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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…
Uma barganha com o viking demoniaco.A vida que Wulfgar Ragnarsson conhecia fora totalmente destruida. Agora ele apenas vive o momento, enganando a morte e enriquecendo cada vez mais como mercenario. Talvez seu coracao tenha se tornado uma pedra de gelo, mas seu desejo arde por lady Anwyn, uma corajosa viuva que precisa de sua protecao... Para preservar seu filho, Anwyn arriscara tudo o que for preciso. Ate mesmo se entregar a um guerreiro viking que ira ensina-la que nem todos os homens sao monstros.Ainda que Wulfgar nao de sinais de estar preparado para amar novamente...
Seria una esposa muy combativa...Lara Ottarsdotter era una muchacha pelirroja con mucho genio. Su habilidad para el manejo de la espada habia ahuyentado a muchos pretendientes. Un dia, el guerrero vikingo Finn Egilsson llego buscando venganza para un enemigo comun, y el padre de Lara, en su desesperacion, le ofrecio barcos y hombres de apoyo a cambio de que hiciera a Lara su esposa.Finn no tenia ganas de pasar otra vez por el matrimonio, pero su esquiva novia encendio toda su pasion con un solo beso. Por su valor, estaba claro que Lara nunca iba a rendirse en la batalla, pero muy pronto Finn se dio cuenta de que lo que deseaba realmente era su rendicion y su entrega... en el lecho conyugal.
Estaba consumido a partes iguales por la venganza y el deseoDesde que su enemigo lo capturo y lo encadeno como si fuera un perro, Leif Egilsson solo tenia una idea en la cabeza: vengarse. No volveria a dejarse enganar por la belleza de la traidora Astrid, y su inocencia, que el tanto deseaba, seria suya. Durante su huida, el orgulloso vikingo se propuso conseguir que ella pagara el precio de su traicion... !en el lecho! Sin embargo, no sabia que Astrid tambien tenia el corazon de una guerrera, y que no se dejaria domesticar tan facilmente como el pensaba...
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...
El compromiso tenia una extrana clausula... El tristemente clebre lord Ban lo haba perdido todo en el conflicto de Northumbria y ahora el guerrero curtido en mil batallas concentraba sus pensamientos en engendrar un heredero. Pero solo una mujer muy desesperada podra vincular su destino al de un hombre semejante... Casi destruida por los maltratos de su primer esposo, la joven viuda pero siempre bella lady Isabelle se haba quedado sin dote y sin esperanzas para el futuro. Expuesta a las sospechas de su esterilidad, se vio obligada a comprometerse en secreto con el poderoso lord Ban. Con una condicin: que concibiera un hijo antes de que el voto matrimonial fuera hecho pblico
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!
Te fiarias de un demonio vikingo?Su vida haba quedado destrozada y Wulfgar Ragnarsson haba decidido vivir solo el momento, engaando a la muerte y forjndose una leyenda como mercenario. Su corazn se haba hecho de hielo, pero lady Anwyn, una valiente viuda que necesitaba su proteccin, estaba haciendo que el hielo se derritiera. Anwyn estaba dispuesta a arriesgarlo todo con tal de salvar a su hijo, y aquel guerrero vikingo le iba a ensear que no todos los hombres eran unos monstruos, aunque l pareca incapaz de amar
Eran tiempos dificiles para el amor... Lady Elgiva, hermosa y valiente, era un trofeo tan apetecible como la tierra que ya dominaban los vikingos. El jefe Wulfrum se haba quedado con sus posesiones y tambin se quedara con ella, sera su esposa aunque no quisiera. Wulfrum era un guerrero de leyenda, pero la tenaz Elgiva sera la prueba ms difcil que jams haba tenido que afrontar. Sin embargo, su reaccin cuando la tocaba le indicaba que senta la misma pasin devoradora que l. Esa batalla arrolladora slo poda terminar de una manera