Lindsay lives in Yorkshire, England, where she was born, and started writing stories at an early age. Always a voracious reader, she took a degree in medieval history and worked in a library for a while, then began to write full-time after marriage.
As well as the books reissued here, her books are currently published by Kensington Zebra ('A Knight's Vow', 'A Knight's Captive', 'A Knight's Enchantment', 'To Touch the Knight'), Bookstrand ('Flavia's Secret', 'Blue Gold', 'Bronze Lightning', 'Chasing Rachel', 'A Secret Treasure', 'Holiday in Bologna' and 'Palace of the Fountains', Ellora's Cave ('The Lord and Eleanor') and MuseItUp ('An Older Evil', 'A Christmas Sleeping Beauty' and 'Midsummer Maid' - all available here (https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=lindsay+townsend+museitup).
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- Love Waits in Unexpected Places - Scorching Samplings of Unusual Love Stories
on Nov. 13, 2013
Sweet and Sexy Samples of Intriguing Stories
I devoured Rose Anderson's samples of her stories. Each of the chapters are elegantly and crisply written, in a flowing style. This is a writer of wonderful imagination and depth, with a fascinating range of themes. Native American, Shamans, High Art, Shape Shifters, yearning, amorous ghosts and a beautiful young woman who needs to rediscover her worth and sexuality. Altogether an inspiring and empowering read.
- A Gift from the Stars
on Nov. 20, 2013
A GIFT FROM THE STARS
Sweeping, Sparkling Romance - Would make a wonderful film!
Linda Banche writes superb Regencies, always original and deft and with added 'extras'. She has excelled herself with 'A Gift From The Stars,' a perfect marriage of the subject matter and her witty, appealing writing. There is real depth here and also sparkle, adventure, Christmas romance, space-ships, mysteries of over-worlds, prowling wolves, a healing crystal, gifts, love-choices and more. I devoured it and noted eagerly that the novel is the first of many.
The hero, scarred, wounded Jon, is a man everyone might wish for. Elizabeth is a lively, intelligent woman who stands up for what she believes in and for others - including Jon at a Christmas party when two Regency 'ladies' are less than kind because of his scarred, brooding appearance. Throughout the novel, Jon and Elizabeth join forces and defend each other against spiteful, narrow opinions and malicious, small-minded people, which is lovely. They are true partners and I was cheering them on.
Linda Banche also draws very appealing secondary characters. I hope Luc and Mr Armstrong (who for a time is a strong contender for Elizabeth's affections) both figure later in stories of their own. The rivalry in love between Jon and Mr Armstrong is engaging and realistic and Mr Armstrong is an interesting, honourable man. The scenes between him and Elizabeth are well drawn and at times most touching.
Stars are present throughout this story. Both Jon and Elizabeth are star-gazers and their interest in astronomy enhances the romance. (If you don't believe me, just read the deliciously sensual scenes where they are leaning close together, studying the two-tailed comet and the Gemini.) There are several mysteries connected with the stars, which gives the story a delightful other-worldly feel and ending, a perfect coda after a thrilling, dangerous climax.
'Should be made into a film' is a comment that is often made. In this case I think it is true. As a Christmas romance, as an adventure, as a compassionate and wry look at people, as a whirl of Regency manners, dances, feasts, gowns, artful conversation and growing love, 'A Gift From the Stars' makes a perfect read.
- Christmas Spirits (Sheikhs of the Golden Triangle)
on Nov. 24, 2013
Enchanting Christmas Romance
This is a perfect romance novella to read during the Christmas season or indeed at any time of year. Gemma Juliana writes vividly of winter and snow, of families coming together for celebration, of love and loss. Khazan is a poignant hero, lonely and overwhelmed by loss. Can his beloved Anna persuade him to move on from his grief? Can the youngest members of his family show him the way forward?
A delightful, intriguing, timeless story, with a perfect twist and a richly satisfying ending.
One to read and re-read
- Torc of Moonlight : Book One
on March 19, 2014
Linda Acaster, in starkly elegant prose, builds a powerful novel of possession and psychological breakdown in 'Torc of Moonlight'. She writes the male point of view very well indeed, showing the pressures men themselves and society put them under. This spiritual thriller builds to a gripping a inexorable climax while exploring aspects of northern British history, places and cities that are deeply fascinating. A haunting read.
- The Bull At The Gate: Book 2
on March 19, 2014
'Bull at the Gate' is the second novel in a trilogy - and what a trilogy! This is a dark thriller of a story with many themes and a blending of ancient and modern beliefs. Nick, the hero, is an engaging character, surrounded by immense problems and struggling to understand dark forces. All the way through, Linda Acaster cleverly weaves it so the reader is not sure of Nick, an unsettled, beleaguered young man of only twenty-two, trying to make his way in a modern setting that ignores all non-material aspects of the world. He is grieving and yearning for the loss of his lover Alice, but is Alice truly dead? If she is, who or what killed her? What part did Nick play in that tragedy? When another young woman Sophie vanishes, what part has Nick played there?
Nick feels responsible but is he? Is he deluded? Is he psychic? Are the horrifying visions the sensual visions that he experiences from within himself or from lethal, ancient forces outside? The author cleverly shows how 'modern' man reacts to these strange events by revealing how the police view Sophie's disappearance and Nick's odd history. Who is to say they are mistaken? That is the beguiling tightrope walk we are sent on throughout 'Bull at the Gate'. The final third of the novel, with Nick desperately seeking to find Sophie and Alice, is a exciting historical chase, full of twists and turns, fascinating clues and high stakes. Linda Acaster makes the reader care for her characters: they are not pawns being shifted about in a heartless chess game of 'find the historical fact'. This is superior story-telling of the highest order.
The novel has a long reach, with flashbacks to Roman times and a parallel storyline that reveals the beliefs of that period. Is there a time portal that opens? What is the deadly shape-shifter that lurks in water? These questions are left hanging for the third novel but so much is going on it does not matter. The author uses the setting and landscape of York superbly, making the city itself a mystery and a character. I walked the streets with Nick, learning with him the layers of the ancient Roman and Celtic settlements hidden just beneath those of the Medieval and Viking. The river, too is a character, both a source of life and a threat.
Trilogies and series novels always need to avoid the danger of leaving the reader feeling unsatisfied before the final novel that draws all the series threads together. 'Bull at the Gate' avoids this by having a second, strong storyline concerning the missing young woman Sophie. This story is cleverly enmeshed in the larger themes of the trilogy and the reader cares about her, especially in relation to the hero of the series, Nick. Nick is a great character, the glue that holds the series together. He thinks he is not brave but he keeps going, keeps struggling, keeps feeling, often in the teeth of overwhelming odds. By the end of 'Bull at the Gate', the reader has been in a hectic adventure, has had some resolution and can put the book aside feeling satisfied, while at the same time looking forward to the final part of the trilogy.