Description : Black the Night and Wild the Sea is a story of adventure and intrigue set in the turbulent era of the Australian gold rushes. It is also a love story between two very different characters: Michael Byrnes, a warm hearted but roguish Irish adventurer, and Sele Kanawa, a beautiful and passionate Eurasian missionary. The story ranges from the wild southern coast of Australia to the jungles of the Cape York Peninsula and the wild unexplored islands of Melanesia, where brutal sea captains abducted natives to work as virtual slave labourers, and missionaries risked their lives to stop them. It is also a tale of a woman torn between her love for God and the work she feels called to do, and her love for a man determined to make his fortune. Vincent Smith grew up in an industrial town in England and moved to Australia when he was sixteen. It was then that he fell under the spell of the islands of the South West Pacific and their turbulent history. For the past half century he has served as a minister and chaplain to the Australian army, police and emergency services; some of it in the places where this story is set
Description : A mix of love story, Scottish myth & church history, this novel asks: What happens when we find redemption & then fear we've lost it for all time?
Description : In the realm of Aquilonia, in the time when Conan was King, a young barbarian fights to restore the honor of his tribe—and to claim his revenge… In the bustling city of Tarantia, the young Pictish warrior Kral has been imprisoned after slaughtering a cadre of city Rangers and Aquilonian soldiers, while his friends Alanya and Doniel struggle to find safety in the labyrinthian city streets. But Kral’s search for the Teeth of the Ice Bear—and his assaults on those who stole it—have caught the attention of King Conan himself. There are rumors he is sending a mighty force to Kral’s homeland to crush the presumed Pictish rebellion, even as the Picts themselves are on the verge of launching a campaign that will drench the land in blood. Now, Kral and his companions must follow the trail of the Teeth through the back alley shadows of Tarantia, to the halls of King Conan, and across the seas where their greatest challenge awaits them…
Description : In this riveting follow-up to Mafia Summer, Vinny Vesta's torrid affair with his co-pilot's widow brings him, unwittingly and unwillingly, back into the family business. The only question is whether he can escape it again, with his life. Black Widow is a gripping page-turner that brings to life the decadent bachelor-pad living of the Blue Angels, old-Hollywood grandeur, and the maneuverings of Genovese as he takes over the Luciano crime family and alters the face of the New York Mob. PRAISE FOR MAFIA SUMMER: "Sweet, affectionate, and bloody: a glance backward to a well-spent youth."--Kirkus Reviews "With its pedigree, it just may be the perfect summer book."--New York Post, "Required Reading"
Description : Many people have lamented the pollution and outright loss of beaches along the coasts of California and Mexico, but very few people have fought on behalf of beaches as hardÑor as successfullyÑas Serge Dedina. Whether taking on an international conglomerate or tackling a state transportation agency, Dedina is truly an eco-warrior. In this sparkling collection of articles, many written for popular magazines, Dedina tells the stories as only an insider could. He writes with a firm grasp of facts along with an advocateÕs passion and outrage. Sprinkled with just the right mix of humor and surf lingo, DedinaÕs writing is Òweapons gradeÓÑsurfer speak for totally awesome. Dedina grew up in Imperial Beach, California, just north of the Mexican border, and he feels equally at home in Mexico and the States. An expert on gray whales, he eloquently describes the fight he helped to lead against the Mitsubishi Corporation, whose plan to build a salt-processing plant in the San Ignacio Lagoon in Baja California would have destroyed the worldÕs last undeveloped gray whale lagoon. With similar fervor, Dedina describes helping to construct the unlikely coalition that succeeded in defeating a proposed toll road that would have decimated a legendary California surf spot. In between, he writes about the first surfers in Baja, the Great Baja Land Rush of the 1990s, TijuanaÕs punk music scene, the pop-culture wrestling phenomenon lucha libre, the reasons why ocean pollution must be stopped, and the way HBO took over his hometown. Anyone interested in whatÕs happening to our natural places or just yearning to read about someone really making a difference in the world will find this a book worth sinking their teeth into.
Description : Drawn to a force he can't resist... Former police officer Kevin Hennessey is running from his past-choosing to battle smugglers instead of dealing with his personal demons. When a desperate, rain-drenched American woman appears on his doorstep with wild tales of danger, Kevin is drawn to helping her, despite his reservations... She never saw him coming... Amber O'Neill knew without a doubt that her brother was in mortal danger. Rushing heedlessly to the rocky shores of Ireland, Amber was stunned to find her rescue mission derailed by a gorgeous, but deeply flawed Irishman... The tumultuous sea, the intertwined fates of the coastal villagers, and unearthly tales of a hidden selkie prince bring Kevin and Amber together in a connection of mind, body, and soul that neither can deny... Praise for The Wild Sight: "A fascinating tale that kept me spellbound." Sandy Blair, author of A Highlander for Christmas "A magical tale of romance and intrigue. I couldn't put it down! Loucinda McGary is a talent to watch." Pamela Palmer, author of Desire Untamed "A richly drawn love story and riveting romantic suspense." Karin Tabke, author of Master of Craving "Bursting with passion." Darque Reviews