Valerie Holmes

Biography

Valerie writes sweet romances and mysteries, both historical and contemporary. Two of which have been shortlisted for awards by the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
She is a previous winner of Writing Magazine’s, ‘Annual Ghost Story Competition’. This illustrates her love of writing under the genres of ‘Romantic Adventure’ or darker ‘History Mystery’.
Valerie is an experienced creative writing tutor working for The London School of Journalism, Writing Magazine and independently.
As well as being an author herself, she enjoys being a reviewer of books for the Historical Novel Society and is also member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Society of Authors.

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Books

Roses are Dead
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,520. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Jen has broken away from a stifling relationship and is enjoying her independence until strange gifts arrive. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the mystery of who is sending them disturbs her deeply. She fears it could be Harris, her ex. When they turn sinister who should she trust: her ex, his friend, her neighbour, Sergeant Aidan Lee or just herself? When Jen needs help who will come?
Discovering Ellie
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,020. Language: British English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Regency
Ellie has recurring nightmares, always waking to a life devoid of love, but still she dreams. Living in the old hall with her Aunt Gertrude and cousins Cybil and Jane, the scandal of her mother’s elopement with a Frenchman cast a long shadow over her. Such taints are difficult to cast off, until Mr William Cookson arrives to shine new light onto her past and show her the way to an exciting future.
The Baker's Apprentice
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,320. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Molly Mason dreams of escaping from the control of Mrs Cresswell, her step-mother, by becoming an apprentice to her friend who owns the local bakery. This ill thought-out plan is stopped when Juniper Cresswell’s fiancé, war hero Lt. Cherry, returns accompanied with a soldier who had been presumed dead. The soldier brings with him suspicions of murder, mystery and the key to Molly’s heart.
Phoebe's Challenge
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 41,980. Language: British English. Published: July 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Molly Mason dreams of escaping from the control of Mrs Cresswell, her step-mother, by becoming an apprentice to her friend who owns the local bakery. This ill thought-out plan is stopped when Juniper Cresswell’s fiancé, war hero Lt. Cherry, returns accompanied with a soldier who had been presumed dead. The soldier brings with him suspicions of murder, mystery and the key to Molly’s heart.
Felicity Moon
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,520. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Felicity Moon strikes the Lord of the manor in self defence and is forced to leave his household. Squire Moon, her father, is in gaol charged with bank-rolling smugglers and storing contraband. Felicity has one last chance to save herself from ruin in the form of a reference to Mr Lucas Packman, a man her father dislikes. She has a stark choice to make: trust Packman or her obey her father.
Betrayal of Innocence
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,470. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Lydia works hard at Bagby Hall to keep her father, an ailing tenant, from the poorhouse. She is racked with guilt as she has to watch her friend, Georgette, being abused by Lord and Lady Bagby. Lydia longs to aid Georgette as she fears her life may be in danger - but how? The arrival of the mysterious doctor, Samuel Speer, adds to her dilemma as Lydia's concern for her friend grows.
Bethany's Justice
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,660. Language: British English. Published: December 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
When Bethany and Kezzie excitedly walk to a neighbouring village fair, Bethany discovers how fickle her friend is once they meet up with womaniser, local shepherd, Bill Judd. Deserted on the open moor road, Bethany’s feelings are hurt, but she is determined to continue her journey. In her anger she makes a life threatening decision, cutting through a wooded estate, which changes her life forever.
Truth, Love and Lies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,200. Language: British English. Published: October 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Florence Swan escapes before she is forced to work in a cotton mill. Naïve and ambitious, she ventures out into the world alone. Major Luke Stainbridge has been a prisoner of Napoleon. He returns to his beloved estate in England only to discover he has been replaced by an imposter. Two lives in chaos. Two destinies combine. Will the love of truth be enough to destroy a sinister network of lies?
The Captain's Creek
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,710. Language: British English. Published: October 21, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Maggie Chase discovers an injured stranger fleeing for his life on the beach. Her father, Captain Chase is away at sea. Maggie is living in their cottage on her own. Trusting her instincts, she helps Montgomery to evade capture. Little does Maggie realise that this rash act will jeopardise her plans to open up a village school, for the handsome stranger is a man led by his own private ambition.
Chloe's Friend
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 32,000. Language: British English. Published: September 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Miss Chloe Branton has been found a position as a laundry maid in a wealthy country house. Although she dislikes the life, she respects her father’s wishes to stay there, knowing the arrangement will be temporary. Chloe has been hidden away from her father’s enemies. She soon needs help, which is given freely by Mr Thaddeus Poole, but Chloe does not know if he will betray her or be a true friend.
Abigail Moor
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,000. Language: British English. Published: September 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Abigail Hammond has been raised as a lady by her guardian, Lord Edmund Hammond. However, her sheltered life ends when he falls ill. His heir, Frederick, returns to force her into a marriage of convenience. Abigail has to flee to York with her lifelong maid, Martha, at Lord Hammond’s insistence. Captain Rusk, an injured rifleman, helps her and together they discover love and who she really is.
Hannah of Harpham Hall
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,490. Language: British English. Published: August 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Hannah, a cosseted daughter, has grown up in the sheltered world of Harpham Hall. Headstrong and blinkered to dangers, she is saved from harm by a tenant’s son, Tobias Jenkins. Her avaricious stepmother uses this incident to justify sending her away. Hannah’s unlikely ally throughout is Tobias, who becomes her rock. Their love deepens, but what will happen when the secret of his past is revealed?
Sophie's Dream
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,340. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sophie’s Dream is to find an exciting life away from her strict education in a workhouse. She applies, with references, through an agency for a position as a governess in New South Wales. Along with other young women, she is chaperoned to their new life. Abandoned on the quayside of Sydney, the agency is a sham. Her instincts lead her to Matthias Wells and a very different world opens up to her.
Stolen Treasure
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,150. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1809 Elizabeth Matthews enjoys being with her soul-mate, Thomas, son of the estate’s handyman. Her mama mysteriously asks her to bury a tin. Life in the village of Alunby is then left behind when she is sent to school in York. Elizabeth dreams of the day when the secret inside the tin box is revealed and of returning to Thomas. She discovers a greater secret than she could ever have imagined.
Moving On
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,650. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Hailey’s world is thrown into chaos when Kate, her sister, chooses to move to London forgoing her placement at university. After raising Kate this leaves Hailey, at 29, free of commitments. Meanwhile an accident causes James, a successful PR Manager, to miss his holiday flight. A kind act surprisingly leads to another. Hailey and James lives change as they move on and discover love.

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