‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ – Kindle Countdown Deal

The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady,’ a seasonal contemporary romance set in the Scottish Highlands, is only 99c / 99p on Kindle Countdown from Monday 4th to Monday 11th December (and free via Kindle Unlimited).  “Who doesn’t love a Scottish castle and a handsome Laird-in-waiting?  Easy to read and entertaining,” (4-star review, Goodreads).

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‘The Fight for Dolores’ – August Free Book Promotion

I am really pleased that ‘The Fight for Dolores,’ my short contemporary romance set in rural Ireland, has had its first review on Amazon.com:

Looking for something quick to pass a bit of time?  This could be it.  A sweet, cute, short story,” (4 stars).

‘The Fight for Dolores’ and the longer contemporary romance, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’, will both be free on Kindle 24th thru 28th August, and both are available on Kindle Unlimited.

Bookangel’s Review of ‘Miss Millie’s Groom’

I am so delighted with Bookangel’s very thorough review of ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ my romance set during the First World War.  Here’s an excerpt:

‘I’m glad to say this is one of the few  [books]  where the lead character does grow and learn throughout the story. The characters come across well and are consistent in what they are doing with all their flaws intact. This makes for a more interesting read as, to begin with, Millicent’s youth and inexperience are obvious, while those around her act in a more realistic manner. The setting around the war provides a solid backdrop to the events and helps to provide an interesting set of circumstances and situations to be overcome.

As a romance, it ticks all the right boxes, and it’s a pleasure to see it come with a well-written story behind it. Readers looking for a HEA will certainly enjoy it,’ (4-star review, Bookangel.co.uk).

And here’s the full review:

http://bookangel.co.uk/review/miss-millies-groom/

Many thanks to Bookangel for their continued support to indie authors in the UK!

Free Festive Reads

Free Festive Reads 2016

Free Festive Reads 2016

In the run up to Christmas, ‘High Sea’, my short Victorian romance, is free from Smashwords and its retailers:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/517058

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/high-sea-catherine-e-chapman/1121176105

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/high-sea/id965045299

http://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/high-sea-1

Additionally, perma-free reads available from Smashwords with a festive flavour are my short stories, ‘The Office Party’ and ‘All the Trimmings’:

‘The Office Party’ on Smashwords

‘All the Trimmings’ on Smashwords

Also, if you have Kindle Unlimited, ‘The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady’ (which has a seasonal feel, being set during winter in the Scottish Highlands) and ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ are both free to download through that scheme:

The Laird’s Right-Hand Lady on Amazon

Miss Millie’s Groom on Amazon

Season’s Greetings!

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ – First World War Romance

'Miss Millie's Groom' book cover

‘Miss Millie’s Groom’ book cover

I’m delighted to announce that ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ a sweet romance set in England during the First World War, is newly-published on Amazon and currently available through Kindle Unlimited:

Miss Millie’s Groom on Amazon.com

Here’s the blurb:

It is the summer of 1914 and Britain teeters on the brink of war. Society girl, Millicent Awbridge, is oblivious to the impending conflict and preoccupied with the recent shooting of her horse. When she confronts the culprit, Ryan O’Flynn, a groom in her father’s service, Millie gets more than she’d bargained for. Their encounter sparks a series of events that brings Millie’s burgeoning womanhood to fruition.

If you read and enjoy ‘Miss Millie’s Groom,’ reviews, recommendations and ratings would, as ever, be greatly appreciated.

Review of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Shirley’

Review of 'Shirley' by Charlotte Bronte

Review of ‘Shirley’ by Charlotte Bronte

New Year brings a renewed dedication to reviewing books I’ve been reading.  I finished Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Shirley’ a couple of months back, but have finally got around to writing a review.  Here it is:

I feel a strong sense of relief at having discovered Shirley.  I consider myself a fan of Charlotte Bronte but have in the past abandoned her novel The Professor and found Villette hard-going (though ultimately rewarding).

Shirley is certainly not ‘standard’ Charlotte Bronte.  It reads a lot more like a George Eliot (or even Charles Dickens) novel, in being a work which is much more socially aware than Jane Eyre, with a larger cast of characters.  In contrast with Jane Eyre, the book has a third person narrator, which brings it more in line with the standard model for the Nineteenth Century novel.  Also significant is the fact that it’s her only novel to really transcend her abiding obsession with the lot of a female governess – although, latterly, a male tutor does become a significant character.

But I found it refreshing to read heroines who were not as doom-laden and self-absorbed as Lucy Snowe (Villette).  Whilst Caroline is a more sensitive character, more akin to what we expect from Bronte, the feisty Shirley herself defies our expectations and, for me, this was one of the greatest revelations of the novel.

I found the first 100 pages (one-fifth) of the book rather arduous (although, it’s here that there is social scene-setting that is interestingly atypical of Bronte) but it’s necessary for what follows.  Whilst I acknowledge that Shirley is Bronte’s most ambitious novel in terms of providing a commentary on the society of early Nineteenth Century Britain, I found it most rewarding as the story of a love triangle and, when this strand of the plot develops later on in the book, I believe it becomes a much more compelling read.  We also see in this storyline CB writing with emotional depth to challenge Jane Eyre.

So it’s for this aspect of Shirley that I would recommend the book to any fan of CB’s writing.  But I would also say that, if you’re a fan of the Nineteenth Century novel but not a fan of Jane Eyre, I would give Shirley a go – it shows a very different side to Charlotte Bronte’s writing.

Happy New Year to everyone!