The Foxes of Harrow 1946:
When Stephen Fox arrived in New Orleans in 1825 on a pig boat, with a ten-dollar gold piece, a pearl stick pin, he pitted himself against the indolent, slave-ridden, caste bound planters, with the skill and daring of the card-sharp he was. A gambler, Fox not only won "Harrow" ____ which he turned into the greatest plantation in Louisiana ____ he also won the love of three women: Odalie Orceneaux, his wife; her sister, Aurore; and Desiree, his Black mistress, having a child by each of them. The Foxes of Harrow is story charged with blood and passion and strife between the races ____ and between a selfish man and the women who loved him.
The Vixens 1947:
America's latter-day secret societies are depicted in this sequel to The Foxes of Harrow. Defeated feudal lords of the South form the White Leaguers and Klansmen, brawling, thieving northern carpetbaggers whose conscience is measured by the dollar and mulatto half-breeds victims of their own confused identities all victimize and terrorize recently liberated Blacks. Like the creeping swamps and forests that reclaim the once luxurious Southern mansions, The Vixens is a story of the slow corruption of the old society and the emergence of those bitter, cynical men who will rule over the new South.
The Golden Hawk 1948:
This is the story of desperate men, escaping the harsh rule of European aristocrats. Their voracious appetites for treasure outweighing all other considerations, piracy becomes their only option ____ and all of Europe feels their wrath.
Pride's Castle 1949:
This is the rags to riches story of a great robber baron ____and the women who loved him. Pride Dawson’s brazen contempt for human decency or moral restraint reflects the "public be damned" this age of corporate greed and corruption ____ the cornerstone of American public policy that exists today. This is a story of how ethically bankrupt and morally corrupt robber barons pervert economic and political processes to convert the public good into their own personal ends ___ acquiring untold riches from the misery and suffering of workers and their families. Dawson builds his empire by destroying all who oppose him. Pride’s Castle also tells the story of his love for Sharon O'Neill ____ a woman with as much goodness in her soul as Dawson has evil.
Born in a shack on Natchez-Under-the-Hill, the abode of cutthroats, thieves, brawling river men and ladies of easy virtue, Ross Pary has but one goal: to reach Natchez-on-the Hill,where gentlemen planters lived a life of graciousness and ease in their porticoedmansions. Yet, he loves a woman from Cuba enough to invade her country to in a desparate search to find her. Floodtide dramatizes Ross Pary's struggle for social acceptance despite his the passions and tangled loves. It is the story of a chivalrous South overreaching itself for an overseas slave empire in the floodtide of its declining fortunes in the lush decade prior to the Civil War.
A Woman Called Fancy 1951:
Fancy fled an incestuous marriage arranged by her drunken father. She had little education and no money. But with the priceless gifts of courage, honor and high personal integrity, Fancy set out against all odds to wrench from snobs of the southern aristocrats position, respect ____ and above all, security. Court Brantley kills one man to claim her and Fancy knows that if he ever finds out about Jed Hawkins he will kill again.
The Saracen Blade 1952:
The teeming world of the 13th century witnesses the bright colors of banners fluttering against the sky above the tournament lists. Fair damsels with their long hair wrapped in cunning nets of golden thread, clad in silk and velvet wave at bejeweled noblemen flaunting the arrogant insignias of their noble houses.This is the world of crusader knights whose chain mail and mighty swords proclaim that God wills it! Slaughtering Christians and heathen alike. The Saracen Blade is a story war ___ the rich and powerful against the poor and lowly. It is a story of how nobles ___ secure in their castles and armor ____commit every barbarity imaginable upon the oppressed masses. But it is also the story of how Pietro di Donati, the son of a murdered blacksmith became a wealthy knight and marries into one of the powerful families of Europe.
The Devil's Laughter 1953:
Down the street comes a parade of children; they are beating a small keg like a drum and playing homemade flutes. On the ends of their improvised pikes, they carry the bloody heads of three cats. The children only mimic the daily spectacle known as the French Revolution playing itself out through the streets of Paris. And like their parents. the French children have become monsters!. The Devil’s Laughter is the story of Jean Paul Marin who ____at the age of twenty ____was beaten and imprisoned by the noble class and at the age of twenty five helped create the society that unleashed the greatest reign of terror the world had ever seen.
Bride of Liberty 1954:
The story of the Revolutionary War and the men and women who sacrificed everything for liberty. Polly Knowles loved her sister's fiancé, Ethan Page. And even knowing that Ethan still loves another, Polly follows him from the bloody battle at Bunker Hill to the bitterly cold campground in Valley Forge ____ and ultimately to the final victory at Yorktown ____ultimately, not only winning Ethan’s gratitude, but his love. This is the story of the birth of a nation and the forging of a destiny.
Benton's Row 1954:
This history of a pioneering Southern family unfolds in this story of triumph and tragedy. In 1842, Tom Benton arrives in the Red River Valley, one jump ahead of a Texas posse bent on hanging him. In 1920 his wife Sarah, aged ninety-seven, dies peacefully in her rocker on the veranda of Tom Benton’s sprawling plantation known as Broad Acres, nestled in the exotic and mysterious Louisiana river country. This is a spellbinding story of four brawling generations of Bentons ____ a family that comes to a violent end caused by its own illicit Negro branch.
The Treasure of Pleasant Valley 1955:
Sacramento gold transforms San Francisco into a international metropolis. Handsome, aristocratic Bruce Harkness comes to California in 1849 determined to erase the scars of the past and become a part of this transformation. Behind him lays his family's ruined plantation ____ and the mocking memory of a beautiful woman who loved him but married another. Amid the feverish greed and brutality of a world mad for gold, Harkness takes his vengeance in the arms of his best friend's wife.
Captain Rebel 1955:
Tyler Meredith defies his own rebel cause for a higher purpose. Even while supplying the Confederacy with guns and powder, the Confederate blockade romances Lauriel, a Negro beauty, in a strange and illicit affair. This is also the story of the slave-owning Rene Doumier who hates every drop of Negro blood coursing through his veins as well as of Ben Butler, the Yankee General known as the Beast of New Orleans.
Guy Falks, a Southern aristocrat, lives a lie. Driven by the twin furies of ambition and revenge, Falks immerses himself for eighteen long years in the traffic of human flesh ____ even as he indulges his own passions with women from the despised and despoiled African race. In this tale of the African slave trade, the partnership between this white slaver and an African chief, Fairoaks describes how a white slaver must satisfy his black partner’s desire for white women by selling white women into slavery. Fairoaks tells the story of angry men and loyal women who sacrifice all moral considerations for wealth and power.for its possession.
The Serpent and the Staff 1958:
Duncan Childers is driven. He was born to be a physician. Rising out of the crushing poverty of New Orleans' Irish Channel, Duncan graduates from medical school and begins a modest practice. But fate and the passionate love of two women sends him off course. His socially prominent ___ but unfaithful ___ wife wants to dominate both him and his career. His self-sacrificing and dedicated nurse only wants him to remain true to his great calling. Not only is Childers torn between the forces of love and social position., he is threatened with the wrath of the Ku Klux Klan because of his attempts to bring ‘niggers’ the benefits of modern medicine.
Jarrett's Jade 1959:
Poor beyond description with nothing but a title, his pride was enough for him to carve a plantation from the wilderness. James Jarrett arrived in Savannah in 1736. A Highland aristocrat clad in kilt and tartan, James resettled the Jarretts in Georgia intending to establish a great Southern dynasty. But his love for Simone Duclos whom he purchased at a slave auction, forced Jarrett to live a double life. Eventually Jarrett’s son and heir came to hate own his father and in 1776 deserted Laird Jarrett’s Jade plantation on the eve of the War for Independence.
A real whodunit that keeps the reader guessing until the very end. Gillian, theheiress of an Alabama fortune, is capable of great loving kindness. But herappetite for corrupting and ruining lives always outweighs her kind nature. One of the many people whose life she ruins murders her and Geoffrey Lynne must find out who murders Gillian before his brother, Gregory, is hung for the crime. Geoffrey knows that Gregory is innocent. The only problem is Gregory has confessed, the trial is over and his brother’s execution date has been scheduled.
The Garfield Honor 1961:
Roak Garfield loves a woman but must desert her for the Civil War. Ashamed that she is unmarried and pregnant, the woman kills herself and her unborn child. After the war, vowing vengeance, the woman’s brother searches for Roak Garfield throughout the Texas panhandle where he learns that Roark has married the daughter of a wealthy rancher. Seeking to escape the brothers wrath, Garfield hides in Mexico, where he becomes involved with a beautiful Mexican woman. The brother of his Mexican lover also vows to kill Garfield for violating his sister’s honor. The Garfield Honor is story is about an intense game of cat-and-mouse played by desperate men driven by hate. It also is a story of women who find themselves helplessly trapped in a web of violence justified by male ego and false ideas of chivalry,
Griffin's Way 1962:,
The Klan has no sense of right and wrong only a sense of superior and inferior ... and they intend it to keep it that way. As the Grand Dragon of the Ku KluxKlan, Di Cadwallader is determined that in post-war Mississippi there will be no equality between the races even if he must murder white women and children. Cadwallader claims to love Laurie Griffin, the wife of another man, but even she is not safe from his murderous campaign of white supremacy. But Cadwallader finds a supporter in a black man, sent to educate the children of ex-slaves, but who embezzles the education funds and amasses a personal fortune instead before fleeing North.
The Old Gods Laugh 1964:
Immediately upon his arrival in Costa Verde, Peter Reynolds, an American correspondent, is plunged into the midst of a violent revolution. Dictator, Miguel Villalonga seeks the support of a Catholic priest, a man of god, who wields power over the Indian peons. Padre Pio is being held hostage in the mountains by a band of communist guerrillas and the dictator is scouring the land for the priest. But "old gods" residing in the great volcano of Zopocomapetl decide to settle the conflict the fascists and communists, themselves. The volcano erupts in anger and pouring the fury of the old gods down upon rulers and rebels alike.
An Odor of Sanctity 1965:
Muslim Spain is under attack by a new messiah and ninth century Spain becomes the tumultuous battleground between Islam and Christianity. An Odor of Sanctity is the story of Alaric, a Christian Goth, who wades through this raging sea of religious passion and hate. Admired by the Moors and employed by the Jews, Alaric is a swordsman as well as a scholar and prophet. Some claim that he is a saint ____ others believe he is the devil. It might have been better had Emir al-Rahman II followed the advice of his counselors and put Alaric to death. But the emir, himself, falls under Alaric’s spell and becomes an unwitting pawn in Arian Christianity’s scheme for the ultimate defeat of Islam.
Goat Song 1967:
Ariston, a young heroic Spartan, is cursed ___ and blessed. All who see him, declare that Ariston personifies the Hellenic ideal of male beauty. During the time of the Peloponnesian War ___ a period of dynamic energy, burgeoning culture and festering decadence___ the male body is worshipped as godly on the battlefield and slave market, in the temple and the brothel. Goat Song is the story of a young man who must use his physical attributes to survive. It is also a story of Socrates’ discourses and Alcibiades’ revels. It tells of the conflict between Sparta’s brutal code and Athens philosophic sophistication. Caught between these contradictions, Ariston is forced to choose between his manhood and his passions.
Judas, My Brother 1968:
Frank Yerby writes of Judas, My Brother: “This novel touches on only two issues which might be called controversial: whether any man truly has the right to believe fanciful and childish nonsense; and whether any organization has the right to impose, by almost imperial fiat, belief in things that simply are not so. To me, irrationality is dangerous; perhaps the most dangerous force stalking through the world today. This novel, then, is one man's plea for an ecumenicism broad enough to include reasonable men; and his effort to defend his modest intellect from intolerable insult.”
Speak Now 1969:
To Kathy, he was a knight in shining armor. She was a Southern belle ____ and pregnant. To Harry Forbes, Paris was a place where he could earn good money as a jazz musician and a place to forget that he was a black man ____ and there was no room in his life for a white girl like Kathy Nichols. She was too young and too much the daughter of a wealthy Southern tobacco planter. Harry was not interested in giving his name to another man's child ____ nor was he interested in marrying this white woman that he dared not love.
The Dahomean 1971:
The prince was respected by all except his warring wives and his jealous brother. Nyasanu Dosu Agausu Hwesu Gbokau Kesu, was son of Gbenu, a great chief and a young lion. Hwesu, himself, was governor of Alladah and husband to six wives, one of whom was daughter of the king. Hwesu was undefeated in the many tribal battles. But when his own brother betrayed Hwesu, the governor of Alladah found himself in a white man’s tall ship chained to other miserable black wretches on his way to a strange land across the sea.
The Girl from Storyville 1972:
From the very beginning fate drove Fannie Turner in a most terrible way. Her life circumstances, her family, even her own desires conspired to drive her into the depths of shame and despair. Fannie had not the slightest inkling of how to halt or even slow her descent into hell. Deserted by her prostitute mother, Fanny confuses her need to find love and respectability with behavior that invites only betrayal and humiliation. She is fated to work in Storyville ____ the notorious New Orleans red light district ___in her mother's house of prostitution. And the aristocratic Phillippe Sompayac, who offers Fanny a way to a respectable life, is damned for even knowing her.
The Voyage Unplanned 1974:
John Farrow remembers his life in WWII France and the titanic struggle against the Nazis. He also remembers his passion for Simone Levy, a Jewish woman, who was willing to fight and die for the freedom of her people. When Simone vanishes in Nazi-occupied France, John believes her dead. But her ghost haunts him into believing she survived the holocaust ____ and his betrayal. So now Farrow makes his “voyage unplanned” into post-war France to find Simone. This is the story of the founding of the OSS, rechristened as the CIA, and how after the war it helped America adopt the Gestapo’s methods of population control and terror.
Tobias and the Angel 1975:
A rollicking tale of the natural and supernatural ... and a guardian angel named Angie. Tobias has a metal plate in his head as a result of a WWI wound. The platecauses him to see and hear his guardian angel. But others can see Angie as well ___ mainly females who find Angie irresistible. Angie is a lover ___ even though the angel must borrow Tobias’ body for lovemaking. On a mission is to getting Tobias married to a cousin who will inherit millions, Angie takes Tobias on a wild, extravagant and erotic adventure during the Roaring Twenties that is certain to scandalize not a few readers.
A Rose for Ana Maria 1976:
Sometimes fighting your parent's battles is fatal to the children. Diego, a young Spanish revolutionary living in Paris, has killed the Spanish Consul to France. It was a revolutionary act ordered by his superiors in Spain. When Diego attempts to return to Spain and continue the fight against fascism, his superiors order him to team up with another revolutionary for yet another assassination. Diego's partner is Ana Maria, a foul-mouthed, provocative daughter of an aristocratic family . Their story is one of youthful idealism and love in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War.
Hail the Conquering Hero 1978:
In this sequel to The Old Gods Laugh, Manuel Garcia Herredia holds Costa Verde in the grip of a dictatorship. Bribery, blackmail and murder protect the dictator’s heroin empire. Under Herredia, Costa Verde is a virtual concentration camp. Believing the new United States ambassador, James Randolf Rush, to be a potential threat, the Costa Verdian dictator ensnares Rush in a sex scandal that can lead to disgrace. ___ and recall. But when Rush threatens to go public with the dictator’s atrocities not only is the American ambassador’s reputation, but his very life is in danger.
A Darkness at Ingraham's Crest 1979:
In this sequel to the The Dahomean, Hwesu, has lost his land, people and even his name. No longer Nyasanu Dosu Agausu Hwesu Gbokau Kesu, son of Gbenu, he is simply Wes Parks, black slave. Yet, the former Dahomean prince has lost neither his physical power nor his metalworking and healing skills. Nor has he lost the magical skills left to him by his ancestors. And with magic, intelligence and sheer will, Wes, wages a relentless struggle against his white masters. But if there is a white person who can strip Wes Parks of his, it is the Northern-born, liberal-minded, Pamela Bibbs, owner of the Ingraham's Crest plantation. And despite the twisted feelings and emotional ties Pamela has for her Black slave, she, too, is swept up into the consciousness of being a slave owner whose use of the whip on her hapless victims is her right. So Wes realizes that if he is to make good hisplans for escape and revenge, he must decide how to handle Ms. Pamela Bibbs.
This tale of love, honor and revenge is set in the post-civil war period of Kansas. Civil War veteran, Ethan Lovejoy is determined to settle in the freezing cold of America’s western grasslands where blasts from the artic circle make survival a deadly contest. Lovejoy is haunted by his murdered brother and driven by the inexorable economic forces which smile upon Abilene and reject his town of Marthasville. Western is the story of how Kansas transitioned from a territory to a state.
Out of the Barbary Coast came the women and men who turned California from El Dorado to America. In the 1850s, gold lures thousands to California.Miners dug it, Bankers stacked it… and the glittering bordellos of the Barbary Coast grabbed as much as they could. Murielle Duclos who sailed into San Francisco at the age of fifteen wanted as much gold as she could get. Abused and controlled by her mother's lover, Murielle was forced into a life of prostitution. But the political struggle between the Mexicanos and the Americans for ultimate control of California gave Murielle the opportunity to become wealthier than all her rivals. Her success was based upon the simple realization that even in the Golden State, power is more important than gold.
McKenzie's Hundred 1985:
Rambling Rose McKenzie is caught up in the Civil War in a way no self-respecting daughter of one of Virginia First Families should have been. Under the spell of Count Sisimond Kurt Radetsky, a member of the Austrian Death Head, Rose becomes a devote believer in the South's aristocratic pretensions and spies for the confederacy. Hoping to make southern cavaliers aware of how important the feelings of honor, courage and patriotism are to Southern women, Rose seeks to earn respect as a supporter of the cause. Not until the murder of innocent black children during the New York Draft riots does Rose realize that Radetsky is an absolute monster and that the notion of southern honor is a lie.