The following represents all books currently listed within the genre, Historical:
An eerie, supernatural thriller set in a Victorian asylum in the heart of Wales.
Warning - contains highly disturbing material!
1893, and nineteen year old Flora George is admitted to a remote asylum with no idea why she is there, what happened to her child, or how her wealthy family could have abandoned her to such a fate. However, within a short space of time it becomes apparent she must save herself from something far worse than that of a harsh regime.
2018, and forty-one year old Isobel Lee moves into the gatehouse of what was once the old asylum. A reluctant medium, it is with dismay she realises there is a terrible secret here - one desperate to be heard. Angry and upset, Isobel baulks at what she must now face. But with the help of local dark arts practitioner, Branwen, face it she must.
This is a dark story of human cruelty, folklore and superstition. But the human spirit can and will prevail...unless of course, the wrath of the fae is incited...
A Haunting Supernatural Thriller by the author of bestselling occult horror trilogy, Father of Lies.
REVENGE WAS NEVER THIS WICKED! For decades, this lonely English mining village has harboured an intricate web of jealousy, rage and deceit ....all carefully woven and interlaced with dark witchcraft....and it's about to come to fruition.
CONTAINS LOCAL ENGLISH DIALECT!
'It is 1951 and a remote mining village on the North Staffordshire Moors is hit by one of the worst snowstorms in living memory. Cut off for over three weeks, the old and the sick will die; the strongest bunker down; and those with evil intent will bring to its conclusion a family vendetta spanning three generations.
Inspired by a true event, 'The Soprano' tells the story of Grace Holland - a strikingly beautiful, much admired local celebrity who brings glamour and inspiration to the grimy moorland community. But why is Grace still here? Why doesn't she leave this staunchly Methodist, rain-sodden place and the isolated farmhouse she shares with her mother?
Riddled with witchcraft and tales of superstition, the story is mostly narrated by the Whistler family who own the local funeral parlour, in particular six year old Louise - now an elderly lady - who recalls one of the most shocking crimes imaginable.'
1149 was a violent year in the Forest of Dean.
Today, nearly 900 years later, the forest village of Monkspike sits brooding. There is a sickness here passed down through ancient lines, one noted and deeply felt by Sylvia Massey, the new psychologist. What is wrong with nurse, Belinda Sully's, son? Why did her husband take his own life? Why are the old people in Temple Lake Nursing Home so terrified? And what are the lawless inhabitants of nearby Wolfs Cross hiding?
It is a dark village indeed, but one which has kept its secrets well. That is until local girl, Kezia Elwyn, returns home as a practising Satanist, and resurrects a hellish wrath no longer containable. Burdo, the white monk, will infest your dreams....This is pure occult horror and definitely not for the faint of heart...
Is it really just a question of faith?
Abbilene loses her husband and her dreams in the fire that destroys the flour mill. The town is crying out for answers, and the Mayor promises justice. During the reading of her husband's will, Abbilene’s faith is tested when she discovers the true depths of his betrayal. She will inherit the mill and the money to rebuild as long as she adopts his son, left in an orphanage in San Francisco. The son no one knew existed. How can she love a child her husband fathered with another woman?
Tucker Manning, a childhood friend, and Sheriff is ordered by the Mayor to uncover the truth of the explosion that took eight lives. He doesn’t believe the rumors around town about Abbilene and Sterling, her husband’s cousin. Could the woman he grew up with have planned and plotted to get rid of her husband and inherit the mill? The past has shown him that some women aren’t to be trusted, but Abbie is different. Isn’t she?
There are those who do not want the mill rebuilt and seek to stop Abbie at all costs. Even if that means harming a child. With Tucker at her side, they must retrieve the child and return home to finalize his adoption.
England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. But in this darkest of days, three lives intertwine, changing their destinies and those of many more.
Dr Archibald McIndoe, a New Zealand plastic surgeon with unorthodox methods, is on a mission to treat and rehabilitate badly burned airmen – their bodies and souls. With the camaraderie and support of the Guinea Pig Club, his boys battle to overcome disfigurement, pain, and prejudice to learn to live again.
John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and doubt stalk him on the ground and in the air, and he’s torn between his duty and his conscience.
Shy, decent and sensible Stella Charlton’s future seems certain until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she falls head over heels for the handsome airman. But when he survives a crash, she realises her own battle has only just begun.
Based on a true story, "The Beauty Shop" is a moving tale of love, compassion, and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.
Orphan, Victoria Carlton is brought up by her uncle, a banker, to be a lady and make a good marriage. Yet, she is drawn to help the poor families in the slums, much to her family’s disgust. When her uncle dies suddenly, her cousins blame Victoria, and she is thrown out of the house with nothing.
Victoria flees to the poor side of York to start again in a world that is full of perils. To combat the heartache of being without her family, she befriends the destitute women and children in the slums, but such friendships come with the danger of disease, and increasing poverty, and the threat of a brutal man could cost her everything.
Can Victoria find the security she has lost? Will a certain doctor be the man she can give her heart to? Or will the ghosts of the past return to take away everything she has worked so hard for?
2016 Winner of three Gold Medals: IBPA Ben Franklin, Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book by a Publisher, the IPPY Award for Best Historical Fiction, and Reader's Favorite for Best Historical Fiction. Also named a Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, and second place winner of the IndieReader Discovery Award for best Fiction. Recently named the winner of Best New Fiction in the International Book Awards for 2016, IndieReader Best Books of 2016, and three other notable Indie Book Awards.
Historical fictionalized account of Victoria Woodhull's rise to presidential candidate and wealth, coming from poverty and abuse.
What compels a woman and her youngest sister to overcome abject poverty and violent abuse to grow up to defy convention and obliterate every barrier to become the first women to own and operate a Wall Street brokerage firm and publish their own newspaper?
How did Victoria Claflin Woodhull (1838 - 1927) become the first woman invited to speak to the United State Congress, and then the first female to run for president. What made Tennessee Celeste Claflin (1845 - 1923) so beguiling that the richest man in America, Cornelius Vanderbilt, fell completely in love with her?
What caused the sisters to live out their long lives as royalty and peerage in Europe. Victoria living as landed gentry outside of London, and Tennessee in a huge castle like a queen? Why aren't these empowered and independent women iconic in our culture?
Volume One of The Victoria Woodhull Saga tells the poignant, lascivious, and compelling inside story of how the sisters worked closely with Cornelius Vanderbilt, who at age 74 fell in love with the beguiling 24-year old Tennessee. Victoria provided the titan of industry "Inside Her Information" gathered through the soiled sisterhood, the ladies of the evening working at the top seven brothels servicing the rich and famous of New York City.
This relationship resulted in the great lion of industry having his last public roar as together they manipulated the financial markets and created the impending collapse of the U.S. economy in the gold scandal of 1869. To avert the crash, President Ulysses S. Grant provides the richest man in America insider information on the gold market and telegrams Vanderbilt that his railroad company is "Too Big To Fail!" Vanderbilt was proclaimed "The Savior of the American Economy" for intervening in a crisis he helped create.
View Victorian America through the eyes and thoughts of one of its leading heroines., Victoria Woodhull. Watch as the infighting and elitism of the earliest suffrage women denigrating, castigating, and denouncing other passionate suffrage rights women delayed woman suffrage and equal legal standing for five decades. Learn wonderful anecdotes of the origins of products and phrases used today. Learn the story of Reverend Henry Ward Beecher, the most popular man in America, who transformed Christianity from his father's "fire and brimstone" theology to one of a compassionate and loving Jesus, who will redeem all who turn to salvation with complete confession of their sins. The reverend's personal life did not imitate his lofty and popular theology of his weekly sermons at Plymouth Church. He was a notorious womanizer, often bedding, and sometimes impregnating the wives, sisters, and daughters of his most ardent trackers and deacons of the church.
Written in the first person from Victoria's viewpoint, Neal Katz weaves a compelling page-turning story that cleverly unfolds history while providing a wonderfully entertaining ride. Katz has pledged one half of book sale proceeds to charities dedicating to the empowerment and sustainable economic improvement of women, especially single mothers.
Little Miss Sure Shot is a fictionalized account of the life of Annie Oakley, drawing heavily on the real timelines and events of her life. The book invents situations, people she meets, and a myriad of conversations. Moreover, while the book is presented chronologically, apart from the prologue, it skips certain periods and attempts to focus on those that are especially vital, such as the early years Annie spent with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, including the tours through Europe. A special feature of the novel is the framing of Annie's loving marriage to fellow sharpshooter Frank Butler, whom she married at sixteen and remained married to for 50 years until her death. Frank was far more than just her husband - he was her manager (he gave up his own shooting for that role) and her constant companion. The novel closes with an epilogue in Frank's voice, presenting an overview of their lives together and the circumstances of her death in 1926.
1864 - Suddenly left as the head of the family, Kitty McKenzie must find her inner strength to keep her family together against the odds. Evicted from their resplendent home in the fashionable part of York after her parents’ deaths, Kitty must fight the legacy of bankruptcy and homelessness to secure a home for her and her siblings. Through sheer willpower and determination she grabs opportunities with both hands from working on a clothes and rag stall in the market to creating a teashop for the wealthy. Her road to happiness is fraught with obstacles of hardship and despair, but she refuses to let her dream of a better life for her family die. She soon learns that love and loyalty brings its own reward.
Kitty McKenzie's path has taken her from the slums of York to the inhospitable bush of colonial Australia. Yet, when she believes her dreams will never be attained, she is shown that sometimes life can be even better than what you wish for.
Kitty McKenzie is gifted land in the far north of New South Wales. Life at the northern property is full of hardships as she learns how to become a successful landowner.
However, Kitty’s strength of will and belief in herself gives her the courage most women of her time never realize they have. A decided thorn in her side is the arrogant and patronizing Miles Grayson, owner of the adjourning run. He wants her gone so he can have her land, but he wants her even more.
In the early 19th century, when it was the policy of many of the poorhouses and workhouses to deter paupers from applying by making the conditions inside harsh and unpleasant, two boys set out on a journey to Hackney Workhouse in London. Their starting point was in the pleasant Cheshire countryside, where they were apprenticed to the cotton mill built by Samuel Greg in 1784. Children as young as nine would be employed there as scavengers, piecers, mule doffers or can tenters. These jobs could be just as unpleasant and difficult for a poor child as those we may have heard of, such as chimney sweeps and match girls.
Quarry Bank Mill was some 200 miles north of London and the boys had to sneak out unnoticed and then attempt to walk all the way. It was likely that these enterprising travellers took advantage of the drovers’ roads and the newly developed “motorways” of the times—the canals. Perhaps they were lucky enough some days to hitch a lift; their general direction of travel taking them to Beartown, the Potteries, Dunstable Downs and, eventually, to London. Whatever challenges they encountered along the way, archived evidence shows that they made it.
Runaway apprentices had become a problem for society during the years of the Industrial Revolution—so what had prompted Thomas and Joseph to do such a hazardous thing? What happened to them on their long journey? Did they receive any help? Or were they chased relentlessly wherever they ran, since what they were doing was illegal in the eyes of the authorities?
This is the story of their adventure and it concludes with the events in the Middlesex courthouse, known then as the Old Sessions.
"An extraordinary narrative"
"Beautifully told - stays with you long after the last page is sadly turned."
"Carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects"
A true story of love and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Second World War
Minny leaves Germany on a bitterly cold morning in December 1946 and travels to England to marry Jim, a British Intelligence Corps soldier in the Allied armies that defeated the Nazi regime in 1945 and occupied the devastated nation. She has survived British and American bombs and witnessed the destruction of Aachen, her ancient and beautiful city. How will a German woman cope in austere post-war Britain, where she is still regarded as the enemy? Illustrated with almost 100 images and original documents, The Bride's Trunk describes the adventures of an unremarkable piece of luggage and three generations of its owners, whose journeys across Europe are determined by the turbulent events of twentieth century history.
Some comments on 'The Bride's Trunk'
“An extraordinary narrative, pieced together from original documents, about a couple who were determined not to let war defeat them. 70 years ago the British government passed a law allowing British men to marry German women, but little thought was given to the life that those German women would find, in the aftermath of the second world war. This heart-warming tale brings alive childhood and adolescence in pre-war Germany, followed by a new life in the old enemy country."
Jackie Ashley, President of Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, and journalist
“Scant attention has been paid to the 10,000 or so German women who married British soldiers at the end of the Second World War. In this often moving account, Ingrid Dixon traces the story of her own parents, one a former secretary for the German police, the other a British soldier from the Intelligence Corps, both of whom were caught up in the chaotic last months of the Third Reich and its immediate aftermath. Their story is carefully pieced together from personal and official documents, oral testimony and material objects, including the old trunk which survived the vicissitudes of war to carry the bride’s worldly possessions to her new home in Liverpool.”
Professor Peter Wilson, Chichele Professor of the History of War, University of Oxford
“A gripping and moving story, with excellent illustrations, which really evokes time and place and is a sensitive treatment of the conflicting feelings associated with war.”
Dr Philip Towle, Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
In this 1935 historical suspense thriller, praised as “riveting and gripping” (Robert Dugoni, NY Times Best Seller of My Sister’s Grave), Ed Bowman, small town reporter for the Casey Clarion in Virginia, is unjustly convicted for the murder of his wife, committed by an escaped prisoner whose murder trial he just covered with an exclusive article that virtually guaranteed a guilty verdict.
Sentenced to life in the State Penitentiary, and losing faith in God to right his situation, he determines to redeem his shattered life and makes a daring escape to track down the killer in a high-risk chase across six states to the salt flats of Wendover, Utah. But an unexpected betrayal by a befriended Mormon leader brings his plans to a sudden stop, leaving him with no hope short of a miracle.
Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village where the Wheelers, owners of the village shop, take them in. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads.
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will marry the woman he yearns for.
When McBride discovers where Charlotte lives, his threats begin. Harry fights to keep Charlotte safe, but World War I erupts and Harry enlists.
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment, and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
If you could see the memories of every person you met would it be a blessing or a curse?
John Calabrace's life has been in havoc since he was a very small child. He spends his life fighting through a flood of memories, most of which are not his own. The second he is touched by another person, he knows every memory & feeling they have ever experienced, and those memories stay permanently etched in his head.
What might seem to be a wonderful gift to some, also has its dark sides. John flees college, finding solace in the Navy serving on a Navy ship and then aboard a nuclear submarine. That relative peace and isolation of submarine life is quickly taken away after being extracted and recruited into a world of espionage to unlock other secrets from around the world.
Is he an angel, is he a monster? Even the military men/ government handlers can't decide. While John may know everyone else's secrets, he also has secrets of his own. Those he feels, he can reveal to no one..
THE REFLECTION OF INNOCENCE, is an technothriller with strong military espionage influences
"I recommend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of paranormal." - Onlinebookclub.org
"Fast paced and suspenseful. The Reflection of Innocence is a fantastic mystery book with an interesting twist."
"I applaud his usage of historical content blended with action and adventure—essential elements that make a mystery novel hard to put down."
When Lady Margaret Hutchinson abandons her illegitimate daughter in 1863 she does not foresee the consequences of her actions. Set in Victorian Oxfordshire the story of Poppy Woods tells of a courageous girl, who from her very first breath suffers neglect and cruelty. Illegally Adopted by the tight fisted and merciless Sidney Woods and his lazy wicked wife, life in the quiet hamlet of Hurst proves to be a daily challenge for Poppy, only softened by her caring neighbours who take it upon themselves to keep a watchful eye over her. A close and loving bond with the Greenfield family is formed over the years. Ella Greenfield is like a true sister, and a childhood love for Arthur Greenfield blossoms, but when relationships turn sour and Poppy feels forced to leave the only home she has ever known, a mysterious woman finds the perfect opportunity to step in. As the past catches up with the cold hearted Lady Hutchinson, the risk of her dark secrets being exposed determines her to once again take drastic action. How far is she prepared to go?
Yearning for a normal life and her true love, it is Poppy's inner strength and bravery which enhance her determined spirit.
FREE on Kindle Unlimited. In 1066, the rivalry between two brothers brought England to its knees. When Duke William of Normandy landed at Pevensey on September 28, 1066, no one was there to resist him. King Harold Godwineson was in the north, fighting his brother Tostig and a fierce Viking invasion. How could this have happened? Why would Tostig turn traitor to wreak revenge on his brother?
The Sons of Godwine were not always enemies. It took a massive Northumbrian uprising to tear them apart, making Tostig an exile and Harold his sworn enemy. And when 1066 came to an end, all the Godwinesons were dead except one: Wulfnoth, hostage in Normandy. For two generations, Godwine and his sons were a mighty force, but their power faded away as the Anglo-Saxon era came to a close.
ANNIVERSARY EDITION (2018). Includes a compendium of definitions, notes, and Jorund's map from Book One.
An epic fantasy on another world. With a modern twist.
Tyler's journey continues. New land, misadventures, friends, foes, skills, and knowledge. Confused encounters of the female kind.
More deities become aware of Tyler as he continues his quest to survive, reach his potential, and carry out his burden.
The god of wine wants to be his friend. Ares, the battle-god, is coming to say hello together with his sons, Phobos and Deimos - war, terror, and fear. What could go wrong?
Harold Godwineson, the Last Anglo-Saxon King, owed everything to his father. Who was this Godwine, first Earl of Wessex and known as the Kingmaker? Was he an unscrupulous schemer, using King and Witan to gain power? Or was he the greatest of all Saxon Earls, protector of the English against the hated Normans? The answer depends on who you ask. He was befriended by the Danes, raised up by Canute the Great, given an Earldom and a wife from the highest Danish ranks. He sired nine children, among them four Earls, a Queen and a future King. Along with his power came a struggle to keep his enemies at bay, and Godwine's best efforts were brought down by the misdeeds of his eldest son Swegn. Although he became father-in-law to a reluctant Edward the Confessor, his fortunes dwindled as the Normans gained prominence at court. Driven into exile, Godwine regathered his forces and came back even stronger, only to discover that his second son Harold was destined to surpass him in renown and glory.
Families support and aid each other don’t they? Especially in the Yorkshire Dales, in 1887. Life can be hard but gentle, kindly Tizzie has been a loving help from her brother, Jack, his wife, Maggie, and their three boys and one girl, Agnes. She is happy to work herself down to skin and bones as a dairymaid for them. Tizzie’s one dream is to see that young Agnes will not suffer her spinster fate and it is sharp young Agnes who helps Tizzie suspect, see and then uncover Jack and Maggie's treachery. Now she knows what has been done to her she is determined to free Agnes. With only her wits to guide her, Tizzie attempts to right years of wrongs and set Agnes free.
Editor's selection and short listed in the Historical Novel Society's Independent Novel Award and also short listed in the M.M.Bennetts historical Fiction Award.
Timothy Williams is a teenage geek from 9b. He has problematic hair, a distinct lack of coolness, an obsession for warfare and is always picked last for PE. So, when he’s chosen by the Archangels to represent the forces of good against evil, he is naturally surprised and equally perturbed at the prospect. On the upside, he receives an ancient and powerful holy artefact to help protect him, but on the downside, it does little to improve his hair!
When Timothy’s school becomes the subject of a demon takeover, he and his two friends, Rupert and George, must unmask their foe. Timothy is forced into a battle for survival, not only in the real world but in his very dreams where he must fight his nemesis to prevent Hell on Earth.
And when revelations about Timothy’s ancestry come to light, he must accept his past to save his future. Timothy Williams must survive to fight the Last Battle on the eve of the new century, and he must win to save our souls…
Hell on Earth? Not if Timothy can help it.
Emerging from the long shadow cast by his formidable father, Harold Godwineson showed himself to be a worthy successor to the Earldom of Wessex. In the following twelve years, he became the King's most trusted advisor, practically taking the reins of government into his own hands. And on Edward the Confessor's death, Harold Godwineson mounted the throne—the first king of England not of royal blood. Yet Harold was only a man, and his rise in fortune was not blameless. Like any person aspiring to power, he made choices he wasn't particularly proud of. Unfortunately, those closest to him sometimes paid the price of his fame.
This is a story of Godwine's family as told from the viewpoint of Harold and his younger brothers. Queen Editha, known for her Vita Ædwardi Regis, originally commissioned a work to memorialize the deeds of her family, but after the Conquest historians tell us she abandoned this project and concentrated on her husband, the less dangerous subject. In THE SONS OF GODWINE and FATAL RIVALRY, I am telling the story as it might have survived had she collected and passed on the memoirs of her tragic brothers.
This book is part two of The Last Great Saxon Earls series. Book one, GODWINE KINGMAKER, depicted the rise and fall of the first Earl of Wessex who came to power under Canute and rose to preeminence at the beginning of Edward the Confessor's reign. Unfortunately, Godwine's misguided efforts to champion his eldest son Swegn recoiled on the whole family, contributing to their outlawry and Queen Editha's disgrace. Their exile only lasted one year and they returned victorious to London, though it was obvious that Harold's career was just beginning as his father's journey was coming to an end.
Harold's siblings were all overshadowed by their famous brother; in their memoirs we see remarks tinged sometimes with admiration, sometimes with skepticism, and in Tostig's case, with jealousy. We see a Harold who is ambitious, self-assured, sometimes egocentric, imperfect, yet heroic. His own story is all about Harold, but his brothers see things a little differently. Throughout, their observations are purely subjective, and witnessing events through their eyes gives us an insider’s perspective.
Harold was his mother's favorite, confident enough to rise above petty sibling rivalry but Tostig, next in line, was not so lucky. Harold would have been surprised by Tostig's vindictiveness, if he had ever given his brother a second thought. And that was the problem. Tostig's love/hate relationship with Harold would eventually destroy everything they worked for, leaving the country open to foreign conquest. This subplot comes to a crisis in book three of the series, FATAL RIVALRY.
Shakespeare's Witches tell Banquo, "Thou Shalt 'Get Kings Though Thou Be None". Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? What Kings? As Shakespeare's audience apparently knew, Banquo was the ancestor of the royal Stewart line. But the road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, bestowing the Witches' prophecy on his illegitimate son Walter. Born in Wales and raised in disgrace, Walter's efforts to understand Banquo's murder and honor his lineage take him on a long and treacherous journey through England and France before facing his destiny in Scotland, where he becomes first Steward of Scotland.
'A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family'
Richard C.R. Barder 1983
DECEMBER 1880. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The harsh winter had descended; snow blankets the ground and the lake is frozen solid. Within the walls of Clement Cottage, the fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole is lost in his deep sadness; he has just one heartfelt wish. To be re-united with his beloved, the soulmate so cruelly stolen from him - Cornelia.
A sad mournful ticking comes from a blackened corner of the parlour where a longcase clock is hidden. Tall and stately, noble of face, loud of voice and keeper of great secrets, he is Grandfather Time. Bestowed with the gift of magic from Old Father Time himself, as he begins to chime out the magical hour of midnight, can he grant Cole his wish?
The book includes An Introduction to Grandfather Time.
Kidnapped by a Viking raider on her wedding night might turn out to be a blessing from the gods.
Geira Sorensdotter awaits her new husband, but she's filled with doubts about the man and the marriage. Those doubts are forgotten when the village is attacked, her husband is struck down and she is tied up and carried off amidst the raid.
Kori Thorfinnson has waited years to take revenge against the man who murdered his wife. But he soon finds the innocent young woman he's taken as his personal slave is not his enemy, despite her marriage to his foe. Her courage in defying him, her caring heart, and the fiery passion she shares stirs feelings Kori hasn't known since his wife died. Afraid to lose Geira, he binds her to him in many ways – not only with rope, but with his body, his collar and his mark.
Geira quickly learns just how despicable her husband was, and despite her difficult circumstances, grows to care deeply for Kori, her captor. Still, dreams of freedom linger. But once she finds herself with child, she must plan her escape, to save herself and her baby.
However, Kori has plans of his own.
** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking, ménage à trois scenes and more!
This is the book that proves that Birmingham is not just the crucible of the Industrial Revolution, but the cradle of civilisation. From the team behind hit Birmingham miscellany, Paradise Circus, comes the definitive guide to the 101 things that made the world what it is today - and all of them were made in Birmingham. Read how Birmingham gave the world the wonders of tennis, nuclear war, the Beatles, 'that smell of eggs' and many more… 97 more. “101 Things Birmingham Gave The World, is not a Birmingham of the memory. It is a living breathing thing, wrestling with the city’s contradictions, press-ganging the typically arch and understated humour of the Brummie, and an army of little-known facts, both trivial and monumental, into reshaping its confusing reputation.” Stewart Lee
WARNING! This book may contain NUTS! (Non-Uniform Text Speech)
In other words speech in what some have called "Olde English Vernacular". It is spoken by characters in the book from the North, the Midlands and the South of England. There is a glossary at the end of the book to help if you can rise to the challenge. It adds shades of colour to this 19th century story that you may not be expecting.
When Mrs Alexander wrote about “the rich man in his castle, the poor man at his gate” and declared that “God made them, high or lowly, and order’d their estate” in the ever popular hymn All Things Bright and Beautiful, she was probably reflecting one of the mores of the times. It would fit in well with prejudices and beliefs of the middle and upper classes that paternalism had indeed been intended by God, thus laws protecting the workers in their fields, mills and factories were not necessary. In the words of Browning so long as “God’s in his heaven, all’s right with the world!”
The continuing story of the Quarry Bank Runaways is about what happened to two cotton apprentices over three decades during the Industrial Revolution; first as qualified young men with hopes and later when they are full grown. By the start of the Victorian period the fates and their ambitions would have collided. Serious events and incidents, both personal and national, were about to impinge upon the lives of Thomas Priestley and Joseph Sefton, who had earlier run away from their apprentice master, Samuel Greg. What would cause a qualified mule spinner to give up his comparatively safe job and risk failure, ridicule or destitution? Ambitious and determined working class individuals like Tommy and Joe had to carefully step through a pathway involving love, loyalty and legal persecution and prejudice, from within the social hierarchy of the times.
The inspiration to write The Quarry Bank Runaways and Mules; Masters & Mud came about after reading The Real Oliver Twist by John Waller, a biography of Robert Blincoe, and acting as a tour guide around the Quarry Bank Mill Museum in England. There to discover the existence of the real apprentices and the lives of many child cotton apprentices during the Industrial Revolution.
Lord Declan Sheridan is content growing the family business. There’s no time for courting. He’s put all his energy, money and time into his custom furniture line. Declan is unprepared for the ultimatum given to him by his grandfather, the owner of Sheridan Furniture. Marry by Christmas or lose his inheritance!
London Taylor works as a lady’s maid by day, while secretly playing the stock market. Becoming “the mouse” was necessary to get the job. Everyone warned her that Tessa Hubbard was horrible to work for, but the job came with perks. It was supposed to be a simple thing. Wear a disguise, work hard and secretly play the stock market. When London overhears a plot, she is forced to make a choice that will alter the path of her life.
This is a heartwarming tale of two people trying to trust the Lord to guide their path, and along the way find a love worth fighting for.
An epic family saga set in South Africa.
A spurned lover marries for money and ignites a family feud of betrayal and revenge that spans three generations.
It is New Year’s Eve 1924 and the fiery and volatile Charles McGill is devastated when the woman he loves announces her engagement to the mild-mannered Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker. Charles drowns his sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the spinster daughter of a wealthy businessman.
When Hilde finds she is pregnant her desperate father offers to set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her. Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract. It is the beginning of a bitter rivalry between Charles and Lucas, and their vengeful former employer, Miles Davenport. A rivalry that fractures families, tests love and loyalty, and comes at a cost that Charles could never have imagined.
The Breadwinners covers six tumultuous decades and leads us through the ruthless and cutthroat business dealings of the three families as they survive the great depression, the war years, the isolation of South Africa and the advent of company takeovers.
If you like historical fiction set in exotic locations, and enjoy authors such as Barbara Taylor Bradford, Catherine Gaskin and Belva Plain then grab a copy of The Breadwinners
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FALLEN HERO is about a man who seems to spend his life building bridges. Bridges between his unknown origins and his aspirations in life. Once he finds a tenuous link to his biological father Chris Squires cannot help but follow its path. Despite his misgivings he seeks out his roots.
FALLEN HERO is also about a man who is trying to reconcile the realities of war, and life, with his disappointment over his lost inner hopes for the dad he needed to find.
Two boys about to become teenagers: Christopher, born just after the end of World War Two, grows up in the UK; Fritz, orphaned by a bomb dropped on his German home in that same terrible war, befriended by a US marine. When Christopher discovers he was adopted he seeks to find his biological father. Fritz never gets the chance to grow much older and is found dead in the back of General George Patton's Cadillac at the end of the war.
Chris Squires is a confused man, constantly seeking his hero father-figure. The British baby boomer is surprised to find he has a connection with Fritz. Chris discovers the link through Jimmy Lucas, a GI veteran, who he believes could be his father. But his surprise turns to horror when he learns that Jimmy was involved in the death of both Patton and the boy.
Did he kill General George Patton, one of the greatest Generals of the twentieth century? Did he kill an orphaned German boy at the end of World War Two? If the answer to any or all of these questions is Yes! how will Chris cope with the rest of his life?
A confrontation creates further tragedy for Chris, for Jimmy, and for Walt - the man who had saved Jimmy’s life! Chris panics and retreats back to Britain, trying to forget the incident he caused in San Francisco. Although appearing to lead a mundane and respectable life, for years he is tormented by guilt. He still hopes to find his hero, a guide to some kind of inner peace. And then Walt re-enters his life bringing with him a new bridge!
Not once, but twice in his minority, young King Richard II struggled to save his crown. All the while, his enemies laid the foundation of their own destruction.
It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome and find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy is entranced by nature as he follows a hare. A marriage enters its death throes with a terrifying drive. In May a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry. There are dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete, but real violence erupts later in the year with an influx of newcomers at harvest time. In November a new arrival to the village learns the importance of first impressions. As the year ends the whole village comes together to overcome imminent danger. These twelve, inter-linked stories portray a year in the life of the village and its inhabitants, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of modern life. Babies are born, children grow, matches are made or marriages founder and death, both anticipated and unlooked for, pays a call.
Set at the end of the nineteenth century, a gripping story of Stella, a beautiful young woman in her twenties. Already the Lady of the grand Sunny Meadow House on the outskirts of Oxford, due to her marriage to the wealthy and much senior James Headly, when James suddenly becomes bankrupt Stella is faced with some devastating changes in her life.
During a journey to London in search of work, James is set upon, robbed and left for dead. Taking advantage of James’s loss of memory, the evil Claudia Wiggins, sets out to achieve her lifelong dream. Stella’s discovery that she is with child, shortly before learning that she is a widow, makes her determined to find a way to financially support herself and her unborn child. With the help of Hetty, Stella’s former maid, Glorious Bakes is opened in Oxford’s High Street, but life for Stella is never without its traumas and complications.
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Susannah Ashton is desperate to escape from the escalating brutality of her husband. She and her friends arrange to have her sold at auction, because at that time, the sale of a wife was legal in England. They will then help her to escape from Yorkshire to Dorset. Unfortunately,the plan fails. She is sold to another and married by proxy to a man who lives in Canada. Because her arms ache for children, she decides to mother her new husband’s two small wards. An ocean and a new identity should save her from charges of bigamy.
The year is eighteen sixty and at seventeen, May Huntley has lived all of her life in the quiet hamlet of Ashley Green, Cheshire, with her loving ma. One November night, a terrible tragedy occurs which is set to change her life forever. Taken in by the kind and elderly Mrs Weaver, who feels she must disclose some shocking family secrets, and warn her of the impending danger, May is left distraught. Finding herself in the evil hands of the ruthless Bill Haines, from the East End slums of London, May’s life is in grave danger. While Jack Turrell and his father Bart go in search of May, her family secrets continue to unravel, bringing more shocks and surprises, and a blossoming romance between her and Jack.
Yellow Rose of Texas is an adventure story, a love story, a spy thriller, but it is also a lesson in Texas history, abolition of slavery, and conflict between the whites and Comanches. The book also expresses the deep-set convictions of Southern gentry and clergy that rationalized slavery and justified treating people as property.
Yellow Rose of Texas is the historical fiction account of Rose, a quadroon slave born in 1814 on a Louisiana cotton plantation, sold to a representative of the Republic of Texas, trained as a spy, and placed into Santa Anna’s headquarters. She is recognized as a hero of the Texas Republic and continues to serve into the Civil War. There is romance, treachery, and ties with actual historical events. The story ends in 1865. It meshes with “My Love, My Enemy,” and can be considered a prequel.
This collection of Icelandic fairy tales and legends comes from the days of the Vikings. These stories of trolls, magic, Hidden People, and creatures from the sea were passed down from generation to generation, told on cold winter nights in front of the fire before being written down a hundred years ago. The stories are brought together here and updated, so now you can read about trolls that wandered throughout Iceland, the race of Hidden People with strong magic powers and the four powerful beings that protect Iceland from all invaders. The mermaids and mermen, giants, shape-shifting seals, and dragons in disguise are here for you to discover.
Joy M. Lilley’s first novel 'Figs, Vines and Roses' tells a moving tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.
In 1888 eight-year-old Issy Merryweather has a comfortable family life in Cobnut Hall, Derby. Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.
When Issy meets Terence she is enraptured by him and despite his humble background an inseparable bond is formed in secret. But, it’s a secret which Issy will never escape after a heartbreaking turn in events…
The callous Sebastian Harper returns home from a hunting trip on Bushel Farm with the devastating news that his younger half-brother, Johnnie, has lost his life in a tragic accident. Sebastian has always believed that he should have been the sole inheritor of Bushel Farm when his father passed away, and now, with Johnnie out of the way, Sebastian is free to carry out his wicked plans for the future. With no love lost between himself and Johnnie, Sebastian is under the impression that he can simply take his half-brother's place and claim everything that belonged to him, including Rose, Johnnie's beautiful, young wife.
Rose is forced to take drastic actions and escape from Bushel Farm with her young son, Alfie, to a safe place, far from the ruthless Sebastian’s evil clutches. With only a few shillings to her name and no relatives to shelter her, Rose's journey to freedom begins in the dark hours of night and marks the beginning of a series of events which will have a huge effect on the rest of her life.
Updated 2019 Edition. Rearranged and modified to follow the audiobook version.
An epic fantasy on another world in the classic tradition. Magic, adventure, mayhem, monsters, and twisted schemes.
What if you fell through a crack in reality? Like those people disappearing in plain sight you have read about.
What if you find yourself in a strangely familiar world? A world full of Earth's mythological beings, lost civilizations, and people from its primitive and brutal past? Where magical energy still exists. Where gods play games among themselves, with the fate of mortal men as pawns. A land where a sword is deadlier than a five-inch thick contract drawn by a hotshot lawyer. Would you survive?
That's Tyler West. Alone, lost and bewildered, the three moons in the sky made it clear he wasn't on Earth anymore. It is not a game. It's real. And there's no coffee, pizza, fries, or his favorite show on HBO.
A novel of approximately 132,000 words.
Major Sally Honeychurch has spent two years as an agent of SOE behind enemy lines. Now the war is over, the women who risked their lives are no longer needed. Sally is back in civvy street, haunted by the French Resistance lover who died in her arms.
When terrorists smuggle an atomic bomb into London, The Head of MI6 urgently summons her for one more mission. Sally has inside knowledge few possess. She was there when the first atom bomb was assembled and detonated.
Sally is the only woman among hundreds of soldiers and intelligence agents hunting the terrorists. And she uncovers a clue to their identity that will rock the establishment to its foundations. To save London, she must not only track down the conspirators, she must also battle the prejudices of the men in charge.
He saved her Life – Can The Gods save her Heart and Soul from the mysterious loner's Dark Desires?
Fearing an arranged marriage, Thora Korisdotter flees her village, vowing never to return. With her two pet wolves beside her, she is confident in her safety, protected by the loyal animals. But outlaws attack, wounding one of her beloved pets. Only a mysterious stranger saves her from certain death. Now in his debt, she must repay him as he asks – with her body.
After being cast out of his clan as an outlaw, Ari Hugisson has wandered for years. The time of his banishment is nearing its end, and Ari has the proof he needs to clear his name and unmask the real murderer – his brother. His journey is delayed when he comes across a beautiful woman under attack. Compelled to save her, he also knows exactly how to claim the debt she owes, using the passion lurking under the surface of her fiery nature.
Betrayal cuts deep with the revelation Ari has lied and knows well the man Thora was to wed. But the passion he stirs is unlike anything she has ever known, even if he insists on treating her as little more than a slave.
When Ari confronts those who would see him killed, will Thora stand beside him, even at the risk of losing her family – and her heart?
** Contains explicit love scenes featuring A Kinky Twist on History! bondage, spanking and more!
In July 1940, a desperately weakened Britain licks her wounds after the humiliating retreat from Dunkirk. How can the fight be taken to the enemy? New Prime Minister Winston Churchill orders the creation of the Special Operations Executive, to 'set Europe ablaze' through subversion and sabotage. But this most secret of agencies must be kept secure.Guardians of Churchill's Secret Army tells the mostly unknown human stories of the men who were brought into SOE, straight from Intelligence Corps training, to do just that. They were junior in rank, but far from ordinary people. They were Australian, Anglo-French, Canadian, Scandinavian, East European and British. They had been schoolteachers, journalists, artists, ship brokers, racehorse trainers and international businessmen. Each spoke several languages.These men stood alongside courageous agents in training: encouraged them, assessed their character, and tried to teach them the caution and suspicion that might just keep them alive, deep in enemy territory. But they did much more. Many became agents themselves and displayed great bravery. All played a crucial role in the global effort to undermine the enemy. We find them not only in the Baker Street Headquarters of SOE, but also in night parachute drops, in paramilitary training in the remotest depths of Scotland and in undercover agent training in isolated English country houses. We follow them to occupied France, to Malaya and Thailand under threat of Japanese invasion, to Italy and Germany as they play their part in the collapse of the Axis regimes. As we do so, we find a world of heroism and commitment so different from our own experience that it is scarcely believable. "A terrific and moving read", Dr Philip Towle, University of Cambridge
Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack.....Will our heroes survive?Inside the walls fourteen year old Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. Each of them has a vital decision to make. Each has a perilous journey to undertake.
In war-torn Al Andalus King and Emir vie for supremacy. Bandits and pirates roam land and sea in the wake of armies, as our heroes set out on their desperate journeys to find freedom and safety. If they are to succeed, they must first face down their fears and decide what sort of a people they want to be.All of them will change.
NOT ALL OF THEM WILL MAKE IT HOME.
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This non-fiction, colour-illustrated book describes my close relationship with old postcards. I've been collecting postcards since the nineteen seventies and now own over two thousand of these charming, beautifully quirky historical items. I started fanatically collecting them while writing my thesis on Fantasy in Postcards at art college, where I was studying for a graphic design degree. My thesis won me a first with distinction, whereas my graphic art annoyingly gained me only a 2:2. I was asked by my art history tutor to lecture on the subject of Fantasy in Postcards. As I was only twenty-one at the time, I didn't feel ready. I opted to write this book instead. All the cards in my book are from my own large collection.
Toby Blake is a skilled con artist and a convincing liar. His overpowering desire to gain wealth and social standing at any price cast a devastating effect on the lives of his family, and anyone who crossed his path. His determination to better himself and make Helen Whipple his wife was only the beginning of a life of deception which left a tangle of lies behind him. When Helen’s daughter was left to raise Toby Blake’s only child under his strict and ruthless rule, Hester was determined to honour her mother’s wish, and the promise she had made to her. Hester’s strong love for her sister and the vow she had made to protect her from the evil ways of Toby Blake, meant a youth spent like a caged bird, desperate to find a way of escaping and of keeping her sister safe. Being forced to suddenly leave London for Oxford in 1873, Hester lost all contact with her only friend and childhood sweetheart, Harvey Gladstone, and as Toby Blake became trapped within his web of lies, he was prepared to take extreme measures, regardless of the consequences. How far was Toby Blake willing to go? Would Hester ever find freedom and her true love? A gripping tale of love, betrayal, and family loyalties.
Gloria has a penchant for languages, as a result when she returned to her parents’ home she continued her studies and became almost fluent in both German and French. This made her a suitable candidate to join the Special Operations Executive [S.O.E.]
Only 39 women were recruited to this section that became known as Churchill’s Secret Army during W.W.2.Many more men were enlisted as agents, some from less than salubrious backgrounds.
After the gruelling training Gloria is parachuted into occupied France, where she meets up with her fellow agents from the French Résistance.
Following a number of successful missions, she has the misfortune of being captured and after days of interrogation and torture is sent to Dachau Concentration camp. Here she endures the horror of Nazi German during WW2.
Gloria, malnourished and sick manages to escape when on a march to another camp as the war is coming to an end.
This is when her courage and tenacity again show through as she makes her way on foot, encountering great hardship as she endeavours to make her way back into France in an attempt to meet up once again with her comrades.
Continuing our lost Archmage's adventures in the world of Adar.
The Void Lands. A place where gods fear to tread. Where strange creatures and fantastic hostile beings emerge. A nexus of dimensions, the origins of which are lost in the mists of time.
To stop the Aztechah Empire’s march to power and domination of the eastern lands, Tyler West, now a First Mage, must confront and defeat the empire’s mysterious patrons - beings of incredible might and magical knowledge. An unavoidable path which leads him right to the Void Lands. Even then, a few detours are required, each dangerous yet crucial.
However, the Void Lands are on the other side of the continent. And to get there, Tyler may have to ask a favor from the Trickster God himself, the Norse deity known as Loki - if he survives being trapped by the sudden wave of attacks from the empire itself, a desperate move to strengthen its position in the wake of a significantly weakened Aztecah pantheon.
Still, things are not that simple. Unknown to the freshly minted First Mage, his actions have led to sinister plots being hastened, new conspiracies, and a shift in the balance of power among the pantheons. Not a good way to start a dangerous journey.
This book includes a brief Compendium of Lore covering notes, definitions, and maps from Books One to Three.
It's 1642, and England is tearing itself apart over religious differences. The King won't bend and the Puritans won't compromise. Jacob Emerick, of the Merchants Emerick, shipping owners, must save the family's gold and ships from the loyalists to the King, who will do anything to help their despot. The Puritan extremists want those ships and the gold too.
Both sides are prepared to use any methods, including murder, to seize everything the family owns. Jacob has to prevent this happening and learns, through bitter experience, just what determined bigots will do as he struggles to find justice for his family and friends.
In three short months he sheds the easy bravado of privileged youth to become a thoughtful powerful fighter, a man wanting peace.
Short stories for the fireside (or wherever you have your e-reader). A diverse variety of humour, historical, murder, ghost, sentimental, adventure, and even a bit naughty - there is sure to be something to entertain you. There are even two BONUS read-aloud stories for children.
These stories have been published previously in magazines or newspapers. Some are adapted from chapters in But Can You Drink The Water? and some also appear in Something to Read on the Plane.
1. A ‘Tail’ of Woe.
Frank planned a quiet afternoon of model aeroplane building. But unfortunately he failed to take his father-in-law into account.
2. Proof of the Pudding.
The residents of Ladysmith were eager to escape before the town was besieged. Albert Swinbourne, however, had other plans.
3. The Tryst
He tried nibbling her ear. He wasn’t sure whether he should be licking, nibbling, or kissing it. Even after re-watching a movie he still hadn’t been able to make out the exact technique.
4. One Little Pig Stayed at Home.
When the young troopie was offered room and board in exchange for some light work, he thought his luck had changed.
5. The Secret.
Jenny wasn’t expecting to meet an old school friend, especially one who would revive memories best forgotten.
As the Spitfire soared into the air Bill wanted to impress his grandson, but would the old man’s nerves hold out?
7. A Matter of Convenience
Family holidays were not the happy events they had once been, especially now that Walter’s bladder had become a liability.
8. The Letter.
The two buddies were living and working together out in the sticks, and they were beginning to set each other’s teeth on edge. Then one of them made a very weird suggestion…
9. Night Noises.
Strange, the fascination and peculiar power of a man’s imagination; the terrors the silent darkness can hold. And who knows the tormented imaginings of those who have been led down the deep dark path of insanity...?
10. Reluctant Reunion
Pauline’s old school-friend, a slim, glamorous divorcee - who just happened to be an old flame of Pauline’s husband – was coming home to Liverpool to visit. Pauline wasn’t looking forward to it one bit.
11. Poste Haste.
Frank heaved a sigh of relief when his wife’s relatives went home. Little did he know his troubles were just beginning.
12. The Waiting Chalice
The she-fox had been biding her time. Finally the wait was over.
13. Grandfather’s Dream
Sipho set out to fulfil his Grandfather’s dream, and in doing so learnt the power of imagination.
14. Light’s Out
Tom enjoyed his job, even if it was a bit boring and predictable. He liked the routine, and today was going to be just another ordinary day...
15. Family Ties
Mavis had been so sure of where her heart lay, but now ‘home’ had a new definition.
TWO BONUS READ-ALOUD STORIES FOR CHILDREN
16. The Worried Little Christmas Tree
The little plastic Christmas tree thought no one wanted him, until he found an unexpected home.
17. Waldo and the Leather Thing
Waldo didn’t want to wear anything round his neck, but he soon found the importance of wearing a collar.
Celebrate 100 years of Dance in America, as we FlashBack to dance favorites like the The Twist, Running Man and Ballroom Dance with special appearances by your favorite Vampires!
** Re-Live your favorite Dance fads like Disco Dance, Hip Hop, Lindy Hop, Charleston, The Twist, Cabbage Patch and many others throughout 100 years as we Celebrate American Dance!
** A Fan Favorite’s satire and spoofs of great TV Shows and Movies from 1900-2000!
** Flashback as we Flashdance back in time to revisit dance styles, as told by the great “fictional” Vampire Dancers of all time!
** Time travel as we discover the Dances that Americans loved for the past 100 years. Music, politics, cars, celebrities, fads also played a part in how important dance was in our Culture for over 100 years!
** What is your favorite decade of dance?
While writing this book I placed most emphasis under writing a good story. The book is good at holding the reader engaged and at times it can be rather entertaining. It starts with an introduction to the story of Dracula, followed by the pre-story of Dracula and then the story of Dracula. Then we can begin with the actual plot line of the book.
It is a manuscript ready to be made into a movie after buying the rights from me. If you plan to make a movie and thereby buy the rights for it get in touch with me first. Since I have all the personas, drawings and pictures of all the things I have described in the book.
At the end of the book you should have two questions. First what happens next? Second why did he choose to end it off like that?
The book is written as a manuscript.
In 1872, Bryce Ackerman leaves England for India hunting two groups of army officers, who spent their leave competing to see which group could rape the most young ladies. Bryce's own fiancée was raped and he is after vengeance. Can he find the officers and bring some sort of justice and satisfaction for the young women and their families?
Amanda and her sister, Faith, are faced with the task of establishing their Wentworth Optometry Services in a new town and a new country. Sebastian Montgomery hired the services of their company to work in conjunction with his pharmacy. Sebastian has a traditional view of women. Amanda insists the contract is with Wentworth Optometry Services, and not an individual. Add arson, blackmail and abduction, and Marcher Mills will never be the same again.
The goal of the book is to inspire change to preserve the future for the United States of America. U.S. political history following World War II has been and continues to be altered, covered up and obliterated. Controlling history is to influence elections to serve the rich and powerful. All three branches of the US government have changed to serve the upper 1% and disregard regulations for the environment and general public protection such as the CDC and FDA. Reductions and elimination of social services for the poor, disabled, veterans, elderly and especially children have been targeted. The gap in wealth between the upper 1% and middle and lower classes has become enormous. Violations of moral and ethical standards and even many legal violations are tolerated for the rich and powerful and when found guilty of crimes the sentences are minimal. The lower and middle classes are held to much tighter codes and punished much more severely. Republicans want to create more restrictions for the non-wealthy and provide tax breaks for the wealthy. The wealthy are continually gaining more political control. Russia interferes in our elections and the President and Republican Senators accept contributions from them block investigations. Political campaigns costs eliminate the probability of winning by the non-wealthy that not selected by the wealthy. Our government has fallen under the control of the super-wealthy. The Republican controlled government is interfering with our daily lives to a much greater extent since the 1970’s. Women’s right and health that were improving with technology are backsliding. Integration and acceptance of all races is hampered with bigotry masked as patriotism and national security. The US Immigration Service has mistreated children and toddlers to punish parents for entering the U.S. Our President sides with dictators over our own intelligence services. Our President alienates our allies and acquiesces to our enemies. The fundamentalist Christians align with a President that brags on sexual abuses. The President nominates and Senate quickly confirms Supreme Court Justices with minimal investigation into their character. Knowing and understand America’s political history is crucial to our future. This book is to present evidence of political coverups and deceptions that have led to Donald Trump becoming President and this state of America.
Interest in extrasolar worlds is not new. From the late 17th century until the end of the 19th, almost all educated people believed that the stars are suns surrounded by inhabited planets--a belief that was expressed not in science fiction, but in serious speculation, both scientific and religious, as well as in poetry. Only during the first half of the 20th century was it thought that life-bearing exoplanets are rare.
This is not a science book--rather, it belongs to the category known as History of Ideas. First published by Atheneum in 1974, it tells the story of the rise, fall, and eventual renewal of widespread conviction that we are not alone in the universe. In this updated edition the chapters dealing with modern speculation have been revised to reflect the progress science has made during the past 40 years, including the actual detection of planets orbiting other stars. However, it is not intended to be more than a brief introduction to today's views; its focus is on little-known facts about those of the past.
More poetry from earlier centuries, source notes, and an extensive bibliography have been added in this 2012 edition. In addition it contains a new Afterword, "Confronting the Universe in the Twenty-First Century," discussing the relevance of past upheavals in human thought to an understanding of the hiatus in space exploration that has followed the Apollo moon landings.
When the Civil War breaks out, Cassandra, daughter of an aristocratic slaveholder, and a secret abolitionist volunteers to spy for the Union. She takes advantage of her position as the wife of Fairfax, a Confederate Army major to attend social functions and gather intelligence.
Fairfax and Cassandra are totally in love, and long for each other, but are separated ideologically and geographically, and unaware of the other's wartime activities.
Both go through narrow escapes in action scenes. Both are totally convinced of the rightness of their cause, and use the same slogan, "Our cause is just. Continue we must."
Actions of the characters are fictitious. Historical accounts are accurate.
This story immerses the reader into the emotion felt by both sides in the Civil War. There are often changes of scenes, twists in the story, humor, and interesting characters you will love and hate. The ending is a surprise. After all the carnage and hate during the war, this story has a good ending.
Have you ever wondered what you would do if you woke up in someone else’s body? What if you also got to be fifteen years younger and fifty pounds lighter, with all your money troubles behind you? But what if you had to choose between your handsome lover and your rich husband, when both turned out to be strangers with secrets of their own? “Beatrix Reincarnated” is the ultimate “what if” story. On the New Year’s Eve of 2011, Beatrix Lin, a twenty-eight-year-old overweight and lovesick junior financial analyst from New York finds out her boyfriend has been cheating on her and dies in a freak accident shortly after midnight. With a little mix-up in the Underworld, she is reincarnated into the body of a beautiful thirteen-year old Lin Bee-Er, daughter of the powerful Right Prime Minster “Lord Toad” in a hypothetical Sheng Dynasty of ancient China. Bee-Er / Bea is thrust into a blind, arranged marriage with a pimple-faced teen she nicknames “Rudolph”, son of the equally powerful “Prince Terminator”. She soon realizes her in-laws’ feudal polygamous household contains all elements of a modern dysfunctional family, complete with a stern, violent military dad, spendaholic desperate housewives, an alcoholic gambling addict, and a confused and angry Emo-boy. She must maneuver between jealousy and backstabs of her new husband’s concubines—neurotic poet “Tooth Fairy” and the seductive but lethal “Carmen”. With her sharp business sense and her gift in marketing, she has to rescue the family’s failing finance while scheming against in-laws who behave like evil characters out of the movie “Horrible Bosses”. She must also face “Loverboi”—the old Bee-Er’s lover, a mysterious boy with formidable martial art skills and a shady past. It is a tale of passion and revenge, set in a swashbuckling olden China and told in the style of Bridget Jones Diary. It is also a step-by-step playbook on how a modern, white-collared woman takes on an ancient, feudal familial hierarchy by applying her skills on corporate politics. In the end, this is a story about how a self-confessed loser of the “game of hearts” finds true love again, and again.
James Whyle takes on the war genre with an eloquent narrative and a command of language and style that captures the fragility and bleakness of the time. There is no doubt that Whyle is a masterful storyteller.
The Book of War tells the story of a boy who comes to manhood in a war. William Kentridge has called it, “a rare feast”, and Rian Malan, “a very good book, possibly great.”
An illiterate European child is stranded on the southern tip of Africa. The British and the Xhosa have been spilling each other’s blood for eighty years and the kid signs up for the conflict in the hope of steady meals and a few shillings a month.
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight.Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of English village life.The fifth to the eighth tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. At May-time a gardening competition re-kindles an old rivalry amid mourning and bereavement. The June wedding seasons sees a quartet of couples making difficult romantic decisions. There is skull-doggery and dastardly deeds at the Summer Fete. Real violence erupts with an influx of transient newcomers as the harvesting begins. The next four inter-linked stories are about life in the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate the hazards of their own family saga, while, around them babies are born, plots are hatched, romance blooms and marriages founder.Check out the reviews on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Goodreads and Riffle.Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb first publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover (independent book reviewer)'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield Kindle best selling author'A tour de force..... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon reviewScroll up and download your copy today.
A blend of fact and fiction this moving yet heartwarming book set in the late 1920's early 1930's, follows the challenges Marie faces when widowed with three teenage daughters to support. Thrust into a man's world in a new neighbourhood, how will the family fare? The book is based in north Manchester and a Lancashire market town.
The Accidental Bookmakeress revolves around family, people and events that happen in a Manchester community, where Marie, the Accidental Bookmakeress, works and lives with her three teenage daughters, her position at that time being quite unusual.
As time moves on, Marie and her daughters together with some friends invest in a dilapidated country hall with stables, this being close to the family farm where one of their friends lives. Whilst visiting a county show he rescues two mares from a cruel owner who was about to sell them to a glue factory agent. Surprisingly the mares are in foal, the colts being sired by the Native Indian stallions who were stars in the wild west show performing next to the county show's livestock market, from where their mothers were purchased. When born the foals don't fit the usual profile of race horses, but as they grow it soon becomes clear to everyone how incredibly fast they are. The family and friends become well liked in the country by farming folk and eligible estate owner alike. The book continues to evolve, to include moving, heartwarming and exciting events that happen, not just in the Manchester area, where Marie lives and works during the week but also in the country community where she, and her three daughters spend their weekends.
A book of clear verse. Geese migrate through its lines. Tall ships leave Liverpool Bay. An iceberg breaks free of Antarctica. Ivory burns in Kenya. The healing of the rift between nations is contemplated. An exhibition of Pre-Raphaelite art is visited. The crossing of the Rubicon is dared. Franz Kafka writes his tales. The spirit of T.S. Eliot revisits The Waste Land. Shakespeare drinks with his acting company. Autumn in Yerevan, Armenia, is mirrored. Utopia is mused on. Childhood is remembered. Love celebrated. Archie Leach sails from Bristol to New York. Matthew Flinders becomes the first man to circumnavigate Australia. Noah's ark moors on mount Ararat. The death of the last white rhinoceros is lamented. Weland the smith lifts his hammer. Hugh Minn finds an alien in his loft. Various other visions and inspirations are explored. Readers of these lines will hopefully find them worthy of study.
The Last Mentsch is a work of historical fiction told to the interlocutor by Yitzhak, the son of Theodore Isaacs. It covers a period of almost 125 years in a time of tumultuous political, economic and social change in Southern Africa. The novel uncovers one of the missing pieces of that time – a story of a Jewish child pioneer, hustled out of Europe in the mid-nineteenth century to escape increasing waves of anti-Semitic ‘justice’ meted out in the ghettos and schtetls of Europe. In essence the book is an adventure set in a multicultural society, when a great many of the earliest pioneers were little more than children. It is a story, which, while set in Southern Africa, also resonates with generations on people whose forebears arrived alone in South Africa, Australia, Israel, the United States, Canada, New Zealand ... and indeed, throughout the world, wherever the British Empire planted its flags.
'A Gem of Interwoven Tales' to engage, amuse and delight. Five stars on Amazon. Five stars on Goodreads. Readers are asking for the next slice of village life.The first four tales in The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales. It is New Year and people in the village are making plans. A father and son visit a disused aerodrome, where they find a mysterious link to their past. In Spring a young boy becomes entranced by nature, he is growing up as he chases a hare. A marriage enters its death throes, with a terrifying drive. These four, inter-linked stories begin a year in the life of the village and its wide cast of characters, as four generations of the Marshall family negotiate their own family saga and the hazards of daily life.
Readers say'Anderson cleverly interlinks all the characters and ...you end up becoming extremely attached to the village and the people who reside in it. What a superb publication, I look forward to many more titles.' A Cheeky Booklover ( independent book reviewer )
'The prose is clear and crisp, and the build towards the last story is subtly done, with many threads coming together for an exciting climax.' Stuart Wakefield, Kindle best selling author
'This is a tour de force....The annual cycle of village life beneath a civilised veneer and against the backdrop of the natural world makes for an interesting but also an easy read... I shall look out for the next publication from this talented writer.' Amazon review
'I was totally absorbed in this book from page one. I... hope very much that there will be further publications telling more about the people I felt I was getting to know so well. I look forward very much to further works by this author.' Amazon review
'The inter-woven layered nature of village life is captured perfectly. I was thoroughly involved...' Amazon review
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From the Author of The Accidental Archmage Series - The Summus Magister Series.
Mystery, humor, magic, and archaic words await!
Enter an Earth where magic history took a detour. Where science and magic co-exist. Trains and magic carpets. Detectives and demons. Demons and professors.
Explore the world with Professor Lucius K. Henry, High Mage and magical detective extraordinaire. Sherlock with magic. And trains, flying carpets, mages, deadly enigmas, spies, vampires and other such unsavory creatures, books of ill repute, and much, much more.
But something is terribly wrong. Magic is disappearing.
Three Russian agents are trying to stop nuclear weapons stolen from Pakistan by the Taliban. The Taliban wants to use the stolen weapons to force America out of Afghanistan for good, and return to power in Kabul. Will nuclear strikes in multiple locations across Afghanistan let them succeed? Or can Russian agents and American special forces stop the Taliban in time?
Jenny is working as a nurse, when she meets Seb. She is a young woman, living with her mother and has had a strict religious upbringing. Seb is a handsome, successful surgical registrar and Jenny is incapable of resisting his charms. They fall in love, buy a flat and move in together, against Jenny’s mother’s wishes. Then one day, Seb confesses to Jenny that he is already married with two young boys. Can a heartbroken Jenny pick up the pieces of her life?“I could see she was pleased that I had found myself a boyfriend who was a doctor, but knowing my mother, I think she would have been far happier if his skin had been white.”
The Eagle and Child is the first of a three-part story of the life of Cissy Wanton, a washer woman’s daughter who lives in the city of York in the 15th century. The story follows the innocent, but adventurous, Cissy as she searches for true love across war torn England, during the Wars of the Roses. Her escapades reflect the time period with the drama and the humor intrinsic in medieval life. A delightful journey into the joys and exquisite sensations of womanhood, as Cissy meets, and ultimately conquers, solders, courtiers, and simple peasants. Cissy's adventures bring her into the company of Royalty and finds her enlightened but unfazed.
Walk tells the story of a nightmarish scramble along the wild coastline of South Africa by the survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor on 5 August 1782. Having decided to walk to the Cape of Good Hope, beginning at Lambasi in northern Pondoland, the few survivors ended up in the dune deserts not far from what we now know as
Walk takes the reader, step by step, day by day, on young William Hubberly’s horrific trek. While indisputably fiction, Walk sails a good deal closer to the historical truth than most nonfiction you will read and is a haunting parable on the meeting of Europe and Africa.
I have always enjoyed writing historical stories set on the edges of the well known. The underdog against the conqueror. Here we have a tribal Germanican living under the conquering Romans. Becan, a Germanican, has been a long way from home, trading with the Romans to earn enough wealth to go home and marry his betrothed and much loved sweetheart. She's promised to wait, despite her father. Becan, returning home after four years, looks forward to marriage. He's earned the right to marry her and she's waited for him. Or has she?
This is the true story of Ben Hewitt who left starving Alabama after the Civil War to seek and find his fortune in Texas during the 1870s' wild west.
Ben quickly rose from cowboy to ranch foreman. He invested money and later became a partner with his father-in-law in a general store in Gainesville, Texas. And then he began buying and selling ranches.
Ben was primarily a businessman, but he had a bad temper and often encountered someone else with a bad temper resulting in a gunfight in which one was killed. Ben was reputed to have killed 12 men in gunfights, however, the book chronicles only 7.
The author Joe B. Hewitt is a grandson of Ben Hewitt. Pictured on the cover is Josh Hewitt of McKinney, Texas, Ben Hewitt's great-great-grandson.
The book, Adobe Walls to Tularosa, is based on eyewitness accounts of Ben Hewitt's sons (Joe B. Hewitt's uncles.) Joe B. Hewitt's father was Ben Hewitt's seventh son.
Ben Hewitt was present at the 1874 battle of Adobe Walls along with Bat Masterson and the hero of the battle, Billy Dixon.
Notes on the New Testament Bible Book of, "Revelation," are designed for Bible teachers and Pastors. In outline form, these notes contain each chapter and verse of Revelation in the King James translation with explanation of each verse. Many attempts to teach Revelation give more questions than answers. These notes give more answers. These notes have been used by Pastors of churches of several denominations.
It is February 1265 and our heroes return home to find that their city has changed. Can their friendships and affections survive the new order? Rebecca is love-lorn and persecuted; Miguel is now the head of the Delgado family; Ben, the reluctant hero, pines for the past and Atta is desperate to find his father, held hostage by bandeleros. Together with Nathan, the runaway with dangerous new friends, their story unfolds as King and Emir jostle for power in the mountains. Nathan and Atta still wear their rings, but, in a cruel twist of fate, Juan’s lost ring re-emerges, carried by someone who threatens Rebecca’s future and her happiness. Meanwhile the bandits join forces with a new and dangerous ally. As an audacious plan to rescue Atta's father is hatched, the friends are separated once again, each of them in great danger.Can they survive and find their way to safety and each other? FRIENDSHIP FOREVER
The Silver Rings is the second in the Al Andalus series. Reconquista, Book I in the series, was long listed for the Mslexia Childrens Book 2016 Award.
Whitechapel, London, 1836 Born into poverty and hardship, and living in the filthy squalor of the tenement buildings, Ruby Skinner’s decision to approach the unscrupulous East End villain, Donald McCoy, for help, ends in disaster. In a desperate bid to finance a move to rescue her ailing mother to the fresh air of the countryside, Ruby’s plan does not go as expected, and she realises, too late, that she has made a huge mistake, which will consequently shape the rest of her life. Robert Thornton , a wealthy business man from the affluent area of Reigate, also had the misfortune of suffering from the under hand dealings with McCoy, and when curiosity forces him to pursue Ruby Skinner, the barriers which have always divided the social classes of the nineteenth century are put to test by the power of love. The thoroughly spoilt Clarissa Parker who has had her eyes set on Robert Thornton with the intention of becoming his wife, is not prepared to give him up easily, and with her malicious plans, sets out to destroy Ruby and Robert’s happiness.When Ruby suddenly disappears, leaving behind her two year old daughter Victoria, Robert's search for her ends in vain, and leaves everyone to believe that she has somehow met with her death. Following in her mother's footsteps, nineteen years later, Victoria flees her home, to escape the unsuitable arranged marriage to the wealthy land owner George Stone. In his determined search for her, Robert's journey uncovers much more than he set out to find.
Revenge is brewing in Hell. The Lord of Shadows is back and plotting the downfall of humanity… and the harrowing demise of a small teenage boy from Little Underwood.
Timothy, Rupert and George return for their second year at Great Underwood Upper. Yet with Lucifer back with a vengeance and Ursula Le Rouge more determined than ever before, it promises to be Timothy’s most hellish challenge to date.
Can Timothy and his friends save their school and themselves from a demon invasion? Will the League of Demon Hunters answer the call before it’s too late? Can Timothy win the Last Battle ― again? And will Timothy finally discover a way to tame his unruly hair?
Find out in this all-action second instalment in the Timothy Williams saga.
Hell on Earth? Not if Timothy can help it.
"Take a magic carpet ride back in time back in time to meet Egyptian queens, The Mummy, Frankenstein and Dracula.
•Playboy Dracula charms Nefertiti in ancient times, while his descendant playboy Drake puts the move on our Cousin TeeTee in our time.
•Cleopatra began her journey as one of the most beautiful woman in the world. A jealous rival, Ammut, turns her into an ugly duckling. Will Gene the Genie still love her?
•Queen NayTure can control the powers of the universe, change night into day, change mortals into vampires. But can she control her heart from falling from falling in love with a man who also loves Malice?
•Princess Aaliyah, daughter of Cleopatra and Prince Nate Ram is a belly dancer trying to win the heart of King Tut. Her doppelganger, Alyce, belly dances to win the affection of Hutch, Tut’s descendant.
•Queen Salome, the immortal vampire has acquired some new allies from her witch coven to continue her battle against her enemy Ro’Zha. Ro’Zha, a mortal harem dancer, begins her journey on a magic carpet ride. A genie sends her to the future to meet her doppelganger Granny Rosa Smith, a powerful witch.
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In the first book, The Eagle and Child, of this trilogy of the adventures of Cissy Wanton, we are introduced to an, innocent and very naive young woman. With background of the Wars of the Roses, Cissy is forced to grow up quickly. Although caring neither for the Yorkists or the Lancastrians, she found herself included in Queen Margaret's retinue. In this second novel, The Bluebell, we find Cissy again seeking adventure, spurred on by a desire to achieve the ways of a lady under the tutelage of Queen Margaret. Cissy, now a beautiful young woman, undertakes the life of a spy for the deposed Queen, and travels to France. When she encounters her fickle fiancee, Sir Richard Lovelace, she discovers she is now a woman of means, and escapes with the jewels that Dick purchased with the dowry from Cissy's father. Her adventures continue, complete with encounters with devious but handsome lovers, amorous clergy, and shipwrecks. Cissy's own sense of humour sustains her during her voyages.
Dance History Tribute to:
•Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Beals, Debbie Allen, Janet Jackson, Gregory Hines, Mel Brooks, John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Deney Terrio, Liza Minnelli, Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Annette Funicello, Bob Fosse, Jerome Robbins, Cyd Charisse, Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, Debbie Reynolds, Chubby Checkers, Judy Garland, Diana Ross, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Eleanor Powers, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Busby Berkeley, Bill Bojangles Robinson, Nicholas Brothers, Carmen Miranda, Carolina “La Belle” Otero, Rita Moreno, Loie Fuller, Cheryl Burke, Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Huff, Maksim Chmerkovskiym, Lacy Schwimmer, Benji Schwimmer, Eliana Girard
•Dancing with the Stars!
•So You Think You Can Dance!
•Join your favorite dance celebrities past, present and future as they compete to DANCE OR DIE!
•Celebrate every holiday from January through December and Vamptember with an homage to recipes from the upcoming cookbook from the Author
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The Peacock Queen marries the Vampire King, a power hungry maniac who manipulates time to suit his needs. Can her love stop him and save the world? With dark magic, Drake becomes the first African American and Vampire President of the United States. Welcome to the new USA, where vampires rule and dance is banned. Dump Trump and forget about Hillary this election year. Drake is our new ruler, whether you like it or not!
You can see yourself going down a road when you come to a crossing. One road has a sign saying “True Story of Dracula (Hardcover)” the other has “True Story of Dracula (Kindle)”. You cannot make up your mind which one to take. The hardcover version is meant for the ones who really want the experience to go along. Whereas the Kindle edition is for the ones who really do not care about the attributes but value the text, how it has been written and whether it is a good story. The hardcover version has a lot more graphical images than does the Kindle. The graphical effects that are applied to the hardcover version make you want to continue. On the Kindle it has no aura.
Comments by reviewers:
Great book that is entertaining and it was sometimes hard to put it away. I would recommend it to everyone who is interested in history, Dracula or interested in reading a good book. Anrijs
I really love this little story…… Last night I read it and now I want to say to everyone that this is a great story. Thank you MARTIN. Virginia
Dracula certainly the most chilling terrifying book ever written; it's really the best horror story in my eyes. shirley
You may have seen every Dracula movie ever made, but you do not know the real Count Dracula until such time as you have read this book. Of course, unless you have been living under a rock, you will know the general plot line, but I assure you there is a wealth of rich material buried throughout the text that is sure to excite, intrigue, and surprise you. Michael Ryan
This book is a very good read and the author wants to make it feel like you are there experiencing it together with the characters. nene
Lavinia and her two sisters, recipients of an unexpected inheritance, have changed their names and moved far away from those who reviled them because they were adopted—a disgrace in 1893. But had they moved far enough? Their guardian’s grasping, greedy and vindictive brother resolved to take back their inheritance and expose them as adoptees in their new town—thus ruining their businesses and reputations.
Considered fast because they shortened their skirts, wore bloomers, and straddled bicycles, they banded with other females in their new town. Lavvy sold her perfumes and lotions in the general store, and organized an impromptu raid on the local Business Association.
Sam Blake claimed Lavinia as “his lady” as soon as he saw her. Incensed with Cyrus’ determination to destroy them, he pledged his support to the three in various ways—all of them unacceptable to his lady. Misadventures and mishaps notwithstanding, the two worked toward a common goal. Or did they?
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