Wednesday, September 12, 2018

reblogged from ~ Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Guest author: Robbie Cheadle ~ Churchill’s War Rooms


World War II was the first time in its history that Britain faced a concentrated threat from the air. This aerial threat necessitated some discussion about how the British government would run the impending war and from where. Initially, there was some talk of evacuating key personnel out of London and, if necessary, to the West Country. This was dismissed due to the adverse effect such a move was expected to have on public morale.
A quick survey of suitable London basements took pace in early 1938 and on 31 May the site was confirmed as the space underneath the western end of the New Public Offices. The site was close to both Downing Street and Parliament.
Over the next few months Churchill’s War Rooms were established.
In July 1940 the Battle of Britain commenced and on 29 July Churchill’s war cabinet met for the first time in the Cabinet War Room from where Britain’s defence was being coordinated.

About the author
Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.
Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.
Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Today in History: Sept. 9

Here's a look at things that have happened on this date.
Today is Sunday, Sept. 9, the 252nd day of 2018.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Sept. 9, 1850, California became the 31st state of the union.
On this date:
In 1543, Mary Stuart was crowned Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle, nine months after she was born.
In 1776, the second Continental Congress made the term “United States” official, replacing “United Colonies.”
In 1919, some 1,100 members of Boston’s 1,500-man police force went on strike. (The strike was broken by Massachusetts Gov. Calvin Coolidge with replacement officers.)
In 1942, during World War II, a Japanese plane launched from a submarine off the Oregon coast dropped a pair of incendiary bombs in a failed attempt at igniting a massive forest fire; it was the first aerial bombing of the U.S. mainland by a foreign power.
In 1948, the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea) was declared.
In 1956, Elvis Presley made the first of three appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the first civil rights bill to pass Congress since Reconstruction, a measure primarily concerned with protecting voting rights and which also established a Civil Rights Division in the U.S. Department of Justice.
In 1971, prisoners seized control of the maximum-security Attica Correctional Facility near Buffalo, New York, beginning a siege that ended up claiming 43 lives.
In 1976, Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong died in Beijing at age 82. JVC unveiled its new VHS videocassette recorder during a presentation in Tokyo.
In 1986, Frank Reed, director of a private school in Lebanon, was taken hostage; he was released 44 months later.
In 1991, boxer Mike Tyson was indicted in Indianapolis on a charge of raping Desiree Washington, a beauty pageant contestant. (Tyson was convicted and ended up serving three years of a six-year prison sentence.)
In 1997, Sinn Fein (shin fayn), the IRA’s political ally, formally renounced violence as it took its place in talks on Northern Ireland’s future. Actor Burgess Meredith died in Malibu, California, at age 89.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Prudy Taylor Board @ Florida Authors Academy 2018

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Florida Authors Academy 2018 
Writing Workshops for Tomorrow's Authors
All workshops are $25 per person.  
Saturday September 8, 10 am - Noon

     Break Through! How to Get Published.
Where do you meet publishers and agents? What are the dos and don'ts of approaching them? How do you select a publisher or agent? What do you send a publisher or an agent? Surprise them: include a marketing plan. Should you self-publish? Prudy has had 28 books published. She'll share the answers to these questions as well as any you have. $25 per person.  Instructor: Prudy Taylor Board
Prudy Taylor Board is the author of 28 books including mysteries, horror novels, histories and a how-to. She's edited newspapers, newsletters and magazines. Prudy is also the author of 101 Tips on Writing and Selling your First Novel. In addition, she has taught creative writing for 20-plus years as well as lectured, appeared on panels and conducted writers' workshops throughout the United States and in Canada. Prudy is a freelance writer and editor of newsletters and manuscripts of all genres, both fiction nonfiction.

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Saturday September 15, 10 am - Noon 
Queries and Pitches.  $25 per person. Instructor: Alison McMahan
Saturday September 22, 10 am - Noon 
Self-Publishing Made Simple. $25 per person. Instructor: Nancy J. Cohen
Saturday September 29, 10 am - Noon 
FL Authors Academy Has Talent! 
Open mike for the attendees of the workshops to read from their work in progress and get feedback from three multi-published author judges.  

The Judges are:
  • NY Times bestselling author Charles Todd   
  • Literary Agent Dianna Collier-Warner, owner Collier & Associates Literary Agency
  • Award-winning screenwriter, filmmaker, and author Alison McMahan
 $25 per person to read. Audience is free admission. Refreshments Served. 

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The American West Series

Preorder Santa Fe Woman: An American West Story (American West Series Book 3)

After the tragic years of the Civil War, Rachel Stewart and her brother Isaac decide to leave Missouri for new opportunities. Their family farm is gone and both agree a new life in the trading town of Santa Fe is what they need. Only, when a Union officer comes into her work for a quick alteration of his Sunday clothes, she wants to learn more about him. Captain Patrick Sinclair is leaving with his soldiers for Fort Dodge, Kansas. But when he meets Rachel, he is smitten. He tries to imagine ways to come back to Missouri and see her as he leads the men on to their new assignment. Releases September 25 on Amazon. Preorder now!    

Last Train Home: An American West Story

(American West Series Book 1)

Rider's Desire: An American West Story

(American West Series Book 2)

Enter to win An American West Story paperback pack - Last Train Home and Rider's Desire paperback. Open to US residents. Ends September 25, 2018 @ 11:59PM EST.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

MWA Florida Chapter

DATE: September 15, 2018 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER: Harriet Ottenheimer
PROGRAM: Forensic Linguistics: Language as Evidence

Program: The Unabomber case. Kurt Kobain’s suicide note. Russian cyber crimes. The Exxon Mobil disaster. Police interrogations. Plagiarism disputes. Forensic linguistics has played an important role in resolving these situations and more. A relatively new discipline, forensic linguistics has become an essential part of modern crime investigations. Forensic linguists analyze language evidence to assist law enforcement to solve crimes. In this talk, linguistic anthropologist Harriet Ottenheimer will discuss this new field. The presentation will be interactive, with real examples to analyze. 
Speaker: Harriet Ottenheimer writes on language and culture for encyclopedias, magazines, and academic journals. Her analysis of the language of African scam letters is well-known in the cyber security community. She has also analyzed linguistic evidence for the U.S. Government. Her best-selling book, The Anthropology of Language, is now in its fourth edition. Her publications include a bilingual dictionary, a CD of African music, a documentary film, and a blues singer’s autobiography. Harriet earned her BA in literature from Bennington College and her Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University. She taught anthropology and ethnic studies at Kansas State University and on a Fulbright appointment to Charles University (in Prague). She is a past president of the Central States Anthropological Society and of the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Now “emerita” Harriet writes mystery novels featuring an amateur sleuth who analyzes language evidence to assist law enforcement to solve crimes.

DATE:  SATURDAY, September 15, 2018
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 September 12, is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: go to website link 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.
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To reserve and pay via mail: 
Step 1–Email 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. 
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Step 3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019
Please make your online reservation by September 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: Saturday October 20, 2018.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

from CBS NEWS July 28, 2018, 9:54 AM


The disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart 81 years ago is one of the greatest mysteries in American history. Researchers revealed a new clue this week that may shed light on what happened to Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, as they tried to circle the globe.

Ric Gillespie, who has researched Earhart's doomed flight for 30 years, says he has proof that Earhart crash-landed on a remote South Pacific island about 2,000 miles from Hawaii, and that she called for help for nearly a week before her plane was swept out to sea.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

2018 MYSTERY FEST KEY WEST June 22-24, 2018 Memories Projec

D_DAY JUNE 6, 1944 from

During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Still Missing Beulah: Stories of Blacks and Jews in Mid-Century Miami by Joan Lipinsky Cochran

on February 24, 2018
The clever blend of historical data, culture, and family dynamics paints a hard and realistic picture of a segregated Miami. The storyline weaves between past and present as an aging father shares his experiences with his newly divorced, middle-aged daughter.
Some subjects are hard to tackle and difficult to discuss. In Still Missing Beulah, Joan Lipinsky Cochran does this well. By adding the generation gap and how a bigoted man was able to raise a daughter who is the polar opposite, give a reader an understanding of the cultural influences of their respective eras'
The character Tootsie is bigoted, but not completely and that opens an interesting premise to explore a dark side of humanity and yet shine a light on the fact that boundaries are not always dictated by race or creed.
I loved the way stories were preceded by a short account of historical data. I was unaware of the turmoil in the 1980s and the extent of anti-Semitism.
A most worthwhile read.

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Joan Lipinsky Cochran is a former journalist who now focuses on writing crime-related novels that explore subcultures of American Judaism. Her first book, Still Missing Beulah: Stories of Jews and Blacks in Mid-Century Miami, explores the racism and anti-Semitism that tarnished Miami's past and informed the relationship between the two minority groups. Three of the short stories in that collection have won literary awards. She is currently working on a novel about a woman whose life is endangered when she discovers her father was a member of the Jewish mafia. It was one of three 2011 Claymore Award finalists and an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award quarter-finalist. When she’s not working on a novel, Joan is testing recipes and writing food columns and articles, playing classical and Irish violin, sailing, bicycling and reading.