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The Writers’ Cooperative represents the cream of independent publishing. The authors on this website publish their books independently or through small publishing houses simply because they choose to do so. Independent publishing is not a modern phenomenon – Charles Dickens published A Christmas Carol independently so that he could retain full artistic control – and the authors featured here, one of whom has been compared to Dickens, are proud to follow in the great man’s footsteps. If you are looking for a quality book, professionally written and professionally produced, you have come to the right place. Our authors cover a wide range of subjects, from history to fantasy, from mysteries to romance and we feel sure that there is something here for everyone. So please feel free to browse our author pages, leave comments or questions, we would love to hear from you. Hundreds of reviewers have written glowing reviews, thousands of readers have enjoyed our books. We look forward to welcoming you among their number.
Spellbinding Viking Sagas
Erin S. Riley is the author of the Sons of Odin Series, Viking historical fiction with a heavy dash of romance, adventure, and suspense. Odin’s Shadow, A Flame Put Out, and Oath Breaker follow Selia, a young Irish woman, as she’s forced to marry a Viking warlord and is drawn into a perilous world of obsession, betrayal, and madness. As dark secrets come to light, Selia must make a heartrending choice that might well destroy everything she holds dear.
Erin has a bit of an obsession with all things Viking and owns an embarrassing number of reference books on the Viking age. While reading about berserkers she had an epiphany and realized that the crazed, shield-biting men of sagas were actually suffering from a mental illness. On that day the character of Alrik Ragnarson was born.
Obsession. Treachery. Revenge. Redemption. Certain themes resonate across the centuries. Click on Erin’s name on the menu bar to discover more about her fabulous books.
Two Heads Are Better Than One
Ronesa Aveela is the pen name of the talented team of Rebecca Carter and Anelia Samovila. The story of Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey came into being after Anelia vacationed in the village of Emona by the Black Sea in Bulgaria. The unadulterated beauty of the place inspired not only the novel, but also paintings of wild horses that roam the beaches, nymphs called Samodivi, and other mythology. The book is filled with Bulgarian customs and rituals. This in turn led to another book, Light Love Rituals, which goes into more detail about many of the popular holidays and the origins of their rituals. Readers have received the books with much interest, learning about a culture rich in history and traditions dating back to the ancient Thracians more than three thousand years ago. Please click on Ronesa Aveela on the menu bar to learn more about these truly wonderful, magical books.
A Must-Read for Historical Fiction Fans
Jana Petken is a multi award winning, historical fiction author of four novels, with a fifth being published in spring, 2016. Her debut novel, The Guardian of Secrets, was published in 2013, and is enjoying critical acclaim around the world. After fleeing from an abusive husband accused of murder, Celia Merrill becomes embroiled in a Spanish Civil War.
Celia’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst her twin daughters take different paths; one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields. And in the shadow of war, a sinister villain from the past resurfaces with the sole purpose of destroying the entire family.
“Three generations struggle in a suspenseful family saga, which begins in 1912, in Kent, England, and ends in 1939 in Spain, during the Civil War.”
Please click on Jana’s link on the menu bar to read more about this fabulous author.
Edan MacGrough is the last of the male line of the MacGrough’s. Culloden has claimed the rest. His older half-brother, The MacGrough, has given him a duty, he is to take care of the women and children who are left. In particular, Edan is to watch over Rhona, the widow of his brother, who is pregnant. The children are all the clan has left, and MacGrough’s survival depends on keeping them alive.
Rhona hates Edan and always has. She will not make the commission given to Edan by his brother easy to accomplish.
Edan does not feel up to the task, as he has a lame leg, twisted due to an accident shortly after birth. The MacGrough, warned by the sight, of hardships to come, has trained his successor well. But nothing can prepare the young Laird for the grief and pain he must deal with. Not only is his leg twisted, but his heart and soul are, as well.
Please click on Cherime’s tab on the menu bar to discover move about this talented author.
The Award-Winning Paulette Mahurin
His Name Was Ben: Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed.
To discover more about the award-winning Paulette Mahurin, please click on her name on the menu bar.
A Woman for all Seasons
Lucinda E. Clarke’s life has not been boring. She was born and raised in Dublin, dragged into her teens in the Cotswolds and finished off in Liverpool. She has lived in 8 different countries, in a croft in Scotland, a mansion in Libya, a farm in Botswana, a boat in South Africa and other dwellings in between.
She dutifully trained to be a teacher, despite bleating she wanted to be a writer. She worked as a radio announcer in Benghazi and then, years later, she decided she wanted to “Go home and write.”
She did, for radio, then television and later for government and industry. Before leaving South Africa to retire in Spain, she ran her own video production company, winning 21 awards along the way.
Her career in the media had its highs and lows but there was never a dull moment and lots of laughs along the way.
Since retiring Lucinda has published 5 books, thrilled to write as and when she wants. She is also learning more about the technical side of the internet than she ever wanted to know.
To read more about Lucinda’s fascinating life and books please click on her name on the menu bar.
The wyvern has hunted for the young outcast all her life; a day will come when, after being rejected by civilisation and the tribes, she must at last face him.
Abandoned as a sacrifice to the wyvern, a young girl is raised to fear the beast her adoptive clan believes meant to kill her. When the Emperor outlaws all magic, Raven is forced to flee from her home with her foster mother, for both are judged as witches. Now an outcast, she lives at the mercy of others, forever pursued by the wyvern. Soon her life will change forever.
A unique and unsettling romantic adventure about rejection and belonging. Discover more by clicking on C.N.Lesley’s link on the menu bar.
Beth Hale writes about what she knows: strong, Southern women and the men who love them. She twines believable characters, realistic circumstances, and heart-felt emotions together to create sassy, sexy contemporary romances. She draws inspiration from the every day life problems we all face, and expands them into vivid, interesting, hard-to-put-down stories.
She learned the joys of reading from her mother, and her love affair with books has only grown stronger. If she isn’t breathing life into a new character, she is trying to make a dent in her large to-be-read pile.
Beth lives in small-town Mississippi with her own real-life hero and two children. They share the house with a variety of pets. When she is not working her “day job” as an E-911 dispatcher, you can find her curled up on her couch, with a blanket, coffee, and notebook.
She is the author of the Unexpected Emotion Series and the Magnolia Series. Please click on Beth’s name on the menu bar to learn more.
Classic Crime Mysteries
Diana J Febry writes classic crime mysteries that hold your attention from first page to last. As she says of Point of No Return, her latest book, “As with all my books my primary intention is to entertain and write the type of books I like to read. The underlying theme in this book is disguise and the double-life we all lead to some extent playing the different roles that make up who we are. The reader should realise by the mid-point of the book who the culprit was but not who they are today. Yes – I do like to play with my readers but I always play fair and leave a trail of clues hidden within the story.”
Discover more about Diana’s wonderful rural mysteries by clicking on her name on the menu bar.
A Medieval Masterpiece
Published in 2010, Tangwstyl by Mansel Jones is currently enjoying a new wave of popularity. Recent reviews have highlighted the quality of the book and its attention to historical detail. On publication, the Welsh Books Council praised Mansel Jones for his portrayal of Richard II, a central figure in the book. Pendragon by Mansel Jones is also attracting and delighting new readers with its portrayal of Arthur, the man of reality, not myth. Please click on Mansel’s tab on the menu bar to learn more about his books.
Sam Smith at Number One
Sam’s Song, book one in the Sam Smith Mystery Series, is currently number one on the Amazon Kindle chart (Crime Fiction – Wales). Furthermore, Sam’s Song and Love and Bullets (book two in the series) are on the reading list for the Literature Wales Book of the Year Award 2016. The Sam Smith stories are primarily set in Wales, but despite that fact Sam is proving popular with readers in America. Indeed, Sam’s American fan base now outstrips her readership in Britain. Please click on Hannah Howe’s link on the menu bar to discover more about this wonderful series.
Our Clever Kiwi
Author Susan Tarr has been writing for 25 years, and she often draws from the diaries she wrote during her international travels. She lived in Kenya, East Africa, where she raised her family. Although she writes from personal experience, she also uses anecdotal information from conversations and other peoples’ stories, resulting in her characters taking on a life of their own and becoming larger than life. Susan says, “As I write their stories, my characters will often lead me to places I couldn’t imagine. So I relax and let them form as they will.” “I am passionate about my writing,” she says. “I usually have three books on the go at any one time.” Please click on Susan’s name on the menu bar to discover more about this talented author.
Sharon Brownlie was born in Malta in 1962. Her parents were in the Armed Forces and she spent her childhood travelling all around the world. As a mature adult she graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a Master of Arts Hons degree in History and a PGCE. Sharon spent some years working in Adult Education. To discover more about this hard-hitting author please click on Sharon’s name on the menu bar.
Native New Yorker
Christine Ardigo – I’m a registered dietitian/personal trainer who writes contemporary romance novels in my spare time. When weight lifting, rock climbing, white-water rafting, and jumping out of airplanes wasn’t enough, I decided to fulfill a dream I had as a child: to write a book.
I’ve lived in New York my entire life and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have the beaches, the bay and the city, all a half hour away. I’ve built memories here with my husband, two silly daughters and a bunch of crazy friends, all whom I love very much.
Please click on Christine’s name on the menu bar to discover more about her and her romantic books.