Welcome to my official website. The background image is an early nineteenth century Matrimonial Map which you can see in detail by clicking "Matrimonial Map".
My new Novel, A Suggestion of Scandal, is now available for pre-order. When governess Rosa Fancourt surprises two lovers in flagrante delicto, her life and future are suddenly at risk. Even if she escapes captivity, the mere suggestion of scandal is enough to ruin a lady in her situation. In Sir Julian Loring she finds an unexpected champion but will he stand by her to the end?
Perception & Illusion charts the voyage of Lallie and Hugo through a sea of confusion and misunderstanding. "I loved your protagonists and the depth you gave to their emotional journeys and to the rest of the characters and story. Bravo! It was a lovely read, deliciously romantic with wonderful characters, elegant writing and perfect period detail. Hugely enjoyable!" Nicola Cornick.
In August 2017, Perception & Illusion was honoured with a Chill with a Book Readers' Award.
The Murmur of Masks is a warm and engaging story of Olivia's struggle to survive and find love in an era of violence and uncertainty that takes us from the ballrooms of the Regency to the battlefield of Waterloo. In November 2016, The Murmur of Masks was honoured with a Chill with a Book Readers' Award. In October 2017, it was shortlisted for Best Novel in the CAP (Carousel Aware Prize) Awards.
And don't miss my historical, gothick short story, The Zombi of Caisteal Dun. Scotland, 1798. Amabel had not wanted to come to the remote highland keep of Caisteal Dun but her mother had felt it was in her destiny to go there. Mamma was second-sighted but not even she could foresee the fate that awaited her daughter.
In My Scrap Album I blog about historical facts and trivia relating to the late Georgian/Regency era, that fascinating period between the demise of hoops and the invention of crinolines in which my books are set.
It was a time of war, revolution and inspiration. The Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland of 1800, the Anglo-American war of 1812 and more than a decade of war that ended in the final defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815 are all events that continue to shape our modern world. At the same time, the aristocracy-led society was under attack from those who demanded social and political reform, while the industrial revolution saw the beginning of the transfer of wealth and ultimately power to those who knew how to exploit the new technologies.
It was a patriarchal world where women had few or no rights, but they lived and loved and died, making the best lives they could for themselves and their children. And they began to raise their voices, demanding equality and emancipation.