I sort of have a new title out – it’s a 13k short called The First Snow of Winter and it’s part of the Winterbourne series (Winterbourne #3).
I say “sort of” because it’s already appeared in a Christmas anthology called Gifts for the Season (yes, it’s Christmas-themed, and I appreciate it is now February – I am nothing if not current!)
This is a prequel story set 6 years before Winterbourne #1. The heroes are Sam Alderton and Jasper Huxley, who will feature as secondary characters in my next release, The Labours of Lord Perry Cavendish (Winterbourne #4) which I plan to release on 28th April 2021. Covers are by the very talented Natasha Snow.
Click the cover of The First Snow of Winter for more details and buy links. More info re Lord Perry coming soon.
Here’s a taster of Hamish McKinlay’s awesome narration on Gentleman Wolf, the first book in the Capital Wolves series. I’m really excited to release these books in audio. Hamish has done an amazing job.
I’m releasing these audiobooks through Findaway Voices which means they will be available through 30+ vendors including Apple, Google Play (here and here) and Authors Direct.
I won’t, however, be releasing them through Audible at this time (if you want to know why, you can read about #Audiblegate here). I hope to be able to release them on Audible soon, but I want to see how things play out for the next few weeks. In any event, even if I had chosen to release them on Audible right now, chances are they would not have been available anyway. Reportedly there are currently long delays on new book projects being progressed at Audible…
I’ll give an update on this as soon as I possibly can, and hope it won’t cause difficulties for any of you meantime.
Finally, keep an eye out for my December newsletter which may include a chance to win freebie codes…
I’ll have a new Christmas story coming out in a festive charity anthology which is releasing on 1st November, with all proceeds going to the Trevor Project. It’s all organised by the fantastic RJ Scott who has put an amazing amount of work into it.
The anthology, called Gifts for the Season, features 15 authors – all brand new stories – and the collection will be available for a limited period of three months (full details of authors and stories below).
My story is a 12k historical story called The First Snow of Winter which links to the Winterbourne series – it’s sort of a prequel story, featuring two characters who will appear as side characters in the next book in the series – the much touted (by me) but as yet untitled Jonny-and-Perry book.
Blurb for The First Snow of Winter:
Captain Sam Alderton returns to England from the continent with his life in tatters. Maimed and directionless, the last thing he wants to do is spendChristmas with his family and their close friends, the Huxleys—especially Jasper Huxley, who he almost kissed five years before.
Sam plans to avoid the festivities, but when the first snow of winter arrives, and he and Jasper are trapped alone together at Alderton Hall, they find themselves revisiting old traditions and painful memories together—and discovering that things may not have been quite as either of them thought five years earlier.
As a small FYI, I plan to bring all the Winterbourne stories together in a single print book once Jonny-and-Perry is out.
Full story and author list:
Joanna Chambers – The First Snow of Winter
Christmas Eve, 1814: a maimed war hero and the childhood friend he almost kissed five years earlier are trapped together by the first snow of winter.
Annabeth Albert – Must Be Santa
Tis the season for Operation Christmas Papa!
Eli Easton – Twelve Days of UPS
What happens when your Secret Santa is less intriguing than the delivery man who brings the gifts?
Suki Fleet – Sometimes, Always
When Echo’s Christmas Eve surprise for Peri goes a little sideways, it turns into a night they’ll both remember for the best reasons, for always.
Lane Hayes – Out For The Holidays
Good Things Happen When You’re Out for the Holidays!
Annabelle Jacobs – Driving Home For Christmas
A road trip, snowstorm, and only one big bed at the Inn…
Alex Jane – Homestead for the Holidays
Alone in a cabin in snowy Nebraska for Christmas
Amber Kell – A Santa for Trin
Everyone needs a bit of Christmas magic.
Garrett Leigh – No Place Like Home
As long as they’re together, love always wins
V.L. Locey – Dressed In Holiday Style
Can the spirit of Christmas save this budding love affair?
Clare London – Five Gold Blings
Where Christmas sparkle leads two lonely hearts.
Posy Roberts – Sojourn with You
This year, a place to stay is the best Christmas gift Sawyer could ask for.
RJ Scott – Single Dad Christmas
It would be a Christmas miracle if he loved me back.
Quick newsflash: I’m going to be bringing Gentleman Wolf and Master Wolf out as audiobooks, with Hamish McKinlay narrating. The hope is to have the both books out for Christmas – watch this space for more details.
Hamish did the narration on Provoked, Beguiled and Enlightened and my audiobook listeners seem to have loved his performances (I know I did) so I’m super-excited to hear what he does with them.
This was something of an impulsive decision, prompted mostly by getting a number of emails recently from audiobook fans asking for more. Audio is a long-term investment for me as it takes a while to make back the costs, but since Hamish was available, I decided to go for it.
Next up, though, is Restored, which will release on 28 October .
Eighteen years ago, Henry Asquith, Duke of Avesbury had to leave his kept lover, Kit Redford, in order to devote himself to raising his young family. Now, a lifetime later, his children are moving on and for the first time in years, Henry is alone.
During a rare visit to London, Henry unexpectedly happens upon an old friend of Kit’s and learns that Kit did not receive the financial pay off he was entitled to when Henry left him. Instead Kit was thrown out of his home and left destitute. Horrified, Henry begs Kit to see him and allow Henry to compensate him. But Kit, who now owns a discreet club for gentlemen of a certain persuasion, neither needs nor wants Henry’s money.
“Perhaps you should earn the money you owe me the way I had to earn it? On your knees, and on your back, taking my cock like a whore.”
Kit thought he had put his old hurts and grievances about Henry behind him, but when he sees Henry again, he discovers that, not only is the old pain still there, so is the fierce attraction that once burned between them. When, in a moment of fury, Kit demands a scandalous form of penance from Henry, no one is more surprised than Kit when Henry agrees to pay it.
As Kit and Henry spend more time together, they learn more about the men they have become, and about the secret feelings and desires they concealed from one another in the past.
Henry realises he wants to build a future with Kit but can he persuade his wary lover to trust him ever again? And can two men from such different worlds make a new life together?
What do you think of my new cover for The Dream Alchemist by the fabulous Natasha Snow?
I recently (and finally) invested in a new computer and Vellum software so will be doing a refresh on all my books format-wise. The cover for this book looked very old and tired so I also treated myself to a new cover and I LOVE THIS!
I’m very fond of this book which I first published (I think) 5 years ago with Samhain. will be doing a give-away in my July newsletter 😀