Speak Easy, Anne by Brandy D. Anderson

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“Speak Easy, Anne” tells the story of a young woman who struggles with family, love, and loss in New York City. The U.S. prohibition has been underway for a year and Anne just had her heart broken by her longtime boyfriend, Chris, benevolent leader of the Manhattan bootlegging syndicate. She is surprised when Chris’ volatile friend, and Brooklyn bootlegging competitor, Dante, begins to pursue her. This causes a rift between the two friends and prompts Chris to question whether his dismissal of Anne was a mistake. Amid the romantic chaos, she must help her sister deal with an abusive husband. “Speak Easy, Anne” is about finding, and keeping, your heart and soul even when the world seems to challenge you at every turn.

Targeted Audience: Adults

Author Bio:
Brandy D. Anderson is a professional writer who loves to travel but her heart is always in Neverland. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and is currently working on acquiring her Masters of Arts. Anderson is a regular contributor for various publications including Filmonic, Snazzy Space, and Whitman’s Barbaric Yawp. Her work has also been featured in several scholarly journals. “Speak Easy, Anne” is Anderson’s first novel.

Anderson’s favourite things in the ‘verse are as follows: Sinatra, Shelley, coffee, and Judd Nelson’s nose (not necessarily in that order).

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Virtue and Vice by Kimberly Brody

When Isabelle Beaumont’s father betroths her to a dreaded Parliamentarian for economic gain, she vows to find a way to thwart the marriage, no matter the cost. Believing her only recourse is to break the terms of the betrothal agreement, Izzy plans to sacrifice her virginity before her wedding day dawns. Her scheme is simple enough. She’ll join the villagers in their May Day celebrations, and there she will choose the man who will take her virtue.

Ramsay Maitland is on a crusade to prove his betrothed an unsuitable bride. Despite the political advantages of the match, he has no intention of taking a royalist courtier as his wife. His objective is diverted when, at a May Day festival, he meets an alluring woman who appears more than willing to fall into his arms… and into his bed. Passion ignites when Ram discovers his mystery maiden is the one woman he swore he’d never desire… his betrothed.

Determined to master the woman who has stolen his heart, Ram will chase his elusive bride from the lush landscapes of Cornwall to the debauched court of Charles II. In a bid to claim her as his own, he vows to bind her to him with sensuality and desire. But can enemies become lovers when past secrets and court intrigue threaten to destroy their new-found love?

Targeted Audience: Above 21. Those comfortable with erotica and/or highly sensual sex scenes

Author Bio:
I’m a fan of all historical romance genres, and have been since I snuck my first romance novel by Kathleen Woodiwiss off my mother’s bookshelf when I was 12. I read all genres, but historical romance has always been my great love. While I enjoy a good Regency romp, I prefer darker, grittier stories that torment the characters and force them to grow, and finally earn their happily ever after.I live in South Florida with my husband, Ian, and a whole lot of cats (more than a dozen, less than 20!) I love reading, writing, historical documentaries, and working with groups that trap, neuter, and release feral cats (at present I’ve helped neuter and find homes for over 20 ferals!)

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I’ve always loved to write, and history is one of my favorite subjects. My greatest knowledge is from the period of 1066-1217, but I’m very knowledgeable of English history through the Tudor-Stuart period. It occurred to me that there are very few historical romance novels set during the restoration period, and decided to help change that

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The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale by Regina Kammer

ReginaKammer_TheGeneralsWife200Seduced Into Marriage
Lady Clara Hastings is forced to leave her beloved England by her wicked husband, the infamous British general Lord Jeremy Strathmore. They arrive upon the shores of the uncivilized American colonies amidst the outbreak of that young nation’s struggle for independence.

Kidnapped And Held For Ransom
Among Strathmore’s enemies is a man Clara secretly desires. As his captive, she learns of her husband’s debauched pleasures and sadistic past, and discovers her own passions and sensual needs.

A Quest For Freedom
In the clutches of patriot fighters, Clara’s beliefs are challenged, her values are threatened, and she is caught up in a battle for her heart in the arms of a handsome American revolutionary.

The General’s Wife: An American Revolutionary Tale is an award-nominated historical erotic romance set in New York of 1777. Intermingling themes of erotica and erotic romance, The General’s Wife follows the sexual journey of the heroine culminating in a happily-ever-after.

Targeted Audience: Historical romance readers who want a very sexy, erotic read

Author Bio:
Regina Kammer is a librarian, an art historian, and an award-nominated, Amazon best-selling, multi-published writer of erotica and historical erotic romance. Her short stories and novels have been published by Cleis Press, Go Deeper Press, Ellora’s Cave, House of Erotica, The Naughty Literati, and her own imprint, Viridium Press. She began writing historical fiction with romantic elements during National Novel Writing Month 2006, switching to erotica when all her characters suddenly demanded to have sex.

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Mail Order Bride: Westward Winds by Linda Bridey

westward_winds_finalTessa O’Connor lives in a world of privilege and excess. Her doting parents want her to make a good match with a worthy gentleman and live a respectable life. She is beautiful and intelligent and she comes with a hefty dowry. There is no reason that she shouldn’t be able to find an eligible man and settle down.

Tessa herself is the reason. The men who are attempting to court her are, in her opinion, boring and conceited. Not only that, Tessa craves excitement and adventure, of which there is little in her social circles. By chance, she comes across an advertisement for a bride brokerage company seeking eligible women of good breeding to go west and find husbands.

One man on the list catches her eye and she begins corresponding with him, eventually agreeing to go to Montana to meet him. She can’t resist the possibility of finding someone different and even if she doesn’t, the adventure itself would be worth her time. Tessa makes a successful escape and sets out to make a new life in Montana.

Will she find love under the Montana skies?

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
Linda Bridey lives in New Mexico with her three dogs; a German shepherd, chocolate Labrador retriever, and a black Pug. She became fascinated with Montana and decided to combine that fascination with her fictional romance writing. Linda chose to write about mail-order-brides because of the bravery of these women who left everything and everyone to take a trek into the unknown. The Westward series books are her first publications.

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An Impossible Marriage by Meriel Brooke

Cover-An-Impossible-Marriage-10-SMALLSamuel Singleton, a farmer’s son, enlists as a teenager at the outbreak of the First World War, after which he goes to Malaya to start a new life as a rubber planter. He meets Ruth, an attractive and sophisticated woman. They marry, but the marriage is stormy, and Ruth has an affair with the young doctor on the rubber estate. His childhood sweetheart, Mary, realises that something is wrong when Sam does not send for her as promised. She has not told him that she is pregnant and attempts suicide by jumping off a bridge on Sam’s mare, Bella, but is saved by their neighbour, Richard Lewis. They bring up the child, Andrew, as their own. Sam and Ruth have a child, Stephanie, who is sent to school in England. While Stephanie is training to be a nurse at a London teaching hospital, she meets a medical student, Andrew Lewis, and discovers that they are neighbours. They fall in love and decide to marry. Sam’s parents then decide they must tell Sam that Andrew is his son and therefore Stephanie’s half-brother, and that Stephanie and Andrew must end their relationship.

Targeted Audience: Adult

Author Bio:
I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but it’s taken a long time and several careers to achieve this ambition.
I was born in Malaya, was sent to boarding school in England at the tender age of three, then to Canada during the war (Second, not First World War!), then Australia at the end of the war, then back to England where I finished my schooling at Cheltenham Ladies’ College.
I qualified as a nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and worked for a plastic surgeon before following my heart and changing careers to act in film, TV and stage including the American Shakespeare Company, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre. I wrote and directed several plays and was a member of the Directors’ Guild.
Some years ago I moved to Herefordshire and set up a small organic farm with my husband.
My first book, ‘Pot of Gold’, a humorous account of downshifting, was first published in 1997 and was the subject of a Channel 4 documentary about our farm.
My children’s book, ‘Jacqueline Jackdaw’, is about a clever jackdaw who becomes friends with a young boy.
My first novel ‘An Impossible Marriage’, about a farmer’s son who became a rubber planter in Malaya,has just been published by Ex-L-Ence-Publishing. The story concerns the consequences to all involved after he deserts his childhood sweetheart and marries a more sophisticated woman. Years later, the offspring of his two relationships fortuitously meet. This was originally published under the title of ‘Blood Marriage’.
My second novel, ‘Sweet Mungo’, about a young actor, is now in the process of being published.
All my books are available on Amazon.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I started writing this book nine years ago and originally it was just a record of my father’s career (he fought in both world wars). Then I realised it would make a good story, and my first efforts were terrible, but nine years later I feel proud of it

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The Gardener of Baghdad by Ahmad Ardalan

Adnan leads a weary existence as a bookshop owner in modern-day, war-torn Baghdad, where bombings, corruption and assault are everyday occurrences and the struggle to survive has suffocated the joy out of life for most. But when he begins to clean out his bookshop of forty years to leave his city in search of somewhere safer, he comes across the story of Ali, the Gardener of Baghdad, Adnan rediscovers through a memoir handwritten by the gardener decades ago that beauty, love and hope can still exist, even in the darkest corners of the world

Targeted Audience: Romance

Author Bio:
Ahmad Ardalan was born in Baghdad in 1979. At the age of two, he moved with his parents to Vienna, Austria, where he spent most of his childhood and underwent his primary studies. After his father’s diplomatic mission finished at the end of 1989, he returned to Iraq, where he continued his studies and graduated from the University of Dentistry. As a result of the unstable political, military, social, and economic conditions in his home country, Ahmad decided to leave Iraq and move to the UAE. After facing difficulties to pursue his career in dentistry, he opted to pursue employment in the business world. Since then, Ardalan has held several senior roles within the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, throughout much of the Middle East. His early childhood in a mixed cultural environment, as well as his world travels, increased his passion for learning about cultures of the world and inspired him to pen The Clout of Gen, his first novel. After eleven years of being away, Ahmad returned to Baghdad in January 2013 on a visit that was full of mixed emotions. Inspired by his trip to Iraq, he wrote his second novel, The Gardener of Baghdad.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The daily pain of my hometown, Baghdad.

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Resisting the Highlander by Marian McBride

resistingthehighlanderYoung Bridget Campbell has a peaceful life in the Scottish lowlands living in her parents’ home with her sisters and training to be a piano teacher. Her life is turned upside down when her wealthy grandfather, Robert MacDonald, invites her to stay with him at his castle and become the lady of the house.

But moving to the castle means living under the same roof as Aidan MacLeod, a handsome highlander recently brought to the village to be her grandfather’s right hand man. Although there’s a mutual attraction, Bridget senses something sinister about the outlander, and if the rumors are true he’s not to be trusted, especially with her heart.

As strange noises fill the night and then a frightening attack nearly sends her from the keep, Bridget considers returning home. Her grandfather needs her, but Aidan and the housekeeper, Besse, would surely rejoice at her departure, leaving them in a better position to inherit the property. Bridget needs to discover the source of the threat and who she can trust.

Targeted Audience: 21-25

Author Bio:
Marian McBride is an American author of Scottish descent. When she feels like honoring her roots, she plays her Celtic harp, but not as well as she’d like. Occasionally, she sings along, usually when she wants to punish her family.

Marian is not a particularly good Scot. She doesn’t enjoy haggis or bagpipes, but she does love a good Highland Games, particularly when men in kilts do the caber toss. “Her Rebellious Heart” is Marian’s sole novella. She hopes by showing some Scottish pride in her writing, her clansmen will forgive for not visiting home often.

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The Archer’s Son by Mark Hubbs

51BDofmQ7qL__BO2204203200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-bigTopRight0-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4BottomRight122_AA300_SH20_OU01Hedyn held an old sheet iron helmet and a mail tunic up in the starlight to see them better. The breast of the mail bore a ragged hole. The mail was sticky. It took a moment for Hedyn to realize it was soaked in drying blood.
“A bascinet and hauberk?” he asked.
“Aye, you shall need these before the night is done.”

Eager to see the world that lies beyond his small Cornish village, young Hedyn, son of an archer and serf, is thrilled to be chosen to join King Henry’s army as it advances on Normandy. His excitement quickly gives way to exhaustion in body and spirit, as well as worry for the safety of his newfound friends and comrades. Treachery, disease, hunger, and death plague their steps as King Henry’s men near their fateful battle with the French army at Agincourt. Can a mysterious stranger with a secretive past offer Hedyn hope amidst the horrors of battle?

Targeted Audience: Young Adult

Author Bio:
Mark Hubbs is an eleven year veteran of the U.S. Army Infantry. He left active duty in 1992 and retired from the Army Reserve in 2001. Since leaving active duty he worked as a historic preservation specialist and archaeologist for the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command. His work has taken him to several far flung islands in the Pacific where the fierce battles of World War II have left relics both above and below the surface of the corral sand.

Besides the extensive non-fiction writing that Mark does for his job, he has also written non-fiction for several history related magazines and journals. The Secret of Wattensaw Bayou is his first novel.

Mark has had a life-long passion for history. This interest ranges from battles and leaders to the more mundane cultural and material history of the common people who were the real heroes of the past. History is more than anything else the story of ordinary people and how those people reacted to extraordinary circumstances. For almost four decades Mark has learned first hand how the people of the past lived by participating in costumed living history programs at scores of American battlefields and historic sites.

Mark belongs to several history related organizations including The Company of Military Historians and The Sons of the American Revolution. He is a co-founder of the Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table.

Recently he became a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI). It is his hope to use his historically based novels to inspire a love of history in children.

Mark holds a Bachelor’s in History from Henderson State University in Arkansas, a Masters in Environmental Management from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and a Masters in Archaeology from Leicester University in the United Kingdom.

Huntsville, Alabama has been home for Mark and his wife Phyllis since 1989. They have three children and five grandchildren.

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Across the Sea by C. Lynn Biccum

Olivia Stonehouse is the daughter of a wealthy English baron who is obsessed with marrying her off to the highest bidder. Instead of accepting her fate she runs away to Virginia, leaving her life of privilege and entering a world of which she knows nothing. Landing in Williamsburg, she meets Jackson, a Powhatan Indian, and Henry Dorset, a fellow Englishman and lodger in her boardinghouse. Neither man is what he seems and she’s not sure who to trust.

Targeted Audience: 25 and over

Author Bio:
Crystal L Biccum grew up outside Buffalo, NY and joined the Air Force right after college. As an active duty musician her career has taken her all across this great country. Currently she lives in California with her husband, one goofy dog and four silly cats. In their free time they like to CrossFit, so they can drink wine and eat ice cream.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wrote the first chapter in junior high school, thinking the story would be an interesting one. All these years later I’ve finally managed to turn it into a book!

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Desire in the Demimonde (The Demimonde Trilogy, Book 2) by Carrigan Fox

Custom-Book-Cover-Carrigan-Demimonde-2-Official-EbookJustine Dixon was a socialite in the upper crust of Butte’s society. But when she foolishly fell for the seduction of a confidence man, she found herself broken and alone. The Demimonde took her in and made her one of their own. Now, nine years later, she is one of the most successful prostitutes of the Mercury Street parlor houses. And she’s made the mistake of falling in love with Jack Murphy, playboy and copper man.
Jack once valued his simple life. He worked in the mine and spent his money on cards and women. But now he is the assistant superintendent of the mine, torn between the concerns of his men and the demands of the corporate owners. When violence breaks out between the two sides, Jack realizes that playing the middle man has put him in a precarious position.
And when his cousin comes to town to threaten everything that matters, Jack is stunned to realize that Justine is more important than he could have imagined. But will he be able to accept the love of a prostitute before everything is destroyed?

Targeted Audience: 21

Author Bio:
I began writing my first novel when I was thirteen, and I have dreamed of my life as a writer ever since. I dreamt of a house on a bluff overlooking the ocean with large windows and an airy solarium with comfy leather sofas on which I would lounge and write. For breaks, I would walk my dogs and small child to the nearby beach.
At some point, I decided to take a more pragmatic approach to life and began teaching high school English. These days, I do live on a bluff, but I overlook the cornfields in the rural Midwest. And I do go for walks with my child, but I have developed an allergy to dogs that typically leave me battling an asthma attack. And for 40% of the year, it’s too cold in the Midwest for leather couches to be comfortable and for solariums to thrive.
Nevertheless, after thirteen years, I am now able to do what I’ve always loved by taking advantage of the self-publishing revolution. And I still have dreams. Currently, for example, I dream of growing a lavish vegetable garden on our bluff. Unfortunately, dreaming about it doesn’t make my thumb any greener. In the meantime, I take great satisfaction in the fact that the survival of my protagonists is dependent only on my imagination rather than my ability to avoid over-watering them.

What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
Initially, the idea for The Demimonde Trilogy was only going to be one book. But as I continued researching, I realized how interesting the women of Montana were in 1910. I wanted to tell three different stories to relate three different roles of women involved in the red light district.

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