Monday, February 6, 2017

Great Countdown Deals

Throughout February, March and April,
I have set up consecutive

Countdown Deals

for all Five Legends Of The Winged Scarab Novels.

(A great way to spend your
Amazon Gift Cards)

 While the first day present the cheapest price, it will incrementally increase from $0.99 (£0.99 on my Amazon UK site) back to the original price on the last day.

This is a great opportunity to acquire the 
Entire Series 
for super discounts:

    February 24 – 28                 March 3 - 6              March 17 – 20

                               March 31, April 1 - 3               April 7 - 10

I hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the mysteries of an ancient civilization, followed by lots of action and adventure for my present-day Egyptologist-protagonists as they battle the bad guys and the elements.

After you have enjoyed these books, please, do leave reviews for each book;
authors depend on them for greater visibility on Amazon.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Spicy Recollections

Check out three spicy recollections about 
Love, Lust and Betrayal

 (No, this is not autobiographical - although I do love pearls).

(If you find them amusing, a brief review would be most appreciated.)

Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Lost Labyrinth of Egypt

     In Khamsin, The Devil Wind of The Nile (Book 1 – Legends of the Winged Scarab), I already briefly mention the legend of a vast palace complex along the Nile.

     At that time, I had no idea this long-buried mysterious structure would become one of the main attractions and wonders for my modern-day archaeologists. I became fascinated with this mystery.
     You can follow my take on this ancient two-storied engineering marvel in Books 4 and 5 of my Legends of the Winged Scarab series.
     In The Crystal Curse, the bad buys try to exploit the existence of mysterious crystals growing inside.
     In The Nile Conspiracy, the Labyrinth threatens to become a death trap.

     In my research, I could not find out much about The Labyrinth – its existence and exploration, for obscure reasons, having long been denied by the Egyptian Government. However, it was mentioned by the Greek historian Herodotus and in other ancient writings – therefore, chances were it had to exist.
   In recent years, the excavation and findings of the Mataha Expedition Hawara 2008 – Labyrinthof  Egypt – was still being suppressed.

     As of late, some experts with ground-penetrating radar have been allowed onto the site near Hawara. They indeed confirmed that “there is something big down there.”

(The diagram of the Egyptian labyrinth produced by 17th-century German scholar, Athanasius Kircher)

     In an excellent article, April Holloway, Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient-Origins, brings us more about this buried complex.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

A Taste

I'd like you to taste 
 a short (somewhat irreverent) story 
showing off my non-historical side

(You might find, it's my 'hysterical side')

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

There Are Shadows

A Romantic Mystery 
Try it; 
You might like it. 

Shadow Love is the story of a woman trying to find inner peace in an isolated mountain cabin (and, yes, Edward - who has a major role in my Legends of the Winged Scarab Series - has a cameo appearance here as a not so warm and fuzzy memory).

Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Charmer, Conman, Criminal

Edward, Con Extraordinaire 

He charms in Sirocco, Storm over Land and Sea

He cons in After the Cataclysm

His bad side crystallizes in The Crystal Curse

Even in Shadow Love, he is remembered
with some regret about what could have been...

How did he get to be that way?

This short account shows how he
spirals from charmer down to criminal.

Helen, a high-powered executive and consummate professional when not enthralled by tall Brits, informed him she had to take an early morning flight to Europe and that her generosity, alas, could not extend to her home, her Mercedes and her treasured sailboat while she was away.
Edward understood, being the perfect gentleman. He returned her key, kissed her good-night, promised to call her in two weeks.
That Sunday morning, the normally fastidious Edward did not shave. He dressed in the midnight blue silk pajamas and brown leather slippers—gifts from a nice woman in Newport Beach—and confidently drove up the Silver Strand that connects seedy Imperial Beach to affluent Coronado.
A couple of homes down from Helen’s, he spied a yellow-hulled San Diego Union in a driveway. Slowing down just enough, he expertly scooped the Sunday paper up. Then he drove to a lone beach emergency-telephone he had scouted out the day before. Smoothing out a sheet torn from his motel’s Yellow Pages, he dialed the number of the first-listed locksmith. No answer. Second: No answer. The third promised to meet him at the given address within thirty minutes.
“Can you imagine? Here I am, out in the street in my pajamas. I come out to pick up my Sunday paper and the door slams behind me.” Edward’s speech is colloquial and friendly, without a trace of his usual Eton-tinged accent.

“It happens all the time,” the locksmith commiserated. “I’ll have you back in your house in no time.”
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Authors & Their Supporting Characters

Helen Hollick is Hosting a Fabulous 
Supporting Role Blog Hop 
December 6 through 17 

(Designed for us by Avalon♔Graphics LLC)  

I was given the honor of starting these Interviews on the 6th
(or being the first to jump into the dinghy to test if it leaks, if you will).

My character is - no, not Edward, as some of you who have read the Legends of the Winged Scarab might surmise - but Vergil, a pardoned pirate from Venezuela's infamous San Antonio prison on Isla Margarita.

Even though he only pops up in Book 4 (The Crystal Curse)
as a humble guard on the Bucanero II
(the refurbished "lost" real Russian ghost ship Lyubov Orlova),

and in Book 5 (The Nile Conspiracy),
on the confiscated and renamed Super Yacht Khamsin,

this dubious character begins to play a vital role in the lives
(or, shall I say, deaths) of many - some deserving, others innocent.

Here, he is taking aim at the construction site of the
Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
 As they say, "Once a pirate, always a pirate."
(You can read more about his wily ways on the Excerpt tab.)

Every day from the 6th through the 17th,
meet a major supporting character
from the novels of award-winning authors

Hashtag #SupportingRole

Supporting Role Features will be on the above blog -
whereas the Links below go to authors' websites -  please, do visit them as well.

6th      Inge H Borg
7th      Matthew Harffy
8th     Alison Morton
9th     Regina Jeffers
10th   Anna Belfrage
11th    Christoph Fischer
12th   Pauline Barclay
13th   Antoine Vanner
14th   Annie Whitehead
15th   Derek Birks
16th   Carolyn Hughes
17th   Helen Hollick  (Our wonderful host for all these great features)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My Review of 1066 Turned Upside Down

Alternative fiction stories by nine authors 

A Superb Collaboration 
This interesting alternative history of England’s tumultuous year 1066 is a collaboration of nine authors, each a successful writer of his/her own historical fiction novels:
     Joanna Courtney
     Helen Hollick
     Anna Belfrage
     Richard Dee
     G.K. Holloway
     Carol McGrath
     Alison Morton
     Eliza Redgold
     Annie Whitehead

     In 1066 Turned Upside Down, each writer envisions a fascinating “what if” version about that fateful year in England's history. And with each outcome, modern man would have inherited a much different world, in some instances giving rise to my notion of “too bad it didn’t happen that way.”
     I must confess to not knowing much about this time in England’s long history. However, having read James M. Hockey’s excellent “Edith Fair as a Swan: Tales of Bowdyn 3” (an excellent series, by the way), I was at least familiar with King Harold’s “common wife Edith.
     Because of this, and the excellent Foreword by C. C. Humphreys, I enjoyed the “what if” scenario in 1066 even more.

Check it out here:

Friday, November 4, 2016

Poetry Perfection

My Review of Jim Bennett's 
Cold Comes Through, 
Poetry Book 1

Writing—and reading—true poetry is often associated with admitting vulnerability. Reading it, you have to let it in. Writing it is a lot more arduous: You have to let it out. And letting it out, Jim Bennett does with Cold Comes Through, Book 1 of his five-volume poetry series.

Having read Bennett’s poetry series in reverse order, his first volume—I find—is the most melancholy as it deals with loss, grieving and remembrance. Death hovers nearby, cloaked in autumn leaves, or the heartbreaking throes of Alzheimer’s. But Bennett’s insight into human nature always treats the most dire of his themes with dignity and grace.

After finally reading Cold Comes Through, I know I shall do so again, as I will surely re-read the entire series from time to time. Poetry creates a cultured haven from the blustery world that trammels us daily. Jim Bennett’s poems are some of the best I have had the pleasure ever reading.
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Jim Bennett's 5-Volume Poetry is available here:

Jim Bennett's Poetry Series is also available in Paperback on Lulu:

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

My Review of Christoph Fischer's Ludwika

It took me a while to digest Christoph Fischer's Ludwika - and to give an "impersonal" review. But isn't why we read certain books to feel, to identify, to learn? And if it's a difficult subject handled well, to remember. 

For me, such is Ludwika, A Polish Woman's Struggle To Survive In Nazi Germany. 

WWII and its Civilian Casualties 
Christoph Fischer's LUDWIKA brings back the plight of civilians swept up by WWII, centering on Ludwika's will and tenacity to survive, no matter what she must sacrifice. This book becomes even more personal for those who still remember – or at least, who recall survival stories of their European parents. Those who have never faced an invading army might not easily understand Ludwika’s “pliability,” her willingness to leave her young daughter back in Poland while submitting to a German officer’s romantic promises.
This is a heart-wrenching subject tackled by a talented writer.
I highly recommend Fischer’s novel.

Check out Christoph's informative website: