Vikings to Virgin
The Hazards of being King
In history, to be an English king and to be murdered was no more than a hazard of the job and there has been a vast number of kings where this has actually been the case. The story of the kings and queens of England is a wonderful drama, and many were not averse to the odd assassination or two by poisoning, starving, burning, imprisonment and an old favourite, beheading. Many have died 'under suspicious circumstances' because the entire truth will never be fully known.
There were some monarchs who ruled for years and there were some who ruled for only a few months. There were also some who should never have ruled at all. Yet this group shares one thing in common. In their own lifetimes, they were the most powerful and brutal individuals in the land. Their stories span for fifteen hundred years, full of lust, betrayal, heroism, murder, cruelty and mysteries.
This is the first book in a trilogy covering the Vikings, Normans, Plantagenets, Lancasters, Yorks and Tudors. It begins with a race of people who were struggling to survive and finishes with a comet blazing across the London sky heralding the end of Bloody Mary's reign.
Virgin to Victoria
The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen
After the death of her sister, 'Bloody Mary', England had high hopes for Elizabeth I when she came to the throne. The 25-year-old ascended the throne as the third queen to rule in her own right and she attended her first council exuding an air of quiet confidence, even though she was inheriting a bankrupt nation torn apart by religious discord. It was chaotic.
Despite her amazing legacy and despite what her father, Henry VIII, had desired above all else, Elizabeth failed England in one vital point. She never married and did not leave an heir to the Tudor dynasty. By making that one fateful decision, she left the path open for the arrogant Stuarts in Scotland to take over and life would never be the same.
'Virgin to Victoria' travels in time through Elizabeth's amazing life, through the confusion of the Stuart dynasty, through the devastation of a Civil War led by Oliver Cromwell, through battles for the throne and through the turbulent and discordant Hanover dynasty with its intricate family squabbles.
Queen Victoria did not ask to be Queen. It was thrust upon her by the accident of birth and then by a succession of accidents that removed all others who stood between her and the throne. She assumed it reluctantly and, at first, incompetently. Parliament was sure the 18-year-old could be relied upon to leave the job of running the country to the professionals.
Ex-police detective Jack Curtis thought he’d seen everything.
That is until he found his friend Joe naked and sobbing on the steps of his house, a gun lying beside him and his fiancée Shannon dead in a pool of blood.
All the evidence points to Joe as the murderer, yet he professes his innocence.
But if Joe didn’t do it, who did?
Jack digs deep for answers but what he finds reveals Shannon was playing a more sinister and dangerous game than he could ever have imagined….
...now he is questioning everything he thought he knew.
Victoria to Vikings
The Circle of Blood
At the heart of our present are the stories of our past. In ages gone by, many monarchs died while they were still young. There were battles and diseases and many were simply overthrown. But the days of regal engagement in hand-to-hand combat are over and the line of succession has a good ageing prospect these days.
One of the most famous monarchs in history is Queen Victoria and her passing brought an end to an amazing era. She could be demanding, rude and frequently fled public duties for the solitude of Scotland. But she loved fiercely and her people loved her in return. Under her reign, England achieved a greatness it had never known before.
'Victoria to Vikings' spans from this great queen to another one - Queen Elizabeth II. Ours is the era of the longest living monarch in history and her ancestry is incredible. But walking two steps behind her, stalwart and loyal, stands Prince Philip, the strawberry to her champagne, and with him comes his own amazing Viking heritage.
Daughters of Nazareth
COMING SOON - FEBRUARY 2020
".......one week after my first communion and three days before my seventh birthday, my father went back into hospital and I awoke to the sound of silence."
For Patricia Gourgaud, life growing up in 50s Australia with her parents was blissful. This happiness was cut short one day when she was taken by the police to the local children's home, Nazareth House, a home for neglected and abandoned children. This event meant she would never see her mother again and rarely see her father.
Throughout years of loveless discipline from the nuns at the orphanage, and abuse at the hands of foster parents, Patricia would wonder why her family had discarded her. She never stopped longing for the mother who had deserted her or for her beloved father, whose too few visits ceased mysteriously when she was a young teenager. Against the odds, at the age of fifteen, she ran away from her last abusive foster home determined to reinvent herself and heal. She would leave the horrors of her past behind her and start a new life for herself. Alone.
But fate wasn’t finished with her yet. One night twenty years later, after escaping from a relationship of domestic violence, she received a telephone call from a complete stranger, a young woman who had a story of her own to tell that included Patricia. Overnight their lives changed as the past began to unfold. It would only be the beginning of extraordinary discoveries as the two women delved deep into government archives for answers.
This autobiography of touching warmth tells the story of the confused and sometimes frightened girl who became an independent woman. Inside, however, she carried the scars and loneliness borne of the belief that her parents had abandoned her.
Daughters of Nazareth is a compelling and moving account of a woman who refused to be bowed by the worst the world could do. It is a story about how a life of yearning and loneliness can be transformed into one filled with love, happiness and peace. Above all, it is a deeply touching story of a woman who grew up without a family, only to find them when she least expected it.