REBLOG: IT WAS MEANT TO BE | P.C. Zick

Source: IT WAS MEANT TO BE | P.C. Zick

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actually meet one of your FB Friends? Well, I got a chance to do just that!

The following post is from my dear friend and editor extraordinaire, P. C. Zick –– Pat.  It was SO wonderful finally meeting her in person! I knew from our conversations over the years we’d most probably get along just fine in person, but our nonstop yakking and laughing at the restaurant table made my day…week. Nah. It all still stays fresh in my mind and will continue to do so for a long time.

ANYWAY, here is a reblog from her POST, in her own words…..

We recently traveled to southern California to attend the wedding of my husband’s nephew. While at my mother-in-law’s funeral, we learned of the wedding in San Diego and decided we would make the trip.

The decision to go turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made in recent years. There are times when the stars align, the heavens open, and serendipity ensues. Our visit proved to be one such time.

Since we were traveling so far it only made sense to see as many people as we could. Sixty years ago this month, when I was only four, my oldest brother married his college sweetheart, Joyce. My brother died ten years ago, but I have kept in touch with Joyce, who moved to Palm Springs several years after his death. I had been yearning to see her, so our trip would mean a chance to visit Joyce and see her new digs. Then there was the friend from our hometown who had been good friends with both my husband and another brother. His business is in Los Angeles. My husband’s cousin in Ventura was another chance to reconnect with a favorite relative. And finally, there was my very dear Sarah AKA S.R. Mallery who lives in North Hollywood. Was it possible for the two of us to meet in person after working together for years? I’ve edited and formatted most of Sarah’s books, most recently, Ellie & And the War on Powder Creek.

Wedding Day – Pacific Ocean roars behind us

The first part of the journey–the wedding–may have been the original impetus, but it may not have been the reason we went. Another family member who came to the wedding spent a day with us, mostly walking on the beach near San Diego. It turned out this person needed accepting ears to listen to his problems and concerns regarding a transitional period now facing him. We walked, listened, and hugged. We even found impossible-to-find parking spaces right on the beach (and for free) right when we needed it. Serendipity.

My very dear Joyce in Idyllwild

The visit to Joyce’s began in Idyllwild, CA, where she’d recently purchased a cabin in the mountains for the summer months. Cool temperatures, outstanding mountain vistas, and a rejuvenating visit with someone who has been a huge influence in my life. Joyce, who is eighty-one and laughs with ease, who practices yoga and lives in peace. We built fires in the huge stone fireplace in the living room. We made friends with Elvis, her Scottish terrier/poodle mix. And as we sat watching the flames in front of us one night, we felt the rumbles in our feet and heard the bomb blast outside–our first earthquake, a 3.3 minor occurrence, quickly over. We left from her home in Palm Springs after driving by Cary Grant’s former home and drinking beer while water misted over us at an outdoor bar on a 100 degree day. But, hey, it’s dry heat, right? No. It’s still hot, but the mists helped when the wind cooperated.

The other visits went well. We happened to plan our trip at a time when the friends in LA and the cousin in Ventura were present. The cousin and her husband had just returned from Australia and were headed out to Denmark in a few weeks. We caught them between their extensive travel schedule and even managed to meet two of their kids. The friend in LA only comes down from his ranch one week a month. That’s right, we picked the right week. Both visits cemented friendships and strengthened family ties.

S.R. Mallery and P.C. Zick do Hollywood.

And Sarah. What can I say about the phenomena of meeting someone who I feel is a good friend even without ever had hugged or looked at each other in the eye? It was wonderful. We just held each other at arm’s length for a few minutes before hugging for real. Then we went to the dining room where we were told to pick our table. Sarah and I chose a booth in the corner. A plaque on the table informed us we were sitting at a table where Walt Disney had often sat with members of his Imagineers team. They even carved some designs in the wood surface. Perfect because Sarah’s husband had been an Imagineer as a special effects designer. Both of our husbands have the scientific head for specifics and details, while Sarah and I are definitely the other end of the spectrum. Luckily for us, the two men bonded immediately and left us to our chatter about writing, marketing, and life. We couldn’t even stop to read the menu, but we had a lovely waitress who loved our story about meeting for the first time. She said it was like online long-term dating. All I know is the lunch ended much too soon, and we had to get on the road to avoid rush hour traffic in LA.

Our flights, both ways, were easy and efficient. Even our luggage arrived everywhere it should have arrived. And as much as I love Florida, I have to say, California wins the friendly tourist destination prize. Everywhere we went, we met helpful, kind, and friendly folks from our bartenders, waiters, drivers, flight attendants, and clerks. One day at Mission Beach in San Diego, we visited a beach bar with lots of craft beers. We had a couple and chatted with the bartender, Juan. When he gave us a bill, he’d only charged for one round. We pointed it out, and he said, “I just want you to enjoy your visit here in San Diego, so it’s my treat.” Can’t say I’ve had that happen at a beach bar in Florida.

And now we’re home, happy to be here, but extremely grateful we made the trip west. Sometimes, it’s just supposed to be that way.

Source: IT WAS MEANT TO BE | P.C. Zick

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REBLOG: Kathryn Knight books: A Donation to #PetsForVets from the Authors of Love Under Fire! #Suspense #Romance #Books #FridayReads

This weekend, I am honored to be presenting a donation check to the Portland Chapter of Pets for Vets on behalf of all the authors of Love Under Fire!  Twenty-one bestselling authors contributed stories to this Romantic Suspense Box Set, and during the six weeks this special deal was for sale, we raised thousands of dollars for Pets for Vets, a wonderful organization that pairs shelter pets with veterans seeking companion animals.

While the Love Under Fire Box Set is no longer available as a book bundle, most of the individual novels are now available for sale, many also in print and on audio as well as in ebook format.  Please visit the author links below to read more on what we each write, and to view our available titles!

Judith Lucci
Love Under Fire title:  RUN for Your Life
A long awaited romantic interlude turns deadly…

Stephany Tullis
Love Under Fire title:  Blue Lady’s MISSION Under FIRE
THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

Margaret A. Daly
Love Under Fire title:  Monsters in My Closet
Can Becky keep her secrets?

Fiona Quinn
Love Under Fire title:  Cold Red
Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest. It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

Kathryn Knight
Love Under Fire title:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean
Love Under Fire title:  Reign of Fire
When Love Sparks Fire, Even Ash Burns

K.M. Hodge

Love Under Fire title: Summer of ’78
When you’re a serial killer’s type…

Linda Watkins 
Love Under Fire title: The Turning
The Witches of Storm Island
It is the Year of Our Lord 1685 and 14-year-old Maude Prichard finds herself at a crossroads in life…

Alyssa Richards
Love Under Fire title:  Chasing Secrets
Her husband’s secret tore everything down. A ruthless killer threatens all she has left. It’s up to her to make everything right.

Tamara Ferguson
Love Under Fire title:  Two Hearts Under Fire
While on the run, can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?

Suzanne Jenkins
Love Under Fire title:  Running with Horses
Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe

Valerie J. Clarizio
Love Under Fire title:  The Code Enforcer
Can they overcome their painful pasts–and a murder investigation–to find happiness together?

Stephanie Queen
Love Under Fire title:  Ace Under Fire
Can this bad boy has-been make a comeback to save an old flame?

Uvi Poznansky
Love Under Fire title:  Virtually Lace
Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Inge-Lise Goss
Love Under Fire title:  Diamonds and Lies
When murder upends a diamond heist, can the jewel thief trust the mark who vows to protect her?

Anna Celeste Burke
Love Under Fire title:  Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
Someone in wine country wants Lily dead…

S.R. Mallery
Love Under Fire title:  Tender Enemies
In 1941, when Lily sets up a “honey trap” for Joe, the Nazi, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for–falling in love.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Love Under Fire title:  Buckle Bunny
The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds

Jinx Schwartz
Love Under Fire title:  Baja Get Away
Sometimes love is murder

Aaron Paul Lazar
Love Under Fire title:  The Asylum
Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy

Chris Patchell
Love Under Fire:  Deception Bay
She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

Thank you for supporting the authors who contributed to Love Under Fire!  Please stop by my blog again next week, when I share the pictures from our visit to Portland!  You can sign up for my newsletter below as well to keep up with book news and events.

Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 18 April 2019 – MEMORABLE MOMENTS BEFORE MOBILE PHONES TOOK OVER

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18 April 2019 – MEMORABLE MOMENTS BEFORE MOBILE PHONES TOOK OVER

G’day folks,
Childhood has almost always been an innocent time of exploration, adventure, and imagination. Though I sometimes wonder if today’s kids are missing out on all the great fun we used to have when we were young.
Because they have so many amazing toys, cellphones, and video games, perhaps they actually are less good at making their own fun.
Take a look at these rare photos of adorable youngsters enjoying themselves, and share them with your friends to remind the world how important the simple things in life are.

REBLOG Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 19 March 2019 – HISTORIC SHOTS OF WOMEN ENTERING THE WORKPLACE

Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 19 March 2019 – HISTORIC SHOTS OF WOMEN ENTERING THE WORKPLACE

G’day folks,
Since winning the right to vote in the early 20th century, women have been hungry for equality and respect in all areas of life — and with good reason! What’s the point of having the right to vote on subject matters in your country and community if your life is spent washing dishes and folding laundry?
Over the past 100 years, women’s warrior cries have shattered the glass ceiling and coined the term “Boss Lady.” That level of achievement in the workplace wouldn’t have been possible without these leading ladies, who put the word force back into workforce.

 

 

 

 

 

REBLOG: Book review: Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery | Discover books drenched in Greek sunshine…

REBLOGGED FROM EFFROYNI MOSCHOUDI’s Great Blog.

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OK. First of all, a HEARTY thanks goes out to the fine, wonderfully descriptive author, EFFROSYNI MOSCHOUDI, for her GREAT review of my 1941 WW2 USA Romance thriller! Here it is:

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I am offering a #FREE Gifted AMAZON eBOOK to EACH of the FIRST SIX U. S. FOLLOWERS WHO CONTACT ME!  (Unfortunately this applies only to followers in the United States–sorry!)

Just Go to my CONTACT Page, fill in your information and write that you are interested in getting a free TENDER ENEMIES…

EFFROSYNI’s Book review: Tender Enemies by S.R. Mallery

I love books set in New York and this historical romance had an original premise that drew me from the start. I’d never read anything about Nazis in America before so I was intrigued before I even started to read. S.R. Mallery set her world vividly from the first pages, reeling me in effortlessly. I have read all her other books and, once again the dialogue was spot on for the era. This author writes vivid dialogue and characters in all her books, and she does it in an almost cinematographical way, in the sense that as I read I can see it all in my mind’s eye. What a wonderful talent for a writer to have!

The heroine, Lily, was traumatized from childhood and worried for her mother’s health too. She is such a caring soul, a good girl that was full of worry and trepidation. It all made me yearn for her to find happiness. The man she loved was someone she was assigned to spy on, which caused her to ache with love for him while doubting his integrity and true motives at the same time.

A host of Nazi supporters, some operatives on a stake-out, and FBI agents are featured in the story, weaving a web of lies and distrust that trapped the two protagonists at the center. I cannot recommend this book enough for fans of historical fiction and sweet romance with suspense. The story proved utterly entertaining to the last page. Towards the end, a series of twists and revelations caused my reading pleasure to skyrocket.

But, above all, what I enjoyed the most was feeling fully immersed in the 1940s as I read. It was an unforgettable mind trip and I urge you to take it as well.

My rating: 5 stars

Intriguing historical romance. Such a page-turner!

Do you enjoy romances where the protagonists are plagued by uncertainty and doubt? How about historical romances with suspense? I think you’ll love this book! Visit Amazon to find out more!

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MA BARKER – A CLANCY TUCKER POST REBLOG

MA BARKER   CLICK HERE TO GO TO THE  ORIGINAL POST BY CLANCY TUCKER

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“G’day folks,

Now, here is a wild mob. Ma Barker was the matriarch of the Barker-Karpis Gang, whose spree of kidnappings, murders and bank robberies led to her and its members’ violent deaths.

Synopsis

Ma Barker was born on October 8, 1873, in Ash Grove, Missouri. She had four sons: Herman, Lloyd, Arthur and Fred, who, with Alvin Karpis, formed the Barker-Karpis Gang in 1931. That year, Fred and Alvin shot a sheriff to death. The murder started a pattern of thoughtless killing by the gang. Ma Barker became a wanted woman. On January 16, 1935, Ma and Fred where shot and killed by FBI agents in Oklawaha, Florida.MaBarker2

Early Years

Ma Barker was born Arizona Donnie Clark on October 8, 1873, to a poor family in Ash Grove, Missouri. Her parents were of Irish and Scottish descent. Clark was a headstrong girl with dark penetrating eyes and a nasty temper. Along with her siblings, she attended church regularly and spent her free time singing and playing the fiddle.

As a child, Clark witnessed local outlaw Jesse James and his gang ride through her hometown. The sight triggered her thirst for adventure and was a catalyst for her life to come.

Personal Life

In 1892, Clark married a man who would fail to quench that thirst—a poor, soft-spoken tenant farmer named George Barker. Over the next decade, the couple had four sons: HerMaBarker3man, Lloyd, Arthur (nicknamed Doc) and Fred. (Arizona Clark had by then had adopted the nickname “Kate,” and taken her husband’s last name.)

As the Barker boys aged, they were constantly in trouble with the law. Herman, the oldest, was arrested in 1910 for petty thievery. By the time Barker’s two youngest, Doc and Fred, had reached their teen years, all four sons were repeatedly landing themselves in prisons and reformatories. But Kate Barker refused to discipline her boys and would fly into a rage at anyone, including her husband, who tried to scold them. After the family relocated to Tulsa in 1915, George left Kate.

Barker-Karpis Gang

 In the spring of 1931, Ma Barker’s youngest son, Fred, was unexpectedly paroled from Lansing Prison, in Kansas. Fred brought with him a fellow parolee named Alvin Karpis. He and Fred agreed to become partners in crime. Ma approved of the newly formed Barker-Karpis Gang and let them use her Tulsa shack as a hideout. Living vicariously through the exploits of her boys offered Ma the adventure she had always craved.

THIS  PHOTO is my addition, FROM PINTEREST PAGE:

Fred and Alvin quickly went to work, committing a series of burglaries and small?time bank robberies. In December 1931, they robbed a department store in West Plains, Missouri. The next day, they shot and murdered the town’s Sheriff, C. R. Kelly, at point blank range. Kelly’s murder started a pattern of excessive violence and thoughtless killing that soon became the trademark of the Karpis-Barker Gang. For the first time, Ma Barker became a wanted woman.

On March 29, 1932, Fred, Alvin and three accomplices robbed the Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis and made a clean getaway. The Barker?Karpis Gang got away with more than a quarter of a million dollars in cash and bonds.

In September of 1932, Ma’s son Doc was paroled from a murder sentence at the same time that his brothers were free. The Barker gang was back at full strength and more menacing than ever. With Ma’s blessing, they quickly plotted another bank job for December, at the Third Northwestern National Bank in Minneapolis. This time, however, they failed to adequately think the job through. The consequence was a violent shoot­out with the police, which only served to solidify their reputation as the most vicious criminal gang in America.

 

 

A Violent Death – See My added Photo Above from PINTEREST

Another shootout between the Barkers and the authorities would occur on the morning of January 16, 1935, when the FBI raided the house in Oklawaha, Florida, where Ma and Fred were staying. Heavily armed FBI agents surrounded the house and ordered the pair to surrender. With no reply, the agents threw tear gas canisters at the windows. Fred fired a machine gun and a shootout began that left the house riddled with bullets. Fred and Ma fought for their lives, shooting back with everything they had. Finally, after four hours, the federal agents began to run out of ammunition and the scene became deathly quiet. Ma and Fred Barker were found together, dead in an upstairs bedroom. A stash of weapons and thousands of dollars were recovered at the house.”

NOW HERE’S ALSO MY ADDITION: Shelley Winters played MA BARKER on two episodes of “BATMAN” in 1966.  Here is the IMDB link:

 

 

 

 

REBLOG: Clancy Tucker’s 27 December 2014 – JANE AUSTEN

Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 27 December 2014 – JANE AUSTEN

27 December 2014 – JANE AUSTEN

JANE AUSTEN  1775 – 1817

G’day folks,

Welcome to some facts on one of the most famous authors ever.

Early Life Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire on 16th December 1775. She was the 7th daughter of an 8 child family. Her father, George Austen, was a vicar and lived on a reasonable income of £600 a year. However, although they were middle class, they were not rich; her father would have been unable to give much to help her daughters get married. Jane was brought up with her 5 brothers and her elder sister Cassandra. (another brother, Edward, was adopted by a rich, childless couple and went to live with them). Jane was close to her siblings, especially Cassandra, to whom she was devoted. The two sisters shared a long correspondence throughout her life; much of what we know about Jane comes from these letters, although, unfortunately Cassandra burnt a number of these on Jane’s death.

Jane was educated at Oxford and later a boarding school in Reading. In the early 1800s two of Jane’s brother’s joined the navy, leaving to fight in the Napoleonic wars; they would go on to become admirals. The naval connections can be seen in novels like Mansfield Park. After the death of her father in 1805, Jane, with her mother and sister returned to Hampshire. In 1809, her brother, Edward who had been brought up by the Knights, invited the family to the estate he had inherited at Chawton. It was in the country house of Chawton, that Jane was able to produce some of her greatest novels.

Novels of Jane Austen

Her novels are a reflection of her outlook on life. She spent most of her life insulated from certain sections of society. Her close friends were mainly her family, and those of similar social standing. It is not surprising then that her novels focused on 2 or 3 families of the middle or upper classes. Most novels were also based on the idyll of rural country houses that Jane was so fond of.

Her novels also focus on the issue of gaining a suitable marriage. Marriage was a big issue facing women and men of her time; often financial considerations were paramount in deciding marriages. As an author, Jane used to satirise these financial motivations, for example, in Pride and Prejudice the mother is ridiculed for her ambitions to marry her daughters for maximum financial remuneration. Jane, herself remained single throughout her life. Apart from brief flirtations, Jane remained single, and appeared to have little interest in getting married (unlike the characters of her novels.

The strength of Jane’s novels was her ability to gain penetrating insights into the character and nature of human relationships, from even a fairly limited range of environments and characters. In particular, she helped to redefine the role and aspirations of middle class women like herself. Through providing a witty satire of social conventions, she helped to liberate contemporary ideas of what women could strive for.

During her lifetime the novels were reasonably popular. One of her strongest supporters was Walter Scott. He said of her novels:

That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with”

King George IV actually requested that one novel could be dedicated to him. Emma is therefore dedicated to the King, even though Jane did not maintain any liking towards the King.

Not all were favourable to Jane. The literary critic and wit, Mark Twain, said:

Jane Austen? Why, I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen. Even if it contains no other book

Death of Jane Austen

Jane died in 1816, aged only 41. She died of Addison’s disease, a disorder of the adrenal glands. She was buried at Winchester Cathedral.

There are two museums dedicated to Jane Austen.

  • The Jane Austen Centre in Bath and
  • The Jane Austen’s House Museum, located in Chawton cottage, in Hampshire, where she lived from 1809 –1816

In 2005, Pride and Prejudice was voted best British novel of all time in a BBC poll. Jane was also voted as one of the Top 100 greatest Britons

Novels of Jane Austen

  •  Sense and Sensibility (published 1811)
  •  Pride and Prejudice (1813)
  •  Mansfield Park (1814)
  •  Emma (1816)
  •  Persuasion (1818) posthumous
  •  Northanger Abbey (1818) posthumous

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From the mist and into his arms.

As a cooking show host, Megan Forrester spends most of her time on a TV studio set.

In the make-believe kitchen, her life is a five-course meal of achievement. But in the romance department—not so much. Megan has zero time for dating so when the chance of a fun-filled getaway with friends comes along, she grabs it, sans oven mitts, with both hands.

What she didn’t expect was getting lost in a mysterious fog and stumbling into the arms of an ex-pirate turned supply runner in the 1800s. One that catches her attention far more than the orange-blue flames of a chocolate and cherry sauce flambé.

Thankfully, rugged Everett Quinn is determined to help her survive in an era she knows nothing about. But the deeper she delves into this new world of high sea adventures with Everett, the more…

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Reblog of Grey Hover’s Post: 2018 Tribute to Veterans – Honoring veterans of all wars

Source: 2018 Tribute to Veterans – Honoring veterans of all wars

This year you have the rare opportunity to obtain three historic war novels FREE.  Just click the links below and enjoy reading and learning about the  our veterans and the sacrifices that helped to maintain our freedoms.

Kicker (The Forgotten Front)   A WWII thriller about a family’s hardships on the home front and the Army airmen who flew unarmed missions over Japanese territory in China, Burma and India.  This ebook is available free November 9, 10 and 11 of 2018.

 

 

 

The Dandelion Clock  A wish to end all wishes. The war to end all wars. This WWI novel is available free November 10, 11 and 12 of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touching the Wire  Auschwitz:1944 A Jewish nurse steps from a cattle wagon into the heart of a young doctor, but can he save her? 70yrs later, his granddaughter tries to keep the promise he made.  This WWII novel is available free November 10, 11 and 12 of 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently had the honor of being the guest of author Michael James Gallagher on his podcast. Please join us at Podcast URL as we discuss the creation of Kicker (The Forgotten Front)