I have lived most of my life in Kent, England but I’ve also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Both had a lasting influence. Africa dragged my love of writing to the surface. Living some forty miles from the nearest tarmac road and seventy from anything pretending to be a bookshop, I soon ran out of bedtime stories for the children. Scribbling began.
On returning to England, fiction had to take a back seat as real life took over, you know the sort of thing - a proper job to keep feeding the mortgage and the growing family, and chores, chores and more chores. But a love of writing finally erupted into regular tap-tapping. I've written and read for the BBC and published short stories.
Finally, a little more time was found – six novels have been published, and more are in the pipeline. The first book to be published was Hide in Time (which acquired the coveted Amazon ‘Best Seller’ banner for a short time). The second novel, One Dark Night, was inspired by the smugglers’ caves I visited as a child, and has a Bronze Award from Readers’ Favorite. Under a Dark Star, is a sequel set in the ‘diamond isle’ – the Isle of Wight – where one of my husband’s distant ancestors was a smuggler. One Dark Soul explores exactly that. All include historical information and scenes based on fact. Then there’s a contemporary speculative fiction set in New Zealand and the latest, Mistake in Time, is another time travel romance.
Hide in Time
Time Travel Romance
Laura finds herself washed ashore from a shipwreck in the 21st century but she'd stormed off from her betrothed in 1814 so she's somewhat confused. She likes her new life but she realizes she has made a horrible mistake.
Meanwhile, Xandra even hates her name as well as all the other bothersome things of modern day life and Laura sees this. Could she...? Yep, she could, and she does. Back goes Xandra to 1814 only to be confronted by a highwayman before meeting a delicious man who is still mourning the death of the girl he loved.
How do these two cope with their puzzling new lives? And how does Laura manage not to upset the course of history despite her meddling? And oh boy can she meddle!
If you like a little bit of mystery, a touch of humour and something of the thriller, then you might like Hide in Time!
Mistake in Time
Time Travel Romance
For 21st century career girl, Liberty Taffet, the idea of making a catastrophic mistake is unthinkable. To get away from two-timing heartbreaker, Dr Nicolo Nylander, and a rapidly collapsing new business venture, she sets off to visit Regency England. She knows the secret, she’s done her research – what could possibly go wrong?
Landing in London’s Swinging Sixties pursued by two unknown men and unable to remember who she is, she is befriended by Gemma. Gemma’s loveable brother is full of fun and soon Liberty is having more excitement than she ever believed possible. Yet why do two strangers keep appearing, seemingly from nowhere and what are their intentions?
Regency England has been forgotten and it takes the right man to remind her – and the wrong man to enforce her decision.
Follow Liberty on her dangerous adventure in time.
One Dark Night (The Dark Moon Series Book One)
It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. Lucy Yorton, dragged away from her privileged early life, must slave on a bleak, run-down farm. Then two men enter her life:
Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, sworn to avenge the murder of his father, is a King's man. He is determined to hang the violent smugglers.
Daniel Tynton has smuggling in his blood. Undaunted by Thorsen's threats, he is respected and feared.
The choices we make determine our futures and Lucy is torn between two determined men as the secrets and lies undermining her life are exposed.
A romantic thriller mystery. Book One in The Dark Moon Trilogy.
Under a Dark Star (The Dark Moon Series Book Two)
All that it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Fortunately, two men decide to act, putting their lives and the lives of those they love in jeopardy.
Daniel Tynton and his old enemy, Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, embark on a dangerous quest to rid the ‘diamond isle’ of the wreckers who lure cargo ships onto rocks. This drives Daniel’s wife, Lucy, to risk all that she has worked for.
All the conflict points to one cruel and ruthless man – the women call him the Dark Star.
In the midst of all the turmoil, Karl finally finds a woman he can love but she belongs to that Dark Star.
Book Two in The Dark Moon Trilogy
One Dark Soul (The Dark Moon Series Book Three)
Journey into one dark, wounded heart. By 1825 Lucy has escaped from poverty and found true love married to a good man. Knowing Lieutenant Karl Thorsen still feels a hopeless passion for her, Lucy tries to help him find happiness with Elizabeth, a feisty young American. Then a charming, talented and mysterious artist comes into their lives. Intrigued, Lucy does not see the signs of impending tragedy stealing towards them. She ignores all warnings and pays a high price for her folly. When she disappears, the clues suggest one man but surely he cannot be guilty? Something is not quite right. A piece of the jigsaw is missing.
Immortality: This is Probably a Novel
Contemporary Speculative Fiction
Chester, an investigative journalist, is in fear of his life and hides out in a remote part of New Zealand, 12,000 miles from Kate, the woman he loves. His quiet life is interrupted when a stranger knocks on his door and transports him to the world’s best kept secret. True to his training, he keeps a diary of his perplexing experiences, all of which he dismisses as impossible. As his life becomes more alarming, his longing to see Kate grows. Yet how can he explain to her what he can’t bring himself to believe? After she reads his diary, she becomes his lifeline helping him to understand that he must warn others of the danger, just as a lighthouse does.
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” —Mark Twain
One Stolen Kiss and Other Stories
Short Stories - Various Genres
A collection of five short stories:
Deep in the World of the Dead – Former Army soldier, Ben, tries to settle into civilian life and moves to a new town to audition as a Big Band trumpet player. But when his housing arrangements fall through, he learns how easy it is to become homeless through no fault of his own. Dark clouds sometimes have a silver lining and none shine brighter than those with romance attached.
Judge Not – You know what they say about assumptions. A holidaymaker in Italy makes the mistake of misjudging and is humbled when, at last, she discovers the truth. Love comes in different guises.
Angela – Angels come in all shapes and sizes, and some of us have entertained them unaware. As the poet says, “God moves in a mysterious way.”
A Wonderful World – The loss of a loved one can lead to loneliness, but new doors stand open.
One Stolen Kiss – Set in 1814 England, this is a prelude to Anna Faversham's Dark Moon Trilogy. Daniel, a key figure in the smuggling community, becomes aware of a young girl who will change his life.