Margaret Tanner

Margaret Tanner

Melbourne, Victoria

Margaret Tanner is an award winning multi-published Australian author. She loves delving into the pages of history as she carries out research for her historical romance novels, and prides herself on being historically correct. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty. Many of her novels have been inspired by true events, with one being written around the hardships and triumphs of her pioneering ancestors in frontier Australia. She once spent a couple of hours in an old goal cell so she could feel the chilling cold and fear
Her favorite historical period is the 1st World War, and she has visited the battlefields of Gallipoli, France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience.
With the encouragement of friend and Award Winning, Western Romance author, Susan Horsnell, she has fallen in love with writing Western Historical Romance. Frontier Australia and frontier America, have many similarities, isolated communities, a large single male population and a lack of eligible women.
She has always loved Westerns, soaking up all the Western TV shows and movies when she was young. Bonanza was her all-time favourite show. Little Joe Cartwright was her hero. Western Author, Zane Grey was her favourite author at that time.
Margaret has a short story published in the Western Romance Anthology, Rawhide ‘N Roses which was a 2015 Rone Finalist.
Margaret was also invited to participate in the American Mail Order Bride Series, 50 brides from 50 states, from 45 different authors. Her story is Edwina, Bride of Connecticut which is Book No 5 in the series.
Margaret has written 6 Western Historical Romance novellas.


On 1st June,2015, Falsely Accused was announced as the winner of the historical novel section of Easy Chair Book shop literary competition.
Haunted Hearts came 5th in the romance section of Easy Chair Book shop competition 2015.
Margaret won the 2007 Author of the Year at She also won it for a 2nd time in 2010.
Frontier Wife, won the 2010 Reader's Favorite Historical Romance Award.
Wild Oats
As an unpublished manuscript, Fiery Possession was short-listed in English Publisher,ChocLit Find An Aussie Star competition, in December 2012.
A Rose In No-Man's Land (published by Amazon Encore),won an un-published manuscript award through RWA (Romance Writers of Australia), several years ago and also won the Best Historical Romance of 2015 at Authors On The Air Global Radio Network Book Reviewers.

Anthologies, Contemporary, Historical, Holidays, Military, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Suspense, Thriller & Suspense, Western

The Trouble With Playboys

When a wealthy Englishman, Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the birth mother he thinks deserted him, he never expects to meet and fall in love with Daphne Clarke. Upon meeting her parents, Paul is horrified by the possibility that they may have the same mother. He beats a hasty retreat, leaving Daphne heartbroken. Amidst the turmoil of WW2 they meet again in Singapore, just before the Japanese pour into Malaya, and in the chaotic aftermath each believes the other is dead.

Frontier Wife

Fear almost crushes Thomasina (Tommy) Lindsay when she realizes the enormity of what she has undertaken - a rundown farm in frontier Australia. From green English fields she journeys to a land where danger lurks around every corner. Savage natives, bushfires, and a harsh, unforgiving environment, not to mention a hostile neighbor, Adam Munro, who is hell-bent on taking over her farm. Adam has lived his life without love and doesn't need it now. Passion is for fools. All he wants is a presentable wife who will provide him with heirs, and he decides Tommy Lindsay is that woman. Only in the new world can a high-born young Englishwoman and a tough frontiersman challenge the social boundaries and ignite a romance that will fulfill all their hopes and dreams.

Savage Possession

Hot. Strong. No sugar. Raw sexual emotion, revenge and redemption. If you want a sugar-coated romance Savage Possession is not for you. In colonial Australia it took hard men like Martin Mulvaney to tame a harsh land. A sweeping tale of love's triumph over tragedy and treachery in frontier Australia. A mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to take his revenge on the granddaughter of his mortal enemy. An old Scottish feud, a love that should never have happened, and a series of extraordinary coincidences trap two lovers in a family vendetta that threatens to destroy their love, if not their lives.

Falsely Accused

On board the convict ship taking them to the penal colony of Australia, Maryanne Watson and Jake Smith meet and fall in love, but Jake hides a terrible secret that will take him to the gallows if it ever comes out. On arrival in Sydney the lovers are separated. Maryanne is sent to work for the lecherous Captain Fitzhugh. After he attacks her she flees into the wilderness and eventually meets up with Jake who has escaped from a chain gang.

The Loves We Left Behind

A hundred years ago, from the far flung corners of the British Empire, young men rushed to fight for Mother England. They left their wives and sweethearts behind. Many of these brave women waited in vain for their menfolk to return. How did they cope with the loss and heartache? Could they ever hope to find happiness with another man? Allison's War: In 1916, on the French battlefields, a dying soldier's confession has the power to ruin the woman he loves. Daring Masquerade: Harriet Martin masquerades as a boy so she can work with her shell-shocked brother, falling in love with her boss wasn't part of the plan. Lauren's Dilemma: Lauren Cunningham, carrying the out-of-wedlock child of a soldier, marries another man who is unjustly tried for murder. To save his life, will she publicly admit her sin, and risk the diabolical consequences that will surely follow?

Lauren's Dilemma

Captain Blair Sinclair returns from the trenches of World War 1 suffering amnesia, and mistakes Lauren (Laurie) Cunningham for his fiancée. When his real fiancée turns up his memory returns, and Laurie is banished for being an imposter. Pregnant and desperate to hide the shame of having Blair’s baby out of wedlock, she marries Dick McKinlay. He needs a wife to hide his own dreadful secret. Dick is tried for a murder he did not commit. Will Laurie reveal both their secrets to save him from the hangman?

A Mortal Sin

In Books We Love's "A Mortal Sin" by Margaret Tanner, the world teeters on the brink of World War 2, and Paul Ashfield travels to Australia in search of the mother who deserted him. He meets Daphne Clarke, and after nights of passionate love-making, they decide to marry, but Paul discovers a shocking family secret. He and Daphne share the same mother. Devastated, he quickly departs the scene. In Singapore, they meet again, and Daphne tells him she is not his sister. They marry just prior to Singapore being invaded by the Japanese. In the chaotic aftermath, each believe the other has died during the bombing. When they finally see each other again, it is in an English church, where Paul is about to wed another woman

The Cowboy and the Quaker

Ben Lonigan needs a wife to live with him for twelve months, or he will lose his ranch. Rachael Fairchild has lost her religious beliefs. She is on the run, and in search of sanctuary. Her ex-lover, an aspiring politician, has tried to kill her because she is carrying his child. Lottie from the Flaming Star saloon has a solution to Rachael and Ben’s problems. Marry each other. Can this temporary marriage between two scarred, disillusioned people, turn into something permanent?

Adam's Frontier Bride (Western Romances)

Fear almost crushes Tommy Lindsay when she arrives in South Dakota to live on her uncle’s isolated ranch. She will need all her courage and daring to survive the hard times ahead. Adam Munro is a wealthy rancher who thought he only wanted a presentable wife who would give him heirs. When he meets Tommy, he is smitten. Can he ever hope to capture the heart of this beautiful English rose? (Previously published as Frontier Bride) Review After reading Margaret Tanner's Bride of Connecticut, one of the 50-book American Mail-Order Brides series books, I went looking for more. Imagine my thrill when I discovered Adam's Frontier Bride. Everyone who reads this is going to fall in love with Tommy and hold their breath for her and Adam to get together. Lillian Sullivan, Western Read

Baby Maker

His name and his money are the only things war hero, Tye Jamieson, can offer Jenny McKenzie and their unborn child. Tye is an expert at making babies, but not of the human variety. His babies are sophisticated fighter planes. Now that he has made a real baby, he is desperate to protect it if his secret mission into war-torn Iraq goes bad. When tragedy strikes, will Jenny be able to forgive him for the way he has deceived her?

Cowboy Christmas

Zac Goodman is a gunslinger who is haunted by an injustice from his past. He finds heavily pregnant Holly O’Leary in an abandoned wagon, her cheating husband lying dead a few yards away. Reluctantly he takes her to his cabin to give birth. Will this miracle Christmas baby unite two tortured souls? Or will it forever keep them apart.

Reluctant Father

Jordan Stamford is allergic to babies. As war rages in Vietnam , this jet-setting playboy, whose motto is ‘money can buy anything,’ arrives in Sarah Watson’s seaside home to redevelop a disused factory complex. Sarah is the only child of an elderly minister of religion and adores her bay side home. She yearns for a loving husband and babies. Will Jordan ’s shameful family history and Sarah’s desperate longing for a child, be an insurmountable barrier for them to overcome?

Fiery Possession

Only a fine line divides love and hate, and when the hero and heroine step over it they create a firestorm of passion and betrayal. Jo Saunders, a fiery American beauty, arrives in frontier Australia to save her brother’s debt- ridden farm. She clashes with wealthy rancher, Luke Campton, but neither of them can deny the attraction sizzling between them. After Jo is involved in his brother’s death, Luke seeks revenge by forcing her to become his mistress. Branded a rich man’s whore and ostracized by the townsfolk, pride is the only thing between Jo and total degradation. Hate, lust and murder. How can Jo and Luke overcome these obstacles and allow love to flourish?

We Never Said I Love You

Adrian Wilson survived the horrors of Pearl Harbor, and the sinking of his ship in the North Atlantic. After a whirlwind courtship with Julie, his English nurse, Adrian is ready to offer marriage. A foolish misunderstanding forces them apart, and Julie disappears into the chaos of war-torn London. Can this wounded American sailor find the woman he loves before he is shipped home? Or will the war forever keep them apart?

Edwina: Bride of Connecticut (American Mail-Order Brides Series Book 5)

Joshua was a happy bachelor until his scheming sister lands him with a Mail Order Bride. Desperate to Escape Boston, Edwina accepts the marriage proposal she believes has come from him. Can a deceived bride, and a reluctant groom, find happiness together?

The Sheriff's Outcast Bride

A vengeful man tells a lie, and Becky Tucker’s reputation is ruined. Castigated and shunned by the townsfolk, she leads a life of servitude on her stepfather’s ranch. Desperate to escape, she accepts a reluctant marriage proposal from the sheriff of Blackwood, Ryan Mulligan. To find happiness together they will need to overcome dark secrets from the past, betrayal and treachery.

His Brother's Wife

Accused of a crime he did not commit, William McIntyre flees to his brother’s isolated ranch and meets his sister-in-law Mattie. She leads a life of servitude under the iron fist of his cruel identical twin, Wilbur. When Wilbur is accidentally killed, William takes on his brother’s identity to save both himself and Mattie from the hangman. Will their desperate plan succeed?

Holly And The Millionaire

Fleeing from her ruthless English in-laws who are intent on stealing her child, Holly Kirwan boards a flight home to Australia and meets Justin Devereux. They are instantly attracted to each other. Justin doesn't want a permanent woman in his life, particularly one with a baby in tow. Holly, still grieving for her soldier husband who was killed in Iraq, doesn't want to be disloyal to his memory. Can the young widow and the commitment shy tycoon ever find happiness together?

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