Cover Reveal: His Name Was Ben by Paulette Mahurin is due out in a couple of weeks

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Back cover Ben Screen shot Hearing the words “it’s cancer,” threw Sara Phillips’ life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything—his name was Ben. Based on real events, Ben and Sara discover that when all else fails, healing can come in the most unexpected ways. Chilling and heart wrenching, His Name Was Ben is a triumph over the devastating circumstances and fear experienced when faced with a terminal illness. In this narrative, the power of love conquers shadows and transforms the very nature and meaning of what it is to be fully alive. From the award winning, best-selling author of, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, comes a story filled with soul and passion that will leave the reader thinking about it for days after the last page is closed. “Paulette Mahurin compassionately renders an insightful tale about…

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New Release / Review: “Gray Shadows” by Julia Gousseva

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“Gray Shadows” by Julia Gousseva is a dark and atmospheric thriller about bodyguards, in particular about 28 year old Nikolai. Ex-army, equipped with a sharp mind and a moral conscience and in love with Olga he suffers an injury while protecting an important lawyer. Too eager on the job to go into teaching he takes on an odd assignment, involving the 22 year old Natalja in a small place in the polar regions north of Siberia. However, the seemingly straight forward job turns out to be far more complex and twisted than one would have expected.
The book builds up the tension and the suspense with great timing, leaving us unprepared for the direction the plot takes. The scene setting is particularly well done. I am a big fan of Scandinavian and Nordic crime fiction and hugely enjoyed how the author let me feel the bleakness of the Russian arctic setting. Without the distractions of luxuries and civilisation the story becomes intimate immediately and intense.
Nikolai is an interesting character who’s been given enough background and inner conflict to distinguish him from other heroes and to set him up for the series. Oil, corporate and governmental interests, corruption and deceit all come into play.
A new star on the horizon of crime fiction and a promising  series.

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Julia Gousseva

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Julia Gousseva was born and raised in Russia when it was still a part of the Soviet Union, or USSR. For a long time, Russia was hidden behind the Iron Curtain and had a mysterious image of the Evil Empire to many Westerners, specifically Americans. But Russia was a mystery not just to outsiders, but to its own people as well. One of Julia’s college history professors used to refer to Russia as a country with unpredictable past. Why? Because every time a new leader came to power, all state-issued history books were changed and rewritten. And all history books were state-issued.Julia’s novel MOSCOW DREAMS is set in Russia and presents life from the perception of everyday people whose lives were dramatically altered by events that have changed and are still changing Russia. Julia’s short story collection titled TWELVE MONTHS OF THE SOVIET CHILDHOOD shows life in the Soviet Union before the changes and offer a child’s perspective. Her children’s stories put whimsical characters from old Russian fairy-tales in modern circumstances for today’s kids.
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An opportunity to discuss “TIME TO LET GO” with other readers

 

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Goodreads has its flaws

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One of the discussion groups over at Goodreads votes for two books to discuss amongst them each month.

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has been nominated as one of the books for September, so this is your opportunity to talk about the book with other readers.

That is if……

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if the book gets selected.

 

 

You have three days to vote for the book you would like to discuss.  Voting will remain open until the 24nd. Here is the link to the vote.

https://www.goodreads.com/poll/show/107430-what-would-you-like-to-read-discuss-in-september

Here are some recent reviews to get you in the mood: 6a00d83452c37169e2014e8ab9b06e970d

5.0 out of 5 stars interesting, August 21, 2014
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interesting book on letting go of the hard things to let go of made me think
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the book as have had family going through this, August 19, 2014
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Enjoyed the book as have had family going through this. Book just stopped rather than ended. Would have appreciated a better ending.
5.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed in the ending, August 18, 2014
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Was a very interesting and insightful read. I was disappointed in the ending, it seemed a bit abrupt.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Letting Go, August 17, 2014
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Christoph Fischer has written a beautiful story in Time to Let Go. At one point, I had to stop reading because the story hit so close to home I was crying and couldn’t read the words. You easily fall in love the characters. The realism makes you wonder if the author has experienced the drama of Alzhiemer’s. Not letting go of Time to Let Go.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a …, August 16, 2014
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Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a retired couple living in England, where Walter is caregiver at home to Biddy, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. At first glance the reader might be put off by the subject matter, but the author quickly weaves a varied plot around Walter’s established and protective routine with Biddy and the arrival of their adult daughter, an airline stewardess who has experienced a serious event with a passenger on a recent flight and temporarily on leave while it is being investigated. Hanna and her brothers become more deeply involved in their parents’ lives and one another’s’ differences as they each cope with their own histories with their father, and now the responsibilities of offering care to their elderly parents without compromising the Seniors’ dignity. Meanwhile, Hanna has an unexpected opportunity to build a new relationship, and this leads to challenges she didn’t expect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, August 16, 2014
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Enjoyed book for most part.
I especially liked learning more about how people cope with Alzhelmers Disease.
And one from Amazon.co.uk:

The theme of this novel is so important to so many people that reviewers have tended to focus on that; and indeed Christoph Fischer handles his subject with a delicate sensitivity which impresses. But I’d like to focus, instead, on the skill and creativity with which Fischer brings his characters to life, plunges deep inside their emotions and thoughts, and makes us feel that we know them and know all about them. Hanna, an attractive woman who has escaped from the constant putdowns of her father during her growing years to create an exciting and fulfilling life for herself as an air hostess, has experienced the death of a passenger and is going through the turmoil, both emotional and practical, which this has brought her. Going home for a few days rest she is drawn inevitably into the situation caused by her mother’s disease. Walter, her father, a man set in his own ways and with very definite opinions, believes that the way to treat his wife Biddy is to keep her to a regular routine. Hanna thinks a little change and excitement would be more stimulating for her mother. As we see the results of this conflict we learn more and more about Walter and about Hanna. Then there is the elder son, Henrik, who thinks his mother needs the professional care she would get in a Home. Henrik, a successful businessman, has spent his life proving that he is better than his younger brother Patrick, and finding continually that his father cares more about Patrick than about him. Patrick himself has cut himself off from his family and refuses even to visit Biddy, because he is afraid to reveal his secrets to his father. This all makes for fascinating and engrossing reading. There are moments of happiness, such as the joyful reaction of Biddy to the dog and the swans, both when she is with Hanna and then later with Walter; and there are times of deep sadness as when Walter tries to force his wife to remember something which is clearly beyond her ability. Walter’s love for Biddy, which is so important to him, humanises a man who might otherwise seem hard and stern.
Quite apart from the character drawing, this is a very well written book. It has a style which never drags and which is never wordy or annoying. Once started, I felt myself drawn in and wanting to go on reading.
Time To Let Go is far above most of the books I’ve read recently.

Su Williams – The Dream Weaver Trilogy

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I interviewed Su Williams on my blog once but now that her trilogy is completed, here are the three books reviewed and showcased.

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“Dream Weaver” by Su Williams is a very original and cleverly told story. Its heroine is a 17 year old orphaned girl named Emari and she is a great brave character who has a lot to deal with: From nightmares and painful flashbacks to physical attack and living and looking after herself all alone.
With a cryptic prologue and an early dream sequences the reader is quickly drawn into a sophisticated style of narrative that opens their minds to the complexity of dream manipulation and other supernatural powers.
Written primarily for young adults the book nevertheless handles some tougher issues, including some scary moments but also a bit of romance between Emari and a Dream Weaver named Nick.
I am not a regular reader of paranormal books but the book was recommended to me by a friend whose judgement I value. I might have benefitted from not knowing anything about the concept of Dream Weaving which made the story a very unique and original story for me. However, the lead characters were well chosen and set up.
This is a very enjoyable read, not just for younger readers.

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“Rock Star (Dream Weaver, #2)” by Su Williams is a great follow up to
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Manipulation of memories and dreams is a really fascinating concept and Williams knows how to make it interesting. In this book Emari Sweet lives the life or dream of a popular rock star on tour, with bouncers, a stalker and with some very odd dreams on top of it.
Just as sophisticated and clever as the first instalment of the series the book understands to ‘work’ the idea and weave what appears various sets of realities and dreams.
Emari is a great character with strength and confidence but also some weakness, her life as rock star is quite convincingly portrayed and the dark paranormal aspects of the story unfold nicely throughout the book.
Very clever and very enjoyable.

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“Breaking Normal” by Su Williams concludes the amazing Dream Weaver Series and does so perfectly.
Without giving too much away of the plot, Emari really comes into her own in this book, becoming a really strong heroine. The author has struck some more serious notes in this book, but that fits in well with Emari’s own growth.
I am still in awe with the concept of the Dream Weavers. This time the narrative and the story are taking a new direction, which keeps the series fresh and entertaining. This is not a repetitive formula series but one where every book has a unique character and subjects. Action packed and in places a bit dark for a young adult series it is well written and keeps the suspense throughout.
Brilliant character development and a fantastic ending. Highly recommended.

 

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I confess…I’m a bit of a dork, with a quirky and sometimes dark personality, though not as dark as some. I love the outdoors and nature, and photographing normal, everyday things from different and abnormal angles. One of my photos has been published in the political humor book Red Dog/Blue Dog by Chuck Sambuchino.

Legally, my name is Susan Barton, but I write under the pen name Su Williams (my maiden name). I am a 48 year old mother of 4, Sarah, Josiah, Jack and Aundraic. I’m married to Ben and we have 2 cats, a garder snake, a crested gecko named Reid (like in Criminal Minds) and a beagle, Dyson (yes like the vacuum) who is my favorite teddy puppy.

I was born in Little Rock, AK. My daddy was military and my parents finally decided that Spokane, WA was the place for us and this is where I’ve lived since I was about 10.

I always wrote special poems for family birthdays, and began to write short stories in Jr. High. Many years later after a self-esteem building program of hypnosis, and reading Twilight, I was inspired. I said, “I could do that.” So I did.

Dream Weaver has been 4 years in the making, as I’ve learned the ins and outs of the literary process. That is an ongoing endeavor.

My goal is to get Dream Weaver into the hands of people who will love Emari, Nick, Eddyson, Sabre, Ivy and Jesse as much as I do. Dream Weaver is the first of 3 planned novels. The second is called Rock Star in which Emari lives the life of a rock star and discovers that Nick is really not who he claims to be. Finally, in Private Eye, Emari will team up with Officer Molly to solve some of Spokane’s open and cold cases and will unveil the truth behind the crash that killed Emari’s parents.

 

Coming soon: “Conditions” by Christoph Fischer

005Currently entitled “Conditions” my next release will be a strange and special occurence for me. I am going back to the very first book I’ve ever written. 
Five years ago I was working on  a training manual when I decided to experiment with writing fiction. 
The planned short story grew quickly and when it reached 36 pages and showed no sign of ending I abandoned the course and continued writing.  I put it aside and wrote my other novels.
“Conditions” had a lot of the typical errors that a first book can have and I never was sure if I would ever be able to publish it. Ever so often I returned to it and made changes and improvements. The book underwent plenty of re-writes and edits but now I feel it might resonate well with some of those readers who liked “Time To Let Go”. 

The story:

Two estranged brothers and their mother’s funeral.
The conflict between the two is drawn out over materialistic issues but there are other underlying problems. Charles suffers from a mental condition which Tony finds difficult to cope with.
They have not spoken in years and so several friends come to support Charles at the funeral against a family that has cast him out.  Hayling_Island

Prejudice, mis-conceptions and the human condition in all shapes and forms feature in this contemporary drama set at the British South Coast.

 

 

I used to go to a lot of funerals when I was in my teens and might have developed a morbid fascination at the dynamics and processes involved. I also loved “Six Feet Under”, a TV series set in a funeral home. 

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I grew up as a bibliophile in a very macho and sports orientated environment  images (11)and always bonded more with the odd characters and outsiders rather than the prom queens and sports heroes. Over the years I have met and befriended many people with mental health issues. In this respect the novel is probably one of the most auto-biographical, even though the events and characters are all a figment of my imagination. 
Re-telling something that has happened already has never had an appeal to me as a writer.

 

I imagine Tony somewhat hardened boxer type with a light gentle touch and Charles like Alan Cummings, Johnny Depp or even Benedict Cumberbatch in some of their more eccentric roles. The story has been likened to The Breakfast Club – I don’t know if that’s true as I have not seen that one yet. I am toying with a sequel for this book already since it all takes place only in the space of two weeks.
I hope to have the book ready for publication in October 2014.

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THANKS TO BOOKBUB AND SOME VERY KIND READERS
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TIME TO LET GO has over 140 REVIEWS

already, only three months since its publication.
Here are some of the latest reviews.

Thanks to all reviewers, from 1 – 5 stars, for taking the time and reading and reviewing the books. I learn from the negative feedback and take a lot of encouragement from the positive. Thank you all!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a …, August 16, 2014
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Time to Let Go is a fictional story about a retired couple living in England, where Walter is caregiver at home to Biddy, who is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. At first glance the reader might be put off by the subject matter, but the author quickly weaves a varied plot around Walter’s established and protective routine with Biddy and the arrival of their adult daughter, an airline stewardess who has experienced a serious event with a passenger on a recent flight and temporarily on leave while it is being investigated. Hanna and her brothers become more deeply involved in their parents’ lives and one another’s’ differences as they each cope with their own histories with their father, and now the responsibilities of offering care to their elderly parents without compromising the Seniors’ dignity. Meanwhile, Hanna has an unexpected opportunity to build a new relationship, and this leads to challenges she didn’t expect.

4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, August 16, 2014

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Enjoyed book for most part.
I especially liked learning more about how people cope with Alzhelmers Disease.
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Time to let go, August 15, 2014
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Down to earth and very realistic . Teaching the reader love, sacrifices, pain, patience,
Most of all, that it could happen to any family.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, August 15, 2014
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Touching saga that highlights Alzheimer’s and all those affected by it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time to let go, August 13, 2014
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This is a good read. I enjoyed this book very much. This is a book about Hannah,an airline e stewardess;her Father Walter; her Mother Biddy who has Alzeimers disease and her brothers Patrick and Henrik. I felt like I knew these characters that the author portrays He has a style that keeps your interest. Hannah is a witness to a passenger’s death. She tries to resuscitate the person, but is not successfull. As a result,she takes a break from the stress and visits her elderly parents. The author has several subplots to keep the reader interested.
I would recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars visual good characters decribtions and easy read, August 11, 2014
By Kathy Kurpita (Big Island, Hawaii)

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It was free and I thought what the heck!!
What a surprise I found it to be an interesting subjust matter, visual good characters decribtions and easy read.
Having no electity my kindle is my best friend and I usually have a hard back and a book tape in my car and I found this was the book I wanted to finish!! The title is a bit misleading but pointed in some ways.
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A good account of what families suffer with a loved one …, August 11, 2014
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A good account of what families suffer with a loved one who has alzheimers but not the ending I was expecting for Hanna.

 Here are the most popular reviews for the book:

39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hit a nerve – in a good way, May 27, 2014
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Alzheimer’s, the dynamics of a close family, learning to live with saying goodbye (or not). As a reader, Time To Let Go was an utterly compelling read for me. I’m at the point in my life, where I’m starting to look very closely at caring for my aging parents, so I took a lot of deep breaths reading this. What I loved about Time to Let Go was that it’s power was in its simplicity. With chapter titles like “Lunch,” “The Pool” and “Dinner,” I was able to get into the day to day life of this family in a very intimate way. Their losses were mine, and their love became mine, too. A bittersweet and elegant read.
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tragic story, May 12, 2014
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Christoph Fischer’s newest novel, Time to Let Go, is a tragic story, which ends not with a violent death, but with the slow and deteriorating journey of a loved one’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. The once vibrant and intelligent Biddy is reduced to being treated like a young child by her husband Walter, who although well intentioned, rages at how powerless he is to control the ravages of her disease: “Dammit! Why can’t she remember?”
The story revolves around an emotionally dysfunctional family. Walter’s controlling and demanding attitude has alienated his three children and he finds himself alone to deal with his ailing wife. The eldest son, Henrik, as rigid and judgemental as the father, focuses solely on boosting his successful career, and only contacts his elderly parents when his business allows curt phone calls and cameo appearances to put them in line. Hanna, the only child to retain any emotion attachment, has succeeded in escaping her father’s overbearing attitude with a busy career with the airlines. The youngest son has given up completely on his father’s and brother’s criticism by embracing an altruistic approach to life: he chooses to spend his time with people who need his help rather than wasting it on a family who refuses it.
This is a well-crafted story with believable characters that keeps the readers enthralled on a highly emotional and intellectual level—definitely a must read.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartrendingly realistic and profoundly intimate., May 29, 2014
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As I read Time to Let Go, I often felt as if I’d snuck inside a closet in Walter and Biddy Korhonen’s home, and helplessly watched through the keyhole as they struggled with one of life’s all too familiar tragedies. From time to time, I wanted to take their daughter Hanna and her brother Henrik aside and tell them, “I know you mean well, but you simply can’t push your father to put Biddy in a nursing home before he is completely ready!” The anguish I felt while reading Fischer’s novel made it hard to believe that this was not an actual family chronicle. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed Fischer’s previous three novels and for me, he is continuing to develop his ability to show rather than tell, and moreover, to conjure emotions and elicit self-reflection within the reader in response to the work. Well done!

Time To Let Go:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.
Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.
The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

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A Brief Q & A About a Figment of My Imagination

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Felix Q&AI’ve been tagged by the dangerous and redoubtable Eden Baylee to partake in a tour involving my main character. And what perfect timing, since the summer has left me with little time to ponder Cold War mayhem, Nazi jewelry design, the insanity of the Slavic race and other topics usually covered here on Cold. It also gives me a chance to shamelessly plug my novel, The Bone Church!
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What are the rules? They’re simple!
I have to answer seven questions about a main character from one of my novels, then I nominate five other authors to answer the same questions. I nominated six because that’s just the kind of girl I am.

Please check out Eden’s blog (link below), where she answers some questions about Kate Hampton, her mystery-solving psychiatrist character. Kate’s a woman with a past, and Eden’s a woman with…

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COVER REVEAL: THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS by MCV Egan

 

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“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” - Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland. With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.”

Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Learn more about this book and the special 75th anniversary re-release at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.

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Join us as we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the crash of the G-AESY and the start of World War II with a month-long history-laden event that will entertain, educate, and enlighten you! As part of this event, a revised version of The Bridge of Deaths, this award-winning and highly-acclaimed account of the events of that fateful day in 1939, will be re-released.

If you would like to be a part of the month-long anniversary event from September 1 to September 30, please go here: http://bit.ly/TBOD75Event.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MCVEganM.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family. From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died. She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States.

Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class. In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977.

She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

She celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths at www.thebridgeofdeaths.com.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? “Live from the Road”

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Lovely review from another lovely writer, Lori Crane! And Live from the Road is only .99 cents on Kindle this month.

Originally posted on a day in the life of patootie:

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I’m reading one of my favorite authors…

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“Live from the Road”

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“Live from the Road” is a story of two friends, Meg and Sally, and their road trip across Route 66. They are escorted by their grown daughters, and the four women each have their own personal demons to face during the trip. Some of their struggles are shared with each other, some kept private.

There were idiosyncrasies in this story that made me giggle. At each stop, they invite whomever they ran into to join them, and a lot of people strangely took them up on the offer. I would never be that open to invite strangers to join my vacation, but I have some girlfriends who would do something that crazy, so it’s not all-together impossible. At one point, they had four or five cars in their caravan. I thought the concept of strangers joining on one’s vacation…

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“TIN MEN” by Amalie Jahn

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I consider myself very lucky that I managed to get hold of an ARC of “Tin Men” by Amalie Jahn.
After reading “The Clay Lion” I couldn’t wait to see where she would take her young adult time travelling series and Jahn did not disappoint me at all.

In “Clay Lion” Brooke tried to save her ill brother through time travel, this time the focus is on her boyfriend  Charlie,  who at the funeral of his father, finds out that he is adopted. The opening scene at the dreary funeral and the emotions that follow are portrayed with her usual sensitive, warm and empathetic style. Even if you have not read the “Clay Lion” you will feel for the wonderfully kind lead characters with their problems, choices and feelings.
The discovery of an old picture in his father’s belongings sets in motion the question of identity and a search for Charlie’s real family. Again, Jahn handles a difficult subject matter with sensitivity, grace and depth. As Charlie and Brooke play detectives the subject of adoption gets highlighted from different angles, leaving plenty of food for thought with this reader.

The series is set in a time where Time travel is possible and legal, yet heavily regulated and restricted. Brooke persuades Charlie to use his ‘once-a-lifetime’ time travel trip to find out more. From here Jahn takes us into a cleverly plotted sequence that puts Charlie towards tough choices. The novel explores the logical implications of time travel and cause and effects brilliantly and had me quite in awe of the twists and turns that this brought with it.

At the heart, this is a story of love and family, about family values and deep emotional ties. The bond between Charlie and Brooke is strong and beautiful to see, as is the bond between Charlie and his sister Melody. The characters in this book are all very engaging and serve the story and its message of true love very well.  

This is every bit as accomplished as ‘The Clay Lion’ was and Amalie Jahn is a talented, thoughtful and kind-hearted author whose books will bring tears to your eyes but will leave you moved, warmed and full of hope.

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My previous feature on Amalie and my post on her book “Among the Shrouded”

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About this author

Writing has always been an important part my life. As a child, I loved writing fiction stories. I kept journals about the boys I loved, especially the ones who never loved me back. I convinced myself I would become the next Ann M. Martin when I won a literary award for a short story I wrote in seventh grade. After that however, the creative writing I loved was set aside, lost to the dreaded five paragraph essay as I entered high school and college. Eventually, I transitioned to lesson plan writing as I began a career as an elementary school teacher. When I became a wife and mother, I started an online blog to document the life of my children and found myself writing, many, many to-do lists just trying to keep my little family afloat. On one of those to-do lists, I included “write a novel.” For many years, that item remained perpetually on the list as there was neither time for writing nor an idea worthy of composition. And then, life happened, the way life usually does, and the story behind The Clay Lion was inspired by the illness and subsequent death of a child who was very dear to me. After writing the manuscript, I was encouraged by family and friends to attempt publication and at long last was able to cross “write a book” off my list. It was amazing to be able to come full circle, witnessing the publication of my first YA fiction novel in March of 2013. In November of the same year, I tried my hand at adult fiction with Among the Shrouded, hoping to bring awareness to the plight of human trafficking, a mission that is near to my heart. I am currently working on a follow up to The Clay Lion, entitled Tin Men with publication scheduled for Fall 2014. I live in North Carolina with my husband, two children, and two extremely overfed cats

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