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Novels

from Running Press -  available in print from the author.

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The Royal Navy series

RANSOM

 

Cheyenne Publishing     ISBN: 978-0-9797773-3-2

It's 1799, and  love between men is one of society's greatest taboos.  Lt. David Archer is an officer in His Majesty's Navy and a gentleman of Regency Society.   He is also hopelessly in love with his shipmate, Lt. William Marshall.   David is certain that his feelings, if expressed, would be met with revulsion.  Afraid of losing the strong friendship that he has forged with William, he is determined to  take the secret to his grave.   

Although William is young, his innate talent has allowed him to quickly rise above his humble background  as a parson's son, and gain a reputation as a promising officer.  The Royal Navy is his world, and in that world there is no room for anything as frivolous as romance, much less anything that contravenes the Articles of War... particularly Article XXIX, which demands death as the punishment for "the unnatural and detestable sin of sodomy."

When the two young men are abducted by a ruthless pirate who finds pleasure in toying with his captives, they're thrown together in close quarters and faced with some difficult choices. William struggles with his growing feelings for David and, try as he might to dismiss them, he can't.  When David makes a painful sacrifice to protect the man he loves, the reason for it is clear and the passion that they have denied for so long is realized for the first time. But before the lovers can have any sort of life together, they must first escape. After that, they face an even greater challenge-is their love strong enough to survive a clandestine life under the ever-present threat of the Navy's implacable Articles of War?


From Shannon, Joyfully Reviewed
“…simply stunning in its intensity and atmosphere. Lee Rowan has penned a breathtaking tale… These men are heroes, and I loved every minute of their story.”

Winds of Change / Eye of the Storm

now in one volume!

 



Winds of Change

In 1802, a love worth dying for is more than just a romantic notion.

Lieutenants William Marshall and David Archer, of His Majesty’s frigate Calypso, have been lovers for more than a year. Courage, devotion, and extreme discretion have kept them from the hangman’s noose—the price they must pay if their relationship is discovered. The occasional night of passion ashore is all the more precious for its rarity.

But in the Royal Navy, nothing lasts forever. A transfer to a new ship brings with it a bizarre turn of events: their Captain orders them to behave as though they are involved in an illicit relationship in order to smoke out a suspected traitor, blackmailer, and saboteur.

Their masquerade proves dangerously effective. In the midst of a battle with the French, the traitor strikes, leaving Davy seriously—perhaps fatally—wounded, while Will must return to duty, guilt-ridden and fearful that their luck has finally run out.

http://www.cheyennepublishing.com/books/winds.html

From Ally Blue, Author of Oleander House
“Winds Of Change combines heartwrenching, happily-ever-after romance with gripping mystery and settings so real you can practically taste the salt spray.”

Eye of the Storm

December, 1802.   A truce holds in the war between England and France, but conflict has moved into the lives of Commander Will Marshall and Lieutenant David Archer.  Separated when Davy was wounded the previous autumn, they are reunited in His Majesty's secret service—only to find that their relationship is still in troubled waters.  Now in command, Will silently wrestles with the fear that his next order may send Davy into the path of another bullet—a fatal one.  Davy has no idea why his lover has grown distant, but he does know that Will walked away once before, and never even answered his letters.   Should he have returned?  Their reunion was passionate, but Will's evasiveness makes him wonder if he has made a serious error.  To survive, they must face and overcome their misunderstandings, before the tide of war sweeps over them once more.

HOME IS THE SAILOR



The Royal Navy meets the Stately English Manor Murder Mystery, and if it were only a matter of Colonel Mustard in the library, things would be so much easier.

After an ambush by the French while on a routine surveillance mission, Will Marshall and David Archer are advised to retreat to the English countryside to avoid Bonaparte's animosity for a time. Upon their arrival, they discover that David's eldest brother has died after a mysterious accident and this puts his other, very unsuitable brother in line for the title. David's suspicions—that the new heir had a hand in his brother’s death—seem so unreasonable that even Will finds it difficult to believe his fears are valid. If Davy thought his lover was hard to convince, his autocratic father, who still sees him as the inept youngest son, won’t even listen to him. Davy and Will are thrust into the role of sleuths, trying to determine the truth behind the mystery.

All the while Will has concerns of his own: his fear of losing Davy is still stronger than his desire to keep Davy beside him on the quarterdeck… but he knows no other life than the Navy.

SAIL AWAY

The Captain's Courtship: For Cynthia Lancaster and Captain Paul Smith, it's love at first sight, but Cynthia has been promised to her father's protégé, the lackluster Mr. Evelyn Humboldt. A lengthy courtship is what's expected, but will Paul have enough time to claim his ladylove and get back to port to take command of the Seahorse? There seems to be more than one revolution brewing in the American colonies!

 See Paris and Live: Christopher St. John hadn't planned on staying in Paris, but then he met the unforgettable Zoë Colbert. Unable to pull himself away, Kit loses his heart to Zoë and finds himself embroiled in the turmoil of the French Revolution. Will their love save them from the ravages of war, or lead them down a path of inescapable danger?

 Castaway: In a time when their love is forbidden and a place where privacy is impossible, the love between Lieutenants David Archer and William Marshall has remained hidden, even from each other. But then a terrible storm at sea leaves the two stranded on a desert island where their fantasies are just within reach..

NEW!  NEVER BEFORE PUBLISHED NOVELLA: 

Voyage to London

Will and David have decided to face the risk of a forbidden relationship, but when they spend shore leave in London Will is faced with the enormous difference in class between himself and the sprig of the nobility he has fallen in love with. 


Sail Away also contains a collection of short stories featuring Will and Davy, including holiday adventures at Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's day, etc. 




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At this time, the fate of Jack Darling and Lord Robert is still uncertain, but one way or another they will carry on.  

Novellas

Gentleman's Gentleman in the Anthology Speak Its Name

Out of print; some copies of the print edition available through the author

Gentleman’s Gentleman

Lord Robert Scoville has lived in a reasonably comfortable Victorian closet, without hope of real love, or any notion that it’s right there in front of him if he would only open his eyes and take notice of his right-hand man, Jack Darling. Jack has done his best to be satisfied with the lesser intimacy of caring for the man he loves, but his feigned role as a below-stairs ladies’ man leaves his heart empty. When a simple diplomatic errand turns dangerous and a man from their past raises unanswerable questions, both men find themselves endangered by the secrets between them.

This anthology also includes Charlie Cochrane's first novella, "Aftermath," set in 1920's Oxford, and  Erastes' delightful Regency romp, "Hard and Fast."

For Rainbow Review's opinion, look here:    http://www.rainbow-reviews.com/?p=307

From Josh Lanyon, author of Adrien English Mysteries
"Dashing spies, bold Regency bucks, and the flower of English manhood vie for readers' attention in this smart, original and engaging trilogy.  This is not your mother's historical romance!"

Contemporary

Novels

WALKING WOUNDED

 
    

Alone in the world, John Hansen joined the British Army to be a part of something bigger than himself, and do some good in the world as a UN peacekeeper.  He did not expect to meet the love of his life during officers' training.

Kevin Kendrick had something to prove to himself and his career-officer father.  He had never met anyone who meant as much to him as John, but he had doubts about his lover's career decisions... and he was driven to join the SAS because it was the one military achievement his father had tried for and failed.

Torn apart by their ambitions, they find themselves together years later--and what feels like centuries more battered.  Both are eager to seize their second chance at happiness, but Kevin's past isn't through with him yet, and they must face an enemy from his past to win back their future.

From Permafrost at Rainbow Reviews:

"A Lee Rowan contemporary novel is quite a change from her usual historicals ~ but the same scorching m/m sensuality, rooted in deep emotional entanglements between two very special men, is combined with the same riveting background detail ... Once again, Rowan's ability to delineate characters and expose the true individuality that lies beneath the surface personalities is so present. "

http://www.rainbow-reviews.com/?p=4407


Witch of the Wind

Something a little different... Witch of the Wind is a short heterosexual story--a Pagan inspirational that was part of Linden Bay's Halloween anthology, Witches Night.  

Meredith spends her Halloween alone while Matt is off risking his life to save others in a blizzard.  She turns to her Craft to protect him, but her only real magic is the power of their love...


If you're interested in reading Witch of the Wind, drop me a line.  I hope to someday do something with these characters but right now the Royal Navy is my first priority.




* m/m = same-sex love story between men.  m/f, obviously, is the classic boy-meets-girl configturation.     Love is love...