IsabellaUnashamed

Isabella of Castile is known as Europe's first great queen. Renowned for her marriage to Ferdinand of Aragon and birthing of modern day Spain, Isabella is also known as the queen who launched the Inquisition, completed the Reconquista, and expelled the Jews from her nation.  Not long after her triumph in 1492, her dynasty came apart and unraveled, and it was whispered by many that the Trastamara line was cursed. Her children either died prematurely or had horrible ends. Her most famous daughter, Catalina, became known as the ill-fated Katharine of Aragon, the first of Henry VIII of England's unfortunate six wives.

But what if Isabella had been wiser and not expelled the Jews—some of the very people who ironically helped put her on the throne of Castile? What if Isabella had had more foresight and had her successor be Catalina, who, although the youngest, was the most like her and the wisest of her children?  How would the power balance of 15th and 16thcentury Europe have shifted if Catalina had been the powerful queen regnant of Spain and not one of the 'merry wives' of Windsor?
With a joint effort Isabella Unashamed is written by two authors from very different cultural backgrounds who have nonetheless, joined together to create a haunting portrait of Spain's most famous queen, as well as a glimpse of what might have been had Isabella been wiser.

 

Carolina Casas

Carolina Casas has  a BA in History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and drawing.

History has always been a big passion of hers. Her love of learning is strong and she believes history is not exact because there are so many gaps missing and the records are not absolute truth. Her favorite historical figures are  Elizabeth I of England, Isabella I of Castile, Edward I of England, Emperor Justinian and his consort, Theodora, Lady Xoc, wife of Itzamnaaj B’alam II, Harriet Tubman, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Hatshepsut, Empress Wu Zetian, and Rameses II.

Helen R. Davis

Helen R. Davis is a Savant author, editor and proofreader. Her debut novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, explores the myth, legend, and history behind Cleopatra VII, the final queen of Egypt, and imagines how the world would have been different if she and her second husband, Marc Antony, had triumphed at the Battle of Actium, which was an important naval battle in the 1st century B.C. She has previously been featured online at http://buckrail.com/176398731699027968/casper-is-home-to-a-budding-historical-fictio, which is an online news source for her hometown of Casper, Wyoming.

 

Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile

Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile is based on a true story about a little boy who joins a track team and works hard to overcome his small size as he runs against boys who are much bigger. At first, he never wins a race. But Charlie doesn't give up, and his hard work pays off. He becomes a champion on the track and later a true hero in real life as a U.S. Navy SEAL. Published in April 2017 by Legacies & Memories Publishing, Big-Hearted Charlie Runs The Mile is available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other major booksellers.

 

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Krista Keating-Joseph is the mother of Navy SEAL Charles Keating IV, whose life was tragically taken fighting ISIS in Iraq on May 3, 2016. A devout Catholic, her faith, support of her loved ones, and now publication of Big-Hearted Charlie Runs the Mile has enabled her to cope with the devastating loss of her son. Just like Charlie, Krista always loved to run and has remained an avid runner throughout her life. A graduate of the University of Arizona, Krista went on to found the Arizona Track Club as well as coach the girls cross country team at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona. She currently resides in Ponte Vedra, Florida with her husband, Ron, and Charlie’s sister, Ali. For more information, visit bigheartedcharlie.com.

Girl from Ipanema

There are 2 books in Ur Legend fantasy series: Sun Valley, Moon Mountains, and The Girl From Ipanema, by Ajax Minor.

The Girl From Ipanema: The World Turned Upside Down, has just been released (June 2017), and in it, Ajax Minor has created a world-clashing, universe-shaking adventure in which his character “Ur,” whom he has based on the daughter that he lost, must grapple with forces of good and evil, life and death, and struggle with foes that are both external and internal. The multi-layered narrative is at once a page-turning adventure, an exploration of human emotion and grief, and a serious look at issues facing the world we live in that are rooted in science and philosophy.

Both installments, Sun Valley Moon Mountains and  The Girl from Ipanema are smart, non-traditional fantasy stories driven by unexpected protagonists that readers of Neil Gaiman and Ted Chiang will enjoy. On a deeper level, the books grapple with questions about the world we live in, rooted in science and philosophy.

Ajax Minor was born in Danbury, Connecticut, on September 11, 1950. He ‘prepped’ at Danbury High School and received an A.B. from Princeton in 1972. After graduation he moved to New York City and began a career as a bond trader. He and his wife lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn for twenty years, and spent another twenty in Denver, Colorado, where their daughter Katherine was born, and died. Presently they reside in Monterey, California. Minor began writing after the death of Katherine. Though the novel is his preferred medium of expression, he has also written a few short stories and some poetry, available on his website, ajaxminor.com.