Consumption stalks Elizabeth James. At least that’s what the doctors from Harley street, the best available in Britain if not the world, say it is. One drop of blood at a time. Her only hope is the clean air, good food, and care of her uncle, Dr Standfast. Life on Barnecourt farm, high on a down in Dartmoor, may be her last chance. A chance that strange, almost human, men threaten. Especially when they scratch at her window in the depths of the night. Strange animals, a dog that walks upright and understands English, stalk the brush. Almost as disturbing, a visitor, a young man, almost literally drops from the sky into her life.
This book is in the same universe as Cynthia the Invincible.
Coarse mouthed, hard drinking and bound only by the laws of physics, the space pirate, Cynthia the Invincible is on the run with from the alien Cataxi. Stranded in Earth's dim prehistory when a lucky shot on her ship destroys the jump unit, she has to learn to deal with a whole new world. Marooned in 1810 and forced to hide while the ship tries to repair itself, she needs to rely on her wits. Since she enjoys playing the computer game "Jane Austen World" she hides in Regency England.
She finds that real life in the Regency is different from the game. Especially when it comes to love.
This freebie is the first two chapters of the book.
A short story twisting the tale or tail of the princess and the dragon. Sent to subdue the last dragon, a very civilized one who served her dinner rather than ate her as dinner, the princes utterly fails. Indeed, when she returns to the wizard who sent her, she finds she misses the dragon. For a liar, and as everyone knows, all dragons are liars, he was good company, far better than the Wizard Bloom. So she seeks the Dragon Master, to get the dragon’s tears she needs for a spell. A spell to become a dragon herself.
Buried, forgotten, something is stirring, awakening the old gods, restarting the old feuds.
Gods, Aliens, or merely Human? A rip in time and space awakens something forgotten and buried. Something best left alone. Left buried in the block of Roman concrete from the works on the new underground line. Consulting archaeologist Roland Stevens, called to examine, finds it the least of his troubles. Pulled into a tangled web of deception by a mysterious young woman, can he solve the mystery in time?
An Eorl of the Kingdom of Wessex, in desperate love with a woman doomed by the “coughing sickness”, Cynric grasps at the straw a visitor from the stars offers him. Use his prowess with a sword to recover a precious red gem and his love will be cured. He no sooner boards the strange ship than things begin to unravel for him. Instead of an honorable quest, the alien is a criminal, a pirate. Interstellar travel takes longer than he could have imagined. True to his oath to return for his Bridget, he returns home, only to find things have changed in the mean time. Steorrum is Old English for 'to the stars.' This is a short work of about 13000 words.
Recruited by her shadowy Uncle, trained as a spy, Alice Green truly falls down the rabbit hole in this historical romance set just before the battle of Trafalgar. Napoleon’s murderous hordes wait, only twenty miles across the channel. French spies, untrustworthy English merchants, and jobbing traitors prepare their way. Warned to trust no one, not even her uncle, she finds that there is one man she must, indeed, can trust and love.
Black-faced so she could spy on those despicable Yankee hirelings on the march from Atlanta, Mary finds her bravery put to the test when a cavalry detachment rides into her farm. Unfortunately for her, the union captain senses something’s wrong in this short story set in Covington at the start of General Sherman’s march to the sea.