Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England Box Set Volumes 1 & 2 by Liese Sherwood-Fabre Genre: Non-Fiction

 

Why Essays?

 I never set out to publish a series of essays on Sherlock Holmes, but as a trained social scientist, it evolved naturally. When I began my first book in The Early Case Files of Sherlock Holmes (The Adventure of the Murdered Midwife), I knew Sherlock had said, “my ancestors were country squires.” I had to know what life was like for a country squire to be able to write about Sherlock’s early life. As I researched, I thought it might be nice to share this information with others—first, with those who are part of Sherlock Holmes societies across the world and in need of items for their newsletters; and then with those who might have an interest and didn’t know that such societies exist.

 As a result of these efforts, I’ve made acquaintances with Sherlockians all over the world. My essays have traveled more than I have!

 Dr. Sherwood-Fabre has collected these essays into her series, “The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes.” Volume Three has just been released, and the first two are now available in eBook as a box set.

 

The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Box Set Volumes 1 & 2
by Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Genre: Non-Fiction


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories are full of everyday Victorian activities and events that send the twenty-first-century reader to consult their reference books. Few, for example, are intimately acquainted with the responsibilities of a country squire, the importance of gentlemen's clubs, or the intricacies of the Victorian monetary system.

These forty-eight short essays, gathered together from the first two volumes of "The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes" series, explore various aspects of life mentioned in the original stories. Readers gain modern-day insight into the nineteenth-century world. Untangle the complexities of inheritance, the Victorian wedding, and the treatment of brain fever. Discover the pleasures of the circus, the Turkish bath, and beekeeping. Such examinations bring deeper meaning and color to the adventures of the world's most famous consulting detective.


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The Life and Times of Sherlock Holmes: Essays on Victorian England
Volume Three


What do "slop shops," "scissorizing," "agony aunts," and "foolscap" have in common?

These and other Victorian references appear throughout the original Sherlock Holmes tales. What was part of everyday existence to the Victorian has the modern day reader running to references books to discover its significance. These twenty-four short essays explore various aspects of life mentioned in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes tales, providing modern-day insight into the nineteenth century world. Topics include:

*Violins
*Electric vs. Gas Lighting
*Scrapbooking
*Agony Columns
*The Agra Fort
*Cardboard
*Sound Recordings
*Telephones
*Jellyfish
*Rugby
*Brandy
*The Opera
*The Crown Jewels
*Yellow Fever
*Snakes
*Italian Political Organizations
*Banks
*Diabetes
*Pocket Watches
*Writing Paper
*Coroners
*Pawnshops
*Clothing
*Calling Cards

This collection also includes a bonus essay—"Evil Women: The Villainesses of the Canon," originally published in the Baker Street Journal.

Be prepared to be enlightened and entertained!”
                - Carole Nelson Douglas, Bestselling Author


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Liese Sherwood-Fabre has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as "gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling."
In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.




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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Between the Cracks One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book 1 by Carmela Cattuti Genre: Historical Women's Fiction

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions Series: How I do research for my novels


Readers often ask me how much research I do for my novels. I thought I would mix things up and do a video instead of writing details about my research. The video is below. Enjoy! There will be an audiobook out soon.

Best,

Carmela

Between the Cracks
One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book 1
by Carmela Cattuti
Genre: Historical Women's Fiction


Join Angela Lanza as she experiences the tumultuous world of early 20th century Sicily and New York. Orphaned by the earthquake and powerful eruption of Mt. Etna in 1908, Angela is raised in the strict confines of an Italian convent. Through various twists of fate, she is married to a young Italian man whom she barely knows, then together with her spouse, immigrates to the U.S. This novel is an invitation to accompany the young Angela as she confronts the ephemeral nature of life on this planet and navigates the wide cultural gaps between pre-World War II Italy and the booming prosperity of dynamic young America.

Author, artist, and teacher Carmela Cattuti created Between the Cracks as an homage to her great-aunt, who survived the earthquake and eruption of Mt. Etna and bravely left Sicily to start a new life in America.





The Ascent
One Woman's Journey From Sicily to America Book 2

The sequel to Carmela Cattuti's first novel, Between the Cracks,, this story invites the reader to accompany Angela Lanza as she builds her life in America during the first half of the 20th century. A Sicilian immigrant, she manages to assimilate into the social life of a small town outside of New York City. Through the horrors of war, domestic tragedy, and raising her sister-in-law's children, hers is a successful immigrant experience. Angela seeks to transcend organized religion and develop her spirituality. She influenced three generations of Americans through her artistic sensibility and a sharpened intuition. The book parallels America's growth with Angela's growing sense of who she is in the world.







Carmela Cattuti started her writing career as a journalist for the Somerville News in Boston, MA. After she finished her graduate work in English Literature from Boston College she began to write creatively and taught a journal writing course at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education As fate would have it, she felt compelled to write her great aunt's story. “Between the Cracks” has gone through several incarnations and will now become a trilogy. The second book is "The Ascent."
The third book will be released in early 2021.








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Monday, September 28, 2020

Living Among the Dead: My Grandmother's Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Book 3 by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky Genre: Biography, Memoir

  

What do you think about the general knowledge of the Holocaust?

Like most members of my generation, born three decades after the end of World War II, I came to my own story with almost no real understanding of the plight of Jews in the Holocaust, much less that of my own grandmother. With no real, personal connection to the Holocaust, I think it is unrealistic to expect others to have much more than a brief, general understanding of the Holocaust. Unfortunately, as time goes on, this will be even less so. I am very grateful that in my home state of Arizona, legislation is currently being considered to make Holocaust education mandatory. The Holocaust Education bill has passed in the House of Representatives and then will need to be voted on in the Senate before being sent to our state’s Governor to sign it into law. Should this get accomplished, children will be required to learn about the Holocaust as part of the school’s curriculum.

Writing biography as a memoir will become a new genre of books that will be both unique and important for future generations. With the passing of time, and fewer Survivors living, we will have less and less memoirs dedicated to detailing their stories of survival in the first person. As such, we will become more dependent on others to write these non-fiction books outlining the events that took place during the Holocaust. Likely, more second and third generation survivors will need to take over the task of learning the Survivor’s history, doing the research, and writing their story. Doing so will be imperative in order to keep their stories alive and help future generations by learning what is at stake if we don’t stand up against discrimination.

In a nutshell, my grandmother’s story is about a 17-year-old girl who was living in a beautiful community surrounded by friends and close family. As the Nazi regime gained power and Jews were targeted her entire life changed in an instant. She went from being shy and the youngest in her family to being an orphan, alone, and having to fend for herself. Miraculously, she was able to survive three pogroms and escape to the forest where she met some others in hiding. From there she was liberated and eventually emigrated to Canada with her husband, another Survivor she met in the forest, and their young girl. From Canada she moved to the United States and before she passed away, her family totaled 2 daughters, 5 grand-daughters, and 9 great-grandchildren. She left behind beautiful passages of poetry and prose written about her life in Europe, the Holocaust, and her feelings.

Hatred and bigotry led to the worst genocide in world history. While there are so many lessons to be learned from the Holocaust, and while we would expect to see more empathy and understanding today, instead, hatred and violence are on the rise. Jews are being targeted and anti-semitism is as real today as it was during WWII. As we get farther and farther removed from the Holocaust, trying to apply the lessons of the past when facing the issues of today has become a real challenge. We must keep these stories alive as they provide detailed information, a chance for a young reader to connect personally, with the story of a Survivor. We need a constant reminder of what unchecked hatred can lead to. And that’s why testimonials and stories such as my grandmother’s are so important today. They speak of hope, resilience, love, and determination.

 

Living Among the Dead:
My Grandmother's Holocaust Survival Story of Love and Strength
Holocaust Survivor True Stories WWII Book 3
by Adena Bernstein Astrowsky
Genre: Biography, Memoir 

This is the story of one remarkable young woman's unimaginable journey through the rise of the Nazi regime, the Second World War, and the aftermath. Mania Lichtenstein’s dramatic story of survival is narrated by her granddaughter and her memories are interwoven with beautiful passages of poetry and personal reflection. Holocaust survivor Mania Lichtenstein used writing as a medium to deal with the traumatic effects of the war.


Many Jews did not die in concentration camps, but were murdered in their lifelong communities, slaughtered by mass killing units, and then buried in pits. As a young girl, Mania witnessed the horrors while doing everything within her power to subsist. She lived in Włodzimierz, north of Lvov (Ukraine), was interned for three years in the labor camp nearby, managed to escape and hid in the forests until the end of the war.

Although she was the sole survivor of her family, Mania went on to rebuild a new life in the United States, with a new language and new customs, always carrying with her the losses of her family and her memories.

Seventy-five years after liberation, we are still witnessing acts of cruelty born out of hatred and discrimination. Living among the Dead reminds us of the beautiful communities that existed before WWII, the lives lost and those that lived on, and the importance to never forget these stories so that history does not repeat itself.



*2020 Reader's Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Non-Fiction – Biography Genre!!



Adena Astrowsky has dedicated her career to helping the most vulnerable of our society. She did this by prosecuting child sexual abuse cases and domestic violence cases within the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office. She became the local expert concerning the prosecution of domestic violence-related strangulation cases and taught extensively on that subject. Currently, she handles post-conviction cases on appeal and foreign extradition cases. Adena taught Sunday School at her temple for eight years, and in her last two years she co-taught "Character Development Through the Studies of the Holocaust." Adena contributes articles to MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids) Magazine, often writing about children's safety, drugs, law and order, etc. Once a month Adena volunteers at a local Scottsdale library with her therapy dog, Charlie, as part of the Tail Waggin' Tales Program. Adena has also chaired events to raise money for the Emily Center of Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Adena’s greatest role, however, is as the mother of three very active children. She, and her husband, Brad, are kept very busy with their respective dance, theater, music, and athletic activities.






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Monday, September 21, 2020

Author Spotlight: M. C. V. Egan Schedule

 


 

 

Aug 15

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

4covert2overt  A Place In The Spotlight 

From Me to You ... Video, Photography, & Book Reviews   - GUEST POST

 

Aug 16

Defining Ways

The Book Dragon 

 

Aug 17

INTROSPECTIVE PRESS

A Pinch of Bookdust 

 

Aug 18

IS HISTORY THE AGREED UPON LIE? Historical Fact & Historical Fiction  

Bedazzled By Books 

 

Aug 19

Black Words-White Pages

BooksWithMollyAhern   - GUEST POST 

 

Aug 20

The Faerie Review

Craving Lovely Books 

 

Aug 21

Indie Author Book Reviews   

Insane Books 

 

Aug 22

A Wonderful World of Words   - GUEST POST 

 

Aug 23

Readeropolis - GUEST POST 

 

Aug 24

Character Madness and Musings

Midnight Book Reader 

 

Aug 25

Musings From An Addicted Reader  

Scrupulous Dreams 

 

Aug 26

Authors & Readers Book Corner

IndiePowerd by No Sweat Graphics 

 

Aug 27

Renee Wildes Weblog

Literary Gold

  

Aug 28

A Writer's Life   - GUEST POST

zolablue

         

Aug 29

The Avid Reader   - REVIEW: Defined By Others

 

Aug 30

Bayou Queen Book Fanatics

  

Aug 31

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin'    

The Bookshelf Fairy

  

Sep 1

Celticlady's Reviews

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read

  

Sep 2

Girl with Pen

Sylv.net   

 

Sep 3

writerchristophfischer  - GUEST POST

Dragon's Den

  

Sep 4

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Inside the Insanity - GUEST POST

  

Sep 5

Sapphyria's Book Reviews

  

Sep 6

Our Town Book Reviews

  

Sep 7

T's Stuff

Teatime and Books   

  

Sep 8

Book Corner News and Reviews

  

Sep 9

The Sexy Nerd 'Revue'

Pen Possessed - GUEST POST

 

Sep 10

nanasbookreviews

Books all things paranormal and romance

 

Sep 11

IS HISTORY THE AGREED UPON LIE? Historical Fact & Historical Fiction  

Books, Authors, Blogs   

  

Sep 12

The ToiBox of Words – GUEST POST

Why I Can't Stop Reading

 

Sep 13

4covert2overt  A Place In The Spotlight 

Twisted Book Ramblings

  

Sep 14

Defining Ways

Indie Author Book Reviews   - GUEST POST + REVIEW: The Bridge of Deaths

  

Sep 15

INTROSPECTIVE PRESS

Chapters through life

eBook Addicts


 


Friday, September 11, 2020

M.C.V. EGAN ~ AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

 

FAVORITE MOVIE? I CANNOT CHOOSE, I like too many!

© M.C.V Egan



I am a complete cinephile. I love movies, before COVID19 I loved going to the cinema with my husband, my son, friends, and even alone. I love to watch old movies, new movies, animated films, the lot!

 


I cannot choose a favorite movie, but I choose a film that felt like it was “made for me. The mystery suspense; Dead Again with Kenneth Branagh as both director and main character. A cast fit for the best: Andy Garcia, Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson, Kenneth Branagh, Robin Williams.
I love Robin Williams; I am old enough to remember when Mork and Mindy first aired. I was in college, and we were all talking about how talented, and funny the alien, Mork, was. In Dead Again, his role is minor but with an amazing impact, a psychiatrist who lost his license and right to practice working as a butcher.
I am also old enough to have experienced the curiosity incited about past lives and past life regressions by Dr. Brian Weiss through his book Many Lives, Many Masters. By the time Dead Again hit theaters in the USA, I had already had my first past life regression and had a strong physical reaction that remains with me to this day, almost thirty years later.
In my regression, I went back hundreds of years to Mexico. In it, I was an Aztec Indian involved in a ritual on a pyramid. I was not the sacrifice, but I tumbled, fell, broke my neck, and thus died. In this lifetime, I always felt like a misfit in Mexico, primarily because I am tall, and I was always tall compared to my peers. In Mexico, I towered as a child over my contemporaries, always the last one in line.
When I was 12 years old, and my father’s work transferred the entire family to Washington D.C., I was thrilled. My height was perfect for the USA. I am 5’9” tallish but not the tallest girl ever again! I adapted to my new life seamlessly, and my Spanish speaking friends were from a wide variety of countries, the same years later in France and Sweden. As such, because of my physique, and when I spoke, neutral Spanish with no discerning accent, people never guessed where my country of origin. Imagine the difference between a Brit, an American, and an Aussie, using the same language but not the same accents.
In 1991, after my first past life regression, I suddenly developed a strong, clearly Mexican accent in Spanish. At the time, I worked retail and had many Spanish speaking tourists as customers, overnight they stated “Mexicana,”  they recognized the Mexican accent, although I have never lived in, or interacted much with Mexican people, other than my family or through social media, it is there.
Because of that experience when I wrote The Bridge of Deaths, I had Bill develop a habit he had never had. The bridge between the past and present that I love to believe exists.

Death of a Sculptor in Hue, Shape and Color 
by M.C.V. Egan 
Genre: Suburban Women's Fiction 


Color-coded love stories and revealing female anatomies lead to the murder of world-renowned sculptor, Bruce Jones.
In life, the artist loved women, almost as much as women loved him. Adored for his art and colorful personality, Bruce is mourned by the world at large. The tale is launched with the multifaceted perspectives of four ex-wives, the current wife, and his new love interest and their children.
Mary, Bruce’s wealthy first love, is always in perfect pink; the color of love. Mother of Clair the famous actress and Aaron the corporate lawyer.
Leslie The Second’s color is yellow for her sunny nature as much as for her fears and insecurities. Her only son Bobby is vulnerable and lost. Mourning his father’s death, he finds himself.
Petra The Third, is outstanding in orange, representing not only her native Holland but also her love of the fruit. Cherished her freedom and had no children of her own.
Toni The Fourth is a vibrant passionate Italian red and part of the eventual glue that creates and solidifies this dysfunctional Jones family. Her teenage daughters Tina and Isa are as different as night and day.
Brooke The Fifth a gold-digger. Green, her color, reflects the color of money and envy. Her young son’s Kyle and Caleb are too young to understand why their world has been turned upside-down.
Mara, as blue as the ocean was the last woman to steal Bruce’s heart. Mother to newborn Baby Peter is an unexpected gift and surprise.
Bruce Jones’ eight children speak out, too. They are as distinctive as the women he loved, their mothers.
Loose ends are tied up by the insights of Sylvia, Aaron’s wife and a trusted keeper of secrets; Scott, the private investigator and family friend; Nona, the quintessential grandmother everyone loves but to whom few are truly related; and Detective Jim Miller who will not rest until he discovers Bruce Jones’ murderer. 



Defined By Others 
Defining Ways Series Book 1 
by M.C.V. Egan 
Genre: Suburban Women's Fiction 


A word, a single word defines a moment for Anne. She needs to find a new one when her spouse, Frank, leaves her at the age of forty-seven, coming out of the closet literally in a closet. 

She finds herself back in her hometown of Skvallerby, Connecticut among her high school friends which she had left in her past. 

An inheritance from a frenemy leaves her with the means to meddle and spy on the lives of mutual acquaintances. 

In an attempt to run from her reality Anne becomes engrossed in a game of fun and flirtation with her friend and fellow sufferer Connie. 

Their fun games turn into a deadly reality. It is no longer a game. Life, death and not even a defining word can stop the reality of manipulation. 












The Bridge of Deaths 
A Love Story and Mystery 
by M.C.V. Egan 
Genre: Historical Mystery 


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. 













The Bridge of Deaths (Revised Edition) 
A Love Story and Mystery 
by M.C.V. Egan 
Genre: Historical Mystery 


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. 













M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina is originally from Mexico City, Mexico. Catalina has lived in various countries and is fluent in four languages; Spanish, English, French and Swedish. 
Her first book The Bridge of Deaths revolves around her maternal grandfather's death in 1939. A true-life pre-WWII event. It has over 200 footnotes with the resources of her extensive search through Archival materials as well as the use of psychometry and past life regressions. It is more fact than fiction. 
The revised edition of The Bridge of Deaths; A love Story and a Mystery focuses on the story-line as opposed to fact, but all footnotes and facts are available through the website for any curious minds. thebridgeofdeaths.com
Defined by Others taps into the dark quirky side found even in the best of people. With the 2012 American elections as a backdrop and the fearless reassurance that the world might end on December 12, 2012, as predicted by the Mayan Calendar. 
Death of a Sculptor; in Hue, Shape, and Color is a novella written in sixteen different voices. It is a murder mystery. She is currently working on a sequel; Bruce (title subject to change). 
M.C.V. Egan lives and works in South Florida. She loves cooking and crafting. She is married and has a son. Aside from writing Astrology is one of her passions and careers she pursues. 
You can find M.C.V. Egan everywhere online 


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Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Shale Controversy - Book Tour and Giveaway

  






The Shale Controversy assesses the pros and cons of the shale revolution. Written for lay readers as well as experts, the book lists the personal benefits of cheap gas and oil as well as the trade balance achieved for the United States. On a global scale, cheap energy has lifted millions of people into the middle class. 
But there are downsides to the revolution. One is the threat, present and future, of earthquakes in connection with the drilling of shale wells. The biggest downside may be the threat of global warming –attributed to greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, including shale-oil and shale-gas. 
Australia is a poster-child for global warming and Dr Palmer in 2019 drove past kangaroos killed by a severe drought that turned into the worst wildfires in a century in late 2019. He also visited the corals being bleached by global warming in an otherwise pristine part of the Great Barrier Reef near Cairns. 
This leads Dr. Palmer’s thoughts to the immense challenges faced by oil and gas companies. Should they cut back on drilling and fracking, and by how much? Dr. Palmer rounds out the book with solutions to avoid potential disasters that the experts insist are coming at us fast. 


Praise for The Shale Controversy 

“Despite having been in oil and gas for over ten years, I’ve always struggled with how to simplify the complexities of the industry. Dr. Palmer has done it in his book. It is thorough, fact rich, fair, and easy to follow. If you want to explore the big questions, better understand the issues and decisions associated with powering our world, this book is a must-read.” 
-- Mark Madison, Managing member, Absolute Oil+Gas. 


“Dr. Palmer presents a balanced, informed, and captivating overview of the shale oil and gas revolution in the 21st century. The reader is given a clear understanding of shale fracking and the impact on the environment, earthquakes, and global warming as well as the economic benefits.” 
-- John Cameron, Well Completions Consultant. 


“The author of this book will take you on a fascinating journey from the risks and benefits of fracking, to an examination of an undeniable threat and dilemma faced by mankind – all a part of the twenty-first-century shale gas and oil revolution. The book offers valuable ideas for solutions to the problems.” 
-- Ion Ispas, Associate Professor, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX. 
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Ian Palmer has a Ph.D. in cosmic rays and spent thirty years as a petroleum engineer, consulting around the world. He gives entertaining talks on fracking, shale-gas, earthquakes, and global warming. He now lives and hikes in the Mountains of New Mexico. 






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