NEWS FROM BEVERLEY
Thank you for stopping by. I write under two names and am the author of 19 historical romances laced with mystery and suspense.
Later this year, Diamond Mountain will be released, a sweeping Africa-set romantic adventure featuring a bush pilot navigating dangerous terrain, diamonds and medicine murder. The story owes much to the experiences of my father who was a District Commissioner in the remote mountain region of Mokhotlong, in land-locked Lesotho during the 1950s and 60s.
For wicked historicals dripping with intrigue, mystery and suspense, my Beverley Oakley novels feature debutantes, widows and the occasional courtesan navigating an often perilous social system in Georgian, Regency and Victorian England.
If you love historical romance and loved the 1980s soap opera Dynasty, my Daughters of Sin series is a fun, Regency-era take-off, where scheming, nobly-born debutantes compete with their illegitimate half-sisters for love and gilt-edged marriages as they seek a dangerous, handsome, villain.
Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
This is the first contemporary I’ve written in a while and I had a lot of fun drawing on my own past.
Okavango Angel – one of nine novellas in the Romancing the Holidays anthology – features an African Wild Dog pack and an Aussie girl falling in love with a game ranger in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.
As I’m the fourth generation of my family to have lived in the Okavango (and fallen in love there), I thought I’d recreate my experience of managing a luxury safari camp in the 1990s and throw in all the romance and Christmas spirit that I remember. (Just note that while I married the handsome Norwegian bush pilot, my heroine marries the handsome South African game ranger.)
I’ve also posted some real-life photos of my experiences – and those of my dad and grandpa in Colonial Africa – on my Beverley Eikli Author FB page.
Wild dogs causing havoc in a luxury safari camp during Christmas? Actually, these amazing animals did rush through camp, upsetting a director’s chair on the verandah of Mombo, the Okavango Delta lodge where I worked in the early 1990s.
So, I made it a pivotal incident in my Christmas-themed novella, Okavango Angel, part of a box set that’s available now.
Coincidentally, on the very same day as my Africa-set release under my Beverley Eikli name, I released a very different story under my other writing name.
Marquesses and princes of the realm frequent Madame Chambon’s high-class salon when they’re on the hunt for wit, beauty and intelligence.
But the girls who’ve been groomed by the ruthless brothel owner have a very different story from the one they invariably impart to their new admirer.
In Forsaking Hope, Book 2 in my Fair Cyprians of London series, my heroine, Hope Merriweather, has been thrown to the wolves by two people she thought she could trust.
It’s a book about second chances and redemption as, reinvented, Hope finds that salvation can come from unexpected quarters.
Forsaking Hope is based on one of the case studies of nineteenth-century journalist Henry Mayhew in his groundbreaking social document London’s Underworld. You can read the first chapter here.
The Accidental Elopement
If you’ve read and enjoyed Devil’s Run (Book 3 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series) you might want to know what happens to Katherine and Jack when they grow up.
The Accidental Elopement, while it includes characters like the matchmaking sisters, Fanny and Antoinette, can nevertheless be read as a standalone.
Book 1: Rake’s Honour
Book 2: Rogue’s Kiss
Book 3: Devil’s Run
What readers are saying about Devil’s Run and other books in the series:
“Very intriguing Austen esque novel with well developed characters and story line. The best historical romance novel I’ve read in a while.” ~ Amazon Reader about Devil’s Run
“A fast paced story, filled with humour, sexual attraction, love and desperation. The first in a series of novels set in a time when chastity and honour were everything.” ~ Amazon Reader about Rake’s Honour
“A sweet story full of misunderstandings and humor.” ~ Amazon Reader about Rogue’s Kiss
You can read a couple of excerpts here.
Scandalous Miss Brightwells Box Set
If you enjoyed Rake’s Honour, Rogue’s Kiss or Devil’s Run, you can now get all three matchmaking stories featuring the Scandalous Brightwell sisters – Fanny and Antoinette (plus their bumbling brother) in one bargain box set.
Available at all retailers here:
THREE DARING CHARADES IN THE PURSUIT OF LOVE
Now available in KU
Here’s Scandalous, a box set of my first three standalone novels, published originally by Robert Hale but now given a twist with new titles, prologues, epilogues and, generally, a complete overhaul. (I guess that’s the advantage of having five years of reader reviews to mull over.)
A spoiled heiress masquerading as a shipwrecked governess, a widow with a tarnished reputation seeking her lost son, and a debutante pretending to be married… These very different Regency heroines dare everything for love!
LADY SARAH’S REDEMPTION
A spoiled heiress who assumes the identity of a shipwrecked governess falls in love with her employer who has dark secrets of his own.
LADY OLIVIA’S BUTTERFLY
A beautiful widow whose reputation has been wrongly tarnished embarks upon a dangerous charade to reclaim her child, burdened by a terrible secret that threatens the future of the man with whom she accidentally falls in love.
LADY ROSE’S SECRET
A determined miss who pretends to be married in order to save the family plantation is framed by a jealous adversary for a series of diamond thefts. Now she must convince the handsome rake who believes she tricked him into marriage that she is innocent.
The Duchess and the Highwayman
And finally, The Duchess and the Highwayman is now available on Kindle Unlimited here.
A duchess disguised as a lady’s maid; a gentleman parading as a highwayman.
She’s on the run from a murderer, he’s in pursuit of one…
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