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The Seamstress

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A beautifully crafted story breathes life into the cameo character from the classic novel A Tale of Two Cities. France, 1788
It is the best of times . . .

On a tranquil farm nestled in the French countryside, two orphaned cousins—Renée and Laurette—have been raised under the caring guardianship of young Émile Gagnon, the last of a once-prosperous family. No longer starving girls, Laurette and Renée now spend days tending Gagnon’s sheep, and nights in their cozy loft, whispering secrets and dreams in this time of waning innocence and peace.

It is the worst of times . . .

Paris groans with a restlessness that can no longer be contained within its city streets. Hunger and hatred fuel her people. Violence seeps into the ornate halls of Versailles. Even Gagnon’s table in the quiet village of Mouton Blanc bears witness to the rumbles of rebellion, where Marcel Moreau embodies its voice and heart.

It is the story that has never been told.

In one night, the best and worst of fate collide. A chance encounter with a fashionable woman will bring Renée’s sewing skills to light and secure a place in the court of Queen Marie Antoinette. An act of reckless passion will throw Laurette into the arms of the increasingly militant Marcel. And Gagnon, steadfast in his faith in God and country, can only watch as those he loves march straight into the heart of the revolution.


Allison Pittman is an award-winning author of fourteen novels in the Christian historical fiction space. Her novels span the centuries from the Protestant Reformation (Loving Luther, Tyndale) to the American Dust Bowl (On Shifting Sand, Tyndale). When not writing, Allison works as a freelance editor for The Christian Communicator and heads up a thriving writers’ group in her beloved San Antonio, Texas. She spends a few weekends a year speaking at women’s and writers’ conferences. She and her husband, Mikey, are currently enjoying a semi-empty nest, with three big boys mid-launch in the world. Her happy place is her pretty little writing room with her dog Snax snuggled at her side.

For more on Allison, visit her website.


The 19th Bladesman

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His duty is to die young, but fate has something far more lethal in mind. If Kaell breaks, the kingdom breaks with him. And prophecy says the 19th Bladesman will break …

The Bonded Warrior …

Kill. Die young. That’s what a swordsman bonded to the ancient gods does. Without expecting praise from the man who trained him to survive this centuries-old, malignant war against the inhuman followers of an invincible lord. 
But Kaell wants more. More of Val Arques’ attention, his approval. Just more.

The fire dancer …

Ice lord, spy, Heath never loses a fire dance. Yet he longs to know that thrill of danger down his spine as he kills for his god, to fight a warrior who might, just might be better than him.

The broken …

Val Arques is a bladesman of formidable power entrusted not only with Kaell’s life but with the truth that will destroy him.
Banished to a grim outpost of this doomed kingdom of sorcery, poetry and treachery, he cannot afford to care about the young warrior. 
For love means loss. And Val Arques has a shameful secret …

A kingdom on the edge of chaos …

As a vengeful god escapes his ancient prison and Kaell is drawn into his web of deception, even Val Arques can’t protect him from the dark prophecy awaiting him. Because you can’t flee fate unless you’re willing to do the unthinkable.Duty and love collide in this powerful epic fantasy about shattering loss, betrayal and the price of power that will enthral fans of Game of Thrones, Blood Song and the Mistborn trilogy.

If you love dark plots, dark magic and characters with even darker secrets; pick up The 19thBladesman, first in the sensational Shadow Sword series.


S.J. Hartland is an Australian journalist and foil fencer who has spent too many holidays wandering around obscure castles and is obsessed with anything medieval. She is originally from Townsville, north Queensland, lived in Sydney for many years and now calls the Darling Downs home. The 19th Bladesman, the first in the Shadow Sword series, is her first book. The second in the series, The Last Seer King, will be released in May 2019.

Visit her website at www.sjhartland.com for more information.

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