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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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My (too short) Reading List, Part 1

People often ask me, “What are your favorite books?” or “What are you reading now?” and then we dive into a great conversation about the books we’ve read, and what we like and what we think. Great fun, these discussions! Since the “favorite book” category is way too big, I’ll start with some of my […] Original link Original author: Rebecca Bruff
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Recommended Read – The Woman in the Photograph by Stephanie Butland


An empowering, thought-provoking feminist novel that will change the way you see the world. Perfect for fans of Elizabeth Day, Claire Fuller and Joanna Cannon. 1968. Veronica Moon, a junior photographer for a local newspaper, is frustrated by her (male) colleagues’ failure to take her seriously. And then she meets Leonie on the picket line of the Ford factory at Dagenham. So begins a tumultuous, passionate and intoxicating friendship. Leonie is ahead of her time and fighting for women’s equality with everything she has. She offers Veronica an exciting, free life at the dawn of a great change. Fifty years later, Leonie is gone, and Veronica leads a reclusive life. Her groundbreaking career wa...
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Book review: High country contract by Lance and James Morcan


4 Star Review After reading this book I was a bit dumbfounded. The twist at the end was really unexpected and I am not sure if I liked the main character or not. It is a case of a bittersweet plot that left you actually speechless.  It has all the components of a good storyline.  The flow and fast-paced action-adventure is a quick read. The descriptive scenes allowed you to appreciate the scenery and the characters were well defined. Add an original twist and you have a winner.  High country contract is the adapt name for the book and the twist in the book gives it that unexpected edge. It is filled with deceit and lies but also with new hope.  In the end, the question remains does the end j...
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It's a Wonderful Life Study Guide: A Bible Study Based on the Christmas Classic It's a Wonderful Life


Book Review - 5 Stars I received this study guide from the author for an honest review. This book came at just the right time in my life and I was confronted with many of my own questions. Life doesn't always work out as you have envisioned and trails make you wary and doubtful. A wonderful life takes these experiences and makes them real. In many instances, I identified with George struggles, his questions and doubt so very similar to my own. Choices we make now can have consequences later. Life is not sprinkled with pixie dust and happy ever after as Disney wants us to believe. It is as hard as a knicker ball, sucking through all the many layers before you can come to the soft part. There ...
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The sweet scent of collaboration? – Coco Chanel


Coco Chanel 1920 Coco Chanel is a name recognised the world over as the French fashion designer and business woman who founded the global brand which carries her name. There have been questions since the end of the Second World War about her links with Germany during the conflict, particularly her liaison with German diplomat Hans Gunther von Dincklage. So how much of this was true and how much mere rumour? Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel was born in 1883 to a poor family; her mother died of TB when she was 12 and her father sent her and her two sisters to live in an orphanage at the convent of Aubazine where Chanel learnt how to sew, something which was to influence the whole of her life. When she ...
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My New York Saga is Now on Audio--Quotes, Songs from Those Days, and the Dream Cast


My New York Saga is now on audio with the expressive voice of Nina Price. Here are poignant quotes, songs of the day, and the dream cast: FROM HERE TO FOURTEENTH STREET (1894-5) Songs: The Band Played On – Dan Quinn The Sidewalks of New York – Dan Quinn The Liberty Bell – U.S. Marine Band My Pearl is a Bowery Girl – Dan Quinn My Best Girl’s a New Yorker – Edward M. Favor Quotes: Toiling over the mind-numbing work, Vita conjured up her favorite daydream: an elegant brownstone with lacy iron gates, bay windows, polished floors, marble fireplaces. No trash flung down air shafts, no shared toilets, no backyard privies...above Fourteenth Street. Vita went to mass before breakfast. She sat way in ...
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Recommended Read – A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir


Two women separated by time are linked by the most famous murder mystery in history, the Princes in the Tower. Lady Katherine Grey has already suffered more than her fair share of tragedy. Newly pregnant, she has incurred the wrath of her formidable cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who sees her as a rival to her insecure throne. Alone in her chamber in the Tower, she finds old papers belonging to a kinswoman of hers, Kate Plantagenet, who forty years previously had embarked on a dangerous quest to find what really happened to her cousins, the two young Princes who had last been seen as captives in the Tower. But time is not on Kate’s side – nor on Katherine’s either … The use of dual timelines has...
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Question Marks

Maybe that's why questions leave a mark? Original link Original author: Rebecca Bruff
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The Forgotten Soldiers Of the Second World War


The Second World War was a truly global conflict, yet when talking of the British struggle against Germany we usually think predominantly of English men, but it was really the British Empire not Britain alone which fought the war. Millions of soldiers from Britain’s colonies served during World War 2, and many experts believe that soldiers from India were crucial to the winning of the conflict, yet they did not receive the same pay and conditions as the British soldiers they served beside, or recognition afterwards. There were just under 200,000 men in the British Indian Army at the outbreak of war in 1939 but over 2.5 million by August 1945, and these soldiers were all volunteers – there wa...
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My Italian Vampire Romance A BLOODY GOOD CRUISE is on Tour This Week!


A BLOODY GOOD CRUISE is touring with Audio Bookworm Promotions  this week--every day, different bloggers feature an interview with the sexy-voiced narrator Anthony Lee, the 'dream cast' if it was made into a movie, fun facts about the story, how I got the idea, and audio excerpts. What's it about? When romance writer Mona Rossi's book sales are slipping, she needs new ideas and fast! Her vampire love, Fausto Silvius is a doctor aboard the Romanza, a luxury cruise ship. Holding a "Motion on the Ocean" writer's cruise sounds like a great idea. What better way to combine a career boost with romance?   But they soon discover hunters on board who give chase to Fausto and his fellow vampires. Whil...
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Meet Maxine Douglas and Read About Elizabeth, Widows of Blessings Valley, Book 1 of American Western Historical Romance Series


About Maxine Maxine writes in many genres and has found a love for the western historical romance. A Wisconsin native, Maxine resides in Chickasha. While Maxine may miss her family and friends in the north, she loves the mild winters Oklahoma has to offer. She has four grown children, two granddaughters, and a German Shorthair Pointer. And many friends she now considers her OK family. Maxine’s western along the Chisholm Trail, The Marshal’s Bride, was a 2017 International Digital Award Finalist in the Western Historical-Short category. Maxine is a current member of Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and its affiliate Oklahoma R...
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‘To the Bright Edge of the World’ by Eowyn Ivey


Winter 1885. Lieutenant Colonel Allen Forrester accepts the mission of a lifetime, to navigate Alaska’s Wolverine River. It is a journey that promises to open up a land shrouded in mystery, but there’s no telling what awaits Allen and his small band of men. Allen leaves behind his young wife, Sophie, newly pregnant with the child he had never expected to have. Sophie would have loved nothing more than to carve a path through the wilderness alongside Allen – what she does not anticipate is that their year apart will demand every ounce of courage of her that it does of her husband. To The Bright Edge of The World was inspired by the real-life journey of Lieutenant Henry Allen into Alaska in 18...
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Meet Barbara Best, Author and Civil War Reenactor


I met Barbara when I read about her debut time travel novel THE LINCOLN PENNY. A huge Lincoln and Civil War buff, I couldn't resist buying a book with that title.  See my Amazon review here. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and now Barbara is my guest.  About Barbara Barbara began her career as a copywriter and artist with over twenty-five years in the fields of Marketing and Graphic Design. Beginning in 2014, she took her love of writing to new heights with her debut novel, "The Lincoln Penny." In the following years and as her loyal readers asked for more, "The Lover's Eye, Book 2" and "The Celtic Key, Book 3" were released in her time travel trilogy. Barbara's novels reveal her genuine passion fo...
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Book review: The legend of Jake Howell by Charles A Reap Jnr. One of the world's richest and most admired men.


5 Star review for a well-deserved book. I received the book from the publisher for an honest review. Jacob P Howell had an interesting life. Born in 1803, it was filled with drama, heartbreak and sorrow but he always got back on his feet. His footprint left a trail of determination, knowledge, skill and sound advice. A legacy that stood the test of time. His enormous wealth started with one gold nugget that changed his way of life forever. Born as the son of a dirty, penniless farmer, Jake understood the value of hard work, learning and experience. His father giving him the solid foundation to further himself as a businessman. The author’s writing allowed you a brief glimpse of this remarkab...
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.99 on Kindle This Week--ELIZA JUMEL BURR, VICE QUEEN OF THE UNITED STATES


Abandoned at childhood, Betsy Bowen found out she is George Washington's daughter and escaped 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 father gained her an invitation to Mount...
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Blog tour: Extracting Mateo by TL Reeve & Michele Ryan


    Noah Hanover doesn’t mix business with pleasure—ever. His relationship and subsequent marriage to Mateo Aquino, hasn’t even been a blip on his team’s radar. He enjoys the peace and quiet when he’s able to come home to his husband and telling anyone would destroy his secret double life. High school history teacher, Mateo Aquino, loves his job and his kids and is always willing to help anyone in need. When a man approaches him appearing lost, Mateo is thrust into the middle of a war he had no idea was happening around him. In order to save Mateo’s life, Noah must expose the one thing he liked to keep tucked away—his marriage. With the help of Noah’s teammates, John “Tex” Keegan, and two te...
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