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
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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
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Enduring – The Andersen Saga (The Andersens Book 17) by Jacie Middlemann

Livia Andersen was a woman who held her family together with a quiet smile and an iron will. It’s been months since her death and her children and grandchildren she leaves behind continue to grapple with the shifting changes in their lives now that she’s gone. Chris Andersen is searching for answers. He and Ethan Gilchrist are looking for the cause that killed almost an entire family who lived on a small homestead almost two hundred years ago. Until recently the site of the tragedy was part of his aunt’s property. Now it belong to Ethan. The family they were looking for answers about were his as well. But for all the effort they were putting into finding out what killed them Chris knew that some questions had no easy answers. Sometimes none at all. No matter how hard you looked.The Andersen Saga is a story of family. It is a story about joy and loss, hope and sorrow, betrayal and regrets, unconditional forgiveness, high expectations, and unwavering loyalty. It reminds that at the heart of who we are is the family we come from, the family who stands behind and beside us and at times against us. And who we become isn’t just a result of those still with us but those too that we’ve lost along the way. It is about the twist and turns every family deals with, the conflicts from within, and the never ending desire for acceptance and respect.Everlasting is the seventeenth book in the ongoing Andersen Family Saga. Other books in the Andersen Family Saga include Betrayal, Resolute, Broken, Found, Choices, Regrets, Remember, Forgiven, Truths, Always, Expectations, Decisions, Disillusioned, Believe, Relentless, and Everlasting.The Andersen Family Saga is a series of novellas, classified by Amazon as Short Reads. If you love sitting down with a novella style book you will enjoy the Andersen Family Saga series. These books fall between the forty-five minute to two hours reading time category of Amazon “Short Reads.”

Author: Jacie Middlemann

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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You Win Some and You Lose Some: Four Tales of Love, Mirth and Misfortune by Jesse Sisken

Infidelity brings a marriage to the brink of failure, an artist struggling to work in the face of terminal cancer, a delightful vacation marred by a debilitating slip-up, and joys and tragedy on a ski club’s trip, all stories about the human condition in the modern world.

Author: Jesse Sisken

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Rum Hijack by Phil Moss

A spiritual and troubled young man convinced he is to become an infamous literary legend – before even writing a first line – begins to take out his ‘writers block’ on the local community.Wanting love – and to win a book award – his desperation and frustrations reach boiling point as he begins to reinvent himself, only for his new-found alter-ego to have an alter-ego of its own – with an even darker agenda.

Author: Phil Moss

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
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Carry the Moon Across the Sky by Jillian Rose

There is no stopping a soul determined to awaken through love, and Selena always felt the calling. She longed for something more. Something higher. And the night she met Arun, she knew that nothing would ever be the same again. Carry the Moon Across the Sky is a story of love, loss, and awakening. It is a story of transformation, spurred by beauty, pain, and the touchings of higher connection. It is true that some of our greatest teachers can be of fleeting presence in our lives, and that the light of love can be blinding. But, when it comes to a search for truth, answers can be found in the most surprising of places.Recommended for mature audiences.

Author: Jillian Rose

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews