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The Final Sacrament by James Forrester

The Final Sacrament

  • Title: The Final Sacrament
  • Author: James Forrester
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402272723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402272721


The Final Sacrament presents the gripping conclusion to this Elizabethan adventure, where religious tensions, political intrigue, and personal vendettas collide.

1566. William Harley, Clarenceux King of Arms, has risked his life to protect a secret document, which could endanger Queen Elizabeth’s place on the throne and plunge the country into civil war. But when his family goes missing, Clarenceux is put to the final test.

Will he abandon queen and country to save the ones he loves, or sacrifice everything for the good of the nation?

Filled with Mortimer’s signature historical detail and vivid characters, The Final Sacrament delivers a dramatic close to the Clarenceux saga that highlights the adventure and spiritual struggles of Elizabethan England. Read more

The Roots of Betrayal by James Forrester

Roots of Betrayal


1564, and Clarenceux has been entrusted to protect a dangerous document, containing a secret so powerful that it could challenge Queen Elizabeth’s legitimacy on the throne.

When the document goes missing, Clarenceux suspects an underground society known as the Knights of the Round Table. With England on the verge of a bloody conflict, Clarenceux’s determination to protect the Queen (and his own life) takes him from the dungeons in the Tower of London to the high seas (with a roguish captain inspired by the real Elizabethan adventurer Peter Carew).

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Book Review: The Kings Damsel by Kate Emerson

Title: The King’s Damsel
Author: Kate Emerson
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (August 7, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1451661495
ISBN-13: 978-1451661491


The King’s Damsel is the story of Thomasine Lodge, maid of honor to Princess Mary Tudor, sent to the court of Mary’s father, Henry VIII, to spy on Henry’s new wife, the beautiful and deadly Anne Boleyn.

Handmaid. Spy. Mistress. Anxious to secure his own success at the glittering court of Henry VIII, heiress Tamsin Lodge’s ambitious guardian obtains her a position as maid of honor to young Princess Mary Tudor. Tamsin soon comes to love the neglected child, but in the Tudor court, not even a princess is secure. Mary’s father is besotted with the lovely Anne Boleyn, and the girl’s future has grown perilous. Plotting to be Mary’s eyes and ears, Tamsin joins Anne’s service, but the handsome silk worker who is her co-conspirator may be her undoing. While marriage with a merchant is unthinkable, she cannot resist Rafe Pinckney’s embraces. When Tamsin also attracts the lusty Henry, she must choose between loyalty and desire. . . . With Anne’s jealousy growing dangerous, can Tamsin survive the schemes and seductions that surround her?

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Before Versailles by Karleen Koen

  • Title: Before Versailles
  • Author: Karleen Koen
  • Paperback:400 pages
  • Publisher:Sourcebooks Landmark (September 1, 2012)
  • Language:English
  • ISBN-10:1402275900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402275906


Before Versailles focuses on four intense months of King Louis XIV’s young life.  It’s the summer of 1661, and after the death of his prime minister, twenty-two-year-old Louis steps into governing France. He’s still a young man, and in a way quite inexperienced and shy, but also very determined, intelligent and headstrong.  He’s used to having anything and everything his heart desires—land, women—including his brother’s wife.

As the love affair between the two burns, it sets the kingdom on the road toward unmistakable scandal and conflict with the Vatican. He must face what he is willing to sacrifice for love. At the same time, there are other problems lurking outside the château of Fontainebleau: a boy in an iron mask has been seen in the woods, and the king’s finance minister, Nicolas Fouquet, has proven to be more powerful than Louis ever thought—a man who could make a great ally or become a dangerous foe.

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FREE e-book from Amazon – The Marriage Price

FREE today and tomorrow! You can download this short story from Amazon today and tomorrow for free!

If you have been following The Taker series by Alma Katsu, you will enjoy this short snippet on one of the minor characters, Evangeline. She is the child bride of Jonathan and the story is written from her point of view. It’s an interesting look from this point of view, but I’m still whining about how short this short story is. I really wanted to read some more about what it is like to be the legal wife and yet not be the object of affection.

Go download it and see what you think. I think it’s kind of fun making up different scenarios from Evangeline’s POV.

Book Review: The Taker by Alma Katsu

  • Title: The Taker (Book One of The Taker Trilogy)
  • Author: Alma Katsu
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (March 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197066

ABOUT THE BOOK (description from Amazon)

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price.

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police—Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect—and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for eternity.

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