Dark Deceit - Release Day

Woohoo! ~happy dance~

Today, Dark Deceit, the first in The Anarchy Trilogy, is released through Crooked Cat Publishing

I began the story in late 2003, and finally it sees the light of day. It had numerous versions, with critiques partners in different places along the way. It survived my Novel Writing modules during my Creative Writing studies, endured 3 years in a drawer while I wrote & released Highland Arms, and finally was taken apart - and re-assembled - with the help of my wonderful critique partners. My big thanks goes to them! 

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Dark Deceit is now available on Amazon UKAmazon US & Smashwords!

On his return from battle at Lincoln, Geoffrey de Mortagne, under-sheriff of Gloucester and spy for the Empress Matilda, assists a dying knight caught in an ambush. Promising to look after the welfare of the knight’s only daughter, Geoffrey stays at her manor while he investigates the murder. Keen to join the Empress on her progress through England, he is torn between his oath and his duty.

Left to defend her manor following her father’s death, Alleyne de Bellac at first accepts Geoffrey’s support. As she doesn’t trust the taciturn stranger, she asks Will d’Arques, an old friend, for help. But loyalties change. Her life in danger and her inheritance at stake, Alleyne must decide which man to trust.

Discover England and Normandy divided by a brutal civil war, where vows are broken as allegiances waver.


  1. Woo-hoo! Well done, Cathie. The cover is lovely, very brooding and suggestive of a velvety dark core to this book. Can't wait to start reading it.

    Wishing you all the best with this new novel, Victoria x

  2. P.S. I've already bought it for my Kindle, so do pass me over for the free copy. ;-)

  3. Not only is the frontcover a very intriguing one but this book seems to be a terrific blending of history, suspense & romance including some very strong characters !
    Another 'must have' for my to read pile but one I will put on top asap :)

    Happy Release Day Cathie !!



  4. Enjoy your day! Sounds like a good bit of polishing got this diamond to shine but, of course, there was all that hard work too. The dark ominous sky on the cover works really well with the title. Have to read it asap.

  5. Congratulations Cathie, I've just bought my copy and added it to my 'To Read' list. Hoping you have a great launch day...as with Victoria, no need to consider me for free copy. ;@))

  6. Woo-hoo!! Happy release day, my lovely :)

    Wishing you lots of sales!!

    R x

  7. Thank you so much, ladies. Exciting day!

    Victoria and Laurie - thank you! You're brilliant! I hope you'll enjoy. xx

    Rachel - couldn't have done it without you, hun! xx

  8. Congratulations on finally getting Dark Deceit to all your hungry readers! This is gonna be good. :)

  9. Thank you, Jacquie. Fab of you to pop in. :-)

  10. Congratulation on the release of the book! I'd love to win a copy - it looks wonderful.

    wendi5 at optonline dot net

  11. Hello Cathie, what a wonderful day !!
    I got my copy on Amazon - I will begin to read it tonight - can't wait !!! I'll make a review on our Blog Booked Up and it will appear on Goodreads too. I have a very good feeling about it. I will keep you posted. Cheers

  12. Thank you for stopping by, Wendi. Your name's added to the list.

  13. BlackTulip - thank you so much. I hope you'll enjoy the read. Take care! :-)

  14. Congratulations on the release of your book!

  15. And the winner of an e-copy of Dark Deceit is...

    ~drum roll~


    Congrats, Marianne. I'll be in touch via email shortly. :-)

    Thanks to everyone again for visiting. I appreciate your support.


  16. Just a little update about Dark Deceit - Wao !!!!! I'm halfway through and all I want is to immerse myself again tonight .. GREAT BOOK !!! Have a nice weekend. Cheers

  17. Ooooh, BlackTulip, I'm delighted you're enjoying Dark Deceit. Thanks for the update. Have a great weekend! :-)

  18. Historical mystery/suspense are my favorite! Thanks for offering the opportunity to win.

  19. Thank you for popping in, cherrychnagan. Glad you like the genre.


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