Bio: Joan Van Nuys was raised in a family of violinists and for many years carried on the tradition of orchestral playing. A writing career beckoned when one of her daughters moved to Norway and Joan began putting her many adventures into story form. A sweet romance featuring a Norwegian hero netted her an agent but was never published. She went on to write two more category romances as Marianna Essex and has since produced seven historical romances. Joan, who recently lost her husband of 45 years to cancer, has three daughters, four granddaughters (two of them Norwegian), three cats, and she has lived in the same old ivy-covered house in northwestern Pennsylvania for many years. She's an avid fan of Star Trek Second Generation, Star Trek Voyager, The Young and the Restless, and she loves reading, gardening, pingpong and exploring old towns in Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We at Hard Shell Word Factory join the romance world in mourning the passing of this talented author, who left us on May 20th, 2000. Please visit Joan's Web Page and sign her guestbook as a tribute.
A Love as Timeless as the Midnight Sun. Wild and free, beautiful Sunniva Mellby had no interest in the housewifely arts her mother taught her; nor would she meekly accept the middle-aged bridegroom her father proposed. There was only one man for her--Raven, as fierce and proud as his namesake--and she would risk banishment to ride unfettered at his side. Only his kisses turned her blood to fire, only his hard warrior's body could penetrate her maidenly reserve. Yet on the very morn of their wedd... more info>>
Kinswoman to Ireland's greatest warrior, flame-haired Brianna believed that the Norsemen who plundered her land were barbarians, and she would gladly have given her life to help defeat the sea-roving raiders. So when the Viking warrior Wulf Thorsson mistook her for a thrall and carried her off to his Dublin stronghold, she had no qualms about posing as a slave if the ruse would strike a blow against her hated enemies. Although Wulf treated her gently, Brianna vowed never to give in to the passio... more info>>