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June Francis

June Francis

Blackpool-born but brought up in the working-class area of Everton in Liverpool, June left school at sixteen, worked as a cash clerk but always harboured dreams of being a writer. Just before her 40th birthday, she began contributing to a local church magazine and subsequently joined a writers’ group, eventually having articles published in My Weekly and short stories broadcast on Radio Merseyside. She then published four historical novels with Mills & Boon before embarking on a Liverpool-based saga which marked the start of a successful career in the genre.

Her Liverpool sagas were originally published by Piatkus and in paperback by Bantam. We were delighted to welcome her to our list with, THE PAWNBROKER’S NIECE (World English Language rights Allison & Busby). Since its publication in Summer 2002, Allison & Busby continued to publish her work and STEP BY STEP appeared in December 2003. This was followed by A PLACE TO CALL HOME, A DREAM TO SHARE, LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING, WHEN THE CLOUDS GO ROLLING BY, TILLY’S STORY and THROUGH SUNSHINE AND SHOWERS. IT HAD TO BE YOU made its appearance in March 2011.

Meanwhile, June was also reunited with Harlequin Mills & Boon, for the publication of a mediaeval romance, entitled ROWAN’S REVENGE. This was followed by MACKILLIN’S REWARD, ENSLAVED BY THE WITCH’S DAUGHTER and PIRATE’S DAUGHTER, REBEL WIFE. She contracted for two further novels with this publisher now delivered. Her latest saga set in 1950s Liverpool MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS, saw her change publisher to Severn House and the novel made its debut in January 2013. She then delivered IT’S NOW OR NEVER, LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND and, most recently, MANY A TEAR HAS TO FALL which Severn House published in March 2016.

A number of June’s early novels are currently being reissued as eBooks by Endeavour Media and in physical and digital formats by Ebury Press. Canelo has now acquired rights in eight backlist titles plus June’s latest novel, SHADOWS OF THE PAST. June lives on the outskirts of Liverpool with her husband. They have three sons.

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