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.
Kill the Teachers takes readers through this agonizing period of contemporary Mexican history. It begins with the decision by the 70,000 member Section 22 of the national teachers’ union to stage a sit-in in the city of Oaxaca's Zocalo and chronicles the brutal state police attack on the strikers, which included the beatings of women and children. The teachers fought back and not only retook the Zocalo but aroused the sympathies of hundreds of thousands of Oaxacans. In late October gunmen storming citizen barricades in the city of Oaxaca shot and killed American news photographer Brad Will. Photos of his assassination flashing around the world provoked the federal government to send over 4,000 heavily armed soldiers and federal police to tear down the barricades and attack a fleeing crowd which included street vendors, workers, passers by, women and children. Eyewitness accounts and on the spot interviews, including testimony given to members of a human rights delegation of which the author was a member, dramatize this miniature war that rivaled events in Afghanistan and Iraq for brutality, bloodshed and mendacity that culminated in another armed police attack in 2017 on unarmed protesters in the town of Nochixtlan.
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.
“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 ...
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
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.
“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.
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.
His Gift is inspirational historical fiction for most all ages. It is a fast-paced story of a young woman's determination to see her dream come true. On the cusp of the stock market crash of 1929, seventeen-year-old Molly has aspirations for a career in music after high school. With the passion of an athlete preparing for the Olympics, she trains relentlessly to become the best she can be. As her world collapses in unimaginable ways, she is left to find peace and purpose in the midst of her crisis. The message of His Gift is universal to anyone who has ever dared to dream in spite of uncontrollable circumstances. The reader will discover with Molly the hope and peace in a life when yielded to the Giver of all gifts.
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.
When a young Hittite charioteer discovers that the chariot accident that killed his father and maimed his grandfather was sabotage aimed at the king, he sets out to find the killer. Facing the loss of everyone he holds dear, he learns that good and evil are often not what they seem, and he must struggle to adjust to a new identity.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
Evan has been having some very strange dreams. The Perth-based architect dismissed an unexpected phone call from an entrepreneur in Greece, asking him to restore his family home, as the ravings of a crank. Until, that is, the dreams begin, each more vivid than the last. A dream encounter with a mysterious character called Zeus sees him catapulted back in time to 500 years before the birth of Christ. Evan finds himself quickly embroiled in a plot to prevent the birth of Christianity, an unwilling player in an epic struggle between the old gods and the new, fighting for his life.