Born in Canada of Scottish extraction, Kelly graduated in History and English from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. After graduation Kelly moved to the UK where she worked in the financial sector. While in London she continued her studies in history, focussing on Medieval England and the Icelandic Sagas (with a smattering of Old Norse and Old English).
Kelly now lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband Max and two rescue cats (Bear and Wolf). She still works in the financial sector as a trade technology project manager. Her short stories have been published in numerous magazines and E-zines as well as a horror anthology, where her Fourteenth Century horror story was received with enthusiasm.
When not writing Kelly enjoys reading history books, silversmithing, playing oboe and medieval recorder, and watching really bad horror and old sci-fi movies. She is currently working on part two of her story about Brother Maurice and the mortecarni.
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The Northern Queen
St. Brice’s Day, England, 1002. At the order of King Aethelred, thousands of Danes are murdered in a frenzy of ethnic cleansing.
Outraged, the Danish King, Sweyn Forkbeard, swears he will take Aethelred’s head. And his crown. But Sweyn needs allies. Chief amongst his supporters is Aelfgifu, an English noblewoman and head of a once great family.
She has her own reasons to hate Aethelred. And as a pagan, she is sympathetic to the Danish cause. When Aelfgifu marries Sweyn’s son, Canute, war is inevitable.
But if Aethelred is weak, his Norman Queen is not, and Emma will stop at nothing to destroy the woman at the heart of the Viking army.
Love, ambition, and revenge combine in an epic struggle for justice during the most turbulent period in England’s history.
Re-release: November 2018
THE YEAR IS 1348 AND THE BLACK DEATH IS RAVAGING ENGLAND.
For Brother Maurice, a monk and physician, the disease is the most terrifying he’s ever seen. But Maurice soon learns of an even more deadly threat: the exanimate Mortecarni. After his first unexpected encounter with the creatures, Maurice is pulled into a world of savagery and secrecy. As he travels across the country, investigating both the plague and the Mortecarni, Maurice questions how such unholy suffering is possible. When his own family is struck down, his beliefs falter. Can he regain his faith and save both England and himself?
Revelation: The Mortecarni Part Two
The year is 1349. Both the Black Death and the mortecarni continue their devastating path of destruction across England. Brother Maurice has reason to believe he’s found a cure for the mortecarni until a new discovery suggests otherwise, sending the physician monk and his friends through Europe to Poland in a desperate race to end the undead menace once and for all.
Meeting an intriguing young healer leads to further revelations that offer hope for their quest. But time is short and, when tragedy strikes, Maurice faces a moral dilemma. Can he ignore the challenge to his calling caused by his new companion’s presence? And can he find the cure for the mortecarni before all is lost?
The Confessor’s Wife (December 2018)
Edith Godwinsdottir of Wessex was special. Wealthy, educated, the daughter of a powerful family, she was destined to marry a nobleman. But her family sets its sights on the highest prize of all, the king himself.
Not everyone in England approves of King Edward’s decision to marry the Godwin girl. Wary of the family’s rise, the king’s mother, Emma of Normandy, despises her daughter-in-law, as do other high-ranking members of court. And young queen Edith is soon on the receiving end of their wrath.
Facing murder, betrayal and treachery, the king must balance his personal desires against the political ambitions of his earls. No one is safe, and dynasties will rise and fall in the violent and unstable political battlefield that is the court of England.
Can Edith navigate the dangerous path fate has set her, while still remaining loyal to both her husband and her family?