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Lady M – Trailer

بود و نبود یک زن قهرمان بود…
قشنگ و زیبا
عالم و فاضل
افتخار ملی

A glorious writer, a laureate poet, a talented painter, a renowned counselor, a celebrated philanthropist and an honored academic, this is the story of Afghanistan’s eternal celebrity. The multi-talented intellectual (and artist) was so enormously popular in her heyday, and continues to be, that she has ascended many levels of memorialization that started from being called a mythical figure to then securing the title of a national hero to finally being beautified as a saint. No other historical figure – save for Zoroaster – has been so dignified in Afghanistan. At the height of career, she was more popular than world-renowned mystic Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi was at his peak.

Though without a complete biography, she has been mentioned perennially throughout Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Beautiful, tall, talented and accomplished, she is considered the national pride of Afghanistan.

Her skills: writing, poetry, painting, sign language, carving Indus script & gardening. She lived in a house that she cultivated to be as beautiful as the Japanese Kenroku-en garden.

The winner of ancient world’s most prestigious literary prize a record six times!

The foremost adulated celebrity of the ancient world!

Available August 2019

 

Burn Marks: A strange time for letters

Burn Marks: A strange time for letters by [II, Robert D. Rice]

A never before perceived dimension to the most famous events in history. This book presents five short stories that show a different side to the stories of Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest after the Kennedy assassination and the reaction his mother Marguerite had. This shows the other people whose lives were affected by these historical events but on whom the light never shone. Not in a controversial kind of way though. These stories make for great exchanges and interesting conversations.

While these stories cover historical events, they are more entertaining than a simple relaying of historical information. The book would actually make great material for school. The casual writing style is approachable and one effortlessly retains information. Robert D. Rice makes the material captivating and engaging.

There are five stories, each focusing on a different notable historical event. The letters are quite interesting and provide an explanation for the title of the book. They are written at the weirdest of times with the weirdest of intentions and even weirder material. The letters leave the reader wondering about the state of mind of these people. Such is the beauty of this book. It evokes interesting questions about people whose lives are suddenly thrust into high profile and strange situations.

The stories, while engaging, lack a smooth flow. I found myself getting lost in the flurry of activity. Marguerite can be confusing. She calls a newspaper so that she can get some money out of it. On the other hand, she refers to Lee as her boy and it seems almost profound. This can leave the reader with a bit of whiplash.

In all cases, these short stories are captivating and punctuated with moments of levity. They refer to important times in American history.

It is a brilliant collection. The stories are like little bits of literary joy, easy to digest in small bits while traveling. Robert D. Rice has a way of sculpting the English language that is simple yet brilliant. The result is a hilarious and charmingly witty book that readers are bound to enjoy.

Pages: 227 | ASIN: B07RZD4MMV

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Slaves of Fools

Slaves of Fools: Book Three in the "Antebellum Struggles" Series by [Erman, Dickie]

When Collette Winters finds herself a widow with a hotel and a plantation to maintain, she is overwhelmed and at a loss for words. Enter Tolivar: a “trusted” overseer and Mr. Winters’s choice to run his plantation and guard his finances. Mr. Winters might not have made the best decision in selecting Tolivar. Any one of the slaves on the Winters’s plantation could testify to the fact that Tolivar is in everything for himself and only himself. When Tolivar’s purchases begin to mount and Collette fails to see the danger in allowing Tolivar to carry on unchecked, all of their lives take a turn no one could have predicted.

Slaves of Fools is the third book in Dickie Erman’s Antebellum Struggles series. Again, readers are treated to the dramatic dynamic between Trent and Collette Winters. Theirs is a complicated love story born out of the antebellum time period. As with book two, readers find that Trent is unfaithful to Collette who remains by his side and is somehow able to forgive even if she isn’t willing to forget.

I desperately want Trent, a businessman and plantation owner, to be smart, but he misses the mark. His desire to put Tolivar in charge of his trust is clearly a mistake but makes for a nice story line leading to the devastation of characters who begin to fall like so many dominoes as the book progresses. Colette’s love for Trent is really his one saving grace.

It’s difficult to find a character as loathsome as Tolivar. Erman has created a fantastic antagonist in this greedy and vile overseer-turned trustee. I believe I released some audible gasps of frustration and disbelief as Tolivar moved through the Winters’s money with lightning speed. Many villains have at least one redeeming quality–not Tolivar. From the extravagant jewelry purchase to asking the creepy, unwanted doctor to take up residence, Tolivar is as intolerable as he is predictable.

I was disappointed to see that Amana, a beloved character from the second book in the series, did not have as prominent of a role in this one. She is my favorite character and has a heart of gold. Her backstory is classic, and she is proof that perseverance is not easily achieved but is worth every second spent trying to achieve it.

Erman masterfully works humor into his writing. Twice I found myself guessing incorrectly and wondering what tone the book was about to take. Without giving anything away, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised both times at how misleading the author is and how well he uses humor to bring the story back around.

I had a few concerns regarding grammar choices, mechanics, and word choice. In addition, I found myself questioning some of the verbiage used as it didn’t seem to fit the time period. Throughout the book, I struggled to discern the characters’ thoughts from their dialogue. A few tweaks in this area would improve readability quite a bit.

Erman has created an engaging and quick read with relatable characters and protagonists the reader will inevitably cheer for.

Pages: 207 | ASIN: B07TDNPMW2

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An Extraordinary Pioneer Woman

Don Gutteridge Author Interview

Don Gutteridge Author Interview

Lily Fairchild details the life of a young woman through the challenges of her youth and her quest to have a family of her own. What was the inspiration for the setup to this intriguing story?

 

My purpose in creating Lily was to follow an extraordinary pioneer woman through the various phases of her long life.

Lily’s character is refreshing, she is blunt and many times quite curt as she proves her point. What were some driving ideals behind her character?

The ideals behind Lily are here fortitude in the face of adversity, the insight that comes with embracing challenges, and the pervasiveness of love in her life.

The story takes place in 1850’s Ontario. Why did you choose this time and place for your story?

The book is set in the 1850s and beyond because I have always been interested in the history of my birthplace (Point Edward, Ontario) and the tumultuous historical events that impinged upon it and its citizens.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

My fiction writing days are over (after 22 novels) and I now keep myself occupied writing poetry abut Point Edward and my upbringing there.

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Lily Fairchild by [Gutteridge, Don]

Lily Fairchild follows the life of a pioneer woman, born in the backwoods of Lambton County in 1840, throughout her long life, ending in 2019. During that time, she is witness to historical events that impinge on her life: the Underground Railroad, the coming of the railways, the discovery of oil, the Fenian raids, the first and second Riel Rebellions, the construction of the tunnel under the St Clair River, the Great War, and the flu pandemic of 1919. Lily struggles against the forces of history and the small tragedies besetting a nineteenth-century woman and, against the odds, bearing children, marrying three times and taking part in the founding of the village of Point Edward and its steady growth as a port and railhead. Hers is a heroic story.

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My Own Voyage of Discovery

Robert Campbell Author Interview

Robert Campbell Author Interview

Mandarin Ducks continues to follow Li in 1630’s China as he continues to learn about his heritage and seeks to marry but is thwarted by politics between families. What were some themes you wanted to carry over from the first book and what were some new themes you wanted to explore?

The continuous thread throughout the whole series is Li Bing’s progress through the career trajectory of civil service scholar/administrators. At the same time, I want to provide readers with a glimpse into various aspects of Chinese culture and everyday life. The various subplots are meant to punctuate the contrast between the ideal and the real.

As with the first book, I found this story to be both educational and entertaining. Was it your intention to write stories this way or did this happen organically while writing?

I definitely set out to provide both education and entertainment in the series. In a sense, I’m documenting my own voyage of discovery, as I learn about the history and culture of a country about which outsiders know very little, and which is often misrepresented in Western depictions.

You stated in a previous interview that you taught and traveled through China. What were some of your stand out moments from your time in the country?

You are continually confronted by the contrast between the old and the new. One minute you can be standing in ruins that are thousands of years old and the next minute you can be traveling 300 km/hr on a high speed train. Another interesting aspect is the way in which the people reflect the unitary identity of being Chinese, while at the same time strongly identifying with the culture, food, language, and traditions of their own region or ethnic group. There are many Chinas within China.

This is book two in your Kaifeng Chronicles. Where does book three, Grand Canal, pick up?

Book three takes place on the Grand Canal, as Li Bing travels north to Beijing to write the metropolitan examinations.

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In late autumn 1630, Li Bing prepares to depart for Beijing to write the metropolitan examinations. Before he goes, he learns more about his heritage from his maternal grandfather and hopes to marry his childhood sweetheart Xiaoyun. However, political intrigue between his father and hers has the potential to derail more than just his marriage.

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Lily Fairchild

Lily Fairchild by [Gutteridge, Don]

Lily says she has “no upbringing,” and she insists she isn’t cultured, refined, or very civilized for that matter. She is quick to list her faults and shortcomings and lacks a certain amount of self confidence that frustrates those who know her best. From the loss of family members to the reluctant discovery of her own true love, she survives battle after battle on her own two feet. As a young woman striving to make her way in Ontario in the 1850s, Lily begins to realize that the bonds she holds most dear are those that will last a lifetime.

Lily Fairchild, by Don Gutteridge, details the life of a young woman through the challenges of her youth and simple roots into adulthood and the quest to have a family of her own. Gutteridge’s main character, Lily, is an amazing woman indeed. The author has developed within her a wide spectrum of characteristics into which he delves in much depth.

Lily Fairchild is a work of historical fiction which includes numerous aspects of the day and time. From the time of Lily’s youth, Gutteridge pulls readers into one event after another by describing real and relevant historical events and the ways in which they impact Lily’s life and that of her family and friends. Throughout the book, Gutteridge peppers his plot with enough historically accurate facts to keep fans of historical fiction satisfied and engaged while keeping Lily’s experiences in perspective.

Most of Lily’s life is fraught with tragedy, but the author provides moments of levity to lighten the overall mood. Lily’s first experience with the clergy is quite a sight to behold. When she questions the reverend and riles him with doubts and requests for clarification, the reader is left smiling at the reverend’s frustration. This is also one of the first scenes in which Lily proves her own intelligence and demonstrates her wit.

Gutteridge has given Lily a wide range of challenges that would completely wreck most people–not the least of which is an untimely and unplanned pregnancy which places her in quite the social predicament. Her brief encounter with royalty led to one of her most heart wrenching ordeals and, in some ways, brought Lily closer to her extended family.

Sophie, a vibrant character in her own right and one of my favorites in the book, is as lovable as she is brash. From her first encounter with Lily during childbirth, Sophie endears herself to readers as much as she does to Lily. Sophie’s storyline is timely and poignant and captures readers’ hearts as they watch her face the battle of domestic violence.

Gutteridge’s novel takes readers on a fascinating journey of ups and downs as Lily grows, faces the aftermath of each of her battles, and proves herself more than worthy of being called a heroine. As a work of historical fiction, Lily Fairchild is a real masterpiece.

Pages: 628 | ASIN: B07SW1N5NS

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The Works of George MacDonald

The Works Online Bookstore: featuring the Scots-English editions, Consuming Fire, and much, much more.

GEORGE MACDONALD (1824-1905), forerunner of the Inklings–Scottish minister, poet, novelist, and imaginative seer– was one of the most beloved Victorian authors throughout Great Britain and the U.S. in the 19th century. He wrote some 50 volumes of novels, poetry, short stories, fantasy, sermons, and essays. His influential body of work placed him alongside his era’s great men of letters and his following was vast. Two decades after his death, his books were pivotal in leading C.S. Lewis to Christianity. He thus became the foundational member of Wheaton’s Wade Center “Seven.”

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The Last Jacobite Heroine – Trailer

SCOTLAND’S FORGOTTEN HEROINE…

Daughter of The Chief of Clan Farquharson, young Anne was the envy of her peers… until she made the mistake of marrying for love!

The man she married was Angus Mackintosh – 22nd Chief of Clan Mackintosh and one of the most powerful men in the Scottish Highlands. At first, Anne was blissfully happy. But the year was 1745 and Bonnie Prince Charlie was about to step off a boat on the west coast of Scotland and plunge the nation into war.

Angus Mackintosh was a serving officer with the British Army and joined the brutal ranks of troops hunting the young prince down. To her horror, Anne realised she would have to choose between her husband and her country.

She raised a regiment of 500 men and joined the prince. This young woman, with little experience of combat, led her men into battle against regiments of the British Army led by “Butcher” Cumberland. As her clansmen fought their way through the fog at Dornoch, “Colonel” Anne Mackintosh was suddenly reunited with her husband… but not in the way she wanted.

Everything Anne did, during her hectic life, was for love. She married for love and then she picked up the broadsword for love. This novel follows her adventures through the chaotic events of the last Jacobite Rebellion on a sometimes heroic, sometimes tragic, journey that led her clansmen into clouds of sulphurous gunsmoke at The Battle of Culloden with bullets coming thick as the rain falling from the dark skies.

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Seeking Social Justice

David Crane Author Interview

David Crane Author Interview

Swordpoint is a thrilling action adventure novel set against the chaos of the French Revolution. Why did you choose this time and place for your novel?

French Revolution and Napoleonic era always held a special fascination for me since I was a young and impressionable teenager. The French revolutionary period is unique, because it came as a result of people seeking social justice through extreme means and was largely an act of desperation against the over privileged French aristocracy. It was a time of great changes and political turmoil, where ancient royal institution was shaken and then toppled by the will of the common man. It was a phenomenon that shaped the history of the modern Europe and provided the background for this novel.

I enjoyed Vidocq’s character progression and overall development. What were some ideas that were important for you to capture in his character?

Vidocq is the main protagonist in this story and there were several important ideas in presenting him to the readers as a man of intelligence and action. The first idea in shaping his character came from reading his biography, because unlike many fictional characters he really existed. A man in trouble with the law who learns the hard way what it means to be an honest man is a strong idea and it shows in Vidocq’s actions as he navigates though obstacles in his turbulent life on his way to freedom and good reputation. The second idea in shaping his character came from his own decision
in changing his life using his experience as a master criminal to catch other criminals. What can be more exciting than an outlaw trying to catch other outlaws?

You highlight some important historical moments in the French Revolution. What kind of research did you undertake for this novel to get things right?

To be perfectly honest, I initially considered this writing project as too ambitious for me. I have never written a historical fiction novel before, and the desire to make it happen overcame my feelings of fear and doubt. My research was very thorough and it had to be right, because in order to convey the true historical setting of the period, I had to find out everything I could about French Revolution, the early reign of Napoleon, mannerisms, customs, speech, weapons and provide correct dates and the descriptions for every real historical event. It was time consuming, at times exhausting, but ultimately very enjoyable experience.

What is the next novel that you are writing and when will it be available?

I am currently working on a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel which is in the first draft stage. It involves humanity in its relationship with an artificial intelligence after an apocalyptic event that alters human evolution on a planetary scale. The novel should be available in about a year’s time give or take a few months for the final polishing. I enjoy writing very much and hope to produce many interesting novels.

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Swordpoint by [Crane, David]

David Crane’s historical novel, Swordpoint, transports the reader to late 18th-century France, a country gripped with the chaos, blood, and terror of the French Revolution. The novel will entertain you with its realistic settings, interesting historical references, passionate love affairs, duels, battles, betrayals, and narrow escapes.

Eugene Francois Vidocq was a thief, an adventurer, and a duelist who searched for his place in life with wit, sword, and passionate love affairs. Hunted by the police agents of revolutionary France and later the agents of Napoleon, he is forced to make the most important decision in his life to survive and become a man of respect. To achieve that, he must transform himself into a new man, an outlaw hunting the outlaws in the name of justice. The road to salvation is hard, but for a man like Vidocq, failure is not an option.

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After Midnight: A Short Story Collection – Trailer

These eight stories readers journey to yesteryear with issues as fresh as tomorrow’s headlines. Written by Legacy Storyteller, Pete Peterson, and published by Pallamary Publishing.

In “An Old-fashioned Fourth” we meet Hamus Zanderhook, badly scarred by the House fire that ate Baby Sister and turned Pap into a cinder. Hamus’ passion when he picks up his banjo, “is that folks will want to dance and be happy.” We follow him through the Missouri Ozarks of late 1930’s from steamy honkytonks to a Hooverville where street urchins beg for food and forgotten families struggle to survive – a haunting vision of today’s political crisis.

“In Winner Take All,” 44-year-old, bare-knuckle champion Ryman Call, fights for something more important than money.

In “The Food Thief” neglected Jeremy Holt steals to feed a hunger that food alone won’t satisfy, while older sister Josephine returns from St. Louis, with ruby earrings and necklace and a terrifying tale to tell.

In “Summer Slave” orphan Art Carr starts what he hopes is his last year as a unpaid laborer on a Missouri farm. When he rescues beautiful Fatima from drowning, a new take on forgiveness, love, and redemption questions old values.

In ‘Rivers to Cross” San Francisco native Samantha climbs hills and wades rivers to visit her father’s remote grave – a father she’s never met, killed in Vietnam who begs her forgiveness from his lonely grave.

In “Rules for Dying” the flag go up each morning at Rosecrans National Cemetery as Mike and his uncover secrets in graves of deceased veterans and a mysterious young widow shows that loyalty and compassion open doors to a new life.

“After Midnight” the title story, provides a ring side seat at a bare-fist fight between the black champ and the indomitable Ryman Call. Defense plant workers skip meals to see this battle, drink beer, eat fried chicken and watch the blood flow. Hamus faces his greatest fear and Ryman faces death, the outcome determined by a .38 caliber pistol.

This collection of stories is gentle as a punch in the gut, as subtle as a slug of morning bourbon. Some enthrall, some educate. All entertain, revealing an America of the past that opens windows on the struggles of today.

Coming Summer 2019

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