With Robert as the author and Joyce as editor/publisher, so began this married couple's sojourn into the fascinating world of writing. Joyce Sandilands and J. Robert Whittle soon became household names with their fans as they successfully Indie published their first novel in Dec. 1998. By 2009, they had written and published a total of 10 novels, 3 of them with Joyce as Robert's co-author. Joyce also wrote two children's chapter books in the Moonbeam Series, with self-narrated audio books. Robert has 3 bestselling novels and together they won two IPPY (Independent Publisher) Gold Medals for Loyalty's Haven (2007) and Whispers Across Time (2008). Many of their multi-generational fans claim these books are the best they have ever read. Their most recent novel, Silent Destiny was set in modern Scotland and published in 2014.
Writing and producing one book/year plus two additional audio products over the first 12 years to appease fans, the duo soon discovered the best way to sell their books was exactly as they were doing it ... at local tourist and craft markets and Christmas fairs where they could meet and talk to potential fans.
Whittle, often complimented for his pleasant accent, in 2003 narrated the audio book of his first Canadian bestselling novel, "Lizzie: Lethal Innocence." Then in 2005, he narrated the autobiographical CD, "Laughing Through Life." He had received countless requests for his own story from fans who had often heard him tell vignettes of his fascinating life at his market table. These CDs are now available as downloads on their website.
Robert's many worldwide fans claim his style as unique by modern standards, often saying they feel as if they are living the events themselves. His family-friendly novels are also claimed by countless of his fans to be the “best page-turning books they have ever read.”
Robert sadly passed away in 2017 after a long battle with coalminer's black lung. Joyce still looks after their website and Facebook pages from which she continues to sell their paper books.
Emma Walters, a Canadian English Professor, learns she has inherited a Scottish Estate and has only two weeks to claim her legacy. On arriving in Edinburgh she learns the details of this previously unknown estate which has been in her family for hundreds of years. She also learns that she will inherit a 700-year-old mystery which many Scottish people are relying on her to solve!
A whimsical fairy story for early readers and the sequel to Leprechaun Magic. Set in Fairyland, we already know that Paddy, the leprechaun and his friend, Jake, have become moonbeam riders. They are having a great time traveling down moonbeams and helping Earth children with their problems. This time, however, they discover that a stowaway has hitched a ride with them. Ages 4-9 years.
Paddy, the leprechaun, wants to become a moonbeam rider just like all the other 'kids' of Fairyland. Riders get to slide down moonbeams and enter the dreams of Earth children when they are unhappy, helping them solve their problem. But Paddy changes his mind when the Fairy Queen tells him he has to change his bad attitude and get better marks.
Only a child that frightening day, Gilly has never been able to erase the horrific images of his family being murdered, and then his own fear and loneliness. His heart has burned with revenge and now he's ready. Whittle, a longtime John Wayne fan, was dared to write a western and has come through with guns blazing. Fans will wish this was not just a short novel (from his book "Yesterdays').
In the final chapter of this popular family saga, new challenges await as Nancy continues her charity work in Victoria. In 1918 as the war comes to an end, tragedy strikes in the form of the deadly Spanish Influenza Epidemic. Whittle's extensive research dispels any thoughts that the Pacific Northwest was not affected by this dreaded disease - then happy news boosts morale in the Brown household.
With the beginning of WW1, Nancy and Dan find their plans temporarily altered as Meg and Jeb become special friends. Meanwhile, Dan fights off pressure to enlist in the army due to other commitments. Nancy discovers the war effort is beckoning as Seattle friends provide her with an exciting opportunity.
Nancy and Dan's friendship begins in 1900 in a Victoria BC orphanage. Tracing their lives for the next 20 years, Whittle writes with such passion and sensitivity, using actual events, facts, characters, and locations that his readers find it difficult to discern fact from fiction. Fans describe this series as awesome, entertaining, a refreshing change, and wonderfully educational for all ages.
Lizzie continues her plans to give women, and the poor, a voice in local politics at the same time discovering that a dear friend has returned from exile opening old wounds but giving her a brilliant idea. Following her 18th birthday, Lizzie, makes a life-changing decision to take on the greatest challenge of her young life. Don't miss this final chapter of Lizzie's story.
Lizzie's empire continues to expand but her reputation and good deeds have now come to the attention of evil competitors. A visit to the farm in Hertfordshire includes an unexpected happy awakening but her journey to adulthood was never meant to be easy. She and Quon meet an unexpected and deadly adversary who changes their lives forever. Book 3 of 4
Lizzie's youthful 'spies' discover a distressing secret well-hidden by local authorities. It's the end of 1805 and Lizzie and Quon soon find their busy lives taking a disturbing, yet exciting, new direction as the Napoleonic Wars continue. A trusted friend stumbles onto a stunning secret from Lizzie's past while Lizzie herself utilizes old friends and business associates to increase her circle.
Lizzie, a spunky nine-year-old street waif manages to escape the clutches of the law while her friends are deported for stealing food. Later, wandering the streets, she aids an old man and starts selling bread on the street to feed them. Thus begins her life as a budding entrepreneur in London during the Napoleonic Wars, and a chain of events which will change the face of dockland forever
An eclectic mix of 19 stories from this popular author's hidden collection ... autobiographical, historical, historical/fantasy, WW2, contemporary,etc. From his own hilarious experiences around the world, one of an unusual street person, or a western with a surprising spin ... you'll find yourself involved in each story as if it was a full novel. Whittle also has 3 bestselling historical novels.
Acquiring the 1810 diary of a British sea captain, his family decide to research and then search for the long-missing Spanish treasure ship he said he was responsible for sinking off Canada's westcoast. What awaits his family is an unimaginable adventure of intrigue as Spanish agents follow, hot on their heels through four countries, which no one could have anticipated!
What would be possible if you are told you have been given the powers of a mortal angel and are able to time travel? You are about to find out as journalist, Oliver Ryan, is whisked from his safe 1916 world into the unknown. Midwest Review says this 8th novel of popular Canadian author J. Robert Whittle, co-authored with his wife, Joyce Sandilands, is an "excellently written time-travel tale."