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The next installment of the Sixteen Seasons series is out. Want to know more about Roger Barrett and Claire Montegue? For the Lenten holiday, V.R. Christensen offers this hauntingly beautiful short story.
by V.R. Christensen
Is Roger Barret truly ready to marry Claire Montegue? Perhaps not. It seems his past has come to haunt him. But when death comes to call, will it prove to to make up for his past mistakes?
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The Scattered Proud
by Gev Sweeney
Is obsession just another word for hope?
For young Janet Watters, life is a journey whose path is dictated by others. For Kit DeWaere, the promising, idealistic son of the local rector, life is what you make of it. Janet has always looked to Kit for guidance and comfort, but when the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 sends them fleeing Philadelphia, the lifelong friends are separated.
Reuniting with Kit five years later in revolution-weary Paris, Janet finds they are little more than acquaintances. Married to an émigreé, Kit is now in charge of a houseful of discarded humanity and of a secret mission which threatens to prove deadly. Perhaps Kit, after all, is not the person Janet’s always thought him. To abandon him, though, would be to deny beliefs that have sustained her since childhood and to expose a love she wasn’t supposed to have yet couldn’t resist.
Will the horrors of life and of a revolution gone wrong at last drive Janet from the boy of her dreams to the man of her heart?
Fame and Infamy
by Iva Polansky
Is it hard to be famous in 1870′s Paris? Ask the sharp-shooting contest winner Miss Nelly McKay, formerly of Butte, Montana. She is already walking the thin line between fame and infamy when she is noticed by Chancellor Bismarck and the German Secret Service. Yet all she ever wanted was to marry a gentleman!
Fame and Infamy is an entertaining blend of comedy, mystery, romance and hard facts. Sarah Bernhardt and Victor Hugo are among the celebrities who share the scene with gritty characters emerging from the bohemian Latin Quarter. Paris, mopping up after the twin calamities of war and. revolution, provides a background for this hearty clash of French and American cultures.
When Aubrey Marchant’s engagement to Eleanor Maydew was announced to his friends, he received mixed blessings.
‘The Maydews are a bohemian lot – not many servants, even before the war.’
‘Keen on brown bread and vegetables – don’t expect too much in the way of creature comforts.’
‘Brave chap, I am sure you’ll find the country air bracing.’
‘And Eleanor comes of good stock, too. Never mind the burst water pipes.’
Aubrey managed to shrug off most of these under a jocular guise. One of his closest friends however, let slip something that would come back to him later.
‘I wouldn’t mind the rest of it – only I believe it may be a House of Spirits. Hope you can sleep all right at nights.’
Aubrey laughed at the time.
A crowded house party – with more guests on the way. Despite instructions to the contrary, the older part of the house is opened up . . .and something is inadvertently let out, to wreak mild havoc and insanity on the Maydews and their guests. That nasty incident involving Eleanor, followed by unpleasantness over Penny’s dress, and what is it Aubrey can hear, on the outer edge of his dreams?
Hysteria, missed cocktails, and something nasty in the attic.
Snrrip, snrrip. Snip, snap.
Even the rats run away.
A ghost tale, almost not quite long enough to qualify as a novelette, created in celebration of M.R.James’s 150th anniversary.
More info coming soon.
Cry of the Peacock
by V.R. Christensen
is on schedule to be released in spring 2013.
Illustrator B. Lloyd has generously agreed to illustrate this companion piece to Of Moths & Butterflies. We look forward to having it available to readers this autumn. Please check back for further updates.
After the death of her father, Abbie Gray finds herself the recipient of an offer to assume a place within her wealthy landlord’s family. She’s sceptical of the motivation behind such an extraordinary invitation, but having nowhere else to go, she accepts, though reluctantly. While she is being groomed according to the ideals of society and of the eldest son, heir to title and fortune, the younger brothers, suspicious of her motives, attempt to expose her as a mercenary and an upstart. But when they discover that her mysterious past is disturbingly connected with their own, they are brought to reconsider. David, the elder of the two, is forced to ask himself some very hard questions about integrity, liberty and honor, and what it means to be worthy of the title “gentleman”.
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