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The Queen's Almoner


Sometimes loyalty to the queen comes at a cost.


Thomas Broune is a Reformer and childhood friend of the young queen, Mary Stuart. When Mary embarks on a new life in her estranged homeland of Scotland, Thomas is there to greet her and offer his renewed friendship. But the long-time friends grow closer, and Thomas realizes his innocent friendship has grown into something more. Yet he is a man of the cloth. Mary is the queen of the Scots. Both of them have obligations of an overwhelming magnitude: he to his conscience and she to her throne.

When he must choose between loyalty to his queen or his quiet life away from her court, he finds that the choice comes at a high price. Driven by a sense of obligation to protect those he loves, and crippled by his inability to do so, Thomas must come to terms with the choices he has made and find a peace that will finally lay his failures to rest.

Praise for The Queen's Almoner

Love and sadness through the whole story takes your breath at times.

Amazon Review

This was a riveting historical fiction, with powerful prose that flows that [sic] seamlessly.

Amazon Review


A wonderful, emotional read.

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The King's Inquisitor

Witches aren't the only ones to burn.


The queen of Scotland is dead and the almoner’s son, William, has fulfilled his father’s wish that he should serve the king, James VI, at court. But when William finds himself caught between loyalty to his long-time friend and sovereign, and following his own conscience, he finds the choice too difficult to make. As William is forced to serve as the king’s inquisitor in the North Berwick witch trials, he must make a decision. Will he do what the king asks, and earn the wife, title and prestige he has always longed for, or will he let a bold Scottish lass with suspicion hanging over her head, influence him to follow his heart and do the right thing?

If William doesn’t make the right choice, he may be among the accused. 

Praise for The King's Inquisitor

Sensuous. Evocative. And historically authentic... A riveting tale that takes the readers through as many twists and turns as the dark backstreets of Edinburgh!

Heather E.F. Carter, author of The Black Unicorn

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, The King’s Inquisitor provides powerful insight into one of Scotland’s most shameful periods of history.

Ailish Sinclair, author of The Mermaid and the Bear 


Tense, gripping, and, as the story progresses, a real page turner.

Catherine Merrick, author of The Bridled Tongue

The King's Inquisitor has been awarded
Coffee Pot Book Club 2022 Bronze Medal
for books in the Tudor, Stuart and English Commonwealth time period

and the BookFest Silver Medal in Medieval Historical Romance

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The second book in the Stuart Monarch series has also been named a FINALIST in the CIBA Chatelaine Book Awards for Romantic Fiction

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