Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

You love history.  You love history ebooks.  But, you also love fiction--and you're not afraid to admit it.  Why not have the best of both worlds? Authors who promote their Historical Fiction ebooks on our website always do so for free or at a discounted price.  Bestsellers, new releases, and authors you'll be glad to have discovered.  See the past through the eyes of these creative heroes!

 

Definition of "Historical Fiction Genre": The most important part of ebooks in this genre are their settings.  Yes, characters and plot matter.  But, beyond all else, the details associated with the setting must be accurate. This takes a tremendous amount of research and familiarity from the authors who delve into this genre of ebooks.  These ebooks can focus on actual historical figures, or they can insert more fictionalized elements into the plot.  It is always a balancing act between the history and fiction, and is something the best authors in this genre navigate with aplomb.  

 

Some examples of bestselling ebooks in the Historical Fiction genre are Erik Larson (Devil in the White City), Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind), Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin Novels), and Mary Renault (The Persian Boy).

Crimes of the Levee (Levee District Book 1)

by John Sturgeon

 

"This series is perfect for fans of historical crime!" –Anne Bonny Book Reviews

It is 1905, and Chicago is an open town. The most accessible part of town is the Levee District. It is an area of the city that's hard to tell the crooks from the cops. There are brothels, madams, opium dens, gambling joints and plenty of alcohol, but it all comes at a price in the Levee, and the two Ward Aldermen get their share of every vice's dollar. With the hanging of serial killer, Simon Kluge, police Detective Patrick Moses is suddenly without a case. Before Moses can relax, he is approached by an aging retail mogul who asks him to investigate the mysterious shooting of his son.

As Moses gets deeper into both cases, he realizes that in the Levee there are a lot of people who don't want the two cases solved, including the police and the Ward Aldermen.

 

 
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Second Son (Second Son Chronicles Book 1)

by Pamela Taylor


“Historical fiction lovers will enjoy this tale of knightly adventure.” –Sublime Book Review

It is the dawn of the Renaissance, a time when new ideas are just beginning to emerge. Alfred — the eponymous second son — comes of age in the enlightened court of his grandfather. Alfred is convinced that his life will be unremarkable, spent in diligent but mundane service to king and kingdom. His grandfather, however, foresees for him a special destiny.

It is also a time when peace and stability are tenuous, and threats can arise from unexpected quarters. Taken captive while on a mission for the king, Alfred is held for ransom and taken ever farther away from his home. With his prospects dwindling, he must find a way to survive if he is ever to fulfill that mysterious destiny.

 

 
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Love of Finished Years

by Gregory Erich Phillips


This moving debut novel by Gregory Erich Phillips won the Grand Prize for best book of the year in the Chanticleer Reviews International writing Competition.

Pre WWI, Elsa came to America with her eyes wide open, realizing it was up to her to make a life
for herself. Surviving a sweatshop in lower Manhattan, a chance job with a Long Island elite
family opens up her world. Invited in, up to a point, she unwittingly, albeit precariously, crosses
the social divide with her now open heart which puts all she worked for in jeopardy.

What a truly wonderful story! I’ve read it three times, and with each
reading I find myself caring about the fabulous characters and their
lives even more.”
— P. J. Alderman, New York Times Bestselling Author

“From the riveting opening . . . until its gripping conclusion, this enthralling
novel vividly portrays the desperate times of German immigrants
landing at Ellis Island in 1905. A timely read . . . it illuminates the issues
that we are experiencing a century later. . .Phillips reminds us that love,
light, and perseverance can help us find a way to overcome almost any
obstacle.”  
— Chanticleer Reviews

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Lady in Ermine — The Story of A Woman Who Painted the Renaissance

by Donna DiGiuseppe


Stroke by stroke, color by color, the past comes alive as a young woman in Lombardy, Italy trains to paint with the masters.

Will her ambition be too much for them? Or will she secure her place in the world of Renaissance art, despite them?

As Sofonisba struggles to make her name, the Spanish empire invades Italy.
With Michelangelo as her mentor and her father as her champion, Sofonisba dreams of painting the Spanish King.

In this novel of Royal intrigue and artistic toil, we see the soul of the painter come alive. We watch as Sofonisba struggles to realize her dreams against the backdrop of patriarchal Europe. When Royal tragedy unfolds, we learn the true strength of our heroine.

Romance, hardship, bankruptcy, and a legacy of hundreds of paintings that still influence today's artists. An authentic story of what it was like to be a woman of ambition in the Renaissance.

History comes dramatically alive as we journey through the Renaissance with Sofonisba Anguissola.

This is her story.

 
 
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Special Access (Duncan Hunter Thriller Book 1)

by Mark A. Hewitt

 

Approved by the CIA Publication Review Board.

“Duncan Hunter is a great character… an excellent read.” –A Good Thriller

Basking in the glory of killing Osama bin Laden, the President revealed that US Navy SEALs carried out the mission. His constant heralding of their heroism and capabilities damaged the SEAL's operational security, revealed tricks of their trade, and endangered them and their families. As some in the Special Operations community expected and feared, a number of SEALs are systematically killed across the country. The Navy's legendary SEAL commander, Captain Bill McGee, believes he is the next target of a sniper and seeks help from a close friend with unusual contacts and capabilities.

Duncan Hunter, a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot, flies a top-secret airplane with his mentor, Greg Lynche, the sometimes über-liberal retired CIA Chief of Air Branch. Together, in their quiet airplane, they execute some of the CIA's most sensitive airborne counterterrorism missions under a Special Access Program. Saving McGee from a sniper's bullet comes at a price as Duncan Hunter finds himself at the crossroads - either remain a contract pilot and betray a friend or become a patriot and risk exposure as a traitor. His decision pulls him into one intrigue after another, finally revealing the truth behind several conspiracies hidden behind the firewalls of top-secret security clearances, CIA files, and Special Access Programs.

 

 
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Avenging Angels: Guns of Legion

by A.W. Hart


SADDLE UP FOR THE NINTH BOOK OF THE HEART-POUNDING, BULLET-BURNING, BIBLE-THUMPING WESTERN SERIES!

There’s a monster in Lone Jack, Wyoming, and when Reno Bass and his twin sister, Sara, arrive to collect the bounty on the beast’s head, all hell breaks loose. When the smoke from the twins’ ’58 Remington cap and ball revolvers clear, a dying tattooed man threatens them with the guns of Legion.

Taken prisoner at Chronicle Rock by a giant named Elisha and the mysterious Charlie Bratt, King of Swallows, Reno and Sara are led to the Bar Seven ranch where Mendelssohn Jobe’s twisted circus is camped. Ranch owner Ben Huddleston has a soft spot for Sara that’s not forgiving enough to overlook the tattooed man’s murder. After fighting a machete-crazed wildling named Lillith and wrestling a lion, the twins escape from the Bar Seven and resume their hunt for the beast.

But at the Bar Seven, Mendelssohn Jobe takes over the ranch in a vicious midnight attack. Huddleston needs Reno and Sara’s gun hands to save the day. Leading the stricken Rancher in a guerrilla war against the deadly menagerie, Reno and Sara race the clock to reclaim the ranch and save a dead man’s widow from a heinous fate.

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Chosen For Power: Hexe Volume One

by Isobella Crowley


Magic… when ruthless ambition is not enough.

Lucy has it all.

A blossoming singing career, the looks for the silent movie business, and a lover to die for.

All is unfolding swimmingly until she is confronted by a young actress who is well versed in dark magic and her sights set on stealing everything from her.

Having denied her own birthright as witchcraft, Lucy has to protect her career, relationship and ultimately, her life.

Before it’s too late.

Surrounded by a world of glamour and wooed by a leading matinee idol, Volume One: Chosen for Power follows Lucy in a sweeping tale of obsessive love, witchcraft and retribution.

This spellbinding eight-part historical fantasy drama is set in four different eras spanning the course of a century. Beginning in 1921, Hexe tracks the dark magical exploits of four women joined by the thread of destiny.

 

 
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Noumenon Infinity

by Marina J. Lostetter


Travel to the remotest reaches of deep space in this wondrous follow-up to the acclaimed Noumenon—a tale of exploration, adventure, science, and humanity with the sweep and intelligence of the works of Arthur C. Clarke, Neal Stephenson, and Octavia Butler.

Generations ago, Convoy Seven and I.C.C. left Earth on a mission that would take them far beyond the solar system. Launched by the Planet United Consortium, a global group formed to pursue cooperative Earth-wide interests in deep space, nine ships headed into the unknown to explore a distant star called LQ Pyx.

Eons later, the convoy has returned to LQ Pyx to begin work on the Web, the alien megastructure that covers the star. Is it a Dyson Sphere, designed to power a civilization as everyone believes—or something far more sinister?

Meanwhile, Planet United’s littlest convoy, long thought to be lost, reemerges in a different sector of deep space. What they discover holds the answers to unlocking the Web’s greater purpose.

Each convoy possesses a piece of the Web’s puzzle . . . but they may not be able to bring those pieces together and uncover the structure’s true nature before it’s too late.

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Wolf's Head (The Forest Lord Book 1)

by Steven A. McKay


When a frightened young outlaw joins a gang of violent criminals their names – against a backdrop of death, dishonour, brotherhood, and love – will become legend.

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After viciously assaulting a corrupt but powerful clergyman Robin Hood flees the only home he has ever known in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Becoming a member of a notorious band of outlaws, Hood and his new companions – including John Little and Will Scaflock – hide out in the great forests of Barnsdale, fighting for their very existence as the law hunts them down like animals.

When they are betrayed, and their harsh lives become even more unbearable, the band of friends seeks bloody vengeance.

Meanwhile, the country is in turmoil, as many of the powerful lords strive to undermine King Edward II’s rule until, inevitably, rebellion becomes a reality and the increasingly deadly yeoman outlaw from Wakefield finds his fate bound up with that of a Hospitaller Knight…

"Wolf’s Head" brings the brutality, injustice and intensity of medieval England vividly to life, and marks the beginning of a thrilling new historical fiction series in the style of Bernard Cornwell and Simon Scarrow.

“Well researched and enjoyably written, Wolf’s Head is a fast-paced and original re-casting of a familiar legend. McKay’s gift as a storyteller pulls the reader into a world of violence, passion, injustice and revenge and leaves us wanting more!"

Glyn Iliffe, author, The Adventures of Odysseus series

As of Feb 2014, Wolf's Head is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree!

 
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The Crocketts: Western Saga One

by Robert Vaughan


SADDLE UP FOR A NON-STOP RIDE IN VOLUME ONE OF A NEW WESTERN SAGA – FROM THE MAN WHO BROUGHT YOU THE CHANEY BROTHERS WESTERN SERIES.

During the Civil War, they sought justice outside of the law, paying back every Yankee raid with one of their own. No man could stop them… no woman could resist them… and no Yankee stood a chance when Will and Gid Crockett rode into town.

After their parents are murdered by a band of marauding Yankees, Will and Gid Crockett join William Quantrill and his gang of bloodthirsty raiders to seek revenge on the attackers.

Someone’s about to mess with the Crocketts, and that means someone’s about to be messed with back. Will and Gid don’t like getting shot at, especially by varmints who don’t have skill enough to kill them.

The Crocketts: Western Saga 1 includes: Trail of Vengeance, Slaughter in Texas, Law of the Rope and The Town That Wouldn't Die.

 

 
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INCEPTIO: The first Carina Mitela Roma Nova thriller (Roma Nova Thriller Series Book 1)

by Alison Morton


"It’s about blood, survival and money. Mostly yours."
New Yorker Karen Brown is running for her life. She makes a snap decision to flee to Roma Nova – her dead mother’s homeland, and last remnant of the Roman Empire in the 21st century. But can Karen tough it out in such an alien culture? And with a crazy killer determined to terminate her for a very personal reason?

Stifled by the protective cocoon of her Roma Novan family, deceived by her new lover, she propels herself into a dangerous mission. But then the killer sets a trap – she must sacrifice herself for another – and she sees no escape.

A thriller laced with romance and coming of age, this is Roman fiction brought into the 21st century through the lens of alternative history and driven by a female protagonist with heart and courage.

"Eve Dallas meets Lindsey Davis’s Roman detective Falco meets The Hunger Games."

– B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree
– Shortlisted for the International Rubery Book Award
– Finalist in Writing Magazine Self-Published Book of the Year

"Grips like a vice – a writer to watch out for" – Adrian Magson

 
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Primordial Threat

by M.A. Rothman


The year is 2066 and the world is oblivious to the threat it faces.

The fate of humanity lies on the shoulders of Burt Radcliffe, the new head of NASA's Near Earth Object program.

He's been rushing the completion of DefenseNet, a ring of satellites that are both part of an early-warning system as well as the means to eliminate incoming threats.

Yet Burt knows that despite the world's best efforts, nothing can be done about the alert he's just received.

Coming out of deep space is a danger that's been approaching since the dawn of time. A black hole. An unstoppable threat that promises death for all in its wake.

Dave Holmes was a modern-day Einstein. As the original architect of DefenseNet, he'd had visions of this Primordial Threat before he disappeared, yet he'd left behind no details on how the problem might be solved.

Can Holmes be found, and if so, will his solution even work?

The world has less than a year to find out.

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Primary Command: The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #2 (an Action Thriller)

by Jack Mars


“One of the best thrillers I have read this year.”
--Books and Movie Reviews (re Any Means Necessary)

In PRIMARY COMMAND (The Forging of Luke Stone—Book #2), a ground-breaking action thriller by #1 bestseller Jack Mars, elite Delta Force veteran Luke Stone, 29, leads the FBI’s Special Response Team on a nail-biting mission to save American hostages from a nuclear submarine. But when all goes wrong, and when the President shocks the world with his reaction, it may fall on Luke’s shoulders to save not only the hostages—but the world.


PRIMARY COMMAND is an un-putdownable military thriller, a wild action ride that will leave you turning pages late into the night. The precursor to the #1 bestselling LUKE STONE THRILLER SERIES, this series takes us back to how it all began, a riveting series by bestseller Jack Mars, dubbed “one of the best thriller authors” out there.

“Thriller writing at its best.”
--Midwest Book Review (re Any Means Necessary)

Book #3--PRIMARY THREAT--is also now available!

Also available is Jack Mars’ #1 bestselling LUKE STONE THRILLER series (7 books), which begins with Any Means Necessary (Book #1), a free download with over 800 five star reviews!

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Skinwalker: A Gideon Thorn Western Horror Omnibus

by Michael Newton


MICHAEL NEWTON HAS WHIPPED UP A COLLECTION OF CHILLING TALES THAT WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS.

Gideon Thorn, survivor at age two of the unknown 'animal' attack that massacred his family in Kansas Territory, roams the West in search of answers to his personal tragedy and other unsolved mysteries of seeming paranormal origin.

Gideon confronts his early fear—perhaps his very fate—on hallowed ground… he must now face an unworldly threat from one dispossessed of what was rightfully his…and there’s no greater foe, man, or beast.

Follow Gideon Thorn as he investigates the unknown that could lead him to the very mouth of Hell.

Skinwalker: A Gideon Thorn Western Horror Omnibus includes – Skinwalker, Leviathan Rising, Ghost Town, Mountain Devils, Soul Slayers, Hallowed Ground, Night Flyers and Empty Graves.

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Jackdaws

by Ken Follett


In his own bestselling tradition of Eye of the Needle and The Key to Rebecca, Ken Follett delivers a breathtaking novel of suspense set in the most dangerous days of World War II. Look out for Ken's newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.

D-Day is approaching. They don’t know where or when, but the Germans know it’ll be soon, and for Felicity “Flick” Clariet, the stakes have never been higher. A senior agent in the ranks of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) responsible for sabotage, Flick has survived to become one of Britain’s most effective operatives in Northern France. She knows that the Germans’ ability to thwart the Allied attack depends upon their lines of communications, and in the days before the invasion no target is of greater strategic importance than the largest telephone exchange in Europe.

But when Flick and her Resistance-leader husband try a direct, head-on assault that goes horribly wrong, her world turns upside down. Her group destroyed, her husband missing, her superiors unsure of her, her own confidence badly shaken, she has one last chance at the target, but the challenge, once daunting, is now near impossible. The new plan requires an all-woman team, none of them professionals, to be assembled and trained within days. Code-named the Jackdaws, they will attempt to infiltrate the exchange under the noses of the Germans—but the Germans are waiting for them now and have plans of their own. There are secrets Flick does not know—secrets within the German ranks, secrets among her hastily recruited team, secrets among those she trusts the most. And as the hours tick down to the point of no return, most daunting of all, there are secrets within herself. . . . 

Filled with the powerful storytelling, unforgettable characters, and authentic detail that have become his hallmarks, Jackdaws is Ken Follett writing at the height of his powers.

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Chaney Law (A Chaney Brothers Western Book 4)

by Robert Vaughan


LANCE AND BUCK CHANEY, BROTHERS BY BLOOD, HARDENED BY WAR…

After being seriously wounded in his pursuit of the Carter brothers, Deputy Marshal Buck Chaney wakes to find himself in the middle of a sheep war in Blanco County, Texas. On one side are the Texas cattlemen who’ll do whatever it takes to rid the range of the animals and those who come with them. On the other is a Mexican family who only wanted to be left alone. Outgunned, Buck sends for help from his brother.

But Lance Chaney has problems of his own.

The newly appointed sheriff of Comanche County has a killer in his town who is hellbent on blotting out something from his past and wants no remaining witnesses. The corpses stack up until the main suspect is murdered in jail, with his dying breath he utters the words, “Grand Valley.”

Now Lance must dig into the past to find a killer before it’s too late.

Two brothers, counties apart, and fighting a stacked deck. In the end it’s only the law that counts. Their law. Chaney Law…

 

 
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Jack Ballas Classic Western Collection, Volume 3

by Jack Ballas



THE THIRD SPRAWLING WESTERN COLLECTION FROM JACK BALLAS – INDIAN PRIDE, OUTLAW RAGE, AND FRONTIER JUSTICE.

From Alabama to the Rockies; these difficult and deadly life contests are painted in the Old West by the life and death with man and nature. Ballas’ characters are entwined in these complex struggles with carpet baggers, gun-fighters, Comancheros, bandits, cattle rustlers and western spies.

This land of opportunity is full of those that will take advantage of weaker people, but also men that will not stand by to see citizens bullied.

The Jack Ballas Classic Western Collection, Volume 3 includes: The Rugged Trail, Trail Brothers, West of the River, Hanging Valley, Land Grab, The Homesteader, and A Town Afraid.

 

 
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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers Book 1)

by Becky Chambers

 

The acclaimed modern science fiction masterpiece, included on Library Journal's Best SFF of 2016, the Barnes & Nobles Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Best Books of 2015, the Tor.com Best Books of 2015, Reader’s Choice, as well as nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Kitschie, and the Bailey's Women's Prize.

Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space—and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe—in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star.

Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain.

Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.

 

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The Alchemist of Paris

by M. C. Dulac

‘I remembered a word I had heard the monks say. A word that was rich and alluring, a word describing something I knew to be wrong, but which I knew was exactly what lay in the pages before me. Alchemy.’
Diary of Elise du Bois, Paris, France, 1820


In the heart of modern Paris is an old house...

... a house that has been hidden for almost two hundred years.

The only clue to its secrets lies in a nineteenth century diary.

When research student Ellie opens the door, she will discover not just an ancient mystery, but a tale of magic, betrayal - and immortal love, spanning the centuries.

 
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Forgiven

by Geoff Lawson


1899... Rachel is young, charming and troubled - brought down by rumour and innuendo, she is a social outcast; then she meets Richard and things change for the better, although potential problems still abound. Her father is a self made man of influence, and she will have to convince him that Richard should be allowed to court her; a difficult task, even if things do go to plan. Richard is athletic and devil-may-care, but things change rapidly after he and Rachel meet. Keen to prove that he is worthy enough to take Rachel's hand, he errs when he enlists to fight in South Africa and leaves her under a cloud. Once there, one sobering experience is followed by another until he is captured by the enemy and sinks into despair. Meanwhile, still waiting at home, Rachel's safety is imperiled by an errant brother and drastic measures are required by her father to get her back...
That is all I will tell you. If you want to know more, you'll have to read Forgiven to find out how it ends.

When Lawson does deep and meaningful, you do understand! Jean Hendy-Harris (author)

A story so good I didn't want it to end, so I read it twice. Diana Devine

This could be one of the best books I've ever read; don't change a thing. George Flutey

 
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