In case you missed it - I released something pretty about six months ago!
🌸What: A sweet, stand-alone, Regency novella
🌸When: It was FIRST released as part of the Timeless Romance collection, An Evening at Almack's, but I've since added content and thrown in some edits.
🌸How: Available on Amazon for purchase ONLY. It cannot be in KU because the earlier version is still in the collection.
🌸Why: Because I wanted to add some scenes! Add some depth, change around a few things.
So it's still the same story (in case you've read it before), but with extra descriptions, longer scenes, and a more satisfactory conclusion. (Book summary in comments.)
It may interest a few people to know that the plot for this book was partially inspired by the film Sabrina - but the one starring Audrey Hepburn, because I like that one better. 😉
Available as an eBook and a lovely little paperback!
Official Summary: When an unsuitable gentleman appears to court a baron's daughter, it's an older sister's duty to stand in his way. And, of course, not fall in love with him herself.
Matilda Rayment is determined to protect her sister's interest and her family from ruin, which means she must marry off her flirtatious younger sister before the Season ends. When the Rayments cross paths with Oliver Bolton, the nephew of their steward, his interest in Miss Beatrice threatens all Mattie's plans.
For as long as he can remember, Oliver has dreamed of courting Miss Beatrice Rayment, but never dared reach above his station. He hasn't been a gentleman long, but owning his estate - however small in size - gives him access to new rungs on Society's ladder and finally, his chance has come.
It is up to Mattie to steer Oliver away from making an unhappy match with her sister, but before long she finds herself losing her heart to the steward's nephew. Oliver finds he cares less and less about winning Beatrice the more time he spends in Mattie's company. Can such an unsuitable match take place, or will all their plans be ruined?
What do you do when you're creatively blocked? I get blocked, sometimes. And it's not always the cat.
Thankfully, it never lasts long. I've had to learn a few different tricks with my writing to keep it from happening consistently, and to know how to get out of it when it DOES happen.
I have friends I talk out sticky point in a story with. An editor (the one and only Jenny Proctor) for ENTIRE story blocks.
Sometimes, all I need to do is whip out a good old-fashioned notebook and use a colorful pen to write out my thoughts. That tactile action of handwriting something - mind to hand, hand to pen, pen to paper - is usually enough to get my ideas flowing again.
Merry Christmas from Castle Clairvoir! The photograph is, of course, from the very real Castle Belvoir, which I visited on my trip to the UK. This castle inspired my fictional castle, where I imagine my characters enjoy their wintery feast in this beautiful room. This is the formal dining room, with a gorgeous tree in the corner and a table piled high with beautiful dishes. I hope your Christmas is warm and cozy, filled with tender memories and the best of laughter.
Oh - and don't forget to pick up a copy of one of my Christmas books! For your stocking (the novella paperbacks fit perfectly) or your kindle! My newest, A Mistletoe Mismatch, is an enemies-to-lovers story. (Click here or the image above.)
My first Christmas novella, Penny's Yuletide Wish, is a childhood-friends-to-more story. It's the seventh book in my Branches series, but works quite well as a stand-alone story with its own happily ever after. (Click here or the image below.)
This is a video I made for my Facebook Group, Sally's Sweet Romance Fans. I thought I'd share it with anyone else who might enjoy it.
This is me, Sally Britton, reading the first chapter of my new book, Copper for the Countess. While doing this, my gratitude for professional narrators increased exponentially!
My Cat: Willow
As a child of the eighties, I've been a huge fan of many movies that came out in that decade. Back to the Future? LOVE that trilogy. Made my husband watch them. Star Wars? Many of you know by now how I feel about that space-themed fairy tale.
I also love The Princess Bride. Flight of the Navigator. Soooo many other films I could name - but when I met my new kitty, we came up with her name based 90% on the way characters from the movie WILLOW address the titular character.
We welcomed our precious new kitty to the family earlier this summer, Willow the Tabby. Even as I type this, she's on my desk, between me and the keyboard, purring at me. She's super affectionate. She comes when called. She's eight months old now and already happily a house cat who (occasionally) explores the great outdoors. The family that fostered her informed me that sweet Willow was found on the side of the road, in a duffle bag full of her brothers and sisters. :-(
Who. Does. That?!
In case you're wondering, Izzie the Aussie and Willow the Tabby are getting along fairly well, too. The first couple of days were rough, but now they both run to the door when I come home, demanding love. And they both cuddle up next to me when I'm reading. So life with pets is absolutely wonderful.
I plan to put Willow in a story soon. How do you feel about pets in stories? Ambivalent? Annoyed? Or do you find them adorable?
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