Ann Marie Thomas
Writing poetry and making up stories since she was a child, Ann only started to write seriously when her children were grown. Her main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way she got fascinated by local history and distracted by a major stroke. However, she wrote poetry about her stroke and spent her recovery writing a local history book. Taking early retirement gave her more time to concentrate on her writing.
The result is two exciting new books about little-known pieces of Swansea and Gower history:
What began with a curiosity about the heyday of Swansea Castle, resulted in Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, the only book about Alina de Breos and the part that Swansea and Gower played in the toppling of Edward II from the throne.
Now there is a second book, set a century before the first. This tells the story of how King John's brutal treatment of William de Breos, Lord of Gower and a lot more beside, led to rebellion by many of the great barons and was the final spark that lit the fire of Magna Carta.
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Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth
Alina de Breos' husband seizes the Lordship of Gower in an attempt to protect her inheritance. This rebellion which starts in 1320, gathers other barons in a country-wide uprising against a weak and distrusted king.
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Smashwords book reviews by Ann Marie Thomas
- Transgression: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel
on July 13, 2014
The idea of someone going back in time to kill St Paul really intrigued me, so I bought the book. Then I discovered good writing, real characters you care about, and multiple points of view so you could really understand where they were coming from. Add to this the whole subject of Christianity/Judaism/Atheism, and done very well I must say, and I was really hooked. Well researched, well written and a real page turner. Highly recommended. The minute I finished the book I went and bought the next one. Can't wait!
- Premonition: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel
on July 21, 2014
This is the second book in the City of God series and at least as good as the first one. Very little 'science fiction' in this book, but a cracking good story with suspense and tugs at the emotions. I won't give spoilers, but I burst into tears at one point. I couldn't wait to finish it and I can't wait to read the next one. Highly recommended.