February is bringing a break in the cold weather, although it doesn't look like it's going to last for long. But there's no better time to enjoy some good books.The Sun Never Sets by Joseph T. Major
A passionate defense of an exiled prince leads to changes that shake the course of European and world history, and lay the stage for a wider and wider yet monarchy.
In our world, the Electress Sophia of Hanover, sister of the gallant Prince Rupert of the Rhine, was made heir to the British throne, only to die just too soon, leaving the succession to her son. Once, though, she got a little too exercised about the poor exiled Pretender . . . and if she had been just a little more exercised, William of Orange might have changed his mind.
Such a change could put a strange and striking monarch in reach of the British throne. But the heirs of the Stuarts were not yet gone, and they could strike back. The result of this bold decision would mean wars across the world, involving people from lands spreading from Poland to Virginia, from Scotland to Naples. It would mean battles in the Cockpit of Europe, in the wilds of Saxony, and indeed on the green fields of England itself.
Not all is war. Literary figures such as Swift,Johnson, and Voltaire have strange and different meetings. The universal genius Benjamin Franklin, Printer, has an entirely new field of endeavor.
The opposed royal houses, and the other princes of Europe, face off in new and strange alliances in this novel.Madeleine and the Mists by Mary Catelli
Enchanted pools, shadowy dragons, wolves that spring from the mists and vanish into them again, paths that are longer, or shorter, than they should be, given where they went. . . the Misty Hills were filled with marvels.
Madeleine still left the hills, years ago, to marry against her father's will. If her husband's family is less than welcoming, she still is glad she married him, and they have a son, two years old.
But her husband's overlord has fallen afoul of the king. And all his men fall with him, including her husband.
She sets out, to seek the queen and try to bypass the king -- and the Misty Hills.
Some things are not so easily evaded.Miss Eleanor Tilney: or, The Reluctant Heroine by Sherwood Smith
Eleanor Tilney is little more than a plot device in Jane Austen's tale, whose first half scintillates so brightly, but whose second half hints at the brilliance to come. This reimagining attempts to bring life, color, and a little laughter to that second half.
Eleanor gets a voice, and a romance, as we see Catherine through hers and Henry's eyes.Pride and Platypus by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian
From the critically acclaimed author of Mansfield Park and Mummies and Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons...
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret
When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse.
Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret...
Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
The powerful, mysterious, handsome, and odious Mr. Darcy announces that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not good enough to tempt him. The young lady determines to find out his one secret weakness -- all the while surviving unwanted proposals, Regency balls, foolish sisters, seductive wolves, matchmaking mothers, malodorous skunks, general lunacy, and the demonic onslaught of the entire wild animal kingdom!
What awaits her is something unexpected. And only moon, matrimony, and true love can overcome pride and prejudice!
Gentle Reader -- this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.Grandmaster's Gambit by Leigh Kimmel
The disastrous war of 1913 is over, and young journalist Isaak Babel has used his fame as a war correspondent to win a peacetime job covering an international chess tournament in New York City. However, trouble is aboard the airship Grossdeuschland, in the form of the notorious Bolshevik terrorist Koba and his henchmen. Men with a dark plan, and New York City will not welcome their visit
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