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Monday, 18 September 2017

New Book out now - The Cavalier's Pact

THE CAVALIER'S PACT

It is 1660, Oliver Cromwell is dead and has left behind a joyless England. Lord Adam Pennington returns from exile with the King, to find his ruined estate sold to a puritan follower of Cromwell. The King will restore the estate to Adam, but he is penniless and sees no way of being able to afford its restoration. 

But Jacob Janous, the Puritan who now owns the estate, has a secret. Three years ago, he falsified the death of his daughter, Felicity, in order to protect her from a vindictive suitor. But now, he is dying and has a proposition for Adam. Felicity needs an identity, Adam needs money.

After the years of poverty, can Adam meet the challenge of marrying Jacob's overly pious daughter in order to inherit his wealth? When the couple meet, it is hate at first sight, and Adam has no intention of staying married to Felicity. He assumes she feels the same, but he is wrong.

 



Saturday, 2 September 2017

I WON!



2017 e festival of words I won in two categories.













A novel about a pair of musicians, who come to London at the invitation of their friend, Mark Smeaton, only to arrive just a few days before he is arrested for adultery with Queen Anne Boleyn.

Fearing for their own safety, they decide to leave, go home to the country, but the bridge over which their coach is travelling collapses in heavy rain, and everyone is killed, except Rose. But she is badly injured and has no memory of the accident or her life before it.

When a nobleman claims her as his missing bride, she has no reason to doubt him.






This is the third in the series, The Pestilence, but can be read alone. It concerns some of the ordinary people who emerged at the end of the black death, to find the country almost deserted.

Rebecca is a prostitute, driven out of her home town by a terrified mob, looking for someone to blame for the pestilence. After hiding with her adult son, they continue on their journey, hoping to start a new life where nobody knows about Rebecca's history or profession. What they find is evidence that Rebecca's eldest son is alive and well and living as an earl.

Rebecca's longs to tell him the truth, but will that truth destroy the very essence of who he is?
Pestilence - The Second Wife

Book one of the series tells of Charlotte, the daughter of a wealthy merchant who is thrilled when the handsome Lord Robin Eversley asks for her hand in marriage.

She suspects that her main attraction for him is her love of children and his primary reason for marrying her is to find a mother for his damaged daughter. But that means nothing to Charlotte, as she loves the child almost as much as she loves him.

Determined to build a happy life for them both, she has only just found the love of her life, when the black death threatens to tear him away.








Book Two in the series tells of Lady Felice Sutton, who agrees to marry Lord Christopher Waterford, despite his fearsome reputation, to save her beloved father from penury and debtor's prison.

She is grateful and determined to make him a good wife, but his distrust of women make her efforts almost impossible and when he finds his peasant mistress dead, he is convinced that Felice has poisoned her. Felice's growing affection for her enigmatic husband is shattered when she learns just how merciless he can be.

But the black death teaches him what it means to lose the love of an honest woman.




Thursday, 20 July 2017

THE LOVES OF THE LIONHEART - History's Forgotten Princesses


The Loves of the Lionheart

History's Forgotten Princesses 

This is a novel I have wanted to write for some time, since I became interested in the Queen of Richard the Lionheart. She was the only Queen of England who never set foot in the country and I found her a fascinating subject. However, as I got involved in the research for Queen Berengaria, in relation to Richard, I thought his first serious love interest, Princess Alys of France, deserved a mention.

Alys turned out to be a very interesting character, a sympathetic character, although very little is known about her. In fact, very little is known about either of these princesses, and I hope I have done them justice. I have studied many chronicles of the time, a lot of which contradict each other, but none of them really describe the thoughts and feelings of these two young women, especially Alys, who I feel was exploited and much maligned.

Anyway, this has been a new venture for me, to write about real people instead of fictional ones, to know where the story has to go because it is history, it has happened. I do hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

It is available from today in both kindle and paperback versions. The kindle version will be on special offer for this week only.

As always, thank you all for your continuing support.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

I MADE IT TO THE FINALS!!!

I MADE IT TO THE FINALS!! 

Now I need your vote if I am to have any chance of winning and I know I can count on everybody on my list.

Here's how: 

Go to 
this link Scroll down until you come to 'Best Historical' and you will see my book, Once Loved, at the top of the list. Just click on it and your vote will be registered. Then, if you will, scroll down a bit more until you come to 'Best Romance' where you will see my book, The Minstrel's Lady, again at the top of the list. Just click on that to register your vote. It only takes a few minutes.

I was thrilled to have two books nominated for this award and I never expected to make it to the finals. With your help, I might even go farther.

Thank you so much!

Margaret

Monday, 10 July 2017

THIS WEEK ONLY - The Wronged Wife only .99 cents (or pence)


THE WRONGED WIFE

This has been a very popular book since it was first published in 2014. It is controversial, but it must always be remembered never to read historical fiction through 21st century eyes. Things were different then, attitudes and expectations were different then.

The story concerns Lord Richard Morton, an earl and courtier to King Henry VIII. In service of that King, Lord Richard is obliged to leave his wife and daughter for a whole year, to fight the King's war with the French.

On his return, he is heartbroken to find his beloved wife with child by his brother. In a blind rage, he lashes out at her and leaves, taking his five year old daughter with him.

It is seven years before he discovers his mistake when his dying brother sends for him and make his deathbed confession.

Now he is even more heartbroken, to think that he tore their lives apart, turned against his wife when he should have known better and given her his support. How is he ever going to make it up to her and to his daughter, who has been kept away from her mother for all those years?

He knows he must return to his Cornish home and reunite his daughter with her mother, he knows he can never ask forgiveness of either of them. 

But when he finds his wife studying the illicit and heretical teachings of Martin Luther, he fears he may have left things too late. He cannot leave his child with a mother who is likely to be arrested and charged with heresy, nor can he bear to separate them again.

This will be the hardest battle he has ever had to fight.

GET YOUR COPY NOW, WHILE IT IS $4 off!   It won't stay that way for long.

Martin Luther

By Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder - http://img.over-blog-kiwi.com/1/59/80/42/20150602/ob_92f938_942363-martin-luther.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54910617
One of the founders of the reformation was Martin Luther, a German priest who began to question the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. 

He particularly objected to the Church's sale of indulgences and the idea that entry into Heaven could be bought with money. In 1517, he posted his 95 thesis of objections on the door of a church, thus rousing others to begin to question in their turn. 

For centuries after Luther's rebellion, possession of his writings was illegal, heretical and could be punished by being burned alive.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

The Hartleighs of Somersham Book Two on special offer for this week only.

Lady Penelope's Frenchman is the second book in the series, a novella length Regency romance.

Although still in his early twenties, Christopher Hartleigh now finds himself Duke of Somersham and the head of the Hartleigh family. He thinks it will be an easy task until his young cousin, Penelope, brings up the subject of Pier Gaston, a French aristocrat left penniless by the revolution. Penelope's father, the late Duke, has already refused consent for her to marry Pier, believing his only interest to be in her fortune, but she has stubbornly kept writing to him. Now Christopher is Duke, she hopes that he will be more sympathetic to her cause and allow them to marry.

Christopher hopes she will meet someone more suitable at the London season, and steers her towards Viscount Michael. Her determination takes him by surprise and he feels inadequate to the task he has been given. He also believes the Frenchman is only interested in his cousin's fortune and refuses his consent to the marriage.

Naively, he hopes she will see sense and marry the Viscount; instead she elopes with Pier, an act which will cause a terrible scandal if it is known.


His duty now is to follow them and bring her back, hopefully before it is too late.


Only 0.99 for this week only so don't miss out

If you missed Book One, A Match of Honour, you can read it here. All my books are available to read via Amazon's Kindle Unlimited subscription service as well as to buy.



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Wow! Two Books Nominated for the E-Festival of Words Award!


eFestival of Words List of Nominees 2017

I couldn't believe it when a fellow author emailed me with congratulations. I have been nominated for two awards.










Best Historical

This is Book Three of the Pestilence Trilogy, three books set amid the devastation of the Black Death, which spread throughout England in 1348. The disease is now known to be the Bubonic Plague and this was its first appearance in England.

Many scientists argue about whether it was actually the same disease that devastated London 300 years later in 1665, but it has always been accepted that it was the same. 

It came here, to England, on trade ships carrying black rats and their fleas, which spread the disease. This third book tells of how people's lives were changed by the devastation the plague left in its wake. It had the effect of changing the entire structure of society.

Pestilence Boxed Set





Best Romance


The Minstrel's Lady tells of a minstrel and his lady, Rose, who sings with him. They go to London on the invitation of their friend, Mark Smeaton, who has told Queen Anne Boleyn all about them and she wants to hear them play and sing.

But things don't go to plan when they arrive to witness the downfall of Mark and subsequently the Queen. They decide they would be safer at home, but first they remain to play and sing in the park on May Day.

Because of the impending executions, the crowds pouring into London cause the coach on which they are travelling to divert to a weaker bridge over the river Thames. The storm causes the bridge to collapse and Rose awakes in a tavern with no memory of who she is, not even her name.

When a nobleman appears and claims her as his bride, she has no way of knowing if she is who he thinks she is. She goes with him, falls in love with him, but is haunted by dreams of a young minstrel and a village just outside London.

Will she ever learn the truth? And if she does, will she lose the love of her life?

The final selections will be made in July when I shall be calling for votes, so keep your fingers crossed for me, please.

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