Release Day! Coming of Age

And Coming of Age, the third story in my Regency romp Twelve Letters series is now on release!

I so enjoy writing about my motley ensemble cast of men about town as they find and try to hold onto lasting love. My established couples of Jo and Daniel, Ben and Edward and Regency himbo Percy and his Nathan are back and facing new joys and challenges.

Coming of Age is currently on a 20% off pre-release/new release sale until November 25th at JMS Books.

After the London Season of 1815, having guided his younger sister Eustacia through her come out despite the social impact of a disastrous family scandal, Percy Havilland is at a loose end. Accustomed to being spoiled and generally admired, although still wealthy, he is shunned by most of the ton. Also, he discovers that he misses looking after his sister now she’s returned to the family estate in Sussex. Taking his frustrations out on Nathaniel Brooks, his long-suffering lover, only makes Percy more uncertain about his future.

Also, Percy’s good friend Jo Everett is having his own problems, thwarted in his dearest wish to share a home with the love of his life, Daniel Walters, a hardworking Bond Street tailor. And the final couple in the ensemble, Captain Ben Harding and Dr Edward Stephens realises the course of true love doesn’t always run smoothly.

Can this society of gentlemen solve their romantic dilemmas to their satisfaction? And might Percy, with a birthday looming, surprise himself by opening up to love?

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Coming Soon: Coming of Age

As Coming of Age, my third story in my Twelve Letters series is on release tomorrow, I thought I’d write a quick post about the background to these Regency romp novellas.

First of all, this almost wasn’t a series. In fact, it was a fluke that the first book was written at all! When the announcement came in the spring for a submission call to celebrate JMS Books’ twelfth anniversary, although I was intrigued at writing a story around the number 12, I sensibly decided I had a busy enough writing schedule already.

Inevitably, the very next morning I woke up with a fully-fledged story idea in my head! I could clearly imagine Jo poised on the steps of his lodgings ready to dash to Piccadilly and persuade his best friend Ben Harding from fighting a disastrous duel. Twelve Letters simply flowed from my imagination onto the page (I wish every other story was that easy!) but as much as I enjoyed writing about my ensemble cast and their humorous misadventures in letter writing, I presumed that was the end of their story.

When I was in the middle of writing One Summer Night for JMS Books’ August Night or Day submission call, Percy Havilland, the ultimate Regency himbo from Twelve Letters, sashayed into my head and demanded his own story. What was even more irritating was that I kept getting drip-fed the odd scene or chunks of dialogue that I had to write down before I forgot them! I temporarily banished a bitterly complaining Percy to concentrate on better-behaved MCs, before turning my attention to Queer Relations, the story of Percy’s (partial) rehabilitation from brattiness and his relationship with steady, longsuffering older lover Nathan Brooks.

It was inevitable after two stories that my ensemble group kept recapturing my imagination, and the result was Coming of Age, again focusing on Percy and his maturing into a half-decent person but also keeping us up to speed with the joys and difficulties between our other two couples, Jo and Daniel and Ben and Edward. As all these issues weren’t quite ready to be resolved yet, book 4, Gentlemen’s Agreement had to be written (and will be out in January) and as I’m not prepared to abandon my lovely Regency boys, I’m already planning The Misfit, a spin-off story, where they will appear as supporting characters.

So Coming of Age has a pivotal story arc, mainly about Percy coming to terms with his new, better self but with plenty of support and contributions from the other couples and storylines that will reach fruition in book 4. I’m very aware of the romantic convention of focussing on one couple at a time in consecutive stories and thoroughly enjoy reading those. But somehow, my ensemble cast seems to work best as a team weaving their way into complementing each other’s stories.

Coming of Age is currently in the 20% off pre-release/new release sale at JMS Books.

Rainbow Snippets: Queer Relations

For this week’s Rainbow Snippets, I’m choosing another few lines from my new release, Queer Relations published by JMS Books.

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.

Queer Relations follows on from my ensemble story Twelve Letters about the lives and loves of a small group of Regency gentlemen. The plot concentrates on spoiled brat Percy Havilland, whose privileged life is thrown upside down in a family scandal.

In this snippet, Percy has just been kindly rescued from social embarrassment by his former lover Jo Everett, my main character in Twelve Letters, who is reflecting on the recent past while walking home from Percy’s house with his true love Daniel Walters…

In the spring and while in Percy’s calculating clutches, Jo had mis-addressed two letters. One was a wildly indiscreet letter to Percy and the other, a note about trimmings to his tailor. What could have been a disaster had turned out to be the stroke of luck of a lifetime, Jo mused, as it had afforded him the chance to associate with and fall in love with Daniel, whose thoughts also seemed to be dwelling on those past events.

“Now I’ve met him, I can understand why he inspired that letter. Mr. Havilland is extremely beautiful,” Daniel said rather wistfully. 

“Percy? Oh yes, very pretty,” Jo said in an offhand tone as if agreeing to a well-established fact like ‘old King George is mad,’ or ‘we are at war with France.’ “But to my eyes,” Jo added firmly, “you are far lovelier, and altogether a finer man than Percy could ever be. And,” he continued, bending slightly to whisper in his loved one’s ear, “you’re a hundred times better in bed.”

Rainbow Snippets: Queer Relations

As it’s release weekend for my new Regency romp, I thought I’d share 6 lines from Queer Relations for this week’s Rainbow Snippets. Queer Relations is now on a 20% new release sale at JMS Books until September 16th.

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.

Although it can be read as a standalone, this tale follows on from my July story Twelve Letters about a group of young gentlemen living in the exclusive West End of London. This snippet is taken from the start of Queer Relations where Percy Havilland, an outrageously spoiled brat, is mulling over the unsatisfactory state of his love life, having failed to play off his most recent lover, Jo Everett, with his current beau…

But Jo had not responded with the passionate fervor that Percy anticipated. As the Season drew to a close, Percy had seen very little of Jo, and Nathaniel Brooks, rather than taking Jo’s place with the alacrity Percy anticipated, had kept a calculated distance. 

After gracing several country house parties with his presence over the summer, Percy had returned to the capital with the presumption that his days and nights would resume their uninterrupted and pleasurable course. However, although he was affable enough whenever Percy encountered him at a St. James’ gentlemen’s club or a lady’s salon, Jo showed no sign of wishing to reignite his liaison with Percy. 

There were even some peculiar rumors abounding in their select and private circle of gentlemen who enjoyed other gentlemen, that Jo was involved with someone outside the ton, even a cit, which Percy dismissed out of hand. After tasting Percy’s perfections, it was impossible that Jo would ally himself with someone ugly or common.

Release Day! Queer Relations

And it’s release day for my new story Queer Relations! When I wrote my July story Twelve Letters for JMS Books‘ 12th Anniversary celebrations, I thought that was the end. But the ensemble cast seems to have roosted in my head and they keep giving me story ideas. Each story can be read as a one-off. In this one, Regency brat Percy Havilland takes centre stage…

Queer Relations is currently on a 20% off pre-release/new release sale until August 26th at JMS Books.

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?

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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: One Summer Night

As its release weekend for my new story, One Summer Night, I thought I’d sneak in another six (or seven!) line of Rainbow Snippet! This story is a Regency romance for JMS Books’ Night or Day story submission and is now available with a 20% off new release discount at JMS Books until August 26th.

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 from the start of One Summer Night, where my main character Martin Dunne sets eyes on a seductive stranger in Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Tavern in London’s Fleet Street…

Even in profile, the stranger standing near the bar was strikingly out of place in these commonplace surroundings. From what Martin could perceive, he was of middling height, slightly made, and with a fair ethereal beauty. While Martin was peering through the gloom to get a better look, the man turned full face, and their eyes met. 

He was every bit as enticing as his profile had promised. Although dressed carelessly, he had a look of the quality about him, with those finely-wrought features, almost too delicate for a man, and a slender physique not accustomed to strenuous labor. But what captivated Martin was that intense gaze. The rest of him might look youthful, modest, even unassuming, but those deep blue eyes were worldly, knowing, and outrageously provocative.

Release Day! One Summer Night

And it’s release day for my new story One Summer Night! This story was written for JMS Books‘ August Night or Day story submission. Although like my July story, Twelve Letters, it is set in Regency London, rather than being light and bright, this story (suitable for a nighttime setting) is all about carefully hidden secrets.

This story is currently on a 20% off pre-release/new release sale until August 26th at JMS Books.

In 1801, Martin Dunne spends his days as a hardworking clerk at the War Office in London’s Whitehall. One summer evening, after a drink in a Fleet Street tavern, he has an unexpected passionate encounter with a seducer who haunts his dreams.

But when they accidentally meet at a society function, the alluring stranger not only turns out to be the son of one of Martin’s superiors but also betrothed to a trusting young lady.

Martin’s hopes are dashed as he imagines the Hon. William Grant is a cynical rake of the worst kind. But has he misunderstood the situation? And might he allow Will to explain and give their fleeting connection a chance to develop into a fully-fledged romance?

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Rainbow Snippets: One Summer Night

For this weekend’s Rainbow Snippet, I thought I’d choose six lines from my upcoming story release, One Summer Night, a Regency romance for JMS BooksNight or Day story submission. This story is now available as a pre-release with 20% off at JMS Books.

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.

One Summer Night begins with a nameless passionate encounter between my couple, Martin and Will that results in all kinds of misunderstandings when they unexpectedly meet again at an aristocratic function. Martin, a government clerk, is astounded to learn that Will is not only the son of a politically powerful man who rules Martin’s Whitehall department but also that Will is engaged to be married! Will persuades Martin to meet him one evening at Vauxhall Gardens so he can explain his true situation regarding his false engagement and also, his and Martin’s hot first meeting…

“My father was haranguing me about setting a date for the wedding, and avoiding giving him a straight answer, for Imogen’s sake, not mine,” he added hastily, “was a strain on the nerves. I walked along the river for a while and then found myself in that tavern. Of course,” he said with a sly glance at Martin, “if I met someone amenable who would have offered me a helping hand or mouth, I wouldn’t have said no. But as it was, I was content with a glass of port wine and a convivial setting, fully intending to return to Berkley Square afterwards. Then I espied a tall, dark, and handsome stranger, who ogled me like I was a fallen angel and with one speaking look, promised to fulfil my every need.”

“And did I?” Martin asked, glad of the sheltering darkness to spare his blushes.

Writing Update and Cover Reveal!

It’s been an exciting start to the week as I not only have a story release date but a cover image for my upcoming August story!

One Summer Night, a Regency romance written for JMS Books’ Night or Day story submission will be released on Saturday, August 20th. This story is set amongst the great and powerful statesmen and families of Regency London and is slightly more steamy than usual. I blame my characters!

After a passionate encounter with a stranger in an alleyway one summer night in 1801, Whitehall clerk Martin Dunne is shocked when he encounters the object of his desire at a society function, complete with a powerful father and a pretty bride-to-be. Is his seducer not to be trusted? And have Martin’s dreams of future encounters and possible romance crumbled to nothing?