Wednesday, September 7, 2016


Historical Romance
Date Published:  September 2016

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Forbidden love between a warrior princess and an elite samurai makes for an adventure set during the early days of the Tokugawa shogunate. Join this couple in a race across 17th century Japan where political unrest has created dangerous ronin, civil uprisings, and war-ravaged castles. Caught in the middle of the struggle between Shogun's rise to rule and the old regime, this warrior princess is forced to battle for her life.
In the end, she must choose between family honor and her heart's desire.
Other Books by Laura Kitchell:

Lady of the Imperial City
Published: May 2015
Historical Romance

Love isn’t forbidden to Lady Kirei as long as it’s with a proper gentleman of Kyō and she doesn’t mind sharing him with his wife. Her provincial upbringing makes her socially unacceptable as a true wife, yet as a lady by birth and a court favorite, her position makes it impossible for her to seek a match below her station. She’s trapped.

When a nobleman of similar provincial upbringing arrives in town and becomes an instant favorite of the emperor, he is sent to Lady Kirei for tutoring on city ways. Lord Yūkan is smitten, but she’s not a conquest to be won. She’s a woman of substance and worth, and she’s off limits.

Despite his unrefined manners, Lord Yūkan’s aristocratic bloodline shows through his fine taste and quick mind. It doesn’t hurt that he’s handsome, too. As he begins to touch her heart, Lady Kirei is ever mindful that they can’t commit, especially when her uncle schemes to make her a consort to a prince.

Will her family’s honor relegate her to the shadow-life of a consort, or can love find a way?

About the Author

Laura Kitchell lives in Virginia. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Chesapeake Romance Writers. She lived in Japan as a child and has a love and respect for Japanese history and culture.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

From THE NEW YORKER . The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad Hardly anyone used it, but it provides us with moral comfort—and white heroes.

Fantastic article a good friend found where historical distortions are so perfectly exemplified. The Full Read is very worthwhile.

by Kathryn-schulz

....For one thing, far from being centrally organized, the Underground Railroad was what we might today call an emergent system: it arose through the largely unrelated actions of individuals and small groups, many of whom were oblivious of one another’s existence. What’s more, even the most active abolitionists spent only a tiny fraction of their time on surreptitious adventures with packing crates and the like; typically, they carried out crucial but banal tasks like fund-raising, education, and legal assistance. And while fugitives did often need to conceal themselves en route to freedom, most of their hiding places were mundane and catch-as-catch-can—haylofts and spare bedrooms and swamps and caves....


Kathryn Schulz joined The New Yorker as a staff writer in 2015. In 2016, she won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing and a National Magazine Award for “The Really Big One,” her story on the seismic risk in the Pacific Northwest. Previously, she was the book critic for New York, the editor of the environmental magazine Grist, and a reporter and editor at the Santiago Times. She was a 2004 recipient of the Pew Fellowship in International Journalism and has reported from Central and South America, Japan, and the Middle East. She is the author of “Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error” (2010).

Friday, August 26, 2016

M.C.V. Egan

M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan the author of The Bridge of Deaths. 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 only spent her childhood in Mexico. Her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. From the early 1970s at the age of 12 she moved with her entire family to the United States.
Catalina was already fluent in Southern English as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award; ironically 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 business people. She returned to the USA where she has been living 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 make her feel like a fulltime mother.   Although she would not call herself an Astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in Astrology. This is one of her many past times when she is not writing or researching.
The Bridge of deaths is available intwo different editions as a FACTION with over 200 footnotes and as a fictional Novel with dataincorporated into the narrative.
The Defining Ways series book 1 DEFINED by OTHERS is also available.

The Bridge of Deaths
M.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida. she is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish. From a young age became determined to solve the 'mystery' of her grandfather's death, she has researched this story for almost two decades. the story has taken her to Denmark, England and unconventional world of psychics.
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Bridge of Deaths

5.0 out of 5 starsA deeply personal, meticulously researched, unique story.

on June 16, 2016

Format: Paperback

On August 15, 1939, the cabin of a US-built British aircraft caught on fire and crashed near a bridge in Denmark under mysterious circumstances. The pilot survived and all the passengers perished. The group of passengers on board included: a German corporate lawyer, two employees of Standard Oil of New Jersey, additional crewmember, an English Member of Parliament, and the grandfather of the author, M.C.V. Shortly afterward, World War II began.

Under a shroud of secrecy and mystery, the author embarked on a twenty-year labor of love of meticulous, copious research and interesting interviews in search of answers. This unique novel, which could easily fall under historical fiction, mystery, and memoir, introduces the reader to an interesting cast of characters that include, the author; Bill, a real man the author has never met; a fictional young woman named Maggie; and of course, a few psychics who specialize in past life regression. You’re in for quite a ride with this unique story!

Does the author solve the mystery? You’ll just have to read “The Bridges of Death” to find out. I heard there is a sequel in the works, which should make for an interesting read. I recommend this well-researched mystery romance about a little known historical event to readers of history, historical fiction, mystery, and autobiography. I look forward to more from this author.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paranormal Romance Weaving Threads Through History

Thank you Catalina for inviting me as guest to your blog.  Well, as it’s a blog focused on history, I have a confession to make – namely that history wasn’t among my favorite subjects while I was a pupil. Literature, chemistry, English – yes. History – no. But things changed since I started writing. Since I became an author.

Why? The answer is in the type of fiction I write. I write paranormal, light romance. Furthermore, my favorite subgenre deals with  ghosts, reincarnation, magic, past life regression, Karma.

Thus, my characters travel back in time,  revisiting their former lives, which are set mostly around or in the Middle Ages.

For my first release, Shadows of the Past, whose plot takes place in England, I studied thoroughly Britain  during Middle Ages, a fact remarked by many of my reviewers. In writing  Dracula’s Mistress it was a bit  easier, as it’s in connection with my country’s history, with the  famous historical character Vlad the Impaler.

As about Till Life Do Us Part, ( BUY LINK )my latest release, I based the story on a real event. One part of the story, the past part,  is set in Switzerland, Glarus1780, during the age of Enlightenment. I weaved my story around a seed of historical truth – the execution of the last witch in Europe. Yes, there were such horrible things in many European countries, Switzerland, being one of them.

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.

Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?

Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

While my book is not a historical novel, only partly based on a historical event, I searched for the truth in this event, and infused this truth into my fictional work. I didn’t keep the real name of the woman involved only because I had already used it in Shadows of the Past, and feared my readers will suspect me of lack of imagination. I used the name Emma which was a name used in Europe at that time.

I allowed my characters to question and explore their place in society. This helped me reveal the larger social and cultural context of the time. For example, what were the expectations for women.  My character, Emma, the same as the real historical one, is a maid in a rich house taking care of the family’s children. I won’t go into any more of the plot than that – you’ll want to read it for yourselves as the book has already come out.

 I discovered all sorts of interesting things regarding Switzerland at that time.  For example,  that Jean Jaques Rousseau, whom I always considered French, was in fact born and lived a great part of his childhood in Switzerland.

Till Life Do Us Part is a crossover  novel as it blends elements of romance, history,  mystery and paranormal. So a bit to everyone’s taste. I hope you will enjoy reading it. If you do, please, I would be grateful if you could leave a couple of lines review.

Author Bio

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of communist oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

          Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.

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Till Life Do Us Part
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Reincarnation, Mystery, Suspense
Release date: 9th June 2016


He watched the windows of the house for several days, hidden by the mantle of the falling night. Taking advantage of the cover the lime trees in the garden offered, he avidly followed her every movement across the bedroom. He could have hidden in the attic as he had a few times, watching her through the peephole he’d made, but from here, he could see her better.

He had a cautious nature, yet wasn’t afraid of being spotted. There was little likelihood of his presence being announced to the police as a stalker. After all, they’d been seen together quite often.
The first drop of rain fell with a splash on the windshield jolting Barbara back to reality. She opened her eyes and slipped her small handbag into the glove box. The money she received would help her solve many of the “not-for-now” things, like replacing the floorboard in the bedroom and repairing the leaking pipe in the kitchen.

She looked through the windshield at the pelting rain washing over her car. She reached for the key to start the engine when a faint light flickered on top of the steering wheel.

Barbara, Barbara, a voice came, more like a whisper, in her mind. He killed me. He just killed me...

Who are you, dear? Who killed you?

Kathleen… He killed me.

“Detective, please, don’t  think I’m raving, but I have to ask. Do you know someone called Mabel?”

The man riveted Barbara with his dark blue eyes for a moment. Barbara cringed inside. He’ll rebuke me. The man passed a hand over his face and nodding, he answered, “Yes, I know a Mabel. My... my wife.”

“How long ago did she pass away?”

In a voice that was more than a little surprised he asked, “How on earth did you know she’s dead?”

“She’s here,” Barbara replied in a small voice.

His eyebrows shot up in disbelief. The steel in his voice was hard to miss. “What? What are you talking about?” He spun round and looked at the apparently empty space behind him.

Tell him I no longer suffer, Barbara heard Mabel’s voice.

Detective Fisher was still staring blankly around him.

“She wants me to tell you she no longer suffers. She hopes you’ve found in your heart the power to forgive her for committing suicide... for jumping off the bridge.”

The detective looked straight into Barbara’s eyes. The grief she saw in them was almost palpable.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Midwife's Revolt by Jodi Daynard

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On a dark night in 1775, Lizzie Boylston is awakened by the sound of cannons. From a hill south of Boston, she watches as fires burn in Charlestown, in a battle that she soon discovers has claimed her husband’s life.

Alone in a new town, Lizzie grieves privately but takes comfort in her deepening friendship with Abigail Adams. Soon, word spreads of Lizzie’s extraordinary midwifery and healing skills, and she begins to channel her grief into caring for those who need her. But when two traveling patriots are poisoned, Lizzie finds herself with far more complicated matters on her hands—she suspects a political plot intended to harm Abigail and her family. Determined to uncover the truth, Lizzie becomes entangled in a conspiracy that could not only destroy her livelihood—and her chance at finding love again—but also lead to the downfall of a new nation.

I see that it is a REVISED EDITION, I had the older version... A worthwhile read, I think that people interested in The American Revolution will really enjoy this book. The Medical aspect with old remedies was also fascinating and I have found naturalists who to date use the cures mentioned in the book , Jodi Daynard did a lovely job. My review is below.

4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise, May 27, 2016
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I started this book AGES ago and could not get into it. On a recent trip I picked it up and started from the beginning, The narrators voice is brilliant, she feels true to the era, very true to the era and I felt I revisited the American Revolution from school, but with a very interesting angle.
The book is long and the pace is slow, which was also very fitting to the era. All in all I loved that The Midwife adapts and works with more than pregnancy and childbirth; which of course would be expected during a war.
It is a woman's perspective in the journey from when America declared it's independence and actually achieved it. The Midwife Lizzie is close to Abigail Adams as such is privy to much during the turbulent times.
I liked the versatility in the strong female characters. All in all the read was a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Inspiration and Research Behind Prophecy by Coreena McBurnie

In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone, a princess of ancient Thebes, steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth.
Prophecy is directly inspired by my love of ancient Greek mythology. I have always been drawn to Greek myths. I remember having to write a report about Theseus and the Minotaur in grade 5 and thinking how wonderful the story was. When I hit university, I found the Classical Studies department and was instantly captivated with the beauty and richness of the ancient cultures studied there, so much so, that I earned both a BA and an MA in Classical Studies.

One of my favourite pieces of Classical literature is the play Antigone by Sophocles. It is really a wonderful play -- Antigone's world is devastated, her family is mostly dead, and she doesn't have much to look forward to. But, she is true to herself and her moral compass. She has strong beliefs and does whatever it takes to abide by them, even if it means defying her uncle, the king, and sacrificing herself.

This makes Antigone unique in the ancient tales. So many women in myth are presented as either passive, obedient, and long-suffering, such as Penelope when she fends off suitors for 10 years as she dutifully awaits her husband's return from the Trojan War; or they are portrayed as hideous monsters, such as Medea is when she takes her revenge on her husband, Jason, by murdering their children, cutting them into pieces and throwing them into the water so Jason will have to stop and collect them while she makes her getaway.

As far as research goes, I feel like I've been working toward this book for years with all of my reading of ancient literature and myth! However, before I started writing Prophecy, I re-read the Oedipus trilogy of plays by Sophocles. I also had to look up details of life, such as the exact form a sacrifice took.

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My name is Coreena McBurnie and, ever since grade 5 when I had to do a report on Theseus and the Minotaur, I have had a soft spot for Greek mythology. When I hit university, I was drawn to the Classical Studies department (earning both a BA & MA), where I explored the archaeology and culture of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds — and also where I managed to read Homer’s Odyssey, one of my absolute favourite books, in the original Greek, something which was thrilling for me (I know, sounds crazy, but the poetry and scope of the original text is amazing). After a lifetime of “what is that?”, “why did you study that?”, and “what can you do with a degree in Classical Studies?” I have decided to write novels based in ancient myth and to bring so many of the stories I love to life for a modern audience, with my own spin, of course.

Prophecy, Book 1 in the Antigone Series, is my first published novel. Currently I am working on Book 2 in the Antigone Series, called Fate. I am also in the middle of another novel about Clytemnestra who is notorious in Greek myth for killing her husband, Agamemnon, when he returned home from the Trojan War. I love exploring the motives of strong women in ancient myth.

I live in BC, Canada with my husband, our three kids, and our cat, in a beautiful part of the country, on two rivers, surrounded by ranches, near ski hills, and only a couple of hours drive to the ocean.

Synopsis of Prophecy:

An ancient princess, hidden prophecies, impossible choices…

Sixteen year old Princess Antigone, daughter of the infamous ancient Greek King Oedipus, wants to lead a normal life and fulfill her duty to the gods, her city, and her family, but fate has other plans. The Olympian gods bless her, the snakes talk to her, her parents want her to marry a foreign prince, her embroidery looks like burial shrouds for dogs, and she has fallen in love with the wrong boy.

When the mysterious and devastating prophecies surrounding her family are revealed, Antigone must choose where her allegiance lies: With the gods who have betrayed her family but who she is obliged to serve? With her plague ridden city? With her family which lay in ruins? Or even with herself?

In Prophecy, Book One of the Antigone: The True Story series, Antigone steps out of the shadows of the past to tell her own story, a story where truth of history is stranger than the fiction of myth.

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