FICTION / Historical

The Lucky Hat Mine

What's a Southern belle to do in 1863? Wife-wanted ads are always risky business, but Millie Virginia never imagined she'd survive the perilous trip across the Great Plains to find her intended husband in a pine box. Was he killed in an accident? Or murdered for his gold mine? Stuck in the mining town of Idaho Springs, Colorado territory, without friends or means, Millie is beleaguered by undesirable suitors and threatened by an unknown assailant. Her troubles escalate when the brother of her dead fiancé, Dominic Drouillard, unexpectedly turns up.

Dom is an ill-mannered mountain man who invades Millie's log cabin, insists that his brother was murdered, and refuses to leave until he finds the killer. Compelled to join forces with her erstwhile brother-in-law, Millie discovers the search for Colorado gold is perilous, especially with a murderer on their trail.

The Lucky Hat Mine interlaces the tale of a feisty heroine with frontier legend and lore making for an engaging historical mystery.

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Fettigrew Hall - The Biography of a House

After the devastating death of her husband, Megan Redford returns to England, where she was raised. In London she meets Andrew, who tells her she looks just like his long lost girlfriend Meghan. As she travels, she finds and explores a deserted Tudor mansion and she becomes unaccountably obsessed with it. She arranges to purchase and restore the house and learns the locals think the house is haunted. Megan meets Andrew’s brother, Gray, a retired butler and man of all trades, who begins to help her with restoration. As cleaning and repair begin on the house Megan has several occasions where the door on a back bedroom cannot be opened. While cleaning that room she discovers a hidden passage containing the skeleton of the first Meghan. No one knows how she got there. A book is found written by a former owner of the house, which tells of the house’s history and some of the people who lived there over the centuries. The house starts to come alive with ghosts and hauntings. This book is the contemporary story but future books will tell of the people who lived there through the centuries, the ghosts and why they are there, secret hiding places, treasures found and more murder.

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Divine Vengeance

The distance from honor to vengeance is just one heartbeat. Johan seeks glory. Raimon seeks faith. Both find love in Guilelma’s arms, but only death and depravity in Simon de Montfort’s wake. When they join forces, it is for a common goal: to exact retribution for Montfort’s brutality. Set in southern France in the early 1200s, Divine Vengeance follows the Holy Crusade against the Cathars, a sect whose beliefs did not align with Rome, as viewed through the eyes of a soldier and a monk. But this rich history is only the backdrop for a story of two men who unknowingly love the same woman and yet become comrades against a common enemy: Simon de Montfort, the Church’s sadistic crusader. Praise for Divine Vengeance: Chanticleer Writing Competition (2013): 1st Place for Medieval/Dark Ages. About the author: D.W. Koons has traveled the world, having lived extended periods in Hong Kong, England, China and Spain. He currently resides in Colorado, working as an analyst in local government, writing novels and painting medieval illuminations. D.W. is a retired Colorado State Champion sabre fencer who now expends his energy cycling, kayaking and hiking.

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The Dutchman: An Assassin's Story

Jake Koenig is not the person he seems to be. For the past eleven years he appeared to be an easy going retired machinist living with his beautiful wife Suzanne in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In fact, he is the Dutchman, a retired killer for hire, and just possibly the world's deadliest assassin in modern history. As his past begins to catch up to the Dutchman, he confides his past to the son of his neighbor, Pat Montoya. Pat lived next door to Jake for years before he became a reporter for the local newspaper.

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A Domesday Tale

November 1086--The borders of England and Normandy are strangled in the throes of constant war, the family of William the Conqueror is splintered by treachery, and brothers poisoned by avarice vie for power. Trapped within the turbulent clan, Simon, a bastard, and Maura, a ward, are forced to wage a desperate and endless battle for survival, peace, and the freedom to love.

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