Thanks to readers' generous support through purchasing copies of All Quiet on the Western Plains and Journey's End on the Western Plains while they were on sale for 99c during November, I was able to bank $40 into the Western Queensland Drought Appeal.
It's been heartening to see that rain has been falling in drought-effected areas of Queensland. See: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-01-04/qch-drought-affected-queensland-graziers-welcome-weekend-rain/7065816
Royalties from my forthcoming novella, Journey's End on the Western Plains and its prequel, All Quiet on the Western Plains - both set in Western Queensland in 1924 - will be donated to the Western Queensland Drought Appeal until the pre-order period concludes on 30 November 2015.
I'm hoping that this usually popular selling period will yield a good donation for the Western Queensland Drought Appeal. There's been some rain in the last week around Ilfracombe in central western Queensland, but nowhere near enough to break the drought. Western Queensland still needs a lot of support. I hope you'll help out by buying these two novellas and thereby donating to a worthy cause.
I'll check the sales to 30 November, print and publish the Amazon report showing the royalties earnt, and pay them to the appeal fund soon afterwards. Thanks for your support.
It's less than a week until WANTON WIDOWS is released, so I thought you might like to read how the stories start.
"What a Widow Wants"
The young Dowager Lady Caroline Newberry, like all the debutants at Lord and Lady Massey’s ball, was dressed in her best finery and on the hunt for a man. Not just any man. A specific type of man. He didn’t need wealth or power or to be in need of a wife.
He did need to be available, well-made and good in bed.
"The Widow's Wedding Night"
Arabella Linfield looked out the window of the carriage as it swayed to a halt in front of the Grosvenor Square mansion of Jerome, Earl Linfield.
The Earl opened the door and jumped onto the footpath, then turned to assist Arabella. “Welcome to your new home, my dear.” His handsome face was lit by a broad grin and framed by his curly brown hair.
She smiled up at him. “I can’t wait to be alone with you at last.” They had been married for eight short hours. She wanted him.
"Wooing the Wealthy Widow"
The Viscountess Helena Tremoyne sat at her table eating a late breakfast and reading the morning broadsheets. Her butler interrupted her, his voice betraying what his face did not. “A Sir Hercules Standfast wishes to speak with you on an important personal matter.”
She sighed and refolded The Gazette. “Another fortune-hunter, Sims?” she asked the grey-haired man.
“Quite likely, your ladyship. Shall I send him away?”
“No. I will see him and, if he looks presentable, initiate the usual selection process.”
More excerpts soon, when I talk with Noelle Clark, Georgie Tyler, Amy Rose Bennett and AusRomToday on their blogs, in the coming weeks.
I forgot to mention on the weekend that The Persuasion of Miss Jane Brody, my full length Regency romance, has been re-released on Amazon.
The Marquess of Dalton must marry, but the only woman he wants is the unsuitable, passionate bluestocking, Jane Brody!
Jane, whose mother’s early death left her to raise eight siblings, campaigns to free women from Society’s shackles of poor education, marriage and motherhood. Jonathan Everslie, Marquess of Dalton, must marry. Jane is the only woman who doesn’t bore him; but her politics are dangerous. When Jane's father dies suddenly, leaving the family in poverty, the only way out is marriage to the wealthy and conservative Dalton. Can she give up her ideals to marry him and save her family? Does he dare risk his political career by embracing her cause to win her love?
Heat level: Sensual
Second place: Steam eReads 'Some Like it Hot' Romantic Fiction Competition 2013
Third: Romance Writers of New Zealand Koru Award of Excellence (short category) 2014.
Finalist: Australian Romance Readers Awards 'Favourite Historical Romance' category 2013.
Available from other booksellers soon.