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Secret Memoirs of Lord Byron

What if Byron's destroyed memoirs survived?For over a hundred and fifty years, it was assumed that Byron's memoirs had been lost forever, and that the world would never know what shocking revelations they contained. But what if a secret copy of the manuscript had survived? Christopher Nicole now makes a sensational claim: he has discovered in Greece, where Byron died, an ancient manuscript in Byron’s handwriting. Could this be the long-lost memoir?With his laughing eyes, moody pallor, and aloof nature, Byron had women, from all social classes falling at his feet. As his literary reputation grew, so did his reputation as a rake. Perhaps the most famous and scandalous man of his time, Secret Memoirs of Lord Byron offers a vivid and bawdy recreation of the tumultuous life of Byron the lover, poet and adventurer.Praise for Christopher Nicole‘…told with smooth authenticity’ –Publishers’ Weekly ‘A sensual, passion-packed saga!’ –Publishers Weekly‘Sex and violence… fast-paced, entertaining, appealing!’ –Library Journal‘Well-researched…Evocative descriptions of scenery and edifices, and exact period dialogue’ – Historical Novels SocietyBritish author Christopher Nicole was born in the West Indies in 1930 and currently resides in the Channel Islands with his wife, Diana, who is also a novelist. He has written over 200 fiction and non-fiction books since 1957, including the best-selling, five-volume Caribee series. He primarily writes historical novels and specialises in series and sagas, and has won international acclaim for his work under several pseudonyms, including Max Marlow, Andrew York, and Alan Savage.

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today

The Tower is Full of Ghosts Today by historian Alison Weir is an e-short and companion piece to the Sunday Times bestseller Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, the second novel in the spellbinding series about Henry VIII's queens. Jo, historian and long-term admirer of Anne Boleyn, takes a group on a guided tour of the Tower of London, to walk in the shoes of her Tudor heroine. But as she becomes enthralled by the historical accuracy of her tour guide and the dramatic setting that she has come to love, something spectral is lurking in the shadows . . . Contains first chapters of Sunday Times bestsellers Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession, as well as the upcoming Six Tudor Queens novel about Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen. SIX TUDOR QUEENS. SIX NOVELS. SIX YEARS.

The Crown in the Heather (The Bruce Trilogy Book 1)

(THE BRUCE TRILOGY: BOOK I)Love and loyalty. Betrayal and murder. What is the cost of a crown?In 1290, Scotland is without a king. Two families - the Bruces and the Balliols - vie for the throne.Robert the Bruce is in love with Elizabeth de Burgh, the daughter of an adherent of the ruthless Longshanks, King of England. In order to marry her and not give up his chances of someday becoming King of Scots, Robert must abandon his rebel ways and bide his time as Longshanks' vassal.But Edward, Longshanks' heir, doesn't trust the opportunistic Scotsman and vows to one day destroy him. While quietly plotting his rebellion, Robert is betrayed by one of his own and must flee Longshanks' vengeance. Aided by the unlikely brilliance of the soft-spoken young nobleman, James Douglas, Robert battles for his throne.Victory, though, is never certain and Robert soon learns that keeping his crown may mean giving up that which he loves most-his beloved Elizabeth.

Heir to a Prophecy

Shakespeare's Witches tell Banquo, "Thou Shalt 'Get Kings Though Thou Be None". Though Banquo is murdered, his son Fleance gets away. What happened to Fleance? What Kings? The road to kingship had a most inauspicious beginning, and we follow Fleance into exile and death, passing the Witches' prophecy to his son Walter. Born on the wrong side of the blanket and raised in disgrace, Walter was caught inside of a destiny he barely understood. In an effort to untangle Banquo's murder and honor his lineage, Walter moved through events that shaped the course of England and Scotland. His relationships with the great men of his time drove his destiny: Harold Godwineson, Alain of Brittany and finally Malcolm III. After a long and treacherous journey through Wales, England, and France, Walter fulfilled the witches’ prophecy as the first Steward of Scotland and ancestor of James I—for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.

Catching the Light: Four women, four compelling short stories

“Whatever it is, Mary Grand has it… these four stories are riveting, compelling, illuminating ..”A compelling and heart warming set of four short stories, including 'Belonging' about a young Deaf woman in a new relationship, by Mary Grand, author of ‘Free to Be Tegan’, which has 100 reviews at amazon.co.uk, averaging 4.7 stars.The New ArrivalRachel has moved to the Isle of Wight determined to become invisible. Hiding a shameful secret she cultivates a ‘cold polite smile as effective as an electric fence.’ However, unexpectedly, into her life comes a loving, crazy, individual: Lottie the cocker spaniel. Everything is about to change. Catching the Light Erin thinks she has found her fairytale prince. However, the honeymoon in a remote cottage in Wales shatters the dream. For the first time in her life Erin discovers the mystical world of fairies.Belonging Megan works in a Theatre for the Deaf. She is Deaf. Her language is British Sign Language. One evening she meets John, who is hearing, and two worlds collide. This is the story of the struggles, joys and tears of their remarkable relationship.The Outing This was to be the most important day of Kay’s life. However her mission to be free from years of guilt reveals so much more than she could possibly imagine.Free to Be TeganAlso included is an excerpt from the author’s full length novel ‘Free to Be Tegan’. Tegan, aged twenty seven, is cast out of the cult, rejected by her family and the only life she has known. She is vulnerable and naïve but she also has courage and the will to survive. She travels to Wales, to previously unknown relations in the wild Cambrian Mountains. Reviews of Free to Be Tegan”Strong writing, insights, and secrets most of us do not understand flow form the pages of this readable novel.”- Grady Harp, Hall of Fame, Top 100 reviewer, Vine Voice“An excellent debut novel, can’t wait for the next one.” “Powerful and beautifully written and I look forward to reading further books from Mary Grand.” “Loved the book …. I was gripped and couldn't put it down.” “It was very thought provoking and emotional with lots of plot twists to keep you on your toes. I highly recommend this book.”Mary Grand's writing has been compared to Kate Atkinson, Adele Parks, Maeve Binchy and Diane Chamberlain, amongst popular contemporary women's authors.An easy read.

COUNTERPOINT: Henry, the King's Cavalier (The Lydiard Chronicles: 1603-1664)

SHORT STORYA man may think his life is only measured by battles fought for the king. Until he meets a woman worth fighting for.Henry Wilmot. Cavalier. Seasoned soldier. Grieving widower. On the eve of battle he is sent by the king to requisition arms. What he did not expect was that the supplies were a gift from a feisty and attractive widow who was hiding her own Royalist beliefs in plain sight. Even more alarming was that his quest took him into the heart of an enemy Parliamentarian household. Will Henry survive the fight of his life? And will Nan remember him if he does?A counterpoint is a melody played in conjunction with another, or an opposing viewpoint in an argument. Our lives are complex, and each one of us carries within us a counterpoint to another’s story.Here is a counterpoint to Nan Wilmot, from Written in Their Stars.

The Queen's Rival: Lettice Knollys: A Short Story (The Tudor Court)

Related by bloodDivided by loveTo Elizabeth Tudor, Lettice Knollys was always ‘the other woman’.Lettice was younger, more beautiful and more alluring than Queen Elizabeth could ever be. And that was the problem.Widowed when still young, Lettice must raise four children in an age when a woman always needs a man to provide for her. Which isn’t a problem for Lettice. Lettice is a woman who likes to have a man by her side – and in her bed.But the men in her life have loyalties to another woman – Queen Elizabeth I – and Elizabeth doesn’t like to share. One woman has absolute power; the other has only her wit and her beauty.And so begins a rivalry that will endure for both their lifetimes.Here, in her own words, Lettice tells her story of the men in her life and how Elizabeth Tudor stole them from her.The Queen’s Rival is a short story companion piece to other biographical historical fiction books in The Tudor Court series which chronicle the lives of famous, not to say infamous, historical figures who serve the kings and queens of England during the sixteenth century.Lettice's story is also told in the historical fiction novels The Queen’s Favourite and The Queen’s Rebel, Books I and II in The Tudor Court series.Also available:THE QUEEN’S FAVOURITE (BOOK I)THE QUEEN’S REBEL (BOOK II)THE QUEEN’S SPYMASTER (BOOK III)THE TUDOR COURT BOX SET: BOOKS I-IIIRevised edition.

The Garden on Sunset: A Novel of Golden-Era Hollywood (Hollywood's Garden of Allah Novels Book 1)

Have you ever wanted to climb into a time machine and visit Hollywood during its heyday?Right before talking pictures slug Tinsel Town in the jaw, a luminous silent screen star converts her private estate into the Garden of Allah Hotel. The lush grounds soon become a haven for Hollywood hopefuls to meet, drink, and revel through the night. But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its three kids on the brink of something big.But the real story of the Garden of Allah begins with its first few residents, three kids on the brink of something big.Marcus Adler flees Pennsylvania for Hollywood with his mouth shut and his eyes open, and begins to write the lines all those starlets will say out loud. Can a smart, sensitive guy find his own voice in a town that's just learning to talk?Kathryn Massey couldn't care less about being a movie star. When she takes off with her typewriter, determined to become a newspaper reporter, she finds that breaking into the boys' club is tougher than breaking free of her bossy mother. To make it in this town, she'll need some serious moxie. Gwendolyn Brick is a Southern beauty who's come a long way to try her luck on the big screen. She's hoping the same succulent lips the guys want to kiss will land her more than a bit part on a casting couch.Nobody gets a free pass in Hollywood, but a room at the Garden on Sunset can get your foot in the door.The Garden on Sunset is the first in Martin Turnbull's series of historical novels set during Hollywood's golden age.Hollywood’s Garden of Allah novels:Book 1 – “The Garden on Sunset”Book 2 – “The Trouble with Scarlett”Book 3 – “Citizen Hollywood”Book 4 – “Searchlights and Shadows”Martin Turnbull's Garden of Allah novels have been optioned for the screen by film & television producer, Tabrez Noorani.INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHORYour Garden of Allah novels are rich in the history and lore of classic era Hollywood. What was your original inspiration?I came across an online article about the Garden of Allah Hotel, which opened on Sunset Boulevard in 1927, just before “The Jazz Singer” ushered in the talkies, and closed in 1959, the year that “Ben Hur” announced the last hurrah of the studio system. The Garden’s residents witnessed the unfolding evolution of Hollywood and actively participated in it.How has writing these novels changed your view of this golden age that we perceive as the greatest era of film production?L.A. was a much less densely populated city. Consequently, all movie industry workers were far more likely to know each other. People moved from MGM to Paramount to Twentieth Century-Fox to RKO to Warner Bros. Two or three degrees of separation were usually enough!Why did you not go the safe route and change the names of the major players to suit your story?The whole point of recounting the history of Hollywood through the eyes of the Garden’s residents was because so many celebrities lived there. Harpo Marx and Sergei Rachmaninoff were neighbors, F. Scott Fitzgerald played charades with Dorothy Parker, Errol Flynn got drunk, Ginger Rogers was always looking for a tennis partner, and Bogart courted Bacall. I figured: Why tell it if I’m going to change the names? Do you think stories set in old Hollywood are becoming more popular because of Turner Classic Movies?Yes! TCM has produced a whole new audience for them. Consequently there is a greater interest in the time and place from which these movies sprung.

The Hopkins Conundrum: A Tragic Comedy about Gerard Manley Hopkins and Five Shipwrecked Nuns

Tim Cleverley inherits a failing pub in Wales, which he plans to rescue by enlisting an American pulp novelist to concoct an entirely fabricated 'mystery' about the mysterious poet, Gerald Manley Hopkins, who composed 'The Wreck of the Deutschland' nearby. Blending the real stories of Hopkins and the shipwrecked nuns he wrote about with a contemporary love story, while casting a wry eye on the Dan Brown industry, The Hopkins Conundrum is a highly original blend of historical fiction and contemporary satire.

The Missing Chapter: What Was Left Out of The Secret Journals Of Adolf Hitler

The Missing Chapter is not a book but the chapter that was removed from The Secret Journals of Adolf Hitler during the editorial review. It will always be free of charge. The chapter centres around the Nazi Party Rally of 1927, illustrating the increasing power of the Nazis, the Torchlight procession, and the Dedication of Banners, all serving to instill into the minds of the people the idea of spirituality being attached to the Nazi cult. Hitler’s obsession with the Holy Lance, better known as The Spear of Destiny is also discussed. The spear was said to have magical powers, having once been used at the Crucifixion to wound the side of Christ. Hitler firmly believed that whoever had the Spear became invincible and could conquer the world.Enjoy!

WITHOUT DOGMA: A Novel of Modern Poland

"Without Dogma" is a novel of manners by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Its narrative concentrates around the experiences of Leon Płoszowski, a man from a wealthy aristocratic family, who struggles to find the meaning of life in world without morality by trying to self-analyze his feelings towards the encountered women.

The Life and Work of Charles Dickens: Critical Study, Biography, Appreciations & Criticisms of the Works by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was an English writer and social critic, widely recognized as a literary genius. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. G. K. Chesterton took great interest in the literature of Charles Dickens, writing several books concerning his life and his works:Charles Dickens – Biographical SketchCharles Dickens – Critical StudyAppreciations and Criticisms of the Works of Charles Dickens

I love myself ok?: A Berlin Trilogy

Young, angry and articulate, the narrator of Chloe Zeegen’s Berlin Trilogy moves to Berlin (drugs, clubs, parks and politics), outs herself on Facebook and tests her luck. Fast-paced and in your face.Chloe Zeegen’s trilogy of short stories requires a genre all of its own. Social commentary? The Facebook generation’s sexual awakening? Zeegen’s spontaneous and conversational style reads like online chat intersected by passages of poetry. Her narrator experiences Berlin’s parties and private views, meets random people, assembles her Ikea bed, paces through history and turns an intellectual eye to pop architecture. Kreuzberg and Neukölln feature, as does the ‘Späti’ – the trusty Berlin 7-11. An original and striking voice that you have certainly not heard the last of at mikrotext.

The Root of All Evil

The Root of All Evil, a book written by Joseph Smith Fletcher, has a fictional storyline with Jackie Farnish as a protagonist. Jackie's story begins in a grindingly poor household, where she decides to do everything she can to get out of there and make something out of herself. Her determination makes her pursue Albert Grice, son of a rich grocery store owner, but everything changes one day, when Albert returns from holiday.

Riding at the Gates of Sixty: Virginia Woolf

A fictional account, though based on known facts, of the life and death of Virginia Woolf. Narrated by Virginia, Leonard Woolf and Vanessa Bell, this novel deals with love, creativity, madness, family, Bloomsbury, friendship - and the writing of novels. With a few minor exceptions, all the characters existed in real life.

THE BEAUTY SHOP: A World War II Novel

"A superb debut novel which felt like a labour of love from the author. Extremely well-written story of a heroic time about ordinary people." Amazon review."The Beauty Shop isn't just a book or a story; it's a piece of art that has been stitched together so delicately, entwining both history and passion into one." Amazon review.War changes everyone, inside and out. The remarkable true story of the Guinea Pig Club. England, 1942. After three years of WWII, Britain is showing the scars. But in this darkest of days, three lives intertwine, changing their destinies and those of many more.Dr Archibald McIndoe, a New Zealand plastic surgeon with unorthodox methods, is on a mission to treat and rehabilitate badly burned airmen – their bodies and souls. With the camaraderie and support of the Guinea Pig Club, his boys battle to overcome disfigurement, pain, and prejudice to learn to live again.John ‘Mac’ Mackenzie of the US Air Force is aware of the odds. He has one chance in five of surviving the war. Flying bombing missions through hell and back, he’s fighting more than the Luftwaffe. Fear and doubt stalk him on the ground and in the air, and he’s torn between his duty and his conscience.Shy, decent and sensible Stella Charlton’s future seems certain until war breaks out. As a new recruit to the WAAF, she meets an American pilot on New Year’s Eve. After just one dance, she falls head over heels for the handsome airman. But when he survives a crash, she realises her own battle has only just begun.Based on a true story, "The Beauty Shop" is a moving tale of love, compassion, and determination against a backdrop of wartime tragedy.The Beauty Shop has been awarded an indieBRAG Gold Medallion.