Berkley – December 2007
Caught by the Tides – in BEYOND THE DARK
Exhausted after more than a decade of bloody war, England and Napoleon signed a peace treaty two years ago. England paid off her army and navy and set about healing her people.
Napoleon consolidated Europe under his rule and rearmed. Now he stands less than twenty-five miles from England’s coast with the greatest army Europe has ever seen, determined to conquer the only country that’s refused to bow before him.
England is defended only by a handful of troops, the few ships left in the Royal Navy – and the King’s Mages.
Owen Bentham, a King’s Mage, carries a message Napoleon will do anything to stop from reaching London. A howling gale washes him ashore on the Cornish coast, more dead than alive, where he’s rescued by Emma Sinclair, a naval officer’s widow. But the same treasonous mage who wrecked Owen’s boat has trapped Owen and Emma on her estate, unable to deliver the message or even call for help.
To break free, Emma must give more than her heart to this chance-met stranger – or England itself may fall…
Beyond the Dark won the 2008 RBL Romantica Hughie for Best Anthology
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