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The day that Churchill sank the French Fleet


On July 3rd 1940 the British Fleet fired on the French Fleet which was at anchor in the North African port of Mers el Kebir, near Oran in Algeria. The attack lasted for only 10 minutes but in that time hundreds of French sailors were killed and their ships crippled. Yet only days before France and Britain had been Allies fighting against Hitler’s Germany, so what went wrong? The German Blitzkrieg was unexpected and totally devastating in its speed and France fell to the Germans which left the British in a difficult position. Many of the ships in the French Fleet were still at sea or in port and Churchill realised that it was vital to keep these resources out of enemy hands by any means possi...
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Former VP Aaron Burr Married Eliza Jumel On This Day in 1833


On this day in 1833, former Vice President Aaron Burr, 78 and poor, showed up at Eliza Jumel's doorstep with a minister. Eliza, 58, New York City's richest woman, agreed to marry him. I so enjoyed researching and writing my biographical thriller ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES.A true rags-to-riches story: how “Bouncin’ Bet Bowen” George Washington’s daughter, became Eliza Jumel Burr, wife of Vice President Aaron Burr and New York City’s wealthiest woman While researching Hamilton, I became fascinated with his political nemesis Aaron Burr, which led to Aaron's last wife Eliza Bowen Jumel. Only a handful of biographies of her exist, so I learned as much as possible about her ...
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A Moveable Feast is a memoir from a young Ernest Hemingway’s pen.


It was recommended to me by an online writer’s masterclass I attended in January 2020. I need to add that I have never read any of Mr Hemingway’s books though I know him through the many quotes that frequent the writer’s world. I have learned to have respect for what he had achieved and the legacy he had left behind. So, I went in with great expectation but… there is always a but, correct. My expectation quickly turned to confusion. Since I had done the writer’s masterclass in January, I cannot remember why it was recommended. It could be that we talked about memoirs and how to write it…   Maybe it has to do with the time difference, though I love a beautifully written historical. So, it can...
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Recommended Read – To The Ends Of The Earth by Frances Hunter


Brilliant but troubled, Meriwether Lewis never found his footing after returning home from the West in triumph. It is with some reluctance that the young discoverer accepted the job as Governor of the sprawling new Louisiana Territory he had just explored. Within a year of arriving in St. Louis, the remote frontier town that served as capital of the West, Lewis’s life had entered a downhill slide. He became convinced that he would soon be dismissed in disgrace by the corrupt politicians in Washington he had sworn to serve, and vowed to travel to Washington to set the record straight. The next weeks of Meriwether Lewis’s life can fairly be called one of the great unsolved mysteries of America...
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Sin and Zen by S.W. Stribling


WILL STRIEF is an American in the French Foreign Legion who was recently injured in a bad parachute jump and recovering at a Legion retreat in the South of France: Marseille. After a few months of adjusting to a slower lifestyle, he meets a very strong and independent woman, CLAUDIA, who doesn’t seem impressed by him, nor does she pity him as the lost boy he really is. The first time they really go out, they end up making love in the bottom of an empty bathtub. This sexual relationship remains a secret  amongst mutual friends for nearly a month before it is revealed that CLAUDIA is somewhat of a femme fatale with the men she has been with and has a long-term boyfriend back in her home countr...
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Accident or murder? The mysterious death of Leslie Howard


Leslie Howard Leslie Howard was a superstar actor of his day. The son of Jewish immigrants from Hungary he was born in London in 1893 and served during the First World War, he was mustered out of the army a few weeks before the Battle of the Somme began in 1916 as he was suffering from shell shock. It was actually his doctor who suggested acting as a therapy little knowing that Howard would go on to international fame, particularly for his roles in Pygmalion and Gone With The Wind. When the Second World War broke out the English actor gave up his lucrative Hollywood contract (including his share of the box-office takings for Gone With The Wind) and returned home to see what he could do to fu...
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Book Review Living in the Middle by A Robert Allen. Based on true events.


This is the fourth book in the series, The Slavery and Beyond Series. Based on true events, the story swept me away into the lives of Jimmy Montgomery III and the choices he had to make as an eighteen-year-old.  On the brink of a new life, he faced a devastating truth about himself, a truth that was sending him on a different path from what he had planned. During this turmoil, he faced life-threatening situations while figuring out who he truly was. He could no longer hide his race and took a bold step. That boldness, however, almost cost him more than his life. Tulsa, Oklahoma was a boiling pot in 1921. Though Greenwood flourished financially they were always seen as Darkeys who were bad. T...
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Book recommendations : Something for every reader that loves a good book.


At times, circumstances force a person to make decisions, just to be safe or survive. After a fort massacre, a small group of people found them in that exact place. Either they comply with the half-breed's wishes or die. Simple enough but when a woman is used as a bargaining chip for their safety then consequences will follow. Afterwards, those choices become burdens, even scorn when normality returns. A heartfelt story with so many twists that your empathy for the main character strengthened through the storyline. The first book laid the foundation for all three the books within the boxset, and I thoroughly enjoyed this suspense-filled/ adventurous stories when Louisiana was still in its in...
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Book review: My kind of Guy by Paddy Bostock. A witty political fantasy.


  The publisher recommended this book to me, for an unbiased review. A story I thoroughly enjoyed. The spy-ish fantasy plotline transported me to the political landscape which stretched across the board. In the typical tongue-in-the-cheek humour or sarcasm this author is well-known for. Through the quirky lines, you got to know Doctor Mervyn, his trusted Suzi, and Lizzie and her trusted Jurgen to be the spilling point of the spy-rescue-Leo story which took me from London to Munich with quick dashes into the White House and Downing street extravaganza. As I received in-depth descriptions of their way of thinking.   It all spelt political nightmare, if not for the intervention of Jurgen, a fie...
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Recommended Read – I, Claudius by Robert Graves


Despised for his weakness and regarded by his family as little more than a stammering fool, the nobleman Claudius quietly survives the intrigues, bloody purges and mounting cruelty of the imperial Roman dynasties. In I, Claudius he watches from the sidelines to record the reigns of its emperors: from the wise Augustus and his villainous wife Livia to the sadistic Tiberius and the insane excesses of Caligula. Written in the form of Claudius’ autobiography, this is the first part of Robert Graves’s brilliant account of the madness and debauchery of ancient Rome, and stands as one of the most celebrated, gripping historical novels ever written. I, Claudius is an enduring favourite of mine. A fi...
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Interview with Sonia Main, Love at War. An Inspirational drama.


Skip to content LYNELLE CLARK   Multi-genre Author MENU Sonia is the principal character in Lynelle Clark’s latest book, Love at War. Since the world is still in lockdown, I interviewed Sonia via Skype one afternoon. Sonia is everything I thought she will be. Well dressed and sophisticated, she gave nothing away of her experiences. Her confidence visible in every gesture. Her curly hair falling from the loose bun and the green eyes sparkled with wisdom and joy. One cannot help but respect her. Strength resonated from her.The story made many changes before it settled into the plotline it is. Even your name had undergone a few changes until Sonia stuck. What is your take about all the changes ...
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THE ARCHER'S DIARY by Liam Cadoc


THE ARCHER'S DIARY  by  Liam Cadoc Release Date:  17 April 2020 This is Book One of a 2-book set. ebook pages: unknown, but there are 81 chapters. Paperback pages: 634 Hardcover pages:  534 Genre:  Historical fiction, murder, mystery, action, adventure, thriller, crime Since the 14th century, Robin Hood has proven to be one of the most enduring and versatile folk heroes. Medieval historians believed Robin lived during the 12th or 13th centuries, but despite decades of intense research by contemporary scholars, solid evidence has never been found. Until now. Logan Daggett, son of Donald Daggett, well-known CEO of one of Australia's largest wine producers have his 21st birthday celebrations di...
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Invitation to a writer's workshop and other news.


What are you thinking? We have entered Stage four Lockdown in South Africa. This means that certain industries can reopen while others must remain at home or move their office to home. This is a challenging time that causes us to rethink our manner of business.   When this year began, no one had foreseen this. The global impact of Covid-19 had changed our doing. Since I am at home, the loss of travel did not affect me as much as fellow citizens. I had lots of time to concentrate on my book’s ending. Since it is an inspirational drama, I really had to pray and meditate about the story and the message. Stories can challenge people’s ways as we pioneer through a plot and your life lessons becom...
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THE GIRL WHO DISAPPEARED by James Lingard


It is a fact-based historical novel set in Britain in the 1930s and continuing through the Second World War and the 1940s and 50s.Emily living with her strict parents in Halifax falls in love with Walter Lingard but on bringing him home, her father throws him out of the house and tries to force her to marry someone else. Emily elopes with Walter during the night to escape her domineering father. They start their married life in America but move back home for Walter's career at Lloyds Bank. Their lives are turned upside down by the Second World War. This is a fascinating novel set in a turbulent time, using a woman's voice on her thoughts and feelings of war. Her character grows as time passe...
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VE DAY – The end of the Second World War in Europe


The long weekend of 8th – 11th May 2020 was supposed to see massive celebrations of the 75th anniversary of VE Day (the ending of the Second World War in Europe) with the British May Bank Holiday being moved for only the second time in history to accommodate this. We are, however, living in unusual times with many countries in lockdown due to the Covid-19 Pandemic so ceremonies and celebrations will not go ahead as planned. I believe it is hoped that these can be postponed until August to coincide with VJ Day (Victory against Japan), but until then we can remember and celebrate online… (Please read this article for some ideas on how to celebrate VE Day during lockdown). VE Day in London VE D...
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Meet Michael Fiorito and Read About CALL ME GUIDO, His Collection of Stories About Growing Up Italian in Queens, NY


About MikeI am currently an Associate Editor for Mad Swirl Magazine and a regular contributor to the Red Hook Star Revue.My writings have appeared in Narratively, Pif Magazine, Longshot Island, Beautiful Losers, The Honest Ulsterman, Chagrin River Review, The New Engagement and many other publications.  My short story collections, Hallucinating Huxley and Freud's Haberdashery Habit, were published by Alien Buddha Press.  Both are available on Amazon.    Published by Ovunque Siamo Press in 2019, my book CALL ME GUIDO explores three family generations as seen through the lens of the Italian American song tradition. In 2019, I was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Ovuqnue Siamo Press. Let's C...
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A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles


On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval. Can a life without luxury be the richest of all? A Gentleman in Moscow is a novel full of engaging characters who surround Count Rostov as we are immersed in his life confined in the Metropole Hotel for 32 years. You ma...
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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 sequel 2013 The Life and Demise of Norman Campbell ~ a memoir 201...
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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 Books I’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s N...
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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/205022049 Britain had prepared her sea defences based on the belief that Germany would fight a similar s...
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