Since Kindle covers are hard to see at the best of times, I’m setting up a gallery of mine in the order of their appearance in my story line:
The City of Refuge,
the second uploaded was, actually the third one I wrote but the first in the cycle, chronologically. I recently located its very first appearance in my imagination when I was going through some old notebooks. I had a notation about an idea for a story – and it grew into The City of Refuge. One of the main heroes, Lord Nebamun, is one of my all-time favorite characters to write about, and I was delighted to be working with him again in Mourningtide, which was published June 1, 2013.
This story follows one of the great kings of Egypt during a time of grieving, when he learns too late of his oldest son’s death and has to withdraw to deal with it. Peace and quiet are hard to find, and Seti, the king, finds himself in a small town of artists on the border of the desert. At one point he has the pleasure of guarding his own tomb, which is under construction. More urgently, though, is the fact that marauders are targeting the town. He trains the town in the art of battle.
I hung on to Pharaoh’s Son, the third in the cycle (soon to be the fourth, with its ‘prequel’ set to come out in about a year) for a long time. It is a lively story, the one I enjoyed writing most, and I had wanted to consider what to do with it. I concluded that Kindle and paperback were best for it, as for my others. I ran into my first experience of the delicacy required to handle historical fiction involving characters that actually lived. In the case of Pharaoh’s Son, the names are real, the characters are my own – though I arrived at some insights into the character of Ramesses II during the course of writing about him. I now have a strong disclaimer at the beginning of my historical novels.
Chronologically, this is the last in the Egyptian cycle – and the first one I wrote. Egypt was rocked by a scandal of tomb-robbing and desecration in the Valley of the Kings. It happened toward the end of the XXth Dynasty (the last of the Ramesside dynasties) when Egypt was going into eclipse. The scandal was far-reaching and implicated some of the great mortuary temples along the Nile. The story came to life for me, and its main character, Wenatef, is the closest I have come to a true tragic hero in the Greek sense.
Lavinia Wheeler had watched as her world had been torn apart over the past three years When the Civil War comes to her doorstep, her generosity in opening her house as a hospital brings a change in her life far beyond any blessing she could have dreamed of or asked for.
Between dealing with the Yankee-hating townsfolk, her former slaves, a passel of wounded Yankees, a government that takes a dim view of people who aid the enemy, and a group of raiders that is ravaging the countryside, Lavinia isn’t sure that she has time to care for herself, much less fall in love.
I have another Civil War novel underway with the tentative title of Crowfut Gap. Another, The Bones, has its roots in the Civil War and involves events set in motion then, but it is set in the present. The Safeguard features two of my ancestors, who appear as Union foragers…
The Orphan’s Tale
Set in Paris in the autumn of 1834, The Orphan’s Tale is my newest book.
‘Autumn is beautiful in 1834 Paris. But to Chief Inspector Paul Malet, raised in a prison by the greatest master criminal in French history the season’s splendor is overlaid by a sense of gathering danger: something is afoot.
‘When Malet learns that Victoria, England’s young Heiress Apparent, will be traveling to Paris at Christmas for a state visit, all becomes clear. Her assassination on French soil would shatter the accord between France and England. And war can be a profitable business for those criminals daring enough to mold events to suit their own purposes.’
This is a trilogy, with the second book set to be released next year. While the cover for #2 is problematic (do I use the hero’s portrait – in which case I have to find it or the villain’s? I don’t like the villain. Decisions, decisions…) I do have a projected cover for book #3: