J. Howard Shelley


I am 59 years old and I have a daughter with a degree in History & English currently working as a historical researcher. When I left school I trained as a nurse in mental health and then in general nursing ending up in operating theatres. At the age of 45 I became a solicitor (for those of you born on the left hand side of the pond that is a type of lawyer) and I now specialise in litigation work. When I retire I fancy learning to be a blacksmith.

For the rest, I have qualifications in welding and ballroom dancing and I teach artistic roller skating. I play a reasonable trumpet I'm good at DIY and I like mountains.

I am no Georgette Heyer but, if you like her work I hope you might like mine too. I try to construct interesting (but not too convoluted) plots and you will find no sex or adult content in any of my work.

Smashwords Interview

What do you read for pleasure?
Anything except biographies. If it has a good story I'll read it from Jane Austen to Anne McCaffrey
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Unfortunately my eyesight is going and I find it a little difficult to read on a tablet e-reader or smart phone. I read on a computer though. Other than that I'm I a dinosaur - I still read the printed word.
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Where to find J. Howard Shelley online


The Travellers
Price: Free! Words: 126,730. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This story follows on from Georgette Heyer's "The Foundling". Grieving for his wife, the Duke of Sale disappears from society with only his man for companionship. Where has he been and what is he doing in the company of the beautiful but mysterious Miss Sarah Leighton? Set against the backdrop of post revolutionary France this story will keep you guessing until the last chapter
Melissa's Mask
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 157,460. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: January 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
This story takes up where Georgette Heyer's "The Corinthian" finishes, focusing instead on the character of Melissa Brandon. Why is she is so cold and intimidating? It turns out that all may not be quite as it seems. Why is the irritating Marquis of Skelton so interested in her and why is it that the highwayman and murderer Captain Trimble is so interested in their new home?
The Country Girl
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 201,740. Language: British English. Published: October 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Married to the Marquis of St. Austell, country bred Mary Sinclair is pitched into society with only her wits and singing voice to help her. Can she find her feet in society? Can she save her husband from kidnap and death at the hands of smugglers and prevent the predatory Miss Cardew from stealing him from under her nose?
The Heiress
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 165,810. Language: British English. Published: October 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Nicholas Burley struggles to keep his beloved Burley Manor assisted by his step mother and enterprising half-sisters. Wrapped up in the day to day concerns of saving his estate his life is turned upside down when Isabella Rhetford tumbles into his life. Can he save his estate and at the same time foil the efforts of the vengeful Lord Thanet who is determined to do the ladies in his life harm?

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