Diane Scott Lewis


Diane Parkinson (writing as Diane Scott Lewis) grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen and has written and edited free-lance since high school. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and worked as a historical editor for The Wild Rose Press from 2007 to 2010. Her first novel, The False Light, a French Revolution historical adventure with romantic elements, was released in April 2010. Her second novel, Elysium, was released in April 2011. This adventure, with mystery and romance, takes place on St. Helena during Napoleon’s exile. Her sequel to The False Light (renamed Escape the Revolution), Without Refuge (Hostage to the Revolution), was released in March 2012. More historical novels were published between 2013-2017.
She lives with her husband and dachshund in Western Pennsylvania.

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Ladies and Their Lovers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,520. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
As posted on Diana Gabaldon's Facebook page, an excellent tongue-in-cheeck parody of the best selling novel Fifty Shades of Grey... In this erotic, tongue-in-cheek parody of a bestselling novel, Anya Grey enters service at Pretentious Hall in the eighteenth century. S
Hostage to the Revolution
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,150. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Sequel to Escape the Revolution. In 1796, ruined countess Bettina Jonquiere leaves England after the reported drowning of her lover, Everett. In New Orleans she struggles to establish a new life for her children. Soon a ruthless Frenchman demands the money stolen by her father at the start of the French Revolution.
Rose's Precarious Quest
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 117,800. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Rose Gwynn is determined to study as a physician in 1796 in England, a time when women were barred from medical school. When she prevails in assisting the local doctor, Rose uncovers a shocking secret that will threaten Dr. Nelson’s livelihood.
Escape the Revolution
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,840. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2017 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Forced from France by her devious guardian on the eve of the French Revolution, Countess Bettina Jonquiere must deliver an important package to further the royalist cause. In England, she discovers the package is full of blank papers, the address false and she’s penniless. Stranded in a Cornish village, Bettina toils in a bawdy tavern and falls in love ..
The Apothecary's Widow
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,680. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Regency, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Who murdered Lady Pentreath? The year is 1781, and the war with the American colonies rages across the sea. In Truro, England Branek Pentreath, a local squire, has suffered for years in a miserable marriage. Now his wife has been poisoned with arsenic. Is this unhappy husband responsible? Or was it out of revenge?
The Defiant Lady Pencavel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,620. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2015 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Regency
In 1796, Lady Melwyn Pencavel has been betrothed to Griffin Lambrick since she was a child—and she hasn’t seen him since. Now almost one and twenty, she defies being forced into an arranged marriage. She aspires to be an archeologist and travel to Italy during the upheaval of the Napoleonic Wars. Griffin Lambrick, Viscount of Merther, resents these forced nuptials as well....
A Savage Exile, Vampires with Napoleon on St. Helena
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,560. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2014 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
Isabelle, a young French maid, follows her notorious mistress to the island of St. Helena after Napoleon’s defeat at Waterloo. She discovers quickly that a “beast” roams this remote island, and people are vanishing or found drained of blood. She falls in love with Saint-Denis, Napoleon’s valet, but this enigmatic young man hides a deadly secret.
It was all Greek to Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,760. Language: American English. Published: August 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir, Nonfiction » History » Military
Diane was the first Navy Radioman female to be assigned to Nea Makri, Greece right before the attack on Cyprus in 1974. Amidst enraged anti-American sentiments and fire-bombs, a young woman from California finds danger, adventure, and love.
Betrayed Countess
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 124,840. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2013 by BWL Publishing Inc.. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Romance » Historical
Forced from France by her devious guardian on the eve of the French Revolution, Countess Bettina Jonquiere must deliver an important package to further the royalist cause. In England, she discovers the package is full of blank papers, the address false and she’s penniless. Stranded in a Cornish village, Bettina toils in a bawdy tavern and falls in love with a man who may have murdered his wife
Price: Free! Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
On a torrid island, a mother and daughter confront one another over dark family secrets and long hidden animosity. The daughter suffers postpartum depression, the mother denial in the drug use of a son. Will these crises force them apart?

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Smashwords book reviews by Diane Scott Lewis

  • Yvonne, Lady of Cassio on Aug. 23, 2017

    Yvonne is born in a turbulent time. Murder, brutality and secrets in the thirteenth century. As the daughter of the often cruel Earl of Cassio, she's a pawn for men's powerful ambitions. A tragedy early on sets her life on a course no one could have foreseen. Yvonne suffers and must find her strength in a time when women had no say. Her love for her older brother, John, is her saving grace, but can he always protect her? Ms. Morris's story is true to the era and pulls no punches. Historic details, down to clothing and food, are authentic. Throw in a nurse with 'the sight' and this makes for an engaging tale.
  • Brides of Banff Springs: Canadian Historical Brides on Oct. 16, 2017

    Tilly arrives from the dusty plains to beautiful Banff Springs in 1930's Alberta, Canada. She's devastated after the loss of her father and her home and has come to work as a chambermaid at the famous hotel. She meets handsome Ryan who immediately tells her he's going to marry her. Tilly is more circumspect. She struggles in her new job and new-found "freedom." Some of the rich guests are friendlier than she is comfortable with and the hotel even has a ghost bride. Will Tilly find happiness? Ms. Chatham's writing is beautifully descriptive, but Ryan comes on too strong too quickly which is always a pet-peeve of mine with novels. Tilly is a heroine to root for: a nice, naïve girl thrown into a foreign environment. Lovers of romance and those who are interested in this period of history, especially Canadian history, will enjoy this book
  • His Brother's Bride: Canadian Historical Brides on Oct. 17, 2017

    During WWI, in the bush of rural Ontario, Canada, teenaged Annie Baldwin works hard on her parents' farm. She's the youngest daughter of a doctor, who also preaches fire and brimstone and expects all his girls to marry respected young men. Her mother is rather cold, and very careful of her place in society. Two young Irish orphans, bond servants to local farms, help out on the Baldwin farm. George and Peter are nice boys, and soon Annie and George are attracted to one another. Annie defies her parents' wishes and promises George she'll wait for him after he enlists in the army and is sent overseas. Bell's descriptions of farm life put you right in the fields and barns. The horrors of war are revealed in George's letters to Annie. Annie is a resilient character who follows her heart, even with an unexpected twist at the novel's end.
  • Barkerville Beginnings: Canadian Historical Brides on Nov. 11, 2017

    Rose has fled her former life to protect her small daughter from the man who fathered her. He ruined Rose's virtue and turned her family against her. She thought she found a haven on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, but he suddenly shows up with threats. Again, Rose must flee with Hannah. The gold rush up in remote Barkerville is all everyone can talk about. Rose boards a ferry to forge a new life there. Viscount Harrison St. John is desperate to restore his family's lost fortune. His effort to marry for money fails when his fiancée jilts him on their wedding day. They didn't love one another, so only his pride suffers. Even from England, the riches unearthed in Barkerville entice men to dig for gold. Harrison is determined to go. Harrison and Rose are well fleshed out characters with flaws and conflicts that put roadblocks up to prevent their happiness after they meet on the road to Barkerville. The rough and tumble gold rush town--an actual town now a national landmark--is well described. Rose's difficulty in supporting her daughter in a man-centric world and the hard work of mining, the damp and endless toil, are vividly detailed by Westerling. I shivered along with Harrison. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and now wish to visit Barkerville myself.
  • Wednesday's Child on Nov. 18, 2017

    Twenty-year-old Amelia was raised by her demanding grandmother. When the old woman dies, Amelia inherits her fortune, yet her sheltered upbringing makes her socially awkward and timid. Her guardian, Saunton, tries to draw her out, but Amelia keeps hearing her grandmother's stilted warnings on how to behave. Amelia struggles to break free as another shock, a long-held secret, threatens to destroy her. This novel is an interesting mix of characters and events. Ms. Morris knows her time period well, especially Christmas customs. I only found Amelia a little too timid, but the other characters shine and readers should enjoy the story. A perfect holiday gift idea!
  • Landmark Roses: Canadian Historical Brides on Dec. 13, 2017

    Elsie is the matriarch of a large Mennonite family in rural Manitoba, Canada. It's right after the end of WWII. She and her husband Ike manage a farm, and keep track of their many relatives who live close by. Hardships, a horrible blizzard, family discord, threaten to upset her dream of a peaceful life. The prose is beautifully descriptive, though at first the story moves at a leisurely pace. Elsie makes a lot of coffee. Once the dog and lynx come into play, I was invested in the characters and interested in what happened to them. I learned about the Mennonite culture, their belief that animals are expendable and don't deserve the loving treatment we give our pets today. I was offended by the mantra that soldiers are murderers, when they keep our world safe. But it is a different culture steeped in strict customs. The settlement in Paraguay, which I didn't know about, was also a fascinating, if brief, aspect of the story. Elsie struggles to keep family and farm intact in an unforgiving land.
  • Romancing the Klondike: Canadian Historical Brides on Dec. 26, 2017

    Pearl Owens and her cousin Emma travel from Nova Scotia to the town of Fortymile in the Yukon. Pearl writes for a newspaper and she's drawn to the adventure of a gold strike by the letters sent from Emma's brother, Sam. In Fortymile she discovers the gold rush has moved farther north up the Yukon River. Pearl and Emma follow the desperate miners to the remote mouth of the Yukon River. Here, Sam and his best friend Donald are camped with their other partner Gordon. The three men struggle to dig up gold along with many others. Gordon becomes volatile and despondent and heads out on his own, to the worry of the others. Pearl and Emma settle near the river. Emma's long-time crush on Donald heats up as the weather freezes. Pearl is attracted to a sawmill owner, Joseph (who will found the town of Dawson) but there's much about him she doesn't know that will change her desires. She sketches and writes, sending stories to her paper until the river freezes solid. The author depicts well a time in Yukon's history and involves actual historical people. The descriptions of the miners using a windlass to burn through the permafrost to find gold is compelling, as well as how they survived in harsh conditions in pursuit of riches that may never come. I only wondered why Pearl didn't visit the gold claims before the weather turned cold. And her cousin Sam should have at least given her a hint about Joseph's situation. Tragedy, disappointment, success and love are all combined in this worthy, page-turner of a novel.
  • Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies: Canadian Historical Brides on Jan. 09, 2018

    Lea meets a young soldier in her native Belgium during WW1. Napoleon tells her of the wheat fields under blue skies in his home province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Lea leaves her beloved family and travels to the prairie to face a struggling life with her soldier, now a farmer. They work to establish a farm, and per the "Homestead" act they finally own the property. But the Great Depression is upon them, with drought, dust storms and even locusts. Lea designs flour sack clothes, and her friend arrives in a buggy made from the carcass of a car-quite innovative. As their children arrive, Lea deals with tragedy, but Napoleon is always there for her, or will his pride harm their family? The descriptions of farm life in a harsh environment are vivid. I'd have liked more depth of character in Napoleon, perhaps through intense 'personal' conversations with Lea, which would have enriched both characters. But it's a thought-provoking YA read. Ms. deMontigny based this story on her own family history.