John Conlee

JOHN CONLEE is a Professor Emeritus of English at the College of William and Mary, where he has taught for many years. His primary field of teaching and research is English Medieval Literature, with an emphasis on Middle English poetry, Middle Scots poetry, the Arthurian legends, and Chaucer. He has edited important scholarly texts on The Prose Merlin (1998), The Poetry of William Dunbar (2004), and on Middle English Debate Poems (1991).

He has a longtime interest in the history of Children’s Literature and has contributed several articles on children’s authors to various reference works. He also has a strong interest in baseball fiction and films, an interest which he has successfully integrated into his current teaching and research. He is also developing his interest in Celtic Studies, focusing on the earliest surviving Irish and Welsh literary texts.

John Conlee grew up near San Diego and attended the University of Southern California; he has graduate degrees from the University of Illinois. At William and Mary he directed the graduate program in English and twice served as Chair of the English Department. He has been actively engaged in Study Abroad Programs and has taught in several summer programs in the U.K., particularly in Cambridge and Bath. He has been instrumental in developing a scholarship program for William and Mary students wishing to pursue summer study opportunities in the British Isles.

John Conlee lives in Williamsburg, Virginia.

A Cup of Kindness: Tales of Arthur, Merlin & Cabal – John Conlee

In the second novel in the series, the new young king’s ability to rule Britain and establish civil order is severely tested in a series of struggles against the rebellious barons and lesser kings who have refused to accept young Arthur as King Uther Pendragon’s true heir and Britain’s rightful king. (Revised cover shown)

174 pages

$13.95

Cataclysm – John Conlee

A group of diverse and interesting eco-tourists emerge from from a cave in New Mexico to find themselves in a vastly different word from the one they’d known before. CATACLYSM is the story of how they survive–some even thrive–against all odds.

$13.95

In the Summer Country: Tales of Arthur, Merlin & Cabal – John Conlee

In this fourth novel, Arthur and Cabal experience the wonders and brave the grave dangers of the Faerie Otherworld in their attempt to rescue Gwinevere and her little brother Melleas from their cruel and tyrannical captors.

190 pages

$9.95

Rounding Third – John Conlee

The eagerly-anticipated sequel to The Heater is now available through Pale Horse Books.

An unheralded rookie catcher is inexplicably added to the roster of the Bay City Grays, perennial also-rans in the American League East. As the Grays struggle to achieve respectability, this enigmatic lad from lower Alabama suddenly begins contributing in dramatic and unexpected ways.

Who is this lad who has seemingly come out of nowhere?

314 pages

$13.95

The Brothers Pendragon – John Conlee

The Brothers Pendragon: United by blood — and separated by blood In the early spring, two young men arrive in Uther Pendragon’s magnificent city. They have never met before, nor is either of them known to the king or anyone else in the city. Each of the young men soon demonstrates his great promise and prowess and begins making a name for himself. Yet despite their undeniable abilities, the two youths could hardly be more different in temperament, values, or psychological makeup. When they first arrive in the city, each of them hopes it will be here in King Uther Pendragon’s great city that he will discover his true destiny. In both cases, their hopes are soon be manifested — though not quite in the fashion either of them anticipated.

$13.95

The Chaucer Codex – John Conlee

A young medieval scholar goes to Cornwall to investigate a mysterious manuscript. Does it contain a previously unknown Chaucer poem? As he and his Oxford mentor seek the answer, he is stalked in an eerie, moon-lit churchyard, victimized by determined car thieves, threatened in an alley behind a pub, and encounters beguiling women, one of whom teaches him that Cornish mermaids can pose serious threats to mortal men.

$14.95

The Dragon Stone: Tales of Arthur, Merlin & Cabal – John Conlee

In which Arthur, the younger son of a minor British nobleman, receives vital help from Merlin and Arthur’s dog Cabal, and survives a series of attempts on his life, in the process proving himself qualified to become Britain’s new High King. Just out — a new, revised edition.

176 pages

$13.95

The Heater – John Conlee

Baseball, opera, literary antiquities, and acts of violent retribution all converge in John Conlee’s THE HEATER. Set in the present, this novel traces events through an entire baseball season while at the same time re-enacting the ancient Celtic tale of “Deirdre of the Sorrows.” The novel’s protagonist is Ty Duffy, the opera-loving second baseman of the Bay City Grays, whose unswerving loyalty to his friend and teammate culminates in a violent denouement on a wind-swept island off the west coast of Ireland.

304 pages

$13.95

The King Mud & Grass: Tales of Arthur, Merlin & Cabal – John Conlee

British forces, with their backs against the wall, must do battle at the high hill known as the Barren Down against the invading Saxon armies. In this third novel, Arthur, Merlin, and Cabal are tested in different ways—and not all three of them succeed in passing their test.

177 pages

$9.95

The Last Pendragon – John Conlee

The Brothers Pendragon: United by blood — and separated by blood In the early spring, two young men arrive in Uther Pendragon’s magnificent city. They have never met before, nor is either of them known to the king or anyone else in the city. Each of the young men soon demonstrates his great promise and prowess and begins making a name for himself. Yet despite their undeniable abilities, the two youths could hardly be more different in temperament, values, or psychological makeup. When they first arrive in the city, each of them hopes it will be here in King Uther Pendragon’s great city that he will discover his true destiny. In both cases, their hopes are soon be manifested — though not quite in the fashion either of them anticipated.

$13.95

The Voyage of Maeldun – John Conlee

At the urging of Crimthain the Druid, Maeldun and sixteen companions embark on a mission of vengeance, a mission in which they hope to redeem the tarnished honor of Clan Murtagh. But they soon find themselves caught between their loyalties to the old pagan gods and their fear of the new God now worshipped by small groups of Christians in the west of Ireland.What they’d hoped would be a straightforward — though highly dangerous — mission of retribution turns into something else as Maeldun and his fellow mariners become entangled in a series of mystifying adventures.Set during the period when Ireland was first being Christianized, THE VOYAGE OF MAELDUN belongs to the age-old tradition of nautical adventures such as those experienced by famed voyagers like Homer’s Odysseus, Jason and the Argonauts, Sinbad the Sailor, and Saint Brendan the Navigator.

274 pages

$9.95

Roger L. Conlee

ROGER L. CONLEE, the author of eight books produced by Pale Horse Books, is a former sportswriter, features staffer, and copy editor for the Chicago Daily News and the San Diego Union-Tribune, and a longtime communications consultant. By avocation he is a historian and avid researcher, and an expert on American military history, with special expertise in the American Civil War and World War II.

His first book, EVERY SHAPE, EVERY SHADOW: A NOVEL OF GUADALCANAL, earned a Distinguished Honor Award from the Military Writers Society of America.  Subsequent historical novels, THE HINDENBURG LETTER and COUNTERCLOCKWISE,  were first-place award winners in the prestigious San Diego Book Awards, and his fourth novel, SOULS ON THE WIND, was a finalist in the same competition.

Recently released is LION AT TWILIGHT, a story of Winston Churchill which takes place in turbulent post-war Berlin.

Conlee has lectured at Northwestern University, the University of California, and San Diego State University.  He is a past director of the San Diego State University Alumni Association and the San Diego Press Club.  His many articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, and the Detroit News.

Roger Conlee lives and works in San Diego. See: www.RogerConlee.com

After the Wind – Roger L. Conlee

Newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst has died, and ace reporter Jake Weaver tries to help Hearst’s long-time lover, Marion Davies, receive her share of the fortune. But the plan backfires and Weaver becomes a murder suspect. And Weaver’s friend, Marine Corps office Kenny Nielsen, finds himself embroiled in the savage early months of the Korean War.

“After the Wind reads like history because it is real history.”–Edward Joseph Mayo

$13.95

Counterclockwise – Roger Conlee

What if you discovered—contrary to established history—that on Good Friday, 1942, Japanese forces made a massive bombing attack on Los Angeles and San Diego? And that in that raid your own father had been killed, ten years before you’d even been born?

In Roger L. Conlee’s new novel, a cop, a spy, a glamorous movie star and a dogged reporter collide in this unconventional book-within-a-book, which is partly alternative history, partly thriller, and partly science fiction.

As one reviewer has written, “Counterclockwise never fails to surprise as each successive layer is peeled back. Michael Crichton, you have company.” — Walter Haskins

“ Counterclockwise offers a wonderfully compelling portrait of wartime America in the early 1940s.” — An Amazon.com reviewer

274 pages

$13.95

Dare The Devil – Roger L. Conlee

Investigative reporter Jake Weaver dares the devil by writing hard-hitting news stories exposing the crimes of postwar Los Angeles gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Jack Dragna, putting himself, his wife and daughter in jeopardy.

Add to the mix a beautiful female British spy and a sadistic Nazi fugitive, a vicious torturer known as The Buchenwald Butcher, and you are on a thrill ride.

“A breathless read!” — Lynn Kennedy, author.

264 pages

$13.95

Deep Water – Roger L. Conlee

Deep Water deals with the early days of the Cold War and the paranoia of McCarthyism. You’ll encounter Harry Truman, William Randolph Hearst and young John F. Kennedy as reporter Jake Weaver finds himself in deep water while investigating powerful corporate and banking conspiracies.

“A page-turning thriller (which will) keep you reading through the night.” — Lynne Kennedy, author

254 pages

$13.95

Every Shape, Every Shadow – Roger L. Conlee

EVERY SHAPE, EVERY SHADOW’S depiction of a bright and lonely young Marine’s struggle to find purpose and courage will resonate with young Americans facing the same fears and pressures in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This historical novel provides a gripping and highly realistic depiction of the Guadalcanal campaign of World War II, which proved to be a major turning point in America’s war with Japan in the Western Pacific.

“An accurate portrayal of our difficult struggle.” Merrill B. Twining, USNA 1923, General, USMC (Ret.)

“A must-read for veterans, particularly those of the Marine Corps and Army infantry, who will recall the sights, sounds and horror of face-to-face combat.” — Sterling (Kansas) Bulletin

EVERY SHAPE, EVERY SHADOW received the Military Writers Society of America’s 2006 Distinguished Honor Award.

267 pages

$11.95

Fog and Darkness – Roger L. Conlee

Roger L. Conlee’s fith novel is being called masterful historical fiction. Two protagonists, always in great danger, face the horrific final year of World War II. Historic figures such as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Generals Douglas MacArthur and George Patton, and rocket scientist Wernher von Braun play roles in this narrative, which is told with faithful historical accuracy.“Conlee writes masterful historical fiction. Intrigue, love, and war glimmer through this tale of a fateful hour.” — Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, author of “Broken Promises, A Novel of the Civil War”

331 pages

$13.95

Lion at Twilight – Roger L. Conlee

In 1953, Winston Churchill vanishes and Whitehall is in a panic. Has the Old Lion been kidnapped, murdered? Jake Weaver and his daughter, Ilse, head for Berlin to penetrate the iron curtain — and unravel the mystery.

$13.95

Souls on the Wind – Roger L. Conlee

In the Alps of Germany and Austria, legend has it that the souls of the dead ride the strange, unseasonal wind known as the Föhn. In Souls on the Wind, readers ride that mystical zephyr from Vienna to California and – just possibly – into one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War. All this because of a stolen crown jewel that may have supernatural qualities. Souls on the Wind is a morality play, a love story, ghost story, and science fiction all rolled into one compelling package.“Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation, this novel will leave you wondering.” — Edward Joseph Mayo

330 pages

$13.95

The Hindenburg Letter – Roger Conlee

An impulsive reporter for William Randolph Hearst risks his very life to steal into Nazi Germany during World War II on a desperate mission of family revenge. Against his better judgment, he also agrees to do some spying for President Roosevelt. It’s all a big recipe for disaster. This fascinating suspense thriller paints a rich and authentic picture of this dark, critical period in world hhistory.

318 pages

$14.95

Patricia Gray

PATRICIA GRAY was  a writer, foreign relations specialist, educator, and environmentalist, with an undergraduate degree in international relations from the College of William and Mary and a graduate degree from Catholic University. After living in Richmond, Virginia; Washington DC; Amman, Jordan; Islamabad, Pakistan; Dhaka, Bangladesh; and Middlebury, Vermont, she returned to her home state of Virginia, still summering in Ripton, Vermont.

During her thirty year career, Patricia worked for the Agency for International Development, the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, Middlebury College in Vermont, and the Lunn Gallery in Washington DC. In addition, she was a freelance writer for the United States Information Agency, UNICEF, and Time-Life Books. She taught art history courses for the Christopher Wren Association of the College of William and Mary.

The writing of PETRA, A NOVEL drew from her life experiences. The themes and characters are based on eight years of international development work and life in Jordan and South Asia, as well as many years of research, writing, and teaching in the field of art history. Petra was her first novel.

Petra, a Novel – Patricia K. Gray

PETRA explores the redemptive power of love and friendship in an intoxicating story of art and ambition, guilt and forgiveness, travel and empire in the 19th century Middle East. In 1860, Thomas Hudson towers over the New York art world, an artist celebrated for paintings glowing with the power of American nature. By 1868, the death of his children and new tastes in art collecting haunt his studio. Searching for forgiveness and inspiration, he travels to Paris, Alexandria, Beirut, Jerusalem, and the ancient city of Petra to revive his fame with stunning, exotic paintings.In his caravan are a devious American entrepreneur, a sympathetic Oxford don, and a spirited English noblewoman married to a Bedouin sheikh. Hudson’s journey across a vast map of desire, frustration, danger and discovery illuminates both the past and present.

335 pages

$14.00

Sally Stiles

SALLY STILES worked for fourteen years in New York City as an editor and writer and, later, as an advertising executive. She has published over a hundred magazine articles, seven books, poetry and short stories. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has taught writing at Lebanon College in New Hampshire, at the Simon Fraser Writing and Publishing Program in Vancouver, B.C., and the Christopher Wren Society at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She has called four continents, six countries, nine states and a small trawler home.

Her volunteer work has included, among many other things, running a women’s shelter; a craft store; a woman’s golf league; an investment club and an after-school enrichment program for primary school children in East Africa. She also served on the board of directors for An Occasion for the Arts and the Williamsburg Book Festival.

Sally Stiles’ latest books are LIKE A MASK DANCING, A TANZANIAN STORY, PLUNGE!, a memoir, THE HAIKU GUIDE TO CRUISING and THE HAIKU GUIDE TO WILLIAMSBURG.

Crazeman in the Bottle – Sally Stiles

CRAZEMAN IN THE BOTTLE by Sally Stiles
An enchanting collection. You’ll laugh and cry, stop in J.D. Salinger’s home town, go to the movies, visit with a shaman, ride on Pegasus’ bare back, travel to East and West Africa and learn how man might really have been created. Accessible but thought-provoking.

60 pages

$7.00

Haiku Guide to the Inside Passage (Revised edition) – Sally Stiles

This beautifully crafted volume merges poems and photographs in recreating an actual voyage and a voyage of personal discovery. Even if you have never sailed from Puget Sound to Alaska, these tender and evocative haiku, and their complementary photos, will take you there in ways you could never imagine.

You will sail into deep fjords, watch wildlife graze remote shores, anchor beside glaciers only accessible by boat or float plane and visit first-nation fishing villages. According to first readers: “The book evokes majesty, surprise, humor, tension and danger.” — “It’s a travelogue, love story and fine poetry collection wrapped up in one beautiful package.”

“The book is a meditation on the shifting emotional textures of life aboard Haiku, a 31-foot trawler. Weather changes, light shifts, the tides ebb and flow. Haiku’s wake vanishes and only these words remain. This is a beautiful book, about a woman, a man, and the waters they pass through. Read it. But slowly.” – Michael Boxall, author of The Great Firewall.

A perfect book for travelers and a must-have book for all true lovers of poetry.

97 pages

$19.95

Like a Mask Dancing — Sally Stiles

Aaron Chadwick’s job is to save Tanzania’s largest industrial complex. After three weeks in this vast, alluring country, his wife, Anna, has met missionaries and Muslims, Maasai herders, expatriates both indifferent and committed. She’s slept among lions and giraffes and learned of men who chewed off cats’ heads. She’s seen a pleasure ground for the wealthy and a garbage dump which serves as a playground for the poorest of the poor. She’s seen her husband angry and determined to save what may be impossible to save. She’s seen all these things through the long lens of a visitor and now resolves to zoom in closer. She resolves to make Africa her home.

“In the small Tanzanian village of Ahadi, Anna Chadwick pushes past the scourge of AIDS, corruption and her own uncertainties to embrace the women, men and children she comes to love. Beautifully written.”  — James Tobin

“Thoughtful and humanitarian. Highly recommended” — Greg Lilly

$12.95

Plunge! – Sally Stiles

An exceptional, deeply-moving memoir—a classic love story.

In the late 1970s, a fragile thread linked a woman living on Park Avenue in Manhattan and a man in a guarded house in West Africa. “I love you very much he whispered softly across 7,000 miles of ocean and up the East River.”

Plunge! is a love story, exquisitely told. Sally was a New York career woman when David showed up in her life. Their first dinner date was July 13, 1977, the night of the New York Blackout. Six weeks later he told her he had accepted a job in Nigeria. After a romantic weekend at the Pierre Hotel, David left the city. “The noise of the engines was muffled through the window, and as the plane taxied to the runway, the sound faded away, like a love song drawing to a melancholy close.”

As David struggled to clear a jungle to build a paper mill in West Africa, Sally worked at her fast-paced job, occasionally flew private planes, and led the tenants of her Park Avenue apartment building into battle against her landlord. Over the next nine months, they corresponded—openly, often with humor—and had three brief reunions: in Nigeria, London and New York. “Perhaps the distance that separated us, the lack of instant interaction, helped us both to communicate more thoughtfully, more honestly and even more passionately than we might have otherwise.”

“An amazing, beautiful literary accomplishment.” – Carol Shaben, author of Into the Abyss

“I can’t remember the last book that affected me like Plunge! It’s very moving and strong and honest and beautifully written. I was drawn in from the start—a gifted writer.” — Dalia Pagani, author of Mercy Road

“So well written and so compelling.” – Louise Crowley, Program Director, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing

“A deeply moving and deeply-felt story which will resonate with others as it resonated with me” — Michael Boxall, author, The Great Firewall

“Alive and vibrant . . . An interesting, compelling narrative.” — Phyllis Barber, author of eight books, including Raw Edges

281 pages

$15.95

The Haiku Guide to Cruising (The Pacific Northwest) – Sally Stiles

The author invites you to join her on a small trawler cruising from Seattle, Washington to Sitka, Alaska. Experience the journey through dramatic photographs and inspiring haiku.

$7.00

The Haiku Guide to Williamsburg – Sally Stiles

THE HAIKU GUIDE TO WILLIAMSBURG by Sally Stiles
This small book is a gift of carefully rendered poetry and artful photography to celebrate those aha! moments which residents and visitors alike experience in the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown, Virginia.

75 pages

$7.00

Jeff Toalson

JEFF TOALSON, a Missouri native, earned his BS in business management from Missouri State University. He is the author of four books dedicated to preserving the true history of ordinary Confederate soldiers and civilians as recorded in their diaries, letters and journals.

His latest book, I GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE, is a compilation of letters discovered during 15 years of research. The letters were written between 1861 and 1865.

Toalson is a three-time recipient of The Jefferson Davis Gold Medal for their preservation of first-person Southern history.

I Got Nuthin’ Strange to Rite – Jeff Toalson

GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE by Jeff Toalson

A SELECTION OF FORGOTTEN SOUTHERN LETTERS 1861-1865

This book, like the three preceding, is dedicated to preserving the true history of ordinary Confederate soldiers and civilians. It is the culmination of 15 years of research resulting in the publication of unforgettable letters documenting hardship, illness, loss and love during the Civil War.

The letters are published as they were written, and the chapter titles speak to the range of material included. For instance: “I lived three days on five biscuit and a little bacon”; “I got a pice of mule neck in my mouth”; “I still remain your loveing wife until death”.

The voices captured in I GOT NUTHIN STRANGE TO RITE take you straight to the camps and onto the battlefields of war; to the farms and the family left struggling behind; to the predicaments of slaves hired out on contract. You’ll learn about the deadly diseases that affected soldiers–smallpox, dysentery, measles. You’ll learn what it was like to slog through forests and swamps with shortages of supplies but no shortage of perils.

This extraordinary collection of letters is a treasure painstakingly created through a labor of love.

188 pages

$18.45
Lisa W. Cumming Photography

Lisa W. Cumming Photography

James Tobin

Growing up in Union City, New Jersey, James Tobin (aka J. E. Tobin) was dazzled by the New York City skyline across the Hudson River. After earning a degree in journalism, he moved to the Big Apple with dreams of becoming a writer. He taught school while writing plays, two of which were presented by the famed off-Broadway Circle Repertory Company (Celebrations off River Street and Cabaret Theater: New York Times). He also wrote children’s fiction for major publishers such as MacMillan & Company, Harcourt Brace, Scott Foresman, and Scholastic. Then he watched helplessly from a rowboat as his completed manuscript for a novel burned in an inferno that reduced a New England inn to ashes. Three charred pages of the manuscript were discovered.

James’ writing shifted to the scholarly as he pursued a career as a college educator and consulting psychologist. Among his writings was a book he co-authored: Smart School Leaders: Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Kendall-Hunt Publishers). New York Times best-selling author, Daniel Goleman, praised it as “an elegant and practical program for leading schools with heart.”  Only when his son urged him to revisit his deferred dream, did he turn again to fiction. When We Were Wolves is the outcome.

James now resides with his wife, Jean, in Williamsburg, Virginia, the fictionalized setting for When We Were Wolves. He is a proud member of The Author’s Guild, The Chesapeake Bay Writers, and The Virginia Writers Club.

When We Were Wolves – J. E. Tobin

Tom Wingfield lives in a small Virginia town famous as the birthplace of U.S. presidents and Sonny Rawlins, America’s most celebrated college coach. For thirty years, Tom has kept secret the truth about Rawlins. But a news story sets off a chain of events that will entrap Tom and his family in a media storm.

Only one thing can save Tom and the life he has built. He must enter Sonny’s Monster House one more time.

$16.95