Books

Warrior Knights

The Temptation book 4 The Fall book 5 The Willing Wife book 3 The Marriage Bed book 2 The Holding book 1

The Middle Ages is a very long span of time, covering 1000 years. It was a time of invasions, of warriors and monks, swords and chants, arranged marriages and stone castles, pilgrimages and crusades.

The five books in this series are set in early 12th century England and take place within a tight timeline. The characters from the books know each other and interact, though each book can be enjoyed without having read the others (but why deny yourself the pleasure?).

These books are very loosely connected to the rest of the books I’ve written. Sophia Dalby, the centerpiece character of the Regency period Courtesan Chronicles and More Courtesan Chronicles is a direct descendant of Ulrich and Juliane from The Fall.

The Courtesan Chronicles

Private Places, anthology novella The Courtesan’s Daughter book 1 The Courtesan’s Secret book 2 The Courtesan’s Wager book 3 How to Dazzle a Duke book 4 Daring A Duke book 5

The English Regency period has long been a favorite. I credit the enduring popularity of Pride and Prejudice. Who can resist Mr. Darcy?

It’s called the Regency because of George III’s periods of insanity, during which his son, the Prince of Wales (nicknamed Prinny) acted as the Regent. George III is the king who lost the American colonies in the revolution.

Not to bore you to death with the twists of a writer’s mind, but I became intrigued by the tension of that period, roughly from the French and Indian War to the War of 1812, especially the American Revolution to the English Regency.

It was a time of great change. America was an infant on the world stage and England didn’t believe America could make it as a world player. The Indians on the frontier made alliances with the English and the French, whomever served their purposes of survival best. The Indians (so called at the time) knew that keeping the French and English at each others’ throats was the best way to keep them off balance on the American continent. Four nations: French, English, American, Indian—each with various factions and a multitude of differing political agendas, and each determined to be the victor in the fight for the North American continent.

Into that turbulence, I threw Sophia, daughter of a British aristocrat mother and an Iroquois warrior father. She lived her early life as in Indian in upstate New York, through the American Revolution in Loyalist New York City, as a penniless woman in pre-Revolutionary France, and as a courtesan in Georgian London.

Sophia is a survivor. She is ruthless and beautiful and smart. She is compassionate and witty and mysterious. She married an aristocrat, gave him two children, and lives on as the dowager Countess Dalby in Regency England. She is the descendent of Ulrich and Juliane, the hero and heroine of The Fall, from the English Warriors series. Like them, she is legendary.

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Lone Warriors

Tell Me Lies To Burn

To Burn is set in Roman Britain, at the very start of the Dark Ages. The Roman Empire is crumbling and the barbarians are invading along every border. The hero is a Saxon warrior, the predecessor of what would become the English landed nobility, and the heroine is a citizen of the Roman Empire, a daughter of Britain who is Roman to the core. They come together in fire, smoke, and blade, determined to fight each other to the death.

Tell Me Lies takes place in the early 1700s off the coast of the North America, when pirates were the scourge of the world. The hero is a pirate-hunter turned pirate and his goal has become a simple one: to survive.  The heroine is taken captive and struggles to survive aboard a pirate ship. Like the hero, she struggles to balance who she is with what she fears she is becoming. What can be sacrificed in the name of survival? The heroine is a direct descendant of Rowland and Isobel from The Marriage Bed.

The Courtesan Chronicles International Version

The Courtesan’s Daughter (international version) book 1 The Courtesan’s Secret (international version) book 2 The Courtesan’s Wager (international version) book 3 How to Dazzle a Duke (international version) book 4 Daring A Duke (international version) book 5

The English Regency period has long been a favorite. I credit the enduring popularity of Pride and Prejudice. Who can resist Mr. Darcy?

It’s called the Regency because of George III’s periods of insanity, during which his son, the Prince of Wales (nicknamed Prinny) acted as the Regent. George III is the king who lost the American colonies in the revolution.

Not to bore you to death with the twists of a writer’s mind, but I became intrigued by the tension of that period, roughly from the French and Indian War to the War of 1812, especially the American Revolution to the English Regency.

It was a time of great change. America was an infant on the world stage and England didn’t believe America could make it as a world player. The Indians on the frontier made alliances with the English and the French, whomever served their purposes of survival best. The Indians (so called at the time) knew that keeping the French and English at each others’ throats was the best way to keep them off balance on the American continent. Four nations: French, English, American, Indian—each with various factions and a multitude of differing political agendas, and each determined to be the victor in the fight for the North American continent.

Into that turbulence, I threw Sophia, daughter of a British aristocrat mother and an Iroquois warrior father. She lived her early life as in Indian in upstate New York, through the American Revolution in Loyalist New York City, as a penniless woman in pre-Revolutionary France, and as a courtesan in Georgian London.

Sophia is a survivor. She is ruthless and beautiful and smart. She is compassionate and witty and mysterious. She married an aristocrat, gave him two children, and lives on as the dowager Countess Dalby in Regency England. She is the descendent of Ulrich and Juliane, the hero and heroine of The Fall, from the English Warriors series. Like them, she is legendary.

Wild Americans

A Kiss to Die For book 1 Dances With Lords book 2, coming 2018 Once Upon a Time in London book 3, coming 2018

The American West holds a special place in the history of America. The west of cowboys and cattle drives, of dusty towns along a stagecoach line or a rail line, was a very short period in history; it lasted only a few decades. I think that’s why we cherish it so much. The cowboy of the wild west is the American version of a medieval knight. Loners, independent, self-reliant, consummate horsemen. And irresistible to women!

A Kiss To Die For takes place in Abilene, Kansas in the 1870s and the hero is a rough, tough bounty hunter faced with a heroine who is tougher than she looks. Dances With Lords tells the story of the granddaughter of the Duke of Edenham, reared in the wilderness of Wyoming, who travels to Victorian England to become reacquainted with her estranged grandfather, and falls in love with and English lord. In Once Upon A Time in London the hero is the elder brother of the heroine in Dances With Lords; he follows her to England, hating every mile he travels away from Wyoming, hating his grandfather, hating England, but not hating the English miss who lives next door.

Dances With Lords and Once Upon A Time in London will be released in late 2013.

Like all of my books, the characters in these three western romances are descendants from both the English Warriors, The Courtesan Chronicles, and More Courtesan Chronicles.

More Courtesan Chronicles

Chasing Miss Montford The Most Dangerous Game, short story An Encounter at Hyde Park, anthology novella Much Ado About Dutton book 6 Encounters of the Ardenzy Heiresses, two novellas An Encounter at the Museum, anthology novella Accidentally in Love, novella Taming Miss Grey book 7 coming 2017

Two years after the events in the five books and one novella in The Courtesan Chronicles, the books in More Courtesan Chronicles follow Sophia Dalby. During those two years, from 1802 t0 1804, she’s been in New York and wandered through the remnants of the Iroquois nation. The Iroquois Confederacy is a shadow of what it once was. The Louisiana Purchase has just been signed. Louis and Clark have begun their historic journey to find a water route to the Pacific Ocean.

Back in England, Sophia picks up the threads of her life, doing what she does best: making certain that a woman always gets what she wants, and that a man gets what he deserves.