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Audition for a Legend
The Hellhole Saga, #2
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

To survive past the one-year life expectancy the Federal men in Topeka had given him, Kiley will need all the help of trusted friends to survive the threat of drifters, gunfighters, and outlaws, all eager to try their hand at bringing the new "Badge" down. If he lives, he will become a legend; if they gun him down, he will fill a grave on Boot Hill – next to those who had come before and failed.

Dark September
Brendan Gerad O'Brien

(alternative history) When Germany invades mainland Britain, Irishman Danny O’Shea must get his son, Adam, to neutral Ireland. They witness an attack on a German convoy carrying the blueprints for a new weapon, and when Danny goes to the aid of a dying woman, both the Germans and the insurgents believe she’s told Danny where the blueprints are. He's catapulted into a world of betrayal and brutal double-cross.

The Drinking Gourd
Kansas Pirates Series, #3
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

The Ward's help was urgently needed to guide runaway slaves from Bleeding Kansas across the river to safer ground. Barbara Nelander-Ward accepts the arduous task, beginning her trek to "follow the drinking gourd" north to freedom. Fighting slavers who work on the side of the law, earning a living selling human beings as chattel, Nelander discovers the side of right is not always what it seems.

First Draw
The Hellhole Saga, #1
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

Hellhole, Kansas was known to the authorities as the place where lawmen went to die. Newly elected Marshal, Claw Kiley, drew three rapid conclusions about his new town: residents still seethed over the outcome of the War Between the States; a girl working at the Lowdown Saloon would become very important to him; and outlaws held no respect for the Law.

Into the Void
Emma Stein

Philosopher and social activist, Horace, is appointed by the Anglinian government to journey around the world to learn the secrets of other countries' success. Unfortunately, most of the societies he visits turn out to be drastically different from what he expected. He's dedicated to serving his country and takes pride in his assignment, but as his journey progresses, he begins to suffer from isolation and repeated failures. Just as he has all but lost hope, Horace encounters a series of communes whose inhabitants welcome him into their ranks and open his eyes to more a liberal and egalitarian way of life.

Legacy of Hunger
Druid's Brooch Series, #1
Christy Nicholas

It’s 1846, and Valentia is bored with the life of a spinster on her father’s prosperous Ohio farm. She is haunted by dreams about Ireland, so vows to travel to find her grandmother’s family and a long-lost family heirloom. On the way, she loses many precious things, but gains far more than she imagined.

Legacy of Luck
Druid's Brooch Series, #3
Christy Nicholas

Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.

Legacy of Truth
Druid's Brooch Series, #2
Christy Nicholas

Gifted with a magical brooch, passed down in her family for generations, Esme finds herself isolated and ill in an unfamiliar land. Her sister plots to steal the family heirloom from her in order to exploit the magical powers for her own gain, and Esme must battle for survival of herself and those she loves.

Pirate Treasure
Kansas Pirates Series, #1
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

The townspeople of Lawrence, Kansas, want nothing to do with widower Seth Ward or his two children. Barbara Nelander answers a help-wanted ad and finds herself living in the shadow of a dead woman and the haunting of her son. Nelander transforms the Ward home into a figurative pirate ship and uses her wiles to bring peace to the family. The harsh Kansas summer threatens all they fight to preserve.

Strange Bedfellows
The Hellhole Saga, #3
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

When a man called Red arrives in Hellhole, Marshal Claw Kiley is immediately suspicious of his wounds and the aura of danger surrounding him. Red is ordered out of town after Dr. Ward tends the wounds. It's Ward who suspects Red is a former plantation owner now on the run from former slaves. Ward faces a moral dilemma over helping Red, as ghosts of his past threaten to reveal themselves.

Strawberry Fields
Kansas Pirates Series, #2
S.L. Kotar & J.E. Gessler

As a child, Seth Ward had seen a valley filled with wild strawberries and dreamed of owning the land one day. When he shares his dream with Nelander, she's determined to make it a reality. Using the last of her savings, this is the only chance they'll have at success. The enterprise faces insurmountable obstacles, but can they succeed with the help of their Kansas Pirates clan?

Turlough's Tale
Druid's Brooch Series, short story extra
Christy Nicholas

After his beloved wife dies in childbirth, Turlough leaves in the middle of the night with his son, Ruari, traveling west to find music, Turlough’s other true love. Unwittingly sleeping under an ancient stone, they wake up in Faerie, amidst enchanting music. When they return, Turlough finds two years have passed, though he’s only been gone two weeks. His mother is waiting for him with a gift.

 

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