I have three full length novels in various stages of development. All are historical fiction with a strong romance element.
Forsaking All Other
Bess Stoughton, waiting woman to the well-connected Lady Allingbourne, has discovered that her father is arranging for her to marry an elderly neighbour. Normally obedient Bess rebels and wrests from her father a year’s grace to find a husband more to her liking.
Edmund Wyard, a taciturn and scarred veteran of England’s campaign in Ireland, is attempting to ignore the pressure from his family to find a suitable wife as he prepares to join the Earl of Leicester’s army in the Netherlands.
Although Bess and Edmund are drawn to each other, they are aware that they can have nothing more than friendship. Bess knows that Edmund’s wealth and family connections place him beyond her reach. And Edmund, with his well-honed sense of duty, has never considered that he could follow his own wishes. Until now.
With England on the brink of war and fear of Catholic plots extending even into Lady Allingbourne’s household, time is running out for both of them.
Forsaking All Other will be published in March 2018.
It came second in the Valerie Parv Award 2014 of the Romance Writers of Australia.
You can read the first chapter here.
The Bridled Tongue
Life has taught Alys Bradley not to expect what others take for granted: love, family, status. When she returns to her parents’ house after twelve years absence, her father, a wealthy Norwich mercer, decides that it is high time she married. Under pressure from her family, Alys is forced to choose between her father’s former apprentice, Robert Blunt, and Thomas Granville, a privateer fifteen years her senior. Both men seem more interested in the benefits that will come from marriage to Alys than the woman herself.
With England facing the threat of immanent Spanish invasion, Alys makes her choice and is forced to confront both her own and her husband’s past.
The Bridled Tongue is in the revision stage and I hope to publish it in 2018/19.
Hobart 1878 – a vibrant town drawing people from every corner of the earth where, with confidence and a flair for storytelling , a person can be whoever they want. Almost.
Harry Woods arrives in Hobart from Western Australia to join his aging father who he hasn’t seen in over thirty years. The old man’s health is failing so Harry takes over his role as mountain guide, taking hikers from the Springs to the pinnacle of Mt Wellington. He falls in with the Thompsons, a boisterous not quite respectable family, and begins a slow courting of one of the daughters, Ellen, a vivacious young woman, half his age with a six month old baby.
Ellen is drawn to Harry who is courteous in a way few men have been before; his enthusiasm for life makes his age irrelevant. Despite her fierce attachment to her family, Ellen dreams of marriage and respectability.
Although Hobart is a place where a person’s history isn’t closely questioned, the past has a way of making its presence felt.
Unspoken Promises is still in draft form and is based on a period in the lives of my great-great grandparents.