425 pages, 11 of 12 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
Alexander is astute, well-educated and brimming with caustic wit, but he can’t seem to remember the golden rule of slavery: keep your head down and your mouth shut. No wonder more than one person in the house of Marcus Crassus wants to see this former Greek philosophy student dead.
Through accident and intervention, Alexander manages to survive, but is he willing to take the proffered hand of the one ally he wants desperately to despise – his owner? Every boon and advancement accepted from Crassus is an acknowledgment that his former life is gone. Yet how can he resist? Crassus is a good man, for a Roman.
At last, Alexander realizes that accepting his condition is the only way to recoup the little freedom left him. He willingly opens his eyes to his new life … and immediately falls in love with Livia, a fellow servant he’s never allowed himself to see. But romance for a slave is a fragile thing, especially when tragedy befalls the Crassus household in the person of Gaius Julius Caesar and his insatiable ambition.
Alexander has won the ear of Crassus, but can a slave keep a master of Rome from making a choice which will topple the foundations of an empire?
610 pages, 14 of 16 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
“…the finest book on India since Kipling.” India 1620: India is ruled by the son of the great Akbar, and is about to pass his crown to one of his sons. Brian Hawksworth, ship’s captain and emissary of King James, must choose sides, but will he choose correctly? The future of England, and of India, depend on it. He had come to India to open trade for “barbaric” England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every opportunity. But once on land, he becomes captivated by the country and the people. The beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest for supreme sensuality in music, mystical visions, and sacred lovemaking. From pulse-pounding sea battles, to tiger hunts, war elephants, harems and forbidden love-The Moghul takes you on a breath-taking tour of the India that existed before the British Raj.
432 pages, 22 of 23 reviews are 5-star, Lending Enabled
The United States is on the brink of total collapse. The military has been reduced to near extinction, economic turmoil saps hope, and anarchy threatens, as world powers hover like vultures, eager to devour the remains. In a desperate move, a few powerful men call a secret meeting to plot the overthrow of the government.
Fifty-five men came to Philadelphia May of 1787with a congressional charter to revise the Articles of Confederation. Instead they founded the longest lasting republic in world history.
Tempest at Dawn tells their story.
330 pages, 44 of 48 reviews are 4 or 5-star
Named a Finalist in the Indie Excellence Book Awards, 2nd place for Newbie Fiction-Royal Dragonfly Book Awards, Honorable Mention Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Finalist Global eBook Awards Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of the past. Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 – The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control – torn apart by a shattering tragedy that leaves a family impossibly broken … “This is a coming-of-age story at its best.” “It was as if I could smell the sea air as the words unfolded from the page and danced around me. It was really breathtaking.” “An impressive and detailed story of love, loss, and betrayal … ” “An amazingly accurate account of how many lives can be affected by one single moment in time, and how long the repercussions can last.” “The imagery and character depths capture the reader by both hands with the author not letting go, even at the very end.” “I recommend this book for anyone who appreciates the beauty of the written word and a story well-told.”
3 of 7 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled, previously free
Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare team-up to expose a high-level government conspiracy…
1593, Elizabethan England: In a turbulent time of wars, famine, and religious persecution, Christopher Marlowe struggles to balance his life as England’s most popular playwright with his duties as a government spy.
Suddenly, when he falls under suspicion of atheism, a capital crime, Marlowe fears his many powerful enemies have launched a conspiracy to have him executed.
With only a few days to clear his name, he quickly enlists the aid of a young William Shakespeare – one of the few friends he can still trust. Together, they race through Marlowe’s tangled life of crime, espionage, and noble connections to expose the conspiracy and save him from the hangman’s noose.
But will anything save a man as troubled as Marlowe?
315 pages, 68 of 103 reviews are 4 or 5-star, Lending Enabled
In post-Civil War New York City, sixteen-year-old Aislynn Denehy cannot find a job, she has no place to live and no family to help her. Some might think this is a problem; Aislynn believes it is an opportunity, but she has a lot to learn. No formulaic romance, this well-researched love story depicts life as it truly was for the thousands of women who went west reaching for a new life. Aislynn’s journey begins in a New York City tenement and leads her across the frontier to a Utah mining camp where she must cope with the three very different men in her life: smart, solicitous Tim, good-natured, good-guy Johnny and the intense but intriguing Liam Moran. Life in the roughshod camp brings small joys and devastating losses. The novel races through authentic experiences involving historical events until it erupts in an unexpected ending. In today’s troubled world, Far Away Home will make you believe no matter how many challenges fate sends your way, the human spirit can triumph.
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