‘Kitty,’ Short Regency Romance, Free on Smashwords

'Kitty,' Regency romance, currently free on Smashwords

‘Kitty,’ Regency romance, currently free on Smashwords

St George’s Day and the birthday of the Bard seems the perfect time to broadcast the fact that, ‘Kitty,’ my most English of short romances, is currently free to download from Smashwords and its retailers.  Intended as an homage to Jane Austen, the story has been praised for its social comedy but it is also very much a sweet romance:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338206

http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/kitty/id679449194

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/kitty/id679449194

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/kitty-catherine-e-chapman/1116263906

The book is also available free on Kobo in some countries and through other Smashwords’ retailers.  If you read and enjoy the story, reviews, recommendations and ratings would, as ever, be appreciated.

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‘The Beacon Singer’ – Free on Smashwords

The Beacon Singer book coverMy novel, The Beacon Singer, is currently free from Smashwords & its retailers.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/111240

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.