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Book 4 in the Promised Valley series

Promised Valley Peace is the fourth and last novel in Ron Fritsch’s allegorical Promised Valley series. The conspirators and their allies from the first three novels give up on the gods, whose existence many of them doubt, and discover how to use horses in warfare. They prepare to employ them in a last battle to bring the prehistoric enemy hunters and farmers together as one people in a "new kingdom” and end warfare between them forever. Individuals who partner with persons of the same gender are once again in the front lines, risking their lives for their peoples.

"It’s the story’s prehistoric setting that provides the basis for the intellectual question which binds the Promised Valley books together: ‘Could civilization and history, with their countless heaven-sanctioned wars and genocides, have begun differently?’ With that as his touchstone, Fritsch thoughtfully and compassionately offers answers through the story and its characters. 

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Other books in the Promised Valley series:
Promised Valley Rebellion
Promised Valley War
Promised Valley Conspiracy

In Bloody Lessons, it's the winter of 1880, and the teachers of San Francisco are under attack: their salaries slashed and their competency and morals questioned in a series of poison pen letters. Annie Fuller, the reluctant clairvoyant, has been called in to investigate by Nate Dawson, her lawyer beau, and the case becomes personal when they discover that Laura, Nate's sister, may be one of the teachers targeted for attack. In this installment in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series, readers will find the same blend of a cozy mystery and romantic suspense, played out against the historical backdrop of late 19th century San Francisco, that they found in Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits. If you are new to this series, you will still enjoy spending time with the lively residents of Annie Fuller's boarding house and visiting San Francisco when Golden Gate Park was filled with horse-drawn carriages, politics were controlled by saloon-keepers, and kisses were stolen under gaslight.

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See Books I & II in the Victorian San Francisco Mystery series: Maids of Misfortune and Uneasy Spirits.

In 1846 the Reed and Donner families leave Illinois on a 2,000-mile journey to California in search of free land and a healthy climate. Thirteen-year-old Virginia Reed is thrilled to ride ahead of the wagons each day beside her adored father. But enthusiasm turns to alarm when her father and other party leaders make decisions that put the families dangerously behind schedule. Provisions dwindle. Hardships mount. Anger erupts. In a frantic effort to reach California before winter, the Donner Party takes an untried shortcut, with heartbreaking results. As hardships and losses mount on the trail, Virginia acknowledges the fallibility of the adults in her life and begins to rely on her own judgment. When the party becomes trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by early snows, she must find the courage to defy her father in order to save the rest of her family. Of all American pioneer stories, the Donner Party’s is the most tragic. Eighty-seven ordinary people dreaming of new lives made a series of bad decisions and encountered a run of bad luck, resulting in their winter entrapment. All We Left Behind: Virginia Reed and the Donner Party takes the reader on Virginia’s emotional journey as she evolves from an obedient daughter to an independent young woman during the crossing.

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Historical fiction meets science fiction—as you’ve never read either of them before—in this riveting “what if” retelling of World War II. Extensively researched at a top-secret British decoding facility, this imaginative story by Bob Ackerman is grounded in facts that make you wonder whether maybe this is the true account, after all.

In 1941, American naval officer Jeffry Williams is handpicked to serve at England’s Bletchley Park on an Enigma code-breaking team with Colin Henricks and Kerra Dawes. They soon pick up on a series of messages codenamed “the Doppelgänger Project.” Although they can discern how important it is to the Germans, they can’t figure out what exactly they’re plotting. With the German scientific advancements during the war continuing to amaze Allied forces, the code breakers know it’s foolish to underestimate the Nazis. Do they have what it takes to decipher the puzzle—before it topples the Allies in a way no one can fathom?

Follow Jeff, Colin, and Kerra as they navigate military intelligence, special assignments, and Nazi monstrosities, all while trying to determine who they can trust in a world clouded by war.

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Aso by Bob Ackermann:  Saskett's Escape

Adin'Ur is a member of a prehistoric tribe that inhabited the Central Asian Steppe during the Fourth Millennium, B.C. Because the actual name of this tribe is unknown, archaeologists call these people "Kurgans", the name for their burial mounds. The tribe was significant in humankind's evolution toward civilization in being the first people to ride horses and in contributing to the languages of Europe. The book describes the rigorous life of a semi-nomadic people and how their creativity and stamina helped them cope with their animistic belief system and their battle for survival. Two shamans decide that Adin must marry Fi'Me, a woman he has never met. He is resentful of being forced to marry her, but on his wedding day is captivated by her beauty. To his dismay, he later discovers that she is determined to become a sorceress. In spite of warnings by a frightening genie, he tries to escape Fi'Me's occult influence by absconding with his son, Vlo. During his trek across the steppe, he suffers powerful supernatural attacks by Fi'Me. Adin is a devoted father and a leader of men, but is a driven, conflicted primitive going through a crisis of spirit. 

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At 19, they chained Alexandros to the monstrous tail of a victorious Roman army marching home; just one more morsel among thousands for a city always hungry for another helping of slaves.

30 years later, he rides at the head of seven legions beside his master and benefactor. Marcus Licinius Crassus is a man bent upon a war of revenge. Alexandros will do anything to stop him.

"No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness."- Aristotle.

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See Book I in the Bow of Heaven series: The Other Alexander.

While taking a solitary ramble on her father’s estate, Elizabeth Bennet finds an injured woman, cares for her, and helps her return to her gypsy camp. For her exceptional kindness, Elizabeth is awarded a blessing, bestowed through gypsy magic. 

Forgetting the incident, Elizabeth thinks it merely odd when she begins to receive drawings in the mail with no return address—until she recognizes these same scenes as they become true events in her life. Through the blessing, circumstances bring Elizabeth and Jane Bennet to Ramsgate, where they meet Georgiana and Fitzwilliam Darcy, along with a charming young man named George Wickham. 

Will Elizabeth’s efforts to reshape future events alter her destiny? 

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Also by Wendi Sotis:


Dreams & Expectations

All Hallow's Eve

What could possibly go wrong? Laura Town and her life-long friend Ellen Murray joined the Port Royal Experiment in 1862 to test their abolitionist ideals against the realities of slaves abandoned by their owners in the Low Country of South Carolina. They hoped to find a place they could call home, as well as an outlet for their talents as schoolteacher and doctor. It seemed like a good idea at the time, until . . . Until they experienced the climate—violent storms spawned over the Atlantic, searing heat, air tainted by swamp gasses, cockroaches, bedbugs, swarming mosquitoes, and "no-see-ums” that left nasty bites in their wake. Until they met the slaves themselves—full of fear and resentment of white people caused by centuries of cruelty, slaves who had never seen the outside world, slaves whose superstitions included breath-sucking night hags, evil graybeards living in local trees, and unfree spirits rolling down the roads at night in balls of fire. Until the dedication of the missionaries found itself tested by lack of food, furniture, medicine, and the bare necessities of life. Until the unity of the abolitionist effort fell apart under the strains of religious differences and unrecognized prejudices. And until the combination of battle wounds and a raging smallpox epidemic made death their constant companion. Could these two independent women survive the Civil War and achieve their goal of turning slaves into citizens?

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Messalina Claudia wants nothing to do with her parents’ arranged marriage with Marcus Galerius Alexius, but her need to find her missing friend requires his help. Their perilous pursuit uncovers the political underbelly of the first citizens in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum.

In order to regain Messalina’s loyalties, Alexius must risk everything-- his family’s reputation, future as a Roman senator, and even his life beneath the shadows of a very restless volcano…Vesuvius, where Vulcan’s wrath simmers.

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See also from JF Ridgley: Vows of Revenge