Here at Ocelot Press we hope you’ve had a great summer. We’re excited to announce two new historical romance titles to be published under the Ocelot Press imprint this autumn: Jennifer C. Wilson’s The Raided Heart and Cathie Dunn’s Love Lost in Time. A distinguished pair of titles to add to our growing stable of historical fiction, both stories taking place in atmospheric settings. Read more about them below. And you can pre-order them both now!
The Raided Heart
Jennifer C. Wilson, bestselling author of the Kindred Spirits series, published by Crooked Cat Books, launches The Raided Heart: A Border Reiver Romantic Adventure on 15th November. This page-turning historical romance is set on the English-Scottish borders in the 15th century. Here’s the description.
Meg Mathers, the headstrong youngest sibling of a reiving family on the English-Scottish border, is determined to remain at her childhood home, caring for the land and village she’s grown up with. When an accident brings her a broken ankle and six weeks in the resentful company of ambitious and angry young reiver Will Hetherington, attraction starts to build. Both begin to realise they might have met their match, and the love of their lives, but 15th century border living is not that simple, as Meg soon finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of a tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray.
When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?
The Raided Heart is now on pre-order on Amazon Kindle. This means you can order it now, it will download automatically to your Kindle or e-reader on 15th November and you don’t pay anything until that date.
Love Lost in Time
And speaking of page-turners, the next one from Cathie Dunn is due out on 28th November, and is also on pre-order on Amazon Kindle.
In the meantime, here’s the description to whet your appetite.
AD 2018 Languedoc, south-western France
Madeleine Winters must live in her late mother’s old stone house in south-western France for one hear before she can claim her inheritance – and sell it! Reluctantly leaving her life in England, she begins to renovate the house, to make it more attractive to future buyers. But she’s not prepared for all the discoveries…
Is it her imagination when she hears a woman’s voice? Or when the ground shakes? But then, vineyard owner Léon Cabrol witnesses it too, and the mystery deepens.
Meanwhile, as works on the kitchen start, ancient human bones belonging to a female are found beneath the old floor. How did the woman end up buried, without a sarcophagus and all alone, in that particular spot in the Cabardès hills? And why were her bones broken?
AD 777 Septimania, on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea
16-year-old Nanthild attends Charlemagne’s court with her father, where she is introduced to Bellon of Carcassonne. Unimpressed by the blustering young warrior, she is shocked when Charlemagne and her father arrange their wedding as a gesture of ensuring Bellon’s support in the king’s conquest of the volatile southern region of Septimania.
Despite his Visigoth origins, Bellon is installed as Count of Carcassonne, and he soon has to face repeated challenges to Frankish rule in the area that often keep him away from home – and his family. He leaves his young wife in charge of the small fortified settlement.
Bellon’s absences make it easy for Nanthild to keep her calling as a healer and wise woman – roles now maligned by the Church – from him, and, in disguise and with the help of her trusted companions, she continues to visit those in need of her help.
But one day, she fails to return…
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