Marina Oliver

Biography

Most writers can't help themselves! It's a compulsion. Getting published, though, is something really special, and having been so fortunate myself I now try to help aspiring writers by handing on tips it took me years to work out. I've published over 60 titles, including four in the How To Books' Successful Writing Series, and Writing Historical Fiction for Studymates.

I have judged short story competitions, been a final judge for the Harry Bowling Prize and was an adviser to the 3rd edition of Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers 1994. If you want to find out more about your favourite authors, consult this book. I once wrote an article on writing romantic fiction for the BBC's web page, for Valentine's day.

I have given talks and workshops for the Arts Council and at most of the major Writing Conferences, and helped establish the Romantic Novelists' Association's annual conference. I was Chairman of the RNA 1991-3, ran their New Writers' Scheme and edited their newsletter. I am now a Vice-President.

As well as writing I have edited books for Transita, featuring women 'of a certain age', and for Choc Lit where gorgeous heros are the norm.

I was asked to write A Century of Achievement, a 290 page history of my old school, Queen Mary's High School, Walsall, and commissioned to write a book on Castles and Corvedale to accompany a new circular walk in the area.

Most of my Regencies written under the pseudonym Sally James are now published in ebook format as well as many others of my out of print novels which my husband is putting into ebook format. Our daughter Debbie is helping with designing the covers. For details of all my books and my many pseudonyms see my website.

Smashwords Interview

When did you start to write?
From about the age of four or five I wanted to be a writer. I was always making up stories for myself. Initially I wrote articles and short stories, then I ventured with my first novel, which I was lucky enough to have accepted by the first publisher I sent it to.
What sort of novels do you write?
All sorts! I could not bear to have to stick with one type. I began with historicals set during the English Civil War and Restoration, moved to Regencies, then romantic suspense, and mysteries. I also wrote twentieth century family sagas, and historicals set at other times. I have even tried what I call a futuristic political satire, Oh Baby! At first I used different pseudonyms for the different types, but now I am publishing all my back list as Ebooks I put them under my real name, apart from some Regencies through Regency Reads under the name of Sally James.
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Where to find Marina Oliver online


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Books

My Lord Tremaine
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Series: Regencies, Book 6. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 66,820. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
(4.00 from 1 review)
When Edmund,Viscount Tremaine, is reported dead at Waterloo, Jane, his fiancée, is devastated. Her father's death has left her and her sister Elinor almost destitute. William, the new Viscount, arrives. At Waterloo a farmer, Gervaas, helping bury the dead, finds an unconscious man who has lost his memory. He stays at the farm, hoping he will remember who he is.
Mischief in Madeira
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,280. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Rivalry in the golfing world leads to desperate measures, and romance in Madeira. When Dominic Thorn's business selling golf equipment is threatened by former golfer Keith Livermore, he needs help. Catherine, divorced wife of golfing star Justin O'Brien; her father, the Major; an old army buddy who knows of the Major's fling with Jackie, Livermore's mother; and flamboyant Jackie herself - help
An Earl from India
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Series: Regencies, Book 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 57,280. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
A new Regency. How can a disgraced Earl make the most of his return from exile, especially when he is impersonating his half-brother, the real Earl? Silas expects to find a flourishing estate and marry an heiress, but Fanny, the heiress he meets on the homeward-bound ship, dislikes him. Then he meets his family, cousins Lucien and Amanda. and Aunt Charlotte, and finds his inheritance worthless.
Murder in California
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 6. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 54,140. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A stolen pistol plopping into the pool beside Dodie, former starlet, announces another murder, this time in California where she is staying with her wealthy ex-husband, Joe Broughton, in his house overlooking the Pacific. She becomes aware of several tensions and jealousies among the neighbours. So which could be the murderer? Or is it an escaped con, brother of a Mexican maid?
Stage for Murder
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,410. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The village seethes with rumours of murder and theft. When Martin's wife dies in a tragic accident on his farm he is accused of murder. Is it murder or an accident? Dodie comes to help. Meanwhile Catherine starts working for Martin.
The Irish Bride
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Series: Regencies, Book 4. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 59,530. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
(2.00 from 1 review)
New Regency from Marina Oliver. Brigid has no money, but her unknown family appear to come to her rescue.
Oh Baby! - A Futuristic Political Satire
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,460. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When a contraceptive calamity strikes, the country faces dire prospects.
Lucky for Love
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,720. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Can one find love again? Julie's husband was killed in a car smash three years ago.She is bullied into taking a cruise by her sister Susan, who works in the gift shop on the ship. Robert, who lost his fiancée just before their wedding, has other things on his mind as he tries to solve the mystery of thefts from passengers. Then Steven, a figure from the past, takes a hand.
Passionate Campaign
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 67,400. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
A new romance by Marina Oliver. London 1906.Livvy faces several battles. Patients will not accept her as a 'proper' doctor. Politicians will not grant votes to women. And she can never marry Sir James while their beliefs are so different: he thinks letting women vote is wrong, and would never consider allowing a wife to work. Can there be any meeting between their minds?
Manhattan Magic
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,790. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(4.00 from 1 review)
A short novella by Marina Oliver. Coming out of the shower in her borrowed apartment, Rezia is confronted by a very angry - but very blond and attractive - young man. She expected her photographic commission in New York to be exciting - but not this exciting! Klaus turns out to live next door and has mistaken Rezia for the apartment's owner. But their quickly developing relationship is threatened.
The Chaperone Bride
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Series: Regencies, Book 3. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 72,320. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Regency
(4.00 from 1 review)
A brand new regency romance from Marina Oliver, author of over 60 books. Joanna, destitute after her gambler father's suicide, is offered a marriage of convenience. Sir Kenelm needs a wife as a chaperone, since governesses are reluctant to live in a widower’s household. The twins, children of his first wife, reject her as new mama and the governess resents her.
Fires in the Forest
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,900. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Nicola takes a holiday job in the New Forest, coaching teenage Sarah in French. She is horrified to meet Robert, Sarah's half-brother, with whom she had a serious confrontation about the wrong messages attached to floral gifts. She cannot understand Robert's antagonism towards Sarah's boyfriend, and wonders what his relationship to the glamorous Jane is. Was "Fires in the Forest" by Brdget Thorn.
Hospital Heartbreaker
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,860. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Fleur's nickname is Nurse Flirt, given her by a jealous rival because of her friendly relations with patients. When one of these patients contrives to kiss her, she expects official retribution, but it never comes. She thinks this is because she is moving to a big London hospital a few days later. Then she meets the amorous patient, surgeon Russell Delaney, and rumours once more fly.
Island Quest
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,030. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
When her young half-brother goes missing on the island of Majorca, leaving behind his precious drums, Ros Farleigh goes there in an effort to find him. She is distracted by, and suspicious of, the arrogant Spanish guitarist Lorenzo, who appears to know more than he tells her. Previously published under the pseudonym Bridget Thorn.
A Question of Love
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 48,660. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Pippa takes a job in Minorca, to prove to her protective family and persistent boyfriend Frank that she can stand on her own feet. The man she is working for is a former film star who is planning to write his memoirs, much to the fury of his last wife and his nephew Juan. Previously published under the pseudonym Bridget Thorn.
Gavotte
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Series: 17th Century, Book 15. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 40,280. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Isabella does not want to marry, having been jilted by a faithless lover. She thinks her lovely young sister Clare should marry to restore the family fortunes, reduced by Civil War and exile. Being in London for the coronation of Charles II provides opportunities to meet eligible men, such as the wealthy Jason Marlowe. Clare, though, has other ideas and draws Isabella into danger.
Lord Hugo's Wedding
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Series: 17th Century, Book 14. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,560. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
The wedding plans of the Earl of Winton and Sophie du Plessis are disrupted when Sophie and her parents have to return home to the south of France where her grandmother is dying. Then odd problems arise and they must fight to find one another and solve these difficulties.
Lord Hugo's Bride
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Series: 17th Century, Book 13. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,170. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
(4.00 from 1 review)
Hugo, Earl of Winton, decides it is time to marry and provide an heir, but Phillipa, his chosen bride, loves another man. Then he meets the delightful Sophie and his plans are overturned.
Highwayman's Hazard
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Series: 18th & 19th Century, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,710. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Mr Middlewick, a wealthy merchant, longs for his daughter Clarinda to marry well. When he receives an offer from the elderly Lord Tarbuck she is horrified, and persuades her heiress friend Sarah, daughter of a baron, who lives with her Aunt nearby, to accompany her to the refuge of her grandmother in Harrogate. They fall into the hands of the strange highwayman and are forced to help him.
Restoration Affair
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Series: 17th Century, Book 12. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,270. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
At the Court of Charles II the lovely Callias attracts much attention. Neglected by her husband John Cobden, who wants only her money, she feels free to love Sir Richard Weston. His own betrothal to Anne has been broken, but she and John contrive to separate the lovers.
Player's Wench
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Series: 17th Century, Book 11. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 45,750. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Mr Atwell, a prosperous City merchant, is angry when his middle daughter, Honour, shows a preference for Robert Reade, and longs to visit the new Theatre. He plans to marry her to a suitably Puritan husband. Honour goes with her father's apprentice to Drury Lane, and is delighted with the play, but disaster brings Gervase Dunstone into her life and alters it for ever.
Charms of a Witch
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Series: 17th Century, Book 10. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,350. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Women suspected of witchcraft have always been persecuted, but in the 1640s this turned into a frenzy. Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witchfinder General, found many victims in Essex. Lucy, caring at first for her grandmother, and then, after her death, living peacefully in her cottage, is caught up in the fever, and not even the protection of the Squire can help her.
Rebel Heart
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Series: 18th & 19th Century, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,790. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Elinor does not know if her brother Kit has perished during the Jacobite rebellion, or is a fugitive. She is torn between his allegiance to the exiled King James and her betrothed, Francis, who serves in George I's army. Then a stranger appears who insists on carrying her off to France, to Kit, but first they have to evade their enemies.
The Baron's Bride
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,630. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
In England during the reign of Henry III marriages are business arrangements. Eva is told she is to wed Sir Piers de Granfort when she is in love with her cousin Gilbert, who is young and poor, and determines to escape this fate. Her efforts are all foiled, but does Sir Piers really want her, or is he in love with a beautiful widow?
Masquerade for the King
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Series: 17th Century, Book 9. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,950. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Sanchia becomes involved in the affairs of King Charles' II's supporters
Campaign for a Bride
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Series: 17th Century, Book 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 54,850. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Barbara deplores the marriage, but is caught up in the battle of Worcester.
Mating the Llama
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 74,640. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Lucy, widow of a young pop star, moves to an idyllic country cottage to start a new life. Drowning her sorrows when she is let down by the staid Edward, the latest man in her life, she is unprepared for having Rosa, a llama, invade her kitchen. Is this a mirage? Soon, though, she is drawn into helping Rosa's owner, the charismatic Cas Finlay, who needs to find Rosa a mate.
Strife Beyond Tamar
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Series: 17th Century, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,970. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Cornwall and its people are involved in the Civil War. Royalists in Cornwall are determined to keep the Roundheads out of the county.
Runaway Hill
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Series: 17th Century, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,780. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Civil War sieges and the battle of Roundway Down. Roundhead troops occupy Reading, but are utterly vanquished at Roundway Down.
Highland Destiny
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Series: 17th Century, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,610. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Civil war and conflict betweem the clans in Scotland. Competition to marry an ophaned Highland girl chieftain and control her clan.
Cavalier Courtship
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Series: 17th Century, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,440. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The hunted Cavalier and the Puritan maiden. A Puritan child aids a fugitive Cavalier after the Battle of Worcester
A Civil Conflict
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Series: 17th Century, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,700. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
The English Civil War that divides families and friends. Lysbeth is torn between Royalist, Roundhead, and the charismatic Sir James.
Veiled Destiny
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Series: Romantic Suspense, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 62,330. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Contemporary romance in the Chilterns. Sophie is in danger from real threats, not accidents, but who can she trust? Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
The Marriage Gamble
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Series: Regencies, Book 2. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 71,690. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Regency romance: To regain his family's Castle, Luke is prepared to marry the unknown heiress. Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
Lord Clifford's Dilemma
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Series: Regencies, Book 1. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 64,750. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.00 from 1 review)
Regency Romance: How can Lord Clifford court Elizabeth while his ward is infatuated with her young brother? Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
The Knot Garden
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Series: Romantic Suspense, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 84,790. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Running a garden centre after her father is injured demands all Tansy's courage. Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
Virginian Lover
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 74,900. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Bella, exiled to Jamestown, Virginia, in the seventeenth century, seeks to escape from her abusive husband. Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books. Previously published as "Forbiddeen Love" under the pseudonym Donna Hunt.
Courtesan of the Saints
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Series: 17th Century, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,200. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Spies and counter-spies plot during the years of the Parliament of the Saints in the mid-1650s. Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
Presentation to a Dying
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 61,370. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Another cosy village Dodie Fanshaw mystery by Marina Oliver. The Reverend Fairfax is dead - the tile imbedded in his skull proves that! And it’s clearly murder, but no-one seems to have an alibi. Marina Oliver has published over fifty novels and several non-fiction books. Many of her historical novels, twentieth-century sagas, contemporary romances and crime books are now available as e-books.
To A Far Country
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Series: Highland Tales, Book 3 · 18th & 19th Century, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 72,970. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Evicted from their Highland croft, Jamie and Flora Lennox, with their baby daughter and other families of the township, go to Nova Scotia to start a new life. The leaving of the glen is heart-rending, and soon more disasters strike, on the voyage and as they move westwards to find suitable land. Can they survive in this new, raw country? Will they find happiness in their new lives?
Can Dreams Come True?
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Series: 20th Century Sagas, Book 5. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 114,650. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
In this fifth Midlands saga Kate, scholarship girl, meets Robert who offers to take her flying. Kate's heroine is Amy Johnson, and she is ecstatic. Then various calamities make life difficult. Expelled, with no job, Alf killed and Hattie unstable, Kate struggles to support them, but more problems arise. Will Kate's dream of flying ever come true?
Wild Catriona
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Series: Highland Tales, Book 2 · 18th & 19th Century, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 81,800. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Catriona's passion is for fabrics and printing. With father lost at sea, her mother losing the will to live, her Uncle wanting her to marry the bigoted newcomer, and her cousin wanting her as his mistress, she must flee to her Dutch relatives. Needing money after hers is stolen, she persuades Rory Napier to employ her to supervise the block printing of linen at his Glasgow factory.
Riding for a Fall
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,460. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Dodie Fanshaw goes to stay with her old friend Christine, she soon realises there are tensions, both in the family living at the Manor and the one where Elena is organising daughter Rebecca's wedding. John, the young brother of Robert, who owns the Manor, hates his Uncle Michael, Robert's Trustee, and because he wants to be a detective, gains a reputation as a snooper. Then there is a tragic.
A Cut Above the Rest
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,980. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The second Dodie Fanshaw mystery by Marina Oliver. Dodie's rural peace is shattered, first by a mermaid walking up the lawn from the river Thames, and then by a body near the pool. The body belonged to an author who lived next door. His girlfriend, publisher, agent, ex-lovers and neighbours crowd into the garden. But who could have killed this best-selling novelist? And why? Dodie is drawn in.
Fatal Slip
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Series: Dodie Fanshaw Mysteries, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,350. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When her son dies, Dodie is determined to find the murderer.
Royal Courtship
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,130. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Bella is terrified when Henry VIII pays her attentions, looking for a sixth wife to give him sons. Her brother imagines himself Regent for a boy king, her Spanish cousin Pedro thinks of advantages for Spain with a half-Spanish Queen on the throne. She flees from Court, and handsome Comte de Nerac offers to help her. Will he betray her to Henry's vengeance and the men the King has sent after her?
Once Bitten
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 51,460. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Judy goes to dog-sit for sister Fay while she and Paul are away. She unexpectedly finds Justin, Paul's cousin, also there. Then her ex-fiancé Mark arrives, angry she has rejected him. And the luscious Sadie moves in next door. Busy trying to establish her business selling greetings cards, preparing for a local craft fair, descended on by her parents, Judy frets at these distractions.
Chance-met Stranger
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,430. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Janie is desperate when her removal company let her down at the last minute. Luckily the men dealing with her neighbour's move are willing to help. The handsome Manuel asks her out for dinner, and then becomes involved in her feckless sister's latest disaster. To make things even worse, Brian, the step-nephew of her godmother produces a will leaving the cottage to him. Previously A Dangerous Love.
The Blazing Glen
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Series: Highland Tales, Book 1 · 18th & 19th Century, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,240. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Janet Mackay dislikes Englishmen, especially the Marquess of Sutherland who will evict them to make way for sheep. So when Alastair Fenton arrives, she is far from friendly. After the eviction grandmother Mary dies. Janet will go to Canada to join her brother, who fled after the '45, but on the way to Glasgow disaster strikes. Janet accepts Alastair's help, rejecting Murdo who wants to marry her.
The Garden Prize
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Series: Romantic Suspense, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,830. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Melanie longs to win the Garden Prize for her dead father's garden. She will run the guest house for a year, and the garden can be judged on the three weeks the village gardens open. Her former boss offers her a partnership and marriage, her sister wants to sell the house quickly, vandals attack her garden. A guest Paul Hunt is helpful, but mysterious. Can she trust him? Was Love's Sweet Secrets.
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