My Novels and Short Stories

NOVELS

SPIRIT OF LOST ANGELS
Book 1 in The Bone Angel Trilogy
(Each book in the trilogy is a standalone)

Her mother executed for witchcraft, her father dead at the hand of a noble, Victoire Charpentier vows to rise above her poor peasant roots.

Forced to leave her village of Lucie-sur-Vionne for domestic work in Paris, Victoire suffers gruesome abuse under the ancien régime. Can she muster the bravery and skill to join the revolutionary force gripping France, and overthrow the corrupt, diabolical aristocracy?


Spirit of Lost Angels traces the journey of a bone angel talisman passed down through generations. The women of L’Auberge des Anges face tragedy and betrayal in a world where their gift can be their curse. Amidst the tumult of revolutionary France, this is a 
 story of courage, hope and love.

"This fabulous novel charts one woman’s journey through tragedy, betrayal, madness and loss before, during and after the French Revolution. Victoire Charpentier’s resilience and courage against social and economic hardship, and her ability to love, to nurture and to heal make this a novel to treasure – one for the special bookshelf! It is, quite simply, a story that will leave the reader coming back to read it again and again."
Lorraine Mace – writer, columnist, and author of Bad Moon Rising, Frances di Plino

Buy Spirit of Lost Angels at your favourite retailer HERE


Listen to a podcast from Spirit of Lost Angels
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WOLFSANGEL
Book 2 in The Bone Angel Trilogy


Seven decades after German troops march into her village, Céleste Roussel is still unable to assuage her guilt.
1943. German soldiers occupy provincial Lucie-sur-Vionne, and as the villagers pursue treacherous schemes to deceive and swindle the enemy, Céleste embarks on her own perilous mission as her passion for a Reich officer flourishes.
When her loved ones are deported to concentration camps, Céleste is drawn into the vortex of this monumental conflict, and the adventure and danger of French Resistance collaboration.
As she confronts the harrowing truths of the Second World War’s darkest years, Céleste is forced to choose: pursue her love for the German officer, or answer General de Gaulle’s call to fight for France.
Her fate suspended on the fraying thread of her will, Celeste gains strength from the angel talisman bequeathed to her through her lineage of healer kinswomen. But the decision she makes will shadow the remainder of her days.
A woman’s unforgettable journey to help liberate Occupied France, Wolfsangel is a stirring portrayal of the courage and resilience of the human mind, body and spirit.

Buy Wolfsangel at your favourite retailer HERE

Listen to a PODCAST of Wolfsangel

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BLOOD ROSE ANGEL
Book 3 in The Bone Angel Trilogy
LONGLISTED in MsLexia Women's Novel Competition, 2015

1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.

Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.

Fearful that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. A
midst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honour the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.

Blood Rose Angel, from the spellbinding The Bone Angel series, tells a story of continuing family traditions, friendships overcoming adversity, and how good and evil are too often bestowed on fellow humans in the name of faith––Zoe Saadia, author of  'The Rise of the Aztecs' and 'The Peacemaker' series.
                         
Medicine, religion, and love intertwine in this captivating, richly-detailed portrait of a young woman’s search for identity as the Black Death makes its first inroads into Europe. Liza Perrat uses her training as a midwife and her experiences living in a French village to create a compelling and unforgettable heroine determined to heal the sick in a world still ruled by superstition––C. P. Lesley, author of The Golden Lynx and The Winged Horse

Buy Blood Rose Angel HERE
 
Interview on New Books in Historical Fiction.

Interview on The Back Porch Writer radio show.

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 THE BONE ANGEL TRILOGY BOXSET
(FRENCH HISTORICAL FICTION)


Three standalone stories from French village Lucie-sur-Vionne spanning six hundred years. Three midwife-healer women all linked by the same bone angel talisman. Explore their tragedies and triumphs during the French Revolution (Spirit of Lost Angels), WW2 Nazi-occupied France (Wolfsangel) and the 1348 Black Plague (Blood Rose Angel).

Buy The Bone Angel boxset HERE (E-Book only):

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 THE SILENT KOOKABURRA
(Psychological Suspense 1970s Australia)
 
All eleven-year-old Tanya Randall wants is a happy family. But Mum does nothing besides housework, Dad’s always down the pub and Nanna Purvis moans at everyone except her dog. Then Shelley arrives –– the miracle baby who fuses the Randall family in love for their little gumnut blossom.

Tanya’s life gets even better when she meets an uncle she didn’t know she had. He tells her she’s beautiful and could be a model. Her family refuses to talk about him. But that’s okay, it’s their little secret.

Then one blistering summer day tragedy strikes, and the surrounding mystery and suspicion tear apart this fragile family web.

Embracing the social changes of 1970s Australia, against a backdrop of native fauna and flora, The Silent Kookaburra is a haunting exploration of the blessings, curses and tyranny of memory.

Unsettling psychological suspense blending the intensity of Wally Lamb with the atmosphere of Peter James, this story will get under your skin.

Buy The Silent Kookaburra HERE
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 THE SWOOPING MAGPIE
(Medical Drama 1970s Australia)


The thunderclap of sexual revolution collides with the black cloud of illegitimacy.

Sixteen-year-old Lindsay Townsend is pretty and popular at school. At home, it’s a different story. Dad belts her and Mum’s either busy or battling a migraine. So when sexy school-teacher Jon Halliwell finds her irresistible, Lindsay believes life is about to change.

She’s not wrong.

Lindsay and Jon pursue their affair in secret, because if the school finds out, Jon will lose his job. If Lindsay’s dad finds out, there will be hell to pay. But when a dramatic accident turns her life upside down, Lindsay is separated from the man she loves.

Events spiral beyond her control, emotions conflicting with doubt, loneliness and fear, and Lindsay becomes enmeshed in a shocking true-life Australian scandal. The schoolyard beauty will discover the dangerous games of the adult world. Games that destroy lives.

Lindsay is forced into the toughest choice of her young life. The resulting trauma will forever burden her heart.

Reflecting the social changes of 1970s Australia, The Swooping Magpie is a chilling psychological tale of love, loss and grief, and, through collective memory, finding we are not alone.

A searing tale of lost innocence – compelling writing from an author at the top of her game. Lorraine Mace, author of the D.I. Paolo Sterling crime series.

Capturing the attitude and angst of the teen years, and all the atmosphere of the late sixties, The Swooping Magpie’s sizzling narrative and cracking pace hooked me from the start. It’s a tearjerker too… I actually cried. Dr. Carol Cooper, journalist and novelist.

 

Buy The Swooping Magpie HERE

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SHORT STORIES COLLECTION

 FRIENDS, FAMILY AND OTHER STRANGERS FROM DOWNUNDER



Fourteen humorous, shocking, heart-wrenching tales about Australian people for readers everywhere. Features several award-winning stories.

Available as an e-book from all Amazon Stores.

Listen to Santa Never Made It - on a podcast

"Liza Perrat has compiled fourteen stories covering the full range of emotions and experiences. The depth of characterisation, superb dialogue and scene setting which puts the reader right into the story makes this collection storytelling at its absolute best. I cannot recommend it highly enough."
Lorraine Mace – writer, columnist and author.








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