Jane Austen

Undones!

Happy Anniversary to us! I can’t believe we’ve been here 6 years–time flies when we’re having fun, I guess. It’s been wonderful to be a part of this blog and find so many new friends and great reads. To celebrate, I am giving away a free download of my August “Harlequin Historical Undone!” story, Unlacing the Lady in Waiting, set at the court of Mary Queen of Scots (a fascinating woman! Next week I will share some of the research I did for this tale…)

Scotland, 1561

Lady Helen Frasier thought Highlanders were barbaric—until she shared an intimate encounter with her betrothed, James McKerrigan. Though their families were enemies, the Highland lord roused a surprising passion in Helen. Then she was chosen to become a lady in waiting to the queen, and their engagement was broken.

Now, Helen has returned to Scotland and her jilted lover, who has vowed to take revenge and claim his promised bride….

(It can be ordered here at Eharlequin or at Amazon…)

And as a bonus, Barbara Monajem, whose The Wanton Governess is also out this month, is giving away a copy! So we will have not one but two stories today….


Sussex, 1801

Governess Pompeia Grant thinks pretending to be Sir James Carling’s wife as a favor to his sister will be harmless. She is haunted by his rejection of her youthful advances, but she’s desperate for a place to stay after losing her last post.

When James unexpectedly returns home from America, she assumes the game is up—until James encourages her to stay, and enjoy the pleasurable consequences of their charade.

Do you like reading short stories? (I love them for these super-hot summer days…). What have been some of your favorites?

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Bibliophile
11 years ago

Happy anniversary!

I like short stories and go through periods of reading them. I have so many favourites I couldn’t begin to choose titles to mention, but some of my favourite short story authors include O. Henry, Agatha Christie, and Icelandic author Þórarinn Eldjárn.

Maria
11 years ago

I do like short stories as long as the story and the characters are well developed and the plot’s pace is well done. I just read a short I liked called Thrill of the Night by Mina Carter, it was a very short ebook but I really enjoyed it.

Amanda McCabe/Laurel McKee

Since I’ve had my Kindle I find I read a lot more short stories (especially in the summer! And at Christmas when things are crazy…)

Bibliophile, I’ll have to lokm for the Eldjarn book! I have a strange love of Scandinavian lit…

Diane Gaston
11 years ago

Amanda, what lit don’t you love!!!!

I feel very proprietary over the “Unlacing” in the Undone titles, since Unlacing Miss Leigh was the first. May the title bring you the good luck I had with mine!

And I’ve been talking about governesses lately and here is Barbara with another Governess story. Way to go.

Kat
Kat
11 years ago

I like a short story or an anthology… that way when its too good to put down, I’m not up until 3am resulting in a grumpier then usual morning and I still get my HEA to sleep on.

Na
Na
11 years ago

I like short stories when I want a quick read but with all benefits of a full-length novel. I get to meet characters I care about, go through their journey with them and watch them find happiness. I still want a stong, tight plot and chesmitry between the hero and heroine. It’s a wonderful mini-escape. I read most of my short stories in anthologies.

Cathy P
11 years ago

I love a good short story that have well developed characters, but don’t read a lot of them for some reason. I find that most of the books I end up with are full length books.

Barbara E.
11 years ago

I like reading short stories in anthologies, they’re always great when I don’t have a lot of time to concentrate on a longer book. One of my favorites is Four Dukes and a Devil, with stories by Cathy Maxwell, Sophia Nash, Elaine Fox, Tracy Anne Warren and Jeaniene Frost.

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Virginia
11 years ago

Happy Birthday!!

I love reading short stories usually when I don’t have a lot of time to read. They are very handy then. Sometimes I am just in the mood for a good short story.

Barbara Monajem
11 years ago

Happy Birthday, Riskies — and thanks, Amanda, for mentioning my story.

I like short stories in anthologies, because they’re such a great way to find new authors.

I’ll look for the Eldjarn book, too!

Keira Soleore
11 years ago

Undones are about the only books I read online, since the length is just right for my eyes. Too much reading on the computer or hand-held device leads to eye strain and such for me.

I read a lot of shorter-length stories as part of anthologies around Christmas time.

librarypat
librarypat
11 years ago

I do enjoy short stories and the longer novellas. Anthologies are a big favorite. As busy as we all are, there often isn’t time enough to get involved with a long book. Something short I can finish in a day or even a sitting works perfectly.
When ever I think of short stories, the first thing that comes to mind is THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF by O’Henry.

Sheree
11 years ago

I like short stories especially to read on the Kindle.

Oh, hey, another Paul Marron cover! (“Unlacing the Lady in Waiting”)

girlygirlhoosier52
11 years ago

I love short stories because I don’t have to stay up into the wee hours of the morning to finish a compelling read!

Rosie Hong
11 years ago

I think short stories are good when you don’t want to make too much of a commitment to a full-length novel and to find new authors. I found a couple of authors this way – Courtney Milan through her story “This Wicked Gift” and Meljean Brook because I wanted to read her prequel to The Iron Duke.

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