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Historical Fiction

Every Lover is a Soldier: A Story of Vietnam

In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from fraternizing due to the difference in their ranks, they develop their relationship in secret, supporting each other through the violence and pain of their respective duties. 

They marry in secret—on R&R in Hawaii—and return to Vietnam to serve one more tour each, all the while maintaining the utmost discretion about their illegal marriage. 

Sam works long shifts at the evac hospital, doing what she can to put broken and burned men back together again.  She is haunted by the death of her brother—she sees him in the men she treats—and is terrified that one day Jake will end up on a stretcher laid out before her in triage.

Sam discovers she is pregnant, and despite the death and danger around them, Sam and Jake decide Sam will stay at Chu Lai for the first two months of her pregnancy. Jake’s tour will end six months later, in time for the birth of the baby. But seven weeks into her pregnancy, as Sam is planning to tell her superiors, the Viet Cong and NVA launch the Tet Offensive. Sam is wounded on the first night of Tet and is sent home. 

Two weeks later, Jake’s chopper goes down. No bodies are found, only blood trails. 

Is he alive? Has he been captured? Sam is left to wonder, and to wait. When her son is born--a son who has the same coal-black hair as Jake--she wonders what she will tell him about his father’s fate. And what will she believe for herself? 
 

The Blossom of the Soul

The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

The Leeds Devil

On the eve of the Revolutionary War, demonic forces are at work in the forested heart of the New Jersey Colony...

Deborah Leeds is a dutiful wife and a mayor's daughter-in-law, dwelling between the deep, dark woods and the merciless expanse of the Atlantic ocean. Her skills as a healer, and her ambition, lead some to call her a witch...

But the young woman has more to fear than superstition. Deborah becomes the unwitting center of a diabolic plot born of revenge and fueled by Satanic power...

Deborah's struggle to protect herself, her family, and the land she loves will give birth to the colony's most enduring and infamous legend...The Leeds Devil.

Warning: this series contains adult content.

Waite Community Announcements (from a Neighboring Dimension)

"...the lab equipment is missing. A heavy, cloying smell chokes us as we enter the room."

It's 1922 and the school year has just begun at Waite College, a women's institute just outside of Arkham, and peculiar events are happening all over campus. The sister school to the infamous Miskatonic University, Waite is no stranger to unusual stories about men going mad or missing. But for the first time evil appears to have crept into their dormitories and offices, to the horror of faculty and students alike.

Consisting of found documents including journal entries, incident reports, evaluations, official memos, and graffitied messages, Waite Community Announcements will trace the events leading up to the school's mass disappearances in 1923--which to this day historians do not quite understand.

 20% of the proceeds from subscriptions will be donated to Sweet Briar College, recently saved from closure in June 2015.

Unfixed Timelines

Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories are posted in the intervening weeks.

Allie's Choice

Allie comes home when her grandmother dies to finish the B&B that her grandmother had planned. While working on the house she finds a wooden box and opens a door to the past which changes her family in ways she could never imagine.

The Gulmohur Tales

East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction from a sorrow that unites them.

2. The Appointment
It is 1987 and seven-year-old Niyaz has the chance to emigrate to America. The future holds endless possibilities.

3. Bus To Triplicane
John Perry and his local guide, Asif, take a bus ride in the Madras metropolis of South India. John runs into a spot of trouble.

4. A Mall Encounter
Vinod Belchada sees the killer of his parents in a shopping mall, or so he imagines.

5. Lunch On Lower Wacker
Little Zeenat makes a trip to the mosque downtown to join her Girl Scout troop in packing lunches for the homeless. She has a heart-warming experience as she gives away the last of the lunches.

6. The Wager
Young India is finding its voice in this little story set in 1904. William Mortimer makes a wager with his wife, but the Indian boys he engages to win his bet have a wager of their own.

7. A Change Of Heart
A suicide bomber in a Chicago cafe has a change of heart, but his plan is set in motion and his body is trained to execute. 

8. Living
Age and mental illness have taken their toll on a veteran, but he still recognizes love and service when he sees it.

9. The Sound Of Bangles
Matthew Lambton is robbed of his merchandise and left wounded on a dirt road in 1763 Agra, India. A sweet village girl takes him to her home where Lambton matches wits with the girl's grandmother and finds himself at a loss for words.

10. For Here Or To Go
A young and bright programmer experiences the stresses of American acculturation on his first day in the States.

Code of Silence

Uncle Louie thinks he is a gangster and his rare visits are punctuated with his infamous “let me tell you a story.”   For most families Thanksgiving Dinner is about family and the food, maybe a game of football in the front yard and of course pumpkin pie. When Uncle Louie and Dad get together it’s all about tales of their dysfunctional family history. This visit he gets drunk and I am recruited to cart him over to Jersey to pick up his girlfriend and get both of them back to New York City in his 1967 Camaro affectionately known as Betty.  

Our Prairie Dream

     Christine's present family has come home for a funeral. 

      Later, even though they have heard the story before, many times, they beg her to tell it all again.  An old woman now, herself, Christine's memories come flooding back to her, and she begins to tell them a grand, and true, story, her life story.

     Starting out in 1893, Oklahoma, young Christine's family is there to stake their claim on 160 acres of land, in the upcoming land race. 

     Even before the race, she meets a young Ryan, who also wants his 160 acres, and has a dream. 

     But, the race for the land is only part of it.  There are houses and barns to build, land to clear, crops to plant and make sure they grow and are harvested, and lives to live. 

     Christine's family is only the first to live on the land. 

     This sprawling novel, follows several generations, living on the vast Oklahoma prairie, Christine's family started.  Their joys, and sorrows, along the way, through the years, tell of life's struggles to start from nothing to make something, and that even big dreams, the biggest ones, can come true.

Revelations of the Past

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

Perhaps see the world from an entirely different perspective?

If you could experience the birth of the world first-hand, would you want to?

In this truly amazing series, a rather ordinary girl does just that.  This visionary account of the past, will capture your heart and mind from the very beginning.  You will be able to witness creation like you’ve never experienced it before and see the world through the eyes of a rather common girl; who experiences countless historical events as if she were really there.        

Vlad the Conqueror

*** Runner-Up 2017 Best Historical Fiction Series!

Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

However, treachery abounds, from the wealthy merchants of his own kingdom to greedy former allies, and even Vlad's own family cannot be trusted.  Against overwhelming odds his small army begins to push back the invaders, only to have personal tragedy lead Vlad into a downward spiral that results in his damnation and begins his dark journey as the historic Count Dracula.

There are currently 38 chapters in this series to date.

Cover design by Melody Simmons.

 

THE RED AND THE GOLD

Part Two of THE RED AND THE GOLD takes us from the intrigues that inspired Shakespeare’s Henry’s through the Roses and to the English Civil War.  The victories and heartbreaks of the Reades, the Cornewalls, the Brocketts and Hoos are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included. 

Chapter V - BEYOND THE BROKEN BRIDGES

Chapter VI - A ROSE SO WHITE

Chapter VII - TO THE MANOR BORN

Chapter VIII - WE BRAVE PUBLIC MONUMENTS

Part One of THE RED AND THE GOLD is now available on paperback at Amazon.

New Episodes are posted every Thursday at 10:00 am CST (GMT-6)

All illustrations, photos and cover art are by Douglas Black.   (c) 2016

Howlers: Lupus Rex

Everything you know about werewolves is only the beginning. 

Aaron Darveau believes he picked up exotic beauty, Karen Argali. But a month later when the moon rises full, he finds out she chose him . . . as the next Wolf King. Aaron thinks he wants the position, but walks away when he learns he has to sacrifice innocent lives to keep the peace with an ancient order of werewolf-hunting, warrior priests. 

Gritty and suspenseful, Howlers takes the reader on an adventurous ride that interweaves with history from Prohibition through the 1980s. 

Lovely Summer's Shade

A young boy immigrating with his parents from India to Canada finds himself at the tip of curious experiences. Increasingly alienated from his parents who are busy with 'the mortgage' and bringing him up in their own images, Somu rebels silently against his parents expectations of what a boy should be like.

According to his parents he should be good at soccer and math and an outgoing sort. Or else, his mother warns, 'life in this country will only be harder'.

Unhappy and shy, Somu retreats into books about plants and the natural world, his true passion. He finds solace at his summer job in the reclusive Mrs Aich's garden. There he comes upon the mysterious cloud tree and learns of its magical powers.

Somu is whisked away to another world with the help of the cloud tree and realizes he is the village chief's much-loved son. He makes friends with the village folk, but crosses swords with the priest who has a sinister agenda - cutting away of the forest in the village. Though it is difficult for Somu to speak his views on the thing he most cares about, he is impelled to do so.

However, in the fracas, the priest is killed when the huge trunk of a tree falls on him. Will Somu be able to break free from his shyness and inertia, giving voice to his true feelings about the importance of a green earth? Does he return to the world he left behind?

La Flor Manor II: Returning Home

This, the second book in the La Flor Manor Trilogy has Lizette and Feliciano married and returning to Spain in 1822. Prince Feliciano is happy to be home but will his parents the King and Queen be happy with his commoner wife. Tempers flare and secrets are revealed. What will become of the happy couple in this new world? Will their love survive the chaos that is in store? 

Lizette's powers are just starting to show, if she can't learn to control them she may lose them. Will her new mother-in-law use this against her like so many other things?

Feliciano is thrown to the wiles of his ex-girlfriend, by his mother, who is not at all pleased with his new bride. Will he choose accepted stability or the new found love that saved him and his friends?

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In this sweeping tale of one woman’s experience of the Vietnam War and its aftermath, Samantha Sullivan loses her brother to the war only to gain the love of his best friend, Sergeant Jake Westergaard.

When Sam joins the Army Nurse Corps and is sent to the 91st Evac Hospital, Chu Lai in 1967, she is shocked to find Jake is stationed there as a platoon sergeant. Forbidden from...View Series



The year is 1615. In a Benedictine convent in Northern France a woman named Mary Seton, who was once lady-in-waiting to Mary, Queen of Scots is nearing the end of her life. 

She wants to tell you her story. 

 

 View Series


On the eve of the Revolutionary War, demonic forces are at work in the forested heart of the New Jersey Colony...

Deborah Leeds is a dutiful wife and a mayor's daughter-in-law, dwelling between the deep, dark woods and the merciless expanse of the Atlantic ocean. Her skills as a healer, and her ambition, lead some to call her a witch...

But the young woman has more to fear than superstition....View Series



"...the lab equipment is missing. A heavy, cloying smell chokes us as we enter the room."

It's 1922 and the school year has just begun at Waite College, a women's institute just outside of Arkham, and peculiar events are happening all over campus. The sister school to the infamous Miskatonic University, Waite is no stranger to unusual stories...View Series



Secrets buried under the sands of Turkey, the murder of a small-town sheriff, zombies at Vicksburg, otherworldly entities recruiting at a high society ball, and a daring escape from pirates. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in these five stories, the two are blended into tales of alternate history. Short stories appear every other week, and essays on the historical events related to stories...View Series


Allie comes home when her grandmother dies to finish the B&B that her grandmother had planned. While working on the house she finds a wooden box and opens a door to the past which changes her family in ways she could never imagine.

 View Series


East meets west in these tales of honor, intrigue and humor as the lives of everyday characters intersect only to become inextricably intertwined. The result is a tapestry celebrating one humanity.

1. Hooghly's Child
A young member of a growing Indian resistance finds himself and his toddler stalked by assassins in 1876 Calcutta as a Swedish couple seeks distraction...View Series



Uncle Louie thinks he is a gangster and his rare visits are punctuated with his infamous “let me tell you a story.”   For most families Thanksgiving Dinner is about family and the food, maybe a game of football in the front yard and of course pumpkin pie. When Uncle Louie and Dad get together it’s all about tales of their dysfunctional family history. This visit he gets drunk...View Series


     Christine's present family has come home for a funeral. 

      Later, even though they have heard the story before, many times, they beg her to tell it all again.  An old woman now, herself, Christine's memories come flooding back to her, and she begins to tell them a grand, and true, story, her life story.

    ...View Series



Have you ever wanted to travel back in time?

Perhaps see the world from an entirely different perspective?

If you could experience the birth of the world first-hand, would you want to?

In this truly amazing series, a rather ordinary girl does just that.  This visionary account of the past, will capture your heart and mind from the very beginning.  You will be able...View Series



*** Runner-Up 2017 Best Historical Fiction Series!

Set in the majestic Carpathian Mountains, this epic features Wallachian Prince Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler) as he defends Transylvania against the invading Ottoman Empire.  In the midst of the struggle, he meets the stunning Willomina, his future queen.

However, treachery abounds, from the wealthy...View Series



Part Two of THE RED AND THE GOLD takes us from the intrigues that inspired Shakespeare’s Henry’s through the Roses and to the English Civil War.  The victories and heartbreaks of the Reades, the Cornewalls, the Brocketts and Hoos are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included. 

Chapter V - BEYOND THE BROKEN BRIDGES

Chapter...View Series



Everything you know about werewolves is only the beginning. 

Aaron Darveau believes he picked up exotic beauty, Karen Argali. But a month later when the moon rises full, he finds out she chose him . . . as the next Wolf King. Aaron thinks he wants the position, but walks away when he learns he has to sacrifice innocent lives to keep the peace with an ancient order of werewolf-hunting,...View Series


A young boy immigrating with his parents from India to Canada finds himself at the tip of curious experiences. Increasingly alienated from his parents who are busy with 'the mortgage' and bringing him up in their own images, Somu rebels silently against his parents expectations of what a boy should be like.

According to his parents he should be good at soccer and math and an outgoing...View Series


This, the second book in the La Flor Manor Trilogy has Lizette and Feliciano married and returning to Spain in 1822. Prince Feliciano is happy to be home but will his parents the King and Queen be happy with his commoner wife. Tempers flare and secrets are revealed. What will become of the happy couple in this new world? Will their love survive the chaos that is in store? 

Lizette's...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.