Shattered Rainbows: The why, the how, the where

Cat 243 Doverby Mary Jo

Last week I published the e-book edition of Shattered Rainbows on the major selling platforms (Nook and Kindle) and it will be at other sellers soon.  Shattered Rainbows is #5 in my Fallen Angels series (here's an excerpt), and I’ve finished proofing #6. River of Fire, which will be available within a couple of weeks.

For years, I've received plaintive requests from readers about these books, which are out of print.  So—finally, after months of work tucked in around writing new books, blogging, petting cats, housework, living life, etc,. the complete 7 book Fallen Angels series will be available in e-editions around the world.  (Book #7, One Perfect Rose, is already available in a Kensington e-edition.) 

Since a number of people enjoyed the background of how an earlier book in the series was written, here's some of the story behind this story. 

MaryJoPutney_ShatteredRainbows_200pxProofing scans of the books and making minor tweaks has been a lot of work, but also a surprising amount of fun.  I still like these characters and their stories, and I think they’ve stood the test of time fairly well.  (Well, I would think that, wouldn’t I?  <g>)  

One Seriously Tortured Hero

Shattered Rainbows is blessed with one of my most tortured heroes.  Lord Michael Kenyon had a vile family life and was saved by the friendship of the other Fallen Angels he met as a boy at Eton.  He becomes a soldier and comes close to betraying one of his closest friends through the manipulations of the wicked woman he disastrously loved.  He has GUILT! 

I thought it would be a particularly hard book to write, but in fact, it flowed very smoothly even though it’s a long book with lots of plot and research and tormented, complicated characters.  (No book is easy.  But at least this one flowed well.)

I think that SR is the book where I realized that having a compelling plot makes a book easier to write.  Much harder is a very character driven book where there are fewer events for the characters to react to.

Florence Nightingale at Scutari

A Pretty Tortured Heroine, too

The heroine also has her issues.  Catherine Melbourne had married very young to a philandering cavalry officer, and she and her daughter “follow the drum” through the Peninsular campaigns.  There were officers’ wives who did this, though Catherine’s actions as a battlefield nurse owe more to the career of Florence Nightingale half a century later.  For her stunning (and unfortunate) beauty, kindness, and nursing ability, she’s known as “St. Catherine,” a label she wears uneasily because of her own deep sense of inadequacy.  So this makes TWO guilt ridden characters!  No wonder the book flowed smoothly.

Waterloo: The Road to Hell

In Regency romance, the Napoleonic wars are a constant drumbeat in the background, and not infrequently in the foreground.  Heaven knows I’ve contributed more than my share of military heroes and spies of both genders to the mix.  But Shattered Rainbows is my full-on Waterloo book. 

Face of BattleSince I have an inexplicable fondness for British miitary history, I loved researching the battle.  Huge amounts have been written about Waterloo, but one of the best sources was THE FACE OF BATTLE by the wonderful British military historian Sir John Keegan.  His books are notable for his marvelous writing clarity.  In The Face of Battle, he describes the experience of actually being a soldier on the battlefield.  He covers three battles: Agincourt (arrows and spears), Waterloo (musket balls and cannon), and the WWI Battle of the Somme (machine guns and field artillery.) 

Waterloo is called the last great black powder battle, and Keegan describes the clouds of stinging smoke that reduced visibility of the battle to almost nothing.  He explains column and squares and troop movements with vivid power.  Trampled rye crops and muddy ground, and Napoleon's last great throw of the dice.

800px-Battle_of_Waterloo_1815, Wm. Sadler

Given all the research I did for the battle, I’m very proud of myself for keeping Waterloo to one chapter of my book. Even there I cut between Michael commanding barely trained infantry troops and Catherine and her daughter tending to wounded soldiers on the streets of Brussels.  Powerful stuff, and all drawn from the historical record.  (The movie Waterloo is also a great research resource since they had real armies in front of the cameras.)

After the battle, when Michael lies near death from his wounds, Catherine and my Shattered Rainbows original coverfaithful fictional surgeon, Ian Kinlock, perform a blood transfusion to save Michael’s life.  In pre-internet days, it was very hard to find much information, but it was pretty clear that such a procedure was far more likely to kill than cure. 

It was theoretically possible that a transfusion might save someone’s life and this is fiction.  I asked two different doctors about the procedure, and they were both absolutely horrified.  (GOOSE QUILLS??!!! They knew less about the history of transfusion than I did. <G>)  As a romantic metaphor about two people who love each other but are constrained by honor to never speak, the transfusion was great!

The Road to Heaven

The second half of the book is a whole different chunk of research as Catherine learns that she is heir to a feudal island off Cornwall—but her cranky grandfather will leave the island to a male cousin if Catherine doesn’t have a reliable husband.  Catherine is a widow by now, but hiding the fact (with good reason) so she asks Michael to pose as her husband.  (Yes, it’s contrived, but being over the top is in the DNA of historical romance. <G>) 

So they go off to the island and have many wild adventures before achieving their happy ending.  The research fun came from creating my fictional island, which is based on the feudal Channel Isle of Sark. Sark is considered British, but it’s ruled by a hereditary Seigneur.  The current one is 22nd in his line, and his grandmother was Sybil Hathaway, the famous Dame of Sark, who ruled the island during the time of the Nazi occupation. 

Shattered Rainbows, riessueThis was a feast for a writer.  I named my islands Skoal (“skull”) and Bone and gave them a Viking heritage.  Two sections of Sark are joined by a narrow strip of land that rises over a hundred meters (330 feet) from the sea.  In other words, there’s a lethal drop on each side, and children used to cross the neck of land on their hands and knees so they wouldn’t blow over.  Needless to say, I got mileage out of a similar feature in my fictional islands. 

There is one last bit of real history I want to mention.  Many years ago, I visited the Outer Hebrides island of Lewis and Harris off the west coast of Scotland.  It’s a wild, primitive place, and life has always been harsh. Blackhouse, Harris and LewisWe visited an abandoned village of collapsed black houses—a primitive structure with dry stone walls and a turf roof.  The sort of place you’d share with your livestock on a cold and windy night.

This was years before I started writing, but as I looked the stone ruins, I thought it would make a great setting for a chase scene in a suspense novel.

And so it did. <G>

MaryJoPutney_ShatteredRainbows_200pxHave you ever looked at something and thought “That should be in a book?”  And since many of you are writers—have you ever put such things in a book?  If so, tell me about it!

Mary Jo, who loves the cover done by the amazingly talented Kimberly Killion of Hot Damn Designs

85 thoughts on “Shattered Rainbows: The why, the how, the where”

  1. Hi Mary Jo, great post on my favorite book – I love Michael and Catherine! 🙂
    As a writer, I often put little snippets of things that have happened to me in real life, but the best actually happened AFTER I’d written the story. In fact, I’d already submitted the story to my editor. Then I visited Ireland, and when I toured the folk park at Bunratty Castle, I stopped at “Loop Head House,” the home of a farmer/fisherman, and I thought “That’s Tom Flynn’s cottage!”
    Naturally I took many photos, and I was thrilled by the experience. But the best things was, only a few weeks later, I got an e-mail from my editor saying she wanted to publish that same book, which became my second novel, “Coming Home!” Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think of it as fate!

    Reply
  2. Hi Mary Jo, great post on my favorite book – I love Michael and Catherine! 🙂
    As a writer, I often put little snippets of things that have happened to me in real life, but the best actually happened AFTER I’d written the story. In fact, I’d already submitted the story to my editor. Then I visited Ireland, and when I toured the folk park at Bunratty Castle, I stopped at “Loop Head House,” the home of a farmer/fisherman, and I thought “That’s Tom Flynn’s cottage!”
    Naturally I took many photos, and I was thrilled by the experience. But the best things was, only a few weeks later, I got an e-mail from my editor saying she wanted to publish that same book, which became my second novel, “Coming Home!” Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think of it as fate!

    Reply
  3. Hi Mary Jo, great post on my favorite book – I love Michael and Catherine! 🙂
    As a writer, I often put little snippets of things that have happened to me in real life, but the best actually happened AFTER I’d written the story. In fact, I’d already submitted the story to my editor. Then I visited Ireland, and when I toured the folk park at Bunratty Castle, I stopped at “Loop Head House,” the home of a farmer/fisherman, and I thought “That’s Tom Flynn’s cottage!”
    Naturally I took many photos, and I was thrilled by the experience. But the best things was, only a few weeks later, I got an e-mail from my editor saying she wanted to publish that same book, which became my second novel, “Coming Home!” Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think of it as fate!

    Reply
  4. Hi Mary Jo, great post on my favorite book – I love Michael and Catherine! 🙂
    As a writer, I often put little snippets of things that have happened to me in real life, but the best actually happened AFTER I’d written the story. In fact, I’d already submitted the story to my editor. Then I visited Ireland, and when I toured the folk park at Bunratty Castle, I stopped at “Loop Head House,” the home of a farmer/fisherman, and I thought “That’s Tom Flynn’s cottage!”
    Naturally I took many photos, and I was thrilled by the experience. But the best things was, only a few weeks later, I got an e-mail from my editor saying she wanted to publish that same book, which became my second novel, “Coming Home!” Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think of it as fate!

    Reply
  5. Hi Mary Jo, great post on my favorite book – I love Michael and Catherine! 🙂
    As a writer, I often put little snippets of things that have happened to me in real life, but the best actually happened AFTER I’d written the story. In fact, I’d already submitted the story to my editor. Then I visited Ireland, and when I toured the folk park at Bunratty Castle, I stopped at “Loop Head House,” the home of a farmer/fisherman, and I thought “That’s Tom Flynn’s cottage!”
    Naturally I took many photos, and I was thrilled by the experience. But the best things was, only a few weeks later, I got an e-mail from my editor saying she wanted to publish that same book, which became my second novel, “Coming Home!” Coincidence? Maybe, but I like to think of it as fate!

    Reply
  6. SHATTERED RAINBOWS was your first full-length book I read. Knocked my socks off.
    I love romances with lots of plot. I like a good story in there along with the romance. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these plot-heavy romances around nowadays.
    Those covers are stunning. I especially like this one for SHATTERED RAINBOWS. When are your books coming out for the Sony?

    Reply
  7. SHATTERED RAINBOWS was your first full-length book I read. Knocked my socks off.
    I love romances with lots of plot. I like a good story in there along with the romance. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these plot-heavy romances around nowadays.
    Those covers are stunning. I especially like this one for SHATTERED RAINBOWS. When are your books coming out for the Sony?

    Reply
  8. SHATTERED RAINBOWS was your first full-length book I read. Knocked my socks off.
    I love romances with lots of plot. I like a good story in there along with the romance. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these plot-heavy romances around nowadays.
    Those covers are stunning. I especially like this one for SHATTERED RAINBOWS. When are your books coming out for the Sony?

    Reply
  9. SHATTERED RAINBOWS was your first full-length book I read. Knocked my socks off.
    I love romances with lots of plot. I like a good story in there along with the romance. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these plot-heavy romances around nowadays.
    Those covers are stunning. I especially like this one for SHATTERED RAINBOWS. When are your books coming out for the Sony?

    Reply
  10. SHATTERED RAINBOWS was your first full-length book I read. Knocked my socks off.
    I love romances with lots of plot. I like a good story in there along with the romance. Unfortunately, there are fewer and fewer of these plot-heavy romances around nowadays.
    Those covers are stunning. I especially like this one for SHATTERED RAINBOWS. When are your books coming out for the Sony?

    Reply
  11. Cynthia, what a cool story! Funny how that cottage resonated with you and your story–and the story “came home” to your editor so soon after. *g* There’s something about those Celtic spaces…

    Reply
  12. Cynthia, what a cool story! Funny how that cottage resonated with you and your story–and the story “came home” to your editor so soon after. *g* There’s something about those Celtic spaces…

    Reply
  13. Cynthia, what a cool story! Funny how that cottage resonated with you and your story–and the story “came home” to your editor so soon after. *g* There’s something about those Celtic spaces…

    Reply
  14. Cynthia, what a cool story! Funny how that cottage resonated with you and your story–and the story “came home” to your editor so soon after. *g* There’s something about those Celtic spaces…

    Reply
  15. Cynthia, what a cool story! Funny how that cottage resonated with you and your story–and the story “came home” to your editor so soon after. *g* There’s something about those Celtic spaces…

    Reply
  16. Linda–
    As publishers’ word lengths get shorter, it’s harder to write strong, sweeping plots.
    Isn’t Kim Killion doing an amazing job with the covers? I wanted the images to reflect the personality and emotions of the characters, which took a lot of sifting and experimentation to get right. This may be my favorite of the Fallen Angels covers she did–Catherine so beautiful and haunted, Michael handsome and yearning and rather devastated. Perfect!
    I’m not sure exactly when the Sony version will be available. Nina Paules at ePublishingWorks! has the story and is uploading it to a number of platforms, but it does take time. It shouldn’t be too long, though.

    Reply
  17. Linda–
    As publishers’ word lengths get shorter, it’s harder to write strong, sweeping plots.
    Isn’t Kim Killion doing an amazing job with the covers? I wanted the images to reflect the personality and emotions of the characters, which took a lot of sifting and experimentation to get right. This may be my favorite of the Fallen Angels covers she did–Catherine so beautiful and haunted, Michael handsome and yearning and rather devastated. Perfect!
    I’m not sure exactly when the Sony version will be available. Nina Paules at ePublishingWorks! has the story and is uploading it to a number of platforms, but it does take time. It shouldn’t be too long, though.

    Reply
  18. Linda–
    As publishers’ word lengths get shorter, it’s harder to write strong, sweeping plots.
    Isn’t Kim Killion doing an amazing job with the covers? I wanted the images to reflect the personality and emotions of the characters, which took a lot of sifting and experimentation to get right. This may be my favorite of the Fallen Angels covers she did–Catherine so beautiful and haunted, Michael handsome and yearning and rather devastated. Perfect!
    I’m not sure exactly when the Sony version will be available. Nina Paules at ePublishingWorks! has the story and is uploading it to a number of platforms, but it does take time. It shouldn’t be too long, though.

    Reply
  19. Linda–
    As publishers’ word lengths get shorter, it’s harder to write strong, sweeping plots.
    Isn’t Kim Killion doing an amazing job with the covers? I wanted the images to reflect the personality and emotions of the characters, which took a lot of sifting and experimentation to get right. This may be my favorite of the Fallen Angels covers she did–Catherine so beautiful and haunted, Michael handsome and yearning and rather devastated. Perfect!
    I’m not sure exactly when the Sony version will be available. Nina Paules at ePublishingWorks! has the story and is uploading it to a number of platforms, but it does take time. It shouldn’t be too long, though.

    Reply
  20. Linda–
    As publishers’ word lengths get shorter, it’s harder to write strong, sweeping plots.
    Isn’t Kim Killion doing an amazing job with the covers? I wanted the images to reflect the personality and emotions of the characters, which took a lot of sifting and experimentation to get right. This may be my favorite of the Fallen Angels covers she did–Catherine so beautiful and haunted, Michael handsome and yearning and rather devastated. Perfect!
    I’m not sure exactly when the Sony version will be available. Nina Paules at ePublishingWorks! has the story and is uploading it to a number of platforms, but it does take time. It shouldn’t be too long, though.

    Reply
  21. I won’t need to purchase any of your Fallen Angel e-books since I’ve had the print versions for years, but Keengan’s ‘Face of Battle’ is going on my TBR list!
    Thank you for a peek into the world of ‘Shattered Rainbows’.

    Reply
  22. I won’t need to purchase any of your Fallen Angel e-books since I’ve had the print versions for years, but Keengan’s ‘Face of Battle’ is going on my TBR list!
    Thank you for a peek into the world of ‘Shattered Rainbows’.

    Reply
  23. I won’t need to purchase any of your Fallen Angel e-books since I’ve had the print versions for years, but Keengan’s ‘Face of Battle’ is going on my TBR list!
    Thank you for a peek into the world of ‘Shattered Rainbows’.

    Reply
  24. I won’t need to purchase any of your Fallen Angel e-books since I’ve had the print versions for years, but Keengan’s ‘Face of Battle’ is going on my TBR list!
    Thank you for a peek into the world of ‘Shattered Rainbows’.

    Reply
  25. I won’t need to purchase any of your Fallen Angel e-books since I’ve had the print versions for years, but Keengan’s ‘Face of Battle’ is going on my TBR list!
    Thank you for a peek into the world of ‘Shattered Rainbows’.

    Reply
  26. Ann–
    I hope you enjoy THE FACE OF BATTLE as much as I did! Keegan really takes the reader into a new world, and also offers insights into the way war–and the way it affects people–has changed over the centuries. As he’s quick to point out, he’s never been a soldier himself, but he’s taught military history as Sandhurst, the British West Point, for many, many years. Another book of his I need to read is THE MASK OF COMMAND, which presumably is more about what it’s like to be in command. (And why haven’t I read it already??!!!)

    Reply
  27. Ann–
    I hope you enjoy THE FACE OF BATTLE as much as I did! Keegan really takes the reader into a new world, and also offers insights into the way war–and the way it affects people–has changed over the centuries. As he’s quick to point out, he’s never been a soldier himself, but he’s taught military history as Sandhurst, the British West Point, for many, many years. Another book of his I need to read is THE MASK OF COMMAND, which presumably is more about what it’s like to be in command. (And why haven’t I read it already??!!!)

    Reply
  28. Ann–
    I hope you enjoy THE FACE OF BATTLE as much as I did! Keegan really takes the reader into a new world, and also offers insights into the way war–and the way it affects people–has changed over the centuries. As he’s quick to point out, he’s never been a soldier himself, but he’s taught military history as Sandhurst, the British West Point, for many, many years. Another book of his I need to read is THE MASK OF COMMAND, which presumably is more about what it’s like to be in command. (And why haven’t I read it already??!!!)

    Reply
  29. Ann–
    I hope you enjoy THE FACE OF BATTLE as much as I did! Keegan really takes the reader into a new world, and also offers insights into the way war–and the way it affects people–has changed over the centuries. As he’s quick to point out, he’s never been a soldier himself, but he’s taught military history as Sandhurst, the British West Point, for many, many years. Another book of his I need to read is THE MASK OF COMMAND, which presumably is more about what it’s like to be in command. (And why haven’t I read it already??!!!)

    Reply
  30. Ann–
    I hope you enjoy THE FACE OF BATTLE as much as I did! Keegan really takes the reader into a new world, and also offers insights into the way war–and the way it affects people–has changed over the centuries. As he’s quick to point out, he’s never been a soldier himself, but he’s taught military history as Sandhurst, the British West Point, for many, many years. Another book of his I need to read is THE MASK OF COMMAND, which presumably is more about what it’s like to be in command. (And why haven’t I read it already??!!!)

    Reply
  31. Fabulous post, Mary Jo. I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and now you’ve rewhetted my appetite, I’m going to have to reread this one now.
    I loved hearing about the research you did and I envy you your visits to the various islands. One day…

    Reply
  32. Fabulous post, Mary Jo. I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and now you’ve rewhetted my appetite, I’m going to have to reread this one now.
    I loved hearing about the research you did and I envy you your visits to the various islands. One day…

    Reply
  33. Fabulous post, Mary Jo. I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and now you’ve rewhetted my appetite, I’m going to have to reread this one now.
    I loved hearing about the research you did and I envy you your visits to the various islands. One day…

    Reply
  34. Fabulous post, Mary Jo. I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and now you’ve rewhetted my appetite, I’m going to have to reread this one now.
    I loved hearing about the research you did and I envy you your visits to the various islands. One day…

    Reply
  35. Fabulous post, Mary Jo. I loved this book, the whole series in fact, and now you’ve rewhetted my appetite, I’m going to have to reread this one now.
    I loved hearing about the research you did and I envy you your visits to the various islands. One day…

    Reply
  36. Love, love, love the Fallen Angels—am so glad it’s now available for a new set of readers! It’s fascinating to hear about research. Like you, I’m constantly looking around when I travel and noticing things that “need” to be ina book. One of my favorite things was the time I got to play golf with the Duke of Roxburghe (who had built a gold course on his Scottish estate and given golf’s long history, I just knew I had to do a golf story set in the regency—which I did with Diamond in the Rough. It was great fun to write, and I ended up doing lots of research on clunmakers and St. Andrews.

    Reply
  37. Love, love, love the Fallen Angels—am so glad it’s now available for a new set of readers! It’s fascinating to hear about research. Like you, I’m constantly looking around when I travel and noticing things that “need” to be ina book. One of my favorite things was the time I got to play golf with the Duke of Roxburghe (who had built a gold course on his Scottish estate and given golf’s long history, I just knew I had to do a golf story set in the regency—which I did with Diamond in the Rough. It was great fun to write, and I ended up doing lots of research on clunmakers and St. Andrews.

    Reply
  38. Love, love, love the Fallen Angels—am so glad it’s now available for a new set of readers! It’s fascinating to hear about research. Like you, I’m constantly looking around when I travel and noticing things that “need” to be ina book. One of my favorite things was the time I got to play golf with the Duke of Roxburghe (who had built a gold course on his Scottish estate and given golf’s long history, I just knew I had to do a golf story set in the regency—which I did with Diamond in the Rough. It was great fun to write, and I ended up doing lots of research on clunmakers and St. Andrews.

    Reply
  39. Love, love, love the Fallen Angels—am so glad it’s now available for a new set of readers! It’s fascinating to hear about research. Like you, I’m constantly looking around when I travel and noticing things that “need” to be ina book. One of my favorite things was the time I got to play golf with the Duke of Roxburghe (who had built a gold course on his Scottish estate and given golf’s long history, I just knew I had to do a golf story set in the regency—which I did with Diamond in the Rough. It was great fun to write, and I ended up doing lots of research on clunmakers and St. Andrews.

    Reply
  40. Love, love, love the Fallen Angels—am so glad it’s now available for a new set of readers! It’s fascinating to hear about research. Like you, I’m constantly looking around when I travel and noticing things that “need” to be ina book. One of my favorite things was the time I got to play golf with the Duke of Roxburghe (who had built a gold course on his Scottish estate and given golf’s long history, I just knew I had to do a golf story set in the regency—which I did with Diamond in the Rough. It was great fun to write, and I ended up doing lots of research on clunmakers and St. Andrews.

    Reply
  41. LOVE the Fallen Angels series ! I have them all in print. But that KK cover is really gorgeous.
    I was surfing the Net for photos of places I visited in England as a child. I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript.

    Reply
  42. LOVE the Fallen Angels series ! I have them all in print. But that KK cover is really gorgeous.
    I was surfing the Net for photos of places I visited in England as a child. I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript.

    Reply
  43. LOVE the Fallen Angels series ! I have them all in print. But that KK cover is really gorgeous.
    I was surfing the Net for photos of places I visited in England as a child. I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript.

    Reply
  44. LOVE the Fallen Angels series ! I have them all in print. But that KK cover is really gorgeous.
    I was surfing the Net for photos of places I visited in England as a child. I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript.

    Reply
  45. LOVE the Fallen Angels series ! I have them all in print. But that KK cover is really gorgeous.
    I was surfing the Net for photos of places I visited in England as a child. I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript.

    Reply
  46. I haven’t read this book yet but love the cover. Must check it out. I have looked at things and thought that it would make a good book.

    Reply
  47. I haven’t read this book yet but love the cover. Must check it out. I have looked at things and thought that it would make a good book.

    Reply
  48. I haven’t read this book yet but love the cover. Must check it out. I have looked at things and thought that it would make a good book.

    Reply
  49. I haven’t read this book yet but love the cover. Must check it out. I have looked at things and thought that it would make a good book.

    Reply
  50. I haven’t read this book yet but love the cover. Must check it out. I have looked at things and thought that it would make a good book.

    Reply
  51. *** I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript. **
    Oooh! I’ve never heard of Dunwich, but what a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric setting for your book!

    Reply
  52. *** I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript. **
    Oooh! I’ve never heard of Dunwich, but what a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric setting for your book!

    Reply
  53. *** I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript. **
    Oooh! I’ve never heard of Dunwich, but what a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric setting for your book!

    Reply
  54. *** I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript. **
    Oooh! I’ve never heard of Dunwich, but what a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric setting for your book!

    Reply
  55. *** I came across a photo of Dunwich (for those of you who don’t know Dunwich gradually sank into the sea. All that is left is a part of the cemetery and you can see the church spire at times. One of the photos was of a long tree-lined drive that disappears into the mist (and eventually goes over a cliff, which is what the house at the end of that drive did!) That photo sparked the idea for Ravencrest which was the setting for my second manuscript. **
    Oooh! I’ve never heard of Dunwich, but what a wonderfully spooky, atmospheric setting for your book!

    Reply
  56. The story of Michael and Catherine has its place in my heart since I read your book years ago! I absolutely loved it! And the beginning, when Michael is in love but couldn’t even think to love her, since she’s married… ohh, it was so heartbreaking! And I fall in love with your surgeon too, the transfusion was one of the most interesting scene of my reading history 😉
    I’m glad lot of people will be able to read this story too, it really deserves lots of more fans in the coming years!
    giovanna
    (sorry for my “strange” english, I’m from Italy)

    Reply
  57. The story of Michael and Catherine has its place in my heart since I read your book years ago! I absolutely loved it! And the beginning, when Michael is in love but couldn’t even think to love her, since she’s married… ohh, it was so heartbreaking! And I fall in love with your surgeon too, the transfusion was one of the most interesting scene of my reading history 😉
    I’m glad lot of people will be able to read this story too, it really deserves lots of more fans in the coming years!
    giovanna
    (sorry for my “strange” english, I’m from Italy)

    Reply
  58. The story of Michael and Catherine has its place in my heart since I read your book years ago! I absolutely loved it! And the beginning, when Michael is in love but couldn’t even think to love her, since she’s married… ohh, it was so heartbreaking! And I fall in love with your surgeon too, the transfusion was one of the most interesting scene of my reading history 😉
    I’m glad lot of people will be able to read this story too, it really deserves lots of more fans in the coming years!
    giovanna
    (sorry for my “strange” english, I’m from Italy)

    Reply
  59. The story of Michael and Catherine has its place in my heart since I read your book years ago! I absolutely loved it! And the beginning, when Michael is in love but couldn’t even think to love her, since she’s married… ohh, it was so heartbreaking! And I fall in love with your surgeon too, the transfusion was one of the most interesting scene of my reading history 😉
    I’m glad lot of people will be able to read this story too, it really deserves lots of more fans in the coming years!
    giovanna
    (sorry for my “strange” english, I’m from Italy)

    Reply
  60. The story of Michael and Catherine has its place in my heart since I read your book years ago! I absolutely loved it! And the beginning, when Michael is in love but couldn’t even think to love her, since she’s married… ohh, it was so heartbreaking! And I fall in love with your surgeon too, the transfusion was one of the most interesting scene of my reading history 😉
    I’m glad lot of people will be able to read this story too, it really deserves lots of more fans in the coming years!
    giovanna
    (sorry for my “strange” english, I’m from Italy)

    Reply
  61. Giovanna–
    We’ve “talked” before, and your English lovely! Really.
    I’m so glad you like SHATTERED RAINBOWS. More than any of my other stories, I think, it exemplifies honor. Michael and Catherine care so deeply, and try so hard to do the right thing.

    Reply
  62. Giovanna–
    We’ve “talked” before, and your English lovely! Really.
    I’m so glad you like SHATTERED RAINBOWS. More than any of my other stories, I think, it exemplifies honor. Michael and Catherine care so deeply, and try so hard to do the right thing.

    Reply
  63. Giovanna–
    We’ve “talked” before, and your English lovely! Really.
    I’m so glad you like SHATTERED RAINBOWS. More than any of my other stories, I think, it exemplifies honor. Michael and Catherine care so deeply, and try so hard to do the right thing.

    Reply
  64. Giovanna–
    We’ve “talked” before, and your English lovely! Really.
    I’m so glad you like SHATTERED RAINBOWS. More than any of my other stories, I think, it exemplifies honor. Michael and Catherine care so deeply, and try so hard to do the right thing.

    Reply
  65. Giovanna–
    We’ve “talked” before, and your English lovely! Really.
    I’m so glad you like SHATTERED RAINBOWS. More than any of my other stories, I think, it exemplifies honor. Michael and Catherine care so deeply, and try so hard to do the right thing.

    Reply

Leave a Comment