Europe in 1454 teemed with plots and subplots. Enmity persisted between Ottomans, Christians and Jews, with individuals on all sides constantly plotting revenge to thwart any possibility of co-existence.
In his new novel, Daniel Smith employs these tensions to showcase his hero Asim, a 25-year-old soldier and emissary for Ottoman Emperor Mehmed II, who leaves […]
On her 20th birthday, Molly Frye makes the decision to take the Elixir that will make her an “immortal.” Her friend (and soon-to-be-lover) Eric guides her through the process, explaining that she would now develop magical skills. The transformation takes place in the home of Arnos, the man who took her in when she was […]
In the historical novel Brightfire (sequel to author P.M. Sabin Moore’s Storm Frost), Christianity is gaining a toehold in Sutton Hoo, on the eastern side of Britain, yet a belief in one God is resisted by many.
It is 608 A.D., and previously banished Niartha and her son, Ricberht, have gained favor in King Raedwald’s […]
Mary Margaret Jensen’s Against the Grain follows the matchmaking hijinks of Sandy, a feisty, red-headed ten-year-old who knows just enough about adult relationships to cause trouble. When Tobus, her stuttering, earnest cousin, is jilted by the girl of his dreams, Sandy decides to set him up with Ruby, the daughter of the acerbic owner of […]
No Yellow Horse, If You Please, written by Linda Loper Morris and co-illustrated with Hilbert Bermejo, is a nicely designed picture book for young children that celebrates word play. With a charming surprise ending that empowers preschoolers, the story is warm and imaginative.
Hana and her mother love playing word games. Their story begins one […]
In this simply told and competently written novel of the emperor Diocletian’s persecution of Christians in third century Rome, the author captures both the essence of the faith and the most extreme challenges of living it.
A scribe at the palace and a Christian in secret, Linus is consumed by guilt as he copies edicts […]
Sweet Jamaican Summertime at Grandma’s is as sweet as its title. This heartfelt picture-book tribute to a much-loved Jamaican grandmother is also an introduction to the island of Jamaica and a fond recollection of perfect childhood summers long past.
The book begins by placing Jamaica geographically in the Caribbean, just 90 miles south of Cuba. […]
As current as a 2011 issue of Smart Money magazine, yet deserving of a spot on the shelf alongside other treasured reference books, financial advisor Robert Margetic’s How To Survive the Coming Retirement Storm, describes in sobering detail the “retirement storm” that is already upon us. Major changes in taxation, health care, Social Security, inflationary […]
In 1089, John Wolf and his new wife Danielle are attacked on their wedding night and turned into vampires. After this brief prologue, Richard Spegal’s fantasy story picks up in 2009, in New York City, where the centuries-old vampires now live. One night, Danielle is attacked by a Templar in the Sword of God, a […]
The veterans of the Greatest Generation, once 16 million strong, are now dying at a rate of more than 850 per day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It is small wonder the race is on to preserve their stories for posterity before time runs out. This is clearly the aim of Ana […]