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The Pomegranate

“I do not talk to dirty boys.”

So begins the story of Batsheva Hagiz, the spirited daughter of a Jewish merchant dynasty in the city of Málaga. Her life is set by traditional expectations, but it’s her love of swordplay and the ability to throw a dagger that will serve her best.

On the caravan journey across the desert to her wedding, Batsheva is abducted. Her resolve to survive will push the boundaries of convention and take Batsheva from the sands of the Maghreb to the Holy Land where a crusade rages, on to the court of Plantagenet England.

Cover of "Lingua Galactica" a book by S. J. Schwaidelson

Lingua Galactica

“All I ask is that I be given the same opportunities given to other officers of my rank. If I screw up, tell me. If I screw up royally, get me off your ship.”

Armed with superb linguistic skills, Sarah Jane is perfectly suited for the job, and no one is going to stand between her and a successful posting. When a diplomat hitches a ride and decides to stalk the lieutenant as prey, language not enough to stall him. Lieutenant S.J.R. Krieg refuses to be the victim. Using her strength, training, and wits, she is determined to be the master of her own fate.

Dream Dancer

“Tell us what you want from us, Qewa Ñawi.”
“I am a seeker of knowledge, Coya, a woman who would learn wisdom from you and the people to carry back to my own land.”
“What can we teach a woman who flies in the belly of a silver bird?”

Doctoral candidate Leah Fine, invited to Peru to record a dying culture, instead finds a vibrant yet shrinking community. But nothing is really as it seems. What was hidden is now been exposed, and Leah, trained only to observe, finds herself more involved than she ever imagined.

What People Are Saying

Dr. Susan (Lingua Galactica)

I enjoyed it so much when I read it on KU that I immediately bought it to have to reread. Also, I rushed to Facebook to tell the author and all my friends how much I love this book. …. This book is the kind of science fiction I wish I could find to read all the time.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
LDW (Dream Dancer)

Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. I loved learning about the culture of the people. The author created a world I felt totally immersed in. The characters felt like people I knew, they were so well described.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Ellen D (The Pomegranate)

After finishing The Pomegranate, I felt compelled to let you know how sad I was to be finished. I was so invested in the story and the characters that I, actually, cried with joy and sadness at the end. The character development was incredible; I felt I actually knew these people.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Madeleine L’Engle

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