Monday, 18 September 2017

#bookreview ~ Traitor's Knot #HistFic #CivilWar #ASMSG @CryssaBazos

Traitor’s Knot

By Cryssa Bazos

 


England 1650: Civil War has given way to an uneasy peace in the year since Parliament executed King Charles I. 

Royalist officer James Hart refuses to accept the tyranny of the new government, and to raise funds for the restoration of the king’s son, he takes to the road as a highwayman. 

Elizabeth Seton has long been shunned for being a traitor’s daughter. In the midst of the new order, she risks her life by sheltering fugitives from Parliament in a garrison town. But her attempts to rebuild her life are threatened, first by her own sense of injustice, then by falling in love with the dashing Hart. 

The lovers’ loyalty is tested through war, defeat and separation. James must fight his way back to the woman he loves, while Elizabeth will do anything to save him, even if it means sacrificing herself. 

Traitor's Knot is a sweeping tale of love and conflicted loyalties set against the turmoil of the English Civil War.

What did I think of the book?

For King, For Country, And For The Woman He Loves…

James Hart may appear to be a hardworking ostler, but it could not be farther from the truth. He is, in fact, a Royalist officer and a renowned highwayman. He is determined to see the rightful King back on the throne of England and if he has to steal from the Puritans pockets to do so, then so be it!

Elisabeth Seton has lost everything. Her home, her family, and her honour. Her father fought on the losing side during the Civil War, and now she is regarded as the traitor’s daughter. She will live with the shame for that is her lot to bear, but then a chance meeting with a highwayman changes her life forever and gives her a reason to hope.

There are some books that when you turn the pages, everything else is suddenly not so important. You get lost in the story, as you watch the events unfold in front of you. Traitor’s Knot by Cryssa Bazos is such a book.

Set during the reign of Cromwell, Ms. Bazos takes you on the most fascinating and compelling journey as she weaves a story of what it was like to be a Royalist in the time of the Puritan rule. The attention to historical detail has to be commended. It seems that nothing escaped Ms. Bazos attention. The hours of research that have gone into this book has certainly paid off. Ms. Bazos has brought the era to life.

This book has a large cast of characters, all of which were very well drawn. The two protagonists, James and Elisabeth, were so real in the telling that when someone brings up this era in conversation the first thing that will spring to mind, from now on, are these two fictional characters — that is how good they have been portrayed.

I have to say bravo to Ms. Bazos at her portrayal of Hammond. Hammond is probably the best portrayal of an antagonist that I have ever read. His mind is so corrupted that he twists the teachings of the Bible to accuse innocent men and women of the most horrendous crimes, when the real crime was what he was committing. But of course, he is blind to his wrongdoing but sees evil in everyone else. He is the perfect character to go up against our brave heroes.

The story is very compelling. So much happens in this book and near the end I was dreading turning the pages, fearing what was going to happen next. The action is non-stop, from battles to marketplaces. From royalty to the poorest of the poor. From filthy jails to beautiful countryside. From violence to romance. This book has something for everyone. 

As I was reading Traitor’s Knot, I could not help but think of the great classic, Launa Doone by Richard Doddridge Blackmore. It had the same feel to it — that same desperate but compelling need to carry on turning those pages. Traitor’s Knot would make a fabulous mini-series on the television. It would certainly be a must watch.

Needless to say, I LOVED it. It is certainly in the top 5 books I have read and reviewed so far this year.

I Highly Recommend.


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About the author

Cryssa Bazos is an award winning historical fiction writer and 17th century enthusiast with a particular interest in the English Civil War. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Romantic Novelist Association and is a co-editor and contributor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog. Her debut novel, Traitor's Knot, is published by Endeavour Press. For more stories, visit her blog cryssabazos.com
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Friday, 15 September 2017

#bookreview ~ To Tame the Wind #Historical #Romance @RegansReview

To Tame the Wind

By Regan Walker

Paris 1782… AN INNOCENT IS TAKEN

All Claire Donet knew was the world inside the convent walls in Saint-Denis. She had no idea her beloved papa was a pirate. But when he seized Simon Powell's schooner, the English privateer decided to take the one thing his enemy held most dear... her.

A BATTLE IS JOINED

The waters between France and England roil with the clashes of Claire's father and her captor as the last year of the American Revolution rages on the sea, spies lurk in Paris and Claire’s passion for the English captain rises.

This is the prequel to the Agents of the Crown series and book 1 of the Donet trilogy; it can be read as a stand alone.

What did I think of the book?

Falling in love with a pirate...


Clare Donet has always had a spark of rebellion about her. She loathed being locked away in the convent school her father had placed her in. Many times she sneaked out, regardless of the consequences. But after one fateful evening, where she had met the man of her dreams, her world was turned upside down and she vowed never to leave the convent again.

Simon Powell's ship has been taken by that French rogue Donet, but Donet will pay for his crimes. If Donet ever wanted to see his daughter again, then he will give back to Simon what was taken.

But when Simon kidnaps Clare he had no idea what kind of woman he had taken. Donet may have stolen his ship and crew, but Clare is stealing his heart. He has to remain strong, for his crew is depending on him.

What a beautiful love story. To Tame The Wind by Regan Walker is a compelling romance set within the most amazing backdrop. Filled with danger, high seas and romance, I completely fell in love with this book and, this story.

I adored the characterisation of Clare, she is so strong, and she will not be bullied into compliance. Simon certainly has his hands full. But she is also passionate and kind. There was really nothing not to like about her. Likewise, Simon is a very well drawn character who starts off with this single-minded mentality to get his ship and crew back but, by the end, well... You will have to read the story to find out!

I thoroughly enjoyed To Tame The Wind, and I think you will too.  

I Highly Recommend.



Links for purchase



About the author


Award-winning, #1 bestselling author of Regency, Georgian and Medieval romances. Also an avid reader/reviewer of historical romances set in the 19th century or earlier.



 My website: www.reganwalkerauthor.com. My blog is Historical Romance Review: reganromancereview.blogspot.com.

My stories will sweep you away, I promise. They are historically authentic with real historical figures as well as my fictional characters. (I do hundreds of hours of research for each book.)

Sunday, 10 September 2017

#bookreview ~ Colorless #Historical #fantasy #YA @stradling_rita

Colorless
By Rita Stradling


In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts. 
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she’s concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, sixteen-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents’ sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colourless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents’ murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians’ monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle’s family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about—a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in a hundred years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

What did I think of the book?

If no one can see you do you exist at all?

The day Annabelle Klein parents died her life changed forever. She watched with horror as the colour drained from her skin, her clothes, and everything she touched. She also became invisible. No one asked where she was, no missed her because they had forgotten she had existed in the first place.

Annabelle thought she was to spend the rest of her life as a living ghost.

Dylan Miller mourned the loss of his employers for Lord and Lady Klein were good people, but they also lived a secret life. A dangerous life. Unlike most, Dylan can see Annabelle, and he wants to help her. But dark forces are intent on finding Annabelle, and they will stop at nothing to destroy her.

Colorless by Rita Stradling is a page turning adventure in a dark world that is filled with secrets, danger, and mystery. Ms. Strandling has created a unique world, which did take a little bit of perseverance for me to get my head around, but once I did the story was gripping.

Colorless is told through alternative perspectives, which really worked for this book and gave a deeper insight into the characters themselves. I adored the characterisation of both Annabelle and Dylan. Annabelle is a very strong young woman, who loses everything and everyone, but she is determined to find the truth and to protect those who have risked so much to keep her safe. Likewise, Dylan, is a very honourable young man who will do absolutely anything to keep Annabelle safe. He is a very likeable character, and I enjoyed reading about him. There is also a cast of supporting actors, and they helped to drive the story forward.

The world, in which our brave heroes live, is controlled by the Magicians’ monks who invade every part of everyone’s lives. They are feared. And they are determine to kill Annabelle, if only they could see her. They use threats and intimidation to get what they want. They were very chilling antagonists that were frighteningly evil. This is very much a dark verses the light story.

If you are looking for historical fantasy escapism then this is the book for you.

I Highly Recommend.


Links for purchase




About the author

Rita Stradling is the author of The Deception Dance series, the Dakota Kekoa series and The Fourteen Day Soul Detox Novella Serial. She has a BA in Art History and a particular love for modern and medieval art.

Rita lives with her husband and son in Northern California.

She has an insatiable novel addiction and mostly reads young adult and adult: romance, paranormal, urban fantasy and high fantasy.



Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Cover Reveal ~ The Du Lac Princess #Arthurian #Histfic

It is with the greatest of pleasure that I can finally reveal the cover of The Du Lac Princess (Book 3 of The Du Lac Chronicles). The Du Lac Princess has been an absolute joy to write, and I can not wait to share the next instalment to my award winning series, The Du Lac Chronicles, with you! 


Briton 500 AD

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant.
Her crime? She is a du Lac.

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.



Book Extract:


“Soon I will be entertaining some very important guests. I am celebrating my victory over Budic and his broth—”

“I need to know this because…?” Amandine queried, interrupting him. “Do you expect me to take part in the celebrations? Do you want me to dance on Merton’s grave? Will that satisfy the masses?”

“Oh, for goodness’ sake,” Philippe scoffed. “You are not invited. It is your skill I desire. You were married to Garren. You know how such celebrations are organised.”

“You want me to plan it? Go to Hell.”

“I saved your life,” Philippe reminded her again.

“No you didn’t,” Amandine disagreed. “Don’t you understand? I died the same day he did.”

“I know that you are an exceptional seamstress, and you can make even the mundane look beautiful,” he continued as if he had not heard her.

“You are out of your depth, aren’t you?” Amandine realised, and a smile pulled at her lips. “You don’t know how to be a king, do you? You don’t know how to act, or how to entertain such influential people. You have no idea about the proper etiquette.”

Philippe raised his head and looked calmly into her face. “If you don’t help me then I am sure the Church would love to take you back under their wing,” he threatened.

But the threat did nothing to dampen Amandine’s amusement. “There are others you should ask. I am not the only one who knows how such things are organised and besides, no one would listen to me. You forget…I am damned,” she continued to giggle at the irony.

“I wasn’t expecting you to leave this room.”

“I see,” Amandine scoffed.

Philippe surprised her by kneeling down on the floor in front of her. Everyone knew that Philippe had a thing about cleanliness. He was obsessed with it. Kneeling on the floor was surely a no no, up there with petting the castle’s dogs. He must be truly desperate, Amandine thought but did not say.

Philippe’s hand reached for hers and then he paused, thought better of it, and his hand dropped away. “I know you don’t want to hear this, but Merton was a cruel, evil man and with time, you will come to see that. I saved you from him. I saved you from the consequences of loving him. I need your help. I have invited many dignitaries. I have to impress. Please, show me how and I swear,” he placed his hand on his chest, where his heart rested, “I will protect you forever.”

“Protect me?” Amandine laughed, although there was little humour in it. She watched as Philippe rose back to his feet. “I am a du Lac. You and I, we will always be enemies.”

Copyright © 2017 Mary Anne Yarde


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Sunday, 3 September 2017

#Bookreview ~ A Gallant Gamble (Unrivalled Regency #3) #Romance @wackyjackyful

A Gallant Gamble
(Unrivalled Regency #2)
By Jackie Williams


She had been creating havoc since the moment he had first set eyes on her, but avoiding the outrageous yet beautiful Lady Charlotte, had become almost impossible. With her delightful innocence and her exquisite looks, she had entangled herself firmly in his heart.

If only Geoffrey could act upon the riotous emotions that tormented him through day and night, but even as she stood half-naked in front of him, he knew that it was impossible for a stable hand to marry a Lady. Though he had saved her guardians life, the new Lord Caithwell would have him flogged if he knew the thoughts that tortured Geoffrey’s every waking moment.

Now, what with the Duke of Ormond ordering him to accompany Lady Charlotte on her first season in London, Geoffrey’s equilibrium is about to be shattered. Protecting the vivacious woman from the felons who would attempt to steal her fabled Caithwell diamond will be difficult enough, but the thought of any other man even so much as dancing with her was enough to bring Geoffrey out in a cold sweat.

He didn’t think his heart could take it. He needed a distraction from the impossibility of having her for himself. Perhaps riding in Lord Davenport’s annual steeplechase would be a fitting diversion from the delights of the woman he could never win.

Perhaps he would triumph and take the thousand guinea prize. Or maybe he would lose not only the woman he loves, but also his life as rivals for her hand and her priceless heirloom, gamble on the outcome.

A Gallant Gamble is a 16+ (sensual, sexual content) stand-alone read in the Unrivalled Regency series, however, the books are best read in order to fully appreciate all the characters and situations.


What did I think of the book?


Geoffrey is determined to drive Lady Charlotte from his thoughts.  A man like him has no business daydreaming about a Lady like her. She is so far above his station that to even dream about her is ridiculous. But Lady Charlotte is like no other woman that he has ever met. She is courageous, reckless, beautiful, and kind. She is slowly driving him crazy.

Lady Charlotte does not know what she has done wrong. Well, she does, but surely Geoffrey can understand that helping to birth that foal meant she had to take her gown off. It wasn't as if he could see anything. But ever since that...incident...he has been avoiding her. And for some reason, it hurts unbearably.

But now the Duke of Ormond has ordered Geoffrey to be Lady Charlotte escort during her first season in London. Geoffrey can think of nothing more torturous. If Charlotte were to find a husband, then his heart would be forever broken, but what could he possibly offer her and why would she want to accept a nobody like him as her husband?

Jackie Williams has done it again. She has brought us a story filled with passion, mystery, intrigue, and laughter in A Gallant Gamble (Unrivalled Regency #3). The story was so engaging that I did not put this book down and read it within a couple of hours.

I loved the characterisation of both Charlotte and Geoffrey. They both adore each other, but they both think themselves unworthy of each other. Their love story was filled with doubts and misunderstandings, but if ever there were two people made for each other then it is Charlotte and Geoffrey. Their love story is not only believable but wonderful to read about. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Although this is Book 3 in the Unrivalled Regency, it does work very well as a standalone, but I would recommend starting with Book 1 because you don’t want to miss one page of this fabulous series.

If you are looking for a quality Regency Romance, with one or two surprises, then A Gallant Gamble (Unrivalled Regency #3) is for you.

I Highly Recommend.


Links for Purchase




About the author


I was born in Essex England during the mid sixties but I missed all the fun. Being only young I assumed that all Beatles were six legged creatures and Flower Power was something to do with the vigorous way my mother kneaded the bread dough.

My wonderful parents brought me up with a huge love of books. We read anything and everything. Bedtime stories were a treasured time of adventure and mystery. My sister and I sat wide eyed in wonder and to this day I worry about Dinah and Dorinda being pricked with pins because they grew so fat, and I never pull faces at the a waning moon (or was it a waxing one?) just in case my chops stay that way . (The Wind On The Moon)

I began reading romance while still at school. The fuel for many a teenage fantasy leapt from between the covers of wildly romantic books and my passion still lingers now for all those dark haired heroes.

My own beautiful teenage daughter persuaded me to write my first romance. She was only fourteen at the time and between books for children and adults. She couldn’t find anything that ticked all her numerous and particular boxes and so she asked me to write a book, with all the exact ingredients just for her. Though not just a book for teens, she enjoyed the resulting tale so much that she shared it with her friends and I eventually published A Perfect Summer as an ebook on amazon.

But I have discovered that writing is not easily stopped once you start. It has turned into a grand passion that I just cannot hold back. The fingertips start tapping the keys and ideas suddenly come flooding, far too many for just one book and so I began another and then another. Nine books later I am still nowhere near done. Book ten is on its way and only just the other night I woke from a wild and wonderful dream with book eleven fully formed in my head.

Romance will always be my first love but recently I was so influenced by a tiny polished plaque on a sea wall that I gave paranormal romance a try. (Echo Beach) Mixing the two genres was a real challenge for me but I was delighted with the result. Historical romance is going to be my next genre. All those fabulously titled and passionate men are impossibly hard to resist.

Friday, 1 September 2017

#Bookreview ~ A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) #Romance @wackyjackyful

A Murderous Masquerade
(Unrivalled Regency #2)
By Jackie Williams


Book 2 in the Unrivalled Regency Series. Anne and Giles’ story.

Waiting for nearly two years hadn’t been easy. Every second under Anne’s emerald gaze had been pure torture while Giles waited out her mourning, but now it was over and with the county’s eligible, if aging bachelors already gathering at her gates, he hadn’t a moment to lose.

With his heart in his mouth and his marriage proposal on his lips, it was unfortunate that Anne’s aristocratic father and overbearing brother chose that particular moment to visit.

Lord Edward Ellesworth had never been keen on the lower classes. That his sister would even consider marrying someone as inferior as Giles Denvers, was beyond all reason. It wasn’t going to happen while he had breath in his body. There had to be a way to separate them.

With Giles facing the hangman's noose, and Anne frantic to avoid marriage to one of her father's aging cronies, desperate measures are called for.

Add to the delicious mix of romance and intrigue, a herd of hungry prize porkers, a beautiful young cousin, a very noble intention plus a diamond as big as a walnut and we have the makings of a ripping Regency yarn!

This book is a stand-alone story but the series is best read in order to gain full enjoyment of all the previous characters and scenery involved. (Please see Silence of Scandal by Jackie Williams)

A Murderous Masquerade is suitable for ages 16 and upwards due to sensual, sexual scenes. 


What did I think of the book?


At last Giles Denvers is going the marry the woman of his dreams. He had fallen in love with Anne from the moment he had first set eyes on her, but she was in mourning, and he had to allow for the proper time to pass before he proposed.

But there was no way that Anne's brother, Lord Edward Ellesworth, is going to allow a marriage between his sister and a nobody like Giles. And he will do anything to see that the marriage does not take place.

Giles finds himself staring at a hangman's noose for a crime he did not commit. His dreams of a life with Anne are dashed to the ground, and he fears for her future and that of his cousin. Both women depend on him to secure their safety, but what can he do while he is behind bars?

While Giles best friend, Alexander, Duke of Ormond, tries desperately to clear Giles name, Giles must come to terms with his own mortality as he tries to do everything possible to secure the future of the woman he loves.

Oh, my giddy aunt! I loved Silence Of Scandal (Unrivalled Regency #1) by Jackie Williams, but A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) was simply brilliant. I was completely drawn into the story from page one, and I couldn't turn those pages fast enough. Full of drama, mystery, intrigue, as well as love, this is one of those books that I could easily read again and again.

I loved the characterisation of Giles. He was a really lovable hero. His compassion for the women in his life, his fear of them, was very touching. Likewise, Anne is a very gentle soul who learns to stand up for herself. But I have to admit my favourite character was Giles' cousin, Charlotte. Charlotte has such a brilliant mind and is so full of spirit that I could not help but like her. I think the next book in the series is about Charlotte and I cannot wait to read it!

A Murderous Masquerade (Unrivalled Regency #2) is a great read. I cannot recommend this book enough. If you like great historical romance with a super-fast plot and believable characters, then this is the book for you.

I Highly Recommend.

Links for Purchase


About the author



I was born in Essex England during the mid sixties but I missed all the fun. Being only young I assumed that all Beatles were six legged creatures and Flower Power was something to do with the vigorous way my mother kneaded the bread dough.

My wonderful parents brought me up with a huge love of books. We read anything and everything. Bedtime stories were a treasured time of adventure and mystery. My sister and I sat wide eyed in wonder and to this day I worry about Dinah and Dorinda being pricked with pins because they grew so fat, and I never pull faces at the a waning moon (or was it a waxing one?) just in case my chops stay that way . (The Wind On The Moon)

I began reading romance while still at school. The fuel for many a teenage fantasy leapt from between the covers of wildly romantic books and my passion still lingers now for all those dark haired heroes.

My own beautiful teenage daughter persuaded me to write my first romance. She was only fourteen at the time and between books for children and adults. She couldn’t find anything that ticked all her numerous and particular boxes and so she asked me to write a book, with all the exact ingredients just for her. Though not just a book for teens, she enjoyed the resulting tale so much that she shared it with her friends and I eventually published A Perfect Summer as an ebook on amazon.

But I have discovered that writing is not easily stopped once you start. It has turned into a grand passion that I just cannot hold back. The fingertips start tapping the keys and ideas suddenly come flooding, far too many for just one book and so I began another and then another. Nine books later I am still nowhere near done. Book ten is on its way and only just the other night I woke from a wild and wonderful dream with book eleven fully formed in my head.

Romance will always be my first love but recently I was so influenced by a tiny polished plaque on a sea wall that I gave paranormal romance a try. (Echo Beach) Mixing the two genres was a real challenge for me but I was delighted with the result. Historical romance is going to be my next genre. All those fabulously titled and passionate men are impossibly hard to resist.

The Du Lac Devil ~ Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist #epic #fantasy

The Du Lac Devil is a Readers' Favorite Book Award Finalist in the category of Epic Fantasy. I was up against some fabulous authors and I am beyond thrilled that The Du Lac Devil made it this far in the competition.





Read Readers' Favorite 5* Review of The Du Lac Devil here!

A big thank you to all my readers and to my family for allowing me to pursue my dreams!

Monday, 28 August 2017

#bookreview ~ Scarred Beginnings (Scarred Series Book 2) #Military #Romance @wackyjackyful

Scarred Beginnings
(Scarred Series Book 2)
By Jackie Williams



He had trained for it, been counselled about it, seen comrades affected by it, but even as he signed up he dismissed it. Nothing was going to happen to him or any of his friends, nothing what so ever. All his sister’s worrying was ridiculous.

Nearly ten years into his service and he’d barely grazed a knuckle. His equipment was the best, his teams had his back, there was scarcely any danger at all.

And then it happened. His whole team caught up in it. Nothing could change those nightmarish few seconds that would so completely alter the rest of their lives. That it could have been a child that did it to them was almost as shocking as the event itself. He would never forget the look on the boy’s face as long as he lived.

If he thought that surviving the incident was going to be a trial, enduring the aftermath was proving to be a different sort of challenge entirely. 

What did I think of the book?

David's life is changed forever when he is caught up in a horrific suicide attack. Not only does he have to live with the terrifying image of the young boy blowing himself up, but now he has to come to terms with his disability. The last thing he ever expects to find is love, for who would want to tie themselves to a broken man?

I am a big fan of Jackie Williams because not only is she a terrific writer, but she also does not shy away from some really tough topics. Her portray of what it is like to be disabled in Briton is not only heartbreaking but sadly spot on. When David tried to do something ordinary like go to the shops or go out for dinner, it did bring tears to my eyes because I have experienced this first hand. Kudos Ms Williams for portraying the truth.

Scarred Beginnings (Scarred Series Book 2) is a wonderful story of David's journey as he not only comes to terms with what has happened to him but also how he learns to live with it. He fears that no one would ever want him and when a woman does take interest he immediately thinks he imagines it, or she is playing with him. It takes a lot for him to trust.  The story is so compelling that the pages just flew by. I loved the characterisation of David, he is so raw and so wonderfully portrayed that I could not help but fall a little in love with him myself.

Although there is a great deal of heartache and soul searching in this book, there is also moments of beautiful humour. The romance, although not a big part of this book is so wonderfully portrayed that I could not help but hope for a happy ending. I cannot praise this book enough.  Scarred Beginnings (Scarred Series Book 2) is a sit-down and finish book and one I am sure I will be reading again.

I Highly Recommend.

Links for Purchase


About the author

I was born in Essex England during the mid sixties but I missed all the fun. Being only young I assumed that all Beatles were six legged creatures and Flower Power was something to do with the vigorous way my mother kneaded the bread dough.

My wonderful parents brought me up with a huge love of books. We read anything and everything. Bedtime stories were a treasured time of adventure and mystery. My sister and I sat wide eyed in wonder and to this day I worry about Dinah and Dorinda being pricked with pins because they grew so fat, and I never pull faces at the a waning moon (or was it a waxing one?) just in case my chops stay that way . (The Wind On The Moon)

I began reading romance while still at school. The fuel for many a teenage fantasy leapt from between the covers of wildly romantic books and my passion still lingers now for all those dark haired heroes.

My own beautiful teenage daughter persuaded me to write my first romance. She was only fourteen at the time and between books for children and adults. She couldn’t find anything that ticked all her numerous and particular boxes and so she asked me to write a book, with all the exact ingredients just for her. Though not just a book for teens, she enjoyed the resulting tale so much that she shared it with her friends and I eventually published A Perfect Summer as an ebook on amazon.

But I have discovered that writing is not easily stopped once you start. It has turned into a grand passion that I just cannot hold back. The fingertips start tapping the keys and ideas suddenly come flooding, far too many for just one book and so I began another and then another. Nine books later I am still nowhere near done. Book ten is on its way and only just the other night I woke from a wild and wonderful dream with book eleven fully formed in my head.

Romance will always be my first love but recently I was so influenced by a tiny polished plaque on a sea wall that I gave paranormal romance a try. (Echo Beach) Mixing the two genres was a real challenge for me but I was delighted with the result. Historical romance is going to be my next genre. All those fabulously titled and passionate men are impossibly hard to resist.