Recent Releases: Pendyffryn: The Inheritors
Justice, Book 1
DeFreveille, the Conqueror, is conquered. His children have the home he sought and war goes on. Now, it is time for his second son, Marshal mab Ieuan, to find his own way in the country of his heart. But to lose his heart here cannot be part of his plan.
Pendyffryn: The Inheritors: Justice. Hard won. Easily lost.
To prepare his daughter, Tanglwys, for a future without his protection, Meinor Hedydd contracts with Gwennan Pendyffryn to take her as an apprentice in the Conqueror's Gaer household to learn skills that will be of use to others and a source of income for her. The presence of another dependent fostered child affects Gwennan's stepson, Marshal deFreveille, in a way that is not entirely unwelcome as he begins his own training to become a soldier in his father's army.
From the beginning of their acquaintance, Tanglwys and Marshal face hatred and intolerance. A fateful encounter at the river sparks more than his protective inclination toward her but, when Marshal punishes her brother and his friends for tormenting Tanglwys, their budding friendship falters.
A stranger still, and hated for his valor and skill, Marshal faces the first of his most difficult challenges when he falls in love with his sworn enemy's sister.
Her brother's resentment and loathing for the Conqueror's son are fierce. His violence toward Tanglwys for causing the incident at the river leads to his demotion to the lowest ranks of soldiery. In fear of her brother and to appease her mother's hatred, Tanglwys denies her growing admiration for the Conqueror's son until their false allegations threaten to destroy him.
Pendyffryn: The Conquerors
Reconciliation, Book 5
Christophe Maides has conquered Cwmdu and the flaxen-haired woman bred of the valley. The mountains that surround his new home pose no threat, nor does Morgan Cwmdu whose venom has tormented his beloved wife, Caryl Gernant, for months yet he cannot conquer the dreams torturing his nights and separating him from the only woman he has ever loved.
With the appearance of three hunters, Christophe is catapulted into a past life he has striven to forget and sees in the eldest hunter the man he might have been, the man his wife deserves.
The pain of his young manhood has driven him to live apart, to conceal his heart even from his closest friend. Reluctance to confront the truth drives him to an act of violence fueled by jealousy that costs him all he has fought to win.
Revival, Book 4
With few friends to support him and more enemies than he has ever known, Christopher Maides embarks on a course of action certain to cause his closest friend, Jehan-Emíl deFreveille, to wonder if the Demon has lost his mind.
Without doubt, he has lost his heart.
With no guarantee he will ever benefit from the pledge he is determined to make to Caryl Gernant, Maides follows his father's reckless path. Loving a woman who will never consent to his proposal, will never accept him as her husband, has condemned him to commit the crimes of his father but, like Gilles de Maides, Christophe prefers that unhappy fate to living another day without hope Caryl will, one day, change her mind.
Betrayal, Book 3
“The best of men... the most treacherous of lovers.” Betrayal was released on March 17th, 2013. This is the third novel in the Pendyffryn: The Conquerors 5-book series.
Betrayal returns to Gwennan and the invader who captured her heart. Now only known by the name she gave him, Ieuan Emyr must find a way to survive and keep his wife's love. Neither will be without complications while his former employer threatens to take all Ieuan has fought to gain for his children.
Only days after her marriage to the invader, formerly known as Jehan-Emíl deFreveille, his mistress, Charlotte de Guidry, reveals a secret that devastates Gwennan's confidence in her husband. Her unhappiness threatens her life and those of her friends.
Salvation, Book 2
“The only woman he had ever loved, the one woman he could never have.” When I began to write this series, I realized within a few chapters of Invasion, that Christophe Maides was a hero in his own right and deserved my rapted attention.
Born to the slave of a mercenary in a barbarous country beyond Bysantium, Christophe has known only war and destruction. He has never loved or been loved.
Caryl Gernant, like her cousin, Gwennan Pendyffryn, is a valuable asset to her husband and her uncle. She becomes a priceless treasure to the man her uncle sends to secure her home. Trusting no one, Caryl conceals her identity to protect her son, prepared to pay any price the foreign mercenary asks.
I'm very proud to say that Salvation was a top selling book at All Romance ebooks, in a matter of a few days!
Invasion, Book 1
“You will know the man…”
One woman stands against the invasion of her home. One man holds her life in his hands. And… “he was not a man who needed a lot of women. He was a man who needed a lot of one woman. This woman.”This series marks the beginning of my writing about Wales. It grew from a fascination and sudden, deep connection with a culture and language I had never known to exist but discovered one blistering, dry summer as I wandered in ruins and recognized a strength of will to survive that few of its neighbors can claim.
Gwennan will only inherit her family’s ancestral land if she has a child of her own. Her father has rejected all the men who have asked for her. When he tells her that her most recent suitor has one redeeming quality, she decides to act on her own behalf.
She chooses her own husband with unexpected results. Her childhood friend and first love proves to be no better choice. When her home is invaded by the hired killers of an ancient enemy, she meets a man even her father could approve, though he is also a man determined to destroy everything in his path to get what he wants – whether it is Gwennan or her rich estate – nothing has the power to stop him.
When I first began to write this series, I was mesmerized by a sense of mistaken romanticism that had, in fact, no relation to the historical 'reality' of Wales. These books are a celebration of the spirit to survive and withstand, against overwhelming and formidable odds; to resist enemies until they surrender to the superior strengths of courage and determination.
Traitor's Daughter, Book 1
An historical romance set in 10th Century Wales during the reign of Hywel Dda, the Lawmaker: like all families, Heledd Bannawg's has its feuds.
Condemned to bond servitude and forbidden to wed, Heledd's worst nightmare becomes her only hope. Traitor's Daughter was the first historical romance I completed. By the time I began to write this book, I had lived in Wales for several years.
The story is set five decades after Pendyffryn: The Conquerors, at a time when treaties between Wessex and Hywel Dda had stemmed the tide of blood, violence and disruption. Traitor's Daughter is also available at Smashwords, Apple iBookstore and major online booksellers: KOBO, Versent.
Thank you to everyone who has read and commented on the first chapter of Traitor's Daughter. Your thoughtful generosity is much appreciated.
Here are a few of the comments I've received about this book:
“I like the premise of the story and the setting a lot. It's not an era that's been done a lot, so that's a good thing. I like how manipulative Alys is.”
“Well researched and written.”
“And now you have left me hanging, you temptress!”
“I loved your characters.”
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