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                       THE  MONTAILHAC  SERIES

                                    No: 2     Arnaut's story.

          Together with his brave companion Louise, Arnaut embarks on a dangerous quest to thwart two of Napoleon's elite agents.

                                        

                          published January 2017 by Endeavour Press 

 

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                           THE  MONTAILHAC  SERIES

                    No: 1        Selim - Henri's story 

               Ice meets fire in Constantinople,the City of the World's Desire. 

                            Scandalous Lady by [Elliott, Beth]                                       

              published December 2016 by Endeavour Press 

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Composure or Agitation...? 

          

                       

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April and May

    re edited and now available as ebook and paperback from                                                 Endeavour Press

                                       

  Oct 23

Thoroughly enjoyed reading April and May by today. A delightful Regency romance with a vivid and unusual setting.

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  IN ALL HONOUR 

has been re edited

and is now available as an e-book at

www.regencyreads.com

                                           

 

                                            REVIEWS                                                                     

 

Review Article by Richard Blake

April and May
by Beth Elliott
Robert Hale, London, 2010, 224pp (hb)
ISBN: 978 0 7090 9042 7

When I was a boy, the local library refused to give adult tickets to anyone under the age of twelve. My grandmother came to the rescue by lending me hers. In exchange for being able to borrow all the moderately wicked stuff I could lay hands on, I only had to keep her fed with romantic fiction. Being a conscientious boy, I made sure to read everything before borrowing it for her. This gave me a taste for romantic fiction – especially historical romantic fiction – that has never entirely left me.

Therefore, I enjoyed the first chapter of Beth Elliott’s April and May. We are at a ball in London in 1799. Rose Graham is young and silly and in love with dashing Tom Hawkesleigh. He, of course, has designs on her that are not wholly honourable. He takes her into a quiet room and makes an advance she is more than inclined to welcome.

Sadly –

“How dare you conduct yourselves in such a disgusting manner?”

Her sister-in-law Augusta has caught them just in time. Tom is ejected in disgrace. Rose is told she will never see him again:

“After such a disgrace, that is impossible. You cannot be trusted, and he is only a younger son.”

Not a bad opening, and I expected the next chapter to move to Bath, with a foppish Lord or two and a villainous rake. Instead, however, we move straight to 1804, and are in Constantinople. Tom is a senior intelligence officer at the Embassy there. He is deep in negotiations with Kerim Pasha, who wants British help to modernise the Ottoman armed forces. Everything must take place in secret. Though some kind of modernisation is essential if the Empire is not to be pulled apart, the forces of conservatism are strong in Constantinople. Worse, the French still have ambitions in the Near East, and will do anything to stop an agreement with Britain.

Into this comes Rose – now Rose Charteris, but a widow. She had been in Egypt with some relatives, trying to make sense of the hieroglyphs. A bandit raid has left her in urgent need of help. Kerim Pasha takes one look at her, and is very eager to help. Tom is jealous and protective, but uncertain of his own continuing feelings.

From here, we move back to London, where the cast reassembles for what becomes a tight thriller – high politics, deception, attempted abduction, attempted murder. If you want to know more, I suggest you should find out for yourself.

What did I enjoy about this novel? I have mentioned the plot already. But there is also a talent for describing places. My imagination has been filled for over a decade now with Constantinople, and I go to Turkey every year. In the relevant chapters of this book, I could smell the City and feel the warm bath of its climate. London is unexpectedly dark and mysterious. The sub-plot about the Egyptian hieroglyphs is convincing. This is primarily a romantic novel, and, if that is what you like, you will find everything you want. At the same time, it has touches of Patrick O’Brien and a steely quality that should make it of general interest.

My only complaint is that I am not aware of a sequel. The politics alone make the story worth continuing – perhaps a trip to Egypt and a chase by French agents beside the pyramids. Also, if sketchily drawn, some of the characters are worth developing – Lady Westacote, for example. If I found Max a little dull, he would make a good murder victim in the ruins of Ephesus. Even horrid Augusta has potential. She could be abducted in Cairo by Bedouins, and go native in someone’s harem.

And so, my overall judgement is – give us more. A writer’s fictional world is like a child. If you go to the trouble of creating one – and doing it as well as Beth Elliott has done – you are only at the beginning of your duty. The closing kiss should not be the end of this story.

Richard Blake’s new novel Crown of Empire was published in London in April 2016. 

 

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12th February 2016 On Liberta.com Beth writes a love letter to 

 R D Blackmore's Lorna Doone 

Read it by clicking here :  Liberta!  

and then click on LOVE LETTERS 

 

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1st December 2015  Publication of the Large Print edition of

THE WILD CARD 

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Local Author Panel at Reading Main Library

Saturday, 19th September at 2pm

Julie Cohen, Beth Elliott and Jessica Meats talk about

The road from idea to publication  

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Interview with Creative Frontiers 

                                                        Author Interview

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Talk on Writing Historical Novels to Townswomen's Guild

 16th October, Caversham Baptist Church Hall

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Library Talk

8th February at Southcote Library, Reading. 

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Solstice Blog Hop

21st December  

  Steering by the stars.

Beth is one of 31 Historical novelists writing on the topic  

'Casting Light on the Darkness' 

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Blog Tour 

My Writing Process #mywritingprocess  

My writing process

 

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      22nd November 2013 - Guest of author Jane Riddell for a chat about writing. 

http://wwwbloggercom-janelilly.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/interview-with-beth-elliot.html


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     13th August 2013 - MEET THE AUTHOR day at Selsey. 

    A room full of authors, some well-known, others less so but getting there.  A lovely occasion with lots of fun. 

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27th February 2013 - Chat with the author, together with Nicola Cornick

at Lambourn Library.  

This was a brilliant event. We had such a warm reception from the Library staff and local ladies had made cakes and brought in fine china cups for us to have tea.

 

The audience was welcoming and very interested so that we stayed rather longer than originally planned. Nicola gave a stimulating account of the influences that set her writing historical romance. I reminisced on childhood influences that still show in my stories. 

To our delight, the audience then pounced on our books - I so hope they enjoy the ones they chose. 

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 1st July 2012 - Publication of Large Print edition of

THE RAKE'S CHALLENGE

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               31st May 2012 - Publication of Kindle edition of

THE WILD CARD

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10th February 2012 -  Beth talks to Nicki Whiteman on BBC Radio Berkshire  suggesting possibilities for a Romantic day out in Berkshire for Valentine's Day  

10th December 2012 - Beth takes part in

Local Author Day at

         Reading Main Library   10am - 4.30 pm.

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 A Regency Celebration   

 Saturday Oct 8th  --   Royal Overseas League, Park Place, St James's 

If you love Jane Austen, Georgette Heyer or the Regency don't miss this event.

Beth will take part in the panel on "Sense & Sensibility - the things you didn't know." - together with Julie Cohen, Nicola Cornick and Juliet Archer.

                          

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 September 2011 In All Honour - Kindle edition

available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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    21st August 2011 :     Guest blogging with  ARRA -

                  Australian Romance Readers' Association -  

    Click on the link below to read about   Finding Inspiration

                                    http://t.co/VJzvfe4

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     28th July 2011 :  An interview with Margaret Blake for

               The Lark Journals  at : -   

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  10thAugust 2011 : Beth will be at Meet The Author Day at Selsey

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         31st July 2011 : publication of The Rake's Challenge    

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     15th - 17th April, Beth discusses her writing with the group at Kate Allan's course 'Spring into your novel' at Silsoe. Beth explains how she finds characters and starts the invention of a story when these people begin to interact.

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   11th February, Beth chats to Anne Diamond on BBC Radio Berkshire about  "A perfect day out for romantics in Reading"

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    6th February, Beth is a guest, blogging about April and May  at    

     http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2011/02/guest-author-beth-elliott.html

          
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    March, 2011 : April and May is published in Large Print by F A Thorpe 

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  20th August, 2010  Beth took part in Meet The Authors Day   at  Selsey, West Sussex,  2-4 pm.

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              Book Launch for   April  and  May

      

             10th June, 2010 at Caversham Library

                    

Beth Elliott signs a copy of her new story, April and May .

During the event, Beth explained the link between Caversham and Constantinople and asked: Is it coincidence or Kismet ??

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                     REVIEW at Myshelf.com

     

Young widow Rose Charteris had her heart broken by Tom Hawkesleigh five years earlier when she was still a girl.  Now more experienced, she travels with her Egyptologist uncle, aunt and cousin, making a living with her sketches.  When things go wrong and the party end up as guests of a pasha in Constantinople, she comes up against Tom once again.  He is now a secret agent working with the sultan over top-secret plans to reform the Turkish army, and needs a skilled artist to draw the new uniforms.  Unable to do this himself, he must find somebody who can and that seems to be Rose.

I invariably enjoy novels that show life in an unfamiliar place and time, and Constantinople in 1804 is not a setting I have come across before.  Realistically, we only see what Rose and her party sees but it still sets the scene admirably, as does the theme of the craze for Egyptian finds and the facts about Turkey.  The secret work Rose and Tom undertake adds to the plot, as does the description of a London season.  All in all, there is a lot in this novel as well as a romance about two people learning to love one another after a false start. Rachel A Hyde 

 

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      2nd June, from 7pm  Beth was at Reading Central Library, taking part in a Panel of local romance writers, along with Julie Cohen, Janet Gover, Nina Harrington and Tania Crosse. 

Questions discussed included:

-how did we get published,

-how to write a sex scene

-what makes a good story.

             

                                                                                           

     

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            September 2009

         April and May has been accepted for publication and will appear early in 2010. This story begins in Constantinople with a secret mission but the danger follows the chief characters to London. A fast paced plot, an exotic setting, a strong-willed heroine and handsome suitors. Enjoy!

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                                           December  2009

                In All Honour   has been shortlisted for the 

   Red Roses for Authors  Christmas  Award   

The reviewer said: 'This book is a great read, it has many similar qualities to G.Heyer's books. A must for lovers of this genre.

I award this lovely book 5+ Red Roses. AS.' 

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 REVIEW at Myshelf.com  

 Sarah Davenport is very worried.  Since her father died, her brother has gotten in with the wrong set, and gambled away virtually everything they own.  He appears to be in thrall to the sinister Lord Percival, who seems to think that Sarah is his for the taking.  When Sarah’s best friend, Lizzie, invites her to stay with her and her uncle in Bath, Sarah jumps at the chance. But she soon discovers that not only her brother, but Lord Percival as well, are also in town.  Worse still, she has fallen for Greg, a man who seems to be in love with Lizzie, as well as knowing a thing or two to Percival's detriment. 

I often think that there are not enough Regency novels set in Bath, surely one of the main places that come to mind associated with this period.  This book brings the town to life, with a good feel of the place and its pleasures and pastimes.  I also enjoyed the amiable Greg, a pleasant change from the usual dominating alpha male and somebody it would be easy to like as well as be attracted to.  A very enjoyable novel.      Rachel A Hyde        

                    

         In All Honour was published on 31st March.

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Last week [23rd March] I visited Bath with my Turkish cousin. When she suggested taking my photo in the same spot as on the cover of my new story, how could I refuse? No sedan chairs this time, though..

         

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         The Wild Card has been shortlisted for

The RNA Romance Prize 2009.

 

 REVIEW at Myshelf.com

 

 Kitty Towers enjoys helping her father the vicar with his good works, and regards a London Season as being rather decadent and superfluous. She has made up her mind that her life will be too full with helping the needy to allow room for a husband and children. But her family is not well off and there are several other daughters to provide for, so she is packed off to stay with her aunt, Lady Picton, in London, along with her beautiful and sweet friend, Amelia. En route they meet dashing Theo Weston, back from the wars and wounded, but surely he is too boorish to make a suitable mate?

Ms Elliott has written a sparkling romance showing how those not in the first ranks of society enjoy their Season, along with other London pleasures. As well as romance there is a frisson of danger involving secret papers and the Peninsula War, putting the hero and heroine in some danger. This is perhaps a quintessential Regency, with a look at London society, shopping for ball gowns and Horrid novels, rakish young men and romantic balls. Dive in and enjoy, the sort of book that reminds me why I like reading this sort of thing so much.  Rachel A Hyde

 

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                   The RNA Awards Luncheon,  Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington

                     on the snowiest day of the year, 10th February, 2009 

                

 Four of the six finalists for the Romance Prize 2009

 L - R - Beth,  Fiona,  Kate,  Jessica.

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