There are some who believe that the honor of a samurai is reserved for men.
But they are wrong.
Keiko was born the daughter of a samurai. But as a mere younger sister, her future was to run errands for her lovely elder sister and obey her father. Until the day it fell to her to defend the honor of her sister and her family...
Keiko’s men are dead, slaughtered by peasants in a desperate attempt to obtain food for their starving families. She is the last of her line; without her, the noble and ancient house of Hakuseki will die.
In order to try and save her family name, this noble samurai warrior woman is forced to humble herself at the feet of the local daimyo. When he ridicules her and takes the family estate for himself, the samurai code of bushido says there is only one thing left for Keiko.
Keiko plots to take revenge for the actions of her greedy noble lord and revenge against the men who wanted to buy her and keep her as their slave.
Just like the praying mantis, Keiko lures her enemies into a sense of safety before taking her revenge…
Keiko’s revenge on her enemies is almost complete. Like her namesake, the chameleon, she has changed herself to attract and entrap the men she seeks. Now, just one man remains unpunished. But before she can complete her vengeance, karma destroys her plans cruelly. Niko—her adopted younger sister—has been kidnapped. Keiko is sure she knows who is behind the abduction, but she cannot act alone to get Niko back. She is forced to turn to the most unlikely ally to help her—Akira, the most feared yakuza in Edo.
Karma forces Keiko to change her colors to get what she wants. She has become as adaptable as the chameleon. But first and last, she is still a warrior woman of the samurai.
I started my career in the heavy industry of British Gas and ended it in the rarefied atmosphere of the British Library. Now, I share a blissful early retirement on the wonderful Costa Blanca, living in a male dominated household with my long suffering husband, a cat and a dog.
Amanda Roberts is a USA Today bestselling author who has been living in China since 2010. She has an MA in English from the University of Central Missouri and has been published in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies around the world. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her home is AmandaRobertsWrites.com.
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The Bridge of Deathsby M.C.V. EGAN is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as Archives and historical sources to solve “One of those mysteries that never get solved”. Based on true events and real people it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources and finding a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives.
What happens in the moments leading up to disaster? "The Bridge of Deaths" follows the story of a true life event of a plane crash shortly before World War II of an international meeting of many individuals. Compiling a work of intrigue based on those who lost their lives and what they may have been seeking.
Join Bill and Maggie in 2010 London as through their love and curiosity they unravel the secrets from known and little known events in the 1930s. Journey to Denmark on August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II where a British Airways LTD airplane crashed and sunk. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. The reader walks away with his/her ultimate conclusions. "The Bridge of Deaths' is an unusual yet much recommended read.
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wars must be fought, some loves must live on hope alone, and some
stories must be told. This is one of them.
the Great War is over, will their love be enough?
two years at the mercy of the Canadian Expeditionary force and the
German war machine, Harry ran out of metaphors for death, synonyms
for brown, and images of darkness. When he encounters color among the
floating islands of Amiens and life in the form a widow and her
little son, hope ensnares him. Through three more long years of war
and its aftermath, the hope she brings keeps Harry alive.
Legrand’s husband left her a tiny son, no money, and a savaged
reputation when he died. She struggles to simply feed the boy and has
little to offer a lonely soldier, but Harry’s devotion lifts her
up. The war demands all her strength and resilience, will the hope of
peace and the promise of Harry’s love keep her going?
winning author Caroline Warfield has been many things:
traveler, librarian, poet, raiser of children, bird watcher, Internet
and Web services manager, conference speaker, indexer, tech writer,
genealogist—even a nun. She
reckons she is on at least her third act, happily working in
an office surrounded by windows where she lets her characters lead
her to adventures in England and the far-flung corners of the British
Empire. She nudges them to explore the riskiest territory of all, the
the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite
hunger, war, and the mean
of New York
War had left him blind to beauty…
Donnelly is a gifted artist who has sworn never to paint again. He
saw and did too many things during the war to extinguish the ugliness
that lies in his heart. But a chance to work with some of the most
magnificent paintings brings him close to the world he still
loves…and an extraordinary woman who sees his true heart.
couldn’t extinguish the light in her heart.
from the age of four, Emily Lawrence yearns to experience the outside
world. When she hires Kieran Donnelly to catalogue her father’s
paintings, he offers her a glimpse at life outside her exquisite
home…and a chance for a future.
Kieran and Emily emerge from the darkness to find happiness and love?
believe I was destined to be interested in history. One of my distant
ancestors, Thomas Aubert, reportedly sailed up the St. Lawrence River
to discover Canada some 26 years before Jacques Cartier's 1534
voyage. Another relative was a 17thCentury "King's Girl,"
one of a group of young unmarried girls sent to New France (now the
province of Quebec) as brides for the habitants (settlers) there. My
passion for reading made me long to write books like the ones I
enjoyed, and I tried penning sequels to my favorite Nancy Drew
mysteries. Later, fancying myself a female version of Andrew Lloyd
Weber, I drafted a musical set in Paris during WWII. A
former journalist and lifelong Celtophile, I enjoyed a previous
career as a reporter/editor for a small chain of community newspapers
before returning to my first love, romantic fiction. My stories
usually include an Irish setting, hero or heroine, and sometimes all
am a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History
Romance Writers, and Celtic Hearts Romance Writers. A lifelong
resident of Montreal, Canada, I still live there with my own Celtic
hero and our two teenaged children.
The True Tale of the Viking Woman Who Took Charge by Gina
Get cozy because I’m turning back the clock to the real
life story of Audr the Deep Minded, a leader in Iceland.
Iceland’s settlement began in 874. Vikings like to claim they
first settled the island but there’s evidence Celtic monks lived on Iceland in
the 7th or 8th century before abandoning it. Little
wonder! The island of fire and ice sits close to the Arctic Circle. Early
settlers contended with a landscape bubbling with geysers and hot springs on
one hand and isolation in frigid climes on the other.
Yet, none can deny Iceland is beautiful. And a little like
Viking woman—mysterious, strong, and having little patience for fools.
When Viking nobleman, Ingolfur Arnarsson, settled first
Iceland, he knew he’d need capable leaders. Icelandic life was too harsh and
the beginning too fragile to mess around with weak people at the helm. Ingolfur
divided the island into four parts and selected four of the best Vikings to
lead each quadrant. One of them was Audr the Deep Minded. A woman.
This is her story…
The daughter of Ketill Flatnose, a Norwegian chieftain,
Audr came from wealth and privilege. Nothing is known of her until she married
a Norse king of Dublin. Historians say Audr enjoyed even greater freedom in
Dublin than she did (or would have in Norway). She was certainly quick to take
charge when things went sideways.
By all accounts, Audr was not a shield maiden or a young
woman when history records her greatness.
Upon hearing her husband and son, Thorsteinn, died in
battle, she decided it was time to leave Dublin. Iceland was her destination
because she had two brothers there. Calm and decisive, Audr prepared a ship in
secret with the help of twenty men who served her (thralls). All were loyal to
her and she managed to slip away with her considerable household.
Family-minded, she took in Thorsteinn’s daughters. On the
journey to Iceland, one granddaughter married in Orkney and the other was
married in the Faroe Islands.
Despite having married off two granddaughters, her retinue
was so vast that one brother balked at hosting Audr. He offered to host half
her household which is a slight in Vikingdom. No matter how rich or poor the
longhouse, no one in need of food and shelter is turned away. Ever. Especially
with winter approaching.
Incensed, Audr went to her second brother where she and her
household stayed until spring. Warm weather got the older woman exploring new
lands. Audr took off to Breidafjordur, deciding to settle there.
Here is where she sets herself apart with wisdom and
This was about the time Ingolfur Arnarsson divide Iceland
into four sections to be ruled by four capable Vikings. In the northwest, he
asked Audr to lead. She would have to secure the loyalty of her people and
settle the land.
Audr already had twenty loyal male slaves. She could’ve
kept the status quo. Instead, Audr told those twenty men, if they pledged
allegiance to her, she’d give them their freedom and land to own.
Was it a wily political move on her part? A show of
gratitude for men who stayed by her side through tough times? History never
What we do know is she settled in Hvammur. We also know man
sites have funny, anecdotal names because of her such as Kambsnes, which means ‘Comb headland’ because she lost a comb
there. A Christian, she raised a cross in Hvammur (though her descendants later
Audr was all about family, making sure the rest of her
granddaughters married well. Kind and giving to the end, the deep-minded woman
invited relatives to a magnificent feast that went on for three days. During
that time, she gave lavish gifts and wise advice to those she loved. At the end
of the three days, Audr bade her household hold the feast another three days-a
funeral feast. She knew she was dying and she wanted to spend her last days
celebrating with the people she loved.
Now that is a wise, wise woman.
Kept by the Viking
Forgotten Sons Book 1
by Gina Conkle Genre: Historical Viking Romance
to the Brotherhood comes before all. Including women.
Viking leader Rurik knows the law. His loyalty to the Forgotten Sons
is his bond, and no woman will threaten what he’s built from the
ground up. But the Sons are a roving band of Vikings, and Rurik is
growing restless—so when Normandy’s chieftain offers land, the
proposal intrigues him. And the sultry Parisian thrall he finds in
his tent intrigues him even more…
is cunning and clever and full of secrets. Rurik’s men have no
interest in securing her safe passage home, but, piqued with lust,
Rurik views Safira’s wiles as a captivating challenge—one he’s
determined to conquer, even if lying with her is as defiant as it is
with Safira has been a fantasy come true—what started as lust is
quickly turning to the kind of partnership Rurik could never have
dreamed. But their arrival in foreign lands marks a new chapter, one
that demands a Viking wife. With impossible decisions to be made,
Rurik’s alliances are fraying, and past promises may not be enough
to save him from having to betray those he’s sworn loyalty
book is approximately 83,000 words
with confidence. This title is part of the Carina
Press Romance Promise:
all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a
Her Viking Warrior Forgotten Sons Book 2 When
an outcast goes home and meets a woman seeking justice, hearts will
years ago, Bjorn was exiled from Vellefold. Honor-bound to return,
he’ll fight for the settlement…then walk away. First, he must
work with his childhood friend, now a beautiful, high-ranking Viking
of spirit, Ilsa will do anything to save her people, including
convincing the banished son to take the jarl’s seat. But she has
her doubts about the stone-hearted Viking, despite the lust between
them. It’s only a matter of time before Bjorn discovers that Ilsa
is hiding dangerous secrets, secrets that may jeopardize all they’ve
the darkest hour comes, the once-rejected warrior must choose: rescue
his men, the Forgotten Sons—or Ilsa, the woman he craves, body and
with confidence. This title is part of the Carina
Press Romance Promise:
all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a
fate was sealed when her mom read 'The Highwayman' for a bedtime
story. She was five years old at the time, but from then on, Gina was
doomed to love history and romance.
days she pens sparkling Georgian romance. Other days, she writes
evocative Viking romance full of heat and adventure. Gina spent most
of her life in southern California but now lives in Michigan with her
husband where snow days are perfect for reading and writing. Her
books have won awards and garnered critical acclaim. Poke around her
website and you'll run across those accolades.
Stories by:Sheena Austin, Margo Bond Collins, Debra-Ann Kummoung, Sophie Bellabone, Deborah E Pearson, Charlene Johnson, Susan Burdorf, Claire
O'Dare, Ivy Hearne
is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas every
body invites their friends about them, and people think little of
even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once
for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter.” ~Emma
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one side was a table occupied by some chattering girls, cutting up
silk and gold paper; and on the other were trestles and trays,
bending under the weight of brawn and cold pies, where riotous boys
were holding high revel; the whole completed by a roaring Christmas
fire, which seemed determined to be heard in spite of the noise of
the others.” ~Persuasion
the author of Returning
to Mr. Darcy, Alexandria, Journey of the Heart, and
Disillusionments of the Heart.
A lover of all romance, fantasy, cat whisperer, and Kermit
obsessed, the author currently lives in Virginia with her boyfriend
and two cats. She is a Special Education teacher and aspires to win
the lottery one day and to have a lifetime of pizza and cheez-its so
she would no longer have to cook or do the dishes ever again.
Today, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times bestselling author
Margo Bond Collins
is a former college English professor who, tired of explaining the
difference between "hanged" and "hung," turned to
writing romance novels instead. (Sometimes her heroines kill
also writes under the alter ego of Ivy Hearne.
fell in love with Pride & Prejudice when I read it in high
school. Something about that time - the courtly manners of society,
the clothing, and so many other things. Don't get me a wrong, I'm a
modern girl and wouldn't last a day without my modern conveniences,
but I can still fantasize about that time period.
husband is my inspiration for Mr. Darcy & Colonel Fitzwilliam
(when the good colonel appears in one of my books). My husband has
the manners of Darcy but has been a military man like the colonel -
so I got both in one man.
whether with Kernstock or Bellabone
pen name, is from the land of thousands of lakes, home of Santa
Claus, and technology giant Nokia, also known as Finland. At age 24
she was bitten by the publishing bug in her native tongue. The bug
bit so fiercly that she made her mission to publish all her future
stories to wider audience just year after. That she did, and now at
25 her first book written in English is in preorder.
and rased with finnish sisu, and beaten in shape with sauna birch
leaf brooms, Sophie writes Fantasy and Horror. No genre will be safe
from her vigilant and witty writing style though. She will be
providing all kinds of stories from short and sweet to long and
gritty. None with romantic sub plot though. She focuses on platonic
friendships, epic battles beyond tonsil fencing, and the endless
ideas leading to world beyond imagination.
short, her muse is obiviously in drugs and needs intervention.
she'll also add Sci-Fi/Dystopian into her fresh list of books and
invites in new pen name to the Sophiesphere circle of things.
E. Pearson found her love of Jane
Austen's work when she was 15 by watching the 1995 adaptation of
Pride and Prejudice by Andrew Davies, Over the following years she
not only read Miss Austen's books multiple times but also read
several fan fiction books, which led her to begin writing her own
Jane Austen Fan Fiction in 2010 as she wished to have a Darcy that
fitted the way she saw him.
is a Waynesburg, Pennsylvania native. She went to Waynesburg High
School and graduated Cum Laude from Waynesburg College with a
Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts. Currently lives in Sacramento,
California where she spent the last 33 years working at Northrop
have always been her passion. She started reading at an early age and
progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural
book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in
all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for
good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and
continues to do so today.
an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer and an incurable romantic
with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her own characters
and story lines because she realized she had her own stories to
is married to John, who believes she can do anything. She has a son,
Ty; a daughter, Danika; and four beautiful grandchildren, Aries,
Victoria, Maya, and Tobias.
reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, and
Burdorf is an avid reader,
photographer and lover of all things sparkly. Writing is a passion
that is only quenched when THE END is written on the last page of a
manuscript. Nothing says home to her, though, like the presence of
her family. Susan encourages you to correspond with her and is
available for public appearances at schools and conferences.