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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, The Burning Candle, based on the life of Isabel de Vermandois, and On Falcon's Wings, chronicling the star-crossed romance between Norman and Saxon lovers. Lisa has also written three novels in a six-part series set in Moorish Spain, Sultana, Sultana’s Legacy and Sultana: Two Sisters, where rivalries and ambitions threaten the fragile bonds between members of a powerful family. Her short story, The Legend Rises, which chronicles Gwenllian of Gwynedd’s valiant fight against English invaders, is included in Pagan Writers Press’ 2013 HerStory anthology.

Born in Barbados, Lisa currently lives in New...more

I've mentioned in an earlier post that I'm looking into translations of the novels of theSultana series. My foray into foreign rights sales has spurred a serious interest in seeing these books in other languages. My first choice of Spanish seems especiallyappropriate; not only becauseof the setting of the stories, but the number of Spanish speakers worldwide.In Spanish bookstores (yes, they sti... Read more of this blog post »
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On Falcon's Wings
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Sultana's Legacy
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Long Way Home - A Novella
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The Burning Candle (Literature & Fiction)
2 chapters   —   updated Mar 06, 2011 10:22AM
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.
Renegade (Literature & Fiction)
2 chapters   —   updated Feb 27, 2011 06:07AM
Description: Renegade explores the history of one of the most daring and dangerous pirates to sail the Mediterranean Sea in the 17th century. In the summer of 1631, Barbary raiders kidnapped hundreds of people from an Irish coastal village and sailed away with them to the coast of Algeria. The leader of the pirates was Murad Raïs. Murad, admiral of the Barbary corsair fleet is a man of many secrets. From his base in Morocco, he raids merchant vessels and deals in stolen goods and slaves. He develops a reputation as one of the most ruthless pirates of the Barbary Coast. In the greatest coup of his career, he storms ashore at a remote Irish village and enslaves its people, bound for the markets of North Africa. Years later, a beautiful young woman named Lysbeth arrives in Morocco. She challenges Murad to atone for his past. Some sins do not deserve forgiveness. Some secrets lie buried too deeply. It may be too late for Murad to undo all he has done.
Sultana (Literature & Fiction)
4 chapters   —   updated Feb 07, 2011 09:56AM
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.
Rule of Love (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Feb 03, 2011 09:44AM
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)
2 chapters   —   updated Feb 03, 2011 09:39AM
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.
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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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Dark Maiden by Lindsay Townsend
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I'm a big fan of unusual heroines and settings. The Dark Maiden by Lindsay Townsend delivers a heroine unlike many.

The British Isles in the 14th century, rife with superstition and plagued by more than rampant sickness, inspires a heroine’s quest in...more
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In Emeralds of the Alhambra, a medieval knight becomes embroiled in the court intrigues of Muslim Spain. He fights for his life against deadly assassins and struggles with his forbidden love for Layla, the most beautiful woman in Granada’s Alhambra....more
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message 1: by Lisa

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

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Tom Blubaugh Hi Lisa,

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