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Guest Blogpost by Amanda Jayne


I’m delighted to host Amanda Jayne , intrepid author of Close Encounters of the Traveling Kind, stories of her near-death travel adventures in some of the world’s most exotic and unusual places. Jayne was inspired during her youth by a teacher, and always yearned for far-away places. She began these travels in the late teens-early twenties, and had much to learn about staying safe and well in foreign lands. In this humorous and gripping book, Jayne gives vivid descriptions of hair-raising escapades and provides wit and wisdom through “lessons learned” and”tips on how not to die” should other travelers be brave enough to follow her steps. Below are Jayne’s thoughts about why she sought travel...
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Some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England – cemeteries of the First World War

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As we commemorate the ending of the First World War it is fitting that we remember all those who paid the ultimate price. We are all aware of cemeteries around the world which contain the graves of soldiers who died far from home, and if you have ever visited one you will have been impressed by the standard of care which is taken to keep these places of remembrance at their best. This work is carried out by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) which was the brainchild of Sir Fabian Ware. The CWGC builds and maintains cemeteries and memorials in more than 150 countries and territories and also creates and preserves archives with extensive records of the fallen. Ware was 45 when war b...
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A Teaser From ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF AMERICA


ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF AMERICA Abandoned at childhood, Betsy Bowen finds out she’s George Washington’s daughter and escapes the streets of Providence to become Eliza Jumel Burr, New York’s richest woman. She pursued Aaron Burr, the love of her life, for decades and he finally proposed when he was 80 and she was 56. She divorced him on adultery charges, and he died two days after being served the papers. Who was her lawyer? Alexander Hamilton, Jr., the son of the man Burr killed in the famous 1804 duel.   Eliza believed George Washington was her father. Nine months before she was born, her mother spent one night with the general and became pregnant. Eliza’s many attempts to reach her...
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Teotihuacan – Empire of Enigma

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Pyramid of the Sun, Pyramid of the Moon at Teotihuacan Teotihuacan: Central Mexico Empire With Wide Influence into Maya Regions. A huge city was built in the Basin of Mexico, not far northeast of modern Mexico City. It flourished in these highlands between 150 BCE-650 CE, and for much of that time it was the largest city in pre-Columbian Americas. Population at its height was estimated at 125,000, making it among the world’s top 10 cities at the time. The architecture and layout were unique. There were multi-family residential compounds, apartments of several stories, towering pyramids, streets laid out in a grid pattern, and a 1.3 mile-long central avenue bordered by splendid elite residenc...
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5 Star review for Eternal Deception by Jane Steen, Book 2 in the series


I am really impressed with the author's writing ability. From the moment I read the first book in the series - a freebie on Kindle, I struggled to put it down.  The unfolding saga of the three women, this time on the prairie, mesmerized you. It is filled with intrigue, adventure and a budding romance.  You get involved in Eleanor Lillington's story. Uniquely written, it gives you a very good idea of life for an unwed mother back in the day. The care she took to design a new life for herself with her 4-year-old daughter and the dear Tess. Tess has become a strong character in her own right which I admire greatly.  Sarah's own character develops as the story grows, literally growing with the b...
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For Aspiring Authors: Never Give Up--My Lesson in Persistence

A Lesson In Persistence My story will inspire you to push on, if nothing else will. I'm probably the longest aspiring author to finally get published. My journey took 18 years. I wrote my first novel in 1982. Although my third or fourth novels came close to getting published with Harlequin, they didn't quite make it. My first published novel was actually the ninth one I'd written. Although I now have a great agent with whom I signed with her two years ago, I had 2 agents before becoming published: one retired; the other gave up. So I made my sales on my own. I'd like to tell any aspiring authors who are frustrated because it's taking them 3, 4, 5 or more years to get that first contract, rem...
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The General by C S Forester


The most vivid, moving – and devastating – word-portrait of a World War One British commander ever written. C.S. Forester’s 1936 masterpiece follows Lt General Herbert Curzon, who fumbled a fortuitous early step on the path to glory in the Boer War. 1914 finds him an honourable, decent, brave and wholly unimaginative colonel. Survival through the early slaughters in which so many fellow-officers perished then brings him rapid promotion. By 1916, he is a general in command of 100,000 British soldiers, whom he leads through the horrors of the Somme and Passchendaele, a position for which he is entirely unsuited and intellectually unprepared. Wonderfully human with Forester’s droll relish for h...
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For Halloween, Book Quote Wednesday's Word is FRIGHT


For Book Quote Wednesday, the word is FRIGHT.  From ONEY, MY ESCAPE FROM SLAVERY: “Ona, you are in no position to refuse recapture. I shall return with orders to bring you and your child by force.” With a disdainful glance round my home, Mr. Basset's beady eyes narrowed. “Do not dare defy me, girl.” He spat out that last disparaging threat with a turn of his heel as he stomped out.  Eyes wide in sleepless fright, I dreaded President Washington's vicious nephew’s return with an army of slave-catchers to drag me and my child from my home, never again to see my beloved husband.  getbook.at/OneyJudge Original link
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Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Lion Don’t Roar by Tolu Akinyemi


Hello! I’m Tolu A. Akinyemi and this is one of my tour stops during my one-month book tour for Dead Dogs Don’t Bark and Dead Lion Don’t Roar. This virtual book tour is organized by  Write Now Literary Book Tours . The tour runs Nov 5-30, 2018.  Authors book your own  tour here. Genre: Poetry Introducing Tolu Akinyemi Tolu Akinyemi was born in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria and currently lives in the United Kingdom. Tolu Akinyemi is an exceptional talent, out-of-the-box creative thinker, a change management agent and a leader par excellence. Tolu is a business analyst and financial crime consultant as well as a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) with extensive experience working with leadi...
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Congratulations Red Sox 2018 World Series Champions!


Huzzah!  Congratulations  to the Boston Red Sox - 2018 World Series Champions!  (Paul Revere is a Sox fan)  Good times never seemed so good. # LoveThatDirtyWater   # DamageDone   ⚾️ 🏆 🎉 Original link
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Release blitz 23 October2018 Trust in me by Sierra Cartwright


  Hawkeye operative Trace Romero lives on the edge, taking risks and thriving on danger. When his boss’s little sister’s house is broken into, he’s tasked with keeping her—and her secrets—safe. Trace’s arrival turns Aimee Inamorata’s perfectly ordered life upside down. The dominant and infuriatingly arrogant man is the kind of jaded alpha male she’s spent a lifetime avoiding. Now he’s sleeping in her house, telling her what to do, looking like temptation and sin, igniting a flame that threatens to consume her. The madman determined to kill her is closer than anyone thinks, and Aimee will need to learn to trust Trace before it’s too late. Amazon US I iBooks I Nook I Kobo Add to GoodReads USA ...
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The 13: TALES OF MACABRE by Stephanie Ayers


The 13: Tales of Macabre- Killer watermelons, murderous jewelry boxes, centenarian sea whisperers, creatures of myth/legend, and more...   This supernatural story collection will make you reconsider everything you thought you knew. At night you'll hover under your covers while looking over your shoulder in the day. Down, down in the depths they fell; bodies in the dark of a liquid hell. Can you survive all 12? From the thrilling author of Til Death Do Us Part and The 13: Tales of Illusory comes a second volume of twelve supernatural tales of ghosts, vampires, and things that go bump in the night. Ayers Creative Concepts   is very excited to announce the publication of The 13: Tales of Macabr...
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Czech pilots of the RAF


In my last article I explained how the British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, reached an agreement with Hitler in September 1938, an agreement which resulted in Germany annexing the Sudetenland and eventually taking over the whole of Czechoslovakia. There were many brave Czechs who wanted to fight against the Nazis but could not do so once their country had fallen; this article explains what happened to some of them. In the weeks after Germany occupied Czechoslovakia thousands of soldiers and airmen managed to escape the county and joined the French Foreign Legion until the Second World War finally began in September 1939. Czech airmen then transferred to the Armée de l’Air and fought ...
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Trust in Me by Sierra Cartwright.


  Hawkeye operative Trace Romero lives on the edge, taking risks and thriving on danger. When his boss’s little sister’s house is broken into, he’s tasked with keeping her—and her secrets—safe. Trace’s arrival turns Aimee Inamorata’s perfectly ordered life upside down. The dominant and infuriatingly arrogant man is the kind of jaded alpha male she’s spent a lifetime avoiding. Now he’s sleeping in her house, telling her what to do, looking like temptation and sin, igniting a flame that threatens to consume her. The madman determined to kill her is closer than anyone thinks, and Aimee will need to learn to trust Trace before it’s too late. Amazon US I iBooks I Nook I Kobo Add to GoodReads USA ...
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50+ CRIME FICTION & THRILLER BOOKS GIVE AWAY! ENDS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24


50+ CRIME FICTION & THRILLER BOOKS GIVE AWAY! Hi there Sweet Peeps,   If you're new to the list, WELCOME and thanks for subscribing from one of my contests. From time to time, I share other authors' awesome books because, frankly, I can't write my own fast enough. *s*  In fact, I had an overwhelming response asking for more contests/ giveaways of both fiction and nonfiction titles. So . . .    I’ve teamed up with 50+ fantastic authors to give away a collection of crime & thriller fiction, and there will be TWO lucky winners. The Grand Prize winners will receive ALL the listed ebooks, plus a brand new eReader!   Folks can win my novel HIDE AND SEEK (you already have that one, right?) plus boo...
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Blood Mines by Lynelle Clark is on Sale. Get your copy today..


Title: Blood Mines Author: Lynelle Clark Book cover: Manuela Cardiga Pages 300 #Thriller #suspense #futuristic #Environmental #romance #Strongwoman E-book Created in 2017 ISBN: 978-0-620-78336-1(e-book) Printed Book Created in 2017 ISBN:  978-1-928434-52-8 Now available for R120 excluding postage.  South Africa only Place your order directly with the author at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Blurb Tanya’s life was turned upside down when her son, Steve was attacked by renegades and she had to dig deep facing her worst fear to save them both. It is the year 2048, 30 years after a devastating quake had changed Gauteng’s geographic features. The effects of the acid water, that covered most of the area, ...
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Recommended Read – The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

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“On a mountain above the clouds, in the central highlands of Malaya lived the man who had been the gardener of the Emperor of Japan.” Teoh Yun Ling was seventeen years old when she first heard about him, but a war would come, and a decade would pass before she travels up to the Garden of Evening Mists to see him, in 1951. A survivor of a brutal Japanese camp, she has spent the last few years helping to prosecute Japanese war criminals. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, she asks the gardener, Nakamura Aritomo, to create a memorial garden for her sister who died in the camp. He refuses, but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice ‘until the monsoon’ so she can design a garden herself. St...
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Comes A Specter by Keta Diablo, the second book in The Ghostland Series


Keta: First of all, thank you so much for hosting my latest Western Romance Ghost story, Comes A Specter. Your generosity is much appreciated. Tell us a little about yourself. Keta: I live in the Midwest part of the United States on six acres of gorgeous woodland. When I'm not writing or gardening I love to commune with nature. A pair of barn owls returns to the property every year to birth their young and show them off in the high branches of the oak trees. Nothing more adorable than these white fluffy babies with heart-shaped faces. A lifelong animal lover, I devote my time and support to the local animal shelter. Emma LaPounce, a rescued feline, has been my furry companion for the last te...
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My Fav Halloween Recipe and Halloween Story


Orb in graveyard at York Village, Maine 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 contact spirits, I stood before a gravestone that read: this Man,...
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‘Peace for our time’ – the Munich Agreement and the road to war.

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80 years ago today Britain, France, Germany, and Italy signed the Munich Agreement allowing Germany to annex the Sudetenland. History records this as a great act of appeasement by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, and many people feel that if Chamberlain had stood up to Hitler he could possible have prevented the Second World War. But is this true? The Sudetenland was part of the country of Czechoslovakia which had only been created 20 years earlier with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the First World War. The new independent Czechoslovakia was recognised in the Treaty of Versailles, but the world powers who dictated the treaty failed to realise that there...
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