**2018 Beverly Hills Book Award Winner for Historical Fiction/Southwest!
**Best of Texas Book Award Winner for Historical Fiction!
Times are hard along the Sabine River, and the little East Texas town of Ashland is crumbling under the weight of the Great Depression. Families are broke and hungry. For many, their last meal may well have been their last meal. Families are giving up and leaving town. Everyone knows the fate that awaits the scattered farms. No one can save Ashland. It is as isolated as the back side of a blue moon.
Into town comes Doc Bannister wearing a straw boater and a white suit. He is the miracle man. He has a homemade doodlebug machine that, he says, can find oil and make them all rich. Oil, he swears, lies beneath the blistered farmstead of Eudora Durant. She thinks Doc is a flim flam man. The Sheriff believes he is a con artist. Both are convinced that Doc has come to town to swindle every dime he can get before hitting the road again. Ashland knows Doc may be crooked, but he has brought hope to a town that had no hope.
Eudora has everything Doc wants. She is a beautiful woman who owns cheap land. In Ashland, she is known as the scarlet woman. Whispers say she murdered her husband. No one has seen him since the night they heard a shotgun blast on her farm. The town wants oil. Doc wants Eudora. But Eudora is too independent and stubborn to fall for the charms of a silver-tongued charlatan.
She holds the fate of Ashland in her hands. Will she let Doc drill? Is there really oil lying deep beneath her sun-baked land? Can Doc find it? Or is he more interested in finding love than oil? What happens when a man with a checkered past comes face to face with a woman whose past is as mysterious as his?
This fast-paced thriller reimagines the historical events of the doomed Titanic voyage—with an outbreak of zombie mayhem.
Desperate to keep a terrifying new virus out of the wrong hands, a German scientist smuggles the lone sample onto the RMS Titanic. But he’s followed by a government agent, and the ensuing spy games unleash a zombie plague.
With the 2,200 passengers sailing to New York, Capt. Edward Smith and his inner circle desperately try to contain the growing horde. Smith’s team is forced into bloody hand-to-hand combat down the narrow halls of the huge steamer. In its few short days at sea, the majestic Titanic turns into a Victorian bloodbath, steaming at top speed toward a cold, blue iceberg.
Elizabeth Staveley sits in the Bodleian library, holding in her trembling hands a fragment of ancient paper. It is the key to a story that has been locked away for four centuries-the story of a British sea captain's daughter held captive in the sultan's harem.Constantinople, 1599. There are rumors and strange stirrings in the sultan's palace. The chief black eunuch has been poisoned by a taste of a beautiful ship made of spun sugar. The sultan's mother faces threats to her power from her son's favorite concubine. And a secret rebellion is rising within the palace's most private quarters.Meanwhile, the merchant Paul Pindar, secretary to the English ambassador, brings a precious gift to the sultan. As he nears the palace, word comes to Pindar that the woman he once loved, Celia, may be alive and hidden among the ranks of slaves in the sultan's harem. Can this really be the same Celia who disappeared in a shipwreck? And if it is, can the two be reunited?
10th Anniversary Edition
This story of ambition, love, and political intrigue brings to life colorful characters and an exotic time and place. In A.D. 412 Alexandria, against the backdrop of a city torn by religious and political strife, Selene struggles to achieve her dream of becoming a physician—an unlikely goal for an upper class girl. Hypatia, the famed Lady Philosopher of Alexandria and the Prefect Orestes offer their patronage and protection. But will it be enough to save Selene from murderous riots, the machinations of a charismatic bishop and—most dangerous of all—her own impulsive nature?
"Fans of Gillian Bradshaw’s classic The Beacon at Alexandria may especially enjoy Selene and find a promising new historical novelist who shares the same gift for wonderfully researched, vividly evoked, good old-fashioned storytelling."--The Historical Novel Society
"This book is outstanding!"--Lacuna: Journal of Historical Fiction
"Does what historical fiction does best--weave historical fact, real-life historical figures, and attention to detail with page-turning, plot-driven fiction."--The Copperfield Review
"An entertaining and enlightening novel...a fine read through and through."--Midwest Book Reviews
This story of a young widow who becomes one of the most powerful women in India “will transport you across centuries and continents” (The Seattle Times). India, 1684. Moorti—widowed at seventeen and about to be burned on her husband’s funeral pyre—is saved from the fire by a mysterious Englishman. Taken to safety and given employment by her savior, Job Charnock, Moorti is renamed Maria and must embrace her new life among the English traders. Though she is grateful to be alive, the intelligent and talented Maria is not content to be a kitchen servant for the rest of her life. Seizing the opportunity to learn English, she hopes this will bring her closer to the kind and gentle Job. But with so many obstacles in her path, will she be able to overcome adversity in pursuit of a better life? A tale of adventure and danger, hardship and heartbreak, excitement and romance, this is the enthralling tale of a truly remarkable woman, where fiction meets fact. Filled with the heat and beauty of India, Maria’s story lingers long after the final page. “Research and authenticity resonate in every chapter.” —The Seattle Times “Politically, sexually, and racially, Kirchner is returning some small sense of agency to the people who have lost everything—even their names―to history.” —The Seattle Review of Books
Short stories have always been a sort of instant access into an author’s brain, their soul and heart. A few pages can lift our lives into locations, people and experiences with a sweep of landscape, narration, feelings and emotions that is difficult to achieve elsewhere.
In this series we try to offer up tried and trusted ‘Top Tens’ across many different themes and authors. But any anthology will immediately throw up the questions – Why that story? Why that author?
The theme itself will form the boundaries for our stories which range from well-known classics, newly told, to stories that modern times have overlooked but perfectly exemplify the theme. Throughout the volume our authors whether of instant recognition or new to you are all leviathans of literature.
Some you may disagree with but they will get you thinking; about our choices and about those you would have made. If this volume takes you on a path to discover more of these miniature masterpieces then we have all gained something.
The Emerald Isle is home to literary talent on a grand scale. And amongst their ranks are women of quite extraordinary ability who refuse to take second place to the men. Their voice is strong, their words beguiling, entrancing but often with a will of iron as they create works of character, of narrative and of quite sumptuous literature. Genius has many names.
1 - The Top 10 - The Irish Women - An Introduction
2 - A Rich Woman by Katharine Tynan
3 - An Irish Problem by Somerville and Ross
4 - Extradited by Isabella Valancy Crawford
5 - All Souls Eve by Dora Sigerson Shorter
6 - The Ghost at the Wrath by Rosa Mulholland
7 - An Outcast of the People by Bithia Mary Croker
8 - The Knitted Collar by Mary Anne Hoare
9 - The Last of Squire Ennismore by Charlotte Riddell
10 - The White Pigeon by Maria Edgeworth
11 - Cuchulain of Muirthemne. The Only Son of Aoife by Lady Augusta Gregory
After sending for a mail-order bride, a rancher struggles to win her loveMax Bass fidgets as he scans the horizon for the stagecoach. His mail-order bride from back east is on that stage, but he feels no joy at the prospect of meeting her. A wannabe rancher, Max exaggerated his financial standing when he advertised for a wife; he fears that she will be disappointed or even angry, but he has no idea what he is actually in for.Catherine O’Dowd has long dreamed of being a lady, and she expects Max to make one of her. But instead of the riches Max described, she finds a hardscrabble bit of prairie that demands every drop of sweat the two of them have to give. A crooked banker wants to steal Max’s land, and the weather threatens to forever erase any hope he has of raising cattle. But the most powerful force of nature in Montana is Max’s new wife. If he is not careful, she will bring him down, and take the entire state with her.Originally published as Incident at Pishkin Creek.
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