You still have chances
You are invited to the End of Summer Partyon the weekend of August 25th and 26th to enjoy music, good food, witty conversation and an opportunity to plug your books and your blog.
Of course in this virtual world of ours music is great, and so is the wit, but the food is less fattening. It is a chance to mingle and make new contacts and learn more about your fellow bloggers which is always a good thing.
To enable you to do this, there will be four meals where you can be a guest over the two days.
Brunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner on Saturday and Sunday Lunch.
I want to make this as easy as possible to accept this invitation so please just answer these three questions.
- Please give me the title of a piece of music that means a lot to you with a brief reason…
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An outstanding review of Once I Was A Soldier FREE until midnight PST 8/8/2018
7 August 2018
This is a thriller of the highest quality. I’ve made the comparison between John le Carre and Daniel Kemp before. Both of these writers have agile, creative minds and both are experts in their chosen fields of espionage and the politics of the era.
The theme of Once I was a Soldier is power. People crave power, even if they already have it, they are greedy and want more. Those in power are afraid of losing it and guard it jealously.
The novel opens with an abuse of power. Melissa Iverson has inherited a vast fortune. Her lawyer reads her the contents of her Father’s Will. Her Father has made provisions for his two elderly, much-loved servants, leaving them a house in which to live out their days. But the clause isn’t watertight and Melissa demands that the elderly couple are thrown out of their home immediately. This abuse of power drives the narrative.
This is some of the finest erotica I’ve read. The writer lulls the reader into believing that sex and wealth are so high on the agenda that we are reading a narrative that lures us into the sexually determined world of Jackie Collins, or Shirley Conran.
And neither is this Agatha Christie, there’s no room for Miss Marple here. There is a change of mood and pace that is shocking. We stumble into a gritty, dark world…the characters with whom we thought were safe and dependable are not what they have seemed. Who are their masters? Who truly, ultimately has power? We don’t know and for the most part we never find out, we can only guess. but the final pages bring us back to the narrative…it is shocking, leaving us in no doubt that evil really does exist.
If you like your reading to be challenging, if you like the mystery of where Daniel Kemp is taking you..be warned, Once I was a Soldier is disturbing, but you will enjoy the journey.
Once A Was A Soldier
There is no morality to be found in evil. But to recognise that which is truly evil one must forget the rules of morality.
Farmer Brown had dozens of hens, but no rooster, so he goes down the road to the next farmer and asks if he has a rooster for sale. The other farmer says, “Yeah, I’ve this great rooster, named Rudy. He’ll service every chicken you got, no problem.” Well, Rudy the rooster costs a lot of money, but, farmer decides he’d be worth it. So, he buys him and takes the rooster home. He then sets him down in the barnyard and gives the rooster a pep talk, “Rudy, I want you to pace yourself now. You’ve got a lot of chickens to service here, and you cost me a lot of money. Consequently, I’ll need you to do a good job. “So, take your time and have some fun,” the farmer ended with a chuckle.
Rudy seemed to understand, so the farmer points toward the hen house, and Rudy took…
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I used to have problems with some of my neighbors, but since I have started packaging my trash this way, they seem much more pleasant.
They say “Good Morning” with a smile, keep the music volume real low and don’t let their dogs on my lawn.
I wonder what has changed?
Hey, fuggetaboutit, but thanks to my buddy, Burt Poston for the photo. He’s a stand-up guy.
Some wise reflections on a bygone age by Robynn Gabel
When Vikings wrote, they used what we call runes. The word above is actually my name, Robynn. Not much is known about Vikings and they didn’t leave much behind in writing. Some have theorized they were not educated and so not many knew how to write. Some think that because they used less permanent writing materials, not much was left behind. Either way, we do know they did use runes and what is left behind can be found in carvings or stone.
They were a superstitious people. Words to them were magic and held great power. Maybe to write it down was to allow it to have a life of its own. But despite what we know or don’t know of them, we can fill in the holes with educated guessing. The study of anthropology shows us that there is a common thread among all of us. Ancient or current.
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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves – #FREE until 26th July -The Desolate Garden by Daniel Kemp
Sally invited me into her Cafe and Bookstore. The offer on this book expires on July 27.
Delighted to welcome another author to the shelves of the bookstore with his books. And you are in luck as Daniel Kemp is offering The Desolate GardenFREEuntil the 26th of July
About the Desolate Garden
After Lord Harry Paterson is summoned to London following his father’s murder, he discovers an age-old secret and must ascend into his family’s true inheritance.
Digging deeper, he finds out that his late father, Lord Elliot Paterson, had discovered a hidden ledger dated all the way back to 1936… and a vast quantity of money erased from the accounts. Mysterious initials and an address in Leningrad – a major port in former Stalin’s Soviet Union – are his only clues.
Together with the attractive Judith Meadows, Lord Harry must unravel the mysterious death
One of the reviews for the book
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Wow, what a review! Fantastic and insightful. My thanks don’t seem enough but that’s all I have.
The Story That Had No Beginning by Daniel Kemp.
Reviewed by Gabriel Constans.
Tom Collins, and his sister Alice (Alicia), are twins who were separated into foster homes when they were 8 years of age. As adults, they’ve taken different paths. Tom becomes a thug, in and out of prison, and Alicia is a famous photographer, care of the graces of her mentor and mother figure (Mary O’Donnell). The Story That Had No Beginning, takes a close look at these siblings as adults, and explores their lives together with friends, co-workers, and acquaintances, and the inter-connections that take place. What appears to be straight-forward, and obvious, may or may not be so.
Mr. Kemp has written a superb crime story, with the actions, thoughts, feelings, and consequences of the main characters being told by way of deceased Tom Collins, who can see into the past. Tom says, “All…
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From 00:01 PST Sunday, July 22nd or 8am UK time, the Kindle of The Desolate Garden will be free from Amazon until July 27th. This novel was under a paid 5-year option to become a $30 million film.
A bestselling novel in Russian literature and described as a Top 100 Indie Book You Should Read Before You Die