Janet Lane writes adventure fiction in the medieval romance and contemporary women’s fiction genres. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, where she completed the creative writing program. She leads writer’s workshops, serves as a writing contest judge, and is a frequent contributor to RMFW’s monthly newsletter, The Rocky Mountain Writer.
Her debut novel, Tabor’s Trinket, received critical acclaim and made the Denver best-seller list. Emerald Silk, part two in the Coin Forest series, received a Grade A review in The Rocky Mountain News: “This fast-moving, smoothly constructed historical novel (features) well-drawn characters and … strong sense of time and place.” #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Lara Adrian called it “..an enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”
Janet was a featured author in RMFW Press’s Tales from Mistwillow, and co-chaired the editorial board for Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for the Colorado Book Award.
Janet lives with her husband in Colorado, surrounded by a forest of conifers, herds of deer, an occasional black bear and a snorting Chihuahua. She welcomes your comments and and feedback via her blog and/or reviews of her novels.
Tabor’s Trinket (Historical Romance)
This best-selling, award-winning novel, released to critical acclaim in 2006, is now available in Kindle format. Love proves perilous in this Pretty Woman/Pride and Prejudice tale set in 15th century England.
Sold as a slave in Romania for seven pounds and three solidi, a Gypsy girl escapes a slave ship infected with the plague. As an adult, she performs her silky, exotic dances to earn enough to sustain herself and the toddling orphan girl she adopted. She yearns for relief from the grinding poverty, and a secure home. Having been violated by a nobleman posing as her hero, she wants naught of any other man of title, and also scorns the dubious Gypsy king who pursues her. She meets the dashing Lord Tabor at the autumn fair in Winchester, who softens her resolve to avoid noblemen.
Though possessed of a stately castle with prosperous lands, Tabor teeters on the brink of losing all his holdings. A powerful noble has attacked Tabor’s castle, determined to seize his lands. Tabor seeks revenge for his older brother’s murder, but the crown, held by an infant king and his feuding uncles, has abandoned him.
Then Tabor is offered a sizeable dowry that can save his holdings. He need only wed an earl’s daughter. But he has fallen in love with Sharai, and they are locked in a slow dance of desire. His refusal to abandon Sharai plunges them into life-and-death struggles–and a painful choice between duty and love.
“This adventurous and chivalrous story succeeds on many levels. An emotionally satisfying tale.” –Romantic Times
“Tabor’s Trinket” has made Janet Lane one of my favorite authors. I loved the book! If you’re looking for wonderful story-telling, unforgettable characters, and a marvelous sense of time and place, you must read Janet Lane.” –Maggie Osborne, RITA-award-winning author
“Fans of medieval romance will be thrilled with the tightly written plot. It is a story of love in the face of prejudice and misunderstanding, set in a time wrought with intrigue and political machinations. Ms. Lane’s debut novel grips the reader from the first page to the last, and Lord Tabor is a wonderful hero. A knight who reads books of romance is sure to steal any heart. This is a thoroughly enjoyable story in which to lose one’s cares. Go ye forth and seek out Tabor’s Trinket, it far surpasses being a bauble. Indeed, ‘twould more likely be called a small treasure. –loveromance.com
“Debut novelist Janet Lane pens a descriptive story set in a period of great political unrest when a man of honor is hard to find. This is a romance, so we know there will be a great conclusion. It’s the fun of finding out how that makes Tabor’s Trinket intriguing. Pick up this title and enjoy the read.” –Romance Reviews Today
Emerald Silk (Historical Romance)
This best-selling, fast-paced romantic adventure garnered rave reviews an is scheduled to release in Kindle format on Oct. 25, 2014, available now as a pre-order. It’s set in autumn, 1448 at England’s Applewood horse fair in Wessex. The midnight peace is shattered when monastic knights invade the camp to reclaim a treasured chalice stolen by a Gypsy. The attack sets in motion a string of deadly pursuits, a mystery murder, and a political crisis involving the most prominent bishop in England.
In the center of the chaos, the beautiful half-Gypsy, Kadriya, yearns for true love. Raised by English nobility, she has passed the threshold of womanhood. Spurned for her mixed blood, she is now twenty and longs for acceptance. With one foot planted firmly in each of her ethnic shorelines, Kadriya struggles to find her place in the world. Teraf, an impetuous Gypsy tribal king of surpassing charm, proposes she choose her Romani legacy. When Kadriya accepts, she starts a wild journey that challenges her loyalties and tests her courage.
This historical adventure unfolds when Kadriya arrives at the horse fair, where Teraf will announce their betrothal. Kadriya stands at his side, basking in the warmth of her realized dream.
The dream becomes a nightmare, though, when Teraf is accused of stealing an emerald chalice and a powerful knight, John Wynter, delivers her fiancé to the gallows. Sir John hates foreigners, but it is this man alone who holds the key to Kadriya’s freedom. His bigotry blinds him, and if this fierce knight cannot regain his vision, he may fail in his duty. This rousing adventure is as tantalizing as the arousing love story within for, in a single bell’s toll, their life and happiness rest on finding the power of love—and one elusive chalice.
ENCHANTING! “An enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”
… New York Times Best-selling Author Lara Adrian, writing as Tina St. John
GRADE A! “This fast-moving, smoothly constructed historical novel quickly pulls readers into 15th century England and its growing discrimination against Gypsies. Well-drawn characters and the strong sense of time and place will have readers rushing to read Tabor’s Trinket, the prequel to this book.
… Joan Hinkemeyer, Rocky Mountain News
RICH CHARACTERS IN A LUSH SETTING “A page turner filled with prejudice, betrayal, loyalty, shame and passion. A powerful tale that shows the destructive power of racism and the enlightening journey one can take to overcome a lifetime of differences. This is a story that I would recommend to all.”
… Anthonette Dotson, Romance Reviews Today
HOT! “Lane’s Gypsies, tramps and thieves all have their own agenda in this enjoyable tale of love. There are interesting secondary characters, including a trained monkey.
… Faith V. Smith, Romantic Times Book Reviews
Traitor’s Moon (Historical Romance)
Harvest Festival, 1459 – Under the dark night of a traitor’s moon, with her father not yet buried, Nicole Miles marries the man who killed him–without the king’s blessing and under the shadow of her family’s curse. Nicole doesn’t care whether her new husband believes in the rumors that her womb is cursed. All she knows is she must protect her young brother and their family’s holdings from being seized by her covetous uncle or forfeited to the king.
Then the Battle of Blore Heath erupts, the first significant fight in the War of the Roses, and Stephen, of mixed blood, must face Nicole’s uncle. The chaos of a battlefield is a perfect breeding place for treachery, and the uncle stages an incident that leads the king to declare Stephen a traitor. Only Nicole can help him, but she finds no evidence to prove his innocence, and it is, in the end, a matter of trust. And, who can trust a Gypsy?
Heartbreak at Red Bridge (Historical Romance)
Joya Ellingham knows which side she’s on in the War of the Roses – definitely Red! Then she’s kidnapped by Luke, Baron of Penry, a White Rose leader of a secret attack on King Henry. Luke saves her life—and claims her heart. Can either side give?