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After a lifetime at sea, I am now retired and living in York. For the last thirty years I have been working in the world of marine safety and training, and have written copious manuals, regulations, laws and procedures in that time. I have also taken my family all over the world for work, including to the Solomon Islands, the Falklands, Cyprus, Holland and the Isle of Man.
An avid genealogist, I found a rich vein of ancestors going back many generations. It helps having a mother with the extremely rare surname of Dumaresq (a Jersey name). Our forebears included Irish peers, country parsons, and both naval and military men. They opened up Canada and Australia and fought at Waterloo.
A chance meeting with some authors, now firm friends and increasingly successful, led me to try my hand at writing. I am a keen member of the Romantic Novelists Association, the Society of Authors and the Historic Novel Association.
I had my first historical novel published in October 2017, by Crooked Cat Books. It has been well received and continues to garner 5* reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
I was brought up on Georgette Heyer from an early age, and, like many of my age devoured R L Stevenson, Jane Austen, R M Ballantyne, and the like.
Modern favourite authors include Bernard Cornwell, Simon Scarrow, Liz Fenwick, Carol McGrath, Lindsey Davis and Kate Mosse.
Heart of Stone
Crooked Cat Books, 2017. Paperback/e-book
Genre: Historical Thriller
Set in York? No
Description: Dublin, 1740
When young and beautiful Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rochford, widowed heir to the earldom of Belfield, she finds that her idea of love is not returned. Jealous, cruel and manipulative, Robert ignores her after she has provided him with a male heir, preferring to spend his nights with his mistress. Power-hungry, Robert builds up a reputation that sees him reach for the highest positions in Ireland.
Caught in an unhappy marriage, Mary begins to grow closer to Robert’s younger brother, Arthur. Acknowledging their love for each other, they will risk everything to be together. But Robert’s revenge threatens their lives and tears them apart.
Will Mary and Arthur find a way to escape Robert’s clutches?