Pride and Prejudice and Mr Wickham at 60

We’re talking Pride and Prejudice this week with a behind the scenes look at Being Mr Wickham, Catherine’s brand new theatre show in which Adrian Lukis returns to his celebrated role as Jane Austen’s most rakish rogue. Plus naked Darcy, scandalous queens and Mr Bennet throws some shade. With thrilling Captivating Captains news hot off the press. Only in Gin & Gentlemen!

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Interview with Sandra Carmel

Today we’re welcoming Sandra Carmel to the blog, an Australian-based romance author. She’s here to tell us about her newest novel, Capture.

The cover of Capture, showing a split image of half a woman's face and half of a man's.

Welcome to the blog, Sandra! Can you tell us a little about your current work in progress?

Capture is book one of my paranormal romance trilogy, The Cure, on pre-order now and on general release on 27th August 2019. I’m currently completing edits for Discover, book 2, due out later this year, and have also been working on Reckoning, book three.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a hybrid, a ‘plotser’. But my aim is to work towards becoming more of a plotter. In the long run, I think it’ll save me a lot of time when writing, rewriting and editing. Pantsing is great and exciting because I enjoy not knowing exactly where the plot is going, but it can also lead me down diverting paths that are either not relevant to or don’t strengthen the story, wasting precious writing and editing time.

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Fruit Juice at Berni’s with the Little Chef

Grab your complimentary lollipop and join us on a wander down a culinary memory lane as we reminisce about the fruit juice starter and big steaks at the Berni Inn, burgers with a knife and fork at the Wimpy Bar, and being denied access to the Happy Eater swings. Discover what happened to PizzaLand, and how to make bubbles with a handdrier. Find out what’s coming out of the inkwell, and who’s putting the fizz in our gin this week. Only on Gin & Gentlemen.

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The Captain and the Theatrical

Available to pre-order now. Published 3rd September 2019.

When Captain Pendleton needs an emergency fiancée, who better to turn to than his male best friend? After all, for Amadeo Orsini, life’s one long, happy drag!

Captain Ambrose “Pen” Pendleton might have distinguished himself on the battlefield at Waterloo but since he’s come home to civvy street, he’s struggled to make his mark.

Pen dreams of becoming a playwright but his ambitious father has other ideas, including a trophy wife and a new job in America. If he’s to stand a hope of staying in England and pursuing his dream, Pen needs to find a fiancée fast.

Amadeo Orsini never made it as a leading man, but as a leading lady he’s the toast of the continental stage. Now Cosima is about to face her most challenging role yet, that of Captain Pendleton’s secret amour.

With the help of a talking theatrical parrot who never forgets his lines, Orsini throws on his best frock, slaps on the rouge and sets out to save Pen from the clutches of Miss Harriet Tarbottom and her scheming parents.

As friendship turns into love, will the captain be able to write a happy ending for himself and Orsini before the curtain falls?


Summer 1817

As Captain Ambrose Pendleton strode through the gates of Vauxhall Gardens, he didn’t see the crush of people or the lights in the trees, or hear the music. He was thinking only of seeing his friend Orsini once again.

But first there was the show, which Orsini had raved about in his letter. Cosima was from his stable of talent, and Orsini had been insistent that his friend watch the most remarkable, exquisite and well-formed young lady to grace the continental stage.

And her adorable performing parrot!

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Interview with Anne Barwell

Today on the blog, we’re welcoming Ann Barwell, a New Zealand-based m/m romance author.

Hello Ann!

Thanks for hosting me, Eleanor and Catherine.

It’s a pleasure. Can you tell us about your route to publication?

I’ve always been an avid reader, and if I read a book I really like, I like to let the author know. I read Counterpoint by Ruth Sims, and emailed her to let her know that I’d really enjoyed it.  She made me cry, damn it.  We got chatting over several emails, and she asked me if I was a writer. I told her I had a completed manuscript, and she suggested I submit it to her publisher—Dreamspinner Press.  The worst that would happen would be they’d reject it with some constructive criticism.

They sent me a contract for my first book, Cat’s Quill, and now nearly eight years later I have thirteen books published with them.

Cover of the book Cat's Quill, showing two figures standing under a tree.

Tell us about your most recent book. 

My most recent book came out at the beginning of 2018 as last year wasn’t a great one for writing. Too much going on in RL!

I don’t write a lot of romances without other genres crossing over, but Prelude to Love holds a special place in my heart as it is set in Wellington, and draws on my experience as a musician and music teacher.

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The Captivating Captains

As we prepare for the forthcoming release of our Regency romcom, The Captain and the Theatrical, what better time to get to know some other captivating captains?

For a limited time, you can snag the swoonsome first book in the series, The Captain and the Cavalry Trooper for just 99c/p. Follow the links below to get started… the captains are waiting!

Amazon UK
Amazon US