(Diana, daughter Samantha, husband, Barry and daughter Emma)
Diana Norman's last novel will be called Winter Siege written under her pseudonym Ariana Franklin
It's 12 Century England and the civil war between Queen Matilda and King Stephen is raging. But life in the fens carries on as usual. Until the mercenaries ride through, and a small red-haired girl named Em is snatched and carried off. After the soldiers have finished with her they leave her for dead. But fenland girls are not easy to kill. Although she has lost all memory of her past life including her name, Em survives and teams up with Gwyl a Breton archer who has almost completely lost faith in humanity. Together Gwyl and his new protege--now crop-headed and disguised as a boy--travel through the countryside giving archery exhibitions. But there is one man who hasn't forgotten the little red-haired girl. He has some unfinished business with her and he is determined to finish it. And one freezing winter in a castle completely besieged, he might well get his chance...
Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 2nd 2014 by Bantam
(first published January 1st 2014)
ISBN0593070615 (ISBN13: 9780593070611)