The Destiny Stone by Matt Hammond

The best place to hide a secret is in the past… but the past can be uncovered.

An ancient Scottish legend tells of Taine Rory Mhor, banished for 7 generations by the king to a far-away land.

A few days later, in April 1296, the English invaded Scotland, captured the sacred and mythical ‘Stone of Scone’ and transported it south, to Westminster Abbey where it has been used in every coronation since.

Or has it…?

In July 2005 as London celebrated winning the rights to host the 2012 Olympic Games, a series of deadly explosions ripped through the city.

On the same day in Scotland the G12 Summit of world leaders was interrupted as protesters stole the Stone Of Scone from a temporary display in the lobby of the Gleneagles Hotel.

So continued a chain of events set in motion over 700 years before.

Events, which if allowed to follow their course would lead to Armageddon – The End of Days –

The annihilation of 4 billion people.

One last holy war could destroy the world. Unless the riddle is solved of a mysterious green stone kept hidden in Buckingham Palace for the last 150 years. Continue reading

The Golden Lynx by C. P. Lesley

WHO IS THE GOLDEN LYNX?

Russia, 1534. Elite clans battle for control of the toddler who will become their first tsar, Ivan the Terrible. Amid the chaos and upheaval, a masked man mysteriously appears night after night to aid the desperate people.

Or is he a man?

Sixteen-year-old Nasan Kolychev is trapped in a loveless marriage. To escape her misery, she dons boys’ clothes and slips away under cover of night to help those in need. She never intends to do more than assist a few souls and give her life purpose. But before long, Nasan finds herself caught up in events that will decide the future of Russia.

And so, a girl who has become the greatest hero of her time must decide whether to save a baby destined to become the greatest villain of his.
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A Family Institution by Howard Reiss

Based on an event from the author’s life, this is a story about an unusual mid-life crisis triggered by the discovery of an aunt who was mistreated for mental illness in the 1940’s and 1950’s. Coming to terms with his own family history leads to a journey of self-discovery that tests not only current relationships, but new ones as well. This novel about secrets and revenge is told with a comic touch and will have you reading until the wee hours of the morning. Continue reading

Lucretia by David Krae

Lucretia Borgia is the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and sister of the infamous Cesare Borgia. Immersed in the ultimate patriarchy of Early-Renaissance Vatican Rome, Lucretia struggles to find her independence from her family’s corruption and ruthless political schemes. This elegant tale, set in one of the most decadent times in Vatican history, follows Lucretia’s story intertwined with the politics, romance, betrayal, love and hate of the people in her life.

Lucretia is an historical novel.

Lucretia (Lucrezia) Borgia – b. April 18, 1480 – d. June 24, 1519

Based on the award-winning screenplay ‘Lucretia’ and the Elizabethan stage-play ‘An Historie of the Roman Borgias and their daughter Lucretia’. Continue reading

The Dogged And The Damned by Roland Cheek

A tale inspired by the tragic story of a World War II combat soldier suffering the effects of what was, at the time, a little studied psycholocal impairment that today we call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It’s about a federal veterans psychiatric hospital and its well-meaning staff. And it’s about the soldier’s war at home as he repeatedly escaped confinement to live by his wits in the wilds.
The story includes the efforts of a county law enforcement agency sometimes bewildered in its ongoing attempts to capture a fugitive the media sensationalized as a “Wild Man.” Continue reading

A Whisper in the Wind by Sonya C. Dodd

Following the life of the Gampton family, set on a country estate in Georgian England, the novel opens with the death of a servant who begs Henry Gampton, her master, to take care of her baby daughter, Angelina. Against his wife’s wishes, Henry agrees and the child is raised alongside his own daughter, Sophia.
Unaware of Angelina’s background, the girls become like sisters as they grow up.
However, Sophia’s life is turned upside down by the death of first her mother and then her father.
Inexperienced in matters of the heart, Sophia turns to her father’s stable manager for comfort as her world is threatened by the evil intent of her uncle who wishes to ensure that the Gampton estate does not fall into his niece’s hands, nor those of the daughter of a mere servant.
Unable to trust those around her, Sophia decides to run away with Robert and face a life of poverty, yet full of love, rather than be forced into an arranged marriage.
However, her plan is thwarted when her fiancé: Charles Longford, finds Sophia about to depart with Robert in the cold early morning air. Unwilling to see his future disappear, Charles decides to take drastic action in order to stop them.
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Death Watch Beetle, A Historical Post WWII Spy Thriller by David E. Huntley

England and the rest of Europe are trying to recover from WWII and also cope with a belligerent Soviet Union intent on dominating the Cold War. An executive of a British engineering company, Donald Harvey, is co-opted in the early 1950’s by a joint project of the CIA and British Secret Service MI6, to assist in tracing the whereabouts of a missing WWII high level Nazi. This war criminal had been responsible for the design of death camps, and the sealing of the Warsaw Ghetto. As one of Germany’s most senior SS officers, Hitler had personally placed this man in charge of all secret weapons programs including the V1, V2, and jet aircraft production, as well as the development of ultra-secret super weapons.

In tracing this wartime criminal through three continents, Harvey is constantly torn between his sworn endeavor and his conscience. He knew the Nazi had never been tried at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials in absentia, and he wondered why? Was it because he had escaped with technology for which the West and the Soviets would be willing to ignore his war crimes, in return for his allegiance? This is the conundrum facing Harvey as he follows the dangerous trail of his quarry through one international sequence after another.

Donald Harvey’s conscience is also tested with the fact that his own love interest of Alijca Kozlowksi who was a survivor of wartime atrocities against the Polish, and Jewish populations by both Russia and Germany. It is further tested and his resolve to hunt down the Nazi is intensified when Alijca’s Polish uncle is brutally murdered by a Russian assassin in a peaceful and bucolic English town.

This author brings the story to a startling and climactic conclusion by providing a plausible explanation as to the fate and final whereabouts of the war criminal. Interestingly, in these final chapters, it also provides a certain nexus to the early development of the apartheid system in South Africa.
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The Breadwinners by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

A spurned lover marries for money and ignites a family feud lasting for 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 Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker.
When Charles delivers the New Year stollen bread to the home of Manfred Richter, his daughter, Hilde mistakes Charles for a party guest and offers the handsome and seemingly unattached male a glass of spiced punch. Charles is soon drowning his sorrows in drink and later seduces Hilde. When she finds she is pregnant her 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 battle for supremacy between Charles, Lucas, and Miles Davenport, their former employer.

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By Blood or By Bond by Hazel B. West

Which ties are stronger—those of Blood or those of Bond. Caolán, the son of a Celtic chieftain, awaits his first pitched battle against the Roman invaders, knowing that this is the moment in which he will truly become a warrior, of the tribe. Viggo Callias is a seasoned centurion in the Roman army on his first deployment to Britain with his newly enlisted son, Aulus. Serving under an incompetent commander, he wonders whether victory will be theirs. But fate takes a hand in both Caolán and Viggo’s lives when Viggo’s son is killed by a spear meant for him. Enraged at the loss of his son, Viggo seeks vengeance on the man responsible: Caolán’s father. As the chieftain breathes his last, Viggo vows to take Caolán as a slave to avenge Aulus’ untimely death. Torn from his country and people, Caolán’s only comfort is the hope that one day he will be able to avenge his father. But can the greatest wrongs be righted? Brotherly bonds, gladiators, old enemies, corrupt politicians and a young woman who captures Caolán’s heart, take a role in the physical and emotional journey that binds Caolán’s and Viggo’s fates together. Can the two wounded parties work past their hatred of each other and find what they have lost: a father and a son? This new novel by Hazel West, explores the familial ties that bind us all, whether by blood or by bond Continue reading