New Historical Fiction from Jude Knight

A Raging Madness

By Jude Knight

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Ella survived an abusive and philandering husband, in-laws who hate her, and public scorn. But she’s not sure she will survive love. It is too late to guard her heart from the man forced to pretend he has married such a disreputable widow, but at least she will not burden him with feelings he can never return.

Alex understands his supposed wife never wishes to remarry. And if she had chosen to wed, it would not have been to him. He should have wooed her when he was whole, when he could have had her love, not her pity. But it is too late now. She looks at him and sees a broken man. Perhaps she will learn to bear him. 

In their masquerade of a marriage, Ella and Alex soon discover they are more well-matched than they expected. But then the couple’s blossoming trust is ripped apart by a malicious enemy. Two lost souls must together face the demons of their past to save their lives and give their love a future.


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17973986_803367466479488_289686069_n17976696_803367609812807_756542353_oAlex poured the coffee, his rinsed shaving mug doing service for Jonno’s portion. Ella sat and sipped while Jonno cleared the table and pushed the serving trolley out of the way. At Alex’s gesture, he sat on the stool again.

“Now, Lady Melville. What trouble are you in, and how can we help?” And should he believe a word she said? She did not act like a lunatic, apart from appearing half-naked in his room in the middle of the night. Apart from the panicked response to her brother-in-law.

That she had taken opium in some form was beyond a doubt. The contracted pupils, the loss of appetite, the shaky hand, the restless shifting in her seat, all spoke to that. Thanks to his injury, Alex had far too close and personal an experience of the symptoms to mistake them. The bruises on her jaw hinted that the drug taking might not have been voluntary, but perhaps her keepers needed to drug her to keep her calm.

Sane or not, Alex hoped he would not need to hand her back to Braxton. Her fear might be irrational, but when she had stood at bay, begging for his help, he had been thrown back ten years. Not that she begged him then. But he left camp on a short trip for supplies, and returned to find Ella married and much changed, her fire banked; her joy extinguished. That time, he had ignored her plight, hardened his heart and left her to the fate she had engineered. And had suffered with her as the consequences quenched her vitality and sucked away the last of her childhood. Suffered, and been powerless to help.

“I have been drugged,” Ella said baldly. “Twice a day. For weeks now. They won’t tell me why. If I refuse, they force me.”

“‘They’ being Braxton and his wife?” Alex prompted.

“And Constance’s dresser.”

“Go on.” He was careful to show no disbelief, no surprise.

“I have been kept in my room. They locked the door. They took all my clothes, my shoes. I saw you out the window and so I came. Will you help me, Alex?”

“I can take you to the rector.” Even as he said it he remembered the plump little man greasing at Braxton’s elbow. Ella would find no help there.

“No!” Her rejection was instant and panicked. “He will give me back and they will send me to that place. No, Alex. You do not know what they plan for me.” She was weeping. Alex had seen her calm under cannon fire, dry-eyed at her father’s funeral, efficient and unemotional in the midst of the carnage of a hospital tent after a battle. He had never seen her weep.

He captured her hands, and kept his voice low and soothing. “I do not, Ella. Tell me.”



About the author

10726384_438048036344768_1967130616_nJude Knight’s writing goal is to transport readers to another time, another place, where they can enjoy adventure and romance, thrill to trials and challenges, uncover secrets and solve mysteries, delight in a happy ending, and return from their virtual holiday refreshed and ready for anything.

She writes historical novels, novellas, and short stories, mostly set in the early 19th Century. She writes strong determined heroines, heroes who can appreciate a clever capable woman, villains you’ll love to loathe, and all with a leavening of humour.



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Weekly Serial Fiction: Lord Coventon’s Concubines – Chapter Five

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Chapter Five

A few months later; the day after the final events of La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess.

The earliest morning sunlight through the window bounced off the satin of Deena’s hair as she gathered it to knot at her nape in a messy bun while waiting for the water from the basin to heat, so she could wash. Coventon ran a gentle hand down her shoulder and placed a kiss behind her good ear. The ties at the throat of his shirt wanted knotting, his cravat was draped across one shoulder, and the top buttons of his falls had not yet been fastened.

To read the rest of Chapter Five, go to the blog page.


About this Book

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When Lord Coventon returns to the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat, his marriage a shambles and dreams of reuniting with Kali Matai naught but ancient fantasy, Madame Mayuri Falodiya has a plan to take his mind off his troubles-Nayana Patel, in need of a protector, but unsure how to entice this taciturn nobleman.

Deena Karan has always had a soft spot for Lord Coventon, for years ago, after a vicious attack cut short her brief career as a tawaif, he helped her recover and establish a successful bakery to earn her living. Still, she vows to help her friend, Nayana, win his attentions, for she knows he could never look past her scarred face.  Could he?

© 2016 Mariana Gabrielle

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Historical Fiction Book Tour: The Yankee Years

The Yankee Years Books 1-3

By Dianne Ascroft

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After the Allied troops arrived in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland during the Second World War, life in the quiet, rural county would never be the same again.

The Shadow Ally

June 1941: When Ruth Corey finds a letter her journalist beau, Harry Coalter, has written, revealing details of the secret construction of an American flying-boat base, she fears it could destroy America’s neutrality and land him in serious trouble. The letter must not be posted. She enlists the help of attractive Italian-American civilian contractor Frank Long to help her stop Harry. Can Ruth safeguard this military secret and protect her beau?

Acts of Sabotage

December 1941: After the attack on Pearl Harbour, the new American flying-boat base must be ready when the first US troops arrive on Northern Ireland’s shores. But, despite Frank’s best efforts, religious conflict within the workforce and thefts on the construction site threaten to scupper the project. Frank confides his worries to Ruth and the pair devise a plan to catch the thieves. Can they stop these acts of sabotage and then what does the future hold for them?

Keeping Her Pledge

June 1942: Pearl Grainger’s life is much more exciting since the Allied troops arrived but she is unprepared for the harsh reality of war, and her RCAF boyfriend is determined to protect her from it. Can Pearl keep her pledge to do her bit for the war effort without losing the man she loves?


Links for Purchase
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About the author

da-bio-picDianne Ascroft writes historical and contemporary fiction, often with an Irish connection. Her series The Yankee Years is a collection of Short Reads and novels set in World War II Northern Ireland. After the Allied troops arrived in this outlying part of Great Britain, life there would never be the same again. The series brings those heady, fleeting years to life again, in thrilling and romantic tales of the era.Her other writing includes a ghost tale inspired by the famous Coonian ghost, An Unbidden Visitor; a short story collection, Dancing Shadows, Tramping Hooves, and an historical novel, Hitler and Mars Bars.


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Weekly Serial Fiction: Lord Coventon’s Concubines – Chapter Four

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Chapter Four

A week later

Deena adjusted the stack of boxes in her arms, heaving it from the back of the wagon, telling her groom, a half-Indian urchin she had rescued from the workhouse, to take the wagon and horses and make the four additional deliveries on their route, then return for her.

“I can fetch and carry for you, Mrs. Karan. You wait here.”

“I’ll be grateful to have you finish the route,” she said, firmly, shifting the burden again. “Go on.”

She looked up reflexively to check for movement behind the curtains of Mayuri’s rooms, not that there would be any warning if Mayuri came upon her in this escapade. The fury would be swift and tremendous, and might happen anytime from right now until she met her worker with the wagon again in an hour.

To read the rest of Chapter Four, go to the blog page.


About this Book

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When Lord Coventon returns to the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat, his marriage a shambles and dreams of reuniting with Kali Matai naught but ancient fantasy, Madame Mayuri Falodiya has a plan to take his mind off his troubles-Nayana Patel, in need of a protector, but unsure how to entice this taciturn nobleman.

Deena Karan has always had a soft spot for Lord Coventon, for years ago, after a vicious attack cut short her brief career as a tawaif, he helped her recover and establish a successful bakery to earn her living. Still, she vows to help her friend, Nayana, win his attentions, for she knows he could never look past her scarred face.  Could he?

© 2016 Mariana Gabrielle

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Historical Fiction Book Tour: Sedahlia

SEDAHLIA

By

Cynthia D Toliver

After fleeing post-Civil War Georgia, John Masters, Sr., his wife Virginia Masters, and their rebellious servant Jessie Lindsey have built new lives in Texas ranch country.  Now their offspring, Johnny Masters and Rachel Lindsey, are in love.  On the isolated, sprawling Sedahlia ranch, their youthful dalliances are largely overlooked until Rachel becomes pregnant, forcing Rachel to leave Texas for a freedman’s school in Georgia.

From the insulated Sedahlia ranch to the Jim Crow south, the rails both separate and unite – parting lovers, reuniting family, pushing out the old, bringing in the new.  It is in these settings that the Masters and Lindseys live and love, and their personal needs and mores clash with society.  The repercussions rumble through this family and the surrounding community, tearing them asunder and bringing them together as only love and tragedy will.



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About the author

Cynthia D. Toliver is a 1980 graduate of Rice University and a native Texan. She has enjoyed a varied career as an engineer, environmental consultant, educator and author. Sedahlia is her second novel and third book. She has two previously published works, Crown’s Jewel, a historical novel and Come See a Man, an inspirational book. She also hosts a Christian blog, Back to Eden at cynthiatoliver.blogspot.com.
Follow Ms. Toliver at http://www.cynthiatoliver.net.

Inspiration

My inspirations come from multiple sources. Sometimes it is a word or title. Other times it may be a thought, observation or dream. From that seed, I will develop my characters and write an outline. The seed for Sedahlia was a dream about disparate lovers. Their story sprouted and grew to the family saga it is today.
I love the creative process, from beginning to end. My books are very much character driven. As a writer, I become invested in the characters and their stories. If I’ve crafted them well, my readers will do the same.
Other Links
Author website www.cynthiatoliver.net
Christian blog, Back to Eden http://cynthiatoliver.blogspot.com/
twitter @ctoliver58

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Weekly Serial Fiction: Lord Coventon’s Concubines – Chapter Three

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Chapter Three

What was he thinking, coming here again? Pretending he could find some semblance of the happiness that he’d had with Kali? When the girl came back, he would tell her to leave. The idea of a tawaif in his bed opened a decade-old wound, flooding him with the anger and pain and guilt again, as though he had just set Kali aside today.

Mayuri was smart; this girl didn’t look anything like Kali. Her skin tone was lighter, and Kali’s face was long, where the new girl’s was round. Her hair had a wave to it that Kali’s did not, and just the slightest tinge of auburn in the shadows of black. Both women were, of course, still devastatingly beautiful, like anyone Mayuri would offer him. She was older than Kali had been, but so was he now; a callow, shallow doll held not an ounce of appeal.

To read the rest of Chapter Three, go to the blog page.


About this Book

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When Lord Coventon returns to the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat, his marriage a shambles and dreams of reuniting with Kali Matai naught but ancient fantasy, Madame Mayuri Falodiya has a plan to take his mind off his troubles-Nayana Patel, in need of a protector, but unsure how to entice this taciturn nobleman.

Deena Karan has always had a soft spot for Lord Coventon, for years ago, after a vicious attack cut short her brief career as a tawaif, he helped her recover and establish a successful bakery to earn her living. Still, she vows to help her friend, Nayana, win his attentions, for she knows he could never look past her scarred face.  Could he?

© 2016 Mariana Gabrielle

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Historical Fiction Book Tour: Before the Darkness

Before The Darkness
By
Annette Creswell
In pre-World War Two London, Penny works as a maternity nurse at the Royal Women’s Hospital. Happy in her work and with two really good friends and several doctor suitors, little does she realise how her life will be changed by a chance lunch-time encounter. Who is the ruggedly handsome man who helps her? And how will their lives entwine as the war clouds gather?

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Links For Purchase

Amazon US

Amazon UK

About the author
Annette Creswell is the author of Before The Darkness, published 2015. Creswell loves to hear from readers and can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Weekly Serial Fiction: Lord Coventon’s Concubines – Chapter Two

About this Book

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When Lord Coventon returns to the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat, his marriage a shambles and dreams of reuniting with Kali Matai naught but ancient fantasy, Madame Mayuri Falodiya has a plan to take his mind off his troubles-Nayana Patel, in need of a protector, but unsure how to entice this taciturn nobleman.

Deena Karan has always had a soft spot for Lord Coventon, for years ago, after a vicious attack cut short her brief career as a tawaif, he helped her recover and establish a successful bakery to earn her living. Still, she vows to help her friend, Nayana, win his attentions, for she knows he could never look past her scarred face.  Could he?

© 2016 Mariana Gabrielle


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Chapter Two

Nayana entered the room and, as she had been told, remained silent and motionless and allowed him to take in her form in the sheer sari she had worn to dance in the kotha, before Mayuri had redirected her evening, possibly her life. She looked over his shoulder and past his face, not even confirming how handsome Mayuri said he was. It did not matter if he was handsome, when everyone knew the story of his contract with Kali Matai—the best terms any girl had seen before or since. His backing was the reason Kali had gained so much fame so quickly.

Nayana needed the wherewithal to leave the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat more than she needed to be enthralled with a protector. He could be fat, bald, and stink of onions, and his contract would still be preferable to working the front and back rooms of the Masala Rajah until she was too old to attract a nightly buyer—if she lived that long. And she would not be as stupid as Kali had been. She would not fall in love.

To read the rest of Chapter Two, go to the blog page.

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Weekly Serial Fiction: Lord Coventon’s Concubines – Chapter One

Today, I am starting a new serial: Lord Coventon’s Concubines, a short story sequel to La Déesse Noire: The Black Goddess. which will be updated every Monday for the next five weeks. I will be posting on the story’s individual page, so you can read start to finish, instead of upside-down. If you decide you want to read the whole story at one sitting, it is available at Wattpad.

If you like Historical Romance, also stop by on Saturdays for Never Kiss a Toad. If you prefer esoteric poetry, come by on Wednesdays for Saqil pa Q’equ’mal: Light in Darkness: Poetry of the Mayan Underworld.


About this Book

lord-coventons-concubines-mariana-gabrielle

When Lord Coventon returns to the Masala Rajah Gentleman’s Retreat, his marriage a shambles and dreams of reuniting with Kali Matai naught but ancient fantasy, Madame Mayuri Falodiya has a plan to take his mind off his troubles-Nayana Patel, in need of a protector, but unsure how to entice this taciturn nobleman.

Deena Karan has always had a soft spot for Lord Coventon, for years ago, after a vicious attack cut short her brief career as a tawaif, he helped her recover and establish a successful bakery to earn her living. Still, she vows to help her friend, Nayana, win his attentions, for she knows he could never look past her scarred face.  Could he?

© 2016 Mariana Gabrielle


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Chapter One

Mayuri Falodiya rose to her feet as the Marquess of Coventon crossed her drawing room for the first time in almost a decade. His frame was still tall and lean, but slightly stooped now, as though he had carried too heavy a weight for too long, and the laugh lines she remembered so clearly were outnumbered by creases dragging his mouth into a weary frown. Her butler trailed behind, trying to relieve Lord Coventon of his coat, hat, and cane, but stepped back as she allowed the marquess to kiss her hand.

“I am pleasantly surprised to see you, my lord. It has been a good many years.”

“Yes.”

There was no need for a reminder of the last time he had been in this room: the night he asked her advice on breaking his contract of protection with Kali Matai, the Black Goddess, who was, then, only beginning her rise to fame and fortune as a dancer. To him, she had been, first and foremost, his beloved paramour. Her presence was palpable in the room.

To read the rest of Chapter One, go to the blog page.

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A Book and Its Movie: Gone With the Wind

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I’m trying something new to bridge the gap between my Historical Romance books and upcoming Civil War Historical Fiction. I am teaming up with Laura Michaela Drone Banse and her Banse’s Book Club for a long-term read of Gone With the Wind, and an eventual movie night. Please come join the Facebook Group for discussion every Sunday.

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A Book and Its Movie: Gone With the Wind
August 21 – January 22

We will read and discuss Gone With the Wind, a chapter or two a week, with new discussions opening every Sunday, culminating in a Sunday afternoon viewing and discussion of the movie on January 22.

To order the book:
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