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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 15

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 15 Chapter 8                                Marseilles Sherrilyn had come to Marseilles with an introduction arranged by Estuban Miro to a Jewish doctor, Bonnel de Lattès. She’d gotten some nasty looks from some of the men in … Continue reading

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 14

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 14 “Ah,” De la Mothe said. “That is a name I know.” He looked at Valbelle, and then stepped over to the bench and sat near the up-timer. Lefferts was a well-known trouble maker, … Continue reading

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 13

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 13 Chapter 7 Marseilles, Provence “Now that is a view.” Philippe de la Mothe-Houdancourt, Governor of Bellegarde, leaned on the rampart of Florentine limestone that comprised the sea-facing wall of Notre-Dame de la Garde, … Continue reading

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 12

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 12 “I graciously accept.” He gave his most charming smile, glancing at his loyal follower Francois. “But let me not disturb you. I assume circumstances are fortuitous for us to send a message this … Continue reading

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Sanctuary – Snippet 23

This story appears in Bill Fawcett’s Anthology, By Tooth And Claw, which should be available now. Therefore, this is the last snippet. Sanctuary – Snippet 23 “Can she move at all?” Njekwa asked, turning her head toward Zuluku but not … Continue reading

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 11

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 11 Chapter 6 Turin If it hadn’t previously been obvious to Terrye Jo, it became quite clear what it was about a few nights later.

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 10

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 10 “But he is not France, young lady. What he does places my country in peril and twists the commands and endangers the rule of my royal brother.” “Didn’t he also exile you?”

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Sanctuary – Snippet 22

Sanctuary – Snippet 22 Chapter 10 Zilikazi In the event, it took Zilikazi quite a while to calm down his troops after the dam burst. The water rushing down the ravine carried not only rocks and logs with it, but … Continue reading

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1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 09

1636: The Cardinal Virtues – Snippet 09 Chapter 5 Turin “You look fine, my dear. For Heaven’s sake, stop fussing.” Terrye Jo twisted, trying to settle the fall of her very full skirts, draped over pleated pads at the hips … Continue reading

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Sanctuary – Snippet 21

Sanctuary – Snippet 21 If Zilikazi’s absence from his lands was prolonged, and if he’d left a large force behind, one of his lieutenants was likely to grow ambitious. After the successful wars he’d waged against his neighboring nobles, the … Continue reading

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