This will be my last newsletter until the New Year, so I'd like to wish you a very happy Christmas, and the hope that 2021 will be a better year than 2020.
Meanwhile, are you '...dreaming of a white Christmas...'? We've had a little snow here and, yes, I went out in it, but I doubt we're going to have a white Christmas, more like a wet one.
If it's cold and damp where you are and you need something cozy to curl up with the Choices and Consequences box set - all four books in one place - is now available for pre-order, releasing on 23rd December, just a few days away. It's priced at just £5.99 (or local equivalent). That's more than one third off the price of buying each book separately, even if you got Strand of Faith (the first book) free. The price will go up after the release, so get your copy now at this excellent discount.
And now read on for all our usual features - a Christmas Romance themed book giveaway, a last chance to win an e-reader, and a peek Behind the Scenes (at a white Christmas).
Your Freebies and Competitions
Christmas Holiday Romance Reads : This is a holiday giveaway and 99c book bonanza - many of the books are free, some will be just 99c. It's a short term giveaway, with these books only available until 28th December, just perfect for holiday reading. Don't miss out on these bargains - get your copies now.
Strand of Faith, the first book in the Choices and Consequences series, starts just before Christmas and they are greeted on Christmas Day by a light snowfall - just enough to enjoy. A huge snowball fight develops between the residents of the monastery, much to Leonie's surprise.
I had thought this was just a figment of my imagination, I mean, monks having snowball fights? Shortly before Strand of Faith was published I was on a trip to Italy and our guide took us to visit a monastery where St Francis had lived. The guide told us he'd come up to the monastery in the snow one year to find all the monks in the main courtyard having a snowball fight!
And here's the scene from Strand of Faith for you to enjoy - from Leonie's point of view.
We were heading back to the main courtyard when something shot past my ear and hit someone a few yards in front of me on the shoulder. Without thinking, I gathered the power around me, turning and forming it to defend us and attack whoever was attacking us. Almost in the same instant someone put their arms around me from behind, pinning my wrists to my sides and using their own gifts to dampen my power.
“Just a snowball, just a game,” they whispered in my ear and then I was released again, the power gone.
I looked round, but couldn't work out who it could have been; it had all happened so quickly I thought I could almost have imagined it. Around me all these serious, senior, respectable adults were gathering snow, forming snowballs, starting to throw them, ducking to avoid their colleagues’ missiles. Struggling with the aftermath of thinking we'd been attacked, I watched, bemused, for a few moments until Andrew nudged me.
“Come on,” he said. “You'll be a target if you stand still. Attack’s the best form of defence.”
He pushed a snowball into my hands and indicated Prospero some distance away, with his back towards us. Now that was a temptation I couldn't resist, no matter what the consequences. I got him square on the back of the head then ducked round Andrew, giggling at the look on Prospero's face as he turned. After that, the only possible choice was to join in wholeheartedly, so I did. The game continued until everyone was breathless and laughing and most people had snow in their hair and clothes.
Subscriber only Freebies
If you haven't got your free copy of Trader's Child grab it now. It's a short story that's a prequel to my Choices and Consequences series, free to all newsletter subscribers.
Trader's Child is only available in eBook form, but if you don't have an eReader you can download the Kindle app for your phone, tablet or PC here.