Following your heart’s desire is never easy.
The odds have always been stacked against Bess Throckmorton. Her family tree is riddled with traitors and her mother seems eager to give away the family fortune. Left without an inheritance Bess’ future looks bleak until she snags a coveted position at the court of Queen Elizabeth I.
With a newfound optimism Bess embarks on her new life never imagining a pair of green eyes would captivate her like this. Walter Raleigh’s reputation precedes him yet it doesn’t stop her from yearning for his company and more…
Discover Bess’ harrowing journey of loss and love in the Golden Age.
Historical fiction with a dash of romance for those who love the Tudors.
Can be read as a standalone.
Hello! It's been a while since I updated. But I wanted to let you know my latest novel at the Tudor court shall be ready for release soon!
My lovely newsletter subscribers got a sneak peak at the cover.
I've also been hard at work on other writing projects and research. I'm planning on releasing another fantasy novel this year but several more historical novels. I just can't seem to stop.
I did have a question for all those who happen to stumble by this post.
My recent release of Intrigues of the Heart has been re-released under the title Countess of Intrigue with a new epilogue.
I hope this doesn't cause any confusion.
More audiobooks are in the works. I'm so incredibly excited to release them as well as more historical novels. Stay tuned!
Before publication I used to refer this novel as The Spymaster's Daughter and Intrigues of the Heart. Paperback and ebook available!
A tale of surviving battles, plots and love in the Golden Age.
Frances Walsingham is the only child of Sir Francis Walsingham, Queen Elizabeth I’s infamous spymaster. Frances might be ignorant about court life, but she is resilient, and level-headed. These are all attributes she will rely on in the coming years as she faces new challenges and tragedies.
It all begins when her father asks her to marry for the good of the realm. Despite her misgivings, she finds duty can be a pleasure. Slowly, Frances finds herself drawn to her new handsome husband even though she knows his heart belongs to another.
Follow her journey as she carves out her own path and searches for happiness.
Historical fiction with a dash of romance for those who love the Tudors.
This book can be read as a standalone.
Written in UK English.
“If it is about money, I am afraid my father was insolvent. He owed money to every lender in London.”
He shakes his head furiously. “No, it’s not about money. Well, not your father’s.”
He speaks the last so low that I think I am mistaken. “My lord?”
He approaches me, fixing me with that intense gaze of his. I can see why so many women are eager to fall at his feet. I blink, thinking I am mistaken in seeing him looking at me with so much desire.
“Lady Frances, I wish to make you my wife.”
I am struck dumb by his words. Then I decide this must be some cruel jest and laugh. “You cannot be serious.” Behind me I can hear Marta cough.
He takes a step forward, his face emotionless.
“I haven’t come here to make sport of you. I am intent on making you my bride.”
“And what if I won’t have you?” I throw back at him, ignoring my quickening pulse. The thought of marrying him is too much.
“I think you will.”
He is standing in front of me so close I catch the scent of his perfumed leather gloves. Remembering myself, I take a step back.
“Is this the way you seduce your conquests? Do you promise them marriage?”
“No. You are the first,” he says. His gaze flits between me and what is likely a disapproving Marta behind me. I can tell how desperately he wishes she wasn’t here. Meanwhile, my mind provides me with ample suggestions of what he might do. My eyes slide from his eyes down to his full lips. But reality strikes me hard.
“And only?” I cannot help but ask.
“And only,” he parrots back.
My eyebrows rise at this love talk. Over the last few years, I have become hard as beaten steel, hammered into shape by despair and loss....
As we bunker down for the winter I wanted to make sure all my newsletter subscribers got the chance to see my latest email regarding the chance to get a free audiobook and sign up for advance reader copies.
Hope you are all well! I'm heading back to my writing desk.
I was on a roll for a while writing a blog post a month.
Then I disappeared.
Some of you may know but others may not but I write under other pen names. Some of those are: Olivia Oakley and A.R. Bailey (fantasy) but I've also started one for children's books Rosie Bailey.
In September The Lady's Defiance was actually my third book published that month.
There was also Keeper's Folly, Welcome to Goblin Hollow, Fred!
Ignoring how tired I was I jumped into another project that I was super passionate about. The Spymaster's Daughter is currently at the editor's and I hope to release it before Christmas. This is a new series set in Elizabethan England and written in first person. It was a wild ride and why I more or less disappeared from social media etc.
I would like to announce that The Lady's Defiance will be available on Audible soon! After 90 days, it will be available across all other platforms as well.
Katherine Bristow is back to narrate and I couldn't be happier.
Thank you to all my readers and I hope to be back soon with all sorts of projects.
p.s. did I mention a children's book is currently being illustrated?!
My latest addition to the Royal Court Series is going to be available in the next 24 hours or so (depending when you are reading this).
Here is the summary!
The Tudor court is crawling with enemies. She can only hide for so long.
“There’s no danger in a bit of poetry.”
Mary Howard is a dutiful daughter of the infamous Duke of Norfolk. Protected by her prestigious family and wealth, she is swept up in Anne Boleyn’s glittering court. Charmed by talented poets and flirtatious knights, it's easy to forget that someone is watching her every move.
The court grows bolder and wilder. Love letters are exchanged in the open, and couples flaunt their affections in public. All Mary can think of is her poetry, but even she gets pulled into the secret trysts of her friends. Then her world of privilege and safety comes crashing down. Mary must scramble to survive.
But she’s not a Howard girl for nothing. She will defy them all.
Book 5 of the Royal Court Series but can be read as a standalone book.
My lovely newsletter subscribers received the long awaited short story that acts as a sequel to The Lady's Gamble.
My fifth book in the Royal Court Series is at the editors and will be released soon. When I have a better idea of a date I will let you all know.
This was the story of Mary Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Little is known about her but she was one of the creators and contributors of the Devonshire Manuscript: a collection of poems from the Tudor court that survives to this date.
Just wanted to let you know that I have been working on a short story to act as a companion piece to The Lady's Gamble that takes place a few years after the end of the story. Even if you haven't read The Lady's Gamble I have made it so you can still read and enjoy it although it might spoil some of the events in The Lady's Gamble.
It is coming soon! Thank you for waiting so patiently.
A huge welcome back to Katherine Bristow who has returned to narrate The Lady's Gamble.
It shall be available on various retailers soon but I was excited to share with you all a 5-min sample.