Jasper by Tony Riches

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Jasper is the second book of

The Tudor Trilogy  by Tony Riches.

 

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England, 1461: The young King Edward of York has taken the country by force from King Henry VI of Lancaster. Sir Jasper Tudor, Earl of Pembroke, flees the massacre of his Welsh army at the Battle of Mortimer’s Cross and plans a rebellion to return his half-brother King Henry to the throne.

When King Henry is imprisoned by Edward in the Tower of London and murdered, Jasper escapes to Brittany with his young nephew, Henry Tudor. Then after the sudden death of King Edward and the mysterious disappearance of his sons, a new king, Edward’s brother Richard III takes the English throne. With nothing but his wits and charm, Jasper sees his chance to make young Henry Tudor king with a daring and reckless invasion of England.

Set in the often brutal world of 15th century England, Wales, Scotland, France, Burgundy and Brittany, during the Wars of the Roses, this fast-paced story is one of courage and adventure, love and belief in the destiny of the Tudors.




A Word from the Author

Author Tony Riches PictureWithout the bravery and determination of Jasper Tudor the Tudor dynasty would never have gained the English throne. I live close to the Welsh seaside town of Tenby and have been explored the ancient tunnel he used to help his nephew Henry Tudor reach a ship in the harbour and escape to Brittany. I’ve also visited the castles where they spent their long exile, and stood on the pebble beach at Mill Bay where they returned to claim the crown. Spanning from the aftermath of the disastrous Battle of Mortimer’s Cross to victory at the Battle of Bosworth. Jasper’s story is based on true events and many years of research. It deserves to be told.

JASPER is exclusive to Amazon KDP Select and is available in eBook, paperback and audiobook editions.

(Tony Riches, October 2017)

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Other Books in the Same Series

The Tudor Trilogy

Book 1 – Owen

Book 3 – Henry

Owen - Book One of the Tudor Trilogy  Henry Book Three of The Tudor Trilogy

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Fighting the Silent by Bruno Martins Soares

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Fighting the Silent

When you see them… it’s too late

The Dark Sea War Chronicles Volume 1

by Bruno Martins Soares

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In a distant solar system, a war breaks between the Webbur Union, its ally the Kingdom of Torrance, and their rival, the Axx Republic. Byllard Iddo is a young man who accidently killed his father in a martial arts training session. He left to join the Space Navy.
Now a lieutenant in the powerful Webbur Navy, Byl will serve in different ships and face danger as the war grows in violence. Refusing to disappoint his new family, the Navy, he embarks in a desperate mission to diminish a ruthless threat: the invisible Silent Boats that prey on the convoys that cross the void Dark Sea space between Webbur and Torrance.

He is sure of only one thing: many will die in the battles ahead and he will do whatever it takes to bring the war closer to an end. As he walks this path, through tales of love, pain and sacrifice, he becomes the youngest and most decorated Captain in Webbur Space Navy’s history.

Award-winning author Bruno Martins Soares comes back with a new scifi novel that will bring you to a dark hard world at war. What if WWII’s Battle of the Atlantic happened in Space, thousands of light-years from Earth?



A Word from the Author

Author Bruno Martins Soares pictureMy name is Bruno Martins Soares. I started writing fiction when I was 12 years old, in particular, Scifi/Fantasy. My first story (which lasted for three whole chapters) was about me and my brother’s adventures in the 19th century’s Far West. More than 30 years later, I’m still in love with these kinds of stories – worldbuilding and action/adventure narratives.

My newest work is the trilogy: The Dark Sea War Chronicles, which three volumes will be consecutively published from October to December 2017 and be available at Amazon. This is the story of Byl Iddo, a lieutenant in Webbur’s Space Navy, involved in a space war in a solar system in a far galaxy. Iddo killed his father in a martial arts training accident and fled to join the Navy. As the war starts, he will be propelled into different parts of the conflict, eventually becoming one of the youngest and most decorated Captains in Webbur’s history.
My readers are used to many different references in my work. In Alex 9, you would find action adventure, Space battles, espionage, fantasy-like medieval worlds, cavalry charges, Japanese martial arts, prophecies, religious fanaticism and political intrigues, with all kinds of specific references, from the Roman Legions to Bruce Lee. The Dark Sea War Chronicles are no exception: they are inspired by several different events and themes. I’d like to mention three major references that prompted me to write it.

First, the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII. I love the theme of WWII and I’ve been fascinated with that event since my childhood, as horrifying as it was. And the Battle of the Atlantic is particularly fascinating as it became a battle between two sides who were constantly innovating technology and tactics to outsmart each other. At one point, the United Kingdom would have collapsed if the Germans had been able to maintain the level of success of their U-Boats over Supply Convoys for another 6 months. Also, the Allies had a major weakness, which was the vulnerability of the convoys when they were passing through the Atlantic Gap, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where no escort plane had the range to reach. That Gap became the inspiration for the Dark Sea, an empty extension of Space between the Eeron and the Mirox asteroid belts in Byl Iddo’s solar system.

Second, Navy-fiction. I very much enjoy the stories about Alexander Kent’s Bolitho or C.S. Forster’s Hornblower aboard the vessels of the British Navy in the Napoleonic Era. Those line battles and daring missions are the main model for most of Byl Iddo’s narrative.
Third, big Battleship Battles. I love the kind of Scifi where you see big Spaceships battle each other, as in Star Wars, Star Trek, Battleship Gallactica, Battleship Yamato, etc.

You can also find espionage and martial arts and other influences throughout the story.
Yet, as in all my stories, the main driver is the character dynamic. I like to write characters that are human, with which we can identify with, with problems and faults and traits we can relate to. Byl Iddo will not have an easy life and a time of war is a hard time to live indeed. He will have to strive over many terrifying dangers and only his ingenuity and leadership skills will help him become the man he was born to be.

I hope you enjoy the book and please let me know what you think!

Thank you very much!

(Bruno Soares, October 2017)

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Where Bluebirds Gather by Sandra White

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Where Bluebirds Gather

by Sandra White

 

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“It gave years of vacuous nothingness, and those who loved them and cared for them, years of stress, fear, and feelings of helplessness.” These are the words a physician uses to describe Alzheimer’s Disease in my novel, Where Bluebirds Gather. This story portrays the life of Gladys Ames as she navigates her 87-year-long journey through life-years of joy and grief, victories and defeats, admirable gains and heartbreaking losses. The story follows her life as an inspirational journalist and a memorable writer. Throughout the book, the specter of Alzheimer’s appears-first afflicting Gladdie’s grandmother, then her dearest friend, and finally, Gladdie herself.




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Author Sandra White PictureA lifetime is a complex journey. As I enter what is often termed the “twilight of life,” I think of the ups and downs of my journey over the years. This mental reminiscing inspired me to write my novel, “Where Bluebirds Gather.”
Although the book is fiction, various events in the life and career of the protagonist, Gladys (Gladdie) Ames, mirror some of my own life experiences. For example, I set the early years of the book in my hometown, although with a fictitious name, I was a journalist at one time, I met my husband the way Gladdie did in the book, and my husband and I really did get lost in Paris.
One of the major threads throughout the book, Alzheimer’s Disease, is not based on my life. Rather, it is the composite of stories from others I know or I have read about in my research of Alzheimer’s, which as stated by a physician in the story in describing this dreadful and feared disease, “It gave years of vacuous nothingness.”

(Sandra White, October 2017)

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