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Love after Losing: A Charity anthology supporting SANDS


    Love after Losing Author - L Chapman, H.A. Robinson, Maryann Jordan, Karen Frances, Karen Ferry, KL Shandwick , Krissy V Book - Love after Losing Hosted by Hooked on books & Cherry0Blossoms Promotions       Life after Losing is the subject that each of our seven author's were given and it is amazing how they have all written very different stories.   Some are very sad and deal with loss of family members; we also have a couple of lighthearted romantic comedies which takes us through loss of a different kind. One author even gives us a romantic suspense dealing with this issue.       It’s always fascinating how one subject line can be interpreted in so many different ways.   Grab a dr...
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Read About a Roman Romance...THE OTHER SIDE OF DUSK by Cherime MacFarlane


    THE OTHER SIDE OF DUSK Eilan Water Trilogy, book 1 by Cherime MacFarlane   Genre: Historical Romance   Ualan’s mother is killed, and he is sold as a slave. The Roman woman who purchases him must get pregnant before the master gets rid of her as he did his first wife. And the male slave she uses cannot appear to be a full grown man, so as not to force the master to acknowledge his lack. Her plan backfires when an old soldier, head of the household guard, takes pity on the boy. He teaches Ualan to fight and when the child is born, helps the slave escape with his son. He is home but...his people aren't sure he is the one who can take his father's place when the time comes. Ualan may not be ...
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Recommended Read – The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman


A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper’s island. It holds a dead man – and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. They break the rules and follow their hearts. After reading the above description I was expecting ‘The Light Between Oceans’ to be a romance/crime thriller, but in fact it turned out to be so much more. Set in Australia in the aftermath of the First World War it is a moving tale of how difficult it was for survivors of that conflict to integrate back into society, how their loved ones were affected by these shadows of men from the trenches, and how those whose husbands, brothers and sons never c...
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Exploring the Gun Issue in Fiction with My Guest Gary Guinn and Read About His Mystery Suspense Thriller SACRIFICIAL LAM


I always enjoy hosting fellow Wild Rose Press authors, and saw that Gary’s latest release went on sale in March. SACRIFICIAL LAM is a thriller involving the very controversial gun issue in our country.   About Gary   Gary lives in the southern Ozark Mountains with his wife, Mary Ann, and their lab mix, Seamus, and their Corgi mix, Peanut. He writes both literary and mystery/thriller fiction. His first novel, A Late Flooding Thaw, was published by Moon Lake Publishing in 2005. His poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of magazines, and his short fiction has appeared in several anthologies, the latest being Yonder Mountain, from the University of Arkansas Press. His mystery/thriller no...
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Meet Melissa Foster and Read About her Contemporary Romance BAYSIDE DESIRES


            BAYSIDE DESIRESBayside Summers Book 1 by Melissa Foster Genre: Contemporary Standalone Romance       Fall in love at Bayside, where sandy beaches, good friends, and true love come together in the sweet small towns of Cape Cod.   BAYSIDE SUMMERS is a series of standalone steamy romance novels featuring alpha male heroes and sexy, empowered women. They're fun, flirty, flawed, deeply emotional, always passionate, and easy to relate to.   "​With her wonderful characters and resonating emotions, Melissa Foster is a must-read author!" -NYT Bestseller Julie Kenner​   "Melissa Foster is synonymous with sexy, swoony, heartfelt romance!" -NYT Bestseller Lauren Blakely​   In Bayside Desires...
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A British Game Of Thrones


Imagine the scenario: There was once a king of a northern country who had a distant claim to the throne of a country in the south. When the ruler of the southern land died childless the King of the North also became King of the South, and although there was one king to rule them both the two realms remained separate and continued with their longstanding enmities. When the king died his son came to sit on the thrones of both countries but the lords of the southern lands were not happy with how he ruled and so went to war against him. The land in the north supported the southern nobles for a time, then their support moved to the king, then shifted back to the nobles once more. Power ebbed and ...
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Meet Suzanne Pearson and Read About her Inspirational Romantic Suspense LOVE, LIES AND ALIBIS


    LOVE, LIES AND ALIBIS by Suzanne Pearson   Genre: inspirational romantic suspense     After suffering five years of abuse at the hands of her deceased husband, Tiffany Reynolds wants to reclaim the life she thought was gone forever. Every step forward becomes a stumble backward when danger threatens her life, and even God seems not to care.   Guilt-ridden, Luke Johnson, a private investigator, is driven to solve the murder of his sister. Following up on a lead, Luke crosses paths with Tiffany. His need for answers and retribution soon clash with his growing love for the fragile widow.   Joining forces is their only option if they hope to survive the minefield surrounding them. When Luke’...
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New Time Travel Novel STRANGE TIMES Continues Richard III's Life in Our Modern Day


My friend and fellow Ricardian author Joan Szechtman has written the 3rd book in her time travel series in which  Richard III comes to modern times, STRANGE TIMES. I also wrote two time travels involving Richard, one in which he comes to the 21st century. It was very amusing to see that in both our books Richard encounters a few mishaps with modern conveniences. We each wrote those books before we ever met. STRANGE TIMES just went on sale for  Amazon Kindle.   Original link
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Listen in on the Romance Between the Pages Podcast Today


Ever wondered about the personalities behind your favorite books? Victoria Danann's new podcast with Riley J. Ford has an incredible lineup of authors booked through the spring. No question is out of bounds. Check it out!     THIS WEEK'S BEST SELLING AUTHOR... CD REISS!     CD Reiss is a New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestseller. She still has to chop wood and carry water, which was buried in the fine print. Her lawyer is working it out with God but in the meantime, if you call and she doesn’t pick up, she’s at the well, hauling buckets.   Born in New York City, she moved to Hollywood, California to get her master’s degree in screenwriting from USC. In case you want to know, tha...
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Historical mystery set in the Boxers’ China

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Here’s something you might be interested in. I’m working on the translation of a very short mystery story by my friend Shanmei – that writes Oriental fantasies and mystery stories set in China. The story, that in Italian is called Un Gioco di Pazienza 1 is set in the aftermath of the Boxers’ Rebellion, and centres around an Italian army officer serving in China. The story is the first one in an ongoing series. The fun bit is, Shanmei 2 based the main character in her story about her grand-grandfather, who actually served in China after the Boxers’ Rebellion – and she was able to tap into the old man’s correspondence and papers for the documentation. So this is a proper historical mystery, wi...
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Experience An English Civil War Battle Near You!


  In England we are lucky with the resources available to us if we want to learn about the civil war which tore our country apart during the 17th century. As well as countless books on the subject you can conduct research online or maybe visit the National Civil War Centre in Newark, but to get a real experience of what life was like when parliament rose up against the king we have a number of wonderful re-enactment societies. Cavalry (copyright Sealed Knot) Both the Sealed Knot and the English Civil War Society provide authentic re-creations of both civilian and military life, and the information they provided was very helpful to me whilst I was conducting research for my novel ‘The Cavalie...
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Poetry of Creation Myth Recited by Yohl Ik’nal


Palenque’s Creation Myth Recited by Yohl Ik’nal.   Yohl Ik’nal Side of Pakal’s Sarcophagus   In her transformation to adulthood ceremony, Yohl Ik’nal recited the creation myth of B’aakal, her people and land. She correctly recited from memory, and was acknowledged as “bearer of the sacred royal blood” by the ruler of Lakam Ha. She became the first woman ruler of Palenque, ruling successfully for 22 years. From The Visionary Mayan Queen: Yohl Ik’nal of Palenque. Book 1, Mists of Palenque Series.     Glyph of Muwaan Mat “It was before the Fourth Creation, in times long ago Ix Muwaan Mat was born. Of her birth it is said, she entered the sky On the Day of Lord (Ahau), Month of Conjuring (Tzek),...
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Horror in the beech forest – the liberation of Buchenwald, 11th April 1945


Would you like to visit somewhere called ‘Beech Forest’? It sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But our impressions change immediately we find out the German for ‘Beech Forest’ – Buchenwald. Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of that infamous place. The concentration camp at Buchenwald was built just 5 miles north of Weimar, on the slopes of Ettersberg mountain, and was the largest complex of its kind in Germany with a main camp as well as 139 subsidiary camps and extension units. Established before the Second Wold War began, most of the original inmates of the camp were criminals or political prisoners who arrived in July 1937. The number of prisoners rapidly increased during 1938 when ‘...
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The Road Between Us by Nigel Farndale


1939: In a hotel room overlooking Piccadilly Circus, two young men are arrested. Charles is court-martialled for ‘conduct unbecoming’; Anselm is deported home to Germany for ‘re-education’ in a brutal labour camp. Separated by the outbreak of war, and a social order that rejects their love, they must each make a difficult choice, and then live with the consequences. 2012: Edward, a diplomat held hostage for eleven years in an Afghan cave, returns to London to find his wife is dead, and in her place is an unnerving double – his daughter, now grown up. Numb with grief, he attempts to re-build his life and answer the questions that are troubling him. Was his wife’s death an accident? Who paid h...
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Palenque Creation Myth: Lady Cormorant and the Birth of the Triad


Cormorant Goddess from Dresden Codex The ancient Maya city Palenque (Lakam Ha) had a unique creation myth that linked the origins of their ruling dynasty to primordial goddesses and gods. All the Maya regions in southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras shared a common creation myth about the Hero Twins and how they outsmarted the Death Lords of Xibalba and resurrected their father, securing life on earth for their people. This legend is recorded in the Popol Vuh, an 18th century copy of the original codex rendition that has been lost. Palenque’s unique myth incorporates deities widely known in their region, but nowhere else honored in the same way. The Triad deities were the patron g...
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Hitler’s guidebook – The Baedeker Raids

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Have you ever used a Baedeker Guidebook when on holiday? The first of these travel guides was published in the 1820’s and were a ‘must have’ for travellers. But did you know that there was a series of air raids on England during the Second World War which got their name from these guidebooks? So why did the Germans use these books to target historic towns and cities in Britain during the spring of 1942? The intensive bombing of the German blitz ended in May 1941 when Hitler re-targeted his resources on his invasion of Russia; this meant that attacks on Britain were confined to hit-and-run raids on coastal towns. At the same time night bombing by the RAF was being scaled down as it was felt t...
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Blast from the Past: Pet Peeves: Malapropism

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A text-only version of this article appeared in my GoodReads blog on August 24, 2010. Mrs. John Edwards as Mrs. Malaprop, Via WikiMedia Commons.  No restrictions. In his play The Rivals, Brinsley Sheridan introduces us to Mrs. Malaprop. Mrs. Malaprop thinks that she sounds very educated because she uses some pretty fancy words — but she has no idea what they mean, so she comes across as fairly ignorant. My favorite examples come from Mrs. Malaprop’s speech to Sir Anthony Absolute about her ambitions for her daughter: “Observe me, Sir Anthony. — I would by no means wish a daughter of mine to be a progeny of learning; I don’t think so much learning becomes a young woman; for instance — I ...
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Facts from My Fiction: Story Board, “His Beloved Infidel”

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Hi, everyone.  Yesterday, I shared a little sample of His Beloved Infidel.  This novella ranks among my favorite pieces of work for a variety of reasons.  I got to write about a city I love, share real-world events as seen through the eyes of ordinary people, and learn a great deal about the Persian culture.  I had the opportunity to ask questions of people, as well as studying on my own. I also gathered a great many images to inspire me.  I use Pinterest for my story boards; it’s easy and convenient.  If I found an inspiring image, I could put it up.  I could also put up photos of places I planned to use in the text so that I could find them for easy refer...
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Recommended read – ‘A Town Like Alice’ by Nevil Shute

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Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle – an experience that leads to the deaths of many. Due to her courageous spirit and ability to speak Malay, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her indomitable spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. ‘A Town Like Alice’ is a classic which loses none of its a...
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Sample Saturday, and a Bonus Track: “In The Eye of The Storm”

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Hello, everyone.  It’s time for another Sample Saturday.  This week, it’s from my award-winning novel, In The Eye of The Storm.  The first-person narrator is Gilbert Rochambeau.  After reading, please enjoy a performance of Chopin’s Heroic polonaise, referenced in the text, by the late Vladimir Horowitz. The circumstances of Honor and me coming to know one another were singularly unpleasant. Claire’s melancholia manifested itself so strongly that she became bedridden. She wished only to sleep. Erik gave orders that she never be left alone; melancholics often took their own lives. I later read, in Miss Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing, that melancholics did better i...
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