Sunday, June 23, 2013

Recent Releases - June 23, 2013

Well, I made it to Charlotte and have been busy looking for a new place for us to live.   My husband's apartment was never intended for a "full time wife and all her crap" (i.e. clothes, shoes and book) and it's been a frustrating experience but I think I've finally found a nice house for us to rent.  We can't move into it until the first week of August and since I start my new job on July 1 and it involves a lot of traveling, I"m starting to pack up stuff here.

Since posting has been sporadic ( and will continue to be for a while), today's post includes releases over the last few weeks.

Templar's Acre by Michael Jecks.  UK release June 6, 2013.

The Holy Land, 1291. A war has been raging across these lands for decades. The forces of the Crusaders have been pushed back again and again by the Muslims and now just one city remains in Crusader control. That one city stands between the past and the future. One city which must be defended at all costs. That city is Acre. And into this battle where men will fight to the death to defend their city comes a young boy. Green and scared, he has never seen battle before. But he is on the run from a dark past and he has no choice but to stay. And to stay means to fight. That boy is Baldwin de Furnshill. This is the story of the siege of Acre, and of the moment Baldwin first charged into battle. This is just the beginning. The rest is history.

Claudia:  Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor.  US release June 15, 2013 (will be released in the UK in July 2013).

Claudia's life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift--until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

Readers will be whisked through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as they follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts. Diana Wallis Taylor combines her impeccable research with her flair for drama and romance to craft a tale worthy of legend.

Sons of Zeus by Noble Smith.  US and UK release June 11, 2013.

In 431 B.C., Ancient Greece experienced its own “Pearl Harbor”—a treacherous sneak attack that would mark the start of the bloody war between the democracy of Athens and the tyranny of Sparta. Caught between these superpowers, the independent city-state of Plataea became the arena where their battle for control of all of Greece would begin.

In Plataea, the young Greek warrior Nikias dreams of glory in the Olympic games as he trains for the pankration—the no-holds-barred ultimate fighting of the era—until an act of violence in defense of his beloved threatens to send him into exile. But before his trial can take place, a traitor opens the city gates to a surprise attack force.

Suddenly trapped inside their own fortress, the Plataeans are fighting for their lives. As Nikias seeks to discover the identity of the man who betrayed the city, he makes a daring escape, gathers an army, and leads this ragtag band into a suicidal battle at the gates of the citadel—a battle that will decide the fates of his family, his friends, and the woman he loves.

In the vein of Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and Steven Pressfield, Sons of Zeus marks the beginning of a richly detailed new action-adventure series.

Tarnish by Katherine Longshore.  Young Adult.  US and UK release June 18, 2013.

Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court—and to convince the whole court they’re lovers—she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice—but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.

The Sword and the Throne by Henry Venmore Rowland.  UK release June 20, 2013.

AD 69. Aulus Caecina Severus has thrown in his lot with the hedonistic Vitellius and prepares his legions for a gruelling march over the Alps.

Driven by the desire to repay the treachery of his former patron, the Emperor Galba, and to keep his rival Valens in check, Severus leads his army against barbarian rebellions and against the mountains themselves in his race to reach Italy first. With the vast Po valley almost in sight, news reaches the army that Galba has been killed in a coup, and that Otho has been declared Emperor by the Praetorians who he had bribed to murder their own emperor.

But there is no turning back for Severus, even if he wanted to. The Rhine legions want their man on the throne, and they won't stop until they reach Rome itself. Even once Otho is defeated, the battle for supremacy between Severus and Valens is far from over. The politics of the court and the mob is the new battleground, and Severus needs the help of his wife Salonina and his freedman Totavalas in this constant game of thrones. When stories spread of a new power in the east, Severus has to decide where his real loyalty lies: to his Emperor, to his city or to himself?

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick.  UK release June 20, 2013 (will be released in the US in 2014).

Eleanor of Aquitaine's story deserves to be legendary. She is an icon who has fascinated readers for over 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive - until now. Based on the most up-to-date research, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Chadwick brings Eleanor's magnificent story to life, as never before, unveiling the real Eleanor.

Young, golden-haired and blue-eyed Eleanor has everything to look forward to as the heiress to wealthy Aquitaine. But when her beloved father dies suddenly in the summer of 1137, her childhood is over. Forced to marry the young prince Louis of France, she barely adjusts before another death catapults them to being crowned King and Queen of France. Leaving everything behind, Eleanor must face the complex and vivacious French court. She is only 13.

Barely out of childhood, and forced to deal with great scandals, fraught relationships and forbidden love at every turn, Eleanor finally sees what her future could hold if she could just seize the moment.

Overflowing with scandal, politics, sex, triumphs and tragedies, The Summer Queen is the first novel in a stunning new trilogy.

The Killing of Richard III by Robert Farrington.  UK reissue June 20, 2013.

Kidnap, murder, slander and a legend unearthed.

1483: King Edward IV dies, leaving two innocent young princes in line to the throne. But when scandal and conspiracy explodes around their claim, Richard of Gloucester is proclaimed king. Shortly after, the princes vanish, and storm clouds begin to gather around the newly crowned King Richard III.

Fighter, philanderer and royal spy Henry Morane is tasked with investigating the princes' disappearance, the attempted kidnap of the exiled Lancastrian leader Henry Tudor and the hunting out of traitors amid Richard's supporters.

And at the bloody battle of Bosworth Field, King Richard and Henry Morane will face a fatal trial that will dictate the path of history.

With the mystery of C.J. Sansom and the epic adventure of Bernard Cornwell, Robert Farrington's thrilling novel brings to life King Richard III as we now know him,

Prince of Legend by Jack Ludlow.  UK release June 24, 2013 (will be released in the US in August 2013).


 Thanks to the stratagems of Bohemund de Hauteville, leader of the Apulian Normans, the Crusade has taken the city of Antioch, and just in time. Once the besiegers, Bohemund and his men are about to become the besieged - a huge Turkish-led army, commanded by the fearsome General Kerbogha, is fast approaching. Provisions are needed to support not only the army, but also thousands of camp followers and pilgrims. But the surrounding countryside is near barren and the storerooms of Antioch much depleted. It soon becomes obvious that the Crusaders cannot hold out for long without falling prey to starvation. And for Bohemund and his nephew Tancred there is another difficulty: the dissent between the Crusade leaders has broken out into the open, with the wealthy Provencal magnate Raymond of Toulouse stirring up conflict. If the Christian host is fighting on two fronts, so is Bohemund himself. With the enemy Turks at his front and his warring peers at his back, can he gain the might city of Antioch once and for all? Only one of the greatest battles of the age will decide.

Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson.  US and UK reissue June 25, 2013.

National bestselling author Jennifer Roberson brought the legend of Robin Hood and Maid Marian to life in Lady of the Forest -- a story so beautifully told that it lives on in our imaginations. Roberson, renowned in the fantasy world for two successful and award-winning series, has a devoted following who recognize her storytelling talents, whether she's writing a tale of fantasy or historical fiction. And now, Roberson masterfully continues one of the most cherished love stories of all time -- like Lady of the Forest, told from Marian's perspective. In "Lady Of Sherwood", Robin Hood and Marian are caught up in the intrigue of kings, and face a betrayal that will test their faith in each other...and the power of their love.Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected earl, had long battled the tyranny of Prince John -- a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John's hands, and Robert has no choice but to fight as an Robin Hood.

Lady Marian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Florst. There, amid the wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior, as Robin's partner in crime, in danger...and in love.


Kimberlee said...

Are you in Charlotte, NC? If so I live there too!!


Tracey said...

Is anyone else tired of trilogies? Whatever happened to nice hefty books full of pages that make a satisfying dent in a person's lap? Trilogies don't work for me. So often by the time the second novel is released, I'm onto something else. Give me a totally complete story in one volume...please!!

"Lady of Sherwood"...just finished my tattered copy. Excellent work :)

Daphne said...

Kimberlee - now I do! Maybe once I we get moved and settled in our new place (and in my new job) we can meet for lunch or something.

Tracey - I know what you mean - I always hate having to wait for "the rest of the story". Maybe it's partially due to people complaining about big books. And probably about sales too. Glad to hear Roberson's books are good - might need to check them out!

cynthiarobertson said...

These all look yummy, Daphne. :)