My new ebook ‘Ravensdale’ – a spoof historical romance – is now out on amazon on
and on Amazon.co.uk
Goodness, some huge pictures have appeared here where I’ve put the links in. I love the cover Streetlight Graphics did, but…
Anyway, it’s out now and I hope readers find it amusing.
I was interested in lampooning a favourite theme of historical novelists – the Wild Young Earl (or heir to an Earldom) is through the machinations of his Conniving Cousin (usually, but other relatives are sometimes used) is Falsely Accused of Murder and turns Outlaw while Seeking to Clear His Name.
This was great fun to write, but I hope, too, I also made the characters in this stereotypical situation come to life enough to involve the reader.
Reynaud Ravensdale is a cousin of Emile Dubois (Emile, of course, isn’t the Conniving Cousin in question; in fact, he’s still living in disguise himself in Revolutionary France through the period in which this story is set, 1792) and Emile makes a guest appearance as a youngster in this story, with later butler and housekeeper, the rascally Mr and Mrs Kit, playing bigger roles in the story.
Here’s the blurb: –
When the group of highwaymen headed by the disgraced Earl of Little Dean, Reynaud Ravensdale holds up the hoydenish Isabella Murray’s coach, she knocks one of them down and lectures them all on following Robin Hood’s example.
The rascally Reynaud Ravensdale – otherwise known as the dashing highwayman Mr Fox – is fascinated at her spirit.
He escaped abroad three years back following his supposedly shooting a friend dead after a quarrel. Rumour has it that his far more respectable cousin was involved. Now, having come back during his father’s last illness, the young Earl is seeking to clear his name.
Isabella’s ambitious parents are eager to marry her off to Reynaud Ravensdale’s cousin, the next in line to his title. The totally unromantic Isabella is even ready to elope with her outlaw admirer to escape this fate – on condition that he teaches her how to be a highwaywoman herself.
This hilarious spoof uses vivid characters and lively comedy to bring new life to a theme traditionally favoured by historical novelists – that of the wild young Earl, who, falsely accused of murder by the machinations of a conniving cousin and prejudged by his reputation, lives as an outlaw whilst seeking to clear his name.
‘Ravensdale’ is a fast paced, funny and romantic read from the writer of ‘That Scoundrel Émile Dubois’ and ‘Aleks Sager’s Daemon’.