I have two full length novels in development. Both are historical fiction with a strong romance element.
The Bridled Tongue
Life and death is in the power of the tongue.
Alyce Bradley has few choices when her father decides it is time she marry as many refuse to see her as other than the girl she once was—unruly, outspoken and close to her grandmother, a woman suspected of witchcraft.
Thomas Granville, an ambitious privateer, inspires fierce loyalty in those close to him and hatred in those he has crossed. Beyond a large dowry, he is seeking a virtuous and dutiful wife. Neither expect more from marriage than mutual courtesy and respect.
As the King of Spain launches his great armada and England braces for invasion, Alyce must confront closer dangers from both her own and Thomas’s past, threats that could not only destroy her hopes of love and happiness but her life. And Thomas is powerless to help.
‘People never forget. When the fancy takes them, they bring the old stories out and embroider them further.’
I plan to release The Bridled Tongue on 1 February 2020.
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.