Mark Bois,Lieutenant and Mrs. Lockwood: “Captain Barr desperately wanted to kill Lieutenant Lockwood. He thought constantly of doing so...Lockwood, after all, was a good shot and a fine swordsman; a knife in the back would do. And then Barr dreamt of going back to Ireland, and of taking Brigid Lockwood for his own.” So begins the story of Lieutenant James Lockwood, his wife Brigid, and his deadly rivalry with Charles Barr. Lockwood and Barr hold each other’s honor hostage, at a time when a man’s honor meant more than his life. But can a man as treacherous as Charles Barr be trusted to keep secret the disgrace that could irrevocably ruin Lockwood and his family? Against a backdrop of famine and uprising in Ireland, and the war between Napoleon and Wellington, here is a romance for the ages, and for all time.
Doug Boren,Patriot's Point: 1780: At the Battle of Waxhaw, North Carolina, the British Legion massacres the unresisting soldiers of the Virginia Regiment instead of accepting their surrender. In the aftermath, colonists—ordinary men and women, farmers, shopkeepers, and backwoodsmen—come together in secret at an abandoned Spanish mission, renaming it Patriot’s Point. There they organize themselves into a fighting force, vowing to contain the British advance at all cost until the Continental Army can retaliate. Fewer than two hundred men stand in defiance of over five thousand British soldiers: two hundred patriots who understand that freedom is not free.
George Cadwalader, The Unmarked Road: Marine Gunnery Sergeant John "K-Bar" Caleb has survived everything the Viet Nam War could throw at him, as his many Bronze Stars attest until a grenade explosion sends him to Philadelphia's Naval Hospital. There he violently relives his battles in recurring nightmares, undermining the doctors' efforts to save his mangled arm and hand. In a final gamble Caleb is sent for treatment in the hospital's psych ward, where the windows are barred and the walls show marks where men before him have tried to claw their way out. To regain his life again, Caleb must come to terms with everything he has seen, everything he has done, and all that he has lost in a prolonged conflict between conviction and conscience.
M. J. Daspit, Lucy Lied: In 1870s Monterey, California, religious tent camp meetings are held cheek by jowl with lynchings. At this intersection of the righteous and the profane, a triangle links Dr. Jason Garrett, would-be healer accustomed to putting the truth through a contortion or two, the mute Lucy Strang, and gunman Matt Clancy, eviction agent who forces settlers off railroad land while stalwartly defending Chinese immigrants. Under suspicion for the murder of her brutish common-law husband, Lucy is saved from the noose when Garrett falsifies medical testimony at trial. He plans to marry the maligned redhead and cure her muteness. But it's whispered that Lucy has been dallying with the reviled Clancy.
Leslie Fish,For Love of Glory: Tria Juncta in Uno: "The three joined in one" - This is how Ambassador Lord Hamilton describes the friendship between himself, his wife, and Admiral Horatio Nelson. But what happens to Emma, Lady Hamilton, when she returns to England pregnant with Admiral Horatio Nelson's illegitimate child? As the Napoleonic Wars rage on, the three friends form the most famous, and infamous, menage-a-trois of British history. Emma is grateful to William, who had rescued her from ignominy when he married her. But it is Nelson she adores, for the two of them understand the call of glory as no others do. Then Nelson is called upon to lead England's greatest fleet to victory or disaster at the Battle of Trafalgar, and what will become of Emma in the wake of desolation?
Simon W. Herbert, Wings Over Cairo: When Jack McClelland joins the Advanced Flying Unit at RAF Ramsey in early 1941, he is one of many hot shot pilots who take to the air to defend Britain. But he finds out the hard way that a thwarted senior officer can carry a grudge, especially when a beautiful woman is at the heart of their rivalry. As love and war collide, McClelland finds himself in an impossible situation, forced to choose between following orders on a doomed suicide run, or disobeying a commanding officer to accomplish the mission in Egypt. Set in the early, desperate days of World War II, here is a tale of courage, love, and the struggle to win over adversity, based on the actual exploits of the men of the RAF's 272 Squadron.
James Keffer,Hornblower and the Island: Even as a prisoner on the remote island of St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte is embarrassing the British, and England is now the laughingstock of Europe. The answer is a new governor: Lord Horatio Hornblower. The British government is betting that Hornblower's background, being so similar to Bonaparte's, will earn the Corsican's respect. Both men rose from humble beginnings to nobility by their achievements alone. Both have commanded men and led them to victory. Hornblower's mission is simple: deal with the greatest military genius of the modern era and make him behave. Hornblower discovers a Bonaparte that history never knew, and learns the truth about the man who would be emperor of the world.
Kenneth Leland, 1812 The Land Between Flowing Waters: Four families struggling to survive in the time of the 1812 war. The Benjamins found freedom from slavery in Upper Canada and now, must defend their new homeland from impending American invasion. The Babcocks are pacifist Quakers who have found a place of peace, security and tolerance in the British province, yet they too are threatened as the war begins to flow around them. For Kshiwe, Kmonokwe and their children, 1812 is just another season of fear among First Nations people facing extinction. In the shadows of Tecumseh and Brock, all join in the fight to survive.
Lance Levens, Tietam Cane: Though the year is 1963, twelve year old Tietam Cane of Macon Georgia is locked in a never-ending war for the Confederate South. Raised in the country, tutored by his kill-all-the-Yankees grandfather, Tietam's knowledge of the world is bound within his 11 Volume Photographic History of the Civil War and the old man’s ritual reenactment of lost battles. Beneath the boyish bravado, Tietam's heart aches, longing for the parents who left him behind as a toddler when they fled to New York City where, according to his grandfather, they now thrive without him. But gradually, Tietman realizes that he lives in a cocoon spun by his grandfather’s lies, his rage, and brutal family secrets. Trapped between the Civil War and the present, Tietam also realizes that this violent legacy threatens his life and his hopes for the future -- a world without war and without the ever-present hate.
Marc Liebman, Render Harmless:Car bombs set by a group called Red Hand are going off all over West Germany, killing American, British and German citizens. Red Hand’s manifesto reads as if it was copied from Nazi propaganda. Now, just four years after the 1972 Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes and three decades after the Holocaust, the West German government is facing its worst political nightmare: Germans are once again killing Jews. The West German police can’t find the shadowy members of Red Hand, so the American and British governments decide to act covertly. Josh Haman joins the team led by his friend and SEAL Team Six member Marty Cabot. The hunt takes their team into East Germany to execute their orders “to find, neutralize and render harmless to the United States and her allies the members of Red Hand.”
Barbara Marriott, Take the Train to Tucson: The trouble starts in 1893, when Leonarda Stanton Worthington takes the train to Tucson to join her father and gets involved with train robbers and a cream cake. Before she can get sand in her shoes, she is caught up in murder and kidnapping by a band of ruthless western outlaws. Too much for Leo’s feisty spirit? NEVER. She is determined to catch the culprits and bring them to justice before the local sheriff, the Pinkerton agents, and her father can solve the case. Join Leo as she stirs up old Tucson and follows her journalistic nose as far north as Oracle. Nothing is sacred to Leo, not the Suffragette movement, a lost mine legend, or the financial status of her neighbors. Now that Leo's around, things in the Arizona Territory are heating up.
Art McGrath, March to Destruction: Pierre Burns may have been born in Maryland and served on ships, but in 1805 he is part of the most famous ground force in history: Napoleon's Grande Armée. Under the inspiring leadership of Marshal Ney and General Savary, Burns serves first as a spy and messenger, then as a soldier in a campaign that pits the innovative Grande Armée, led by a military genius, against an Austrian army that enjoys every advantage of terrain as well as overwhelming numbers. Pierre has more to worry about than the heavy odds he and his compatriots face. As a man with a price on his head he has to watch every shadow for the next assassin, for he has powerful enemies whose influence extends to royal courts as well as dark alleys. But it is the crucible of battle that will ultimately test Pierre in ways he never foresaw, and that will change him forever.
David More, The Eastern Door: Immigrating from 18th century rural Ireland, Billy Smithyman builds a new life in the New York frontier, where he earns the trust of formidable Mohawk war chief Emperor Marten. Smithyman becomes a Mohawk warrior, and captures the love of Marten's niece, the fierce Laura Silverbirch. But, Smithyman's success creates enemies in the colonial establishment, and his organizational skill leads him into his greatest challenge. In the midst of the French and Indian War, he is appointed the amateur commander of an untrained, civilian militia and ordered to capture a powerful French fort and its garrison. Smithyman and his ragtag army must quickly learn to outmaneuver a veteran French general, his well-trained army, and overcome colonial traitors if they are to survive. The Eastern Door is the first novel in a stunning new American Colonial History series.
Cynthia Neale,Norah: Follow the journey of Norah McCabe, a courageous young woman fleeing her Irish home devastated by famine and arriving in the rough and tumble world of New York City of the 1850s. For the new immigrant every aspect of life is a challenge, negotiating racism, poverty, and the struggle to find work. But there are riches and opportunities here as well, and Norah is determined to thrive in her new country through grit, her skills as a dress maker, and her unshakable dream of a better life. Meticulously researched, filled with voices of New York City’s multitudes, and tinged with romance, Cynthia Neale’s Norah offers a compelling heroine in the classic tradition of American immigrant stories.
Frank Payton, Hawkwood's Sword: Vividly portrays the life of a mercenary on the battle fields in 14th century Italy and France. A tough and resilient hero Captain John Hawkwood commands like-minded fighting men gathered from England and all over Europe Alongside the German and European mercenaries lead by Albrecht Sterz, they make war for whomever pays them the most. Hawkwood is one of the best at his trade: courageous, a practiced fighter, but also chivalrous. The various lords of Lombardy and the Papal states pay him to sack cities and ambush their enemies, but who of these counts and nobles can themselves be trusted? Hawkwood must rely on his sword and finely tuned instincts to protect his life and that of his men from treachery and betrayal on all sides.
David Pilling, Nowhere Was There Peace: England, 1266 AD. Simon de Montfort is dead, butchered at the slaughter of Evesham, and England lies in ruins after years of civil war. Eager for revenge on his barons, King Henry III has disinherited all of de Montfort’s surviving followers. The war is renewed as thousands of men are left with little choice but to snatch up their swords and fight to recover their stolen lands.Hugh Franklin, a humble mason’s son from Southwark, is plunged into the eye of this storm when the Lord Edward, King Henry’s son and heir, recruits him as a government agent. With the safety of his family at stake, Franklin must survive encounters with rebel knights, blood-hungry outlaws, and a beautiful Jewess as England crumbles in smoke and flame around him.
Harriette Rinaldi,Four Faces of Truth: The name of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot evokes memories of utter horror, eerily reminiscent of the nightmare of the Holocaust and presaging other genocidal regimes that continue into the 21st century. Witnessing the rise of the Khmer Rouge from different perspectives, the four fictional narrators of Four Faces of Truth describe how Pol Pot and a handful of other Paris-educated young people dream of creating a communist utopia in Cambodia. Instead, this dream mutates into a nightmarish experiment where ordinary people become mass murderers and today’s executioner could become tomorrow’s victim. Everyone fears for his life, and no one can be trusted. The intertwined paths of the narrators reflect the tragedy of political upheaval in Cambodia.
John Sawney, The Ruin: A gritty tale of Dark Age Britain, where heroes are few and the lives of thousands hinge upon the whims of greedy and unscrupulous men. In fifth century Britannia, the Roman colony has all but disappeared; the west and north remain wild and lawless. Plague ravages the countryside. Eiteol, a cloddish nobleman, manages to save the dictator Vertigern from an assassination attempt and the pair must flee for their lives. Deep down Eiteol knows that Vertigern is a monster, and that he should abandon him to his fate. But for reasons he does not understand, Eiteol finds himself bound to the man whose life he has saved. Their desperate search for shelter drives them into the barbarous west—where money has no value, the law has no power, and murder is a daily reality.
Mary Sharnick, Plagued: Since its initial strike in 1347, the plague has been continuously decimating populations across the known world. By 1401, the Venetian fleet has lost so many men that the doge has resorted to recruiting foreigners to take up the republic's oars. Enter Michael, a sixteen-year-old boy from a small fishing village on the Isle of Rhodes. Seeking adventure and escape from a dreary existence, Michael dreams of a larger life, perhaps even a heroic one. Little does he suspect that, despite the idyllic myth of Venice that the Republic perpetuates, a concerted, systematic attack on innocence as gruesome as the plague itself will obliterate his juvenile misconceptions and initiate him into a grown-up world where his physical strength, his religious faith, and his very soul are tested.
Loyd Uglow,Markman's Trinity: When Captain C.W. Langhorne takes a green lieutenant named Harry Bennett and a trio of Apache scouts on a hunting trip along the Rio Grande in 1916, he has no idea that their real quarry will turn out to be Mexican bandits and a kidnapped child. Although the rescue attempt goes sour, Langhorne captures a plan by extremists to ignite a bloodbath in the border states. While U. S. authorities decide how to react to the threat, Langhorne and Bennett have their own troubles with the glory-hunting Major Philip Cobb back at Fort Bliss. To complicate matters, Bennett finds himself pulled into an unconventional romance with Cobb’s young daughter. Langhorne and Bennett find themselves battling not only Mexican revolutionaries, but also treacherous civilians, hostile terrain, and Major Cobb.
Jess Wells, A Slender Tether: Amidst the turbulent weather of Europe’s Little Ice Age, A Slender Tether offers three compelling tales of self-discovery, woven into a rich tapestry of 14th century France. Christine de Pizan, daughter of a disgraced court physician and astrologer, grapples with her ambition to be the first woman writer of France. A doctor finds an unusual way to cope with the death of his wife. And opportunity alternates with disasters in the lives of four commoners, yoked by necessity: a paper-maker struggling to keep his business, a falconer with a mysterious past, a merchant's daughter frantic to avoid an arranged marriage, and a down-on-his-luck musician with a broken guitar and the voice of an angel.
Mark Wiederanders,Stevenson's Treasure: In 1879 Robert Louis Stevenson embarked on one of the most romantic, ill-advised but wildly successful quests a literary figure has ever made. Young, unknown, and in failing health, he journeys six-thousand arduous miles to make Fanny Osbourne his wife, despite the fact that she is already married (unhappily), has children, and is ten years older than he. And yet, from their first meeting, he knew instantly she was the only woman for him.