Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Like Historical Fiction? Looking For Some Christmas Reading?

The covers featured here are from the authors on the Historical Fiction Excerpts Blog.
Happy Christmas! Happy Reading!
From the authors of the Historical Fiction Excerpts Blog.

If you enjoy reading historical fiction and you are looking for some Christmas reading, take a look in the comments section of this blog post.

Historical authors - please feel free to post in the comments section of this blog post. Please add the following - title, author and brief blurb of any historical fiction, plus a single buy link, such as your web page. If any of your titles are under offers, please say so.


Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great selection of books! Mine is Dangerous Deceit by Romy Gemmell (Regency intrigue) - available from Amazon and Champagne Books.

Peter Alan Orchard said...

Plenty of good stuff here to keep us occupied over Christmas. My own latest is 'The Painter of Lemnos' - all the details are on my own blog, Merry Christmas!

Lindsay Townsend said...

Happy Christmas to everyone!
Here are details of my forthcoming Yuletime medieval historical romance, THE SNOW BRIDE.
Warm up your winter: 'The Snow Bride'
She is Beauty, but is he the Beast?

Elfrida, spirited, caring and beautiful, is also alone. She is the witch of the woods and no man dares to ask for her hand in marriage until a beast comes stalking brides and steals away her sister. Desperate, the lovely Elfrida offers herself as a sacrifice, as bridal bait, and she is seized by a man with fearful scars. Is he the beast?

In the depths of a frozen midwinter, in the heart of the woodland, Sir Magnus, battle-hardened knight of the Crusades, searches ceaselessly for three missing brides, pitting his wits and weapons against a nameless stalker of the snowy forest. Disfigured and hideously scarred, Magnus has finished with love, he thinks, until he rescues a fourth 'bride', the beautiful, red-haired Elfrida, whose innocent touch ignites in him a fierce passion that satisfies his deepest yearnings and darkest desires.

Coming Dec 27th from Bookstrand Publishing 2011
15% discount until January 3! Pre-order at the Bookstrand site.

To see more,read Chapter One and learn about my A CHRISTMAS SLEEPING BEAUTY, please visit my blog:

Jenny Twist said...

Hi Lindsay
Mine is Domingo's Angel - available from Melange Books:

Christina said...

Happy Christmas from me too!

Here are the details of my latest novel: Highland Storms (ISBN: 978-1-906931-71-1)
Author: Christina Courtenay
Era: Set in 1754 in the Scottish Highlands (eight years after the Jacobite uprising)

Short blurb - Betrayed by his brother and his childhood love, Brice Kinross needs a fresh start, but when he takes over the family estate in the Scottish Highlands, there’s trouble and he finds himself unwelcome. He discovers an ally in Marsaili Buchanan, the beautiful redheaded housekeeper, but can he trust her?

If you like historical romance set in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, and you prefer heroes that are big, blond and gorgeous, with a sense of humour, then this is the book for you! And perhaps an irresistible deerhound can tempt the dog lovers among you?

Available from


Linda Acaster said...

Ooh, lots of goodies for the stocking!

I'm adding two:
"Hostage of the Heart" - a sweet Mediaeval full of intrigue set on the English/Welsh borders in 1066;
"Beneath The Shining Mountains" - a Native American historical exploring the culture of the northern plains and how one woman's dream of love can turn into a nightmare.

If you are still desperately trying to find something for a man in your life, "Torc of Moonlight" has all the right ingredients. History isn't always buried, and it's not always dead.

All my books can be found at

Enjoy the festive season!

Wendy said...

What a prestigious group of authors and books, thanks for the opportunity to add mine.

The Unhewn Stone

about a Swiss boy who goes back to 1307 to prevent the legend of Wilhelm Tell to restore honour to his family name. But being trapped in the medieval world where an evil knight and shape-shifting sibyl want him dead, Stefan finds survival somewhat difficult. hehehe.

Amazon book page with excerpt:

Deborah Macgillivray said...

One Snowy Knight - paperback and e-book (Scottish Medieval)

One Last Hope…Lady Skena MacIain has seen much hardship this year, and she fears worse is to come. For a bloody battle in Dunbar has left her a young widow, and her Scottish fortress without protectors. She wishes she could be as hopeful as her babes, who believe the Cailleach, the Lady of Winter, will send them a miracle in time for Christmas. But life has taught her that things can never be so easy…

One True Love?Until a mysterious warrior is found amid a blinding snowstorm, sick with fever. As Skena nurses the handsome knight back to health, even she begins to believe he might bring salvation to her little keep—and passion to her life, as his body awakens a long sleeping desire within her…a desire her touch stirs in him as well. But his wounds speak of danger, and Skena will soon learn, his past carries a secret that could shake her home—and her heart—to their very core…

Others in the series: A Restless Knight, In Her Bed, Redemption (to be released 1/1/2012

Monya Clayton said...

Thanks for the invitation, Lindsay.

The Pirate And The Puritan (wr/as Mary Clayton) is a sweet (well, with a few warm moments) historical set in colonial America in 1704-5. Unusual characters - the heroine, Mercy, though a strong character, can't speak. The hero, Edmund, is an unwilling pirate and has a heart.

They are drawn to each other but Edmund is an outlaw. And Mercy bears a secret that prevents any hope of happiness ...

Amazon page - 20 reviews -

Or just type the title and author in the Search Box!

A blessed Christmas to you all.

Linda Banche said...

I write Regency comedy, and I have three books listed here, GIFTS GONE ASTRAY, LADY OF THE STARS and MISTLETOE EVERYWHERE. I also have a fourth, PUMPKINNAPPER.

Since it's almost Christmas, here's the blurb for MISTLETOE EVERYWHERE:

A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad--or in love.

Charles sees mistletoe. Not surprising, since he's spending Christmas at Mistletoe Manor. But why does no one else see it? And why does it always appear above Penelope, the despised lady who jilted him after their last meeting?

Penelope wants nothing to do with the faithless Charles, the man who cried off after she accepted his marriage proposal. But he still stirs her heart--and he stares at her all the time. Or rather, he stares at the empty ceiling over her head…What does he see?

According to folklore, mistletoe is the plant of peace. Can Penelope and Charles, so full of hurt and anger, heed the mistletoe's message and make peace?

Available from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other places ebooks are sold.

More info on all my books at

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to some great Christmas reading from this list! My historical romance is 'A Fateful Wind' and links to buy can be found at my website

Stunning Jenna Penworthy's looks are drawing admiration from most men she encounters, not least the ruthless and lascivious Lord Edwin Penrose, whose lust for his wife's favorite maid is becoming more and more ardent. With Jenna and her mining fiance Trystan's livelihood dependent on the Penrose Tin Mines, Lord Edwin knows it is only a matter of time before the voluptuous virgin will be his. That is until his cousin returns to Cornwall from America. The irrestibile and carefree adventurer, Sir Jack Bartholomew, finds himself caught up in protecting the alluring servant who has so captured his heart. But with Jenna, a mere servant girl, betrothed to another man, Jack realizes he is certain to be denied his overwhelming desires. Then destiny takes a turn and a stormy encounter with Lord Edwin seems to seal Jenna's fate. Set amidst the harsh and windswept moorland of 1840's Cornwall, A Fateful Wind tells of hidden secrets, familial destinies and a love that can never be denied.

It's priced at $2.99

Thank you and Merry Christmas!
Suzette Stone

Cathie Dunn said...

Merry Christmas to all! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and a happy, healthy New Year!

My Scottish romantic adventure, Highland Arms, is set in the wake of the Jacobite rebellion of 1715. Highland Arms has received numerous 4* and 5* reviews on various sites.

Betrayed by her brother’s lies, Catriona MacKenzie is banished from her Edinburgh home to her godmother’s remote manor in the Highlands. While her father ponders her fate, Catriona’s insatiable curiosity leads her straight into trouble--and into the arms of a notorious Highlander.

Five years after an ill-fated Jacobite rebellion, Rory Cameron works as a smuggler to raise money for the cause--until Catriona uncovers a plot against him and exposes his activities. Now Rory is faced with a decision that could save their lives or destroy them both.

Highland Arms is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and from The Wild Rose Press.

Discover more about my novels on my website:

Happy Holidays! :-)

Nancy Means Wright said...

Such a lovely Christmas gift to see all these gorgeous book covers, along with my own THE NIGHTMARE (Perseverance Press)--out since Sept '11 in print and ebook. Although it's an historical mystery, it includes a bit of "romance" as well, when my sleuth Mary Wollstonecraft is obsessed with artist Henry Fuseli and tries to move in with him and wife! My other umpteen books are on my website. (
Happy holidays to all! Hope you get a time machine for Cmas! and invite me along. I'll go anywhere! (Nancy)

Eliza Knight said...

Happy Holidays everyone! My historical romance novel, A Lady's Charade, has been a top I-Tunes historical romance for several months.

From across a field of battle, English knight, Alexander, Lord Hardwyck, spots the object of his desire--and his conquest, Scottish traitor Lady Chloe.

Her lies could be her undoing…

Abandoned across the border and disguised for her safety, Chloe realizes the man who besieged her home in Scotland has now become her savior in England. Her life in danger, she vows to keep her identity secret, lest she suffer his wrath, for he wants her dead.

Or love could claim them both and unravel two countries in the process…

Alexander suspects Chloe is not who she says she is and has declared war on the angelic vixen who's laid claim to his heart. A fierce battle of the minds it will be, for once the truth is revealed they will both have to choose between love and duty.

Also, if you love history, visit my historical blog, HISTORY UNDRESSED,


Susan Macatee said...

Happy Christmas, everyone! I have a new American Victorian romance, Cassidy's War, set just after the Civil War, coming out in e-book form in mid January from The Wild Rose Press, but the print version is already available here:

You can also check out my other historical and historical/paranormal romances at my website

Danielle Thorne said...

Happy Holidays! For Regency romance and Caribbean adventure, check out Jane Austen-inspired JOSETTE or the pirating adventure, THE PRIVATEER.
Both are available at!

Diane Craver said...

My Christmas book, A CHRISTMAS GIFT, is historical fiction and here's the blurb:
Justin Reeves is a man who has it all: a good job, a loving wife and children who are the center of his universe. Justin also has a secret he's hidden from everyone his entire life or so he thought. Quite innocently his small daughter, Debby, stumbles upon his secret and is shocked by what she finds. She confronts her father with the awful truth, and together they embark upon a journey which takes her father from the darkness of shame into the light of victory.

Drawing from true events in her own childhood, author Diane Craver captivates the reader from page one to a stunning climax which will touch your heart and impact your life forever in this must-read story of love's triumph over adversity.
The prologue and epilogue are in the present from the adult Debby's POV but the rest takes place in 1957. A CHRISTMAS GIFT sells in paperback and ebook on many online sites. I also have copies if anyone wants me to send an autographed paperback version. For an excerpt, visit my website:
Lots of reviews are listed on the Amazon page -

Thank you, Lindsey and visitors!
Merry Christmas, everyone!

Debra A. Kemp said...

Merry Christmas everyone!

My historical fiction is based on the King Arthur legend and the premise that Arthur had a daughter and brings her story to life.

The House of Pendragon I: The

Despite the collar marking her as a slave of Dunn na Carraice, young Lin is fiercely determined to retain her pride and keep her family intact. That dignity bears a price, for Lin has drawn the wrath of Modred, the youngest prince of Orkney. His single-minded quest to break strong willed Lin--by any means necessary--nearly succeeds. Although Lin is accustomed to the death, disease, rape and famine that runs rampant in the slave hovel she calls home, it is when her beloved brother Dafydd is placed on the auction block that her warrior spirit becomes apparent to all who challenge her, and the shocking secret of her lineage is finally revealed.

Amazon link:


Maggi Andersen said...

Happy Holidays! Great selection of books here. My Georgian romance, The Reluctant Marquess comes out on March 8th on Amazon.
Charity Barlow wished to marry for love. The rakish Lord Robert wishes only to tuck her away in the country once an heir is produced.

A country-bred girl, Charity Barlow suddenly finds herself married to a marquess, an aloof stranger determined to keep his thoughts and feelings to himself. She and Lord Robert have been forced by circumstances to marry, and she feels sure she is not the woman he would have selected given a choice.

The Marquess of St. Malin makes it plain to her that their marriage is merely for the procreation of an heir, and once that is achieved, he intends to continue living the life he enjoyed before he met her.

While he takes up his life in London once more, Charity is left to wander the echoing corridors of St. Malin House, when she isn't thrown into the midst of the mocking Haute Ton.

Charity is not at all sure she likes her new social equals, as they live by their own rules, which seem rather shocking. She's not at all sure she likes her new husband either, except for his striking appearance and the dark desire in his eyes when he looks at her, which sends her pulses racing.

Lord Robert is a rake and does not deserve her love, but neither doe

Jeri Westerson said...

I've got the Crispin Guest Medieval Noir Series, the latest of which is TROUBLED BONES by Jeri Westerson. The retelling of the unfinished Canterbury Tales as it might have happened…
Disgraced knight Crispin Guest gets himself into some serious trouble in London and as a result is forced to accept an assignment far out of town. The archbishop of Canterbury has specifically requested Crispin to investigate a threat against the bones of saint and martyr Thomas Becket, which are housed in a shrine in Canterbury Cathedral. The archbishop has received letters threatening the safety of the artifacts, and he wants Crispin to protect them and uncover whoever is after them. But when he arrives at Canterbury, Crispin is accosted by an old acquaintance from court—one Geoffrey Chaucer—who has arrived with a group of pilgrims. Trapped in Canterbury, looking for a murderer, a hidden heretic, and a solution to the riddle that will allow him to go back home, Crispin Guest finds his considerable wit and intellect taxed to its very limit.

Shauna Roberts said...

Thank you for this chance to learn about historical novels that I have not come across on my own.

My novel is Like Mayflies in a Stream by Shauna Roberts.

Like Mayflies in a Stream tells the story of a priestess who is sent into the wilderness by her king to tame a wild man—and what happened as a result.

The novel retells part of the "Epic of Gilgamesh," but from the point of view of the priestess, who in my book vows to stop Gilgamesh's mistreatment of his citizens. The novel is set in Uruk, the world's first city, at the daw of civilization.

Like Mayflies in a Stream is part of Hadley Rille Book's series of archaeologically correct historical novels. So if you like both the "history" and the "fiction" aspects of historical fiction, this book is for you.

Like Mayflies in a Stream is available as a hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book (various formats). This link will take you to's page for the trade paperback:

Gerrie Ferris Finger said...

Read an excerpt of my novel, WHISPERING, on my blog at

Thanks Lindsey for the invitation to post our historical romances.


Celtic Chick said...

Lindsay, Thanks for allowing up to post about our historicals.

I have a new short story called The Enchanted Meadow and all 3 books of my Dark Goddess trilogy are available now. Visit my website for excerpts and buy links.

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Ann Parker said...

I write historical mysteries of the "Victorian West" set in Colorado in the 1880s. So far, there are four in my series:
MERCURY'S RISE (released in various formats just last month)
My protagonist, Inez Stannert, runs a saloon in the silver mining boomtown of Leadville. I like to describe her as a woman with a mysterious past, a complicated present, and an uncertain future. You can find out more about the books and their background on my website at

Thank you, Lindsay, for this opportunity to mention our historicals!
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season with many good books to read...

Vonnie said...

There are some GREAT books here.

Here's my offering:

COMING HOME by Vonnie Hughes

Can a woman who has been viciously raped possibly trust and fall in love with a man who has been accused of rape?
It is 1811 on the Iberian Peninsula. In the aftermath of a vicious rape, Juliana Colebrook shuns men, except for the helpless injured soldiers she nurses. Orphaned and alone, she desperately wants to leave Portugal for the protection of her relatives in England.
Of course, if she were going to trust a man, it would be Brigade-Major Colwyn Hetherington with his self-deprecating humor and innate sense of responsibility. So when Colly is offered a dream job managing a large estate in Wiltshire, Juliana begs him to escort her to England.
Colly, devastated after being banished by his family after a woman accused him of rape, is forced to reveal his past. As he walks away from her he fires a parting shot—-keep away from relatives. Families mean trouble.
When Juliana arrives in England, Colly’s words turn out to be prophetic. Her longed-for relatives are involved in child trafficking and they’ve found Juliana a “nice job” at the infirmary of the Hungerford Workhouse for Women and Children—-right in the lion’s den.
Deep in danger, who should she trust—-the disgraced “rapist” or her newfound family?

Available in both hardback and e-book:

Vonnie said...

THE SECOND SON, Regency, by Vonnie Hughes, published by Musa Publishing (e-book). Prequel to the previously published COMING HOME (from Robert Hale Ltd).

THE SECOND SON is how Lord John Trewbridge inherits a marquessate for all the wrong reasons, and how Marguerite Ninian, a disabled woman, teaches John to forgive himself.

When he came upon the scene of the accident, his heart caught in his throat. The farmhands had set flares around the over-turned phaeton, and in the blackness it looked like a scene from Hell as men heaved and tugged, trying to free Spencer who was trapped beneath the cross-struts.
It was a bad situation. Had Spencer been caught beneath a wheel, they could have lifted the high-perch phaeton off him. But he was caught fast beneath the centre structure. No wonder he screamed when they tried to shift him.
John swallowed hard and dismounted. He crouched down beside the phaeton.
“Spence? It’s me. John.”
“Knew you’d come. Guilty conscience wouldn’t let you stay away.” Spencer’s voice was slurred and fading, but there was an echo of the old vindictiveness still there.
“Guilty conscience?” John asked, wondering if his brother’s mind was wandering.
“Oh, yes. I’ve always known you wanted to be me.” Spencer paused and fisted his hand for a moment. His other arm was trapped beneath the phaeton.
The pain must be excruciating. John tugged off his glove and held tight to Spencer’s free hand. “No, Spence. I envied you Trewbridge, not the title. Oh, and sometimes I envied your famous way with the ladies. But I didn’t want to be you.” He noticed he was talking in the past tense and reined himself in. How callous could he be? “No. I’m too dull to enjoy racing around, trying to keep ahead of my conscience.”
Spencer ignored the last comment. “Dull,” he rasped. “I told her that would singe your whiskers.”
“For a time it did,” John murmured. “But I’ve found someone who needs me and doesn’t think I’m dull. And I have an estate that will not give me sleepless nights like the responsibility of Trewbridge would.”
There was a long silence and John felt the world shrink down to just the two of them, in the dark, with the sounds of rescue far away. Then Spencer’s cracked voice whispered, “But you will have it all now, while I dance with demons.”
“I don”t think so. We’ll get you out of here. More men are coming. We will lift this damned phaeton off you and—-”
“No!” Spencer’s voice rose again. “I do not want to be saved.” He gave a slight huff that might have been a laugh. “Never did.”
The erratic pulse fluttering against John’s fingers slowed, and in the fitful torchlight, John saw his brother slide away. Spencer’s last breath exhaled on a sigh and his face gradually slackened into pain-free oblivion. His cold hand lay flaccid in John’s warm one.
John bent his head and prayed for Spencer’s soul. He had never, never imagined that one day he would kneel on the edge of a roadway in the peaceful English countryside beside his dying brother. He choked back a sob. “A wasted life,” he whispered.

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Happy holidays!

Isabelle Goddard said...

Thanks for helping me to get to the blog, Lindsay!

My latest historical novel is a time slip set between modern day and the London of 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition.

WALKING THROUGH GLASS by Isabelle Goddard, published as an ebook through Amazon and a paperback through Lulu publishing.

I could never have guessed that one phone call would change my life.
The voice was a little too energetic for this early in the morning. ‘Hi there! Grace Latimer?’
I held the receiver at a distance and took a quick gulp of strong coffee. ‘Speaking.’
‘Hi! This is Nick Heysham. You probably don’t remember me.’
No, I thought, I don’t.
‘We met at the Papillon – the Gorski retrospective last month.’
I searched my barely functioning brain for some rememb-rance of the name but none came.
‘I gatecrashed.’
A vision of a startlingly yellow shirt and suede trousers swam into my mind. The trousers had clearly seen better days. He appeared not to belong to any of the noisy groups sipping their champagne and I’d suspected that he hadn’t been invited. For one thing he’d been far more interested in the paintings than the people.
‘Yes, I remember you.’ I was cautious. ‘How did you get my number?’
‘A little amateur sleuthing, no more.’
It wouldn’t be that difficult, I imagined. The staff at the gallery would be unsuspicious. Most of them existed in worlds of their own. They would have given my number to the Yorkshire Ripper if he’d called.
‘And how can I help?’ I tried to keep my voice polite while hoping that he’d got the wrong person. Unseen hands had begun to pinch savagely at my temples and this was a conversation I didn’t need.
There was a deep intake of breath at the other end of the line. ‘It’s like this, I’ve been asked to do a job, a research job, and I’m having real problems. I think you could help me.’
‘And why would that be?’
I could hear ice feathering my voice. A man who gate-crashed Oliver’s party, spoke to me for less than ten minutes and now had problems, was expecting me to ride to his rescue.
‘I remember you were a pretty impressive woman, amazing qualifications and so on. In historical research - and that’s what I need.’ His voice sounded pleased that he’d explained everything to my satisfaction.
The little patience I’d mustered was beginning to evaporate. ‘You want me to do the research and you get paid for it?’
‘Not exactly.’ He sounded sheepish. ‘It’s hardly paying a living wage as it is. I can buy you a drink though.’
‘I can manage that for myself, Mr Heysham, but thank you for the kind thought.’
‘Nick. I thought you might be interested. It’s the Great Exhibition.’
‘What about the Great Exhibition?’ I knew I should put the phone down but I couldn’t stop myself feeling just a little interested. My life must be more of a wasteland than I’d realised.
'Missing plans,’ he said hopefully. ‘Lucas Royde?’
Royde, I knew, had been the darling of Victorian architect-ure but I’d never before heard of a connection with the Great Exhibition.
‘Can you be more precise?’
‘Royde is supposed to have designed some kind of pavilion
for the Great Exhibition, his very first commission, but I haven’t been able to track the plans down. I was hoping you might know something.’
I didn’t but his words had got me thinking. Was there really anything in this or was I just willing there to be? I was debating with myself whether or not I should simply bid him a curt goodbye when he seized on my silence.
‘Can we meet? There’s a wine bar just round from the Papillon.’

Karen Lingefelt said...

Published by Siren-BookStrand
A Romantic Comedy set in Regency England

Julia Bassett can't bear living in the household of the handsome lord who once charmed and then ruined her--especially while he prowls London's ballrooms for a wife! Forced to act as his sister's chaperone, Julia will do anything to be sent packing--even if it means engaging in the same scandalous behavior that got her banished to the country and separated from this dashing earl she still secretly loves.

Colin Everett, Earl of Danforth, enjoys watching how far Julia will go to jeopardize her position--even to brazenly seducing him! He regrets breaking her heart so long ago, and he longs to win her back. But when several attempts are made on his life, he must find out if this bold vixen is seeking love...or vengeance.

Can Colin and Julia learn to trust each other--and their own hearts?

More details and excerpt here:

My website:

Karen Mercury said...

Hi Lindsay,
My latest is Sure As Shooting from Siren. It's Book #4 in my MMF Western Historical series, Going for the Gold.

They’ll always have Yosemite.

California, 1851. The Sierras are ruled by a band of marauding Indians, and Major Huntley Ashbury is determined to corral them. Huntley’s solitary existence as the biggest trader in the foothills is destroyed when he runs into Whitman Whitney, a half-breed physician with a talented knack for curing hysterical women—and men. Together they rein in the most savage barbarian of them all. Belle Pennington emerges from the forest with nothing left to lose but her Chinese book that tells stories of ribald encounters.

As Huntley and Whit clash impressing Belle with their skills, their Battalion ventures into the wild to discover the Indians' stronghold. Whit has only known the touch of men before, and his peculiar medical expertise astonishes and unites the three in their journey. But it is Belle’s restless spirit the men must conquer in the deep grassy valley of the Yosemite.

Anonymous said...

Greetings, I love all the historical fictions on here! I proudly contribute my latest YA Fiction historical, "Banyan".

Teacher's Guide with purchase

A Novella by: Sameena Bachmeier

Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction

ISBN: 978-1-927085-49-3

Price: $3.50


Kannie Irnest had the picture perfect life as a child until her father left her and her mother alone. It wasn't long before the world as she knew it began unraveling and creating a web of misery around her. Her mother was no longer the loving mother she knew. Bitter and lonely, Kannie sank into a depression. The only joy Kannie seemed to find was with her friend Kristopher. They were like two peas in a pod since a young age and when they were together it was as if the world around them didn't matter. Mysteriously, one day on Kannie's way to school, she is given a Banyan tree stick. She learns that it is a wishing stick. Although skeptical, Kannie is desperate to experience a happy life and she wishes on the Banyan stick to be anywhere but in that moment in her life. She awakens everyday thereafter to a different historical event that exposes her to experiences, places and people she had only read about in books. From the Salem Witch trials, to being aboard the infamous Britannic, to taking flight upon the Apollo 11, each journey she embarks on teaches her to believe in herself, forgive others and appreciate the path that lies in front of her. She also now, must embark on her greatest venture yet, finding her way back home.


“Oh my, look.” She leaned as far as she could over the railing and pointed the obvious problem out to the Stu. They both watched in horror as cold water sloshed around the sinking ship.

Suddenly, everyone was jolted as they felt the ship turn toward the island of Kea, which stood not far from their current location. “Captain must be trying to get us to the island.” Stu smiled as if that effort possibly might work. They could feel the ships engines roar and grind with full force as the drowning ship rushed toward the safety of the island.

But to everyone’s dismay, the faster the ship plowed, the faster it began to sink. The engines slowly began to fade.

“Why did we stop?” Kannie panicked.

“I think it’s making the flooding worse.” Stu shrugged, scratching his head. “Come on, that life boat is going down! There are two ready to go now.” He grabbed her hand and they joined about seventy others divided amongst the two lifeboats. Immediately after they took a seat in lifeboat number seventeen, it began to lower to the waters below. Kannie looked down as they steadily approached landing. She was scared. The lifeboat jolted around like a circus ride and she clung to the edge for dear life.

It landed with a splash and they disconnected from the lowering ropes as did the other lifeboat next to them. Suddenly, the boat was tugged swiftly in one direction. Kannie turned around and screamed as she realized the propellers to the ship hadn’t completely slowed down yet! Everyone on the lifeboat began yelling and grabbing the oars, paddling frantically as they drew closer to being sucked into the deadly propellers. Kannie stuck her hand into the freezing waters and tried to paddle, feeling desperately out of control.

“It’s no use, we have to abandon the life boat,” shouted Stu at her.

“Are you crazy?” she yelped.

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Thank you!