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FORBIDDEN (kapu)

In her nightmare, Serena runs through the Hawaiian landscape, tripping over outcroppings of lava rocks in the moonless night.

Coming ever closer, his bony hands reach for her. Losing her breath, she pushes on to escape him.

He wants to bathe in my blood. I can’t let him catch me.

Behind her, his footsteps sound nearer. Something grabs her arm and she screams, determined not to go in silence.

Why is he shaking my arm? Get it over with, can’t you?

Sobbing, she gives up, defeated at last.

“Serena, Serena! Wake up, you’re safe. I’ve got you.” Josiah pulls her against his hard body.

“What…how did you find me? Where did he go?”

The man she loves embraces her. “It will be all right, hush now. I promise he’ll never find us. You had another nightmare, that’s all.”

“No, you don’t understand. Look how far he came to find me. The Inquisitor will never stop until I’m dead…”


​FORBIDDEN (kapu), the upcoming thriller from author Sharon Drane. Set in beautiful 1898 Hawaii, this dark mystery with its chilling, mesmerizing protagonist will keep you awake at night. Download a sneak peek HERE 

HIS WICKED LADY

The pompous laughter of Baron William Hargreaves assaults her ears. “I say, where did you find such a dress, or should I say mess? I thought even in America one would know such a garish garment would be ridiculed.” His hand drifts to the immaculate cravat at his throat as he sneers at her, one supercilious eyebrow raised.

Caroline Burgess despairs of her attraction to a man who ridicules her at every turn. A beautiful man who belongs to her only in the dreams he inspires. But no matter what viciousness he throws at her, Caroline recognizes the longing in his eyes, matched with a secret longing of her own.

Baron Hargreaves tries to hide his growing attraction to the beautiful blonde American, rumored to be wealthier than the Queen herself. It would never do for him to attach himself to an American, much less an actress. An actress! He would never survive the scandal.

But William is caught up in his own appalling disgrace at the revelation of a product of a youthful indiscretion. The only way to rescue his son from a life of poverty and raise him as a Hargreaves is to marry the child’s mother, even though he cannot stand the sight of her.

Just as William begins to understand who he is and find the answers he has searched for, Caroline shoots a man to death in full daylight on a London street. With the remains of her reputation in shreds she boards a ship for America, effectively putting an ocean between herself and the man she can never have.

When a sudden twist in his extraordinary life offers William one last chance at the one woman he cannot live without, he goes to Caroline—only to find her in the arms of another man.

TOUCH THE SKY

His accusations of treason executed her father . . .

The last person Celeste wants to see stands before her smiling as if nothing had happened.

Colonel Sheridan St. John smiled at her as if nothing had happened.  Rage overtakes her as she notes Colonel Sheridan St. John is still muscled and blond with those hypnotic dark blue eyes. She cannot forgive him for what he has done. She cannot not forgive herself for loving him still.  

Now three years after the execution, St. John is tasked with informing Celeste that the Prince-Regent affirmed Baron Hargreaves to be innocent of all charges, and declared Celeste and her siblings wards of Sheridan’s father, the powerful Duke of Richmond.  Their titles are restored. Reparations will be made to the Hargreaves family.

Sheridan seeks to win Celeste’s love once more.  A seasoned veteran of war, he will conduct his campaign for Celeste’s heart as he had no other. It is the most important of his life, and will determine if he will . . . Touch the Sky

TRUST YOUR HEART

Amelia St. John and Joshua Hawthorne fall in love at first sight. But separated by circumstance rather than ideology, they find themselves on opposite sides during the bitter Civil War. Amelia, convinced Joshua no longer loves her, marries another man.

Each struggles with their own private war. Joshua fights with the Union Army, surviving its bloodiest conflicts, while Amelia fights her war deep in the Confederacy.  She battles starvation, sickness, and the death of her husband as she struggles to provide for her young son.

When the war ends, the carefree girl Joshua remembered is now a disillusioned, wounded soul and a fiercely protective mother. The only male in her life she will ever allow herself to love again is her son.

Can Joshua earn back Amelia’s trust? Love is always full of possibilities.

SWEPT AWAY

Stolen from her family and friends, Mignon is completely at the mercy of ruthless pirates.

Once a self-assured outgoing debutante, the accidental death of her young husband has sent Lady Mignon Hargreaves Radcliffe into ten long years of mourning and hiding from life. Seeing no one outside her immediate family, she lives vicariously on their exploits while confined to her childhood chamber and her widow’s weeds.

Until the day she meets a ship’s captain from Virginia. The tall, handsome American pursues her from the moment they meet, determined to make her his and bring her back into the world. Her turncoat family actually helps him court her, the traitors!

After a whirlwind courtship, she marries her captain and sails from London to Norfolk. Their relationship grows along with their love, but Mignon’s adventure is just beginning.

In Virginia, Mignon’s life is very different from the world of British aristocracy. She explores new ways and places. She meets a pirate friend of her husband, the handsome Powhatan man who courts her sister-in-law, and steps out of her cage of mourning forever.

But her former life catches up with her when an old enemy employs vicious pirates to kidnap Mignon and sell her in the Moroccan slave markets.

A well-trained debutante is prepared for any social situation. But Mignon wonders if she has learned enough to escape the fate planned for her.

Continue the journey with the St Johns family in Mignon’s story, Swept Away.

FORBIDDEN (kapu)

In her nightmare, Serena runs through the Hawaiian landscape, tripping over outcroppings of lava rocks in the moonless night.

Coming ever closer, his bony hands reach for her. Losing her breath, she pushes on to escape him.

He wants to bathe in my blood. I can’t let him catch me.

Behind her, his footsteps sound nearer. Something grabs her arm and she screams, determined not to go in silence.

Why is he shaking my arm? Get it over with, can’t you?

Sobbing, she gives up, defeated at last.

“Serena, Serena! Wake up, you’re safe. I’ve got you.” Josiah pulls her against his hard body.

“What…how did you find me? Where did he go?”

The man she loves embraces her. “It will be all right, hush now. I promise he’ll never find us. You had another nightmare, that’s all.”

“No, you don’t understand. Look how far he came to find me. The Inquisitor will never stop until I’m dead…”


​FORBIDDEN (kapu), the upcoming thriller from author Sharon Drane. Set in beautiful 1898 Hawaii, this dark mystery with its chilling, mesmerizing protagonist will keep you awake at night. Download a sneak peek HERE 

TOUCH THE SKY

His accusations of treason executed her father . . .

The last person Celeste wants to see stands before her smiling as if nothing had happened.

Colonel Sheridan St. John smiled at her as if nothing had happened.  Rage overtakes her as she notes Colonel Sheridan St. John is still muscled and blond with those hypnotic dark blue eyes. She cannot forgive him for what he has done. She cannot not forgive herself for loving him still.  

Now three years after the execution, St. John is tasked with informing Celeste that the Prince-Regent affirmed Baron Hargreaves to be innocent of all charges, and declared Celeste and her siblings wards of Sheridan’s father, the powerful Duke of Richmond.  Their titles are restored. Reparations will be made to the Hargreaves family.

Sheridan seeks to win Celeste’s love once more.  A seasoned veteran of war, he will conduct his campaign for Celeste’s heart as he had no other. It is the most important of his life, and will determine if he will . . . Touch the Sky

SWEPT AWAY

Stolen from her family and friends, Mignon is completely at the mercy of ruthless pirates.

Once a self-assured outgoing debutante, the accidental death of her young husband has sent Lady Mignon Hargreaves Radcliffe into ten long years of mourning and hiding from life. Seeing no one outside her immediate family, she lives vicariously on their exploits while confined to her childhood chamber and her widow’s weeds.

Until the day she meets a ship’s captain from Virginia. The tall, handsome American pursues her from the moment they meet, determined to make her his and bring her back into the world. Her turncoat family actually helps him court her, the traitors!

After a whirlwind courtship, she marries her captain and sails from London to Norfolk. Their relationship grows along with their love, but Mignon’s adventure is just beginning.

In Virginia, Mignon’s life is very different from the world of British aristocracy. She explores new ways and places. She meets a pirate friend of her husband, the handsome Powhatan man who courts her sister-in-law, and steps out of her cage of mourning forever.

But her former life catches up with her when an old enemy employs vicious pirates to kidnap Mignon and sell her in the Moroccan slave markets.

A well-trained debutante is prepared for any social situation. But Mignon wonders if she has learned enough to escape the fate planned for her.

Continue the journey with the St Johns family in Mignon’s story, Swept Away.

HIS WICKED LADY

The pompous laughter of Baron William Hargreaves assaults her ears. “I say, where did you find such a dress, or should I say mess? I thought even in America one would know such a garish garment would be ridiculed.” His hand drifts to the immaculate cravat at his throat as he sneers at her, one supercilious eyebrow raised.

Caroline Burgess despairs of her attraction to a man who ridicules her at every turn. A beautiful man who belongs to her only in the dreams he inspires. But no matter what viciousness he throws at her, Caroline recognizes the longing in his eyes, matched with a secret longing of her own.

Baron Hargreaves tries to hide his growing attraction to the beautiful blonde American, rumored to be wealthier than the Queen herself. It would never do for him to attach himself to an American, much less an actress. An actress! He would never survive the scandal.

But William is caught up in his own appalling disgrace at the revelation of a product of a youthful indiscretion. The only way to rescue his son from a life of poverty and raise him as a Hargreaves is to marry the child’s mother, even though he cannot stand the sight of her.

Just as William begins to understand who he is and find the answers he has searched for, Caroline shoots a man to death in full daylight on a London street. With the remains of her reputation in shreds she boards a ship for America, effectively putting an ocean between herself and the man she can never have.

When a sudden twist in his extraordinary life offers William one last chance at the one woman he cannot live without, he goes to Caroline—only to find her in the arms of another man.

TRUST YOUR HEART

Amelia St. John and Joshua Hawthorne fall in love at first sight. But separated by circumstance rather than ideology, they find themselves on opposite sides during the bitter Civil War. Amelia, convinced Joshua no longer loves her, marries another man.

Each struggles with their own private war. Joshua fights with the Union Army, surviving its bloodiest conflicts, while Amelia fights her war deep in the Confederacy.  She battles starvation, sickness, and the death of her husband as she struggles to provide for her young son.

When the war ends, the carefree girl Joshua remembered is now a disillusioned, wounded soul and a fiercely protective mother. The only male in her life she will ever allow herself to love again is her son.

Can Joshua earn back Amelia’s trust? Love is always full of possibilities.

Sharon Drane Full Bio

Author and actress Sharon Drane is noted for her kazooing skills. But that’s only scratching the surface of her many talents.

Sharon began dance lessons at two years of age. At age six, she appeared in her very first play. She got the part because the lovely little blue-eyed blond couldn’t remember the lines. Sharon not only remembered her own lines but everybody else’s as well. Thus began her directing career.

In her teen years, her dance school produced occasional specials on local television. She appeared as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, the lead in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, and as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. (She REALLYwanted to dance the witch, but she got stuck with boring old Dorothy.)

In her high school drill team, she not only performed dance routines, but twirled as well. (Hence the arthritic hands in her “maturity.”) She marched in several annual parades, including the annual Thanksgiving season parade through downtown Dallas, and she can still hear the tapping of her majorette boots along the street and feel the rhythmic swing of the gigantic tassels.

One year, they put the horses first in the parade—only in Texas, right? The girl marching in front of Sharon had the misfortune to step in a large pile of warm road apples. It got on her tassels and as she marched, she slung it on all the girls in front and beside her. Sharon strategically positioned hers elf behind her, and was spared. Although she was treated to an ongoing chorus of “Eeeeewwwwwww!”

At the age of 16, Sharon’s grandmother insisted on classical voice lessons. (Read: opera). Sharon’s great-aunt and great-uncle were professional singers; her great uncle was famous in Northeast Florida for his basso profundo voice.(Profundo means really LOW)

Sharon studied voice for six years. Her range is Mezzo Soprano, since she’d have to be struck with an electric cattle prod to hit some of the notes in the high soprano arias, like Un Bel Di, her all-time favorite from Madame Butterfly.

In concerts, she always sang something from Carmen, an opera written for a mezzo.

As a drama major in college, she appeared in lots of productions. The standout was Arsenic and Old Lace in which she played Aunt Abby. She toured Mexico performing that play with a Spanish libretto in the program. Arsenico y Encaje was a huge hit. They played several places but her favorite was the Teatro Principal in Puebla, the oldest theater on this continent. That was fun.

Sharon’s directing officially began in college where she directed Romeo and Juliet for her first project.

Over the years, Sharon has directed roughly 25 productions. and appeared in about as many plays in various theaters, primarily in Texas. (Dallas, De Soto, Duncanville, Bedford, Ft Worth, Austin, and Round Rock.)

Her favorite roles have been Marilla in Anne of Green Gables, for which she was nominated for an annual regional acting award in Austin. Unfortunately, she was beaten by the actress who played the spider in Charlotte’s Web, thereby learning the valuable lesson: never trust a spider.

She also loved playing The Countess in The Women, in which she appeared as a platinum blond. She played Eulalie McKechnie Shinn in a Dall as production of The Music Man, and Bloody Mary in South Pacific where she sang the beautiful Bali Hai and Happy Talk (a song by the same composers that made her want to. . . well, you get the idea.)

Her most memorable audience reaction came in that production when she finished singing Bali Hai. There was no reaction so she turned to carry on with the show. But before she could move, the mesmerized audience jumped to their feet and applauded like mad. One of the other cast members noted the crowd was too stunned to move right away. Sharon has always hoped that was a good thing.

One role Sharon always wanted to play but never did: Madame Rose in Gypsy. She also harbored a secret desire to sing the role of Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard. Lord knows, she is familiar with that score having played it almost to its demise.

While in Austin, Sharon auditioned for the prequel to Texas Chainsaw Massacre that was produced by Michael Bay. She got a callback to play the redneck factory worker who gave birth to Leatherface. The casting director was impressed when Sharon finished her scene, as she was overwhelmed with emotion.

The casting director said, “You’re a method actor!”

Sharon replied, “Yep.” It was just as well she didn’t get the part. That meant she was spared from having to see the film, a fact for which she is forever grateful.

Sharon started writing short stories and occasional poetry while in high school. One of her poems was so prized by a teacher hat she kept it and read to all her classes. It was an ode to the great power of the school’s football team (previous state champions) who finally lost a game. The way Sharon wrote it, it was a great big Greek tragedy. (Sharon has occasionally been told she can be overly dramatic.)

Sharon got involved with Star Trek fandom and started writing stories that were published in several fanzines. This led to her writing other Sci-Fi (or SyFy, according to the TV channel) stories and film reviews that were published. That led to her first two novels—one romance and one an apocalyptic sci-fi called Wildflowers. Both earned rejection form letters, and are currently living sealed in boxes where they belong.

In 2017, Sharon has published three novels and a novella, all part of her Regency romance Touch The Sky series. Swept Away, the second in the series, won the Historical category in the 2015 Ancient City Romance Authors Readers’ Choice contest.

In 2017, Sharon is stepping into a new genre with her new book, FORBIDDEN (Kapu). FORBIDDEN, her first mystery-thriller, features a ruthless serial killer so determined to make the lovely Serena Whitlock his next bridethat he

follows her from 1898 Vermont to the islands of Hawaii, where he stalks her relentlessly, promising her death by his hand with terrifying visits and taunting whispers.

Grab a free sample of Sharon’s great new book HERE.

 

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