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Pearl Harbor 7th December 1941 – a date which will live in infamy


According to President Franklin D Roosevelt 7th December 1941 was a “a date which will live in infamy”. On that day the American naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii, was attacked by Japanese forces. Many people think that this attack came completely out of the blue but it was, in fact, culmination of more than a decade of steadily worsening relations between the United States and Japan. American foreign policy in the Pacific in the late 1930’s was to support China against an increasingly aggressive Japan which had taken control of the Chinese province of Manchuria in 1931, although open warfare did not break out between Japan and China until July 1937. America continued to supp...
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The Second Wife by Kishan Paul - A 5 star review


If you want to live, you must let go of the past... Twenty-eight-year-old Psychologist, Alisha Dimarchi, is abducted by an obsessed client and imprisoned in his Pakistani compound for over two years. Forced to change her name and live as his second wife, her life is filled with trauma and heartbreak. Thrust into a world of violence and oppression, Ally must fight not only to keep herself alive but to protect the lives of the people she now considers family. At night, she retreats into her memories of the only man she has ever loved – a man she believes no longer loves her. Thirty-four-year-old handsome surgeon, David Dimarchi, has spent the last two years mourning the disappearance of his wi...
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New Release--TO LOVE A KING--Henry VIII, that is...Book Two of the Yorkist Saga


My newest title, TO LOVE A KING, is now on sale. It's Book Two of the Yorkist Saga--Book One is CROWNED BY LOVE. Both books stand alone, and don't need to be read in order. I've been a Tudorphile since childhood, and had a great time researching this story in 1991, with no internet--how did I ever do it?? I also took a research trip to England and visited Henry VIII's surviving landmarks, such as Hampton Court and his grave at Windsor Castle (a very unpretentious slab in the floor, and he is buried next to his third wife Jane Seymour). I revised the book, originally published as THE JEWELS OF WARWICK, and it's now with Next Chapter Publishing.    About TO LOVE A KING While embroiled in the i...
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Blog Tour Book Review

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Blog Tour Book Review – Bee Gone: A Political Parable by Constance Corcoran Wilson, illustrated by Gary McCluskey. It is my pleasure to take part in this blog tour organized by Teddy Rose . The topic of Bee Gone: A Political Parable is timely, as our country considers the serious consequences of abuse of power by highest leadership. This insightful parable with revealing illustrations tells a cautionary tale about the effects of poor choices upon the general well-being of people and nations. Book Review The power of a parable is found in itssimplicity. Parables take complex situations and cut through to the underlyingprinciples. Parables are short, have human characters, and are designed tot...
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26 Ways to Inspire Yourself by Sonia Nwajei.


  Write Now Literary  is pleased to be organizing a book tour for 26 Ways to Inspire Yourself by Sonia Nwajei.  The tour will run November 18- December 18, 2019.  Book your own tour  here .  Genre: Self Help/Non-Fiction ASIN:  B07DZS4JQF                        MEET SONIA              Sonia A Nwajei is the author of this wonderful book. She began her writing career only two years ago and had since published three non-fiction titles (including 26 Ways) to her credit.  She is currently working to publish her first fiction, a murder mystery. Which she hopes will captivate lovers of fiction/detective novellas.  Sonia lives in Brisbane, Australia.                       ABOUT THE BOOK 26 Ways To In...
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Recommended Read – Black Sheep by Susan Hill


‘Powerful… Poignant, bleak and haunting, this is a small masterpiece’ Sunday Mirror Brother and sister, Ted and Rose Howker, grew up in Mount of Zeal, a mining village blackened by coal. They know nothing of the outside world, though both of them yearn for escape. For Rose this comes in the form of love, while Ted seizes the chance of a job away from the pit. But neither can truly break free and their decisions bring with them brutal consequences… ‘Gripping all the way to its unexpected end’ Spectator This is a little gem of a book, short but gripping. Ms Hill describes the pit village in all its gritty reality – the home of tired people struggling day by day with the harsh reality of mining...
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My year in books for 2019 and 2020's TBR list


My TBR list received a considerable dent this year but the influx of new books also grew.  I discovered an old post on my blog today and realised that I am still behind.  Even after reaching my goal on Goodreads of reading a 100 books and surpassing it I remain behind. Even with these books, I mention in this post I still have several lists to get through.  Do you guys also keep lists somewhere other than Goodreads?  I have sorted my planner, planned almost aggressively and tried to stick to it but there was always room for another to fit in. I am not sure if I must be ashamed or laugh about it. But that's the life of a dedicated reader I suppose.  So here is an updated list of the old ones ...
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Love beyond Time by Bethany Claire: A review


It began nearly four hundred years ago. The Conall clan and all their people were murdered in a surprise attack, their beloved castle and all evidence of who destroyed them burned to the ground with their bodies. In the centuries following, archaeologists searched through the ruins looking for any evidence of what or who had caused the untimely demise of such a powerful Scottish clan. All efforts were fruitless until a spell put in place by an ancient Conall ancestor finally began to work its magic... Texas kindergarten teacher, Brielle Montgomery, finds comfort in the mundane routines of her life, but when her archaeologist mother asks her to accompany her on a dig in Scotland, she decides ...
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Fundraising and distribution of books - An author's dream.


Fundraising is a difficult medium but yet attainable. You are pioneered into a new bracket which #empowers you to build on your own dreams.  Our #Dreams shapes us. Dreams Empower us to take the next step and be the person we have envisioned. I have many dreams but the reason for this fundraising is to accomplish one of the many.  I am in no position to go to any financial institution to get the required amount I need for the #distribution of my books. The reason I am #exposing myself to every reader who shares the same heart as me. Like-minded in our quest to hold a #book of our own on our hands.  Words are the common bond that helps us to accomplish and reach out. #Words bring comfort, heal...
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The Cenotaph – a country remembers

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Most people are familiar with the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall which is the focus of Britain’s National Service of Remembrance every November and commemorates British and Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two World Wars and later conflicts. The ceremony is televised and is attended by Prince Charles (representing the Queen), religious leaders, politicians, representatives of state and the armed and auxiliary forces, all of whom gather to pay their respects to those who gave their lives defending others. It is a well-known and well-loved ceremony, yet many people are unaware of the history of the Cenotaph and how it came to be where it is. The word ‘Cenotaph’ comes from the ...
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My dream of being a bestselling author is just a paperback away.


Books are essential to our everyday life. For bookworms, it is important to hold a physical book in their hands instead of reading it on an electronic device. I know, as a book reviewer I oblige authors and read in the various formats available on my laptop. It is easier and quicker, but it is not the same. A book is authentic. It fits perfectly into your life; you can sit anywhere and enjoy the feel and smell of it while turning the page. Since 2012, when my first book, A Pirate’s Wife was published I had this dream to hold my own book in my hands, but it never realized. No matter how much I tried to find a permanent position or tried to save it stayed a dream. Then, in August of this year ...
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The Vagabond by Frank Rautenbach


F rank Rautenbach het Suid-Afrika vir Los Angeles verlaat met sterre in sy oë. Na suksesvolle sukses met Egoli, 7de laan en films soos Geloof soos Aartappels en die Bang Bang-klub, het hy gedink die wêreld was sy oester. Na jare van probeer en meer as 10 000 kilometer rite na een mislukte oudisie na die ander moes Frank 'n behoorlike werk kry wat kos op sy tafel kon sit. Hy het uiteindelik 'n taxi bestuurder in Los Angeles geword, en toe die werk verloor. Uiteindelik het Frank ʼn kerk skoonmaker geword. Maar Frank het verraai gevoel, God het hom ʼn lewe van oorvloed belowe, waarom het hy dit nog nie ontvang nie? Frank het gevoel dat al God se beloftes tot niks gekom het nie, hy was kwaad en sk...
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Halloween Reading: If You’re Fascinated With the Salem Witch Trials


We all read Hawthorne's stories and books THE SCARLET LETTER and THE HOUSE OF THE SEVEN GABLES in school, but did you learn what made the handsome brooding genius tick, and what haunted him? I’ve always been fascinated with Hawthorne’s dark stories, but never knew he wrote out of his own fears and demons until I began researching my story about him and his wife Sophia. This was a true love story. About FOR THE LOVE OF HAWTHORNE Salem, Massachusetts witnessed horrific and shameful events in 1692 that haunted the town for three centuries. Accused as witches, nineteen innocent people were hanged and one was pressed to death. Judge John Hathorne and Reverend Nicholas Noyes handed down the senten...
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Recommended Read – The Balloonist by James Long

The Balloonist
Lieutenant Willy Fraser, formerly of the Royal Flying Corps, has been delegated the most dangerous job on the Western Front – a balloon observer hanging under a gasbag filled with explosive hydrogen, four thousand feet above the Ypres Salient, anchored by a slender cable. Swept across enemy lines after his balloon is damaged, Willy is hidden by Belgian farmers, whom he grows close to during his stay. With their aid, he manages to escape across the flooded delta at the English Channel and return to his duties. But once he’s back in the air, spotting for artillery and under attack, Willy is forced to make an impossible decision that threatens the life of the woman he has come to love. This nov...
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Hidden Reviews

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Where do you go to read reviews of books? I’ll bet that none of these immediately come to mind: Historical Novel Society, Midwest Book Reviews, City Book Reviews, Library Thing, Book Riot, Bookish, Booklist, Foreword Reviews, or Bookpage. You’ll probably think of Kirkus, BookBub, Goodreads, NY Books, and Publishers Weekly. Or The New York Times Review of Books and Library Journal. . . for those lucky few authors. Everyone who reads, whether print or ebooks, knows the ultimate review source: AMAZON. Where do you turn first when you want information about a book you’re interested in? Kudos if you didn’t answer Amazon — I know some people who have sworn off the behemoth of online shopping. Sadl...
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Help an author to distribute her books.


With only twelve days to go please consider donating towards my fundraiser. Your contribution will enable me to accomplish my dream. Om Amazon the free offer has expired but the books are still available on Smashwords for free till the end of the month. Click here Original link
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Meet Award-Winning Historical Novelist Anne Easter Smith & Read About Her New Ricardian Title THIS SON OF YORK


About Anne Award-winning historical novelist Anne Easter Smith is a native of England, who spent part of her childhood in Egypt. Educated at an English boarding school, she arrived “for a two-year lark” in Manhattan as an executive secretary from Swinging ‘60s London—and never went back there to live. Somehow she wound up as the Features/Arts Editor at a daily newspaper in northern NYS, and went on to publish articles in several national magazines, which gave her the confidence to embark on her first best-selling novel, A Rose for the Crown. Anne’s muse is the recently re-interred King Richard III, whose life and times she has studied for fifty years, which led to a five-book contract about ...
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The worst journey in the world – the Arctic Convoys of World War 2


On 23rd August 1939, just days before Germany invaded Poland in the opening moves of the Second World War, the world was surprised to see two sworn enemies – Germany and Russia – sign a Non-aggression Pact in which they agreed not to go to war against each other for the next ten years. For Stalin the treaty meant that Russia could stay on peaceful terms with Germany whilst building up her own military strength; for Hitler it meant that he would be able to invade Poland unopposed. In September Hitler attacked Poland and the country was soon under Nazi control, this meant that Hitler had got what he wanted from the Pact so in June 1941, much to the anger of Stalin, Germany invade Russia with m...
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Book review - What if's by Paddy Bostock


I received this book for an honest review.  Paddy Bostock’s books are difficult to read. That is just a fact. It is typical British dry humor with tongue in cheek funny bits you only get after a while. With lots of unfamiliar words that you first have to look for a dictionary to understand the word, then the story.  What if's is just that kind of book but his storytelling has a way of drawing you and keeping your attention no matter how incomprehensible the plot. Maybe it has to do with the rhythm of the book or just the way he is writing it, never less, you are drawn into funny situations surrounding funnier characters.  With What If's I was actually surprised when s/he featured into the bo...
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My Halloween Story and Favorite Halloween Recipe


My Halloween Story and Favorite Halloween Recipe Old Schoolhouse, York Village, Maine--With Its Many Orbs I do paranormal investigations with a group near where I live, and I attended my very first ghost hunt with them a few nights before Halloween. About ten of us visited Old Dunstable Cemetery where some victims of a 1702 Indian massacre are buried. It’s the oldest cemetery in Nashua, dating back from when the land was part of Massachusetts. The earliest burial dates from 1687. Researchers had found the victims’ names, so we were able to locate their gravestones. The only equipment I had at the time were my dowsing rods and a digital camera. While others in the group made their attempts to...
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