Thursday, April 2, 2020

HISTORICAL ROMANCE True Love Series by Debra-Ann Kummoung


True Love Never Fails 
True Love Book 1 
by Debra-Ann Kummoung 
Genre: Historical Romance 


From the family lives of the Bennet sisters and their characterful parents, to the hidden charm, grace, and elegance of the unflappable Mr. Darcy, it might seem as if fans of Austen’s timeless classic, Pride & Prejudice, know all there is to know about this truly great novel. However, within the pages of this much-loved book, there are questions which call out for answers… the greatest of which are: what if everything we believed to be true about the Bennets and their fellow characters was, in fact, a veneer for something quite different? What if the behavior and intentions of the iconic sisters was all an act? And what if Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and all the other refined gentlemen of Pemberley and beyond were not the genteel and mannered men we saw them to be?
Such questions, such mysteries, and such tantalizing possibilities form the backbone of True Love Never Fails, a daring and bold reimagining of Jane Austen’s most famed and adored work. Throughout the pages of this stunning novel, which abounds in all that we fell in love with in the chapters of Pride & Prejudice - and much more besides - we’re left second-guessing every motive, every word, and every eventuality we thought we knew so well. As readers, we’re taken into the heart of a dazzling set of cliff-hangers and revealed truths… and we’ll never be able to look our favorite characters in the same way again.
Alongside the rollicking storyline that weaves its way through the moral mazes of 18th century English high society, True Love Never Fails introduces its readers to the elusive and serious Mary Bennet. She’s a sister with a secret, and one who holds the key to the heart of the fun-loving Colonel Fitzwilliam, around whom a spiraling storyline forms. As revelation follows revelation, hearts will be broken, bonds will be formed, and the truth behind this timeless novel will be reimagined and revealed. Thanks to the astonishing deftness of the storytelling, and the author’s keen eye for a twist and tantalizing details, readers will find themselves on a new ride through a familiar landscape that’s as breathlessly romantic as it is captivating. From the first page you’ll be hooked, and by the time you reach the the very last, you’ll be calling out for more from this awe-inspiring retelling of Austen’s masterpiece.
Warning - Cliffhanger! 





True Love Conquers All 
True Love Book 2 


In the anticipated conclusion, True Love Conquers All, author Debra-Ann Kummoung returns you to her unique Pride & Prejudice retelling just hours after the shocking ending in True Love Never Fails… which had cost Mary Bennet her new engagement to Colonel Fitzwilliam.
Elizabeth and Jane along with Darcy and Bingley try to console Mary in the aftermath. Family and friends try to bring our couple back together again, but both are stubborn in their refusal to see the other.
Recalled to war, Colonel Fitzwilliam must depart England, leaving behind his family and friends and most importantly his heart. With the reappearance of an old friend to help him in this difficult time, Colonel Fitzwilliam despairs that he has lost the only lady he has ever loved.
Join the journey across the treacherous ocean to the bustling shores of Portugal and on to the battlefields of Spain. With surprising twists and turns and the steadfastness of a young lady’s heart, discover the truth that true love never fails, but rather despite all obstacles, true love conquers all. 






I fell in love with Pride & Prejudice when I read it in high school. Something about that time - the courtly manners of society, the clothing, and so many other things. Don't get me a wrong, I'm a modern girl and wouldn't last a day without my modern conveniences, but I can still fantasize about that time period.
My husband is my inspiration for Mr. Darcy & Colonel Fitzwilliam (when the good colonel appears in one of my books). My husband has the manners of Darcy but has been a military man like the colonel - so I got both in one man.
In 2020, I will be release the conclusion to True Love Never Fails... and I will be working on a new book - Mr. Darcy's Cinderella Bride. I will also be doing a gentle edit on Falling for Elizabeth Bennet. 







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Monday, March 23, 2020

M1 Garand - Principles of Operation (1943) United States Rifle, Caliber .30, M1


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This Army Training film explains the principles of operation of the M1 (Garand) Infantry Rifle The US Rifle M1 was the first semiautomatic rifle to be the standard small arm of the US Military, requiring a trigger pull to fire a round but automatically chambering the next round. This not only greatly increased the rate of fire over bolt-action rifles, but made it far easier to reacquire a target after each round. It was also the first semiautomatic rifle to be adopted by a major military power. It was the product of a genuine genius, John Cantius Garand.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

History Hub: 1941 Mussolini sick neurotic old man

History Hub: 1941 Mussolini sick neurotic old man: From Time magazine, June 9, 1941 I needed a good giggle this morning before work. The picture above references Mussolini in 1922 as &q...

Monday, March 9, 2020

Putin's Useful Idiot by Kenyon Kane Genre: Historical Espionage, Romance

  • Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you!

I worked for two US Cabinet Secretaries. I worked in black op financial transactions in the Soviet Union, Grenada and Northern Ireland

  • Where were you born/grew up?

In the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles, before there were freeways. The Hollywood Freeway ended at Cahuenga Pass, there was no 405 Freeway and to get to the beach you had to take Sepulveda, and Ventura Boulevard ended at Sepulveda.

  • If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?

With my family, my wife and three boys,

  • What are you passionate about these days?

Social Justice which is why my book encompasses social impact entertainment.

  • Do you have a favorite movie? 

The Thin Red Line - James Jones - later a movie

  • Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

A Useful Idiot


  • What inspired you to write this book?

Everyone involved in the assignment to Moscow is dead.

  • What can we expect from you in the future?

Next book - Black op financial mission to Belfast 

  • Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 

V. Putin is a character in A USEFUL IDIOT

  • How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

Based on real life people. 

  • Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick? 

A USEFUL IDIOT is about Richard Hart, a self-centered materialist living in New York City married to a woman half his age dining out every night at fancy restaurants and spending his weekends shopping with his wife at expensive stores, e. g. Bergdorf-Goodman, Henri Bendel, Gucci. Forced to take an assignment to Moscow, he winds up in an environment where money is worthless because there is nothing to buy, food is scarce and for the most part terrible and even drinking water is impossible to find at times. As he adjusts to his new environment he comes to find that his materialistic viewpoint is selfish, and in fact unessesary to his happiness and as he finds joy in the new friends and relationships he makes, he transforms into a communism. But is it all a set-up by his partner in crime V. Putin. Is he just another Useful Idiot? As a counterpoint, while Hart is evolving in his social views towards the collective, his Soviet counterparts evolve towards capitalism because the free markets are coming to the Soviet Union and they all are going to need western currency to survive.

  • If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

Tom Hanks

  • Anything specific you want to tell your readers? 

Choice lines from A USEFUL IDIOT:
1.         everyone’s an atheist till it’s time to die.”
2.         Jesus told us: “it is more difficult to pass a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to pass through the gates of Heaven.”

  • How did you come up with name of this book?

It is a quote attributed to Lenin commenting on the assistance he was receiving from John Reed an American journalist - “Ten days that Shook the World” 

  • Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? 

All real people.

  • Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story? Convince us why you feel your book is a must read. 

It is an historical account that gives the true picture of the Soviet Union in 1984 and dispels the misconceptions put out by American propaganda during the Reagan administration and before. It calls capitalism to account for the poverty and starvation throughout the world through the words of Jesus.

  • What did you edit out of this book?

About 30k words of real life experiences in Moscow that were interesting and environment building, but were not related to plot progression or character development.

  • Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

James Jones - From Here to Eternity and the Thin Red Line because he wrote about his real life experiences during World War 2 with a thematic slant toward the disparity in justice between the officers and the “joes” who actually did the fighting and dying.

  • Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?

One at a time. Writing requires concentration and total immersion and I cannot do more than one novel at a time.

  • Pen or type writer or computer?

 Computer

  • Tell us about a favorite character from a book.

V. Putin because he was so different in 1984 than he is today. In 1984 he was struggling to survive in a dangerous environment.

  • Describe your writing style.

First person present tense with a goal to put the reader in the Novel.

  • How long on average does it take you to write a book?

Two years.



November 1984, Richard Hart lands at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport carrying a dossier he doesn’t have security clearance to open, a map of Moscow missing most of the street names, five ten-dollar bills (probably dyed with invisible ink) and an American Express card. Acting as a CIA “financial” agent, Hart must close a deal with the KGB, rig the transaction to produce enough “black money” to bribe KGB hard-liners to retire, and get out alive. And he only has Colonel Putin there to help him.

PUTIN'S USEFUL IDIOT is about Richard Hart, a self-centered materialist living in New York City married to a woman half his age, dining out every night at fancy restaurants and spending his weekends shopping with his wife at expensive stores like Bergdorf-Goodman, Henri Bendel, and Gucci. Forced to take an assignment to Moscow, he winds up in an environment where money is worthless because there is nothing to buy, food is scarce and for the most part terrible and even drinking water is impossible to find at times. As he adjusts to his new environment, he comes to find that his materialistic viewpoint is selfish, and in fact unnecessary to his happiness, and as he finds joy in the new friends and relationships he makes, he transforms toward the collective.
But is it all a set-up by his partner in crime V. Putin? Is he just another Useful Idiot? As a counterpoint, while Hart is evolving in his social views toward the collective, his Soviet counterparts evolve toward capitalism because the free markets are coming to the Soviet Union and everyone is going to need western currency to survive. Inspired by true events, PUTIN'S USEFUL IDIOT is a ride-along first person, present tense adventure jampacked with danger, passion and humor




Kenyon Kane grew up in the San Fernando Valley north of Los Angeles before there were freeways. He worked for two US Cabinet Secretaries. His job was to complete financial transactions in the Soviet Union, Grenada and Northern Ireland.




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Friday, February 21, 2020

Matilda Empress by Lise Arin Genre: Historical Fiction

A day in the life of the author?

Dinner is the highlight of my day. Despite the fact that I am an extremely early riser (alarm set at 4:30!), I cannot work once I eat and drink a complete meal. Spare snacks are possible, and a copious amount of coffee is absolutely essential, but my systems all crash after the onrush of a lot of protein, carbs and sugar. Although I certainly pulled all-nighters in college and grad school, and did much homework after bedtime as a teen, the idea of thinking and remembering after dark seems impossible now. Even anticipating and planning dinner puts me off my writing game. It’s as if the physical me and the mental me can’t co-exist.


Matilda, a twelfth-century Empress of the Holy Roman Empire and daughter of Henry I, is twenty-four years old and a widow. She returns to her father's double realm of England and Normandy and is promptly married against her will to Geoffrey, a minor continental nobleman. When she is absent from England at the time of her father's death, Matilda loses her throne to her cousin Stephen despite their ongoing and secret love affair.
For almost twenty years, anarchy reins, and their passion fluctuates between hatred and obsession. The only hope in sight is Matilda and Stephen's two sons, whose rightful claim to the throne may finally end the bloody and endless war.
In the vein of Philippa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, Matilda Empress follows the real history of the early English monarchs, and what happens when a strong woman at the center of great upheaval refuses to play by the rules laid out for her. 


Lise Arin has a PhD in English Literature from Columbia, and an undergraduate degree in History and Literature from Harvard. She has two children, and lives with her husband in New York City. This is her first novel, although it has been in the making for twenty years. Please follow @lisearin on Instagram and Twitter. 






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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

George Washington Raised Martha's Children and Grandchildren as His Own The 'Father of the Nation' stressed education among his family's younger generations and even offered advice on navigating love.


Why did George and Martha have no children of their own? There’s almost nothing in the historical record that conclusively answers what was then (and now) a private question, but that hasn’t stopped people from guessing. Modern theories range from tuberculosis-induced sterility to, in Martha’s case, a severe bout of measles.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The Old Gilt Clock by Paulette Mahurin 480p 2



WW II an era rife with hatred, bigotry, and war crimes it
is easy for heroes to fall through the cracks of history. Thus, THE OLD GILT
CLOCK unveils the heroism of Willem Arondeus; a Dutch artist and author. Member
of the Dutch resistance movement during said War.
From his painful birth on 22 August 1894; causing
detachment and rejection from his mother, His self-discovery as a homosexual,
completely incompatible with the views of his abusive drunken father.
Culminating with his execution by the German Nazi Regime on 1 July 1943. We
feel Willem’s pain, confusion, and growth. The prose in this book is powerful
and beautifully crafted. As a result, while reading I felt very connected to
the character. The book brilliantly parallels Hitler’s life as well as well-known
and lesser known historical events.
This gave me as a reader a clear sense of the historical
timeline and an awareness of some historical data I did not know. By following
his life, we see the buildup and growth of prejudice and bigotry, that affected
the world in both world wars.
Willem Arondeus was a homosexual man, in an era that placed
him as unacceptable in a society that murdered so many. His understanding of
suffering is key to propel the need to protect the Jewish people of Holland,
risking and eventually losing his life.
The way words are woven so beautifully, had me re-reading
here and there, as some of the lines were poetic. Inasmuch as knowingly reading
a book with a guaranteed sad ending, the author manages to shed power of love
and light in Willem’s journey through self-love, self-acceptance and the
friendships he forges.
As WWII celebrated 75 years of ending in Europe sealed
archives and information is revealed, I hope Paulette Mahurin and other
Historical Authors will continue to unveil forgotten heroes and moments.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

FROM WAR HISTORY ONLINE ~ The Liberation of Belgium

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September 2019, people all over Belgium are celebrating the 75th anniversary of its liberation from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.
75 years ago, Belgian citizens first welcomed their Allied liberators after living under a repressive, dictatorial regime for four years.
Due to the disarrayed German retreat after their defeat at Falaise and the aid of the Belgian resistance, the Allied forces spread through the country like wildfire. However, many incidents and fierce battles occurred which tend to be lost in the bigger stories of history.

Monday, January 6, 2020

NEW FROM ROBERT CRAVEN ~ Eagles Hunt Wolves

For fans of John le Carre, Mick Herron, Ian Fleming, Phillip K Dick and Alastair Maclean – meet Eva Molenaar.





1946: The guns have fallen silent over Europe.
For now.

Searching for her lover Nicklaus Brandt after a mission three years earlier with the French Resistance in Lyon, Eva finds herself in lawless war-torn Berlin.

Reunited with her old MI6 handler, Henry Chainbridge, she finds Brandt in a secret holding cell for Allied Intelligence in the British Sector of Berlin.

He has information vital to the Allies.

Hitler’s last offering; a vengeance weapon of frightening capabilities is now in the hands of the reclusive American billionaire Edgar Halidane and his cadre of fanatics.

Under the aegis of Allied command, Eva is dispatched to investigate and finds herself battling with old enemies who have taken the embers of Hitler’s vision and plan to re-ignite a divided Europe.

And pays a heavy price on her last mission.

It began with Get Lenin and now ends with Eagles Hunt Wolves.



This is the 5th adventure in the Eva series. It is set a year after WW2 in the ruins of Berlin. It draws on many sources, capturing the spirit of the blockbuster page turner. It has elements of horror, adventure and conspiracy. It is an alternative history; Churchill makes an appearance, he offers his armoured train to assist MI6. 


Researching the codes I laised with Dr Yossi Elran at the Weismann Institute to fine-tune codes that the allies have to crack, www.weizmann.ac.il/pages  His help was invaluable.
Eva is a strong female character, not passive to the action but propels the story forward. It is through her eyes that the chaos is revealed. Her journey will appeal to women readers as the action unfolds.


I was inspired by Lionel Davidson, Stephen King, Peter Benchley and Grahame Greene. This is the espionage of dead letter drops, written codes and secret messages. The action swings from the coast of Spain to the far reaches of Russia where an experiment recreated from the bowels of Hitler's bunker causes widespread destruction and a clock is set ticking to stop its devastation at the heart of Europe.


It started with the publication of Get Lenin in 2011 and finishes here in January 2020.
Get Lenin
Zinnman
A Finger of Night
Hollow Point
Eagles Hunt Wolves