In Spanish, the pain of letting go, the lense through which this author filters her soul to later pour it over these poems, is called “desamor” (loosely, “unlove”). Mariana Torres’ “Sonetosdel Amor y susContrarios” is both witty and playful, painful and passionate. “Unlove” is one of the hazards of loving. These remarkable poems, one of its fortunate byproducts.
In a time set some where in the future of an alternate Earth. A detective of Israelite blood finds himself embroiled in several cases that lead him and his Orthodox Jewish tinkerer friend down a road that will end with the confrontation of an ancient enemy of the Jews long forgotten.
Passion simmers from the moment wild child and dedicated Flapper Gabrielle meets staid aristocrat Sebastian. When she discovers the adventurous spirit beneath his serious demeanour, she seduces him into a last fling before he settles for a loveless marriage.
His is a life of duty and tradition, hers is a pursuit of freedom and pleasure, so this can never be more than a brief affair.
But as the Twenties roar to their conclusion, will Gabrielle survive falling in love with the one man she cannot have? And will Sebastian be able to settle for less than the woman he loves?
RT Book Reviews: “Let’s Misbehave is a romp through 1920s England that is sure to delight.”
Award-winning children’s book author, Ruth White, bases her first novel for adults on her own mother’s early years in the Virginia mountains. Emerging from a heartbreaking childhood, Lorelei leaves Starr Mountain. Coming of age in the roaring twenties, she is dazzled by the carefree world of flappers and bobbed hair, the Charleston and the IT girl, Prohibition, and the notorious speakeasies. Most important she finds men who are handsome, well-bred, well-educated, and reek of old money. As a mere wildflower, she doubts she can ever compete with the exotic orchids in this new world. But after a visit back home she comes to realize her own power, which will help her break the cycle of hopelessness among the women of her family.
As a kid you loved Belle Prater’s Boy. As a teen you loved Weeping Willow. Now, as an adult, you will love Diary of a Wildflower.
Fara Bellamont has been back in society for a year after leaving Cluny Abbey, where her uncle sent her long ago. When he chooses a suitor for her for marriage, she fears that she will be forced to marry a stranger and live a miserable life. But, Fara finds herself thrust into an adventure of a lifetime when unforeseen circumstances cause her to place her trust in a strange man for protection. His intervention not only saves her, but puts her in an even more compromising position. Grant Hill, a trading captain, is enchanted by the young heiress not only because of her beauty, but because she is hardly conventional. Underneath her ladylike exterior lies a tigress. Grant cannot help but offer his protection as she is in need and he is far from immune from her charms. Fara just never bargained on the passion that she feels for Grant Hill. As events unfold, she must decide whether her desires and the dictates of her heart should trump the rules of society…
Rue, a slave girl in an ancient Roman ludus, has been searching for love all her life. Her mistress often gives her to victorious gladiators for pleasure at their school as a reward for competence in the arena.But Rue has only experienced cruelty in the bedroom until she meets Ducius,a muscled and handsome gladiator who relishes their couplings and,more important, Rue’s wilting spirit. He treats her gently and nurtures her.But the shadow of death haunts them whenever Ducius sets foot upon the sands of the arena, and Rue is certain she will never escape the bonds of slavery. Can they find happiness together?
Archer Hamilton is a collector of rare and beautiful insects. Gina Shaw is a servant in his house. Out of place in so low a position, she becomes a source of fascination. A girl with a blighted past, Gina has lowered herself in order to find escape from her family and their scheming designs. All she wants is the freedom to live her life as she would wish. All her aunts want is the money she has inherited. An arranged marriage might turn out profitable for more parties than one. Mr. Hamilton is about to make the acquisition of a lifetime. But will the price be worth it?
Now eligible for courtship, many men hope to be the lucky groom selected to marry the Duke and Duchess of Crawley’s beautiful daughter, Farren Montbassen. Farren only considers one man acceptable- a notorious knight enjoying a carefree life with little interest in the prospect of marriage. Sir Patton Caswell cannot help but be intrigued by the beauty and grace of the spirited young woman. Everything seems to be falling into place until a rejected suitor and his father decide to take matters of Farren’s marriage into their own hands.
The forthcoming Marquess of Farnborough, Bayard Norshire, plans to scare Farren into marriage by giving her an ultimatum- marriage, or the death of her family. By kidnapping the Duke and Duchess of Crawley, Bayard thinks he holds their young daughter’s future in his hands. Sent to the rescue by King Edward III, Patton takes Farren on a journey of a lifetime to save the Duke and Duchess before Farren is forced into marriage with the despicable young Marquess.
Prince Dimitrie seems to have tough luck waiting for him around every corner. His most recent problems, a dangerous clan of gypsies threatening his life and his father presenting an ultimatum that he must marry within thirty days or lose his crown to his vehement sister, completely exasperate the young man. However, things appear to turn around when he unexpectedly meets a beautiful and seemingly eligible bride in a neighboring village. The fascinating and mysterious young woman steals his heart but with his history of bad breaks he cannot help but wonder if the captivating beauty is too good to be true.
Emerald Baillie is growing weary in her ploy to intimidate the supercilious Prince of Moldavia into releasing her imprisoned brothers. The stunning Duchess of Little Egypt confidently leads her life as gypsy royalty but trying to guide a large group of wayward menaces and keep them out of trouble proves tiresome, even for the poised young woman. With all the pressure resting on her shoulders she panics more and more each day. Fortunately for Emerald, Prince Dimitrie unintentionally makes her search for revenge against him much easier. However, sticking to her mischievous plan by abandoning all emotion and guilt is not as simple when her heart becomes involved.
When Ethan Caine pulled the unconscious woman from the half-frozen creek, he had no idea that his world was about to explode. Dressed in quilled doeskin of Iroquois design, she stirred up dark secrets from his past. At the same time, she was everything he desired. But she was more Indian than white, and on the run for murder. He needed to know the truth. He needed to find it within himself to trust her.
Banished by the Seneca Indians who had adopted and raised her, ostracized by the whites in the settlement, Zara Grey wanted only to be accepted. “Ethancaine” treated her with kindness and concern. It was easy to trust him. But her Indian ways disturbed him, and in her heart she would always be Seneca.
“Kathy Fischer-Brown weaves a tale of intrigue set to a backdrop of history and romance. The story moves along, keeps you interested right up to the end, and the love story between Zara and Ethan is tender and heartwarming. The author does an excellent job of weaving in the cultures clashing against each other, the unfounded prejudices of societies that don’t understand each other, while still keeping the focus on the romance. This is a touching story, the characters are vivid, the history is accurate, and the details really give the story a sense of place.”
“Skillfully plotted and with vividly drawn characters, THE GOLDEN DICE is a suspenseful, romantic, exciting drama that …kept me turning its pages — with increasing speed — to the very end.” Sherry Jones, Author FOUR SISTERS, ALL QUEENS
During a ten year siege between two age-old enemies, three women follow very different paths to survive:
Caecilia, a young Roman woman, forsakes her city by marrying the Etruscan Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people and the hatred of the Romans who consider her a traitoress…
Semni, a reckless Etruscan girl, becomes a servant in the House of Mastarna, embroiling herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia’s children and her own chance for romance…
Pinna, a tomb whore, uses blackmail to escape her grim life and gain the attention of Rome’s greatest general, choosing between her love for him and her loyalty to another…
Historical Fiction at its best, The Golden Dice explores the lives of women in war while giving a glimpse into the sexuality, religion, and politics of Roman and Etruscan cultures, two great civilizations of ancient history.
1825, Polynesia: Amelia Yorke is a destitute teacher with a petunia in a flowerpot outside a dingy Sydneytown cottage. Guy Richmond is a botanist searching for orchids in the rainforest and heir to vast lands in New South Wales. They should never have met yet come together on the deck of a sailing ship overlooking a spectacular tropical lagoon. They can only watch as a man paddles desperately towards them and freedom. He is overtaken by pursuers. Soon aquamarine water is stained by his blood.
When Abigail discovers a thief in her manor, she threatens to go fetch the police. The man, horrified at being caught, tells her about his daughter, Mary, he must feed. He begs her to let him leave. There is something strangely trustworthy about the way he speaks, and despite her better judgment, Abigail lets the man go. Little does she know that the thief will be back in her life before long. Not to steal the manor gold, but her heart.
I want to touch him but if do, I’ll die.” I guess that’s all part of the fun”. Tegan Michaels was happy with her simple life. However, everything changes after a boy falls through the ceiling of her school’s bathroom; a boy who is much more than he seems.
Not a vampire or werewolf story, but the story of two people trying to come to terms with life, death and everything inbetween.
Lady Charlotte Sinclair has long given up her dreams of happily ever after. Years ago, a tragic accident claimed the life of her beloved fiancé, but somehow she found the strength to go on—as an independent woman with a secret double life that has earned her millions. Lately, however, she has begun to yearn for something more…
While setting out to play matchmaker for her mother, Lady Charlotte meets a rugged, handsome stranger who saves her from a thief in the street, but her heroic rescuer soon turns out to be more mysterious—and dangerously captivating—than any man she has ever known. Swept away by passion into a sizzling summer affair with a man who leads a double life of his own, she vows to live only for pleasure with no promises of tomorrow. But soon she must accept that one final night of ecstasy with an irresistible lover is never going to be enough…
“I know I shouldn’t be so curious about you, but you make it so tantalizing to know more.”
Eva Perkins is a beautiful and educated student of Freud. She’s lusted after by her professors, and has no qualms about seducing them. Especially if it helps her future career.
When her favourite lover, Dr. Gregory Sinclair, invites her to his wife’s lavish soiree, she’s only too excited to run off with him after the meal for some adult fun.
She can still taste her lover’s mouth on her when she finds his wife’s body lying in the snow. Dr. Sinclair would never let her stumble across something so horrific if he were the culprit, but with a house bustling with people, who can she trust? As Dr. Sinclair is led away in handcuffs, Eva is the only one that can prove his innocence. However, it will involve revealing their affair, and give Dr. Sinclair a potential motive.
Each passing second gives the murderer more time to cover their tracks, and to keep her silent. Darkness lurks in the hearts of her colleagues and professors, and the more she learns, the more urgent her search for the killer becomes. Her life depends on it.
Eva Perkins is a smart female protagonist who will stop at nothing to clear her lover’s name. This sexy thriller will keep you gripping your seat and clenching your thighs with its heart-pounding suspense and breath quickening sex.
An action-packed and very racy mystery novel set in the flapper era. For lovers of romantic suspense.