The Secret in Belfast

secret in belfast

Today is the day! My Speculative Fiction novel about the RMS Titanic is now available! It blends magic with historical events and characters, revolving around the greatest non-wartime disaster in history. If you enjoyed Thornewicke, you’ll be delighted to revisit shared characters (and meet some making appearances in The Giftsnatcher, out this summer) — but it’s also a stand-alone.

Get your Kindle (or paperback) copy now at Amazon!

(Please read and review! I really appreciate it.)

Early Review.

More information as follows…

Back Cover:

The city of Belfast in 1911 bustles with activity. The RMS Olympic is about to set out on her first sea voyage, and the RMS Titanic is sliding off her dry dock into the channel for the first time.

However, Lord Pirrie and Thomas Andrews have other things on their mind… a robbery without anything missing, a mysterious child with a sadistic gift, and a secret hidden for decades threatens to overshadow the success of the shipyard. And when a dockside accident amid the roar of the watching crowd reveals a greater threat among the workers of Harland & Wolff, they have no choice but to rely on an old friend for assistance.

Richard Pierce falls into an unimaginable world of spiritual intrigue and ghosts from the past that may force him to bring his own secrets to light, as he haunts the shipyard in search of answers, confronts the demons of his past, and faces an eventual journey across the icy North Atlantic.

Historical Characters:

Thomas Andrews, Helen Andrews, Lord Pirrie, Bruce Ismay, Margaret Brown, John Jacob Astor, Charles Lightoller, Captain Rostron, Officer Murdoch, Captain Smith, Harry Harland.

Author Notes:

I’ve been obsessed with the RMS Titanic since childhood. I’m not sure what initially caused me to discover the tragic circumstances surrounding the greatest non-wartime maritime disaster in history, but at thirteen years old, I was knee-deep in everything I could get my hands on about the ship, its passengers, and the aftermath.

At fifteen, I wrote a book about the tragedy, an espionage novel that then sat on a shelf for fifteen years while I wrote other things. But I never quite forgot Richard Pierce, nor his trip across the Atlantic, and when at last I found an idea worth pursuing, I brought him out, dusted him off, and inserted him into a new adventure – of magic, faith, spirituality, and tragedy.

Soon, other historical characters evolved and took shape in my mind – the courageous and faithful John Harper stole away my heart, the fiery suffragist Margaret Brown (NOT “Molly”) developed unique abilities, and my beloved Thomas Andrews bid his farewell to the world in a truly heroic way. I’ve woven into these pages just enough truth to support the fiction; many of the details of the ship, her construction, and her passengers are correct, along with the various personalities that go along with them. It’s only the magic that isn’t.

Or maybe it is. You never know what secrets history hides.

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  1. Just bought it. This will be my first time seeing what you’re writing is like, but considering how much I like your posts, i bet it’ll be interesting. Looking forward to getting to it!

  2. More, soon…it’s late here (AND there!) but I did want to say that I ordered your book (paperback edition) from Amazon and it will be here on Tuesday. Yay! 😀

    1. Enjoy! 🙂

      You’ll have a chance next week to download my Biblical Historical Fiction novel on Kindle for FREE — if you want a taste of my non-fantasy fiction! (The Free Book Promotion starts Monday.)

      1. I am excited that your book is available in paperback format, too. (Though it is *really tempting* to purchase it for the Kindle. And ready to read immediately, too!) Either way, since I have Amazon Prime, the wait won’t be too terrible and I can start reading sometime early next week. 🙂

        I am sure that I will enjoy it. I am looking forward to the purchase, very much.

        And. I understand. Totally the “writing until death” sentiment. *grins*

        1. I love Kindle. Kindle is great. Either that or it’s ruining my life. I read a “real” book the other day — I held it in my hands and had to turn the pages. I started to reach forward to highlight a line with my fingertip and then thought, “Damn! I’d have to go get a highlighter for that!”

          Amazon Prime is also awesome. I get pre-orders on the day of their release without having to pay first-day shipping. Oh, glorious, glorious technology! Glorious, glorious shared Amazon Prime! I think they’re getting the bad end of the deal with the Bishop family — all four of us use it! My parents stream movies and order stuff, JD orders stuff, I order stuff… we get our money’s worth, that’s for sure.

          Just got done finishing a chapter on ANOTHER book — 1,500 words for today, after a week of not working on it. I’m hitting the over-halfway mark, which means it’s time to start revealing the events and truths that will lead up to the dramatic conclusion. Oh, and somehow leap forward in time twenty days to the next Ripper murder. That’ll be tricky, but… I’ll figure it out. As Scarlett would say, “I’ll think about that tomorrow!”

          I’d say they’ll have to pry my quill pen from my cold, dead fingers to bury me, but… sadly, I use a computer now. I just thought up a really awesome but very morbid joke about prying my face out of the keyboard, which is probably too inappropriate not to cross out, but me being me — I still had to say it.

          1. Kindle is, I agree, fantastic. Isn’t it funny how technology comes ’round and seemingly ruins us for it? My touchscreen phone has ruined my interaction with technology. When using my phone – all I have to do is put my fingertips upon it whilst making a reverse pinch motion – and the screen zooms close enough for me to see the tiniest detail. (A very important detail since I began wearing trifocals!)

            Well…that convenience has carried over into other things. My brain is wired to think that I can do that reverse pinch movement during other moments in my life, too. Like…when I am reading. a. magazine. The first time that I did that was forgivable. The second and third time? Not as much… *chuckles*

            I absolutely ADORE Amazon Prime! As much for the shipping as for the streaming. When they added that – I was done. (It was on Amazon Prime that I began watching Downton Abbey, which I had learned about from you. I even got my husband hooked on it, too. So now even HE is a huge fan of Amazon Prime. We’ve streamed a lot of shows that way. Though I did break down and purchase each season of Downton Abbey. I *had* to!)

            WOW! You hit a 1,500 word count, today? YAY, you! That is fantastic! My word count was considerably lower…I’ve hit a wall in a plot so I am working my way through that tangled mess. (I am working on a Borgia book. I watched the Borgia series because of it being done by the Tudors folk – and got re-hooked into the family. Nine months of research, later, and embroiled in plotting – and I am temporarily stuck. Reading about your word count today is inspiring. I know that we will both work through our plot points. Your story yarn sounds great. I am already looking forward to reading your (next!) book.

            You are writing on a computer, now? I have to say it. That made me laugh! It’s hard to imagine. But, oh…technology. It is a blessing. And a curse!

          2. What’s really bad is when you want the “undo” button from Microsoft Windows to be a real thing in life! Cut yourself? UNDO! UNDO! WHERE’S—

            Oh, shoot.

            Aw, man? I got you hooked on “Downton Abbey”? I’m sorry. Four seasons of emotional turmoil later, and it’s all my fault. I’ve kind of given up on it, sadly. I don’t like what Fellowes is doing with the plot.

            I avoid writing for a week, and then need something to show for it – hence, 1,500 words. I don’t know if this will help you, but when I hit a wall in a plot or get writer’s block, I go back to the point where the story was flowing and take it in a different direction. I consider walls and blocks to be my brain telling me, “This isn’t working. I wanted to go somewhere else.” But then I’m the person who plans as she goes rather than doing a book outline at the start, so if you’re an outliner, it probably won’t help.

            Yup, the days of dictionaries are long gone. Who wants to get up when you can just do a word search with your computer? 😉

  3. YES! So excited to see you have another book out, Charity. I’ve seen it on Amazon and will definitely be ordering a print copy as soon as possible. 🙂

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