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Introducing The Winter Wife!

Hey, listen up!

We’ve got a launch party in the lair today and I hear gossip that Santa Claus may just turn up.

They know how to party up in the North Pole – why do you think Rudolf has that red nose? And those rosy cheeks on Santa are nothing but broken veins as a result of his constant tippling in the eggnog!

Hmm, I use to think Paolo’s pink cheeks were because he was perpetually embarrassed by the shenanigans in the lair. Now I’m wondering if maybe he’s tapping the margarita barrel. Clearly we need security cameras in the lair!

Now it’s quite possible that when you hear about today’s launch, you may wonder if YOU have been drinking enough to see double. But no, it’s just a trick of the light!

In 2010, I had a long short story called “Upon a Midnight Clear” published in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE. It was my first reunion story and I really loved the Earl of Kinvarra and his countess Alicia. I’ve always had a secret yen to revisit them and give them a little more space to breathe (the MAMMOTH stories are capped at 13,000 words). I also thought after I’d sent it in that it was a pity I hadn’t made it a Christmas story – after all, even the title comes from a Christmas carol and the story is set on a wintry night in Yorkshire.

Cue the boom in indie publishing.

This seemed an ideal opportunity to expand “Upon a Midnight Clear” and put it up as a stand-alone Holiday novella. So voila! You’re not seeing double at all – this is a new and improved version of this story!


Here’s the blurb:

Will a chance meeting on Christmas Eve…

Alicia Sinclair, Countess of Kinvarra, cannot believe that fate has been so cruel as to strand her on the snowy Yorkshire moors with her estranged husband as her only hope of rescue. During their rare encounters, the arrogant earl and his countess act like hostile strangers. Now that Alicia has fallen into Kinvarra’s power, will he seek revenge for her desertion? Or does the dark, passionate man she once adored have entirely different plans for his headstrong wife?

..deliver a second chance at love?

Sebastian Sinclair, Earl of Kinvarra, has spent ten wretched years regretting the mistakes he made with his young bride, but after long separation, the barriers between them are insurmountable. Until an unexpected encounter one stormy night makes him wonder if the barriers of mistrust and thwarted desire are so insurmountable after all. When winter weather traps Sebastian and his proud, lovely wife in an isolated inn, could the earl and his headstrong countess have a Christmas miracle in store?

You can read an excerpt on my website here:


Or you can simply click on the cover at the top of the blog. 

TWW is also available in other e-reader formats through Smashwords here:

So why the title change? A couple of reasons including the fact that there have been substantial alterations in the original (although the plot is the same). There’s also the fact that ‘midnight’ seems to be playing a prominent part in my titles lately. MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSSION came out in 2011 and A RAKE’S MIDNIGHT KISS, book 2 in the Sons of Sin series, is out next year. Another midnight title seemed a midnight too far.

I think with this time of year being so busy, it’s the perfect time to pick up a novella so you can get your romance hit without committing to 400 pages. Are you a novella fan? Do you have any favorites?

I’ve got three downloads of THE WINTER WIFE for commenters today to warm up their lead-up to Christmas. Good luck!  




Be sure to come back to the Lair on December 13 when we kick off the annual 12 BANDITA DAYS OF CHRISTMAS! Prizes and recipes every day!! Roosters. Starbucks goodies. Books. Dragons. Books. Cookies. Godiva. Books!! (By Banditas and friends like Annie West, Miranda Neville, Sabrina Jeffries, Liz Carlyle, JD Tyler, Deb Marlowe, and many more!) You know you want the cookies, for sure, so come home to the Lair for the Holidays! Who knows, you might win something, and you’ll be guaranteed to have fun!!