Historical Fiction – Envoy of Jerusalem

Envoy of JerusalemEnvoy of Jerusalem
Balian d’Ibelin and the Third Crusade
By Helena P. Schrader
Publisher: Wheatmark
Published: August 2017
ISBN: 978-1627873970
ASIN: B01J8ORJD4
Pages: 512
Genre: Historical Fiction

Winner of the Pinnacle Award 2016 for Biographical Fiction, the Feathered Quill Award 2017 for Spiritual/Religious Fiction, and a Foreword INDIES Award for Military/Wartime Fiction.

Balian has survived the devastating defeat of the Frankish army at the Battle of Hattin, and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians now enslaved by the Saracens, he is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope — but also conflict, as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel.

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Other Books in the Balian d’Ibelin Seriees

Knight of JerusalemKnight of Jerusalem
By Helena P. Schrader
Publisher: Wheatmark
Published: September 2014
ISBN: 978-1627871945
ASIN: B01J8ORJD4
Pages: 315
Genre: Historical Fiction

Balian, the landless son of a local baron, goes to Jerusalem to seek his fortune. Instead, he finds himself trapped into serving the young prince suffering from leprosy, an apparent sentence to obscurity and death. But the unexpected death of King Amalric makes the leper boy King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, and Balian’s prospects begin to improve.

The Byzantine princess Maria Comnena is just thirteen years old when she arrives in the Kingdom of Jerusalem at her great uncle’s orders to cement the alliance between the two Christian kingdoms in the East. The child wife of a man almost three times her own age, she is despite her excellent education and intelligence little more than a pretty doll in the eyes of her husband. When she fails to produce a male heir for the desperate king, her marriage becomes a gilded prison. Until suddenly the king is dead and Maria finds herself a wealthy widow at just twenty years of age.

Meanwhile, the charismatic Kurdish leader Saladin has united the forces of Islam and vowed to drive the Christians into the sea. While King Baldwin IV—and Balian—struggle to save the Holy Land for Christendom by whatever means they can, the internal rivalries of Templars and Hospitallers, the advocates of offense and defense, and the bitter rivalries of barons threaten to tear the kingdom apart.

Defender of JerusalemDefender of Jerusalem
By Helena P. Schrader
Publisher: Wheatmark
Published: July 2015
ISBN: 978-1627872737
ASIN: B011X3OOKE
Pages: 631
Genre: Historical Fiction

The Christian kingdom of Jerusalem is under siege. The charismatic Kurdish leader, Salah ad-Din, has succeeded in uniting Shiite Egypt with Sunnite Syria and has now declared jihad against the Christian kingdom. While King Baldwin IV struggles to defend his kingdom from the external threat despite the increasing ravages of leprosy, the struggle for the succession threatens to tear the kingdom apart from the inside. In the high-stakes game, one man stands out for his loyalty to the dying king, the kingdom, and Christianity itself. That man is Balian d’Ibelin.

This is the second book in a three-part biographical novel about Balian d’Ibelin, who defended Jerusalem against Salah ad-Din in 1187. The first book in the series, Knight of Jerusalem, was a finalist for the 2014 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction and a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.

Envoy of Jerusalem Author Helena P. SchraderAbout the Author:
Helena P. Schrader earned a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking biography of a leader of the German Resistance to Hitler. She has published numerous works of fiction and non-fiction since.

Her Jerusalem Trilogy, set in the Holy Land in the late 12th century, has won critical acclaim.

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Children’s Faith Based – Life with Bobby and Bonnie

Life with Bobby and BonnieLife with Bobby and Bonnie
By Alice V. Walters
Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 978-1498412285
ASIN: B00O28R1IK
Pages: 187
Genre: Children’s Faith-Based

Life with Bobby and Bonnie uses the charming bunny twins to teach some of the hard lessons of life facing 21st century kids. Bobby and Bonnie’s adventures and misadventures, along with their family and friends, help them learn about the unconditional love, hope, and forgiveness to be found in Jesus Christ.

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Life with Bobby and Bonnie AuthorAbout the Author:
Alice Walters has been blessed by a broad range of experiences working with and learning from children of all ages for over thirty years. Summer camp to summer school, preschool through adult learners, Alice learned early that not only can all children (and adults) learn, they can also teach. After completing three degrees and holding a variety of positions, Alice thinks she’s done about everything in education except coach a sport or drive a bus. Alice, her husband and their family, live in the Midwest. They enjoy traveling and fine arts.

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Christian Fiction – Birthright

BirthrightBirthright
By T. J. Pulley
Publisher: Tate Publishing
ISBN: 978-1625101419
ASIN: B00DIH2XPM
Pages: 164
Genre: Christian Fiction

Experience a journey that leads to a legacy. Birthright brings the imagination to life and explores true faith. Orion discovers that life can be so much more.

There are so many things in life that we must work hard for. Other things come to us just from being born. What an amazing feeling to have something of importance given to you. In Birthright, author T. J. Pulley tells the story of a young college student Orion who inherits an extraordinary gift after suffering the loss of his grandpa. In the reading of the will Orion heard, ‘To my wonderful grandson you brought me much joy in life so I give you my greatest treasure; I leave you my faith.’ Sitting and waiting for the rest, he realized that there wasn’t anything left to hear. What Orion thought to be pointless becomes the foundation of his existence. Join in this story as Orion navigates the challenges of life while he comes to grip with his purpose. This is a story of someone receiving something far greater than they could ever imagine. We all share in this story because we all have a birthright in God.

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birthright authorAbout the Author:
T. J. Pulley was born in Chicago, IL. Growing up in the church was one of the best things that happened to him. It not only gave him a relationship with God but it exposed him to talents he would have never known that he had. Pulley’s writing was mostly geared toward music, but he asked God for the ability to be able to write in every way possible. Religion is a big part of his life and draws upon his beliefs in all aspects of his life and his writing. His wife, Ashlie is a great support for him and was a great encouragement for him while creating his book, Birthright. T. J. really hopes people are blessed by this book and he is thankful for the chance to express this story in his own way.

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Historical/Religious Fiction – The Reluctant General

The Reluctant GeneralThe Reluctant General
By Herb Sennett
Publisher: WestBow Press
ISBN: 978-1490818078
ASIN: B00I9YUHDO
Published: January 2014
Pages: 250
Genre: Historical Fiction, Religious Fiction

Their world was falling apart. They had come to the land of the Canaanites to find a home where they could live in peace after years of slavery in Egypt.  But, now the ancient Israelites faced opposition and persecution from a cruel and vicious king named Jabin and his cold-hearted commander of the army, Cisera. The persecution and hellacious taxation policies continued for over twenty years until a  woman named Deborah and her reluctant hero led a rag-tag group of men to the rescue!

The story of Deborah and Barak from the biblical book of Judges describes amazing courage and fortitude beyond modern comprehension. In this modern retelling of the old story, Herb Sennett brings to life the people of 1150 BC in such a way that their hopes, dreams, struggles, pain, and suffering help us face our own problems in the light of God’s willingness to help his people whenever they are threatened with extinction. The Jewish people of that day knew little of warfare and tactics, but they were able to defeat the most powerful army of the day and then conquer the most heavily defended city in the area. This novel tells of their struggle to live free of oppression and fear through their faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

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The Reluctant General AuthorHerb Sennett has spent the last thirty years as a college professor (Palm Beach Atlantic College, Louisiana College, Southeastern University, and currently at Broward College and Palm Beach State College). He was trained in speech and drama education (B.S.E.) at Arkansas State University and holds master’s degrees in speech (M.A., University of Memphis) and theater (M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University) as well as a doctorate (Ph.D.) in theater awarded by the Louisiana State University. He also holds a masters degree (M.Div., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) and a doctorate (D.Min., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) in religious studies.

Herb has produced, directed, and/or written three dozen stage plays and eleven short films. He is the author of two books dealing with theater history. He served six years in the pastoral ministry and twenty-one years as a chaplain in the US Army Reserves, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

In 2010, Herb decided to bring his years of research, training, and ingenuity to a new creative effort: writing novels that are historically accurate as well as compelling and exciting to read. Herb believes that some of the greatest stories ever written are to be found in the pages of The Holy Bible as well as in the myths of ancient Greece; and it is these stories he wishes to share in a new and exciting way for the modern world.

Herb writes, teaches, and lives in South Florida with his wife of more than forty-five years. They have two children and one grandson.

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