficiently covering his slender body with an old linen shirt and coarse breeches, as graceful as if he was in court dress. Jem stood and reached a hand down to help me up. “Come on, lazybones,” he said. “Get your clothes on, and I’ll race you to the river.”

Rainbow Snippets: More Twelve Letters

For this week’s Rainbow Snippet, I’ve chosen another few lines from my July release for JMS Books Twelfth Anniversary Celebrations, Twelve Letters. As this is a light and bright Regency Romance, there are so snippets that make me laugh – and will hopefully make others laugh too!

Twelve Letters is included in the July 12% sale at JMS Books and is half price in the month-long Smashwords sale. It is also available on Amazon.

Authors who take part in Rainbow Snippets 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 snippet!

In my snippet, my main character Jolyon Everett has dashed off two letters, one a passionate missive to his current squeeze, the other a note about buttons to his tailor, Daniel Walters. As Jo is preoccupied with trying to stop his best friend from fighting a duel, it’s not entirely surprising that he mixes up the addresses, with interesting results…

Daniel unsealed an unremarkable note, addressed to him with a scrawl he thought to be young Mr. Everett’s, a secret favorite of his. As he started to read the opening greeting, My most ravishing one, the whole delight of my existence, the tips of his ears went pink.

As he read on, the letter only became more explicit. Rather than a discussion of cloth or cut, this letter concerned the calibration of an altogether more intimate kind, the sublime curve of a buttock, the faultless line of a curving spine, the defined slope of a slender, muscular thigh, and more intimate areas were discussed in rapturous detail. Daniel’s blush rose at the passionate phrases that seared his mind and fired his imagination.

Of course, being so near to handsome Corinthians and even touching them in a purely professional manner was a perk of his job, but this was far beyond his most private fantasies. Could it possibly be meant for me?

50% Flash Sale at JMS Books!

For July 12th and 13th only, there is a 50% ebook and paperback sale at JMS Books! I’m about to nip over and bag some bargains!
This sale includes all my ebooks plus my new release, Twelve Letters, a Regency romp written for JMS Books’ 12 Anniversary submission call, where, naturally enough, all stories had to incorporate the number twelve!

Before Jolyon Everett rushes to rescue his best friend Captain Ben Harding from fighting a duel, he hastily dashes off two letters, one to his demanding lover, Percy Havilland, and the other to his tailor, Daniel Walters. In his hurry, Jo has no idea what chaos he has caused. But might his muddle pave the way to unexpected romance?

Release Day! Twelve Letters

And it’s release day for my new story Twelve Letters! This Regency romp was written for JMS Books’ 12th Anniversary submissions call where romantic plots had to hinge around the number twelve.

As I write historical stories, I couldn’t resist the idea of unexpected romance springing up amongst my ensemble cast of Regency gentlemen as their letters swirled around London in this light-hearted frolic.

This story is currently on a 20% off pre-release/new release sale until July 16th at JMS Books added to the month-long 12% anniversary discount. It’s also included in the 50% off Smashwords July sale. Bargains galore!

In Regency London, Jolyon Everett is determined to dissuade his irascible friend, Captain Ben Harding, from fighting a duel. However, before commencing on the pressing business of defusing Ben’s misplaced anger, Jo writes two letters, one to Percy Havilland, his very demanding paramour and the other to his tailor, Daniel Walters. With those trifles out of the way, he can concentrate on persuading Ben to reprieve young Edward Stephens, a newly qualified doctor, who Jo suspects has a serious crush on Ben.

But the best-laid plans can go awry, as do the letters and, as well as a furious Ben, Jo finds himself at the mercy of an outraged Percy and an amorous tailor. Can he convince Ben not to shoot Edward after all? Will he soothe Percy’s ruffled feathers? And might Jo realise that true love can be found under the most unexpected conditions?

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