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Queen of the North

Some exciting news for  2019.

My new novel Queen of the North will be released in paperback and ebook on 18th April 2019.

Sumptuous and evocative historical fiction from the Sunday Times Bestselling Author

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A year of great upheaval in England.

England’s crown is under threat.

King Richard II’s hold on power is undermined when exiled Henry, Duke of Lancaster, returns to reclaim his inheritance and ultimately the throne.

For Elizabeth Mortimer, one of the powerful Mortimer family of the Welsh Marches, the succession is clouded with doubt.  With King Richard dead in Pontefract Castle, there is only one rightful King by the law of inheritance – her eight-year-old nephew Edmund, Earl of March.

But many, including Elizabeth’s husband, the mercurial Sir Henry Percy known as Hotspur, heir to the Earl of Northumberland, do not want another child-King.

Questioning her loyalty to the new King Henry IV, Elizabeth places herself in conflict with Hotspur and the powerful Percy family.  But to concede to Henry’s claim to the throne challenges all her Mortimer principles.

Will Elizabeth be prepared to pay the cost of personal and family ambition?

This is one woman’s quest to turn history on its head. 

A tale of love and loyalty, of tragedy and betrayal.  And of love.  A story of the battle for power in the north and in the Welsh Marches.  A story of great achievement and the doom of inevitable failure.

What a marvellous tale it has been for me to write.  The story of Elizabeth Mortimer and her husband Sir Henry (Hotspur) Percy.

Available for pre-order here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Queen-North-sumptuous-historical-bestselling/dp/0008225435/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

 

I love the cover!

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An Evening with Queen of the North in Ross on Wye

An Upcoming Event in May

To mark the publication in paperback in April, I will be speaking about Queen of the North and signing books at Rossiter Books in Ross on Wye at 7.00 pm on Thursday 16th May. 

Thank you so much to our valuable Indi Bookshops for hosting the evening.

Here is the link for tickets for the event:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/631573

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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Celebrating the Launch of the Pembridge Map

The famous Black and White Village of Pembridge in Herefordshire is launching an embroidered ‘Pembridge Map’ on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend which will be displayed in the beautiful church.

I will be talking about my book Queen of the North and the Mortimer family (strong links with Pembridge!) at 11.am in the Church at Pembridge on Monday 27th May.

It is free to all.  Do come and join us for a splendid community and Mortimer event.

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New for 2019: A Tapestry of Treason

A Tapestry of Treason

Excitingly New for 2019

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Her actions could make history – but at what price?

1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York.

Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her  aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV.  Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant?

Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her.  Even when it endangers her new-found happiness.

With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men.

 

A Tapestry of Treason will be available in hardback and ebook on 22nd August 2019.

Pre-order now!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tapestry-Treason-Anne-OBrien/dp/000822546X/ref=bmx_5/258-5141106-2259063?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=000822546X&pd_rd_r=919eced5-3f53-11e9-8014-95dfc10cc171&pd_rd_w=yd5Y8&pd_rd_wg=EL8dN&pf_rd_p=5d7b9189-b370-484e-9eda-b770f44ef01a&pf_rd_r=XMTBR2D8DDRDBYYPA7ZY&psc=1&refRID=XMTBR2D8DDRDBYYPA7ZY