Flight Of The Hawk: The River (Bargain Read)

INTERNATIONAL BEST-SELLING AUTHOR W. MICHAEL GEAR TURNS HIS MASTER’S HAND TO THE FRONTIER WEST.

1812 Missouri Fur Trade – An intimate of the Burr conspiracy, the condemned and hounded John Tylor signs on as boatman with Manuel Lisa’s expedition. But the river is now contested as the British, Spanish, and other fur companies prepare to break Lisa’s hold. As the expedition battles its way up the violent river, Fenway McKeever lurks in Tylor’s shadow. Not only is the half-mad McKeever paid to kill Tylor, but he’s convinced himself that by destroying Lisa’s expedition, he can sell his services to the highest bidder.

“No one reads a Gear novel without being transformed in beautiful ways.” – Richard S. Wheeler

The Munich Girl (Bargain Read)

Anna Dahlberg grew up eating dinner under her father’s war-trophy portrait of Eva Braun. 
Fifty years after the war, she discovers what he never did—that her mother and Hitler’s mistress were friends.

The secret surfaces with a mysterious monogrammed handkerchief, and a man, Hannes Ritter, whose Third Reich family history is entwined with Anna’s.

Plunged into the world of the “ordinary” Munich girl who was her mother’s confidante—and a tyrant’s lover—Anna finds her every belief about right and wrong challenged. With Hannes’s help, she retraces the path of two women who met as teenagers, shared a friendship that spanned the years that Eva Braun was Hitler’s mistress, yet never knew that the men they loved had opposing ambitions.

Eva’s story reveals that she never joined the Nazi party, had Jewish friends, and was credited at the Nuremberg Trials with saving 35,000 Allied lives. As Anna’s journey leads back through the treacherous years in wartime Germany, it uncovers long-buried secrets and unknown reaches of her heart to reveal the enduring power of love in the legacies that always outlast war.


Meet Phyllis Edgerly Ring

Phyllis Edgerly Ring’s novel, The Munich Girl: A Novel of the Legacies
That Outlast War, explores the enduring effects of a woman’s secret
friendship with Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun. Phyllis is also the author
of the novel, Snow Fence Road, and of the nonfiction works, Life at
First Sight: Finding the Divine in the Details and With Thine Own Eyes:
Why Imitate the Past When We Can Investigate Reality? She studied plant
sciences and ecology, worked as a nurse, taught English to
kindergartners in China, coordinated programs at a Baha’i conference
center, and returns as often as she can to her childhood home of
Germany..

Dark Age Demons

Dark Age Demons – A Historical Horror Thriller. Britain, 540 AD. Britons, Saxons, Jutes and Angles war with each other for land. They have no idea they are all just meat to the monsters that dwell in the abandoned Roman city of Londinium. The monster’s leader, a former Roman soldier turned demon, sends his creatures across the land to forage for food and increase their numbers. When one of these creatures destroys their village, two brave Saxon sisters and their stubborn but determined brother form an unlikely team-up with a Briton bandit who has knowledge of the islands darkness. Saxon newcomers from the old country and a Briton-born slave, raised and abused by Saxons complete the fearless squad. Vampires, shapeshifters, and unnatural beasts chase and confront the heroes forcing them to turn their attention to the smoldering ruins of Londinium.

Meet Neil Kay

Neil Kay is a British teacher currently living in Yokohama, Japan. He has been interested in both history and creative writing for as long as he can remember. His favorite historical fiction novels are Shogun by James Clavell, Hawaii by James Michener, Hillary Mantel’s Cromwell trilogy and The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson. Dark Age Demons is his first attempt at trying it for himself. Away from writing his interests include Indian food, Kirin beer and Crystal Palace FC.

The Devil’s Breath

Auschwitz prisoners Perla and Shimon Divko—she an investigative reporter, he a former lead detective in the Warsaw ghetto—are forced by Kommandant Rudolf Höss to solve the murder of his chief accountant and find millions in missing gold taken from the bodies of Jewish corpses. With Reichsführer Himmler due for his annual audit, they have a week to solve the crime or watch hundreds of their peers executed as the penalty for their failure. Overseen by Nazi Lieutenant Helmut Graf, the three investigators dive deep inside Auschwitz—the Kanada harvesting operation, the killing process and the perils of daily life. The investigation is plagued by multiple red herrings, the murder of prime suspects and witnesses, and the complicated relationship between Höss and his mistress, Gisela Brandt, an SS officer.

Meet Tom Hogan

Tom Hogan is an author and screenwriter based in Austin, TX. Left for Alive is his first novel. He is also the screenwriter for The Devil’s Breath, a noir thriller set in Auschwitz. It was a finalist at the Napa Valley Film Festival and semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival.

Tom’s past writing experience has been on the non-fiction side. He is the co-author (with Carol Broadbent) of The Ultimate Startup Guide: Marketing Lessons, War Stories, and Hard-Won Advice from Leading Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors. The book highlights the lessons Tom and Carol learned as principals at Crowded Ocean, a marketing firm that has launched over 50 Silicon Valley startups. He has also written extensively for travel books, political journals, and Newsweek.

Professionally, Tom has split his career between academia and technology marketing. He was a lecturer in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Santa Clara University and UC Santa Cruz. He joined Silicon Valley in its infancy, where he was the original creative director at Oracle. Moving into the VC (Venture Capital) world, he was a co-founder of Crowded Ocean and now advises startups in Silicon Valley and Austin.

The Chess Players: Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Short Stories by Premchand)

A decadent Lucknow, a waning kingdom, and a foreign power vying for control. Set in 19th century India during the reign of the last Nawab of Awadh, ‘The Chess Players’ is an account of two men’s obsession with chess. A short story about addiction, dissipation, and hedonism. An English language translation of ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’ by Munshi Premchand, the celebrated author of Indian classics such as ‘Gaban’, ‘Godaan’, and ‘Nirmala’.

Meet Author: Munshi Premchand | Translator: S.U. Ramesh

The Unmarriable Kind

Lucretia, an opinionated school teacher, wants no part of marriage. The new headmaster champions change. Will they ever see eye to eye? 1884. Lucretia Goodwin has no intention of marrying simply because that’s what’s expected. She has witnessed what disastrous marriages can do to women, and she wants no part of it. First, her beloved sister, Rebecca, relocates thousands of miles away as a result of a hasty marriage and Lucretia has never forgiven her brother-in-law. And now, she watches helplessly as a man of dubious character courts her best friend, Amelia. To make matters worse, the headmaster determines to reform and modernize the school. Even more shocking, the confirmed bachelor believes in equal rights for women. How will Lucretia react when he begins to show an interest in her that’s less than professional? Will she remain the unmarriable kind?

Meet Melina Druga

Melina Druga is a multi-genre author with a lifelong love of history, books and the English language. She pens historical fiction and nonfiction. Druga writes about the past because although school history classes may have been boring, the past was not. Her era of expertise, and obsession, is 1890-1920 with a particular focus on the Great War and how it affected the lives of ordinary people. Druga’s other interests and hobbies include listening to music, yoga, photography, astronomy, travel and healthy eating.

Journeys: the Archers of Saint Sebastian

A barracks full of beautiful boys. A girl in disguise, living among them.

It’s the 14th century, and the longbow is king. But in the northern European principality of Ardennes, archery isn’t just the nation’s defense. It’s the national obsession.

MEET THE JOURNEYS
12 young Journeyman archers, the best in the country
2 years of public competitions, in which looks count almost as much as ability
6 will win a coveted membership in the Archers’ Guild of St. Sebastian
1 will become the prince’s new Guardsman

MEET MARIEKE
15-year-old Marieke is as obsessed with St. Sebastian’s as everyone else in Ardennes. Only it’s the middle ages, and girls just don’t become elite archers. Except Marieke’s prospects as a girl aren’t promising either, after a well-timed kick from a mule has left her with a face that’s badly scarred and ruined for marriage. But when circumstances force her to leave her old life behind and flee to the guild for refuge, there are only two things Marieke really knows about the place. One is that a mysterious accident ended her own father’s time as a Journey. The other?
There are no women allowed inside St. Sebastian’s.
Marieke knows disguising herself as a boy and infiltrating the guild means embarking on a dangerous deception. But it may be her only chance to find out the truth about her father’s past and to stop a murderous plot from coming to fruition. When the dashing young Journeyman Tristan takes her under his wing as his squire, she’s got to stay – at least long enough to help him beat out his brutal arch-rival to win the competitions.
Keeping her identity a secret will be hard. Living in close quarters with a pack of gorgeous boys? That will be harder still. But the hardest thing of all will be keeping the vow she makes for herself: to see Tristan become the next Guardsman, without ever letting him find out she’s a girl – a girl, who loves him.

Part Robin Hood and part Princess Bride, with a pinch of Mulan and a dash of Cyrano de Bergerac in the mix, TheArchers of St. Sebastian I: Journeys is a humorous action and adventure saga inspired by late medieval/early Renaissance Belgium and packed with romance, wit, and longbow archery. Perfect for adults who love young adult themes,Journeys is an escape into the past that reads more like romantic historical fantasy than pure historical fiction.

Unrequited love? Ugly heroines who stay ugly? Friendship, coming of age, romance, adventure, and plenty of archery competitions? A unique setting inspired by the glorious city of Bruges, with a richly imagined, immersive world set within the walls of a male-only archers’ guild?Journeys: The Archers of Saint Sebastianhas it all, so if you’re looking for a great escape, don your disguise and join Marieke as she enters the forbidden world of Saint Sebastian’s, and prepare to fall in love with the Journeys – that is, the twelve best and most beautiful archers in all of Ardennes, the Journeyman archers of St. Sebastian’s.


Meet Jeanne Roland

Roland hails from Davis, California, where she spent most of her youth lounging at the pool, soaking up the sun, and daydreaming. She had a key ring that read ‘I’m running away to join the circus,’ and her favorite moment of the day was when the local movie theater went dark, and the slogan ‘escape to the movies’ appeared on the screen. As an adult, her passions include all things melodramatic and beautiful — everything from classic movies, British romantic poetry, ancient tragedy and epic, to Italian opera. She is now a professor of Classics in a small midwestern town, where she lives with her Greek husband, her fraternal twins, and a Bernese mountain dog named Franco Corelli.

TIME STAYS FOR NO MAN

“Walsingham will find out; it’s his business to know everything.” Elizabethan England is the setting for this story of espionage, love and betrayal. After a chance meeting in a tavern, two commoners, Tom and Edward, find themselves caught in a web of political intrigue. Secretary Walsingham is setting a trap to ensnare the Queen of Scots, but he is playing a dangerous game, for a would-be assassin is already in the country sworn to kill Queen Elizabeth. Matters are complicated by a brutal murder. Is it part of a Catholic Plot? Follow the gripping twists and turns of this Tudor mystery and romance, and discover the devastating truth.

Meet Melvin P. Tiley

Having taught history all his working life, it was hardly surprising that Melvin P. Tiley’s first novel should focus on the turbulent times of Elizabethan England. Now happily retired, Melvin plays golf (badly) and follows football (that’s soccer in USA parlance). But Melvin’s real passion now is writing. He’s determined to make up for lost time, and a second novel is on its way.

Left Behind

What would you give someone who saved your life? Amsterdam 1945: During the last few months of WW2, Louise, a young mother living in Amsterdam, is hiding a Jewish girl with a baby in her attic. Her husband is on the run from the Nazis. Louise is cold, hungry, scared and has no way of knowing who to trust. Will she be able to keep herself and her baby safe? Fast-forward to 2018 and Sarah, Louise’s granddaughter, has just lost her mum. When she travels back home to sort out her mother’s estate, she finds her grandmother’s wartime diary among her mum’s belongings. A past she knew nothing about begins to unfold. Will she discover the secret that has been kept from her all her life?

Meet Elske Höweler

Elske is a single mum, Test Lead for a small software house in Suffolk and author of Left Behind set in Amsterdam during the last few months of WW2. Being form Amsterdam herself, the setting of her debut novel is a personal one. And so is the story, which was inspired by her grandmother who, during the Second World War, saved the life of a Jewish girl by hiding her in her attic. When she isn’t writing or reading, Elske likes to run, go for walks with her kids and play her guitar (badly) while singing along (even more badly).

Rose’s Assignment

Rose excels at sweet talking. Judith escapes north to Canada searching for freedom. Two dissimilar women suddenly find their lives connected. 1859. Rose Goodwin, a shopkeeper’s wife, volunteers occasionally with an anti-slavery society. Her experiences, however, leave her unprepared to accept her new assignment – nurse Judith, an ill refugee, back to health and help her discover freedom. At first, Rose resists, believing Judith will soon die. However, a promise to her husband that she will at least try to assist Judith turns into an obsession. Rose will do whatever it takes to ensure not only that Judith lives but that she has the best life possible. What will Rose sacrifice to guarantee she completes her assignment?

Meet Melina Druga

Melina Druga is a multi-genre author with a lifelong love of history, books and the English language. She pens historical fiction and nonfiction. Druga writes about the past because although school history classes may have been boring, the past was not. Her era of expertise, and obsession, is 1890-1920 with a particular focus on the Great War and how it affected the lives of ordinary people. Druga’s other interests and hobbies include listening to music, yoga, photography, astronomy, travel and healthy eating.