By Heart and Compass: Clean & Wholesome Romance by Danielle Thorne

Lacey Whitman is obsessed with a forgotten pirate of the Golden Age. When she discovers a hidden diary, she never dreams it will lead her back to the sea and into the arms of the dive bum she’d rather forget. Max Bertrand is jaded, conceited, and riddled with trust issues. He’s easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart. Unfortunately, he’s the only man in the Caribbean that has the answers she needs. Lacey’s habit of living in the past comes to an abrupt halt when Max and the diary of his ancestor take her on the quest of a lifetime: to discover and raise the lost privateer ship, Specter, and bring the treasure and legacy of a true hero home again. But will finding it cost her heart?

Author: Danielle Thorne

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Gwen’s Gentlemen: Women’s Fiction (Seafarers Book 3) by Ruth Hay

A nineteenth century seaman’s journal. A woman searching for renewal. An unexpected friendship.Is it possible that Gwen’s life could be transformed like her sister Emily’s? If so, which of the gentlemen, dead or alive, will claim her affections?
In the first two books in the Seafarers Series, Emily Harrison finds her true love in Victor.
Now it could be her sister’s turn; but there is a problem.
 Gwen Harrison has never been an easy person to like. Perhaps it is because of her hard-scrabble existence, but when she is left on her own after her sister Emily’s marriage, she has to rethink her life and look to her future. And that means men!
Can she snag a man and persuade him she has changed her ways? Does she even want to?This is the third novel in the Seafarers series of discerning women’s fiction adventure books. It can be read as a standalone story.

Author: Ruth Hay

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Savages Station: A Civil War Triptych by del Fabro, Pietro

Savages Station takes the reader on an unexpected journey through the turbulent world of the American Civil War. The book, based on original primary research, weaves a pathway through some of the most riveting events of the war. Savages Station follows three stories that move back and forth between Civil War times and present-day America, opening up little-known aspects of the conflict and revealing new viewpoints into the major and minor characters of the era. The novel reminds us how much the Civil War remains an indelible part of our lives and reveals how many of our modern conflicts flow out of the war’s events.

Author: del Fabro, Pietro

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A MEMORY FOR MIRRY: THE SCATTERED SEEDS TALES FROM THE GREAT MELTING POT (The Scattered Seeds Tales from the “Great Melting Pot’ Book 3) by MAURA CLU GALLAGHER

“We are a country of immigrants and every family has a story to tell.” A MEMORY FOR MIRRY, a literary historical novel, is set on the Atlantic coast of America in the 20th Century. Thirty-three year old, Mirry McPherson has learned to accept her memory losses, apparently the result of an injury from an automobile accident in 1951 at nine-years old. However, in 1975, after years of having unexplained attacks, including fainting spells and blackouts, she is determined to find out what is making her so sick. Now pregnant with their second child, she and her lawyer husband, Gavin, and their two-year old daughter (Lizzie) return to the old lighthouse estate in the ‘Village of Bellevue at Hallowed Sound’, a port town on the Atlantic Ocean on the southeastern coast of America. Mirry has inherited the estate from her paternal great grandfather, Ivor MacIvor, a direct descendant of Bellevue’s ‘Founding Father’, Donovan Angus MacIvor, a Scottish builder of lighthouses. Despite the locals advising them that ‘Ivor’s ghost haunts the old place’ and that he had conspired with the Nazis during the war, they move forward with their plans to reconstruct the estate into a modern day ‘Bed and Breakfast’ Inn and Nautical Museum. Not long after arriving at the Lighthouse, Mirry becomes very ill, experiencing multiple unexplained blackouts and fainting spells. Gavin is worried but Mirry is adamant that she wants to continue with their plans to refurbish. She remembers promising Ivor “never to forget”, quoting the words of his Scottish family motto: “Numquam Obliviscar”. However, as hard as Mirry tries, she can’t remember what it was that Ivor had told her ‘not to forget’. The more she tries, the sicker she gets. As Gavin takes on his first case as the defense lawyer in a appeal trial of a man convicted of a murder in 1950, his investigations lead him back to Mirry, when she was eight years old and living with Ivor at the MacIvor Lighthouse Mansion.

The novel is appropriate for young adult and adult readers of all ages. It is the third stand-alone and non-sequential volume in the author’s collection of books launched in 2014 and titled, THE SCATTERED SEEDS, TALES FROM THE ‘GREAT MELTING POT’. These stories are American fictions set in history depicting the lives of the many immigrant families that have become a part of the ‘great melting pot’. The first volume, ANEW, and the second volume, DARBY’S ROAD are available in paper at createspace.com and Amazon.com or as Kindle at amazon.com. They are also ‘print-on-demand’ at your favorite bookstores in worldwide distributions and available at your favorite libraries upon request.
Maura Clu Gallagher is from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, U.S.A. A retired Art/Computer Teacher in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, she is enjoying her senior years engaging in her ‘passion’, Writing. For more information about her and her work, please visit her personally designed website, “You like to read. I like to write. Together, we make a great pair.” www.clugallagher.com/
Maura continues continues to live in the Pittsburgh area and in her ‘home-away-from-home’, Ocean City Maryland, with her husband of forty years and her family, including eight grandchildren.

Author: MAURA CLU GALLAGHER

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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A Fragile Kingdom by Andrew Crouch

Robert Gaze, the renowned war photographer, waits in hospital for the results of a battery of tests he has endured. A terminal diagnosis sharpens Gaze’s inclination to record his experiences of the Vietnam War, in particular the story behind the photograph that catapulted him onto the world stage.

Gaze has resisted many invitations over time to discuss the photograph, satisfied merely with the name of the Marine, and the knowledge that he never came home.

As Gaze traces the journey of the young subject of his photograph, he begins to recount his own story of how he arrived in Saigon; on the path towards the photograph that in turn would define his life.

Author: Andrew Crouch

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Ingvar: The Gods’ Forsaken Son by Wayne Armstrong

Ingvar, the first born son of a petty Norse king, embarks on a voyage to the British Isles with the intention of attaining the great wealth and renown which he believes will confirm his place as his father’s successor, despite a runic divination to the contrary. His expedition enjoys early success but a freak storm undermines his fortunes abroad while at home his dynastic rivals are busily pushing their own claims in accordance with what has been foretold.With the Gods already opposed to Ingvar’s will, the odds against him are dramatically increased when he is reduced to the status of a slave warrior fighting for survival in the Emir of Cordoba’s army, while his wife and daughters remain at the mercy of those who mean him harm. In addition to such seemingly insurmountable external challenges, Ingvar must overcome an impulsive nature that serves to exacerbate his plight at every turn, whilst developing the empathy required for him to become the noble ruler he truly wishes to be.

Author: Wayne Armstrong

The Undead King of New York City by Caractacus Plume

The first adventure from the Casebook of Lyons & Hound.LONDON – 1894A bitter war between rival vampire clans sees the first meeting of Mr Percival Percy (celebrated champion against the sinister forces of the supernatural underworld, known – and in certain quarters feared – as The Hound Who Hunts Nightmares) and the mysterious Mr Cornelius “Dandy” Lyons.A heart-stopping romp through the supernatural streets of Victorian London that sees the birth of the paranormal investigation agency of Lyons & Hound.

Author: Caractacus Plume

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Living and Dying in the Rainbow Light: Volume III of the Lincoln County Law Trilogy by Jerri Blair

Elizabeth Shaw finds herself in a dilemma of great magnitude when she’s appointed by Judge J.T. Lockman to represent the most hated man in the rural county where she practices law. Her client is accused of killing a popular legal assistant who worked for the most powerful lawyer in the county, a man who’s also about to announce his candidacy for governor of the state. Elizabeth’s dream that she might someday be appointed as a judge begins to dissipate when she takes on this highly controversial case, but disappears completely when the married gubernatorial candidate makes it clear that he wants an affair with her as the cost of any such appointment. This novel continues the arc of change in a rural county from the prejudices of the past to a more hopeful future when the county’s first female trial attorney enters the scene. She’s a woman who knows her way around the courtroom and how to accept the foibles of the men who surround her in the male dominated legal community, making her very popular with the courthouse regulars. Her talents are less accepted by some of the good old boys who run the power base of the county, but she’s prepared to take on anyone who gets in the way of proper representation of her clients. When her criminal client avows his innocence, her determination to do the best she can no matter what the consequences to her personal life puts her on a collision course with the most powerful lawyer in the county. It’s a battle to the end for the truth to come out about what really happened to the beautiful young assistant whose death haunts everyone who knew her.

Author: Jerri Blair

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Loved Of My Father by Terry Hare

Ray Kowalski is an average, fifty-something male: divorced, employed, alone. He’s doing his best to make his way in the world, working to keep his life together. One morning, everything changes for him with a single phone call.Kammi Harmon, reporter, has uncovered something incredible in Ray’s father’s past, and is asking for Ray’s help to unravel the mystery. Ray, however, has no desire to delve into that difficult part of his life and is reluctant to get involved.“Loved Of My Father” follows them as they forge an often uneasy relationship with each other while uncovering secrets from the past. Kammi’s news that Ray’s father was an intel codebreaker in World War II seems incredible…but that barely scratches the surface. Soon the long shadow of the top secret Linkstar project casts its pall over their lives, and Ray struggles to come to grips with his shocking new reality.Drawn in by Kammi’s beauty and fueled by her passion, Ray’s life is turned inside out. In short order he finds himself traveling cross country and over the ocean, all in pursuit of an elusive, incredible, truth. Through it all his long held views of his distant, unapproachable father are challenged in ways he never dreamed possible.In the end can Ray make peace with the memory of his dead father? And more importantly, can he finally be reconciled to his Heavenly Father?

Author: Terry Hare

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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