I’m very excited, as this week I received copies of a very special anthology. For years I have been hoping that my short story The Secrets of a Courtesan would be published in print as well as in e-format. I’ve had so many requests for this from readers and I’ve passed these on to my editor and finally, after more than three years, I’m holding a copy of the print book in my hand! It’s such a beautiful looking book too and I am sharing it with two of my favourite authors, Stephanie Laurens and Kasey Michaels. It goes on sale on October 23rd under the anthology title of A Lady of Expectations.
The Secrets of a Courtesan is the prequel to my Fortune’s Folly trilogy and like the other books in the series is set in Yorkshire. I had terrific trouble writing the story. I was at a particularly difficult time in my life and rather than finding an escape in my writing, as sometimes happens, I found all the other stuff was interfering with my concentration. I wrote an entire version of the novella that I had to scrap because it simply didn’t work; and then I had to write a new version in a few days because I had run out of time on my deadline. Happily, with the help of my wonderful editor, the final version of the story was a book I have always loved and I hope that readers will enjoy it too.
And speaking of special anthologies I am very proud to be a part of the Word Wench anthology Mischief and Mistletoe which will be in the shops next week! It is a huge privilege to be part of an anthology with so many of my friends and favourite authors. We are all extremely excited about the book. If like me, you find the end of September too early to be thinking about Christmas reads then I urge you to treat yourself to the book as an advance Christmas gift to yourself (because you deserve it!) then put it aside until the festive season! We have been singing carols in my choir for three weeks now and it feels very strange to be doing that whilst the sun is still shining and the days are warm, but come the frost and snow I will be curling up in front of the wood burning stove with a good book. The Word Wenches are all blogging about the background to their particular stories over on the blog so do drop in to chat with us here if you would like to hear more about Mischief and Mistletoe!