Thursday, 19 March 2020

The Warrior's Princess Prize

The final novel in the Princesses of the Alhambra trilogy will be published in 2020. For further details, please check your bookshop or visit my new web/blogsite:

Friday, 15 November 2019

The Princess's Secret Longing

The second book in the Princesses of the Alhambra mini-series is now published.

Cover blurb:

‘I would like a child…
Will you agree to father it?’
Princess Alba longs for a life away from her tyrannical Sultan father. She craves a happy family life of her own, away from the palace walls she’s been imprisoned in all her life. So when honourable Lord Inigo comes to her rescue she’s spellbound! The Spanish knight is betrothed to another, but could he be her only hope of realising her dream?

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Seville Research Pics: Towers, Palace and Gardens

Moorish Tower of Gold built by the riverbank to defend the city

Torre del Oro from another angle

Waiting to enter the Royal Alcazar

A garden in the Real Alcazar

Facade of King Don Pedro's Palace

Patio de las Doncellas

Patio de las Doncellas

Horseshoe arches in the Ambassadors' Hall

To the Palace Gardens...

Baths in the Real Alcazar

The gardens from one of the high terraces

The gardens viewed from a terrace

Terrace overlooking the gardens

La Giralda (Cathedral belltower). Originally, this was
a minaret on an 11th century Mosque.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

The Knight's Forbidden Princess

The first in a trilogy of medieval romances entitled Princesses of the Alhambra. They are set in medieval Spain at the end of the fourteenth century. These stories were inspired by a folk tale as told by Washington Irving in his Tales of the Alhambra.

The Knight's Forbidden Princess was published in 2018. Below is the US Cover.

Cover blurb:
A princess captive in the tower…
A Spanish knight who can set her free!
In this Princesses of the Alhambra story meet Princess Leonor, who can’t escape her tyrannical Sultan father. For Spanish knight Count Rodrigo her innocence and her beauty tug at his sense of honour. He will lay down his life to protect her…but the risks are great: she is the daughter of his sworn enemy!

Text copyright © 2018 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2018 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

The Alcazar in Seville
Bathing pool in the Seville Alcazar
Beautiful pillars and lacy plasterwork - the Alhambra

The Court of Lions - the Alhambra Palace

Alhambra Palace

A view to the gardens
Cathedral in Cordoba

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Mistaken for a Lady

The fifth novel in the Knights of Champagne mini-series is coming out in October 2016. It tells the story of Francesca, who was first introduced in the second of the novels. Francesca is married to Tristan le Beau, count of the isles, and their marriage is in deep trouble.

Here is the cover blurb:

Wearing his ring again… 
When a shocking revelation reveals Francesca's illegitimacy, she worries for her marriage to Tristan, Comte des Iles. Her heart in tatters, she awaits her husband's return… Will he request an annulment or give their union a second chance? 
Duty has kept Tristan from his beautiful wife's side for far too long, but the memory of her touch is seared into his soul. Now, with malevolent forces working against them, it's more important than ever for Tristan to show Francesca that he'll never let her go!

Text copyright © 2016 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2016 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

This link takes you to a piece on Bookish Jottings about the series. 

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Lady Rowena's Ruin

The fourth book in the Knights of Champagne mini-series set in Twelfth century France will be published in December 2015. 

Here is the cover blurb:

Stolen from the convent!

Kidnapped by a masked horseman, Lady Rowena despairs. Her cloistered convent life is in tatters, her reputation surely ruined. Until she discovers her abductor is her father's favoured knight…

Loyal, honourable Sir Eric of Monfort has done as Rowena's father commanded. And though his body might crave her, he will not bed an innocent maiden. But as danger circles, there is only one way for Eric to protect Rowena—by making her his lady in every sense!

Some of the scenes in Lady Rowena's Ruin  take place at Christmas time. Below are some examples of what medieval Christmas decorations might have looked like. I took the photos at Cotehele in Cornwall. The wonderful swag below is made from thousands of dried flowers. Holly and ivy were more traditional materials. Usually the foliage would not be brought into the hall until Christmas Eve, along with the Yule Log. 

 (My Almanack of Folklore tells me that traditionally, the Yule Log shouldn't be bought, it should be found or given and it would be lit at dusk on Christmas Eve and kept burning throughout the Twelve Days of Christmas. It shouldn't go out! And a piece of the burnt log should be saved at the end of the season to help light next year's Yule Log.)

Garland of Dried Flowers

Shield decorated with beech leaves

When Rowena visits Paris she stays near Notre Dame

Text copyright © 2015 by Carol Townend
Cover Art Copyright  © 2015 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

RoNA Rose Shortlist 2015!

The Romantic Novelists' Association have just announced the 2015 shortlist for category or series and shorter romance - novels that focus on the developing love affair between the hero and heroine.
Here it is: 

Louise Allen, Scandal’s Virgin, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Caroline Anderson, Risk of a Lifetime, Mills & Boon Medical Romance
Fiona Harper, Taming Her Italian Boss, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish
Margaret McPhee, The Gentleman Rogue, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Carol Townend, Unveiling Lady Clare, Harlequin Mills & Boon Historical
Scarlet Wilson, The Heir of the Castle, Harlequin Romance/Mills & Boon Cherish

Congratulations to everyone on the list. It's fabulous to see Unveiling Lady Clare there too!

Here's a link to the page on the RNA website where you can see all the shortlisted books and their covers: Full RNA Shortlist

Mills & Boon have brought out an eBook containing all the shortlisted titles. Here's the cover pic:

Here we are posing for our picture before the awards ceremony...

And the winner is:

Louise Allen, for Scandal's Virgin.

Congratulations, Louise!