Violet Vivian Finlay was born on January 2, 1914 in Berkshire, England, daughter of Alice Kathleen (Norton) and Sir Campbell Kirkman Finlay. The majority of her childhood was spent in Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), where her father worked. During her youth, she frequently journeyed between India, Singapore, Java and Sumatra. She married four times, and had five children: Gillian Rushton (née Porch), Kim Santow, Jennifer Gooch (née Stuart), and twins Vary and Valerie Stuart. Her studies included: Medicine in London, Pathologist in Budapest, and Chemistry and Laboratory Technique in Newcastle. During World War II, she joined the Australian Forces and was attached to the IVth Army, later transferred to British XIV Army in Burma.

Published since 1953, she signed her romance novels as: Vivian Stuart, Alex Stuart, Barbara Allen, Fiona Finlay, and Robyn Stuart; she signed as V.A. Stuart her military sagas: Alexander Sheridan and Phillip Hazard; and as William Stuart Long she singed her historical fiction series: the Australians. In August 1986, Violet Vivian Finlay Stuart Mann passed away at 72, who continued writing until her death.

Book List in Order: 3 titles

  • Eden Cortland a will brought up young lady travels out to the Barbary Coast to find out that she has inherited a share of a infamous gambling saloon in San Francisco. Chance Mallory her reluctant partner doubts Eden's ability to work with him in runn...


  • California or Bust! For Leah Cabot, gently raised in Boston and the last surviving member of her family after the ravages of the American Civil War, the trek Westward starts as a journey towards a dream. But the dream quickly turns into a nightmare....


  • A buccaneer's ship was no place for a woman.... Proud, but loving and impetuous, Corinna Barrett sails from England to the West Indies in search of her missing father, Lord Barrett. The door swung open and Corinna's tiny cabin was flooded with ligh...