Anne Rouen


Anne Rouen—the nom de plume of Lynn Newberry—is the award-winning author behind the successful historical fiction series, Master of Illusion and, more recently, a set of standalone contemporary historical fiction romance and suspense novels set in the Australian Outback.

Lynn is a retired Australian country woman, currently living in the north-west region of New South Wales. A graduate of the University of New England, she is a former teacher, dressage rider and cattle breeder. A life on the land, including eleven years in Outback Queensland, has mixed nicely with her penchant for writing romantic suspense in historical settings.

More recently, Lynn exchanged her farm for a delightful small acreage on the edge of a village, where she writes full time. As horses and writing are her greatest passions, Lynn now embraces an idyllic lifestyle, since she has time to delve into the historical research she so loves.

Writing as Anne Rouen, Lynn self-published her historical romance/mystery series Master of Illusion with great success, winning four literary awards across the entire set. Book I (Master of Illusion Bk I) and Book III (Angel of Song) achieved Silver (2014) and Bronze (2016) respectively in the Global Ebook Awards for Modern Historical Literature Fiction. Book IV (Guardian Angel), the final in the series, was awarded Silver (2018) in the same category and Bronze (2018) for the Global Ebook Awards Best Ebook Cover.

Lynn has seen continued success with the Global Ebook Awards with her Australian Outback romance novels. In 2022 Winter at Medora Downs achieved a Gold Medal for the Best Ebook Cover, Silver for Best Suspense Fiction and Bronze for Best Modern Historical Literature Fiction in a contemporary setting. Wild Kingdom scooped the pool in the 2023 Global Ebook Awards with four gold medals (Best Ebook Cover, Best Historical Literature Fiction—Contemporary, Best Romance Fiction Historical, Best Western Fiction) and the prestigious Dan Poynter Legacy Award for Best of Fiction.

Lynn also achieved a Highly Commended in the 2011 Rolf Boldrewood Literary Awards for her short story The Scent of a Criminal and a Commended in the 2018 Thunderbolt Prize for Crime Fiction for The Min Min Light.

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Secrets of the Rock
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 76,340. Language: Australian English. Published: December 1, 2023 . Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Romance » Western
Jo resigns from her job in Sydney and moves to an Outback Queensland station to become governess for a gifted boy named William. Soon, she discovers Rainbow Rock—special to both her and her charge. But they aren’t the only ones. Jo has unwittingly walked into an underground drug cartel, and with a surprise new romance, she has no idea how dangerously entwined all the secrets of the rock are.
Wild Kingdom
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 70,390. Language: Australian English. Published: December 9, 2022 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Western, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Tragedy leads Laura back to her family’s remote cattle station in Outback QLD. Expecting the refuge of her childhood, she finds a dream set in ruins. The arduous task of rebuilding is quickly superseded by a greater danger—a stock thief who is hellbent on destroying her. But then she faces the greatest challenge of all: stopping herself from falling for the one man she can’t be sure she can trust.
Winter at Medora Downs
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 93,410. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2021 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
It's 1987, and young Sydney schoolteacher, Sarah, is desperate to escape the violent control of her fiancé by running away to the Queensland Outback to start a new life as governess for two orphaned children. At first, it seems that her new home is a remote paradise, however, Sarah soon finds herself enmeshed in a love triangle where, once again, she has reason to fear for her life.
Guardian Angel
Series: Master of Illusion. Price: $4.05 USD. Words: 138,770. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2018 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Ten-year-old French singer Nicolas de Beaulieu seems to have it all in the rigours and depression of the 1930s, but as he grows up, he becomes no stranger to grief. World War II begins and Nicolas and the girl he loves find themselves in deadly peril, hunted by the Nazis. Hidden in their mountain stronghold, every day is a battle, as they fight to survive as part of the French Resistance.
Angel of Song (Master of Illusion Book Three)
Series: Master of Illusion. Price: $4.05 USD. Words: 122,790. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2015 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
From award-winning author Anne Rouen comes the third novel in the Master of Illusion series. Angel of Song is a historical romance set in France during the Great War. In the hell of trenches, the Allied soldiers sacrifice their lives to hold their posts against insurmountable odds. Looking for inspiration, the French believe they've found a secret weapon from an unlikely source, the Angel of Song
Master of Illusion Book Two
Series: Master of Illusion. Price: $4.05 USD. Words: 130,870. Language: Australian English. Published: January 15, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
It is Paris,1892, at the Opéra Magique. We follow Angel and Elise as their lives ensue in an entanglement of secrets, subterfuge, tragedy and love through which they battle their fated hand. Though the skeletons of the past continue to haunt, the veil concealing the truth about life and love begins to fall. Are they any closer to knowing love's true fulfilment? And will they live to tell the tale?
Master of Illusion Book One
Series: Master of Illusion, Book 1. Price: $4.05 USD. Words: 127,230. Language: Australian English. Published: April 14, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical » General, Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Set in the operatic era of 19th century France, Master of Illusion follows the lives of childhood comrades, Angel and Elise, as they run hand in hand from a past of treachery, heartache and crippling abuse. Under the mask of exceptional talent and in the name of justice, they each grapple with their own damaged version of love and loyalty, while fiercely protecting their terrible secrets ...