Hello and welcome! My name is Olene Quinn and I am an indie author of historical fiction. I sometimes veer more toward action and sometimes more toward romance, but you can always bet there will be a bit of both in my novels. I write in relative obscurity here in beautiful California and read as much as I can. I have loved the written word ever since I learned how to read it and have been seriously writing since I was sixteen years old. I am here to connect with fellow authors and readers, so please feel free to email me with any questions or comments here.
Enough about me. Let's talk about my books. Below is a summary of each one (including some that are not yet released, so if you've landed here you'll be among the first to hear about them).
The Gates of Nottingham: Having escaped bondage to fight in the crusades, Robin returns home to claim the land that King Richard bequeathed him and the love he left behind. What he finds instead another man occupying the land that should be his -- the same man that has married the love of Robin's life, Marion. He finds torture and starvation at the hands of the evil Sheriff of Nottingham and Marion's husband, Sir Guy of Gisbourne.
The Sheriff and Gisbourne are doing everything in their power to usurp the throne. The only thing standing between them and success is the newly crowned king of the outlaws, Robin Hood.
Amongst a tournament designed to cover embezzlment, thefts, double bluffs, the shady information of several spies, and one great battle, it is up to each character to outwit the other. But Robin's lasting love for Marion and Gisbourne's obsession with her stand in the way of their logic and at times the personal stakes take precedent over the politcal ones.
So Many Secrets: In the winter of 1449, Jane Blackwell agrees to marry a man she has never met. Whisked away to a home filled with dark secrets, the fearful young girl is left to adapt to a mercurial man who answers to no-one.
Even were it not for Rufus Fairfax, the duke Le Greniere's murky history, his current buisness dealings seem to be shadowy at best. As Jane catches him in half-truths and outright lies, she begins to suspect him of skullduggery to devious ends. Yet, Jane herself is hiding many secrets with no desire to divulge them to her unsuspecting husband.
However, with England coming to a fever pitch of politcal unrest, the couple has a limited amount of time before they either reveal their secrets or face complete ruin.
The Northman Saga: Prince Dead: It is autumn in Ireland 822 AD. Harbortown is a little mud and timber village struggling its way toward winter, engulfed in a territorial war with neighbors to the north. It's nighttime: pitch black, quarter moon, bats on the hunt, children in their beds. This village has got something special and someone wants it. That someone is a gang of Vikings.
Prince Yngvarr the Dead is the greatest warlord in Scandinavia. His wife has died, his father is dying, and he needs money to marry a powerful king's daughter. So, he and his men are plundering the monastery in Harbortown. No man or woman can stop Yngvarr and none can kill him, although plenty have tried.
While he and his men raid the village, a storm brews on the Atlantic. The lines docking the Viking longboat snap. It is smashed on the rocks and dragged out to sea. The Vikings are stuck in the town they have just lit on fire with the people whose livlihoods they've destroyed and there is still that onslaught of Irish warriors attacking from the north. The only hope of salvation is offered by the beautiful noblewoman Ceara, if any of these violent men can be persuaded to listen.