“These Are a Few of my Favorite Things: 5 of my favorite novels I’d recommend in a heartbeat. 


Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue.

This novel is my all time favorite for many reasons. It’s got everything I look for in a novel! Sex, murder, intrigue… it’s not a happy story,  then again I love to read and write unhappy things.

Our main character, Mary is not likable and that’s what I love about her. She’s constantly messing up even when she has a light at the end of the tunnel and a chance to redeem herself. Mary is so young when the events of the novel take place and one could attribute her troubles to her age but in truth, she is an arrogant, greedy girl.

The novel is set in London and on the outskirts of the city. It discusses prostitution and the struggles of the lower class.


The Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory.

Move over The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory’s debut novel is one to pick up and not miss!

As with Slammerkin, the wiseacre trilogy discusses sensitive subjects such as incest, murder, and the occult. It’s a fabulously told tale which keeps you on the edge of your seat. The main character is Beatrice Lacey and once again we have an unlovable protagonist. She’s greedy and vain yet you can’t stop reading. Beatrice, like Mary from slammerkin, had a chance to redeem herself but she does not and only continues her behavior.

This leads to a series of events crashing down around herself and others. It’s a great read and if you can stomach raunchy incest sex scenes then it’s definitely worth your time.



Leonardo’s Swans by Karen Essex

This novel was one I picked up on a whim and ended up loving. The two women featured, Isabella and Beatrice are as different as two sisters can be. Their rivalry is marked by marriage and although the sisters both make great marriages there is more to be had. Jealousy, adultery, love and more fill the pages of this historical fiction novel.


Cleopatra’s Daughter Series by  Stephanie Dray

This series surprised me a lot. At first, I thought it a young adult book but by the time I got to the third novel I was definitely convinced it was not.

Octavian’s obsession with Selene is the center I would say of the novel. There is so much sexual tension between them and to some, this could be a trigger as she is so young.

I believe it is a great series and for those who love Cleopatra, this insight into her daughter is worth the read!


The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis

If you know anything about the Borgias you know that a novel about them will be raunchy as hell and fun to read. In this novel, our main character is Sancha of Aragon. Most books I have read are from Lucrezia’s perspective so this was a breath of fresh air. I enjoyed her loveless marriage to Joffre and affair with Cesare. Sancha has relations with all three brothers. In real life, this was said to be true.

This novel has a lot of sex. Rape and underage included. It contains boatloads of adultery and murder so definitely not for the faint of heart. I think I finished it in a day. It’s a pretty quick read which keeps you interested the whole time cause you feel like you need to continue to the end of this fascinating woman’s life.



Honorable Mentions


The Wise Woman By Philippa Gregory

A riveting tale of witchcraft and lust…


Duchess of Milan By Michael Ennis

Cousin rivalry, sexual intrigue and more…


Empress of Rome Series By Kate Quinn

Ancient Rome at its finest with corrupt Emperors…


Diaries of the Family Dracula By Jeanne Kalogridis

The story behind the Dracula family descendants.


The Lost Queen By Norah Lofts

George III’s sister Caroline and her disastrous marriage to Christain of Denmark.


The Prince and the Quakeress By Jean Plaidy

George III and Hannah Lightfoot. A person favorite and basis for what I wrote my novel on.


The Russian Concubine series By Kate Furnivall

A Russian woman and Chinese man fall hopelessly in love despite the events going on around them.


Empress Orchid and The Last Empress by Anchee Min

Cixi from minor concubine to Empress…


Four Sisters All Queens by Sherry Jones

The four sisters of Provance have their voices heard in this gripping novel…


The Dark Queen Series by Susan Carroll

Catherine de Medici and her flying squad of witchcraft and poison center around this long series of sisters.


Roma by Steven Saylor

Short story collection of Roman families from the start to the fall…


Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

The beautiful Egyptian queen comes to life…


Katherine by Anya Seton

Mistress and wife?


The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

An exciting biblical refering novel about Dinah, daughter of Jacob and Leah.


Sex Through The Centuries. 


Teens giggle while children look around in confusion as adults blush. How did such a natural act become so taboo? As a child, everything I learned about sex was from the school bus, my friends, or experimentation. My family never spoke of it. This proves true for many people, but why have we become so conservative towards the act of reproduction?


To investigate this, we must go back to the beginning. Starting with the earliest humans, sex was purely animalistic. Our instincts simply kicked in and we mated. Simply. No shame.

As we came into the time of Egypt and Rome we still see sex as something which fills everyday life without shame. Pompeii was full of it. Murals and other scenes of pornography filled the city. In Egypt equally, scenes filled tombs and temples alike. The Egyptians were certainly not shy about sex and in fact, pharohs kept harems of women,  including their mothers, sisters, and daughters within them. (Disclaimer, totally not supporting incest, just using as an example ) Cleopatra was notoriously open with her sexuality first with Caesar then Antony. She married two of her brothers but it is unknown whether she had relations with them. Back to Rome… the emperors were notorious for their sexual escapades. They were open with them and men and women alike held lovers of all stations.


This also brings me to the subject of homosexuality and how it is also considered taboo in today’s society. We have lightened up a bit on it but it is not fully accepted as it was during the days of the Romans or Egyptians. Personally, I think it should be!


Moving forward, we get to England and it’s reign as master of the world. England shunned sex and kept it hush hush. Although it was common for men to have mistresses, women lost their power and if accused of adultery could be out to death. We see Henry VIII who put Anne Boleyn to death for rumors and Catherine Howard for the same crime with solid evidence.

Long before Henry, came Edward II who had big shoes to fill. He stands between his father and son, two great king’s of England, yet Edward was a weakling. He was easily overpowered by his scorned queen, Isabella. Edward was a homosexual and although fathered four children with his wife, eventually took another male lover, causing her to begin an affair with Roger Mortimer and cause and uprising. Eventually, Edward was killed and Mortimer was defeated and killed. Isabella was imprisoned by her son, Edward III for the remainder of her life.

Onto Mughal India where sex was… complicated….


Kama Sutra… the book of love. A common book for those who studied the art or even married couples. Much was expected from a woman in the royal bedchamber and if you could catch the emperor then you would rise. Emperor Jahangir fell in love with Nur Jahan and made her the most powerful woman in India. Jahangir’s son would have to deal with her well into his reign but like his father also fell deeply for a woman. Shan Jahan fell in love with Mumtaz Mahal who was of relation to Nur Jahan. He was unable to marry her at first and took another wife but soon had his way. He quickly shunned his other wives after giving them a child each and focused all his attention on Mumtaz. Detailed court documents of their sexual passion are available and well exposed. It resulted in her giving birth to 14 children and unfortunately for Mumtaz, she died birthing their fourteenth. The Taj Mahal symbolizes their love where they have both been interred for eternity.

Don’t even get me started on China…


As one of the largest empires, Chinese rulers would have concubines… a ton of them. Girls were selected from noble families because hey, only the best for the Emporer. These girls would sit in the halls of women and wait to be chosen. many would grow old and never get a night with their king. Once the emperor died, the women would have their heads shaved and be set to a nunnery equivalent. Some concubines like Ci-Xi and Wu Zhao rose up to become empress because they birthed the next emperor.


England after the restoration exploded with sex. Charles II had many acknowledged mistresses and bastards. Although he had no legitimate children, he did not shun his wife Catherine. The king was described as lusty and highly sexual. Also during this time, many views of the woman changed. Women took lovers and were allowed on the stage, baring their legs as actresses. Nell Gwynn never married, yet she had lovers including Charles. Many families threw their daughters to the king with hopes of advancement and many would be educated on just how to please the king within the bedchamber.


Moving forward to George III. It was said he had a mistress, Hannah Lightfoot and then fell in love with Sarah Lennox but once George Married Charlotte, we see a more conservative king. After his marriage, he proves to be a very devoted husband and father. His son, on the other hand, George IV disposed his wife and took many mistresses, even dubbing one his true wife. During this period, women were expected to be virgins and not take lovers.


Victorian England explored the reign of courtesans and free love such as in France. Victoria’s son Edward was a great lover of women and did not shy around it.


After Edward, we get more into the 20th century where marriage stayed between a man and woman and sex began to be hushed.


When the 60s and 70s came the idea of free love came back and for a brief period, some people brought sex back into the spotlight. In the 80s we get pornography wisely distributed. Music videos with scantly clothed women. As we approach our century we see porn taking over everywhere. It’s highly distributed and has taken the place of many stable relationships. I was in a relationship with a porn addict once and trust me when I say this is one thing where it can ruin relationships.

Continuing on. Sex will probably never be as open and free as it was once yet we continue to live on. Babies are being constructed within Petrie dishes while parents pick out eye color rather than just do the act itself and get what you’re given. Society and technology have definitely changed the way we view sex and our sexuality.


I have gotten mixed reviews about the sex within The King’s Secret Daughter. Anna sleeps with a man before marriage and develops a relationship. This could be normal for the time period but to know the whole story you’d have to read the book. She is at one point shunned by her second husband and finds comfort with another man and the man is punished.


Within She’s Only Seventeen, we explore human sexuality at its finest. Kat loses her virginity at the tender age of fifteen and after that, she uses sex as a way to express herself and on some occasions, show or mask deep emotions. Kat commits adultery on more than one occasion but since the story takes places from 1980-2001, it is fealty with differently.

In conclusion, sexuality is suppressed in many ways in this society. I have vowed that my daughter will not be uneducated and I trust myself to remain calm when she comes to me with questions. I do not want her to see it as something to be ashamed of. I most certainly am not and I suppose my openness is one of the reasons for my happy marriage.


This is definitely one of those subjects I could go on forever about so I will stop here. As always, I am welcome to discussions.

Blonde Moment for a Brunette

Made a whoopsie!

So I accidentally uploaded the wrong version of my book to Amazon and before I could change it, someone bought it!



Well, of course, that person left a review stating that there were errors.

Everything has since been fixed and the correct, edited, file has been uploaded. I’ve offered to give the customer the corrected copy for free but no response. I very much hope this mistake and review do not cost others to read the book because I have luckily gotten overwhelming praise for the novel from others and am glad that they think the book is good and worth reading.

I do hope others give it a chance also despite the review.


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“The King’s Secret Daughter” Explantations


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  1. This first scene is one of the most important in the novel. It is when Anna first discovers her hidden feelings for Nathan….


Anna was sweeping, a chore which she most hated. Thomas had gone out to the fields for the day but she anticipated his return later that afternoon. She knew he would take her somewhere secretive where they would steal a moment or two alone.

This simple country life suited her well, she thought in opposition to what she was used to. She loved having the freedom to wake up in the morning and decided for herself what to wear and who to speak with.

Anna got to the top of the stairs where she heard the door knob to Nathan’s room rattle. He had not joined his elder brother this morning. As he appeared in the door frame, his sharp eyes went straight to her. Anna gave him a smile in greeting but he did not return it. She moved away from him and continued her chore.

“I know about you and Thomas,” he stated.

Anna turned back to face him, the broom tightly in her grasp, as her mouth opened slightly. She had tried to keep it under cover as much as possible, fearful of hurting Nate’s feelings.

“I know you’ve known each other intimately and I think you’re making a mistake,” Nate told her as his green eyes bore into her with intensity.

Anna shook her head. “I’m not making a mistake, I love him.”

Nathan chuckled cruelly, “You don’t love him.”

“Yes, I do,” Anna protested. She let out a frustrated sigh, what was the point in arguing with Nathan anyways?

He stepped out of the doorframe. “You’ll get bored,” he said as he flipped a stray piece of dark hair out of his eyes.

“Why would you even say that?” Anna stated as she turned on him, dropping the broom in the process.

Nathan stepped closer to her, “because you’re like me.”

“I’m nothing like you!” Anna exclaimed.

He shook his head, “That’s where you’re wrong. See? Just that right there, that little outburst, you’re passionate, full of life. Thomas… he’s not. He’s too good, too simple,” Nate explained his voice stern.

He was much too close now, but Anna could not tell him to move away.

“Don’t say that Nate, please,” she said softly.

“You’re making a mistake,” he accused again, his tone lowering to her level.

“No,” she stated.

“Yes,” he whispered as he stepped closer once again.

Anna shook her head, willing herself to somehow move away from him. He reached out to her, before she could comprehend what he was doing, and pulled her to him. She let out a gasp as his hands gripped her hard at the waist so she could not wiggle free.

“I’ll show you,” he said briefly. She felt his hot breath on her face, right before his lips crushed to hers. Anna’s head flew back, as her hat fell from her head, letting loose the masses of golden curls which fell to her waist.

His kiss was fierce, the intensity and heat which came from him left Anna dizzy. She quickly pushed him away as she lifted her hand to him and caught him right on the cheek.

Nate just laughed at her. He raised his eyebrows and smiled as she tried to fix her hair.

“See, I told you. You and I, Anna, were two of the same,” he chuckled.

She refused to hear him. Her whole body screamed something she had never felt before. She needed the feeling to go away. Anna stormed away from him as she headed down the stairs. As she reached the bottom, the front door opened and Thomas appeared.

“You okay?” He asked as he glanced at her disheveled appearance.

“Nate…” she managed.

Thomas just shrugged, “Don’t listen to anything Nate says, Anna.”

“I… but…” She began. How could she explain to Thomas what had just taken place between herself and his brother?

Thomas gave her a smile as he pushed past her, leaving her alone at the bottom of the stairs. When she glanced up them, Nathan stood at the top, his face forming in a triumphant grin.

Their passionate kiss leads to more trouble than Anna initially thinks, for she cannot for the life of her stop thinking of him. This scene is just the first of many which build up to her actions near the end of the novel.




2. The next scene is one which was one of my favorites to write. Jack Smith is one of my personal favorite characters and visualizing him… just think of Chris Hemsworth in Thor. 😉 He’s a passionate, dedicated sailor. Jack is like Anna in a lot of ways and their relationship is filled with ups and downs before it finally comes to a climax.


That evening, Anna walked into Jack’s quarters,” Hello,” she offered casually.

He was organizing some papers on his desk, but as soon as he heard her voice, he stood up. “Hi,” he said as he met her gaze with a surprised look in his eyes.

“Thank you for showing me the dolphins today,” she stated, the new word slipping awkwardly off her tongue.

Jack gave her a little grin as he walked around the large wooden desk. He leaned backward against it. “We never really got off to a good start, did we?” he asked as he reached for his mead.

Anna shook her head.

“It’s not your fault,” he admitted as he fingered a hole in his shirt. “Not again,” he exclaimed in a low voice full of frustration.

 Anna noticed the tear, “I can sew the holes in your shirts if you would like,” she offered gently.

 He looked over at her. “You could? Would you? I don’t think I have a shirt without one anymore,” he replied, chuckling.

She nodded while holding out her hand. He threw his shirt over his head and went to hand it to her. Her mouth opened slightly as she observed his chiseled chest and broad shoulders. She had almost forgotten how magnificent his physic was.

Anna’s legs began to weaken as she watched his rippling muscles when he held the shirt out to her. She took it in her hands, the fabric warm and soft with wear. Her dark eyes glanced up at Jack. He seemed to read her mind as he moved towards her so their faces were inches apart.

“Jack,” she breathed his name as he leaned in closer. Her whole body tensed, he was so close. Anna brushed the scar on his cheek with her fingertips as his blue eyes bore into her. He reached out to her, his large palm landing on the small of her waist. She could feel the heat coming from him through her tightly laced gown. Anna slowly lifted her face to Jack.

Suddenly there was a knock at the door, Jack moved away from her, as he ran one hand down his face, his other landing on his hip.

“What is it, Robert? Jack called into the empty space. 

“An enemy ship was sighted, we believe she’s a Frenchie,” Robert shouted.

“Damn it,” Jack said under his breath. He glanced at Anna briefly as she handed him back his shirt. He took it, as he hastily put it back on before heading out to meet Robert.

 Anna sat behind the desk, catching her breath. The way that Jack had made her feel… his presence… she had almost felt intimidated. It reminded her of how Nathan Miller had once made her feel when he had tried to convince her that he was the one, not his brother, that she was supposed to be with, once long ago. She had never felt this way when she had been dallying with Joe.

After all, her relationship with Joe had been purely two lonely people who had found comfort in each other. He had been a good friend to her, but Anna knew, he would never be more. Whether or not Joe had known that whilst they had begun was unknown to her.

Anna was married to Jack Smith. He was undoubtedly different from any man she had ever known. Along with being the most handsome man she had ever encountered, he was also incredibly smart and resourceful. She actually wanted to learn more about him. He wasn’t ignoring her anymore and he had made it blatantly clear that he wished to be close to her just then. Anna wasn’t sure what had come over her, but she was sure that Jack Smith wanted her and she had wanted him in return.

Thus begins the sexual tension between Anna and Jack Smith.


As always, I am accepting questions and comments about both of my novels. Stay tuned for character descriptions from The King’s Secret Daughter next.

The King’s Secret Daughter Sequel Preview!



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April 1783

Arthur Greene stood on the deck of the Century with his crewmates surrounded by Frenchman. He feared the worse as Captain La’Verge brought Jack Smith with him into the sunlight.

Earlier that day, Arthur had gotten a chance to speak with Jack:


“Where did she go?’ Jack asked as he inquired to Arthur about the whereabouts of his wife, Anna.

Arthur had watched helplessly as La’Verge had given Anna money and sent her on her way in a dingy towards a land mass off of the Colonies.

“The Colonies,” Arthur stated in a low voice as Jack’s eyes glanced up at him from his position on the ground.

Jack gave a small laugh, “She’s running away,” he said.

Arthur nodded, “Well she cannot return to England now,” as he informed jack of the obvious.

Jack sighed, “They mean to kill me, I’ve overheard it all.”

Arthur felt a pit form in his stomach at the thought of his old friend being put to death. “It’s her fault,” Arthur growled, “It’s all her fault.”

“I want you to find her,” Jack stated in a clear voice, “and when you do, I want you to make her pay for what she has done.”

Arthur thought for a moment on the proposition, make her pay? Did Jack want him to kill Anna?

“How?” Arthur asked Jack.

“You’ll think of something, I’m sure,” Jack answered as he went to shake a sandy strand out of his eyes.


Arthur gave a little sigh at the thought of Jack’s last words to him. He began to watch in horror as La’Verge barked at two men to hold Jack still. As the men did so, La’Verge pulled out a knife which he waved in front of Jack’s eyes.

Jack’s face fell with an emotion which Arthur could not describe.

It was over within second as a gurgling sound filled the sir, then silence. No one dared to protest.

La’Verge turned to Arthur and the rest of the crew as he smirked triumphantly towards them, his victory now complete


Due out the end of 2017!

Character Introductions/Descriptions for “She’s Only Seventeen”

For anyone interested really…

I very much enjoy visualizing my characters and creating complex details about them so here is a little look into my head for the characters of She’s Only Seventeen…

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Character Descriptions  
Name: Kathryn “Kat” Crowne Name: Thomas
Birthday: Scorpio, November 18th 1966 Birthday: Capricorn, December 25th 1965
Ethnicity: white, female Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 5’8” Height: 6’3”
Eye Color: hazel, caramel Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: varies, mostly brown Hair Color: Black
Hair Type: wavy and long Hair Type: Curly and long
Body Type: slim and curvy Body Type: slim
Name: Shane Name: Drew
Birthday: Pisces, February 28th 1956 Birthday: Capricorn, December 26th 1957
Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 6’ Height: 6’1”
Eye Color: chocolate brown Eye Color: light blue
Hair Color: dark brown Hair Color: dirty blonde
Hair Type: curly and thick, longish Hair Type: straight, shoulder length lanky
Body Type: athletic Body Type:  thin, heavier with age
Name: Brian Name: Gary
Birthday: Leo, August 6th 1958 Birthday: Sagittarius, November 29th 1949
Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 5’11” Height: 6’
Eye Color: tobacco brown Eye Color: dark brown
Hair Color: chestnut brown Hair Color: dark brown
Hair Type: straight, thick Hair Type: wavy, shoulder length
Body Type: athletic and stocky Body Type: thin
Name: Alex Name: Nick
Birthday: Aries, March 27th 1958 Birthday: Gemini, May 29th 1955
Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 6’ Height: 6’3”
Eye Color: green Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: sandy blonde Hair Color: light brown
Hair Type: shoulder length and straight Hair Type: short and straight
Body Type: average Body Type: long and lanky
Best Asset: eyes
Name: Roy Name: Ian
Birthday: Cancer, July 29th 1948 Birthday: Taurus, April 21st 1964
Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 5’9” Height: 6’1”
Eye Color: brown Eye Color: brown
Hair Color: dark brown Hair Color: straw colored
Hair Type: short and mop like Hair Type: straight and shirt
Body Type: stocky Body Type: thin
Name: James Name: Pete Crowne
Birthday: Gemini, June 2nd 1965 Birthday: Aquarius, February 8th 1943

Died: December 12th 1975

Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, male
Height: 5’9” Height: 6’2”
Eye Color: Grey Eye Color: dark brown, changes to hazel
Hair Color: dirty blonde Hair Color: deep brown
Hair Type: dread like Hair Type: long and shaggy
Body Type: muscular, stocky and thick Body Type: thin and muscular
Name: Charlotte Name: Darla
Birthday: Libra, October 2nd 1948

Died: July 21st 1980

Birthday: Virgo August 29th 1986
Ethnicity: white, female Ethnicity: white, female
Height: 5’9” Height: 5’8”
Eye Color: Grey Eye Color: brown
Hair Color: dirty blonde Hair Color: brown
Hair Type: thick but thinner in later life Hair Type: thick, curly and long
Body Type: curvy Body Type: average
Name: Tammy Name: Theresa
Birthday: Leo, August 1st 1962 Birthday: Aquarius May 2nd 1986
Ethnicity: white, female Ethnicity: white, female
Height: 5’6” Height: 5’6”
Eye Color: blue Eye Color: light blue
Hair Color: blonde Hair Color: dirty blonde
Hair Type: straight and long with bangs Hair Type: straight and long
Body Type: sickly thin Body Type: average
Name: Bob Name: Susan
Birthday: Cancer, July 2nd 1938 Birthday: Pisces, March 2nd 1937
Ethnicity: white, male Ethnicity: white, female
Height: 5’11” Height: 5’7”
Eye Color: dark brown Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: dark brown Hair Color: dark brownish, red
Hair Type: short and curly Hair Type: short, bob that is straight
Body Type: average Body Type:  leaning towards stoutness