Antoinette Stockenberg

1 By the Sea Part One: Tess

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Historical  Historical 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2013-06-27
Description :  In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-part saga that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties Gatsby era and then to the Great Depression, culminating after nearly a century in a last hurrah for Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea."&#xa0; Set against a backdrop of mansions, yachts, and new money, the novel traces the trials and adventures of three families from three different classes.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>Part 1:&#xa0; TESS</b>.&#xa0; From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth — and falls in love in the bargain.<br /><br /> <b>Part 2:&#xa0; AMANDA.</b> &#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>Part 3:&#xa0; LAURA. &#xa0;</b><br /><br /> <b>Part 4:&#xa0; THE HEIRS.</b> &#xa0;<br /><br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>Reviews:</b><br /> <b></b><br /> "A quality, original [work].&#xa0; Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Part One stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."<br /> —<i>Providence Journal</i><br /><br /> "A riveting saga/mystery.&#xa0; Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."<br /> —<i>Rave Reviews</i><br /><br /> "The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."<br /> —<i>Newport This Week Magazine</i><br /><br /> "Sizzling [and] entertaining reading.&#xa0; The well-researched novel uses real people and places—such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner—as a backdrop to the unfolding drama.<br /> —<i>Soundings Magazine</i>

2 Keepsake

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Mysteries & Thrillers  Romance  Suspense  Contemporary 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-07
Description :  Readers who enjoy Barbara Freethy, Nora Roberts and the classics of Mary Stewart will savor this intensely emotional story of family, betrayal and redemption, set in a quaint town in New England.<br /><br /> <b>KEEPSAKE</b>. It's not a hand-made quilt, or an ivory pin, or a pretty box for treasures ....<br /><br /> It's the name of a postcard-perfect town in Connecticut. From its quaint gazebo to its white-steepled church and village green, Keepsake is the kind of place most would love to call home. It's home to Olivia Bennett, the town princess who has a charming shop there. It was home once to Quinn Leary, the son of her family's gardener; Quinn fled as a teenager with his father who was accused of a murder he didn't commit. And Keepsake is home, still, to someone with mayhem on his mind<br /><br /> When Quinn returns after an absence of seventeen years, he has one desire: to prove his father's innocence. It's not until he sees his childhood school rival, now a grown woman, that he realizes he harbors another but equally passionate desire--and that the two are tragically at odds.<br /><br /> <b>REVIEWS</b><br /><br /> "Gloriously alive with fresh writing and an intriguing story, <i>KEEPSAKE </i>goes straight to the heart with its tale of love lost and found and a seventeen-year-old murder that screams to be solved. When you've got it, flaunt it, and <i>KEEPSAKE </i>has it all: passion, mystery, suspense, and characters that instantly endear. A standing ovation for Antoinette Stockenberg."<br /> --<i>Under the Covers Reviews</i><br /><br /> "I highly recommend <i>KEEPSAKE</i>; this book will keep you reading well into the night, with a story line that moves along at a very entertaining warp speed. Antoinette Stockenberg has written some of the smartest, sassiest, and sexiest contemporary romances around."<br /> --<i>The Romance Reader</i><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg's writing is fresh and memorable, a voice to be reckoned with. She pulls out all the stops with hot, sizzling love scenes as well as some real heartbreakers that make you reach for the hankie box. First rate!"<br /> --<i>Belles and Beaux of Romance</i><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg is one hell of a writer. KEEPSAKE lives up to its name: it's a keeper. The story is fast-paced and reflects a small New England town as few books do. Olivia is a warm, intelligent heroine, and everyone will jump for joy after reading about Quinn."<br /> --Harriet Klausner

3 A Charmed Place

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Suspense  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-07
Description :  From USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes an original and wonderfully romantic story of star-crossed lovers who have been apart for twenty years and who rediscover one another in an idyllic coastal village on Cape Cod.<br /><br /> <b>A SECOND CHANCE AT LOVE</b>. It's a deep, aching need for anyone whose heart has ever been broken. Maddie Regan and Dan Hawke were college lovers who were compelled to go separate ways after a horrific event for which Dan was blamed. She settled down and raised a family; he roamed the planet as a war correspondent. But a near death experience brings Dan in search of the only woman he has ever loved. His plan to win Maddie is simple: take up residence in a lighthouse just a stone's throw from her family's summer home, and then make her fall back in love with him. He knows her family will object and suspects that her daughter might; but he refuses to believe that Maddie herself -- the woman who has haunted his dreams for two decades -- can be any less in love with him than he is with her.<br /><br /> It's not that simple for Maddie. She has a jealous ex-husband to deal with ... a feisty, resentful teenager ... a widowed mother unable to emerge from mourning ... and the ongoing heartbreak of her father's unsolved murder. Is it possible to throw all of that aside for the chance to be happy?<br /><br /> <b>REVIEWS</b><br /><br /> "A superb story."<br /> --<i>Rendezvous Magazine</i><br /><br /> "Buy this book! A truly fantastic summer read!"<br /> --Suzanne Barr, <i>Gulf Coast Woman</i><br /><br /> "A CHARMED PLACE allows Stockenberg's considerable talents to truly shine ... almost perfect ... a well-rounded, believable, entertaining and moving romance [with] an intellectually challenging mystery... a real story about real people whom readers will care deeply about."<br /> --<i>Gothic Journal</i><br /><br /> "An absorbing, highly engaging read with dialogue [that is] clever and realistic. The Cape Cod setting is vividly evoked, and secondary characters add great color .... Ms. Stockenberg is a gifted prose stylist; she makes us care about the characters. The fairly explicit love scenes are not only passionate, but also tender. A truly charming contemporary romance with an uplifting theme that second chances at love are possible .... "<br /> --<i>Regency World</i><br /><br /> --"A CHARMED PLACE is a captivating mixture of mystery and romance with characters that seem so real they jump off the pages. Stockenberg is adept at capturing family relationships and conveying a real sense of the characters' feelings and motiviations. [This is] an intriguing and passionate tale that will have the reader longing to read her next novel."<br /> --<i>Writers Write Website</i><br /><br /> "A glorious novel ... Ms. Stockenberg takes her place alongside LaVyrle Spencer as a writer of depth and perception." Very Highly Recommended<br /> --<i>Under the Covers Reviews</i><br /><br /> "Pure Stockenberg. The author captures the flavor of New England life along with great family dynamics. The love story between Dan and Maddie gives hope to anyone who dreams of their first love."<br /> --<i>Interludes</i><br /><br /> "Passion, love, hatred and deceit all collide with unexpected force in the powerful and expressive A CHARMED PLACE."<br /> --<i>Romantic Times Magazine</i><br /><br /> "Very witty writing ... wonderfully drawn characters ... [get] to know them and the obstacles they overcome."<br /> --<i>Book Barn Gazette</i>

4 A Month at the Shore

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-11-22
Description :  <b>He was her childhood knight in shining armor ... but she wasn't a fairytale princess.</b><br /><br /> Kendall Barclay III was a skinny, nerdy kid when he single-handedly took on a gang of bullies assaulting Laura Shore, a thirteen-year-old girl from the town's most notorious family. The childhood trauma became one more reason for Laura to flee the small Cape Cod town for the opposite coast and make a name for herself there. But now her tyrannical father is dead, her murderous uncle as well, and her beloved sister Corinne wants Laura and their black-sheep brother to come home and restore Shore Gardens, the family nursery fallen to rack and ruin, back to its former charm.<br /><br /> Reluctantly, they promise Corinne one month. One month, for Laura to face down past memories which are anything but fond and to come to terms with the wild range of feelings she has for the man who is no longer either skinny or nerdy. It's a daunting assignment -- made more so when a shocking discovery is made on the nursery grounds. Have knights in shining armor gone out of fashion? Laura will soon find out.<br /><br /> <b>Reviews</b><br /><br /> "A MONTH AT THE SHORE is a most enjoyable contemporary romance. The book illuminates the power of childhood experiences in shaping lives. Rooted as it is in their past, the attraction that sparks to life between Laura and Ken makes eminent sense ... Ken is the perfect hero, clearly a gem. Stockenberg has created an interesting cast of characters, provides a most satisfactory romance, and integrates the suspense element seamlessly into her story. This is a perfect book for a summer day -- or any other day, for that matter."<br /> --<i>The Romance Reader</i><br /><br /> "The writing and emotional pull [is] finely drawn out .... The plot has just the right amount of intrigue, suspense, and a wonderfully sensual romance as the inspired hero does his best to become [the heroine's] knight in shining armor. The villain is a surprise twist to the mystery of the murder. Set in a wonderful local ... you will truly enjoy A MONTH AT THE SHORE."<br /> --<i>Contemporary Romance Writers Reviews</i><br /><br /> "An addictive novel that draws the reader in from the very first page. The characters are extremely sympathetic and believable .... An all-around excellent read, A MONTH AT THE SHORE is enthralling. To be placed on your must-read pile immediately. Don't miss out on this captivating story of love, family, and trust."<br /> --<i>Romance Reviews Today</i><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg has a reputation for creating stories of small-town romance tinged with suspense, and this is the case with this superb book as well. A rich tapestry of complex emotions, the story is guaranteed to hold the reader immersed and interested. Fulfilling.<br /> --<i>The Road to Romance</i>

5 The Complete By The Sea Series Boxed Set

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Fiction & Literature  Mysteries & Thrillers  Short Stories 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2014-10-17
Description :  In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Gatsby Era's Roaring Twenties and then on to the Great Depression, culminating nearly a century later in Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea." Set against a backdrop of mansions, the glorious America's Cup Yacht Races, and new money, the series traces the passions and adventures of three families from three different classes.<br /><br /> <b>Book One: TESS</b>. From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth -- and falls in love in the bargain.<br /><br /> <b>Book Two: AMANDA.</b> Marrying American money to an English title is a tradition of its own; but Amanda Fain, a brash heiress with money to burn, has a fondness for Bolsheviks and bootleg liquor that makes her an unlikely match for the reluctant, ironic, and impoverished English aristocrat Geoffrey Seton, who has been ordered to America to find someone who can pay the bills for the family estate back home.<br /><br /> <b>Book Three: LAURA</b>. While the Great Depression grinds relentlessly on, Laura Andersson, a Midwestern farm girl with an improbable love of the sea, embarks on a bold adventure that promises riches but delivers passion, one that threatens all she holds dear.<br /><br /> <b>Book Four: THE HEIRS</b> is the dramatic conclusion to the four-book series BY THE SEA. Economic hard times are a distant memory in high-flying, recent-day Newport, home of the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the world, the Holy Grail of sport--the America's Cup. Here, the descendants of Tess, Amanda and Laura play out their destinies, their paths crossing in unforeseen ways: Mavis Moran, Neil Powers, his daughter Quinta, and America's Cup skipper Alan Seton all find themselves caught in a web of mystery, sabotage, and conflicting desires.<br /><br /> <b>Reviews</b><br /><br /> "A quality novel [that] contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. [Part 1, TESS,] is what makes Stockenberg's book stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."<br /> <b>--Providence Journal</b><br /> <b></b><br /> "A riveting saga/mystery. Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."<br /> <b><i>—Rave Reviews</i></b>

6 Tidewater

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Contemporary  Books  Romance  Suspense  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-02
Description :  SHE HAD EVERYTHING A WOMAN COULD WANT ....<br /><br /> Newly married to a man of wealth and reputation who's willing to be stepfather to her daughter Abigail, Sara Bonniface would seem to have all she's ever wanted for Abby: a beautiful home, a man to be there for her, and the assurance of a top education for the bright if headstrong child. But twelve-year-old Abby has other ideas, embarking on a crusade to learn more about her birth father. Relentless and computer-savvy, Abby manages to track down and then drag Ben McElwyn, ex-cop and now a P.I., back into Sara's life.<br /><br /> It's the last thing that Sara needs. She's already under assault from a series of mystifying events that have her dreading the possibility that she's suffering from schizophrenia, the affliction that destroyed her own mother.<br /><br /> It's the last thing that Ben needs. He's a lone wolf and determined to stay that way. Him, the father of a twelve-year-old daughter? He refuses to believe it.<br /><br /> It's the last thing that Rodger Bonniface, Abby's stepfather, needs. Headmaster of a prestigious prep school in Massachusetts, Rodger's reputation is pristine. Rich, confident, and cooly charming, Rodger has surprised everyone by marrying a woman with neither his background nor his sophistication. Still, Sara has great beauty, so they understand. And before her marriage she was a respectable widow, a sympathetic figure-- everyone, including Rodger, believes.<br /><br /> Until twelve-year-old Abby lobs that hand grenade into the elegant quarters of the house called Tidewater.<br /><br /> Editorial Reviews<br /><br /> "A spellbinding thriller that is both intense and riveting."<br /> --Romantic Times<br /><br /> "With a flare matching Hitchcock, Antoinette Stockenberg delivers a wonderfully twisted story that is all too typical of what goes on today."<br /> --The Romance Reader's Connection<br /><br /> "This book has it all! It satisfied me on many levels. It has a touching romantic reunion, gut-twisting suspense, and wrenching emotional impact. Ms. Stockenberg excels at novels that explore the mother/daughter relationship, and this one is no exception. If you like suspense, romance, and family relationships, all wrapped up in a credible story, Tidewater should make you very happy."<br /> --Teresa Medeiros, New York Times bestselling author<br />

7 Beyond Midnight

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Ghost  Mysteries & Thrillers  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Paranormal  Contemporary 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-08
Description :  <b>Salem. Will history repeat itself?</b><br /><br /> In 1692, Salem, Massachusetts was the setting for the infamous persecution of innocents accused of witchcraft. Three centuries later, little has changed. Helen Evett, widowed mother of two and owner of a prestigious preschool in town, finds her family, her fortunes, and her life's work threatened -- all because she feels driven to protect the sweet three-year-old daughter of a man who knows everything about finance but not so much about fathering. Helen's feelings toward little Katie's handsome father are decidedly mixed, and it will take more than knocks in the night, perfumed air, and bone-chilling cold to convince her otherwise.<br /><br /> Nathaniel Byrne is willing to consider Helen's advice and help. But he does it grudgingly, because the woman is by far the most determined, pushy force he's ever encountered. Recently widowed, tormented by the circumstances, and at sea about being a single parent, Nat is not inclined to hand over his daughter to just any preschool -- not when he has an accomplished, London-trained nanny who's more than willing to help make those decisions with him. <br /><br /> And the nanny herself? Peaches Bartholemew is as clever as she is beautiful, as efficient as she is soothing. Peaches can do anything. The trick, for Nat's dead wife, will be to keep her from doing it.<br /><br /> <b>REVIEWS</b><br /><br /> "<i>BEYOND MIDNIGHT</i> has a terrific plot, a wicked villain, and a sexy hero. But the novel ventures beyond sheer entertainment, and it is easy to see why Stockenberg's work has won such acclaim. The theme and setting create a terrifying scenario, even without the supernatural elements: a chilling correspondence between the events of Salem's witch-hunting hysteria and allegations of ritualistic abuse in preschools. A good read that makes you think. Comes awfully close to--dare I say it?--literature."<br /> --<i>Milwaukee Journal Sentinel</i><br /><br /> "When it comes to unique, eerie and engrossing tales of supernatural suspense, author Antoinette Stockenberg is in a league of her own. <i>BEYOND MIDNIGHT</i> is a gripping and chilling page-turner outlining two families' courageous battle against an insidious evil with a charming face. Outstanding reading!" <br /> --<i>Romantic Times</i><br /><br /> "Entertaining and fun. <i>BEYOND MIDNIGHT's</i> shining strengths are its insights into parenting and relationship issues, its brazen humor, its writing style, its to-die-for hero, its cunning villain, and its intriguing supernatural overtones."<br /> --Kristi Lyn Glass, editor, <i>Gothic Journal</i><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg creates another winner with this fast-paced and lively contemporary romance with a touch of the supernatural thrown in to make an interesting storyline even more exciting. Contemporary romance at its best. Five stars."<br /> --<i>Affaire de Coeur</i><br /><br /> "Ms. Stockenberg is a marvelous story teller who writes with humor, wit, and real experiences that we can relate to. Totally absorbing ... a superior tale with just the right combination of greed, hysteria, obsession and romantic passion. Spectacular! A terrific story that had me anxiously turning the well-written pages."<br /> --<i>Literary Times</i><br /><br /> "Helen Evett, owner of a thriving pre-school in Salem, becomes the object of a modern witch hunt that endangers her family, her business, and her enchanting newfound love. This is the sort of paranormal romance that draws you in--a believable, emotionally involving ghost story, with an appealing story of love."<br /> --B. Dalton's <i>Heart to Heart</i><br /><br /> "Meticulously researched and detailed, <i>BEYOND MIDNIGHT</i> brings Salem and its history to striking life. Antoinette Stockenberg, a premiere voice in paranormal, gives us yet another keeper."<br /> --<i>New Reality Reviews</i>

8 Sand Castles

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Contemporary 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-08-20
Description :  <b>WINNING A LOTTERY ... who hasn't dreamed of it?</b><br /><br /> Wendy Hodene, for one. She has always been one of those people for whom just enough is plenty. She's married to a charmer, has a young son she loves, and lives close to family in a small New England house that her great-grandfather built. True, she'd love to have room for a three-cushion couch (and of course more closet space), but all in all, she's happy with her life.<br /><br /> Happy, until her husband Jim goes and wins a lottery, upending every reassuring aspect of Wendy's existence. The man she thought she was married to for a decade turns out to be someone else entirely; the house she thought she wanted renovated turns into a stress-inducing pile of dust and demolition; the son who once desired nothing more than a new video game now wants a big new house on the beach; and the mysterious contractor who shows up among the crew on a fine June morning turns out to be a man who's both able and willing to destroy all that Wendy holds dear.<br /><br /> Zack Tompkins has better things to do than to knock down walls and put in floor joists, but his fragile and heartbroken sister Zina is convinced that the lottery winner whose photo she's seen in a newspaper is the man who once married and then abandoned her. It doesn't take long after he's signed on as crew in the Hodene renovation for Zack to see that Zina was right. His choice then becomes all too clear: wound his sister, or tear apart a family.<br /><br /> As dreams and schemes are washed away like sand castles from an incoming tide, one truth remains: some hearts, not fully broken, can mend and still be whole again.<br /><br /> <b>REVIEWS</b><br /><br /> "Well-drawn, sympathetic characters, exceptional writing, and an intriguing premise that puts a new spin on a classic plot combine to produce a riveting story of selfishness, betrayal, and love that readers will find hard to put down. Stockenberg is a RITA Award-winning author and is noted for her compelling, emotionally involving stories."<br /> --<i>Library Journal</i><br /><br /> "A powerful suspense thriller ... the characters are a superb group, especially the key foursome. The plot is filled with twists and turns ... fans of taut thrillers with a romance will want to read this strong intrigue."<br /> --Harriet Klausner, <i>Bookbrowser</i><br /><br /> "Moral dilemmas abound in this intriguing and compelling tale."<br /> --<i>Booklist</i><br /><br /> "A beautiful story filled with imagination, complexity, and sweet love, SAND CASTLES had plot twists that had me tearing through the pages to find out what happened next. A keeper and a must-have for all lovers of romance."<br /> --<i>The Word on Romance</i><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg is a consummate storyteller, and SAND CASTLES is another example of how well she has mastered her craft. The author is in top-notch form. The characterizations are wonderfully drawn and believable in their actions and reactions. There are enough plot twists and turns to keep a reader highly interested. A sure-fire winner and highly recommended reading!"<br /> --NewAndUsedBooks.com<br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg continues to display an immense talent for creating powerful and gripping dramas that give readers the full range of human emotions."<br /> --<i>Romantic Times</i><br /><br /> "This book was wonderful! In fact, I was so caught up in the story, I forgot to analyze anything. Twists, good dialogue and a question to answer at the end .... Kudos ... an excellent read.<br /> --<i>Old Book Barn Gazette</i>

9 Time After Time

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Paranormal  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Contemporary  Contemporary  Mysteries & Thrillers 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-24
Description :  USA TODAY bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg spins love, family, and a touch of magic into a lighthearted, richly drawn tale that tugs at the heart and leaves the reader laughing and wanting more. TIME AFTER TIME will appeal to fans of authors as diverse as Nora Roberts, Barbara Michaels, Jennifer Crusie and Barbara Freethy.<br /><br /> <b>WHEN A PARTY PLANNER MEETS A PARTY POOPER ...</b><br /><br /> things will probably not turn out the way either would like. Liz Coppersmith hopes to move beyond kids' parties at Chuck E. Cheese to planning premier events among the upper crust in Newport, Rhode Island. Her first upscale client is confirmed bachelor Jack Eastman, who's struggling to keep the family empire afloat and would be just fine with Chuck E. Cheese. More problematic for Jack are an untrained puppy, two illegitimate toddlers, a runaway mother and an aging Casanova father. Liz's problems are simpler: an historic mystery, an amnesiac friend, a thief on the loose and a recurring apparition that may or may not be her imagination.<br /><br /> <b>REVIEWS</b><br /><br /> "Master storyteller Antoinette Stockenberg surpasses herself with her newest tale, TIME AFTER TIME ... a richly rewarding novel filled with wrenching loss, timeless passion and eerie suspense. A novel to be savored."<br /> --Romantic Times<br /><br /> "All of the elements of a rollicking great read have been expertly blended into this story, from precocious children to an old skirt-chasing lech. TIME AFTER TIME, as hilarious as it is poignant and heart-tugging, will command center stage on your keeper shelf. Once again, Antoinette Stockenberg has done a magnificent job."<br /> --I'll Take Romance<br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg is a superb contemporary writer, an author who creates an ambience that is as important as the character development. She also adds an invaluable sense of humor which appears at unexpected times, leaving readers loudly laughing. TIME AFTER TIME is that rarest of works -- a satisfying treasure for a vast variety of palates."<br /> --Affaire de Coeur<br /><br /> "This book [is] a rewarding and gratifying reading experience. This exceptionally talented author has penned a unique story that spins a touching and sensitive story of love and trust. Throw in a cast of magnificent characters, and you'll be ready to hold on to this one for another read."<br /> --Rendezvous<br /><br /> "A light and engaging tale of righting past wrongs in class-conscious Newport society."<br /> --Gothic Journal<br /><br /> <b>ABOUT THE AUTHOR</b><br /> <b></b><br /> Stockenberg's books have been published in a dozen languages and are often set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can have on them. Sometimes there's an old murder. Sometimes there's an old ghost. Sometimes once-lovers find one another after half a lifetime apart.

10 By the Sea Book Two: Amanda

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Historical  Short Stories 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2013-08-01
Description :  In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-part saga that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties Gatsby era and then to the Great Depression, culminating after nearly a century in a last hurrah for Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea."&#xa0; Set against a backdrop of mansions, yachts, and new money, the novel traces the trials and adventures of three families from three different classes.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Book Two:&#xa0; AMANDA.&#xa0; Marrying American money to an English title is a tradition of its own; but Amanda Fain, a brash heiress with money to burn, has a fondness for Bolsheviks and bootleg liquor that makes her an unlikely match for the reluctant, ironic, and impoverished English aristocrat Geoffrey Seton, who has been ordered to America to find someone who can pay the bills for the family estate back home.<br /><br /> <b>Coming Soon</b><br /><br /> Book Three:&#xa0; LAURA.&#xa0; While the Great Depression grinds relentlessly on, Laura Andersson, a midwestern farm girl with an improbable love of the sea, embarks on a bold adventure that promises riches but delivers passion, one that threatens all she holds dear.<br /><br /> Part 4:&#xa0; THE HEIRS.&#xa0; Economic hard times are a distant memory in the high-flying 1980s as the descendants of Tess, Amanda and Laura play out their destinies, their paths crossing in unforeseen ways.&#xa0; Mavis Moran, Neil Andersson, his daughter Quinta, and Alan Seton all find themselves caught in a web of mystery, sabotage, and conflicting desires.<br /><br /> Already a Bestseller<br /><br /> Part 1:&#xa0; TESS.&#xa0; From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth — and falls in love in the bargain.<br /><br /> Reviews:<br /><br /> A quality, original [work].&#xa0; Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Part One stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."<br /> —Providence Journal<br /><br /> "A riveting saga/mystery.&#xa0; Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."<br /> —Rave Reviews<br /><br /> "The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."<br /> —Newport This Week Magazine<br /><br /> "Sizzling [and] entertaining reading.&#xa0; The well-researched novel uses real people and places—such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner—as a backdrop to the unfolding drama.<br /> —Soundings Magazine<br />

11 Embers

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2014-05-14
Description :  Bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg has penned another emotional, suspenseful and humorous story that will be enjoyed by readers of Nora Roberts, Barbara Freethy, and Barbara Michaels.<br /><br /> AN OLD SECRET, A NEW MYSTERY, AND DANGEROUS PASSION buried in the ashes of an historic fire -- ashes that become embers, easily fanned into flames ....<br /><br /> To Meg Hazard, it seemed like a good idea at the time: squeezing her extended family into the back rooms of their rambling Victorian home and converting the rest of the house into a Bed and Breakfast in the coastal town of Bar Harbor, Maine. But that was before the leaky roof, the balky furnace, and the fuel oil spill in the basement. That was before the inheritance of an exquisite, museum-quality dollhouse with a haunting story of its own to tell.<br /><br /> And that was before her much-loved, much-younger and very beautiful sister Allie fell in love with Chicago cop Tom Wyler, who was at the inn simply to put himself back together physically and emotionally after a shattering episode of violence back home. Meg, the Responsible One, has complete sympathy for everyone. What she doesn't have is complete control over her emotions&#xa0;

12 Dream a Little Dream

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Paranormal  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Ghost 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-02-01
Description :  <b>Three generations under one turret:</b> from bestselling author Antoinette Stockenberg comes a witty, modern fairy tale of romance and family and ghostly star-crossed lovers.<br /><br /> For centuries, Fair Castle stood peaceably enough in the north country of England, until its suddenly impoverished owners were forced to sell it—to a suddenly wealthy American couple who had the castle moved, stone by stone, to a knoll overlooking the Hudson River in New York. There they've lived happily, though not very lavishly, with their daughter and granddaughters, all of them chipping in to give tours of the castle while still nurturing their artistic sides.<br /><br /> And then one day, when no one is looking, a tall, dark, and very handsome stranger appears—along with the usual tourists—in the Great Hall of Fair Castle. Wildly rich from the sale of a software company he founded and then sold, William Braddock, Baron of Norwood, is on a mission to conquer all within Fair Castle and then move the thing back to England. Why not? It's his family's castle. It's his beloved grandmother's fond dream, and Will will do anything to make it come true for her.<br /><br /> But a fiery opponent stands in his way: Elinor MacLeish, the owners' granddaughter and a successful writer of children's books that are set in a castle very much like the one she lives in. Will finds himself jousting repeatedly with Elinor, except when he's crossing swords with another who also has an agenda. And then there is the pair whose ties to Fair Castle are far, far more ancient than those of anyone else ....<br /><br /> <b>Reviews</b><br /><br /> "This humorous, well-crafted and inventive novel is certain to establish Stockenberg as a major voice in women's fiction."<br /> —Publishers Weekly<br /><br /> "A delightful blend of goosebumps, passion and treachery that makes this novel a truly exhilarating read.&#xa0; Ms. Stockenberg delivers once again."<br /> —Romantic Times<br /><br /> "A truly wonderful modern fairy tale—complete with meddlesome ghosts, an enchanted castle, and a knight in shining armor. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM casts a powerful romantic spell.&#xa0; Run, don't walk, to purchase a copy of this magical romance."<br /> —Kristin Hannah<br /><br /> "It's one of those books that will keep you turning pages well into the night and into the next night as well."<br /> —Middlesex News<br /><br /> "A well-written story with a definite Gothic touch."<br /> —Library Journal<br /><br /> "Witty, charming, and most of all, fun to read.&#xa0; It has intrigue, mystery, humor, and excitement [with] unforgettable characters."<br /> —Literary Times<br /><br /> "Stockenberg gives this amusing and intricately plotted story a special sparkle that will enthrall many readers."<br /> —Gothic Journal<br /><br /> "The story is exciting and kept me glued to this well-written book.&#xa0; The dialogue is extremely witty and sparkling, and I loved the mystery to solve that involved the ghosts."<br /> —The Belles &amp; Beaux of Romance<br /><br /> A well-rounded cast of eccentric characters and a plot filled with 'things that go bump in the night' will keep you turning the pages into the wee hours, and the satisfying conclusion will leave you smiling when you finally do close the cover.<br /> —Dubuque Telegraph Herald<br /><br /> Writing and storytelling at its best ... a work of art.&#xa0; Antoinette Stockenberg layers humor, wit, emotion, intrigue, trepidation and sexual tension in just the right amounts to fill a rich canvas.<br /> — Compuserve Romance Reviews

13 Beloved

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Fiction & Literature  Sci-Fi & Fantasy  Fantasy  Paranormal  Ghost 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-08
Description :  A cottage by the sea: it's a dream come true for Jane Drew. Too bad it comes with a ghost -- and a soulfully seductive neighbor who'd just as soon boot Jane off the island.<br /><br /> When you're seriously unattached and recently unemployed, the inheritance of a cottage on Nantucket Island might seem like a really Good Thing. The fact that the house is ramshackle and possibly haunted? Mere details. Jane Drew never actually believed the neighbors' murmurs about her great-aunt being either a psychic or a witch, much less a psychic witch. Still, a series of eerie events soon has her convinced that the spirit of a beautiful Quaker is roaming the place, and it seems clear that it will take more than a smile and a wave goodbye to make the spirit leave. If Jane is to move things along, she's going to have to think like an islander. But she's a Boston graphic designer with no experience of the island or its history, and she could use a little local knowledge in her quest<br /><br /> There is no one more local than the aloof, wary, and impossibly seductive Mac McKenzie. Descended from generations of hard-working islanders, Mac has very clear opinions of off-islanders, and he's not afraid to express them. He has little patience for New Age types, moneyed types, and those for whom "antiquing" is a verb. He regards spaghetti as noodles, not pasta, and he drinks water from a tap, not a bottle. He's suspicious of people who design graphics, whatever those are. And he doesn't believe in ghosts. Period. When he finds himself up against the insistent, persistent, infinitely irritating Jane Drew with her knack for complicating his life, he does what any self-respecting islander would and shrugs her off -- for a while, anyway. But Mac understands, as Jane does not, that not every force is benign ... and not every force is otherworldly.<br /><br /> <b>Reviews:</b><br /><br /> "<i>Beloved</i> has charm, romance, and a delicious hint of the supernatural. If you loved the film '<i>Somewhere in Time</i>,' don't miss this book."<br /> --LaVyrle Spencer, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author<br /><br /> "<i>Beloved </i>is great ... a lively, engaging, thoroughly enchanting tale. Ms. Stockenberg is an exciting voice in the romance genre. Her writing is delicious; I savored every morsel of <i>Beloved</i>."<br /> --Jayne Ann Krentz, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author<br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg is pure magic! She does a wonderful job of evoking mood out of setting. The love story between the hero and heroine was complex and moving; what appealing characters!"<br /> --Susan Elizabeth Phillips, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author<br /><br /> "A delightfully different romance with a ghost story -- a great combination that was impossible to put down."<br /> --Johanna Lindsey, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author<br /><br /> <b>About the Author</b><br /><br /> Stockenberg's books have been published in a dozen languages and are often set in quaint New England harbor towns, always with a dose of humor. She writes about complex family relationships and the fallout that old, unearthed secrets can have on them. Sometimes there's an old murder. Sometimes there's an old ghost. Sometimes once-lovers find one another after half a lifetime apart.

14 Safe Harbor

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature  Contemporary 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2013-01-08
Description :  <b>SAFE HARBOR </b>... That's what Martha's Vineyard has always been for Holly Anderson, folk artist, dreamer and eternal optimist. If she could just save enough to buy the house and barn she's renting, fall in love, marry the guy and then have children as sweet as her nieces, life would be pretty much perfect.<br /><br /> Poor Holly. She has a lot to learn.<br /><br /> Havoc arrives on the island in the guise of stunningly beautiful Eden Walker, a gold-digging con woman who's already stolen the nest egg of an elderly couple and who promptly seduces Holly's sixty-something father while she's in hiding. Holly's mother is devastated, her sister won't deal with it, and Sam Steadman--son of the now impoverished couple and a man who has more than one reason to hunt Eden down -- is furious. After a bumpy start, Sam and an equally outraged Holly join forces to track down the elusive Eden and reclaim both treasure and father. But hearts and minds collide, and shipwrecked emotions are strewn along the way. Will Holly and Sam ever be able to trust one another after the not-so-merry chase?<br /><br /> <b>Reviews</b><br /><br /> "Captivating contemporary romantic intrigue ... another triumph."<br /> --Harriet Klausner, online reviewer<br /><br /> "Ms. Stockenberg is a master of relationships .... This book is fresh and exciting ... a fast-paced novel that will leave you feeling so darn good ... brava!"<br /> --<i>Belles and Beaux of Romance</i><br /><br /> "SAFE HARBOR is a most entertaining contemporary romance. It has great characters, a satisfying love story, and just enough suspense to keep the story moving. It also has a delightfully drawn setting as the author brings Martha's Vineyard to life .... This woman can write."<br /> --<i>The Romance Reader</i><br /><br /> "Romantic suspense à la Nora Roberts, mixed with a touch of humor à la Barbara Freethy ... a fast-paced rollercoaster ride of intrigue, family problems, deception and comical sleuthing ... incredible life in these characters ... amazing descriptions ... you won't want to miss this."<br /> --<i>Romance Communications</i><br /><br /> "Another notch in a collection of compelling dramas ... this author really knows how to tell a story!"<br /> --<i>Romantic Times</i><br /><br /> "A story about people, relationships, situations, loss of innocence and the good and evil that exist in each. Slashing dialogue ... characters who are so human and flawed that you know you've met them -- and known them -- somewhere before. A fabulous, fabulous read."<br /> --<i>Old Book Barn Gazette</i><br /><br /> "A perfect summer novel ... a hot read with all the right ingredients: passion, humor, suspense, murder, greed, and all of it set in Martha's Vineyard! What could be better?"<br /> --Pam Johnson, online reviewer

15 By the Sea Book Three: Laura

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Historical  Books  Romance  Fiction & Literature  Action & Adventure  Short Stories 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2013-09-21
Description :  In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-part saga that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties Gatsby era and then to the Great Depression, culminating after nearly a century in a last hurrah for Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea."&#xa0; Set against a backdrop of mansions, yachts, and new money, the novel traces the trials and adventures of three families from three different classes.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>Book Three:&#xa0; LAURA.</b>&#xa0; While the Great Depression grinds relentlessly on, Laura Andersson, a midwestern farm girl with an improbable love of the sea, embarks on a bold adventure that promises riches but delivers passion, one that threatens all she holds dear.<br /><br /> <b>Also available:</b><br /><br /> <b>Book One:&#xa0; TESS.</b>&#xa0; From the wild decadence of late nineteenth-century Newport comes the tale of Tess Moran, a beautiful Irish housemaid in one of the grand summer "cottages," who makes a dark bargain with a man of commanding wealth — and falls in love in the bargain.<br /><br /> <b>Book Two:&#xa0; AMANDA.&#xa0;</b> Marrying American money to an English title is a tradition of its own; but Amanda Fain, a brash heiress with money to burn, has a fondness for Bolsheviks and bootleg liquor that makes her an unlikely match for the reluctant, ironic, and impoverished English aristocrat Geoffrey Seton, who has been ordered to America to find someone who can pay the bills for the family estate back home.<br /><br /> <b>Coming next:</b><br /><br /> <b>Book Four:&#xa0; THE HEIRS</b>.&#xa0; Economic hard times are a distant memory in the high-flying 1980s as the descendants of Tess, Amanda and Laura play out their destinies, their paths crossing in unforeseen ways.&#xa0; Mavis Moran, Neil Powers, his daughter Quinta, and Alan Seton all find themselves caught in a web of mystery, sabotage, and conflicting desires.<br /><br /> &#xa0;<b>Editorial reviews</b><br /><br /> "A quality, original [work].&#xa0; Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Part One stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."<br /> —<i>Providence Journal</i><br /><br /> "A riveting saga/mystery.&#xa0; Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."<br /> —<i>Rave Reviews</i><br /><br /> "The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."<br /> —<i>Newport This Week Magazine</i><br /><br /> "Sizzling [and] entertaining reading.&#xa0; The well-researched novel uses real people and places—such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner—as a backdrop to the unfolding drama.<br /> —<i>Soundings Magazine</i>

16 Emily's Ghost

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Mysteries & Thrillers  Women Sleuths  Contemporary  Paranormal  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2014-10-07
Description :  An old secret, a new mystery, and dangerous passion buried in the ashes of an historic fire -- ashes that become embers, easily fanned into flames ....&#xa0;<br /><br /> To Meg Hazard, it seemed like a good idea at the time: squeezing her extended family into the back rooms of their rambling Victorian home and converting the rest of the house into a Bed and Breakfast in the coastal town of Bar Harbor, Maine. But that was before the leaky roof, the balky furnace, and the fuel oil spill in the basement. That was before the inheritance of an exquisite, museum-quality dollhouse with a haunting story of its own to tell. And that was before her much-loved, much-younger and very beautiful sister Allie fell in love with Chicago cop Tom Wyler, who was there simply to put himself back together physically and emotionally after a shattering episode of violence back home. Meg, the Responsible One, has complete sympathy for everyone. What she doesn't have is complete control over her emotions ....&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>Reviews:&#xa0;</b><br /><br /> "A deft blend of mystery and romance ... Stockenberg, who won a RITA [for Emily's Ghost], is sure to win more kudos for her latest."&#xa0;<br /> <b><i>--Publishers Weekly&#xa0;</i></b><br /><br /> "A well-written, engaging story of two caring people who have all but given up on finding love."&#xa0;<br /> <b><i>--Library Journal&#xa0;</i></b><br /><br /> "All the ingredients that whisper 'best seller' ... reading Embers is a night of pure pleasure."&#xa0;<br /> <b><i>--Gothic Journal&#xa0;</i></b><br /><br /> "Embers is a delight -- a beautifully crafted, wholly involving story that explores the complexities of family, sisters and love, creating relationships that sparkle with warmth, wit, and authenticity. I thoroughly enjoyed it."&#xa0;<br /> -<b>-Katherine Stone&#xa0;</b><br /><br /> "Antoinette Stockenberg has become a major force in women's contemporary mainstream romantic fiction. Embers is a moving work involving obsession, betrayal, and thwarted passions ... The chilling use of supernatural elements to emphasize the events of the past only enhances a book that has 'classic' written all over it."&#xa0;<br /> <b><i>--Affaire de Coeur</i></b>

17 By the Sea, Book Four: The Heirs

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Suspense  Books  Romance  Contemporary  Mysteries & Thrillers  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $2.99
Release Date :  2013-10-27
Description :  In the tradition of Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey, BY THE SEA is a four-book series that sweeps from the Gilded Age through the Gatsby Era's Roaring Twenties and then on to the Great Depression, culminating nearly a century later in Newport, Rhode Island, wealthy and alluring "City by the Sea." Set against a backdrop of mansions, the glorious America's Cup Yacht Races, and new money, the series traces the passions and adventures of three families from three different classes.<br /><br /> <b>THE HEIRS </b>is the dramatic conclusion to the four-book series BY THE SEA. Economic hard times are a distant memory in high-flying, recent-day Newport, home of the oldest and most prestigious trophy in the world, the Holy Grail of sport—the America's Cup. Here, the descendants of Tess, Amanda and Laura play out their destinies, their paths crossing in unforeseen ways: Mavis Moran, Neil Powers, his daughter Quinta, and America's Cup skipper Alan Seton all find themselves caught in a web of mystery, sabotage, and conflicting desires.<br /><br /> Also available:<br /> Book One: TESS.<br /> Book Two: AMANDA.<br /> Book Three: LAURA<br /><br /> <b>Editorial Reviews:</b><br /><br /> "A quality, original [work]. Antoinette Stockenberg has done her homework. The saga ... contains many of those little epiphanies, those moments of recognition. It is what makes, for example, Book One: TESS stand out from the rash of novels on class conflicts between Irish servants and their Yankee masters."<br /> —Providence Journal<br /><br /> "A riveting saga/mystery. Ms. Stockenberg is a master of intrigue and romance ... she expertly leads readers through nearly a century of drama in the elegant, fascinating, and thrilling world of yacht racing [culminating in] a compelling mystery. This novel will provide smooth sailing for summer reading."<br /> —Rave Reviews<br /><br /> "The action moves along at a speed that makes it virtually impossible to put the book down. If I had had the time I could have read it non-stop, and I nearly did .... Here is a book to satisfy every sort of reader--those who crave fast action, Newport aficionados, and the romantics among us who love happy endings."<br /> —Newport This Week Magazine<br /><br /> "Sizzling [and] entertaining reading. The well-researched novel uses real people and places—such as the Vanderbilts and Dennis Conner—as a backdrop to the unfolding drama.<br /> —Soundings Magazine&#xa0;

18 Antoinette's Christmas Mantel: Season One

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  Free
Release Date :  2016-12-17
Description :  <b>Note: </b>This pictorial eBook contains large images and is designed to be viewed on an actual tablet, such as an iPad. Viewing it on a tablet will allow the images to be enlarged and explored. It can also be viewed on a Mac with iBooks. <br /><br /> I began arranging Christmas villages on our mantel a few years ago, mostly because villages are harder to set up under a tree, and also to keep our Godzilla cats from stomping them. The fragile cardboard houses are from around 1930 pre-war Japan, and the tiny figures (tin <i>Zinnfiguren</i>) are mostly pre-war Germany. As satisfying as this ephemeral holiday art is to create, I found that it needed a story. I began my Christmas tale with this mantel tableau and have added characters and their stories to it every year for a decade since then.&#xa0;<br /><br /> <b>A Parade in the Village</b> <br /><br /> Each Christmas when I begin to assemble my antique village, I run into the same old problem:&#xa0; the mantel can only fit a dozen or so houses, and over time I have collected more than that. So every year I have to leave well-loved houses and tin figures in their storage boxes, even though Christmas should be their season to come alive. For this mantel, I've assembled fourteen of my very favorite Japanese cardboard houses, along with the cast of tin characters that people them. No Hawthorne, Lemax, or Dept. 56 houses in this village -- just an assortment of sweet, dusty, slightly tattered cardboard structures that have somehow managed to survive three quarters of a century without getting crushed and tossed.&#xa0; Read and enjoy!

19 Antoinette's Christmas Mantel: Season Two

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Crafts & Hobbies  Comics & Graphic Novels  Graphic Novels  Antiques & Collectibles 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2017-01-20
Description :  Note: This pictorial eBook contains large images and is designed to be viewed on an actual tablet, such as an iPad. Viewing it on a tablet will allow the images to be enlarged and explored. It can also be viewed on a Mac with iBooks. I recommend that you download Season One first to make sure that this type of eBook works well on your eReader.<br /><br /> As I called forth my antique village from its place of sleep to appear again this Christmas, I thought of the legend of Brigadoon. True, my village appears once a year, not once every hundred years; and, yes, the houses seem to change and move around a bit (not that they can move that far on a mantel). But the essence of the Brigadoon legend is the same: a whole little world, filled with characters with their own stories to tell, materializes as if by magic, casts its spell, and then -- poof! -- is gone. Every one of us, grownup and child alike, who has practiced this act of magic waits all year to do it again.<br /><br /> Almost everything you see in my mantel villages is from before World War II. The cardboard houses were all made in Japan, most in the early 1930's. The little flat figures, called "zinnfiguren," are from Germany. The street lamps are -- what else? -- Lionel. The bottlebrush trees are faded and rusty but carry their age, like everything else in this miniature world, with grace and panache. It's deeply satisfying to know that through most of the last century, other dreamers arranged these very same toys to tell their own stories. May it ever be so.<br /><br /> <b>A River Runs Through it</b><br /> <b>&#xa0; &#xa0;</b><br /> For this season's Christmas village of vintage Japanese cardboard houses, I had but one desire: to capture the sparkling magic of ice and snow. For that, I think I blame Fred Astaire in <i>Holiday Inn</i> ... or maybe my east European heritage ... but definitely the taunting of my friends in Florida. To me, nothing sings Christmas more than falling snow and skaters on ice. I can't make snow actually fall from the ceiling onto my mantel's cardboard village (not for very long, anyway, without having to drag out the vacuum), so I've created the next best thing: a cold, cold Christmas with drifts of snow piled high against the banks of the river that flows through this year's vintage village<i>.</i>&#xa0;<br /><br /> The river is frozen solid and the skating is the best it's ever been; almost everyone in town is either on the ice or watching from the sidelines. I've included some new characters in this Christmas chapter, and their stories will develop in the coming years. I should add that nearly all of the tiny tin <i>Zinnfiguren</i> in this year's village have been painted by me. (And I now have the crossed eyes to prove it; it's not easy painting expressions on faces that are an eighth of an inch small.) And so for all the other children besides me out there, here is this year's chapter:&#xa0;

20 Antoinette's Christmas Mantel: Season Three

Author : Antoinette Stockenberg
Genre :  Antiques & Collectibles  Books  Lifestyle & Home  Fiction & Literature  Comics & Graphic Novels  Graphic Novels  Crafts & Hobbies 
Price :  $1.99
Release Date :  2017-10-06
Description :  If you've been to my Home Page, then you know I've begun to convert my out-of-print novels into eBook format. It's no coincidence that in November I released <i>KEEPSAKE</i>, a novel of romantic suspense, for all the e-reader formats out there. Much of the novel takes place during the Christmas season, so I decided to recreate its opening scene in my mantel village this year.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> Almost everything you see in my mantel villages is from before World War II. The cardboard houses were all made in Japan, most in the early 1930's. The little flat figures, called "zinnfiguren," are from Germany. The street lamps are -- what else? -- Lionel. The bottlebrush trees are faded and rusty but carry their age, like everything else in this miniature world, with grace and panache. It's deeply satisfying to know that through most of the last century, other dreamers arranged these very same toys to tell their own stories. May it ever be so.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> <b>NOTE:</b> This pictorial eBook contains large images and is designed to be viewed on an actual tablet, such as iPad, or on a Mac with iBooks. Viewing it on an iPad or in iBooks will allow the images to be enlarged and explored.<br /> &#xa0;<br /> The best way to view this pictorial eBook is in landscape mode with two columns displayed. In a two column display the images are quite small initially, but can be expanded to full screen size by tapping on them.&#xa0; I recommend that you download Season One first to make sure that this type of eBook works well on your iPad or Mac.



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