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This story is very close to my heart as it was the first historical I wrote back in 1997 when I was at home with my small children. The characters Anna, Matt and Brenton, whom had been in my head for years, suddenly demanded to be written or I should say typed. I had an electric typewriter I used to work on my family genealogy, and one day I put a clean white piece of paper into the machine and started to reveal their story(and thankfully six months later I got my first computer!). It took me two years to write and it turned out to be a huge piece of work - over 150,000 words - too big!
Over the next few years I edited it, gave it different titles, put it through a critique group, and tried to sell it to agents. The novel was published twice by two small publishers, both went out of business, then it was published by Black Opal Books a few years ago, but I asked for my rights back and now I'm re-publishing it wit a new cover and hopefully a new audience. It's time for this story to shine properly.
She thinks her life has changed for the better, her dark secrets hidden, but little does she know…
The daughter of a wealthy landowner in Yorkshire, England in 1864, Anna Thornton leads a privileged life. But she is not content. She wants her life to mean something and longs to be accepted for the free-thinking, independent woman she is. When the dashing, adventurer Matt Cowan sweeps her off her feet, she thinks she has finally met her soul mate. However, he’s not the man she thinks he is. After he sails for South America, leaving her behind in England, Anna discovers she’s pregnant.Heartbroken she flees her family home, determined to keep her child’s illegitimacy a secret.
He has a few dark secrets of his own…
Brandon O’Mara is a strong, independent man who wants to make his own way without relying on his father’s wealth. He comes to Anna’s new home looking for work and convinces the reluctant woman to hire him. But Anna's wary of men, of love, and treats him as nothing more than the penniless labourer she believes him to be. Then, just when Anna seems to feel she is getting on with her new life, and Brandon believes he is breaking down her barriers, the past rears up to confront them and their future hangs in the balance.
I love all my heroes... but Jonathan Thornton, the hero of BY THE SWORD, was my first love and we were together for a long time before BY THE SWORD was published. (You can read the story of how I came to write BY THE SWORDHERE). I think in my mind I always pictured him as a sort of angsty loner. If he had been a contemporary hero he would dress in leathers and ride a dark motor bike... however he exists in the seventeenth century so he dons his battered and beloved wide brimmed hat and rides off on his handsome grey horse... leaving a trail of disaster in his wake! I am writing the third book in the GUARDIANS OF THE CROWNseries at the moment and it is fun revisiting him, as an older and more settled man. Watch out for EXILES' RETURN in December! I thought it would be fun to do a "Character Interview" with my tall, dark, handsome and brooding hero of BY THE SWORD...
Interview with Sir Jonathan Thornton Bt. at Seven Ways Hall, Worcestershire, May 1660 JT: Are we on? AS: Let me adjust that microphone…going live… Sir Jonathan Thornton, welcome. It’s 1660 and London is buzzing with the news that the King is to be restored to the throne. As a loyal supporter of the royalist cause how do you feel about that? JT : Well, delighted, of course. It’s been a hard time for those of us who remained loyal to the King. AS: In what way? JT: Our estates have been subject to heavy fines and the continual threat of sequestration. As an outlaw, had I inherited Seven Ways on my grandfather’s death, the entire estate would have been forfeit. AS: But didn’t your grandfather find a solution to that problem? JT: He did. The old fox left it to my young cousin, Tom Ashley, but even the Ashley family’s parliamentary connections couldn’t entirely prevent the privations of the last few years. Of course, my marriage to his mother didn’t help much either. AS: There were those of us who were surprised at your decision to settle down with Kate. You had, how can I put it, a wild youth? JT: I can’t deny that I was the cause of my parent’s despair on more than one occasion. My mother , god rest her, never recovered from that troop of Parliamentary horse trampling her garden and ruining her orchard. Of course I look back now and regret that I never really made peace with my parents before they died. AS: Any other regrets? JT: Of course I have regrets. I’ve always had a tendency to act with my heart rather than my head and people I care about have got hurt in the process, badly hurt. Thank heavens for the wisdom of age and the love of a good woman to knock some sense into me. AS: I presume you are talking about Kate? JT: Of course. AS: And how did you meet Kate? JT: It was back in 1650... when I first saw her working in the garden at Seven Ways. I’ll never forget it. She wore an old, shabby gown and a battered straw hat. I thought I’d never seen a woman look quite so lovely. At the time I had a price on my head and no intention of falling in love. That’s what I mean about my heart ruling the head. Talk about a doomed relationship. AS: But you managed to overcome the problems? JT: We did, but our happiness came at a price. If you have a little time to spare, let me tell you the story…. BY THE SWORD is available now from all good ebook retailers... go to Escape Publishing for a complete list or click this link By The Sword (Guardians of the Crown Book 1)
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Bridge Over Time by New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Brenda Hiatt
A switch in time!
Busy socialite Kathryn Monroe visits her parents in South Carolina only to find herself unexpectedly transported to 1825. Forced to step into the shoes of a near-identical ancestress, she is desperate to get back — until she falls for the very man her counterpart most wanted to avoid.
Catherine Prescott wants nothing more than freedom—from rules and from the prospect of an unwanted marriage. When she abruptly finds herself in 2013, it seems all of her dreams have come true, especially when she finds her soulmate in a man her counterpart never cared for.
The Tartan MP3 Player by bestselling & award winning author C.A. Szarek
She never believed in magic…
Claire McGowan, Scotophile and historical romance novel addict, finally saves up enough to visit Scotland. She gets sucked back to the seventeenth century while running on the beach.
He knows with certainty magic exists... The Fae have taken his brother. Duncan MacLeod finds a bonnie naked and confused lass. He’s convinced Claire arrived in 1672 through the Faery Stones—a magical portal he’s been scouring the lands for over the past six months. Duncan promises to help Claire get home, even though his desire to have her wars with his vow.
Torn between familiarity of the present and what she wants in the past, can Claire help Duncan find his brother and get back to the future?
A Tumble Through Time by USA Today bestselling author Callie Hutton
While waiting for a hearing that will reinstate her law enforcement career, Anna Devlin, a recently jilted bounty hunter encounters a Native American woman who sends her back in time to Denton, Kansas—the year 1870.
Battling his own inner demons from the past, the last thing town marshal, Wesley Shannon, needs is an attraction to this mysterious woman with strange clothing, an odd way of speaking, and a propensity for getting into trouble.
Can Wes keep Anna out of harm’s way, or will his unwanted desire for the beguiling beauty distract him from doing his job and get them both killed?
Highland Sorcerer by Clover Autrey
Charity Greves has the gift of healing. So when a naked bleeding Highlander materializes out of the air into her kitchen, she does what any rational free-thinking herbalist under the same circumstances would do--she heals him. She didn’t expect to be drawn back to the 13th Century where a dangerous whacked-out witch holds the handsome Highlander captive. Nor is she prepared to be drawn so strongly to him that she’ll do whatever it takes to save him.
Imprisoned by the witch, Toren Limont the High Sorcerer and Protector of the Fae’s magic, uses the last of his magical reserves to go forward in time and find a healer the witch doesn’t have any influence over. He merely seeks the small respite a healing can give him in order to continue to withstand the witch’s tortures long enough for his clan and siblings to flee.
Until Charity falls with him through time as either his salvation or his entire clan’s downfall.
Smooch by Laura Marie Altom
Once upon a time in the not so distant future . . .
There was a beautiful scientist determined to capture her every dream. Money. Fame. And most importantly–finally earning her father’s respect. All Lucy Gordon must do is discover a new frog species. Then, miraculously, that frog finds her. Consumed with joy, she kisses the little guy.
By magic, her frog is replaced by a wholly naked, wholly medieval, bad-boy prince claiming she's saved him from an amphibian eternity. But Lucy doesn't want a prince. She wants her frog–her dreams. At least until the prince returns her kiss with spellbinding intensity.
Ridgeway by Louise Clark
When Jaclyn Sinclair researches the Fenian Invasion of 1866, a little known incident in US and Canadian history, strange things start happening, until she is flung back in time to the day the invasion began. Taken prisoner, she is questioned by Sean O’Dell, one of the invading Fenians. Now she’s stuck in 1866, in the middle of a historical event she knows far too much about, being interrogated by one of the most gorgeous men she’s ever met….Uh-oh.
Defiant Surrender by bestselling author Tamara Gill
Unlucky in love, Maddie St. Clair hides behind an antique store and her mudlarking hobby. That is until she finds a medieval ring that throws her back to 1102 Cumberland and into the life of Lady Madeline Vincent, heiress to Norman lands and about to be married to an autocratic Baron, William Dowell, nine hundred years her senior.
Lord William Dowell protects his own. Usually, from his closest neighbor and long standing foe the Baron of Aimecourt. Forced to marry his dead enemy’s daughter, Lady Madeline, by King’s decree, he hides his growing respect for his wife behind a wanton mistress. Yet when Madeline’s life is threatened, William’s loyalty to his kin is tested by the astonishing desire that flares between them. Not to mention the love that Madeline ignites that would last an eternity. If fate will allow . . .
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