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Eliza Jumel Burr: Vice Queen of the United States

Providence, Rhode Island, 1775: At the glorious moment of the American nation's birth, little Betsy Bowen is born into grinding poverty.

She is raised in a brothel, indentured as a servant, and when her widowed mother is jailed, she toils at backbreaking labour in a workhouse. Like all new Americans, the indomitable Betsy is driven by dreams--of security, of status, of wealth....

But most of all she dreams of being reunited with her father - none other than George Washington, a founding father of the United States of America and the nation's first president. Sharp wits, good humour and a thirst for education help single-minded Betsy reinvent herself, and as Eliza Capet she pursues her quests. She is determined to create her own property empire, conquer the social elite, and above all, to win her dear father's acknowledgment.

She also craves love - true romantic love. Though she happily marries French wine merchant Stephen Jumel and makes them both fabulously wealthy, her heart belongs to lawyer, aspiring president, and former Revolutionary War Colonel Aaron Burr. How can Eliza square this circle? How can she find true happiness? What is her ultimate destiny?

Based on true events and real people, Eliza Jumel Burr: Vice Queen of the United States, is an inspiring story of a woman - of women - trapped in a man's world. With echoes of Daniel Defoe's classic Moll Flanders, Rubino has crafted a tale of desperation, ambition, heartache and betrayal, borne with grit, humour, and refusal to compromise with what the heart asks first.

Diana Rubino specialises in historical romance, her favourite areas being Medieval and Renaissance England and all American history. She recently completed biographical novels about Alexander Hamilton, Martha Washington's runaway slave Oney Judge, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's wife Sophia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Richard III Society and the Aaron Burr Association.

Walden (Chump Change Edition)

The Hidden

The Princess Of Egypt Must Die

Before she became one of Egypt's greatest queens, she was a lonely princess who ached to belong...

Princess Arsinoe came of age in the glittering court of Ptolemaic Egypt. Abused by her ruthless sister, a pawn in the dynastic ambitions of her father, and dismissed by the king who claimed her for a bride, young Arsinoe finds herself falling in love with a young man forbidden to her. She dreams of a great destiny, but if she is ever to rule Egypt, she must first survive the nest of vipers otherwise known as her family.

(This novelette by the acclaimed author of LILY OF THE NILE and SONG OF THE NILE originally appeared in the ETERNAL SPRING anthology of Young Adult Fiction. It is approximately 11k words long.)

Spirit of the Season

I love myself ok?: A Berlin Trilogy

Young, angry and articulate, the narrator of Chloe Zeegen's Berlin Trilogy moves to Berlin (drugs, clubs, parks and politics), outs herself on Facebook and tests her luck. Fast-paced and in your face.

Chloe Zeegen's trilogy of short stories requires a genre all of its own. Social commentary? The Facebook generation's sexual awakening? Zeegen's spontaneous and conversational style reads like online chat intersected by passages of poetry. Her narrator experiences Berlin's parties and private views, meets random people, assembles her Ikea bed, paces through history and turns an intellectual eye to pop architecture. Kreuzberg and Neukolln feature, as does the 'Spati' - the trusty Berlin 7-11. An original and striking voice that you have certainly not heard the last of at mikrotext.

Good Morning Rome

A short story by the Italian author Michele Ponte, Good Morning Rome will surprise you.

They come to Rome by plane, boat, train, coach. They hitchhike or they come on foot. They come looking for success, hope, or God. They come for art, for Roman antiquity, for museums, exhibitions, History. They come to Rome because it's the Eternal City.

They come looking for work. They come so they can study and then find work. They come. 'And it's a good thing they do come,' says the Ancient Roman soldier standing outside the Coliseum. 'Please! Just think about it, will you? If these people didn't come, how would anyone ever find the dough to keep this city afloat?'

This is one guy who really does get it, one of the few guys of his age who gets it. Without all these people coming and churning the money around, we'd have nothing. Not a damn thing. Crumbling walls is all.

They come to Rome to get close to power.

They come to Rome to feel they're artists.

They come to gamble or to deal drugs. But the main thing - you may as well admit it - is that they come. All of them.

Heartless under pressure: Appeal of a nursing assistant (1)

As a nursing assistant, Ali Faiz Salim works in Berlin. At first he worked in various old homes, then for outpatient care services. In his work he reports on the enormous time-force that the caregivers have to bow down day after day. The author laments the lack of attention given to people who are dependent on help.

Ali Faiz Salim is 31 years old, came 1999 as a 14-year-old from Mombasa/Kenya to the German capital city. After some trials and tribulations, often threatened by deportation, he came into his current profession. Although this was hardly possible and therefore frowned upon, he took the necessary time for the elderly, the sick and the handicapped: not only in the morning body care, but also for the knocking, the personal conversation with home occupants. This led to great conflicts with his colleagues over and over again.

Ali Faiz Salim: "The respect for the people who are dependent on help remains first on the track!

Three Years Old King (Love in Dai Viet Trilogy Book 1)

Tells story of a three years old king who later grew up to be a man and the girl who loves him for he really is. Enticed with political and power struggle within the palace.

Tuning the World: The Johann-Sebastian Bach-Novel (Excerpt)

The free excerpt of the first German novel about Johann Sebastian Bach contains the Content, and 4 of 48 chapters of the novel.

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah novels Book 1)

HOLLYWOOD...as seen through the eyes of its most infamous garden.When Marcus Adler's father runs him out of Pennsylvania, he can think of only one place to go: 8152 Sunset Boulevard, the home of luminous silent screen star Alla Nazimova, who visited him on his sickbed when he was a child. But when Marcus gets to Hollywood, Madame Nazimova's home has been converted to a hotel. Marcus checks into The Garden of Allah and starts his new life. He soon finds friends in Kathryn Massey, who ran away from her overbearing stage mother to become a journalist, and Gwendolyn Brick, a hopeful actress from the Other Hollywood-Hollywood, Florida-who wants to try her luck in Glitter City. The three naive hopefuls band together to tread water against a tidal wave of threadbare casting couches, nervous bootleggers, human billboards, round-the-world zeppelins, sinking gambling boats, waiters in blackface, William Randolph Hearst, the Long Beach earthquake, starlets, harlots, Harlows and Garbos. But how will they get their feet inside Hollywood's golden door?THE GARDEN ON SUNSET is the first in a series of novels following Marcus, Kathryn and Gwendolyn as they leap and lurch, win and lose their way through Hollywood's golden years. If you love Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City books, you'll want to get lost in The Garden of Allah.

First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui

Peloso tells the existential struggles of a Gen-X would-be revolutionary/terrorist who is frustrated that he can't find a greater purpose or a cause worth fighting for. Set in D.C. between the WTO protests in 2000 and the attacks of 9/11, the protagonist dreams of a major attack, just to shake up the status quo. But when 9/11 unfolds, he is forced to reassess his goals and what is important in his life.

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