The Second Lost Tale of Mercia: Ethelred the King

The Second Lost Tale of Mercia: Ethelred the King

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

"The Lost Tales of Mercia" are ten short tales that can be enjoyed as quick glimpses into the swashbuckling history of ancient England or read alongside the full-length novel, "Eadric the Grasper." Young Ethelred wants little more than to impress his half-brother, Edward. But when a conspiracy develops against Edward's future reign, Ethelred finds himself at the center of its success.This haunting short story illustrates the scandalous circumstances surrounding Ethelred's rise to power at the age of eleven, and shows why the entire reign of so-called "Ethelred the Unready" seems to have been cursed. "The Lost Tales of Mercia" are ten short tales that can be enjoyed as quick glimpses into the swashbuckling history of ancient England or read alongside the full-length novel, "Eadric the Grasper." Most of the characters are real historical figures inspired by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
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Last Tales of Mercia 5: Osgifu the Sister

Last Tales of Mercia 5: Osgifu the Sister

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Osgifu finds out that her sister, Elwyna, may soon be hanged for murder. She faces a hard decision of whether to leave matters to fate or oppose the Normans. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.A young pastor explores the best path for his future ministry. His worldview is shattered by conversations with the Apostles John and Paul, as well as Christian leaders, from businessmen to pastors, from America to China. Restoring the “strategery” of the corporate Church to God’s original plan in Scripture is never easy, but it’s encouraging to hear from those who have faced similar questions in their own times. The biggest, hardest to swallow, and most helpful truth he found was where the business world and the Church in China found agreement: the difference between pastors and clergy.
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Last Tales of Mercia 4: Ralph the Knight

Last Tales of Mercia 4: Ralph the Knight

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

When a fight between a Norman and a Saxon gets out of hand, Sir Ralph must employ the help of a knight named Geoffrey to cover up the unfortunate incident. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently."You will always be fifteen, just like everyone else here.""But, where are the adults, the babies, the cities?""There are none. It’s just the castle, the forest, the cornfield and us."Welcome to Fifteen, a world where each inhabitant is fifteen years old and dangerous. The laws of this strange world demand that boys and girls remain mortal enemies and these laws are upheld with cold-blooded determination.When Akeem and his best friend Quinn find themselves in the world of Fifteen, they become opponents on opposite sides of an endless war. Though separated, they have the same goal, to find each other and find a way home but their friendship is forbidden and they would face a death sentence if their true feelings for one another are ever discovered. Will Akeem risk the wrath of the collective to find Quinn or will he save his own life by hunting her down?
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Last Tales of Mercia 6: Hereward the Outlaw

Last Tales of Mercia 6: Hereward the Outlaw

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Young Hereward ("the Wake") finds out that a Norman castle is being built in Shropshire and rides with a group of rowdy boys to cause trouble. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.Warning: experimental translation (hybrid) A man with the body that dies and an unique brain, so much to be been able to move to a metallic giant. What would it happen to that mind, as would it evolve it having to manage such a different hardware? His history, in family and in the space, in the bath of crowd of the city and on the sands of Mars. Up to rediscover his best part: a load of essential humanity, a tutelar spirit to all round that will bring him to risk every thing reaching an unexpected prize: itself.
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Last Tales of Mercia 8: Audrey the Slave

Last Tales of Mercia 8: Audrey the Slave

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Audrey schemes to escape from slavery at Lord Richard's castle. But the cruel knight Geoffrey keeps a close watch on her every move. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series and each other, they can be read independently.A romantic comedy set in a Sci-Fi background, Super Born is the first in a book series that follows the journey of a single mom who develops super powers in her thirties. She goes from dealing with the PTA to dealing with the FBI overnight. If adapting to this change is not enough, she must learn to balance her know life to the seductive new freedom her powers offer. How to use the powers without jeopardizing her daughter and her family? If the rules of man no longer apply to you, what is right and what is wrong? Add to that her discovery that there are more women like her and that they are hunted by those who would use their powers, and she has a confusing blend that makes her wonder if she wants the powers at all.A quirky scientist develops a complex theory as to the source of the power of the Super Born women and contracts with an investigative journalist to help him find them. Before long the journalist becomes enamored with the single mom, known now as the B.I.B., and carries on the search for his own reasons. The women's powers do not go unnoticed by the local politicians and the mob who search for them as well.Alliances form and break leading to a climatic battle of all the forces involved
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The Eighth Lost Tale of Mercia: Canute the Viking

The Eighth Lost Tale of Mercia: Canute the Viking

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

As a teenager, Canute struggles to find his place among differing religions. An unexpected relationship with another Jomsviking, forbidden by the Christians, may force him to choose a god. The Lost Tales are ten short stories set in Viking Age England (and related areas). They introduce the characters of the novel, "Eadric the Grasper," but each story stands alone.Slow Fall is a mystery in The Wekiwa County series. Set in the pre-Disney torpor of rural central Florida, it tells the story of an ex-Miami-cop who returns to his small-town Florida home to bury his father, an apparent suicide. Troubled by the circumstances of his father's death, he is drawn into a maelstrom of intrigue involving televangelists, drug runners, and corruption. A secret past connects the threads in a startling climax of greed, unbridled ambition, incest and death.
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The Tenth Lost Tale of Mercia: Edmund the Aetheling

The Tenth Lost Tale of Mercia: Edmund the Aetheling

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

In the final Lost Tale, prince Edmund suspects a plot against his father's life. He turns to his siblings, Aydith and Aethelstan, for help, but King Ethelred heeds none of them. Will they ever find someone they can trust? “The Lost Tales of Mercia” are ten short stories set in Viking Age England. They introduce the characters of the novel, "Eadric the Grasper," but each story stands alone.Without the power of the world's five elemental crystals, the world of Vida will fall into darkness. Only the prophecy of the Light Bringer can restore peace to Vida.In this first novelette of a five part series, Regina Lepue finds herself taken hostage by a nameless vandal, who claims the world's Crystals of Balance are in peril. Can she believe this ruthless killer, or is there something deeper to his story?
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The Lost Tales of Mercia

The Lost Tales of Mercia

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Read all ten Lost Tales compiled in one edition. Ten short stories explore Anglo-Saxon England through the eyes of ten intertwined lives: from a blushing maid to a bold mother, from a daring soldier to an unready king, and many others. The tales introduce the people who will fight, love, and betray each other until the rightful king claims the throne in the novel, "Eadric the Grasper."In the years near 1000 A.D., the Vikings and their king, Sweyn Forkbeard, constantly attack Engla-lond. A weak king, Ethelred II, rules the Anglo-Saxons. He tries to pay off each Viking attack with a steep tax called the “Danegald,” but again and again the pagans return. A masked vigilante called the Golden Cross tries to aid the people of Engla-lond and rally them to warfare, but this rebel is constantly way-laid by the king’s most trusted advisor, Eadric Streona. Eadric Streona, Ealdorman of Mercia, is a charming master of the king’s court who always manages to get what he wants; but what he wants remains a mystery to all.Ten short stories explore this setting through the eyes of ten different characters: from a blushing maid and bold mother to a daring soldier, an unready king, and many others. Some characters are fictional, but most are real figures of history. Altogether, the Lost Tales introduce the people who will fight, love, and betray each other until the rightful king claims the throne of Engla-lond in the complementary novel, "Eadric the Grasper."While interconnected by the novel and each other, each story stands independently as a snapshot into this ancient world. This is a collection of all ten tales, previously released as individual ebooks.
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Last Tales of Mercia 1: Emma the Queen

Last Tales of Mercia 1: Emma the Queen

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

To prove her innocence of crimes against her own son, King Edward, Emma of Normandy must walk barefoot over nine scalding ploughshares and come out unscathed.Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.Support for right-wing populism in Europe has steadily gained attention from media and policy-makers over the past decade. Most of this attention, however, has been focused on the core supporters of right-wing populist parties (RPPs) – the members and the street activists – at the expense of the topic of this publication, the ‘reluctant radicals’. These are our main protagonists: the soft, uncommitted supporters of RPPs. They are crucial for two straightforward reasons: the reluctant radicals are the bulk of RPP support as well as those who can most easily be brought back to the mainstream, thereby depriving RPPs of their main electoral base. This publication is the first of a series produced within Counterpoint’s project ‘Recapturing Europe’s Reluctant Radicals’. Our aim here is to draw an accurate portrait of these voters by exploring the characteristics of the reluctant radicals in ten European countries, with a particular focus on France, Finland and the Netherlands. We aim to critically test some common assumptions – in particular, that right-wing populism is the preserve of disadvantaged young men – as well as outline the contours of the political and cultural context in which the data needs to be interpreted. The result is a better understanding of the diversity of the support for these parties as well as a more accurate reading of the context in which they arise – the histories, traumas, memories, resentments and fears that drive the choices of the reluctant radicals.
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Last Tales of Mercia 9: Sigurd the Gleeman

Last Tales of Mercia 9: Sigurd the Gleeman

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Sigurd, once a minstrel and royal courtier, struggles to determine the nature of his relationship with Thegn Godric when Lord Alfric enters his life. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.Sir Differel Van Helsing has finally been confirmed Director of the Caerleon Order, and has begun her training to officially take over when she turns 21. Though dedicated and precocious, no one expects her to be able to do anything important for a few years yet.As such, when she awakens in the middle of the night to find that everyone in her manor house--staff, guards, and servants alike--have disappeared without a trace, she questions whether she has what it takes to find and rescue them. But she must try regardless, even if she risks succumbing to the same force.
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Last Tales of Mercia 3: Elwyna the Exile

Last Tales of Mercia 3: Elwyna the Exile

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

To obtain timber for Richard's castle, two Normans will cruelly take advantage of Elwyna's hidden home in the woods unless she finds a way to stop them. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently."Where Are You?" is the third book in the 'More Sight Word' series. Designed for those who are just beginning to read, it uses the Dolch Basic Sight Words and the Fry Instant Words. "Where Are You" incorporates the vocabulary from the two prior books and adds 18 new words. There are a total of 134 words in this book so the vocabulary is repeated often. This purposeful repetition gives the reader the opportunity to practice and become familiar with the words.This series comes from the best selling hard copy book "More Sight Word Stories" which is no longer in print. To keep the stories current, I am providing them in eBook format. I hope your child will find reading success with this series just as children did with the original.
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Last Tales of Mercia 2: Richard the Norman

Last Tales of Mercia 2: Richard the Norman

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

When King Edward calls on his allies for military support, the Norman lord Richard FitzScrob must take drastic measures to make his Saxon subjects obedient. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.Ellen Leonard is feeling both free and empty. Just out of a two-year relationship, she decides a trip to Ireland could be the perfect opportunity to shake off her lethargy and also reassert her independence. But as she settles in at a remote cottage in the Irish countryside and her days take on a comfortable routine, Ellen begins to discover that sometimes things that go bump don’t always do it just in the night.“Under the Hill” also features a sneak peek at two of Sheila’s newest books, Relatively Dead and Picked to Die. And watch for An Early Wake, the third book in the County Cork Mystery Series, coming in February!About the Author:Sheila Connolly is an Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated author who writes the New York Times bestselling County Cork Mysteries, which draw heavily on her Irish ancestry and frequent trips to Ireland. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Museum Mysteries and Orchard Mysteries. In addition, she has published Once She Knew, a romantic suspense; Reunion with Death, a traditional mystery set in Tuscany; Relatively Dead, a paranormal romance and a New York Times bestseller; and Seeing the Dead, as well as a number of short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and three cats.
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Grand Traitor

Grand Traitor

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

A foreigner surprises everyone in Castle Krondolee when she claims to possess the key to a room that has remained closed for centuries, its contents unknown. Arken Jeridar, descended from the god of greed, schemes to win the key for himself and the queen's love all at once. But success may come at a far greater cost than he ever expected.In an ancient kingdom, the battle between good and evil ensued, and within time, the battle lines expanded into new frontiers - a New World called Earth.When the first angels fell, the original vampires, they quickly establish positions in the New World. The humans, unaware of the existence of these bloodthirsty beings, had no inclination that their world was about to change forever. Renowned for being the hunter, the human race quickly became the hunted.As the vampires dominance spread throughout the world, threatening to engulf all humanity, a race of guardian angels soon followed, not only to protect their own from harm's way but to ensure the survival of the human race.A young girl, Grace Connors, who unknowingly held the past and the future in the palm of her hand, had no idea of the role she was about to play in saving the human race. In this riveting series, Patti Roberts sets in motion a sweeping time-travel fantasy originating in an ancient kingdom light years away. In a kingdom where supernatural forces, Gods, and magic reign, an elaborate tale of mythical creatures and unlikely heroes unfolds.“Paradox — the ephemeral link between what was and what could be, the legends of two worlds fused into one lethally warped reality.” Ella Medler, Paper Gold Publishing.
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The Ninth Lost Tale of Mercia: Runa the Wife

The Ninth Lost Tale of Mercia: Runa the Wife

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

Runa expects to live her entire life isolated in the woods until she meets Thorkell the Tall. She tries to conform to society through a traditional marriage, but at a very high cost to them both. The Lost Tales are ten short stories set in Viking Age England (and related areas). They introduce the characters of the novel, "Eadric the Grasper," but each story stands alone.**A short story**Brooke writes "LEAVE THIS PAGE BLANK" on the inside of her yearbook so her best friend has a place to sign. But after the book is passed around at school, she finds that someone else has written there first. The handwriting is bizarre and unrecognizable, and instead of well-wishes for the upcoming summer, the message contains a creepy warning. Brooke wants to believe it's all a joke... but her growing sense of dread is making her think otherwise.
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Last Tales of Mercia 7: Godric the Thegn

Last Tales of Mercia 7: Godric the Thegn

Jayden Woods

Historical Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy

When Richard FitzScrob asks Godric to hunt for the youth who desecrated his castle, Godric's loyalty to King Edward and the Normans will be put to the test. Set in the Dark Ages of Engla-lond, the "Last Tales of Mercia" are ten short stories featuring real historical figures and characters from the "Sons of Mercia" series. Though strongly connected to the series, they can be read independently.In a world where only those of noble birth are invited to join the elite Griffin Riders, orphan Neb is destined for a life of drudgery. His path changes when he steals the disobedient young griffin Balkind in an attempt to prove that you don't need noble blood to become a hero. Join "The Griffin's Boy" on the adventure of a lifetime as he encounters girls for the very first time, learns the meaning of friendship and battles evil forces for his very soul.
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