Troubador A Passionate Spirit

Released: 28/11/2015

eISBN: 9781785893988

Format: eBook

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A Passionate Spirit


It’s a dream come true for 25 year old Zoe when she and her new husband, unconventional priest Theo, move to the Cotswold hills. But fearsome dreams about a young girl running for her life disturb Zoe and she can’t shake off the idea that a child’s life is in danger... and so is hers. When two unexpected guests arrive, James and Natasha, Zoe’s friend Alice immediately senses something amiss with?them – and particularly Natasha; but no-one except Zoe agrees with her. Natasha embarks on a series of mysterious healings which astonish other guests and convince them that she is a miracle worker. But Zoe can’t abandon her feelings of unease. Then a series of disturbing events hits the centre; Zoe fears that Theo has been unfaithful to her, and Theo falls into severe depression for which Zoe believes Natasha to be responsible. When Zoe confronts her she is completely unprepared for the terror she is about to face. Zoe will need more than the loyalty and strength of Alice to survive the frightening paranormal forces that are unleashed against her... A Passionate Spirit is a fast-paced and thrilling novel that will keep readers in suspense throughout. Inspired by Susan Howatch and Barbara Erskine, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy paranormal thrillers.

SC Skillman's first novel "Mystical Circles", published by Luminarie, is available both in paperback and as an ebook.

It is a prequel to "A Passionate Spirit". Both books can be read as standalone, but if you're going to read both, "A Passionate Spirit" follows on from the events of "Mystical Circles"; it's set in the same gracious Cotswolds manor house
and takes place three years later, taking forward three of the characters from the first novel.

In "Mystical Circles", Juliet sets off to rescue her younger sister Zoe from the clutches of a mystical cult.

“Hi, you in crowded, stressed old London from me in the peaceful, perfect Cotswolds. Massive change of plan. I’m in love. Craig’s gorgeous, sexy, intelligent. Paradise here. Staying forever.”

Juliet, concerned that her younger sister has fallen in love with the charismatic Craig, leader of the Wheel of Love, sets off for the Cotswolds to investigate.

She arrives at Craig’s community hoping to mount a rescue. But intrigues, liaisons and relationships flare and flourish or fizzle out quickly within this close circle, and despite her reservations, Juliet is drawn into the Wheel of Love… with completely unforeseen consequences.


Sheila takes bookings as a speaker at local groups, where she talks on "The Power of Story", and on "The Highs and Lows of the Writing Life". She also attends several fairs and events throughout the year, where she signs and sells her books.


So far, as at March 2018, the events calendar for 2018 is as follows:

Wed 13 June to the South Warwickshire NHS Retirement Fellowship in Warwick
Fri 15 June to the Warwickshire NHS Retirement Group in Warwick
Wed 7 Nov to the Northgate Methodist Church Guild in Warwick

Sat 31 March - Easter Craft and Gift Fair in Atherstone
Sun 20 May - Spring Artisan Fair in Nuneaton
Fri 1- Sun 3 June - Author Stall at the UK Games Expo, Birmingham NEC
Sat 8 Dec - Christmas Market at King Edwar VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon

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S C Skillman

SC Skillman studied English Literature at Lancaster University. She has previously worked within a BBC radio production office and later spent four years in Australia. She now lives in Warwickshire with her husband David, their son Jamie and daughter Abigail.

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