Tag Archives: books

Prologue to Harem Twins

Cover of the Book Harem Twins by Dolores Maria Davis

Cover of the Book Harem Twins

Egypt’s sun god Ra was rising in the eastern sky to cast his vibrant rays on the white walls of Pharaoh Amenhotep III’s grand new house. A newborn, about to arrive at sunrise in Pharaoh’s Harem, would foretell of exceptional heavenly influences.

The mother, Princess Attah of Mitanni, was twelve summers old. Her diminutive frame carried the belly of a hippopotamus. Gaunt and exhausted from slow labor, her birthing was half a moon cycle early, the baby large.

Maja, Attah’s only slave, tried to comfort her princess with damp cloths and soothing words as Attah suffered strong and rapid thrusts. Maja overheard two women sitting on their cots watching her princess struggle.

“The foreigner slept with Pharaoh but once, and is bearing his child. Luck is with her. She hasn’t even learned to speak in Egyptian yet,” one said.

The other pregnant woman said, “I feel sorry for her. No one has brought effigies of Goddess Hathor to bring the sweet north wind, or God Bes to aid her in her childbearing. The tattoo artist is coming in two Ras to paint my breasts with pictures of God Bes so the magic will be with me when I give birth.”

Slave Maja was on her knees at Attah’s cot asking all the gods she had ever heard of not to let her mistress die in childbirth.

Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under Dolores Davis, Excerpts

Book Review: The Glassblower

glass-blower-451121_960_720

The Glassblower, by Petra Durst-Benning, is a little slow to get into, but the story of the Steinmann sisters and their struggles in glassblowing soon drew me in. With the death of their father, Johanna, Ruth, and Marie have lost their last parent and their income. Life becomes frighteningly uncertain, and the young women face near-starvation. Continue reading

Leave a comment

Filed under book review, Dolores Davis, Fiction

Where Have All The Readers Gone?

Unknown-4     It doesn’t take a Cultural Anthropologist to figure out why readers are dropping like swatted flies. How many hours  a week do people spend binge watching TV shows or playing Candy-crush? Kids won’t, or can’t, peel their eyes away from their smart phones. Teens insist on sharing every boring moment of their lives on Snap-chat and Instagram. And millions of us are addicted to funny animal videos on youtube or reality shows about billionaire families, crazy stage moms, and plastic surgeries gone wrong. Hey, I’m not criticizing – I’ve watched my share of “Shame your dog” videos and Russian car crashes. Bottom line:  bookworms are in rapid decline, and the situation is critical.  Continue reading

4 Comments

Filed under Julie Brown

AUTHOR 2 AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Authors Mark Fine & Pamela Crane Reveal their Lives in Pursuit of the Art of Writing.

The Pamela Crane & Mark Fine Interview

Find out what secrets each author reveals in this author-to-author interview between Mark Fine, author of the romantic historical drama, The Zebra Affaire, and Pamela Crane, thriller writer of the best-selling The Admirer’s Secret.

Each an admirer of the other’s work, here are pictures of Pamela and Mark “presenting” each other’s respective novels:

Featured Image -- 124Mark Fine admiring Admirers Secret

A coin is flipped and Pamela agrees to be first questioned by Mark…

Mark: What inspired you to start writing your first novel, and what was your goal for it?

Continue reading

Comments Off on AUTHOR 2 AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Authors Mark Fine & Pamela Crane Reveal their Lives in Pursuit of the Art of Writing.

Filed under Fiction, historical fiction, Marketing, Musings, Review

Book Look – Sail Away on My Silver Dream

All of us have crosses to bear, those life challenges that seem so unfair, but others have had them too. This important gem of a book is a wonderful roadmap for those with challenges to share with their children. Sail away with David and Sharon as they seek adventure and Continue reading

2 Comments

Filed under book review

Yes, You Need a Platform

platformCongratulations, you’ve written a book! You’re done, right? You’ve typed and edited and revised and uploaded to your printer, and now the book is ready for people to beat a path to your door, right? Oops. If you’re like me, you soon discover that you are missing something critical: Continue reading

6 Comments

Filed under Marketing, Mary Jo Hazard, True Stories, Writing Tips

The Cemetery

(Chapter 15 of a forthcoming book, WOMAN IN WHITE, by Gildon Beall)

GhostDanceTexturesThe graveyard of Rev. Cricklewood’s “Angelic Brotherhood Church” was illumined only by a pale sliver of moon peeking through thin clouds. It was quiet; the sort of night that mortals find oppressive or frightening, the appropriate venue for spirits. No living mortals were present. Evanescent vapors, chill breezes, and odors of decay heralded the time for Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Chapter, Fiction, Gil Beall, Halloween, WOMAN IN WHITE

A Passage from The Long Dance Home: “Intriguing Encounter”

Sticky-Bun-Coffee-Cake102612007PSE1-600x398

Sticky Bun Coffee Cake from SiftingFocus.com

http://www.siftingfocus.com

Cecilia Rose, or Cece as called by her friends, ventured into town reluctantly. She had agreed to visit an old friend and now regretted it. After ten years in Los Angeles, her small, Northern California hometown made her uncomfortable and claustrophobic. She did not relish the prospect of running into people she used to know. But the desire to avoid being seen did not dissuade her from taking a quick detour . . .  Continue reading

3 Comments

Filed under Chapter, Excerpts, Fiction, Julie Brown, romantic comedy, Short fiction

Book Review: Jack of Spies

Jack of Spies (from Soho Crime) is the first book in a new David Downing spy series. It follows Jack McColl, a luxury car representative and part-time spy, around the world in 1913, as he gathers useful military information for England…and sells an occasional vehicle. War with Germany is on the horizon, accompanied by often deadly anti-British rumblings in Ireland and India.

Better written than other well-known, high selling series, this book gets my rating of Continue reading

1 Comment

Filed under book review, Jeff Guenther

Sex? I Can Do That.

“More sex,” he said.
I was having coffee with an old friend, a publicist, who had offered advice on book promotion. I hadn’t expected “sex” to be on the agenda, but he was the expert, so I went with it. And he was, after all, doing me a favor. He even paid for my double-shot, low-fat, half-caff latte.
I took a sip and licked some foam off my Continue reading

15 Comments

Filed under Fiction, Julie Brown, Musings, True Stories