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About Nancy Jardine
Memberships: Historical Novel Society, Romantic Novelists' Association, Scottish Association of Writers, ALLI, Federation of Writers (Scotland)
UK Writing Awards placements: The People's Book Prize; Scottish Association of Writers B. Hammond Prize; Discovering Diamonds Reviews; Chill With a Book Reviews; B.R.A.G Medallion;
Gives local author presentations on her novels/ Roman Scotland
Contacts: http://nancyjardineauthor.com ; http://nancyjardine.blogspot.com ; http://on.fb.me/1hLgWT7
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5139590.Nancy_Jardine ; @nansjar
TOPAZ EYES "This is a stunning read, which absorbed my attention from the beginning." Author Jane Bwye
#1 THE BELTANE CHOICE " is one of the most convincing evocations of Celtic Britain that I have ever come across, and the central romance stands out against that background with great passion and immediacy." Simon Stirling, The Review Group.
THE TAEXALI GAME "This combination of fantasy and history, linked by an interactive computer game, is sure to appeal to a wide audience....the writer skilfully creates a most believable world." Adjudicator for The Scottish Association of Writers 'Best Self Published Book' competition.
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“I'm breathless at the pace, originality and wealth of detail - and in awe at the amount of research the author has undertaken. A fast-moving story full of energy and excitement.”
An impossible quest. A heartless bargain. A ruthless occupation.
AD 71 Is anything fair in war...and love?
Nara finds herself cast out from her priestess home and now must face a totally different lifestyle. For her future to be successful, she seeks a very special warrior. The Rites of the Beltane Festival are fast approaching but when a calamity happens, her hunt seems impossible.
Lorcan – a Brigante enemy – captures Nara. He plans to use her as bargain with her Selgovae tribe when unity of the northern tribes is needed to face the invading legions of Rome. Nara’s father agrees to the arrangement but sets absurd conditions. When battle at Whorl against the Romans looms…
Will Nara have her Beltane choice?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan begin…
“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”
Admirers of the tales of Rosemary Sutcliffe, Susan King and Michelle Willingham will love The Beltane Choice. Engross yourself in a less well-known historical era, and experience the adventures of other Garrigill warriors in the Celtic Fervour Series.
"A velvety trip packed full of history, mystery and suspense. Nancy Jardine writes fluidly and skillfully to create a very unique novel that holds the attention until the very last page..."
A frantic search for priceless jewels. Greed beyond reason. Shadowy characters, hired gunmen and treacherous villains abound.
A weird invitation to Germany involves Keira Drummond in an international hunt for a collection of extraordinary jewellery, originally owned by a Mughal Emperor. The last known owner was a Dutch family in 1910, but who can Keira rely on, since distrust is rampant among the living relatives that she meets?
Teun Zeger hasn’t met any of his third-cousins before his equally cryptic invitation to Heidelberg, and isn’t sure he’ll ever like them. Keira, is an altogether different matter, and she’s not his relative!
Who is the deadliest cousin, determined enough to hire thugs to tail Keira and Teun when they pair up to unearth the jewellery? And who has the ultimate mystery item that’s even more precious than the Mughal jewels?
Greed, suspicion and murder are balanced by growing family loyalty, trust and love.“
“…story telling is enticing, exciting, and sensual as well as skillful as she weaves a plot of intrigue across Europe.”
"This is a skilfully paced and plotted novel, in which the various story-lines only come together at the very end.”
This book will appeal to readers of Romantic Suspense who enjoy intrigue, a complex plot with appealing well-drawn characters, set in fantastically portrayed world-wide locations. And if the reader is interested in Ancestry, and Gemology, it will delight even more so!
“Steeped in history, with rich description, this book is a fun, romantic read that will leave you intrigued till the very end.” Lizzie Koch, Author
Bizarre inheritance conditions. Ancestral enigmas. Heartrending choices.
When Luke Salieri inherits a dilapidated estate in Yorkshire, England, from an old woman he's never heard of, it’s a mystery he wants resolved immediately. But there’s more than one catch. The rules of inheritance are downright Dickensian – a bind he doesn’t want – yet how can he walk away and let the house rot? He needs the help of a very special woman though exactly how far will he need to go to persuade her?
Rhia Ashton wants the job of researching Greywood Hall and all of its fantastic contents, but can she live with gorgeous Luke Salieri for a whole year and retain her sanity? Rhia has her own ideas about what will make it worth her while to bargain with Luke.
How long can a year be…since neither expect more than friendly relations!
“A wonderful story packed with intrigue and romantic tension. I was immediately drawn to the mystery surrounding the house and its tangled secrets and enjoyed the way they were revealed.”
Readers who are ancestry enthusiasts, or those who enjoy a good dash of history in a contemporary novel, will love the Georgette Heyer ‘feel’ of Monogamy Twist.
Journey through time…
…with our collection of short stories and character interviews for readers who enjoy discovering the past through fiction.
Follow us from Roman times across the Dark and Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, and up to the present day. Your voyage through history takes you from Scotland to England, and across the seas to France, Corsica and Italy.
You’ll meet an array of remarkable men and women from servants to monarchs, soldiers to rebels. Witness their hopes, fears, joys and setbacks in often perilous or mysterious situations.
Step with us through Doorways to the Past and be transported back in time!
“A very talented group of authors,” Shani Struthers, author of the Psychic Surveys series.
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Foreword by Yvonne Marjot
"…With beautiful description, it feels like you're travelling the globe with handsome Nairn and feisty, capable Aela, and the sub plot of sabotage, will keep you reading till the end."
Conclusions jumped at too soon. Sabotage and attempted murder? Hilarious predicaments.
Patience isn’t Nairn Malcolm’s strong point when someone sabotages his business. It gets much worse when he, too, is under attack. He needs someone who can transport him from his Scottish island castle base to destinations across the globe and also help him keep his business interests running smoothly. Who could be all that, and available to him 24/7?
Aela Cameron’s skills are perfect for Nairn’s current predicament. Transporting him across the globe is a pushover. Dangerous situations don’t faze her, in fact they make her more determined to solve the mystery of Nairn’s saboteur. She’s not into passing flings – yet how can she resist her new boss as time runs out on her temporary contract?
Is Nairn seeking the impossible? Can Aela find a compromise?
“Take Me Now is a fun contemporary romance set in Scotland, a swift-paced story with humorous moments that will leave the reader laughing and sighing.”
Take Me Now would be perfect for someone who likes a story that’s humorous, swift-paced and entertaining, and a deliciously fun read.
“The Taexali Game takes the idea of Time Travel and sets it in a computer game thereby making the concept wholly believable. I thoroughly bought into the idea”.
Ancient Caledonia in AD 201 is awesome! Life is expendable. Survival is not guaranteed.
When the Rubidium Time-Leap flips Aran and his two best friends back to AD 210, the reality is incredible. Their task list includes solving a local mystery but, when Roman Emperor Severus and his legions heap death and destruction on the local tribes, it’s horrifying.
Giving help to Celts and Romans alike becomes a lethal assignment—some local chiefs are as foul as Severus and his beastly son Caracalla. Dicing with death becomes the norm for the time travellers.
Will Aran complete the mission and return home unharmed?
“If you’re looking for a novel with a difference, that combines time travel with 'computer generated' game play and 'real life' action, that educates as it entertains… you may well have found it.”
The Taexali Game will appeal to readers from early teens onwards who are interested in adventure fiction set in Roman Britain.
“…the author brings the culture and society of Celtic Britain vividly to life - and in this book there is also an intriguing contrast with the ordered, militaristic lifestyle of the occupying Romans.”
An altered survivor. An enterprising young woman. A ruthless abduction.
AD 73 Hope…and loss
Seriously injured at Whorl, Brennus goes from surviving to thriving the trauma of battle. Taking on a new identity – Bran – he vows to disrupt the Roman conquest of his Brigante territory. Though how can he do this when he is forced to labour for the Roman Ninth Legion?
Ineda helps Bran adjust to his new role. The pair trade with the detested Romans, a fantastic cover for their spying activities. She’s a determined young woman, but making Bran accept her as a lover is the hardest thing she has ever attempted. All seems well till they are attacked by a Roman patrol. Afterwards Ineda cannot be found, the chains of Roman slavery binding her to the Roman tribune named Valerius.
Distraught with Ineda’s loss, can Bran find a new occupation?
The adventures of Bran, Ineda and the Garrigill Clan continue…
"The narrative is bursting with facts and the author's attention to detail is admirable. All this, wrapped around an intriguing narrative with fascinating characters."
Readers who love epic historical tales, set in a spellbindingly turbulent era, will enjoy this first part of the adventures of Bran and Ineda.
“…if the Celts are to achieve freedom from oppression, the rape of their lands, the slaughter of their people and hold fast to the dream of one day setting the might of the Roman Army to flight, they must stand and fight!” Francine Howarth - Historical Author & Reviewer
An arduous trek to barbarian territory. Poignant loss. Devastating battlegrounds.
AD 79 The punitive chaos begins…
Bran monitors Roman legion activity, across his home territory, till General Agricola orders complete conquest of the barbarians of the far north of Britannia. Determined to stop the Roman invasions, Bran sets forth to find the Caledonian chief who will lead all of the northern tribes in battle against the Roman Empire. Danger sits on his shoulder, yet he manages to keep one step ahead of General Agricola.
Ineda journeys to Caledonia with her master, Tribune Valerius, a supplies officer for General Agricola’s Caledonian campaign. At Pinnata Castra Fortress disaster strikes! Determined to have a future free of slavery, Ineda escapes and joins fellow rebels who congregate in the far north.
The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledonian Allies clash in battle… but where are Brennus and Ineda?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
“It is a story of survival and determination and hope. Of enduring brutality and absorbing kindness. To say more will reveal spoilers, but the entire series is set firmly among the very best of early Romano British novels.” ‘Discovered Diamond’- Helen Hollick, Discovering Diamonds Reviews.
Readers of historical fiction who relish an extended family saga will enjoy the exhilarating adventures of the Garrigill Clan
“Beathan is a strong personality in this tale. Defiant and proud, he must learn to curb his defiance in order to survive. But while outwardly he is subservient, inside, his anger is seething, and the flame of his vengeance burns.” A Discovering Diamond - Discovering Diamond Reviews.
Chains that bind. Astonishing loyalties. Revenge is sweet.
AD 89 Roman Empire. Payback takes time but it is… so rewarding.
Young Beathan of Garrigill is held hostage by General Agricola and dragged in chains all the way to Rome. However, Rome is not Beathan’s destiny. Regrettably, escape from Rome does not mean a lifetime of liberty when he returns to Britannia. Imprisoned yet again, how can he and his fellow captives gain freedom to wreak vengeance on their Roman legion enemies?
Torrin is a strong-minded young warrior-woman who is forging her own future, her aim being to destroy the Roman usurpers who control her home territory. She willingly takes care of Beathan in a time of need, but what of the future?
Agricola's career is in tatters. Attempts on his life are plentiful, having lost favour with his emperor. His gods have abandoned him, yet he finds assistance comes from a surprising source.
Will Beathan gain his freedom to return to his kin in Caledonia? Will Torrin be by his side? And how can Agricola survive without the emperor's benevolence?
The tales of the Garrigill Brigantes continue…
“This is the 5th book in the Celtic Fervour Series by Nancy Jardine. I have read all 5 books and can highly recommend them for the story telling of a period of history that has been over looked by many authors.”
Beathan The Brigante, and the complete Celtic Fervour Series, will appeal to readers who enjoy historical adventure fiction set during the 1st Century Invasion of Roman Britain.
"A great read that's loaded with carefully researched detail, placing the reader at the northern most extreme of Roman Britannia in the first century."
A hollow triumph. A fruitless search. Complete fulfilment is too elusive.
AD 84 Caledonia. Seeking the spoils of war…
Enya searches for the young Garrigill warriors not seen since the battle between the Caledonian Allies and the mighty legions of Rome. Should Enya choose the trail that might lead northwards to her brother? Or should she seek definite proof that her cousin has been taken captive by the Romans?
Nith goes with Enya on her perilous mission. Along the way, what has always been a foster-brother concern turns to feelings much more profound, but does she love him…or another warrior?
General Agricola’s burning desire for a successful Roman Empire Invasion means conquering the whole island of Britannia. However, the valuable spoils of war, and a healthy slave count, are hard to come by. A deeply superstitious man, Agricola believes his goddess Fortuna has abandoned him –his emperor likewise.
Who gains success and satisfaction? Is it Agricola…or Enya and Nith?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
“I love being back with these guys, and we get to see a glimpse of the original characters in this, but the focus is on Enya this time and on her search.” Curled Up With A Good Book - Blogger Reviewer
Readers who love adventure fiction about occupying Roman Empire invaders will enjoy Agricola’s Bane.
You will find twenty tantalising tasters from Crooked Cats from the UK and the US, all keen to showcase their writing skills with glimpses into their existing releases, or with something new altogether.
Twenty stories of historical and contemporary fiction, crime and drama, fantasy, humour and ghostly shenanigans. Murder. Love. Adventure. Gossip. Growing up. Scheming. Friendship – Crooked Cats’ Tales has it all!
Crooked Cat authors and their contributions:
Cocktail Hour by Pamela Kelt
A Rescue in Graphite by Maggie Secara
Once Again by KB Walker
The Pied Piper of Larus by Kathy Sharp
Her Visitors by Ailsa Abraham
White Rose by Carol Hedges
A Bright New Copper by Catriona King
Altared by Adele Elliott
Misgivings by Nancy Jardine
Saturday Fever by Sue Barnard
The Wanderer by T.E. Taylor
Sheffield Steel by Trevor Ripley
The Blue House by Carol Maginn
Processionary Penitents by Nik Morton
The Second Summer of Love by Michela O’Brien Young Loves by Jeff Gardiner
Cradle of Man by J.L. Bwye
Silken Knots by Frances di Plino
The Thread that Binds by Mark Patton
Boo! by David W Robinson