1878, Colorado. When Lizzie Doe’s family loses everything in a fire, the twenty-year-old is forced to marry and go west to prospect a gold mine in Colorado, hoping to send money home to her parents. Miners, unaccustomed to such delicate beauty, nickname her Baby Doe, after a newborn deer. But Baby Doe proves herself tougher than they imagine when she finds herself abandoned, pregnant and running the mine alone. Her pluck gains the admiration of Silver King Horace Tabor, married and twice her age, and running for U.S. Senator. In Tabor, Baby Doe finds devotion and true passion. When scandal and economic ruin threatens Tabor’s life, Baby Doe must make a painful choice. Baby Doe Tabor was a real-life, deeply complex heroine, rising and falling and rising again with beguiling grit and stubborn spirit.
In the early 1900’s racial prejudice, eugenics, and religion influenced the beliefs of most Americans. On the island of Malaga, off the coast of Maine, greed and these societal forces came together in a shameful and shocking way. In this work of historical fiction generations of pain and suffering are discovered and addressed. The good citizens of Maine looked down upon the mixed-race families inhabiting Malaga Island and turned their energy toward removing the “degenerate half-breeds” from the land, in the hopes that a fine resort could be built and that tourist dollars would flow into the city coffers. In this retelling of documented historical events, Cora Lane, and her missionary parents, establish a school on Malaga but are unable to stop the atrocious events that occurred on Malaga Island. Events, prejudices, and beliefs that are echoed through the years until today, as a modern family reaches back to discover the past.
Heidi Murphy has been raised by a religious family and spent the last three years of high school at a private Christian boarding school. At 19 she is living in Pennsylvania, married, bored, directionless, and apathetic. After a devastating personal tragedy, her best friend's invitation to visit San Francisco in 1989 changes all of that. She begins a completely different new life in the eclectic and liberal city by the bay, reinvents herself in the debauchery of the rock and roll culture that she immerses herself immersed in, and struggles to define her identity. As the pop metal of the 1980s fades into the alternative music scene of the 1990s, her new job and experiences in the city change not only her core belief system and her outlook on her life, but eventually begin to give her a sense of purpose and belonging in the world. With some help from her friends she begins to learn how to believe in her own inner voice, create a satisfying new life for herself, and define herself apart from the expectations of her family and even from the music she loves.
A sleight of hand. A trick up the sleeve. A call for the dead. It’s all part of the game in this twisty tale by the bestselling author of After Alice Fell. Maud Price was once a celebrated child medium, a true believer in lifting the veil between the living and the dead. Now penniless, her guiding spirit gone, the so-called “Maid of Light” is desperate to regain her reputation—but doing so means putting her faith in deceiving others. Clementine Watkins, known in spiritualist circles for her bag of tricks and utmost discretion, creates the sort of theatrics that can fill Maud’s parlor again, and with each misdirection, Maud’s fame is restored. But her guilt is a heavy burden. And the ruse has become a risk. Others are plotting to expose the fraud, and When the deception hints at a possible murder, Maud realizes how dangerous a game she’s playing. But to return to the light from which she’s strayed, she must first survive the darkness created by Clem’s smoke and mirrors.
Addicted to the world beyond the veil, will he escape creeping danger before his future is forfeit? Wilmington, New York, 1849. Moses Munch defines happy-go-lucky. Living amidst the gloriously beautiful Adirondack mountains, the skilled hypnotist loves to spend his days using his gift to help others. But after he experiments with a risky self-induced trance, his former passion turns into a dark obsession. Neglecting the present in his fascination with an otherworldly spiritual council’s stories about his past lives, Moses becomes blind to his wife and son’s struggles. And as he wraps his mind in a supernatural cocoon, the town he used to serve begins spiraling into decay. Has he permanently sundered soul from body, or can he reclaim his destiny before his life is lost? Caught in a Trance is the breathtaking fifth book in the Adirondack Spirit Series of magical realism historical fiction. If you like intricately realistic characters, musings on reincarnation, and epic family sagas, then you’ll adore David Fitz-Gerald’s quest for revelation. Buy Caught in a Trance to fight free from a nightmare today!
U.S. Civil War is over. Mexico fights Emperor Maximilian. Border warlords wreak havoc along the Rio. Cattle are rustled. Innocents are killed. U.S. girls are stolen across the border. 2 Civil War vets wade the Rio to rescue a stolen girl. Texas Lawmen won’t go. The U.S. Cavalry can’t cross the border. Jeb & Zach, Civil War vets, wade the Rio Bravo to find a stolen girl- Jeb’s 14-year-old niece, Becky! A border war rages across the Rio with ranches burned. No one is safe. Jeb and Zach pledge to bring Becky home -- or die trying.
THE SECRET LIFE OF MRS. LONDON, by Rebecca Rosenberg San Francisco, 1915. As America teeters on the brink of world war, Charmian and her husband, famed novelist Jack London, wrestle with genius and desire, politics and marital competitiveness. Charmian longs to be viewed as an equal partner who put her own career on hold to support her husband, but Jack doesn’t see it that way…until Charmian is pulled from the audience during a magic show by escape artist Harry Houdini, a man enmeshed in his own complicated marriage. Suddenly, charmed by the attention Houdini pays her and entranced by his sexual magnetism, Charmian’s eyes open to a world of possibilities that could be her escape. As Charmian grapples with her urge to explore the forbidden, Jack’s increasingly reckless behavior threatens her dedication. Now torn between two of history’s most mysterious and charismatic figures, she must find the courage to forge her own path, even as she fears the loss of everything she holds dear. The Secret Life of Mrs. London, ISBN 9781542048736, $14.95 Available through Ingram, Baker and Taylor or Brilliance Publishing. Published by Lake Union, 1/30/18
Hani is set to investigate thefts from the king’s household that turn out to be related to a more sinister attempt on the king’s life. Meanwhile, witnesses to the crown prince’s dodgy birth begin to die, and Hani fears for his daughter and her friend, who were also present. More secrets emerge about the prince’s identity, and Hani finds himself caught between the government and the radical revolutionaries who want to restore Amun-Ra by civil war, among them the queen, whom Hani has sworn to serve. Can Hani reconcile his desire for peace with his devotion to the King of the Gods?
An action-packed Jewish Regency Romance with heart - the Trilogy Finale. Lizzie’s Story By all accounts, Caleb Klonimus has been on the verge of proposing to his best friend’s little sister since he was eight. But the beautiful and accomplished Lizzie Pearler barely notices him—until he returns changed from a quest for jewels. And as for Lizzie, he is not marriage material. But as Lizzie and Caleb join forces and work together toward the finals of the king’s competition for the crown jewels, sparks fly. Maybe it’s his gorgeous smile, or his muscular body—or Lizzie’s jealousy every time Caleb trains with his kung fu master, the young and beautiful Jing . . . but somehow they must overcome the impossible obstacles of the competition and make sense of love.
REAL ESTATE IS HELL – SOMETIMES LITERALLY Wedged between real estate speculators, startup bros, and gentrified neighborhoods, it’s gotten hard to get by in San Francisco and it’s getting even harder all the time. Now two witches have decided the time has come to do something about it. Using all their arcane skills, Iria – tall, dark, and genderqueer – and their partner and mentor, Madge – the granddaughter of Chinese immigrants and a powerful magician – have summoned back to the world of the living one of San Francisco’s greatest eccentric heroes: Joshua Norton, self-declared Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico. In the 19th century he issued imperial proclamations intended to combat prejudice and advance the interests of the destitute and downtrodden. Binding him to themselves and to the city, Iria and Madge need Norton’s charisma and tireless dedication to the city to help them save San Francisco from a demon of greed. With an exciting combination of spell-slinging and derring-do, Norton and his modern-day patrons embark on a series of adventures across San Francisco’s past and present in search of the keys to the city: objects from its past they can use in the present to save the city’s future from a demon of greed and his tireless efforts to rob San Francisco of its soul forever!
Armed with Victorian etiquette and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in the small colonial town of Nairobi desperate for a pot of tea. But she will need more than that if she is to unravel the mystery of the Ghosts of Tsavo without being eaten in the process. She must endure all manner of inconveniences while surviving the machinations of her best friend's dashing godfather and the efforts of her safari guide to feed her to any lion willing to drag her away. What is a ghost-chasing widow to do?
Bargained away to a brothel, she is beyond hope, beyond rescue…but not beyond the reach of the one man who can save her.
He’s hurt her in the past. Can she trust her heart to him again?
During an age of chivalry they were sweethearts, planning a future together in England.
Headstrong and proud, Catherine Sudfield remembers everything about Stefan Boswell. And she loved him in spite of his poverty and lack of nobility. The restless Gypsy rogue’s powerful good looks and promises of love were more than enough to satisfy her youthful dreams.
But then Stefan left without a word, and Catherine's uncle bargained her off to a brothel.
Sometimes, bonds between a man and a woman, however young, are meant to last a lifetime. But will it take more than a dose of Gypsy magic to chase away the doubts between two guarded lovers?
MERCHANTS OF VIRTUE follows a rich merchant family during the repeal of religious tolerance by Louis XIV. France, 1685, Jeanne Delpech returns from her chateau to the Quercy capital to find her townhouse overrun by mercenary soldiers. The Sun King’s dragoons are given carte blanche to rob, beat, and commit atrocities to force Protestants to abjure their religion. Can Jeanne keep her children and her unborn baby without forsaking her faith?
THE AMAZON #1 BESTSELLER, reminiscent of The Thorn Birds and The Light Between Oceans. Poignant, heartrending, and unforgettable. Inspired by a true story . . .
“SHAMED BE THE WOMAN WHO ALLOWETH SUCH A SIN.”
Two cousins share a deep, sisterly love for each other. And a man. One of them will be driven into madness.
It’s the year 1930, and Anna May Shahan’s world is about to change. The eccentric housewife from the small woop woop town of Esperance, Australia, lives on an isolated farm by the sea with her loyal husband James, and they lead a simple, hardworking life. That is until Anna’s beautiful widowed cousin Lottie returns from the States after being absent for over a decade. Lottie confesses to Anna her heart’s greatest desire to have a child, and Anna, in fear of losing her beloved cousin again, seeks to grant her wish by means of her own husband.
James knows his wife has some undiagnosed mental condition, blaming it for her salacious idea, and refuses to take part in it. But Anna is relentless, and finally one night successfully manipulates him into going along with her plan. She gets her way, but her choice to help her cousin soon brings devastating consequences for them all.
A literary achievement and the most emotionally gripping book of the year, The Consequence of Anna is a complex family saga, intertwined with the haunting mystery of An ...
Antiques can be a dangerous business. Especially when you’re dealing with a desperate politician, a sexy ex-cop, and a couple of "spirited" companions.
Anna Yesterday owns Yesterday's Antiques in small town USA. When she finds an old newspaper clipping lining the drawer of an antique dresser, she realizes she's never heard the heart wrenching story of abuse and suicide detailed on the yellowed newsprint. So she starts to dig, and her sleuthing exposes an ugly cover-up that casts the residents of Crocker, Indiana into danger and intrigue, and leaves them with a corpse.
Tudhaliya IV comes to the
throne as a usurper's younger son, determined to rule according to the traditional
values of justice and clemency, despite the advice of his ambitious mother and brothers. When his cousin with whom he was
raised as someone dearer than a brother, decides his own claim to the throne is
stronger than Tudhaliya's, the latter must decide whether to apply the pragmatism
of his advisors or risk appearing weak, and how to manage to leave his own son an
empire that is finally free from civil war. The cost will be the sacrifice of his deepest
After the death of his wife, Doctor Christoph Kloppel discovers a partial cure for cancer that could have saved her. With grief and regret driving his determination, he is eventually awarded the Nobel Prize and uses it as a platform to further advance his research
It's the end of World War II in Guna, India, and as a small child, Charu vows to become a doctor, as doing good deeds is the path to salvation in her Hindu faith. On the bus to med school in Gwalior, Charu meets the vivacious Shyla, another med student who inspires Charu to take new risks. Just as Charu is set to graduate, her father arranges a marriage for her with Jashar, the son of a political affiliate, but Jashar is not what he seems. Charu flees the marriage to focus on her work as a doctor, spreading the message of birth control across India to improve impoverished living conditions for India's future generations with Shyla by her side. But birth control is highly controversial in Indian culture, and Charu faces vicious resistance as she is accused of playing God. Can Charu bring change for the children of India, or will her message be silenced?
The warrior Druid princess, Catrin of Britannia, has faced magical foes, family betrayal, and enslavement. Now, disguised as a boy in the Roman legion, Catrin must gather her strength and her allies if she plans to take back her family’s Celtic throne. But her powerful lover, Marcellus—the great-grandson of the famed Roman General Mark Antony—is confused about their relationship and hesitates to help Catrin retake her kingdom. If their forbidden love and alliance are discovered, her dreams of returning to her Celtic home with Marcellus will be shattered.
Maid Takes Marquess is the novella prequel to Halley Larkin's historical romance series. A marriage of convenience with benefits... Maggie Doyle’s service at Cortwood Manor is supposed to be temporary. She works as a maid only to fund her dream of securing a spot on an expedition to Egypt. Marriage has no place in her future. However, when she meets the Marquess of Cortham, her carefully laid plans abruptly turn. Abandoned at a young age, Robert Brightley never wanted his father’s inheritance, nor does he trust anyone who claims to love him. But after his father dies unexpectedly, Rob is under pressure to assume his primary duty to marry. When Rob returns to Cortwood to settle his father’s affairs, he doesn’t expect to find a woman like Maggie Doyle working as a maid. Irresistibly drawn to her, Rob offers Maggie an unusual proposal: a quick wedding followed by a brief marriage that will allow her to leave her position in service once and for all. Robert Brightley can help Maggie achieve her goal faster than she thought possible. Although she has only agreed to a marriage of convenience, her feelings for the marquess soon grow passionate. Unfortunately, his family might destroy the marriage before it even starts. Maggie’s dreams and her heart are in danger of being crushed. Unless she can convince the marquess to let go of the past and embrace a match made in haste but destined to last.
"…a gripping tale for fans of Southern fiction...a story of deceit, slavery, and dangerous complicities..." - Readers' Favorite. Broke and despondent, trickster Durksen Hurst arrives in rural Mississippi seeking redemption for his disreputable past — and maybe some glory. When he encounters a dozen fugitive slaves hiding in the wilds, he persuades them to build a plantation with him — a scheme that will threaten the town’s social fabric, and its dominant family: the brilliant, mad Widow French and her tortured son, Devereau. When Antoinette DuVallier, a mysterious woman from New Orleans with unknown ties to the Frenches, arrives desperately seeking her missing boy, long-buried secrets are exposed that tear asunder the once-sleepy hamlet. As the tangled webs of deceit unravel, each startling revelation shines a fresh light on what it means to be a man or a woman, free or enslaved — indeed, on what it means to be human.
"Ella Maud" is fiction based on meticulous research about real events. The story here is one of the biggest murder mysteries of early modern America. When a dispute between sisters leads to an accidental murder, the cover-up divides a city and bedevils a nation. Proper, elegant Olive Cropsey loves her sister, Nell. Trouble is, everyone else loves her too. When a dispute over Nell’s boyfriend Jim Wilcox results in her accidental death, Olive is drawn into a web of lies as her father tries to cover up her guilt. Olive must stand by as Nell’s disappearance becomes a national story. But can she stay silent as Wilcox is falsely charged with murder? The audience for this book is fans of true crime, upmarket historical fiction, and those who enjoy well-crafted psychological drama in a domestic setting.
Hani doesn’t know what to make of it when the king starts honoring him, but he must still find the man who killed a foreign ambassador right under the roof of the Egyptian commissioner in Kumidi—a man whose past intersects bizarrely with Hani’s. And then, the queen of the new coregent has a special task for him which may involve dragging Hani’s nineteen-year-old daughter into court politics. He must find a way to see justice done and yet protect his family… and his conscience.
Based on historical events, "An Appointed Time" is an account of state police recruit Frank Mahan's challenging journey in 1959 to a fateful confrontation with fugitive John Coyle in the bogs and swamps of Middelborough, Massachusetts. The story is a character study of these men and it considers the role of destiny and the stain of violence. Selected as a Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2018 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.
The Seventh Dimension Series Full Box Set includes The Door, The King, The Castle, The City, The Prescience, and The Howling. The Seventh Dimension Series has won over thirty-five book awards. "Time is an illusion until God's appointed time," is the major theme based on A.W. Tozer's quote in The Pursuit of God: "A spiritual kingdom lies all about us, enclosing us, embracing us, altogether within reach of our inner selves, waiting for us to recognize it. God Himself is here waiting our response to His Presence. This eternal world will come alive to us the moment we begin to reckon upon its reality." The two young protagonists, Shale Snyder, an American, and Daniel Sperling, an Israeli, meet in the seventh dimension--a reality outside of time. Their love for each other is conflicted over their opposing spiritual beliefs that seem irreconcilable. The story covers many years as the young couple matures. The sixth book, The Howling, culminates with Biblical revelations concerning the future, Daniel's missing father, and a startling surprise. Allegory, foreshadowing, and symbolism are woven into the Seventh Dimension Series, and the heroism of the two protagonists is meant to inspire the reader. Love and forgiveness are virtues that both protagonists must learn. The Seventh Dimension Series begins in Atlanta, Georgia, but quickly moves to Israel. The reader soon finds himself immersed in the first century, and stories from the life of Jesus Christ intersect the story plot outside o ...
Born 1980––Died 1940? Benjamin Bauman, a contemporary Jewish Orthopedic Surgeon, is blinded by a flash of light while driving his car. When the light subsides, he gathers himself and discovers he is now driving another car in another time period. He panics and crashes the vehicle into a light pole. After quickly diagnosing his injuries and reestablishing his unbelievable plight, Ben blacks out.When he awakens he finds himself in a Berlin hospital in Nazi Germany. It is Christmas Day, 1937. To the people around him Ben is Karl Schroder, a high-ranking Generalarzt and Chief Surgeon of that same hospital. Ben knows nothing of Karl’s past but, among many other surprises, he now speaks fluent German and discovers that Karl had been very close to an empathetic nurse, Elsa Hirsh, who is tending to his wounds. Still in panic mode, Ben finds a mirror and discovers that his journey has not physically altered his appearance. Yes, he is a Jew in Nazi Germany, but nobody seems to realize this but Ben. His “memory loss” and sudden knowledge of a new language is “scientifically” attributed to the blow in the head he received during the accident. From the German perspective Ben’s new language is American English, the language he retained during his trip into the past—a language Karl did not speak. This miraculous infusion of a new language after a traffic accident intrigues members of Hitler's inner circle and brings the reluctant Ben face to face with the likes of Hermann Goering, Joseph Go ...
Miller's Secret Obsession. Ambition. Betrayal. Left in an orphanage as a young child, Miller Dreeser vowed to someday live a life of wealth and prestige. He obtained that life, with no thought of the consequence to those he used as puppets on a string to get there. His acceptance into the world of the socially elite is not enough to conquer his internal demons, and that unquenchable ambition may cause him to lose it all. Surrounding him is a rich tapestry of characters—lives filled with love, heroics, and a yearning for more. His singular focus threatens them all. Will anyone survive Miller’s secret? Author Tess Thompson explores themes of power, deceit, and dangerous obsessions in this suspenseful, page-turning post World War II drama.
Winner of the 2022 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Historical. Until she discovers the truth of her sister’s death, no one will rest in peace. New Hampshire, 1865. Marion Abbott is summoned to Brawders House asylum to collect the body of her sister, Alice. She’d been found dead after falling four stories from a steep-pitched roof. Officially: an accident. Confidentially: suicide. But Marion believes a third option: murder. Returning to her family home to stay with her brother and his second wife, the recently widowed Marion is expected to quiet her feelings of guilt and grief—to let go of the dead and embrace the living. But that’s not easy in this house full of haunting memories. Just when the search for the truth seems hopeless, a stranger approaches Marion with chilling words: I saw her fall. Now Marion is more determined than ever to find out what happened that night at Brawders, and why. With no one she can trust, Marion may risk her own life to uncover the secrets buried with Alice in the family plot.
1847. Ballyclaven, Ireland. A terrible famine has ravaged the devastated Emerald island. With little food to eat, young Jonathan Flynn is struggling to stay alive after losing his family in the course of a single fateful night. Life is already bad, but Jonathan’s pride and youthful temper make him a dangerous enemy to his ruthless landlord, Lord Cavanaugh, who wouldn’t rest until he sends the young lad to gallows. With the assistance of a kindly family priest, Jonathan finds a temporary hideaway in the infamous Scartagg workhouse, only to realize that the sinister warden of the workhouse is just one of the many villains’ fate has thrown his way. Jonathan boards a ship to Boston hoping to start a new life on distant shores, but fate has other plans for him. Jonathon’s dream of escaping to America becomes a horrendous journey of never-ending physical and mental torture. It’s his will to survive and a burning desire for vengeance that keeps Jonathan alive. And revenge is a dish best served cold…More than a century later, when old secrets surface, threatening to unravel Flynn family’s present, Jonathon’s descendant, Rory O’Flynn must decide if he should let sleeping dogs lie…or not.
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Treachery, murder, love, and ambition mark Snowdens page-turning latest, a tale of one mans journey of revenge and redemption. When Rory OFlynn unexpectedly inherited a ten-acres property in Irela ...
Mark's experience and love of history has given him a keen eye and dry quirky sense of humour that veils a message about the human condition. In A Cat's History of the World, Mark speaks from the cat's perspective of history's events – tongue in cheek, as is Mark's way to send us a message.
In 1947, Ray Petriani flees Texas in the middle of the night with a wife and young family. Desperate for work, he takes a job in California and is sent to inland China on a business venture. A gift exchange with the local potentate provides him with two things he doesnt want, things he cannot reject, and things hes forced to protect. Those gifts disrupt his life.
Through his research of the first item, a gilded antique music box said to have belonged to a Chinese Emperor, only uncovers additional shrouded historical doubts which raise further problems as to its real intent. Ray refuses to give up his investigation and believes the meaning of its significance lies hidden in the way it was presented.
But its the possession of the second gift, a pretty female slave, which rocks his world and generates friction with his wife that reaches atomic proportions, and plants a minefield of impossible complications. Towns people, officials, family, and associates, all full of righteous-hatred toward Orientals due to the recent war, seek to purge the area of this Asian beauty who doesnt belong, but who is forbidden from returning to her homeland.
Can Ray, his family, and this newly freed slave navigate the corridors of bitter animosity from the people of their two countries, attempts on their lives from both sides of the Pacific, and bungling government bureaucracy, to uncover the deep Chinese secrets that have come to entwine their lives?
It’s 1907 and former surgeon Tom Justice sits in a San Francisco jail on murder charges. The attorney hired to defend him is perplexed: the doctor hasn’t confessed to the crime—if there even was a crime—but why won’t he declare his innocence? The reasons are complex, reaching back to Tom's youth and influencing the decisions Tom makes about his family, career and even the women in his life. An absorbing tale of medicine and morality in turn of the twentieth century America, The Price of Compassion is a stand-alone novel, Book Four in A.B. Michaels’ historical fiction series, “The Golden City.”
An otherworldly tale with indelible characters in a realistic wartime setting. Hoffmans novel sublimely fuses world history and Jewish folklore.---Kirkus Reviews
In the fires of World War II, a child must save his people from darkness…
Ten-year-old Uriel has always been an outcast. Born mute in a Jewish village known for its choir, he escapes into old stories of his people, stories of angels and monsters. But when the fires of the Holocaust consume his village, he learns that the stories he writes in his golden notebook are terrifyingly real.
In the aftermath of the attack, Uriel is taken in by Uwe, a kind-hearted linguist forced to work for the commander of the local Nazi Police, the affably brutal Major Brandt. Uwe wants to keep Uriel safe, but Uriel cant stay hidden. The angels of his tales have come to him with a dire message: Michael, guardian angel of the Jewish people, is missing. Without their angel, the Jewish people are doomed, and Michaels angelic brethren cannot search for him in the lands corrupted by Nazi evil.
With the lives of millions at stake, Uriel must find Michael and free him from the clutches of the Angel of Death...even if that means putting Uwe in mortal danger.
The Book of Uriel is a heartbreaking blend of historical fiction and Jewish folklore that will enthrall fans of The Book Thief and The World That We Knew.
Galveston Island, Texas, September 2008 Katie doesn’t believe in ghosts. And she certainly doesn’t believe the rumors that her family’s home is haunted, despite its tragic history: two young women who lived there in different eras died in hurricanes – one during Hurricane Carla in 1961, one during the Great Storm of 1900, the greatest natural disaster to befall the United States. But that was the past. A fact Katie reminds herself of when she returns to Galveston to await Hurricane Ike with her parents and boyfriend in her family’s Broadway mansion, hoping to rekindle her flailing relationship. While Katie is not afraid of the ghost stories she’s heard, she is afraid of the monster storm approaching. As even die-hard Islanders evacuate, her fears grow. Fear of the looming hurricane. Fear that she’s talentless as a painter. Fear that her relationship with her boyfriend is already over. As Katie struggles against her fears, the past whispers to her of the women who died there, and the haunting similarities they share with Katie’s own life. Through three different timelines, Storms of Malhado weaves a story of Galveston’s past, underscoring its danger and isolation, as well as its remarkable resilience, its capacity for both nostalgia and reinvention. Full of contradictions, at once insular and open to the world, Galveston Island is as much a character of the novel as Katie, Suzanne, Betty, their lovers, and their confidantes. Maria Elena Sandovici is a full-time writer, artist, ...
During the Great Jubilee of the Aten, a mysterious series of tomb robberies takes place, and witnesses begin to die. With plague ravaging the palace, where Hani’s daughter is a physician, and Egypt’s ally, Naharin, collapsing into the hands of a usurper, Hani must make sense of what is happening. And who in high places is his real enemy.
Julii, a beautiful, insecure and victimized Tennessee Indian is caught up in the white man's world after saving the life of a Confederate captain wounded at the battle of Shiloh.
Overcoming great disadvantage, cruel prejudice and bitter persecution, Julii harnesses her intrinsic genius to become the Confederate States’ most aggressive blockade-runner.
Using conspiracy, manipulation and bribery to punish those who wronged her, Julii sets off a chain of events that leads to General Sherman burning down Atlanta, his infamous “March to the sea”, and a total Union victory, while condemning her to suffer for even more sins of her past.
Set in and around New York City in the early 19th Century, Victoria Woodhull and sister, Tennessee Celeste Claflin take the city by storm as they challenge morality, fashion, economics, social justice, and equal pay for equal work. Leveraging their wealth as the sisters become famous on the lecture circuit, they fight for women’s rights, suffrage and enter into the political arena as Victoria is nominated by the American Equal Rights Party to run for President of the United States and Tennessee runs for Congress. In this rags to riches saga, the reader experiences Historical Fiction at its best. Filled with facts, articles, and actual speeches by some of the most prominent figures of Victorian America, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Reverend Henry Ward Beecher “the Most Famous Man in America,” Cornelius Vanderbilt “the Richest Man in America,” J. P. Morgan, Frederick Douglass, Karl Marx, among others, the course of events lead to the “Trial of the Century,” and retribution. Scandalous engages the reader as the strong female leading characters change the course of history in America—at enormous personal and financial expense. Scandalous is Volume 2 of The Victoria Woodhull Saga. Volume 1, Outrageous: Rise to Riches earned twelve awards and high acclaim.
Kapellmeister Joseph Haydn would like nothing better than to show his principal violinist, Bartó Daboczi, the door. But with the Empress Maria Theresa’s visit scheduled in three weeks, Haydn can ill-afford to lose his surly virtuoso. But when Bartó disappears—along with all the music composed for the imperial visit—the Kapellmeister is forced to don the role of Kapell-detective, or risk losing his job. Before long Haydn's search uncovers pieces of a disturbing puzzle. Bartó, it appears, is more than just a petty thief—and more dangerous. And what seemed like a minor musical mishap could modulate into a major political catastrophe unless Haydn finds his missing virtuoso. Advance Praise: "Elegantly written and plotted, the reader will be hooked from page one." New York Times Bestselling Author, Emily Brightwell "Vivid historical descriptions, intricate details, and a fascinating central character kept me turning the pages. Bravo!" Amanda Carmack, award-winning author of the Elizabethan Mystery Series "Will enthrall music lovers and mystery lovers alike." Kate Kingsbury, author of the Pennyfoot Hotel & Merry Ghost Inn Mysteries "Tustin occupies a unique niche in the historical mystery world with her debut novel, one which she clearly masters." Edith Maxwell, Agatha-nominated author of Delivering the Truth. "A standout in the genre of historical mysteries. An encore is requested!" Midwest Book Review
When Hani, an Egyptian diplomat under Akhenaten, is sent to investigate the murder of a useful bandit leader in Syria, he encounters corruption, tangled relationships, and yet more murder. His investigation is complicated by the new king’s religious reforms, which have struck Hani’s own family to the core. Hani’s mission is to amass enough evidence for his superiors to prosecute the wrongdoers despite the king’s protection—but not just every superior can be trusted. And maybe not even the king!
Professor Nina Monte, an expert in ancient religious texts, is called into a secret meeting. A mystical object has been discovered in a 15th-century galley, buried at the bottom of Lake Garda in Italy. At the recovery site, Monte makes a shocking revelation—the relic in her hands holds the power to change humanity’s perception of existence.
But Monte soon finds herself trapped in an insidious intrigue, and is forced to abandon everything she knows and trusts. Joined by local hotelier, Alessandro Pini, she is determined to unravel the truth surrounding the discovery.
A heart-stopping race to decode the four-thousand-year-old mystery leads Monte and Pini from Italy through the mighty Austrian Alps, right to the banks of the most sacred river in India. But the professor and her friend are not the only ones seeking answers, and it will take courage and cunning to outwit those who believe the truth is worth dying—or killing—for.
Prequel – The Vestals Conspiracy (November 2017)
Book 1 – Fast Track to Glory
Book 2 – (Summer 2018)
"A sparkling debut" — Historical Fiction Society Indie Reviews
A woman striving for justice
Fianna Cameron has devoted her life to avenging the death of her father, hanged as a traitor during the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Now, on the eve of her thirtieth birthday, only one last miscreant remains: Major Christopher Pennington, the English army officer who not only oversaw her father’s execution, but falsely maligned his honor. Fianna risks everything to travel to London and confront the man who has haunted her every nightmare. Only after her pistol misfires does she realize her sickening mistake: the Pennington she wounded is far too young to be the man who killed her father.
A man who will protect his family at all costs
Rumors of being shot by a spurned mistress might burnish the reputation of a rake, but for Kit Pennington, determined to add to his family’s honor by winning a seat in Parliament, such sala-cious gossip is nothing but a nightmare. To regain his good name, Kit will have to track down his mysterious attacker and force her to reveal the true motivation behind her unprovoked assault. Accepting the mistress of an acquaintance as an ally in his search is risky enough, but when Kit begins to develop feelings for the icy, ethereal Miss Cameron, more than his political career is in danger. For Kit is beginning to suspect that Fianna Cameron knows far more about the shooting—a ...
In the Bronze Age Syrian kingdom of Ugarit, a eunuch slave mistakenly believes his mistress the queen loves him, so when asked to spy on her under threat of punishment, he finds a way to avoid it. When she shows she cares nothing for him, he justifies reporting her disloyal activities but cant escape agonies of conscience. As her sentence of divorce turns into execution, he decides he must avenge her and expurgate his own guilt.
Summer, 367 A.D. In a land of mystery and enchantment, in an age of Celtic gods, Highland warlords, Roman legions, and powerful druids, a young Pictish healer finds herself embroiled in an epic struggle between gods and men. The Celtic tribes of the lands we now know as Scotland and Ireland conspire to assault Hadrian’s Wall and drive the Romans out of Britain forever. But in order for the warriors to achieve victory in the military campaign, the druids must first gain ascendancy over the new Roman god. Amid clandestine preparations for war, Flora is yanked out of her peaceful, ordinary world and thrust into a spiritual battle of mythic proportions. In order to save her family, her clan, and her people, she is called upon to sacrifice not only her life, but her very identity. Feeling trapped in a web of manipulation and deceit, she struggles to discover the true reality of who she is and who she will become. Set in the Scottish Highlands, this story brings to life an age and a people that have remained veiled in the mists of time. Based on extensive research into the archaeology, culture, and geography of fourth-century Scotland, Daughter of the Gods explores the mysterious people knowns as the Picts—a collection of tribes so determined to retain their freedom that they dared to defy the mightiest army the ancient world had ever known. This is not, however, primarily an action adventure tale, but a profoundly provocative saga for readers who like to think deeply about their o ...
An untamed frontier. A family’s new start. To survive, they’ll need luck and they’ll need each other... New York City, New York, 1835. Thomas Bennett never planned on living in the shadow of his in-laws. But when a devastating fire wipes out New York City and forces him and his wife, Jane, to leave, he’s willing to do anything to gain his independence. Years later when an opportunity opens up to travel to the dangerous but promising frontier of the Pacific Northwest, Thomas and his reluctant wife prepare for the journey. Thomas and his brothers pave the way by booking passage on a steamship by way of South America, and Jane and the children are scheduled to follow twelve months later on the shorter Nicaragua route. But nothing could prepare them for such a long separation and the life-changing adventure. Then the outbreak of two wars threatens the timid Bennett family and prolongs their separation. They must rely on each other for the courage to carry on. But will their bond be enough to outlast the worst-case scenario of a dangerous journey and a lawless, unforgiving land? Intrepid Journey: An Untamed Frontier is book one of the Bennett family saga. If you like complex characters, lesser-known historical journeys, and a dash of romance, then you’ll love this action-packed journey west. It’s an exhilarating historical fiction novel.
“If it’s meaning you seek, there’s no better place to be than here, or perhaps, up there.” A Shining Mountain. Mt. Dolymtiud: the roof of Tanzia and the home of the godlike Altaicans. Their motives inscrutable, they have invited Yates and Sharp to the majikal palaces at the summit, where the House of Knowledge lies. But reaching the top quickly becomes more dangerous than either imagined. Hunted by pack after pack of Servants, they must battle the cold, the altitude, and the pursuers of Maraa that hound them ... without any help from above. About the Series “Yates shouldered his shotgun and poured cartridge after cartridge of triple-aught shot into the minotaur. The monster howled and turned to face him, ruby eyes alight like coals.” Monsters and elephant guns face off as Ambassador Chadwick Yates and Navy Commander Thurston Sharp explore the Forbidden Continent of Tanzia. The pair must adapt to the curious cultures of Gremlins, Faeries, Anurans, and others to make allies, and fight off the evil creatures that serve an ancient sorcerer. The Adventures of Chadwick Yates is for readers who love action in exotic locales. The series blends the Lost World literary genre of Indiana Jones and King Solomon's Mines with the magic and monsters of epic fantasy. Featuring real 19th century gadgets and a gorgeously-realized world, the series was inspired by such works as Allan Quatermain, Sherlock Holmes, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Heart of Dar ...
“I would not go into that club with less than a hundred picked soldiers.” More than the Macabre. After a year in the wilderness, Chadwick Yates has only returned to civilization for one reason: to uncover what evil lurks in the Coulsby Theater Club. Back safe in the metropolis of his homeland, Commander Sharp must decide whether or not to leave Yates altogether. But soon the two are drawn into a game so dangerous it threatens to reveal the secrets of Tanzia they protect. At odds with each other and risking execution for treason, the pair must infiltrate the club and flush out the horrors lurking within ... but what they unleash proves worse than the Servants of Maraa. As police and soldiers flee, the two men stand their ground.
FROM THE AGES OF PIRATES IN THE CARIBBEAN TO THE FREE SPIRIT OF THE 1960s, a woman's journal spreads the hope of forgiveness and grace across the ages. Captured by the pirate Gaspar and held captive for ransom, Magdalena is taken from everything she knows.
What began as a welcome journey to the new Americas turned into a nightmare for the ship's young women. Unsure of what had become of the rest of the crew, Magdalena turned to her faith for guidance and survival.
A magical gift of the fae. When a soothsayer faces her end of days, can she find her lone heir before more blood is spilled? Ireland, 1177. Royal seer Orlagh’s prophecies of war fall on deaf ears. So with her sons long dead and only an intractable girl for an apprentice, the aging visionary dreams of her grandson and the need to pass on her legacy. Fearing her mortality, she leaves her short-sighted king behind and sets out to track down her sole descendant before her powers die with her last breath. Refusing to let invading Normans, deception, and fickle predictions stand in her way, she vows to place her enchanted brooch in the hands of her kin. But when she finds her successor unworthy, she turns to the fae for answers… and with grim determination accepts a perilous quest. Can Orlagh’s unflagging devotion survive the brutal conflict on the horizon? Misfortune of Vision is the immersive fourth book in the Druid's Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like no-nonsense heroines, deftly researched backdrops, and a splash of intriguing magic, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s tale of valor. Buy Misfortune of Vision to match wits with fate today!
When the magical secrets of The Emerald Isle beckon, will she survive answering the call? Pittsburgh, 1846. Valentia McDowell wishes she could rest. Plagued by nightmares of her grandmother’s mysterious brooch lost in Ireland, the well-off woman grows more troubled when a fire ravages her family’s business. But as she buries herself in the rebuilding efforts, she can’t shake the sense that a powerful inheritance awaits her across the ocean… if she can weather the treacherous journey. Horrified when the voyage claims her brother’s life and afflicts her with malaria, Valentia believes her grief will be for nothing if she returns from the famine-struck island empty-handed. But as she nears her gran’s birthplace and the last known location of the heirloom, the determined woman draws ever closer to a force beyond her imagination… and a battalion of deadly danger. Can Valentia uphold a destiny she doesn’t yet understand without losing everyone she loves? Legacy of Hunger is the sweeping first book in The Druid's Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like compelling female characters, immersive authenticity, and a dash of magic, then you’ll love Christy Nicholas’s transatlantic quest. Buy Legacy of Hunger to trace a family treasure today!
FIVE STARS *****: A swirling mix of political intrigue, vivid action sequences, and lighthearted romance makes Forbidden Ties a delight for medieval fiction lovers. Author Kyrie Wang's tale of two people from opposing factions finding themselves forced to work together under extraordinary circumstances is captivating from start to finish. - Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite Reviews
FIVE STARS *****: The characters are well developed, the scenes are described with attention to detail, and the history is well researched. Interspersed between the battles and the growing need to find clarity between what is good and what is evil, romance blossoms with a subtlety that will have readers sitting on edge, wanting to learn more. - Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite Reviews
The orphaned. The outcast. In a country torn by rebellion, they will rise as heroes.
1075 A.D. England
Nine years after the Norman Conquest Orphaned during a rebellion against William the Conqueror, Heather is thrust into another revolt when her childhood sweetheart disappears to save the son of a murdered Norman knight.
This quarrelsome son, Matthew, is determined to destroy the English rebels who decimated his household. Heather stays out of it- until she is accidentally entangled with a young rebel leader named Toby. As she is whisked off through the forests of medieval England, inhabit ...
Harmon Camburn signed up for duty as a Union soldier two weeks after the first shots were fired in the Civil War. He served for the next three years, fighting in both Battles of Bull Run and other skirmishes of the War Between the States. His tour of duty ended with a shot through his lung and capture by Confederate soldiers. Fortunately, he survived his wounds and wrote about his time in the Union army. His great granddaughter, P.C. Zick, presents this journal along with additional annotations about the war in general. The journal weaves a tragic and compelling tapestry of war from the view at its center. Mr. Camburn's sardonic and realistic view of war is worth remembering. From the day of his enlistment in the Army in April 1861 in Adrian, Michigan, to his final days in the service of the army near Knoxville, Tennessee, the journal provides insight into the minutiae of a soldier's life, from what they ate to the somewhat unorthodox method of obtaining food. It shows the horror of the battlefield to the joys of simply having the sun shine after days of rain. Here is a personal account of war and all its sundry causes and effects from the eyes of a man who fought it.
In the turmoil of Japan, before the banishment of the samurai class, a disillusioned samurai, Itashima Chobei, is confronted by Akiyama, a samurai on a mysterious errand for his powerful leader. Their conflicted worlds lead to a battle of wits, ego and pursuit. In the middle is a beautiful woman, Miyo, attached to one, coveted by the other. Cho, after having been forced by his clan to perform atrocities, works as a yojimbo and handyman for a second-tier inn along the Nakasendo Highway. Akiyama is a samurai from Mito province who is loyal to his clan. When Akiyama's Daimyo Lord is forced to stay at the inn, improvements must be made, and the Mito samurai demands that the inn make those changes according to the Mito Leader's requirements. After a failed assassination attempt against the leader of Japan, Akiyama and Miyo disappear. Cho, believing that Miyo has chosen to live with a samurai of higher status, pursues them, determined that Miyo know the truth about the man with whom she's disappeared. Cho and a young samurai companion, Kensei, travel the length and breadth of Japan’s highways for a year in search of the couple. They separate for personal reasons, but reunite at the inn another year later where Cho learns the truth of Miyo's departure and her life with Akiyama. Does he owe it to himself or to Japan to find Akiyama and punish him for what he's done?
She has no name. She is not even a footnote. Her tale is hidden behind the well-told fable of her husband, the man who would become Simon Peter, the first Apostle. Cast off by her family after shunning a wealthy suitor to marry a humble fisherman, her life is fraught with hardship. She endures her husband’s growing restlessness, fish shortages from the Sea of Galilee, and the oppression of an all-powerful Roman Empire over her people. Then her life is forever changed when her dying mother is saved by a miracle performed by a young carpenter—a man who speaks with understanding and acts with compassion. A man who can inspire the extraordinary. Simon Peter lives on in history as the undaunted martyr of the carpenter. This is the untold story of his young bride. Her journey traverses villages and deserts, love and tradition, and a brewing revolution, to an awakening of faith that challenges everything she has ever known.
A historical fiction tale of four strangers who come together in the aftermath of the Great Galveston Hurricane of 1900—the deadliest hurricane in US history. More than 6,000 people died that fateful day and the island was left a sea of brokenness. As the four diverse strangers cling to each other amidst the devastation in an attempt to survive, they change each other in ways they never would have imagined. It's more than a story about a tragic storm, it's about human spirit triumphing over unimaginable adversity.
Black Eagle A woman on the run…a warrior’s vow…an assassin on their trail. THE WARRIORS OF THE IROQUOIS, BOOK 1 With the English and the French at each other’s throats, struggling for control of the North American continent, the battle lines have been drawn. But Marisa Jameson is witness to treachery closer to home. After she overhears her uncle’s plot to destroy a Dutch town for his own gain, she threatens to expose him – and is forced to run for her life. When the mesmerizing beauty says she needs a guide to visit a friend, Mohawk warrior Black Eagle agrees to be her guide, since her plans compliment his own. No one knows the wild forests of the New England better than he. But when danger dogs their every step, he suspects there’s more to Marisa’s anxiety to move swiftly than her eagerness to “visit a friend.” Caught in the crossfire of a war and with a deadly assassin hot on their trail, Marisa and Black Eagle discover that trusting each other is the only way to outrun the enemy – and that love may be the only way to survive. Warning: This book, a steamy, senuous romance, may cause one to fall in love with that special someone all over again.
Before Columbus discovered America, Conchobar washed ashore! A young man is lost at sea and survives a terrifying ordeal only to arrive in a new land with nothing but his memories. His father abandoned him and left him with a curse. His mother gave him a name befitting a king, then died during childbirth. The monks of Skellig Michael raised him to be a pacifist and prepared him for life as a mason, not for the harsh realities of a fierce new world. Conchobar is rescued by one village, captured by another, and becomes a pawn in their never-ending war. Banished by one, condemned by the other, he must become a warrior. In addition to the enemy villages, he must fight the curse that follows him wherever he goes. He discovers that he has the gift of telepathy. Will his extrasensory perceptions be enough to break the curse? Conchobar must adapt or die. Evil surrounds him and there is no going back. The Adirondack Spirit Series is an epic, multi-generational family saga, and it all starts with this ancient ancestor, Conchobar. Are supernatural tendencies hereditary? If you guessed yes, maybe you are descended from old souls too. The year is AD 549. Start your Adirondack adventure with The Curse of Conchobar―A Prequel to the Adirondack Spirit Series.
This is a fictionalized account of "Project Tiger", which was an operation spanning 1962 and 1963 in which the CIA inserted numerous indigenous agent teams into North Vietnam for the purposes of espionage, sabotage and other special operations. It also relates the story to earlier CIA operations in which similar efforts were made to drop agents in Communist East Europe - with similar results.
“We're deep in a land not made for men.” Knife-edge Negotiations. Deep in the tropical swamps of Tanzia, where anacondas and crocodiles thrive just out of sight and mosquitoes thicken the air, dwell the mysterious Anurans. The frog-like tribe is isolated, distrustful, and the guardians of a powerful form of sorcery no others can claim. Chadwick Yates’ powers of wilderness survival and diplomacy are put to the ultimate test in his quest to know how they vanish and where they go. Yates and his long-suffering companion, Thurston Sharp, have one way forward: compete in a very dangerous Anuran sport... About the Series “Yates shouldered his shotgun and poured cartridge after cartridge of triple-aught shot into the minotaur. The monster howled and turned to face him, ruby eyes alight like coals.” Monsters and elephant guns face off as Ambassador Chadwick Yates and Navy Commander Thurston Sharp explore the Forbidden Continent of Tanzia. The pair must adapt to the curious cultures of Gremlins, Faeries, Anurans, and others to make allies, and fight off the evil creatures that serve an ancient sorcerer. The Adventures of Chadwick Yates is for readers who love action in exotic locales. The series blends the Lost World literary genre of Indiana Jones and King Solomon's Mines with the magic and monsters of epic fantasy. Featuring real 19th century gadgets and a gorgeously-realized world, the series was inspired by such works as Allan Quatermain, Sherlock Holm ...
When an adopted American businessman dying with cancer asks her to investigate his family background, it opens up a world of intrigue and forgotten secrets for Jayne Sinclair, genealogical investigator. She only has two clues: a book and an old photograph. Can she find out the truth before he dies?
A scorned prophetess. A deadly omen. Will this kinswoman of Adam and Eve persevere with intuition she can’t deny? Zyla is used to the elders of the clan rejecting her dark glimpses into the future, and bitter that she doesn’t receive the honor she believes she deserves. When her forecast of a terrible flood gets her exiled, she and her sister flee the mountain of Eden to live among evil descendants of the murderer Cain. There, Zyla is willing to do anything to advance her status, even if it means becoming a second wife to her sister's desirable husband, or aligning with forbidden spiritual powers. When the flood Zyla prophesied slams into her new home, the outcast must decide whom she really loves and what is worth risking death for. Will she be strong enough to find hope on the other side of the waters, or will the devastation sweep her and her prophecies away forever? If you like ancient legends and dramatic Old Testament re-imaginings, you'll love this biblical fiction novel based on a story from Genesis 4.
A quirk of fate puts a Blatina in the Oval Office. What now?
Toni Madison never dreamed about becoming President. It simply wasn’t even an option for someone like her, a Black Latina after all.
Life had a different plan as a heart attack places her behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.
Now, three years into her bland accidental Presidency, Toni notices she could do better. In fact, she wants to do better.
She wants to be a great President.
Things start to heat up as she launches her election campaign.
She quickly realizes that there are many people who are honestly threatened by a woman of color serving in the highest office of the land.
When threatened, people tend to respond with underhanded, manipulative viciousness.
How will Toni handle all that?
As betrayals follow threats that follow intense pushback, Toni reaches back to her gritty youth to find succor along with the support of her quirky, loyal staff.
“...we watch fascinated as Toni comes into her own. Step by painful step.”
“Very entertaining & relevant in today's political landscape.”
“In the crazy political climate of today, this was a delightful and yet insightful read.”
2021 Firebird Book Award winner. Start the series that brings a complex web of real-world mythology into modern times! 1000 years ago the Elves nearly destroyed their species through war. As punishment, their ancestors cursed them and trapped them on the Earthly plane. Priscilla Forester is a 500-year-old Cursed Elf, with abilities far different from most. She knows there is some secret about her origins, but has given up thinking she will ever discover the truth. However, Fate was only waiting for the right moment to reveal its secrets. As Priscilla and her lovers battle against warring Elf Houses, her true nature begins to emerge, and it is more than anyone had bargained for.
In the late nineteenth century, Wealthy and headstrong Kit Firestone chafes under the strictures of the Golden City’s high society, especially the interference of her charming but overbearing mother, Josephine. Kit’s secret rebellion leads to potentially catastrophic results and keeps her from finding true happiness. When her brother nearly dies from a dangerous infection, Kit defies convention and becomes a working nurse. Through her troubled romance with a young doctor and a series of dramatic events, including a natural disaster and her mother’s own critical illness, Kit begins to understand who her mother truly is and what their relationship is all about. She may not get the chance to appreciate their bond, however, because, through no fault of her own, a madman has Kit in his crosshairs. Set amidst the backdrop of the Gilded Age and beyond, Josephine’s Daughter explores many of the social and medical issues facing women of that era—issues that resonate today. Independence, reproductive rights, birth control, childbirth, and parenting are all put to the test in Josephine’s Daughter, Book Five of A.B. Michael’s award-winning historical series, The Golden City.
Matt Tillet, an F-8 Crusader pilot, is shot down over North Vietnam in 1966. He escapes from his spiraling, out-of-control jet with only seconds to spare, but is quickly captured by Vietnamese militiamen. Surviving torture, months of solitary confinement and the infamous Hanoi March, the dream of returning home to his wife and two children keeps him going. Repatriated in 1973, he returns to find that dream shattered.Code of Conduct accurately depicts the Prisoner of War experience. However, it is not so much a blood and guts war novel as it is the emotional tale of a family torn apart by war, more than seven years separation and the long journey to reconstruct their lives. After Matt is shot down, he is introduced to the “Green Room” torture, and quickly learns it is impossible to uphold the military Code of Conduct – give only your name, rank and serial number. The book then switches to San Diego, where his wife, Bobbie, ill-equipped to raise two children alone, learns how difficult it can be to maintain the marriage Code.In 1973, several of the repatriated ex-Vietnam POWs came home to broken marriages. While the romance or personal relationship portion of this book is fictional, similar stories played out numerous times. Code of Conduct, a historical novel, examines in vivid detail the gut-wrenching effects of prolonged imprisonment and the sacrifice of our combat troops who endure the emotional turmoil of war which often results in devastated personal lives. The prison sce ...
Inspired by a true story of love and women's resilience during the rise of fascism and WWII ~A promise keeps them apart until WWII threatens to destroy their love forever~ Fonzaso, Italy, between two wars, Nina Argenta doesn’t want the traditional life of a rural Italian woman. The daughter of a strong-willed midwife, she is determined to define her own destiny. But when her brother emigrates to America, she promises her mother to never leave. When childhood friend Pietro Pante briefly returns to their mountain town, passion between them ignites while Mussolini forces political tensions to rise. Just as their romance deepens, Pietro must leave again for work in the coal mines of America. Nina is torn between joining him and her commitment to Italy and her mother. As Mussolini’s fascists throw the country into chaos and Hitler’s Nazis terrorise their town, each day becomes a struggle to survive greater atrocities. A future with Pietro seems impossible when they lose contact and Nina’s dreams of a life together are threatened by Nazi occupation and an enemy she must face alone… Spanning over two decades, Under the Light of the Italian Moon is an epic, emotional and triumphant tale of one woman’s incredible resilience during the rise of fascism and Italy’s collapse into WWII. Gripping historical fiction based on a true story and heartbreaking real events. ‘A brilliant and meticulously researched debut, Under the Light of the Italian Moon is a testament t ...
87-year-old ex-spies Max and Olivia live in a nursing home forgotten and waiting to die when they are dragged back into the world of international espionage. The fate of much of the world hangs in the balance. Also, in this series: Claudia – Operation Chaos and Operation OBE – Over Bloody Eighty. The Max & Olivia books are a unique series - set against the back drop of the challenges to the international order we have known since WW2
When he falls for a woman promised to another, can an enchanted family heirloom aid his quest to Scotland and his ardent desire? Ireland, 1746. Traveler Éamonn Doherty thrives on wine, gambling, and song. But when his womanizing draws him to a fiery-haired lass impervious to his charms, he finds himself more than intrigued. And though she continues to spurn his gallant advances, he vows to win her affections at any price. With his perseverance finally paying off, the cocky rake realizes she’s truly stolen his heart. But she’s snatched away into an arranged marriage on the Isle of Skye, and Éamonn fears if he cannot use the magical trinket he carries to help fund his pursuit… his very soul will shatter. Will the lovelorn young man’s hopes be dashed upon a storm of heartbreak, or will he find his one love across the sea? Legacy of Luck is the enchanting third book in the Druid’s Brooch historical fantasy series. If you like roguish heroes, sweeping adventure, and spellbinding real-world backdrops, then you’ll adore Christy Nicholas’ legendary tale. Buy Legacy of Luck to take a risky leap of faith today! Content warning: Book contains graphic violence and sexual violence.
“A Family Shattered” is book two in the “Michal’s Destiny” series Taavi Margolis is arrested on Kristallnacht when he races out of his apartment to protect his daughter’s fiancée, Benny, who is being attacked and killed by a gang of Nazi thugs as they pillage and destroy the streets of a little Jewish neighborhood in Berlin. Taavi’s wife, Michal and their two daughters stare in horror through the window as Benny is savagely murdered. Then, they watch helplessly as the gang turns their attention to Taavi. They beat him with clubs until he is on his knees and bleeding on the pavement. When the police arrive, instead of arresting the perpetrators, they force Taavi into the back of a black automobile and take him away. Michal, pulls her daughters close to her. No one speaks but all three of them have the same unspoken questions. Will they ever see their beloved husband and Papa again? They realize, after tonight, the Anti-Semitism that is growing like a cancer all around them can no longer be ignored. Their future is uncertain. What will become of this family, what will become of the Jews? This is the story of the struggle of one Jewish family, to survive against the unfathomable threat of the Third Reich.
There is never a dull moment in this collection of short stories that will grab your attention and keep you spellbound! Peter Greene describes life growing up in the picturesque Blue Mountains of the Nilgiri District of Southern India.The pretty tourist towns of Coonoor, Ketti and Ooty will intrigue you with fascinating characters like Soosai the sorcerer and his black arts, Emily the maidservant's remedy to ward off "the evil eye", school students playing truant or a scary head hunting tale of terror, encounters in a local flour mill and a teenage boy trying to sell his vegetables in a local market for the first time! Whet your appetite and enjoy this book!
“You know nothing. Nothing about Tanzia or its people. You would never have agreed to dog me if you didn’t want to see the Black Continent, and only I can show it to you. You have only one option anyhow: follow me, Commander Sharp.” A Lost World. A Marvelous Expedition. A Dangerous Ambassador. Across the waters from industrialized Cavendia lies the Forbidden Continent of Tanzia, where Servants, the majikal creations of an ancient sorcerer, still walk the earth. Once mankind was enslaved there, but after the sorcerer’s imprisonment, one nation sailed away. For centuries, none has dared return, until now. Fear has grown that technology may have emerged on Tanzia. Cavendia’s government decides to make first contact with the ancient land. Their chosen ambassador is Chadwick Yates, of origins unknown. An expert woodsman and firearms master, Yates is not a man to be crossed. His mission is to report on the technology and resources of the indigenous, but the government now suspects he is hiding the full truth. Thurston Sharp, a Royal Navy Commander from a long military pedigree, is selected to go along and find out what Yates is hiding. When the pair are dropped on Tanzia, Sharp realizes nearly everything Yates has told the government is a lie. But in a land populated by dark hounds, cannibals, and gargoyles of living stone, Sharp has no choice but to fight to survive with Yates and to go where the ambassador leads, even to battle... About the Series “Yates shouldered his shotgun an ...
After a harrowing escape from Mississippi, abolitionist Durksen Hurst, his fiancée Antoinette DuVallier, and their friends — a group of undocumented slaves — land in guerrilla-infested Civil War Missouri, the most savage whirlwind of destruction, cruelty, and death in American history. Trapped in a terrifying cycle of murder and revenge, scarred by Quantrill’s cold-blooded Lawrence massacre and the Union army’s ruthless Order Eleven, Durk and everyone he cares for soon find themselves entangled in a struggle for their very survival. Honor Among Outcasts takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey of desperate men and women caught up in the merciless forces of hatred and fear that tear worlds apart, and the healing power of friendship to bring them together.
A Jewish civil war is tearing apart northern Israel. In the south, servants of the goddess Ashtaroth abduct unwary refugees. Haim, an unwanted boy, escapes into this nightmarish landscape to find his way in a world gone mad. 92 BCE. A widow and an old scribe together raise Haim, a boy whose lineage cursed him from birth. When Haim is eleven years old, he runs away into a world populated by Samaritan bandits, a cultic pagan temple devoted to horror, and the white‑robed priests of Qumran. Desperate and lonely, Haim searches for community, friendship, and belonging while being plagued by a hunger for meaning he cannot satisfy. Blind Man’s Labyrinth is a lyrical historical fiction novel set near the end of the Maccabean period. If you like stories that explore the conflict between survival and morality and ask questions about how outcasts fight against socially systemic cycles of fear and violence in their quest for friendship, kinship, and meaning, then you will love this masterful follow up to Daryl Potter’s deeply moving Keziah’s Song.
Nina Monte, a renowned professor of ancient religions, receives a cryptic message. Her former mentor and a prominent Italian archaeologist, Filippo Oliveri, needs her to come to Rome—he believes only Nina is capable of understanding the true significance of his new discovery.
But when she finally reaches the excavation site, Oliveri is gone. Instead, Nina comes across a series of clues that somehow connect an ancient prophecy, a mystical ritual, and a masterpiece of Michelangelo himself. But soon the magnitude of the discovery lures those who will stop at nothing to solve the mystery and, once and for all, silence everyone who stands in their way.
If you love historical mysteries, don’t miss this gripping read! “The Vestals Conspiracy” is a stunning introduction to the Nina Monte Mystery Thriller Series.
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London, 1909 Ruby Redlick is a young woman with a passion for reading, who yearns to break free of her constrained life in Upper Norwood and go on the stage. She dreams of playing dramatic characters like her idol Sarah Bernhardt. But the West End is full of lords, predators and courtesans. Ruby almost comes a cropper until a new friend comes to the rescue and introduces her to the music hall as a Gaiety Girl. Swept up into the bright lights of 1900s Edwardian London, she's barely navigated the Stage Door Johnnies when a Maharajah's fabulous jewels are stolen and a murder occurs. When the police, more interested in rooting out foreign spies, close the case abruptly, Ruby is driven to follow another idol, Mr Sherlock Holmes, in some amateur sleuthing. With the help of Soho's Italian anarchists and a couple of militant suffragettes, she investigates the crime. Ruby unravels the complicated web of deceit but when she comes a little too close to exposing the criminal’s deadly secret, her own life is put in peril. Will she find a way to bring about justice before it's too late?
Israel loves Paula, but they are separated in their struggle to survive World War II Israel and Paula are teens living in Biala Podlaska, Poland, on the eve of World War II. One day Israel tells Paula that he will marry her in a few years. She objects, and their friendship ends. But when the Germans enter the city, they flee together to Russia and volunteer in Soviet labor camps - to survive. They are sent to different places. Paula works as a nurse, where she excels and is sent to Moscow to study medicine. There she marries Mila and has a son, but Mila dies at war soon after. At war’s end, in love from afar, will they ever succeed in reuniting? Meanwhile, Israel returns to his hometown as a Polish soldier and finds a letter from Paula. Their love is rekindled from afar, and he proposes marriage by mail. But will Israel ever be able to manipulate the Russian authorities to obtain a visa to penetrate the Iron Curtain and then reunite with Paula in Moscow? Will their love ever again be free to flourish?
Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear.
With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long.
Sawbones is the first novel in a gripping historical fiction series.
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"Thoroughly original, smart and satisfying...perhaps a new subgenre: THE FEMINIST WESTERN."
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"I COULDN'T TEAR MYSELF AWAY... An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones will rip right through you."
-Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author
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-Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
“I would ask that you, whose crafts of warfare are renowned, enter the forest labyrinth, find this minotaur, and destroy it.” A Majikal Maze. A harrowing journey by river raft brings Yates and Sharp into a Faerie country, but they find it in crisis. A Faerie master enchanter reveals the existence of a hidden maze in the jungle that leads to the source of all majik. A Servant of Maraa now walks the forest labyrinth. The enchanter promises Yates a charmed weapon of incalculable value if the pair will destroy the brutal Servant — and learn how it came to be there. At the same time, Sharp finds a way to reveal Yates’ true plans, and for once, the ambassador cannot lie his way out of trouble. About the Series “Yates shouldered his shotgun and poured cartridge after cartridge of triple-aught shot into the minotaur. The monster howled and turned to face him, ruby eyes alight like coals.” Monsters and elephant guns face off as Ambassador Chadwick Yates and Navy Commander Thurston Sharp explore the Forbidden Continent of Tanzia. The pair must adapt to the curious cultures of Gremlins, Faeries, Anurans, and others to make allies, and fight off the evil creatures that serve an ancient sorcerer. The Adventures of Chadwick Yates is for readers who love action in exotic locales. The series blends the Lost World literary genre of Indiana Jones and King Solomon's Mines with the magic and monsters of epic fantasy. Featuring real 19th century gadgets and a g ...
In A.D. 408, an Irish king desperate to save his clan raids the Welsh coast for slaves and plunder. But when he steals Anwyn across the sea, a Roman patrician’s son embarks on an impossible quest to bring her back. Macrath will do anything to save his clan, a people cursed after the red wolf appeared to him three years ago. When he returns from a disastrous raid, he pleads with Athairne, an outcast druid, for help. Athairne receives a vision from the Great Light that conflicts with one from Dagda, the traditional god of their Celtic people. But Macrath rejects the vision. He breaks an age-old taboo. He raids the shores of distant Britannia. Anwyn’s a spunky lass looking forward to her marriage with Quintus, a Roman patrician’s son. But when the men of her family’s Welsh villa leave to seek help from the departing Roman legions, Macrath’s raiders steal her into slavery across the sea. Gradually, as Macrath shows her kindness and she realizes she’ll never see home again, she develops feelings for her captor. When a distraught Quintus discovers his love has been stolen, he sets sail with men and weapons. He’s a skilled swordsman, but no one has ever returned from Hibernia, a wild and untamed land ruled by treacherous druids, powerful kings, and warring clans. They live and they die by the sword. They kill or enslave foreigners. And they sacrifice to pagan gods. Yet he vows to bring her back. From the shadows comes the red wolf. Half again as large as any earthly carnivore, is it ...
The number one best-selling thriller Stealing Time continues it’s “breathtakingly original” journey. Ronnie Andrews returns from eighteenth century London shell-shocked from her first terrifying time travel encounter. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Brennan, casts doubt on her sanity leaving Ronnie wondering if she went back in time or is having a mental breakdown. To add to the tension, Hurricane Francis, a storm the size of Texas, is barreling towards Florida and her fears of a repeat time travel experience mount. Ronnie’s best friend Steph, along with her friend Nick and Steph’s younger brother Ian, shield Ronnie from the dangers of Francis but cannot save her from traveling back in time. Unfortunately, their meddling brings Ronnie to the brink of destruction as they are caught in the throes of the hurricane’s wrath. Once again, Ronnie is transported to dangerous places and plagued with desperate situations, while experiencing perilous cultures including one of America’s first mysteries -- the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island. A stunning conclusion brings Ronnie face to face with a dangerous ally who may hold the key to her past while offering salvation for her future.
An action-packed historical western for fans of William Johnstone and Louis L'Amour. Condemned to die, he's about to find a reason to live. Jake Paynter is a doomed man. Haunted by an abusive childhood and his participation in atrocities of the Civil War, he seeks the isolation of the Plains Cavalry as a white officer for an all-Black buffalo soldier troop. Now, he is in irons and certain to be hanged for killing his captain after refusing an inhumane order. Despite his best efforts to maintain isolation, he starts to make friends on his journey to trial. The people of the wagon train begin looking to Paynter for leadership, and he reluctantly falls into the role. The opportunity to escape arises when the wagon train is attacked by bandits, but Paynter's growing ties to the travelers compel him to stay. As his trial approaches, Paynter must lean on his friends for salvation, but the laws of the west are swift and harsh, and a grueling confrontation with his past is on the horizon.
“How long must we suffer for the sins of our past?” Julia, brilliant yet humbled by cruelty and abuse, overcomes great disadvantage to become the richest person in ancient Rome. Living a double life, she wields power from behind the scenes to bring vengeance down upon those who wronged her. When her schemes ensnare Rome’s two greatest generals, Lucius Cornelius Sulla and Gaius Marius, Julia provokes civil war and condemns herself to suffer for the sins of her past.
With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, Princess Selene must save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers...
The magic of Egypt and Isis remain within her. Can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win or die?
Based on the true life story of Cleopatra's daughter.
Even gods fall in love. Except Djet, a 4000 year powerful shape changing sorcerer, who manages to so enrage his sister Hathor, the goddess of love, with his ignorance of matters of the heart, she strips him of his powers and locks him in a tomb. Audrey Delany is a student at the American University in Cairo, majoring in Papyrology and flunking out in love, because she has a fatal attraction to violent men... When these two wind up working together in the dungeon of the Cairo Museum, sparks fly in more ways than one, because Djet is dying and his world is under threat, and unless he can figure out how to break the curse of his Exile he will die and his world descend into Chaos…
Stolen artifacts, a missing anthropologist and a tenacious amateur sleuth. American art history student Zelda Richardson is back and embroiled in another exciting art-related mystery! This time she's working at an anthropology museum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of artifacts from the Asmat region of Papua – the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1961. When the anthropologist’s journal is found inside an artifact’s crate, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects. Trouble is, she soon discovers disturbing links between his vanishing, the Dutch government and the Catholic Church. When her co-worker and housemate are murdered shortly after, Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, colonial officials, missionaries and smugglers – where the line between good and evil is blurry at best, and the only certainty is that sins of the past are never fully erased. Join Zelda on her next quest as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do everything to prevent her from uncovering the truth. Awarded a B.R.A.G. Medallion by indieBRAG's readers in December 2018 Winner of a Chill with a Book Readers’ Award, June 2018 A Women Writers, Women’s Books magazine’s Recommended Reads for March 2018 New Apple’s 2018 Summer Book Awards, Official Selection Mystery/Thriller category BookLife Prize for Fictio ...
Fleeing the war-torn German Empire, Brunhilde “Hilde” Schuster immigrates to the United States where her cousin’s family teaches her rudimentary English. She finds work as a caretaker for the elderly member of a family whose German ancestors immigrated decades earlier. Carl Becker, whose parents fled Germany after the failed 1848 revolution before his birth, feels an attraction to the new companion for the Bergmann Oma. However, he is reluctant to strike up a friendship. Resentful of his mother’s constant pressure to marry a good German girl, he decided years earlier he was born in America, he’s an American, and he will marry an American woman. In the final weeks of November, Hilde learns of an American holiday called Thanksgiving. What do Pilgrims from England and eating turkey, corn, and pumpkin pie have to do with her? Invited to join her employers’ extended family and friends, in the spirit of celebration, she decides to bake and bring a favorite German dessert —Bienenstich Kuchen – Bee Sting Cake.
Sacred sexual rituals bring Taras soul to the ancient Temple of Astarte
Tara is a young American who travels to Jerusalem, where she meets Yoni, a handsome Israeli who is a sexual shaman. Yoni and his wife Hagar take Tara on journeys of deep self revelation, using ancient rituals and sacred sexuality, that link her soul to the ancient Temple of Astarte, which stood in Jerusalem before the monotheistic revolution of the 7th century BC.
A priest of Yahweh is pitted against the ancient temple priestesses
In a parallel story, a sexually frustrated priest of Yahweh vows to destroy Astartes temple and her sexual rites. An ancient sacred scroll surfaces containing orders to wipe out any form of worship other than that of Yahweh.
Ancient and modern religions merge at the nexus of spiritual sexual secrets
Who wrote this early tome that so deeply influenced the history of religion and of the world? How did the Love Goddess priestesses respond to attempts to destroy their path? With magical vibrations, the author weaves together ancient history and modern fiction and sweeps the reader into secret chambers where sexuality and sacredness meet in awe. This book will change the way you see the history of the world, religion, culture, and sexuality.
After fleeing from an abusive husband accused of murder, Celia Merrill becomes embroiled in a Spanish Civil War. Celia’s two sons march under opposing banners, whilst her twin daughters take different paths; one to the Catholic Church and the other to the battlefields. And in the shadow of war, a sinister villain from the past resurfaces. \"Three generations struggle in this suspenseful and compelling saga, which begins in 1912, Kent, England, and ends during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War.\" 2015 Readers' Favorite Award Winner, Silver Medalist 2016 Outstanding Book of the Year, Historical, The IAN Awards
An African-American man is caught between his own demons and those of 1950s American society in this historical novel. The Hand of God tells the story of 24-year-old Bobby Lincoln, who lives in the coastal town of Palm Harbor in 1955 Florida. With few jobs and no education available to him, he ekes out a living by fishing and working at the local sugar mill. But it’s not enough for him or his common-law wife, Idella, who keeps threatening to leave him if he doesn’t become a more effective breadwinner. When a local gangster offers him $2,450 to take part in a serious crime, Bobby knows that it would break the heart of his deeply religious mother and disappoint a smart teenage boy who idolizes him. But he also believes that it might be his only chance to keep his wife and get back some self-respect. One little boat ride quickly turns into a nightmare that consumes Bobby’s life even as he tries to conceal it from others. As the situation spirals further out of control, he finds that there may still be a way to get the redemption he seeks, even if it takes divine intervention. A riveting, powerful story of a young black man’s pursuit of redemption. Based on Florida’s infamous Chillingworth murders.
Harry Bradford is a lawyer and sometimes detective. Some call him a bounty hunter. With half of his face torn to pieces toward the end of the Civil War, people turn away from him. He fled his native Indiana where people did not wish to hire anyone who reminded them of the war. He hoped to find among the drovers, stock yards, railroads, homesteaders and trouble-making drifters pouring into Abilene, Kansas, during the hey-day of the cattle drives enough work to provide a reason to keep living.
Stella Schoenfeld, raised in the well-to-do merchant class of Indianapolis, tracks her runaway brother, Nathan, to Abilene. She is desperate to settle their father’s estate so she can move forward with her life. In spite of the warrant out for his arrest related to the incident that left her scarred visibly—and in other ways not visible—she comes to bring him home. While Harry guides Stella around Abilene, he realizes they have a connection neither would have guessed.
Driven by revenge, Harry agrees to find her brother but not for the reason she expects, even though he knows it will cost him the only woman he has ever dared to love.
A dying man's last breaths point toward a tantalizing treasure and the answers to a shattered family's past. 1941, the island of Zante, Greece. Pantelis Kokinis and his family live under the dark cloud of Italian occupation. As the horrors of the war draw nearer, reality for the Kokinis family grows more and more fraught. Long-held secrets, raw emotions, and the fear of what’s coming leave them scrambling to hold their emotions in check and their family together. When Pantelis meets Violeta Dalmedikos, the beautiful daughter of a prominent local Jewish family, he is instantly smitten. Unfortunately, love between a Christian and a Jew is strictly forbidden. In 1943, the German commander demands a list with all the Jewish residents of the island. The Mayor and the Christian bishop hand in a list with only two names: theirs. Overnight, the Jewish population goes into hiding as Christian Zantiots make a great sacrifice. Pantelis and Violeta come closer, and a medieval treasure suddenly vanishes. 80 years later, Pantelis’ grandson is looking for the treasure. What he unearths is a shipwreck, a manslaughter, and a truth he never expected.
It’s 243 B.C. and Greece is ready for a revolution. Eighty years have passed since the death of Alexander the Great, the man who first cowed free Hellas into submission. His successors to the Macedonian throne have only tightened their grip in the interim, the present king no exception. Spartan rebellions, opportunistic usurpers, foreign invaders – for nearly five decades, King Antigonus has seen them all and crushed them all. He now stands alone astride Greece; he fears no one. Aratus of Sicyon plans to change that. With a passion for freedom and hatred for the King that stem from the same childhood tragedy, he takes aim at Macedon when no one else would dare; takes aim at its crown jewel in the south, the linchpin of its control, the very symbol of its domination – Corinth. Hopelessly outfunded, outmanned, and outarmed, he embarks on one of the most audacious and stunning attacks in ancient history, one that would change Greece forever.
Europe is on fire. Fuelled by religion, politics and power, war rages across the continent, pitting father against son, and brother against brother. In the wake of such conflict come horrific famine and deadly plagues. Rumours begin to surface of the End of Days, of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and the violent Renaissance of Mankind. As Europe burns, betrayal and feuding rages in the Brabant family. Why does Reinald, the powerful yet dishonest Duke fear his younger siblings so? How will headstrong Leo and noble Willem outsmart their older brother, and take back what is rightfully theirs? And what of Isabella, their troublesome younger sister, whose fiery temper lands her in love and in trouble... Vowing to put right the wrongs of their family and bring an end to their brother's deadly plans, Willem, Leo and Isabella must chart a course through war, famine and pestilence. Meanwhile Reinald forms an unlikely and deadly alliance with a megalomaniac, a warmonger, and a deranged yet brilliant scientist, hell-bent on seeing their holy mission through to its grisly conclusion. Can the Sons of Brabant survive? Help appears from the most unlikely of places...
Ulrich Blackhand began his day in the Germanian village of Dolpheim like any other. An act of deceit and dishonesty from another would put his life in jeopardy and he would be forced to flee all that he has known. In his flight he discovers a threat to his people, their lives and freedom were in peril. Hanoot Knutson loved to drink and to fight. He was truly happy when his tongue was wet with mead and his sword was wet with blood. He was sure of only two things. The foreigners would suffer for invading his homeland and he would earn a place in Woutan's great hall Walhalla. As the morning grew brighter, it became apparent that Hanoot had not dragged the two Gauls very far at all. The colour of life had drained from their faces and their lips were a dull grey, lifeless eyes stared at the lightening sky. "I would like to know what the story is with these two?" pondered Hanoot as he cocked his head to the right. No sounds of anyone approaching were heard by either man and it was bright enough that anyone advancing on them would be seen as well. Hanoot continued, "They were already wounded when I killed them. Why would a wounded Gaul head north into Germania?"
Uqnitum is a singer from a famous musical lineage in the kingdom of Mitanni. When the fall of their city to the Assyrians costs her the life of her husband and her youngest child, she and her pregnant, widowed daughter flee to the court of Ugarit. Haunted by guilt over her part in her husbands death, Uqnitums increasingly unhinged personality becomes dangerous to the peace of her remaining family. Only by succumbing to her weakness does she learn the real nature of strength.
Can a Scottish woman, who was raised on a primitive Polynesian island, survive living in a complex Western culture? Sarah Campbell is a rarity among women in her time. Raised by her Scottish father and the natives of a remote island in the South Pacific, Sarah and her father embark on a perilous journey to Scotland. Their crew betrays them and murders her father for the purpose of selling Sarah into slavery. She is rescued by an unlikely hero, Hassan Aziz, the most feared pirate on the Barbary Coast. She quickly discovers that she is unprepared for the complex world that is suddenly thrust upon her. Sarah must find a way to survive in a world that intrigues and terrifies her.
England 1467: The bloody Wars of the Roses have found a fragile truce Some foes were slain, others lurk in the dark, ready to rise. The battle of Towton changes Isabella’s life forever. In the aftermath, she meets two men who will irrevocably change her destiny. One saves her, the other is saved by her. One will become her husband, the other she falls in love with. Born to a lowly mercenary, Isabella carves her own path in a world dominated by men. After the battle of Towton, Sir Gavin rises in the new King Edward IV’s favor. Fortune and fame, however, mean nothing if he can’t have Isabella. Sir Robert grew up as the son of a nobleman but shapes his own destiny when he is forced to choose sides during the battle of Towton. Unable to forget beautiful Isabella, he moves heaven and earth to make her his. Gavin and Robert were arch-enemies even before they discover they are in love with the same girl. Through famous battlefields, tournaments, and one of the most lavish courts in England’s history, follow Isabella’s story into a time when honor was more than a word. A time when destinies were forged with blood.
Books, movies and popular media have eulogized the major role that British breaking of the Enigma Code played in the winning of World War II. During the Cold War, a more monumental effort was made by America and her allies to intercept and exploit Russian and communist countries communications. In the mid-1950s a tunnel was built by British MI-6 and the CIA which tapped into a buried communications cable in East Berlin. They successfully intercepted and exploited East European and Russian communist communications for over a year. Suddenly, in 1956 the tunnel was “discovered” by the Russians, denying the allies this exceptionally valuable intelligence source. This novel, The Berlin Tunnel is a fictional account of how a second tunnel might have been built between East and West Berlin. It is a thriller which takes the reader into the super-secret world that the author occupied fifty years ago. Every scene in The Berlin Tunnel could have happened. The time—1960-1961, and the place—the Divided City of Berlin have been faithfully recreated using extensive research and the author’s personal experience. Young American Air Force Captain Robert Kerr arrives in a divided Berlin awash with spies who move freely between the East and West. His task—build a TOP SECRET tunnel under the River Spree into East Berlin—tap into highly classified communications links between civilian and military leaders in Russia and the Warsaw Pact countries. The knowledge gained from this source will help Amer ...