Showing posts from October, 2020

Review: His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage

Today, I'm delighted to share my review of His Castilian Hawk by Anna Belfrage as part of a blog tour through The Coffee Pot Book Club.For this gem of a novel, I didn't need a review copy, as I'd already pre-ordered it. And I was not disappointed. Follow me to the Welsh borders...

I was intrigued straight away when I first read the blurb for His Castilian Hawk. The beautiful cover helps, of course, too. We head to the border region between Wales and England in 1282 when King Edward I of England campaigned to subdue the Welsh following Dafydd ap Gruffudd's recent uprising which led to the capture of his brother, Llewelyn. Robert FitzStephan is a man-at-arms, at the king's side when one of the king's men and his son appear to attack him. Honed by years of campaigning and warfare, Robert kills the two until Edward halts him. When Edward makes Robert wed the dead man's daughter, Eleanor – called Noor – Robert regards this as his chance to gain further respect, n…

New Cover Reveal: The Shadows of Versailles

Finally! I’m so thrilled to show you the cover art of my upcoming novel, The Shadows of Versailles. Ta da... 
Set in the 1670s, in the early days of the infamous Affair of the Poisons, The Shadows of Versailles tells a tale of seduction, loss, and revenge. It is the first in a new series of loosely-interlinked stories all set during the Affair of the Poisons, an event that brought to light the dark underworld of Paris, with its fortune-tellers, alchemists – and poisoners!The Kindle ebook is now available for pre-order on Amazon!~~~
Blurb:Seduced at Versailles. Broken by tragedy. Consumed by revenge.
Fleur de La Fontaine attends the court of King Louis XIV at Versailles for the first time. Dazzled by the opulence, she is soon besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. When she believes his words of love, she gives in to his seduction in the shadows of the palace – with devastating consequences.
Nine months later, when the boy she has given birth to is whisked from her grasp, she…

Review: A Bachelor's Pledge by Penny Hampson

Today, I'm delighted to share my review for A Bachelor's Pledge, a fast-paced romantic Regency adventure by Penny Hampson, as part of a publication day push with Rachel's Random Resources.

A Bachelor's Pledge is a romance with a strong dose of adventure.Right from the beginning, you're thrown into the story when Phil, on an assignment with an informer – in a brothel! – helps a young lady who looks very much out of place, and in clear distress. Avoiding the heavies, they manage to flee, and he takes her to his town house where his housekeeper looks after her.But on hearing that he would sort out a place to stay for her, Sophia is on the run again, this time to her longtime friend who secures her a place as a companion to the wife of a retired Admiral. Little does she know that, months later, her path would cross Phil's again in the bustling port town of Falmouth. But it's not only Phil who's there – the woman running the brothel has also turned up. And sh…

Review: Tudor Christmas Tidings – three historical Tudor tales

I'm delighted to get you into the spirit of Christmas. It may be a little early, but it's never too early to read fabulous Christmas-themed novels, especially when the temperatures plummet outside.My thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for an advance copy.Tudor Christmas Tidings, a collection of three historical stories by bestselling romance authors, Blythe Gifford, Jenni Fletcher and Amanda McCabe, is a wonderful tapestry of life at different stages of the Tudor years. It portrayed very well the intrigues and dangers of the times.

Blythe Gifford's tale, Christmas at Court, begins on Christmas Eve in the year 1483 – the first under the new king, Richard III. Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV's widow, tells Alice that she is to be betrothed on Christmas Day – to John Talbot, the son of the Earl of Stanson. A family from the north. King Richard's country. Disappointed but acquiescing, Alice is unsure if she can trust the man she's supposed to wed.…