Beth Camp Historical Fiction


Standing StonesWhen Lord Gordon claims his estate in the Orkney Islands in 1841, he evicts tenant farmers (crofters) to make room for sheep. Fisherman Mac McDonnell, protests the evictions, despite the impact his actions will have on his three brothers, Dougal, Colin, and Jamie -- and his sister, Moira. When their cottage is torn down and their boat confiscated, how will the McDonnell's survive? 

Standing Stones took second place for historical fiction in the 2010 Pacific Northwest Writers Association writing contest. PNWA judges called Standing Stones ". . . a very promising work, with appeal to a broad audience, peppered with a variety of characters the reader can identify with sympathetically or instantly distrust.”  Available on Amazon (e-book, paperback, and audiobook). Listen to the audiobook sample narrated by voice actor Darryl Kurylo HERE.

Years of Stone. Transported for protesting evictions in the Orkney Islands, Mac McDonnell faces a seven year sentence. Alone, uncertain of the future, Mac is surprised when Deidre Scott, his fianc√©, follows him to Van Diemen's Land in 1940's Australia. Deidre is determined to help Mac, but at what cost? Both face challenges beyond their wildest expectations and fears in this rough and tumble penal colony. Available on Amazon (e-book, paperback).

In Rivers of Stone, Catriona disguises herself as a boy to join the Hudson’s Bay Company and follow her husband, Dougal McDonnell, during the fur trade era. Once in Canada, Dougal is sent west with the fur brigade, but Cat remains behind. Can they be reunited? Will they achieve the dreams that brought them to the wilderness? Available on Amazon (e-book, paperback).

NOTE: Each of the books about the McDonnell Clan can be read as a stand-alone story. Standing Stones and Years of Stone focus on the relationship between Mac and Diedre. Rivers of Stone follows the adventures of Catriona and Dougal McDonnell.

The Mermaid Quilt & Other TalesFrom the frozen Arctic to Mexico, Scotland, Russia, Brazil, and the United States, this collection of short stories and poems about mermaids, sometimes funny, sometimes dark, some shaped by myth from long ago, speak of love, revenge, and redemption. They reinforce our yearning for something good and beautiful, and they reveal a fragile line between reality and magic. Available on Amazon (e-book, paperback)

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