A Kingdom’s Cost by J. R. Tomlin

Scotland is occupied; Scottish resistance is crushed.

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. But even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, the Scots may still have one hope for freedom: the rightful King of the Scots, Robert the Bruce. James swears fealty to the man he believes can lead the fight against English tyranny.

The Bruce is soon a fugitive, king only in name. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. He blazes a path in blood and violence, cunning and ruthlessness as he leads a guerrilla war to restore Scotland’s freedom. James knows if he is captured he will share Wallace’s fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights. Continue reading

Noble Cause by Jessica James

Honor and conviction clash with loyalty and love in this epic Civil War novel that pits brother against brother. Winner of the coveted John Esten Cooke Award for Southern Fiction, Noble Cause chronicles the clash of a Confederate cavalry officer with a Union spy as they defend their beliefs, their country, and their honor.
Called “a riveting piece of historical fiction” by the Midwest Book Review and often compared to Gone with the Wind, Noble Cause takes readers across the rolling hills of Virginia in a page-turning tale of courage and love.
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The Slave by Pauline Montagna

Aurelia Rubbini, the only child of a rich merchant in fourteenth century Italy, has been raised to be a dutiful daughter, wife and mother, but she longs for something more than the restricted life intended for her. Then one day, her father brings home from a buying trip an Asian slave boy, Batu, who will reshape Aurelia’s destiny.

Aurelia and Batu are inexorably drawn to each other, but their relationship is forbidden as Aurelia is destined for an arranged marriage to further her father’s political ambitions. When Aurelia marries Lorenzo de Graziano, a nobleman with a dangerous reputation, Batu insists on going with her for her protection. But Batu’s presence arouses violent passions that Aurelia, in her innocence, can never understand.
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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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River of Skulls by J. F. Langton

RIVER OF SKULLS

The Journey begins as the California breaks through the fog of the Golden Gate straits. Emily stands anxiously at the ship’s railing searching for her husband on the waterfront. Joseph isn’t there.

Thrown into a chaotic and lawless Gold Rush frenzy, Emily is determined to survive and beat the odds against her; to find Joseph and save their gold claim in the Sierra Nevada foothills. But she is frightened when an old miner tells she is going to El Rio de las Calaveras, the River of Skulls.

Arriving in Calaveras County, Emily fails to find Joseph, disguises herself as a man, and rides to El Dorado Camp where he is rumored to be. There she is befriended by young Aaron, who introduces her to a charismatic Frenchman, Marcel. When Marcel lies and tells her that he is Joseph’s partner, Emily begs him to help her and he leads her to Esperanza Creek. Needing help with the claim, Emily agrees to an uneasy partnership and they work the claim together. Later Emily is thrilled to find Joseph, and Marcel’s departure for a better gold strike in Australia frees of her from concern about his possible theft of some of her gold. Later Marcel returns as a gambler and the tension between him and Emily makes the reader wonder about their relationship. But Emily remains loyal and supportive of Joseph.

As the saga continues, Emily draws on her courage and love to sustain her; experiences both failure and accomplishment. She learns to love the peace and beauty of the foothills, which are as a major character in the story throughout.

As mining technology advances, the family faces new challenges and setbacks, while the lure of gold grips Joseph and he persists against outlaws, lost gold, and tragedy.
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The First Apostle by Katherine Pym

The French Revolution is Raging. Camille Desmoulins, a pamphleteer and journalist, and a man devoted to his wife, Lucile, harbors a malevolent secret. His quill carries poisoned ink. He writes with misdirected passion that leads to the destruction of lives who come in contact with his writings.
Impetuous, and filled with satirical wit, Camille runs in the same circles as Robespierre and Danton, but it is not until 1793 that he finally tires of the Terror and pleads for clemency.
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Feud by Derek Birks

Feud is set during the Wars of the Roses.
The story centres on Ned Elder, a young Yorkshire knight and his two sisters, the serious and conventional Emma and the tigerish, independent Eleanor.
One sunny morning in 1459 Ned finds his father has been executed, his brother killed, sisters abducted and his estates plundered by the neighbouring Radcliffe family. Not surprisingly he flees and, with a few ill-assorted companions, he resolves to regain what has been lost. To do so he enlists the help of the powerful Neville family and in return he must deliver some prowess with the sword.
His sisters too are fighting their own personal battles with the Radcliffes.
The story – and the feud – reaches its climax in the aftermath of the bloody
battle of Towton. Ned, his sisters, his companions in arms and the girl he
loves find themselves scrapping to the end with the Radcliffes.
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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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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