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The Plight of a People by J. W. Barlament

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The Plight of a People: Volume I

by J. W. Barlament

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Here is an epic of countless centuries and bloody conflicts that rage through an ancient world of gods and beasts.

Split into three separate stories, each focusing on one man doing his best to fight through the many plights of the Roesanian people, this debut novel is a literary fantasy epic filled with the tales of three great wars. The veteran commander Solinus fights against a great horde of religious zealots to secure his position in a new land in Part I. In Part II, Emperor Aethon fights to keep both his power and his empire secured from the greedy hands of invaders and opportunists alike. Lastly, in Part III, the young King Eulasus begins a rebellion against a tyrannical regime to secure the freedom of the Roesanians once and for all. All three parts tell their own stories, but each one is deeply intertwined with the others to form one overall novel about the desperate struggle of one people to survive despite a myriad of tragedies being hurled at them.



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Author J. W. Barlament

 

No matter the time period in which they existed, the governments of the world have always been raised by those filled with ambition and taken ahold of by those filled with greed. To display the full extent of this and the relationship between the ruler and the ruled in ancient times, I have written this novel. It serves not only as my contribution of entertainment to the literary world, but also as the first of five books to examine the very nature of the institutions that rule over us all. It is but my view on the greatest and most pervasive of all human problems, and likely the greatest tragedy of our societies’ existence.

(J. W. Barlament, October 2017)

 

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LoveQuest by Pamela Jean Horter-Moore

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LoveQuest is a romantic fantasy

by Pamela Jean Horter-Moore

 

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…a god’s love for a mortal woman….

Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, has blessed the mortal girl Psyche with a lovely face that captivates the admiration of all who seeher. Psyche, however, offends the goddess by thinking more of winning her malicious sisters’ approval than of the gifts the goddess has given her.

Although the oracle of Apollo promised Psyche a marvelous marriage to someone “not human,” Aphrodite resolves to destroy her happiness by asking her son Eros, the god of Love, to punish Psyche with a life of lovelessness.

Aphrodite’s plans go wrong when Eros accidentally wounds himself with his own arrow while attempting to carry out his mother’s will, falling in love with the woman his mother hates.

Knowing that his mother doesn’t approve and torn between the two women he loves most, Eros pursues Psyche by deceiving his mother and concealing his identify from Psyche.

Perplexed by Eros’ invisibility and his passion for her, Psyche is tempted by her jealous sisters to sabotage her romance.

Psyche must choose between betrayal and fidelity and suffer the consequences of her decision, just as Eros must connive to win her love and the approval of his mother. Both of them must be put to the test in order to find their heart’s desire.




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Author Pamela Horter pictureI’ve never really considered myself a romantic, but I’ve poured all my most romantic notions into LoveQuest.

Greek mythology has always intrigued me, and few stories can equal the romance of Eros and Psyche. Here is Eros, the god of Love, the perfect youth and the perfect lover, the divine representation of erotic passion, pursuing the flawed and vacillating mortal Psyche, who cannot live up to his love for her. A hero larger than life, ardent, sensitive, and attentive, Eros represents the summit of what a woman might desire in a mate.

However, Eros is not free. The dutiful son of Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, he is bound by the constraints of his mother’s authority over him. Eros is at the crossroads of manhood, struggling with his obedience to his mother and his desire to seek life on his own terms.

Psyche likewise has her challenges. She has offended Aphrodite by depreciating her gift of beauty and instead seeking mediocrity and the acceptance of her malicious sisters. As a result, she has now become the object of Aphrodite’s wrath. Aphrodite insists that Eros punish Psyche for her sin.
Carrying out his mother’s punishment, Eros accidentally wounds himself with his own arrow and falls in love with Psyche, knowing that his mother hates her and will never consent to the romance.

Not wanting to choose between the two women he loves, Eros decides to deceive both of them with an awkward ruse that allows him to possess Psyche while at the same time duping his mother. Such a ruse can’t last forever; Aphrodite is not easily fooled, and Psyche is so confused by her lover’s secret identity that she yearns for her old life and the familiarity of her sisters’ torment. Neither Eros nor Psyche will find their heart’s desire until they overcome the falsehoods that are obstructing their happiness.

More than a love story, the tale of Eros and Psyche is an allegory of the soul in search of its heart’s desire, and a fable of betrayal and the redeeming power of love.

(Pamela Jean Horter-Moore, October 2017)

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The Du Lac Princess by Mary Anne Yarde

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The Du Lac Princess is the third book of  The Du Lac Chronicles – a Historical fantasy/Young Adult novel by Mary Anne Yarde

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War is coming…

The ink has dried on Amandine’s death warrant. Her crime? She is a du Lac.

All that stands in the way of a grisly death on a pyre is the King of Brittany. However, King Philippe is a fickle friend, and if her death is profitable to him, then she has no doubt that he would light the pyre himself.

Alan, the only man Amandine trusts, has a secret and must make an impossible choice, which could have far-reaching consequences — not only for Amandine, but for the whole of Briton.




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Author Mary Anne YardeAs a child, I adored the legends of King Arthur and his Knights. I grew up near Glastonbury, England, where the story of King Arthur is woven into the very land itself. Many times I have witnessed Glastonbury Tor rise from the Fata Morgana — the mist — and every time I see it I am enthralled. It is so easy to believe the stories of Arthur when set against such a backdrop.

After Arthur’s tragic death the story comes to a sudden halt. No more is heard of Arthur’s famous knights, and all we are left with is a whispered promise, that when Briton is in peril, Arthur and his Knights will ride again.

Let me take you on a journey back to 6th Century Briton and together we can go on an adventure to find those Knights.

The Knights Code of Chivalry, which High King Arthur and Lancelot du Lac wrote, has been thrown on the rubbish heap. It is every man for himself. But amongst the chaos, there is one woman who refuses to bow down to tyrants. Lady Amandine du Lac was mistakenly left behind by her kin during the uprising against King Budic du Lac. Now she faces a life of scorn and ridicule because she so happened to be on the losing side. But Amandine has an inner strength that even she was unaware of. No matter what they do to her, no matter what they say, she will remain loyal to her kin and to the man she loved with her whole heart.

(Mary Anne Yarde, October 2017)

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Other Books in the Same Series

The Du Lac Chronicles

Book 1 – The Du Lac Chronicles

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Novella – The Pitchfork Rebellion

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Book 2 – The Du Lac Devil

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