New books by HNS members, November 2017

compiled by Sarah Johnson

Here’s another lengthy list of new releases by HNS author members for consideration for your TBR piles. Books are in order by date, with descriptions provided by the authors. Congrats to all!

If you’re a current HNS member who’s written a historical novel or nonfiction work published between Sep 2017 – Mar 2018, please send in your details by Jan 7, 2018: author, title, publisher, release date, and a blurb of one sentence or less. Details will appear in next February’s magazine.

The first three books in a seven-book series by Jennifer MacaireThe Road to Alexander (April), Legends of Persia (June), and Son of the Moon (Sept) – were published by Accent Press. Ashley, a journalist from the future, meets Alexander the Great; he mistakes her for Persephone and kidnaps her, stranding her in his time.

Gaelle Lehrer’s Kennedy’s Night in Jerusalem (PKZ, May 1) is about a young, beautiful orthodox widow’s quest to break the shackles of her tradition to find love.

Summerwode by J Tullos Hennig (DSP Publications, May 15) is the newest in the historical fantasy series re-imagining the Robin Hood legends, in which both queer and pagan viewpoints are given realistic and respectful voice.

My Interview with Beethoven by L.A. Hider Jones (CreateSpace, May 17) features a young Virginia newspaperman who goes to Vienna to interview the great composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, because he’s been told that the maestro is his father.

Gideon’s Credo by Ben Laffra (Optimus Maximus, Jun 10), a narrative of war, intrigue, courage, and honour set in 16th-century France, depicts the passions and emotions of those who were caught in its midst and one man’s desperate pursuit for justice.

In Elena Douglas’s Shadow of Athena (Knox Robinson, Jun 13), a young girl in ancient Greece is chosen to take part in an ages-old ritual and sent on a journey that she may not survive.

In Publish & Perish: A Francis Bacon Mystery by Anna Castle (Anna Castle, Jun 20), London’s wittiest pamphleteers are being murdered, and Francis Bacon must see through his own envious desires to stop the killer.

Fenella Forster’s Kitty’s Story (Silverwood, Jun 26) is Book 3 of The Voyagers trilogy, but also stands alone. It’s Cairo 1941, and Kitty is determined to ‘do her bit’ by joining ENSA and singing to the soldiers, but nothing prepares her for an unwelcome mission of betrayal of her dearest love: an Italian POW.

AJ Lyndon’s first historical novel, The Welsh Linnet, Book 1 in the War Without an Enemy trilogy (Tretower Publishing, Jun 26), follows two young cavalry officers and their sister during the English Civil War as their search for glory becomes a fight for survival after a man with a dark secret enters their lives.

Chicago Movie Girls by D. C. Reep and E. A. Allen (CreateSpace, Jul. 23) tells the story of three sisters in 1914 who fight for success in Chicago’s early movie industry, but face betrayal and danger.

A high-concept time-slip novel, Julia Ibbotson’s A Shape on the Air (Endeavour, Jul 28) finds medievalist Dr Viv DuLac in the body of troubled Lady Vivianne as the Dark Ages move into the Anglo-Saxon era.

In Helen Maskew’s On the House (Unbound, Aug 1), set in a small Suffolk workhouse in 1838, the complacency of its guardians leads to a suicide and a brutal murder which are investigated by the local JP and, covertly, a London journalist, but neither is aware of the other.

Quaker’s War by Jason Born (Halldorr, Aug 2) is a lively, sometimes gritty adventure that pits hearts, revenge, and empire in a relentless struggle on the cusp of war in pre-Revolutionary North America.

Barb Warner Deane’s On the Homefront (The Wild Rose Press, Aug 23) tells a story of three young women on the rural American home front during WWII, and their experiences with war manufacturing jobs, rationing, shortages, farm life, and loneliness, until one of whom joins the American Red Cross Clubmobile program and is sent to the front lines.

A Lady’s Deception by Pamela Mingle (Entangled, Aug 28) is about Sir Hugh Grey, war hero, who returns to England hoping to renew his brief affair with Eleanor Broxton, but the secret she’s keeping could ruin their second chance at love.

Cometh the Hour by Annie Whitehead (Amazon, Sept 2), book 1 of the Tales of the Iclingas, is set in 7th-c Mercia.

Why is a mysterious, ragged orphan boy who has a gentleman’s manners, speaks fluent French and knows Latin forced to clean chimneys for a living? Lord Roderick Davenant seeks the answer in Margaret Southall’s debut novel, A Jacketing Concern (Knox Robinson, Sept 12).

The HNS’s newest short story collection, Distant Echoes (Corazon, Sept 25), brings you vivid voices from the past. This haunting anthology explores love and death, family and war. Contributors are Dorita Avila, Anne Aylor, Anna Belfrage, Richard Buxton, Christopher M. Cevasco, Lorna Fergusson, Cj Fosdick, Mari Griffith, Patricia Hilton-Johnson, Lisa Kesteven, Vanessa Lafaye, Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger, Yvonne Lyon, Jeffrey Manton, Nicky Moxey, S. Pitt, Jasmina Svenne and L C Tyler. These 19 stories were the winners or runners-up in recent HNS short story competitions.

HNR reviews editor Karen Warren’s Shadow of the Dome (Endeavour, Sept 25) is a tale of friendship and destiny, based on the true story of a 13th-c Mongol princess who travelled from China to Persia with the explorer Marco Polo.

In When It’s Over by Barbara Ridley (She Writes, Sept 26), Lena Kulkova reaches England soon after the outbreak of WWII, but she faces anti-refugee sentiment and wartime deprivations, while desperate for news from her Jewish family left behind in Czechoslovakia.

Artist Pamela Colman Smith, befriended by Bram Stoker, is commissioned to create a new deck of tarot cards for the Golden Dawn but discovers she must battle to keep her creations molded after Sir Henry Irving and William Terriss from being used for evil purposes; this is the premise of Susan Wands’s Magician and Fool (i2i Publishing, Oct 13).

Karen Harper‘s The It Girls (William Morrow, Oct 24) follows the scandalous and very modern lives of two real British Edwardian sisters: Lucile, Lady Duff Gordon, who dared to design racy lingerie and get women out of corsets, and Elinor Glyn, who wrote banned romances and scripts for the silents in Hollywood.

In C.L.R. Peterson’s Lucia’s Renaissance (Renaissance Re-imprints, Oct 24), when Martin Luther’s heretical book ignites a young girl’s faith, she must choose: abandon her beliefs, or risk her life in the turbulent world of late Renaissance Italy.

Queen of Incense by Signe Kopps (Rainhorse, Oct 25) is the story of a young woman, Bilqis of Saba, later known as the Queen of Sheba, who traveled across a vast and dangerous desert in 950 BC, bringing a magnificent treasure to King Solomon in Jerusalem.

Tracey Warr’s Conquest: The Drowned Court (Impress, Oct 30), 2nd in the Conquest trilogy, takes place in 12th-century Wales. After a series of abductions, and her brother Gruffudd’s attempt to regain his kingdom from the Normans, Princess Nest’s loyalties are torn between her Welsh heritage and her Norman husband; after her husband Gerald dies, King Henry must prevent her from again becoming the symbol of the Welsh resistance.

London, 1840: Edgar Allan Poe and C. Auguste Dupin investigate letters that suggest Poe’s grandparents were the true perpetrators of the notorious London Monster attacks of 1788 – 1790 and discover that they are being stalked by a murderous assailant – might the crimes of the past and present be connected? Karen Lee Street’s Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster is published by Point Blank in the UK (Sept. 7) and Pegasus in the US (Nov. 14).

In An Orphan in the Snow by Molly Green (Avon HarperCollins, Nov 30), war rages, but the women and children of Liverpool’s Dr Barnardo’s home cannot give up hope. But how can June Lavender even think of love when Murray Andrews is a fighter pilot who risks death every day?

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