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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.
The Bruton Parish Story
In partnership with Bruton Parish Church, we are now distributing The Bruton Parish Story by Donna L. Bailey through this website and on Amazon.com. Produced by The Donning Company Publishers, it’s the latest book on iconic Bruton parish in Colonial Williamsburg. The building was completed in 1715. The parish itself is more than three hundred years old and has been at the crossroads of early American history. Through the narrative and photos, readers will follow the rich story of the parish, the building, and events witnessed by its people since 1674. Full of images, it expands on the contributions of Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin (colleague of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.) and discusses the role of African Americans. Other sections highlight sacred organ music, notable visitors, and nine of the best known cemetery monuments. The book concludes with descriptions of ministries undertaken today by this active congregation of the Episcopal Church, both within and beyond its walls.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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”
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.