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I have brown eyes and red hair, some weeks redder than others! The rest is subject to change without notice. I live in Australia with my family and two cats, the cats rule.
After thirty years of working with the unemployed, coping with threats, tears and broken lives (and these were only from fellow staff), I decided it was time to make my escape. And what better place to go than the world of regency romance? I started writing this story years ago, but put it aside due to work and family commitments.
A few years ago, I dusted off the foolscap pages stored under my bed, finished the story and turned it into a book, Regency Masquerade.
Since then I have published three collections of short stories. Beach Apples, all with an Australian theme, and two books of science fiction, Star Clash and Splinters of Glass. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.
on Nov. 18, 2013 :
Traditional Regency with dubious foreign gentlemen, dubious solicitors etc. Peter Francis was the character I enjoyed the most as well.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2013 :
I had difficulty putting this one down - and I don't read romance, as a rule.
So to find Peter Francis - a character I already liked from the beginning - wasn't a man at all, I thought of my favourite Shakespeare play, Twelfth Night. Yet the style was more like something out of one of Jane Austen's books, as the title tells you exactly when it's set - Regency England.
While maintaining a careful balance between description, romance and action, Vera Loy kept me riveted from start to finish.
Poor, confused Richard Carleton...ah, but I won't spoil it for you, as this story does have surprises in it that I certainly didn't expect.
I think the bit that disappointed me most was discovering that Peter Francis wasn't a man, for he was the character I loved most throughout the book. For that I blame Ms Loy - she wrote the character far too well. It didn't detract from the story in the slightest, though, as the gender contrasts are clearer in this book than in any of Austen's and make for some very funny plot twists.
Well worth reading, I'm pleased I purchased this book, so I can read it again.
(reviewed the day of purchase)