Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Hypatia of Alexandria - The Legendary Women of World History by Laurel A. Rockefeller #YA #Historical #Fiction

of Alexandria
Legendary Women of World History #8
Laurel A. Rockefeller
YA Historical Fiction

Philosopher. Astronomer.
in 355 CE. In the aftermath of Constantine's reign Hypatia of
Alexandria lived in a collapsing Rome Empire, a world where obedience
to religious authorities trumped science, where reason and logic
threatened the new world order. It was a world on the edge of the
Dark Ages. As libraries burned, she dared defend the light of

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Spring yielded to summer and summer to autumn. The starry sky wheeled around Alexandria and Hypatia grew into womanhood. Listening to her father lecture his students on Hipparchus of Nicaea, Hypatia sat quietly at a table within the Serapeum, her pen scraping against the blank papyrus as she carefully copied Aristarchus’ “On the Sizes and Distances of the Sun and Moon.” Pulling out a small measuring device she copied Aristarchus’ diagrams precisely as she delighted in the beauty of his geometry, her mind half listening to her father’s class as she worked.

Aristarchus taught a heliocentric explanation for the motions of the planets and stars using elliptical orbits for the Earth and the celestial wanderers. Yet Hipparchus, writing only a few decades later, found the logic behind Aristarchus’ calculations lacking. After all, Nature only allowed for perfectly circular orbits; the idea of an elliptical orbit was utterly absurd! Everyone thought so too. And so, Hipparchus resolved the conflicts created by Earth centrism with a simple tool thought of by Apollonius of Perga: the epicycle. With epicycles the sun, moon, stars, and wanderers travelled in a small circle as they each travelled in a larger circle around the sun. And besides, under Aristarchus’ heliocentric model, the universe became a vast, almost infinitely large space, something Hipparchus absolutely could not accept.  For what could man mean to the gods if the universe was vast and expansive?  Would not humanity become too insignificant for the gods to care about?

Though her father’s lecture spoke only of Hipparchus and his innovative use of triangles in astronomy, Hypatia found herself wondering:  what if the problem with Aristarchus was not in his observations, but in the fear by Hipparchus and other devotees of Aristotle’s earth centric philosophy that perhaps the gods cared less about humans than the priests taught—if they existed at all?  And if the gods did not exist, what then? Was the human reasoning so cherished by the gods sufficient to prosper and thrive without religious belief?  Could humans control their own destinies instead of fearing the world around them and yielding authority over their lives to gods and the priests who claimed to speak for them? Was it even safe to contemplate any realm of life where the gods did not rule over every thought, feeling, or decision to be made?  Or were her contemplations of an Earth moving around the sun and a world ruled by logic and reason simply begging the gods to strike her down?

As the sun set beneath the horizon, Hypatia could only wonder.

raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller
is author of over twenty books published and self-published since
August, 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to
Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and
biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education
and improving history literacy worldwide. 

her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as
they are informative.

her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels,
attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in
both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic
motion pictures and classic television series.

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The Hunted Series by Ivy Smoak #NA #Contemporary #Romance


Hunted Series Book 1

by Ivy Smoak
Genre: New Adult,
Contemporary Romance

in the temptation in the breakout series The Hunted by Ivy

When Penny Taylor runs into a handsome stranger in a
coffee shop, she believes her luck has finally changed. After having
her confidence unwound by her ex, she falls hard for a true
gentleman. But once she realizes that her crush is her communications
professor, her world is turned upside down.

Haunted by dreams
of the alluring Professor Hunter, Penny can't seem to dismiss her
fantasies and the temptation to have him grows deeper. Will the
excitement, danger, and mystery surrounding Professor Hunter bring
her to her knees?

This book is intended for mature audiences.

"Professor Hunter, I'm sorry..." I let my voice trail off and I folded my arms across my chest to help hide my most likely exposed breasts.

He lowered his eyebrows when I said his name, just like he had in his classroom. "You like to apologize when you've done nothing wrong."

I probably imagined it, but it felt like his eyes lingered for a moment on my legs. He moved toward me so that I'd be under his umbrella with him. "Is everything alright, Penny?"

My eyes were probably red from my angry tears. I was hoping he wouldn't be able to tell in the rain. "I'm fine."

"Then what are you doing out so late all by yourself?"

"I could ask the same of you." I rolled my eyes at myself for being so immature.

"I was just going for a walk."

"Me too," I responded quietly.

He laughed. It was an enticing sound. I drew a little closer to him and let my arm brush against his.

"Are you cold, Penny?"

Cold and mortified. I nodded up at him. I liked the way my name rolled off his tongue.

He handed me the umbrella as he slid out of his jacket. Then he held his jacket out for me and I slipped one arm in and then the other. The leather held the scent of his cologne. He took the umbrella and held it above both of us again. He was such a gentleman.

"Well you really shouldn't be out alone this late, Penny," he said. "Especially in those walking clothes."

"Neither should you."

He laughed again. "Is your dorm near here? It would make me feel much better if I escorted you home."

"I live in Sussex."

"This way then," he said, and placed his hand on the small of my back for just a second.

We walked in silence for a few minutes. Every now and then I'd stumble a little in my heels and his hand would briefly touch the small of my back again. Each time he did, I felt like my heart would beat out of my chest.

"I'm not good at giving speeches," I said, finally breaking the silence. "I feel like I should just drop your class."

"I wish you wouldn't. If you ever need extra help, I have open office hours. I really am a fairly easy grader for Comm."

"It's going to be extra painful when you fail me, though."

"Why extra painful?" He said "extra" slowly, almost seductively.

"Because you...I mean I. Well, you're..." I let my voice trail off. I wanted to say, "Because you're gorgeous and I have a huge crush on you." I can't believe I almost let him hear me say that.

"Well it does seem that you aren't great at giving speeches," he laughed again. "Like I said, you can come by any time."

We walked along the length of the green. I had dreamt of having a date escort me back to my dorm room. But I only dated immature boys, not men. Professor Hunter was a man. I found myself once again wondering how old he was.

"Have you been a professor here for long?"

"Not long at all. I do love it here, despite how much it rains. Besides, you never know what you'll find during a long walk in the rain." He smiled down at me.

Is he flirting with me? It seems like he's flirting with me!

Before I knew it, we were at my dorm. I stepped out from under his umbrella and let the rain fall on me again.

"Here," I said and pulled off his jacket.

His eyes drifted for just a second to my wet tank top. "No, you can keep it."

"I've been stealing all your clothes. Soon you'll have nothing left."

"That does seem to be your plan." He had a mischievous look in his eyes.

"I insist," I said as I held out the jacket to him.

He took it reluctantly.

"I'm not in trouble, am I?"

"You're a senior, you're of legal age to drink, and you're allowed to wear what you like. Why would you be in trouble?"

But I wasn't a senior, I was a sophomore. And I wasn't over 21, I was only 19. I took a deep breath. He didn't need to know that. "You're right. And I was only walking, after all. Thank you for escorting me home, Professor Hunter."

He lowered his eyebrows when I said his name, just like he always did. But this time the action made me hold my breath. I was wrong about how he looked. He didn't look angry, his eyes looked hungry. I had to remind myself to keep breathing.

"I'll see you at 8 a.m. sharp, Miss Taylor."

Hunted Series Book 2

the addiction...find out what happens next in the sequel to The
Hunted - Temptation by Ivy Smoak.

Temptation has quickly
turned into addiction. Penny Taylor fell hard for the sexy,
mysterious, exciting, and dangerous Professor Hunter. But scandalous
affairs are meant to go down in flames. Now that he's not speaking to
her, she feels numb. And what hurts the most is that he appears to be
completely fine. As she struggles to accept that their relationship
is really over, her best friend's crude advice is in the back of her
mind- the best way to get over someone is to get under someone

Will she be able to move on, or is her addiction to her
alluring professor only just beginning?

Hunted Series Book 3

and a half years later, Penny and James are living happily in New
York City. Their love is stronger than ever. Penny is graduating from
NYCU, James is growing his new business, and the two are getting
married at the end of the month.

But graduation, starting an
internship, and planning a wedding is a lot for Penny to tackle.
Especially when mysteries from James' past are clawing at the surface
and his scheming ex and unsupportive parents threaten to destroy the
happy couple.

Will their own insecurities make them question
everything and sway them from the altar?

Hunted Series Book 4

tock. One day before the wedding of her dreams, Penny is in a city
that is no longer her home. Alone. Heartbroken. Lost. Could the past
few years really mean so little to a man that became her world? To a
man she'd do anything to protect? There is no future without him.
There is no her without him.

With only 24 hours until the
wedding, is there enough time to repair the damage? Tick tock.

even if Penny and James do come back to each other, Isabella is still
out there plotting. The world is still against them. Darkness still
lurks in the shadows of James' past. A student and her professor were
never meant to be forever. They thought it was an everlasting love,
but it was doomed from the very start. Tick tock.

led to addiction, which exploded into an eruption of chaos. And when
the pieces settled, only one thing became clear...devotion. One great
love. A love worth fighting for. Because the only thing that lasts
forever is love.

Hunted Series Book 5

and James defied the odds. A professor and his student were never
supposed to become husband and wife, let alone a father and a mother.
The couple created a foundation in NYC that is held together with
love, family, and friends. A foundation that they believed was

But what happens when the life they know is
threatened? If a struggle that should bring them closer together
begins to tear them apart? All it takes is - One. Single. Slip.
Foundations crumble. Will Penny and James continue to defy the odds?

Smoak is an Amazon bestselling New Adult Romance author. When she's
not writing, you can find her binge watching too many TV shows,
taking long walks, playing outside, and generally refusing to act
like an adult. She lives with her fiancĂ© in Delaware. 

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It's Hard Out Here for a Duke - Keeping Up with the Cavendishes by Maya Rodale #Historical #Romance #AvonRomance

Some Mistakes…
When American-born James Cavendish arrives in London tomorrow, he’ll become the Duke of Durham. Some might be ecstatic at the opportunity. Not James. He’s a simple man, fond of simple pleasures. And right now, nothing could be more pleasurable than spending his last night of freedom with a beautiful stranger.
Are Far Too Good…
One wild night, Meredith Green, companion to the dowager Duchess of Durham, said yes to a man she thought she’d never see again. Suddenly, they’re living under the same roof, where Meredith is expected to teach James how to be a duke-while trying not to surrender to temptation a second time.
To Be Forgotten.
For a duke and a commoner, marriage would be pure scandal. Yet nothing has ever felt as right as having Meredith in his arms…and in his bed. Soon he must choose-between a duty he never desired, and a woman he longs for, body and soul…

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It’s Hard Out Here For A Duke
by Maya Rodale

Keeping Up With The Cavendishes

Historical Romance

Avon Books

Publication Date
November 28, 2017


Though Miss Meredith Green lacked birth, or wealth, or many other qualifications one would assume of a gently bred lady, she had been raised to be one. She could curtsy with the best of them, expertly arrange both flowers and seating arrangements for dinner parties, and could recite pages from Debrett’s Book of the Peerage. These were just a few of her accomplishments.

As such, she should not be here, in the public room of the Queen’s Head Tavern and Coaching Inn. Especially not alone and especially not at night, where any old ruffian might think he could take a liberty with her, to put it nicely.

Which is why she should not have allowed the barmaid to add a generous splash of whiskey to her tea.

Which is probably why she was encouraging the ocular advances of a handsome man with whom she was not acquainted.

Meredith had noticed him the moment he walked in, tall and lanky but strong, with unfashionably long brown hair that fell rakishly in his eyes. What color were they, she wondered? She didn’t need to know. There was nothing she could do with this information. There was absolutely no point to her knowing.

She badly wanted to know.

So she dared one glance, then another.

Do not look. Do not look. Do not look.

Her better judgment was roundly ignored. Before she knew it they were somehow flirting from opposite sides of the room without even saying a word.

It was the sort of thing that made a girl’s heart beat giddily and her toes start to tap under her skirts. Thanks to years of training, she kept her posture poised and her movements elegant, but under her skirts, her toes were tapping.

This, this was what she need tonight: a distraction. The past few months had been trying, and the next few promised to be challenging as well, albeit in a different way. She had only tonight to live for herself.

She darted another look in his direction.

He was watching her. This truth elicited a slight smile from her lips. But she shouldn’t take pleasure in this.

She ducked her head.

But her heart beat quickly and she wondered: Would he come over?

He shouldn’t. He really should not. She absolutely should not encourage him. But life was full of should-nots, and tonight Meredith wanted to say yes.

It had been a bit of a day—on top of quite a week, and one hell of a month. Or two or three. Her visit to her ailing mother in Hampshire revealed a dispiriting truth: the life choices of Miss Meredith Green were few, and less than thrilling. Nevertheless, she had made her choice to return to London and live the restrained and dignified life of a lady’s companion.

Emphasis on restrained. When one relied on one’s spotless reputation for her very existence, one comported herself accordingly. One did not give or receive heated glances across crowded rooms.
But Meredith embarked on a little whiskey-infused rationalization: until she stepped foot in London, she could afford to live a little loosely. For one night, she might indulge in the sort of wicked behavior—and passion—that she’d have to refuse forevermore.

That was just the splash of whiskey talking, she told herself. It was just the strain of recent events wreaking havoc with her common sense. It was her mother’s bad influence. She’d had the great luck to be raised to be A Lady. She oughtn’t forget that.

Do not look. Do not look. Do not look.

She looked. Oh, she looked.

His gaze sparkled. Like he knew what inner turmoil and rationalization his glances inspired. This time, she didn’t look away.

Oh, goodness, he was coming over. Her heart beat faster and faster as his long strides brought him closer and closer until he was standing beside her, leaning casually against the bar.

Gentlemen did not lean.

“What is a beautiful woman like you doing alone in a place like this?”

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About Maya Rodale

MAYA RODALE began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence. She is now the bestselling and award winning author smart and sassy romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.

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Christmas Calamity - A Holiday Heartthrob Novella by Annelise Reynolds #Holiday #Romance #Christmas #Comedy

Title: Christmas Calamity
Genre: Holiday Romance, RomCom
Cover Designer: Dark Water Covers
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Jane Grant hates Christmas because every year a new calamity awaits…

Jane’s being exiled from the Big Apple to Big Sky Country for the holiday season to help her boss’s best friend save his family’s ranch. She’s trading boardrooms for pastures and meetings for family gatherings. Unfortunately, her job is on the line a, and her luck has run out.

Colt Jackson is a hard working single dad at the end of his rope When he breaks down and asks his best friend for some help in hopes of saving his family’s legacy for his son, he never imagined his friend would send a prim and proper, walking, talking catastrophe his way.

With the holiday season throwing snowballs their way, will Jane and Colt be able to dodge them long enough to get the job done and the go their separate ways? Or will each Christmas Calamity change their luck for the better?

I spend my days working, my evenings with my two wonderful kids, and my nights are when the characters in my head are given free reign. The tagline for Phoenix Bar, "Beauty After the Burn", holds special meaning for me and really helped to give birth to the story. Like Phoenix, I've had to rebuild my life from the ashes. It's been a long journey with a roller coaster of emotions and stresses, but I can truly say where my life is now is more beautiful than where it was.

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Lies We Keep - A Pieces of Me Novel by Danielle Rose #Contemporary #Romance

Title: Lies We Keep
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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When your soul shatters, how will you pick up the pieces?

Jezebel Tate’s writing career has reached success few experience, but when the light of fame shines too bright, Jezebel is cast back into the shadows, where she’s forced to ask herself what happens when admiration becomes obsession.

James Blakely is running from his past. A broken man haunted by a deadly mistake, James reluctantly accepts a position as Miss Tate’s private security and finds himself a pawn in her game of seduction.

When their worlds collide, Jezebel and James must decide how far they’ll go to escape the sins of their pasts.

Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.

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Sid Sanford Lives by Daniel Ford #Literary #Fiction

Literary Fiction
Date Published:  9/18/2017
Publisher: 50/50 Press

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Sid Sanford always follows a path, just not his own. From backyard Wiffle ball games to New York City skyscrapers, Sid finds triumph and pain in equal measure during his uncertain, and at times violent, thrust into manhood. A colorful, loyal family, a plethora of eccentric friends, and a few star-crossed soulmates highlight his journey, but it’s ultimately up to Sid whether his destiny fulfills his potential or drowns in the bottom of a bottle.

About the Author

Daniel Ford is an author, journalist, and the co-founder/co-host of Writer’s Bone, a literary website and podcast that champions aspiring authors and screenwriters. Sid Sanford Lives! is his debut novel. Ford lives with his fiancĂ©e Stephanie in Boston, Mass. He can often be found coaxing words out of a half-empty bourbon glass.

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