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Dracula Chronicles: Empire of the Crescent Moon

by Victor Foia

Dracula is certainly among the best-known men in the world, yet arguably the least understood. While many stories have been told about both the real and the fictional Dracula, Foia’s account benefits from four decades of research and the unique perspective of a Transylvanian native. Under Foia’s pen, the “Dracula Chronicles” finally pierces the veil of mystery that has shrouded the Wallachian king for over 500 years. The multivolume historical novel unfolds in vivid detail Dracula’s epic metamorphosis from a naïve and trusting prince to the ruthless law-and-order king whose deeds have spawned the most enduring vampire legend. Taking place on the backdrop of the dying Middle Ages and the blossoming of the Renaissance the “Dracula Chronicles” is replete with towering passions, unbridled ambitions, vile betrayals, and righteous revenge. And, as one would expect, blood.

Book Two of the series, “Empire of the Crescent Moon”, follows young Prince Vlad, a.k.a. Dracula, on his journey into the heart of the Ottoman Empire. Soon he comes to regret his impulsive decision to cross the Danube into the world ruled with absolute power by Sultan Murad of the House Osman. It is a world in which nothing is what it seems, and where mortal danger lurks around every corner. Away from his native land of Wallachia, where he could rely on martial skills and friends, now Dracula has only his wit to sustain him. As things go from bad to worse, help comes to Dracula from a most unexpected quarter.



THE SANCTUARY

by Cassandra R. Siddons

Four friends. Three shocking secrets. Two marriages on the rocks. One special place, The Sanctuary, that holds the key to everything…

Lydia has spent her life happily taking care of others. But when her husband dies, Lydia is the one who needs help. She learns that her husband has deceived her for most of their marriage. She will have to deal with the truth about her husband and their marriage once his secret is revealedâ??and the consequences of his deception.

Liz is beautiful, fearless, and larger than life. She has achieved everything she set out to doâ??and she is keeping a secret that could cost her everything.

Julia suffered a childhood trauma that has caused numerous neuroses and years of nightmares. Despite her best efforts to suppress the incident, it continues to haunt her. Now she must finally deal with what happened or risk losing her family.

Sonya is a successful business woman but she has never been successful in love. She thinks she may have finally gotten it right with husband #4â??until she realizes that she might not live long enough to find out.

These four women, who call themselves Carolina Girls Forever, have shared a lot over the years. But they have also kept a few significant secrets from one anotherâ??until now. All the secrets they have safeguarded for so long will soon come to light. Once that happens, their lives will be changed forever.

This fast-paced story is a tribute to the transformative power of friendship and the strength of the female spirit.

WHAT REVIEWERS ARE SAYING…

The Sanctuary tells the story of a few eventful months in the lives of four women who have been friends for decades. Family commitments and demanding careers caused them to drift apart for a time but an unforeseeable crisis brings them back together again. As events unfold they are forced to re-examine their lives, and question long held beliefs in the light of emerging facts. On the surface each one seems to have found fulfillment and achieved what she wanted, but all four are hiding secrets that threaten their happiness and those around themâ?¦There are numerous twists and turns in the plot and some very unexpected outcomes…The book is set mainly in the author’s homeland, the South Carolina Lowcountry, and I enjoyed her descriptions of the scenery, flora and fauna that she knows so well.

-Online Book Club

In the tradition of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Siddons spins a well-written and engaging tale of how true friendship must face and somehow survive tough times. Filled with rollicking vignettes, a wild road trip, well-drawn characters,and the intriguing backdrop of a South Carolina island and its mysterious Gullah residents, this entertaining novel is a worthy addition to women’s fiction.

-US Review of Books

“I was intrigued by the opening of the book describing the Gullah and the low country. The image of the girls secretly watching the [Gullah] ceremony is absolutely marvelous. It sounds like such a lovely place. I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of the natural surroundings on the Carolina coast and the wildlife. The nature writing is inspired. When the women are laughing over the hilarious escapades of their youth, the author creates one of those magical moments that’s even more special as Liz’s daughter has a revelation and begins to see these middle-aged women, and her mother, as they are, inside, stripped of the wrinkles and years. I think the story and characters are marvelousâ?¦”

-Reader’s Favorite

Cassandra R. Siddons was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This is her debut novel. When she’s not writing, she spends her time taking care of a husband, two children, an alligator named Reggie (who likes marshmallows), a small fox (who likes catfood), a badelynge of ducks, two dogs, and three cats.



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