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Finally it's up after a blip with Amazon... For some "unknown" reason the formatting on their "sample read" messed up. They have apologised, profusely!!!
This is the novel Choc-Lit turned down: the one and only publisher I subbed it to...Not that I mind one bit. It's a bodice-ripper in the old sense of the word, yet set against a real backdrop with real people featured alongside imaginary characters. My other historical novels (none submitted to publishers) have done "so well" at Amazon and still ticking along on regular sales, I hope this one will not let the side down. It's hard going it alone with self-pubbing, but the sense of achievement is unbelievable when sales of books romp away without publisher backup.
A romance set within period of English Civil War 1642-1649.
Orphaned at royal court and gypsy at heart, Anna Lady Maitcliffe has embraced freedom from courtly restraint whilst residing at Axebury Hall Estate. Now grown to womanhood, wilful and impulsive she wins hearts with ease, but the one she loves above all others is seemingly immune to her charms.
Morton Viscount Axebury, duly smitten with Anna, nonetheless rejects her during a brief moment of intimacy, for Civil War is marching across England, and he knows by loyalty divided they will be torn apart...
His refusal to swear alliegence to the King sees him banished from his family seat, though a small price to pay in return for his life. But when news of Anna’s sudden betrothal reaches his ears, short of taking war to Axebury Hall with a regiment of horse, how else can he rest her from the clutches of his father: her betrothed? In secret and alone he ventures to Axebury Hall, perchance his fate in Anna’s hands. For should she declare his presence, there will be no escape! What toll then must be levied for undying love?
A beta reader comment: “box of tissues needed for this one”.
Details at myblog and more inclusive historical write-up re English Civil War.
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