Monday, 4 July 2016

Letterbox Love Stories

I’m now back from a lovely holiday to North Wales, with an overnight at the Lake District on the way, but I’m not quite back to work yet. Looking forward to the RNA Conference in Lancaster this coming weekend, then I’ll need to get organised. More about the holiday later.

Meanwhile, I’m delighted to welcome talented fellow author Helena Fairfax to the blog. Helena is one of a group of international authors who have produced an interesting collection of short stories set around Europe which all feature a letter. Great idea and my copy is now downloaded!

Welcome, Helena and thanks for providing such a lovely post.

Letterbox Love Stories – an anthology of European romance

A few months ago I had an email from American author Gemma Juliana asking me if I’d be interested in taking part in a new, international group of authors, with the aim of putting together a series of anthologies. I’ve collaborated with Gemma before on a Christmas anthology (Exquisite Christmas came out last year) and it was great fun to do…so of course I said yes!

In total we are now nine authors who live in America, Austria, Spain and the UK, and our first ever anthology has now been released. It was very exciting working on this venture, right from thrashing out our first ideas for a theme, to the final release. First of all, we were all clear that the setting for all our stories should be Europe – but what else should unite them? We talked about and discarded several ideas for something to bind our first anthology together until finally we hit on a theme that excited all of us: what if you received a letter that changed your life forever?

With that one simple idea, we went away and worked on our own individual writing. The imagination is a great thing – and we each came up with a completely different story, each in our own genres, set in vastly different places and times in Europe, but all based on this one simple premise.

Here are the blurbs for Letterbox Love Stories:

MORE THAN WISHES by Rose Anderson
Raised on a sailor’s tales of adventure and eager for her own, Stella Cunningham answers an advertisement for a traveling companion to the Orient. There she purchases an ancient bronze lamp with a secret. In the land of flying carpets and genies, Stella is about to have the adventure of a lifetime.

ALL OR NOTHING by Denysé Bridger
Casino Coranthos is a playground for wealthy, bored people, but for some, it’s also a place where dreams and promises change lives forever. When a letter becomes part of an unexpected inheritance for Ryann Thomson, her aunt’s past brings her face to face with Ariston Katsaros, a man haunted by loss and driven by anger. As the attraction between them sizzles and grows, can Ryann convince him she isn’t looking to rob him or his father, or will she become a casualty of Ari’s vengeance? In this dangerous game of all or nothing, her heart and future happiness are at stake.

In 2084, time travelling detective, Tandi Reynolds, tipped off by a letter, needs to stop an assassin before he kills a newly elected leader. When she finds him in 1874, Vienna, it’s clear a cold blooded killer is only one of her problems. Time is fleeting, so falling in love with her contact, the charismatic Count Leopold Radetzky von Radetz, is a bad idea, but keeping her feelings in check is not easy when she relies on him for her every need.

COME DATE ME IN PARIS by Helena Fairfax
When a letter arrives telling Alice she's won a place on a TV blind date show, she should be excited - only trouble is, the show involves cooking for your date...and Alice can't cook. Forced to throw herself on the mercy of her chef neighbour, Edmond, Alice asks him for lessons. But will she be cooking up a romance...or cooking up disaster?

What do a reality TV star and a Sardinian billionaire have in common? Sophie Hayes buys and sells the contents of abandoned storage units. When an invitation arrives out of the blue to personally deliver an antique desk to an exotic island, she decides on a whim to spend what would have been her honeymoon with the famous Rico di Carlo. Can Rico convince Sophie in one short week to stay forever?

SONS OF THE WIND by Marie Laval
Provence 1826. Ten years after her brother disappeared in the marshes of the Camargue, Venetia Rigby receives a letter suggesting he is alive. Will Philippe Dantès, half-gypsy master of Terres Mortes, help her find him when he has his own demons to fight?
A letter inviting Chloe Decker to curate the art collection of the wealthy DiMarco family of Ravello, Italy, lets Chloe begin to picture a new beginning for herself after a tragic loss. But she hadn’t included her employer’s sexy grandson, Matteo DiMarco, in that portrait. Chloe’s not ready for a relationship, even with a fine Italian masterpiece of a man like Matteo, but can he convince her to paint a new life that includes him?

PLAIN HARRY by Lindsay Townsend
Recovering from a brutal marriage, Esther is living quietly as a widow when a letter from her brother Sir Stephen destroys her contented life by ordering her to marry Sir Henry—but who is this “Plain Harry” and how will he treat her? Set in medieval England when women had few rights, this story shows how love can flourish between the unlikeliest of people.

In 1936 a band of students went off to Spain to fight in the Spanish Civil War. Only one came home.

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As you can see from our blurbs, every story is different – and they all have an intriguing premise!

We’re very excited to say that Letterbox Love Stories is available now on Amazon and will be available from other ebook retailers soon.

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Thanks so much for hosting me today, Rosemary!
It’s been a real pleasure, Helena!


Anonymous said...

I hope you had a great holiday in north Wales, Rosemary. We used to take our children there every summer. Happy memories!
Thanks again for hosting me. I hope you have a great and fruitful time at the conference!

Julia Thorley said...

What a fabulous idea for an anthology - and such a variety of tales. Great stuff.

Cara Marsi said...

I'm thrilled to be part of this anthology with so many talented writers. Great interview, Helena.

Helena Fairfax said...

Thanks so much, Julia! It was great fun to be part of. Thanks for dropping in!

Helena Fairfax said...

Lovely to work with you, Cara. Thanks for dropping in!

Teresa Ashby said...

Thank you for a great post, Rosemary and Helena. What a great idea for an anthology. It sounds lovely - and I love stories triggered by letters or postcards - or even emails!

I hope you have a lovely time at the RNA conference, Rosemary - and look forward to hearing more about your holiday :-) xx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

You're welcome, Helena. Sorry I won't see you at the conference this year!

It's a great idea, Julia!

Thanks for visiting, Cara - look forward to reading your story!

Thanks for the lovely comment, Teresa - looking forward to the conference!

Joanna said...

I'm glad you had a good holiday, Rosemary, and look forward to hearing more about it.
Letterbox Love Stories sounds wonderful. It's such a lovely idea for a book and I always enjoy stories based on letters because of the way characters reveal so much about themselves without realising it.
Have a brilliant time at the RNA conference! xxx

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Many thanks for your lovely comment, Joanna!