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A Christmas Carol (Wisehouse Classics - with original illustrations)

A CHRISTMAS CAROL is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London on December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the humiliating experiences of his childhood, his sympathy for the poor, and various Christmas stories and fairy tales.

Dickens was not the first author to celebrate the Christmas season in literature, but it was he who superimposed his humanitarian vision of the holiday upon the public, an idea that has been termed as Dickens' "Carol Philosophy". Dickens believed the best way to reach the broadest segment of the population regarding his concerns about poverty and social injustice was to write a deeply felt Christmas story rather than polemical pamphlets and essays. Dickens' career as a best-selling author was on the wane, and the writer felt he needed to produce a tale that would prove both profitable and popular. Dickens' visit to the work-worn industrial city of Manchester was the "spark" that fired the author to produce a story about the poor, a repentant miser, and redemption that would become A Christmas Carol. The forces that inspired Dickens to create a powerful, impressive and enduring tale were the profoundly humiliating experiences of his childhood, the plight of the poor and their children during the boom decades of the 1830s and 1840s, and Washington Irving's essays on old English Christmas traditions published in his Sketch Book (1820); and fairy tales and nursery stories, as well as satirical essays and religious tracts.

A Reluctant Heiress (Regency Romance)

Precocious sixteen-year-old Sophia Baker is as accomplished as a young lady can be. She

has all the graces that society requires of her- she speaks several languages, is well versed in the politics of her time, and is quite an accomplished piano player. She possesses everything a young lady should to be an ornament to society, except for one thing - the desire to be married.

Perhaps that is due to the fact that, by choice, Sophia has always shunned society gatherings, or perhaps it is part of her nature. However Sophia will soon have to face the realities of the world that she lives in; that safety and security is not always guaranteed to a young woman.

How will Sophia proceed once she learns this lesson? Will she decide to conform to society and pursue a marriage for wealth and position? Or will she forge her own path ?

Read on to find out!

Mail Order Bride: Susannah's Story (Book 1) (Sweeping Montana Romances)

Historical Western Montana Romance- meet Susannah and the Mackenzie cowboys!

After discovering an ad in the Matrimonial Times for a Montana cowboy looking for a mail-order bride, Susannah jumps at the opportunity to leave her job of hardship with the Davenports in New York for a new opportunity in Montana. She soon learns that the ad was posted in error, and in fact Jared was not looking for a wife- but he could use a writer at his newspaper. Susannah takes off immediately for Montana, thrilled to embark on a new life and career. She does not anticipate the being in Jared's life- even as a writer, not a wife-comes with a dangerous price, and that falling love is not something you can necessarily control.

Jared was definitely not planning to get married, and when he read Susannah's letter it took him a moment to realize it was his mother looking out for him that caused the mail-order bride ad to be printed. He saw an opportunity in the situation and decided to take a chance on Susannah- his newspaper could sure use a lady's touch! Not realizing that Susannah's move meant that she now became part of his close circle of family and friends threatened by an old rival of his, he felt a strong need to protect her from the danger she now faced. Unexpectedly falling in love with her did not make things any easier. Will Jared be able to keep Susannah safe and reveal his secret love for her?

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the Sunday Times bestseller Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in the spellbinding series about Henry VIII's queens.

Jo, historian and long-term admirer of Anne Boleyn, takes a group on a guided tour of the Tower of London, to walk in the shoes of her Tudor heroine. But as she becomes enthralled by the historical accuracy of her tour guide and the dramatic setting that she has come to love, something spectral is lurking in the shadows . . .

Contains first chapters of Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, as well as the upcoming Six Tudor Queens novel about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen.



SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.

Mask Of Duplicity: Volume 1 (The Jacobite Chronicles)

Following the death of their father, Beth's brother Richard returns from the army to claim his share of the family estate. However, Beth's hopes of a quiet life are dashed when Richard, dissatisfied with his meagre inheritance and desperate for promotion, decides to force her into a marriage for his military gain. And he will stop at nothing to get his way. Beth is coerced into a reconciliation with her noble cousins in order to marry well and escape her brutal brother. She is then thrown into the glittering social whirl of Georgian high society and struggles to conform. The effeminate but witty socialite Sir Anthony Peters offers to ease her passage into society and she is soon besieged by suitors eager to get their hands on her considerable dowry. Beth, however, wants love and passion for herself, and to break free from the artificial life she is growing to hate. She finds herself plunged into a world where nothing is as it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. Can she trust the people professing to care for her? The first in the series about the fascinating lives of beautiful Beth Cunningham, her family and friends during the tempestuous days leading up to the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, which attempted to overthrow the Hanoverian King George II and restore the Stuarts to the British throne. Join the rebellion of one woman and her fight for survival in... The Jacobite Chronicles.

The Shrine (A gripping short story in the bestselling Eagles of Rome series)

A closely fought race, treachery in a back alley, a visit to the shrine of an Egyptian Goddess. A Roman centurion discovers that Fate will always hold him in her power.



The German frontier, spring 6 BC. When Lucius Cominius Tullus, a recently promoted centurion, gambles on a foot race between rival legionaries, he has no idea that his wager will endanger his very life, and that the streets of an Empire border town can be as deadly as the bloodiest battlefield.

A prequel to Ben Kane's dramatic new trilogy, Eagles at War, The Shrine also includes a sample chapter from the first book in the series.

1914 (The War Years Book 1)

It's 1914 and the great powers of Europe are on the brink of war. In Holbeck, Leeds, the Keeton family struggles to get by on their meagre wages. The six Keeton brothers couldn't be more different, but the outbreak of World War I puts their lives on hold and sets them on a course of destruction.

Danny Keeton drags his identical twin brother Charlie off to war with the idea that this will be one great adventure. At the tender age of fourteen, he soon discovers war is no place for boys. With the sadistic Sergeant Archibald Braddock and the tender Corporal Nathan Dettmer alongside them, the only goal is to stay alive long enough to make it back home.

But how many of the brothers will survive the first brutal year of the bloodiest conflict in human history?

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Remember to check out my original Made in Yorkshire series, where you can meet the offspring of many of the characters featured here. It all starts with 1964 (Made in Yorkshire Book 1), which you can own for free today!

So I Married a Highlander (What Happens In Scotland Book 1)

A Lady's Rules of Etiquette When Eloping:

1. A lady should never leave a note behind explaining her intentions.

2. If by chance a note has been left behind, a lady must prepare to be hunted down and the ceremony thwarted.

3. In such a case, seeking consolation with a night of excessive drinking will be tempting, but ill advised.

4. And lastly, a lady must never, under any

circumstances, wake up manacled to a deliciously handsome Highlander.

Lady Evelyn Alexander has managed to break all four rules in the space of an evening--and the tall, virile Highlander she accidentally married is only the beginning. Her fiance has also mysteriously gone missing and the threat of scandal is hot on their heels...

Alec McAllister has no use for a wife, but when he wakes up entwined with the lovely and spirited Evelyn, he's willing to reconsider. He'll help her find her fiance, but when the passions ignite between them, it's only a matter of time before the Highlander claims what's his...

Mate of a Dragon Shifter

Alpha Male Dragon Romance

A Standalone Short Story with No Cliffhanger!

Brida has only ever known war -- her people have been fighting a bloodthirsty feud with their neighbors since before her birth. When at last her father finds a solution, it comes at a cost: a man named Cynric will use his extraordinary powers to conquer their enemy, if her father pays a king's ransom in gold. When the time comes to pay and funds fall flat, Ulric offers Brida instead. Brida, of course, hasn't the heart to argue with the salvation of her homeland -- but will her heart come to love the source of that salvation, even when she discovers the beast within him?

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The Arena (A gripping short story in the bestselling Eagles of Rome series)

An exclusive digital short from Ben Kane, 'the rising star of historical fiction' (Wilbur Smith).

A day out with comrades, brutal gladiator fights, a bet with disastrous consequences. A Roman soldier's much anticipated payday plays out in very different ways to those he expected.

The German frontier, AD 12. Legionary Marcus Piso is set to enjoy a four monthly payday with his comrades. Wine, food and gladiatorial entertainment are on offer, and his purse is full.

But thanks to a dishonest bet maker, events take on a very dangerous life of their own...

The Arena is a prequel to Ben Kane's upcoming novel, Hunting the Eagles, the second in the new gripping three-part series, Eagles of Rome. It also includes a sample chapter from the new book.

The Change: Volume 1 (Unbounded)

No Second Chances. Death, Life, or Love-Unbounded Always Play for Keeps. There are only two ways to kill Unbounded, and fire isn't one of them-as law school dropout Erin Radkey learns the hard way. By fluke of a recessive gene, she has become Unbounded, a nearly immortal being with paranormal abilities. Erin's Change separates her from her loved ones and alters everything she believes to be true. A week earlier she was considering a marriage proposal; now she contemplates the best way to stay alive. Caught in a battle between two Unbounded groups, she is also hunted by a secret mortal society sworn to eradicate the Unbounded gene. As Erin plunges into this dangerous new life, she must carve out her own place in the madness, protect her mortal family, and decide which group she should join. Her unique ability is vital to both groups in the race to secure an identification software that spells death for all Unbounded-or enslavement for the entire mortal world. Some will stop at nothing to use Erin as one more pawn in a battle that has spanned centuries. Erin's undeniable attraction to Ritter Langton, whose family was massacred by opposing Unbounded two hundred and forty years ago, complicates her choices. There are no second chances. Death, life, or love-Unbounded always play for keeps. Non-stop action, terrifying consequences, and powerful romance make this an exciting addition to the world of romantic urban fantasy.

Engaging the Enemy

Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice Continued: Volume 1

"Mr. Darcy's younger sister searches for her own happily-ever-after..." The year is 1814, and it is springtime at Pemberley. Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have married. But now a new romance is in the air, along with high fashion, elegant manners, scandal, deception, and the wonderful hope of a true and lasting love. Shy Georgiana Darcy has been content to remain unmarried, living with her brother and his new bride. But Elizabeth and Darcy's fairy-tale love reminds Georgiana daily that she has found no true love of her own. And perhaps never will, for she is convinced the one man she secretly cares for will never love her in return. Georgiana's domineering aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, has determined that Georgiana shall marry, and has a list of eligible bachelors in mind. But which of the suitors are sincere, and which are merely interested in Georgiana's fortune? Georgiana must learn to trust her heart--and rely on her courage--for she also faces the return of the man who could ruin her reputation and spoil a happy ending, just when it finally lies within her grasp.

Boxed Set: Princess of Sparta / The Lost One: 2 complete Historical Novels

Historical fiction at its best:

PRINCESS OF SPARTA - A Heroine of Ancient Greece: The dramatic story of Helen of Troy's sister. An adventurous princess from a famous family, Clytemnestra 's courageous spirit, passionate love and lust for life mark her as a unique heroine. From Homer's Iliad comes the story of one woman's fight for her family, her kingdom and her own survival.

THE LOST ONE - A Russian Legacy: A mystery romance spanning three generations. Balanced between the past and the present, with history, intrigue and fabulous Russian treasure, The Lost One unfolds one family's legacy.

The Duke's Shadow

ONE MAN, William Kenilworth, a young Victorian aristocrat, was never born to be the Duke of Romsey. When his older brother, Henry dies in a freak racing accident, William inherits a legacy and title he has not been groomed for nor wants. TWO LIVES... Bullied by his domineering mother and rejected by love, William falls into a deep depression. His saviour is his sister, Lottie, who helps him to create a second identity as Reuben Chambers, a London business man. SHADOWS FROM THE PAST. As Reuben, he finds true happiness which helps him to fulfil his duties as William, heir to the Dukedom. But a secret from the past threatens his family and the delicate balance he has created for his double identity. Can he continue to keep his two lives separate?

A Heartless Design: Volume 1 (Secrets of the Zodiac)

An enigmatic woman, a determined spy, and a love that could shake the foundations of Europe... "Heartless" Cordelia Bering refuses every marriage offer she receives. Yet men still try to win her, drawn by her sharp wit and intoxicating green eyes. But Cordelia knows a marriage could reveal her deepest secret and truly endanger her life. Besides, she hasn't met a man worth considering, until... Sebastien Thorne, a spy in the service of Crown. One of the elite agents in the group known as the Zodiac, he comes to London determined to solve a mystery with roots on the Continent. He won't let anything distract him. But is Cordelia a distraction, or the key to the mystery? As he learns more about the "heartless" woman, he becomes embroiled in secrets, plots, and a design that could change the future...and Cordelia is at the center of it all.

Once A Mistress: Volume 1 (Mistresses of the Marquess)

What's a gentleman to do when he inherits a title, a fortune...and his father's mistresses? When legendary lover, the Marquess of Templeston, dies in the arms of his mistress, he charges his son and heir Drew Ramsey with the future care of all of his mistresses. Determined to honor the outrageous request, Drew returns home to bury his father and is stunned to find living on the grounds of Swanslea Park the one woman whose charms he could never resist. Kathryn Stafford abandoned Drew at the altar six years before and vanished in a cloud of mystery. She had hoped her feelings for him would fade, but when she comes face-to-face with the gorgeous new marquess, she discovers they have only deepened. Drew is determined to keep his distance from the woman he believes to have been one of his father's mistress. But every yearning glance and sizzling touch draws him closer to Kathryn...and to the scandalous secret that drove them apart. Book 1 of the "Mistresses of the Marquess" Series, which includes ONCE A MISTRESS, ALWAYS A LADY and EVER A PRINCESS "An emotional, sensual tale!"-"Romance Reviews Today" ""Once a Mistress" is filled with passion and tenderness. Will bring a smile and a few tears to its readers."-"Romantic Times" "Tender, enthralling romance straight from the heart!"-Eloisa James, "New York Times" bestselling author "Rebecca Hagan Lee warms my heart and touches my soul. She's a star in the making!"-Sabrina Jeffries, "New York Times" bestselling author "Rebecca Hagan Lee taps into every woman's fantasy!"-Christina Dodd, "New York Times" bestseller "Rebecca Hagan Lee is a writer on the rise!"-"Romantic Times"

Worth of a Duke: A Lords of Fate Novel

One on the wrong side of the ocean. Lost and wandering the woods, Wynne Theaton was surviving quite nicely until Rowen Lockton appeared. He saves her from getting trampled by a thief's horse, but then becomes insistent on showing her where she truly is... One refusing to deny fate. Fate tossed Miss Theaton into his path, and the Duke of Letson is not one to deny fate. But the woman comes with a host of problems, not the least of which is her belief that she is in another country. An undeniable attraction neither expected. He was not looking for a wife. She was only searching for home. But fate has very different plans for the two of them-if they can survive the secrets of the past and the forgotten.

Scandalous Virtue

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The Lady's Slipper (Macmillan New Writing)

In rural Westmorland, artist Alice Ibbetson has become captivated by the Lady's Slipper orchid. She is determined to capture its beauty for posterity, even if it means stealing the flower from the land of converted Quaker, Richard Wheeler. When Alice is implicated in a brutal murder, she is imprisoned along with the anti-royalist Wheeler.

Flowers in the Snow (Betty's Book): Volume 1 (The Edenville Series)

If you step across the threshold of Betty Grafton's house, you can be sure of two things: she'll feed you until you're ready to bust and she'll love you before you even realize you're worthy of it. She's spent her life building a family that finally feels complete. But as sad news forces her to relive the darkest moments of her life, she decides to share the story with those she loves. Revealing the hard truth about growing up in the South during the 1960's is difficult but necessary. She tells the tale of how an unlikely friendship shaped her into the woman she is today. Exposing her mistakes, her fears, and her impossibly difficult heart break, Betty strives to teach them all what it means to truly love.

The Amber Treasure