Orphaned Lucy St.John, described as “the most beautiful of all,” defies English society by carving her own path through the decadent Stuart court. In 1609, the early days of the rule of James I are a time of glittering pageantry and cutthroat ambition, when the most dangerous thing one can do is fall in love . . . or make an enemy of Frances Howard, the reigning court beauty.
Lucy catches the eye of the Earl of Suffolk, but her envious sister Barbara is determined to ruin her happiness. Exiling herself from the court, Lucy has to find her own path through life, becoming mistress of the Tower of London. Riding the coattails of the king’s favorite, the Duke of Buckingham, the fortunes of the St.Johns rise to dizzying heights. But with great wealth comes betrayal, leaving Lucy to fight for her survival—and her honor—in a world of deceit and debauchery.
Elizabeth St.John tells this dramatic story of love, betrayal, family bonds and loyalty through the eyes of her ancestor Lucy and her family’s surviving diaries, letters and court papers.
When an EMP produced by a massive solar flare fries the electrical grid, Captain Jordan Hughes’ problems are just starting. Stranded far from home with a now-priceless cargo of fuel and a restless crew, Hughes weighs his options as violence worsens ashore and the world crumbles around the secure haven of his ship, the Pecos Trader.
‘Wait and see,’ isn’t an option. Hughes must get his ship and crew home — but FEMA arrives with other plans.
Resisting an increasingly corrupt and self-serving federal bureaucracy, Hughes leads a hastily formed and ragtag little band of sailors, preppers, and dissident military personnel on a desperate voyage to reunite them all with home and family – only to find their real journey is just beginning.
A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
I’m a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. As a kid I devoured classics like The Earth Abides and Alas, Babylon, and still enjoy a convincing, post-apocalyptic yarn. However, I never attempted to write one, because the key word is ‘convincing,’ and I doubted my ability to convince readers to take that journey.
You see, my previous work is set in environments I know well and didn’t have to research much, but when research was needed, I was obsessive. Before I can convince you, I have to convince myself the scenarios I plot out are possible, and that requires a good command of the facts. Skeptic that I am, I wasn’t sure research would get me to that point in regard to ‘collapse’ scenarios. Boy, was I wrong!
I found credible source after credible source addressing the vulnerability of our aging power grid. National Geographic produced multiple articles and documentaries on solar storms’ potential to do lasting damage. Government agencies have also issued reports, all with the similar conclusions, and companies such as the venerable British insurer Lloyd’s support that view. In fact, one recent Lloyd’s report states:
“As the electric infrastructure ages and we become more and more dependent on it, risk of a catastrophic outage increases with each peak of the solar cycle. Our society is increasingly dependent on electricity. The potential for long-term, widespread power outages, makes the hazard posed by geomagnetic storms one of the most significant.”
So having convinced myself, I knew I could convince my readers.
But that wasn’t all there was to it, because I didn’t want to write just another post-apocalyptic tale. I therefore focused on characters caught unprepared by the ‘event,’ and forced to survive by their wits. While there is an experienced ‘prepper’ family in the tale, you won’t find overly-specific details of weaponry or long lists of needed supplies. What you will find are believable characters, acting and reacting, sometimes cowardly, sometimes heroically, but always I hope, realistically.
Excerpts From Amazon Reviews (See full text in Reviews section)
One of the better post-apocalyptic books of late. The author’s credible knowledge of military and maritime ops and prepper scenarios combine to create a believable tale. In the bleak and believable future of a post-apocalyptic world created by the EMP from a coronal mass ejection (CME), the reader cheers on the protagonists, and wishes the worst on a bevy of villains. I would suggest this book to any fans of the post-apocalyptic genre. – Boscowashisnamo
Post-apocalyptic fiction done well is a true pleasure, and McDermott is firmly in the upper echelon of post-apocalyptic writers. The possibility of an EMP spawned by a solar event wreaking havoc in technology-heavy environments is well-documented, and McDermott tells a story of believable people doing their best in a terrible situation. — Finback
A tranquil Irish vacation, music, scenery, food… and a priest on the run from the mob.
Sequel to the #1 Bestseller, The Tour.
When a shadowy couple turn up on Conor O’Shea’s grand tour of Ireland, the tranquility of Ireland’s landscape acts as a shelter against the stormy reality of the life they left behind.
On the run from a notorious mob boss, this mysterious couple flees the U.S. in search of sanctuary on the shores of the Emerald Isle, hoping to blend in with the tourists. In their wake lies a mafia family’s secrets and a scarred priest torn between his duty to the cloth and to the truth.
Intriguing and uniquely consuming, Father Declan Sullivan’s tale of destiny and duty lies at the feet of those he has betrayed. Can distance and deliverance save the innocent in their desperate pursuit for peace, or will evil catch up to them all?
In Safe at the Edge of the World, author Jean Grainger captures the soothing beauty of Ireland in the lives of those fleeing a criminal bent on revenge.
Do you love crime thrillers full of suspense? Then you’ll love Sharon Thompson’s #1 best-selling debut.
Peggy Bowden has not had an easy life. As a teenager, her mother was committed to an asylum and then a local priest forced her into an abusive marriage. But when her husband dies in an accident Peggy sees an opportunity to start again and trains as a midwife.
In 1950s Dublin it is not easy for a woman to make a living and Peggy sees a chance to start a business and soon a lucrative maternity home is up and running.
But when Peggy realizes that the lack of birth control is an issue for women, she uses their plight as a way to make more money. Very soon Peggy is on the wrong side of the law.
What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?
Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival and her journey into the underbelly of a dangerous criminal world.
The Abandoned is a debut novel not to be missed, it will appeal to fans of authors like Cara Hunter, Joy Ellis and Helen Fields
What everyone is saying about The Abandoned:
“Great fast paced book, great strong characters” Wendy Haines
“An engrossing story which is so hard to look back at and think that things like this really happened not that long ago. A superb debut.” Susan Hampson – Books From Dusk Till Dawn
“I loved how fast-paced and chilling every part of this novel was, as it certainly kept me on my toes from start to finish, keeping my level of intrigued peaked until the very last second.” Kaisha Holloway – The Writing Garnet
“Brilliant. High expectations are set for future books by Sharon Thompson an author to keep your eye on. A story you won’t forget quickly.” Gemma Myers – Between The Pages Book Club
“The pace throughout is steady with some of the faster-paced parts providing some darker more grittier moments.” Rachel Broughton – Rae Reads
“The perfect mix of Historical Fiction, Thriller, Suspense, and Crime. I’m excited to read more from Sharon Thompson.” Dash Fan Book Reviews
“The Abandoned is a fabulous historical thriller and though I disproved of Peggy’s actions, I thoroughly enjoyed her story.” Susan Corcoran – Booksaremycwtches
“Cannot praise this author highly enough. I will be recommending this to anyone who listens.” Philomena Callan – Cheekypee Reads And Reviews
“This is a superbly written book with a good heavy plot that keeps on giving and opening more.” Sue Ward – Read Along With Sue
“It’s gritty, dark, vivid and sometimes very very brutal (see the blurb for her job descriptions, throw in some violence and you’re halfway there), but always gripping, with dark laughs in there to keep your head above water.” Bernadette Maycock – BRMaycock’s Book Blog
“A very good read that will appeal to readers of thrillers and crime fiction.” Jill Burkinshaw – Books n All
“The Abandoned is a raw and gritty read that I couldn’t put down. Gripped from the off, Peggy’s life is a captivating one that you won’t want to miss. A promising debut from a very promising author. ” Sarah Hardy – By The Letter Book Reviews
“Gripping, emotive, raw, and compelling are just some of the adjectives I could use to describe this stunning debut that will take your breath away.” Linda Green – Books Of All Kinds
How much would it take for you to kill someone close?
From Bestselling Author Steven Becker comes a new mystery series:
When a body is found floating in the mangroves of Biscayne National Park, Special Agent Kurt Hunter has his first real case. He’s not looking for the spotlight or notoriety—he’s had both with disastrous results. But that seems unavoidable as the trail leads him to South Beach and his introduction to the culture there is anything but comfortable.
In the National Parks Service’s version of the witness protection program, Kurt quickly finds out that the pristine waters surrounding Miami are very different from the National Forest he transferred from. Follow Kurt through this new world as he unearths a crooked families greed to solve the case.
Once they were a family, connected by blood, joined by love.
The Mercy of Time and Chance spans three generations of an Italian-American family. The first is steeped in old world customs and values, living in the manner expected of them by their church and community. The second clings to the old and familiar while the world around them changes. The third embraces the modern but reverts to the past when it suits them.
Caught in the middle is Renie. Orphaned at two, she’s never known a mother’s love. Weaned on rejection and raised on neglect by a bitter stepmother, she’s unsure how to mother her own children, unwittingly passing on what she believes are the proper roles of men and women. But in doing so, she raises a meek, submissive daughter and a son who inherits his father’s temper as well as his role as lord and master of a family that is no more.
It’s a Wild West story, but it’s also a love story. A young man, Cole Flynn, just 14 years old, rides into trouble when he stops at a ranch just outside Las Vegas, New Mexico, the meanest, wildest town in the Territory. He stops to ask for some water for himself and his animals and meets a young widow who’s cattle are being stolen by a gang of outlaws. Cole decides to help her and takes on the toughest gang in the land. He kills one in a fair gunfight, and the Purvis gang comes after him, repeatedly trying to kill him. At one point, they kidnap the young widow, and Cole ups the stakes and dynamites the saloon owned by the gang’s leader. He frees the widow and they ride off to make a life for themselves, but John Purvis, the gang’s leader is vengeful. He repeatedly sends men to kill Cole, who has to be on constant alert or face his own demise.
“Jones’ ability to articulate what it feels like to fall in love and what love is quickened my heart rate and put words to emotions I have only felt before.”
The dreamer, Ruby’s Choice (Debut novel, Book 1 of the Ditch Lane Diaries) is a coming of age tale of firsts including the angst of falling in love.
While in college, Ruby meets Reed and Brent, but senses something amiss and quickly learns of a game the two intend to play.
Ruby isn’t a pawn and turns the table on them.
But she didn’t expect to fall in love.
The Ditch Lane Diaries follows three childhood friends from college to adulthood. An afternoon adventure uncovers a hidden room and mysterious stones in Campbell Ridge cave unlocking their supernatural powers. Ruby, the Prophetic Dreamer, Anna, the Divine Healer, and Sandy, the Soul Reader.
Ruby’s Choice introduces the main characters of the Ditch Lane Diaries series and ends with a supernatural twist catapulting the reader into the second book, Anna’s Way.
“I fell in love with the time, the place, and most of all with Ruby! She’s strong, yet vulnerable, inexperienced, yet not entirely foolish. She reminded me of what it felt like to be young and experiencing love with all its joy and heartache for the very first time. The characters felt real, as did the dialogue, and the hints of supernatural elements added a tempting twist that piques the interest to continue with this different and intriguing series.”
Eighteen-year-old Ellen Parker had just finished her freshman year. She thought the summer of 1972 was going to be her best. She was going to live with her boyfriend in his fraternity house. But on the day of the big move, she finds herself cruelly deserted by him. On a sudden whim, he has taken off with his friends to drive cross-country, leaving only a note ending their affair.
Rejected and heartbroken, and now homeless, as well as out of work, Ellen searches desperately for a place to stay. Just as time is about to run out, by a strange stroke of luck, Ellen finds a post as the live-in girl Friday to a sixty-five-year-old veteran of the Pacific War.
Tom Harris appears to be a nice enough man, and knows much of the world, especially exotic Japan. But as the summer progresses, Ellen notices things that strike her as odd and even suspicious, like the strange noises she sometimes hears late at night coming from the locked attic turret. Noises that Tom denies exist and refuses to investigate.
Yet at the same time, Ellen finds herself growing more and more attracted to this rather youthful senior who refuses to say just what happened to him in the war, and in Japan as part of the American occupation force.
But before the summer is out, Ellen will learn the answers to her questions, and that even decent people can have deep dark secrets.
The Moon Will Not Rise is the story of a young woman’s education and coming of age in the 1970s. It is the story of Ellen Parker’s fight not to crumble at the cruel betrayal and desertion by her careless boyfriend, but gather her inner strength and come out victorious.
The Moon Will Not Rise is part 70s time capsule, part WWII history, part mystery and romance. It is John King’s third novel. He is also the author of Maid of Honor, The Big Mouth, Blackjack, and The Trophy Wife.
People whisper rumors about a family murdered at Ashburn House. They say its old owner, Edith, went mad in the building, and that restless ghosts walk the halls at night.
When Adrienne arrives on the gothic house’s doorstep, all she has is a suitcase, twenty dollars, and her pet cat. She doesn’t know why her estranged Aunt Edith bequeathed Ashburn to her, but it’s a lifeline she can’t afford to refuse.
Adrienne doesn’t believe in ghosts, but it’s hard to rationalize what she sees. Strange messages have been etched into the wallpaper. Furniture moves when she leaves the room. And a grave hidden in the forest hints at a terrible, unforgivable secret.
Something twisted and evil lives in her house, and Adrienne must race to unravel the decades-old mystery… before she becomes Ashburn’s latest victim.