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The Wistful and the Good  (Cuthbert’s People, Book One)

The Wistful and the Good (Cuthbert’s People, Book One) is an historical novel set in 8th. century Northumbria. It is available from Amazon.

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In the year 793, a great Viking raid devastated the rich monastery of Lindisfarne, announcing the opening of the Viking age. In a small coastal village a few miles south of Lindisfarne, Elswyth, the daughter of a simple thegn and a slave, is preparing to marry a nobleman, Drefan of Bamburgh, a match that will secure her family’s fortunes.

But Elswyth’s family has been trading with a Norse clan since before she was born and when Leif, the son of the Norse jarl, arrives seeking to raise a ransom for his kidnapped father by selling Christian holy books, Elswyth is charged with keeping the peace between Drefan and Leif. On its own this would be difficult enough, but it becomes so much harder when Elswyth finds herself starting to fall for Leif.

If Elswyth follows her heart, or fails to allay Drefan’s growing suspicions, bloodshed and slavery are certain to follow.

St. Agnes and the Selkie (Cuthbert’s People, Book Two)

St. Agnes and the Selkie (Cuthbert’s People, Book Two) is an historical novel set in 8th. century Northumbria. It will be released later in 2022.

Cover of St. Agnes and the Selkie​Mother Wynflaed of Whitby Abbey rules a joint house of monks and nuns, and many layfolk besides. Her office forbids her to have favorites, but when a young woman appears on the doorstep, soaked from the sea and too terrified to speak her name, Wynflaed comes to see her not only as a potential postulant, but as a daughter. She names her Agnes, but before Agnes can become part of the community, Wynflaed must discover her secret.

Though Wynflaed finds it impossible to think ill of Agnes, Agnes herself keeps pulling down one penance after another on her head, as if trying to expiate some grave crime. As some in the abbey begin to fear her, Agnes becomes Wynflaed’s obsession, upsetting the harmony of the abbey, and leading Wynflaed to question her own fitness to rule.

When Eardwulf, the young king of Northumbria, comes to Wynflaed seeking counsel, he too becomes infatuated with Agnes. As Wynflaed begins to unwind Agnes’ secret, she realizes that Agnes is a danger to both the abbey and the king, and plans to send her away. But Eardwulf has other ideas, and Agnes has other admirers.

The Needle of Avocation (Cuthbert’s People, Book Three)

The Needle of Avocation(Cuthbert’s People, Book Three) is an historical novel set in 8th. century Northumbria. It will be released later in 2022.

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Hilda of Twyford is considered the finest needlewoman in Northumbria. But plain Hilda still lives in the shadow of her beautiful and charming sister, Elswyth. The fact that Elswyth was kidnapped by vikingar in a raid three years earlier has only increased the love and attention poured out on Elswyth and Elswyth’s memory, eclipsing Hilda all the more.

But Hilda has been left with all the responsibilities that Elswyth ignored in her life, including marriage to an ealdorman’s son, a prospect that leaves Hilda entirely cold. Hilda wants nothing but to be left alone with her needlework, and considers whether she should refuse the promised marriage and flee to the Abbey of Whitby to live as a nun.

But when The King of Northumbria, the Abbess of Whitby, and the king’s petulant child bride all show up to witness Hilda’s wedding, she begins to suspect that there is more to the story of Elswyth’s disappearance, and the burdens that the mighty seek to lay on her meek shoulders only increase as the wedding day draws nearer.

Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight

Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight is a literary fantasy. It is available for preorder now.

Cover of Lady Isabel and the Elf KnightIsabel resists the Elf Knight’s seduction and kills him with his own sword. With the  Elf Knight’s horse, sword, and horn at her disposal, she is convinced she can do good in the world. At first, all seems to be going well. Isabel is able to save herself and her new friends Etty and Dotrice from rape at the hands of a pair of louts, slitting their throats with a precision a skilled butcher could only envy.

But Isabel discovers that the Elf Knight’s tools have a taste for bloodletting that cannot be sated or controlled. They need only a hand to wield them and by the time Isabel resolves to put them down, it is too late. She has become the Elf Maiden, a seducer and destroyer of princes and a danger to everyone she loves.

Non-fiction

For information on my non-fiction (technical) books, see Every Page is Page One.

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