The beginning of 2013 has been a
busy time for me, with two books released in e-book format within the first
week of the year!
First of all, my new full-length
novel The Gilded Fan came out. It’s the sequel to The Scarlet Kimono, although it can be read as a stand-alone, and
both novels are set in the 17th century, partly in Japan and partly in
England. The heroine of The Gilded Fan is the daughter of a
Japanese warlord and an Englishwoman, and as a half foreigner she is forced to
flee the country of her birth when the Shogun
(ruler) decides to evict anyone with foreign blood.
She considers England a barbaric
country and I had great fun writing about her arrival in Plymouth. And although she thinks she has overcome the
worst of her problems when she is welcomed by her mother’s relatives, she
doesn’t realise that things are about to get much worse – the English Civil War
is just starting!
Here is the blurb:-
How do you start a new
life, leaving behind all you love?
It’s 1641, and when Midori Kumashiro, the orphaned daughter of a
warlord, is told she has to leave Japan or die, she has no choice but to flee
to England. Midori is trained in the arts of war, but is that enough to help
her survive a journey, with a lecherous crew and an attractive captain she
Having come to Nagasaki to trade, the last thing Captain Nico
Noordholt wants is a female passenger, especially a beautiful one. How can he
protect her from his crew when he can’t keep his own eyes off her?
During their journey, Nico and Midori form a tentative bond, but
they both have secrets that can change everything. When they arrive in England,
a civil war is brewing, and only by standing together can they hope to survive …
(It will be published in paperback on 7th February.)
My other new release for Kindle was Once Bitten, Twice Shy, a Regency
novella, which was previously published by My Weekly Pocket Novels and Linford
Romance. It features a hero who has
sworn never to marry again and I have to admit I loved writing about a heroine
who might make him change his mind!
Here is the blurb for that:-
Once was more than enough!
Jason Warwycke, Marquess of
Wyckeham, has vowed never to wed again after his disastrous first marriage,
which left him with nothing but a tarnished reputation and a rather unfortunate
nickname − ‘Lord
That is, until he sets eyes on
Ianthe Templeton …
Ianthe lives in the shadow of
her beautiful twin sister, Serena and longs to escape the “mindless
entertainments” she is forced to endure in London. She soon finds herself
captivated by the enigmatic Wyckeham and tempted by his promises of a new life
in the idyllic English countryside …
But can Wyckeham and Ianthe
overcome the malicious schemes of spiteful siblings and evil stepmothers to
find wedded bliss? Or will Wyckeham discover, all too painfully, that the past
has come back to bite him for a second time?
Labels: 17th century Japan, English Civil War, Once Bitten Twice Shy, regency romance, The Gilded Fan