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Cast, Crew & Carnage: The Filming of Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton

Cast, Crew & Carnage: The Filming of Castlewood Manor

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Deadly Receptions: The Debut of Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton

Deadly Receptions: The Debut of Castlewood Manor



Mistletoe and Mayhem Yuletide at Castlew



Double Trouble: Showtime at Castlewood Manor


Hearth Fires

Hearth Fires

An eclectic, six story collection of spooky stories that take you places!

Sensational Writers + Holiday Recipes

Sensational Writers + Holiday Recipes

Holiday celebrations start here! Food essays, recipes and cheer!

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Mistletoe and Mayhem: Yuletide at Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton listed by Book Authority as (Best mystery books of all time,Best suspense books of all time, and Best new realistic fiction 2020,) As featured on CNN, Forbes and Inc – BookAuthority identifies and rates the best books in the world, based on public mentions, recommendations, ratings and sentiment.




Cozy mystery with a British twist!


The English ancestral manor of Cherrywood Hall is ready to compete for selection in an upcoming British TV period drama series: the grounds are manicured, the mansion is polished, and the servants are poised. American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips has crossed the pond to help her cousin defeat the three other stately homes vying for the prize. What Gemma doesn’t realize is that this competition is life or death, and someone is taking that challenge literally. The occupants of one home are killed in an automobile accident, and murder becomes a frequent occurrence at the other locations. Who is behind the mayhem?


Selection would be a major coup for both the estate and the community. At first the other contestants seem to be likely suspects, but no one is quite certain as the tragedies continue. Could it even be Emma’s beloved cousin Evan, the surviving heir to the Lancaster fortune, or Kyle, his best friend and estate manager. With the Royal family in attendance at each event, the puzzle becomes a crucial one for Scotland Yard, and they enlist Gemma’s help to solve the mystery. When the competition’s winner is announced on New Year’s Eve, will Gemma’s future be forever tied to her ancestral past?

My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series


Book #1-The Crown For Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton


American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips, PhD, can tell you that owning and running a large estate is much less glamorous than it sounds. Her ancestral home of Cherrywood Hall is stunning, but Gemma knows how much hard work her cousin, Lord Evan Lancaster, and his estate manager, Kyle Williams, put into maintaining the sprawling location. 


Castlewood Manor, on the other hand, is all the glamour with none of the grit. The period drama television series is set to film in Cherrywood Hall and bring millions of pounds into the local community. The only problem is that someone wants to see the production shut down permanently and is willing to kill for it! Gemma isn’t about to let a murderer run rampant through the halls of her family’s estate. When Scotland Yard’s own Chief Inspector Marquot solicits her advice, she once again enlists the help of Evan and Kyle to catch the culprit. Egotistical actors, a royal it-girl, rival estate owners, and even a family ghost spring up to help or hinder Gemma on her quest for the truth. Will it be enough to show Gemma just what kind of evil has come to Cherrywood Hall?

My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series

Book #2-Cast, Crew & Carnage: The Filming of Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton


The stakes have never been higher for American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips, now firmly ensconced as both resident and employee of her ancestral estate, Cherrywood Hall. Together with her cousin Evan, 8th Marquess of Kentshire, and her boyfriend Kyle, the estate manager, Gemma wants nothing more than to pull off the royal wedding of the season while planning the premiere and U.S. tour for the period drama series, Castlewood Manor, and attending the Telly Tiara awards show.


But an ex-love threatens Gemma's and Kyle's relationship, while the reveal of explosive secrets has the potential to shatter Gemma's relationship with her cousin and her future at Cherrywood Hall.  Jealousy and revenge mix with royal drama, power plays and scandal as the Tellys grow closer—with deadly results. Will Gemma, with the help of Scotland Yard, be able to put a stop to the mayhem? Or will the wedding, the tour, the Tellys—and Gemma's life—be ruined?

My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series


Book #3-Deadly Receptions: The Debut of Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton


A family's legacy, a mother's anguish, deadly revenge, and bridezilla wannabes are set to rendezvous around the Christmas tree this Yuletide season. Rumor has it a feature film is in the works for the hit period drama series, Castlewood Manor, as the PR plans go into overdrive. 

History is about to be righted by royal decree, which may have a devastating impact not only to the British/American family relations in the Lancaster household, but might also jeopardize the future of the Castlewood Manor production on the estate. American heiress Gemma Lancaster Phillips, PhD, is facing a unique crossroads in her life—marrying the man she loves and becoming the first American marchioness in British nobility as she teeters on the edge of accepting the family peerage and title from her cousin, Evan. Father Christmas has his hands full as tragedy, royal drama, conniving foes, and meddling friends and family threaten to bring this 'Tis the Season' to a fiery and disastrous end.

My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series


Book #4-Mistletoe and Mayhem: Yuletide at Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton


My American Almost-Royal Cousin Series

American Marchioness and mummy-to-be Lady Gemma Lancaster Williams is up to her maternity toes with the soon to be completed renovations at Cherrywood Hall and the planning for the Prince of Kingwood Ball, a royal, society event. The startling find of a skeleton in the construction zone brings renovations to a grinding halt. History is about to get a big royal wake-up call with this ghoulish find, as scandals from the past are revealed.

Gemma’s college friend, interior designer extraordinaire, Rikkhe St. Claire has an eye for clues and a nose for trouble, helping Gemma uncover deadly details from years gone by. A new nanny’s in the halls of Cherrywood—will Figgy McEwen’s psychic conversations with the ghost whisperers from the past lead Scotland Yard to discover fiends most foul? Chaos on the film set of the Castlewood Manor movie lead to more than one deadly demise—are they accidents? Or pre-meditated?Royal diaries, international intrigue, a film’s future, and meddling friends and family bring these scandalous happenings to a head. Gemma, hunky-dunky, hubby Kyle, and new doggie of the manor, Teddy are definitely in for double trouble in this almost-royal who dun nit like no other!



Book #5-Double Trouble: Showtime at Castlewood Manor by Veronica Cline Barton


Enjoy an eclectic, and imaginative collection of six, original, short stories that share one central theme, the mysterious Ouija board with a nod to the troubled spirits that guide The Oracle.


Take a journey through the Deep South, then head to the American Northeast, Pacific Northwest and end your reading adventure with a flight on a magical witches broom across the glimmering pond. Halloween can’t come soon enough! Indulge your senses and drift over to the spooky side with Hearth Fires. If you adore “Night Gallery” “Dark Shadows” “Hocus Pocus” and anything Poe, Jackson or DuMaurier, this collection was written especially for you. 



The Haunted Series

Book #1-Hearth Fires by Veronica Cline Barton and Bibiana Krall


Makes a fabulous gift! Enjoy personal anecdotes, short essays and holiday-food favorites from a thriving community of talented, multi-genre authors and bloggers from across the U.S.A., and U.K. 

Delight your guests with bespoke drinks, savory appetizers, homemade food fit for a party or a cold, chilly night and of course––special desserts. There’s even a bonus recipe in the back for homemade, dog biscuits to keep the entire family happy this holiday season. Woof!

The recipes in this are not to be missed! This time of year is filled with incredible, sensory memories, as my childhood home was the epicenter of holiday parties, entertaining and all things yummy. 

From all of us to you and yours, we wish you the best of the season and a healthy and prosperous New Year! #writersrecipes on Twitter and Instagram 

Sensational Writers + Holiday Recipes

Food essays, memories and writers' collaboration by Veronica Cline Barton, Bibiana Krall and many more...

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