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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, healing...
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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 (20...
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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

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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 AnneAward-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 t...
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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 book....
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My Halloween Story and Favorite Halloween Recipe


My Halloween Story and Favorite Halloween RecipeOld Schoolhouse, York Village, Maine--With Its Many OrbsI 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 c...
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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 linkOriginal 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 ReviewAfter 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 justify...
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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 StarsI 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 is ...
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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 b...
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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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