The Garment Maker’s Daughter

In the early 20th century, three immigrants stand aboard a ship sailing into Ellis Island, each with their own dreams about what coming to America will mean for them: Daniel, a Polish boy with a love of language and law, and Lena and Joe, Jewish siblings hoping for a better life. They are about to meet New Yorkers Jake, a rough labor representative, and his dazzling girlfriend, Sophie. Together, they will change one another’s lives in ways no one could imagine. Over the next 50 years, these five friends come into and fall out of one another’s lives through joy and pain, tragedy and triumph. But there is one secret that could tear them apart forever.

A Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice!

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The Seasons of the EmmaLee

One grand ship. Two love affairs, decades apart. An idyllic summer resort town torn apart by betrayal, murder and shattered dreams.

It was the summer of 1941, in a small Northern Michigan resort town when Jonathan McKendry first saw the beautiful new summer resident, Emily Compton, on the deck of her father’s magnificent yacht, the EmmaLee. He could never imagine the betrayal, death and destruction that were about to come into his life.

Jonathan is the son of a local boatyard owner. His small-town life seems in fine order with good friends, a local girl who loves him and bright hopes for the future. When he finds himself consumed with his infatuation for the Compton girl and he’s accused of a brutal murder, his dreams and relationships will be shattered.

In a parallel story in present day, Sally Thomason is a descendant of the Compton family who first owned the great ship, EmmaLee. When a new owner returns with the boat decades later, Sally is caught up in the overwhelming emotions of a past family tragedy and her attraction to the boat’s new owner, Alex Clark.

The Seasons of the EmmaLee is a work of historical fiction, mystery and suspense. It plays out against a beautiful scenic backdrop and compelling historical context. It explores the deep and entangled emotions of class differences, family betrayal, unexpected love and shattered dreams.

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Rose Alleyn

January 1900. Mother is dead, the baby too. It was her twentieth pregnancy. This tragedy clinches sixteen-year-old Rose’s resolve never to marry.

Rose Alleyn is an emotionally gripping story about the tension between a rural past and the lure of a new urban life, between family loyalties and new friendships and love.

Rose has been resigned to a life of mind-numbing drudgery in service, like five of her siblings, at Sawdons Hall. After going there to break the news of their mother’s death, Rose’s chance encounter with Leonard Pritchard, the charismatic tutor, changes everything. She finds solace as they talk about their mutual passion for poetry.

Leonard is to open a bookshop in the market town of Widdock. Impulsively, Rose writes asking him if she can be his assistant. Despite strong family resistance, Rose accepts his offer of a job.

Rose thrives on the buzz of Widdock and among the friends she makes there, including the enlightened Mrs Fuller, landlady of Apple Tree House. The negatives are a housemate with a grudge and the simmering hostility of two townsmen towards her employer.

As feelings between Rose and Leonard deepen, her old fears about the sexual relationship surface. What further threats will Rose confront? Will she ever lead the life she chooses?

This moving and heart-warming novel combines moments of gentle humour with a vivid evocation of historical time and place and thrilling narrative pace.

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A Wave From Mama

A former slave gets his dream job building the Brooklyn Bridge, but finds himself at war with the gangs of Irishtown. Will the corrupt Metropolitan Police save or sacrifice him?

1863 Weeksville, Brooklyn: The free Black community of Weeksville becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York’s Draft Riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awkward social habits make him an outcast to everyone in Weeksville, except the adopted family he swears to protect.

When his stepbrother is attacked, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle between the Irish Gangs and Whiskey Kings of Irishtown while the corrupt Metropolitan Police sit on the sidelines. The backdrop of the action is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the racial tensions of the period.

Will the boy survive the ordeals of the day and achieve his dream of being a high-flying tower man on the bridge project? Or, will he become another victim of the Irish gangs and never know the joy of standing atop the tallest structure in North America? Pick up a copy to find out.

A Wave From Mama is a stand-alone story only connected in concept with Volume 1.

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Misfortune of Vision

Prophecy can be dangerous

In 12th century Ireland, Orlagh has been Seer to her king for forty years. He doesn’t want to hear her prophecies of war and destruction, and dismisses her efforts to warn him. Therefore, she is determined to fulfill her own quest: to find a worthy heir for her magical brooch.

In the course of events, she must pass judgment on a thief, escape a Norman war camp, and battle wits with a Fae lord. She receives some prophecy of her own and enlists the help of a grizzled old warrior, who happens to be a long–time friend.

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A Kingdom’s Cost

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James’s blood-drenched homeland 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 in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland’s freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace’s fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.

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Pianist in a Bordello

Pianist in a Bordello

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth-the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency-and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.

He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas-three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.

Are voters really ready for the whole truth?

Are you?

Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.

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Pianist in a Bordello

Pianist in a Bordello

What would happen if a politician decided to tell the truth-the whole truth?

Richard Youngblood, aspiring Congressman, is about to find out. He’s running on a platform of honesty and transparency-and against the advice of his friends and advisers he’s decided to start with himself. His autobiography will lay his entire life bare before voters just days before the election.

And what a life he’s had. Born in a commune and named Richard Milhous Nixon Youngblood as an angry shot at his absent father, Richard grows up in the spotlight, the son of an enigmatic fugitive and the grandson of a Republican senator. He’s kidnapped and rescued, kicked out of college for a prank involving turkeys, arrested in Hawaii while trying to deliver secrets to the CIA…Dick Nixon Youngblood’s ready to tell all.

He’ll even tell his readers about the Amandas-three women who share a name but not much else, and who each have helped shape and define the man he’s become.

Are voters really ready for the whole truth?
Are you?

Pianist in a Bordello is a hilarious political romp through the last four decades of American history, from a narrator who is full of surprises.

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Then Like The Blind Man: Orbie’s Story

While fiction about the 1950s Civil Rights era is far from rare, few capture the period and struggles from the perspective of a white child.

A storm is brewing in the all-but-forgotten back country of Kentucky. And, for young Orbie Ray, the swirling heavens may just have the power to tear open his family’s darkest secrets. Then Like the Blind Man tells the story of a white youth cast aside in the segregated South of the 1950s, and the forces he must overcome to restore order to his world.

Nine-year-old Orbie already has his cross to bear. After the death of his father, his mother Ruby has off and married Victor, a slick-talking man with a snake tattoo. Orbie hates his stepfather more than he can stand, a fact that lands him at his grandparents’ place in Harlan’s Crossroads, Kentucky. Orbie grudgingly adjusts to life with his doting Granny and carping Granpaw, who are a bit too keen on their black neighbors for Orbie’s taste, not to mention the local Pentecostal congregation of snake handlers. Soon, however, he finds his worldviews changing, particularly when it comes to matters of race, religion and the true cause of his father’s death.

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Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings Book 1)

A tale of Viking raids, ill-fated thralls, noble kings and their sons, and friendship and love. Above all else, a tale of unforgivable betrayal and the ever-present desire for revenge.

The life of Eadwulf, son of the Mercian king, is changed forever when his family is betrayed to the raiding Danes by his treacherous uncle. His father is killed, his mother raped, and he is taken to the Danish lands as a slave. Eadwulf’s new mistress is harsh and unforgiving, his everyday life extremely hard – until the return of the jarl’s jovial firstborn, Bjorn, who allows Eadwulf to become a part of his closely-knit crew.

In Wessex, Alfred, son of the Wessex king, faces tragedy from an early age. Death claims his mother and his beloved sister leaves on her marriage to the new Mercian king: a man whom Alfred detests. At the courts of his father and older brothers, Alfred learns the art of kingship, and, like Eadwulf, he learns that a trusted kinsman can easily turn traitor.

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Pit of Vipers (Sons of Kings Book 2)

The ninth century story of Alfred of Wessex and Eadwulf of Mercia continues to unfold against the increasing threat of Danish raids. After years as a slave to the Danes, Eadwulf has returned to his Mercian homeland and settles to a life of calm domesticity, spoiled only by his constant desire for revenge. His frequent absences from his new home, connected to his past life, threaten to destroy the relationships he has fostered and alienate the family he has come to love.

In Wessex, Alfred, now a young man, has spent his childhood at the successive courts of his father and four older brothers, learning the skills of diplomacy and leadership. Before too long those skills will be put to the test…

The Danish invasion of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms is merciless and relentless. Each year more dragonships come to join their comrades in a quest to plunder and gain control over the people. The Danes take kingdom after kingdom and Alfred and his brother Aethelred wait with baited breath for them to set their sights on Wessex. By 869, their worst fear is realised.

And Eadwulf follows vital leads to the objects of his revenge.

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A Kingdom’s Cost

Eighteen-year-old James Douglas can only watch, helpless, as the Scottish freedom fighter, William Wallace, is hanged, drawn, and quartered. Even under the heel of a brutal English conqueror, James’s blood-drenched homeland 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 in name and nothing more. Scotland is occupied, the Scottish resistance crushed. The woman James loves is captured and imprisoned. Yet James believes their cause is not lost. With driving determination, he blazes a path in blood and violence, in cunning and ruthlessness as he wages a guerrilla war to restore Scotland’s freedom. James knows he risks sharing Wallace’s fate, but what he truly fears is that he has become as merciless as the conqueror he fights.

FREE eBook from June 17 – 21, 2017

A Wave From Mama

The early reviews are in…”Soul Touching—Introspective and fascinating—Powerful, like no other book that I have read!—Poignant and compelling” A former slave gets his dream job building the Brooklyn Bridge, but finds himself at war with the gangs of Irishtown. Will the corrupt Metropolitan Police save or sacrifice him? 1863 Weeksville, Brooklyn: The free Black community of Weeksville becomes home to an unusually small boy and his mother who fled Manhattan during New York’s Draft Riots. When his mother succumbs to her injuries, the boy swears revenge against everyone and everything that contributed to her death. His diminutive size and acrobatic climbing abilities make him a spectacle to behold, while his awkward social habits make him an outcast to everyone in Weeksville, except the adopted family he swears to protect. When his stepbrother is attacked, the boy becomes embroiled in a battle between the Irish Gangs and Whiskey Kings of Irishtown while the corrupt Metropolitan Police sit on the sidelines. The backdrop of the action is the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the racial tensions of the period. Will the boy survive the ordeals of the day and achieve his dream of being a high-flying tower man on the bridge project? Or, will he become another victim of the Irish gangs and never know the joy of standing atop the tallest structure in North America? Pick up a copy to find out. A Wave From Mama is a stand-alone story only connected in concept with Volume 1.

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Running with the Enemy

“Running with the Enemy,” historical fiction set in Southeast Asia during the early years of America’s war in South Vietnam. Ethan Card, a loyal U.S. Marine loves a woman trained to kill Americans. He’s accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and Card and his lover are on the run across Southeast Asia one step ahead of two psychopaths determined to eliminate them before Card proves his innocence. A judge for the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards wrote, “Obviously drawn from the author’s first-hand experiences as a Marine serving in Vietnam, Running with the Enemy is a rough but occasionally heartfelt war story …” Awards: Runner Up in General Fiction at the 2013 Beach Book Festival. Honorable Mentions in General Fiction at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival, the Hollywood Book Festival, New York Book Festival, and the 2014 Los Angeles Book Festival.

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