Donna Howard debuts in a new mystery series about what makes people tick, in the past and in the present. In her day-to-day life, Donna is as ordinary as they come, except for her extraordinary ability to see history, to interact with ancient, colonial, and Victorian-age people. When a possible murder occurs close to home, "then" and "now" collide in ways she can no longer ignore.
To save a woman under assault, Lord Simon bespelled her into the walls of his house, powerful magic he discovers he cannot undo. Driven to free her from a prison of wood and stone, he consorts with the dregs of society, and bargains with the high and mighty. As his reputation and his house crumble around him, his obsession to save a woman long thought dead may yet drive him mad.
Richard St. Clair struggles daily to suppress his less-than-appropriate feelings for his new assistant. He's an engaged man, after all. And he thinks he's got it all under control. Until an unknown adversary slips him a love potion that unleashes his true affections. Now he must scour the city for the identity of his foe and find a way to ethically express the desires of his heart.
Aubrey awakens to discover she's barely survived a miscalculated enchantment that turned her into a cat. Kidnapped by unprincipled magicians and exploited by ruthless politicians, she must rely on her own wits and the helping hand of a cool-headed police officer. But his own interest in her may be as personal as it is professional. When magic goes wrong, the complications only multiply.
Rachel Forsythe's daughter is dying of cancer. Milada Daranyi, chief investment officer at Daranyi Enterprises International, has come to Utah to finalize the takeover of a medical technology company. When a chance encounter brings the two women together, Rachel makes an unexpected and dangerous discovery: Milada is a vampire. And the only person in the world who can save her daughter's life.
Ami Tokudaiji is a Japanese werefox from an aristocratic family whose fortunes are threatened by a financial scandal. Yuki Yamakawa is a werewolf from the wrong side of the tracks. When they both end up in the same homeroom class at Osaka's most exclusive girl's school, they'll have to stop fighting each other long enough to join forces against the mobsters menacing Ami's family.
An unconventional look at two landmark works of English literature. First, a lighthearted take on the critical events in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspective of Fitzwilliam Darcy. Then Mr. B, the redeemed rake of Samuel Richardson's scandalous "Pamela," is summoned to court to tell his version of the story. A lively romp through the roots of the modern romance novel!
In a world where characters from novels can be tried in real courts for their literary crimes, Mr. B, the famously redeemed rake of "Pamela" (the English language's first true romance novel), must defend himself before a panel of skeptical literary scholars. Can he redeem his good name and win back his wife?
In this largely autobiographical account of the author's two-year proselyting mission to Japan during the late 1970s, a Mormon missionary confronts an overzealous religious bureaucracy and his own growing doubts as the work of preaching the gospel is turned into a cynical game of numbers and spiritual one-upmanship.
Although they have met just once, at a train station in Japan, Elaine Chieko Packard and Connor McKenzie have been haunted ever since by passionate dreams they cannot control. They determine to resolve the tension between the moral strictures of their religion and their own overpowering emotions by eloping, a decision that triggers an entirely unexpected series of events.
The Donna Howard Mystery series connects the past with everyday modern life. Like many amateur detectives, Donna Howard didn't set out to be one. She also didn't set out to be a "sensitive" who can literally see historical figures strolling through her hometown of Portland, Maine. She only wanted to be a hairdresser, a good sister, and a decent girlfriend—until an ancient Roman coin embroiled her in a contemporary mystery. Tackling crimes that no one else can solve, Donna travels around New England, and to time periods as disparate as Ancient Rome, Colonial New England, and the Cold War.
In this world, some countries have knights, and some have dragons. Roesia has bureaucrats, social climbers, and magic. Bounded by the sea on one side, superpowers and (supposedly) less advanced countries on the other, Roesia struggles to progress politically and scientifically. Moral improvement is left to each individual's own devices. Aristocrats, ministers, police, criminals, and the rising middle-class tread their own (and occasionally treacherous) paths to new identities, romantic relationships, and redemption.