Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Romance on the Lusitania: Love Story Hindered by Class, Time, and Promises.

Hello, Everyone!

I hope your week is going well. I'm back with another letter in the #AtoZChallenge. 

Today, I would like you all to welcome for the first time on my blog, a dear, sweet friend and fellow Crimson Romance author, Joanna Lloyd. Joanna is taking over the letter R and I can't wait for you to see what she has in store for you. 

Joanna, welcome to my blog. I'm so excited to have you. After this challenge is over, I would love for you to come back for an interview so we can all get to know you better. In the meantime, my space is all yours. 

R is for Romance on the Lusitania: Love Story Hindered by Class, Time, and Promises.

Joanna Lloyd ...

I am very excited to share Shadow Beneath the Sea with readers of Nancy Weeks’ Blog, especially as we approach the centenary of this shocking act of war against a passenger ship.

1915: Britain and Germany are at war and the waters off Great Britain have been declared a war zone. In six days the luxury ocean liner, Lusitania, sails from New York to England with 1,959 passengers on board.

The story of the 202nd Atlantic crossing of the luxury liner, Lusitania was one of the great maritime disasters of the last century. The actions of the German U-boat captain, as the great ship cruised the Irish coast, spawned a flood of conspiracy theories, investigations, a court case, hard questions of the British Admiralty, and targeted Captain William Turner as the scapegoat. The whole truth of this disaster was closely guarded to protect the actions or non-actions of the Admiralty.

However, there sailed on this ship a group of fictional characters whose motives for travel were as varied as their personalities. In the time it took to cross the Atlantic Ocean, in the microcosm of this floating universe, lies and deceit festered, secrets changed lives, money was made and lost and a deep and lasting passion ignited between Lillian Marshall and Edward James.


The great ship reverberated with the explosion, throwing Lillian against a deck chair. Stunned from the impact, she watched as debris, smoke and water erupted into a fountain and catapulted into the air. The strange conglomeration hovered above, as if considering a landing point, while a child’s multi-colored ball rolled carelessly down the deck. Then the funnel of water dropped, pummeling the deck, scattering splintered wood, bent metal and ripped canvas in every direction……
…Lillian closed her eyes, ready for the chilling drop to her death when suddenly someone gripped her body and she was pulled into Edward’s firm embrace. His arms trembled with the exertion of holding onto her while battling against the pitching ship. He dragged them both back from the edge and braced himself against a column of steel.
            She twisted her shivering body enough to face him. “You came for me.” She drew in a sobbing breath. “You cared enough to risk your life for me.”
            “I have no life if you’re not there to share it with me. What else could I do?” He buried his face in her hair.

Here is a short bio on Joanna Lloyd:  

Joanna Lloyd was born in Papua New Guinea and educated in Sydney, Australia. With a background in Psychology, she trained as a mediator and conducted Workplace and Family Law mediations for over twenty years. After muscular dystrophy caused her to be wheelchair bound, she transferred her fascination with human behaviour from real people to the written word. She now lives, and writes historical and contemporary fiction, in tropical Far North Queensland, Australia - her version of paradise.

Here are all the wonderful places you can find Joanna and her books:


Where you can BUY her amazing books:

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Joanna, thanks so much for taking over the letter R. The Shadow Beneath the Sea sounds fascinating and is going on my reading list. If anyone has any questions for Joanna about her amazing story or why she decided to use the Lusitania as her backdrop, please don't be shy!!!!. We love comments and will answer any questions you have in the comment section below.

That's it for today. Please be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks


  1. This was one of those books I found fascinating because I had no idea there was, essentially, a second Titanic in our history. But the story isn't a rehashing -- it stands on its own merit.

  2. I loved the research with this, Julie as it was as equally devastating as the Titanic but not so well known. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Julie, it is always a delight to see you have dropped by for a visit. I have no doubt that Shadow Beneath the Sea stands by its own merits and is a gripping story that will tug at my heart strings.

  4. Fabulous novel---but that's a given, as Joanna Lloyd's work is consistently excellent. Readers, you are in for a treat. And Jo, what a gorgeous new portrait of you! <3