Theresa Tomlinson has been writing historical novels for many years; her titles include THE FORESTWIFE TRILOGY, MOON RIDERS, THE VOYAGE OF THE SNAKE LADY and WOLF GIRL. In recent years she has become fascinated by archaeological finds from the Dark Ages, eg The Staffordshire Hoard, and the discovery of a royal grave near Loftus in Cleveland, containing gold and garnet jewels.
Theresa Tomlinson's new historical murder/mystery A SWARMING OF BEES is now available as a paperback and kindle edition. The action takes place in the cliff top monastery ruled by Abbess Hild - after the famous Synod of Whitby. Fridgyth the half-pagan herb-wife is curious, warm-hearted, and a law unto herself! When she suspects that some of the many deaths, may not be due to a terrible plague that is ravaging the country, Fridgyth sets out to investigate!
Although this is Theresa's first book aimed at an adult market, reviewers have pointed out that it may be enjoyed by young adults too! During the first week in January 2013 A SWARMING OF BEES made No. 3 in the best sellers kindle historical novel charts!
WOLF GIRL may be seen as a prequel - this Young Adult mystery/adventure introduced the character of Fridgyth, along with many of the others that appear in both books - Wulfrun the webster's daughter - along with many recognisable names from history - Hild, Elfled(Aelfleda)Caedmon, King Oswy, Cuthbert of Lindisfarne, Wilfrid of York.
THE TRIBUTE BRIDE - A NEW HISTORICAL NOVEL tells the story of Acha of Deira - mother to King Oswald and King Oswy, the woman at the heart of the founding of the ancient kingdom of Northumbria!
Acha is sent as a secondary bride to the fierce King Athelfrid, when floods ruin the crops and prevent her father from paying the tribute of grain demanded by the overlord! The flooding theme was inspired by recent problems in York, and Pickering - I thought that if it could happen now it could have happened then and it would have caused even worse devastation then and may have led to famine! Acha - a shadowy figure, mentioned only briefly by Bede, lived in a time of bloody land disputes and fierce battles - but this is a story of love, friendship and survival!
See Theresa's website www.theresatomlinson.com