Christmas Time in Milton


Twas the night before Christmas, on Milton it fell.
The machines were all down, their workday went well.
The Holiday had started, forgetting their plight.
Workers were singing, as they walked home that night.

At night, they went sleeping, snug in their straw beds,
while visions of meat, food, and pudding, danced in their heads.
And Mother in her kerchief, and nude I still sleep.
I count the women, forget them fool sheep.

When out of a dream sleep, I awoke in my bed.
A vision of Miss Margaret, that female, I dread.
I walked to the window, I stared at the snow.
Once mad at that woman, I’d forgotten, Why so?

She had seen me at work, in my cotton domain.
I shouted at workers, calling out someone’s name.
I ran after the worker, while he tried hide his pipe.
I held him by collar, and gave him a swipe.

Still at the window, I saw Margaret Hale
A vision exquisite, waiting under the veil
When what to my wandering mind did appear
I knew I did love her, but she was not here

My passion now seething, I had been all alone
My heart will be broken, for her it be known.
I gazed from the moon, to the glistening snow,
I thought this is Christmas, I feel I must go.”

I rallied at midnight and dressed myself nice.
I bundled real warm, against the snow and the ice.
I noticed that the driver, of the train that I caught,
looked like Father Christmas, with pink cheeks, I thought.

The train left on time with its bell and its smoke.
I knew the driver must be some happy old bloke.
By the time I found London, near broke was the dawn,
with horses and driver, a sleigh would be drawn.

“I say, aren’t you the driver I had on the train?”
He said nothing to me, but ruffled his rein.
He called me by John, before a word could be said
“It’s a bit too early, we’ll ride ‘round here instead.”

I fell back in my seat, as our sleigh took to flight
I marveled and mumbled looking left and then right
“Where are you taking me? And what is your task?”
“I am giving you a gift for which you have asked.”

“Bloody hell, and tomfoolery, no gift do I need.
Take me down now, with your sleigh and your steed.”
“I think you were headed for a home in this city.”
“You daren’t know where, and that t’is a pity.”

The bright lights came rushing, as the horses, they dove
Rooftops were nearing, but to a doorway, he drove.
I thanked him; stepped out, still shaking from cold
“The house on the left, and Merry Christmas behold!”

I stood and I watched, as he flew out of sight
What a curious old man, and what a great night.
Dauntless was I, as I rapped on the door’
Margaret knew not, the broken heart that I wore’

She gasped as she saw me, covering her mouth
“I just thought I’d visit on my way to the south.”
“Please. Come in, get warm,” she said with a sigh.
As I watched a small tear fall from her eye.

“Merry Christmas, Miss Hale,” I said holding my hat.
“Perhaps I’m intruding: I can easily come back.”
“Oh no, you are here. I have longed for this meet.”
“I am here all alone, please do take a seat.”

“Where are my manners, your hat I must take.”
“I’ll take your coat, too.” Margaret started to shake.
“Sholto, the grandson, is who aunt sees this day.”
“I’m glad to see you, There’s an abundance to say.”

“Christmas is a day full of merriment and cheer.”
“Mine’s been quite sad, until you appeared.”
She sat down beside him, aware of his scent
Her heart started racing, next to this wonderful gent.

“One night looking heavenward I wished on a star.”
“John Thornton, I aspired, and now, here you are.”
“Odd you should say that, I awoke to you, too.”
“In my dreams and my arms – that’s when I knew.”

“I knew that I’ve loved you, when you turned me away.”
“In your own home; with complaints to convey.”
“How could you speak and still steal my soul?”
“I’ve wandered alone, and time took its toll.”

“John, I’ve never forgotten my words said in haste.”
“The words of rejection which I should have embraced.”
“My dear you were new, to these ways of the north,
“Our culture was strange, but you learned it henceforth.”

John pulled her to standing, while wrapping his arms
Around her warm body with all of its charms
He gazed at her face, then into her eyes
Kissing the tip of her nose, had started her sighs.

John held her quite close to his strong beating chest
And kissed her most deeply, and firmly he pressed.
Her breast and her breathing, both needed much more.
He’d wait for the day, until she wanted to soar.

“John, I dearly love you as you probably can see.”
“My passionate woman, will you come home with me?”
“This day will live forever as our perfect Christmas,
“But let us not talk for there is more I must kiss.”

Merry Christmas,

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I am working on my next novel that I hope will be available before the holidays.

I don’t even have a title for it yet, but I am about 80% finished.

Thanks for being patient.  I lost my only sibling sister this year to a rare cancer. We lived next door to each other. It took away my interest in everything. But now I am back, hoping to bring some smiles to  fans of John Thornton and Margaret Hale.

~ Loyal





Sweet Surrender



(Epic Length – Paperback 500+ pages)

It’s a year after the proposal rejection day. Margaret finds that she and Dixon are destitute. Her father has passed and left very little money. Mr. Bell is in the America’s. She finds that she and Dixon must move to a different flat, which is on the edges of the Princeton area. Margaret’s pride keeps her from becoming a begger to her few friends. She begins to search for work in one of the mills while Dixon takes in washing and ironing, so they can eat. In her desperation, Margaret inquires about employment at Marlborough Mills. Seeing her enter is his mill yard, John hurries to Miss Hale, wondering what she is doing there. Confronting John and looking into his eyes, Margaret apologizes for wasting his time and flees his presence. John had no idea that the employment she mentioned was for her, but he did see she was sickly, pale and thin. Margaret disappears into the Princeton District to escape John’s pursuit of her. John begans an ambitious campaign to find her as a spark of hope is born again.

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The Courtship of Margaret Hale



John and Margaret have finally found each other on the train platform. Life becomes hopeful for both of them. As time passes John comes to feel there is no going back for the two of them and begins to settle his anxieties of losing her again. Margaret wants to be courted and John desperately wants the same. He buys her an heirloom wedding ring. Margaret felt the ring chose her and John could feel it was hers to have, regardless of the cost to him, no longer a successful Mill Master. Unbeknownst to either, they begin to have similar dreams of a time almost seven hundred years in the past. John dreams of himself as medieval noble warrior and Margaret dreams of herself as a noble Lady. Does the antique ring hold the answers to their dreams? Is it cursed or enchanted? It is mystical or mythical? Will it show them a troubled destiny as yet untraveled for the original lovers which they must complete? Is there a chance that John can lose Margaret once again? Margaret sees a death in her dreams; John sees a castle and battlefields, warriors and archers. What is happening to our Milton lovers?

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Margaret becomes depressed and lonely after the passing of her last parent. She knows no one in Milton since she has been involved in caring for two aging parents. After many months and hiring her mysterious, yet, entertaining new driver, she decides to go into business. She wants to open a Lady’s Club. Her driver thinks she is daft and needs a husband. Whimsy, Margaret’s new driver, finds himself drawn to her for reasons other than a romantic love. Attending the theater with family friend, Adam Bell, Margaret is introduced to the woman in John Thornton’s life. Sparks will eventually fly, igniting an unquenchable fire.

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My Soul to Keep



John and Margaret are weeks away from their planned marriage when life starts to unravel for the committed couple. Margaret has unknowingly presented John with a nightmare he could never have imagined. John cannot bring himself to give up hope. Does it still exist? Can his obsession for the woman he has waited many years to marry bring her back? Fate continues to deal its heavy hand as Margaret and John become embroiled in a mystery with the Braithwaite family. Will John defeat the challenges laid before him as Margret struggles and the inflicted tragedies mount?

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Northern Ways


After his rejected proposal, John Thornton loses his way. With his life in ruins, he becomes a damaged man. John goes to extremes as he tries to eliminate Margaret Hale from his life. His obsession does not want to abate. As Margaret Hale comes to realize all that she lost when she sent John away that day, she endeavors to bridge the gap she had created. John vows to never suffer this hurt again and dismisses her at every turn. Margaret becomes as despondent as John. Seeing her at the Masquerade, John begins to feel there may be hope, until he sees Margaret in the arms of the other man. John, now wants to be lost to all.

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Margins of her Heart



How does a Milton Mill Master fall in love with the same woman twice? Follow John Thornton as he buys a second hand book and falls in love with the woman who wrote her heart in the margins of Jane Eyre. Margaret Hale, finding herself in reduced circumstances as a care-giver to her father until his passing then seeks work as a governess. Being hidden from Milton’s notice since settling there , Margaret Hale comes to the aid of a community fire. There she is noticed by John Thornton and other Masters. He begins to feel she is the woman he has sought all his life, unknowing that she is the one who has captured his heart in the margins, being the previous owner of the book.

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Comedy of Eras



A time-travel novel. How does a 2012 London teacher fall in love with an 1850 Milton Mill Master? Can John Thornton find any redeeming features in a brash young woman, who lands in his world with a skimpy tube top, jeans, and trainers? What will Margaret do when she finds no toilet paper? John is taken aback, knowing she’s English, but her words are not understood to him. What does “ducky” mean? And she keeps saying OK, what does that mean? Can Margaret conquer the quill pen and the wax seal – after she learns how to fold the note? Margaret knows that Master Thornton will someday be in the history books. How will it tell her story or will it?

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Forever Champion



As soon as the coach stopped in front of the Hale home, John flew through the door and up the steps. Not finding Margaret in her room, he started opening other doors until he found her at her father’s feet. This was a very poor occasion to be meeting her father for the first time but he ran to her and pulled her to him. She felt like a rag doll; she was almost lifeless. He stood, gently folding her into his arms and carried her downstairs.
Margaret looked at John and in a monotone voice said, “You cannot love me, please do not love me anymore.”
John felt like shaking her. She was talking nonsense.
“John, if you love me, I will only disappoint you. I will break your heart. I cannot do that to you, so please go away.” Margaret knew the words were falling from her lips against her will but she had no will anymore. She knew her next few months, the rest of her life, would be spent situating her father and Dixon and falling out of love with John.

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