The Earthquake Doll
by Candace Williams
Genre: Historical Fiction
Available at Amazon.com and Amazon UK.
Miyoko Takahashi struggles between the dictates of an ancient family covenant and the desire of her secret heart during Japan’s greatest cultural upheaval. Ordered to fulfill her family’s duty under the covenant, if Miyoko disobeys, she will dishonor the memory of her father and bring hardship upon her family.
Miyoko peered through the bus’s foggy window and followed a raindrop’s frantic zigzag journey down the pane. Tears stung her eyes. It was strange to think of Middle Sister as a grown woman, a wife and mother. It was strange to think of her childhood friend as dead, never to be seen again. She turned away from the window.
“Mother, why were we not invited to Toshiko’s wedding last year?”
Mother sat beside her, glasses perched on her nose as she sewed. “I suppose Taro-sama’s family was very busy then.”
“Too busy to invite us to his daughter’s wedding?”
Mother hesitated before answering. “It was harvest time. It is a hardship to have out-of-town family coming.”
“It is harvest time now, too.”
“It is our duty to honor the dead, Miyoko-chan.”
Mother’s voice had the tone of finality. It was always like this when she tried to ask anything about Father’s side of the family.
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When sixteen-year-old Isabella Obrigon is kidnapped she vows to seek revenge upon her release from the Alhambra palace. Her kidnappers reveal that she is not of Spanish blood, but rather the child of a Jewish woman. Isabella is now marked by the Inquisition and must flee from Spain as decreed by the Spanish monarchs.
An encounter with the mysterious Miguel Costa who helps her escape, brings her to Cordova where the exodus march to leave Spain begins. Isabella must now decide whether to follow her heart and join her endangered brethren seeking exile, or stay and live a lie.
The Alhambra Decree: Flower from Castile Trilogy Book One, the historical fiction book by Lilian Gafni, is available from Amazon.com, Amazon UK, and all major online retailers.
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The Spider and the Stone:
A Novel of Scotland’s Black Douglas
by Glen Craney
Genre: Historical Fiction
As the 14th century dawns, Scotland’s survival hangs by a spider’s thread. While the clans scrap over their empty throne, the brutal Edward Longshanks of England invades the weakened northern kingdom, scheming to annex it to his powerful realm.
But one frail lad stands in the Plantagenet monarch’s path.
The beleaguered Scots cherish James Douglas as their “Good Sir James.” Yet in England, his slashing raids deep into Yorkshire wreak such terror that he is branded the Black Douglas with a reward placed on his head.
As a boy, James falls in love with the ravishing Isabelle MacDuff, whose clan has long inaugurated Scottish monarchs on the hallowed Stone of Destiny. But James’s world is upturned when he befriends Robert Bruce, a bitter enemy of the MacDuffs. Forced to choose between love and clan loyalty, he and Isabelle must make fateful decisions that will draw the opposing armies to the bloody field of Bannockburn.
Here is the story of Scotland’s War of Independence and the remarkable events that followed the execution of William Wallace, whose legend was portrayed in the movie Braveheart. This thrilling epic leads the reader to the miraculous Stone of Destiny, to the famous Spider in the Cave, to the excommunicated Knights Templar, to the suppressed Culdee Church, and to the Declaration of Arbroath, the stirring oath document that inspired the American Declaration of Independence four hundred years later.
The Spider and the Stone: A Novel of Scotland’s Black Douglas is available at Amazon.com, Smashwords, Amazon UK, and most online booksellers.
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Murder by Misrule
by Anna Castle
Genre: Fiction – Historical Mystery
Word count: 89,000
Francis Bacon must find out who is murdering barristers in Elizabethan London before he becomes the next victim.
Francis Bacon is charged with investigating the murder of a fellow barrister at Gray’s Inn. He recruits his unwanted protégé Thomas Clarady to do the tiresome legwork. The son of a privateer, Clarady will do anything to climb the Elizabethan social ladder. Bacon’s powerful uncle Lord Burghley suspects Catholic conspirators of the crime, but other motives quickly emerge. Rival barristers contend for the murdered man’s legal honors and wealthy clients. Highly-placed courtiers are implicated as the investigation reaches from Whitehall to the London streets. Bacon does the thinking; Clarady does the fencing. Everyone has something up his pinked and padded sleeve. Even the brilliant Francis Bacon is at a loss — and in danger — until he sees through the disguises of the season of Misrule.
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