Sarah Stuart lives on the edge of a quiet English village where wildlife sightings are common, though becoming less so. Hunting with dogs is now illegal in the UK: it goes on in secret and incidences of this are almost impossible to prove in court. Many of her dogs are, or have been, rescues and only those who enjoy the limelight perform onstage. Her royalties are donated to animal charities.
Dogs were Sarah’s opening into show business. During a period when she lived in Wales she supplied them to professional companies using Aberystwyth University’s Arts Centre Theatre during student vacations. Many musicals and plays performed there were on their pre-West End premiere run, which gave her an unrivalled opportunity to talk to directors, choreographers and the many other vital members of the backstage staff, and the performers. These ranged from actors and actresses in their first, or early, roles to worldwide superstars of stage and screen. That experience, and her association with the Northern Ballet, underpins the vivid portrayals of show business triumphs and heartbreak.
Sarah’s published articles have been in magazines dedicated to wildlife and dogs. The Royal Command series, her debut into fiction, has been well received. Book one, Dangerous Liaisons, was a Romance Finalist in the Independent Author Network Book Awards 2015 and both books hold five star ratings from Readers’ Favorite.
Lizzie, daughter of a wealthy Scottish Laird, inherits a Book of Hours passed secretly from mother to daughter for almost five centuries. It belonged to Margaret Tudor, James IV of Scotland’s queen, who used it as a diary. On her deathbed she wrote I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may. Love is a gift of God, not of kings.
Lizzie finds love with charismatic Michael, a young man born in poverty but destined, with her unstinting help, for stardom and celebrity status. The couple develop a passionate relationship, fraught with misunderstandings. Marriage drives Lizzie to decipher the queen’s coded secrets, desperate for comfort while Michael tours the world leaving her to bring up the children.
Lizzie, as Queen Margaret decreed, passes the Book of Hours to their daughter, Lisette. Her role model is Jeanne, the queen’s manipulative, vengeful, granddaughter. The result is immorality and a crime the whole family conspire to hide from the paparazzi, but can Lizzie forgive the man she loves a graver sin than Queen Margaret’s traitorous betrayal of a king?
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Illicit Passion (Royal Command Book 2)
Lisette Marsh, leading lady in two Broadway musicals, is approached by a man from her past. When she refuses to help him succeed in showbiz he blackmails her with the threat to expose a secret she thought safely hidden forever. Rich, she agrees to pay him, and that is the end of it, or is he so easily shrugged off?
Two decades on, Michael’s worst mistake comes back to haunt him in ways he could never has guessed were possible, and he initiates an audacious plan to free Lisette from a life of humiliation and pain. Once again, the whole family hover on the brink of disaster at the hands of the paparazzi.
Harriet Marsh, the new owner of the Book of Hours, deciphers the coded entries made by Queen Margaret’s great-granddaughter, Lady Harriet Allanach. Should she follow her namesake’s example to comply with the queen’s command I direct and beseech my heirs to find love where they may or do what she knows is right?