Welcome to my web site. I write saga/mainstream novels for Allison and Busby and historical romance for Harlequin, Mills & Boon.
Of my sagas published by Allison & Busby, THE SUMMER HOUSE (2009), reached the long list for the RNA's Romantic Novel of the Year Award and was, for a time, top of the Amazon rankings for Sagas and 198 in all their books. THE FOUNTAIN is set between the two world wars. THE KIRILOV STAR is set partly in Russia and partly in England, and spans a time from 1920 to 1960. It was shortlisted for the historical category of the Romantic Novelists Association’s annual RoNA (Romantic Novel of the Year) Award. The titles that followed these are: THE GIRL ON THE BEACH, ESCAPE BY MOONLIGHT, A DIFFERENT WORLD and,WE'LL MEET AGAIN. They are all set in the second world war, both in England and abroad. You can see more details of all these and those coming soon by clicking on All My Books in the left hand menu.
The Mills & Boon books are very different. Their backgrounds range in time from the Civil War and Jacobite Rebellion, through Georgian and Regency times to the coming of the railways and the outcry for and against building the Crystal Palace in Victoria's reign. The settings are the background to the trials and tribulations of the hero and heroine and I enjoy fitting the two together and bringing the story to the happy ending everyone looks for. For details click on all my books>historical romance.
Although most of my print books have also been brought out as ebooks by the publishers, I have been re-publishing some of my out-of-print books as ebooks myself. These can be found in the section e-books under All Mary's Books on the left hand menu. I have akso converted the biography of my grandmother, THE MOTHER OF NECTON, which has proved very popular in print.
I have accepted an invitation to speak at a Writers' Day in Ely Library on March 21. It is a day meant to encourage and help all would-be writers. I wil also be one of the judges for a short story competition: 500 words on any subject. If anyone wants to know more they can contact me via this website or email Rosemary Westwell, the organiser, at firstname.lastname@example.org.