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The July 2015 edition of the very Occasional Newsletter.

Hello,

The immediate news is that I'll soon be leaving for the Romance Writers of America conference in New York and taking part in the huge booksale and signing in aid of literacy. If you're in the New York area you'd be very welcome at the event. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Times Square on Wednesday, July 22, from 5:30 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis.

The bignews is that I've published a new novella collection. This time it's Faery Weddings, which contains my three stories about interactions between humans and Faery in Georgian and Regency times. Two have been previously published, but one is completely new.

The Marrying Maid.
First published in Songs of Love and Death
Honorable mention for Science Fiction of the year, 2010
The aristocratic Loxleigh line has served Faery for generations and been favored as a reward, but now Rob Loxleigh has only days to find his destined bride or the bond will be broken and his family destroyed.

The Lord of Elphindale.
First published in Faery Magic, 1998
Gwen Forsythe is startled to be told that she's part Faery, and that she must marry into the human family of Elphinson to strengthen the Faery bond. It's not that she doesn't want to marry Sir Andrew Elphinson, her childhood friend, but Drew doesn't care for her and is about to offer for another lady. Can she really seduce him at Faery's command?

Titania's Gift
Never before available.
Sarah, Lady Jardine is a perfect Regency lady trapped in an imperfect marriage, but that's no excuse for slipping out of a country house to join in local, pagan revelry. She merely wanted a temporary escape, but she meets an extraordinary man on a Faery-blessed night and nothing can ever be the same. Except, she's a perfect Regency married lady.

Click here for ways to buy.

I've just about finished The Viscount Needs a Wife, which features "Beau" Braydon, whom you met in Too Dangerous for a Lady. At the end he discovered that he'd inherited a title, and he wasn't pleased. When he discovers that his unwelcome inheritance includes his predecessor's furious mother and daughter he decides he needs a wife to deal with them. A friend suggests the widow, Kitty Cateril, but she turns out not to be the quiet, sober lady he'd been led to expect.

She's direct, spirited and strong, however, so he takes the risk, and their relationship is developing better than he expected when a threat to the royal family sends him back to London and complications both public and private.

I should be able to share the cover soon. It captures Kitty very well.

As a fan of historical romance, you might enjoy the web page of the Historical Romance Network. You'll find articles plus some promotional videos and free excerpt booklets on various tropes or themes in historical romance.

There's also a Facebook page.

If you're on Facebook, I hope you've liked my author page there. You probably know that Facebook don't send posts to everyone who's liked a page, so it can be worth dropping by to see if you've missed anything.

I've uploaded some promotional videos to You Tube . The one for The Shattered Rose is new.

Have you ever made fruity spirits? I haven't but I have a lot of raspberries this year so I thought I'd try raspberry vodka. The recipe is simple. About half a poundof berries, half a pound of sugar, and a pint of vodka. The weight conversion isn't easy to cups, because a cup of feathers weighs more that a cup of lead. But if you mash the berries, which you have to anyway, I think it's about a cup and a half of each. But it's not an exact recipe anyway. Equal amounts of fruit and sugar and as much vodka as you think best!

You mush up the berries with the sugar in a glass jar. Add the vodka, stir well and leave in a cool dark place for a month or two. Strain of the pulp and seeds, then drink only in moderation. It's supposed to be very nice as a long drink with soda or such. I'll let you know how mine goes on.

On the subject of sweet treats, the Word Wenches recently went on a romp about British scones. Are they just like American biscuits? What's the best way to make them? If eating them with jam and clotted cream (and how else?) does the cream or jam go on first? If you never knew there was an argument about this, it's Cornwall v Devon.

If you're in the northern hemisphere, I hope you're enjoying summer. If you're in the south of the southern, my commiserations! Summer will return.

As a final treat, you may enjoy this short video about jousting. Be aware that it opens with sound.

All best wishes,

Jo

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