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Grace By HW Coyle
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A chance meeting between Faith Rawlings, the daughter of an earl off to visit her grandmother and George Lowe, the son of a servant turns into an adventure when Faith convinces George to join her in... More > first class dressed as her friend Grace. Their whimsical escapade turns tragic when the maiden voyage of the Titanic ends in tragedy. George returns to first class by assuming the guise Faith had fashioned and sees to it she makes it to a lifeboat. He is saved when a gentleman who believes George is a girl who has been overlooked offers up his seat in the last lifeboat. When George learns his father did not survive he is taken in hand by Faith who leads him off on a new adventure, one that proves to be as precarious as it is exciting, for he does so as Grace. Grace is drawn into Faith’s world and accepted. This is no easy feat. Not only does Grace need to pass herself off as something she is not, she must overcome the barriers imposed upon her by society.< Less
Tips By HW Coyle
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College is a time of discovery, when students find out just what sort of people they are. This is especially true for Andy Newly, a freshman who embarks on a unique journey of self discovery that... More > defies conventions and brings into questions the most basic aspect of his being. It begins as a bet over who makes more tips, males or females. To determine this, Andy agrees to an unorthodox experiment by taking on the role of female waitress named Amanda. In doing so, he discovers his female persona is more than an act, causing him to question his gender identity. His behavior does not escape the notice of his friends. Along with Andy, they conclude their experiment is having unintended consequences. Rather than stopping, Andy uses the opportunity to determine who he really is. This already bewildering situation becomes even more complicated when a male college student becomes smitten with Amanda.< Less
The Gambit By HW Coyle
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What begins as a case of mistaken identity evolves into an adventure of a lifetime, one that is both dangerous and exciting. A young Lady Elizabeth Tudor, eager to experience life beyond the palace,... More > and Henry, an orphan seeking to flee the brutal conditions that are his lot cross paths. The two are so close in age and looks that they could be twins. The freedom the Lady Elizabeth enjoys while assuming the role of a boy is tempered by the cruel realities of battle. For Henry, what should have been a brief respite from a life of deprivation becomes something more as he is drawn up into court intrigues that are just as vicious and unforgiving as the back alleys of London. As the two youths tread their way along uncharted paths, the King arranges for the betrothal of the Lady Elizabeth. Sir Robert, who had passed Henry off as Elizabeth must keep that from occurring. When she learns of this, Elizabeth, aided by Sir Thomas, race to undo a comedy of errors that threatens to turn deadly.< Less
Inconvenient Truths By HW Coyle
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Amanda Newly is a rather unique college student. Bright and intelligent, she excels in a discipline where most students are simply happy to survive. At the restaurant where she works her proficiency... More > and charm earn her unrivaled tips and praise. Socially she is the glue that holds her friends together. To the world Amanda presents the very image of a young woman on the verge of making all her dreams come true. Holding her back from achieving this goal is a past out of sync with her image as a young coed, for the girl everyone knows as Amanda started life as Andrew Newly. In many ways she still is very male, an inconvenient truth Amanda must hide behind a vale of lies as she struggles to reconcile her past with her future, a past that threatens to destroy her chances achieving. Amanda’s journey difficult and contentious as she steps outside the accepted norms used to define who and what we are in order to discover not only what is right for her, but to build a new life for herself.< Less
A Different Kind of Courage By HW Coyle
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How does a person go about rebuilding a life that they willingly tried to throw away? For Andrew Newly, this journey begins by realizing it will take a different kind of courage. His efforts begin by... More > returning to where he and a group of friends bought into a crazy bet that changed his life forever. Together with those friends, he struggles to gather up the frayed threads of his life and begin the daunting task of building a new one for himself, this time as a girl named Amanda. Amanda finds that she must not only find a way of dealing with problems that are as confusing to her as they are complex, she must also come to terms with a past that seems to have no place in her new life. This difficult journey is complicated by Amanda’s friendship with Tina Anderson, the daughter of a entrepreneur who has accumulated a fair number of enemies who prove to be as much a threat to Amanda as they are to the Andersons, causing her to draw upon a past that she is trying to put behind her.< Less
No Greater Love, A Novel of World War II By HW Coyle
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A French mother anxious to spare her son from war starts him on a journey that does everything but. To avoid conscription John-Paul assumes the identity of his cousin, Pauline Valery. The same... More > attributes that caused his mother to fear for his safety allows him to assume his new role with ease. When France sues for peace any thoughts of returning to his former life are forgotten as John-Paul settles into a new life as Pauline, one better suited to his nature than the one he left behind. This new life is complicated when Pauline catches the attention of Erich Gerhart, a German soldier. Erich's interest in Pauline is noted by a leader in the Resistance who encourages her to cultivate a relationship with the German in an effort to gain access to the information he routinely handles. As Pauline attempts to balance her duty to her country, affections for Erich and the need to keep her true nature a secret, D-Day brings the very war her mother hoped to spare her from to Pauline’s doorstep.< Less
Dance of the Bacca By HW Coyle
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Customs and traditions, like ancient hatreds, have the power to wreck havoc on the lives of the people they touch. It is a lesson that Jordan Allen Wallace, a veteran and student at NYU discovers... More > when he becomes involved in the war on terror in a most curious and unexpected way. With a physical appearance that is distinctly feminine, Jordan has little in the way of a social life. That quickly changes as a comedy of errors turns serious when his sister’s boyfriend, an agent with the FBI seizes upon his unique qualities to help him solve a problem. While Jordan understands the need to cooperate with the FBI by informing on a professor at NYU, the role he is asked to play involves an Afghan custom of having adolescent males dress as females to entertain their master. In doing so Jordan finds he must come to terms with his own sexuality and gender. He also discovers that he has entered into a world of shadows and lies, a place where neither friend nor lover can be trusted.< Less
While the Band Played Waltzing Matilda By HW Coyle
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As the son of a bureaucrat in Singapore, Bryan Lockhart was raised within society that cherished conformity to social norms and service above all else. It is a culture which has no place for someone... More > like Bryan who is unable to answer the question; ‘What am I, a boy or a girl?’ At age 14 he turns to Madam Leu, a Chinese woman who caters to the eclectic needs of pre-war Singapore. She introduces him to a Malay transsexual. While the two outcasts form a friendship that transcends race and class, Madam Leu draws Bryan into a world in which men of wealth pay well to satisfy their desires. When this is discovered, Bryan is exiled to a boarding school in England. Upon completing his education, he goes to Australia where he seeks to begin a new life for himself until the coming of war with Japan and the posting of his unit to Singapore leads to a very different conflict as he once more follows a path that puts him at odds with the society he must defend and tests his loyalty to his fellow officers.< Less
A Lion in Waiting By HW Coyle
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After surviving the massacre of his unit during the long retreat to Dunkirk in the spring of 1940, a young British officer finds sanctuary from the Germans and escape from his responsibilities by... More > assuming the identity of a French teacher, a female teacher. The same physical attributes that had been a handicap to Ian Wylie while serving King and Country allow him to carry out this subterfuge with shocking ease. This new life is not without its hazards as Ian, now living as Diane Lambert, is drawn back into a war he barely escaped when a charismatic Resistance leader enlist Diane’s assistance in gathering intelligence on German activities. The Germans are not the only danger Diane faces, as the naïveté of her students threaten to compromise their efforts. Not even the Allied invasion in 1944 frees Diane from the hazards of war as the former officer must call upon long dormant skills to protect both the girls he had come to cherish and an identity better fit than the one he left behind.< Less
The World Turned Upside Down By HW Coyle
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Deprived as a child of the ability to assume his place in society as a man, Richard Trent grows up in the shadow of his sister. An attack at sea and the death of his sister leads him to engage in a... More > desperate venture to save a ship and its crew. By assuming the guise of his sister, he convinces the brigands to hold him hostage in exchange for the safe passage of the ship. This gamble sets in motion events that presents Richard with a choice that became more difficult to make the longer he waits. Bit by bit Richard, now is living as Lady Katherine Trent, blossoms in Colonial New York, fashioning a new life that is as unconventional as is the manner she is living. With the same adroitness that saved a ship, Kat is able to establish herself in business while adhering to the demands of society. This delicate balancing act is made more precarious when war comes to New York. Though the child of an English peer, her sympathies lie with the Rebels in a world turned upside down.< Less