Caravanserai

Caravanserai

The Chronicles of Alcinia Book 7

by Miriam Newman

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

Her grandmother’s dying words launch Serafina on a quest to find her unknown father. Unable to accept the love of a childhood friend, she nevertheless accepts his company on her journey, but what they discover may lead to a quick trip to an enemy prison.

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Fantasy poetry driven by myths and legends has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I was published in poetry before catching the romance writing bug. I bring that background to my writing along with a lifelong addiction to horses, an 18 year career in various areas of psychiatric social services and many trips to Ireland, where I nurture my muse. My published works range from contemporary fantasy romance to fantasy historical, futuristic, science fiction and historical romance. Currently I live in rural Pennsylvania with a “motley crew” of rescue animals. You can see my books at http://www.miriamnewman.com.

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The Cave of Ruin Arsa – Tour

The Cave of Ruin Arsa

The Cross of Ciaran Book 3

by Andrea Matthews

Genre: Paranormal Time Travel Romance

Ciarán Donnelly is ready to leave his past behind and concentrate on his new life, but his past may not be finished with him. His dreams have returned with a vengeance, and this time they’re telling him Ruadhán, the long-dead priest who entombed him fifteen hundred years before, is threatening to kidnap his unborn twins. Of course, his dream interpretation leaves a lot to be desired, especially when it comes to those he loves.

As if the dreams are not bad enough, his anxiety over them is causing stress on his new marriage, which is the last thing Caitlin needs in her current condition. The twins are on the way, and everyone advises him the dreams stem from his own insecurities over becoming a father. After all, Ruadhán was the chief priest, a member of the high council, loyal to his goddess unto death. What are the chances he suffered the same fate as Ciarán and survived fifteen centuries?

The theory sounds reasonable, and he’s happy to accept it, until Aodhán comes across an empty tomb in the Hills of ár Sinsear that looks as though it may have been occupied at some point. Could Ruadhán have survived after all? And if so, where is he now? To complicate the issue, Aodhán stumbles across another piece of information that could alter the possible meaning of his brother’s dreams. But will Ciarán manage to put the pieces together before it’s too late, or will he lose his family to an ancient adversary?

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Andrea Matthews is the pseudonym for Inez Foster, a historian and librarian who loves to read and write and search around for her roots, genealogical speaking. In fact, it was while doing some genealogical research that she stumbled across the history of the Border reivers. The idea for her first novel came to mind almost at once, gradually growing into the Thunder on the Moor series. And the rest is history, as they say.

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Soldier of Rome – Tour

Soldier of Rome: Empire of the North

The Artorian Dynasty Book 1

by James Mace

Genre: Historical Fiction

Battle for the Highlands

It’s been forty years since the Roman conquest of southern Britannia. The hostile western regions are at last subdued and twenty years have passed since the cataclysmic Iceni Rebellion in the east. With tribal kingdoms assimilating into Roman culture and the province at relative peace, Imperial Governor Gnaeus Julius Agricola turns his attention north. The once-allied, now hostile Kingdom of Brigantes is divided between factions loyal to Rome and those of the usurper king, Venutius. Following a series of raids, and compelled to flee from imperial retribution, Venutius seeks the aid of a Caledonian chieftain named Calgacus. Calgacus hopes to use a conflict with the Empire to seal his claim as high king of the northern highlands.

In the southern coastal city of Portus Adurni, Gaius Artorius Armiger’s term as governor-mayor is coming to an end. Ten years have passed since Gaius’ last campaign during the Siege of Jerusalem. Ever the soldier, a summons to Londinium leaves him with an intriguing proposition. Knowing his reputation as a military leader, Governor Agricola offers Gaius a return to active service with command of the legendary cavalry regiment Indus’ Horse. Despite trepidation about leaving his wife and children and the lingering effects of old battle injuries, Gaius Artorius dons his armour once more as a soldier of Rome.

Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

According to my parents, I’ve always been telling stories since I was about six. I was twelve when I first became interested in Roman history, thanks to the series, I, Claudius, based on the novels by Robert Graves. There is a very dramatic scene when a messenger informs Emperor Augustus of the disaster in Teutoburger Wald, Germania, where three legions were betrayed by their allies and annihilated. It only briefly touches on the campaigns of retribution under Germanicus Caesar (nephew of Emperor Tiberius) from 14 to 16 A.D. I kept thinking that would make for a great novel, but no one ever wrote it. A story grew in my head over the years. Fast-forward to 2004. I was in Iraq and borrowed a friend’s laptop to start writing the story that had been bouncing around for more than a decade. Writing and hitting the gym became my cathartic means of escapism. I completed a finished draft by the time we came home at the end of 2005, with even a couple chapters to a potential sequel.

My very first historical novel, Soldier of Rome: The Legionary, was released in February 2006. It’s far from perfect, and much of me wishes I could go back and rewrite the entire thing from scratch. But there it is. To be fair, it was my first work, and like any other skill, we develop with practice. Sixteen years and twenty-seven books later, I’d like to think I’ve improved a bit.

Describe yourself in 5 words or less!

Author, Historian, Traveller, Athlete, Nerd

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

Probably around the time my fourth book was released. Before then, it was little more than a side hobby. Then my fanbase started growing, with my royalty payments surpassing what I made at my day job. I even had close friends referring to me as an author, which was a nice feeling. In December 2011 I resigned my regular job to focus on writing and haven’t looked back. I cannot stress enough how fortunate I am to make a living doing what I love.

Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

Hmm, how about all of them? I was actually approached by a film producer back in 2008 about The Legionary, though sadly nothing ever came of it. What I’d really like to see is a miniseries based on my Anglo-Zulu War books. Though I’m mostly known for my Roman works, the South African conflict of 1879 between the Zulu Kingdom and the British Empire as a true labour of love that I poured my soul into. There exist two films about the opening days: 1964’s Zulu, starring Sir Michael Caine, and 1979’s Zulu Dawn, starring Peter O’Toole, Burt Lancaster, and Bob Hoskins. That’s about the extent anyone knows about the war. The films are getting up there in age, so fewer people have seen them, and they do feel a bit outdated. Zulu commits the typical 1960s war film error of casting actors who were way too old for their roles; men in their thirties or even forties depicting soldiers who were overwhelmingly in their late teens to early twenties. I’d like to see my Zulu War books filmed as an HBO or Amazon series, as it covers the entirety of the war, not just the opening two battles depicted in the old films. Television seems to be where the best creativity is these days. There’s less constraints due to time, and censorship is mostly a non-issue, at least when compared to the cinema.

I also would not want to see any in-your-face ‘messaging’ which just murders creativity and meaningful storytelling in so many modern films. My motto is: Tell your story and trust in your audience. It’s not up to writers and film makers to force viewers / readers to think a certain way. I, personally, view my books as very anti-war, in a similar vein to Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front. However, many readers don’t come to the same conclusion, and that is perfectly fine. All forms of art, be it drawing, painting, sculpture, music, writing, etc., exist for everyone to find their own meaning.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

The giraffe, because they’re just awesome.

Who is your hero and why?

Historically I have several. Most notably: Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, the Duke of Wellington, and Emperor Vespasian. We tend to see them as larger than life, yet all were deeply flawed, in some cases more than most of their contemporaries. They achieved greatness despite their shortcomings and showed great resiliency.

I most admire those who rise above what life throws at them, strive to improve themselves, and selflessly use their talents for the betterment of others. That to me is heroic. My sister is one of my heroes. She’s a certified nursing assistant in a hospital and has dedicated her life to helping others. Like so many in healthcare, the pandemic was a living nightmare for her, yet she persevered. I could never do what she does. I have another dear friend who’s a mental health counsellor; another profession I would never be suited for. Mental health treatment is still stigmatised and neglected, despite some improvements in recent years. I’ve seen a therapist for the past sixteen years, which I am not ashamed to admit. It is impossible to put into words the profound respect I have for those who help others deal with the unseen, yet often most traumatic, burdens.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

I don’t like wearing pants and don’t own a pair of jeans. Unless dressing up in a pair of slacks, one will usually see me in shorts from around February through November.

James Mace is a life-long historian and the author of twenty-seven books, including ten Ancient History best-sellers, and five South African History best-sellers. He penned the initial draft of his first novel, “Soldier of Rome: The Legionary”, as a cathartic means of escapism while serving in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. His works span numerous eras, from Ancient Rome to the British Empire.

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Book Tour – A Glimpse of Music

A Glimpse of Music

Sunlight and Shadows Book 3

by Sydney Winward

Genre: Historical Fantasy Romance

If fate gives you a third chance, would you take it?

Joel Harrington has been in love with the same woman for as long as he could remember. But he had to watch her court his best friend, and then marry his king. Now that she’s once more unattached, he refuses to let her slip through his fingers for a third time.

Darkness torments Nyana’s memories, and even after her cruel husband is killed, he still haunts her from the grave. When her past refuses to leave her alone, it puts not only her, but her daughters in danger. She has no choice but to lean on the man she has called a friend for the past eight years, a friend whose charms she tries hard to resist.

But along with the growing threat to her family, she keeps an even more dangerous secret—a secret that could change her life forever.

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A Taste of Shadows

Sunlight and Shadows Book 2

The faintest sound of her voice can kill.

Lyyli Ives has lived her entire life in silence. Those who have heard her voice never live to tell the tale. When she accidentally nearly kills her sister, she is sent away to the only person who can help her—the Archmage at Darkest Star Arcane.

Lord Killian Graves’ life is falling apart. His mother is cursed into a deadly enchantment. His title and school are threatened to be stripped from him. But when a mysterious woman who doesn’t speak pleads for his help, he finds he cannot resist the allure of her beauty nor the mystery of her predicament.

However, a great evil is after the power she wields, threatening not only her life but the lives of everyone they love. Killian must save her from her fate. Or die trying.

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A Breath of Sunlight

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They ordered her to kill him. She couldn’t help but save his life. And now she must keep it a secret or risk banishment. Or worse, death.

No one knew he was alive…

Calle Everdon has nothing left to live for. His brother killed his sweetheart, took over the Sun Fae kingdom, and hid him in the Pits to slave away for the rest of his years. But when a valkyrie attack gives him an opportunity to escape, he takes it.

Skaja has been taught that men are the enemy. They all must die in the name of freedom and justice. But when she comes across a fae man who shares an unexpected blood bond with her, she is unable to kill him, and instead breaks all the rules to save his life.

Torn between her growing feelings for the fae prince and her fealty as a valkyrie, she must make the hardest choice. Love? Or duty?

Hunted by both valkyries and his brother, can they take back his kingdom? Or will their forbidden love get him killed?

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Sydney Winward is a fantasy and paranormal romance author who dabbles in the occasional historical fiction. She loves building complex worlds filled with magic, strong characters, and emotional stories that can make you laugh and cry.

Sydney is the author of The Bloodborn Series and the Sunlight and Shadows Series. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, thinking about stories, or going on adventures with her children. She lives in Utah with her husband and three amazing kids.

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Secrets, Scandals & Seduction – Tour

Secrets, Scandals, & Seduction

A Historical Romance Boxset

Desiring a Duke? Craving a Cowboy? Longing for a Laird?

This sweet and steamy collection of historical romance will transport you to a time when gentlemen were plentiful, and every scoundrel capable of seduction possessed a heart waiting to be uncovered.

Hidden identities, scandalous secrets, second chances, and happily ever afters fill this boxed set of more than 15 standalone romances, guaranteed to make you swoon.

Each unique tale in the Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction Boxed Set delivers a stand-alone story that fans of Julia Quinn, Diana Gabaldon, and Lorraine Heath are certain to love.

How do you capture a man’s heart… A lady never tells.

Authors included in this set are Lynn Donovan, Sofie Darling, Alyssa Drake, Emily E K Murdoch, Cat Cahill, A.S. Fenichel, Marie Higgins, Robyn DeHart, Christine Sterling, Linda Rae Sande, Adara Luann, Sophia Smith, C.K. O’Connor, Marianne Spitzer, and Rose Pearson

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Bridges – Tour

Bridges

by Linda Griffin

Genre: Sweet Historical Romance

In 1963, Neil Vincent, a middle-aged World War II veteran and “Christian atheist,” is working at Westfield Court as a chauffeur. He spends most of his spare time reading.

Mary Claire DeWinter is a young, blind, Catholic college student and reluctant heiress. To secure her inheritance, she has to marry within a year, and her aunt is pressuring her to marry a rich man who teased and bullied her when she was a child.

Neil and Mary Claire shouldn’t even be friends, but the gulf between them is bridged by a shared love of books. Can they cross the bridge to more?

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I was born and raised in San Diego, California and earned a BA in English from San Diego State University and an MLS from UCLA. I began my career as a reference and collection development librarian in the Art and Music Section of the San Diego Public Library and then transferred to the Literature and Languages Section, where I had the pleasure of managing the Central Library’s Fiction collection and initiating fiction order lists for the entire library system. Although I also enjoy reading biography, memoir, and history, fiction remains my first love. In addition to the three R’s—reading, writing, and research—I enjoy Scrabble, movies, and travel.

My earliest ambition was to be a “book maker” and I wrote my first story, “Judy and the Fairies,” with a plot stolen from a comic book, at the age of six. I broke into print in college with a story in the San Diego State University literary journal, The Phoenix, but most of my magazine publications came after I left the library to spend more time on my writing.

My stories have been published in numerous journals, including Eclectica, Thema Literary Journal, The Binnacle, The Nassau Review, Orbis, and The Avalon Literary Review, and in the anthologies Short Story America, Vol. 2, The Captive and the Dead, and Australia Burns. Four stories, including one as yet unpublished, received honorable mention in the Short Story America Prize for Short Fiction contests. A sweet romance, Bridges (2022), and four romantic suspense novels, Love, Death, and the Art of Cooking (2021), Guilty Knowledge (2020), The Rebound Effect (2019) and Seventeen Days (2018) are available for order from the Wild Rose Press.

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The Infidelity Curse – Tour

The Infidelity Curse

Perilous Secrets Book 3

by Barbara Monajem

Genre: Historical Romance

The death of her cruel husband means freedom at last for Lucretia Tifton—until she learns that the guardian he chose for her longed-for baby is the latest in a line of earls known for separating their children from unfaithful wives. The elusive new earl is certain to hear the gossip about Lucretia. Will he believe it and prove to be as heartless as his ancestors?

Giles, the Earl of Netherbroke, wants nothing more than to work in his London shop, building furniture with beautiful marquetry finishes. If unexpectedly inheriting the earldom isn’t bad enough, now he’s saddled with an unwanted guardianship. What’s worse, the baby’s mother is the loveliest woman he’s ever seen.

Giles is almost certain Lucretia is an adulteress—and the more he learns about her, the more he understands why she might have betrayed her husband. Nevertheless, he is determined not to succumb, like his ancestors, to the Infidelity Curse.

But then Lucretia is suddenly in danger, and the only way to protect her is to make her his.

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Barbara Monajem grew up in western Canada. She wrote her first story in third grade about apple tree gnomes. After dabbling in neighborhood musicals and teen melodrama, she published a middle-grade fantasy when her children were young. Now her kids are adults, and she writes historical and paranormal romance and mystery for grownups. She lives in Georgia, USA , with an ever-shifting population of relatives, friends, and mostly feline strays.

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The Bronze Sword Cycles – Tour

Hag of the Hills

The Bronze Sword Cycles Book 1

by J.T.T. Ryder

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Nothing is unconquerable; even our gods can die.”

Brennus is destined from birth to become a warrior, despite his farmer’s life. But when the Hillmen kill his family and annihilate his clan, he now has the opportunity to avenge those who he loved.

Brennus must survive endless hordes of invading Hillmen and magic-wielding sidhe, aided by only a band of shifty mercenaries, and an ancient bronze sword.

Failure means his family and clan go unavenged. Victory will bring glory to Brennus and his ancestors.

Hag of the Hills is a heroic fantasy novel set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

The Lion of Skye

The Bronze Sword Cycles Book 2

There can only be one lion of Skye.

Vidav thought he was finally living a life of glory—the warrior’s path he dreamed of as a farmer. However, when his brother, Fennigus, reveals himself as the enemy queen’s champion, it becomes anything but.

Vidav must defeat his brother in order to fulfil his oath to kill the Queen of the Hillmen.

If he does not fulfil his oath, his clan will be unavenged, and the Isle of Skye will remain under enemy rule.

If he does fulfil his oath, his brother may die.

In the end, which will win—honour or family?

Even worse, a dragon has been flying over Skye…

The Lion of Skye is the epic conclusion to the Bronze Sword Cycles duology, a historical fantasy adventure set in 200 B.C. on the Isle of Skye, steeped in Celtic mythology and culture.

Tomb of the Blue Demons

The Bronze Sword Cycles Prequel

The Druid Ambicatos embarks on a journey of intrigue that quickly turns into war, when he arrives in war-torn Italia, under siege by the Carthaginians.

While the war rages, Ambicatos falls for a mystery woman some call the Sorceress, who claims she has discovered the sight, the power of the Underworld.

Ambicatos must fight friend and foe alike in this epic novella, a prequel to Hag of the Hills, the Bronze Sword Cycles duology.

This novella is part of Celtic historical fantasy series The Bronze Sword Cycles, set in 200 BC.

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Joseph Thomas Thor Ryder is an archaeologist and author of the heroic fantasy novel HAG OF THE HILLS, book 1 of THE BRONZE SWORD CYCLES duology. He is a published author of Viking archaeology, and a doctoral candidate specializing in the Viking Age and Celtic Iron Age. He resides in Norway where he conducts archaeological research and writes heroic fantasy set in historical periods.

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A Room in Blake’s Folly – Tour

A Room in Blake’s Folly

by J. Arlene Culiner

Genre: Western Historical & Contemporary Romance Saga  

 

If only the walls could speak…
In one hundred and fifty years, Blake’s Folly, a silver boomtown notorious for its brothels, scarlet ladies, silver barons, speakeasies, and divorce ranches, has become a semi-ghost town. Although the old Mizpah Saloon is still in business, its upper floor is sheathed in dust. But in a room at a long corridor’s end, an adventurer, a beautiful dance girl, and a rejected wife were once caught in a love triangle, and their secret has touched three generations.

 

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Writer, storyteller, photographer, and social critical artist, J. Arlene Culiner, was born in New York and raised in Toronto. She has crossed much of Europe on foot, has lived in a Hungarian mud house, a Bavarian castle, a Turkish cave dwelling, on a Dutch canal, and in a haunted house on the English moors. She now resides in a 400-year-old former inn in a French village of no interest and, much to local dismay, protects all creatures, especially spiders and snakes. She particularly enjoys incorporating into short stories, mysteries, narrative non-fiction, and romances, her experiences in out-of-the-way communities, and her conversations with strange characters.

 

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Scandal’s Redemption – Tour

Scandal’s Redemption

The Scandal Series Book 5

by Pamela Gibson

Genre: Historical Regency Romance

Lady Jocelyn Stafford desperately needs a husband to repair her tarnished reputation. Her obvious choice is her neighbor James, a man who once fancied her. If only she hadn’t cruelly rejected his attentions when she found herself wooed by a scandalous rake with a better title.

James Margrave, Earl of Seaton, must have an heir to keep his estate from falling into the hands of his cousin, which means he has to marry. Lady Jocelyn, who still beguiles him, would be perfect if only he could forget old slights. Instead, James asks Jocelyn to help him find a suitable wife, a task she agrees to perform, hoping to redeem herself in his eyes.

When a series of attacks put James’s life in danger, an immediate marriage becomes critical. Jocelyn is willing and available. But can he trust a woman who once broke his heart and is it fair to wed her when she might become the next victim?

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Scandal’s Child

The Scandal Series Book 1

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Scandal’s Bride

The Scandal Series Book 2

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Scandal’s Promise

The Scandal Series Book 3

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Scandal’s Deception

The Scandal Series Book 4

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Author of eight books on California history and eighteen romance novels, Pamela Gibson is a former City Manager who lives in the Nevada desert. Having spent the last few years messing about in boats, a hobby that included a five-thousand-mile trip in a 32-foot Nordic Tug, she now spends most of her time indoors happily reading, writing, cooking and keeping up with the antics of Ralph, the Rescue Cat. She loves dry red wine, all kinds of chocolate, old Jimmy Buffet sailing songs, and curling up with a good book.

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