Milly Jane Maven

Writer of sensual and fun regency and historical romance, featuring lovable rogues and curious heroines.


Welcome to my blog, I hope you will take a little time to look around. I am a writer of playful, sensual historical romance, but also an animal lover and amateur photographer. Here you will find pages of photographs of my travels to some of England's historic homes, lots of pictures of the Isle of Wight and plenty of animal and nature pictures. And of course links to where you can find my books. Just click on the headings under Pages at the left of the main page or scroll through and feel free to leave a post and say hello.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Inside beautiful Shanklin Chine, Isle of Wight

Inside beautiful Shanklin Chine, you will find a hidden oasis of beauty, streams, waterfalls, wooden walkways and old stone bridges, and also...PLUTO. The pipeline that carried fuel across the English Channel for the Normandy Invasion, scroll down for details.
The Chine is starting to bloom as we head into spring and soon will be a vibrant green oasis.

A beautiful day on the Isle of Wight

Old Fashioned Shelter By The Sea

This lovely old fashioned shelter is by the sea on the Shanklin Esplanade, Isle of Wight. I'm not sure if it was once a bus shelter or simply a place to rest and shelter from the wind, but it adds to the character of the lovely sea front.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring is here at last!

No matter what the calendar says, Mother Nature has her own timetable. But today it finally feels like spring! Happy Spring everyone!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nature Photography

A black dot in the sky, then he swoops down to land almost at your feet, yes it's the humble but often noisy crow! They are quite funny characters and obviously used to tourists, they stomp about looking for, and expecting a handout! Then off they go to soar over the ocean. Sleek black feathers and a characteristic call. They're fun to watch. I'm enjoying my new camera as I'm sure you can see!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lovely Isle of Wight Views

Some lovely views of the coastline now that the storm is gone

I love to see the colors in the ocean, a lovely mix of varying shades of blue and green. Hearing the waves crash on shore and watching the first signs of spring arrive as the sun makes an occasional appearance. There are daffodils all over the island at the moment.

The cliff path runs very close to the edge here. I tried to capture the sun glinting on the water, what a welcome sight it was after the rain and snow in the past couple of weeks.

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Real 'Book Man'

This clever 'book man' was on display at a visit to Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, during the holiday season.
It took me a moment to realize what I was actually looking at!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Inside beautiful Ely Cathedral

Inside the beautiful Cathedral at Ely, Cambridgeshire.
We only took pictures inside as it was raining hard that day, but we hope to go back soon. If you'd like to know more about the Cathedral here is the link. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


The Beautiful House

The Cascading Waterfall

The Orangery

The Bridge

The Beautiful Stone Lions on Display at Chatsworth

The Magnificent Reading Room at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

 The Exquisite reading room at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, 
a place those of us who love books would all adore!

Close-up views of the beautiful ceiling art, something to ponder in between chapters of a book!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Jewel Thief: A Ghostly Regency Romance

My latest book! I love this cover, it is a perfect depiction of the heroine in my mind's eye! This is a playful, fun and romantic ghost story.

The Jewel Thief
A Ghostly Regency Romance
Book Description

Griffin Blackstone, the Earl of Blakenheath, is resting in his room after a long journey to attend a house party at Tallander Castle with his younger sister Lissy. While she is out exploring the castle grounds with her long-time nanny, Griffin hears a strange sound in the room adjoining his own and hurries to investigate, but instead of a maid he discovers a shimmering apparition wearing his sister Lissy’s jewels.
Upon discovery, the spirit immediately disappears. Shocked but curious, he tamps down his initial alarmed instinct to dash out of there and waits for her to reappear. After all, even if he left she’d still be there and he can hardly have his sister return to a room bearing a ghost. But the playful and curious young specter is not easily deterred from her goal of acquiring the shimmering jewels, and Griffin finds himself in the strange predicament of trying to understand the ghost—that he discovers is known historically as the White Silhouette—and her motives.
He nicknames her Magpie as she is attracted to shiny objects. But his research shows her to be a young woman named Melissande DeMesurier Tallander who died of influenza a hundred years earlier.
Tallander Castle is up for sale, and not only is their hostess, the current Miss Tallander, hoping for a buyer, but she has also attracted many of the guests to the party by informing them that they are welcome to search the castle for the long missing Tallander jewels, though Griffin suspects he knows exactly who has stolen them.
A mischievous ghost, a bewildered and fascinated earl, a masquerade ball and some ghostly surprises feature in this lighthearted Regency romance.

Please note that this ghostly tale is much sweeter than my other books which are often quite spicy. My other titles, In Devlin’s Arms and The Third Dance are sensual. An Aspiring Courtesan and Simply Adored are erotic. But all are lighthearted nonetheless
Here's the Amazon links:

The Jewel Thief Australia 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

HMS Victory, Horatio Nelson's Flagship

HMS Victory, Nelson's Flagship at Portsmouth Dockyards

This is where Nelson slept, next to the guns that made this ship so powerful

Just one of the many gun decks

Side view of the ship and gun portals

Entrance and gun portals

Monday, November 13, 2017

The Brading Roman Villa, Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is home to many wonderful sights and a lot of history. The Brading Roman Villa was excavated to reveal beautiful mosaic floors from the Roman occupation, it's a lovely place to visit.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Favorite books and their movie locations

Did you ever wonder where a movie was filmed, or see something that reminded you of somewhere you have visited?
This site is so much fun as you can find out where many well loved movies were filmed.
One of my all time favorite movies, Jane Eyre in it's many incarnations was filmed at Haddon Hall (for the Thornfield Hall scenes) in Derbyshire, and Chatsworth House also in Derbyshire has been used for Pride and Prejudice. Hardwick Hall was used for some scenes in Harry Potter, and Highclere Castle is Downton Abbey. You can check out my pages to the left to see pictures of my own visits to these places, and go to the site below to find out information on the locations of your own favorite movies.

Haddon Hall, Derbyshire (Thornfield Hall, Jane Eyre)

Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey)

Hardwick Hall was used in some scenes from Harry Potter

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

In Devlin’s Arms
A Sensual and Playful Regency Romance

A little trouble, a little laughter, love, and a whole lot of sensuality feature in this Regency novella In Devlin’s Arms.

Devlin Rochdene, the fourth Earl of Cariston is at his wits’ end. He has been backed into a corner by Lady Clarissa Dravenbrook, a young woman he was caught in a compromising position with—a situation she orchestrated. Now she is insisting that he announce their engagement in The Scottish Daily Times the next day, or she will destroy not only his good name but his reputation in the shipping business, making him appear unreliable.
He is only one voyage away from solvency, so now faced with losing either his financial freedom or his personal freedom he must make a choice. But just when he thinks things can’t get any worse, in walks his young neighbor Lady Chantal Havonford—Tally—with a dueling pistol, demanding his assistance with a problem of her own.
Can he solve one problem with another? As he is leaving on his ship the next day he has to act quickly. If he marries Tally, Clarissa will be thwarted, but will that be the end of it? Or is it just the beginning? And is the feisty Clarissa all that she seems? That lies with his best friend Vincent Harper, Viscount Braden, to discover.

Here is an excerpt from the second part of the book when Vincent visits Clarissa:
“Stupid? I must have been stupid to get into this carriage with you!” she shouted as the crash overhead reverberated through the carriage.
“Well then, be my guest and leave!” He waved a dismissive hand from her to the door.
Instead of cowering or pleading to stay she opened the door and was about to leap out, he grasped her around the waist, pulling her back inside. She landed with a thump on the floor at his feet.
“Now I know you are mad!” he growled. “Barefoot and naked beneath the cloak you would jump out into the night!”
“Anything would be better than being in here with you!” she hissed angrily. Then his attention was suddenly diverted as she struggled to her feet rubbing the spot on her backside where she had landed with a thump. This fiery little vixen was actually a joy to behold, she was fierce and funny and he wanted to laugh. Valiantly he attempted to press his lips together lest he allow a chuckle to escape.
She turned to him, hands going to her hips when she saw the smile he couldn’t quite suppress. “You think this is funny?”
“Yes.” He nodded as finally the laughter broke free and he guffawed in a most ungentlemanly manner. This time she did leap from the carriage, fortunately they had pulled to a halt outside Dravenbrook Castle. She landed with a splash, her bare feet in a puddle. But he was right behind her, lifting her into his arms and carrying her toward the house.
“You have to put me down. You must leave, right now.”
“Why? Isn’t it customary to invite a guest inside, particularly in a storm?” he chuckled as she squirmed in his arms.
“That would be inappropriate,” she informed him primly.
“Inappropriate? You expected my friend to marry you for less than this.”
Recumbent in his embrace she folded her arms. “You are a fool!” she told him.
That really got his dander up! It injured him more to have his intelligence questioned than to be made fun of for his limp. He was a smart man, damn it!
“Do you just enjoy insulting people?” he demanded as he pulled the bell and waited for the door to open.
“Just you, you obviously bring out the best in me.”
“I do? So you are admitting to actually having a good side? Though if this is your best, I confess I may be tempted to call for an exorcist!”
She met his gaze then and he couldn’t fathom what he saw in her eyes. She was puzzled, no doubt no one had ever spoken to her that way before.

Inside Yarmouth Castle, Isle of Wight

Inside historic Yarmouth Castle, complete with a mock-up of a small feast and cannons pointed toward the ocean ready to 'welcome' unexpected visitors!