‘Rhiannon’ Revamped!

The new cover design for 'Rhiannon,' short Medieval romance

The new cover design for ‘Rhiannon,’ short Medieval romance

I’m delighted with my new cover for Medieval romance, ‘Rhiannon.’

This was designed by Melissa Alvarez.

It’s not long now until my Kindle Countdown Deal Promo for Collected Romances, my historical romance anthology which includes ‘Rhiannon,’ along with my six other published short romances.

At the start of this deal (3rd October) you’ll be able to buy seven stories for the price of one!

‘Brizecombe Hall’ Gets A Make-Over…

New Book Cover for 'Brizecombe Hall,' short historical romance

New Book Cover for ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ short historical romance

… because apparently books really are judged by their covers!

I have been digesting the advice of Mark Coker (Smashwords Founder and Self-Publishing Guru) and, as a result, have decided to embark on a process of revamping my bookcovers.  Having now become a lot clearer about defining my short historical stories as ‘Romance,’ I figure that, accordingly, their covers should be romantic!

First to get the treatment is ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ my Regency / Victorian romance.  I acquired this cover from Self Pub Book Covers.com and I’m really thrilled with it.  Their site is a great concept, I think, connecting authors and artists and enabling authors to browse loads of designers’ images and customise them.

In other news, I’m delighted that the current promo of ‘Elizabeth Clansham‘ has now filtered through to Amazon.com, where readers have started to download the book for free.

‘Elizabeth Clansham’ – Free on Smashwords

'Elizabeth Clansham' - an off-beat romance set in the Scottish Highlands

‘Elizabeth Clansham’ – an off-beat romance set in the Scottish Highlands

To herald the referendum on Scottish independence, celebrate the long-awaited return of Kate Bush to the stage and mark the drawing in of the nights here in the UK, Elizabeth Clansham is currently free to download from Smashwords & its retailers:






It’s a novel in two parts and has been described as a quirky romance.  I categorise it as women’s fiction too.  There are a number of good reviews on Goodreads and elsewhere and I would love to have more so if you do read the book and enjoy it, please post a review.

‘Collected Romances’ – on Amazon Kindle

'Collected Romances' book cover

‘Collected Romances’ book cover

I have published a collection of my seven short historical romances on Amazon Kindle, to give readers a book that is of overall novel-length:



‘Collected Romances’ contains the short stories: Brizecombe Hall, Kitty, The Hangar Dance, Danburgh Castle, Braggot Park, Rhiannon and High Sea.  At $2.99 it’s great value compared to buying the stories individually.

I do appreciate that some readers are either looking for only clean romances or are after something more sensual, and this collection contains both, so all stories may not be to everbody’s liking!

To clarify the rating of the stories, Brizecombe Hall, Kitty and The Hangar Dance are all sweet romances.  They are also available in the collection, ‘Three Romances,’ from both Amazon and Smashwords.

High Sea, only available individually at Amazon at present, is also a sweet romance.

Danburgh Castle, Braggot Park and Rhiannon are more sensual romances and are available as a collection of ‘Three Medieval Romances‘ from both Amazon and Smashwords.

I’m really pleased to be having lots of downloads of both Collected Romances and High Sea through Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited programme.  It seems this is a great way for authors to connect with new readers.

I’m running a promo of Collected Romances on Amazon Kindle from Friday 3rd October.  It’s a Kindle Countdown Deal, which means that on Amazon UK, the book will cost 99p, rather than £1.99, from 3rd – 10th October, and that on Amazon.com it will cost $0.99 from 3-5 October and then $1.99 from 6-10 October, so if you’d like to buy the book but want to hold out for a bargain price, grab it on 3rd October!

‘High Sea’ – Short Victorian Romance

'High Sea' -Victorian Romance- book cover

‘High Sea’ -Victorian Romance- book cover

My latest novelette in the genre of historical romance is ‘High Sea,’ a story set in the Victorian era.  Here’s the blurb:

 Samantha, a seamstress, stows away on a ship bound for Australia, disguised as a boy. Discovered by the ship’s doctor, John Seacombe, she becomes his assistant. However, she rapidly finds that her growing feelings for Doctor John mean that her disguise is a hindrance, rather than a help. And when the feisty Estelle McEwan enters the scene, things become even more complicated for Sam.

As an introductory promotion, the book will be free on Amazon Kindle from 16th – 20th August:



I hope readers enjoy it.  Although the Victorian era is familiar territory for me, this books differs from most of my writing in that it’s written from the point of view of a first person narrator.  (I actually have in mind the narrative style of earlier, 18th century novels.)  So, in this respect, it’s a departure.  I’ve written short stories in the first person but tend to go for third person narrators for anything longer, but I really enjoyed writing in the voice of Sam / Samantha!

If you read ‘High Sea’ and like it, I would appreciate reviews and ratings on Amazon and elsewhere.

‘The Office Party’ – free Christmas story

'The Office Party' book coverPublished well in time for Christmas(!) is my latest short story, ‘The Office Party.’  It’s available to download free from Smashwords and their retailers.  Here’s the blurb:

In the run up to their Christmas works’ party, Maria’s colleague, Clair, has her eye on the new guy, Alex. But it’s Maria herself who finds she’s the object of unexpected attention. A short story for Christmas.




As ever, I hope readers enjoy it and would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings.

‘Rhiannon’ free on Smashwords

Rhiannon cover

‘Rhiannon’ – free Medieval romance

My Medieval romance, ‘Rhiannon,’ is currently free to download from Smashwords and its retailers:


Here’s the blurb:

Rhiannon, a Welsh farmer’s daughter, is smuggled into a walled English garrison town. Harboured by a merchant and his son, her happiness is shattered when her presence in their home is discovered. Taken to the castle, Rhiannon’s fate lies in the hands of Lord Edward. Will he believe Rhiannon’s claim that all she wants is to be a lady?

It’s a short Medieval romance that’s adult in tone.  If you read and enjoy the story, reviews, recommendations and ratings would be appreciated.