Another Interesting Tidbit from Clancy Tucker


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G’day folks,

Sometime in the late 19th century, the drowned body of a young woman was recovered from the Seine in Paris. As was customary in those days, the body was put on display at the Paris mortuary, in the hope that someone would recognize and identify her.

 Although no one came forward, she did catch the eye of one pathologist, who became so entranced by the girl’s face and her mysterious half-smile that he asked a molder to take a plaster cast of her face. The mask, which some refer to as the ‘drowned Mona Lisa’ or ‘L’Inconnue’ became a cultural phenomenon, inspiring artists like Louis Aragon, Man Ray, and Vladimir Nabokov, to imagine stories around the mystery woman. 

 But what really immortalized the face of L’Inconnue, and where you probably recognize her form is this: a Norwegian toy manufacturer specializing in soft plastic created the first CPR mannequin — using the unknown woman’s face. He drew inspiration from a replica of the mask hanging in his parent’s home. His creation is now the standard CPR doll model, dubbed Rescue Annie.

Some More History from Clancy Tucker


G’day folks,

Charles Ponzi, an Italian immigrant, made an incredible fortune on one of history’s greatest deceptions. In fact, his method was so effective, that the government named this type of fraud after him – the Ponzi scheme. 

In 1920, Ponzi tricked thousands of New England residents into investing in a postage stamps speculation scheme. He managed to attract investors to put funds into international postal reply coupons, slips of paper that post offices would exchange for stamps. 

Currency exchange rates were in flux after the Great War, and Ponzi claimed that enormous profits could be made by purchasing coupons with undervalued liras or francs and redeeming them in the United States. Each time a new investor gave him money, he’d use those funds to pay off earlier investors, creating the illusion they were profiting from a legitimate business. At the peak of his scam, Ponzi raked in $250,000 a day, an amount equivalent to about $3 million today.

This house of cards collapsed in August of 1920 when Ponzi was exposed as a convicted forger by the Boston Post, and the US Postal Service confirmed that no one was exchanging postal reply coupons in the massive volumes needed to generate such profits. Ponzi was charged with 86 counts of mail fraud. Surprisingly, he was only sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

From Clancy Tucker’s Wonderful Blog




G’day folks,

The photograph of Elizabeth making her way to school while a white mob is trailing behind her and hurling insults has become an iconic image for the civil rights movement. 

The story of Eckford and the girl behind her, Hazel Bryan whose face is contorted mid-shout is no less than fascinating. In 1957, Eckford was one of the first nine African-American students to enroll in the all-white central high school of Little Rock, Arkansas – a group that would later be known as the Little Rock Nine. It did not go smoothly, as the infamous photo reveals. There was a whole mob trying to prevent Elizabeth from entering the school, but Hazel was the one caught most vividly on camera.

Benjamin Fine of The New York Times later described her, she was “screaming, just hysterical, just like one of these Elvis Presley hysterical deals, where these kids are fainting with hysteria”. After the photo made headlines, Hazel’s parents decided to pull her out of Central and send her to a different school. Over the years, as she learned more about African-American history, Hazel started feeling remorseful and ashamed at the way she behaved that day.

In 1963 she tracked down Elizabeth and called her to apologize. Elizabeth briefly accepted the apology, and the two did not speak again for years. The year 1997 marked the 40-year anniversary of the Little Rock Central High School integration. Then-president Bill Clinton, who is also an Arkansas native, held a big ceremony noting the event. Will Counts, the photographer responsible for the famous photo, asked Eckford and Bryan if they would be willing to pose again for a second photograph and they both agreed. 

Reconciled after 40 years, the two women discovered they had much in common and struck an unlikely friendship. They started attending events and touring schools together, giving talks about race and tolerance. They both received much criticism for their relationship – Elizabeth for being too naive and forgiving, and Hazel for not being sincere.

Wednesday Writing — When in Rome, SR Mallery

Much thanks goes to the wonderful Teagan Geneviene for featuring my cozies on her site!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Jill Wellington, Pixabay. Tomfoolery by TeaganJill Wellington, Pixabay. Tomfoolery by Teagan

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Those of you who have known me for a long time, know that I’ve been a tarot reader since the 1990s, all sorts of cards and divining and intuitive processes.  Long-time followers might remember my blog and book versions of a series of cozy 1920s mysteries about Pip, which began with The Three Things Serial Story.  Plus you know how I love whimsy. Right about now you’re probably wondering how I’m going to connect those things for a post. 

SR Mallery When in Rome

Recently I ran across a series of from fellow author, S. R. Mallery.  She has combined cozy mysteries with time travel and tarot, and she’s done it in a fun, whimsical way.  Oh, and there are two books.  It was almost Saint Patrick’s day, and I love green, so I jumped right into the second…

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Endangered Spells (Witches Academy Series Book 6) by S. R. Mallery #PNR #Reading @SarahMallery1

Much thanks to Jacquie Biggar for featuring me today!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Sometimes Magic Can Be Complicated

What happens when a beautiful and talented witch refuses to use her powers?

Even as a child, Gillian could perform magic far better than most people. Her spells swayed teachers, nabbing boyfriends was a piece of cake, and she had the added ability to foresee events, good or bad. But when one of her spells causes a near-death and a future forecast completely rocks her entire world, she steps away from magic––until her friend’s murder slams her back into the game…and straight into a detective’s arms.

#Magic, #Romance, #MurderMystery, #TimeTravel, #Psychology, #CockatooHumor

A waitress attending night school at the academy discovers, along with the gift of magic, she has royal blood flowing through her veins. America’s latest foodie channel sweetheart is a real charmer, who discovers not all the magic happens in the kitchen. Clair struggles with taking control of her magical powers until she…

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From not only a wonderful writer, but one of the finest editors I know. And that’s from first hand knowledge!

The Manuscript Doctor

During this time of isolation at home, I’ve kept busy. One major accomplishment and a few smaller ones achieved.

For several years, I’ve wanted to pull together all my materials from my seminars, workshops, and experience into one resource book for writers. I finally found the time this spring while quarantined to my house. The Author’s Journey: A Road Map for Writers – from Draft to Published Book released today on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback formats.

The book covers the following topics:

•Steps to preparing for the process of writing a book
•Craft, style, and mechanics of writing
•Elements of story
•How to choose the best publishing route for you
•The three major types of publishing
•Checklist for Pursuing Traditional Publishing
•Checklist for Publishing as an Indie Author
•Step-by-step guide for publishing on Amazon
•Legal Considerations for Writers
•How to start a freelance writing career
•Ways to market…

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Queen Jane Seymour and St George’s Chapel

This VERY interesting article is written by the fine author, Hunter S. Jones.

All Things Tudor

On October 12, 1537, King Henry VIII’s wife Jane Seymour gave birth at Hampton Court Palace to his only surviving legitimate son, the future King Edward VI. The labor had been exhausting, but Jane appeared to recover and wrote a letter to Thomas Cromwell announcing the birth of Henry’s heir. After a few day it was apparent that Jane was seriously ill. There are theories on the exact cause of her death but what we do know is that she died on October 24.

This week in 1537 saw the burial of the beloved third wife of Henry VIII.

After the beheading of Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII and Jane were married quickly. The wedding ceremony took place only eleven days after the execution, with Jane being fitted for her wedding dress as Anne was beheaded.

Yet, as brief as her reign and marriage was, Jane Seymour did something that…

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Meet the Author @SarahMallery1 #NewRelease #Writertips

So much thanks goes to Jacquie Biggar for featuring me today on her great blog!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

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It is my pleasure to introduce a friend and fellow writer, Sarah Mallery, to the blog today! I met Sarah a couple of years ago when we participated in a box set together. She’s talented, kind, and hard-working.

Please welcome Sarah!

What do
you write?

For the last ten years, I have mostly written
historical fiction. BUT I have now dipped my toe into different waters. “Tea,
Anyone? Book 1 Brooke & Abby Cozy Mystery” is a modern mystery––with a bit
of time travel (Gotta get in some historical research, don’t I?)

genre do you favor?

I am very eclectic in my tastes in music,
movies/TV series. And books. Although
historical fiction has played a big part in my life, I really am open to any
genre––if the characters and plots grab me.
In fact, it sometimes surprises me how much I end up…

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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.

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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.