State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny, a Review, #StateOfTerror

State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny is a thoughtful thriller that puts the heart back in the White House, a review.

I could say that State of Terror by Hillary Rodham Clinton and Louise Penny is a political thriller about a handful of politicians and civilians who, except for their patriotism, have nothing much in common yet manage to annihilate a terrorist infiltration into the alt-right movement, a military-coup and a nuclear terrorist attack on US soil. But it is much more than that.

I could say that State of Terror is a conspiracy theory novel suspenseful at times; uproarious at others, and satisfying in the end. It is a book that for me, as a European reader, has put the heart back into the White House politics.

But it is more than that.

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The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage @abelfrageauthor #HistFic #TuesdayBookBlog

Anna Belfrage The Castilian Pomegranate

It gives me great pleasure to share with you The Castilian Pomegranate by Anna Belfrage, a new historical romantic fiction set in medieval Spain and second book in The Castilian Saga. This is Anna’s twentieth book.

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Daniel Craig, James Bond 007, No Time to Die, It Was About Time

No Time to Die official poster Daniel Craig James Bond 007

Daniel Craig with his latest James Bond 007 No Time to Die is at the cinemas and it was about time. I’m so looking forward to legendary cars, a briefcase of gadgets, and a stylish wardrobe. But to seeing more of Bond’s more human, vulnerable side too.

I love a good thriller, book or movie, the kind that has that escaping quality about it. The kind that takes you to exotic locations, or uncovers cyber terrorism and power play, and media intrusion too – socially relevant themes but still a fantasy for the average bystander.

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Book Review, Take Height, Rutterkin by Millie Thom @MillieThom #HistFic #TuesdayBookBlog

Take Height, Rutterkin by Millie Thom

What a thrill to share with you my review of Take Height, Rutterkin by talented historical fiction author Millie Thom, historical fiction at its best published in August 2021.

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Stories and History of Transylvania, the Middle Ages

History Transylvania middle ages

Early Middle Ages, history tells us, found the rich lands of Transylvania and the Romanian territories south and east of the Carpathians, Muntenia, Oltenia, and Moldavia respectively, as a  lively congregation of various cultures and traditions, brought together by the need for trade, the hope for a better life, but mostly by the local’s love and respect for their ancestor’s land.

But what was happening in the western Europe right about now? For no land can ever be isolated from the rest of the world, nor can it be observed on its own. Just as no level of the emerging, yet highly hierarchic feudal system can be understood as an isolated occurrence.

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Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for, 1 Year Anniversary

5 books everyone should read in their lifetime

Celebrate with me Silent Heroes, When Love and Values Are Worth Fighting for and its 1 year anniversary from its publishing debut on Amazon.
Looking at war from the perspective of all those sucked into it, civilians, soldiers, military working dogs, MWD, and eve belligerents, Silent Heroes is a narrative about the value of life and the necessity of combat; the terror of dying; the ordeal of seeing your loved ones and your platoon-mates killed in front of your eyes; the trauma of taking a human life.

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7 War Books You Must Read

7 war books you must read

If for each war victim would a war book be written, then each one of these books would be a must read, in their honor, don’t you think? War stories, as we remember them told by grandparents, always had something nostalgic about them, although the brutality of war, in its essence, was remembered as a traumatic experience. Perhaps the nostalgia came from the people caught in battles, the friendship,the humanity that united them.

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Convents: the Religious Life of Medieval Women 3/3

Convent secrets, medieval women

As part of the research for my new book I want to learn about convents and the religious life of Medieval women. So far we saw why women would join a convent as well as the amazing curriculum a convent offered. Surprised? Still, there is more to find out. Read on…

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Convents: the Religious Life of Medieval Women 1/3

Convents - religious life of Medieval women

I am researching again, a task both exhilarating and overwhelming as I have to sieve such fascinating information and only retain the story bits that I need. I want to learn about Medieval women, especially, in the belief that women can write about war as well as take part in it. Mark Twain said: “The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” Hmm. So, here’s a bit of my research: Convents, the religious life of Medieval Women.

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Women Writing about War #war #womensfiction #literature #books

Women writing war fiction is a controversial topic and one close to my heart. The question I was asked most often after publishing “Silent Heroes” was: why I wrote a book about war?

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A Harley-Davidson, Brave Della Crewe and Trouble the Dog

A Harley-Davidson, Brave Della Crewe and Trouble the Dog - Patricia Furstenberg

One of my favorite adventures is that involving a A Harley-Davidson, Brave Della Crewe and Trouble the Dog! In 1914, three years before New York state constitution granted women suffrage and only eleven years after the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Factory first opened its gates in a small shed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Della Crewe, a 29 young woman with a flair for adventure, took a trip around the world (or around the United States) on a Harley-Davidson bike with a sidecar. With her travelled her beloved dog, Trouble, a Boston bull pup.

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