Books

brag-medallion-stickerMy debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was published in July 2015. Since then it has been awarded  the B.R.A.G. Medallion and been short-listed for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016.

cap_badge_shortlist__2016It has received some excellent (four and five star) reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, made Editor’s Choice by the Historical Novel Society and was long-listed for the HNS 2016 Indie Award.

It is a Victorian romance and mystery set in Dublin, Ireland and the English Lake District.

Dublin 1882: When determined but impoverished Louisa Campbell inherits a large estate in the north of England, from an uncle she didn’t even know existed, it appears to be the answer to her prayers. Her younger sister, Eleanor, is gravely ill, and believing that the country air will benefit her, they decide to take up residence at Bowes Farm, situated on the Cumberland coast. bowes-cover-front-trans

However, they soon realise that all they have inherited is trouble. Their uncle had managed to alienate almost everyone in the area and worst of all, was suspected of being a Fenian activist. His reputation leaves Louisa and Eleanor battling to gain acceptance in polite society, especially with Nicholas Maxwell, their handsome neighbour and local magistrate. His father was cheated out of the farm during a card game fifteen years before and he is determined to get the property back.

Louisa unearths secrets from their family’s past that threaten their future while the spectre of their mysterious benefactor overshadows everything. When a Fenian bombing campaign comes close to home, Louisa finds herself a chief suspect and must fight to clear her name. She must dig deep to find the courage to solve the mysteries that Bowes Farm holds before their lives are destroyed. And most importantly of all, will she be able to finally trust and love the man who is surely her sworn enemy?

New Release!

Past Imperfect Kindle CoverMy Anthology, Past Imperfect, is available on Amazon. This collection includes some previously published single short reads and some new material. With settings as diverse as WW1 era Dublin, the sinking of the Luistania, to a lonely haunted lighthouse, romance, mystery and the supernatural await you.

Included are these three shorts:

In Three-Quarter Time

 In Three-Quarter Time, a WW1 era short story for Kindle, was published in February 2017 and is also included in the anthology, Tales Irish, edited by Dain-three-quarter-time-covernny Kuhn, an Irish/American collaboration of 23 international authors. It is a love story set in my native Dublin, based on my grandparents’ romance.

Dublin 1914 and war is declared. Each of the Cusack family must face the consequences in their own way. Josie and her young man, Anthony Lanigan, have plans for the future. But her sister Lily is also secretly in love with Anthony and has no idea if her feelings are returned.

Anthony is about to emigrate to America to make his fortune. Will he ever return, and if he does, who will eventually win his heart?

Set against a pivotal time in Irish history, from the Dublin Lockout in 1913, through the First World War to the brink of the birth of the Irish Nation, this story will take you through a family’s experience of war and tragedy, loss and love. 

The Lighthouse Keeper

In March 2017, I published my first contemporary short story – The Lighthouse Keeper, a tale with an eerie link to the The Lighthouse Keeper V2past.

It’s Sally and Alex’s first weekend away together and romance is definitely on Sally’s mind. But why is Alex acting so out of character? When strange things begin to happen, Sally wonders if they are truely alone in their coastal getaway …

 

 

A Novelette: Christmas at Malton Manor

Christmas at Malton Manor  is a pure Victorian romantic tale of love and homecoming.

Christmas 1884: Kate HamChristmas At Malton Manor Coverilton is companion to the dullest and meanest woman in England, but she is looking forward to going home for Christmas and her sister Mary’s wedding. When her employer refuses to release her, Colonel Robert Woodgate comes to the rescue.

Robert now owns Malton Abbey, Kate’s old home in the village of Malton. Recently returned from the Boer War and recovering from his injuries, Robert has been reclusive and morose. Clashing several times over his plans and sweeping changes in the village, their relationship has always been tempestuous.

But when Kate returns to Malton, she discovers her sister’s wedding is to take place at Malton Abbey and everyone is convinced the Colonel has an ulterior motive. Can Kate resist the lure of her old home and the memories it holds? And does she have the courage to break down Robert’s defences to find happiness at last?

 

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