Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Charlotte Lamb Romance Hub now active!

Many of you will know that my mother was Charlotte Lamb, a novelist who wrote more than 150 books over the course of a long and successful career, and whose ethos of hard work and determination I constantly struggle to emulate.

I'm now delighted to announce that we're building a new romance book and news hub for the romance phenomenon that is Charlotte Lamb at

The website is currently under construction, with some initial material available.

New digital editions of Lamb titles coming soon!

There are also new editions of her historical novels, beginning with this dramatic romance of the turbulent French Revolution:

Eventually, the new Charlotte Lamb Romance Hub will contain biographical information, details of current freebie offers and giveaways, links to new and forthcoming book editions, comprehensive lists of her books, samples and extracts, plus other fan material.

Do please visit and have a look, and keep coming back as the site develops: https://charlottelambnovels.com/

Everyone is welcome to visit, but especially romantic and romantic suspense readers ... and fans of vintage Charlotte Lamb romance!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

SILK FOR SUSANNAH: Shakespeare's daughter in love

I'm delighted to announce the publication of my short summer-read title: 

Available via Amazon now: SILK FOR SUSANNAH

This romance is based on the true story of Susannah Shakespeare's marriage to John Hall, a Stratford doctor and Cambridge graduate, in 1607.

When Susannah meets John Hall, a doctor in the bustling market town of Stratford, she knows instinctively that he could make her happy. But since her father, William Shakespeare, is so rarely at home these days, how will John ever gain permission to court her?
With no other choice, Susannah takes matters boldly into her own hands, and under the young mulberry trees, a secret romance begins to blossom ... 

Browse a free extract from this title on Amazon UK now.

American reader? Find SILK FOR SUSANNAH on Amazon US.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

21 Ways To Write A Commercial Novel

I'm thrilled to be able to announce that the first twenty-odd weeks of my Creative Writing blog 52 Ways To Write A Novel has been turned into an ebook!

It's entitled 21 Ways To Write A Commercial Novel and is out now as an ebook, only available on Amazon Kindle. 

Grab your digital version of this CW blog now - enlarged and with comments added! - from Amazon

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Her Last Assassin

If you are looking for a gripping historical read as a Christmas present, or just for yourself, why not consider the recently published paperback edition of HER LAST ASSASSIN?

"Very enticing and a fine, original take on the period. If you want a Tudor court tale, then this is a good one."

Lady-in-waiting Lucy Morgan is once again torn between her dangerous attraction to William Shakespeare and her loyalty to Queen Elizabeth I.

England is facing its gravest threat yet. The Spanish have declared war, and Elizabeth finds herself attacked by sea – and by Catholic conspiracy from within her own court. Master Goodluck goes undercover, tasked with discovering the identity of this secret assassin, leaving his ward Lucy not knowing if the spy is alive or dead. 

Meanwhile Queen Elizabeth is growing old in a court of troublesome young noblemen, while Lucy is struggling to love a man whose duties lie elsewhere.

When the final challenge comes, these two women must be ready to face it. But there is one last surprise in store for both of them …

Out with Bantam, Random House

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

A Witch Rises in the States

I'm thrilled that today marks the publication of WITCHRISE, the last book in my Tudor Witch Trilogy with Harlequin Teen in the States. It's been a long time coming, but finally all three books in the trilogy are out on sale.
WITCHRISE: out now in the States

Only one witch can rise above the coming storm

When Tudor witch Meg Lytton receives an unexpected legacy—her mother's magical wand, ring and spellbook—she has no idea her future happiness is in danger. For the witchfinder Marcus Dent is back in her dreams, and he will use any weapon to gain her newfound powers for himself.

Now Meg must discover the secret of Invictus—her mother's magical ring. Summoned back to Hatfield, she knows a battle is coming. But Meg is no longer alone in her struggle against Dent. Surrounded by her friends, she faces her greatest challenge head-on: losing Alejandro, her beloved. For it seems the Spanish novice has been keeping secrets from them all.

Powers clash and hearts break in the spellbinding third book of The Tudor Witch Trilogy.


"Face north."

Slowly I obeyed, shuffling round on bare feet. The fire had burnt low and I could see only the faintest glimmer of light through the blindfold. But the spell was familiar to me from my training as a witch.

Set four candles about the summoning circle. Four black candles for the four points of the compass.

I shivered, for despite the chill December evening I wore nothing but a simple shift. Yet I was too excited to notice the cold, my heart beating hard, my fingertips already tingling with power.

Pungent smells filled my narrow, low-ceilinged bedchamber: myrrh, juniper berries, scorched yew, and a sickly scent I did not recognize. The preparations were almost complete.

The spirits may be conjured by bell and black candle, and by the burning of churchyard yew and crow's feather.

I ought to have been afraid.

The last time I had tried this spell, I had almost destroyed everything in my world. My mistress, the Lady Elizabeth, sister to Queen Mary, had insisted on seeking advice from her dead mother, Anne Boleyn. I had managed to conjure the executed Queen's spirit, but the timing of the spell had not been auspicious. Something else had come through with her from the underworld: a cruel, dark spirit, which had threatened not only our lives with its malice, but also the whole of England.

Tonight, though, my friend Richard would be my guide, to lessen the chances of our spell going wrong again.

Besides, this time I was summoning up a spirit for my own reasons. My mistress had banished me from Hatfield House, on the advice of her old governess, Kat Ashley. The Queen had reluctantly dropped the charge of treason against her younger sister, but Elizabeth was still out of favour, and now convinced that the presence of a witch in her household—however secret—would get her arrested again. I was back with my father at our family home in Oxfordshire, but I felt certain my destiny would lead me back to the Lady Elizabeth in the future. And to stand against my enemies, to learn best how to use my powers, I needed help—a magickal help that could only come from the world of the spirits.

"Take two steps forward. Enough. You are now almost at the edge of the circle." I heard the rustle of his conjuror's robe as he rose from his knees behind me. "Wait for my word."

The bare flesh on my arms grew goose-pimpled as I waited, and not just from the cold.

I had no doubt that this summoning would succeed. Richard was apprentice to Master John Dee, the Queen's astrologer, a man famed as a conjuror and magician, and had learned the craft from his master. But this was still a dangerous spell.

Richard struck the bell three times with his athame, then raised his voice. "Hear us, spirit winds of the north! We ask that you heed our call, by the power of fire, and by the power of sacrifice."

He paused, and I guessed he must be pouring a dollop of thick, dark blood from the altar cup into his palm. "And by the power of this blood."

His wet finger brushed first my forehead and chin, then stroked from one cheek to the other, completing the sign of the cross in blood.

"May the stars look kindly on our enterprise," Richard continued in a ringing voice. "May the dead hear us and obey. By the sacred time, by the dark of the moon, by these spells and this circle, I ask that the spirit be subdued to our will and appear before us."

A thrill ran through me as Dee's apprentice turned away, beginning to chant the ninefold charm. My breathing shallow, I struggled to contain my excitement as the spell came to completion. From behind my blindfold I caught a brief flicker—the candles all dipping together—then the room grew abruptly cold, as though the spirits were approaching.

I lifted my arms in an age-old gesture of welcome, waiting for Richard to finish.

At last he leaned close to my ear, and his breath scorched my cheek. "Call her," he whispered, and I opened my mouth to obey.

But at that moment I felt a chill draught on my bare feet, then heard Richard growl under his breath in frustration.

"What do you want, Spaniard?" he demanded. "This is no place for you."

Impatiently I tore at my blindfold.

Alejandro stood framed in the doorway, his face dark with tension, raising a lantern to illuminate the room.

"What are you doing up here, Meg?" Alejandro stared first at me, then the magickal paraphernalia scattered about the chalk-drawn circle. His gaze flicked to the young man by my side. To the long shift I wore—perhaps a little scanty to be wearing when alone with another man. "And with him?"

Oh, Alejandro. What a pest you are, I thought. Yet my heart flooded with tenderness at the sight of him. My Spanish betrothed, so passionate and intense: dark-haired, dark-eyed, graceful as a dancer, both on foot and on horseback. He was strong too, muscular and broad-shouldered, skilled with a long sword, a born soldier. And glaring at Dee's apprentice with undisguised jealousy as though he intended to draw that dagger at his belt and use it.

You can read the rest of this free extract from WITCHRISE at Amazon US and Amazon UK.

And find out more about the Tudor Witch Trilogy at Goodreads!

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Witches and Assassins

I've been working on a brand-new book project this summer, which will soon be ready to go out to my agent, fingers crossed. I'm not yet ready to discuss it at any length, but it's NOT historical fiction.

Shock, horror!

HER LAST ASSASSIN: out in the UK, October 9th 2014
Meanwhile, I have a couple of new publications pending, both historical.

WITCHRISE is out in the States on September 30th with Harlequin Teen - isn't that a wonderful cover? - and HER LAST ASSASSIN, the final book in my Lucy Morgan Trilogy, is out in the UK on October 9th - or Super Thursday, as it's known in the trade!

WITCHRISE: Out Sep 30th in the US.

Please keep your fingers crossed for my new project. Also, for those gearing up for NaNoWriMo or working on new book projects this autumn, good luck with your own writing!

Thursday, 31 July 2014

WITCHRISE has risen!

I'm thrilled to announce that today is Publication Day for WITCHRISE, third and final novel in my Tudor Witch Trilogy with Random House.

It's been an exciting journey to publication of this final book, with many unexpected twists and turns, rather like Meg's own journey to the end of this tale. But we got there eventually, the two of us together, and I'm going to miss my impulsive Meg now that it's all over. And Alejandro too, with his smouldering good looks and sexy Spanish accent!

But maybe one day my young Tudor witch will return ...

Victoria x

WITCHRISE: published today!
Oxfordshire, 1555.

Meg Lytton was born with a powerful gift for magic, as her mother and aunt were before her. But practising witchcraft in Tudor England is a dangerous business - as is hiding her secret betrothal to the handsome young priest, Alejandro de Castillo.

Meg is called back into the service of Princess Elizabeth, who has fallen passionately in love with Robert Dudley - a married man. When Meg cannot foretell a happy future for Elizabeth and Dudley, the furious, tempestuous princess turns on Meg.

Even more perilous, Meg learns that her enemy, the cruel witchfinder Marcus Dent, has joined forces with none other than the dark and ruthless priests of the Spanish Inquisition. She is in greater danger than ever - and her future with Alejandro hangs in the balance.


Thursday, 10 July 2014


US edition: WITCHRISE giveaway
For US and Canadian readers only, this is an excellent opportunity to get your hands on a free copy of WITCHRISE.

This Goodreads giveaway for the last book in my Tudor Witch Trilogy will be running from now until early September, when the book is published in the States.

There will also be a WITCHRISE giveaway for UK readers very soon, never fear!

WITCHRISE is published in the UK this month.