Regal Crest Authors - Anna Furtado

Anna Furtado is the author of The Briarcrest Chronicles series, novels set in the Renaissance about women who just can't seem to keep from getting in trouble with Church and local authorities. The novels are love stories with plenty of romantic tension and action. The Heart's Desire-Book One of the Briarcrest Chronicles was a finalist for the Golden Crown Literary Society "Goldie" award and tells the story of a noblewoman and a spice merchant in a progressive English town. The Heart's Strength-Book Two was nominated for several awards and continues the story begun in Book One. It includes the introduction of a new generation of strong women. The Heart's Longing-Book Three brings the story full-circle as one of the contemporary characters straddles the past and the present to find answers to a mystery, all the while falling in love.

In addition to writing fiction, Anna is also a regular contributor of reviews on lesbian fiction for the Lambda Literary Review. Anna is married to her partner of over 25 years and they live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Award: 2005 Goldie Awards finalist

Date of Award: 06/25/2005

The Heart's Desire was a finalist for the 2005 Goldie in the romance category

Award Web Site: GCLS

Current Releases

Tremble and Burn

When Dr. Elizabeth Kellogg arrives in San Francisco from Baltimore in December, 1905, to begin a medical practice funded by wealthy matrons, she's not only running toward a new life-she's running away from her old one. Threats from a ruthless brother, who threatened to expose her affair with woman, make Elizabeth determined not to compromise her reputation as she begins this new phase of her life. All is well, until she meets Maggie Weston.

Maggie is a vibrant woman, a photographer with a thriving studio on Market Street. She also harbors a secret, which brought her to San Francisco from Boston a few years before. Her work and her independence are fulfilling. She thinks she doesn't need anything more in her new life other than her photography and her volunteer work at the Quaker Mission-that is, until Elizabeth Kellogg walks into her shop.

The two women begin a friendship that leads to both wanting more. They feel the tremble and burn of love akin to their own personal earthquake. But will Elizabeth's desire to keep both their reputations free from gossip and dishonor, and Maggie's struggle with her own feelings, keep them from the love blossoming between them? And will the devastation of the San Francisco earthquake and fire keep them from having what both women know is their destiny?

Publication date: 12/01/2017
ISBN: 978-1-61929-354-0

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Incident At Elder Creek

Tucker Stevens returns home--a tiny, failing mining town--as head of a revitalization project to turn the place into a living history tourist attraction. Late one night, she finds herself in front of The St. Charles Saloon, dazed and disoriented, with no recollection of her last nine hours and no idea why she keeps hearing the word "forget."

After settling into her rented house on Yankee Hill Road, Leah Hudson has made a few friends and loves her job as the high school librarian in Portero. She's never met her absent landlord until the day Tucker shows up on her doorstep with assurances that she won't have to move now that Tucker's back in town. During that encounter, with the sparks of their mutual attraction flying, Leah decides to ignore Tucker's reluctance and takes matters into her own hands.

As the two women grow closer, Tucker struggles to make sense of the strange incidents going on all around her, and she embarks on a journey to find the answers to a missing padlock key, a possible kidnapping, and what her memories of a bartender from the Old West with a vendetta on her life mean. If Tucker doesn't succeed in fitting all the pieces together quickly in this tangled tale of secrets and trickery, she might lose the two things she has come to hold most dear--Leah and her sanity.

Publication date: 12/01/2016
ISBN: 978-1-61929-306-9

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Heart's Longing, The

Trinn Wells is an award-winning chef in one of the finest hotel restaurants in Boston. She should be content, but she's not. She hates her boss, her ex-girlfriend has left her in debt, she finds it impossible to meet her mother's expectations, and she's having strange dreams that disturb her sleep.

Sidney Wycombe is a prestigious London solicitor driven to preserve the memory of a place that no longer exists. When she tries to convince Trinn to help her in her efforts, Trinn hesitates, but finally arrives in London looking forward to an all-expenses paid holiday, a respite from her troubles.

As Sidney reveals the knowledge and lore of Briarcrest, Trinn's dreams become an alternate reality where she meets a man known only as Catty. As Trinn becomes more involved in Catty's world, she discovers that not everything is as it seems at the Briarcrest of old. When she learns that Catty is involved in some very dangerous activities, the two women from the future begin to worry for Trinn's safety.

While the women try to unlock the secrets of the past, they battle their growing feelings for one another-feelings that neither one of them is prepared to deal with, but which, in the end, neither of them can deny. Will Sidney be able let down her guard as noble protector of Briarcrest? Will Trinn let go of living up to other people's expectations and express her true feelings for Sidney?

The women of Briarcrest live! Travel back in time to find what the future holds for those who love the great castle and its inhabitants.

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Publication date: 01/10/2010
ISBN: 978-1-935053-26-2

Heart's Strength, The

Travel back in time to the early Renaissance and revisit
Catherine and Lydia as their story continues in
Book Two of The Briarcrest Chronicles

Lydia and Catherine have become the caretakers of Briarcrest. When a letter arrives from Catherine's old friend and former assistant, Sarah Pritchard, Catherine sets out on a journey that is both dangerous and embroiled in conflict.

Catherine encounters an old friend in Willowglen and forges a friendship with his daughter, Fiona. The tall, blue-eyed, raven-haired beauty becomes an important ally when two churchmen from Spain set the town in turmoil claiming the authority of the Inquisition.

Suddenly, friends and neighbors are under suspicion. Lydia joins Catherine, and the two women find that they and all whom they love are at the center of a terrible struggle. One of the priests, the Dark Monk, has long harbored a wicked secret and possesses ulterior motives. Catherine and Lydia are beset by danger at every turn. Each must dig deeply to find strength of heart in the battle against the injustices they encounter. But with religion and society at odds, will they all survive the ordeal?

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Publication date: 11/10/2007
ISBN: 978-1-932300-93-2

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Heart's Desire, The

Travel back in time to the early Renaissance town of Willowglen Township. Catherine Hawkins, a spice merchant and healer, prepares for the autumn faire when she is captivated by a woman with the most beautiful eyes. Join Catherine as she struggles to come to grips with her feelings for a mysterious noblewoman and against those who mean to keep the two women from their 'heart's desire.' Can they overcome these obstacles? Find out in Book One of the Briarcrest Chronicles: The Heart's Desire

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Publication date: 06/01/2004
ISBN: 1-932300-32-5

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