Review: “Deadly Quotes” by Olga NM (Escaping Psychiatry 3)

Another one of my favourite authors brought out a new book and luckily for me, in the series of hers I like the best: “Escaping Psychiatry”

I do like a bit of psychological thrillers and psychological analysis, and this feeds pleasantly in this new book, which I would describe as a literary murder treasure hunt as friends and Doctors Mary Miller and Leah Deakin are puzzled over what may be a suicide note or a challenge by an incarcerated convicted murderer.
Could a serial killer behind bars have orchestrated another killing spree? Can the clues be found in his own autobiography?
Mary, a psychiatrist, survivor of attempted rape and murder, and amateur crime investigator by default, teams up with Leah Deakin, an FBI pathologist to solve the case and stop the series of killings.
Just as the official blurb promises, this is a gripping psychological thriller with two strong female protagonists and ultraintelligent and twisted bad guys in a cat and mouse game.
This is another excellent helping of a wonderful mystery series, written with sharp psychological observation and attention to forensic and psychological detail.
A real treat.
Get the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK 

Biography

My name is Olga Núñez Miret and I’m a writer. I also do translations of other author’s work. What else? I was born in Barcelona, Spain, and after living in the UK for over 25 years I decided to go back there searching for inspiration. Over the years I’ve done many things and had other lives but, however far I wander, I keep coming back to books and stories, my two earliest loves. When reading was no longer enough, I started writing. My first book was published in 2012 and my publications span different genres, from literary fiction to romance, Young Adult, psychological thrillers, and non-fiction. I plan on writing more novels in the same genres and if my imagination so dictates, I will explore others. I love to connect with readers, so don’t hesitate to get in touch..
If you want to keep informed of all my news, offers, and promos, you can sign up for my e-mail list here:
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You can also find me in the usual places and I always include links in the books. Don’t forget to check my website/blog. I share reviews of my favourite authors and you will always find some surprises
Thanks for reading!
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Me llamo Olga Núñez Miret y soy escritora. También traduzco las obras de otros autores. ¿Qué más? Nací en Barcelona, España, y después de vivir más de 25 años en el Reino Unido, decidí volver a casa buscando inspiración para nuevas historias. A lo largo de mi vida he hecho y estudiado muchas cosas y he tenido otras vidas pero no importa cuánto me aleje de esto, siempre acabo volviendo a los libros y las historias, mis dos amores primeros. Cuando leer ya no me bastó, empecé a escribir. Publiqué mi primer libro en 2012 y mi obra cubre muchos géneros, desde la ficción literaria al romance, la novela juvenil, los thrillers psicológicos y la no-ficción. Planeo escribir más novelas en los mismos géneros y, si mi imaginación así lo decide, exploraré otros. Me encanta conectar con los lectores, así que no dudéis en poneros en contacto conmigo.
Si queréis estar informados de mis novedades, ofertas, y promociones, podéis suscribiros a mi lista, aquí:
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También me podéis encontrar en los lugares habituales y siempre incluyo enlaces al final de mis libros. No os olvidéis de echarle un vistazo a mi página web/ blog. Comparto reseñas de mis autores favoritos y siempre encontraréis alguna sorpresa.
¡Y gracias por leer!
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Mystery / Thriller Review: “Two Rivers one Stream” by John Dolan

Today I’ve got a treat for you: John Dolan‘s new novel:

“All rivers flow to the sea; yet the sea is not full.”

On the Thai island of Samui, widowed private investigator David Braddock is stuck in a rut. Spending his days pandering to disreputable clients and his nights engaged in meaningless sex, this is not the life he had envisaged for himself. It passes the time, but it is hardly exciting.
Professional assassin Ross Gallagher has the opposite problem. He is sick of excitement. Years of travelling the world murdering strangers has taken a toll on his mental health, and he wants a different kind of existence before it is too late.
But their fortunes take an unexpected turn – and not for the better – when Braddock receives a phone call from his daughter saying she has killed her husband …

Here’s my review:

Detective Braddock and his engaging surroundings are drawn in yet another intriguing and spellbinding mystery when his daughter is in trouble over killing her husband. This series is kind of a spin-off a previous Karma Series and turns the focus away from the previous dynamic between a set of main characters and now involving the wider Braddock family. By doing this Dolan allows us to keep indulging in the great cast of  characters (bossy women, odd colleagues, handsome staff) we have grown so fond of, while providing us with fresh new elements and dimensions.
Assassin Gallagher, the other river in this rapid stream of a novel is a great contrast to Braddock and a marvellous addition to the cast.

Without going into too much details, there are great surprises and turns in this excellently constructed and plotted story but the appeal of this series for me lies again in Dolan’s writing style: the choice of excellent characters, the witty wordings and the dry humour blended with situational comedy. Braddock, his daughter and his mother in law have a gret dynamic and would easily be enough to keep a book without much story ticking over.
Gallagher is an excellent creation and also provides great entertainment in quite different ways.
It’s rare to find such great and entertaining writing combined with skillful mystery plotting.

Enjoy

 

Biography

“Makes a living by travelling, talking a lot and sometimes writing stuff down. Galericulate author, polymath and occasional smarty-pants.”

John Dolan hails from a small town in the North-East of England. Before turning to writing, his career encompassed law and finance. He has run businesses in Europe, South and Central America, Africa and Asia. He and his wife Fiona currently divide their time between the UK and Thailand.

He is the author of the ‘Time, Blood and Karma’ mystery series and the ‘Karma’s Children’ mystery trilogy.

 

It’s here! DEADLY QUOTES. Escaping Psychiatry 3. #psychologicalthriller #only 0.99 #Xmaspresent – authortranslatorOlga

The lovely and talented Olga NM has a new book out!

Source: It’s here! DEADLY QUOTES. Escaping Psychiatry 3. #psychologicalthriller #only 0.99 #Xmaspresent – authortranslatorOlga

Just joking. Or not?

If you’ve been wondering, the latest book in the Escaping Psychiatry series, Deadly Quotes, is here!

Escaping Psychiatry 3. Deadly Quotes. Cover by Juan Padrón
Escaping Psychiatry 3. Deadly Quotes. Cover by Juan Padrón

Deadly Quotes. Escaping Psychiatry 3.

Death by natural causes. That was the official explanation. Until they found the quote.

Killing isn’t as difficult as people think. In fact it can be quite easy.

Was it a novel the dead man had been writing? Was it an eerie suicide note? Was it murder?

Mary Miller and Leah Deakin, friends and doctors, are not sure there is a case worth investigating but are intrigued. Could a serial killer behind bars have orchestrated another killing spree? Can the clues be found in his own autobiography?

The fourth book in the Escaping Psychiatry series sees Mary, psychiatrist, survivor of attempted rape and murder, and amateur crime investigator by default, team up with Leah Deakin, an FBI pathologist, in a case that pitches them against a man who loves to play mortal games. Will they be able to stop him? And at what price?

If you enjoy reading gripping psychological thrillers, prefer strong female protagonists, feel oddly attracted to ultraintelligent and twisted baddies, and can’t get enough of challenging mysteries, you shouldn’t miss this novel.

Discover Mary Miller’s new adventure, and if you’re new to the Escaping Psychiatry series, you can go back and read the prequel Escaping Psychiatry. Beginnings, in e-book format without any extra cost.

Links:

https://rxe.me/L5Q26N

https://www.books2read.com/u/b5rGwk

To celebrate Christmas, and in case you fancy a non-Xmasy reading, the book will be available at $0.99  throughout the holidays. Go on, give yourself present. Or ask Santa.

Review: “Written In Water (Exits And Entrances)” by Lesley Hayes

Lesley Hayes is one of my favourite authors whom I admire for her wide literary range and her gift for sharp psychological observation.

“Written in Water” is the first in a new series of books written by her about three young women and their choices and opportunities in the 1960s.

This combines two of my favourite genres: coming-of-age novels and – to some extent one has to call it – historical fiction.
Some famous themes of the 1960ies infiltrate the lives of our protagonists in very different ways, teaching me a lot about how both, dominant and fragile these themes were:

Free love – which doesn’t always bring freedom, spiritual awakening – which often is just a cover up for something else  and
legalisation of homosexuality – which didn’t guarantee a care free life, to name a few.

As always with Hayes, this is a rich read with heavy undertones of sexual identity, domestic abuse and love triangles. It reads like an addictive saga of friendship and of the turbulent times.

Hayes has chosen three excellent character types coming from very different backgrounds and having very different themes running through their lives; the women have the kind of friendship that exists against the odds and therefor has a much higher chance of surviving as if it were based on the obvious or specific.
For the reader these great differences mean a feast of fresh perspectives on each of the plot threads: parallels, juxtaposition and contradictions in the respective lives, plus the company of three very likeable and relatable characters.
I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Official blurb:

The swinging sixties – a time of peace, love, violence and revolution. In 1962, as the Cold War erupts in sudden crisis over Cuba, Cordelia, Beatrice and Rosalind are fourteen. Dubbed by their English teacher the three witches from Macbeth, they have already recognised one another as outsiders, with no idea that their alliance will turn out to be a lifelong friendship.

Their personalities and choices lead them along very different paths, but they never lose the strong thread of their connection. Through the passions, disappointments, losses and triumphs of their lives the trilogy of novels follows them through the years, reflecting the many changes that have taken place for women over six decades. Exits and Entrances chronicles the eventful era between 1962 and 1972 as they grow from girls into women.

Lesley Hayes lives in Oxford, where she gains much of the inspiration for her writing. She had numerous short stories and one novel published prior to training as a psychotherapist, and for two years had a weekly slot on BBC Radio Oxford reading her short stories. Having surrendered to the compelling urge to write fiction again, she has now published seven novels: The Drowned Phoenician Sailor, A Field Beyond Time, Round Robin, Dangerous People, The Other Twin, The Girl He Left Behind, and most recently, Exits and Entrances, which is the first book in a trilogy entitled Written in Water. All are available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. She has also published six collections of short stories on Kindle: Staying Alive, Oxford Marmalade, The Oscar Dossier, Without a Safety Net, and Not Like Other People – the last two collections are available both on Kindle and in paperback in a collated version titled Through a Glass Darkly. You can find out more about her on her website: http://www.lesleyhayes.co.uk and also catch up with her random musings on her blog: http://www.blog.lesleyhayes.co.uk

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Buy a Book for Christmas #Mysteries and #Satire – Anita Dawes, Christoph Fischer, Sue Hampton, Allan Hudson and Ian Hutson

Thanks Sally for including my latest in this selection of books for Christmas.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

Welcome to another of the Christmas book promotions and the next book is for those in your close circle who enjoy paranormal thrillers. Anita Dawes and Secrets.

About Secrets

SOME SECRETS WILL KILL YOU…
and some are about someone who is already dead.
A mother must find the truth before the secrets destroy her family…

One of the recent reviews for the book

Aug 29, 2018Lizzie Chantree rated it 5 stars

I have had this book on my kindle for a while, but just found some spare time to pick it up. I read it over a day and it’s a really thought provoking book. The relationships between the child, Danny, and his invisible ‘friend’, kept me turning the pages to find out what would happen next. The characters are really well written and although I have read other books by this author, they’ve all been completely different…

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Reblog: DG Kaye’s review of “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” 

Today I’m reblogging DG Kaye’s review of a book that’s been on my list for some time. Thanks to my dear friend DG Kaye for the original post.

Here is the original blogpost: Sunday Book Review – The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Holocaust

“This week’s Sunday Book Review, I’m sharing my review of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, a gripping telling of a true survivor story written by Heather Morris, told by Lale Sokalov of his imprisonment in Auschwitz and what he did to survive. This is a compelling story of the human spirit with a determination to survive despite all odds of doing so.”

 

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Blurb:

 

The #1 International Bestseller & New York Times Bestseller

This beautiful, illuminating tale of hope and courage is based on interviews that were conducted with Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov—an unforgettable love story in the midst of atrocity.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is an extraordinary document, a story about the extremes of human behavior existing side by side: calculated brutality alongside impulsive and selfless acts of love. I find it hard to imagine anyone who would not be drawn in, confronted and moved. I would recommend it unreservedly to anyone, whether they’d read a hundred Holocaust stories or none.”—Graeme Simsion, internationally-bestselling author of The Rosie Project

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

One day in July 1942, Lale, prisoner 32407, comforts a trembling young woman waiting in line to have the number 34902 tattooed onto her arm. Her name is Gita, and in that first encounter, Lale vows to somehow survive the camp and marry her.

A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions.

 

 

My 5 Star Review:

 

Love Among the Horrors.

A gripping horror story of the atrocities of the holocaust where death was impending for every victim imprisoned in Auschwitz, and only the tiniest of miracles kept them alive.

Lale Sokolav was taken to Auschwitz and by the grace of God because he could speak several languages, he was afforded the heinous job of tattooing the incoming truck loads of new prisoners. This job afforded Lale a few luxuries such as, extra rations of food – an extra helping of insidious looking broth and an extra slice of stale bread, and the chance to move freely within the camp.

Lale’s unfettered resolve to survive the horrors he endured and witnessed was remarkable. But the love he held for Gita, one of the women he freshly tattooed upon her arrival, became the driving force which gave him reason to continue living.

Lale takes us with him into the horror with his stories about how he managed to keep many alive by a plan he hatched with father and son coworkers he met while building a new crematorium. These coworkers were not prisoners but people who lived nearby the camp who worked there during early construction of the camp where more manpower was needed. Gita was assigned to work in a building where the belongings of new prisoners were taken and searched for hidden valuables. Lale made a deal with the two Polish workers and a group of Gita’s friends. The girls would smuggle out money and jewels for Lale to collect, which he used in trade with the Poles who would bring to work food and medicine. Lale distributed these items to prisoners he knew and were most desperately in need of and used some of the jewels to blackmail Kapos for favors. Kapos were not SS, but usually Jews themselves who were lucky to have been granted those positions, mainly for roll call of prisoners of barracks they were assigned to.

The author, Morris, evokes our compassion and empathy by bringing the love story of Gita and Lale in the horrific tale of merely trying to survive another day of hunger, disease and beatings, and the mere threat of wondering if they could survive another tomorrow.

No spoilers here, but I’m sure if you’re reading this review, you are wondering if Lale was ever caught by the SS for smuggling. But you will have to read this book to find out. Through reading this book, it’s no secret that Lale survives, but how he survived, escaped and found Gita again will keep you reading till the very last word and beyond. I say beyond because at the end of the book, Morris discusses her own personal interview with Lale and his son, which prompted her to write this book. For me, this book was unputdownable! A moving testament for the human spirit and for the determination to remain alive.

 

“Jehan de Brie: The Good Shepherd” – Guest post by Jean Gill

The wonderful writer Jean Gill has a new story / book out.

Nici’s Christmas Tale:1157 Aquitaine

A standalone short story in The Troubadours Quartet

https://books2read.com/NicisTale

and as a huge fan of her Troubadour Series I asked her to write a blog post on the occasion.

Here is the post:

Jehan de Brie: The Good Shepherd

I meet many fascinating people while travelling in the medieval world through books, songs and poetry but nobody has entertained me more than Jehan de Brie, a 14th century French shepherd. His guide to a shepherd’s work, ‘Le Bon Berger,’ tells us the story of his life and misadventures, as well as offering vocational advice.

Jehan’s early career did not go smoothly. At eight, ‘when children still have nits, start losing their baby teeth and have not developed any sense’, Jehan looked after the geese, protecting them against magpies, cats, crows and kites. He did this for a year and then was promoted to piglets. Each day, he took them to pasture but they were ‘ill-disciplined’ and ran away from him on the way home. While the unfortunate pig-owner was still looking for his stock, Jehan thought it best that he change job (or so his version goes).

Next, he looked after cart-horses, for drovers and waggoners, encouraging them to run faster. He kept this up for three months until one trod on his right foot. Once more, he decided he was mistaken in his choice of animal. So, when his foot had recovered, he switched to cows.

He spent two years looking after ten milking cows for until one of his charges, ‘inebriated from bad grass or desperate for a bull’, knocked him over with her horns. No more cows.

Jehan’s tally of years is as approximate as the methods shepherds used for counting sheep, and he tells us that (after five years looking after different animals) he was eleven when he was given twenty-four ‘blessed lambs’ who didn’t hurt him or knock him over. He had found his metier.

From then on, he learned the ‘state, science and practice of the art of shepherding, keeping sheep and woolly beasts.’ He fed, sheared, powdered, anointed and bled them according to custom. He protected them against wolves and other predators, with the help of his dog.

The Annunciation to the Shepherds; Boucicaut Master and Workshop (French, active about 1390 – 1430); Paris, France; about 1415 – 1420; Tempera colors, gold paint, gold leaf, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 20.5 x 14.8 cm (8 1/16 x 5 13/16 in.); Ms. 22, fol. 67

A shepherd had one mastiff to protect the flocks and the training methods used on Nici were those recommended by Jehan, unlikely to achieve very much with a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, in my judgement. However, the instinct of these dogs to protect those (sheep or people) they’ve bonded with, is so strong that they will usually do their work regardless of training.

In Song Hereafter: 1154 in Hispania and the Isles of Albion, I mention Pembroke herding-dogs, better known today as Pembrokeshire corgis. The breed did indeed exist in the 12th century and they are a herding breed, so my theory is that some farmers discovered and made use of the skills of such dogs, when herding cattle or sheep. Maybe this began in Pembroke, a small county in Wales – who knows! So far, I haven’t found any corroboration and collies don’t appear as a breed until several centuries later. Instead of dogs herding sheep, there were children. Wannabe shepherds and shepherdesses would run beside the flock, even stay out in the fields.

A shepherd also had to count his flock. At the start of the book, Jehan tells us that ‘Anyone frightened of losing his place can put a stone or other mark on the table of contents’. This instruction shows two of the ways that shepherds kept ‘score’ (with its early meaning of ‘twenty’). Some put tiny stones in their pockets and others kept a tally by notching (scoring) a stick, often in fives. English shepherds had local rhyming number systems from one to twenty. ‘Yan tan tethera’ is the start of one such sheep-counting system in the north of England.

Another aspect of Jehan’s treatise is the sacred nature of shepherding and he quotes Bible scripture again and again, proud of being a shepherd. The status of shepherding in medieval Christendom was that of an honourable vocation. It is no coincidence that pastor (shepherd) came to mean a Christian minister, in charge of his metaphorical flock.

The notion of ‘a good shepherd’ had spiritual and metaphorical resonance, recognized by peasant and lord alike. Equally, a ‘bad shepherd’ was worse than any shoddy worker. Sheep-stealing was a heinous crime, not just because it was theft but because it was an attack on a shepherd.

Christ and a Monk and Two Shepherds; Unknown; Thérouanne ?, France (formerly Flanders); about 1270; Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment; Leaf: 19.1 × 14.3 cm (7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.); Ms. Ludwig XV 3, fol. 46v

Were shepherds all men? No indeed. Jehan de Brie’s treatise is written for bergers et bergères, ‘shepherds and shepherdesses’ so he acknowledges his female counterparts, who would learn the work in the same way. Wannabe shepherds and shepherdesses would run beside the flock, even stay out in the fields. There was no shortage of people for the most menial of jobs and the smallest reward.

However practical a real shepherdess might have been, the idealization of such a life is exemplified by Queen Marie-Anoinette’s game of dress-up at Le Petit Trianon. There is a tradition of pastoral literature in classical times, revived from Shakespeare’s era onwards and reaching a frenzy of rural idylls in the 18th and 19th century. Dressing up as a shepherdess, goatherd or milkmaid, frolicking with rustic men while Pan plays his pipes, is portrayed in art and literature as nostalgic and sensual, ‘back to nature’, with little understanding of what these jobs entail.

For my story I needed to know what a medieval shepherd really does each day, and Jehan de Brie made me feel I was right there beside him, as he noted the seasons and the maladies they brought. I now know not to muck out stables in May as that’s when ‘the earth opens its entrails, bringing up superfluous humours that induce fever.’ I also learned that sheep poo makes a (human) health drink though I have no intention of testing my juicer with such a concoction. From time-honoured ways of predicting the weather to the proper ways to purge yourself before castrating lambs, Jehan gives a detailed guide.

Throughout his work, he stresses that shepherding is an honourable vocation. In nativity plays all over modern Christendom, the shepherds are much-loved characters and yet few of us know what the job entailed. Thanks to Jehan de Brie I am a little wiser. As he says at the start of his work, quoting St John, ‘You must enter a sheepfold by the door and he who enters otherwise is a thief. So let us go in by the door.’ Which is where my story starts, in a sheepfold on Christmas Eve, with a blizzard blowing.

Read 

Nici’s Christmas Tale:1157 Aquitaine

A standalone short story in The Troubadours Quartet

https://books2read.com/NicisTale

Reference: ‘Jehan de Brie – le Bon Berger : le gouvernement main en gardant les brebis (Traduit en français moderne par Michel Clévenot, éditions Stock)

Photo credits

Pastou among the sheep – Jean Gill

Master of the Dresden Prayer Book or workshop (Flemish, active about 1480 – 1515)
The Annunciation to the Shepherds, about 1480–1485 ?, Tempera colors and gold on parchment
Leaf: 20.5 × 14.8 cm (8 1/16 × 5 13/16 in.), Ms. 23, fol. 90v
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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Christ and a Monk and Two Shepherds, about 1270, Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 19.1 × 14.3 cm (7 1/2 × 5 5/8 in.), Ms. Ludwig XV 3, fol. 46v
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

About Me

Jean Gill is known for her award-winning historical fiction The Troubadours Quartet. She’s a Welsh writer and photographer now living in the south of France with two big scruffy dogs, a Nikon D750, a beehive named Endeavour and a man. For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire. She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.

Her twenty-one books are varied, including poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese. With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions

Contact

Jean.gill@wanadoo.fr

Website www.jeangill.com

https://twitter.com/writerjeangill

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/writerjeangill

The Troubadours Page https://www.facebook.com/jeangilltroubadours

Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/beteljean

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/writerjeangill/

Blog www.jeangill.blogspot.com

 

 

 

“The Legacy of the Sky Pendant” by Jonathan Crayford

The Legacy of the Sky PendantToday I’m delighted to present (my first post Llandeilo Festival of Senses) book review and what would be more appropriate than to indulge in the book of a Llandeilo born author.

“The Legacy of the Sky Pendant” by Jonathan Crayford is the intriguing offering by a promising new voice in fantasy writing.
The book is the first in a series and consists of two parts. In the first Marcus defends his home town and country against malignant invaders with the help of the Sky Pendant’s energy. As an inexperienced yet resourceful young man he brings new ideas to wit to the struggle and soon earns the respect of king and country.

In the second episode the pendant is passed down to a generation 98 years later. In this story another young man also meets a challenge, although a fairly different one: winning a race against a tough competitor during a festival.

The story lines and characters are classic fantasy and adventure fare with great suspense, battle scenes and the marvellous fighting spirit of those determined to win and prove themselves.

The book benefits from the change from one protagonist in the first part to the second in the next – making the mysterious pendant the quiet but never forgotten focal point.
The stories are united by plenty of parallels and common themes: pride, ambition and striving to be the best we can.

Marcus and Cruise as youthful fighters show how inexperience can be overcome by audacity and focus while innovation and fresh ideas can build on what has been achieved in the past. Much thought has gone into portraying the manifold and powerful themes within this novel, making it a very enjoyable and rewarding, rich and refreshing read.

I have no doubt we’ll be hearing more of Jonathan Crayford in the future and I look forward to see the story and his writing developing. Well done to a marvellous debut.

You can get the book on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1732026874

Connect with Jonathan:
Website: jonathancrayfordauthor.co.uk
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JonCrayford

Offical Blurb:
As Marcus stands patiently at his post at the castle wall, ready to defend his home village of Soulwind, he fumbles a strange pendant fastened securely around his neck and is completely oblivious to its enhancing effects, and also of its origin.

Who are these strangers who have suddenly turned up in the peaceful kingdom of Termelanor? And what do they want?

The Author

Jonathan Crayford is an exciting new author based in the heart of Wales.
Jonathan has been interested in writing from a very young age.
As a first language Welsh speaker, writing stories in English proved challenging at first however Jonathan’s passion for storytelling continued through
to secondary school, where his favourite subject was English literature.
Upon entering the working world Jonathan lost touch with his passion for writing as he experienced many different Jobs, from Butchery to Architecture, and he even took some time out to travel in Europe and Asia.
Jonathan’s love of writing re kindled some time in his mid twenties.
Jonathan now lives in a small peaceful village tucked away in picturesque South West Wales. He writes during his spare time between his day job working for the local emergency services.
Jonathan Crayford is currently working on a sequel to ‘The Legacy of the Sky Pendant’.

2018 Tribute to Veterans

Honoring veterans of all wars

This year you have the rare opportunity to obtain three historic war novels FREE.  Just click the links below and enjoy reading and learning about the  our veterans and the sacrifices that helped to maintain our freedoms.

Kicker (The Forgotten Front)   A WWII thriller about a family’s hardships on the home front and the Army airmen who flew unarmed missions over Japanese territory in China, Burma and India.  This ebook is available free November 9, 10 and 11 of 2018.

The Dandelion Clock  A wish to end all wishes. The war to end all wars. This WWI novel is available free November 10, 11 and 12 of 2018.

Touching the Wire  Auschwitz:1944 A Jewish nurse steps from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor, but can he save her? 70yrs later, his granddaughter tries to keep the promise he made.  This WWII novel is available free…

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The Dying Minutes of World War One

A very poignant post about the last minutes of World War One

historywithatwist

The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 brought peace, at last, to the war-ravaged fields of Flanders and other blood-soaked theatres of carnage. To
those three elevens would be added another – 11,000 men were killed or wounded on
that last day before the guns finally stopped firing.

It is a cruel irony that men who had fervently prayed they would make it home to
their loved ones would fall as the final hours and minutes ticked down to the
armistice.

In frontline aid stations, in hospitals and in convalescence facilities far beyond the
sound of gunfire, soldiers would die as the minutes ticked down to peace. Historian
Tom Burnell estimates that 29 Irishmen lost their lives on that final day… most of
them to pneumonia, disease or by succumbing to wounds received days earlier.

However, four of them were killed in action that last…

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