Friday, 23 September 2016

Will the real Catherine Lloyd please stand up...

Romance author, Catherine Lloyd shares the same name as mystery author, Catherine Lloyd (Kurland St. Mary Mystery Series) But they are NOT the same person.

By sheer fluke (and prior to the awesomeness that is Google for research) "Catherine Lloyd" chose her pen name to write romances by amalgamating the first names of her two favorite people, never realizing the name was already taken. But as the style, voice and subject matter of the two authors are completely different, it seemed unlikely there would be any confusion.

Until poor Windemere Hall was released. A reader was disappointed to find it was not at all the book she was expecting from Catherine Lloyd, mystery author. If we wanted a traditional British mystery and we got a brooding, dark anti-hero romance, we would be irked too.

(However, we quibble with the reviewer's comment that the heroine, Clara, is a dimwit. Given the status and power of women in the Victorian Age, her choices are not gloriously abundant. She makes the best one she can in her circumstance. How this terrible choice changes her and develops her strengths is the theme of the story. How the villain, Branson, matures into a man she admires is the heart of the story. But we digress...)

The reviews of the trilogy installments (Betrothed, Betrayed, Beguiled) indicate the story is not at fault, only confusion in authorship. Catherine Lloyd regrets the trouble her pen name has caused. For romance readers who crave a darker, suspenseful historical romance (and can comprehend that women were not emancipated from fathers or husbands in 1867) Windemere Hall  will (we hope!) satisfy that craving.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Victorian Villains ... the saga continues!

LOVE LOST ~ Own it for 0.99 or Borrow it through Kindle Unlimited!

The former master of Cliff House, Sir Richard Raine returns, forcing Jenny to choose between Jackson Zephyr and her husband. Richard claims his near death experience changed him and indeed his remorse for his past abuse seems genuine. Jenny Raine is desperate to find happiness at Cliff House and agrees to help confiscate Jackson’s treasure. 

Jackson is not convinced his cousin is a changed man. He accepts the loss of his father’s gold without a fight, but he is less accepting of the loss of Jenny Raine. When Jackson is invited to Cliff House as the guest of Sir Richard and Lady Raine, he seizes the opportunity to steal back the gold when a mysterious locked room in the attic exposes a sinister secret. Before Jackson can act, tragedy strikes, separating the thief from the young bookish woman he realizes he has fallen in love with.
Love Lost is the second episode in The Master of Cliff House Trilogy, launching the third season of Catherine Lloyd’s Victorian Villains Saga. Four villainous fathers drowned at sea curse their four sons with greed, murder, lust and pride. Set in 1867 England, this steamy, suspenseful saga is written in the classic gothic romance tradition of Victoria Holt and Phyllis A. Whitney. The novellas will be released in installments like the “penny dreadful” of the Age. Each episode ends in a cliff-hanger. Love Lost contains scenes, language and themes written for a mature audience.