Tuesday, February 12, 2019

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 it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources and finding a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions. The journey takes the reader to well known and little known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime by exploring past lives. 

What happens in the moments leading up to disaster? "The Bridge of Deaths" follows the story of a true life event of a plane crash shortly before World War II of an international meeting of many individuals. Compiling a work of intrigue based on those who lost their lives and what they may have been seeking.

Join Bill and Maggie in 2010 London as through their love and curiosity they unravel the secrets from known and little known events in the 1930s. Journey to Denmark on August 15th 1939, at the brink of World War II where a British Airways LTD airplane crashed and sunk. Five deaths were reported: two Standard Oil of New Jersey employees, a German Corporate Lawyer, an English member of Parliament, and a crew member for the airline. The reader walks away with his/her ultimate conclusions. "The Bridge of Deaths' is an unusual yet much recommended read.
5.0 out of 5 stars  "An unusual yet much recommended read"
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.

Source Danish Museum of Science and Technology, The Zonen Salvage Collection

Monday, February 4, 2019


Civilizations come and go; eons pass by with one ever present reality – the propagation of stories.  From the 12 labors of Hercules to the daily exploits of the Kardashians, humanity’s fascination with a tale other than its own continues to be a standard across space and time.  But how far is a tale from historical fact?  This unanswerable question is what prompted me to create The Anuk Chronicles.

It all started as a child believing beyond any doubt, that Perseus and Hercules were real entities who achieved great things.  Then came the story of Noah, which I would later learn had many variations to its narrative.  The final nail in my coffin was driven deep with the introduction to ancient Sumer and their religion of reverence to the Anunnaki: “those who came from above.”  Anuk is simply a shortening of Anunnaki. I am trying to avoid complications with the History Channel (joke...or is it?)

All of a sudden things started to make sense; I could see the connective tissue amongst the Norse, ancient Greece, the ancient Egyptians, the Hindu epics, Mesopotamia, Asia, Native-American culture.  The evidence was overwhelming, existing in the monuments left behind and in the deep oral traditions relegated to the realm of mythology.  I had to know more, and so began my dive into the rabbit hole.

Research was challenging at first, but with the wealth of knowledge shared by authors such as Erich von Daniken, Graham Hancock, and Zacheria Stichin, I was able to piece together a fantasy story with elements of actual archeology.  What if the anti-diluvian world was as modern as ours?  What if the pyramids were not tombs?  What if the gods were real, but only in their humanity which evolved them through stories into divinity?  These questions formed the foundation to my universe.  The framework of history, society, and characters would later fall into the realm of fantasy, which I created from real persons and social upheavals we are familiar with.

The story itself has taken on many versions as I originally wrote it as a series of screenplays for television.  In fact, the visual style in which it is presented may give the reader a sense of traveling through a season of a TV show.  There is a definitive beginning, middle, and end to the series as the remnants of history is what drives this title, albeit with a twist.

The hope I have is that readers take away a sliver of truth from the material, and if nothing else begin to question what the official version of history is.  I humbly offer The Anuk Chronicles as a fictionalization of Alternative History, and hope it stimulates a sense of adventure with readers.

Gods. War. Judgement Day. Novelist Abdur R Mohammed blends ancient myth, religious belief systems, and his deep imagination to create a fantastic new world on the pages of his fiction debut, Rise of Prophecy.
The Age of Virgo ends with an ancient Anuk prophecy looming over the world: 
peace ushers in prosperity; war brings annihilation. 
Prince Timon of Atlantis seeks the power of the Anuk star-people to conquer the world, but is challenged by the mysterious Liviana, who attempts to prevent the prophecy from unfolding. 
She is on a collision course with Alexius, a disgraced noble who inherits a secret from the gods. War is coming. Mortals and gods are in an epic power game in which strength, smarts, and allegiances are tested. 

About the Author Abdur R Mohammed is from New York City and currently lives in Virginia Beach, VA.
He spent 13 years with the U.S. Navy, serving in F/A-18 fighter squadrons, and travelling the globe where his deep-seated curiosity about mythology and philosophy was further stimulated.
Mohammed has degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.
He is working on Vol. 2 of The Anuk Chronicles while polishing up the screenplay for Vol. 1. 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday Times

Chinese new year: gifts and gaffes

Stuck for what to give Chinese friends or colleagues to welcome the Year of the Pig? Author and historian Jonathan Clements – an expert on the country – tells you all you need to know
Illustrations by Maïté Franchi/Folio Art
Illustrations by Maïté Franchi/Folio Art


THE VIRTUAL VICTORIAN: TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DEAD: As gruesome as it may seem today, during the Victorian era there was a widely accepted trend for taking photographs of the deceased....


As gruesome as it may seem today, during the Victorian era there was a widely accepted trend for taking photographs of the deceased. Some pictures even showed the dead as if they were still living, being washed and clothed in their Sunday best, arranged in a naturalistic pose with their parents or their siblings.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

February 16, 2019 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Daphne Nikolopoulos
PROGRAM: Writing for Magazines  Websites

Program: Whether working on your next novel or figuring out where to start, it’s important to keep your writing sharp and focused—and, of course, to make a living. Writing for magazines and websites can be rewarding on many levels. It hones your research skills, keeps you writing, broadens your network, and can provide the income to make the dream of full-time writing a reality. In this session, we will cover the basics of writing for the media, including who and how to pitch, common mistakes to avoid, how to best present yourself and your work, and how journalistic writing can benefit your fiction.

Speaker: Daphne Nikolopoulos is an award-winning journalist, novelist, lecturer, and writing instructor. She is editor in chief of Palm Beach Illustrated magazine in Palm Beach, Florida, and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, a publisher of lifestyle and custom magazines. Daphne writes historical mysteries and thrillers under the pseudonym D.J. Niko. Her books, including The Tenth Saint, The Riddle of Solomon, The Oracle, and The Judgment, have been published in four languages. Her newest novel, The Firebird, will be published in Germany in April. Her books have been awarded a gold medal for popular fiction in the Florida Book Awards, a national bronze medal for historical fiction in the Independent Publisher Awards, and first place in historical fiction in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. Daphne also teaches writing and literature courses at FAU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

DATE:  SATURDAY, February 16, 2019
TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by February 12 is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: go to website link www.mwaflorida.org and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “Events”. Once you reach the page, click on the “Register for Monthly Meeting Here” link. Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.
IMPORTANT - if you sign up for a meeting via PayPal in error, do NOT dispute the charge with PayPal. Instead, please contact our Treasurer via email ASAP at ray@rayflynt.com and she will refund your payment less PayPal's transaction fee of 2.9% plus $0.30. If you do dispute the charge, be aware that you will be liable for any penalties back-charged to the FMWA Chapter by PayPal (minimum $20.00 per disputed transaction). Thanks for your cooperation!
To reserve and pay via mail: 
Step 1–Email ray@rayflynt.com with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number. 
Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” 
Step 3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019
Please make your online reservation by February 12, or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows. Next Meeting Date: April 13, 2019. (Please Note: This is the second Saturday as the third Saturday falls on Easter Weekend.)

Thursday, January 17, 2019


The Lynching Calendar is a short story collection that gives readers a sneak peek into one of America's darkest times. History tends to tell the story from one perspective, but what if we had the chance to hear the story from all of those involved, not just the murders or the victims? The Lynching Calendar allows us a chance to hear the full story and show that, no matter what the circumstance may be, there is more than one side to every story. 

Jessica Starks is a small business owner and professional writer who enjoys expressing herself creatively. The Mississippi native is also a genealogist by hobby who appreciates the stories of her ancestors.