Black Friday Sale – 60% off ebooks at JMS Books!

It’s the final day of this fantastic 60% reduction on ebooks, plus paperbacks at $8 on the JMS Books website. But the bargains don’t stop there! The sale will continue with a 40% ebook reduction over Sunday and Monday, November 27th and 28th. I’ve already filled my basket with fantastic stories for other JMS Books authors, and it’s good to know I can sneak back for any must-reads I’ve forgotten over the next few days!

All my titles are included in this sale, together with Coming of Age, the third story in my Regency romp series, plus the first two stories, Twelve Letters and Queer Relations. Also the pre-release of my new 18th-century romance The Long Game is at a sale price with its 5k word prequel A Roll of the Dice now at 40c! If you’re in the Christmas mood, my upcoming seasonal story, A Christmas Engagement is reduced in the sale as well. Loads of bargains!

Rainbow Snippets: Coming of Age

It’s release day for my new story, Coming of Age and so the perfect excuse to choose a Rainbow Snippet from this story! This is the third in my Regency romp series, Twelve Letters, following the lives and loves of a group of men in Regency London. Coming of Age is currently in the 20% off pre-release/new release sale at JMS Books until November 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 near the start of Coming of Age. By this stage in the series, we have three established couples who have got together in the first two stories, gentleman Jo Everett and Bond Street tailor, Daniel Walters, Captain Ben Harding and Doctor Edward Stephens, and finally bratty pink of the ton Percy Havilland and his infinitely patient older lover Nathan Brooks.

In this snippet, while Jo is calling on Percy at his Mayfair home he encounters an infuriated Nathan on his way out. Once in Percy’s presence, Jo perceives that his friend is uncharacteristically questioning his own worth and his relationship with Nathan.

Jo chose his words carefully.

“It’s plain to all of us that know you both well that he genuinely cares for you. Nathan’s not the changeable sort once he’s made up his mind. I could never imagine him dismissing you on a whim.”

Rather than batting back that assertion with a knowing flutter of his eyelashes, Percy said quietly, “I realise that. It’s not Nathan who I doubt.”

Jo was at a loss for a reply. After many years of ton training, he was breezily au fait with the intricacies of drawing room protocol, but correctly addressing the insecurities of a former lover regarding his current beau was outside his general experience. No etiquette book he had encountered sought to cover that topic.

Rainbow Snippets: Queer Relations

For this week, I thought I’d choose a snippet from Queer Relations, the second story in my Regency romp series, Twelve Letters. Coming of Age, the third story in the series, will be released next Saturday, November 19th, and is currently in the 20% off pre-release/new release sale at JMS Books until November 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.

The Twelve Letters series is an ensemble piece, but Queer Relations focuses on Percy Havilland, my archetypal Regency himbo. In this snippet, Percy has just received the full impact of a family scandal which threatens to uproot his privileged existence as he indulges in a rare moment of self-reflection.

Percy could not quite recall the short journey to Mayfair, but once there, he found comfort in his familiar, elegant surroundings. Shivering and suddenly chilled, he ordered a bath to be drawn and soon settled in the scented hot water, his arms tightly wrapped around his knees.

His secure and comfortable life seemed like sand slipping through his hands, and he felt as small and vulnerable as the bullied youngest brother he had been at home, or the put-upon shrimp of a boy packed away to boarding school. He had spent most of his childhood either hiding or recovering from the attentions of bullies, including those to whom he was related.

When he had gone up to university at fifteen, he had subsequently shot up in height and filled out from stick-thin to willowy. At this point, the curse of his boyish prettiness developed into startling beauty. Only then did he realize that speculative glances from fellow students and some masters no longer threatened a beating but held the promise of enjoyable physical pastimes.

Coming Soon: A Trick of the Light

My new story, A Trick of the Light is now on pre-release! It will be released on October 1st and is currently included in the 20% off pre-release/new release sale at JMS Books until October 7th.

This is my story for JMS Books‘ Halloween Trick or Treat submission call. Like last year, I’ve picked Trick, and I also decided to set my story in the city of Bristol. But this time I have moved the historical setting to the 1950s – a bit of a change from my recent Regency stories! However, there is a link between my last year’s Halloween story, A Tricky Situation, as my main character Kit returns in a ghostly form to help a more modern young man with a similar life challenge…

Kenneth Taylor has bright plans for a future as an engineer. In the summer of 1957, as soon as he returns home to Bristol from two years of National Service in the Royal Signals, a furious row with his dad means he’s thrown out of the house, and his prospects are in jeopardy.

He finds lodgings in the hilltop, bomb-damaged suburb of Kingsdown, determined to be independent and juggling night school with his humdrum day job. He soon meets Gino, the good-looking son of a local café owner and is thrilled when the attraction proves to be mutual. As their romance blooms, Kenneth finds unexpected encouragement from an apparition in the mirror who inhabited the house in the late 18th century.

When the ghostly vision of Kit also appears to Kenneth in his dreams, it seems they have much in common when Kit reveals his dilemma at a similar age, concerning his growing attachment to a young man, Ned. Past and present intermingle as Kenneth faces parallel and difficult decisions. But can he trust Kit? Or is it all merely a trick of the light?

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.

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.”