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1) What do you do for work?


2) Where are you from?

I’ve been around. The twelfth century is all a bit vague now, but that’s where I came from. The witch, Melusine was my mother.  I was a queen ofEnglandonce – in the 1600s, I think. Now I am Verity – Verity Strong – a C17th lass who’s taken a liking for the C21st and a man called Raoul

3) What is the one thing about yourself that you would like me to know?

I get what I want.

4) When was your last relationship and how long did it last?

It begins and ends with Raoul, a time traveler like me.

5) Do you want to marry or have you ever been married?

I have something…more intimate than marriage.

6) What do you do for fun?

What does every girl do for fun?

7) What are you most proud of?

Finding Raoul at last – a close run thing – the demons were close.

8) Do you believe in love at first sight?

That rather depends on me

9) What is your most treasured possession and why?

Dark Fire. It’s what keeps me alive.

10) What is your favorite music and who is your favorite singer/band?

Orlando Gibbons and William Byrd, though Raoul has introduced me to Deep Purple.

11) Do you like animals/keep pets?

I like to eat animals

12) How do you spend your spare time?

Making mischief

13) Where do you see yourself in five years time?

The White House – making mischief.

14) Do you believe a cup is half empty or half full?

Doesn’t that depend on how much you put in it?

15) You have got six months to live, what will you do first?

Fortunately, it doesn’t apply. The devil’s paste and sexual magic – Dark Fire if you will – means we can traverse centuries. The important thing is to find each other again – before demons catch us and send us somewhere less pleasant.

16) Is sexual compatibility important to you?

Love is important to me

17) If you won a lottery, how would you spend your millions?

Give it all to a fool and watch him suffer.

18) If you have friends coming over, what would you cook?

Don’t be silly, we’d eat out.

19) Describe your perfect vacation.

Life is a vacation

20) Are you a morning person or a night person?


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Raoul, a C12th adventurer rescues Simone, the daughter of the legendary witch Melusine. Raoul, realises his danger too late. He has rescued her but also fallen captive to a love he will never escape. Both are now hunted, but as their pursuers close in, Simone has one last trick up her sleeve: Dark Fire, a satanic paste activated by sexual magic that will transport them through time and space. The only proviso is that they must find each other again. The penalty for failure is eternal damnation.   In the C21st their future hangs in the balance for Raoul is now Ralph and married to Laura. Simone is trapped in the C17th as Verity Strong. Time is against them…


Reader Alert! When Verity swaps bodies with Ralph she understands what it is to be a man. Ralph, trapped in her body sees things differently. Worse he is trapped in the C17th…but Verity has a plan.

To My Readers: As I wrote Verity Strong, sly and relentless, gradually took over. For a time I thought I was exploring the interplay of language, the contrast between the robust formality of C17th English and the way we speak now. But Verity was having none of this. She was after only one thing – Raoul – and this time she meant to keep him forever.

About the Author:  I love words and how words change experience. As the story progressed I inhabited each of the characters and enjoyed every one. Other than that I love fine wine and beer.

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