Turnabout

Bayeux Tapestry, Normans raising mast, loading horses.

Nothing is Fair in Love and War

ALARIC THE NORMAN OF EWYAS and GENEVIEVE ELYSIA (ELISE) DE FONTENAY are unknowingly entwined in an international plot to remove William the Conqueror from the English throne. Forced into marriage, tangled in betrayal and passion, they must thwart enemies coalescing to destroy them.

TURNABOUT conveys how my characters find the world they inhabit. Nearly everything they believe to be true comes into question, and nothing is “fair” in love or war, especially when life or death is at stake.

Knight’s Pawn

A knight on the rise. A countess descending.
A conquest threatened by both.

Alaric the Norman of Ewyas, joins William of Normandy against the wishes of his family, who are oath-bound to Harold of Wessex. Genevieve Elysia (Elise) de Fontenay, a Norman countess, is given to Alaric in marriage, a forfeit paid by her uncle for murdering Alaric’s family. 

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Normans building Hastings Castle, embroidery on linen, Bayeux Tapestry, 11th century.

The Alabaster Rook (II)

1068

​William the Conqueror’s kingdom is seething with unrest. Alaric the Norman of Ewyas, attempts to counter the unnecessary violence of the Norman occupation. Alaric’s formidable wife, Genevieve Elysia (Elise) de Fontenay, is related to the Conqueror’s numerous enemies. Imprisoned at Tutbury Castle, she flourishes, despite the intrusion of an overly attentive priest and her husband’s vindictive mistress.

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Horses and men falling at the Battle of Hastings, embroidery on linen, Bayeux Tapestry, 11th century.

The Fool’s Mate (III)

1069

Rebellion has spread throughout England. The people of Northumbria have massacred thousands of Norman soldiers. English and Welsh are raiding on the western border. Danish Vikings patrol the coasts. The Norman bastard, King William of England, under siege, sees treason everywhere. Alaric of Ewyas, a Norman born in England with known Saxon sympathies, and his wife, Genevieve de Fontenay, the niece of William’s back-stabbing enemy, are likely suspects.

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Harold of Wessex newly crowned by Archbishop Stigand, embroidery on linen, Bayeux Tapestry, 11th century.

Bishop’s Crest (IV)

1070

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