A brand-new 2-book Box Set — I HATE CHRISTMAS — Out 5th December
My half of the box set above (with Sophie Weston) is One Christmas Tree To Go, a Victorian timeslip. It’s a new historical period for me and one that I never thought I’d venture into. But great fun to write, as well as a challenge.
For Lucy, Christmas is a chore, a time when she has to entertain wealthy clients. This year, she has a new wheeze to wow them. But she needs cooperation from tree-grower Gabe, who used to be a friend, but no longer trusts employers, especially rich ones, like Lucy and her millionaire father.
She snorted. “That stubborn pride will be the death of you one of these days, Gabe. I’ll probably be old and grey before I inherit, and you know it. So, right now, there’s no reason why we can’t be friends.” She smiled encouragingly. She was stunning when she smiled. Gabe realised in that moment that her intricately-tied silk scarf exactly matched the blue of her eyes. They were smiling, too.
“Friendship is for equals,” he managed at last, through a dry throat. “You and I are…” He gestured helplessly with open hands. “Best if we keep things businesslike. So, what can I do for you?”
Lucy responded with a noise that tried to be an angry growl. Gabe thought she sounded like a cuddly puppy, doing a wolf impression. He said nothing, waiting.
Finally, she sighed and said, matter-of-factly, “Christmas trees. Or, more specifically, one Christmas tree. A really special one this year. I want to put a tree into the stairwell so that our guests can admire it all the way up to the top floor.”
“Four floors worth of tree?”
More about Joanna Maitland…
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.
I also offer 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!
Joanna Maitland Independent Self-Publishing
My very first self-published story was a much revised and expanded edition of an out-of-print novella – His Silken Seduction. It is available for download for only £1.99/$2.99 and now in paperback too, at £5.49/$6.99
Wounded. Abandoned. In the enemy’s bed.
He’s Wellington’s spy, trying to survive in war-torn France. He has a choice — duty, or desire.
She’s his beautiful silk weaver. Her touch is driving him wild.
But she’s the enemy.
Will he dare to trust her with his life, his mission, and his heart?
A revised and much expanded edition of the ebook novella
originally published by Harlequin S.A. in 2009
My second venture into self-publishing was another out-of-print Regency novella — Star Crossed at Twilight — originally published under the title Delight and Desire back in 2010. It’s set in my native Scotland, but this is a Romeo and Juliet story. That’s why I had always wanted to have “star crossed” in the title. So, now that I am free to choose my own titles, I opted for STAR CROSSED AT TWILIGHT and a new cover (shown below) featuring the tower of the real ruined Scottish castle that plays such a big part in the lovers’ encounters. It is available for download for only 99p/99¢ and now in paperback too, at £3.99/$5.49
A Fairytale Castle? With a REAL Fairy?
Major Robert Anstruther is bored. His wounds are healing at last, so he rides out to a favourite retreat, the ruins of Caerlaverock Castle. He loves its fairytale atmosphere, especially in the twilight, though he’s never seen any fairies there.
A revised version of the ebook novella originally published in 2010
by Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd under the title Delight and Desire
And a brand new story…
A new story inspired by a real Regency ballgown in the Hereford Museum’s fabulous costume collection. The gown is in shreds and that raised a whole lot of questions—
♥ How did it come to be damaged?
♥ Who did it? And why?
♥ And what if the ballgown had special properties to take the wearer back in time? What would she find if she dared to accept the challenge?
For the answers, follow Emma Stanley as she’s transported back across centuries…
A shredded gold lace ballgown. The greatest lover in Regency London. And the modern woman who links them both.
When costume curator Emma Stanley meets a frock-coated phantom in an endless museum passage, her body takes fire at his touch. But he melts away, leaving her lost, and clutching the shredded wreck of a Regency ballgown.
The magic of the gold lace gown transports Emma across centuries. When is she? Where is she? Most importantly, WHO is she in this alien time?
In front of her, a naked man rises from his bath. He welcomes her. He knows her name. He wants her. But he’s dangerous — the greatest rake in London, the stud that every woman desires.
Should Emma respond to him? Will she get back to her own time if she does?
And, given the threatening shadows swirling round in her modern world, is it safe to return?
Ebook available from your local Amazon at £2.99/$3.99
and in paperback at £7.99/$9.99