"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."
Boschert speaks about his experiences growing up in Malaya during the Chinese Communist Insurgency, being stationed as a British soldier in Oman, and his inspiration to write about the Assassins of Alamut.
The most recent book in the Talon Series, Greek Fire, is available in paperback and kindle edition.
James Boschert: Greek Fire, Book Four of Talon: Imprisoned for brawling in Acre, Talon and his longtime friend Max are freed by an old mentor from the Order of the Templars and offered a new mission in the fabled city of Constantinople. There Talon finds that winning the Emperor's favor obligates him to follow the Emperor to war in a willful expedition to free Byzantine lands from the Seljuk Turks. And beneath the pageantry of the great city, plans are being fomented by aristocrats who have made a reckless deal with Arab pirates to sell the one weapon the Byzantine Empire has to defend itself, Greek Fire, to an enemy bent upon the Empire's destruction. Talon and Max will find themselves in a fight for their lives – on the sea, and in the labyrinthine back streets of Constantinople where Talon must outwit his own kind, the assassins in the pay of a treacherous alliance.
What goes into creating the psyche of a rebel in fiction? Marina Neary, author of Never Be At Peace, reflects on her own experiences she has drawn from to manifest the psychological underpinnings of her characters.
"The most liberally dispensed advice is "Write what you know". And I just happen to know rebel psychology. I grew up with ethnic tension in my house. It doesn't matter that the conflict I witnessed as a child was Russian-Polish instead of Anglo-Irish. There are many parallels involving linguistic, territorial, religious and socioeconomic components."
A Thing Done: In 1216 the noble families of Florence hold great power, but they do not share it easily. Tensions simmer just below the surface. When a Jester's prank-for-hire sets off a brawl, those tensions erupt violently, dividing Florence into hostile factions. A marriage is brokered to make peace, but that fragile alliance crumbles under the pressure of a woman's interference, a scorned bride, and an outraged cry for revenge. At the center of the conflict is Corrado, the Jester, whose prank began it and who is now pressed into unwilling service by both sides. It will take all his wit and ingenuity to keep himself alive and to prevent the unbridled ambitions of the nobles from destroying the city in a brutal civil war.
Audra, reviewer and blogger, commended Neary's ability to bring to life a story of a "delightfully flawed" and authentic heroine set in a "wonderfully dramatic era in history" --
"Neary plunges the reader into the excitement, opening after the famous 1916 Easter Rising, then moving to 1903 when Helena first entered the movement for Irish independence. For those unfamiliar with early 20th century Irish history, Neary provides enough context and details for readers to understand what is happening.
...this book is a fantastic saga-ish read of a wonderfully dramatic era in history.
Fireship Press is becoming a new favorite for finding unusual historical fiction and this offering sets a high bar for other historical novels and indie presses."
A fantastic review of Mary Sharnick's novel Thirst by Theresa Vara-Dannen, author of The African-American Experience in Nineteenth Century Connecticut and Profligate with Love, attests to the rich, descriptive details and surprising twists found in this novel of murder and mystery:
"Mary Donnarumma Sharnick’s novel Thirst, set in Venice in 1613, travels the reader back in time to this mysterious and complex society dominated by the incestuously entwined powers of Church and nobility; these self-perpetuating forces seem to decide the destinies of all Venetians and readers feel every wrenching attempt of the characters to make their own decisions. Thirst walks us into a Venetian convent and suddenly we understand the layered and nuanced relationships among the sisters, who have been confined there by their families as a sort of human tribute to the Church; we hear the click of the thurible’s chain and inhale its sweet incense. The writing of this novel is so sensuous and lush that time, culture and history are breached in the first engrossing paragraph and the reader is there, witnessing the awakening of a soon-to-be bride in her glorious four poster bed on a July morning.
Yet at every turn, in this novel, there is a surprising twist; the mascherata, the masked ballroom entertainment of the era, works as the perfect metaphor for all that goes on. No one is as he or she appears, and corruption and emotional violence lurks even beneath the most demure of convent habits.
If you have ever wanted to know more about the beauties of Venice, about the cross-pollination of religious and political cultures that built its canals and its power as a trading post, about the role of the Church in creating both its triumphs and its tragedies, you must read Thirst. And yet ultimately, we love certain books because they introduce us to compelling characters who seem to people our unconscious long after we have put the book down; we care about them, because in the end, we recognize ourselves in them. Thirst gives us these characters and we will never forget them."
Never Be At Peace takes place in early 20th century Ireland during the Irish Revolution. Neary writes about protagonist, Helena Molony, a relatively obscure historical figure who was traditionally remembered for her involvement in Irish republican politics, feminism, and as a labor activist. Neary tackles the untraditional and less then flattering facts, revealing the conflicted character of Malony, one of alcoholism, mental illness, anger management issues and bisexuality.
Fireship Press will be at the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend, Saturday March 15th and Sunday March 16th from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.
The Tucson Festival of Books, hosted by the University of Arizona, offers fans and readers the opportunity to discover new books and meet authors. Be sure to stop by Fireship Press's booth to say hello and meet local authors.
Fireship Press will be located on the south west end of the University of Arizona mall, booth number 222, close to the food stands.
Fireship Press is pleased announce the release of Never Be At Peace by Marina Neary, a tale of Irish rebels. Never Be At Peace will be on a Virtual Book Tour from March 10th until April 10th. Follow along here for the latest reviews, guest posts, interviews and giveaways.
“M. J. Neary’s Never Be at Peace is a gripping and intense tale of Ireland in the thick of revolution. Told from the perspectives of the brave and uncompromising men and women involved in the fight for independence, it will delight fans of women’s history and Irish history. Meticulously researched and boldly-written, Never Be at Peace is a masterful story that breathes life Edwardian Ireland and illuminates the hearts and minds of these unforgettable Irish patriots.” --Evangeline Holland, Edwardian Promenade
Marina Neary,Never Be At Peace: A pugnacious orphan from a bleak Dublin suburb, Helena Molony dreams of liberating Ireland. Her fantasies take shape when Maud Gonne adopts her and sets her on a path to theatrical stardom - and political martyrdom. Swept up in the Gaelic Revival, Helena succumbs to the romantic advances of Bulmer Hobson, a Fenian leader with a talent for turning friends into enemies. After their affair ends in a bitter ideological rift, she turns to Sean Connolly, a married fellow-actor from the Abbey Theatre. As Ireland prepares to strike against the British rule on Easter Monday, Helena and her comrades find themselves caught in a whirlwind of deceit, violence, broken alliances and questionable sacrifices. In the words of Patrick Pearse, “Ireland unfree shall never be at peace”. For the survivors of the Rising, the battle will continue for decades after the last shot had been fired.