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Vonnie is a New Zealander living in Australia. She writes Regencies that all contain mysteries of some sort, and contemporary suspense novels.
In 2010 Robert Hale Ltd published her Regency called COMING HOME about a soldier and a nurse, thrown together during the Napoleonic wars who find more danger on their return to England than they ever did on the Iberian Peninsula. This book was available as an e-book from 2012.
Also in 2012 The Wild Rose Press published in both paperback and e-book form, her romantic suspense LETHAL REFUGE, set in New Zealand. An independent, mistrusting woman witnesses a murder and is thrown into the witness protection program. There she meets a police psychologist who demands trust so he can help people get on with their new lives. Fur flies as they are stalked by the killer who seems to be connected to the relocation team.
In December 2011 Musa published Vonnie's Regency called THE SECOND SON. In THE SECOND SON, through the death of his brother a man stands to inherit a marquessate. Struggling to come to terms with unpalatable truths about himself, he receives help from an unlikely quarter. A young lady with no claim to aspirations convinces him to let go of his guilt. She also teaches him that he is worthy of his new role. The Second Son is available as an e-book.
At the beginning of 2012 Musa published another Regency, MR. MONFORT'S MARRIAGE. Matthew Monfort is a competent, wealthy businessman who is inveigled into marrying an earl's daughter. He loathes the ton and with good reason. However Verity shows him that not all members of the ton are idle layabouts and that he can do much good with his largesse and with--shock, horror--the unexpected title conferred on him by Prinny. Gradually Matthew comes to realize that with wealth and honours comes responsibility and that titles can be more of a curse than a blessing. Mr. Monfort's Marriage is available as an e-book.
In November 2012, Musa Publishing produced another Regency of Vonnie's called Captive. This is a novella where a young woman discovers that the man of her heart is her estranged mother's lover.
Recently, (mid 2014),a trilogy of novellas was produced by Musa Publishing. They are about two sisters who become involved in solving mysteries and puzzles within the milieu of the ton and middle class. Their titles are A Tale of Two Sisters, A Surfeit of Suitors and Sisters in Jeopardy.
On December 2, 2014 The Wild Rose Press will publish in both paperback and e-book, one of Vonnie's suspense novels titled Innocent Hostage. A member of one of New Zealand's Armed Offenders' Squad discovers that his ex-wife has been hiding a multitude of vicious secrets and that his life will never be the same again.
Presently Vonnie is working on three books: one a straight historical, another Regency and an almost-complete romantic suspense set in Maine.
This is a terrific read where the heroine is strong enough to face dangers, within the parameters of Regency, and win. The heroine has a troubled past due to a vicious rape and the hero has been accused of being a rapist. This is a strong conflict which kept me reading to the end so I could see how the hero cleared his name. Vonnie Hughes has a beautiful writing style well suited to this genre. I well recommend this as a good read. Cathleen
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How does a woman who is recovering from a brutal rape reconcile her attraction for a man who has shown her only kindness and protection - but who is also (wrongly) accused of rape? There is great conflict underpinning this passionate, heartwarming and at times poignant story. I shed tears and I smiled as I devoured this page-turner. Juliana is an admirable heroine and I just loved Colwyn, the hero.You certainly won't be disappointed by the ending.
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