Was I impressed with myself? Of course. Originally this book went under the name of Late Blooms the Rose.
Poetic Justice, A Traditional Regency Romance: Regency Escapades, Book 3. Found
Not that I blame them for changing it, I agree The Cautious Heart is a much better title, but I do wish they had made a pretence of consulting me. I had six weeks to produce 70, words on the theme. Interestingly, I noticed that most of the other writers in the series interpreted second chance to mean a second chance with the same man.
So I did the only sensible thing, I quit writing! I need an irony emoticon. In justice to myself, circumstances had made me the principal breadwinner for the family and I had two children under four. I thought it would be easy enough to pick up my writing career again when I had more time.
In the meantime the romance world was awash with Regencies. The only advantage I had was that publishers and agents were always willing to read my submissions. This book was first published in by Robert Hale Ltd. It was then called Dangerous Masquerade but when I got back the author rights and republished on Kindle I changed the title to avoid confusion with my Regency Masquerade series.
Although I write Regencies, this one takes place in what is actually my favourite historical period. And also, it seems to me to be the last truly romantic age. The Regency, although it is the setting for so much romance is not really all that romantic. In fact it is the beginning of the modern age. Remember that we are English, that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you.
Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetrated without being known, in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighbourhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Well I suppose Henry is right about the Regency but in there were still pirates, highwaymen, escaped Jacobites and Bonnie Prince Charlie hiding in the heather.
Men wore velvet and ruffles, ladies wore panniered gowns and patches. Swashes were buckled and villains were run-through. Everyone loves a rogue and Mysterious Masquerade has more loveable rogues than you can shake a stick at! She is more than capable of holding her own in the murky world of espionage, just as she can adorn a ton party and play a nifty game of Vingt-et-Un. Angel is one of my favourite heroines. As a reader on Amazon has said: I particularly liked Angelica, as she was strong and definitely no damsel in distress.
Even Tristan recognized that she was strong when one of the bad characters attempted to use Angelica as a shield and Tristan just looked over and knew that Angelica had things under control. Mysterious Masquerade is another novel that started life many years ago.
I began it in California in if memory serves. I finished about half of it but life issues intruded. We moved house, then country and by the time I picked it up again I was involved with other projects. I always promised myself I would finish it someday and when I embarked on my Masquerade series I realised this one, with a little adjustment, would fit perfectly.
Moonlight Masquerade is not just the first in the Regency Masquerade series, it is also the first book I ever wrote.
It began life in as The Silk Purse. Now editors just demand sex, sex and more sex. So the innocent, submissive little heroine, Arabella, of The Silk Purse transformed over a period of nearly 40 years into strong, sensual, and far from submissive Amarylis Trent. It was, quite frankly, rotten. Most writers should probaly trash their first efforts. Georgette Heyer, indeed, successfully supressed several of her early works. Based on fact, this was a fascinating story.
I had not met either the author or these characters before but will certainly look out for them again. The characterisation is excellent and the pace good, although, to be fair, I did find it a little slow to begin with. Once things really began to happen, it was a book I simply could not put down, and the final sentences took me completely by surprise. This would appear to be the fifth book in the Agent of Rome series, and I look forward to catching up on the earlier ones.
Marilyn Sherlock. An Assembly of Warriors is held in Gaul to try and unite Rome and the various erstwhile tribal factions into an army capable of defeating Attila. Arria, daughter of a Roman Senator and wellversed in the politics and diplomacy of the day, is sent to this assembly. Arria is abducted from the Assembly by a Chamavi warrior, a barbarian from another tribe, but then rescued by Garic, a Frank, who is aided by his cousin, Vodamir.
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Arria and Garic fall in love at first sight. The love story between Garic and Arria is set against a background of fierce battles, intrigue, jealousy and betrayal. Arria is unwillingly betrothed to Drusus, a Roman tribune who sees this marriage as a means to fulfilling his personal ambitions, whilst Garic is a long-haired Frank well beneath her in rank. The story weaves, twists and turns at a tremendous pace, and the characters leap off the pages, which simply keep on turning.
I look forward to reading more in due course. He is wily in war, honourable in his dealings with allies and enemies, and regarded as a lucky commander. Is he valued as an Imperial treasure? That is not what happens in Byzantium within the corridors of power. Belisarius is regarded with suspicion by Emperor Justinian, who cannot accept that he is dealing with an honest man; Empress Theodora hates him, and his wife Antonina despises him. His present task is the re-creation of the Roman Empire in its heyday, and the final volume of this series starts on the Italian mainland.
Despite a chronic shortage of men and supplies and the ill will of some of his junior commanders, a campaign against the enterprising Goths receives the careful planning and precision of execution that have made Belisarius famous and adored by his armies. This book deals with mighty matters; it is hard to understand why such a man is deliberately frustrated by those who owe him support in return for his own incorruptible dedication to his oath and his duty.
A reader simply has to accept this was how it was in Byzantium. The novel, especially the Italian section, gives a thrilling account of every aspect of warfare: sieges, pitched battles, sudden reversals, improvisation, all presented with clarity and excitement. An altogether great achievement from an experienced and deservedly popular author.
Nancy Henshaw. Following his restoration to the throne, Oswald sets out to convert his people to Christianity, a faith he had embraced while in exile on the holy isle of Iona. Later in the story it leads him to found the great monastery of Lindisfarne, still considered a place of religious power and sanctity to the present day. Oswald is not just a story of kingship and conversion. It takes little-known historical characters and fleshes them out, bringing their stories to life.
Oswald is more than just a warrior king. He yearns to join the monks and lead a life of prayer and devotion to the new religion. But others press him into becoming a hero and to compete with his younger brother, Oswiu, one of the things that eventually leads to his downfall. Underpinning the story is the presentation of a country and its people, struggling with the change from the old beliefs to the strange new religion. The author uses meticulous research and scholarship to bring to life a time in history for which there is very little archaeological or literary evidential material.
Highly recommended. Linda Sever. She is, furthermore, secretly a priestess of the goddess and believes that women have rights; he sees them as possessions, and he has the support of a patriarchal and intolerant Church. She struggles heroically to escape the marriage, but in an age when women were ruled by men and highly vulnerable to abuse and rape, her opponents have all the advantages and are ready to stoop to 3rd Century — 9th Century. This is an unusual blend of history, romance, and fantasy.
The historical context is darker and more violent than is common in romance: people are tortured and brutally slain, and though Avelynn escapes the worst, her beatings are harsh enough. Depends on what you are looking for, but it is worth checking out. Ray Thompson. The raw human tragedy that the damaged and damaging narrator, Buccmaster of Holland, relates makes the searing story clear enough.
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Buccmaster is an important man in his world, as he often reminds those around him: a free tenant farmer with land, a large house, people who work for him, and a seat in local government. All that changes when William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, invades, and Normans sweep through the countryside in an orgy of pillaging, burning, raping, and killing.
Buccmaster loses everything, including his family; everything, that is, except for a misplaced sense of his own superiority as a leader and as the one chosen to cast out the foreign invaders. For him, this includes Christianity, which he sees as a false, foreign religion that rules by fear of damnation.
Buccmaster looks instead to the old gods of England, as his grandfather taught him. They speak to him, goading him to act, telling him to trust no one, and he listens too well. His situation only worsens when a Pecheneg army captures Kiev, and Odd must use every scrap of 11th Century — 12th Century.