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
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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Where Hope Dares
In a time of social, religious and political upheaval, two isolated cultures clash with devastating results. Kiya, a young healer, is kidnapped, and taken north across the High Atlas Mountains to the brutal high priest of a pagan god. Her storyteller husband, Raphel, sets out on a thousand-mile journey to rescue her from a warmongering regime with nothing more than hope and a headful of stories. Abe, an enigmatic, itinerant peddler, to whom they look for help, has his own secret agenda - a prime directive issued by a long-dead pope. Kiya and Raphel find help here they least expect it, but who can they trust - friend or foe?
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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
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RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 5, 2018
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.
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.
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