Roy Baldwin was born in south Lancashire and has lived and worked around the UK in various mathematical and scientific guises as an educationalist, night club owner, civil servant, musician, conservator and management consultant. Rhapsody of Fate, a science themed thriller-romance novel, is his third book and he is currently busy with researching and writing Rhapsody of Succession, the fourth sequel in the Rhapsody series. He is now a full time writer and women’s fiction publisher, and regularly commentates on the book and publishing industry generally through Twitter. Other books in the Rhapsody series are Rhapsody of Restraint, his debut novel and the first Rhapsody novel, followed by Rhapsody of Power. In between writing and digital publishing, he also tries to enjoy the fabulous beauty of the Norfolk countryside and seashore where he now lives.
Rhapsody of Restraint
Contemporary Women's Fiction
Professor Lauren Hind is a scientist who appears to have it all. Global recognition for her nuclear energy work, a doting designer husband who she loves and a mega salary in a large corporate so she can indulge in her joint passions of haute couture and mathematics.
After leading a prestigious research conference, she unexpectedly meets up with the mysterious and beguiling Luis who lures her into a culture she had not experienced. Fuelled by drink and intrigue, a train of events takes off and Lauren finds herself desperately buffeted by a seemingly irresolvable kaleidoscope of emotional and confused outcomes, which threaten to violently overturn her well-structured lifestyle and relationship bearings.
Trying hard to salvage her way out of the mess she has created and save her marriage, new and interrelated twists and turns throw her into further turmoil, entanglements and more betrayal as she is forced to question everything she has stood for and make fundamental choices.
But someone else turns up who has the capability, passion and desire to take from Lauren whatever she wants. Lauren needs to find the will and strength to confront this additional adversity and resolve her own complicated needs — but can she overcome the temptations …?
RHAPSODY OF RESTRAINT is the first book of the Rhapsody series which continues the intriguing scientific and emotional destiny of Lauren Hind.
“Where romance and adventure meets nuclear fusion!”
Rhapsody of Power
Contemporary Women's Fiction
Nuclear scientist Lauren Hind returns to Brussels to find her company, Cassini Power, riven by plots and her Director role threatened. Confident in her adaptability and needing a change of direction, she faces down her antagonistic Chairman, whilst seeking solace in a splurge of fashionable shopping indulgence in advance of her expected big payoff.
Appearances however can be deceptive. An unexpected turn of events shakes up her perceptions, setting her off towards career possibilities and a world stage she could only have dreamed about. But threats and a puzzling technical dilemma shake her out of any cosy feelings of being in control of her life, because she must decide where her loyalties lie and confront again who she really is and her true feelings. Aspects of her recent past have not quite gone away as she had hoped and expected.
A looming catastrophe, with enormous consequences for Europe and the rest of the world, reveals the true extent of her capabilities. To add to her confused feelings and foreboding, her Chairman is at the centre of the murky wheeling and dealing and she is summoned to engage in an adventure which could lead to her death and destruction. She badly needs help and there is only one person to turn to again. Can she let this happen or are the consequences and payback already drawn in the sand?
RHAPSODY OF POWER is the second book of the Rhapsody series following the science adventures and romantic escapades of Professor Lauren Hind
Rhapsody of Fate
Contemporary Women's Fiction
A fun holiday in Rome beckons for scientist and Cassini CEO Lauren Hind to forget the recent nuclear debacle in Sicily. Finding a new relationship with Philippe, her Chairman, her business and personal life should at last become rosy and settled. One revelation changes everything, discovering her lost adopted daughter, Charlotte and new family. But will this upheaval be a force for good or an uncontrollable disruption in her life?
She must find out, confront mistakes and reconcile her feelings and admit who she really loves. But unexpectedly, in China, the marital happiness she had sought is violently disrupted leading to unwanted challenges and distractions. She is forced to seriously question Amélie, her best friend, who she had always understood and trusted.
Something sinister unfolds leading to a set of destabilising coincidences and finally a kidnapping which her worst nightmares couldn’t have predicted. Never before have her technical skills and resourcefulness been tested so much. Could there be a man even more evil than Luis, capable of lacerating her emotions and loyalties at a stroke? And why must she travel to the Arctic to find out? Many may die, the dice is thrown and she must finally make the ultimate choice and decide one way or the other.
But which way does she turn? And who really loves her enough to pull her away from the deadly consequences?
RHAPSODY OF FATE is the third book of the Rhapsody series, continuing the science adventures and romantic journey of Professor Lauren Hind
Aged sixteen, wayward Victoria McKenzie flees desperate and confused from home in West Lancashire to a commune in Amsterdam and never speaks to her parents again. Now aged thirty five, single and fancy free, she is settled as a senior polymer chemist working in the ailing Ahrendolie refinery in Rotterdam. Following a serious and unsettling plant incident, she is forced into a long recovery break and plans to take off on holiday with Abby, her best friend and designer flatmate, always up for a new challenge. But Victoria is startled to suddenly learn of an unusual inheritance, Orsbrick Hall, taking her mind back to childhood events and places alongside the Leeds and Liverpool canal she never hoped to experience again.
Intrigued by her news, she is summoned to a strange meeting with a Liverpool solicitor and bumps into the quaint Julian, an introverted steampunk writer, all grey hair and flying scarves. But what is it about the creepy Orsbrick Hall that nobody wants to talk about? Why does her past now unravel into an unexpected explosion of crazy scientific revelations and discoveries a hundred and fifty years before, which she would never have believed possible or credible? With Abby and Julian she must track down the source of past family secrecies and find out who the terrifying woman in the purple shawl really is. But will this unleash evil and powerful forces hell bent on her eternal destruction and damnation? And is Julian all he makes out to be?
Mauveine is a special novel. Conceived, written and published within the thirty days of November and a winner for the NaNoWriMo 2013 international writer competition.