After a devastating loss, 16-year-old Gertie is tossed into a Sanitorium in 1957 where she must advocate not only for herself but for others who are brutally mistreated. Highly recommended.
THE GILDED CROWN – Book 3, Lions and Lilies Saga by Catherine T. Wilson and Catherine A. Wilson – Medieval Europe, Historical Fiction, Romance
Medieval European life swirls with unexpected and perilous events; a welcome and brilliant third book in the Lions & Lilies Saga, The Gilded Crown by Catherine T. Wilson and Catherine A. Wilson.
INFANTS OF THE BRUSH – A Chimney Sweep’s Story by A.M. Watson – Historical Fiction, Chimney Sweep/Child Labor, Georgian Era
A disturbing but elucidating glimpse into a time and place when, even in a civilized country, poor children’s lives were shockingly undervalued, and their labor exploited. A.M. Watson delivers a welcome ray of hope shining through to the conclusion of this haunting saga.
WATCH OVER ME (Code Talker Chronicles, Book 2) by Eileen Charbonneau – Historical Romance, Espionage, Native American, WWII, Thriller/Mystery
Set in the 1940s streets of New York City, love might just be the thing to heal two broken souls.
An epic journey back to the post-war world of the 1920’s and Marie Durant Chagall and those around her must find meaning in life again. Every aspect of human nature and the desire to rebuild lives is explored in this novel including the importance of family, whether blood relatives or chosen families. Here we have an incredible exploration into whether love can indeed conquer all.
A steamy, intelligent historical fiction set in the Arizona desert where the harsh environment matches the characters who populate it. Can two wounded souls find each other and flourish? Find out in Kristy McCaffrey’s hard to put down, fourth book in the Winds of the West series, The Blackbird.
FINDING BILLY BATTLES: An Account of Peril, Transgression and Redemption, (Book 1 of 3) by Ronald E. Yates – Literary, Historical Fiction, Germany
Brilliant first in the series literary novel about a man who lived life to the fullest and found himself along the way.
These historical fiction works have moved forward in the judging rounds from SLUSH pile to the 2018 Goethe Book Awards for post- 1750s fiction LONG LIST.
I first met Joe Collins at CAC18 this last April. He's a tall, quiet man who carries himself with a certain nuance, a particular look in his eyes that lets a person know he's looking for fun. He writes from the heart and although he won 1st Place in the Goethe Awards for 2017, his book could have done just as well in the Laramie Awards. I am honored that Joe took the time to participate in our 10 Questions Interview Series. He has a lot to say and I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do. Let me introduce you to J.R. (Joe) Collins: Chanticleer: Tell us a little about yourself: How did you start writing? Collins: I was raised in the Southern Appalachian town of Blairsville, GA. Our whole county had a population of around eight thousand at the time of my birth, 1962. I spent my growing up years helping my father farm beef cattle and attending the local school for my education. I went to church as a kid. Learned a deep respect for a love that would sacrifice itself for me. I believe I was considered normal by the local folks. You knew everybody in my confined, little world, and their business, too, whether you wanted to know it or not. News traveled fast because of how the telephone worked. Most all the homes were on a “party line,” if you had a telephone at all. You knew folks’ business [...]