I am looking forward to the e-publication of my new novel Yvonne, Lady of Cassio, The Lovages of Cassio Volume One by Books We Love on the 9th May, 2017.
When Yvonne and Elizabeth, daughters of ruthless Simon Lovage, Earl of Cassio, are born under the same star to different mothers, no one could have foretold their lives would be irrevocably entangled.
Against the background of Edward II’s turbulent reign, Yvonne, Lady of Cassio, contains imaginary and historical characters.
It is said the past is a foreign country in which things were done differently. Nevertheless, although that is true of attitudes, such as those towards women and children, our ancestors were also prompted by ambition, anger, greed, jealousy, humanity, duty, loyalty, unselfishness and love.
From early childhood, despite those who love her and want to protect her, Yvonne is forced to face difficult economic, personal and political circumstances, during a long, often bitter struggle.
This novel has been a long labour of love and very hard work. I wrote the first version nearly ten years ago and sent it for feedback to The Romantic Novelists’ Association’s New Writers’ Scheme. My reviewer commented that ‘it was a joy to read a novel that has been so well researched’. She also liked the main theme which was very popular in mediaeval literature. (One which I am not revealing because it would spoil the twist in the tale.) The reader, who was anonymous also offered a lot of helpful advice which I applied. Encouraged by the positive comments I rewrote the second version which I put aside for a long time while I wrote other novels. After a lot of thought I decided to work with a constructive online critique group from which I received invaluable help from published and unpublished authors.
In the meantime, Books We Love Ltd., accepted me as a client and has published seven of my romantic historical novels, each of which have strong themes. I am now looking forward to the publication of Yvonne, Lady of Cassio, first as an e-book available on Amazon from the 9th May, 2017 and subsequently as a print book which will also be available on Amazon.
Yesterday, I went to the library and borrowed the following books, which I am looking forward to reading.
Trains and Lovers: The Heart’s Journey by Alexander McCall Smith author of No1 Ladies Detective Agency.
Belgravia by Julian Fellowes author of Downton Abbey.
The Powder of Death by Julian Stockwin, Begins in 1261 in Oxford. The story of one man’s obsession with gunpowder.
After the Rain by Nicola Thorne. 1921, New Zealand.
The Shogun’s Queen by Leslie Downer 1853. Japan teeters on the brink of turmoil. Based on a remarkable true story.
Before I borrowed them, I read the blurb about each novel, and the first paragraphs which I found interesting. I’m looking forward to reading all of them and hoping none of them will disappoint me.
I can’t resist sharing this review of my novel Monday’s Child.
*****Regency Addicts Rejoice
ByJuliet Waldronon January 18, 2017
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everything for the Regency addict here, with a heroine of great beauty but small fortune, all the strategies required for keeping one’s place in the “ton,” and plenty of interfering relatives. Taking it a little further afield than Jane Austen did, this story is set in 1815 Brussels where all the eligible young men are soldiers in Wellington’s army, awaiting an attack by Napoleon. Despite the wartime tension, there’s still plenty of time for balls, visiting, and morning gallops. The author knows her stuff–from clothes, to the many strictures of proper behaviour, which seem to us today as limiting as the ladies’ underwear. Not only the detail but dialogue too shows a lively understanding of the period; I didn’t see a single teacup laid out of place. While this book is a Regency delight, it’s no fantasy confection. Class differences and gender relationships are portrayed realistically, sometimes jarringly so, with no candy-coating. I was particularly pleased by the marital choice made by Monday’s Child–aptly named “Helen.” It left me with no doubt about her HEA.
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