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I have to say, I am very proud to be part of this wonderful group of authors. AND in addition, help veterans.  You can’t go wrong with THAT combination!!

21 Romantic Suspense Mystery Thrillers!

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Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of stories, never before published, all in one amazing romantic suspense boxed set.

From around the edges of every day existence lurks betrayal, greed, and death.

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

Let the adventures begin…

Stephany Tullis
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?

Judith Lucci
RUN for your life
Besieged by threats, haunted by memories, can Alex and Jacob survive another fiery attack? Will the ghostly Belle intercede?

Margaret A. Daly
Monsters in my Closet
Can Becky keep her secrets?

Fiona Quinn
Cold Red
A chilling tale from the FBI Joint Task Forces Series

Kathryn Knight
The Haunting of Hillwood Farm
A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean
Reign Of Fire
Lies, corruption, and murder…yet exposing the truth leads to love––and a ghostly encounter.

S. R. Mallery
Tender Enemies
When Lily sets up a spy trap, she faces great danger––of falling in love.

Pamela Fagan Hutchins
Buckle Bunny
The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds.

Uvi Poznansky
Virtually Lace
Michael creates a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he solve it in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Suzanne Jenkins
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. 

K.M. Hodge
Summer of ‘78
Susan Evenbright, pledges to make her last summer in Texas a killer one.

Aaron Paul Lazar
The Asylum, a Carmen Garcia romantic suspense novel
Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy. 

Linda Watkins
The Witches of Storm Island, Book I: The Turning
In 1685, a forbidden love catapults Maude into a life fraught with danger.

Alyssa Richards
Chasing Secrets
Her husband’s secret is priceless. Her attempts to retrieve it could be deadly.

Tamara Ferguson
Two Hearts Under Fire
Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?

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

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

Valerie J. Clarizio
The Code Enforcer
Tag Line: Can they overcome their painful pasts—and a murder investigation—to find happiness together? 

Stephanie Queen
Ace Under Fire
Can this bad boy make a comeback to save an old flame?

Jinx Schwartz
Baja Get Away
Sometimes love is murder.

Anna Celeste Burke
Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire
In California Wine Country, someone wants Lily dead.


Source: 21 Romantic Suspense Stories! – Suzanne Jenkins

SUZANNE JENKINS: A Rock of Gibraltar

Two years ago, I met this talented, incredibly prolific, and best selling author in a former boxed set we were both in. When we first ‘talked online,’ we instantly clicked. Very soon I discovered what being merely an acquaintance with her actually meant: Round-the-clock FB sharing and Twitter RTing for me as well as many others; answering my dumb, newbie questions without a moment’s hesitation; offering to put my books up on her newsletter here and there. As time went by, and our friendship grew, I realized something else. There are so many kind people I’ve gotten to know online over the last few years, but Suzanne has become my “Rock of Gibraltar,” and for that I will be forever grateful. Thank you for always being there, Suzanne!

BELOW are just a FEW of her books. Couldn’t fit them all on this page!


Suzanne writes page-turning contemporary romance, mystery, and women’s fiction with passionately gripping characters that stay with readers long after they turn the last page. The Detroit Detective Stories, beginning with The Greeks of Beaubien Street are a reflection of American fantasy with historical reality. Pam of Babylon books consistently rank in the Top 100 Best Sellers in American Drama with over 500,000 downloads. Suzanne’s stand alone novels include Someone Like You, the Family/LGBT themed Alice’s Summertime Adventure, suspenseful The Savant of Chelsea, Slow Dancing, The Liberation of Ravenna Morton and Perfect for Him, her latest romance story. “Bring the tissues,” readers say.

Burn District, Jenkins new sci/fi series, follows an American family as they flee from political insanity to save their lives in the Arizona Desert.

Her short story, Vapor appeared in Willow Review, Spring 2013.

A retired operating room nurse, Jenkins lives in Southern California.

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Her anthology of romance titles with eleven other authors, A TOUCH OF PASSION, has just become the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.



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REBLOG: Uvi Poznansky: Let me introduce you to my author friends

FROM UVI POZNANSKY: My author friends have joined forces with me! We bring you an amazing collection of 21 Romantic Suspense novels

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Love Under Fire

Artist, poet, and award-winning, bestselling author of 26 books. Her Boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards. 
I paint with my pen and write with my paintbrush
Author / Writer / business consultant / public speaker / published author! Writing with purpose!
Best-Selling Author of the Alexandra Destephano and Michaela McPherson Thriller/Crime series. Prof and Multi-Media Artist, who loves kids, dogs, and having fun
USA TODAY Bestselling Author, writes smart sexy suspense with a psychic twist. She’s an adventure junkie, book glutton & chocolate-a-holic
USA Today Bestselling Author
Author, Marketing Coordinator/Publicist
Novelist/Songwriter/Poet/Dog Lover/Democrat. Author of THE MATEGUAS ISLAND SERIES
Award-Winning Author: Bestsellers- #1 Two Hearts Surrendered-#1 A Touch Of Passion With TRR Readers’ Choice Winner. 
Tamara creates stories so enchanting, they will make your heart stop…
Author of the Pam of Babylon series, The Greektown Stories, Burn District & others.
Award-Winning multi-genre author. 
In my former life I was a CPA and now I love the journeys where my characters take me.
Historical Fiction Award Winning Author who writes stories with authentic characters, no matter the time or place! 
History is woven into my stories with a delicate thread.
Award-winning author of Hetta Coffey series. Hetta’s a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht and not afraid to use it!
#1 Amazon and B&N Bestselling Author of steamy romance + haunting suspense. Fan of ghosts & wine. Fitness Instructor, wife, mom of 2 boys & 3 rescued pets.
Ex-high-heel wearing writer, audiobook addict, UConn sports maniac, family girl, Sees Toffee-ette slave, loyal friend.
Tired~Stressed? There’s A NAP for that ESCAPE into Imagination with 5 star Suspense, Romance and a Sprinkle of Magic. Read my story and you’ll want more!
I am an author of romantic suspense and contemporary romance novels. Feline lover & outdoors enthusiast. 
I write suspense novels set in the Pacific Northwest that explore the complexity of human nature.
This award winning author embraces life in the Genesee Valley, plays w/ his dogs and grandkids, grows sumptuous gardens, and writes about chasing bad guys. 
Addictive, award-winning fiction. You’ll fall in love with the characters and love to hate the villains.
Writer. Loves Good Espresso, Dogs, Magnolias & Gardenias. Author, The Fine Art of Deception Series, The Haunting of Alcott Manor trilogy.
USA Today Bestselling author of crime fiction & advocate for people with autism. Syndicate-Born Trilogy & Book Cellar Series 
Writer of overly long e-mails, romantic mysteries, and (possibly?) hilarious nonfiction.




This article taught me a fair bit about something that has always aggravated me – WHY IS AMERICAN ENGLISH DIFFERENT TO REAL ENGLISH? Theodore Roosevelt Jr. was an American statesman and writer who served as the 26th President of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

In August 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt issued an order from his summer residence in Oyster Bay, New York, that would soon be the talk of Washington—and the world beyond.
Addressing himself to the government printer, Roosevelt decreed that all documents issued by the White House should now follow the spellings advocated by an organization known as the Simplified Spelling Board.
Launched the previous March and financed by the steel baron Andrew Carnegie, the board wanted to strip the American language of its antiquated British baggage and create a clean and modern version for the 20th century.
Carnegie, who’d immigrated to the United States as a teenager with little formal education, had high hopes for the project. “Mr. Carnegie has long been convinced that English might be made the world language of the future, and thus one of the influences leading to universal peace,” the New York Times reported. “He believes that the chief obstacle to its speedy adoption is to be found in its contradictory and difficult spelling.”

At the time, written German, which had been simplified in 1901, seemed poised to become the “world language of the future”—a development that neither Carnegie nor Roosevelt, both intensely competitive men, could possibly have welcomed.

SouAddressing himself to the government printer, Roosevelt decreed that all documents issued by the White House should now follow the spellings advocated by an organization known as the Simplified Spelling Board.
Launched the previous March and financed by the steel baron Andrew Carnegie, the board wanted to strip the American language of its antiquated British baggage and create a clean and modern version for the 20th century.

Carnegie, who’d immigrated to the United States as a teenager with little formal education, had high hopes for the project. “Mr. Carnegie has long been convinced that English might be made the world language of the future, and thus one of the influences leading to universal peace,” the New York Times reported. “He believes that the chief obstacle to its speedy adoption is to be found in its contradictory and difficult spelling.”

At the time, written German, which had been simplified in 1901, seemed poised to become the “world language of the future”—a development that neither Carnegie nor Roosevelt, both intensely competitive men, could possibly have welcomed.

Carnegie recruited a long list of luminaries to the cause, including the writer Mark Twain, the philosopher William James, Melvil Dewey of Dewey Decimal System fame, and the presidents of Columbia and Stanford universities, among others. If Carnegie’s “universal peace” seemed like a grandiose goal, they could point to other, more basic benefits. Spelling would be easier to teach in schools, possibly shaving a year or more off the curriculum, educators said. Business correspondence would be faster and cheaper to handle.

Publishers could save on typesetting, ink, and paper costs.

In a September 1906 speech, Twain argued that the reforms would also help new immigrants assimilate. Traditional spelling, he maintained, “keeps them back and damages their citizenship for years until they learn to spell the language, if they ever do learn.”

As a first step, the board published a list of suggested substitutes for 300 words whose spelling it considered archaic. For example, it proposed that “although” be shortened to “altho,” “fixed” become “fixt,” and “thorough” be traded in for “thoro.”
Roosevelt forwarded the list to the government printer, with his official blessing. The 26th president was so “thoroly” convinced of the idea’s merits that he didn’t realize the controversy he was about to spark.

A Man of Words—and Lots of Them

Roosevelt’s obsession with words wouldn’t have been a total surprise to Americans of the day. Despite his popular image as a hard-charging soldier, big-game hunter, jungle explorer, and all-around outdoorsy he-man, he was also one of the nation’s most literate presidents. He wrote more than 30 books throughout his life and was a voracious reader as well, reportedly averaging a book a day.

But the reaction to his spelling move was swift and mostly negative, even though many of the words on the list were already in wide use, such “honor” instead of “honour” and “check” in place of “cheque.” The New York Times, in fact, calculated that at least 131 of the 300 simplified spellings appeared regularly in its own pages.

That seemed to make little difference, though. “Had President Roosevelt declared war against Germany, he could not have caused much more agitation in Washington,” the Washington Times reported.

“Of all President Roosevelt’s moves to stir up the animals,” the Washington Evening Star wrote a week after the order, simplified spelling seemed to strike an unusually sensitive nerve. “Abroad it has particularly aroused the latent animosity of the English,” the paper noted.

 Indeed, barely a day after Roosevelt’s announcement, the New York Times reported that, “President Roosevelt is the laughing stock of literary London,” adding that newspaper writers there were now simplifying his surname, referring to him as Rusvelt and Ruzvelt, while Carnegie was caricatured as Andru Karnegi and Karnege. (American papers also had their fun with the men’s names. The Baltimore Sun asked whether the president would start spelling his name Rusevelt or “get down to the fact and spell it Butt-in-sky?”)
Another report summed up the reaction across England: “Mr. Roosevelt, heretofore regarded as only a little lower than the angels, is now characterized as whimsical, silly, headstrong, and despotic.”
Congress Cries Foul

Nowhere was the reaction more negative than in the U.S. Congress. where many members were irritated that Roosevelt had bypassed them.

Roosevelt, meanwhile, attempted to calm the spelling storm. In a letter to the government printer, he characterized his order as merely an experiment, saying that the American public would ultimately decide its fate. “If the slight changes in the spelling of the three hundred words proposed wholly or partially meet popular approval, then the changes will become permanent without any reference to what public officials or individual private citizens may feel; if they do not ultimately meet with popular approval they will be dropt, and that is all there is about it,” he wrote, managing to sneak in at least one word from the beleaguered list.

The controversy seemed to have subsided, when, in October 1906, the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly got involved. Reviewing a government brief that had been prepared in accordance with Roosevelt’s order, Chief Justice Melville Fuller expressed his displeasure at seeing the word “thru” substituted for “through.” The government’s lawyer assured the court that it would never happen again.

The next month, a subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, noticing that the draft of a recent bill had been printed with simplified spellings, announced that it would be calling on the public printer to explain himself. Two weeks later the full committee weighed in, adding a provision to the bill that, “Hereafter in printing documents authorized by law or ordered by Congress… the Government Printing Office shall follow the rules of orthography established by Webster’s or other generally accepted dictionaries of the English language.”

The entire House took up the matter the following week, debating the pros and (mostly) cons of simplified spelling for three hours. While Roosevelt’s reforms had a few supporters, the prevailing view was that he had overstepped his authority. “Some time before very long, the people of the United States are going to insist on having a President that will attend to his own business,” one Congressman suggested.

Two days later, on December 12, 1906, the House voted 142 to 25 to withhold funding for the printing of any government document that deviated from conventional spelling. One impassioned foe declared, “If the President can change 300 words, he can change the spelling of 300,000.”
Roosevelt Retreats

By now Roosevelt realized that he had really “stept” in it. The following day, he declared surrender, vowing to abandon the effort and admitting in a letter to a fellow advocate that it was “worse than useless to go into an undignified contest when I was beaten.”

Though the New York Times praised the president for his grace in defeat, he might have had a more pragmatic reason for backing down. The next presidential election was coming up in 1908, and simplified spelling had the potential to be a contentious issue in the campaign. As the Boston Transcript put it, “Unable to excoriate Roosevelt for squelching the coal strike, beginning work on the Panama Canal, stopping the Russo-Japanese War, cleaning up the packing houses, and irritating the trusts, [Roosevelt’s opponents] will denounce him with lurid frenzy for tampering with the spelling book.”

Mark Twain also took note of the over-the-top reaction to Roosevelt’s fairly modest proposal. In dinner speech honoring Andrew Carnegie a year later, he joked that, “Simplified spelling brought about sun-spots, the San Francisco earthquake, and the recent business depression, which we would never have had if spelling had been left all alone.”

From its hopeful start to ignominious finish, Roosevelt’s initiative lasted barely four months. While it may have been a failure at the time, quite a few of its recommendations have long since come to pass. Although we haven’t adopted “kist” instead of “kissed” or “rime” in favor of “rhyme,” numerous words on the list are now in common use: “clue” (not “clew”), “draft” (not “daught”), “jail” (not “gaol”), “labor” (not “labour”), and many others.

Americans today might rightly wonder what all the clamor (not “clamour”) was about.

Clancy’s comment: English is English – not American. Sadly, this is an example of where society has dropped its values, and most modern dictionaries will often give you an ‘either / or’ for a word. Like: flavour / flavor, or colour / color, or centre / center etc etc.


Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 29 May 2018 – RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 29 May 2018 – RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

There are a lot of difficult, tragic things in the world, and unfortunately, they’re just a part of the human experience. But what helps counteract the bad parts of life? Random acts of kindness.
These are gestures performed by strangers for no other reason than to be nice – even if that person doesn’t get anything nice in return. These are the ultimate signs of selflessness, and they’re the kind of thing that can totally turn your day around.


















A grand, 5* Review from SilverWoodSketches

Source: SilverWoodSketches

Much thanks to Jennifer Silverwood for all her support. As authors know, this kind of review is music to our ears…
My Review

5 of 5 Stars *****

Truly great historical fiction rests in the little details, minute things that give authenticity. From the first scene in Trouble in Glamour Town, we are dropped into a past as troubled as today. A constant theme is in the contrasting grit buried beneath the surface glamour so present with the ’20s.

Nostalgia abounds as we come across Old Hollywood starlets of the silent screen. I grew up on these films, thanks to my grandparents, so I knew them immediately. However, if you’re a fan of the roaring twenties, but a little rusty on your cinema trivia, never fear. S.R. Mallery has written introductions and indications so effortlessly, you won’t realize you’re being educated. While I was familiar with Old Hollywood films and its stars, there was much about the industry at the time that I found fascinating. Clearly, Mallery has done her research.

I can’t say enough about the writing here, really. This is a great story, everything you can want in your next read. The author’s writing was so immersive, I easily stepped back into 1926. I loved how the mystery unveiled itself through multiple perspectives, giving us tastes of very visceral emotions.

Remember what I said about great historical fiction? Mallery is truly an author for readers to invest with. In Trouble in Glamour Town, S.R. Mallery has spun words into gold and given us an trip through time.

Trouble In Glamour Town

by S.R. Mallery

Publication Date: November 12, 2017
eBook & Paperback; 202 Pages
ISBN-13: 978-1979566070
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance/Mystery

Murder. Corruption. Romance.

Movie stars. A modern day TV shoot ‘em up? No. It’s 1926 Old Hollywood, and a film producer is gunned down in cold blood. In comes Rosie, a pretty bit-player, who, in spite of her stage-mother’s expectations, just longs to be happy. Silent screen idols Clara Bow, Gloria Swanson, Lon Chaney, and Rudolph Valentino float in and out, as Los Angeles’ corruption is exposed, the era described, and a chase to find the killer revs up before there’s another hit.

From Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 16 January 2016 – JAMES DEAN

Source: Clancy Tucker’s Blog: 16 January 2016 – JAMES DEAN

First of all, I’m reblogging this post because it brought back some memories. I remember going to see “Giant” with my mother, and falling in love. Then, over lunch, when she gently explained how he had died, I was devastated!

So here is a trip back to the 50’s with Clancy Tucker’s article…

G’day folks,

Today, I present some facts about a former heart throb from Hollywood. James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark.

Everyone remembers the stunning black-and-white photo taken of James Dean in the mean streets of New York. He’s walking alone next to Central Park, hands wedged deep in the pockets of an oversized trench coat, smoking a cigarette and looking off into the distance. It’s an iconic image of an iconic young man, one who was taken from the spotlight before he ever really entered it.

When James Dean died in September 1955 he was just 24 years old. He had certainly gained notoriety through his work on East of Eden, a film that was largely improvised and won him the first ever posthumous Academy Award nomination for lead actor. But it wasn’t until a month after his death that the real film for which the actor became known for was released: Rebel Without a Cause. A short time later the third and final film for which the actor would be known, Giant, also hit theatres.

The actor’s roles in each of the films may have been significantly different, but it was his portrayal of rebellious teenager Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause that hit the right notes with adolescent movie-goers. That, coupled with the way Dean died (racing his Porsche 550 Spyder, which was nicknamed “Little Bastard”) propelled him to a type of immortal cult status like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, but one that celebrated rebellion and going against the status quo. Fittingly, it was also the only one of these three film for which Dean wasn’t nominated posthumously for an Academy Award, and the role that made him go for Giant in the first place; he didn’t want to be typecast as the bad boy teenager.

While Dean may have become something of a teen heartthrob onscreen, behind-the-scenes it was a different story. The man was known to pay very little attention to his personal appearance, reportedly sometimes even showing up places with disheveled hair or without shoes. That’s largely why the set of photos including the one mentioned above were such an integral part of his story. Shot by up-and-coming Life photographer Dennis Stock, these prints included photos of Dean visiting the town of Fairmount, Indiana, where he grew up, getting his hair trimmed or going about his every day life.

It’s this photo shoot that is the subject of the latest biopic revolving around the actor’s life in Life. In it, Dean is portrayed by Dane DeHaan, while the role of Stock is helmed by Robert Pattinson. The flick doesn’t hit theatres until December, but it’s already garnering mixed reviews from several film festivals, with criticisms against the film accusing it of shying away from digging deep into Dean’s personal interactions.

That includes the often looked over fact that Dean was reportedly bisexual, having had relationships with several men and women over the course of his short life. It’s a fact that’s been confirmed by Elizabeth Taylor herself, Dean’s Giant co-star who once counted Dean among her many gay friends.

In fact, after Taylor’s death in 2011, off-the-record interviews with the star surfaced revealing even more gossip about her former co-star. In an interview with the Daily Beast, the starlet dropped another bombshell to Dean fans everywhere.

“I loved Jimmy. I’m going to tell you something, but it’s off the record until I die. OK? When Jimmy was 11 and his mother passed away, he began to be molested by his minister. I think that haunted him the rest of his life. In fact, I know it did.”

Whether Dean’s racing and continued quest for speed (he upgraded racing cars several times in the years before his death) had anything to do with trying to escape his past is something the actor has taken to the grave with him. What he did leave behind is an image of restless youth intent on fighting The Man, and an actor who was able to express the hopes and dreams of the young in a way so few others ever have. Even if that wasn’t exactly the legacy he planned on leaving behind, it’s one that has stuck for more than half a century with movie buffs everywhere. It’s an impressive feat indeed, considering the man’s altogether short resume and life.


A Clancy Tucker’s Blog Repost: HARRIET TUBMAN

Reposted from Clancy Tucker’s Blog:

Harriet Tubman (1822–1913) was an escaped slave who became a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. Harriet Tubman also served as a spy for the US army during the civil war and was an active participant in the struggle for women’s suffrage.

Tubman was born Araminta Ross, to slave parents who lived on plantations in Maryland. Little is known about her family background and ancestry, but her maternal grandmother came to the US on a slave ship from Africa (possibly from modern-day Ghana).

Her parents Rit and Ben Ross had nine children together, but three of Harriet’s sisters were sold at an early age by their owners and she never saw them again.

Even as a young child Harriet was responsible for looking after her younger siblings because her mother was too busy working as a cook. Harriet was also hired as a nursemaid to a “Miss Susan”. She was frequently whipped by her overseers – leading to scars which would last all her life. For periods of time, she was also sent out to work for a planter – checking muskrat traps – and later farming tasks, such as ploughing and moving logs.

On one occasion, Tubman was hit in the head by a stone thrown by a slave owner. The slave owner was aiming at another slave, but the stone hit Tubman in the back of her head – cracking her skull and leading to lifelong headaches, epileptic seizures and dreams or visions. Tubman later attributed her bushy unkempt hair for reducing the impact of the stone and saving her life.

Around 1844, Harriet married John Tubman. Around this time, she adopted her mother’s maiden name, Harriet, in place of her childhood name Araminta.
In 1849, Tubman’s slave owner, Edward Brodress, died. This raised the likelihood Tubman would be sold, and the family split up. With her two brothers, Ben and Henry, she decided to escape from the large plantation in Caroline County where they lived and worked. The escape was successful, but after a few weeks, her brothers had misgivings because they wanted to return to their children; Tubman was forced to return with them.

However, soon after, Tubman escaped for the second time. With the help of the Underground Railroad, she took a 90-mile route northeast along the Choptank River towards Pennsylvania. The journey on foot could have taken a couple of weeks, with great care being needed to avoid slave catchers, who could gain a bounty for catching any escaped slaves. After reaching Pennsylvania, she expressed her tremendous joy.

In Philadelphia, Tubman took on odd jobs to earn some money, but she wanted to return to Maryland to rescue the rest of her family. A significant element of Tubman’s life was her strong religious faith. From her childhood, she had learnt aural biblical stories, and although she couldn’t read, she felt a strong faith in the presence and guidance of God. She related receiving intense visions and clear messages coming from God, and on the dangerous missions, she trusted in the direction and protection of God to succeed in her mission.

In 1858, she met the radical abolitionist John Brown, who advocated violence to promote the ending of slavery. Although Tubman never promoted violence herself, she was sympathetic to the aims of John Brown and assisted him in finding willing volunteers. Brown’s raid on Harper Ferry, Virginia failed and he was executed, but Tubman praised his courage in death for trying to fight the institution of slavery.

At the outbreak of the civil war, Tubman saw a Union victory as a way to advance the cause of abolition. She served as a nurse in Port Royal, treating soldiers suffering dysentery and small pox.

In 1863, Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and Tubman became more involved in the efforts of the northern forces. She offered her services as a guide for scouting trips in South Carolina – using her skills to travel undetected. She also became the first woman to lead an armed assault during the Civil War, when she guided three steamboats to an assault on plantations on the Combahee River. The raid was a great success with around 750 slaves escaping onto steamboats; later, encouraged by Tubman, many of the liberated men went on to join the Union army – forming the first all-black corps. For her courageous efforts, she received favourable press coverage, though as a black woman she received no regular pay or pension (until 1899). During the war, she had to supplement her income by selling pies and root beer.

After the civil war, Tubman returned to Auburn where she continued to look after her family and other ex-slaves. She also remarried (Nelson Davis, 20 years her junior). They adopted a child Gerti.

Denied a pension, her financial situation was poor, but friends in the abolitionist movement helped raise funds.  An authorised biography Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman was written by Sarah Hopkins Bradford. Over the next few years, Tubman often gave speeches on both slavery and women’s rights. She was an excellent storyteller who could capture the imagination of the audience.

Tubman also began supporting the women’s suffrage movement, supporting the work of Susan B. Anthony and others. Tubman spoke of her experiences and suffering in the war and railroad movement as proof that women were the equal of men. This brought her wider national recognition.

She donated her property to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Auburn to be converted into a home for aged and coloured people. After becoming increasingly frail, in 1913, she died of pneumonia, surrounded by friends and family.

Thank you so much, CLANCY TUCKER, for always providing such interesting blog posts!!


The first female detectives

From David Lawlor, a fascinating article! Check it out…


Growing up in Dublin’s inner-city northside, my childhood was filled with crime.

Ironside, Mannix, Banachek, The Rockford Files, Hawaii Five-O, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Kojak, Columbo, McCloud, Petrocelli, Quincy M.E… I watched them all.

They were cops and private detectives mostly, armed with snub-nosed Smith & Wesson’s, screeching around corners in Buicks, Chevrolets and Dodges, hubcaps flying off as they frantically pursued the bad guys.

Sometimes the cars got cooler – like Jim Rockford’s Firebird, or, later, Starsky and Hutch’s white-striped Gran Torino. One thing that was a given, though, was that all crime fighters were men. Then the female detectives Cagney & Lacey came along, and a small blow was struck for feminists. To teenage me, though, that last one seemed a bit, well… contrived.

Am I really expected to believe that these women can haul the killers off the street and lock them in the clink…

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