Joanna Maitland

A brand-new 2-book Box Set — I HATE CHRISTMAS — Out 5th December

Cover I Hate Christmas box set


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 beenJoanna Maitland 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 editing and proof-reading services. More details here.

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

His Silken Seduction by Joanna Maitland Paperback

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.

Until now.

A revised version of the ebook novella originally published in 2010
by Harlequin Mills & Boon Ltd under the title
Delight and Desire

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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