‘Art & Grace’ – 99c / 99p Regency Novel on Kindle Countdown

‘Art & Grace’ 99c / 99p on Kindle Countdown

I’m running a Kindle Countdown promotion for ‘Art & Grace’ from Tuesday 14th to Monday 20th January.  During this time the ebook will be 99c on Amazon.com and 99p on Amazon in the UK:



“This may undeniably be a Regency Romance but it’s a fresh and modern take for those who like their heroines more active … with the ability to look out for themselves in a cut-throat world.”


Smashwords Sale and ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’

Festive greetings! To mark the season, my romance anthologies are all half-price in Smashwords’ end of year sale:


And, if you want to grab ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ while it’s still free, it can be found on Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Apple and Kobo, free until Hogmanay:





Two Reviews of ‘Art & Grace’

‘Art & Grace’ – A Regency Novel

I’m delighted to have received two very interesting reviews of ‘Art & Grace’ recently.  The opinions of Laurie and Alana, both of whom read and review a lot of genre romance, are invaluable to me, as they shed further light on the categorisation of the novel.  The review on ‘Laurie Reads Romance’ suggests that ‘Art & Grace’ is as much a work of women’s fiction as it is historical romance, and the ‘Dream Come Review’ write-up describes how the book is more closely aligned to ‘classic’ Regency literature than contemporary, genre Regency Romance.  Many thanks to Laurie and Alana for their feedback, which is as enlightening to me as it will be to prospective readers.



‘Art & Grace’ Print Book GiveAway on LibraryThing

‘Art & Grace’ Print Giveaway on LibraryThing

Until November 19th, I’m running a giveaway of 5 copies of ‘Art & Grace’ via LibraryThing’s Member Giveaway scheme.  You can sign up for the chance to receive a paperback copy of the book if you are resident in US, UK, Canada, France or Germany.  In return, I would be really appreciative of a review of the book on Amazon and elsewhere.  Here’s the link to the Giveaway page – ‘Art & Grace’ is towards the bottom of the list, in amongst other print books on offer:


Preview of The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions, by Annie Gray, and Foreword by Julian Fellowes

Sounds like the perfect gift for the festive season!

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The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book (2019)“Drinking is very important at Downton Abbey. At least three types of wine are served at every upstairs dinner, plus port for the gentlemen after it. There’s alcoholic punch at parties, plenty of Champagne, and, as the years go by, the gradual adoption of the cocktail.”

And so, begins the introduction to The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book by food historian Annie Gray. Continuing, she goes on to describe the mention of American-style cocktails in season two, which takes four more seasons before we see the very proper British butler Mr. Carson reluctantly serving them to the Crawley family and their guests at a pre-dinner gathering. A cocktail party? Are the shades of Downton to be thus polluted? The Dowager Countess of Grantham is shocked. We are amused.

It is her granddaughter Lady Edith who embraces the consumption of alcohol in the series. Living a modern life after being jilted…

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A Modern Regency Romance: Art and Grace by Catherine E. Chapman

Many thanks to Nicola of Bronte Babe Blog, for her very full review of ‘Art & Grace.’ I’ve been blessed with two wonderfully literary reviews of the book this weekend, both of which were of great interest to me to read. Sometimes, writing, you lose sight of the influence of other books and authors, so it’s always fascinating to see what readers pick up on. Although Nicola talks of the influence of the Brontes (which, from my point of view, is most obviously there in A&G in that, like ‘Jane Eyre’, it’s a first-person narrative) her reference to Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion’ is very perceptive. I think of Bess and Adam’s relationship as having a redemptive quality, reminiscent of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth’s. I do appreciate this very thoughtful review from Bronte Babe Blog.

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A few months ago I had the pleasure of reading a short, Brontë inspired story, Brizecombe Hall by Catherine E. Chapman. You can read my review of it by clicking here. Shortly afterwards I was delighted to be contacted by the author herself, who very kindly offered me a copy of her latest novel, Art and Grace, to read and review. I accepted the offer, but due to the slightly crazy year that I’ve had, it’s taken me a long time to read and review the novel and I can only apologise for this delay. So let’s get down to business.

Brizecombe HallArt and Grace is a Regency Romance, set in Bristol, and later, the Somerset countryside. During our correspondence, Chapman informed me that although the novel was not directly related to the Brontës ‘writings, it was inspired their works, and I can certainly see a few nods to their…

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Avid Bards’ Review of ‘Art & Grace’

Reviews, it seems, are like buses; I’m delighted to report I’ve received two in one day today!  One was posted on Amazon.com and the other was on AvidBards’ website:


My thanks to Scheherazade for her very thorough and considered review of ‘Art & Grace.’  I really do appreciate when a reviewer takes such care over commenting on one of my books.  I also love the photo in their post – the book resting on the ledge of a very Regency-looking window!

Thank you, Scheherazade and Zahrah, for featuring ‘Art & Grace’ on AvidBards!