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Lisa J. Yarde

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in Christ Church , Barbados



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Lisa J. Yarde writes fiction inspired by the Middle Ages in Europe. She is the author of two historical novels set in medieval England and Normandy, On Falcon’s Wings, featuring a star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers before the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and The Burning Candle, based on the life of one of the first countesses of Leicester and Surrey, Isabel de Vermandois. Lisa has also written four novels in a six-part series set in Moorish Spain, Sultana, Sultana’s Legacy, Sultana: Two Sisters, and Sultana: The Bride Price where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of the last Muslim dynasty to rule in Europe. Her short story, The Legend Rises, chronicles the Welsh princess Gwenllian of Gwynedd ...more

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On Falcon's Wings

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Sultana's Legacy

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After a year and a half, the ebook version of the novel is out. It's been like giving birth to a really big baby, who had some troubles along the way. But I'm pleased this fifth novel in the Sultana series is done. It's a bittersweet moment, but also a simple reminder that I need to work on the last book in the series, Sultana: The White Mountains.

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Rule of Love (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: In northern India at the height of the Gupta Empire, the noble student Vatsyayana travels to the sacred city of Kausambi, in fulfillment of his dying father’s final wish. The courtesan Chandi awaits him, as do his lessons in the rules of love. A favorite of wealthy clientele, Chandi is devoted to the arts of pleasure, governed by one rule. The dangerous passion of a former lover threatens to destroy her clever control and expose secrets hidden deep in her past. Chandi’s faithful servant, Sarama, relies on acerbic wit and an innate sensuality to have her way, but Vatsyayana’s perceptions challenge her. In the midst of sensuous pleasures, where every desire is attainable, Vatsyayana, Chandi, and Sarama must learn harsh and cruel lessons about life and love, in The Rule of Love.
Sultana's Legacy (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Set in medieval southern Spain during the turbulent reign of the last Moorish dynasty. The peace and prosperity of Fatima and Faraj's life is shattered when war and internal conflicts again threatens Granada ’s fragile existence. Intricate plots and the ever-present danger posed by external enemies’ tests Fatima and Faraj's enduring love. In the atmosphere of treachery surrounding them, there are many opportunities for betrayal and suspicion that easily turn their passion to mistrust. It is a constant struggle for survival, and even in her greatest triumph, Fatima’s world is rocked by the most shocking betrayal of all.
The Burning Candle (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: When Isobel de Vermandois weds Robert the Comte de Meulan, hero of the Battle of Hastings, she never imagines William de Warenne, Earl of Surrey will change her life.
Sultana (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: In thirteenth-century Moorish Spain, the realm of Granada is in crisis. The marriage of a child-bride Fatima, granddaughter of the Sultan of Granada, and the Sultan’s nephew Faraj, has fractured the nation. A bitter civil war escalates and endangers both Fatima and Faraj’s lives. Their interchanging perspectives provide an adventurous escape into the past, with fast-changing events and unpredictable characters. All her life, Fatima has sheltered in lavish palaces where danger has never intruded, until now. A precocious child and the unwitting pawn of her family, she soon learns how her marriage may determine her future and the fate of Granada. Her husband Faraj has his own qualms about their union. At a young age, he witnessed the deaths of his parents and discovered how affluence and power offers little protection against indomitable enemies. Guilt and fears plague him. Determined to carve his own destiny, Faraj struggles to regain his lost inheritance and avenge his murdered family. Throughout the rugged frontiers of southern Spain, the burgeoning Christian kingdoms in the north and the desert states of North Africa, Fatima and Faraj survive ruthless murderers and intrigues. They unite against common enemies bent on destroying the last Moorish dynasty. While they change and grow, establishing a powerful bond, the atmosphere of deceit creates opportunities for mistrust and tests their love.
On Falcon's Wings (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Love united them. Destiny drove them apart. When Avicia, a Norman noblewoman, makes a careless but costly mistake with a prized falcon, the brutal punishment nearly claims her life. Her Saxon lover, Edric of Newington, witnesses her ordeal but cannot share her fate. Another destiny awaits him in England, and the prospect of a loveless marriage. Swept away in the arms of another, Avicia enters the treacherous court of Duke William of Normandy. Through the years, Edric and Avicia reunite in a timeless, forbidden love, but a bitter rivalry for the English throne divides them. In a world forever altered in the aftermath of Hastings, hope rises and the chance to love again.
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After having watched the televised version of this book, which was mildly disappointing as some adaptations are, I wanted to read the book to get the real story. I loved Pillars of the Earth and expected World Without End would draw me in. It's set t ...more
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Through the engrossing words of author Phyllis T. Smith, the world of Roman power, vice, lust and virtues unfold in I Am Livia. Narrated by the title character, the great aims and foibles of her family, of Julius Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra, an ...more
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Tom Blubaugh Hi Lisa,

Thanks for joining my circle of friends.



message 1: by Lisa

Lisa Yarde Hi Melita, thanks for adding me as well.

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