I am delighted to announce a
B.R.A.G. Medallion Award for A Splendid Defiance
B.R.A.G. is an acronym for Book Readers Appreciation Group that brings together a large group of readers, both individuals and members of book clubs, located throughout the United States and in ten other countries around the globe with a mission to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their work the attention and recognition it deserves.
I wrote my first novel, Lucifer’s Champion, to find out if I was actually capable of writing a book . It turned out that I was … but that I had a lot to learn. Consequently, by the time poor Lucifer was finally published, it had been through so many incarnations it was neither fish nor fowl – which is why I will never re-issue it. The cover, as you can see, may not be the worst ever considering what else is around these days, but it still made my agent and I howl with laughter.
After Lucifer, came The Marigold Chain . I should mention that the version currently available, is not the 1983 original. It was an early work and changes were needed so I used the opportunity to make them.
Next came A Splendid Defiance – the first of my Civil War novels and possibly, still, the one dearest to my heart. I love the seventeenth century and Banbury made the perfect backdrop – a town full of Puritans and a castle held for four years and through an epic fourteen-week siege by the Cavaliers. It was a wonderful opportunity to tell the true story of just one English castle and the real men who defended it.
Inevitably, Defiance led to further novels set in the same period.
My Roundheads & Cavaliers series:- The Black Madonna, Garland of Straw, The King’s Falcon and Lords of Misrule.
The series begins in 1639 and, by the end of Misrule, has reached 1655. There may be one more book to come, featuring Toby Maxwell and the Restoration … but only time will tell.
So why the mid-Georgians rather than the Regency?
I could be flippant and say I’ve a fondness for men with long hair … which would be true but isn’t by any means the whole story. I find the period more robust and less constrained; and the fashions in general – but particularly for the men – were much more flamboyant and, in my opinion, sexier. Two years ago, I added The Player to the Rockliffe series and, more recently, The Wicked Cousin.
In between these last two, I decided on a new departure. Audio books. As a result, all four Rockliffe books and also A Splendid Defiance are currently available in audio, narrated by superbly-talented Alex Wyndham. He was kind enough to say that he is particularly proud of Defiance and that it was “a rare pleasure to narrate.“