Richard 1: A Novel Free on Kindle:

Richard 1: A Novel by Dora Benley is free to download on Amazon Kindle starting today and continuing for the next five days. It is all part of a special promotion. But hurry! The promotion won’t be repeated this year!
Elizabeth is a lady in waiting to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine during the time of her confinement at Salisbury Castle. Queen Eleanor is a woman of remarkable powers, some say dark powers. Elizabeth learns to be a witch from her and takes up the lore of gathering herbs in the woods. The Queen then directs her to accompany her newly crowned son, King Richard I, to the Holy Land on the Third Crusade. She is to protect him against all evil, especially the scheming of Prince John, the new king’s brother, who wants to crown himself in his stead.
Elizabeth sails to the Holy Land to take up battle with the infidel. But she finds herself in an unexpected quandary. Instead of King John the enemy kidnaps her and threatens to put her into a Middle Eastern harem. They threaten to take her away from the man, King Richard I, whom she is sworn to protect and defend. But in the oddest fashion of all, she finds herself falling in love with her captor, a Saracen. What is Elizabeth to do? She cannot forget her oath to the Queen. But she also cannot betray her own heart.

If you enjoyed Richard 1: A Novel you will like other young adult novels by Dora Benley including Livia: A Novel, Julia: A Novel, Julius Caesar : A Novel, Book of the Dead, Minotaur, and Helen of Troy.

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A Distant Mirror: King Richard I: A Novel:

This historical romantic thriller novel by Dora Benley was written after September 11, 2001. She hopes to use the Third Crusade, where Richard fought against Saladin, as a kind of “distant mirror”, in the words of the medieval historian, Barbara Tuchman, for our own troubled time. Perhaps with this distant mirror we can lift the veil in which the modern Saracens or Arabs seem enshrouded just as the heroine, Elizabeth, must do in medieval times when she falls in love with one of their mysterious numbers.

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King Richard I: A Novel

Elizabeth is a lady in waiting to Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine during the time of her confinement at Salisbury Castle. Queen Eleanor is a woman of remarkable powers, some say dark powers. Elizabeth learns to be a witch from her and takes up the lore of gathering herbs in the woods. The Queen then directs her to accompany her newly crowned son, King Richard I, to the Holy Land on the Third Crusade. She is to protect him against all evil, especially the scheming of Prince John, the new king’s brother, who wants to crown himself in his stead.

Elizabeth sails to the Holy Land to take up battle with the infidel. But she finds herself in an unexpected quandary. Instead of King John the enemy kidnaps her and threatens to put her into a Middle Eastern harem. They threaten to take her away from the man, King Richard I, whom she is sworn to protect and defend. But in the oddest fashion of all, she finds herself falling in love with her captor, a Saracen. What is Elizabeth to do? She cannot forget her oath to the Queen. But she also cannot betray her own heart.

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Chapter 7 of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1:

Chapter 7 of Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 is now on the Cheops Books LLC website: http://www.edwardwarethrillers.org in German translation. It is part 7 in the installment series we are making available for readers before the book itself is published in German.

The proofs for the German translation are making their way to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany this October as part of the IBPA exhibition.
Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.

Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 is followed by Captive at the Berghof: Part 2.

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Final Cover For Dark: A Trilogy:

Here we have the final cover for Dark: A Trilogy by Dora Benley to be published by Cheops Books LLC on November 15. The cover was designed and drawn by Andrew the artist. It will be included in the small press issue to be published by Publisher’s Weekly, the trade journal, on Monday, August 28 along with other books by IBPA members. See it there. We will feature it on our website on the day that the magazine is published including a link.

Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?

Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.

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Doc and Bianca on Dark: A Trilogy Cover:

Doc and Bianca are featured on the new proposed cover for Dark: a Trilogy with the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco at night time lighted up in the background. The three book young adult series will be published by Cheops Books LLC on November 15. The publication date has been moved up by one month.

Teenager Bianca Winters had no idea what was in store for her in the next few years when she took on a babysitting assignment across the street with Little Katie Shipley. That night her whole life was to change forever as a killer roamed around in the dark upstairs. She had to save the baby while the housekeeper, Mrs. Ingersoll, fell to her death.

In the months that followed the murder, Bianca comes under the wing of her new medical advisor, Doc, who helps her recover from the horrible experience. She falls in love with the young man only to have doubt cast on his motives by circumstances that hint that he himself is the killer. When he goes on the run, she has to still believe in him somehow. How could she love a murderer?
Katie Shipley’s parents move to California and take Bianca with them as her live in babysitter. Bianca thinks that Doc is dead, killed trying to escape from the authorities. But then just as a strange gentleman from England appears and tries to kidnap Little Katie, a young man who reminds her of the one she has lost materializes in her life again. He shows her what has really been going on all these years behind the scenes, why Mrs. Ingersoll was killed, and what the bad guys want with Little Katie. The trilogy ends with the biggest surprise ending of all time.

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To What Fictional World Would You Travel?

I would travel to the fictional world of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth world. I would set up the parameters for my upcoming thriller novel Old Faithful Plot, which is inspired by Jules Verne. He relies on a volcano for the entrance to his world and for the exit from it. So do I.

While they are hiding out from Dora’s husband at the Old Faithful Lodge in 1933, Dora and Edward are also hiding Lawrence maps that Churchill has given them and which Hitler would do anything to get his hands on. Enter Helga and Herr von Wessel, Hitler’s top spies. They warn Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora that either they hand over the top secret maps, key to world domination, or they will blow up Yellowstone National Park. They will turn the famous geyser basin into volcanic rubble – and the rest of America, too, which would be buried in volcanic ash just like Pompeii. And if that doesn’t work they have an even darker plot up their sleeves, one that would change history itself.
Remember, Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. And if all the volcanoes of the world are somehow connected at some level, it all makes sense. Vesuvius, Yellowstone, a volcano in Iceland as in Journey to the Center of the Earth all communicate with each other. You could enter by one and come out by another. And if it doesn’t matter what your time period is, and you can communicate with the past and future in this way, then volcanoes become a kind of time machine. What more do you need for an exciting read? It does not matter if it is the nineteenth century or now. It is all the very same thing.

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Captive of the Berghof: Part 1 in German:

Chapter 6 of Captive at the Berghof Part 1 is now ready to read. Cheops Books LLC has posted it on the website under the German installments section. This is our next step in the publication of the German Edition of the novel.

This October Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 will be displayed at the IBPA booth in Frankfurt, Germany at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Hopefully the new German edition will be in the proof stage by then. Perhaps a German book store might want to display it or sell it. Perhaps a German publisher might pick it up and curiously examine the translation. It might even interest a librarian.

In Captive at the Berghof Adolf Hitler threatens Colonel Sir Edward Ware and Dora, Lady Ware, that if they do not hand over the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, he will kidnap their daughter.

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New Cover For Wall Street Swastika:

Dora and Edward are trysting at the Waldorf Astoria while Edward is on leave from British Mid East Headquarters in October of 1929. Suddenly on October 29 on Black Tuesday they notice a commotion on the streets. All the action is on Wall Street. They find their friend and compatriot Winston Churchill sadly watching as people leap out window and his own American investments plummet.

Even worse from their own point of view Winston shows them a note. German spies are demanding the Lawrence maps, key to world domination, which Edward is hiding up his sleeve. On their way back to Britain Hitler doesn’t waste any time. He sends all sorts of signs and warnings of impending disaster including a skiff at sea that crashes into their ocean liner.

The Prince of Wales is aboard. So are the von Wessels, Hitler’s spies. His Highness is sympathetic to the Nazis and Hitler wants to hit him to help finance his rise to power in the face of the great world wide depression brought on by the failure of capitalism. It is up to Edward, Dora, and Winston to stop him as the clock ticks on. If they don’t separate the Prince of Wales from Hitler before they reach Europe, nothing will stop his rise to ultimate power.

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Livia: A Novel On Free Promotion

Livia: A Novel will be on free promotion on Amazon Kindle for the next five days starting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 1. It is still another in a line of Greek and Roman novels for young adults by Dora Benley. But hurry! The promotion will not be repeated this year. Enjoy the new cover by Jean-Baptiste Wicar, a painting from the Art Institute of Chicago.

In Livia: A Novel, Livia has just returned from her search to find her fiance, Octavius, heir of Julius Caesar, in the wake of Caesar’s assassination. Octavius has fled Rome, and she was trying to save his life. She gets captured by pirates for all her trouble. When she finally catches up with her fiance she can no longer marry him. She learns that her own family, the Claudians, were behind Julius Caesar’s assassination. She can be Octavius’s mistress and nothing more. A proud girl, she spurns the thought and figure she must give him up for good.

Livia describes herself in her diary at this sad impasse:

“I can just imagine what I looked like: long coils of black hair curled in ringlets plas­tered all over my face, my neck, my bosom, and my shoulders — pasted on by dried salt and brine. A red silk dress clinging to my figure and slipping down over one shoulder a bit too far. Here and there still a jeweled earring or ankle bracelet poking through as a sad legacy from my other life. Looking all together like a prow ornament that had been fished up from the depths after some long ago shipwreck.”

At this low point of her life Livia would be surprised to learn that she will somebody marry the man she loves and stay married to him for 52 years. It will become one of the most legendary matches in Roman history and one of the most historically important, too. Just how this comes about is the story of this piece of fiction: Livia: A Novel by Dora Benley, another one of this author’s ancient Greek and Roman novels. If you liked this story about ancient Rome for young adults, this novel about Livia and Augustus, you will also like Book of the Dead, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra’s Stone, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Julia: A Novel, Julius Caesar: A Novel, Medea the Witch, and Jason and Medea: A Novel.

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