Joanna Maitland

I Vampire and Beach Hut Surprise anthology coverBeach Hut Surprise is reissued in a brighter, summery cover for the approach of better weather and, we hope, holidays and excursions for all of us.

My contribution to this beach read anthology is I, Vampire – Romance with Bite. And, yes, it does what it says on the tin. 😉

It’s a new genre for me and I had to go up a very steep learning curve, vampire-wise. But my vampire story was huge fun to write. In fact, I think I’ve fallen in love with Theo. And he knows it. He’s angling to appear again, and he’s already got me writing his next book. Will William appear in it, too? Can’t answer that until the book is finished. Watch this space…

Theo is just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill vampire, taking a seaside holiday at Little Piddling.
It’s peaceful and relaxing in his borrowed beach hut until, one night, a scruffy little boy turns up.
And then Theo is forced to confront a woman he’s tried to forget…




I am revising, editing and republishing quite a few of my Mills & Boon titles. You may have read some of them before, but I’ve made a lot of changes so you might enjoy them again in their new guises. Seven republished in 2020 so far, with great new covers, as you can see below.

The Mystery Mistletoe Bride (The Garway Scandals)

A woman with no name, no past, no memory—rescued by an earl with his own bitter secrets

The Mystery Mistletoe Bride by Joanna MaitlandNew edition available from your local Amazon
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The Mystery Mistletoe Bride
previous title: The Earl’s Mistletoe Bride

Unsuitable Matches series

Who would take the Stratton brothers—Hugo, the disfigured veteran, or Kit, the cynical rake?
Yet even unsuitable matches have their good points.
It’s just a question of digging…

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Marrying the Major
Rake’s Reward

The Aikenhead Honours
driven by duty—tamed by love?

Four gentlemen spies in Napoleon’s Europe
Each needs a woman to help him fulfil his mission
Will he let her into his life? And his heart?

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His Cavalry Lady
His Reluctant Mistress
His Forbidden Liaison
His Silken Seduction



I have been reading — and writing! — stories for as long as I can remember and I love to share favourite books. I may write (mostly) romantic novels, but I read all sorts of fiction besides romance — lots of crime, thrillers, fantasy and science fiction, timeslip, historicals. I’m hoping that readers at Libertà will point me to new genres and authors I’ve been missing.

If you’d like a longer bio, it’s here and my full (printable) book list is here.

I also offer cover design as well as editing and proof-reading services. More details here.

Joanna’s Free Short Story!

To celebrate Burns Night 2016 — I am a Scot, after all — I posted a tongue-in-cheek take-off of Tam O’Shanter with my blog. The story is still available here on the website, as a free read. You can even print it, if you like!

2 thoughts on “Joanna Maitland

  1. Louise Putnam

    In the Earl’s Mistletoe Bride you talk about the servants “removing the cloth and setting out the dessert and decanterson the polished mahogany”. Please, how did the servants “remove the cloth” whlie the guests were still sitting at the table. Do you know?

    1. Joanna Post author

      That’s a really good question, Louise, and I’m not sure I know the answer for sure. It was certainly what was usually done, but how, without inconveniencing the diners? Well, by the time dinner got to that point, all the cutlery would have been used or removed. Ditto the plates and most of the glasses. And if it was a dinner with “removes”, all the serving platters would have been removed from the table centre at the end of each course/remove. If it was a dinner without removes (à la russe), there would be no serving platters on the table. So there probably wouldn’t have been much on the tablecloth at the crucial point. It would have been fairly easy for servants to reach across and remove any remaining glasses etc and then whisk off the tablecloth. I think. But if there were heavy ornaments etc in the middle of the table it would have been much more difficult, perhaps impossible to do. In Salter’s painting of the 1836 Waterloo Banquet the eating is over and they’ve reached the stage of toasts; it certainly looks as if the cloth is still there, but given the weight of the Portuguese silver centrepiece, that’s understandable. You can see the silver at Apsley House. It’s enormous.


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