Coming in April 2015
A Pledge of Better Times ise set in the late 17th and early 18th century and is the type of historical fiction in which virtually every character, major and minor, actually existed.
The real people whose lives inspired the story are:
~Lady Diana de Vere, a renowned beauty of the royal court
~Charles Beauclerk, Duke of St. Albans, bastard son of King Charles II and actress Nell Gwyn
~Diana's father Aubrey de Vere, 20th Earl of Oxford, military officer and courtier
~Charles's uncle James II, a stubborn and uncompromising monarch
~Prince Mary of Orange, later Queen Mary II of England
~her husband Prince William, later King William III, who seizes her father's throne
~her sister Princess Anne, who stubbornly flouts royal authority
Tracing these characters' paths through history has been a fascinating journey! To see the places where they lived, loved, quarreled, visit my Fact into Fiction page.
My previously published novels take place chiefly in England or Ireland during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They feature dukes and duchesses, lords and ladies as well as people associated with the theatre--opera singer, actress, dancer. I've written about miners and maids and musicians. The main characters are fictional, but many lesser or walk-on characters are real people (the Prince of Wales, Jane Austen, Joseph Grimaldi.) These stories are set in London or Bristol or Bath, the countryside, or more obscure regions (the Isle of Man.) They were published in hardcover, in paperback, and in various foreign languages. Many are now becoming available digitally, as Ebooks. Complete information here.