My Novels

It's no secret that I'm an aspiring historical fiction author as well. My first effort Rebel Heart was self-published after I was told that the Civil War period just wasn't in vogue right now. I've had a decent amount of success but never one to rest of my laurels, I have several other projects in various stages of completion.

A Scandalous Bargain - England, 1753

Charlotte, Lady Milnes by George Romney
Lady Cecilia Compton is forced into marriage to the heir of the Duke of Stanhope when she is just thirteen. The bridegroom, Aubrey St. James, is at university and not in the market for a wife. Luckily for him, Cecilia is shipped off the the Abbaye Royale de Panthemont in Paris to be finished out.

When she returns to London five years later, it is to claim her right as the Duchess of Stanhope. Thrown together with the scandalous new Duke, Cecilia attempts to uncover the reason for her hasty marriage while protecting her heart from her very charming husband.

This novel is loosely based on the real life story of the 2nd Duke of Richmond and his wife, Lady Sarah Cadogan. If you are fan of historical non-fiction, Stella Tillyard wrote about the Richmonds and their beautiful daughters in her book The Aristocrats. It's a fascinating story.

Rebellion - Ireland, 1798
Lavinia Banks. But I think she's a fairly good representation of how I visualize Sophia.Sophia Granger, the sweet tempered youngest daughter of a country squire in financial desperate straits. When she falls in love with a wealthy earl, she eagerly consents to an arranged marriage to save her family.  
But Sophia's innocence is a liability in the malicious society of Georgian Dublin; when she discovers that her husband has no intentions of remaining faithful, she is heartbroken. 

Set during the Irish Rebellion of 1798, Sophia must learn to fend for herself amidst the glittering society of Dublin, even as forces are working to dismantle England's hold on Ireland.

A Convenient Misfortune - Charlestowne Colony, 1775
Mrs. John Montresor by John Singleton Copley

Arabella Westbury is forced to leave everything behind when her father is assigned to a church in the South Carolina colony. When he dies on the voyage, she is left an orphan with no prospects in an environment that is becoming increasingly hostile to British subjects. Despite her nationality, Arabella uses her wits to find work as a governess with the Bennetts, a prominent Patriot family.

As the War for Independence escalates, old loyalties are tested and new alliances forged as Arabella must forge a new life for herself.

Gaiety Girl - London, 1912

Edith Rose Talbot is a poor chorus girl who takes the theatre world by storm after gaining a position in the West End. She is suddenly in demand, both on the stage and off. But her heart belongs to Teddy Field, an up and coming playwright. 

When her father is permanently disabled in an accident at work, Edith is thrust into the role of primary breadwinner and forced to make decisions that will alter her life forever.

All That Glitters - New York, 1905

Mademoiselle de Nemidoff - Giovanni BoldiniSet in the waning years of Gilded Age New York, Lily Wallace is the daughter of a wealthy, upstart businessman and his well bred, old money wife. Though constrained by society's strictures, Lily wants to be an artist, and her parents indulge her whims--to a point. She is forced back to New York for her coming out and unexpectedly falls in love only to lose him. Disillusioned, Lily makes decisions that will impact her for years to come.