As the nights draw in here in the UK, I have published a Christmas short story on Smashwords:
‘All The Trimmings’ concerns a young woman who is nervous about introducing her new boyfriend to her family on Christmas Day. It’s free to download on Smashwords and should soon be available free from their retailers too.
In stark contrast to this brief story, the relative epic, ‘The Beacon Singer’ is still free from Smashwords & their retailers and will be for a bit longer in the run up to the festive season.
My novel, The Beacon Singer, is currently free from Smashwords & its retailers.
Here’s the blurb:
Jane Lake, disillusioned with her career as a jazz singer and frustrated in love, returns home from London to a small town in the English Lake District. Reacquainting herself with her circle of women-friends: Ruth, Sarah and Margaret, it becomes apparent that their lives of rural isolation are not as tranquil as they first appear: Sarah’s long-term partner, Philip, is in amorous pursuit of Margaret’s adolescent daughter, Stella.
Jane intends her stay in the family home to be short. Her rehabilitation, however, becomes protracted and she discovers that those about her -including her mother- are embroiled in the small town’s romantic bohemian scene. Her sense of dejection intensifying as she realises that most of the men she’s interested in prefer her younger brother, David, Jane increasingly relies upon the bottle in order to maintain a rational view of things.
Long-standing friendships cannot be maintained without rivalry and resentment playing their part. As the plot thickens involving the various key-players in Jane’s life, she herself teeters between personal jeopardy and a burgeoning self-knowledge that might just permit the prospect of love…
Described by some readers as a quirky romance, The Beacon Singer is also something of a mini-saga. If you read and enjoy it, I would appreciate all reviews, recommendations and ratings.
‘Three Romances,’ the collection of stories comprising ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ ‘Kitty’ and ‘The Hangar Dance,’ is now available on Smashwords (complete with a distinctive new cover!) and will shortly be available from its retailers too:
I was really pleased to discover this morning that ‘The Hangar Dance,’ one of the stories in the collection, was almost! within the top 5k books on Amazon UK ranking – not bad for my little World War II romance!
My latest publication on Kindle is, ‘Clifton,’ a contemporary novella with elements of romance but equally of dark comedy and tragedy. Here’s the blurb:
‘This isn’t my life…’ Michelle, involuntarily-single thirty-something, is living beyond her means but desperate to retain the flat and urbane lifestyle she enjoys in the sought-after suburb of Clifton. When she meets Lawrence, successful businessman, she thinks her prayers may have been answered.
Lowenna and Jack’s marriage is falling apart. But Adam loves Lowenna infinitely – whilst Imelda loves Jack madly.
Love is never straightforward, particularly not when it’s played out against a backdrop of aspiration, ambition and graft. Imelda learns this lesson the hard way…
The book will be free on Kindle from Friday 23rd – Tuesday 27th August:
If you read & enjoy it, I would be really appreciative of reviews, recommendations and ratings on Amazon and elsewhere.
‘Kitty,’ my Regency novelette, is now available via Smashwords and will be free to download initially. It should soon be available from their retailers (B&N, Apple, Sony, Kobo, etc.) as well.
It’s already had some great reviews, with readers appreciating that it’s inspired by the works of Jane Austen, and has been said to, ‘capture the spirit of our well-loved Regency romances far better than some lengthier works,’ (Review, Feb. 2013).
I’m eager to get some feedback on my short Medieval romance, ‘Rhiannon.’ 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 or will he condemn her to a traitor’s death?
If you’d be interested in reading and reviewing / rating the book, you can download it for free from Smashwords for a limited time, using the coupon code: DK76C
The collection of the stories, Brizecombe Hall, Kitty and The Hangar Dance, titled, ‘Three Romances‘, is now available in digital format on Amazon.
Spring has finally sprung in the UK and to celebrate the fact the ebook version of Kitty will be free via Amazon’s Kindle Select programme for the last time over the Whitsun weekend, 25-27th May.
The Hangar Dance , which was recently described as a ‘short and sweet story about love, innocence, and loss,’ is still free via Smashwords and their retailers.