NEWS & EVENTS

 

Currently writing two books.  'The Pen', book five in The Finder Series, the pen lost belongs to a young Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Lewis Carroll.  He loses his beloved pen aged eighteen, whilst sketching on a walk along the banks of the River Tees at Croft, near to Darlington, where his father was the Rector of St Peters Church.  As the first born son of what would eventually become eleven children he lived in The Rectory with his mother, father and with a cook and a housemaid. 

Book 6

'The Seal'

Book six in 'The Finder Series' sees our heroine finding a seal , not a sea creature but a silver seal used for sealing wax to seal letters in medieval times.  She finds the seal whilst staying with her mother's Aunt Ruth in Normandy.  Once again she gets taken back to the time of a young King Richard the first.  The Lionheart, a young man with his three brothers, growing up between the warring courts of his father King Henry the second of England based between Limoges in France and London in England and his mother Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine whose court was based in Poitiers, France.  He is eighteen years old and battling the unruly barons in the land of his mother to take on his role as King of England, not helped by his father who has never shown him love.

Book 7
'The Crystal

 

Book seven in 'The Finder Series' sees our heroine finding an unusual crystal on the beach close to her home in the North of England.  She is seventeen years old, now a young woman and studying hard at school for her 'A' levels and, wait for it, with a boyfriend.  

This book will answer all of the questions she has about her previous names and where they came from. The wise woman, who she has met in all of the books in 'The Finder Series', will once again take her on a journey.  This time will show her the destiny she has been travelling towards in the previous books.  She meets with friends old and new and at last begins to understand the reason why she was originally chosen to fulfil it.
 

New a plannedAdult Book

'When Two Worlds Collide'

 

This book is currently being written.  Taking two characters we first met in, 'The Miniature', Great Aunt Ruth and Great Uncle Francois.  I live in an area in France which was the centre of administration for 'La Resistance' during the Second World War against the Nazi German Occupation of France.  The older residents here remember it well and with the chilling museum at Oradour sur Glane and the Resistance Museum in Limoges I have a wealth of research available to me.  Great Uncle Francois appeared in my imagination as a way of introducing 'The Ring', the small blue sapphire ring, lost in Book Four in 'The Finder Series'.  

I decided to tell their story, (I don't really have much choice as this story just has to be told). The story of a reluctant romance between two people of very different ages taking place in dangerous conditions and during a very difficult time.  A romance which fate gave to two people who really were not looking for love.  One, too intent on her career and intent also on becoming a thoroughly modern and home-owning independent woman.  The other, a man whose job spelt danger at every turn and in each country he was sent to, he was sure he would not live for a long time doing the job he did for the love of his country.  This will be their story. 

 

                    THE RING

 

What are the chances of a soldier during World War Two finding a small blue ring in the desert? A ring lost by an Arabian Princess in the North African desert in 1330.  Great Uncle Francois did just that whilst changing a tyre on his jeep.  On his return to England he gave it to his then girlfriend, Great Aunt Ruth, who treasured it throughout the years.  After many years living in France she visited England for the wedding of the oldest of her two great nieces.  She lost the ring, only for it to be found by our brave and kind girl who was good at finding things.  With the help once again of the wise woman she gets taken back to 1330, to the desert somewhere in North Africa.  It is a cruel and lawless time with lives treated cheaply, but her challenge in this time is to return the ring to the beautiful Princess Amira, to prove to her that her life is in danger from her possessive father, the Caliph, who, with his army, is in pursuit of his daughter and her rescuers.  Can the help of an adventurer from this time, Ibn Batutta, known only in the East, and the chance encounter with an adventurer from the West, Marco Polo, help our girl to rescue the Princess?  Can she help bring about a unison between East and West?  Will our girl make it back to the future and to wear the awful pink meringue dress her sister plans to make her wear as bridesmaid?

                    THE LETTER

The third book in 'The Finder Series' sees our heroine one year older and braving the open seas after finding an aged letter deposited long ago in the secret drawer of an antique desk belonging to the new family in the street.  She is taken back in time to 1630 and after finding herself in the West Indies, boards a ridiculously 'small wooden duck boat' to journey to Plymouth Colony in North America.

Once again, she meets the wise woman, who requests her help to return the letter accidentally lost long ago and to bring together two estranged brothers, John and James Jenney.  Following a tropical storm at sea, which badly damages their ship and blown well off course, she braves and then befriends Native American Indians who help her and the gallant Captain of the 'Little James' supply ship to the Americas, Emmanuel Altham, travel overland to Plymouth Colony.  She learns many new life skills whilst travelling with her new friends.  Will she help to avoid a tribal war being started by a French spy posing as a fur trader?  Will she fulfil her destiny yet again and manage to right the wrong between the two Jenney brothers?  If she only knew what her destiny was.  If she only knew what it meant...

         THE MINIATURE

 

The second book in 'The Finder Series' sees our kind, brave girl, one year older yet still changing her name as the mood takes her.  She is not happy though, as she faces a whole month of her precious school summer holidays away from 'the gang'.  She must travel with her mother to Northern France as her injured Great Aunt Ruth, whose doctor has ordered to spend a month of bedrest, needs to be nursed.  

Whilst exploring in her mother's aunts garden, she finds the miniature of a beautiful young girl from long ago.  Once again, she is taken back to another time, this the time of the French Revolution where she meets with the mysterious wise woman.  1792 is the year, she is given a dangerous mission to try to rescue three women from a family at the centre of the French Court.  With the help of a young Napoleon Bonaparte and her 'brother' in this time, Phillipe, dare they also try to rescue the French Royal Family, King Louis the sixteenth and his infamous Queen, Marie Antoinette and their two children from certain death by guillotine....

(find a recipe for fruit souffle at the rear of the book).

 

           THE SHIELD

 

People lose their belongings. That is a fact of life. It can happen by accident, but sometimes it can happen when you put them in a very safe place and forget where that safe place is. Not many people are good at finding them again.

A young, gutsy girl with a kind heart, who’s searching for her own identity growing up in the 1960s, just happens to be very good at finding things. Can she be the one to help return whatever is lost – anywhere and at any time - to its original owner?

With the help of a beautiful yet mysterious wise woman and a chivalrous knight she does just that. She finds and returns his shield, lost in battle, which unbeknown to her holds a secret that is important to his King, the safety of the Kingdom and the life of the daughter of his best friend.

The Shield is the first story in The Finder Series, taking our heroine on extraordinary journeys back in time. Her first adventure takes place in Medieval England in 1340 where she meets King Edward III, his wife Philippa and their son, who will later become the Black Prince. 

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