New books by HNS members, November 2018

compiled by Sarah Johnson

Congrats to the following authors on their new releases! If you’re an HNS member who’s written a historical novel or nonfiction work published (or to be published) in August 2018 or after, please send us the details or tweet me  @readingthepast by Jan. 7, 2019:  include the author, title, publisher, release date, and a blurb of one sentence or less. Details will appear in February’s magazine. Submissions may be edited for space.

Celtic Knot by Ann Shortell (FriesenPress, Mar. 22), rated five stars by Clarion Foreword Reviews, has been praised by Kirkus Reviews as a novel which “dramatizes the murder of a prominent Irish politician in late 19th-century Canada… conjures a memorable heroine… a thrilling and historically edifying period tale.”

Imperial Passions – The Porta Aurea by Eileen Stephenson (Blachernae Books, Apr. 24) is a story of love, power and betrayal at the height of the Byzantine Empire.

Linda Kay Dahlen’s debut novel, The Viking Priest (Beaver’s Pond Press, May) is a saga of fate, faith, adventure, and love set around AD 1000; it follows a new Christian priest as he sails to far lands which test his spiritual, emotional and physical life.

In Georgie Belmont’s Emerald Noose (Amazon Kindle, May 9), a Victorian adventure set in northern England, 15-year-old Lizzie Greenwood becomes entangled in a criminal plot while trying to save her family’s mill.

S. R. Strickland’s The Awakening of La Muse (Amazon, May 15), set in Paris in 1855, tells the story of a 16-year-old American slave who orchestrates her escape and battles to retain her freedom.

In the sequel to The Big Inch, Kimberly Fish returns with Harmon General (CreateSpace, May 15), a WWII spy thriller set in a U.S. Army Hospital in Texas bedeviled by intellectual property theft regarding malaria developments, a rogue spy, and two female OSS agents that have overstepped their boundaries.

In Canticle (Turas Press, May), Liz McSkeane’s prize-winning historical detective novel based on the life and turbulent times of the 16th-century Spanish poet and mystic, St. John of the Cross, investigator Fray Martín de Sepúlveda is charged with finding the lost manuscripts of St. John’s most famous poem, the Spiritual Canticle, and soon finds himself under the shadow of the Inquisition, embroiled in the power struggles, political manoeuvring and misinformation of the day.

In John Mallon’s The Invincible Fortress (CreateSpace, May), set in 1745, militiaman Daniel Bailey and fellow New Englanders, supported by the Royal Navy, attack and capture the French fortress at Louisbourg on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Tazia and Gemma by Ann S. Epstein (Vine Leaves Press, May) tells the tale of a young, unwed, pregnant Italian immigrant who survives the tragic 1911 New York City Triangle Waist Company fire and flees cross-country, and her daughter who, 50 years later, reverses her mother’s steps to discover the identity of her father.

The Retreat to Avalon by Sean Poage (MadeGlobal, Jun. 8) is the first in a new series exploring the historical roots of the Arthurian legends.

Set in Depression-era Virginia, Karen D. McIntyre’s Ruby (CreateSpace, Jul. 28) tells the story of what happens to Ruby and how she rebuilds her life after she loses her job, and boards a bus to go home, but doesn’t make it.

Romance is the last thing Regency gentleman Richard Lacey expects when he inherits a title, a dilapidated estate, and the attentions of a killer; but that is what he gets when Jamie Smythe, the true heir, and his beguiling sister Emma turn up, compelling unlikely hero Richard to join forces with headstrong Emma to unmask the killer before he strikes again; this is the premise of A Gentleman’s Promise by Penny Hampson (Troubador, Jul.)

In Wayne Ng’s Finding the Way: A Novel of Lao Tzu (Earnshaw, Jul. 1), renowned scholars Lao Tzu and Confucius are drawn into a deadly struggle between twin princes who vie for their ailing fathers fragmenting empire in 6th-century B.C. China.

Let Slip the Dogs (Anna Castle, Aug. 7), the fifth in Anna Castle’s Francis Bacon mystery series, is set at Richmond Palace in 1591, where love is in the air and murder lurks behind the orchard wall.

Travel through medieval settings, meet complex characters, delve into the realm of mysticism, and fall under the spell of forbidden romance when you join the adventure of Madelyn’s struggle for survival by reading the first book in Cris Harding’s Saint Michael’s Sword series, Tip of the Blade (All Things That Matter Press, Aug. 27), set in 9th-century France.

In Karen Maitland’s A Gathering of Ghosts (Headline, Sep. 6), set on Dartmoor in 1316, the Sisters of the Knights of St John fight for survival against the ghosts of the moor as the waters of their holy well run with blood.

A novel in short stories, Through the Fire: An Alternate Life of Prince Konstantin of Russia by Tamar Anolic (CreateSpace, Sep. 15), examines the life that Konstantin, a decorated war hero and the third son of Grand Duke Konstantin, the Russian imperial family’s famous poet, might have had if the Russian Revolution had never happened.

Zenobia Neil’s historical fantasy, The Jinni’s Last Wish (Amazon, Sept. 15), takes place in the 17th-century Ottoman Empire.

The story may have begun with sweet, gentle Violet, but it continues in Tanya E. WilliamsStealing Mr. Smith (Rippling Effects, Sep. 25) with Bernice, a determined yet misguided girl who will do whatever she must to get what she wants; the novel spans from 1942-50 in South Dakota and Tacoma, Washington.

M J Porter’s The King’s Mother (Amazon, Sept. 28) tells the story of a woman who has been reviled by history as a whore and a murderer, but was neither.

Set in the height of Classic Maya times (600-700 CE), Leonide Martin’s The Prophetic Mayan Queen: K’inuuw Mat of Palenque (Made for Success, Oct.) is the story of a strong and gifted woman whose life entwines with famous rulers of Palenque, as she influences their brilliant archeo-astronomical creations and foresees ways to preserve Maya wisdom and cultural achievements as the collapse of their civilization looms.

Hillary Tiefer’s historical novel Lily’s Home Front (Moonshine Cove, Oct. 7) takes place during World War II and is about a young woman welder on Liberty Ships in Portland, Oregon who faces prejudice on the home front.

Set in the 12th century, The Way of Glory by Patricia J. Boomsma (Edeleboom, Oct. 13) follows an English family as they join a crusade to battle the Moors in Hispania, where they find their closeness fractured by the terror and contradictions of holy war.

Suanne Schafer’s debut A Different Kind of Fire (Waldorf, Nov. 1) chronicles the life of a female artist during the American Gilded Age: Ruby Schmidt, a headstrong woman who throws off the shackles of feminine convention at a time when women were striving to change their place in the world.

In Beyond the Fall by Diane Scott Lewis (The Wild Rose Press, Nov. 5), in a neglected cemetery, a sassy modern woman slips back to the year 1796: can she learn to love again, or desert the handsome Cornishman and find her way back home?

A highwaywoman in 18th-century England gets caught up in a time traveler’s war to change history in Kate Heartfield’s Alice Payne Arrives (Tor, Nov. 6).

John Broughton’s Saints and Sinners (Endeavour Media, Nov. 19) relates the early life, exile and persecution of the young warrior-noblemen Aethelbald and Guthlac – one destined to kingship the other to canonisation. The sequel, dealing with Aethelbald’s great reign, will be titled Mixed Blessings (Endeavour Media, Jan. 2019).

Clarissa Harwood’s Bear No Malice (Pegasus Books, Jan. 1, 2019), a companion novel to her debut Impossible Saints, follows the parallel struggles of clergyman Tom Cross and artist Miranda Thorne to overcome the lies and secrets from their pasts in Edwardian England.

In Eileen Charbonneau’s Seven Aprils (BWL Publishing, April 2019), a young woman with a rifle and a sure-shot eye appears turns herself into Tom Boyde, a physician’s comrade throughout America’s Civil War; the seven Aprils from 1860 to 1866 tell their tale of love and war, sex and friendship, and the price of crossing gender lines.

Patricia O’Reilly’s The First Rose of Tralee (Ward River Press/Poolbeg Books, summer 2019) tells the love story between the nursery maid and the master, set in 1840s Ireland and India against the backdrop of political upheaval; this story is the inspiration for the Annual Rose of Tralee International Festival.


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