I live on a smallholding in West Wales with my husband and rescue dog. (Or should that be dog and rescue husband?) I love writing stories with twists and unexpected endings, because life is like that. I write stories with layers, stories within stories, about flawed, real characters who live. I draw on personal experience, using it to create emotional depth in situations I can, thankfully, only imagine. I love tackling challenging subjects, child-abduction and Nazi death-camps being but two: loss, love and relationships are major factors in my writing as they are in real life.
Like one of my characters, I'm an artist and I see writing and painting as very similar pastimes. Both require keen observation and a deep understanding of subject, seeing beyond the surface of places, people and situations and imparting a deeper meaning. Both media require drawing a picture that tells a story, be it in paint or text that the reader or viewer can add to with their own imagination and life experience.
Books I love reading are those that take me to places I've never been, be it morally, physically, spiritually or emotionally, that teach me something about myself, inspire me and make me think. I hope the novels I write will do that for my readers.
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The Silence Of The Stones
Alana is a struggling artist and sculptor, a daughter of dysfunctional parents. She grabs the chance of a fresh start when she is left a cottage in West Wales by an aunt she didn't know existed. Both her parents beg her not to go but refuse to explain why. Plunged into a conspiracy of silence over a thirty-year-old crime, her presence causes dangerous ripples in the Pembrokeshire village she makes home. An eccentric old woman who casts runes and worships ancient gods, an ex-lover, a busker, a 2 year-old child and an investigative journalist make strange bedfellows but conspire to threaten everything Alana holds dear.
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Touching The Wire
GOLD MEDAL WINNER historical fiction - event/era Readers' Favorite Book Awards 2019.
Part One: A young doctor and nurse meet in a death camp in war-torn Poland. They struggle against horrific odds to save lives and survive. As their relationship blossoms they join the camp resistance, risking death daily. Liberation throws the young man from one nightmare to another as he fights to save the life of the woman he loves.
In 70s England, Walt, now an old man, lives with the guilt of surviving, and the burden of unbearable secrets and a promise unkept. It's this guilt that gives him nightmares and forces him to relive his past.
Part Two: In present-day England, Walt's granddaughter, Charlotte, is leaving an abusive relationship. She finds an enigmatic carving, made by Walt, that leads her to the Imperial War Museum. Here, she meets Adam, a modern historian, who agrees to help her. Together, they find love and discover her grandfather's hidden secrets. It takes courage to reveal all to the world, so keeping Walt's promise.
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The Child of Prophecy
NB: THIS BOOK WAS PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED AS 'WHERE HOPE DARES'.
'I don't know where to begin in praising this book - there is so much that is good about it... the story and the world Rebecca Bryn has created is utterly convincing.' Review - Frank Parker author of Strongbow's Wife.
A prophecy, a sacrifice, and a truth that is more terrifying than the legend.
The Child of Prohecy is set in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco at some time between the Great Flood and the Second Coming. Kiya is a village healer and her husband, Raphel, is a storyteller, keeping alive the oral traditions of their people. Life is peaceful, ordered, happy, and the most excitement they have is regular visits from Abe, an itinerent peddler who trades across the mountains with his mule, Moses.
Abe, however, is not what he seems, and though he has Kiya and Raphel's best interests at heart, he has a secret agendum laid down by a long-dead pope that is sometimes at war with his love for his friends. He has dedicated his long life to watching over the village where Kiya lives, but why? What is it he's not telling her?
All goes horribly wrong when a pagan, war-hungry cult from the northern side of the mountains descend with arson, rape, and slaughter on their minds, and an ancient prophecy to fulfil. Kiya is kidnapped and forced north over the mountains, but what has the prophecy to do with Kiya? Does Abe know?
Alaric, one of the barbaric Northmen, sees Kiya as the legendary 'Gift' of prophecy he's been sent to find, and he rapes and kidnaps her and forces her north over the mountains, leaving Raphel for dead amid the burning ruins of his village.
Raphel lives and determines to set off in search of Kiya, his only aids hope, love, and a headful of stories. Abe goes with him, but his reasons for this aren't quite what they seem, and he will find his allegiencies sorely tested.
That the chase on foot across the mountains in winter will be hard and long is not in doubt, or that the sea voyage will be fraught with danger, or the trek across the desert under a burning sun less deadly than that of their ancestors who fled persecution from East Africa. That gentle Raphel will have to use every ounce of his knowledge, wit, compassion, forgiveness, and courage to rescue his wife, is certain, but who will prove to be his friend and who his foe, and what is this prophecy by which the Northmen set so much store? Why is it so important that they will kill and risk their own deaths to fulfil it - and can such an ancient prophecy be trusted?
On Different Shores (For Their Country's Good, Book 1)
A young poacher is charged with killing Lord Northampton's gamekeeper. Found guilty, he is transported to Van Diemen's Land, for life, leaving behind the wife he loves, pregnant and penniless. While he suffers disease and the deprivations of a brutal life in chains aboard a convict ship, she, too, determined for her child to know his father, is forced to embark on a dangerous strategy to follow him across the globe, whatever the cost. Will the cost prove too high, for her and those she loves?
Found guilty of killing Lord Northampton's gamekeeper, a young poacher is transported to Van Diemen's Land, leaving behind the common-law wife he loves. Pregnant and penniless, she is left facing the appalling lack of rights for women in Victorian England. While he suffers disease and the deprivations of a brutal life in chains, she is determined her child will know its father, so embarks on a dangerous strategy to follow her lover across the globe. Will the cost prove too high, for her and all those she loves? (Inspired by family history and real events.)
Beneath Strange Stars (For Their Country's Good, Book 2)
Continuing the story of Jem and Ella. Jem, a young poacher is transported to Van Diemen's Land, for life, for killing one of Lord Northampton's gamekeepers, leaving behind, Ella, the girl he loves. As Jem and his cousins plan a mutiny aboard the convict ship, HMS Tortoise, in an attempt to return home to his lover, Ella is using the only currency she has, her body, to earn the fare to follow him across the globe. The mutiny fails, and Jem faces a life in exile, but his determination to escape is not quelled. Will he escape and find his way home, or will he be forced to accept his fate and learn to love again? Can Ella raise the money to escape her loveless marriage, or will her new midsummer baby tie her to England forever? Is their love not meant to be?
On Common Ground (For Their Country's Good, Book 3)
Concluding the tale of Jem and Ella's ill-fated love: both have been transported as convicts to Van Diemen's Land. Ella and Jem's baby son, William, is dying from malnutrition in the nursery of the female factory at Launceston, where she is imprisoned. In order to save his life, she has put herself forward for marriage, despite already having a legal husband, Harry, and a son, Matthew, in England. Her new 'husband' has gold fever and is taking her and William over Australia's Bue Mountains in search of his fortune. Harry, in England, doubts Matthew is his son, and, desperate for a legal, blood heir, determines to hear the truth of the matter from Ella's own lips and sets out to find her. Jem, meanwhile, still a prisoner in Impression Bay, on Van Diemen's Land's convict peninsula, believes Ella and William are in England. Letters from home suggest she's with Harry, and is happy, but can Jem believe that after what Harry has put her through in the past? Unable to rest until he knows she's safe and happy, Jem determines on a further escape attempt to reach England and Ella. Will their paths ever cross again, or is their love not meant to be?
For Their Country's Good - Box Set
One illicit kiss changes Ella's life forever. One moment of madness changes Jem's. Jem, a young poacher is convicted of murdering one of Lord Northampton's gamekeepers and is exiled to Van Diemen's Land with his two cousins for life leaving behind Ella, his common-law wife. Ella, desperate to escape an abusive arranged marriage and determined her and Jem's unborn child will know its father, will do anything to follow the man she loves. Their ill-fated attempts to be together take them across the globe in convict ships to help found a new colony in Van Diemen's Land, across the Blue Mountains of Australia after gold, and force both to make heartbreaking decisions. A tale of sacrifice, courage, hope, and unbreakable love. 'Truly exceptional.'
The Dandelion Clock - A wish to end all wishes, the war to end all wars
Bill, a farm boy brought up in a village on the Duke of Buccleuch’s Northamptonshire estate, is plucking up his courage to ask his sweetheart, Florrie, to marry him. Florrie has given up her dream of being a dancer to bring up her siblings and protect them from their violent, sexually abusive widowed father. For her, marriage to Bill is love, escape, and protection: a dream to be clung to.
When war breaks out in August 1914, Bill and Florrie’s dreams are dashed – Bill is sent with the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars, a yeomanry cavalry regiment, to fight in Gallipoli, Egypt, and Palestine taking with him a horse, Copper, volunteered for service by the 7th duke’s young daughter, Lady Alice. Bill makes promises before he leaves: to marry Florrie if he survives and to bring his beloved warhorse, Copper, home safe to Lady Alice.
While Bill fights Turks and Germans in appalling conditions, Florrie fights her own war with rationing, poverty, the loss of her menfolk, and her father’s drunken temper. As the war proceeds, fearful and with her resilience faltering, her feelings of self-worth plummet, and she turns to her dandelion clocks for reassurance. ‘He lives? He lives not? He loves me? He loves me not?’
When Bill returns to England six months after the armistice in 1918, both he and Florrie have been changed by their personal journeys. Has their love survived five years apart and the tragedies they’ve endured? Can Bill keep his promises to Florrie and Lady Alice?
A heartbreaking story of lovers torn apart by the Great War. An insight into the military history of the 1914 1918 war in Egypt as fought by the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars and the Queen's Own Worcestershire Yeomanry - some of the 'PALS brigades'. At first thought, 'not real soldiers' by the regular army, the Royal Bucks and the Worcester Yeomanry fought with great courage and suffered huge losses. In fact, the Worcesters sustained more losses than any brigade in any war, and the PALS earnt the respect of all those who fought. Although Military Fiction 1914-1918, it is a story inspired by real people and based on real events that doesn't forget the role of women in the Great War or their need for a WW1 romance.
Kindred and Affinity - When the man you love marries the sister you hate
In Victorian England, estranged sisters, Annie and Mary Ellen Underwood, fight for the love of one man, Edwin West. Their rivalry ignites passions, jealousies, family feuds, and deep hatreds already sparked by religious intolerance. Edwin loves them both, but both are forbidden fruit. Who will be the winners in this three-sided game, and what will be the price of a second chance at love for the losers? For lovers of Catherine Cookson.
The Chainmakers' Daughter (The Chainmakers - Book One)
England 1901 - 1910 Rosie Wallace lives in the Black Country and is the eldest daughter of chainmakers, learning her trade at her mother’s side. Pay for women is poor, and all the future holds for Rosie is working ten or twelve hours a day, hoping to marry Jack, the boy she loves, when she reaches fifteen and probably having more children than they can feed. Even working these long hours, starvation wages keep the chainmakers in abject poverty, while the chain masters reap the profit.
Rosie wants better for her family. Hearing that in London, agitator and socialist, Mary Macarthur, is lobbying parliament to end sweated labour, Rosie writes to her, begging her help in their desperate plight, but can one person unite the women chainmakers of Hawley Heath to strike for a living wage and defeat their rich and powerful chain master, who refuses to pay the legal wage? Will Rosie’s disastrous assignation with the chain master’s son lose her Jack’s love and throw a deadly spanner in the works? Can the white slaves of England defeat the chain master or will Rosie end her life on the gallows?
A Victorian/Edwardian political social drama, The Chainmakers' Daughter exposes the living conditions of working-class women and girls in the early 1900s. Mary Macarthur, a socialist and the first woman to stand for parliament, founded the Anti-Sweating League, the National Federation of Women Workers, and was instrumental in getting the 1910 Wage Board Act and a legal minimum wage into law. It was a fight that took many years and culminated in the women chainmakers' strike of 1910, a strike that lasted two months. A family saga, this is the story of the fight of ordinary working women for a fair day's pay for a fair day's work that paved the pay for a national minimum wage and equality for women.
The Chainmaker's Wife (The Chainmakers - Book Two)
England 1911: following the successful strike by women chainmakers for the legal minimum wage, and the death of the chain master, Matthew Joshua, Jack and Rosie find themselves on the other side of the fence when they are thrust into running the chain factory for Matthew's widow, Marion.
Along with their new responsibilities, Jack and Rosie have to contend with national strikes, riots, and shortages. Ever the activist, Rosie defies Jack and is gaoled when fighting for women's suffrage, while Marion plots to write Jack out of Rosie's life and steal Rosie’s daughter Emma. Jack's attempt to keep Rosie safe at home by betraying her trust in the most underhand way backfires spectacularly. Can they find forgiveness, yet again? The outbreak of war brings new challenges to an already fraught relationship, and both determine to do their bit for the war effort with potentially devastating consequences.
Watercolour Seascapes: Painting Seas Made Possible (by Rebecca's alter-ego, Ruth Coulson)
Animal Portraits: Painting Animals Made Possible (by Rebecca's alter-ego, Ruth Coulson)
You're Not Alone (An Indie Author Anthology)
I was honoured to answer a call for a short story when a friend in a Facebook group came up with the idea of an anthology to support Macmillan Cancer Nurses. Twenty-seven international Indie authors have contributed to make ‘You’re Not Alone’ a fantastic read.
This anthology was the idea of Ian D Moore who recently lost a loved one, Pamela Winton, to cancer. He wanted to do something to honour her life and to support the wonderful volunteer work done by Macmillan cancer nurses. He asked the group for short stories, to give to this cause, and the response was immediate: all of us have been touched by cancer, or will be at some point in our lives. The theme of the stories is relationships, and the interpretation of that theme, from a very talented worldwide group of Indie authors, is fascinating, funny, sad and thoughtful. My own offering is Ooh, Air Margrit, a story that is embarrassingly true. All royalties from sales of the anthology will go to the Pamela Winton fund to support Macmillan nurses.
The anthology can be purchased as an e-book or in paperback at Amazon.
Read Christoph Fischer's blog interview with Rebecca Bryn