Works in Progress

Love Lost in Time

AD 2016
Languedoc, France

Historian Maddie Winters is made to live in her late mother’s house in southern France for one year before she can inherit the extensive property – and sell it! Resigned, she sets out to renovate the house in the meantime. What she did not expect to find were human bones under the kitchen floor! Carbon dating proves they are of a woman who lived over a millennium ago. But with no evidence of a graveyard or a chapel, just how did she end up buried alone in that particular spot overlooking the plains?

When Maddie begins to have nightmares about ancient battles and burning lands, she delves deeper into local history with the help of local vineyard owner and part-time firefighter, Guy Marcoul. But not all stories are written down, and she discovers a disturbing tale kept secret since Charlemagne’s days.

AD 774
Septimania

16-year old Adelaïs, cousin to Charlemagne, is called to court where she meets Bellon of Carcassonne. At first, she is not impressed with the blustering young warrior, but nonetheless, her cousin arranges their wedding as a gesture of ensuring Bellon’s support. Soon after, Bellon is elevation to count, despite his Visigoth origins, and Adelaïs finds herself the first countess of Carcassonne.

But when Septimanian Visigoths rise against the conquerors, Adelais is forced to take sides. Secretly, she supports the uprising against her cousin’s forces. Then, she disappears…

Note:

Lost in Time is a time-slip novel set in the Languedoc in the south of France, a region known for its history – and excellent wine! Inspired by the real story of a neighbour who found human bones dating back to medieval times below their kitchen floor, I simply had to use it in a novel! Add a dash of the paranormal, a history nut heroine, and a dashing local hero, and I found the perfect mix.

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Highland Escape (w/t)

1298
Scotland

Cailean MacKinnon is only interested in fighting for the Scottish cause. He joins William Wallace at Falkirk but is wounded when he takes an axe blow. Ewan de Moray drags him into a nearby forest and binds up his wounds. Hearing the English search for any survivors Moray comes out, diverting the soldiers’ attention to himself. Cailean’s intervention is too late when Moray takes a fatal hit to the throat.

When Cailean rushes to de Moray’s manor to tell de Moray’s widow – he finds the manor burnt down and Isobel – who he considers to be the wife – abducted. He follows the trail and captures her. Not sure what to do with the girl, with her home in enemy hands, he takes her to his home…

Note:

The Scottish Wars of Independence provide a writer of historical romance with the perfect backdrop: political chaos, murder and mayhem. Add a fiercely independent hero, and a feisty heroine, plus not to forget the gorgeous landscapes, and your Scottish historical romance can begin…

 

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Word Count 2017

  • Love Lost in Time
  • Highland Escape
  • The Runaway Girl