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Welcome to the official website of author Lila Rhodes.

Velvet, Fur, and Cold Steel


both Kindle and paperback on Amazon.com



If you are stuck at home,

Sir Anthony Woodville would sympathize.

He was a POW five times!

You have an advantage he would love.

You can follow his adventures through the Wars of the Roses

on Kindle.


              Fiction follows history in these brief novels where everyone with a title truly lived. You can visit 15th century England and see the aristocracy 'from below' through the eyes of a peasant employed by Lord Anthony. That baron was actually an MIA after the huge Battle of Towton. Nevertheless he survived to govern castles and even Portsmouth, travel to Brussels and Rome, and become the toast of London in a great tournament.



              Generally, historical events in the books are the ones that would, in our century, make the evening news. The work of Albin and the other fictional characters must have been done by somebody. However, the unknown person might have used quite a different method from what ingenious Albin comes up with


               To dig further into the history, see my bibliography under 'recommended reading.'






Looking for something to intrigue teens and adults who are dyslexic  or English language learners? People assaulting the huge, inconsistent English language have a right to diverse, age appropriate, reading matter. Here is another option for them.

 A find for anyone interested in visiting the 15th century, this series is being written especially for struggling readers.

As much as possible, the tales are told in phonetically dependable words. The short sentences avoid dependent clauses and passive voice. These novellas also stick with a single point of view and never confuse matters with flashbacks. The results 'weigh in' at a third grade reading level.

These easy reads can build confidence while telling a tale of success through honesty, depend­ability, and conscientious effort. Albin Hayward, the fictional view-point character, first appears as a barefoot, teenaged peasant.  Book by book, in spite of an irreperable injury, he wins his way into an honored career as a herald.   

The first ten books are available through Amazon (print on demand) and on Kindle. The presentation of each book under 'list of works' connects straight to Amazon.




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