HISTORICAL FICTION FREEBIES, DISCOUNTS, NEW PUBLICATIONS: January 25-31, 2018

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Short Term Freebies and Discounts:

 

Moriarty Meets His Match by Anna Castle

Professor James Moriarty has but one desire left in his shattered life: to prevent the man who ruined him from harming anyone else. Then he meets amber-eyed Angelina Gould and his world turns upside down.

At an exhibition of new inventions, an exploding steam engine kills a man. When Moriarty tries to figure out what happened, he comes up against Sherlock Holmes, sent to investigate by Moriarty’s old enemy. Holmes collects evidence that points at Moriarty, who realizes he must either solve the crime or swing it for it himself. He soon uncovers trouble among the board members of the engine company and its unscrupulous promoter. Moriarty tries to untangle those relationships, but everywhere he turns, he meets the alluring Angelina. She’s playing some game, but what’s her goal? And whose side is she on?

Between them, Holmes and Angelina push Moriarty to his limits — and beyond. He’ll have to lose himself to save his life and win the woman he loves.

99 cents on Kindle 1/23-27

 

Moriarty Takes His Medicine by Anna Castle

Professor & Mrs. Moriarty tackle a case too ticklish for Sherlock Holmes to handle on his own…
James and Angelina Moriarty are settling into their new marriage and their fashionable new home — or trying to. But James has too little to occupy his mind and Angelina has too many secrets pressing on her heart. They fear they’ll never learn to live together. Then Sherlock Holmes comes to call with a challenging case. He suspects a prominent Harley Street specialist of committing murders for hire, sending patients home from his private hospital with deadly doses or fatal conditions. Holmes intends to investigate, but the doctor’s clientele is exclusively female. He needs Angelina’s help.

While Moriarty, Holmes, and Watson explore the alarming number of ways a doctor can murder his patients with impunity, Angelina enters into treatment with their primary suspect, posing as a nervous woman who fears her husband wants to be rid of her. Then a hasty conclusion and an ill-considered word drive James and Angelina apart, sending her deep into danger. Now they must find the courage to trust each other as they race the clock to win justice for the murdered women before they become victims themselves.

99 cents on Kindle 1/30-2/6


Artemis Rising by Cheri Lasota

Torn between her father’s Catholicism and her mother’s Pagan beliefs, Eva finally chooses Paganism. She accepts the name of Arethusa but learns too late that her life will mir­ror the Greek nymph’s tragic fate. When they sail to the Azores Islands, her mother tells her that the ful­fill­ment of her des­tiny rests with Diogo, the shipowner’s son. But Eva sees a vision of another…

When the ship founders off the Azores, Tristan, a young Azorean, saves her. Destined to be with Diogo and aching for Tristan’s for­bid­den love, Eva must some­how choose between them, or fate will soon choose for her.

Free for a limited time on Instafreebie

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The Favored Son by Sarah Woodbury

November 1147. Gareth and Gwen have again been called to a castle belonging to Robert, Earl of Gloucester, this time by Prince Henry, who insists his uncle was murdered. Allying with Normans doesn’t come easily to Gareth and Gwen, but initial doubts are swept aside as more losses come to light. Because Robert’s death has upended the balance of power in England, friends and foes alike have a vested interest in keeping the truth from coming out, and it is up to Gareth and Gwen to stop the killer before he claims another victim–and maybe a country.

The Favored Son is the tenth Gareth & Gwen Medieval Mystery.

Now Available on Kindle, iTunes, Nook, Kobo

 

Moriarty Brings Down the House by Anna Castle

An old friend brings a strange problem to Professor and Mrs. Moriarty: either his theater is being haunted by an angry ghost or someone is trying to drive him into bankruptcy. That would shut down his Christmas pantomime before it opens, throwing two hundred people out of work. The Moriartys can’t let that happen! Besides, Angelina is longing to play the lead in a West End show and James needs a bigger challenge than yet another high-stakes game of whist.

But the day they move into the theater, the stage manager dies. It wasn’t an accident; it also was most definitely not a ghost. While Angelina works backstage turning up secrets and old grudges, James follows the money in search of a motive. The pranks grow deadlier and more frequent. Then someone sets Sherlock Holmes on the trail, trying to catch our sleuths crossing the line into crime. How far will Moriarty have to go to keep the show afloat? And will they all make it to opening night in one piece?

Now Available on Kindle

 

Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentil

It’s 1933. No less than Europe, Britain, or America, Australia contends with the Left, mostly Communists but also Socialists, and a rising Right, Fascists. Rowland Sinclair, bohemian younger son of the wealthy, influential, conservative clan headed by his powerful brother, Wilfred, has tangled with New South Wales’ Right before. It did not go well.

New Guard leader Eric Campbell, the man who would be Australia’s Führer, is currently in Britain “consorting with Sir Oswald Mosley,” the leading British Fascist, making connections over cocktails in aid of bringing European Fascism to Australia. Campbell will soon be moving on to Germany to meet members of the Reichstag and, he hopes, Hitler.

The Australian way of life is not undefended. Old enemies have united to undermine Campbell’s ambitions. Senator Charles Hardy, now a leading member of this unofficial Old Guard, brings Rowly a proposal. Their man in Munich, Peter Bothwell, who was to keep an eye on Campbell, has been killed. Rowly’s mission is to investigate Bothwell’s death and, while at it, do his best to derail Campbell. The Old Guard already has one Blanshard in place, serving as Campbell’s interpreter, but he needs backup.

Hardy threatens to appeal to Wil to go if Rowly refuses. So he agrees. Making the trip by legs in famous airman Sir Charles Kingsford Smith’s plane is a plus. Another is that his unconventional housemates, the poet (Jewish), the painter (Communist), and the sculptress (unpredictable), insist on coming along to watch his back. It’s not your expected spy ring. Their cover, aside from false passports, is they are buying art. Lots of Dada art – at the Old Guard’s expense.

In Munich the friends pursue their joint missions while growing increasingly horrified at the goose-stepping euphoria, cruel acts, and book burnings of the rising Nazi movement. Yet they meet decent Germans like the tailor Alois Richter who’s pursuing contracts for Nazi uniforms against rival Hugo Boss, and brave Albert Göring, Hermann’s younger brother. And two besotted women: Unity Mitford, who stakes out the Osteria Bavaria every day at eleven a.m. intent on meeting her idol Hitler; and a photographer called Eva Braun, a rather ordinary young woman who’s besotted with a man she calls Mr. Wolf.

Now Available on US Kindle and UK Kindle

 

The Viper Amulet by Martha Marks

AD 56 — Disgraced and impoverished, Theodosia Varro flees Italy with the man she loves. As Emperor Nero’s agents pursue her, they escape to a place that should offer safety and peace, only to find an unexpected rival.

Conflicts mount as Theodosia battles known and unknown enemies who put her life and family at risk. Ultimately, she ventures into a foreign land whose culture she does not understand—and into a brutal war zone—to salvage what remains of her dreams.

Now Available on Kindle

 

Kathleen Catches a Killer by M. Louisa Locke

It’s the very end of December, 1880, and the servant Kathleen Hennessey expects to spend a quiet week taking care of the O’Farrell Street boarding house while her employers, Annie and Nate Dawson, are off spending the Christmas holidays with Nate’s family.

However, when she agrees to help out one of her friends, Kathleen discovers that a simple case of a servant being dismissed without notice has turned into a complicated puzzle that she is determined to solve.

While featuring minor characters from Locke’s Victorian San Francisco mystery series, Kathleen Catches a Killer contains all the light romance, humor, and suspense of the longer works. Chronologically, this novella comes right after the events in Pilfered Promises, which is currently Free.

Now Available on Kindle  iTunes  Nook  Kobo  GooglePlay

 

Sultana: The White Mountains by Lisa Yarde

Book #6 of the Sultana series. 

In fifteenth-century Moorish Spain, Moraima, wife of the last Sultan of Granada faces an uncertain future. Her husband’s realm endures terrible odds in battles against dangerous foes. The united Catholic monarchs Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon gain ground steadily, encroaching upon Granada, while dynastic rivalries fracture the Moorish kingdom from within the palace. How can Moraima ensure the survival of her family, shattered by warfare and betrayal?

Now available on Kindle 

 

Finding War by Steve Bartholomew

Ira Beard came west to escape war, but the Civil War came to California.
Now War has found him. He’d hunted for Joaquin Murietta, the bandit. He found Joaquin’s head in a jar. Now he’s supposed to track down Confederate rebels stealing California gold. He’s become desperate because his wife Octavia found the rebels first, and now she’s a hostage.
Read the tale for yourself, and wonder.

Now Available on Kindle

 

 

Dames Fight Harder by M. Ruth Myers

Murderer or independent woman?

Murder at a construction site draws Ohio private investigator Maggie Sullivan into a case that makes cops mistrust her and friends doubt her. The suspect, Rachel Minsky, is Maggie’s closest friend – and all signs point to Rachel’s guilt.

Rachel ignores the rules society imposes on women. That independence, in 1942, as well as her success in business, has made her enemies. Yet the dead man also had an unsavory secret or two, starting with his missing mistress. Who was the murderer’s real target? And what is Rachel hiding from the only person who can save her?

The city Maggie scours for clues to the real killer has been altered by America’s recent entry into World War II. Shortages of men and material have created new motives for murder. Unsupervised children roam the streets at night while their mothers work in defense plants. Strangers outnumber familiar faces at Maggie’s favorite pub.

As the case and Maggie’s relationship with policeman Mick Connelly heat up, Maggie finds herself caught in currents that threaten to drown her.

Now Available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks

 

Mist-chi-mas: A Novel of Captivity by J. L. Oakley

In Mist-chi-mas, everyone is bound to something.Jeannie Naughton never intended to run away from her troubles, but in 1860, a woman’s reputation is everything. A scandal not of her own making forces her to flee England for an island in the Pacific Northwest, a territory jointly occupied by British and American military forces. At English Camp, Jeannie meets American Jonas Breed. Breed was once a captive and slave — a mistchimas — of the Haida, and still retains close ties to the Coast Salish Indians.

But the inhabitants of the island mistrust Breed for his friendship with the tribes. When one of Breed’s friends is murdered, he is quickly accused of a gruesome retaliation. Jeannie knows he’s innocent, and plans to go away with him, legitimizing their passionate affair with a marriage. But when she receives word that Breed has been killed in a fight, Jeannie’s world falls apart. Although she carries Jonas Breed’s child, she feels she has no choice but to accept a proposal from another man.

Twenty years later, Jeannie finds reason to believe that Breed may still be alive. She must embark on a journey to uncover the truth, unaware that she is stirring up an old and dangerous struggle for power and revenge…

Now available on Kindle

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Permanently Free or Discounted:

 

Libi AstaireThe Tempest in the Tea Room (A Jewish Regency Mystery Book 1), is Free on Kindle, iTunesNookKobo

Anna CastleMurder by Misrule (The Francis Bacon Mystery Series Book 1) is Free on KindleAppleKoboNook

M. Louisa LockeMaids of Misfortune: Victorian San Francisco Mystery (Book 1)is Free on KindleNookAppleKoboGooglePlay

Ruth MyersNo Game for a Dame (Maggie Sullivan Mysteries 1) is Freeon KindleNookAppleKobo

JJ TonerZugswang (a Saxon short story) iFree on KindleAppleKoboNookSmashwords

Sarah WoodburyThe Good Knight (Gwen and Gareth Medieval Mystery Book 1) is Free in Kindle, iTunesNookKobo

Sarah WoodburyThe Last Pendragon (The Last Pendragon Saga Book 1) is Free on KindleAppleKoboNookGooglePlay

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Peg HerringMacBeth’s Niece99 cents on Kindle

Beverle Graves MyersInterrupted Aria-A Tito Amato Mystery, 99 cents in selected ebookstores

Ann ParkerSilver Lies (Silver Rush Mysteries Book 1) is 99 cents in selected ebookstores

Pricilla RoyalWine of Violence (A Medieval Mystery #1)99 cents in selected ebookstores.

Sarah WoodburyCold My Heart (The Lion in Wales Book 1)99 cents in selected ebookstores.

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