Gateway of the Way

Around a hilltop church in Languedoc is a mystery connecting the Nazis and two generations of the European Empires- the Romanov, the Hohenzollern, and the Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The same mystery is linked to the cause of the first and second World Wars and has the potential to cause the third world war. In 1967 Isabella Roland, a depressed divorcee, takes a leave from her lecturing job in New York, to unravel the church’s mystery based on a reliquary her father had given to her in 1945 before his death. As she figures out the puzzle, a neo-Nazi cult headed by her ex-Husband, Wolfgang Lorenz is on the brink of implementing Hitler’s ultimate plan connected to the same mystery. An action that Could set up a prelude to doomsday. She stands in his way. But he is ready to kill anybody in his way. Could she stop him? If you are a Ken Follet fan you would love Gateway of the lost, a historical thriller blended with a blend of romance.

Meet Kalu Chinedu

Kalu Chinedu is a Nigerian Writer and architect based in Abuja, Nigeria. After graduating from the University of Nigeria with an honors degree in Architecture, he started working on his historical thrillers. Gateway of the lost, book one, is the first installment in the historical thriller around the events that happened before the fall of the Russian and German empires. He writes stories centered around alternative backstories to conventional histories. When he is not writing, he is practicing his profession which involves 3-dimensional modeling and designs. He loves Whitney Houston‘s songs and he’s an amateur pianist.

Guilty Deceptions

I held a man’s life in my hands… September 1869, changed my life forever. We discovered human remains, and opened the most complex investigation. We had no names, nothing to go on, and a year old crime scene. Things were becoming hopeless, and I was beginning to think we’d never solve it. Then there was a break in the case. Now we were getting somewhere, but at what cost? All the evidence was pointing toward one man, a famous architect, but his involvement just didn’t make any sense and when letters from beyond the grave suggested his innocence – things only got more complicated.

Meet D.C. Malcolm

D.C. Malcolm was born in 1983 in Saint John, New Brunswick. Growing up D.C. was fascinated by literature, even before she could read. Once D.C. was old enough she began writing her own stories, developing her craft. When D.C. was 36 years old she decided to dedicate all her spare time to launching her writing career.

Vikings: Taken

Rosfrith’s childhood changes forever after war-loving Vikings capture her home. Frightened by the axe-wielding barbarians, and torn from everything she knows and loves, she is forced to forget her privileged life of an ealdorman’s child. When she is abandoned by her parents and her life is threatened, is there anyone that she can trust to turn to for help? Ubba Ragnarsson, who dutifully followed his brother to Brytannia to avenge his father’s death is a strong warrior, hardened to life. He finds himself conflicted when Rosfrith awakens a protective streak he didn’t know he had. And, when he finally notices that Rosfrith is no longer a child, other feelings stir. But will he risk everything for a mere slave? This historical romance which captures the imagination with a story of conflict, lies, love, and jealousy.

Meet Ceri Bladen

Ceri Bladen Ceri originates from the lovely Welsh village, Caerleon. She moved to Swansea to obtain her teaching degree. After having twins and another child, seventeen months later, her family moved to Turkey for a slower place of life. Here, in between looking after numerous street dogs and a kindle of street cats, she enjoys researching history and writing. She is now a top 100 bestselling Viking romance author. She loves to write contemporary, sci-fi, and historical romances. She has penned stories in many time periods and locations, using her love of history for inspiration.

Gerald’s War

Gerald is ‘Missing Feared Killed!’ Would he ever get home now he’d lost his lucky mascot, but did he even want to? Gerald Davies, the eponymous hero of the book has a difficult childhood. His mother, suffering from epilepsy, is forced into an asylum by his father who has taken up with a woman half his age. Unknown to Gerald, the person he knows as his aunt is his real mother. It’s 1936 and to escape, Gerald walks the short distance to the local RAF base and joins up. He trains to be a pilot observer and is eventually attached to 211 Blenheim Bomber Squadron. He is sent to the Western Desert campaign and afterwards sees action in the Greco-Italian War. He dices with death daily and on one occasion famously goes missing for several days, having been shot down over the Ionian Sea. His family think he is dead. Meanwhile, Gerald and crew are being wined and dined by the people of Corfu during which time he meets Spiro Amerikanos, who famously befriended Gerald Durrell and his family before the Second World War broke out in Europe. At one stage, Gerald is injured and taken to hospital in Alexandria where he meets Pilot Officer Roald Dahl, who has been injured in a crash flying his Gloster Gladiator. Things get worse when Germany declares war on Greece on 6th April 1941. On Easter Sunday tragedy strikes, when all six Blenheims sent to tackle the German advance pouring into Greece are shot down. This is a true story based on the life and exploits of the uncle of the author. The book contains images from the time together with an account of the author’s momentous trip to Corfu in 2020, when he was presented with the original compass from his uncle’s downed aeroplane. A truly unforgettable and tragic tale which will keep you reading to the bitter end. Foreword to book by Sir David Jason.

Meet Nigel Davies-Williams

Nigel Davies-Williams started off his career as a police officer, ending up as a police detective before then re-training to become a maths and science teacher, which he did for five years. Afterwards he spent time in the National Health Service. His main love has always been writing though but not as a professional or published author. He has always held a fascination with genealogical research and as an ex-detective with a fascination for family history, he longed to find out what happened to his uncle after he went missing over Greece in 1941. Years of research and some startling facts has produced this sensitively written and emotional story.

Discreetly Matched (Bargain Reads)

What’s an heiress’ to do when her fiancé dies suddenly? Ask her aunt, who is the premier matchmaker in all of the West, to discreetly match her with a new suitor. What could go wrong?

Edwin Clarke is aimless. A fault his father insists can be corrected by way of a wife of substance, financial that is. Ed stands to inherit the family ranch, and the thousands of acres that comes with it. The problem is, the family’s money has been depleted by his mother’s outrageous spending habits. A rich heiress can solve all their problems, but how does he go about finding one? 

Julia Bennett’s life is perfect, enjoying the spoils of being the darling of the upper crust of society. She’s an heiress with a handsome fiancé, set to marry within weeks. When tragedy strikes, however, her future crumbles around her, forcing Julia to make new plans. With her father’s imminent death looming, Julia must find a new man to marry in order to inherit. She is forced to turn to her aunt, a seasoned matchmaker.

Can Ed find his way to be the man Julia needs? Can Julia find her way to open her heart after her loss? And will the two of them agree to marry before the clock runs out for both of them?

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These standalone stories are sweet, clean romances designed to whisk you away. We believe in building a world that begins at the very core of what makes romance stories work – faith, hope, and love. 

Come join us in the border towns of the Old West, where cowboys, lawmen, and small town workers not only end up with brides, but their perfect partner, too!

*This book was previously part of the Match Made in Heaven Series and has been edited to move it from a Victorian era to an Old West setting. The characters and plot have remained the same.

Mary Finch and the Thief: A Mary Finch Mystery

Mary Finch and the Thief is the first in the Mary Finch Mystery series. It is 1893 and Mary Finch finds herself on the gritty and violent streets of Victorian London trying to clear her name.

When wrongfully accused of theft, Mary Finch is determined to track down the thief and prove her innocence. Her journey takes her from Baker Street, where her friends, the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, live, to the dark and dangerous East End of London. On her trail are the suspicious Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard, the evil butler of her employer, a mysterious gentleman who is not what he appears to be and a ruthless killer. Mary must hurry to find the truth before she is arrested and sent to jail.

Mary Finch continues her investigations in S S Saywack’s Mary Finch and the Grey Lady and Mary Finch and the Spy (soon to be released).


Meet S S Saywack

S S Saywack is the author of the Mary Finch Mysteries – Mary Finch and the Thief is the first adventure, shortly to be followed by Mary Finch and the Grey Lady and Mary Finch and the Spy. After a career as a Graphic Designer (leaving him with a love for typography) then an art teacher, he took to writing short stories, flash fiction (several having been online published) and novels for middle-grade readers. He has a love of history – Victorian England and the early twentieth century – as well as playing the guitar fairly well and the piano fairly badly (he has kind neighbours!). He lives in the East End of London, a place well suited for his creation, Mary Finch, to explore and to have her adventures.

Ledalina

Ledalina is the reconstructed text of a late nineteenth-century journal, written by an unnamed Dutch scholar, telling of dark and mysterious events that allegedly occurred in Durban just before the turn of the century, parts of which are as upsetting as they seem unusual for the period.

This fascinating journal has been translated to English and made available to the public for the first time since its discovery.

“But what is even more consuming than my fear, is my curiosity. I am still in the possession of Ms Ledalina’s letter, and the only way forward and the only way to ease my mind is to at least solve as much of this mystery as I can from my present position.”


Meet Ishmael O. Ross

Ishmael O. Ross is an author, technical writer and software architect. His stories appear in The Scarlet Leaf Review and The Opiate, and his first novel Dire Redemption has been published by The Unseeing Eye. Call him Ishmael.

One Dark Night

It is 1821 and smuggling is rife on the English coast. Lucy Yorton, dragged away from her privileged early life, must slave on a bleak, run-down farm. Those around her suspect she is a spy and treat her accordingly. Her problems increase when two men enter her life:- 

Lieutenant Karl Thorsen, sworn to avenge the murder of his father, is a King’s man. He is determined to stop the violent smugglers, hang them, and hang and gibbet one in particular.

Daniel Tynton has smuggling in his blood. Undaunted by Thorsen’s threats, he is respected and feared.

The choices we make determine our futures and Lucy is torn between two determined men as the secrets and lies undermining her life are exposed.

Reviews from Goodreads:

‘Have added Anna Faversham to my favorite authors’ list! Great plot, interesting characters and an inspirational story. 
Looking forward to the next book.’

‘Great story – rich with historical descriptions, this story of a girl’s tough life really drew me in… Great uplifting story.’

‘Very exciting and a good book.’

‘A great read and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series.’

Also includes Twenty Questions for Book Clubs


Meet Anna Faversham

I have lived most of my life in Kent, England but I’ve also lived in New Zealand and central Africa. Both had a lasting influence. Africa dragged my love of writing to the surface. Living some forty miles from the nearest tarmac road and seventy from anything pretending to be a bookshop, I soon ran out of bedtime stories for the children. Scribbling began.

On returning to England, fiction had to take a back seat as real life took over, you know the sort of thing – a proper job to keep feeding the mortgage and the growing family, and chores and more chores. But a love of writing finally erupted into regular tap-tapping. I’ve written and read for the BBC and published short stories and five novels.

Death of a False Physician

The dreadful day is approaching for the Napiers in Ballater: Hippolyta Napier’s mother is coming to stay.
But Mrs. Fettes is not just in Aberdeenshire to visit her youngest daughter: she has other reasons, and one will draw the whole family in, with deadly results. 


Meet Lexie Conyngham

Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her historical crime novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.

Out of a Dark Reflection

Murray’s most frightening case to date…
Letho, Fife, 1816: Murray and his guests all have good reasons for not attending Edinburgh’s winter season, even down to the new maid. But then an old woman is found dead in the village, and murmurings of witchcraft are abroad. Suddenly everyone seems to have the darkest of secrets – but who would kill to keep theirs?

Look out for A Dark Night at Midsummer – novella-length sequel to this novel.


Meet Lexie Conyngham

Lexie Conyngham is a historian living in the shadow of the Highlands. Her Murray of Letho and Hippolyta Napier novels are born of a life amidst Scotland’s old cities, ancient universities and hidden-away aristocratic estates, but she has written since the day she found out that people were allowed to do such a thing. Beyond teaching and research, her days are spent with wool, wild allotments and a wee bit of whisky.