My Review of ‘Sal’ by Mick Kitson

Since it’s World Book Day, I thought it would be good for the soul to write a review of a book I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed.  Sal, by Mick Kitson, is newly-published on Amazon.

It’s difficult to broach the main theme of this book without giving too much away. Suffice to say that Sal commits the most serious of crimes and yet has the reader’s full sympathy. The book explores the extents to which Sal goes in the name of sisterly love but the most poignant aspect of the narrative is her endless support of her errant mother. A strong tension is created in that Sal’s stark recounting of events leaves the reader feeling far less sympathetic towards Maw.

I loved this book. It wasn’t for the fine detailing of Sal and Peppa’s time in the wilderness but for the compelling nature of the underlying story that Sal is telling throughout. The classic adventure stories that are referenced in the book are, superficially, the model for what this story itself is, but, at a deeper level, Sal leaves us questioning the society in which we live today.


‘Collected Romances’ only 99c

For a limited time, starting on Wednesday 24th May, ‘Collected Romances,’ my anthology of seven short historical romances, will cost just 99c – that’s seven stories for the normal price of one!

The offer will be available on Amazon, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords and its other retailers:

There are ratings and a review of the book on its Goodreads page:

The book is also now available in paperback from Amazon:


‘Three Romances’ – Bronte Bicentenary Promotion

Featured Image -- 246To mark the bicentenary celebrations of the Bronte sisters, ‘Three Romances,’ my collection of three short historical romantic stories, including ‘Brizecombe Hall,’ an homage to Charlotte Bronte, will be free from Smashwords and its retailers until 21st April (Charlotte’s birthday):

I would appreciate all reviews, recommendations and ratings on retailer sites and elsewhere.

Also, several of my books are available at reduced price throughout Smashwords’ ‘Read an ebook Week’, 6-12 March:


A New Look for ‘Three Romances’ for Valentine’s Day

New Cover for historical romance anthology, 'Three Romances'

New Cover for historical romance anthology, ‘Three Romances’

I’m really thrilled to reveal my new cover for ‘Three Romances.’  It’s been difficult to find the right cover for a collection of stories that comprises a Regency romance, a Victorian romance and a story set in WWII.  But I think this one is perfect.  The ebook is available in all the usual places and also in print form so, if you’d like to read some sweet, historical romances to put you in the mood for 14th February, look no further…

And remember that my short Victorian romance, ‘High Sea,’ is currently free from Smashwords and its retailers.  I’m particularly delighted that it’s steadily climbing up the rankings on Barnes & Noble at present.

Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

Three Romances Published on Smashwords

‘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!

‘Kitty’ – newly-published & free on Smashwords

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).