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Sea Tigers & Merchants: A New American Generation

In 1790 the United States has a new Constitution. George Washington presides as the first elected president. Abroad, France and Britain are at war. And by 1795, seafaring Americans are accosted on the high seas by French privateers and British naval ships

Tensions rise as American merchants continue to trade. Among them, Hasket Derby and Captain George Crowninshield busily build maritime empires while their sons seek a new way forward.

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Ambition, Arrogance & Pride: Families & Rivals in 18th Century Salem

Richard Derby, a young man of modest prospects, made his living at sea until he retired to establish a merchant house. With one exception, his sons followed in his footsteps. Hasket Derby remained in Salem learning the business.

“Sandra Wagner-Wright is an excellent storyteller with a natural flair for historical accuracy and powerful character development.” — Seattle Book Review

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Women of Determination & Courage Series

Saxon Heroines: A Northumbrian Novel


Women have no obvious role in a warrior society, but by using their wits two queens and two abbesses influence social and political change in seventh century Northumbria

“…dramatically gripping novel…A captivating account of the lives of extraordinary women in perilous times.” — Kirkus Reviews

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Two Coins: A Biographical Novel

In late nineteenth century Calcutta, Mary Pigot sued Rev. William Hastie, her superior in the missionary community. Mary claimed Hastie’s false statements caused her dismissal as Lady Superintendent of the Female Mission. The scandalous trial exposed malicious lies and innuendo. The judge awarded Mary one anna in damages, the equivalent of two half-anna coins.

“A powerful story with a vivid setting, compelling plot, and multifaceted characters.” – Kirkus Reviews

2020 Finalist – Independent Audiobook Awards

Best Books of 2019 – Kirkus Reviews

Goethe Late Historical Fiction Finalist – Chanticleer International Book Awards

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Rama’s Labyrinth: A Biographical Novel


Rama carried many identities: Daughter, sister, wife, mother, widow. Hindu Pandita, educator, lecturer, reformer, Christian convert, missionary evangelist. Rama’s Labyrinth is an inspirational story of one woman’s quest of self-discovery and spiritual growth.

“. . . an informative exploration of one of history’s many forgotten heroines.” – Kirkus Reviews

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Sandra Wagner-Wright

Sandra Wagner-Wright holds the doctoral degree in history and taught women’s and global history at the University of Hawai`i. Sandra travels for her research, most recently to Salem, Massachusetts, the setting of her new Salem Stories series. She also enjoys traveling for new experiences. Recent trips include Antarctica and a river cruise on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel.

Sandra particularly likes writing about strong women who make a difference. She lives in Hilo, Hawai`i with her family and writes a blog relating to history, travel, and the idiosyncrasies of life.

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