Susan Appleyard


I was born in England, which is where I learned to love English history, and now live in Canada in the summer with my three children and six grandchildren. In winter my husband and I flee the cold for Mexico. I divide my time between writing and my new hobby, oil painting. Writing will always be my first love and I am very excited about publishing at Smashwords.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
My next book will be a sort of 'prequel' to Queen of Trial and Sorrow. It will tell of the beginning of the Wars of the Roses and how Edward IV won his crown.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sharon Kay Penman, Morgan Brittany and Pauline Gedge. Note all are writers of historical novels.
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Where to find Susan Appleyard online


For the Crown
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 113,370. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Robbie, Bastard of Ovedale, is a warden of the East March of Scotland. Chasing Scottish raiders, he goes after a youth who has wounded his friend, only to discover the youth is a girl. To his mortification, her family refuse to ransom her. Other than tossing her in a rive, which he is advised to do, Robbie is unable to get rid of her. But it's already too late for that. Robbie is falling in love.
The Forsaken Queen
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 102,950. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Isabella Queen of England suffered persecution at the hands of her husband Edward II and the infamous Hugh Despenser. When she was sent on a mission to France, she refused to return unless Despenser was banished from her husband’s side. While in France she met the exiled Roger Mortimer. Together they invaded England to dispose of Despenser. But then the question arose: What to do about the king.
Dark Spirit - Ludwig II the 'Mad' King of Bavaria
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,030. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Born into the royal Wittelsbach family of Bavaria, with its legacy of madness, depression and eccentricity, Ludwig II's extravagant and ruinously expensive building projects, coupled with increasingly aberrant behaviour caused the people of his day to wonder. Was Ludwig mad or a genius, or was he a victim of his own government's scheming?
In a Gilded Cage
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 130,180. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
As the 16 year-old bride of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Sisi was taken from her carefree Bavarian home to the cruel court of Vienna, where strict protocol ruled her every act. Often ill and anorexic, she struggled to find a place for herself in this hostile and alien environment until she found a cause into which she could pour her heart and soul and a man she could love.
The Remorseless Queen
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 104,340. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
When she came to England as the fifteen year-old bride of King Henry VI, Margaret of Anjou had many difficulties to face. With a weak and ineffective king on the throne, rival parties tilted for power. When the struggle escalated into war Margaret realized she had no choice but to suppress the feminine side of her nature in order to protect her feeble-minded husband and infant son.
The First Plantagenet
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 141,190. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A great deal has been written about Eleanor of Aquitaine, not so much about her husband. Ambitious, intelligent and energetic, Henry II was one of England’s most effective kings.But his inability to control his sons, added to their quarrelsome natures, resulted in their making war on him and on each other and the imprisonment of his queen.
This Sun of York
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 194,690. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
A weak and feckless king, a strong-willed and ruthless queen, and great lords fighting among themselves to become the 'power behind the throne', eventually leads to the struggle known as the Wars of the Roses. From the maelstrom of war Edward Earl of March, a charismatic and courageous eighteen year old, emerges to fight his way to a new dynasty.
Queen of Trial and Sorrow
Price: $4.99 $2.50 USD. (50% off!) Words: 131,210. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval, Fiction » Biographical
A B.R.A.G, Medallion winner, this is the story of Queen Elizabeth Wydeville, mother of the princes who were murdered in the Tower of London. And here too are the York brothers: the charismatic King Edward IV, treacherous, unstable George of Clarence and the loyal brother who was to become Richard III.

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