Elizabeth Ellen Carter is an award-winning historical romance writer who pens richly detailed historical romantic adventures. A former newspaper journalist, Carter ran an award-winning PR agency for 12 years. She lives in Australia with her husband and two cats.
Elizabeth Ellen Carter’s debut novel, Moonstone Obsession, was first published in 2013. Earlier that year, the Regency adventure romance had been shortlisted in the Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Awards for Best Unpublished Manuscript. Set in England and France during the French Revolution, it was heralded as ‘edge-of-seat adventure and intrigue’ and ‘a rollercoaster of love, blackmail, ill-gotten gains, treason and trickery’ with Carter described as ‘a writer worth keeping an eye on’ with ‘a hint of classic suspense novelist Daphne du Maurier’.
Her second novel, Warrior’s Surrender, was published the following year. Set in Northumbria in 1077, it sets the relationship between a displaced Saxon noblewoman and a Norman baron against the turbulent backdrop of England in the years following the Norman invasion of 1066. Reviewers found the novel ‘a fast moving and passionate read’ with ‘strong characters, an intriguing plot, and plenty of action… a sexy romance to be savoured’. Readers agreed, voting Warrior’s Surrender Favourite Historical Fiction in the 2015 Readers & Writers Down Under Readers Choice Awards.
Also in 2014, the short story Moonstone Promise, spinning off from Moonstone Obsession, followed the fortunes of one of the supporting characters back home to 18th century Pittsburgh in a tale of ‘second chance romance’.
Carter moved up to 1802 for the light-hearted romantic short story Three Ships, part of the Christmas 2014 anthology A Season To Remember, and ventured briefly into contemporary romance for the first time with her Romance Writers of Australia annual Little Gems competition placegetter, The Tin Bear, in August 2015.
Another Moonstone Obsession character, the sinful Lady Abigail Houghall, features in the full length novel Moonstone Conspiracy which was a 2015 finalist in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for best historical romance and was a nominee in the 2016 RONE Awards.
To cap off a busy 2015, Carter contributed September Harvest to the Second Chance Cafe anthology featuring award-winning and best-selling authors Susanne Bellamy and Noelle Clark. September Harvest is a gentle coming of age love story set among the itinerant hops harvesters in late 19th century Kent.
In 2016 Carter self-published Nocturne, a Regency gothic novella which was named by Australian Romance Today as one of the most anticipated romance titles of 2016. In November of that year, Carter self-published a Victorian Christmas mystery-romance novella called The Thief of Hearts.
Following Dark Heart, Carter penned her first series, Heart of the Corsairs, also through Dragonblade Publishing. The three titles in the series are Captive of the Corsairs, Revenge of the Corsairs, and Shadow of the Corsairs.
Historical romantic adventures set on the Barbary Coast, the stories are woven around the activities of the crew of an English privateer vessel led by Captain Kit Hardacre as, between 1810 and 1816, they wage a very personal war against the slavers of the Barbary Coast.
They bring together the elements for which Elizabeth Ellen Carter has become known in just a few years – in-depth historical detail woven through gripping adventure and captivating romance.
She is currently finishing a romantic adventure series under the Dragonblade banner titled The King’s Rogues.
The series steps back to 1804 England where Adam Hardacre should be an officer in the Royal Navy but is condemned to the non-commissioned ranks because of his low birth. However, when he tries to quit, he is made an offer too tempting to refuse – create a band of adventurers who will spy in the service of England against Napoleon.
- 2013 Romance Writers of Australia Emerald Awards short list (Moonstone Obsession)
- 2015 Readers Writers Down Under People’s Choice for Historical Fiction (Warrior’s Surrender)
- 2015 Romance Writers of Australia Little Gem’s short story inclusion
- 2015 Australian Romance Readers Association finalist Historical Romance (Moonstone Conspiracy)
- Australian Romance Today Top 16 Most Anticipated Romance Titles of 2016 (Nocturne)
- 2016 RONE nominee (Moonstone Conspiracy)