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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.

The Final Round

Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible inspiring true story of one of the greatest prizefighters of the early 20th century, The Final Round takes you back to a time when family, sacrifice, pride and love drove a man to the ultimate fight of his life.

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.

Amache's America

Amache's America follows three-generations of Japanese-American women, centering around Angela. On the same day Angela finds out her grandmother has died, she also finds out she is pregnant. Conflicted over whether or not she actually wants to have children, she attends her grandmother's funeral and is unexpectedly gifted a box of old journals and audio recordings. Over the coming days and weeks, she immerses herself in them, learning about what it was like for her mother to marry a white man in the 1960's/70's and what it was like for her grandmother in the Japanese Internment camps. As she grapples with her own biracial identity, and what the cultural identity of her baby will be, she ultimately takes comfort and strength in the stories of the women in her life and rediscovers the importance of her family's rich heritage in this country.

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 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

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.

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)

 

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 cannot 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 Weston. 

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? 

HEAT LEVEL RATING: This series contains consummated love scenes that are sensual, but may be considered graphic in their description.

Intrepid

In the early days, four of the Paragons, the beings of the Infinite, created a race from each of the elements in the physical realm- Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. These races became the ancestors of the Pyran, Deryn, Jordan, and Soren lands. A few within the Paragons were angered that they were not chosen to create their own beings that would honor and worship them, so a Paragon named Valen Ral, the essence of Order, attempted to create beings from those already in existence. Their essences were torn in the process, creating the Banished Races- Basts, Abyssals, Nyx, and Vega- monstrous cousins to the creations of the Elemental Paragons who stalked the outer reaches of the realms.

Over thousands of years, each race developed from hunters and gatherers into a complex, industrial society. Once they began to introduce technology their dependence on the Paragons waned, and eventually they only continued to worship those Paragons whose secrets they could not unravel yet, like the Paragon of Magic.

Angered over mortal’s impudence towards the Paragons, Valen Ral leads a revolt against the mortals to punish them for forsaking their gods and instead depending on machines. But, much to his suprise, not all the Paragons support him. Many Paragons still support man, and believe that technology will never be the answer to all the mortal’s needs The Paragons that follow Valen Ral abandon the mortals, reaching out to their monstrous creations. Those who do not support Valen Ral by turning away from the mortals are cast out of the Infinite Realm in a fiery expulsion.

The story that follows is the struggle of several characters who now live in the fallout, including a capricious Imperatrix who is the progeny of the realm's most famous fairytale romance, a cursed mermaid forced to live on land for treachery against her kind, a desert born pirate who escaped to the high seas with his bound genie companion, and a street urchin con artist pulled out of prison to serve as the sentinel to the new Paragon of Magic.

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



Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible...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



Amache's America follows three-generations of Japanese-American women, centering around Angela. On the same day Angela finds out her grandmother has died, she also finds out she is pregnant. Conflicted over whether or not she actually wants to have children, she attends her grandmother's funeral and is unexpectedly gifted a box of old journals and audio recordings. Over the coming days and weeks,...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



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



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



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


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



In the early days, four of the Paragons, the beings of the Infinite, created a race from each of the elements in the physical realm- Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. These races became the ancestors of the Pyran, Deryn, Jordan, and Soren lands. A few within the Paragons were angered that they were not chosen to create their own beings that would honor and worship them, so a Paragon named Valen Ral, the essence...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.