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Ocelot Press is an independent cooperation of bestselling and award-winning authors writing mainly historical fiction, women's fiction and mystery. Our books take our readers across time and into faraway places.
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“Dunn’s masterful portrayal of the glittering world of the Sun King’s court and the contrasting dark, human stew of 17th Century Paris, will delight any reader familiar with the Affair of the Poisons - and equally thrill those new to the period.”
~ Kate Braithwaite, author of Charlatan
Dazzled by Versailles. Broken by tragedy. Consumed by revenge.
Jacques de Montagnac, a spy for Gabriel Nicolas de la Reynie, head of the police in Paris, investigates a spate of abductions of newborn children. Soon, his path takes him into the darkest parts of the city – and to the gates of King Louis XIV’s impressive new palace.
When Fleur de La Fontaine attends the Sun King’s glittering court at Versailles for the first time, she is quickly besotted with handsome courtier, Philippe de Mortain. Giving in to his seduction, she dreams of married life with him, away from her indifferent mother.
Nine months later, held in a convent against her will, she gives birth to a boy, but the nuns whisk him away. With Jacques’ help, Fleur finds shelter at the brothel of Madame Claudette, a woman who helps ‘fallen’ girls back on their feet. As she mends the girls’ dresses to pay for her stay, Fleur falls deeper and deeper into despair.
Meanwhile, Jacques’ search for Fleur’s son leads to a dead end – and a dreadful suspicion.
Fleur decides to avenge her boy, and her new acquaintance, the Duchess de Bouillon, knows the very person who can help Fleur achieve her revenge: the infamous midwife, La Voisin.
But it’s not the woman’s skills in childbirth that Fleur seeks. La Voisin dabbles in poisons!
Can Jacques save Fleur from herself? Or will she allow vengeance to subsume her?
Delve into The Shadows of Versailles and enter the sinister world of ambitious courtiers, crafty poisoners, child abductions, and black masses during the Affairs of the Poisons, a real event that shook the court of King Louis XIV!
Note: This dark historical novel contains scenes that some readers may find upsetting.~An Affair of the Poisons series:
Book One: The Shadows of Versailles
Book Two: The Alchemist's Daughter (out in late 2021)
“I'm breathless at the pace, originality and wealth of detail - and in awe at the amount of research the author has undertaken. A fast-moving story full of energy and excitement.”
An impossible quest. A heartless bargain. A ruthless occupation.
AD 71 Is anything fair in war...and love?
Nara finds herself cast out from her priestess home and now must face a totally different lifestyle. For her future to be successful, she seeks a very special warrior. The Rites of the Beltane Festival are fast approaching but when a calamity happens, her hunt seems impossible.
Lorcan – a Brigante enemy – captures Nara. He plans to use her as bargain with her Selgovae tribe when unity of the northern tribes is needed to face the invading legions of Rome. Nara’s father agrees to the arrangement but sets absurd conditions. When battle at Whorl against the Romans looms…
Will Nara have her Beltane choice?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan begin…
“…combines a very human and personal story with a very believable vision of Late Iron Age society in Northern Britain.”
Admirers of the tales of Rosemary Sutcliffe, Susan King and Michelle Willingham will love The Beltane Choice. Engross yourself in a less well-known historical era, and experience the adventures of other Garrigill warriors in the Celtic Fervour Series.
Two women divided by a century. A tragic love story buried for four generations. A quest to unravel the past.
The death of Rachel's mother leaves unsolved questions about her ancestors. Will Rachel find the answers she desperately seeks on the island of Corsica, where her grandmother was born?
In a remote Corsican village, a bundle of hidden letters from the 1900s comes to light more than a hundred years later. The tale unfolds of a passionate love affair between the village school master and Maria, the daughter of a wealthy family. But Maria's parents have other plans for her future.
Must Maria see her dreams crumble, or can she escape her destiny? And does she hold the key to the enigma of Rachel's ancestors?
“The characters are well-drawn and believable, the storyline intriguing and fascinating, and the descriptions beautiful.” BookMuse
"Emotionally powerful. Vanessa Couchman writes with intelligence and skill." Historical Novels Review
*Note: the 2nd edition of The House at Zaronza has a new cover and minor editorial changes.*
An heiress abducted against her will. A knight thinking all is lost. The Scottish Wars of Independence lost...
Cailean MacDubhgaill, a knight from a small island, fighting for the Scottish cause, is wounded in the battle at Falkirk. Sir Eoín de Moray helps him escape the carnage and takes him into a nearby forest but is killed whilst fighting off pursuers.
Once Cailean has recovered from his injuries, he rushes north to the shores of Loch Ness to give the news to de Moray’s daughter, Isobel. But he arrives too late. The manor is burnt down, its people displaced – and Isobel abducted. Determined to honour the man who had saved his life, Cailean tracks Isobel down.
Finding herself taken away from her home by force, Isobel de Moray ponders her fate when a nighttime raid on the mercenary camp sees her freed – only to fall into the hands of a strong-minded knight. The stranger takes her to safety at his keep on the remote island of Eorsa where they await word from the guardians.
Tired of waiting, Isobel flees Eorsa, seeking help from powerful relatives, but is she really going to get the welcome she expects?
And will Cailean be able to overcome his doubts and focus on further campaigns in Scotland’s Wars of Independence?
Let me take you on a fast-paced ride across the beautiful islands and Highlands of Scotland in this adventure full of intrigues – and romance.
A Highland Captive is available to read on Kindle Unlimited.
"A Highland Captive is definitely recommended for readers who enjoy a Scottish historical romantic adventure!" ★★★★★
~ Nancy Jardine, author of the Celtic Fervour Saga
"I was particularly impressed by the author's deep knowledge of history and culture..." ★★★★★
~ Ali Bacon, historical fiction author
The Highland Chronicles Tales:
A Highland Captive
*The Highland Chronicles Tales are a series of independent stories set in the Scottish Highlands.*
A strict island society. A forbidden love. The two are bound to collide.
Valeria Peretti’s family plans to marry her to a wealthy older man whom she has never met. Valeria expects to lead a quiet life, but a prophecy on the eve of her wedding spells mortal danger ahead.
After her husband’s death, Valeria finds herself friendless in a hostile village and turns to her only ally. But when she is unjustly accused of a serious crime, she is shocked to learn that a secret enemy wants her dead.
While Corsica fights for its independence, can Valeria win her own desperate battles to save her life?
A tale of passion, injustice and revenge.
"I highly recommend this beautifully written and engaging story for lovers of historical fiction." BookMuse
"In the best historical novel tradition." Discovering Diamonds
"The rugged, often starkly sublime colour of the island [is] beautifully portrayed. A well written and easy read." Tripfiction
The Tales of Corsica are standalone historical novels set on the captivating island of Corsica.
“…the author brings the culture and society of Celtic Britain vividly to life - and in this book there is also an intriguing contrast with the ordered, militaristic lifestyle of the occupying Romans.”
An altered survivor. An enterprising young woman. A ruthless abduction.
AD 73 Hope…and loss
Seriously injured at Whorl, Brennus goes from surviving to thriving the trauma of battle. Taking on a new identity – Bran – he vows to disrupt the Roman conquest of his Brigante territory. Though how can he do this when he is forced to labour for the Roman Ninth Legion?
Ineda helps Bran adjust to his new role. The pair trade with the detested Romans, a fantastic cover for their spying activities. She’s a determined young woman, but making Bran accept her as a lover is the hardest thing she has ever attempted. All seems well till they are attacked by a Roman patrol. Afterwards Ineda cannot be found, the chains of Roman slavery binding her to the Roman tribune named Valerius.
Distraught with Ineda’s loss, can Bran find a new occupation?
The adventures of Bran, Ineda and the Garrigill Clan continue…
"The narrative is bursting with facts and the author's attention to detail is admirable. All this, wrapped around an intriguing narrative with fascinating characters."
Readers who love epic historical tales, set in a spellbindingly turbulent era, will enjoy this first part of the adventures of Bran and Ineda.
“Beathan is a strong personality in this tale. Defiant and proud, he must learn to curb his defiance in order to survive. But while outwardly he is subservient, inside, his anger is seething, and the flame of his vengeance burns.” A Discovering Diamond - Discovering Diamond Reviews.
Chains that bind. Astonishing loyalties. Revenge is sweet.
AD 89 Roman Empire. Payback takes time but it is… so rewarding.
Young Beathan of Garrigill is held hostage by General Agricola and dragged in chains all the way to Rome. However, Rome is not Beathan’s destiny. Regrettably, escape from Rome does not mean a lifetime of liberty when he returns to Britannia. Imprisoned yet again, how can he and his fellow captives gain freedom to wreak vengeance on their Roman legion enemies?
Torrin is a strong-minded young warrior-woman who is forging her own future, her aim being to destroy the Roman usurpers who control her home territory. She willingly takes care of Beathan in a time of need, but what of the future?
Agricola's career is in tatters. Attempts on his life are plentiful, having lost favour with his emperor. His gods have abandoned him, yet he finds assistance comes from a surprising source.
Will Beathan gain his freedom to return to his kin in Caledonia? Will Torrin be by his side? And how can Agricola survive without the emperor's benevolence?
The tales of the Garrigill Brigantes continue…
“This is the 5th book in the Celtic Fervour Series by Nancy Jardine. I have read all 5 books and can highly recommend them for the story telling of a period of history that has been over looked by many authors.”
Beathan The Brigante, and the complete Celtic Fervour Series, will appeal to readers who enjoy historical adventure fiction set during the 1st Century Invasion of Roman Britain.
A dangerous love, in dangerous times.
Ambitious reiver Will Hetherington wants to prove himself a competent man in the company of Robert Mathers, head of the village.
Headstrong Meg Mathers, Robert’s younger sister, wants to remain at her beloved home, caring for her family, the land and the village of Long Ridge where she’s grown up.
When an accident throws Meg and Will together, attraction builds, and both begin to realise they might just have met their match. But life on the 15th century border is never that simple, and Meg finds herself betrothed to the weakling son of tyrannical neighbour, Alexander Gray.
When tragedy strikes, can Meg and Will find their way back to each other, and can Will finally take his own personal revenge on Gray?
“…[Will] is a marvellous example of what a historical romance hero should be… The Raided Heart is a wonderfully tender romance set within a backdrop of hostility and questionable allegiances.” –Winner of the Bronze Prize for Historical Romance, in the Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year Award, 2019.
"A delicious mix of historical action and romance."
"Exciting, passionate and ultimately the ending keeps the spirit of true love alive."
"A great read that's loaded with carefully researched detail, placing the reader at the northern most extreme of Roman Britannia in the first century."
A hollow triumph. A fruitless search. Complete fulfilment is too elusive.
AD 84 Caledonia. Seeking the spoils of war…
Enya searches for the young Garrigill warriors not seen since the battle between the Caledonian Allies and the mighty legions of Rome. Should Enya choose the trail that might lead northwards to her brother? Or should she seek definite proof that her cousin has been taken captive by the Romans?
Nith goes with Enya on her perilous mission. Along the way, what has always been a foster-brother concern turns to feelings much more profound, but does she love him…or another warrior?
General Agricola’s burning desire for a successful Roman Empire Invasion means conquering the whole island of Britannia. However, the valuable spoils of war, and a healthy slave count, are hard to come by. A deeply superstitious man, Agricola believes his goddess Fortuna has abandoned him –his emperor likewise.
Who gains success and satisfaction? Is it Agricola…or Enya and Nith?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
“I love being back with these guys, and we get to see a glimpse of the original characters in this, but the focus is on Enya this time and on her search.” Curled Up With A Good Book - Blogger Reviewer
Readers who love adventure fiction about occupying Roman Empire invaders will enjoy Agricola’s Bane.
“…if the Celts are to achieve freedom from oppression, the rape of their lands, the slaughter of their people and hold fast to the dream of one day setting the might of the Roman Army to flight, they must stand and fight!” Francine Howarth - Historical Author & Reviewer
An arduous trek to barbarian territory. Poignant loss. Devastating battlegrounds.
AD 79 The punitive chaos begins…
Bran monitors Roman legion activity, across his home territory, till General Agricola orders complete conquest of the barbarians of the far north of Britannia. Determined to stop the Roman invasions, Bran sets forth to find the Caledonian chief who will lead all of the northern tribes in battle against the Roman Empire. Danger sits on his shoulder, yet he manages to keep one step ahead of General Agricola.
Ineda journeys to Caledonia with her master, Tribune Valerius, a supplies officer for General Agricola’s Caledonian campaign. At Pinnata Castra Fortress disaster strikes! Determined to have a future free of slavery, Ineda escapes and joins fellow rebels who congregate in the far north.
The Legions of the Roman Empire and the Caledonian Allies clash in battle… but where are Brennus and Ineda?
The adventures of the Garrigill Clan continue…
“It is a story of survival and determination and hope. Of enduring brutality and absorbing kindness. To say more will reveal spoilers, but the entire series is set firmly among the very best of early Romano British novels.” ‘Discovered Diamond’- Helen Hollick, Discovering Diamonds Reviews.
Readers of historical fiction who relish an extended family saga will enjoy the exhilarating adventures of the Garrigill Clan
Journey through time…
…with our collection of short stories and character interviews for readers who enjoy discovering the past through fiction.
Follow us from Roman times across the Dark and Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment to World War I, and up to the present day. Your voyage through history takes you from Scotland to England, and across the seas to France, Corsica and Italy.
You’ll meet an array of remarkable men and women from servants to monarchs, soldiers to rebels. Witness their hopes, fears, joys and setbacks in often perilous or mysterious situations.
Step with us through Doorways to the Past and be transported back in time!
“A very talented group of authors,” Shani Struthers, author of the Psychic Surveys series.
Jennifer C. Wilson
Foreword by Yvonne Marjot