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Review: Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath

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I'm delighted to share my review of this enchanting story: Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath, out today. 

A big Thank You goes to Rachel’s Random Resources!


Oh, bella Roma!

Finally, a heroine and hero of a certain age. No, they’re not about to pop their clogs – on the contrary. Their passion is sizzling. Mamma mia!

After all her offspring are happily married, Lilian – the head of a charity in London – follows an invitation to stay at a villa in Rome. When she meets the enigmatic Pietro, the brother of her hostess and a duke, no less – she realises that they had shared a passionate kiss before, in a carriage in London!

She soon discovers that they have something else in common – a love of Renaissance art. Unable to resist his dark charm as he shows her Rome’s most beautiful sites, Lilian is swept away into an affair, something she’d never have contemplated before. But when her heart gets involved, can she stop him from breaking it?

This is a delightful romance, with a st…

New Release: The Heretic Wind by Judith Arnopp

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I’m delighted to share news of a fabulous new release: The Heretic Wind by historical fiction author, Judith Arnopp, a tale about Mary Tudor. I’ve always been fascinated by the Tudors, even taking a module at Exeter Uni many years ago. It taught me much about propaganda

I know I'll be getting my copy soon of Judith’s exciting new novel! Have you ordered yours?





Judith Arnopp’s twelfth Historical Fiction novel, The Heretic Wind: the life of Mary Tudor, Queen of England is due for release on 27th January 2019.
Judith’s novels concentrate on strong female characters from English history. Her trilogy of Margaret Beaufort, The Beaufort Chronicle, provided Margaret with a credible voice. She does much the same in this novel of Mary Tudor, Queen of England. Mary, due to the violent punishment she inflicted on heretics has come to be viewed as little short of a monster. In this novel, Mary isn’t white-washed; she is simply allowed to tell her own story. Judith says:
‘I always think it would be…

Review: 133 Hours by Zach Abrams

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I'm delighted to share my review of 133 Hours, a fast-paced, gripping thriller by Zach Abrams. A big thank you goes to Rachel's Random Resources for the opportunity to join this publication day push tour.


Wow, what a rollercoaster! What can I say?

First of all, I must admit that I read 133 Hours in two sittings – meaning two very late nights spent reading! I rarely get to do this, and I enjoyed every minute of it. 

Secondly, I don’t normally enjoy novels written in first person, nor do I like present tense in fiction. This novel has both, and yet I was hooked from the first page. The pace of the plot, the main character’s deeply-portrayed emotions, and the many twists and turns make this an unforgettable read.

I do love fast-paced thrillers, but this beats many I’ve read over the years. The pace is relentless, and at the end of each chapter (meaning: hour), you just want to read on. 

We first encounter Briony at Glasgow Central Station, and immediately we sense that she’s in troubl…

The Awards Season has begun...

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Yes, it's raining awards for my novels! 

Love Lost in Time has received an award with a wonderful 5* review from The Coffee Pot Book Club, and A Highland Captive has won the Chill with a Book Readers’ Award

Love Lost in Time has also received a lovely new 4* review from Reedsy Discovery.

Some really nice comments. 😍 Have a read!


Love Lost in Time:


"From the richness of Charlemagne's court and the regret of a daughter, as she stands over her mother's grave, to the realisation of an enemy and a skeleton under the kitchen floor, Love Lost in Time: A Tale of Love, Death and Redemption by Cathie Dunn is the unforgettable story that traverses two very different times."
I'm so thrilled! She goes on to say:
"Dunn has penned a very bold and ambitious book, and yet, she has scrumptiously balanced the two eras and made both periods utterly compelling."
This made my year. Many thanks!
Find the full review here! My thanks goes to Mary-Anne Yarde of TheCoffee Pot Book …

Dark Deceit has joined Ocelot Press

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I'm so thrilled to share that I brought Dark Deceit across to Ocelot Press.


“Layered with authentic detail that will delight any historian, Dark Deceit is a well-written tale of romance, intrigue and dastardly machinations.” ~ 5* review, Suzanne Rogers, author

The novel began life at a small train station in south Wales where I lived at the time. In early 2012, it was published through Crooked Cat where it stayed until late 2019. 
The sequel is as yet unfinished (I know – and I apologise for the continuing delay), but I hope to get it done (yesss!) by the summer. This coming summer, 2020, to be precise. Watch this space!


“Ms Dunn brings the era to life.” ~ 5* review, Sue Barnard, author
But in the meantime, if you haven't yet read Dark Deceit, maybe I can entice you to do so. Find the blurb and a teaser below! 

A blend of murder mystery and romance, Dark Deceit takes you to medieval England and Normandy. The time was called the ’anarchy’ by chroniclers as the civil war between King St…