Fiction Biographical Fiction Books

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.

The Hopkins Conundrum: A Tragic Comedy about Gerard Manley Hopkins and Five Shipwrecked Nuns

Tim Cleverley inherits a failing pub in Wales, which he plans to rescue by enlisting an American pulp novelist to concoct an entirely fabricated 'mystery' about the mysterious poet, Gerald Manley Hopkins, who composed 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' nearby. Blending the real stories of Hopkins and the shipwrecked nuns he wrote about with a contemporary love story, while casting a wry eye on the Dan Brown industry, The Hopkins Conundrum is a highly original blend of historical fiction and contemporary satire.

Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories

“Whatever it is, Mary Grand has it… these four stories are riveting, compelling, illuminating ..”A compelling and heart warming set of four short stories, including 'Belonging' about a young Deaf woman in a new relationship, by Mary Grand, author of ‘Free to Be Tegan’, which has 100 reviews at amazon.co.uk, averaging 4.7 stars.The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible. Hiding a shameful secret she cultivates a ‘cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence.’ However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie the cocker spaniel. Everything is about to change. Catching the Light Erin thinks she has found her fairytale prince. However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream. For the first time in her life Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.Belonging Megan works in a Theatre for the Deaf. She is Deaf. Her language is British Sign Language. One evening she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide. This is the story of the struggles, joys and tears of their remarkable relationship.The Outing This was to be the most important day of Kay’s life. However her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much more than she could possibly imagine.Free to Be TeganAlso included is an excerpt from the author’s full length novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’. Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and the only life she has known. She is vulnerable and naïve but she also has courage and the will to survive. She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains. Reviews of Free to Be Tegan”Strong writing, insights, and secrets most of us do not understand flow form the pages of this readable novel.”- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Top 100 reviewer, Vine Voice“An excellent debut novel, can’t wait for the next one.” “Powerful and beautifully written and I look forward to reading further books from Mary Grand.” “Loved the book …. I was gripped and couldn't put it down.” “It was very thought provoking and emotional with lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book.”Mary Grand's writing has been compared to Kate Atkinson, Adele Parks, Maeve Binchy and Diane Chamberlain, amongst popular contemporary women's authors.An easy read.

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

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its three kids on the brink of something big.But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.Marcus Adler flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?Kathryn Massey couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie. Gwendolyn Brick is a Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch.Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”Martin Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels have been optioned for the screen by film & television producer, Tabrez Noorani.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORYour Garden of Allah novels are rich in the history and lore of classic era Hollywood. What was your original inspiration?I came across an online article about the Garden of Allah Hotel, which opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1927, just before “The Jazz Singer” ushered in the talkies, and closed in 1959, the year that “Ben Hur” announced the last hurrah of the studio system. The Garden’s residents witnessed the unfolding evolution of Hollywood and actively participated in it.How has writing these novels changed your view of this golden age that we perceive as the greatest era of film production?L.A. was a much less densely populated city. Consequently, all movie industry workers were far more likely to know each other. People moved from MGM to Paramount to Twentieth Century-Fox to RKO to Warner Bros. Two or three degrees of separation were usually enough!Why did you not go the safe route and change the names of the major players to suit your story?The whole point of recounting the history of Hollywood through the eyes of the Garden’s residents was because so many celebrities lived there. Harpo Marx and Sergei Rachmaninoff were neighbors, F. Scott Fitzgerald played charades with Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn got drunk, Ginger Rogers was always looking for a tennis partner, and Bogart courted Bacall. I figured: Why tell it if I’m going to change the names? Do you think stories set in old Hollywood are becoming more popular because of Turner Classic Movies?Yes! TCM has produced a whole new audience for them. Consequently there is a greater interest in the time and place from which these movies sprung.

Amarna Book I: Book of Ida: SAMPLE CHAPTERS: Prologue - II

"An impressively ingenious reframing of the chaotic domino effect caused by King Tut's death & the tantalizing possibility of his line's survival."------------------Did the Amarna line really end with King Tut's Death?Ancient Egypt: 1324 BCThe last living male descendant of the Amarna line, Pharaoh Tutankhamun, has died suddenly under mysterious circumstances. His wife, Queen Ankhesenamun, is left without a male heir. The ambitious vipers, Ay and Horemheb, are nipping at her heels in their bid to seize power.Queen Ankhe has but one hope to maintain her hold on the throne - an alliance with the Hittites. With Ay and Horemheb watching her every move, there is only one person she can trust to save her and her line - a girl, a slave - Ida.----------------------------------------------Amarna is a historical drama set in Ancient Egypt, Hattusa & Syria that was inspired by the strange but true events surrounding the battle for the throne of Egypt following Pharaoh Tutankhamun's death and the interconnected events that took place in the Hittite empire.It includes an end matter feature that details what did and didn't really happen (at least as far as historians believed at the time it was written).

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)

(THE BRUCE TRILOGY: BOOK I)Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne.Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal.But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance. Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne.Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most-his beloved Elizabeth.

COUNTERPOINT: Henry, the King's Cavalier (The Lydiard Chronicles: 1603-1664)

SHORT STORYA man may think his life is only measured by battles fought for the king. Until he meets a woman worth fighting for.Henry Wilmot. Cavalier. Seasoned soldier. Grieving widower. On the eve of battle he is sent by the king to requisition arms. What he did not expect was that the supplies were a gift from a feisty and attractive widow who was hiding her own Royalist beliefs in plain sight. Even more alarming was that his quest took him into the heart of an enemy Parliamentarian household. Will Henry survive the fight of his life? And will Nan remember him if he does?A counterpoint is a melody played in conjunction with another, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complex, and each one of us carries within us a counterpoint to another’s story.Here is a counterpoint to Nan Wilmot, from Written in Their Stars.

The Queen's Rival: Lettice Knollys: A Short Story (The Tudor Court)

Related by bloodDivided by loveTo Elizabeth Tudor, Lettice Knollys was always ‘the other woman’.Lettice was younger, more beautiful and more alluring than Queen Elizabeth could ever be. And that was the problem.Widowed when still young, Lettice must raise four children in an age when a woman always needs a man to provide for her. Which isn’t a problem for Lettice. Lettice is a woman who likes to have a man by her side – and in her bed.But the men in her life have loyalties to another woman – Queen Elizabeth I – and Elizabeth doesn’t like to share. One woman has absolute power; the other has only her wit and her beauty.And so begins a rivalry that will endure for both their lifetimes.Here, in her own words, Lettice tells her story of the men in her life and how Elizabeth Tudor stole them from her.The Queen’s Rival is a short story companion piece to other biographical historical fiction books in The Tudor Court series which chronicle the lives of famous, not to say infamous, historical figures who serve the kings and queens of England during the sixteenth century.Lettice's story is also told in the historical fiction novels The Queen’s Favourite and The Queen’s Rebel, Books I and II in The Tudor Court series.Also available:THE QUEEN’S FAVOURITE (BOOK I)THE QUEEN’S REBEL (BOOK II)THE QUEEN’S SPYMASTER (BOOK III)THE TUDOR COURT BOX SET: BOOKS I-IIIRevised edition.

Everything But the Truth: Story of Our Scandalous Grandmother

This is Part 1 of a 4 part novel about a woman born in the backwoods in1900. In those days, women couldn’t vote, drink in public, or speak their minds outside of their homes. Most women anyway, but one thing for sure, Margaret Rose Nolan, wasn’t most women. Born into north Appalachian's piedmont, she knew what she wanted, and it wasn’t to live in the backwoods of Alabama surrounded by poverty and ignorance. She didn't care what women were supposed to do or what others thought of her; she followed a single-minded purpose -- create opportunities for the things she desired. If getting what she wanted required manipulating men, then that was too bad for them. It wasn’t her fault men liked her, but she used it and used it well. In those days, women called her a Jezebel. She called them ignorant. She moved from moonshine to champagne, from rowboats to cruise ships, from foolish foothill suitors to society's elite, usually at the expense of others, even her own children.(You may wish to see the Complete and Unabridged Version.)Pat Conroy, my first cousin, and I spent time in our grandmother’s ‘big house’ in Atlanta. Pat and I traveled together to Piedmont, Alabama, to research our family history. I spent many summers visiting with the people who knew Margaret when she was young. Much later in life, our ailing grandmother came to live with my wife and me for more than a year. She regaled us with tales of her life. This book is a fictionalized account of her life. She lived the life as told, but just like her, the story has to have some lies and exaggerations, or it wouldn’t be our grandmother.

The Second Mrs. Astor: Sneak Peek

Special Extended Excerpt Sneak Peek!Be one of the first to read this sneak peek of the latest thrilling historical novel from New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Shana Abé, an epic story in the tradition of The American Duchess—a sweeping love story between John Jacob Astor, the richest man in America, and teenaged beauty Madeleine Force, set against the backdrop of the drama and tragedy of the sinking of the Titanic.“I won’t begin with our ending, which everyone in the world knows anyway. Our beginning, however, belonged only to us. . . .”Madeleine Talmage Force is just seventeen when she attracts the attention of John Jacob “Jack” Astor. Madeleine is beautiful, intelligent, and solidly upper-class, but the Astors are in a league apart. Jack’s mother was the Mrs. Astor, American royalty and New York’s most formidable socialite. Jack is dashing and industrious—a hero of the Spanish-American war, an inventor, and a canny businessman. Despite their twenty-nine-year age difference, and the scandal of Jack’s recent divorce, Madeleine falls headlong into love—and becomes the press’s favorite target.On their extended honeymoon in Egypt, the newlyweds finally find a measure of peace from photographers and journalists. Madeleine feels truly alive for the first time—and is happily pregnant. The couple plans to return home in the spring of 1912, aboard an opulent new ocean liner. When the ship hits an iceberg close to midnight on April 14th, there is no immediate panic. The swift, state-of-the-art RMS Titanic seems unsinkable. As Jack helps Madeleine into a lifeboat, he assures her that he’ll see her soon in New York. . . .Four months later, at the Astors’ Fifth Avenue mansion, a widowed Madeleine gives birth to their son. In the wake of the disaster, the press has elevated her to the status of virtuous, tragic heroine. But Madeleine’s most important decision still lies ahead: whether to accept the role assigned to her, or carve out her own remarkable path . . .

When the Apricots Bloom: Chapter Sampler: A Novel of Riveting and Evocative Fiction

Join three different women as they form friendships, protect their families, and test political allegiances in the country of Iraq in a special sneak peek of this moving and thrilling novel.Inspired by her own experiences in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's rule, Gina Wilkinson's evocative, suspenseful debut is told through the eyes of three very different women confronting the limits of friendship and forgiveness, and the strength of a mother's love.At night, in Huda's fragrant garden, a breeze sweeps in from the desert encircling Baghdad, rustling the leaves of her apricot trees and carrying warning of visitors at her gate. Huda, a secretary at the Australian embassy, lives in fear of the mukhabarat--the secret police who watch and listen for any scrap of information that can be used against America and its allies. They have ordered her to befriend Ally Wilson, the deputy ambassador's wife. Huda has no wish to be an informant, but fears for her teenage son, who may be forced to join a deadly militia. Nor does she know that Ally has dangerous secrets of her own.Huda's former friend, Rania, enjoyed a privileged upbringing as the daughter of a sheikh. Now her family's wealth is gone, and Rania too is battling to keep her child safe and a roof over their heads. As the women's lives intersect, their hidden pasts spill into the present. Facing possible betrayal at every turn, all three must trust in a fragile, newfound loyalty, even as they discover how much they are willing to sacrifice to protect their families.

The Missing Chapter: What Was Left Out of The Secret Journals Of Adolf Hitler

The Missing Chapter is not a book but the chapter that was removed from The Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler during the editorial review. It will always be free of charge. The chapter centres around the Nazi Party Rally of 1927, illustrating the increasing power of the Nazis, the Torchlight procession, and the Dedication of Banners, all serving to instill into the minds of the people the idea of spirituality being attached to the Nazi cult. Hitler’s obsession with the Holy Lance, better known as The Spear of Destiny is also discussed. The spear was said to have magical powers, having once been used at the Crucifixion to wound the side of Christ. Hitler firmly believed that whoever had the Spear became invincible and could conquer the world.Enjoy!

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 Neukölln feature, as does the ‘Späti’ – the trusty Berlin 7-11. An original and striking voice that you have certainly not heard the last of at mikrotext.

Glaring Shadow: A Stream of Consciousness Novel

In a stream of consciousness mode ‘Glaring Shadow’ is the self-account of the life and times of a man, who liquidates his immense wealth only to consign it to the flames. The agony and ecstasy of his life as he makes it big in our materialistic world and the way he loses his soul in the bargain, only to regain it when tragedy strikes him makes one ponder over the meaning of success in life.This philosophical ‘novel of a memoir’ is a compelling read that is conducive to contemplate about the nature and scope of human relationships.This narrative is set in1. Glaring Shadow2. Pains of Regret3. Cradle of Life4. Outlook for Re-look5. Humbling Reality6. Orgies of Love7. Pangs of Remorse8. Villainy of Innocence9. Couple of a Kind10. A Character of Sorts11. Moments of Poignance12. Enigma of Being13. Vignettes of a Village14. A Teacher of Note15. Brink of Incest16. Love-less Love17. Flights of Heart18 Gaffes of Youth19. Pats and Slights20. An Emotional Affair21. The Harlot Zone22. A Lingering Longing23. Smallness of Bigness24. Disown to Own25. Sentiment of Ruin26. Enigma of Attraction27. Veneer of the Vile28. Swap for Nope29. Goring Syndrome30. Back to the Basics

No Ordinary Man: Obsession defined this soldier's secret life

A hauntingly, heart-wrenching true story about a soldier's conflict with the love of his life and his own secret identity. A gripping tale that takes the reader into Mick Thompson's innermost thoughts and his emotional turmoil during his heroic survival in Egypt's Western Desert war, and after his return home to New Zealand in 1945. To escape reality, Mick transforms himself in the quiet gloom of his attic room into a secret persona that he goes to extreme lengths to hide. But as he settles back into civilian life after WWII, he is confronted by the reality of his love affair. Gripping and beautifully written, this fascinating insight into this soldier's private obsession is handled with sensitivity and integrity, delivering a true story that's hard to put down. This intriguing story will appeal to readers of The Nightingale, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Danish Girl.

JILL the Ripper: An Explanation of Unsolved Victorian Horrific Murders (MUEHLBERG one star two star)

[My only reviewer so far (anonymous) has given me two stars. I imagine the review is revenge. Fitting for a story about rage. I welcome the review. Its author is now another shadow among Jill's intersections.] [03/16/2021 Now I have three reviews / ratings; a second two-star review / rating plus a five-star; a total of three reviews / ratings. "Jill" is in a star fight. A story about rage is stimulating opposition. Again, fitting.] “My name is Chief Inspector Frederick George Abberline of the London Metropolitan Police. I am writing these words in the year 1891. I solved the Ripper murders, but I am sworn to never reveal her name. As I suspected, the Ripper was a woman, not a man. There was no Jack. There was Jill. Her victims were herself. She killed out of rage. She was compelled to kill. Now there will be no more murders. She is dead. Buried. I will not say where. She was privately known to a small circle, but never officially revealed. I cannot reveal her name, but I can narrate to you her story. After her death, I discovered and studied her daily journals. She had written them since she was a child old enough to write. I found them in her bedroom. This telling of her story is drawn from her entries. Do not bother to search for the journals. You will not find them. Let her troubled soul rest in whatever peace the Queen’s forgiveness brought to her. In addition to the eight known attempts on Queen Victoria’s life, there were three, censored, additional plots that failed because the nihilists were cut down before executing their crimes. She was their Nemesis. She, with her brother, were the Ripper. We live in a time of great social change, great inequality, and great social unrest. Anarchism threads through populist and socialist calls. Those of us charged with the protection of human life see unlikely alliances.”