Bernadette Rowley


Bernadette Rowley is a lover of epic fantasy who is a veterinarian by day and an author by night. She is currently published in the genre of fantasy/paranormal romance and has six books published, all set in her fantasy world of Thorius.
When she was a young teenager, an aunt gave her a copy of The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks and Bernadette has lived in various fantasy worlds ever since. So it’s no surprise that her chosen genre when writing romance is fantasy.
“I can see these settings so vibrantly in my mind and hope my readers can too.”
But Bernadette has no desire to spoon-feed her readers by laboriously describing her fantasy settings. She would rather the reader use their own imagination a little.
Along with sword and sorcery, dashing heroes and stunning heroines, this author includes strong healing themes in many of her books- an element which is central to her everyday job.
“When I started writing this series, I never imagined my day job would force its way into my stories as it has.”
And of course there are animals, especially Bernadette’s beloved horses, as well.
Bernadette lives in Brisbane, Australia, with the four heroes in her life- her husband Michael and three grown sons.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first fantasy story I ever read. It was Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. This epic high fantasy was full of danger and strange creatures and magic. I was totally hooked. The fact that the story was a trilogy meant I could live in that world with those characters for an extended period. Ever since then, I've loved fantasy and series- the longer the better!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland in Queensland, Australia. It was a rural lifestyle especially in high school and I trained and rode my horses every spare moment. Horses feature strongly in my stories and in The Lady's Choice, Benae is very close to her stallion. It's a special relationship like the one I had with my horse Captain. I also remember a childhood full of imaginative games. My sister and I used to pretend we were female Texas rangers whether we were in the pool or on our bikes. I was always drawn to horses whether it be in moves, books or real life.
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The Wildecoast Saga
The Wildecoast Saga embraces stories set in the fantasy world of Thorius which center around the region of the King's seat of Wildecoast. The saga begins with The Lord and the Mermaid and The Elf King's Lady which are available at Pan Macmillan Australia. Available here are book 3, The Lady and the Pirate and book 4, The Master and the Sorceress.
Brightcastle Saga
The Brightcastle Saga begins with Princess Avenger, the story of a princess who will stop at nothing to save her people. But Alecia becomes a pawn in her father's plan to win the kingship. She falls in love with Captain Vard Anton, the man who is given the task of guarding her. Too late, Alecia discovers Vard's dangerous secret but her heart is given and she flees with him rather than face her betrothed. Princess in Exile continues Vard and Alecia's troubled love affair. Vard searches for a mentor to help him understand his 'gift' while Alecia struggles to come to terms with his animal alter-ego. What follows will test their love to the limits. The Brightcastle Saga will conclude with The Queen Returns.


The Master and the Sorceress- Wildecoast Saga Book 4
Series: The Wildecoast Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,340. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Desperate Katrine doesn’t know how to deal with the sorceress she has become.She runs into James, whose heart’s desire is control.He's a pillar of society but he hides too many dangerous secrets.When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, legendary creatures pursue them.More dangerous are the feelings swirling between them.Will secrets and betrayal kill all hope of a life together?
The Lady and the Pirate- Wildecoast Saga Book 3
Series: The Wildecoast Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,650. Language: English. Published: February 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Lady Esta, burdened by a poor estate, has turned to smuggling. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields for her reputation. Swashbuckling pirate Samael wants her cargo and her heart. But before he can be worthy, he must banish the ghosts of his past. Will their sizzling connection be enough to convince Samael to turn his back on the sea, or for Esta to take a chance on happiness?
Princess in Exile-Brightcastle Saga Book 2
Series: Brightcastle Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,400. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
(5.00 from 1 review)
Princess Alecia and Vard flee Brightcastle, pursued by mercenaries, with Vard battling transformation into his least controllable form- the bear. In a lost city, they find a sorcerer who may help Vard master his gift, but at what cost? Will Vard and Alecia escape? Can their love survive Alecia’s fear of Vard’s animal forms? What secret does she hold with the power to destroy Vard’s trust?
The Lady's Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,450. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Lady Benae Branasar will sacrifice her ‘happily ever after’ for an arranged marriage with a powerful prince. But can she turn her back on her feelings for the prince’s squire, Ramón Zorba? Ramón is obsessed with the prince’s daughter and tries hard to ignore fiery Benae. As they are drawn inexorably together, Benae and Ramón must choose between keeping personal vows and being true to each other.
Princess Avenger - Brightcastle Saga Book 1
Series: Brightcastle Saga. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 71,180. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Passionate Princess Alecia sets out to avenge the slaying of her first love. Captain Vard Anton is dealing with his own dark secrets. When he is appointed Alecia’s protector, both find it hard to ignore the chemistry between them. Can Alecia resist the enigmatic Vard while trying to exact revenge? Will their fatal attraction ultimately lead to tragedy or can love unite Alecia and Vard forever?

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