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Publication Order of Compromised Miss Books

Compromised Miss (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rake Beyond Redemption (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of The Faringdon Scandals Books

The Disgraced Marchioness (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Outrageous Debutante (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Enigmatic Rake (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Runaway Heiress (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puritan Bride (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriage Under Siege (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Conquering Knight, Captive Lady (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chosen for the Marriage Bed (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Virgin Widow (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen Defiant / Devil's Consort (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Concubine (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forbidden Queen (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scandalous Duchess (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King's Sister (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen's Choice (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow Queen (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of the North (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Tapestry of Treason (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Queen’s Rival (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Royal Game (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Marriage of Fortune (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Court of Betrayal (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Uncrowned Queen (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Broken Vows, Mended Hearts(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castles, Customs, and Kings(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castles, Customs, and Kings Volume 2(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Iron & Gold(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Anne O’Brien is a historical fiction and historical romance novelist that was born in Yorkshire in the small town of West Riding.

She went to Manchester University where she graduated with a degree in History. She would then proceed to Leed University for a Post Graduate Certification and then to Hull University for her master’s degree.

Afterward, she was a teacher of history at East Riding since she was always a reader of historical fiction. It was while she was teaching in East Riding that she was encouraged to try fiction writing.

She was spurred on when she found some success submitting to short story competitions. Anne would ultimately leave teaching but her love for history continued.

In 2005, she published “The Runaway Heiress,” the single-standing Regency novel. She would follow that up with more than a dozen works ranging from novellas, historical romances, and medieval and Civil War stories most of which have become bestsellers.

O’Brien spent much of her early life in York Shire even though she moved to the Welsh Marches as an adult. Living in East riding a very remote part of England, all around were echoes from the past such as the splendid castle in Ludlow and its connection with the Tudor and Plantagenet kings.

Having enjoyed history from a very young age, there is nothing she loved better than living in the likes of Hereford with its chained library and the famous Mappa Mundi. Even as she grew up to become a teacher of history, what she always wanted was to become a historical romance fiction author.

In 2004, she had her first success with Mils and Boon publishing “The Runaway Heiress.” Anne O’Brien’s novel was a Regency romance written in the Georgette Heyer tradition as she has always admired her delicate touch and skill concerning the period.
She has also drawn on her interest in the period to pen novels about the Restoration period of Charles II and the English Civil War.

As a resident of Hereford in the Welsh Marches, she discovered a huge wealth of legend and atmosphere in what was a very isolated part of medieval England. She would go on to pen several works inspired by her surroundings.

Anne O’Brien still lives in Hereford, a wild beautiful place on the borders between Wales and England renowned for their magnificent churches, white and black timbered houses, priories, and ruined castles.
They live in a small timber-framed cottage from the eighteenth century in surroundings steeped in bloody deeds, famous people, and history in addition to folklore and ghosts.

When she is not writing her novels, she runs her rambling organic garden where she grows soft fruit and vegetables alongside her husband George. She also keeps buzzards, rabbits, hedgehogs, pheasants, goldfinches, and frogs.
Anne sometimes reads “The Complete Herbal,” which she says is her essential bedside reading and its use of herbs in witchcraft and medicine has sometimes appeared in her novels.

For pure relaxation, she enjoys singing with the local Choral Society, singing, yoga, and watercolor painting.

“The King’s Concubine” by Anne O’Brien tells the story of Alice whose life changes after a chance meeting with royalty. She was chosen by Philippa the kindly queen who loved her gravely ill husband dearly to be her lady in waiting.

Living under the watchful eye of the queen, she dares to demand to be taken seriously, and sometimes even flirts with the much older but very dynamic king. But then his interest is captured by her vibrant spirit and this results in an unintended betrayal.
In the private chambers of the king, Alice discovers the paradox and pleasures of her position. She is the king’s lover and confidant to the queen but she is also self-reliant. It is a divided role that destiny has fated for her and she will play it until it is all over.
Even as she is swept up in the magnificent and lavish Edwardian court, she amasses influence and wealth for herself. She becomes a sparring partner to William de Windsor a resourceful partner and makes enemies with John of Gaunt the power-hungry son of the king.
She knows that there will come a time when her detractors will come after her and she will be accused of treason which would threaten everything she had built.

Anne O’Brien’s “The Forbidden” is the story of Katherine de Valois who goes from being a Princess in France to England’s Dowager Queen. Her father arranged for her marriage to King Henry V at just 19 and by 21 she was widowed and has to play the brutal game of politics.
The prize in that game is her hand in marriage, which would grant her suitor control of the English throne through her young son. But while there are many who see her as a prize they need to win, there are some who see her for the woman she is. Her biggest challenge is learning to tell foe from friend for the good of England and for herself.

She had been brought up with lack and this had made her to a point emotionally stunted which makes her constantly doubt herself. She believes she is in love with King Henry and was always heartbroken as he never reciprocated her feelings.
Nonetheless, she would later develop feelings for Edmund Beaufort only to realize he wanted her only for the power and the promise of a crown marrying her would bring. Twice beaten, she initially pushes Owen Tudor away but comes to love him when she realizes that he sees her as a woman and not some prize.

“Virgin Widow” by Anne O’Brien is a brilliant historical fiction work set during the War of the Roses period in England. It is the story of the future wife of Richard II Anne Neville that comes of age during the chaos.

Anne is the daughter of the influential Earl of Warwick who grew up at a time when queens and kings were destroyed and made as men and women fought for the throne of England. As a child, Anne fell in love with the proud and ambitious Richard of Gloucester of the House of York.

But then her father is accused of being a traitor and her family needs to run to France. As she matures into a poised and beautiful woman that skillfully navigates the dangerous court of Margaret of Anjou, she secretly longs for the king’s brother Richard.
As their two families are scheming for power, Anne has to protect herself from betrayals on all sides and particularly from the man she cannot trust but who she loves.

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