Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and author of 27 books, including several popular Civil War-era historical novels. Ralph is also a well-known journalist and television commentator.

ralphRalph uses the pen name Owen Parry for many of his historical-fiction novels, such as Cain at Gettysburg and The War After Armageddon. He’s a lifelong student of the Civil War, and his Abel Jones mysteries have achieved cult status among Civil War buffs and mystery fans alike. Ralph’s main characters are often military mavericks who manage to tackle problems that others cannot.

Abel Jones is the protagonist who leads today’s Buffet in Faded Coat of Blue, a thriller set in the opening days of the Civil War. When a crusading abolitionist is found murdered in 1861 in a Union encampment near Washington, Jones, a convalescing casualty of First Manassas, is tapped by the Union’s newest general, George B. McClellan, to discover the killer and bring him to justice.

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Faded Coat of Blue

Author: Owen Parry, Ralph Peters
Faded Coat of Blue

Abel Jones, a Welsh immigrant and Union army enlistee, investigates the death of Anthony Fowler, a young volunteer captain whose murder is blamed on the Confederates. Jones pursues the blood of the battlefield through the intrigues of Washington, D.C., where evil and good intertwine in this Owen Parry novel of the Civil War.

The Moghul

Author: Thomas Hoover
The Moghul

India 1620: India is ruled by the son of the great Akbar, and is about to pass his crown to one of his sons. Brian Hawksworth, ship’s captain and emissary of King James, must choose sides, but will he choose correctly? The future of England, and of India, depend on it.

He had come to India to open trade for “barbaric” England and squeeze out the Portuguese, who try to kill him at every opportunity. But once on land, he becomes captivated by the country and the people. The beauty and romance of the exquisite Moghul Empire seduce him from his material goals to a new quest for supreme sensuality in music, mystical visions, and sacred lovemaking.

From pulse-pounding sea battles, to tiger hunts, war elephants, harems and forbidden love-The Moghul takes you on a breath-taking tour of the India that existed before the British Raj.

Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

Author: Mark Whiteway
Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms

On the planet Kelanni, life is cheap. With the aid of the fearsome “Keltar” enforcers, in their flying cloaks, a ruthless invader is forcing the native people to mine the colloquially named “lodestone” — a substance from another universe with infinitely destructive power.

The only ones who can stop him are a tiny girl with fiery disposition, a former Keltar, a failed revolutionary, a musician and the mysterious creature, Boxx, who seems to speak only in riddles.

Soup: 17 Recipes for the Paleo, Primal, and Gluten-Free Inclined

Author: Allison Abdelnour, John Abdelnour
Soup: 17 Recipes for the Paleo, Primal, and Gluten-Free Inclined (17Recipes.com Series of eBooks)

This collection of delicious paleo recipes offers substantial, flavorful, healthy, nutritious, and well-balanced soups that are extremely satisfying and wonderful. You’ll find that the flavor combinations of these soups stand up brilliantly to the soups that typically and traditionally contain grains and flour.

New to the paleo way of eating or not finding enough great tasting recipes? The diversity of flavors and ingredients found in the recipes of this book will help keep you happily on the paleo track. A step beyond just “paleo-tizing” familiar soups, these recipes truly taste delicious and can easily be served to non-paleo friends and family who will find them delicious too.

Stealing Jenny

Author: Ellen Gable
Stealing Jenny

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. A neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

Undeniable Rogue (The Rogues Club, Book One)

Author: Annette Blair
Undeniable Rogue (The Rogues Club, Book One)

Aware that romance and matrimony aren’t always compatible, widow, Sabrina Whitcomb, nevertheless, needs a husband. While providing for her children is paramount, wedding a stranger—even a wealthy one like Gideon St. Goddard, Duke of Stanthorpe—is no light matter. So why did the shockingly handsome rogue agree to marry her? When Gideon flashes his wicked, seductive smile, the reason hardly matters.

Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)

Author: Erica Stevens
Captured (The Captive Series Book 1)

Captured, taken from her beloved family and woods, Aria’s biggest fear is not the imminent death facing her, but that she will be chosen as a blood slave for a member of the ruling vampire race. No matter what becomes of her though, Aria knows that she must keep her identity hidden from the monsters imprisoning her. She has already been branded a member of the rebellion, but the vampires do not know the true depth of her involvement with it, and they must never know.

Though hoping for death, Aria’s world is turned upside down when a vampire named Braith steps forward to claim her. He delays her execution, but Aria knows it’s only a matter of time before he drains her, and destroys her. Especially once she learns his true identity as a prince within the royal family; the same royal family that started the war that ultimately brought down humankind, reducing them to nothing more than servants and slaves. Aria is determined to hate the prince, determined not to give into him in anyway, but his strange kindness, and surprising gentleness astonish her. Torn between her loyalties to the rebellion, and her growing love for her greatest enemy, Aria struggles to decide between everything she has ever known, and a love she never dreamed of finding.

The Book of Deacon

Author: Joseph Lallo
The Book of Deacon

Myranda is a young woman more interested in staying alive than being a hero. Orphaned by a continent-spanning war that has gone on for decades too long and shunned for failing to support it, she has been on the move since she was only a child. One can hardly blame her when she thinks that the chance discovery of a fallen soldier’s priceless cargo is the moment that will change her life. No one could predict just how great that change would be. It will lead her through an adventure of rebels and generals, of wizards and warriors, and of beasts both noble and monstrous. Each step of the way will take her closer to the truth of her potential, of the war, and of the fate of her world.

Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

Author: Michael R. Hicks
Empire (In Her Name: Redemption, Book 1)

The coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress.

Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

Bewitching the Werewolf

Author: Caroline Hanson
Bewitching the Werewolf

When witch for hire, Megan Stephens, is assigned to help the local werewolf pack leader find a mate, she thinks the job will be easy. Get in, get him up and get gone. But when she meets Zack Connor, she realizes her future might have a lot more dog jokes in it than she ever imagined.

This is a short story– approximately 40 pages in length– and includes an excerpt from Love is Darkness, the first book in the Valerie Dearborn series.

The Tycoon’s Revenge (Baby for the Billionaire – Book One)

Author: Melody Anne, Nicole Sanders, Exclusive Publishing
The Tycoon's Revenge (Baby for the Billionaire - Book One)

Jasmine Freeman’s world is about to tumble down around her and the one responsible for it is none other than her first love, Derek Titan. She hasn’t seen him in ten years, and they are both going to learn the truth of what happened back then.

Jasmine grew up wealthy and oblivious to the destruction her father caused all around him. Derek was from the wrong side of the tracks. In ten years their lives will be reversed. He is now a multi-billionaire tycoon and she works hard, but barely gets by due to her father’s unethical business practices.

Derek comes seeking revenge and instead finds out he has a half grown son and the woman he’s been angry with for so many years is not who he thought she was. They both fight against the passion they still feel for each other, but in the end it is irresistible.

Call of the Herald (Godsland Series: Book One)

Author: Brian Rathbone
Call of the Herald (Godsland Series: Book One)

One of The Dawning of Power trilogy. Echoes of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.

Awaken His Eyes: The Awakened Book One

Author: Jason Tesar
Awaken His Eyes: The Awakened Book One

Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history.

Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a human warrior who would bring an end to this evil perpetrated against all of creation. But with the cataclysmic destruction of earth and rebirth of humanity, the prophecy went unfulfilled and faded from the memory of our kind—until now!

The physical dimension is fractured. What remain now are numerous fragmented worlds moving simultaneously through time, sharing a common history, connected only by a guarded portal. On a parallel earth, in the city of Bastul, Colonel Adair Lorus disappears while investigating the death of an informant, triggering a series of events which will tear his family apart and set in motion the resolution of an ancient struggle. Kael, sentenced to death after rising up against the cruel leadership of his new step-father, is rescued from prison and trained in the arts of war by a mystical order of clerics.

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