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Meet Diana Jackson and Read About MISSING Past and Present, A MYSTERY INSPIRED BY HISTORY


About DianaAfter six years in the wilderness, (wandering the Fife Coastal Path and finding her way back to writing, to be precise!) author Diana Jackson is about to launch the second novel in her Mystery Inspired by History series. A retired teacher of sixty one years, Diana Jackson has published five works since 2009. Her first, historical romantic fiction, Riduna, set in the Victorian era, was published by Pegasus Elliot Mc Kenzie in 2009 but was re-launched by Eventispress in 2012 - a writer’s indie collaborative publisher, through which all her other works have been published:2012 Ancasta, Guide me Swiftly Home ~ Riduna’s sequel2013 The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell ~ a memoir2014 M...
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Meet Narrator/Voice Actor/Storyteller Nina Price and How She Discovered Audio Books--Including Mine!


Nina has narrated several of my books, and is working on more, my romantic comedy time travel FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY with a variety of British accents (she's nailing the Yorkshire accent). Her voice is expressive and animated, and her accents include German, French, Australian, New York, Scottish, and several regional British accents. She has an impeccable sense of comedic timing and sarcasm. She really makes my characters come to life--the fictional ones I made up, and the historical figures who really lived! Nina's Story:How I Came to Narrate the Audio Versions of Diana Rubino’s New York Saga BooksI’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s New Y...
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The war-gaming Raspberries who helped to win the Battle of the Atlantic


After the fall of France in the early days of the Second World War Britain stood alone in her opposition to Germany in Europe. As an island nation she was vulnerable because food and materials for the war had to be brought across the Atlantic from America, running the gauntlet of German U-boats hunting in ‘Wolfpacks’. Britain needed more than 1 million tons of imports a week to survive so it was imperative to find ways to combat the U-boat threat in what was known as the Battle of the Atlantic.HMS BARHAM explodes as her 15 inch magazine ignites, 25 November 1941. Copyright: © IWM. object/205022049Britain had prepared her sea defences based on the belief that Germany would fight a similar sea...
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When Authors Must Stay At Home


Most of us are staying home or limiting where and when we go out. Stay Home, Save Lives Order in OregonThis is an important part of caring about each other and joining together to limit spread of Covid-19 and its harrowing toll of sickness and death. Life as we knew it is suspended for a while. There is much uncertainty about when things will return to any semblance of normal. We’re not able to see our family and friends face-to-face. We keep in touch by social media and phones. Many of us are expanding our comfort with virtual interactions and learning new tricks.As an author, this “stay at home, stop the spread” reality is both familiar and oddly unsettling. It’s familiar since I already s...
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Finding Our Way: Hope

Hope inhabits that sacred place where we acknowledge the world’s realities and choose to reach through the darkness to access the Light.Original linkOriginal author: Rebecca Bruff
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A Treachery of Spies by Manda Scott


A Treachery of Spies is an espionage thriller to rival the very best, a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse, played in the shadows, which will keep you guessing every step of the way.A body has been found. The elderly victim’s identity has been cleverly obscured but one thing is clear: she has been killed in the manner of traitors to the Resistance in World War Two.To find answers in the present, police inspector Inès Picaut must look to the past; to 1940s France, a time of sworn allegiances and broken promises, where the men and women of the Resistance fought for survival against Nazi invaders.But, as Picaut soon discovers, there are those in the present whose futures depend on the past remai...
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The battleship which failed to deliver – the German warship Tirpitz


In my previous article about the North Atlantic Convoys I mentioned the German battleship Tirpitz. This ship was over 250 metres long and weighed over 50,000 tons with a hull made of 30cm thick steel. Tirpitz also had not one but eight of the biggest naval guns ever built – 38cm. With a crew of over 2,600 men and a speed of 30 knots it was bigger and faster than any of the opposing Allied ships, a formidable weapon which instilled fear in all those who faced her. Yet this behemoth which could have played such a significant role in the war at sea was rarely out of coastal waters and contributed little to the German war effort.TirpitzOne would have thought that Germany’s biggest warship should...
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Meet Alicia Dean and Read About PRECARIOUS: MARTINI CLUB 4 ~ THE 1940s


About AliciaAlicia began writing stories as a child. At age 10, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who shared the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals.Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching (a...
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INK IN AFRIKAANS DIGKOMPETISIE 2020 vanaf 1 Maart 2020 – 31 Julie 2020


Ink Skryf in Afrikaans ( www.ink.org.za ) bied hierdie jaar ‘n digkompetisie aan waarvan die beste gedigte in ‘n spog bloemlesing, INKSPRAAK I, gepubliseer gaan word. Daarna word beoog om elke jaar verdere bloemlesings te publiseer. Die INKSPRAAK bloemlesing sal direk na die gala aand te koop aangebied word aan die digters en belangstellendes. (Prys sal later bekend gemaak word.) Die hoofdoel van hierdie kompetisie is die bevordering van gehalte poësie in Afrikaans. Besoek ook gerus die webwerf om meer van INK te lees. www.ink.org.zaReëls:  1. Die kompetisie is oop vir alle persone van enige ouderdom. Hierdie is ‘n (Inter)nasionale kompetisie en nie slegs vir INK-lede nie. Inskrywings word p...
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Chanticleer Book Reviews Semi-Finalist 2020

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The Prophetic Mayan Queen is a Semi-Finalist in Contemporary & Literary FictionThe SOMERSET Book Awards recognize emerging talent and outstanding works in the genre of Literary, Contemporary, and Satire Fiction. The Somerset Book Awards is a genre division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards (The CIBAs).Chanticleer International Book Awards is looking for the best books featuring contemporary stories, literary themes, adventure, satire, humor, magic realism or women and family themes. These books have advanced to the next judging rounds. The best will advance. Which titles will be declared as winners of the prestigious Somerset Book Awards?At the Authors Conference in Bellingham, WA...
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Recommended Read – A Burnable Book by Bruce Holsinger


A stunning debut historical thriller set in the turbulent 14th Century for fans of CJ Sansom, The Name of the Rose and An Instance of the Fingerpost. London, 1385. A city of shadows and fear, in a kingdom ruled by the headstrong young King Richard II, haunted by the spectre of revolt. A place of poetry and prophecy, where power is bought by blood. For John Gower, part-time poet and full-time trader in information, secrets are his currency. When close confidant, fellow poet Geoffrey Chaucer, calls in an old debt, Gower cannot refuse.The request is simple: track down a missing book. It should be easy for a man of Gower’s talents, who knows the back-alleys of Southwark as intimately as the cour...
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HOT NEW RELEASE Beautifully Scarred by H.P. Davenport is LIVE! Don’t miss this emotional read which tells a story of two people destined to be more!


 BLURB With her past firmly behind her where it belongs, Juliette has made a career out of turning her scars into art. She uses her skills to help others cover the evidence of their pain, too.   But some scars are too deep, too painful for anyone to hide completely.   Juliette has everything she could ever need--great parents, her dream job, the best friend a girl could ask for, and a new body to warm her bed whenever she wants. With her focus firmly on the here and now, she never expects a kiss from a stranger to throw a bomb in the middle of her carefully constructed life.   Every wound leaves a scar.   Every scar tells a story.   Her story left her beautifully scarred.   Cover Designed by...
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2020 Tucson Festival of Books – March 14-15

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Tucson Festival of BooksUniversity of Arizona, 2018The Tucson Festival of Books is a community-wide celebration of literature. Offered free-of-charge, the festival exists to improve literacy rates among children and adults. Proceeds that remain after festival expenses have been paid are contributed to local literacy programs. Started in 2009, this gathering of authors and publishers, marketers and sponsors, receives up to 135,000 visitors and features around 500 authors and presenters. Each year event typically includes special programming for children and teens, panels by best-selling and emerging authors, a literary circus, culturally diverse programs, a poetry venue, exhibitor booths and ...
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Book review Fubars by Paddy Bostock. Uncanny and crafty writing.


Tracing various meanings of the acronym “fubar,” the story chronicles the adventures of an array of characters from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds, all of whom strive to leave their mark—at times in legitimate and at times in iniquitous ways. Among them are Fergus Ulysses Barr, the timid scion of Britain’s selfish aristocracy, Dwayne Junior Zobinsky, the offspring of an unscrupulous New York tycoon and an iconoclastic abstract artist, Tosh, a half-caste renegade and troubadour, Tosh’s loyal—and heroic—pooch, Mutt, and their respective girlfriends and assorted parents, as well as big-world politicians and their associates. As the adventures unfold, one message emerges: wherea...
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Meet Sam Rawlins, Author of YOUNG LINCOLN OF NEW SALEM, in Celebration of Lincoln's 211th Birthday


I've been a huge Lincoln buff since childhood, and it was a joy to write my own novel about Booth's insane plot to assassinate him (A NECESSARY END). I read every Lincoln book--fiction and nonfiction--I can find. When I saw a post about Sam's book on one of my Facebook author groups, I snapped it up and read it immediately. After thoroughly enjoying it, I gave it a glowing review on Amazon (below).In Sam's Own WordsIn all my years of researching Lincoln’s life for my book, Young Lincoln of New Salem, I have found what he lost in life was worth saving in his memories. This was something he learned time and again throughout his life.In the many first hand accounts I have reviewed over several ...
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The Canaries who helped win the war


This year sees 75 years since the end of the Second World War and no doubt there will be many events to commemorate that fact. Often memorials focus on the soldiers who fought and died for their country, but while the men were away at the front it fell to the women to work in the factories and fields on the Home Front of England. Approximately 950,000 women worked in the munitions factories alone, producing the shells and bullets used by their fathers, husbands, and sons at the front. One of the largest of these factories was at Rotherwas, Herefordshire, which employed up to 4,000 women at its height and produced around 70,000 shells a week. Many of the women who worked there were as young a...
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Rise to The Rhythm: Awaken The Beat and Live Your Life's Highest Capabilities by Joey L. Dowdy


What’s your prized possession? It’s your ability to think and speak things into existence. Joey L. DowdyUnleash The Gift of Your Full PotentialAre you tired of living a life that’s going nowhere? Been down for too long? Have you lost your life’s rhythm and need to get back on the beat? Well, if so, your “Hope Has Arrived!” In Rise to the Rhythm, Joey L. Dowdy AKA Dr. Dancer demonstrates how you can get out of this rut and “Groove to Improve Your Life.” Since he has suffered several physical disabilities at one time in his life, he knows how to rise above setbacks and challenges. Through stories, humor, and many practical steps, the famed Backstreet Boys & Take-Five original choreographer and...
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Book review - The neon Jungle by Tim Smith


I n the laidback Florida Keys, former spies Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens found a paradise far removed from the covert world of the CIA.Nick, content to run a bar on the Gulf and maintain a low profile, breaks his self-imposed exile when a friend asks for help in getting a local mob boss off his back.Popular singer Jimmie Rae wants to get free from the notorious Turk Morgan, a crooked music mogul who controls the Miami entertainment scene. Jimmie reveals that his girlfriend has gotten caught in Turk’s web, and he wants to get her out before it’s too late.As Nick and Felicia explore the neon jungle of South Beach, they encounter the dark underside of the music business. Drugs, prostitution, s...
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Meet Voice Actor/Narrator/Storyteller Nina Price--And How She Discovered Audio Books


Nina has narrated several of my books, and is working on more, my romantic comedy time travel FOR LOVE AND LOYALTY with a variety of British accents (she's nailing the Yorkshire accent). Her voice is expressive and animated, and her accents include German, French, Australian, New York, Scottish, and several regional British accents. She has an impeccable sense of comedic timing and sarcasm. She really makes my characters come to life--the fictional ones I made up, and the historical figures who really lived!Nina's Story:How I Came to Narrate the Audio Versions of Diana Rubino’s New York Saga BooksI’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s New Yo...
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Recommended Read – Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson


January 1069. Less than three years have passed since Hastings and the death of the usurper, Harold Godwineson. In the depths of winter, two thousand Normans march to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred a Dinant, an ambitious and oath-sworn knight and a proud leader of men, is among them, hungry for battle, for silver and for land.But at Durham the Normans are ambushed in the streets by English rebels. In the battle that ensues, their army is slaughtered almost to a man. Badly wounded, Tancred barely escapes with his life. His lord is among those slain.Soon the enemy are on the march, led by the dispossessed prince Eadgar, the last of the ancient Saxon line, who is determ...
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