Ryan, 18, arrives in colonial Canada at the outbreak of the 1838 Patriot War. Cast out, he becomes an American smuggler amid the grandeur of the Thousand Islands. He falls for a smuggler’s daughter, Kate. Ryan is coached by her older cousin Ada on how to capture Kate’s heart. Over time, Ada develops feelings for Ryan and he in turn grapples with his attraction to Ada. Circumstances drive Ryan into a web of piracy, secret societies and rebellion. Tugged by the opposing currents of romance and war, Ryan struggles to reconcile his troubled family history, his duty and his heart.
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Helen Chappell is a freelance writer, novelist, and teacher. She is the author of nearly 40 books, including mainstream fiction, non-fiction, Regency romances, mysteries and regional fiction. For nearly a decade, she was a columnist for the Op-Ed page of the Baltimore Sun. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post and many regional magazines, as well as Public Radio.
She says the greatest benefit of working with a major publishing house was working closely with an editor, often over the course of a number of books, and developing a close relationship with the publishing house. “It wasn’t a perfect system, but it worked. Things started to fall apart when giant companies like Time Warner and Bertelsmann started buying up publishing houses, firing people, hiring teenage editors and looking only at the bottom line. Any pretense that publishing was the gentleman’s game it had been in the days of Max Perkins was long gone. These days, if you don’t make an unrealistic number of sales, without any support from the public relations people, you’re out. A decade ago, Delacorte simply fired everyone who was a mid list writer or below. Bang. Over and out.” Continue reading “Meet the Author: Helen Chappell”
Gerald and his best friend, Vernon discover a mysterious spot in the woods where Gerald visualizes a miniature village complete with wee inhabitants. He enjoys going back to that spot and watching the day to day activities until trouble starts in the village and he tries to convince Vernon that the “visions” are real and the wee people need help.
While trying to prove that the whole thing is just Gerald’s wild imagination, the boys literally fall into the new world and get caught up in a war. The boys come up with ways to keep the invading force from entering the village but another solution has to be found in order to put an end to the conflict.
Along with a few companions from the village, Gerald and Vernon embark on a quest to face down the deranged forest god who instigated the mayhem. The dangerous path is laid out by an ancient prophecy, but not everything goes as planned.
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