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    A Lady Crowned with Fleurs-de-lys: A Historical Novel

    Chosen to be the bride of the young King of France, Charles, Isabella, a princess from the German duchy of Bavaria, is welcomed to the most magnificent court of Europe. She spends idyllic years with a loving husband and doting children. But the country is ripe with intrigues and political schemes hatched by the king’s ambitious uncles and brother, all of them trying to take advantage of the still simmering war between France and England for their own personal gain.

    A drama enfolds that will forever change Isabella’s life and reputation. After a first attack of folly, Charles falls deeper and deeper into insanity. Desperate and alone, Isabella finds refuge in her brother-in-law’s love. When Louis is murdered she becomes a pawn in the political intrigues that are ripping France apart and her worst instincts take over as she abandons herself to a life of greed, sex, pleasures, and selfishness. She becomes “Isabeau of Bavaria” – a foreigner in the eyes of her people – dishonoring her husband and herself when she declares her son Charles, the rightful future king of France, to be illegitimate.
    When she dies, a few years after her husband, and when her son at last does become Charles VII, nobody remembers the gracious princess from Germany who enchanted them all on her wedding day at the side of the young King. They think only of the corrupted woman whose name has become synonymous with depravity and blind ambition.

  • Escape From Manchuria: The Rescue of 1.7 Million Japanese Civilians Trapped in Soviet-occupied Manchuria Following the End of World War II

    Escape From Manchuria: The Rescue of 1.7 Million Japanese Civilians Trapped in Soviet-occupied Manchuria Following the End of World War II

    In the closing days of WWII, the Soviet Union attacked and occupied Japanese-controlled northern China, then called Manchuria. Immediately, misery and death from cold, hunger, disease, and brutality descended on the Japanese civilians at the hands of the Soviet Army and revenge-seeking mobs and bandits. Nearly 2,500 Japanese, mostly the elderly and children, died daily. Three courageous Japanese men embarked on a secret mission and escaped to Japan to eventually bring about an end to the Manchurian nightmare. In a riveting story, a son of the leader of the three courageous men narrates to readers a compelling tale of the rescue and repatriation of nearly 1.7 million abandoned non-combatant Japanese that began almost a year after Japan’s surrender. The book describes the indispensable part that General Douglas MacArthur played in the repatriation and discloses the role played by the Catholic Church in Manchuria and Japan in assisting the three men to achieve success. The heroics of the three men have not been fully recognized, even in Japan, because they took on the mission of rescue as private citizens, without the consent or knowledge of the then-utterly helpless Japanese government.

  • Four Princesses from Provence

    Four Princesses from Provence

    During the Middle Ages noble women were often pawns in the great game of dynastic politics. But some of them were important players in their own right. The four daughters of the Count of Provence used their charms, beauty, and intelligence to move from their father’s small kingdom in the south of France to positions of power across Europe. Marguerite, Eleanor, and Sancha became queens of France, England, and the Kingdom of Sicily. They followed their husbands to new homes where they gave their new lands children and a family life. But the fourth daughter, Beatrice, was different. The man she loved was a political enemy; the man she married was an indifferent and self-absorbed prince who made it clear that political intrigue was more important to him than the love of a gentle and romantic girl from another country. The only happy moments Beatrice enjoyed were spent in secrecy with her lover. But the stakes of her emotional attachment were high and the dangers of a misstep were always great. Based on research into the history of Europe in the thirteenth century and on travel to all of the destinations where these princesses lived, this novel depicts a crucial period as Europe emerged from the slumber of the Dark Ages and began to awake slowly to the promise of modern life.

    About the author:

    Amelia Rogers was born in Italy where she spent her formative years studying the classics, linguistics, and European history and literature at the Lycee and University before going on to advanced studies in language in Geneva, Switzerland and Cambridge, England. She came to the United States as the bride of an American businessman and university professor. Over the years, she has built on her knowledge of Classical Linguistics and European History with extensive travel to historical sites in Europe and the Middle East. She has taught Latin, World History, and Literature at a local college in Massachusetts for some ten years and spends part of each year at her home in Paris.

  • Maryland – Lord Baltimore’s Dream

    Maryland – Lord Baltimore’s Dream

    Bill Hart has lived his entire life in and around Baltimore Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and his MBA from the University of Baltimore. After a thirty seven year career at McCormick and Company as VP of Global Information Technology, he became an entrepreneur owning several internet based businesses as well as a securities trader. He decided to write a book about the history of Maryland and the important role both Maryland and Baltimore played in the development of the United States. Although this book is an historical fiction, it is based on stories of his family that have been passed down through the generations. The book, Maryland, Lord Baltimore's Dream is the first part of a two book series about how and why the colony was founded. The second book in the series, Maryland, The Story Continues will be coming out soon. He sincerely hopes you enjoy reading these two books as much as he enjoyed writing them.

  • No Time for Justice

    No Time for Justice

    A graphic story based on documented history has its location in northern Texas and the Indian Territory before, during, and following the Civil War. Having both Cherokee and Choctaw Indian blood, a courageous young man faces a compelling decision during the Civil War whether he will defend the honor of his Unionist white stepfather who has been murdered by a Confederate or defend his Confederate Cherokee mother’s cultural heritage. A truly gripping story that is sure to capture the reader’s attention from the first page to the last.

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  • Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution

    Preserve, Protect, and Defend the Constitution

    I find this difficult if not impossible. If you so desire we can eliminate the biography part, however I understand that most readers require knowledge of the author – believe me I tried to keep it short and to the point (most reports that I received found this a very interesting part of my book. Then of course there are those who disagree with my including the Bill of Rights and the Constitution it is absolutely necessary for these documents to be included in my book the readers can simply pass over them and when needed, they can study them at their leisure (they are there for this reason) this book covers a vast array of modern history, briefly mentioning the Constitution and how it was formed and what it means today. Without this instrument to guide and protect us we will fail to exist. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that we stress to all Americans – the old and the young alike, all ages must be fully aware not just of the first are the second amendment but the entire document as a nation we have grown complacent, take things for granted this has to be reversed we must be fully aware and make damn sure that all of our political bodies regardless of their affiliation live by an rule by the Constitution. The oath of office as sworn too with one’s hand on the Bible, I swear to Preserve, ProTech and Defend the Constitution of the United States of America. This oath is meaningless as it is administered today we must pass a law that particularly the president of the United States varies in any respect from performing that duty the sanctioned in the most severe manner possible.

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  • The Black American: A Documentary History

    The Black American: A Documentary History

    The Black American: A Documentary History by Glen P. Watkins, author. The purpose of this work is to present an overall view of the black race in American culture from slavery until 1992. The long voyage across the Atlantic involved weeks of nightmarish misery, suffering, and death. Slaves were kept in close quarters of ships with little space between the decks. They were manacled except when taken to the top deck for exercise while their quarters were being cleaned with vinegar. This was a journey of horror marked by death from dysentery, small pox, and the yaws. Some slaves committed suicide by the strange African method of swallowing the tongue. Destined to become an integral part of American history, the presence of African Americans markedly shaped the life and history of the 13 colonies. By many measures, the relative position of African Americans has scarcely improved. Undoubtedly, many have made impressive gain, but after more than 40 years, the majority has not sufficiently improved their relative standing. African Americans and other ethnic groups have acquired limited progress in social mobility. This exciting history is a part of all American regardless of ethnicity or social standing and should be known by all Americans. Learn the story in The Black American: A Documentary History.

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    Waiting for General MacArthur

    This is the story of Carlos, growing up during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World War II. When the Japanese bombed Manila, Carlos’s family evacuated and hid from the enemy until it was safe to return to their hometown.

    His father, Arsenio, no longer had job, but he refused to collaborate with the enemy. His mother, Consuelo, became a market vendor to help the family survive. Arsenio gathered clams from the sea and joined the local fishermen who trawled for anchovies in Manila Bay. They managed to survive, waiting and trusting in MacArthur’s promise “I shall return.”

    Unknown to the family, Arsenio joined the underground and was captured by the Japanese military police a month after General MacArthur’s forces had landed on Leyte Island. But it was too late to save Arsenio.

    Carlos lost his father in the war. The long savage night of the Japanese occupation was over and in the liberation of the Philippines he saw the beginning of peace and freedom.

    Virgilio I. Gonzales was born in 1932 in the Philippines and grew up during the Pacific War and Japanese occupation. He studied and graduated with a chemistry degree from the University of the Philippines. Gonzales married a fellow chemist, Maria Corazon Jimenea. Together they have three children-Arsenio, Leilani and Leo. They emigrated to the United States in 1978.
    In 2007 he enrolled in a short course on novel and formed a workshop with other students. The manuscript for Waiting for General MacArthur was the product of that workshop, taking four years to write.