Saints & Scoundrels: Twenty-seven, FUN, Short Stories of Colorful Characters of Arizona: Colorful Characters of Arizona by Julie McDonald

I love my home state of Arizona! With some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, it is indeed a land of color and contrast. Equally colorful are the many characters who called Arizona home. Alvin Booth, whose parents were slaves, was born “free” just after the Civil War ended. He came to Globe, Arizona, where he made a fortune! Larcena Pennington was kidnapped by Apaches, stoned, then left for dead. The cowboys on the book cover were featured in the 1884 issue of Arizona Highways. Three years later they would be involved in the Pleasant Valley War, America’s most deadly family feud. The outrageous Sarah Bowman, who “traveled with the troops.” Native Americans, George Kirk, a Navajo Code Talker and famous Hopi artist, Fred Kabotie. “Hi Jolly” and his herd of camels. Since so many of my characters ended up at the dreaded Arizona Territorial Prison in Yuma, aka the “Hell Hole,” I had to do a short chapter about that dreadful place. Over 30 short stories from Arizona. Good men and bad women, bad men and good women. I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them. Here’s to FUN history!

Author: Julie McDonald

Rating: Rating: 4.70 / 5
5 reviews

A Slave Mother’s True Story: Aunt Rachel’s Miraculous Escape by Julie McDonald

This is the true story,  (10 minute read time) of a slave named Rachel.  Rachel had escaped once before and when her owner captured her, he took drastic measures to make sure she would not escaped again!  A leg iron, with a heavy ball and chain was clamped just above her ankle.  Handcuffs were put on her wrists. She was loaded onto a wagon and bound once again for a life of slavery.  The situation looked hopeless.   As the title indicates, this heartwarming story of Rachel is simply miraculous.

Author: Julie McDonald

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

A Slave’s Courtroom Drama: The Remarkable, True Story of Louis by Julie McDonald

October, 1853, Cincinnati, Ohio.This true story, (10 minute read) is about a fugitive slave named Louis who was one of the first slaves to be tried  in a court of law under the newly enacted Fugitive Slave Law.  Louis didn’t wait for a verdict from the Judge, but decided to trust his own two feet rather than hope justice would prevail.

Author: Julie McDonald

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Asunder: A Novel of the Civil War by Curt Locklear

Thrust into the middle of Civil War battle, with both Union and Rebel protagonists and antagonists, Asunder, the first in the Trilogy, is a story of love and loss and of families torn apart. Thoroughly researched, the novel presents numerous complex, memorable characters struggling against incredible odds in an epic spanning from Texas to New York. he story begins in frigid February, long after the battle. Cyntha Favor, an abolitionist and ardent believer in Spiritualism, searches the battlefield in hopes of finding her husband’s grave. Having received erroneous reports of his death, she hopes to free his tormented soul. During the Civil War, it is estimated that at least one-fifth of the population wholeheartedly believed in Spiritualism. Mary Lincoln held séances in the White House with President Lincoln in attendance. Sara Reeder, initially naïve and an ardent supporter of the Southern cause, is thrust into the battle maelstrom. An excellent horse-woman, she rides to warn the army of a surprise attack, but is too late. With battle all around, she aids wounded Union soldiers, and her zeal for the war changes forever. In early 1861, both armies wore an assortment of uniforms. The Union had not adopted the standard blue uniform. Cyntha’s husband, a Union soldier, Iowa Grays volunteer, Joseph Favor, is found unconscious by Sara. Nursed to health by Sara and her father, Lucas, he awakens with no memory, unable to recall even the battle. The Reeders perceive him, since he is dressed in gray, to be a Confederate. Dred Workman, a conniving Iowan comrade and deserter to the Rebels, falsely identifies Joseph as a Cavalryman in the Third Texas. The Reeder home is turned into a hospital. Soon, they are left to care for numerous wounded with no help from the army. Lucas blames Lincoln for the war. Based on an actual event, he holds a grudge against the president for something that happened before the war when Lincoln was a lawyer. Lucas and his slave have become friends, no longer slave and master.Sara and Joseph are romantically drawn to each other, but Joseph is haunted by fleeting images of his past. Joseph is called to join the cavalry. Will this parting keep them from being together? Joined by her freeman employee and confidant, Josiah Reynolds, Cyntha’s headstrong manner lands her in confinement by the Union army. She meets a dubious Spiritualist who convinces her that Joseph’s soul is indeed tormented. Learning her brother is accused of robbery, and aided by a quirky Rebel supporter, Constance Carver, she plans escape. Her brother has problems of his own when the steamboat he is a passenger on sinks in a storm. The survivors are attacked by River Pirates. With Missouri marauder gangs closing in on the Reeder farm, the Spiritualist Fox sisters holding séances, and devastating battles, Asunder drives towards a devastating climax. Like curtlocklearauthor.com on Facebook, visit the website curtlocklearauthor.com and follow @CurtLock on Twitter

Author: Curt Locklear

Rating: Rating: 4.90 / 5
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Snippets In Time by S. R. Mallery

Drift back in time with award winning S. R. Mallery, as she presents some excerpts––or “snippets”–– pulled out of her books. They range from an American family saga to full, historical adventures involving sewing; from a U.S. Civil War Romeo and Juliet couple defying all odds to a 1926 Old Hollywood murder mystery; from both a colorful Western romance and a Nazi spy romance thriller to short stories that keep you guessing…. HERE’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT S. R. MALLERY“S.R. Mallery is a gifted author who drew me into the story from the first word and kept me reading until the very last page.” –– Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite“…her style lures the reader; you actually become part of her tapestry of expression.” –– Melinda Hines, Top Amazon Reviewer“Master storyteller S. R. Mallery has a remarkable gift. The amazing ability to bring rich, historical events to life…” –– Geri Ahearn, Top Amazon Reviewer

Author: S. R. Mallery

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

The Star of The Serpent by Benjamin K. Stone

If you were there…You would have heard a surprising story about the mystical star that today inspires the annual crowning of cultivated saplings and the proud decoration of many homes. A star believed by many sent to glorify a newborn king. But there is a sinister side to the tale many have never been told. It is the untold story of a manipulated star that led unsuspecting astrologers to a jealous king bent on eliminating a rightful ruler.An artful star that indirectly influenced a hidden infanticide that neither clerics nor profiteers want to talk about or remembered.A pretending star of light guided by one known as “the serpent”.

Author: Benjamin K. Stone

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Darcy’s Ultimatum: A Pride & Prejudice Variation (The Darcy Cousins Book 1) by Jennifer Joy

The first in a sweet romance series inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. When Fitzwilliam Darcy’s arranged life falls to pieces, his father, Mr. George Darcy, gives him an ultimatum: Marry by the end of the London Season or risk disinheritance. Can Darcy cast aside society’s frigid attitude toward marriage and find true love? Or will his desire to honor his deceased mother’s memory hold him back?Elizabeth Bennet faces the greatest challenge of her life: Find a husband by the end of the London Season or be forced to marry the heir apparent of her family home, Mr. Collins. A romantic at heart, will Elizabeth find a gentleman to meet her high expectations? After a disastrous meeting, Darcy and Elizabeth determine not to like each other.But, the London Season has only begun…

Author: Jennifer Joy

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
4 reviews

Riders of the Barren Plains (Cassidy Yates Book 5) by I. J. Parnham

Jeff Steed rode into Carmon looking for work, but when he got caught up in a bank raid he found himself running from both Sheriff Cassidy Yates and the bank raider Blake Kelly. To escape from the net that was inexorably closing in on him he assumed the identity of a dead man. But as that man was the leader of a supply convoy, he had to undertake a hazardous journey across the Barren Plains to the silver miners at Bleak Point.With the convoy being escorted by the lawman who had been trying to catch him and the bandit he double-crossed hiding out in the Barren Plains, can Jeff ever hope to survive?

Author: I. J. Parnham

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

Sunday Best by James Hall

Sunday Best is a gripping tale of the enduring friendship of five poor Harlem teens as they go from boys to men.

They have dreams of becoming a bestselling author, a real estate mogul, a band leader, a champion boxer, and a mob boss. Follow their grueling journey as they climb to the top of their respective worlds.

Their friendship, that stretches over fifty years, is truly tested as they confront a world filled with violence, crime, and racism. They learn the hard way that success doesn’t come without a price, one that may require fraud, blackmail, and murder.

Their indestructible bond is further put to the test as they are forced to confront the three-headed hydra of jealousy, greed, and competition for the heart of their dazzlingly beautiful love interest.
-A cautionary tale for the ages-

Author: James Hall

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews