The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiance will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected. But when he encounters Miss Elenora Lodge, her feisty manner and golden eyes sway him to make a generous offer. Elenora's sorry financial circumstances - and dreams of a life of independence - leave her little choice but to accept. But St. Merryn appears to be hiding a secret or two, and things seem oddly amiss in his gloomy London home. Elenora soon discovers that this lark will be a far more dangerous adventure than she'd been led to believe. And the Earl of St. Merryn will find that the meek and mild companion he'd initially envisioned has become a partner in his quest to catch a killer - and an outspoken belle of the ball who stirs a bothersome passion in his practical heart.
What You Never Knew about the Lincoln Assassination! Friend of J. Wilkes Booth? Rebel deserter? Inspiration for a great novel written by his military judge, General Lew Wallace? Known as Lewis Paine, he was hanged for the unspeakable crime of being the paid companion of Lincoln's killer! With shocking accuracy, a twisted version of Romeo and Juliet unravels on these pages. Patron of young rebel soldiers, the notorious matinee idol enlists the 18-year old fearless Confederate in a conspiracy against President Abraham Lincoln. An American myth haunts and scandalizes, as it explodes into final moments of guilt and horror! WESTERN CLIPPINGS - Feb.2004 (Review by Terry Harris) Jan Merlin, the excellent character actor who appeared in numerous western movies and TV series, usually in villianous roles, is also an author who has written several books. His latest, with co-author William Russo, THE PAID COMPANION of J.Wilkes Booth, focuses on the life of Lewis Paine, the man who conspired with John Wilkes Booth to overthrow the Federal Government at the end of the Civil War. The novel deals with the events leading up to Paine's attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward, Paine's capture, trial, and execution by Federal authorities. What Merlin and Russo do so well is to take a potentially repugnant character, Lewis Paine, and present him in such a way the reader is rendered sympathetic to him. The Civil War and its effects on the teenage Paine make him an object of compassion. As Merlin says, "Slavery made him immoral, war made him a murderer, and necessity, revenge and delusion made him an assassin." In many ways, Paine is like us, except he was taught to believe things we know to be wrong, were right. The novel's searing indictment of the dehumanizing evil effects of a vicious Civil War onma a young man's psyche is compelling and sticks in your mind long after finishing the book. Highly recommended, deserves to be ranked among the best of Civil War novels. Available with a special discount ($18.69) direct from the publisher Xlibris
Charlotte Arkendale knew all there was to know about men. After all, she'd made a career out of steering marriage-minded women away from untrustworthy members of the opposite sex.Yet nothing could have prepared her for Baxter St. Ives - an arresting stranger too daring, too determined, too dangerous to be her new man-of-affairs. Still, perhaps he was the perfect person to help Charlotte investigate the recent murder of one of her clients. So she gave him a chance, never realising that Baxter, a gifted scientist, would soon conduct a risky exploration into the alchemy of desire, with Charlotte as his subject. But even as he sets out to seduce Charlotte, a twisted killer lies in wait, ready to part the lovers ...or see them joined together forever - in death.
A man haunted by the past meets a woman who can’t remember her own in a romance spanning from Regency England to the Greek isle of Corfu . . . Having grown up wild and carefree on the rugged Greek island of Corfu, Callista Melbourne reluctantly sails to England to honor her father’s dying wish. But before she reaches her destination, a fierce storm knocks her from the ship to face certain death in the icy grip of the ocean. When she finally awakens, in Stanton Abbey, she doesn’t know who she is any more than she knows the handsome stranger caring for her. When Adam Carlyle pulled the unconscious woman from the sea, she was the most beautiful thing he’d ever seen. Concerned by her amnesia, he figures out Callista’s true identity, and becomes determined to save her from her looming marriage to a scheming fortune hunter. But Adam’s own heart carries a heavy burden, and he’s not sure he can protect his new love from the dangers of his past . . . “Katherine Kingsley is a miracle worker, a writer who understands the map of the human heart.” —RT Book Reviews
Her quiet world overturned When an unseasonable snowstorm brings an assortment of stranded travelers to Lady Beatrice Lindley's door, companion Miss Ruth Harrington welcomes them in, flustered though she is by the towering presence of Colonel Hugo Prentiss. But the next morning, Ruth's quiet existence on the moor is shattered—Lady Beatrice is dead! Convinced there's more to her employer's demise than meets the eye, Ruth seeks the one man who can help her uncover the truth—the enigmatic Colonel. But in a world where nothing is what it seems, can Ruth and Hugo come to put their trust in each other?
Even the mysterious world of Harmony has people who don’t quite fit in. They’re drawn to places like Rainshadow Island, a beautiful sanctuary where anyone can feel safe—and where secrets are closely guarded... Schooled in an exotic form of martial arts, and with the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner and her dust bunny companion have found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island, operating a bookstore and café. But her tranquil new life is thrown into chaos when Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Immediately drawn to the amber-eyed woman, Harry must tread carefully. While Rachel’s special talents can help him track down dangerous rogues who have violated the Preserve, they can also sense the heart of darkness within him. But desire can weaken the strongest of defenses—and leave even the strongest man wanting more…
r s1mily Ties provides a vivid and accessible introduction to the dynamics of life in English families of all ranks from the mid-sixteenth century to the end of World War I. Sections on methods, approaches and sources allow readers new to the study of the past to explore some of the historian's fundamental concerns: cause and effect; continuity and change and the nature and reliability of evidence. The chronological and thematic organization of the book enables readers to examine a number of sub-themes such as the history of childhood or of marriage. Combining extensive contemporary quotations and an unusual variety of illustrations with a wide range of written and material sources, the book provides a fascinating insight into the history of the family and encourages the reader to become a sceptical and imaginative investigator, prepared to venture beyond the historian's traditional documentary sources.