Friday Five: All Things Historical
1. Accomplished in Murder by Dara England
Historical Mystery Novelette
Murder was never so refined…
When her holiday on the coast of Cornwall takes a deadly turn, it is up to Drucilla Winterbourne to uncover the dangerous secrets the inhabitants of Blackridge House will do anything to conceal. But can a proper young lady from London society comprehend the dark motives of a killer?
Accomplished In Murder is the first in a series of historical mystery novellas featuring intrepid Victorian heroines up to their bustles in crime. These works are only loosely connected and can be read in any order.
Length: 17,000 word novella.
2. Trinity of the Sun by Darin Brooks
Did master Renaissance artists imbed a secret code into their finest works? What were artists like Da Vinci, Poussin, and Raphael whispering to us through their enigmatic symbols? Trinity of the Sun is a fictional reflection on these and many other questions. It is the first book in a scintillating and thought-provoking series of creative novels by author Darik Brooks. It is an inspired retelling of the traditional story of Jesus the Christ, John the Baptist, and Mary Magdalene, uncovered through the eyes, ears, and imaginations of Sophie and Carmen Leon. Carmen leads us down a path of discovery, systematically unraveling the mysterious foundations of belief-systems that have dominated European and other western cultures for two millennia. Through the eyes of these amateur art history connoisseurs, readers will discover a hidden code of symbols within High Renaissance artworks hinting at an entirely alternative story about the formation of Christianity.
Join Carmen and Sophie as they shed light on the mysterious obelisks of Rome, explore hidden catacombs under the Vatican, and decode unsolved secrets left by the greatest artists of all time, all while illuminating the formative lives of Jesus, John, and Mary. Decorated with stunning and illustrative images, this novel is a must have for art and religious history enthusiasts, open-minded skeptics, and conspiracy theorists, alike. Inspired by a survey of modern scholarly works concerning the origins of Christianity, Trinity of the Sun skillfully assimilates many erudite facts within a crafty, seamless, two-fold tale of intrigue.
Plus many other online sources!
3. BENDING THE BOYNE: A novel of ancient Ireland by J.S. Dunn
Circa 2200 BCE: Changes rocking the Continent reach Eire with the dawning Bronze Age. Well before any Celts, marauders invade the island seeking copper and gold. The young astronomer Boann and the enigmatic Cian need all their wits and courage to save their people and their great Boyne mounds, when long bronze knives challenge the peaceful native starwatchers.
4. Spoil of War: An Arthurian Saga by Phoenix Sullivan
Historical fiction/Romance/Women’s Historical
“SPOIL OF WAR is a fascinating account of early Britain; a gripping tale of lust, love and the horrors of ancient warfare. Beautifully written, filled with myriad period details and compelling characters, it takes you deep into the heart of a brutal era – and into the nature of feminine honor, feminine courage. I was enthralled.” – Jennifer Blake, NY Times Bestselling Author
Elsbeth of Olmsbury desires nothing beyond helping her father run his dukedom – until the duke’s forces are overwhelmed, his castle torched and Elsbeth seized for the invading king’s personal spoil. Expecting the same abuse as the other surviving women of her house, Elsbeth instead finds the king, Leodegrance, treating her with a civility that belies his flagrant desire for her. A desire that will have her his consort in Cameliard once he can convince her rank and duty alone forced his hand against her father.
But Elsbeth is not so easily won. There is the matter of Leodegrance gifting his steward with an unwilling young handmaid from Elsbeth’s household. Of his marriage of convenience to his Byzantine queen. And of his plans to subjugate more of Britain’s citadels and unite the wild isle under Roman rule.
If Elsbeth can’t find her tangled way to forgiveness with the king – or escape the dark designs and perverse desires of Uther Pendragon, enemy to them both – then a legend of Camelot may never be conceived, never be born, and never change history forever …
Please note: This novel takes place in a harsh era when spoils were often treated as commodities. While the violence toward women and children is period-appropriate and for mature adults only, it is never gratuitous. The story focuses on adaptation, survival and, ultimately, love in the Dark Ages before Arthur was made king.
112,000 words; about 440 pages.
Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004UH7Z7U
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Spoil-War-Arthurian-Saga/dp/B004UH7Z7U
5. Blue Bells of Scotland: Blue Bells Trilogy: Book One by Laura Vosika
Historical Fiction/Time Travel/Paranormal/Adventure
Shawn Kleiner has it all: money, fame, a skyrocketing career as an international musical phenomenon, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants– until the night Amy has enough and leaves him stranded in a Scottish castle tower.
He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior. Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall’s tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee. They are pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor who want Niall dead.
Thrown forward in time, Niall learns history’s horrifying account of his own death, and of the Scots’ slaughter at Bannockburn. Undaunted, he navigates the roiled waters of Shawn’s life– pregnant girlfriend, amorous fans, enemies, and gambling debts— seeking a way to leap back across time to save his people, especially his beloved Allene. His growing fondness for Shawn’s life brings him face to face with his own weakness and teaches him the true meaning of faith.
Blue Bells of Scotland is both a historical adventure and a tale of redemption that will be remembered long after the last page has been turned.
Gotta be honest with you…
I cannot wait to check out these books!
Happy Reading …and writing 😉
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