by Adin Dalton (Goodreads Author)
Music, passion, and mystery.
The world's greatest composer. His personal story finally…more
Music, passion, and mystery.
The world's greatest composer. His personal story finally told....
Saint Petersburg, 1893
In the dimly lit salon of a private house, Tchaikovsky watches as an illegal jury considers his alleged crimes of licentious behavior. He hastily agrees to abide by their orders to swallow poison rather then face allegations in the official courts, but is terrified by the reality of the situation. As he considers how his life has led him to this point, a dark tale emerges.
Tchaikovsky’s immense fame, unlawful sexuality, mysterious death, and the splendid music which surrounds it all paint a unique and intriguing portrait of one of the most beloved composers of all time. Can he find a way out of the web of revenge and deceit? Or will Fate have the last word?
~The mysterious death of the nineteenth-century composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is still unsolved to this day, and this unusual novel brings to life the private, illegal trial against him and takes the reader through his astounding life as never before. His unlawful sexuality and shy demeanor are at odds with his music and notoriety. A realistic adult novel with a stunning ending. [close]
by Charles Gibson (Goodreads Author)
In the Middle Ages not all crusades were fought in the Holy Land. A two-pronged threat to the Catholic Church was growing within Christendom itself and Pope Innocent III called for the crusade against heresy to eliminate both the Albigenses and Valdenses, two movements that did not adhere to Church orthodoxy.
Andreas, a knight who longs to go on crusade to the Holy Land, finds himself fighting against one in his French homeland. While Andreas wages war for the lives and religious freedom of his people, a battle rages within his soul.
Eva, a young woman of a new religious order, the Beguines, discovers a secret message within a letter about the death of her father in the Holy Land. As she learns more of her father, she is forced to confront the profound and perilous spiritual inheritance he has bequeathed to her. A legacy for which she must fight.
Hearing of the feats of Andreas, Eva senses her inheritance may lead her to him.
Filled with battles of the flesh and the spirit, Taking the Cross reveals a passionate aspect of Medieval times where some fought ardently for the freedom of others.
Taking the Cross is the first novel by Charles Gibson. Published by Koehler Books, it releases Oct. 1, 2014. [close]
by Zia Wesley (Goodreads Author)
About The French Sultana – Book 2 in the Veil and the Crown Series:
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, in the harem of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, hundreds of women spent the long, lonely evenings reclining on silk pillows, smoking opium, eating gold-dipped almonds and entertaining themselves with stories. Their favorite stories were always about the women who had left their marks behind the guarded walls – the ones who had a lasting effect on the monarchy. But those women whose legends reached out beyond the harem, became revered. One such story stood above them all; the little French convent girl abducted by pirates, who became the power behind the thrones of three Sultans and changed the Ottoman Empire forever.
The French Sultana tells the true stories of Aimée and her cousin Rose as the predictions told to them when they were fourteen are fulfilled. It is a tale of intrigue, lust, power, love, murder and empires that sounds too fantastic to be true…yet it is.
To learn more about myself (Zia Wesley) and the Veil and the Crown series, you can visit my website at www.ziawesleynovelist.com or follow my author page at Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/ziawesley [close]
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