My Splendid Concubine (Bargain Read)

First came “My Splendid Concubine” December 2007; then came the sequel “Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine” in 2010. Both novels have now been combined as one in “My Splendid Concubine’s” 3rd edition.

Robert Hart (1835 – 1911) was the ‘Godfather of China’s modernism’ and the only foreigner the emperor of China trusted. In fact, Hart played a crucial role in ending the bloodiest rebellion in history—the Taiping Rebellion—and he owes this success largely to Ayaou, his live-in dictionary and encyclopedia, his Chinese concubine.

About a year after arriving in China in 1854, Robert Hart falls in love with Ayaou, but his feelings for her sister go against the teachings of his Wesleyan-Christian upbringing and almost breaks him emotionally. To survive he must learn how to live and think like the Chinese and soon finds himself thrust into China’s Opium War, where he makes enemies of men such as the American soldier of fortune known as the Devil Soldier.

“My Splendid Concubine’s” 1st and 2nd editions earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2008 London Book Festival; the 2009 Hollywood Book Festival and the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival.

“Our Hart, Elegy for a Concubine” earned honorable mentions in general fiction at the 2009 Los Angeles Book Festival; 2009 Nashville Book Festival; 2009 London Book Festival, 2009 DIY Book Festival and was a Finalist of the National Best Books 2010 Awards in historical fiction.

“My Splendid Concubine’s” 3rd edition [formerly “The Concubine Saga”] picked up honorable mentions in fiction at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival; the 2012 New York Book Festival, and the 2012 London Book Festival.

The Midwest Book Review says, “Many nations adopted modernism in their own ways. ‘The Concubine Saga’ is a historical fiction novel from Lloyd Lofthouse, following famed modernizer Robert Hart, a man who has contributed greatly to China’s advance in the nineteenth century, gaining much power and influence for a foreigner during the period. Drawing on heavily researched passages with great dramatization, ‘The Concubine Saga’ is a strong pick for historical fiction collections, highly recommended.”

* Warning: The first-half of this novel contains graphic-sexual content that reflects Robert Hart’s lifestyle while attending college and during his early years in China that may be considered soft-porn and offensive to some readers. If you think you might be offended, please do not buy and read this novel.


Meet Lloyd Lofthouse

Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Combat Vet. He is the author of the award winning novels My Splendid Concubine, Running with the Enemy, The Redemption of Don Juan Casanova, and the memoir Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé. His short story, A Night at the Well of Purity was named a finalist in the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards.

The Darkest Gift (Bargain Read)

A dynamic, enthralling tale of love, jealousy, rage, and the Supernatural!.
Story: When a self-loathing Gay man—Jack, meets an elegant yet incredibly mysterious Laurent Richelieu, he thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end. Or is it the beginning of a nightmare?
As the two begin their courtship—Jack encounters horrifying experiences involving paranormal experiences, vampirism, and possible reincarnation, making him question his sanity. The more time Jack spends with his mysterious European love interest, the more revealed about the dark secret awaiting Jack. Are they destined to be together? —does Laurent honestly care for Jack? Or is there a much more sinister plot involved?


Meet Len Handeland

Len Handeland has always enjoyed writing and drawn to being creative—as far back as he can remember. Back in middle school, when he and his classmates were assigned a book report, and the others groaned, Len cheered—not only being given an exciting novel to read but also to compose the essay assignment as well. Everything had to be perfect, the spelling, grammar, and accuracy regarding the subject matter. Later on—in his late teens, Len attended FIT in Manhattan studying fashion illustration; years later, he decided to pursue a career in the hair industry using his artistic training and creativity to excel in hair. He decided to pursue writing after reading many of Anne Rice’s work (having read all of her Vampire chronicle books) and after attending the San Francisco International writers’ conference—decided it was time for him to write a Vampire story of his own; in his words, given Len’s affinity for horror and this particular genre. A different story—where love is the only thing that matters, whether between two men, two vampires, or a vampire and a human being.
When Len isn’t writing, he is making the hair of others look their very best. Some of Len’s hobbies include reading and enjoys vegetarian cooking (and has been a vegetarian for 27 years). Some of his other hobbies include hiking, biking, and billiards. He enjoys the performing arts (he’s done some stage work-performing in regional plays) and has trained in Martial Arts for over 25 years. Len lives in Palm Springs with his husband, Byron, and their two tuxedo cats, Felix & Felicia (brother and sister) brother and sister)