My books on special at Dreamspinner for 4 days

From Dec 4-7 there’s a special TWO-FOLD promotion at Dreamspinner Press.

Special price of 50c for the stories in the Advent Calendars for 2008 and 2009 – including my WHERE’S SANTA? and ONE NIGHT STAND.

ALSO, 25% off all titles by those Advent Calendar contributing authors. Which would include … yes … ME :).

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My New Release – schnapps and chocolate galore!

THE PEPPERMINT SCHNAPPS PREDICAMENT

My story in the Dreamspinner Press Advent Calendar is now on sale – and due to be hitting the inboxes of anyone who ordered the whole set TOMORROW :).

Everyone else? You can buy it immediately now at Dreamspinner!

 

BLURB: Frankie Faraday is a promising young salesperson at Mason’s Emporium. Bill Mason is his boss, the son of the store’s founder, and the object of Frankie’s long-suffering, deeply devoted crush. Bill is steady and sober; Frankie is frivolous and flaky. Or so they seem to each other, until the night of the annual inventory, when they’re trapped together in the Seasonal Gifts storeroom, with nothing but candy and peppermint schnapps to sustain them until they’re rescued. And then the real truths—and something definitely more intimate—emerge!

EXCERPT:

For the record, I don’t know how it happened—you know, how Frankie ended up sitting close to me on the packing case with his head virtually resting on my shoulder. There are several other packing cases he could have used.

Not that I’ve raised any complaint. He wriggles too much, but the pressure from his leg against my thigh, the soft brush of those fresh-smelling curls against my cheek, the brief gusts of breath on my neck when he turns his head….

No. No complaint. Maybe I’m already going stir-crazy.

“We should look for something to help us,” he says suddenly, jumping up so quickly the case rocks. “What’s in all the boxes? Not just baubles?”

“No. Um. There are other seasonal gifts. Candies. Chocolate. Toys.”

“Uh-huh.” Frankie’s rummaging through some of the boxes. “Food, that’s good. Though we should continue to hammer on the door every hour or so, in case someone comes by. We can’t afford to be left here overnight. The supplies may run out.”

“Supplies?” Overnight? I realize I have no idea how long we’ve been here so far. No clock, no cell phone, no concept of time passing. Should I have been logging the minutes with scratches on the wall?

“Are you panicking again?” he asks, a hand on my arm. “Look what I’ve found.”

I know it’s just a distraction technique, but I feel absurdly grateful. He has an open box of crispy chocolate Santas, and he’s shredding the paper off them like he’s stripping the whole cast of Magic Mike Live.

“Frankie, are you eating the stock?”

His words are mumbled around a Santa’s head. “Well, I don’t know about you and your fancy expense-account meals, Mr. Mason, but I’m starving. And I’d rather eat these than starve to death in a moldy old storeroom.”

“Starve to death?” I said he was melodramatic, didn’t I?

He gives one of those graceful shrugs but quickly drops his gaze to another box. “Oh my God, look what else is here!”

“The Healthier Living gingerbread house,” I read. There’s a huge box full of them between the baubles and the opened box of Santas.

“You know that range was never gonna sell, don’t you?” he says as he unwraps one.

“Oh yeah?”

He holds it up with fingertips, his pert little nose screwed up as if it’s something gruesome from a local dumpster. “That dull, muddy shade of cookie dough? Without any colored button sweets or marshmallow frosting? What fool thought that would attract customers at this time of year?”

Silence for an awkward second, probably as he realizes what he’s said.

“Me,” I say. “That fool would be me.”

“Oops. My big mouth again.”

“Inventory is a tricky system to get right,” I admit grudgingly. “Especially on stocking stuffers.”

“Heavens, yes. Finding goodies to stuff—” He pauses for a millisecond, a too-innocent gaze on me. “—into a stocking can so often be tricky.” And then he outright giggles.

Yes. Giggles. But this time I find I’m laughing in return. I don’t have to worry about disciplining an insolent employee: he isn’t criticizing or mocking me. And let’s face it, that innuendo came from me to start with.

Odd… but what a relief.

“Made you laugh,” he says, a little slyly.

“Yeah. Haven’t done that for a while.”

He nods. “It’s a stressful time of year. I get that.”

We’re quiet for a moment, but it’s comfortable. Frankie’s finishing off his third, maybe fourth, Santa as he shifts another couple of boxes from the stack behind. He gulps, and Santa’s chocolate boots vanish inside him.

I can’t stop staring. There’s a smear of chocolate on Frankie’s mouth. In the corner. Just in that little crease under his top lip….

“You want one?” he asks softly. His eyes are on mine. He must have seen me staring. “Um. A Santa, I mean?”

I clear my throat before answering. “What other options do I have?”

And didn’t that come out ambiguous.

Your Advent Calendar reads all wrapped up?!

2017 Advent Calendar Daily Delivery Package | Stocking Stuffers
The SALE price for Dreamspinner Press’s 2017 Advent Calendar package – with 31 stories / 400,000+ word romantic fiction “one story delivered each day of December” – ENDS TOMORROW!!!!! Don’t miss out!.

November* – $49.99
*Sale of packages for daily delivery ends Nov. 25.

Beginning December 1, stories will be available individually as priced or as a bulk package for $64.99.

With stories from (Me! 😉 ) and: Rick R. Reed Jaime Samms Amy Rae Durreson Brandon Witt Bru Baker C.l. Miles Chris Scully Chrissy Munder CJane Elliott Clare London Deanna Wadsworth @ElizabethColdwell @KimFielding Kris T. Bethke @CCBridgesKi Brightly C.S. Poe Jessica Payseur Ava Hayden Cassie Decker TJ NicholsCharles Payseur TA Moore Louisa Masters J. Alan Veerkamp Nell Iris A.D. Ellis- Author E.J. Russell Tami Veldura @KasperQuill @CMTaylor

BLURB: Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most….

The holidays are a time when bigger often means better, and meals are huge, decorations are over-the-top, and elaborate gifts and grand gestures are one way to show affection. But beneath all the pomp and ceremony, after the grandiose presents have been unwrapped, the stocking stuffers are still waiting to add that final sparkle to the perfect celebration. Even the tiniest trinkets can be gems when they’re chosen with love, and like a good love story, they are held close to the heart and treasured for years to come. The festivities don’t have to end after the feasts and gift exchanges. Dig a little deeper for romantic stocking stuffers both naughty and nice.

Holiday reading fun! A story delivered automatically to your bookshelf each day in December. More than 400,000 words of romantic fiction in 31 stories that would sell individually for a total of $85.69. Buy the package early and save.

 

Greg and Perry at birthday time – my ficlet at Amber Kell’s!

Over at Amber Kell’s blog this month, a whole bunch of fabulous authors are celebrating with birthday ficlets for their own characters :D.

I’ve written a little scene for my dear couple Greg and Perry from Romancing the Ugly Duckling. Hop on over to the blog and leave a comment – you can win a GIVEAWAY of the book itself, if the guys take your fancy ;).


BLURB: Is this the makeover of a lifetime?

Ambitious fashionista Perry Goodwood lands the project of his dreams—track down a celebrity family’s missing brother in the Scottish Highlands and bring him back to London for a TV reality show. But first he must transform the rugged loner into a glamorous sophisticate.

Greg Ventura has no use for high fashion. He lives on the isolated island of North Uist to escape the reminder that he’s nowhere near as handsome as his gorgeous brothers and avoid the painful childhood memories of being bullied.

Greg wants nothing to do with city life, and Perry’s never been outside London. When Perry is stranded on North Uist, this conflict seems insurmountable. But Greg is captivated by the vivacious Perry, and Perry by both the island and his host. However, Perry’s one heartfelt wish remains: that ugly duckling Greg fulfill his potential as a swan.

New Release – my London Lads in Paperback

The LONDON LADS stories are now all together in a paperback version!

BLURB:
*A young man uses social media to contact the men he knew as teenaged friends and discovers a soul mate for his own romantic journey.
*The most ill-matched couple you could ever imagine are thrown together when they exchange flat-sitting—and turn each other’s lives upside down.
*A reserved young man struggles with a secret affair until he dares to take the adventurous step of making his heart’s wish public.
*One mischievous night on a shopping mall security camera brings an astonishing blind date for a bored student.
*A frustrating delay in an airport lounge—with only two precocious children for company—drives a young man to confess he’s in love with his best friend.

Five standalone stories, five romantic couples seeking a happy ever after. This collection of stories includes humor, reflection, erotic desire, and sweet devotion. It celebrates the diversity and delight of lovers against the backdrop of London’s vibrant and lively city—young “London lads” whose love, determination, and sense of adventure are strong enough to find the way to a partner’s heart.

Includes: Chase the Ace | How the Other Half Lives | A Good Neighbour |
Peepshow | Between a Rock and a Hard Place

BUY at Dreamspinner Press

New release – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Number #5 of the London Lads series is on sale at all your fave retailers :D.

Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

Amazon buy link HERE and all other formats HERE, including an excerpt.

Early Reviews have been very enthusiastic!

From Diverse Reader: “…And you’ve got to feel kind of sorry for him.  He has a lot going on, all at one time, and the last thing he needs it babysit two little kids that he doesn’t even know.  But through the forced entrapment, through the messy candy and French fries with ketchup, the kids help him untangle the mess that his life has become.  Who would have thought that kids had the ability to help with very adult issues.  But sometimes kids see things in far simpler terms than adults, and sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones…”

From Dog-Eared Daydreams: “…Clare London’s collection of novellas entitled London Lads, originally released through a different publisher several years ago before being re-published this year by Dreamspinner Press, has reached its end and she certainly left the best one for last. Each of the novellas has a unique feel to it, but it’s book number five, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which has stood out. Maybe it’s the fact that most of the book has the main character in the company of a seven-year-old and a ten-year-old, but there’s a quirkiness to it that I found endearing and absolutely entertaining.”

Listen and love… my joy of audiobooks!

I don’t have many audiobooks out there yet – I’ve never been a big enough Name to be front of a publisher’s queue when the format started taking off, and never had the dosh to have them done for my self-published titles (though I’m working on that in 2018 with Joel Leslie, I hope!). There are all the other issues too, of writing titles set in Britain, but with many of the currently popular narrators being US, and not as confident doing Brit voices, especially sustaining it over the whole length of a book (am working on that, too… *g*).

But it’s been a joy to ADD so much to the story of Romancing the Ugly Duckling by having a fabulous audio of it! Joel Leslie did me proud, and it was like the fun of writing it all over again.

In addition, I’m thrilled with the latest audiobook review for my Duckling at Love Bytes Reviews.

Excerpt… “This whole story hit me in the feels. I absolutely LOVED it and everything about it. I am so glad I put aside my reticence at the trope and gave this one a try. I truly enjoyed the story and the message it conveyed. Oh and the romance was great too! This was a fantastic addition to the Dreamspinner Desires line and I will be listening to this one over and over.”

And as for Joel’s narration? “Joel Leslie’s performance of this story was excellent. Most of his accents were exactly what I expected them to be and he really did a great job bringing out personalities and emotions and the anxiety when the story turned tense. His rendition of Perry really captured his character perfectly and I think his narration took this story to the next level. I highly recommend it!”

New Release – Between a Rock and a Hard Place

BETWEEN A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE is now on pre-order at Dreamspinner Press, #5 of my London Lads series of short novellas, and their Perchance to Dream line, where they showcase books set in the UK.

And over at Two Chicks Obsessed today you can see the lovely COVER revealed, plus an exclusive excerpt and GIVEAWAY!

During a 10-hour delay at Glasgow Airport, a hapless Garry discovers the harsh truth of the saying “it’s the company you keep”…

Garry’s at the end of his tether. He’s waiting at Glasgow Airport to meet his friend Will, on their way to a holiday in a Scottish Highlands hotel. Now there’s a ten-hour delay to incoming flights, the seat in the lounge is more like an instrument of torture, and he’s beyond tired of airport food.

He’s also dreading having to apologise for the pass he recently made at Will, his colleague at a London bank, under the influence of too many beers and a long-held crush. Now Will’s been offered a new job offer on a continent thousands of miles away, Garry realises it may be the end of their close friendship—let alone anything more.

To add to Garry’s stress, he’s treated to the company of Emily and Max, two young people who think he needs educating in the ways of the world. Struggling with their well-meaning help and the startling mess from spilled ketchup and noxious-smelling sweets, he’s encouraged to re-examine how he feels about Will and to decide what kind of journey he’d really like them to take together.

Dreamspinner Press 10 years – follow the offers!

From Dreamspinner Press: “May 28, 2017 is the 10 Year Anniversary of our very first publication. A full-year Dreamspinner Press Extravaganza will kick off with Tweetaways, 10 for $10 sales based on the first year an author published, and a whole-store anniversary sale May 28-31.”

Follow Dreamspinner Press on Twitter or join our Facebook Group for freebie announcements during our 10th Anniversary Celebration.

Thank you for being a part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Romancing the Ugly Duckling – Cover reveal, prize gift, and pre-order!

A mouthful of a header, right?! But I’m excited to announce my next Dreamspun Desire title ROMANCING THE UGLY DUCKLING will be released on June 15 at Dreamspinner Press. You can pre-order it now HERE. That’s if you’re not already a subscriber to the whole delightful Dreamspun line.

And P.S.? It’s on its way in audio, too :D.

There’s also a special cover reveal post over at TwoChicksObsessed, where I talk about the themes of the book, and also offer a £10 Amazon token to one lucky commenter. The offer will finish at the weekend, so dash on over there in the next couple of days, if you have time.

Exciting times!!