My Books

 One story in particular has stayed in my heart all of these years. 

Between Fire and Fury (a trilogy) is based on a tale that my husband and I made up while we were courting. We loved hiking, so it was a good time for storytelling. While what we created during those walks was more of a fairytale, I decided to write it as a medieval, historical-feeling romance with low fantasy elements (character names and places are imagined), as well as court intrigue, action, and adventure. Readers might find the writing style similar to authors Jennifer Roberson or Susanna Kearsley.

The Blurb:

Princess Marguerite of Asterias has grown-up amid the ruins of a hundred year war. Burdened by an overprotective father and an abusive brother, she resents feeling useless in the face of almost certain disaster. Determined to prove herself, she secretly steals away from the castle and becomes Meg, a woman in disguise, who feeds and clothes the hungry. This gives her the opportunity to spy on her father’s commanders, convinced that they do not give him the crucial intelligence he needs to win the war.

Captain Nicholas Sheppard is Edmira’s most capable soldier and spy. Pressed into the army as a teen, he has spent 10 long years developing strategy and winning battles that Edmira seemed certain to lose. He’s a stone-cold killer with a talent for snatching victory at just the right moment, the stuff of legends. The storytellers have dubbed him the Wolf Knight. 

Stumbling upon Meg on a mission to kill an Asterian leader and falling in love with her is the very last thing he ever intended. As the two armies move closer to their final battle, however, he finds he cannot bring himself to give her up.

As Princess Marguerite and Captain Sheppard navigate the political intrigue between their countries, each trying to outwit the other, they find solace and a measure of stolen peace in their clandestine meetings, never guessing that their greatest love and their greatest threat are one and the same.

Pics that helped inspire the story:

I saw this picture and about fell out of my chair. The princess often stands on her balcony scheming.

The princess sending men off to war.

I actually have the rest of these pictures hanging up in my basement. I have always been inspired by the romance in them and have used them to create scenes between my characters.
The princess pressing on with her duties.

Just look at the passion in that beautiful face.
Her captain is in some serious trouble:)

Here's what I've got so far:

Manuscript for a prequel novella titled The Runaway Queen and the first book in a series Between Fire and Fury are done. They have been vetted by writers in critique groups and beta readers.

I completely rewrote the first 10 chapters (so my lovers meet sooner), and hired an editor. 

I cut over 30,000 words so the focus of the story is sharp.

My goal is to publish in 2017. The Runaway Queen is just days away from being published and available for readers. Between Fire and Fury is close; it still needs a final proofing, formatting, and a cover. I think I can have it ready by September or October of this year. Woot!!! After years of drafting, editing, and attending writers conferences, I think my stories are ready. Things are coming together! Keep your eyes open for freebies. It's totally happening:D


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