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Take My Heart (Heroic Rogues Series)

by Marie Higgins

Mercedes Maxwell is devastated when her twin sister is driven to take her own life by none other than her husband, William Braxton. Determined to make her brother-in-law pay for the injustice, Mercedes travels to Philadelphia to find him. She is shocked to find that William is unaware of his wife’s death, and when Mercedes is mistaken for her sister she decides to pose as her twin to glean some answers. Mercedes embarks on an adventure she never dreamed of in hopes of bringing justice to her sister. Instead of justice, Mercedes uncovers a plethora of secrets and mystery. As she works to unravel the mystery and discover who she can trust, Mercedes finds that all is not as it seems, and that William Braxton may be the one man she can trust.

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Two strong arms circled Mercedes’ waist and she looked up into the face of a soldier wearing a red coat; the symbol of those men serving England, her mother country. The white periwig covered his head, the queue held in place by a jaunty black ribbon.

“My, my.” He grinned, tightening his arms around her. “What lovely package do I have here?”

Instead of being relieved to see him, she worried he would believe she stole the apple – just as the others did. “Please sir, release me at once.” She squirmed, but to no avail.

“‘Tis all right, my dear. I shall protect you.” He gave her a wink. “Have I not always been your champion?”

His words confused her, but she didn’t have time for an explanation. “Please, if you would be so kind. I must get away before they put me in jail for a crime I did not commit.”

The soldier raised a dark eyebrow. “What stories are you telling now, Mrs. Braxton?”

She gasped and stared at the man holding her. Mrs. Braxton? He thought she was her sister? But of course he would. She and Kat were identical twins. Andâ?¦nobody knew Kat had died.

As she opened her mouth to deny his comment, heavy footsteps rounded the corner. Panic gripped her, and she couldn’t breathe. They had come to take her away.

Daring to peek over her shoulder, it surprised her to see the men’s expressions showed no anger. Instead of scowls aimed at her, their brows were creased, mouths pursed tightly as they glared at the soldier. Confusion filled her and she slowly shook her head, trying to understand what was happening.

Thundering hooves of a horse bore down upon them. Mercedes switched her attention to the man on the steed. The small crowd parted, and the man atop the animal dismounted. His horse had whipped up a cloud of dust in the dingy alley and she waved her hand in front of her face to keep from sneezing. The sight of the rider left her speechless and a bit weak at the knees.

His rugged appearance shocked her, his strength evident in his lean arms and legs. Rather than the fancy clothes of the English gentry, the beige shirt and brown leather vest of a farmer’s attire stretched taut across his wide chest, and the black material of his trousers molded to his legs and fit snugly into his black knee-boots. But this man was no farmer. That much appeared evident by the way he carried himself as he strode toward her, his step too confident, too graceful.

When he neared and she gazed upon his face, her breath caught in her throat. The sun had turned his skin a light brown, and the sureness of his jaw bespoke authority. Chestnut hair tousled by the wind framed his head, and she had a sudden urge to swipe the unruly locks off his forehead.

He was quite handsome, if she dared admit, and he literally made her lungs stop working. Never had that happened to her from just admiring a man. Looking into his fiery blue eyes, she swallowed hard.

He stopped mere inches away, towering over both Mercedes and the soldier like a dark cloud of doom. She leaned her head back to take in his height.

The handsome man met the soldier’s stare. “Sir, will you kindly remove your hands from my wife?”

Her jaw dropped. Wife?



This Time Tomorrow: a World War One novel

by Rupert Colley

Two brothers. One woman. A nation at war.

A compelling story of war, brotherly love, romance and betrayal during World War One.

Vast in scope and intimate in the portrayal of three lives swept along by circumstances, ‘This Time Tomorrow’ moves from the drawing rooms of Edwardian London to the trenches of the Western Front and to the uncertainty of post-war Britain.

When Guy Searight volunteers to fight with the British army in the early days of World War One, he leaves behind his girlfriend, Mary. While away fighting, Guy’s younger brother, Jack, seizes an opportunity to woo Mary for himself.

Forthright and self assured, Guy has always looked out for his confident but frail brother and blithely promises his fretting mother that he’ll look out for him when Jack’s turn comes to join up. But embittered by Jack’s betrayal, Guy vows that when Jack has to face the horrors of war for himself, he won’t be there to look after him.

When the brothers are reunited in the trenches of the Western Front, their thoughts are both with Mary. As Jack buckles under the strain of war, can Guy sustain his anger and allow his brother to suffer alone?

A shocking event, catastrophic in its intensity and barbaric in its conclusion, forces Guy to re-evaluate his relationship with his brother, with Mary and ultimately himself.

This Time Tomorrow: a World War One novel is a tale of love, loss and longing.

“A tale of love, loyalty, and conflict of a scope few writers could realize but all readers will enjoy.”

“Heart-stopping,” Kathryn Atwood, author.

“Not to be missed … masterful,” Sinead Fitzgibbon, author.

“A thoroughly enjoyable but sad story. Captured so much of the life and death during World War One. Hard to put down.”

“Great descriptive story…..brought tears to my eyes….very well written……couldn’t put it down…highly recommend…you won’t be disappointed.”

“‘This Time Tomorrow’ is a beautifully written and compulsive read.”

“So many twists and turns you could never predict where you were going to be on the next page.”

“An incredibly moving novel and wonderfully written. Highly recommended and one which I shall long remember.”

Rupert Colley is the founder, editor and writer of the highly successful History In An Hour series of ebooks and audio, published by HarperCollins, including the bestselling â??World War One: History In An Hour’. This Time Tomorrow: a World War One novel is his second work of historical fiction.

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Jackson Speed: The Hero of El Teneria (The Jackson Speed Memoirs)

by Robert Peecher

Jackson Speed: The Hero of El Teneria
Robert R. Peecher Jr.

Meet Jackson Speed: The 19th Century adventurer whose exploits carry him from the Mexican-American War to the California Gold Rush to the hills of Gettysburg and finally into the history books where he is remembered as one of America’s greatest legends. “The Hero of El Teneria” who wears the Congressional Medal of Honor, don’t ye know.

But now, meet the real Jackson Speed: A 19th Century reluctant adventurer, adulterer and confessed coward. Speed’s recently discovered memoirs unveil the true character of the man who bluffed his way into the history books.

In this first volume of the Jackson Speed Memoirs, Speedy:

– Recalls the real reason the Scull Shoals mills burned in 1845 and the married woman’s bed he was in just before things got hot;
– Confesses all he did to avoid charging the battlements at Monterrey with Jefferson Davis;
– Farts his way into Santa Anna’s camp with Texas Ranger Ben McCulloch.
– Introduces the women he conquered with his “Ol’ Speedy grin,” from his red haired Southern Belle to his Spanish Lady.



Night Chorus

by Samantha J Wright

From the author of THE SANDS OF CARSAIG, the story continues.

Amidst the excitement of Australia’s gold rush and the emergence of Melbourne as a fledgling state, Lorna and Daniel have carved out a life of their own that they could only ever have dreamed of when first arriving on its paradisiac shores fifteen years ago.

But one day trouble rears its ugly head in the form of a Pandora’s Box of secrets discovered by their wayward daughter Marion. Emboldened by her earth shattering discovery and put out by the return of an old family friend, she leaves home to pursue a life in theatre and in the process almost breaks her mother’s heart.

After more than fifteen years of familial bliss, the flood gates to the past are now beginning to open bringing upon them a deadly tide of jealousy, scandal, illicit passions, betrayal and even murder. Can Lorna and Daniel piece their family back together again? Or is it time to move on and make a new life with what they have left, out in the wilds of Stamford Brook?



To the Dark End of the Road

by Ms RNB

It’s March 1968 in Cayenne, West Virginia. The world is in turmoil thanks to the Vietnam War, its protesters, and those opposed to the Civil Rights movement. Sex and recreational drugs are prevalent in all walks of life.

In the midst of this turbulence, four black adults, siblings, have come of age. They’ve grown up without their father or mother, only knowing that both left them and went their separate ways, leaving their loving aunt, Lena, to raise them. As the story unfolds, Kyle, Freeman, Jobenny, Georgia have more to deal with than just their mother abandoning them; the discovery of her murder and Jobenny’s quest to find Georgia, who has been kidnapped by drug dealers, lead them on a path that will change all of their lives forever.



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