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Guardian Angel by Dr Bob Rich

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Guardian Angel

by Dr Bob Rich

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1850, a small town in Australia: Glindi, an Aboriginal woman, gives birth to a daughter, the result of a rape by a white man. She names her Maraglindi, meaning “Glindi’s sorrow,” but the girl is a joy to all those around her. She has the gift of love.
During her short life, she encounters everything intolerant, cruel Victorian society can throw at people it considers to be animals. She surmounts the savagery of the white invader by conquering hate with love. Even beyond death, she spreads compassion, then she returns a second time, with an ending that will touch your heart.
Maraglindi: child of the land, fruit of an evil deed, and instrument of love.




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I’ve always had a strong hate of bullying, discrimination, prejudice. For many years, I worked as a counselor at an (Australian) Aboriginal health service, and got to love these people. Soon, they accepted me, with all the young people calling me “Uncle Bob.”
Perhaps as a result, Maraglindi, a young girl, introduced herself to me. Only, she was born in 1850, and died in 1864. I faithfully recorded her life, which I found inspirational. This person has been my teacher, many a time.
In the Victorian years, white people looked on Aborigines as animals, and treated them worse than they treated animals. Maraglindi’s reaction was to repay hate and disdain with unconditional love.
At one stage, she caught the flu, and coming from a people with no defense against the introduced disease, she died, then returned to life. When she told me of this episode, I found out her true nature. She was an apprentice guardian angel, here on earth to guide us. Only, she’d never been a human, so needed to learn about us by living a series of lives. Maraglindi was the first.
She died in horrific circumstances, then turned tables on her murderer, leading him toward the Light.
I submitted the manuscript to a publisher I respect, but she turned it down, because the ending was so terrible. I agreed with her, and put the book away for some years.
Then I needed a break from other writing, and had another look. I continued the story by tracing the lives of people she’d influenced for the better, until her second birth. This is of course the lead-in to a follow-up, which will be titled “The Protector.”
Part of the fun of writing this book was the research, finding out about the place and time. I insist on getting things RIGHT, so if you like historical writing, you’ll enjoy having me take you there.
But, actually, Maraglindi’s story is very relevant to our own troubled times, with hate, exploitation, discrimination and disdain once more spreading like plagues.

(Dr. Bob Rich, January 2018)

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The Quest for the Crown of Thorns by Cynthia Ripley Miller

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The Quest for the Crown of Thorns

The Long-Hair Saga Book 2

by Cynthia Ripley Miller.

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AD 454. Three years after the Roman victory over Attila the Hun at Catalaunum, Arria Felix and Garic the Frank are married and enjoying life on Garic’s farm in northern Gaul (France). Their happy life is interrupted, when a cryptic message arrives from Rome, calling Arria home to her father, the esteemed Senator Felix. At Arria’s insistence, but against Garic’s better judgment, they leave at once.

Upon their arrival at Villa Solis, they are confronted with a brutal murder and the dangerous mission that awaits them. The fate of a profound and sacred object–Christ’s Crown of Thorns–rests in their hands. They must carry the holy relic to the safety of Constantinople, away from a corrupt emperor and old enemies determined to steal it for their own gain.

But an even greater force arises to derail their quest–a secret cult willing to commit any atrocity to capture the Crown of Thorns. And all the while, the gruesome murder and the conspiracy behind it haunt Arria’s thoughts.

Arria and Garic’s marital bonds are tested but forged as they partner together to fulfill one of history’s most challenging missions, The Quest for the Crown of Thorns.




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Author Cynthia Ripley Miller pictureThe Quest for the Crown of Thorns is the second book in my Long-Hair Saga. It seemed only natural that a couple who had survived battle, prejudice, and dangerous politics would bond together, especially because they are in love and for Garic, my story’s hero, it was love at first sight when he saw Arria, the heroine. I love adventure, romance mixed with a pinch of spice, mystery and suspense. In this second quest, they must team together to accomplish a mission, solve a murder, and fight against an evil that would destroy their happiness.

In AD 451, Arria Felix, a Roman senator’s daughter and secret courier for the emperor Valentinian, helped Rome defeat Attila the Hun at Catalaunum. Now three years later, in the aftermath of this bloody battle, she has married her once forbidden love, Garic the Frank, and lives with him on his farm, Wild Honey, in the rolling hills of northern Gaul (France).

When an unexpected and urgent letter from her father begs she return to the family home in Tuscia (Tuscany), she and Garic arrive at Villa Solis only to discover that a horrific murder, a cryptic note, and a mission of profound magnitude awaits them.

Thrown into a world of lies, revenge, and a vengeful cult, Arria and Garic vow at all costs to find the killer and deliver Christ’s Crown of Thorns to the Great Church in Constantinople.

(Cynthia Ripley Miller, December 2017)

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On the Edge of Sunrise

The Long-Hair Saga Book 1

by Cynthia Ripley Miller.

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When love commands, destiny must obey. Against an epic background and torn between duty and passion, Arria Felix, a Roman senator’s daughter, must choose between Rome’s decadent world and her forbidden
love—Garic, a Frank barbarian noble.

The year is AD 450. The Roman Empire wanes as the Medieval Age awakens. Attila the Hun and his horde conquer their way across Europe into Gaul. Caught between Rome’s tottering empire and Attila’s threat are the Frankish tribes and their ‘Long-Hair’ chiefs, northern pagans in a Roman Christian world, and a people history will call the Merovingians. A young widow, Arria longs for a purpose and a challenge. She is as well versed in politics and diplomacy as any man … but with special skills of her own.

The Emperor Valentinian, determined to gain allies to help stop the Huns, sends a remarkable envoy, a woman, to the Assembly of Warriors in Gaul. Arria will persuade the Franks to stand with Rome against Attila.

When barbarian raiders abduct Arria, the Frank blue-eyed warrior, Garic, rescues her. Alarmed by the instant and passionate attraction she feels, Arria is torn between duty and desire. Her arranged betrothal to the ambitious tribune, Drusus, her secret enlistment by Valentinian as a courier to Attila the Hun, and a mysterious riddle—threaten their love and propel them into adventure, intrigue, and Attila’s camp. Rebels in a falling empire, Arria and Garic must find the strength to defy tradition and possess the love prophesied as their destiny.




A Word from the Author

Author Cynthia Ripley Miller pictureMy connection to the past began with childhood visits to my ancestral home of Tuscany in Italy, but I never thought that my travels as a girl would one day lead me back in time to fifth century Rome and Frank barbarian France.

On the Edge of Sunrise tells an epic story of love in this fascinating, ancient world.

I became intrigued with late ancient Rome and the barbarian groups while teaching history. I discovered that fifth century Rome and France was an era of violent change, rich in drama, and ripe for storytelling. What a perfect setting for conflict, classic themes and an adventurous plot that stemmed from my roots. As a child, I heard stories from my family that pointed to a lineage that traced back into Italian history.

Like my heroine, Arria, seeking her own destiny after the death of her young soldier husband, a sense of purpose, love of history and interest in my roots propelled my writing in this historical and romantic direction, which I cannot fully explain but trusted and followed. Writing the Long-Hair Saga series has been an amazing journey and dream come true.

(Cynthia Ripley Miller, December 2017)

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