Will of a Tiger by Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 11, 2019

  Sworn brothers—one American, one Chinese—captured, imprisoned, tortured. Survival is just the beginning of the battle… In 1942, Birch Bai, a Chinese pilot, and Danny Hardy, a downed American pilot, become sworn brothers and best friends. In the summer of 1945, both airmen’s planes go down in Yunnan Province of China during one of many daring missions. They are captured, imprisoned, and tortured by the Japanese for information about the atomic bomb. Just days before the end of WWII, Danny makes an irrevocable decision to save Birch’s life. For Birch, surviving the war is only the beginning of the battle. He must deal with the dreadful reality in China—the civil war, the separation of the country, the death of one friend in the Communist-controlled Mainland and another under the Nationalist government, and his wrongful imprisonment in Taiwan. From Chungking to Yunnan, and from Taiwan to San Francisco, the sequel to Wings of a Flying Tiger takes readers along on an epic journey.   REVIEW   A must-read for those who love historical fiction. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews In this sequel to ‘Wings of a Flying Tiger’ author Iris Yang weaves another well-crafted historical fiction. Skillfully constructed,…

Wings of a Flying Tiger By Iris Yang
Historical fiction , Review / April 9, 2019

  World War Two, Japanese occupied China. One cousin’s courage, another’s determination to help a wounded American pilot. In the summer of 1942, Danny Hardy bails out of his fighter plane into a remote region of western China. With multiple injuries, malaria, and Japanese troops searching for him, the American pilot’s odds of survival are slim. Jasmine Bai, an art student who has been saved by Americans during the notorious Nanking Massacre, seems an unlikely heroine to rescue the wounded Flying Tiger. Daisy Bai, Jasmine’s younger cousin, also falls in love with the courageous American. With the help of Daisy’s brother, an entire village opens its arms to heal a Flying Tiger with injured wings, but as a result of their charity the serenity of their community is forever shattered. Love, sacrifice, kindness, and bravery all play a part in this heroic tale that takes place during one of the darkest hours of Chinese history.   REVIEW   A well-crafted historical fiction with a distinctly cinematic feel to it. Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Wings of a Flying Tiger by Iris Yang is a wonderfully written and richly descriptive novel, with brilliantly drawn characters driven by…

The Death Doll

  BOOK SYNOPSIS In the summer of 1692, the infamous Salem witch trials were underway in Massachusetts Colony, North America. Meanwhile, a new Governor was appointed over New Hampshire colony, but his only interest was the land he felt entitled to. Citizens of Durham, New Hampshire, were losing property they’d farmed for years. It was a dangerous time to come to the Colonies, but Kate Tremont had no choice. Having lost her father and her home in Kingston, Jamaica, she sailed to Durham, New Hampshire to stay with her only living relative – William Stoddard, a farmer and devout Puritan. William demands obedience and conformity if Kate wants to stay, but that’s not the worst of it. Kate finds that enemies are easier to make than friends when she gives a doll to a child. When her act of kindness is twisted and used against her, Kate learns that evil happens when good people get angry!   REVIEW   A well-crafted historical fiction Reviewed By Piaras O Cionnaoith for Emerald Book Reviews Author K.D. Carter weaves a well-crafted historical fiction, with intriguing twists and turns that will easily captivate the reader’s attention from the beginning. The story unfolds in small…

The Fortress: A Historical Fiction Novel Based On A WW2 True Story
Historical fiction / February 7, 2019

  A system of hidden caves beneath Bucharest’s glamorous concert hall was a shelter for homeless children and their hiding place from the Nazis Romania, World War II. Nelu escapes from his home and finds shelter with other homeless children in the caves beneath Bucharest’s spectacular concert hall. They call it “The Fortress”. Daniel is the son of a well-to-do Jewish family living in the heart of Bucharest. On the eve of WWII, Daniel and his family are forced to flee and take refuge in those caves with the help of the children. Daniel, Nelu and the other homeless children, find themselves united when facing the Nazi threat. For Daniel and his family, some of the children were nothing but a concept prior to the war, but now – no race or socioeconomic differences are relevant. In this reality they are all equal, bound by the need to survive. They must deal with hunger, poverty, and the imminent threat of death. The Nazi threat gets closer every day. Daniel and his family realize they need to flee if they want to stay alive. They all decide to escape, breaking up the group; embarking on a journey that will change so…

The Forest and the Flames: Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders Series, Book 2

  Autumn, 1066 The Battle of Hastings is done. The struggle for England begins. Matilda, Lady of Flanders, Duchess of Normandy, rules as Regent of Normandy for her husband, Duke William. William has won the Battle of Hastings, but Saxon England does not wish to surrender to him as King. As William sets England to flame, Matilda waits in Normandy for the time to come when she can claim her crown. Through bloodshed, battle and struggle will England be won, but even as Matilda rejoices for her new power, a prophesy is spoken, linking the fates of her children to the wailing voices and horrific images in dreams which come to haunt her. Matilda comes to understand that God is watching, and is not pleased with what He sees. As Matilda battles to save her children, she finds she must stand against her own husband, in order to protect the lives, and immortal souls, of her sons and daughters. Through heartache, discord, battle, rebellion and slaughter, the fate of England, and the future of the house of Normandy, will be decided. The Forest and The Flames is book two in The Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders, by G. Lawrence…

The Heart of the Conqueror (The Chronicles of Matilda, Lady of Flanders Book 1)
Biography , Historical fiction / November 25, 2018

  14th October 1066. Two armies converge to decide the fate of England… The most famous date in English history, when the might of the English Saxons faced the wrath of the Norman invasion. The man who stormed the sands of Sussex was William, bastard Duke of Normany, the man they eventually came to call the Conqueror… But the Heart of the Conqueror was Matilda, Lady of Flanders and Duchess of Normandy. At the side of the most famous war-lord of history, Matilda worked, not as quiet, modest wife, but as a leader… as a ruler just as ruthless as her husband. Under her soft mask of beauty and modesty there lay the heart of a woman powered by ambition. A woman who was strong, courageous and devious… Through the eyes of one of the most extraordinary women of history unfold the events leading to the invasion of England and the battle that would decide its fate… This is the story of Matilda, Lady of Flanders, Duchess of Normandy and Queen of England. In its first draft form, this novel won a HQ Love Award in the Wattpad awards, The Wattys, 2014. The author’s thanks to the excellent proof reader…

The Cave
Historical fiction / August 29, 2018

Ancient Thai Mysticism and a modern-day tale of The Wild Boars Football Team and their leader’s adventure in a Thai cave are woven together in this young adult’s story of hope, courage, adventure, teamwork, bonds of love and survival. Ancient Thai Folklore and A Modern-Day Tale of a Boys’ Football Team’s Cave Adventure combine to weave a story of Lek, a small boy, who learns to swim and dive, and escapes the clutches of the cave’s jaws. It is a tale of family solidarity, of hope and longing. It is also a story of The Princess of Sip Song Panna, a tragic, mystical heroine who bestows her benevolence on the lost boys. It is the story of an International Team who fought for the survivors and won against the ferocity of nature: The Monsoon. Most of all, it is the story of a true hero, who did not die in vain. REVIEW A well-crafted fiction interwoven with true-life drama By Piaras on August 29, 2018 (Emerald Book Reviews) This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There…

Doña Gracia’s Gold Pendant
Historical fiction / August 29, 2018

Imagine having to guard the secret of your family under the threat of mortal danger This historical novel is a story of love, jealousy, intrigue, mortal terror – of family secrets, courage, and devotion. It depicts the wide-ranging journey of Doña Gracia Nasi, a wealthy young Jewish widow from a family of forced converts, exiled from Spain in the 16th Century. Doña Gracia’s turbulent history comes to life, from age 12, when she is first told the secret of her forcibly converted family, to her escape from the terrors of the Inquisition in Portugal finally to Constantinople, via London, Antwerp, Venice, Ferrara, Lyon and Saloniki. The true story of Doña Gracia – forced convert, tycoon, charmer of kings, savior of her people! A successful businesswoman and visionary in a world in which women had no rights, Doña Gracia risks her life and her immense fortune to save her persecuted people. She powerfully bends kings to her will in an era of flourishing culture and the religious battles between Christians, Jews, and Moslems. Heralded the “Queen of the Jews,” she succeeded in obtaining a royal decree from the Ottoman sultan to settle the city of Tiberias. Meanwhile, her heartbreaking feud with…