Thursday, September 01, 2011


Past Fantasy:

If you’re reading this, then like me, you probably love reading and the escapism of a good book! That escapism can be found in a wide range of genres from fantasy to paranormal, romance to science fiction, and my favourite – historical romance.

I only discovered historical romance in the past few years; always an avid reader, I was in my thirties when I picked up a book by Eloisa James…and was totally and utterly entranced.

Then it struck me; all those years of reading and what I had been looking for was a release from the pressures of everyday life - and I found it in a world where men were such potent creatures, that a woman alone with one meant ruin for her reputation.

Like a child discovering chocolate, suddenly I couldn’t get enough of silk gowns and stays, breeches and boots, and not forgetting those horse-riding heroes with well-toned thighs from hours in the saddle. Just imagine, a time with no telephones and text, the closest to a text message was to ‘say it with flowers’ – a truly romantic time.

And that’s why I love historical romance – the escapism, and as a writer, my aim is to write the sort of page turning romance I love to read…. and ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ was born.

Set in Regency London, ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ is a story of blackmail, duty and unexpected love. Our hero, the darkly, brooding, Lord Ranulf Charing, must sacrifice his happiness to honour family obligations; whilst our heroine, the rebellious Celeste Armitage, defies her parents and is sent to the country in disgrace.

The sparks fly between this unlikely couple because they are such complete opposites; Ranulf hamstrung by the rules of society and his grieving mother’s manipulations, whilst Celeste doesn’t give a fig for the Ton or authority; she knows exactly what she wants and it isn’t about to marry just to please her parents.

So when some of Celeste’s spirit rubs off on dutiful Ranulf, he must risk lowering his defences and take a chance on happiness. Celeste teaches Lord Ranulf about living life to the full and what really matters, and in return Ranulf reveals a world of sensuous passion that sends Celeste reeling. But of course things are never that straightforward and sometimes only death reveals who is truly too precious to lose….

(Tomorrow, I post more about the dashing Lord Ranulf Charing, at Lizzy Stevens’ blog )

‘A Dead Man’s Debt’

Celeste Armitage has a plan…and that plan doesn’t include marriage.

After deliberately humiliating a suitor, Celeste’s despairing parents exile her to the country. But once there she discovers a sketch book of daring nude studies and is shaken to find the artist is her hostess’s eldest son, Lord Ranulf Charing. This darkly cynical lord is exactly the sort of dissipated rogue she despises most…if only her blood didn’t heat at the thought of him…

Nothing is as it seems. Lord Ranulf’s life is a façade. Only he can save the Charing’s from disgrace as a blackmailer seeks to ruin his late brother’s reputation. But just as Ranulf dares to open his heart to Celeste, the fury of his nemesis is unleashed… facing him with the stark choice between true love and family duty. However when Celeste guesses the truth behind his rejection, Ranulf underestimates her resolve to clear his name and in so doing places the woman he loves in mortal danger….

So if you want a great, escapist read, why not try ‘A Dead Man’s Debt’ (just $2.99)


Here’s what reviewers have said:

“Historical romance at its best.” Once Upon A Chapter 5/5

“Totally engrossing…sensual and evocative writing.” Fiction Books. 5/5

“Breathtaking sensuality…page turning drama…a wonderful talent.” The Romance Reviews. 5/5

To find out more please visit: (my blog is updated twice a week and is an entertaining mix of historical trivia, romance and cats!)


“A Dead Man’s Debt” is available from:

Solstice publishing.




  1. Thank you so much for hosting me, Denyse! Your blog looks beautiful, congratulations.
    kind regards,
    Grace x

  2. A good historical can make a whole new old world come to life. :)


  3. Sounds intriquing, I will add it to my list of books to read.

  4. Your book looks great!

    Robin D
    robindpdx (at) yahoo (dot) com

  5. Thank you, SJ, Angela and Robin.
    Good luck with the prize draw.
    Grace x

  6. My TBR list has grown, thank you for the opportunity to escape- Desi

  7. Wow thanks for that! I love historicals and I am looking forward to reading this one. It is on my wish list.

    musicalfrog at

  8. Count me in! It sounds good! Thank you!


  9. Thank you also,to DB, Patti and Margaret, for taking part.
    I will chose a winner at random on Friday 9th September.
    Best of luck, everyone.
    Grace x


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