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Historical Fiction

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. 

 

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.

Living Vessels

They've always been part of our world, incarnating in different forms and reliving the same myths again and again. They have many names, many bodies, but their souls remain the same. They're rare but not uncommon, though their secrets remain buried in their souls underneath the amnesia of rebirth.

They've always been together, finding each other through the ages. One dies, the other lives, as it has been since the beginning. The first time was the hardest but it never gets easier. 

This is a story of love and reincarnation in a hidden world of incarnated gods in living vessels.

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.

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

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.

The Laurelhurst Chronicles

 

Follow the journey of the Cavert family as they traverse through the years of the Second World War. 

1932. Lydia Cavert was five years old when she first visited her family's remote estate in the countryside of Lancashire. One night whilst exploring she discovers something that she hoped she would forget. 

1940. As the blitz threatens Britain, thirteen-year-old Lydia is sent from her London home to the shelter of Laurelhurst Manor, the country house owned by her uncle Alistair and visited frequently by friends Dr Goodall and Lady Cutterworth. As Lydia settles to her new home, old memories from childhood surface. 

Lydia is thrown into a battle of wits that questions her sanity, her strength, and her courage to unravel the mystery of that night so long ago. Whispers of intrigue, secret societies, betrayal, and treachery surround her. She must grapple with rations, cliques at school, and the highs and lows of wartime.  

With help of longtime servants Francis and Hodgkins, her brother Edward, her mates at school,  and the services of Inspector Moran, will Lydia unravel the buried secrets of her family's past? 

 

 

Exploits of the Sea

Athens. 1360B.C. The Bronze Age. Amun-Ra has vanished. In the hunt, many people have died at the hands of Melanthius, the advisor to King Erectheus II. Young children have been taken as slaves while others have fled the district with their families.

When the King celebrates his 50th anniversary to the throne, unexpected riots occur allowing the slaves to break free and rebel against the city before deciding to take all of the Aegean for themselves.

Fusing the lesser known historic facts, Greek mythology, fantasy elements, and Shakespearean influences, The Exploits of the Sea marks a landmark in the world of literary fiction.

Only here can you read the full events of the characters in a chronological order.

Update 30th Sept 2016: 19 chapters are ready to go. Launching on a weekly basis every Tuesday from 1st November 2016. Please subscribe to be the first to enjoy!

THE RED AND THE GOLD

THE RED AND THE GOLD is an epic that spans two millennia, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Halls of Justice in Chicago.  As four prominent families of Britain struggle to survive, one name ties them together.  Their victories and heartbreaks are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included.

Chapter I - AN ORDINARY OCCUPATION

Chapter II - KING TAKES BISHOP, QUEEN TAKES KING

Chapter III - THE FOOTSTEPS OF KINGS

Chapter IV - THE RITE OF SCOTTISH KINGS

Chapter V - BEYOND THE BROKEN BRIDGES

Chapter VI - A ROSE SO WHITE

Chapter VII - TO THE MANOR BORN

Chapter VIII - WE BRAVE PUBLIC MONUMENTS

Chapter IX - THE CANNON'S EYE AND A KISS GOODBYE

Chapter X - FROM BLOODY SOIL AND FRESH COMPROMISE

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

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.

Beneath Black Clouds and White

Despite adoring his family and enjoying frequenting gaming tables, Captain Josiah Tenterchilt’s true love is the British Army and he is committed to his duty. As such, he does not hesitate to answer the army’s call when King Louis XVI of France is executed.

Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah finds his path crosses with a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice surgeon named Henry Fotherby. As these two men pursue their own actions, fate and the careful connivance of a mysterious individual will push them together for the rest of their lives.

But it is a tumultuous time, and the French revolutionaries are not the only ones who pose a threat. The two gentlemen must find their place in a world where the constraints of social class are inescapable, and ‘slavery or abolition’ are the words on everyone’s lips. 

Beneath Black Clouds and White is the prequel to Day's Dying Glory, which will be published by Crowvus in April 2017.

Hopelessly, Completely, MADLY in Love: Lovin' Lawmen Series Book 1

Historical Romance set in my paternal grandfather's home state of Kentucky starting in 1876. 

Lexine (Lexi) Donovan has had a crush on Cooper Grayson since she was thirteen years old. He left town the year before and headed to California, hoping to fulfill his dreams to travel and find more excitement than his small town had to offer. He quickly discovers all he can think about is his beloved Lex. When he returns, she has recently accepted a ring from her best friend, Silas Reilly. 

Silas has been in love with Lexi since he first met her when he was only fourteen years old. He still can’t find the nerve to talk to her father. The man scares him. 

Undaunted, Cooper immediately seeks permission from Lexi’s father, Heath, to court his daughter. Silas is a small town farm boy with no dreams and no ambition. He is simply not right for a girl as special as Lex.

Faced with an impossible situation of choosing between the two men, Lexi takes the coward’s way out and boards a train to Louisville to visit her grandmother. She returns home several months later with a husband, Luke. 

During a picnic Lexi has planned for Luke’s birthday at her special place by the pond, a shot rings out just as she is delivering the wonderful news he is going to be a father. The deputy, Jesse Dalton, and Sheriff Vaughn believe the incident was only a stray bullet from a hunter, but is one of the two men who claim to love Lexi actually trying to murder her husband? 

The Flexibilizer

A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind of the main character. - Bart Besamusca (linguist)

 

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



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


"...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



They've always been part of our world, incarnating in different forms and reliving the same myths again and again. They have many names, many bodies, but their souls remain the same. They're rare but not uncommon, though their secrets remain buried in their souls underneath the amnesia of rebirth.

They've always been together, finding each other through the ages. One dies, the other...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


     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



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...View Series



 

Follow the journey of the Cavert family as they traverse through the years of the Second World War. 

1932. Lydia Cavert was five years old when she first visited her family's remote estate in the countryside of Lancashire. One night whilst exploring she discovers something that she hoped she would forget. 

1940. As the blitz threatens Britain, thirteen-year-old Lydia...View Series



Athens. 1360B.C. The Bronze Age. Amun-Ra has vanished. In the hunt, many people have died at the hands of Melanthius, the advisor to King Erectheus II. Young children have been taken as slaves while others have fled the district with their families.

When the King celebrates his 50th anniversary to the throne, unexpected riots occur allowing the slaves to break free and rebel against the city before...View Series



THE RED AND THE GOLD is an epic that spans two millennia, from Hadrian’s Wall to the Halls of Justice in Chicago.  As four prominent families of Britain struggle to survive, one name ties them together.  Their victories and heartbreaks are laced with intrigue, murder, and more than one Royal Banquet – menus included.

Chapter I - AN ORDINARY OCCUPATION

Chapter...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



Despite adoring his family and enjoying frequenting gaming tables, Captain Josiah Tenterchilt’s true love is the British Army and he is committed to his duty. As such, he does not hesitate to answer the army’s call when King Louis XVI of France is executed.

Accompanied by his wife to Flanders, Josiah finds his path crosses with a man who could not be more different from him: an apprentice...View Series



Historical Romance set in my paternal grandfather's home state of Kentucky starting in 1876. 

Lexine (Lexi) Donovan has had a crush on Cooper Grayson since she was thirteen years old. He left town the year before and headed to California, hoping to fulfill his dreams to travel and find more excitement than his small town had to offer. He quickly discovers all he can...View Series



A novella. Based on a true story.


I read your story holding my breath. It's beautiful. Very different. - Theo Horsten (author)

The feeling of isolation is palpable. I admire the way you employ time in the story. By not giving exact dates and jumping to unspecified periods in time creates in the reader's mind a continuum that matches the state of mind...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.