My Story

In the 1980s I wrote romances using the pseudonym Anne Beverley. Then a busy career and family life got in the way and, before I knew it, I had turned my back on the characters who were begging to be liberated from my imagination. Now I am back to writing fictions again and, considerably older and no long shy, I write under my own name.

My motto is a quote by the late Ray Bradbury: First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him. I start with plots, chapter outlines, characterisation. I know all the rules and faithfully obey them each time I start  a new story. Then the hero takes over and I follow him instead.

Although family remains central to my life, I still find the time to read, to write and to travel. Many of the places I visit feature in my books. Fans say reading them is like buying a ticket to romance.

My Writing

Contemporary
Contemporary
We all want love, but while it might make the world go roung, that's not quite enough. In the twenty-first century we want careers and families, and having it all can be difficult. That's why none of my very modern heroes and heroines tread an easy path in their search for love, but they get there in the end, although not always in the way they expected.
Vintage
Vintage
1964, 1983...books written in the second half of the twentieth century are now considered vintage. Sadly it makes me a vintage edition too but I'll skim over that. It's enought to say that these books are about a time fast passing into history, a time before the Internet, cell phones, computers and social media. Love was still the same though.
Series
Series
I never set out to write a series but sometimes a secondary character leaps from the page and begs for their own story. This happened with Mending Jodie's Heart and  again with Remembering Rose. It's tricky, because although there is already a cast of characters to choose from, I must remember everything they have already done.

My Books


When musician Marcus Lewis buys the derelict farmhouse next to Jodie's riding school he doesn't know whether to be amused or irritated by her angry reaction to his plans. Then her sister Izzie visits him and makes things a lot worse...

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International stardom is more than Izzie ever expected to achieve so why isn't she happy? Jack thought he had escaped his heritage until a tragedy brought him home to deal with debts, squabbles and a crumbling ancestral home.

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Kate was used to losing things. First her childhood home, then her career and reputation, and finally, and most dreadfully, her identity, so she knew she should be used to it. She wasn't though and  couldn't bear the thought of starting over.

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Maggie Silver intends to put as much space as possible between herself and her family just as soon as her parents' Ruby Wedding celebrations are over. She is fed up with their constant advice and her never-ending babysitting duties.

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Waitressing in the evening as well as trying to establish her own flower shop during the day is more than Sarah can cope with and she knows it's time to stop. Unfortunately her troubles are only just beginning.

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Dominic is the designer. Samantha manages everything else. When she falls out with the photographer assigned to work on their fashion show, she agrees to a truce. What will happen after that is anyone's guess.  

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The price of travelling to Moscow to research a new book is to look after a five-year-old boy. To Holly this seems a bargain until she meets him and his father. Determined to win them over she soon realises she is way out of her depth...

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Arabella knows her audacious plan to save her family's century old jewelry business doesn't stand a chance without Luca Enzio. she just wishes he wasn't helping her because her grandfather asked him to, but because he wants to.

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The Osprey cruise ship is in trouble and Ellie and Andy  have to solve the problem. It's going to be hard work all the way to Australia. They joined to help the crew but now it's them who need help. Will they get it or is it already too late?

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In a rut, and with her love life at an all time low, Claire Harris decides to join a dating agency. Her challenge is twelve dates or twelve months, which comes first, unless she is lucky enough to meet Mr Right along the way.

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When Kerry Farrow falls for star player Pierce Simon she doesn't hesitate to join him on the International tennis circuit. She doesn't care that he isn't ready to settle down. In her experience happy families are a myth anyway.

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Rachel has a husband who adores her, a beautiful baby daughter, and an extended family she can rely on, so why isn't she happy. She doesn't know and nor do the people who love her. Only Rose understands but she is trapped in another century.

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