"I trust it will not be giving away professional secrets to say that many readers would be surprised, perhaps shocked, at the questions which some newspaper editors will put to a defenseless woman under the guise of flattery."
"Assassination in al Qahirah is, like the first 2 Talon books, a true tale of adventure and bravery. Talon's sense of fighting for good makes readers love him as a hero, and Boschert never writes a book without an intelligent, engrossing plot. ... Overall, Assassination in Al Qahirah is an achievement, combining a historical conspiracy in Egypt with an adventure that never lets up. The characters are crafted with careful precision, making for a truly one-of-a-kind novel series."
"There is no doubt in my mind, based upon my somewhat limited experience in reading American historical novels, that Doug Boren has a unique expertise in researching, studying, and creating stories that ring not only with authenticity but reveal his own patriotic love for his country. He doesn't hedge on the brutality of those who are involved with wars, but he also includes the very emotional and sexual tension of those families who are caught and either wait at home alone or sometimes go with their husbands into war zones ..." —Glenda Bixler
Fireship Press is pleased to announce the release of Lucy Lied by M. J. Daspit. "The characters are set up strongly and swiftly," says Dana Hand, coauthor of Deep Creek,and the plot is hard to beat!" Lucy Lied is now available in ebook format on Amazon.com, and the paperback edition will be coming soon.
In 1870s Monterey, California, religious tent camp meetings are held cheek by jowl with lynchings. At this intersection of the righteous and the profane, a triangle links Dr. Jason Garrett, would-be healer accustomed to putting the truth through a contortion or two, the mute Lucy Strang, and gunman Matt Clancy, eviction agent who forces settlers off railroad land while stalwartly defending Chinese immigrants. Under suspicion for the murder of her brutish common-law husband, Lucy is saved from the noose when Garrett falsifies medical testimony at trial. He plans to marry the maligned redhead and cure her muteness. But it's whispered that Lucy has been dallying with the reviled Clancy.
"As a writer, Heath was fantastic with her detail. She brought her historical figures to life with vigor and complexity that often made it difficult to choose a side. Each character was someone to love, to pity, and to hate, wrapped into a maelstrom of family pride. She made the conflict multi-dimensional and real, where the lines of morality and justice become so blurred that it is easy to be as lost as our Fool, inextricably entangled in inevitable events. Heath unravels her most tense moments with beautiful finesse and rich detail. Even though the death of Buondelmonte was such an infamous black stain on Florence’s history that it has been immortalized in painting ... the visual imagery provided in the book was as rich as the image, and with more feeling."
"I've just finished Hornblower and the Island in its expanded, rewritten version recently released by Fireship Press. My curiosity as to author James Keffer's approach to expanding his original short story into a full length novel was rewarded with a more complex and better detailed storyline. While much of Napoleon's strategy and the beliefs attributed to this 1st class military genius are 'the stuff' of great debates, Keffer has boldly laid down his beliefs on the subject in persuasive and continuing dialogue shared by the central characters in an engaging story. I find it to be worthy of inclusion in the 'Hornblower adventures' and a credible 1st novel for the author in the HNF genre."
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An article about Fireship Press's own Mary Sharnick is featured today on the front page of Republican-American's Accent section. The article is only available to the newspaper's subscribers, but here's an excerpt:
"What intrigued Sharnick, a Waterbury native and avid student of history, was what happened between the time Michael [of Rhodes] joined the Venetian fleet at 16, and drafted his celebrated manuscript, between 1434-1436. (The manuscript languished for hundreds of years before being sold at auction and later published.) 'We have a long period of time in which he’s learning,' says Sharnick, with novelistic delight. 'That’s just a treasure trove for a novelist.'
Fireship Press is pleased to announce its first July release: Hornblower and the Island by James Keffer. The ebook is now available on Amazon.com, and the paperback edition will be coming soon.
Even as a prisoner on the remote island of St. Helena, Napoleon Bonaparte is embarrassing the British, and England is now the laughingstock of Europe. The answer is a new governor: Lord Horatio Hornblower. The British government is betting that Hornblower's background, being so similar to Bonaparte's, will earn the Corsican's respect. Both men rose from humble beginnings to nobility by their achievements alone. Both have commanded men and led them to victory. Hornblower's mission is simple: deal with the greatest military genius of the modern era and make him behave. Hornblower discovers a Bonaparte that history never knew, and learns the truth about the man who would be emperor of the world.