The Seven Years War rages and the British frigate Renown returns to sea and the many lives she’s ferried turn upside down in this second book of the award-winning series. Abraham, an English shipwright, and his wife Yvette confront childlessness and poverty in mid-1700s London until help comes from his old friend, Captain Shirley. Unspeakable acts change Shirley’s life and transform Abraham, at a dear cost. Off the coast of France, Captain Mackenzie sails the frigate Renown into action, but the politics of Lord Fortrose force him into an unbearable assignment. The Siege of Havana tests his skills, but will it vindicate him? In this compelling story, historical and fictional characters’ morality and villainy collide with the final unexpected revelations rocking their destinies.
It’s the dark days of World War II. The Norwegian resistance had been fighting a quiet battle against their Nazi occupiers by sending vital information back to the allies. But when they start taking a more aggressive role the occupiers decide they must be eliminated. The liberty ship John Ireland, after surviving the dangerous North Atlantic and Arctic trip to Murmansk, is chosen to become part of the effort to rescue Norwegian civilians and carry them to safety in England before the Nazi’s can carry out the order to wipe them out. Based on a real, but little-known mission during World War II.
Patrick MacPherson is not the man she claims to be… Newport Rhode Island: 1765 The Seven Years War is over but unrest in the American colonies is just heating up. Maintaining her disguise as a young man, Patricia is finding success as Patrick MacPherson. Formerly a surgeon’s mate in His Majesty’s Navy, Patrick has lately been employed aboard the colonial merchant schooner Andromeda, smuggling foreign molasses into Rhode Island. Late October, amidst riots against the newly imposed Stamp Act, she leaves Newport bound for the West Indies on her first run as Andromeda’s master. In Havana, a chance meeting with a former enemy presents unexpected opportunities, while an encounter with a British frigate and an old lover threatens her liberty — and her life.
After fifteen years working on the mainland, Kurt Salter returns to his boyhood home on Croatan Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The bustling village of his youth, fueled by a menhaden reduction factory, has faded into an economic torpor after the closing of the plant. All Salter wants is to find some peace of mind and a place to pursue his photography. But the barrier islands have their own capricious history that is heedless of the aspirations of its residents. Kurt begins to find solace and even blunders into a relationship, but he and his new love, Regina, are swept along in island grudges and mischiefs not of their making. When Regina, a novice scuba diver, discovers the body of a murdered waterman floating in Pamlico Bay, she and Kurt become part of the flotsam and jetsam of simmering land feuds that hark back to the Civil War. The couple ally with the feisty quasi-mayor of Backtown, a shadowy black hamlet on the island, in which the murdered waterman lived. The murder leads the trio to the tortuous saga of the drownings of ten watermen from the factory ship, The Last Run, in the Graveyard of the Atlantic during hurricane Gladys in 1968. It will require the efforts of the whole village, including Backtown, to confront the tragedy of 1968 and bring the island back to life.
Ellen Schmidt finds herself out of step with the world around her. Considered a spinster in her community, her closest friends are the slaves that her family owns. After her father arranges her marriage, she must face a cruel set of circumstances and the beginning of the Civil War, setting her on a path that seems to be out of her control. Strong and independent, Ellen continues in her own unique way to forge a future that can include a paradise of her own.
Julian Blunt, a former sea captain and a despised Catholic, is stunned when Queen Elizabeth proposes that he help carry a betrothal locket to Tsar Ivan the Terrible in Moscow. It means an alliance between England and Russia is brewing, and the queen warns that should the locket fall into the hands of the Pope or his minions, it could mean war. Julian joins the queen’s messenger, the lofty and spirited Jessandra Calcross, in a perilous voyage across the Baltic Sea and into the very heart of Russia. When a papal assassin determined to prevent the royal marriage strikes, Jess turns to Julian as the only man she can trust. Although at odds over religion and station, a slender emotional bond grows. Stalked by the relentless murderer, Julian is soon torn between abandoning his mission so he can better safeguard Jess, and fulfilling his vow to the queen. If he fails the queen he’ll never captain a ship again. But if he and Jess continue on to Moscow, they face a darker peril in the mercurial and sinister Tsar Ivan—a peril that will drive courage and dawning love to the breaking point.
The Golden Age of Piracy. The mighty British Empire held to ransom by a rabble of thieves. They went where they chose, did what they wanted, and stole whatever took their fancy. To the governors, merchants, and planters trying to build an empire, they were a threat. To the blue bloods of London, Boston, and Charles Towne, no one was more hated than the pirate captains who stole their gold. Until the noose and cannon snuffed them out, they held the world at their mercy. This is a story of one of those tales.
1872. When virginal Jenny Crispin is dumped at the altar by a chauvinistic cad, she does what any other modern Victorian girl would do—ditch her corset, move to New York City, and join Glorianna Talmadge’s free love presidential campaign. But free love and women presidential candidates aren’t particularly popular with the powers that be, and Jenny finds herself chased by a sadistic vice detective through the back alleys of New York. Homeless and penniless, she seeks out the one person in the city with the guts and knowledge to save her: a brothel hopping, virgin fearing, explosives expert named Britt Salter. Too bad he’s tied up trying to assassinate the visiting King of Egypt. “The Cobbler’s Daughter opens with a literal bang and surges ahead from there, giving lovers of muscular historical novels everything we want: brave heroines and bold heroes, daring escapades, and fictional encounters with real, legendary figures, set against a backdrop of exotic period details.” —George Weinstein, author of the historical novels Hardscrabble Road and The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno
Caught between Great Britain and France in the mid 1700s, Abraham struggles to pursue his passion for shipbuilding. Kings and captains interrupt his quest for a peaceful life as he encounters and overcomes barriers in two opposed and stratified cultures. From the streets of old London to the Citadel of Louisbourg and lands between, sea-faring battle action and love’s complexities entwine to create a dramatic story centered on the carpenter and his love, Yvette. The fastest frigate on the seas links a host of historical characters, with warriors, nobles, shopkeepers, and lovers crossing paths in the wake of la Renommée. “The Ship’s Carpenter tells a satisfying story that will be welcomed by anyone with a taste for well-researched Historical Fiction.” —Alaric Bond, author of the Fighting Sail Series
<p>Abby Bannister, the CEO and founder Gimps Serving Gimps, is being interviewed for a spot on the local news. A major gimp herself, she is a champion for the rights and independence of all people faced with physical, mental and emotional challenges. Once aired, the interview draws the attention of three people. The first is her best friend, a gay gimp looking for love in all the wrong places. The second is Abby’s long-lost cousin, Fey. Homeless, she has an ax to grind and sees Abby as the perfect grindstone. The third is a self-declared angel of mercy who believes Abby is in need of his special services. As Abby whizzes around Tucson, Arizona in her supped-up electric wheelchair, she is oblivious to the grave danger she is in.</p> <p>G. Davies Jandrey’s evocative prose, great dialog and stinging humor, balances darkness with wisdom, hope and humanity. The wheelchair-bound, homeless, the reject and the refugee… all are given authentic voices and draw the reader in to that haunting human border between loving and being loved.</p> <p>“ ‘The difference between a flower and a weed is perception,’ as Abby learns from the tag on her bag of Karma tea. The realities of handicap, loneliness, homelessness and betrayal are beautifully balanced between well-researched detail and perceptive points of view, all hauntingly told in a story as agile and gripping as a pole dancer caught between delight in her body and the need for cash. By turns scary, sad, glorious, wise and forgiving, Deep Breathing offers wisdom to endure, mercy to change our point of view, and hope to believe in karma, God, or fate’s generosity. I’ll never look at a handicapped or homeless woman the same way after reading Deep Breathing. This novel is both bleak and totally beautiful, from beginning to its wondrously satisfying end.” Sheila Deeth, author of ‘Divide by Zero, Infinite Sums,’ and her latest mathemafiction, ‘Subtraction.’</p>