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It's 1488, and eleven-year-old Anne of Brittany is thrust into a desperate situation when she becomes ruler of her duchy. Besieged on all sides, she eventually agrees to marry Charles VIII, King of France, to save Brittany from plunder.

 A fiery relationship as they unexpectedly fall in love. Yet Charles cannot shake the bad habits he brings to their marriage, and Anne cannot pull him out of his darkest depths of struggle.

Together, they usher the Italian Renaissance into France, building a glorious court at their royal residence in Amboise. But year after year, they fail to accomplish their most important  aim: to secure the future of their kingdom.

As they pursue their shared dream, will an unexpected twist of fate change the fortunes of Anne and Charles, two of fifteenth-century Europe's most star-crossed rulers?

Anne & Charles is Book One of the Anne of Brittany Series, the gripping tale of a larger than life queen. Next in the series is Anne and Louis, general fiction winner of the Publishers Weekly 2018 BookLife Prize.

 

 

 

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05/11/2019

Breaking Point, a novel by John Rhodes, tells the story of the Battle of Britain and the men and women who fought it...

It's August, 1940. Hitler's triumphant Third Reich has crushed all Europe—except Britain. As Hitler launches a massive aerial assault, only the heavily outnumbered British RAF and the iron will of Winston Churchill can stop him. The fate of Western civilization teeters in the balance. Johnnie Shaux, a Spitfire fighter pilot, knows that the average life expectancy of a pilot is a mere five hours of operational flying time. Sooner or later his luck will run out. Yet he must constantly summon up the fortitude to fly into conditions in which death is all but inevitable and continue to do so until the inevitable occurs…Meanwhile, Eleanor Rand, a WAAF staff officer in RAF headquarters, is struggling to find her role in a man's world and to make a contribution to the battle. She studies the control room maps that track the ebb and flow of conflict, the aerial thrust and parry, and begins to see the glimmerings of a radical strategic breakthrough…Breaking Point is based on the actual events of six days in the historic Battle of Britain. The story alternates between Johnnie, face to face with the implacable enemy; and Eleanor, in 11 Group headquarters, using ‘zero-sum' game theory to evolve a strategic model of the battle....

24/10/2019

Jake's wife is raped and murdered. A lazy Mountie accuses Jake of the crimes. Angry, in shock and trying to erase the vision of his wife's body Jake runs into the mountains.

But running away did not erase the vision. Hiding alone and the passage of time did not decrease – and may have increased – his anger. When two renegades try to kill him and steal his furs Jake realizes that he needs to face the vision from the past. To erase it he needs to hunt it down, find out who killed her and see they pay.

First he has to survive.

Watch a video trailer for “The Making of Jake McTavish” at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcWbZI5A4Do

 

From the same vault that holds the work of William Johnstone, Matt Braun, Max Brand, and Louis L'Amour.

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05/08/2019

Renowned psychiatrist, Harley Swan, has had enough – enough of the patients with one too many personalities; enough of the psychopaths, sociopaths, depressed, disjointed, and delusional; enough of the wife who can't stand the sight of him, the colleagues who don't understand or appreciate him, and the friends who come and go with all the frequency and warmth of a wayward breeze.  Enough.

So, Harley sets out on a journey, hoping to extricate himself from a life so absurdly rooted, and, in the process, rise above the bewilderment and mendacity of a cold and chaotic world. But when the journey leads to a dead body here, and a dead body there, Harley finds himself on the run, trailed only by a long-buried secret, and the deranged cop who stumbles upon it.

Swan, now available wherever books are sold.

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04/08/2019

As a veteran of the 1993 Battle of Mogadishu in Somalia, Talmon Bonnett usually holds his PTSD at bay. When a wealthy couple hires him to spy on Rusty Wing, the man responsible for building the Mourning Island's new resort, Talmon injects himself into Rusty's inner circle. Lying about his intentions, Talmon gets to know Rusty's troubled fiancée Claire, his sinister Cuban first mate Santos, and Marlene, Rusty's alluring sister.

Talmon and Marlene begin a torrid affair; then someone is murdered, and Talmon learns that two Cuban mobster brothers are the money behind the resort. Talmon forces the couple to divulge the real reason they hired him. Everything is connected to the murder, Rusty's circle, the mobster brothers, and Claire's vanished father, who might know something vital.

Talmon's lie threatens the life he envisions with Marlene. Violence erupts because of a dispute between the brothers, with Rusty's circle as targets caught in the middle. Talmon desperately seeks Claire's father, while the two brothers maintain their collision course.

The Mourning Islands is an electrifying story that fuses mystery, passion, and tragedy against the serene beauty of Florida's coast.

 

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13/06/2019

Strap in with Rebel Lexis on a mission across the vast wasteland that was once Earth to the surface of Mars where she encounters treachery, an ancient cult, and secrets that strike at the heart of Polaris' control.  Soon, fighting to stay alive is the least of her worries as she finds herself  at the center of a conflict that could change everything.  
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20/04/2019

From her carefree early life on a farm in rural South Australia to a marriage that was broken even before it began, then living as a struggling single mother and navigating a string of bad romances this is the story of a woman whose lessons in life and love have been learned the hard way.

Jules Hannaford grew up living an idyllic childhood, full of fun and adventures. She went to boarding school and had the time of her life, excelling at sport, making new friends and getting in trouble due to her risk taking and mischievous nature.

When single motherhood called for her to step up and take charge, she found her passion in her career as a teacher, yet she struggled to find someone to share her life with. One day, the opportunity came for her to move across the world, and she packed her bags, pulled her daughter out of school, and took the risk of leaving her sleepy home city for Asia's mega city of Hong Kong.

From then on, life was different. Suddenly, she was in a job she loved, and she no longer had to struggle to make ends meet, but there was still one thing missing. Love.

Optimistic, Jules began internet dating, and unwittingly invited a new kind of trouble into her life. Was it her trusting nature? Her naïveté? Or was it simply her desperate desire to share her life with someone that made her take the risks that almost cost her life.  

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01/12/2018

A soldier discovers the cost of honor at the truce village of Panmunjom on the border of North Korea. An accurate day-by-day portrayal of what it was like to serve in an elite hand-picked force at Panmunjom in the 1970's. Freedom Pagoda is a story of bar girls and seedy nightclubs, perversion and taking advantage in a foreign country, of race hatred and intolerance. Tensions between American and North Korean fanatic soldiers existing in a decades-old winless military stalemate flare up. At Panmunjom the combat is face-to-face and hand-to-hand. Based on real events.

Reviews:

M.Valdez

Freedom Pagoda delivers the inside view of a young man's life inside the military, serving in a foreign country, and facing the challenges of life and love for the first time. While it gives you a good look inside the military and political workings of warring parties, it also is reflective of one man's life that is touching, raw and real. It's a boy becomes a man story that will leave you wondering when the sequel will be available.

Jim Mazour: I recommend this book to all JSA veterans. It will bring back lots of memories, especially for those who served in the unit during the early 1970's time period.
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13/09/2018

Fly Girl is about a young woman, Rawley West, who grows up in Montana. Her mother is a Blackfoot Indian and her father is a former Navy fighter pilot.  At an early age she decides to follow her fathers path and go into the Navy to fly fighter jets. After a few years in the Navy a chance encounter convinces her to leave the Navy and fly for the CIA in Afghanistan. That decision unveils many family secrets she could never have imagined.  In Afghanistan she meets an old friend and a lost love.  Every door she opens leads to a new discovery.   Circumstances take her away from Afghanistan and place her in the middle of a search for a WMD lost during the Vietnam War.  Soon the chase is on and Rawley takes charge.  This story will inspire women of all ages. Military and aviation buffs will find it interesting. This is a very fast read for people of all ages.  Available in paperback and on Kindle....
Why do we do the things we do? How do we shift from one place to another? One day, things are going fine, as we may find ourselves skipping gleefully and whistling while we work; the next day, we may find ourselves schlepping one foot in front of the other with our heads hung low. How did author Peter Osterbauer go from being a successful and respected husband, father, and doctor living in a large home on the side of a mountain, to an adulterous, alcoholic, occultist living in a tiny room in someone's basement he found on Craigslist? How and why do we sabotage ourselves? More importantly, how do we shift back on track once we've dug ourselves into a pit?

Life can be the same. We can be working toward some goal, be it a college degree, starting a family, or living a peaceful life, and a slight shift can send us in a different direction. One small shift can start a chain reaction, sending us into a tailspin of destruction or on the road to freedom. 

Join author Peter Osterbauer as he reveals how this type of change transpired in his life, and explore how it may have happened in yours. Together, you will discover how to make corrective shifts if you have wandered off the straight and narrow course. If you are trapped in a way of life that you detest, but don't know how to find your way out, this book is for you. If you are in quicksand of shame and self-loathing, this book is for you. If you've lost all hope and are on the verge of giving up, this book is definitely for you!...
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