Two Sisters of Fayetteville has been long listed for the 2023 Dante Rossetti Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction!
It is an Indie Brag Medallion winner that also won Honorable Mention for Young Adult Fiction in the Firebird Book Awards. This novel follows the two oldest sisters of a Quiverfull family.
Seventeen-year-old Joanna Upshaw and her sister, sixteen-year-old Hannah, are two of twelve siblings in an insular, conservative, and evangelical Christian family- same as the Duggars, whose reality show they watch on TV. Joanna in particular is exhausted by the demands of helping her mother with the housework and childcare attendant in such a large family. She is also beginning to realize that she doesn’t measure up to her parents’ vision of a perfect Christian woman- or to any of their strict rules.
Hannah is the sister that Joanna is closest to, the one that shares her fatigue and anxiety. Both of them have spent their whole lives learning that their highest calling is to marry and have as many children as possible. However, as Joanna watches Hannah and two of their brothers court with the intention of marrying, she questions whether she is capable of doing the same, especially as her parents shoo her marriage prospects away one at a time. Afraid of becoming the old maid that never amounts to anything, Joanna finally makes plans to get away from her parents forever.
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Tamar's newest novel is the middle grade fantasy The Tunnel to Darkness and Light.
When darkness threatens the fantasy world that Aiden Scott and his friends have created, can Aiden find the courage to save that world- and his friends’ lives?
It is the near future, after another civil war has torn America apart. Frightened twelve-year-old Aiden feels alone in the world. His mother is longer around and his angry father wants nothing to do with him. Then a group of neighborhood boys invites him through a secret tunnel to a fantasy world- Summerville, a tropical island where the weather is always nice and everything is perfect. Finally, Aiden starts to see the good around him.
But when Summerville is threatened by violent mercenaries who block the tunnel home, Aiden and his friends must decide what is important to them. As the boys decide to stay and fight, they go on adventures and each receives something that will help in that quest.
They also cross paths with Oliver, the vampire that lives in the Haunted Forest, and Addison, the shape shifter who is sometimes a black stallion, sometimes her human self. But most fascinating are The Keepers of Memory, old men that live in caves and receive the memories that Aiden and everyone he knows have long since forgotten. Twenty-one-year-old Benjamin is the only young Keeper among them, and soon Aiden looks up to him.
Throughout it all, as the battle with the mercenaries gets closer, Aiden must find his fighting spirit if he wants to save everything that is still good in his life.
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The Fourth Branch is a modern-day political thriller. When neo-Nazi Leopold Stolze is elected President of the United States, he uses the power of his office to mold the country to his right-wing ideals. This book is available here:
"The Russian Riddle" is the first published nonfiction biography of the Grand Duke Serge of Russia. Serge was a son of Tsar Alexander II, the "Tsar-Reformer" who liberated the serfs. Serge was also uncle of Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, and was married to Princess Elizabeth of Hesse und bei Rhine, one of Europe's most beautiful princesses. After loyally serving in one of Russia's most famous elite guards regiments, Serge became Governor-General of Moscow.
"Triumph of a Tsar" is a work of alternate historical fiction in which the Russian Revolution of 1917 is averted, and Alexei, the hemophiliac son on Tsar Nicholas II, comes to the throne. It is August, 1920, when Nicholas dies suddenly and Alexei becomes tsar. Communists such as Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky view the political situation as ripe for revolution, but they realize that the popular Alexei stands in their way. To make matters worse, Alexei’s hemophilia, the disease that has threatened him his whole life, returns to haunt him. With his life in constant danger from internal threats, Alexei must also navigate the external threats of fascism and Adolph Hitler. Slowly, Hitler’s menace increases throughout Europe until he tries to kill Alexei himself. Only then does Alexei realize that another World War is the only way to stop his German enemy.
Triumph of a Tsar is the first in a series of three books about the Romanovs- a series which won first place for a historical fiction series in the Chanticleer International Book Awards!
The Fledgling's Inferno has been Short Listed for the Cygnus Book Awards for Science Fiction!
You don't know what power you have inside of you. Eighteen-year-old Katie McMann enrolls in Norwich University's Corps of Cadets to continue a family tradition of service. When a routine cadet training exercise pushes her to the limit, her body suspends in free fall, exposing a rare genetic trait that allows Katie to fly. Her unique power lands her in the crosshairs of the Military Genetics Control Board, led by the secretive Colonel Henry Gibson and aided by the sinister Professor Tristan Hayes. Both men are working to engineer and control the gene. Katie is not in the plan. With the Military Genetics Control Board swiftly mobilizing under the guise of ordinary military school operations, Katie must learn to harness her power in time for the fight of her life. "The Fledgling's Inferno" is the first book of The Vanguard Warrior Trilogy.
In "The Last Battle," Colonel Zahara "Zac" Madison is one of the Army's highest-ranking female officers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. During her third deployment, Zac's convoy is attacked. After being forced into a disability retirement, Zac has no choice but to return to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where her grandfather left her property. Zac is now at a dead end in life: permanently injured, separated from the military, and too close to her small Arkansas hometown and her abusive, dysfunctional family. Zac’s battle scars have also produced PTSD and uncontrollable anxiety, and she is faced with the VA’s impenetrable bureaucracy at every turn. As her woes mount, Zac struggles to decide whether to plan her future- or whether to end her suffering once and for all.
"Through the Fire: An Alternate Life of Prince Konstantin of Russia" is the second book in Tamar's alternate history series about the Romanovs- a series that won first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards!
Through the Fire is a novel in short stories about Prince Konstantin Romanov. Konstantin was a lifelong soldier who fought bravely in World War I. He was also a cousin of Nicholas II and was the third son of the Grand Duke Konstantin, the imperial family's greatest poet. "Through the Fire" examines the life that Konstantin might have lived if the Russian Revolution had not happened. It is set in the same alternate historical universe as Tamar's previous novel, "Triumph of a Tsar."
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Vsevolod Ioannovich Romanov is a member of the Russian Imperial family, a Prince of the Imperial Blood….. and a spy against the Nazis. From Warsaw to Budapest, Rome to Tsaritsyn, Vsevolod assumes various disguises as he infiltrates the Nazi’s front lines. All the while, the intelligence he sends back to Russia frustrates the Nazi war machine at every turn. As he takes out multiple Nazi spy rings and kills many high-ranking officers of the German army, Vsevolod becomes the Nazis’ most wanted man. However, after several years of war in which his life is constantly in danger, Vsevolod slowly starts to crack under the pressure. As the war nears its end, Tsar Alexei II has one more mission for Vsevolod- being stationed in Berlin as the heir to the Russian throne tries to kill Hitler! Will Vsevolod be able to handle this last assignment? Or will he fall apart completely, endangering the lives of everyone around him?
"The Imperial Spy" is the third novel in Tamar's alternate history series about the Romanovs- a series which came in first for historical fiction in the Chanticleer International Book Awards! It is available at.
Tales of the Romanov Empire was long listed for the Historical Fiction Company's Book of the Year Awards. It was also short listed for the Goethe Books Awards for Late Historical Fiction, and was a runner up for historical fiction in The Firebird Book Awards.
Tales of the Romanov Empire is a novel in short stories that sheds light on the Romanovs’ unknown figures, from the election of Mikhail Feodorovich, the first Romanov tsar, to the bride shows that were staged to help Tsar Alexei find a wife. Grand Duke Konstantin, the Romanovs’ famous poet, comes to life as he and his favorite cousin, Grand Duke Sergei, examine their ideals and their sexuality in a world that is hostile to them. All the while, as the empire’s Jews struggle amidst the Romanovs’ pogroms, many make the decision to flee to the freedom of the United States- these stories in particular are based on Tamar's own family history.
This novel contains stories of war, stories of personal gifts and choices bent to an autocratic ideal. In their telling, the vast human cost of absolute power- on both the oppressors and on the oppressed- becomes clear. This book is available in both paperback and e-book:
The Lonely Spirit took first place in the Chanticleer International Book Awards for Short Story Collections. This book is also an Indie BRAG Medallion honoree, as well as being a winner for historical fiction in the Firebird Book Awards for Historical Fiction. It was also long listed for the Historical Fiction Company's Book of the Year Awards.
The Lonely Spirit is a short story collection sprawled across the Old West. As the only half-Comanche U.S. Marshal, L.S. Quinn straddles two worlds, searching for peace in both.
Quinn is one of the best Marshals, well-respected for finding criminals and bringing them to justice. His adventures pit him against criminals like Florence Finnegan, the famous brothel owner and gunslinger, and Jack Mattherson, whose attack on U.S. Senator William Quincy brings out Quinn’s desire for revenge. But Quinn isn’t always lucky: when one of his partners turns into his enemy on a lonely stretch of land, Quinn no longer knows whom to trust.
The fight between the Comanche and the United States Army is never far from Quinn’s mind, either. When the Army kills his fiancée, Quinn finds himself a lasting enemy in Colonel Ranald Mackenzie.
But Quinn’s journeys also bring him into contact with kindness he does not anticipate in such a wild land. To his surprise, sympathy comes in the form of Colonel Robert Graypool, whose level-headed command of the Comanche reservation at Fort Sill brings out Quinn’s respect when he least expects it. Humanity also resides in Dr. Mary Newcomb, one of the few women physicians of the day. In both of them, Quinn finds some of the community for which he searches.
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A Silent Evil is Book 2 of The Vanguard Warrior Trilogy.
Several months ago, Cadet Katie McMann barely survived a supernatural fight at Norwich University after unexpectedly manifesting with the gene. Knowing that her opponents won’t stop until she’s dead, Katie is afraid the next fight will descend into an all-out war. But she’s also unwilling to simply slink back into obscurity. Instead, she heads across the country, hoping to find other cadets with the gene. At Valley Forge Military Academy, Katie mentors fourteen-year-old Deion Carter, a new cadet who has just started to read other people’s minds. Deion, to his shock, has the MH1 gene.
Together, Katie and Deion race to uncover the origin of the evil they’re fighting. The weapons they need lie in their own family histories- and in the histories of the military personnel they’re up against. But the fire is spreading, and Katie and Deion know it won’t end with trials or the justice system. Together, they prepare for the worst- another confrontation that will scorch them and everything they love.
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