لم أعرفْ ماذا أقول. صرخ طفلٌ في الداخل، خلف الدرفات. سألتُ: ((ماذا في وسعي أن أفعل؟)).
أجابت: ((أنا أريدك فقط أن تعرفي)).
كان الناس في كلِّ مكان يتضوَّرون جوعاً ويحاولون أن يعودوا إلى بيوتهم ولو سيراً على الأقدام. كان الهدف فقط العودة إلى البيت. مات مليونا شخص. تخيَّلي أنك تمشين في شارعك في الوطن وكلُّ جيرانك موتى.
هناك، تخوض آن رحلتها من كندا إلى كمبوديا خلف حبيبها المفقود في إحدى أحلك الفترات في كمبوديا، لتروي لنا مزيجاً من قصَّة عشق مجنون، وكفاح من أجل الحياة في ظلِّ نظام قمعي.
تحاول آن إخبارنا رسالة كلِّ المفقودين؛ "أخبر الآخرين بما حصل".
"نثر جريء منحوت ببراعة... جميل بلا شك... مع لحظات من توتُّر أصيل وقوَّة". - التلغراف.
"عاتية ومؤثِّرة." - التايمز.
"بالرغم من كلِّ ما كُتب عن نظام بول بوت في كمبوديا، لا يزال ممكناً أن تصدم على نحو عميق بقصص عن مليوني شخص قضوا في ميادين القتل، حيث يختفي المعذَّبون ببساطة. كتبت إكلين قصَّة حب تكشف في تفصيل رهيب العواقب على أجيال من الكمبوديين الذين يعيشون في "السنة صفر"... رواية مليئة بالطموح". - الإندبندنت.
You only THINK you know what happened at Waterloo
The real story involved more monsters. And a lot more time travel.
If Jane Austen and Mary Shelley had locked H. G. Wells in a dungeon and revised his wildest work, the result would have been something like this rollicking steampunk time-travel adventure that still manages to be a comedy of manners. Albano’s delightful characters confront not only monsters and killer robots, but their own divided loyalties between personal happiness and the fate of their country. – Ken Schneyer
It’s 1815, and Wellington’s badly-outnumbered army stares across the field of Waterloo at Napoleon’s forces. Desperate to hold until reinforcements arrive, Wellington calls upon a race of monsters created by a mad Genevese scientist 25 years before.
It’s 1815, and a discontented young lady sitting in a rose garden receives a mysterious gift: a pocket watch that, when opened, displays scenes from all eras of history. Past…and future.
It’s 1885, and a small band of resistance fighters are resorting to increasingly extreme methods in their efforts to overthrow a steampunk Empire whose clockwork gears are slick with its subjects’ blood.
Are these events connected?
Oh, come now. That would be telling.
“Waterloo and time travel are made for each other and Heather Albano has done a wonderful job of giving us a delightful cast of characters, tasked with stitching together the proper nineteenth century while fending off several monstrous alternatives. Propulsive adventure with historical insight.” – Kim Stanley Robinson, 2312 and Red Mars
-- THREE never-before-in-print Christmas novellas
-- ONE beloved classic now back in print . . .
and a partridge in a pear tree . . .
In Coventry's Christmas, Rebecca Hagan Lee offers a charming new story. With Christmas approaching, Amabel Thurston is ordered from the family home by her father's widow and must seek the protection of her guardian, Deverel Brookfield, eighth Marquess of Coventry. Unfortunately, the Devil of Coventry has little use for Christmas and even less for proper young ladies.
In the never-in-print Star of Wonder, Lynn Kerstan brings her special brand of magic to the page when an exotic and dangerous stranger arrives to disrupt the meager Christmas of Stella Bryar, who has struggled to support the family retainers in the wake of her father's death.
Allison Lane's newest Christmas treat is A Christmas Homecoming. When prodigal son Alex Northcote returns from a six year absence to take control of the family estate, he must run a gauntlet of possible brides, who have all been installed for a holiday house party by his determined grandmother. Avoiding the trap would have been so much easier, if the guest list hadn't included a quiet widow, who once jilted him for another.
In the classic Home for Christmas, Alicia Rasley gives us a Christmas with a bit of intrigue. When Verity receives an unexpected invitation from her estranged father to spend the holidays at his Cornwall estate, she accepts with delight. But, ever mindful of her father's attention to propriety, she must scramble to find a husband and "father" for her fatherless child. Could a handsome and enigmatic stranger solve all her problems?
Zee Mimms was just nineteen in 1864-the daughter of a stern Methodist minister in Missouri-when she fell in love with the handsome, dashing, and already notorious Jesse. He was barely more than a teenager himself, yet had ridden with William Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War.
"You'll marry a handsome young man," a palm reader had told her. "A man who will make you the envy of many. But . . . there will be hard times."
Zee and Jesse's marriage proved the palmist right. Jesse was a dangerous puzzle: a loving husband and father who kept his "work" separate from his family, though Zee heard the lurid rumors of his career as a bank robber and worse. Still, she never gave up on him.
And he earned her love, time and again.
Cindi Myers is the author of more than forty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her work has been praised for its depth of emotion and realistic characters. You can learn more about her and her work at www.CindiMyers.com or www.RomanceoftheWest.com.
Richard expects his life to be boring and restful once he's home, but after a chance encounter with the meddlesome Letty and her obnoxious dog, Gus, he discovers there is no rest for the wicked. He soon finds himself captive aboard a smugglers' ship with an adoring young woman who is a walking catastrophe...and her enormous clod of a dog. Never missing a beat, she gets them into one hilarious predicament after another before Richard realizes that she might be the one woman who can save his black soul with a faith in him that is bright enough to burn the shadows from the darkest heart. If he can survive....
Publishers Weekly starred review. "A ray of summer sunshine!" Jill Barnett has concocted another charming tale filled with witty dialog, plenty of humor and a sprinkling of magic.
Passion explodes, and Sofia's tattered pride demands that Sir Tobin surrender his heart. A battle of wills ensues that makes war seem tame, when nothing will stop this ruthless warrior from winning his lady. In a classic Barnett battle of will and wit, a knight and his lady find that love at first sight is dangerous at best and never, ever easy. Wicked has all the pageantry of Medieval England, liberally laced with poignancy and humor.
Debutantes Georgina Bayard and Amy Emerson socially opposite, old money versus new, and both are the talk of the gossipy Four Hundred. While attending the same ball, they are swept away by a mad Scotsman. As captives on a misty island, these two social enemies find themselves with only each other for support. Then, before the women can successfully escape, winter sets in and there is no way back to the mainland. They are stuck with the MacLachlans--two brothers and two unruly kids. There, on that misty island, during a cold and blustery winter, Amy and Georgina must choose: to find some way to go back to their old lives, or take a chance and let their hearts get carried away....
spirited, bored, and outspoken, sixteen year old Elucia (Lucy) Grey Alexis
Howard, is both out-of-place in and a prisoner of her wealthy life amongst the
highest of New York’s social elite and her father’s ambitious pursuit of
greater prosperity. Sent out west in 1877 to Lincoln County, New Mexico, to
marry her pre-contracted fiancé, John H. Tunstall, Lucy is inconsolable at the
prospect of a loveless marriage when she meets and falls in love with
pistoleer, Billy Bonney, a young, vivacious firebrand hired by John to work his
land and provide protection from the dangers posed by John’s nefarious
competitor, J. J. Dolan and the entire Santa Fe Ring. When John pays the
ultimate price and is murdered, refusing to succumb to the opposition and
intimidation of his rivals, Lucy’s own life is then in jeopardy. As a result of
John’s death, Billy and the other men working in John’s employment are
deputized to combat the tyranny of Dolan and the Ring. Fearing for Lucy, the
newly deputized Lincoln County Regulators take her into their protective guard
and into the hellfire of what becomes known as the Lincoln County War, the
catalyst that inspires Lucy to wage her own personal war for freedom from her
oppressive life and a desperate attempt to stay close to the man she loves, the
boy about to become known to history as the incendiary notorious outlaw, Billy the Kid. Includes Readers Guide.