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In which I finally make my free Enlightenment story available...

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Hello friends,

I can't believe it's nearly the end of October.

In this newsletter, I can finally direct you to my free Enlightenment story, Seasons Pass. I've been blabbing about this online forever (since Dabwaha) but now it's finally done, and thanks to the lovely Susan Lee, it has a lovely cover too - see below for links.

I'm also incredibly excited about the Christmas anthology I'm writing with Josh Lanyon, Harper Fox and LB Gregg. Comfort and Joy will be released on 30 November 2014. My story is called Rest and Be Thankful.  More details below and there will be giveaways nearer the time!

After that, on 2 December 2014, my new novel, The Dream Alchemistcomes out. It's a fantasy/paranormal that veers between the world we know and the world of dreams. Again, there will be giveaways and a mini blog tour - details to come soon. 

And after all these releases, what then? Probably it will be Captain Iain Sinclair's story. Iain was a small character in Beguiled and writing his story has been in the back of my mind since then. I've got a few different ideas for this story - the big question is whether this will be a long novella or a novel...

Other than that, it's the usual autumn gubbins: Hallowe'en, Guy Fawkes night and the lead up to Christmas. I love all that stuff, don't you?

Best to you all

Joanna
 
Seasons Pass is now available for download on Smashwords now in all formats.

This short story is 1.5 in the Enlightenment series and is not a standalone story.

It's April 1822 and two years have passed since Lord Murdo Balfour was last in Edinburgh; two years since he met low-born lawyer, David Lauriston. Back then, Lauriston's naïve idealism and self-loathing provoked Murdo's scorn, yet Murdo has not been able to forget him.

When Murdo is asked by his father to return to Edinburgh for the King's forthcoming Scottish visit, his memories of his last time in the city are stirred up again. Frustrated by his inability to forget Lauriston, he decides to seek refuge in an anonymous encounter at Kit Redford's discreet establishment. But will Murdo find the oblivion he seeks at Kit's, or something else entirely?




 
I am honoured and excited to be one of the contributors to a Christmas anthology that is being organised by Josh Lanyon. The other authors are Josh himself, Harper Fox and LB Gregg.

The stories have the theme of "Home for the Holidays" - think snow-ins and unexpected crises. See a brief blurb re my story, Rest and Be Thankful below along with the gorgeous cover designed by the very 
talented Johanna Ollila. She designed a separate cover for each story as well this cute antho cover.

 
Things haven't been going well for Cam McMorrow since he moved to Inverbechie. His business is failing, his cottage is falling apart and following his very public argument with cafe owner Rob Armstrong, he's become a social outcast.

Cam needs to get away from his troubles and when his sister buys him a ticket to the biggest Hogmanay party in Glasgow, he can't leave Inverbechie quick enough. But when events conspire to strand him in the middle of nowhere, not only is he liable to miss the party, he'll also have to ask his worst enemy for help.
The Dream Alchemist comes out 2nd December from Samhain. Keep your eyes peeled at my website and via Twitter and Facebook for details of the mini blog tour, giveaways and prizes which will be coming soon.

This is planned to be a trilogy. Each book will be a complete romance featuring a different couple. The provisional title for book 2 is The Dream Hunter and for Book 3 The Dream Assassin.
I've been chuffed with the response to the Another Place in Time anthology organised by Susan Lee with profits going to Allout.org.

My story, Introducing Mr Winterbourne, has been pretty well received and has prompted a few queries as to whether I intend to revisit my eponymous hero, Lysander Winterbourne and his new lover, Adam Freeman.

Well, I hadn't planned to revisit them, but I'm certainly thinking about it now, and funnily enough there was a lengthy deleted scene from draft 1 of this story...
 
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