My books are historical fiction. While real people sometimes have walk-on parts, for example Lord Byron and Colonel Colborne in The Murmur of Masks, the characters and their stories are fiction. The main story arc is romantic, but as well as dealing with their own problems characters must also cope with external events and the constraints imposed by society. I am particularly interested in what happens after the first happy end—how life goes on around the protagonists and sometimes catches up with them. I should be delighted if you would join me on this exploration.
In my new book, A Suggestion of Scandal, governess Rosa Fancourt finds her life and future are suddenly at risk when she surprises two lovers in flagrante delicto. 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?
Read an excerpt from A Suggestion of Scandal
Perception & Illusion charts the voyage of newly-wed Lallie and Hugo through a sea of confusion and misunderstanding. Can they successfully negotiate the Rocks of Jealousy and the Shoals of Perplexity to arrive at the Bay of Delight or will they drift inexorably towards Cat & Dog Harbour or the Dead Lake of Indifference?
Read what the Historical Novels Review said about it.
Award winning author NIcola Cornick said of it: "it was a real pleasure to read a book so well-rooted in the manners and mores of the period. Your deep knowledge and love of the time shows through but is skilfully woven into the fabric of the story. I also 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."
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My debut novel The Murmur of Masks, a warm and engaging story of a young woman's struggle to survive and find love in an era of violence and uncertainty, is available from Amazon as ebook and paperback. Recipient of four and five star reviews from Amazon and Goodreads, In November 2016 The Murmur of Masks was honoured with a Chill with a Book Award and in 2017 it was shortlisted for best novel in the CAP Awards for Independent Authors.
Read what the Historical Novels Review said about it: https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-murmur-of-masks/
Other reviewers said:
“I read it very quickly as the story was very compelling and the characters really came to life and engaged me.” “Depicts both the harsh reality of the battlefield and the pleasures and challenges of society life in England.” “I was hooked from start to finish.”
Read an excerpt from The Murmur of Masks
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.
Read an excerpt from The Zombi of Caisteal Dun