Heart of Stone – A Book for You!

Dear Readers and Friends,

A three year quest has reached fruition with the publication of “Heart of Stone”, my historical novel, based on the tragic lives of my 5 x Great Grandparents.

No misery-memoir, this! Two brothers, one with all the advantages of position, as Earl of Bellfield and later Earl of Belvedere, an MP and scion of an old and powerful family. The other brother, younger than him, but blessed with the personal qualities that this elder brother lacked.

Add a beautiful young girl, just sixteen, the belle of the Dublin season, pressured into marriage by her parents. Can any of them find happiness?

Heart of Stone takes the reader through the highs and lows of Ireland in the 1740s and after, through famine and plenty, through prison, jealousy, despair and beyond.

Join our players as their turbulent lives unfold.

Available now on this Universal Book Link in both Paperback and Ebook versions.


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Published by www.crookedcatbooks.com, Heart of Stone will appeal to ALL lovers of historic fiction, from Robert Louis Stevenson to Georgette Heyer.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.


booksofallkinds rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

HEART OF STONE by John Jackson is a haunting tale of power, greed, and love set in Ireland in the early 18th Century.
A wonderful all-rounder when it comes to readers, HEART OF STONE by John Jackson is an emotional, historical novel about the desperate lengths that some will go to for power and others for love, and I highly recommend it.

Joanna Lambert rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Fabulous debut from John Jackson.

Gwessie Tee rated it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Utterly loved the book, fantastic read and loved it very much. I adore the story John tells; am also intrigued by what John may write next.



Gwessie’s Review

Source: Gwessie’s Review




Blurb :

Dublin, 1730

When young and beautiful Mary Molesworth is forced to marry Robert Rochford, widowed heir to the earldom of Belfield, she finds that her idea of love is not returned. Jealous, cruel and manipulative, Robert ignores her after she has provided him with a male heir, preferring to spend his nights with his mistress. Power-hungry, Robert builds up a reputation that sees him reach for the highest positions in Ireland.


Caught in an unhappy marriage, Mary begins to grow closer to Robert’s younger brother, Arthur. Acknowledging their love for each other, they will risk everything to be together. But Robert’s revenge threatens their lives and tears them apart.

Will Mary and Arthur find a way to escape Robert’s clutches?

Based on real events, Heart of Stone is a tale of power, jealousy, imprisonment, and love, set in 1740s Ireland.

Review :

Goodreads my rating 5*

Naughtiness 2*

Utterly loved the book, fantastic read and loved it very much, like most books I adore the story John tells am also intrigued by what John may write next.


As always I never give spoilers, that would be unfair to John and potential readers. What I can say is that the book has everything history, a roller coaster of emotion a hero and heroine you most definitely can connect with and I love it has a great page count. I am a greedy reader this was perfect length for me. ( though I know majority of the time it’s the publisher giving out strict word or page counts). I loved the twists and turns the passion, was very connected to our heroine from very early on to the point where I wanted to save her myself. I adore how Johns story played out and the connections to history.


All who love history, passion, intrigue and love will adore this book.


Thank you Lord John for writing this book and the honour of reading it x

Writing Historical Romantic Fiction by guest author John Jackson

Source: Writing Historical Romantic Fiction by guest author John Jackson


john'sMy friend John Jackson joins me today to answer the question: What are you doing Here? (A mere Male in a woman’s world)

This is a question I ask myself from time to time. Luckily, the answer comes back the same every time. “Having fun!”

I have never had a typical male “look-down-the-nose” type of attitude towards romantic fiction. I was brought up on Georgette Heyer from an early age, thanks to my father, who got every new book of hers as they came available.

Then, as time passed, I found myself on a ship in some far flung foreign sea with NOTHING to read on board except a few paperbacks – among which was a copy of Mary Stewart’s “Touch Not the Cat!” I enjoyed it – slightly to my surprise, and then she brought out the Merlin books (The Crystal Cave, etc.) and I loved those.john's heart of stone

More time passes, and purely by chance, I met a couple of Romantic Novelists Association members, now both firm friends. They were really, REALLY nice, and through them I got to meet several other members and authors. They, in turn, were, almost to a woman, unbelievably welcoming and friendly! I also found that I enjoyed reading their books. All of a sudden, I found that I was friends with some very talented people.

I was also facing an imminent collision with retirement, and was looking for things to help occupy my time. Writing – something I had tried before in a very minor way – loomed ever larger on the horizon. I was also getting some pressure from my new friends, “Go on, John – you know you want to give it a go.” This was a siren song I was quite willing to listen to.john's street team

Any possible doubts I had evaporated after meeting the much-missed Roger Sanderson at the Festival of Romance in Leighton Buzzard. Roger was famous after being featured in a documentary on Mills & Book on the BBC. He was (then) Mills & Boon’s only male contract author, and wrote almost 50 medical romances under his wife’s name of Gill Sanderson.

Shortly after moving to Yorkshire and joining the RNA I also met the wonderful Jessica Blair. In real life, Jessica Blair is Bill Spence, who, when I met him, had just signed another two-book deal with Piatkus – at the age of 92. Bill used to be a bomb-aimer in Lancaster bombers in WWII, and if HE could write in the romantic genre, then anyone could.

So I knew I wanted to write – but – the eternal writers’ question – What about the story?

As it happened, I had, for many years, been a fan of historical novels, from Robert Louis Stevenson right through to Georgette Heyer, and on to Bernard Cornwell.

I had also long had an interest in genealogy. While Jackson is too common to be traceable, my mother’s maiden name was Dumaresq. This is an old Jersey name, and is as rare as it looks. Back in the day, the Dumaresqs married well. Several married “Peer’s Younger Daughters / Sons” etc. and when this happens, it all gets easier, because of volumes like Debrett’s and Burke’s.

Looking back through the old family details I suddenly realised just how much material there was for any number of books. Most people throughout history have led boring, humdrum and frequently brutally short lives, but on my family tree, there were a good number of real characters. Some were total scumbags, and lots did “interesting things.”john's book

So I hope you enjoy Heart of Stone, and I hope to write at least four more about different “acorns on the tree” over the next few years.

If there is a moral here, it can only be that if you WANT to write, go ahead and write – in any genre you choose. You will get far more support then you could dream of.

Heart of Stone by John Jackson is to be published by Crooked Cat Books on 24th October 2017. It is a story of love, passion, blood, famine, prison and jealousy. A perfect read as the nights grow longer and colder – as cold as a Heart of Stone! Have a look at http://viewbook.at/Heartofgoldlink

John Jackson