Joanna Fulford lives in Chesterfield on the edge of the Peak District. However, she grew up in rural Bedfordshire where she enjoyed a degree of freedom rarely afforded to kids today. Her two great passions were horses and writing. Riding developed her love of and respect for the countryside—though it was sometimes seen at much closer quarters than anticipated—and writing allowed exploration of the inner landscape. She worked a variety of part-time jobs included onion picking, shop work, pub cooking, cleaning in a retirement home and mucking out and cleaning tack at the local stables to earn rides. The horses were great educators and taught her patience, independence and responsibility. They even helped with revisions for O-level literature. In the end they knew more poetry than most and probably all of Henry V.
Educated at Pilgrim Grammar School in Bedford, Joanna went on to train as a teacher. Having gained her qualification from Keswick Hall College in Norfolk, she felt in need of a really big adventure and applied to do voluntary service overseas. To her delight and everyone else's consternation she was sent to Sierra Leone, where she taught for two years. Contrary to numerous predictions of doom she had the time of her life. The experience was rewarding on many levels, not least for friendships, memories and adventures. These included everything from panning (unsuccessfully) for alluvial diamonds to canoeing in a crocodile-infested river, a close encounter with a cobra and being bitten by a mad dog. On her return to England she worked briefly as a filing clerk at Bedfordshire Police Headquarters before taking up a teaching post in Birmingham. After two years she decided that life was too short to spend in Balsall Heath and went to Bermuda instead, suspecting it would be a lot better. It was. Itchy foot syndrome struck again, though, and there followed teaching jobs in England and Madrid as well as extensive travels in Europe, North America, Africa and the Far East.
In the interim she completed an honors degree in literature and history with the Open University. While in Madrid she became the first European student in the OU master's course. By juggling study with full-time work she successfully completed the MA two years later, after which she was invited to join the OU team as a part-time lecturer. It was a role she found stimulating in every way. Later she became a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and, more recently, a member of the Society of Authors.
Although she enjoyed teaching, she found writing a growing compulsion and left education to pursue it full-time. Her nonfiction pieces have appeared in various publications including Writers' News, Writing Magazine and Reflections, a Derbyshire lifestyle magazine to which she is a regular contributor. She also won a Writing Magazine book prize with a piece of short fiction, and her sonnet Frost won a prize in the 2008 Thomas Hardy Society poetry competition. In addition, Harlequin accepted her first novel, The Viking's Defiant Bride. It took eighteen months and four rewrites but she found the process challenging, fulfilling and fun, and is thrilled to have achieved success. She submitted a second historical romance, set in Norman England, and completed its sequel. She is currently working on a story set in the Regency period. When not pressing a hot keyboard she spends time walking or riding on the hills of the Peak District with her husband, Brian.
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Shortlisted for the RNA Historical Novel of the Year 2011. Finding his brother’s killer has all but consumed Marcus until Claire enters his life. Her innocent beauty and quick mind are an irresistible combination, but she is forbidden fruit. It’s not until their secrets plunge them both into danger that Marcus realises he cannot let happiness slip through his fingers again…
A WARRIOR BRIDE IN THE VIKING'S BED... A hot-tempered redhead with a talent for swordcraft, Lara Ottarsdotter has seen off many an unwanted suitor! Then the Viking warlord Finn Egilsson comes seeking vengeance on a mutual enemy and Lara's despairing father offers him a bounty of ships and swords. The price? Finn must take Lara as his wife. Finn has no wish to endure marriage again, yet his reluctant bride fires his blood with one passionate kiss. Her courage means she will never yield in battle, but soon all he wants is her ultimate willing surrender - in the marriage bed! Victorious Vikings No man could defeat them. Two women would defy them!'
Harry Montague must discover the truth about his family's missing heir - for better or worse. But his thoughts are sidetracked from the moment he first sees Elena Ruiz, beautiful and fierce in her bright red dress. She's innocent, yet Spanish society has condemned her. Harry can help this woman in need with the security of a marriage made on paper - but nothing more. For Harry's heart is armoured by pain and regret from the past. Yet soon he finds himself fighting the unexpected longing for his new wife that grows each day...
`Time is running out and only you can save our family... ' Harry Montague must discover the truth about his family's missing heir-for better or worse. But his thoughts are sidetracked from the moment he first sees Elena Ruiz, beautiful and fierce in her bright red dress. She's innocent, yet Spanish society has condemned her. Harry can help this woman in need with the security of a marriage made on paper-but nothing more. For Harry's heart is armoured by pain and regret from the past. Yet soon he finds himself fighting the unexpected longing for his new wife that grows each day...
Beautiful and courageous, the Lady Elgiva is as great a prize as the land the Viking conqueror now controls. Earl Wulfrum has taken her home, and now he will take her-as his unwilling bride. Wulfrum is a legendary warrior, but the strong-willed Elgiva proves the greatest challenge he has ever faced.Yet her response to his touch tells him she feels the all-consuming heat as much as he. Their passionate battle can end only one way-in the marriage bed!