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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A Highland Captive

1298
Scotland

Cailean MacDubhgaill is only interested in fighting for the Scottish cause. He joins William Wallace at Falkirk but is wounded when he takes an axe blow. Sir Ewan de Moray helps him and takes him into a nearby forest, but is killed whilst fleeing the carnage.

When Cailean recovers from his injuries with the help of the healer Eithne, he rushes to de Moray’s manor on the shores of Loch Ness to tell de Moray’s daughter, Isobel, but he finds the manor burnt down and Isobel abducted. He follows the trail and captures her in a nighttime raid on the mercenary camp. Not sure what to do with the girl, with the country in turmoil, her father dead and her home in enemy hands, he takes her to his home on the remote isle of Eorsa…

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 plucky heroine, plus not to forget Scotland’s gorgeous landscapes, and your eventful Scottish historical romance can begin…

 

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  • Love Lost in Time
  • A Highland Captive