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The Canaries who helped win the war


This year sees 75 years since the end of the Second World War and no doubt there will be many events to commemorate that fact. Often memorials focus on the soldiers who fought and died for their country, but while the men were away at the front it fell to the women to work in the factories and fields on the Home Front of England. Approximately 950,000 women worked in the munitions factories alone, producing the shells and bullets used by their fathers, husbands, and sons at the front. One of the largest of these factories was at Rotherwas, Herefordshire, which employed up to 4,000 women at its height and produced around 70,000 shells a week. Many of the women who worked there were as young a...
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Rise to The Rhythm: Awaken The Beat and Live Your Life's Highest Capabilities by Joey L. Dowdy


What’s your prized possession? It’s your ability to think and speak things into existence. Joey L. DowdyUnleash The Gift of Your Full PotentialAre you tired of living a life that’s going nowhere? Been down for too long? Have you lost your life’s rhythm and need to get back on the beat? Well, if so, your “Hope Has Arrived!” In Rise to the Rhythm, Joey L. Dowdy AKA Dr. Dancer demonstrates how you can get out of this rut and “Groove to Improve Your Life.” Since he has suffered several physical disabilities at one time in his life, he knows how to rise above setbacks and challenges. Through stories, humor, and many practical steps, the famed Backstreet Boys & Take-Five original choreographer and...
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Book review - The neon Jungle by Tim Smith


I n the laidback Florida Keys, former spies Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens found a paradise far removed from the covert world of the CIA. Nick, content to run a bar on the Gulf and maintain a low profile, breaks his self-imposed exile when a friend asks for help in getting a local mob boss off his back. Popular singer Jimmie Rae wants to get free from the notorious Turk Morgan, a crooked music mogul who controls the Miami entertainment scene. Jimmie reveals that his girlfriend has gotten caught in Turk’s web, and he wants to get her out before it’s too late.As Nick and Felicia explore the neon jungle of South Beach, they encounter the dark underside of the music business. Drugs, prostitution,...
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Meet Voice Actor/Narrator/Storyteller Nina Price--And How She Discovered Audio Books


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 BooksI’m Nina Price and I thoroughly enjoyed reading and narrating all three of Diana Rubino’s New Y...
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Recommended Read – Sworn Sword by James Aitcheson


January 1069. Less than three years have passed since Hastings and the death of the usurper, Harold Godwineson. In the depths of winter, two thousand Normans march to subdue the troublesome province of Northumbria. Tancred a Dinant, an ambitious and oath-sworn knight and a proud leader of men, is among them, hungry for battle, for silver and for land. But at Durham the Normans are ambushed in the streets by English rebels. In the battle that ensues, their army is slaughtered almost to a man. Badly wounded, Tancred barely escapes with his life. His lord is among those slain. Soon the enemy are on the march, led by the dispossessed prince Eadgar, the last of the ancient Saxon line, who is dete...
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Book Review - Jim's Revenge by Andrew R Williams


 An ARC copy was received from the publisher.This is a slow starter with so many variables that it didn't make sense in the beginning. To be honest, I had my doubts and thought to quite by chapter 4. Nevertheless, I continued and by the last page, I am glad I did.Jim's Revenge is a witty, cleverly planned plot with so many happening at the same time that you get lost in all the details. With this book, details definitely made the story. Each scene another building block cleverly devised till the end. And the end result was fantastic. Revenge is sweet is a good description for this book and deserves a round of applause.The dialogue is written in such a way that it pulls you in and keeps your ...
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China pays the price for Pearl Harbor


As I wrote in my last article, the Japanese attack on the American fleet at anchor in Pearl Harbor precipitated the entry of the US into the Second World War. The population of the United States was understandable angry and eager for revenge; but Japan was so far away and America not yet fully prepared for war so what, if anything, could they do to build morale? Courtesy USA Government @ IWM (OEM 3605) Within a month of the attack, in January 1942, an audacious plot was hatched by the Americans: why not raid the Japanese mainland? In one blow they could inflict damage on Japanese industrial sites as well as to the psyche of the civilian Japanese population who believed that their homeland co...
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TO LOVE A KING, My First Historical Re-Released


Happy 2020, readers & fellow authors!TO LOVE A KING is my 20th published book, but the first historical I ever wrote, in 1991, with no internet. How did we do research in the old days? With library books, a trip to Henry VIII's haunts in England, and calling on Tudor experts.My inspiration was Bertrice Small, in whose romance novel BLAZE WYNDHAM Henry VIII has 2 mistresses.A Tudorphile since I'm a kid, I'd always wanted to write about him.TO LOVE A KING has one heroine, the love of Henry's life (no, it's not Anne Boleyn). Its first publisher went out of business in 2005, and Next Chapter just re-published it with a new cover. It's now Book 2 of the Yorkist Saga--Book 1 is CROWNED BY LOVE. A ...
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2020: Reflecting, Risking, and Legacy-leaving

If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently? A sociologist asked this question to a group of people 95 years old and older: “If you had to do it all over again, what would you do differently?” Their responses fell into three general categories. People with 9+ decades of […]Original linkOriginal author: Rebecca Bruff
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Recommended Read – Dictator by Robert Harris


There was a time when Cicero held Caesar’s life in the palm of his hand. But now Caesar is the dominant figure and Cicero’s life is in ruins. Exiled, separated from his wife and children, his possessions confiscated, his life constantly in danger, Cicero is tormented by the knowledge that he has sacrificed power for the sake of his principles. His comeback requires wit, skill and courage – and for a brief and glorious period, the legendary orator is once more the supreme senator in Rome. But politics is never static and no statesman, however cunning, can safeguard against the ambition and corruption of others. Riveting and tumultuous, DICTATOR encompasses some of the most epic events in huma...
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A book blast for The Road to Delano by John DeSimone


It’s 1968, and a strike by field workers in the grape fields has ripped an otherwise quiet central California town down the middle. Jack Duncan is a Delano high school senior who is on his way to earning a baseball scholarship, hoping to escape the turmoil infesting his town. His mother has kept from him the real cause of his father’s death, who was a prominent grower. But when an old friend hands Jack evidence indicating his father was murdered, he is compelled to dig deeper. This throws him and his best friend and teammate, Adrian Sanchez, whose father is a striking field worker, into the labor conflict led by Cesar Chavez. Road to Delano is the path Jack and Adrian must take to find their...
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A Book Blast The oil apothecary by Porche Berry. A complete introduction to essential oils.


The oil apothecary was born out of a need to organize and convey important safety information about essential oils. A personal experience with safety issues and a child created a learning frenzy that had many people messaging with questions. Answering individual questions takes forever while handing them a book means they can become knowledgable on the topic in their own right. Careful research using a government database, studies, and textbooks such as Robert Tisserand’s book “Essential Oil Safety” was undertaken to ensure the most accurate and complete information would be given. The book has been written so that even a complete novice could understand it while the unique Quick Reference D...
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A Tradition of Christmas Past, Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe, and My Italian Heroine, Based on my Great Grandmother


My great grandmother (Grandma to everyone) was the matriarch of the family, the mother of my grandfather. “Josie Red” as she was known in downtown Jersey City was way ahead of her time, as a bootlegger during Prohibition, a real estate tycoon, a small-time loan shark, a very good friend of Frank Sinatra's mother Dolly, and according to legend, Mayor Hague’s mistress. Every Christmas Eve, her daughter, my great aunt Lucretia, a gourmet cook, invited everyone to her basement for an Italian feast. Grandma’s four children were grown with children and grandchildren of their own. Of course this necessitated a ‘kiddie table’ at which I sat until I was tall enough to sit with the grown-ups. Aunt Luc...
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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 wife...
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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 KINGWhile embroiled in the in...
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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 tote...
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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 Inspire You...
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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 ba...
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