Romance in War series is now complete:

Book 4 – “Balor’s Landing” is scheduled for release by Luminosity Publishing on Wednesday 14th June 2023, and is currently available on pre-order at a discounted price on their site at:

Can Eleanor’s or Maeve’s hold on Callum keep him on Toraigh? But which woman will succeed in claiming his heart?

Living on the island of Toraigh off the Irish mainland, Eleanor Talmhach loves to listen to the old tales of Gaelic mythology. Each day she walks the cliffs near her home making her way to a beach where a rock outcrop, known as ‘Balor’s Landing’, juts out to sea.

One morning in September 1944 she sees what looks like a beached seal, but on closer inspection reveals a human face.

Canadian born, Callum Farrell, a survivor of the merchant ship Empire Heritage sunk by a German U-boat, is washed ashore following a storm. He is nursed back to health by the doctor and Eleanor’s mother.

Also living at the house is a distant cousin named Maeve, who left London a few years earlier when the Blitz raged.

As Callum recovers, he realizes he is falling in love with both women, making it hard for him to leave the island. The problem is, which of the two will manage to claim his heart?


This story completes the set of four novellas making up the ‘Romance in War’ series, and I will take this opportunity to thank all my readers for their constant loyalty for my work.

Finally, I would like to thank Robert L J Borg whose painting of a scene taken from my story was the inspiration behind the Cover Art design for this latest book:

Best wishes

Louise xx

Happy Release Day for me!

“Hot Nights in Alex” is the third story in my ‘Romance in War’ series.

Set in Egypt in July 1943 following the defeat of the Axis forces in North Africa. My principle characters are Patricia Howes and Marion Hammond. Both are agents of the British Special Operations Executive, on special assignments working in liaison with the Admiralty in Alexandria, but also participating on clandestine missions first to Sicily in the lead up to Operation Husky, and then later, on Operation Avalanche, the Allied invasion of Italy.

For now, though, the two women are enjoying some well-earned R&R at a popular beach. However, all is about to change, when Marion meets Thomas Bradley, a British officer also on leave. Both he, and his best friend, Jonathan Miles are tank commanders of the 1st Derbyshire Yeomanry currently posted in Tunis; though the war is far from their minds as they gladly spend the weekend in the company of these two delightful women.

Their initial friendship blossoms to romance, but what starts off as sedate, moves up several notches in intensity, as the women try to ensure their new lovers won’t forget them the moment they return to active duty.


At present, “Hot Nights in Alex” is only available as an e-book. I am currently working on Book 4 in the series, and when completed, it is hoped the two stories will be combined into a paperback anthology named ‘Romance in War – Volume 2’.

‘Romance in War – Volume 1’ which comprises of Book 1 – ‘Letter from a Stranger’ and Book 2 – ‘Codename: Amour’, is currently available at all leading online book distributors.

For now, though, you will be able to obtain a copy of “Hot Nights in Alex” at the following links:

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the story, as much as I did writing it.

Best wishes,

Louise xx

Another addition for my “Romance in War” series

I have recently signed a three-year contract with Luminosity Publishing LLP for Book 3 in the “Romance in War” series. It is a long novella of just over 28,000 words, and is entitled “Hot Nights in Alex”.

The projected release date is January/February 2023, and I am looking forward to working with Luminosity in getting the story published by then.

Although, initially, the story will only be available as an e-Book, it is to be included into a paperback anthology that will comprise of Books 3 & 4. The latter is currently in the planning and research stage, but I have also begun to dabble with the first draft. I’m confident it will be completed during the first part of 2023.

Meanwhile, though, I would take this opportunity to thank Luminosity Publishing in having so much faith in my writing, by taking on this latest creation for their portfolio.

Also, I would like to thank all my fans and followers, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading “Hot Nights in Alex” when it is released, as much as I did writing it.

Very Best Wishes


77th Anniversary of “Operation Dragoon”

In commemoration of the 77th Anniversary of “Operation Dragoon”, the Allied invasion of southern France on 15th August, 1944, Luminosity Publishing is offering my wartime romance fiction novel, CODENAME: Amour at the promotional price of 0.99p/0.99c/0.99€ for the period 14th – 28th August, 2021.

Available in PDF, EPub, & Mobi.

Also available in paperback, in an anthology of two stories, named: Romance in War Volume One.

On a dark night in July 1944, Special Operations Executive agent, Simone rows ashore from a submarine at the small fishing town of Golfe-Juan on the Côte d’Azur.

She meets the Resistance Leader code name “Hibou” with whom she had a romantic affair during a mission in northern France several months previously. Once again, they engage in subterfuge operations against the German forces in the lead up to the Allied landings, codenamed Operation Dragoon, scheduled for the following month.

Although their relationship is reawakened, the tension of their exploits and the possibility of being caught by the Gestapo from information leaked by traitors in their midst causes some instability. However, love has a way to conquer doubt, but as their love deepens so too does the risk of them making mistakes.

Will Hibou be able to concentrate on the most important mission yet to come, or will his love for Simone lead to a moment’s carelessness that could be their undoing?

PUBLISHER NOTE: Historical Romantic Suspense. 38,450 words.

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Also available on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble.

The Journey of a Story:

Beneath Southern Stars

Having newly arrived in Sydney, Australia in November, 1988, it was an exciting time. Feeling, not quite as its first settlers, though perhaps just a tad, in the sense of apprehension, coupled with a little amount of fear at having taken the huge step of emigrating to the other side of the world to begin a new life.

Though those first pioneers were mostly unwilling new settlers, sent there by order of the crown’s magistrates; it seemed to me, even some two hundred years later, there was still that sensation of trepidation running through my mind as possibly would have been in theirs.

However, having made the decision to begin anew in New South Wales, it only seemed fitting that I should do my utmost to make a go of it. Although initially, living in the heart of the city, travelling to work proved delightful enough, as distance to and from the office wasn’t too tedious; but this was to change dramatically.

When I lived in the UK, I never once rented an apartment, having lived at home until I married, and then owned property afterwards. So, to find myself renting a home was a new experience, but at least it was only a temporary arrangement, as I was determined to buy a property in Sydney. This however, proved to be harder than I had imagined, and was forced to look further afield.

Travelling north, about an hour from Sydney is a delightful area known as the Central Coast; and it was here, on its southernmost border that my spouse and I commissioned a house to be built for us on land we had purchased. Of course, what we hadn’t taken into account, until it was too late, that we still had our jobs in Sydney. In my case, southern Sydney – Redfern to be precise.

We moved into the new house in August 1989, and so began a new phase of our life in the Land Down Under. . .

Travelling to and from work was long and tiring – close on three hours each way: using buses and trains to reach work and then back again. But every cloud has a silver lining, and it did give me a lot of time to read, as well as make new friends along the way amongst my fellow commuters. As I enjoy nothing more than a good fiction novel, and at times a non-fiction depending on the subject, travel time just flew as I immersed myself within the pages of those tomes.

One particular day, one of my new found friends was sitting beside me reading a magazine – I think it was Woman’s Own. I happened to glance at the page she was reading, and I spotted they were running a writing competition in conjunction with Random House. I remarked something about it, and my friend very kindly cut the page out and gave it to me. The entry for the competition was to submit a never before published fiction novel of not exceeding 80,000 words. The closing date was only eight months away, but I decided to rise to the challenge.

Until now, I had only been writing poetry and short stories, since my teenage years. I never had the courage to tackle any serious work, such as a novel. However, my love of reading, and appreciation of English literature as a whole, inspired me to give it a try.

The first, and perhaps, most important question I had to ask myself was: what to write?

It is too long ago (early 1990s) to remember why I chose to write what I did, but I expect it seemed like a good idea at the time. Perhaps my own feelings of being newly arrived in Australia had a lot to do with it, and having begun a life on the Central Coast, also had a direct impact as to choosing the early development of the settlement (now a city) of Newcastle as part of the story’s setting.

It still amazes me to this day, how a writer can create a book of intricate detail that encompasses a main plot and numerous side plots, with endless characters touching the lives of its two principal characters (or in the case of the story I ended up writing – three principal ones). There is also the need to create lives and personalities for them, including their families, friends, their jobs (if any), the list is endless. And, of course, whatever you choose to write, but particularly anything historical, you need to conduct an immense amount of research to make the story authentic. The reader has to be drawn into the writing as though a voyeur peeking through a secret window watching the events unfold before his/her eyes.

Getting back to the competition – the problem I faced however, was the lack of time. Whatever possessed me to choose a historical romance I’ll never know and, I certainly can’t remember why, except that I did.

I wrote each chapter in long hand (no laptops in those days) and then typed it out, ensuring there was a carbon copy, on my typewriter. At work, I photocopied it a couple of times, and then gave them to two of my fellow travellers to read and obtain their opinions (in the same way as we authors currently use Beta Readers). Looking back, I suppose, I was taking a huge risk at their honesty, as either one of them could have quite easily stolen my work – but I was lucky that they never did.

I submitted my story, which I named “Under Southern Stars” and then crossed my fingers.

I shouldn’t have been too surprised that I didn’t win, nor even get any feedback. However, not to be totally undone by the disappointment, I sent it to the National Book Council who provided a manuscript assessment service. Needlesstosay, the reviewer tore it to shreds! To say I was heartbroken would have been an understatement. However, it was an important lesson learned. Research was the key to turn out a credible story.

For this story however, it meant being filed away for another time, whilst I moved on with life in general and to writing new stories.

It wasn’t until 2010 that I found my old manuscript in a drawer and decided to rewrite it, at least now it would be stored into a computer and backed up in an external hard drive. It was time to use all my gained experience, and dedicate endless hours to research to produce a work worthy of publication.

Two years later though, after several rejections, but following the advice of some fellow writers, whom I got to know when I joined a local group known as “Hawkesbury River Writers”, that I self-published the book with the new title of “Beneath Southern Stars” on Smashwords:


It is 1799 and six ships make ready to sail from the southern English town of Portsmouth to the newly founded penal colony of New South Wales. Aboard His Majesty’s ship, Osprey is Marine, John Radford. At the age of eighteen, John an accomplished artist, is broken-hearted at having been rejected by his intended when she learns of his new posting.

Also, on the ship is Sarah Lock, a seventeen-year-old, who having been falsely convicted of prostitution, is to be transported. Her only crime had been a friendship with her landlord’s youngest son, Peter. He, in turn, is forced to join the navy to prevent him from searching Sarah out.

Unbeknown to all concerned, due to a series of cruel twists of fate, all their lives will be turned upside down . . .


With it published, I moved on with my writing career by becoming a member of Romance Writers of Australia, as well as with the Australian Society of Authors. Thanks to their support, conferences, and seminars, I felt my writing capabilities improve dramatically, encouraging me to tackle larger challenges, such as a historical saga set in Spain during the 17th century. Taking two years to write, due to the immense amount of research required, “The Sword and the Rose” was published in 2014 by Secret Cravings Publishing (SCP). A year later, unfortunately, SCP closed their doors, and reverted my publishing rights of my saga.

It was a shame, as I had just completed a wartime novella “Letter from a Stranger”, and I now found myself with two books needing to be published.

Having had a taste of third-party publishing, I was reluctant to self-publish these two books. Instead, receiving a recommendation for an author friend, I submitted my wartime romance to a UK company: Luminosity Publishing.

A contract was offered and accepted, and “Letter from a Stranger” was released in June 2015. It was the start of a wonderful association.

Since that date, Luminosity have published a total of eight of my books, and I have been immensely grateful to them for their professionalism and support of my work.

In the end, the only book that wasn’t published by them was my first novel, and I accordingly wanted to put that to right.

Having approached them at the end of 2020 asking if they would consider accepting “Beneath Southern Stars”, and subsequently receiving a contract for it, I removed the novel from Smashwords.

I am now pleased to announce that on 26th January – Australia Day – this year, a totally revised version of “Beneath Southern Stars” is to be released by Luminosity Publishing:

It will be available in both digital and print formats on Luminosity Publishing’s site, as well as at Amazon, and other major book distributors.

If you get a chance, I hope you’ll enjoy reading it, as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Best wishes

Louise xx

Undying Love

Undying Love

Copyright © Louise Roberts 2020

What if ‘love at first sight’ was no more than two soul mates recognising each other through eons of time? But what would happen if one of those such souls was a lingering spirit, whilst the other had reincarnated into another human life form? If that were the case, how far would anyone go for the sake of love to be reunited?

For Peter Grant, the moment he steps into a house for sale in a coastal hamlet in Norfolk, England, a feeling of déjà vu descends on him, and the need to purchase the cottage is overwhelming.

Divorced and retired, he has ample time to enjoy the peace and quiet of his surroundings, with just his faithful dog for company. The only distraction is the nightly sound of a woman weeping. . .


Louise Roberts invites you to share Peter Grant’s realisation of how true love never dies in her latest novel “Undying Love” due for release by Luminosity Publishing, in both digital and print formats, on Monday 19th October 2020.

Pre-order your copy from 9th October at:

READER ADVISORY: Supernatural themes and graphic sex scenes.

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: Contemporary Supernatural Romance. Ghost Story. 41,800 words.

Heat Level: Scorching-Hot Romance

M/F Romance

Death and Reincarnation


Other than the body ceasing all vital functions to operate a ‘living’ organism, do we truly know if it also completely expunges our incorporeal being. . .  our soul?

When our corporeal being is incapable in continuing its designated function due to old age, disease, or factors outside its control, such as a fatal accident, unlawful killing, and/or murder, our soul is subsequently released in search of a new host.

Thus, one could argue “Death” is simply a doorway into a new existence. . . and if one believes the soul to be immortal, then death is something that needn’t be feared.


The soul, it is said, is immortal.

It travels from a life form that ceases to exist into another new life form, not necessarily in the same chromosomal make up as its previous existence, nor on the same habitat as its last, but on one of the billions of habitable planets throughout the universe, in a continuing flow of energy gaining more advanced experiences.

However, before a rebirth occurs, the soul might need time to reflect and regenerate in a place where ‘time’ and the ‘stresses’ of everyday corporeal life do not exist. Such a place may be referred to in some religious doctrines as ‘Heaven’ or ‘Paradise’, but in truth is no more than a parallel universe we have visited from time to time in our dreams.

Then, once the ‘soul’ or ‘incorporeal being’ has reached a state of complete ‘peace’ it is assigned to a corporeal being. And at that stage, the soul passes to it at its embryo stage so that from the very beginning of the new life, both entities are in-tune with each other; but, although the ‘soul’ has full control of its destiny, it has no control of its chromosomes, for that is solely reliant on the spermatozoa of the father yet to deliver the life-giving substance.

So, begins a new cycle in the continuing growth of the incorporeal being, although memory of previous existence is expunged to enable the ‘soul’ to gain new knowledge and experiences without hindrance. Yet from time to time a distant memory surfaces, be it at a place visited, or an encounter with another life form, which leaves our mind with questions of feelings that could be real or imagined?

Déjà Vu and Dreams

Déjà Vu

It is that strange sensation when you walk into a new place and something deep inside ignites a gut-wrenching feeling of recognition…

Scientists suggest “Déjà Vu” is a result of extreme mental fatigue and stress, but what if it is more than just such a condition. . . perhaps the truth of it is that your mind is unlocking a distant memory long since suppressed from a life once lived?

Are we not told that our soul is immortal? If that were the case, are we wrong in assuming that our existence has not just occurred in this lifetime, but has made a re-appearance into this world?

Our true ‘being’ therefore is indeed the ‘soul’, not the ‘body’ we occupy in this present existence. And although we do not retain the memory of our previous corporeal inhabitation, ever so often a small part of it is unlocked particularly if a ‘new’ place visited had had a dramatic impact on our soul the previous time we were there!


Are dreams just a jumbled figment of our imagination of past experiences, desires, and aspirations? Is it not possible that for a short time when our body is temporarily in suspended animation, that our soul departs our corporeal being to a parallel universe, to what most religions might refer to as ‘Heaven’ or ‘Paradise’; which is why perhaps, in our dreams, we often ‘see’ people we have known, but have long since been ‘dead’?

And to be certain that the soul remains in-tune with its corporeal host, it stays connected by invisible strands attached to the major organs of the ‘body’, in the same way as an embryo remains connected to its mother by an umbilical cord, so at the first sign of the body’s distress – such as the need to relieve oneself – the soul returns without delay.

Such ideas relating to our ‘soul’ were once deemed demonic in nature by the religious doctrines of the past, and that ‘soul transgression’ was, and perhaps in some opinions is still viewed, heretical; but no one can deny dreams exist. And though no one can truly explain them, it does not mean that they are not real.



Love and Soul


For some “love” is more than just a physical attraction in someone else, it’s also an emotional commitment: To be deeply committed and connected to someone?

Then again, it might be that during the years our body grows through to adulthood and beyond, we seek out that special someone to share our existence… or, in truth, could it be our subconscious is meticulously continuing an unending search for that one true love?

Is ‘Love’ therefore, nourishment for the soul, in the same way as food is nourishment for the body? Both essential, but ‘love’ more infinitely beautiful. . .


Is the ‘soul’ then, not the spiritual, immaterial portion of our being? It could be argued as being immortal . . . If true, why do we need to take on a physical form in continuation of our existence?

Perhaps, only in physical form can our soul/incorporeal being appreciate fully the connection with other beings, and more importantly with expressing our sincerity with our soulmate.

If that were the case would that make ‘love at first sight’ as no more than two soul mates recognising each other through eons of time?




How does one define “Life”?

A condition that separates animals and plants from inorganic matter, and allowing it the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change; but what if it is more than the obvious?

What if “life” is only a small fraction of the infinite existence of an incorporeal being that takes on a physical form to enable it to recharge in strength and grow its knowledge?

In the same way as some plants die only to be reborn the following Spring, why is it not possible for corporeal being to cease to exist so that its incorporeal form can transgress beyond the limitation of set boundaries that are the expectations set to animal life form?

We’re all born into a new life at one time or another to commence a journey of discovery…. or is it, in fact, a continuation of a life once lived?