About margarettanner

WHO IS MARGARET TANNER? I have always been a writer from as far back as I can remember. I used to write these pitiful sad little ditties then I moved on to short stories. I was quite successful with short stories, had a few published and won a few contests. One contest win really sticks in my mine. Years ago I entered a competition for a sock company writing about feet. Little feet, big feet, smelly feet any kind of feet and guess who won? I dutifully collected my prize - twenty pairs of socks. Dad and my brother were very happy, so were their feet. I graduated to novel writing and fell in love. Margaret Tanner is a 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 accurate. No book is too old or tattered for her to trawl through, no museum too dusty, or cemetery too overgrown. 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. As part of her research she has visited the World War 1 battlefields in France and Belgium, a truly poignant experience. Margaret is a member of the Romance Writers of Australia, the Melbourne Romance Writers Guild (MRWG) and EPIC. She won the 2007 and 2009 Author of the Year at AussieAuthors.com. Her novel Frontier Wife won the Best Historical Romance Novel at the 2010 Readers Favorite Award, and another novel, Wild Oats was a 2011 Finalist in the EPIC awards. Margaret is married with three sons and a gorgeous little granddaughter. Outside of her family and friends, writing is her passion. Website: http://www.margarettanner.com/ Publishers: The Wild Rose Press. Whiskey Creek Press. Books We Love


Scarlett’s story is now available from Amazon and other outlets

Join this soiled dove on her journey to love and redemption

A traumatic childhood delivers Scarlett into the hands of Jake, a ruthless brothel owner. He trains her to become the star attraction of The Black Stetson.

Sent to infuse new life into a floating bordello on the Mississippi River, Scarlett falls in love with the steamboat’s dashing  Pilot, Liam. A tragic accident in New Orleans parts the lovers, and Scarlett returns to the Black Stetson, frightened, alone and pregnant. Can she persuade Jake to let her stay? And if so, to what lengths will Scarlett have to go to keep Liam’s baby safe?



Just released, Jessica, (The Soiled Doves Series)

Brought up in an orphanage, and only knowing hardship and despair, Jessica easily falls into a brothel owner’s “honeyed” trap.

Ethan sees Jessica on a whore wagon. She stole from him, so why should he believe she is an innocent victim? 

After being forced to leave town, Ethan and Jessica stumble upon a little orphaned girl, and to keep her they will have to wed. Will dark forces from the past, keep them from finding their happily ever after?

Now available from Amazon





PAY BACK – Margaret Tanner

My recently released contemporary romance novel Payback, is now available on all platforms. Hatred is a terrible thing, it can twist the way people view others and revenge can ruin lives..

Hell bent on revenge against the man who had him wrongfully kicked out of the army, Matt Page wants to destroy everything his enemy holds dear. Even his daughter, Jo.

What will Matt do when his plan backfires? After he banishes Jo from his life he realizes he loves her. Can he forget past injustices and win her back? Or is he doomed to a life of regret for what he could have had – a loving wife and family.






My novel, Fiery Possession, has received a new cover and has just been released again. It is what I would call an Aussie Western. There is very little difference between frontier America and frontier Australia, as both had a large single male population. Isolation, danger and loneliness dogged their footsteps. The ratio between men and respectable young women was great, so competition to win the heart of a woman was steep.

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?  



I have just released the Centenary of WW1 edition of Lauren’s Dilemma. It is available on all platforms.

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 a baby out of wedlock, she marries Dick McKinlay who needs a wife to hide his own dreadful secret.

Will Laurie publically admit to carrying Blair’s child, and risk the dire consequences that will follow? Or will she let Dick hang for a murder he did not commit?





The Soiled Doves Series is an exciting concept of stand alone novellas. Five have already been published. More are to come.


Book 1 Sophie, Book 2 Tess, Book 4 Laura, Book 5 Claire written by Margaret Tanner

Book 3 Annabelle written by Susan Horsnell.



Coming Soon:

Bessie written by Cheryl Wright

Grace written by Susan Horsnell




I am excited to announce that Western Romance Author Susan Horsnell and I have embarked on an exciting series, telling the story of soiled doves of the old west. Book 1 – Sophie, Book 2 – Tess, Book 3 Annabelle (Susan Horsnell) and Book 4 Laura with Claire and Grace on the way.


Hi everyone,

I just wanted to announce that my historical romance novel, Falsely Accused, has just been released by my publisher, Books We Love.

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.  They set up home in a hidden valley and Maryanne falls pregnant.  Will Jake come out of hiding to protect his fledgling family? And how can love triumph over such crushing odds?