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A well deserved review: A Silent Prayer

Independent review of the book By Samreen Ahsan A Silent Prayer is a book that deserves all the attention, including the many awards it has received. In just over a year since its publication, A Silent Prayer won first prizes at book fairs in Los Angeles, Hollywood and Paris, first prize in the Readers’ Favorite […]

A century ago: Walking Out of War

One hundred years ago, the subject of my historical trilogy, The Eastern Front, was born. In honour of this centennial, here is an excerpt from his story, in the third volume, Walking Out of War. This story that Maurice told me could have happened on that early April day in 1945.  Approaching Berlin Prussia, April […]

April sample: Under the Nazi Heel

As we approach what would have been the hundredth birthday of my father-in-law and the subject of the Eastern Front trilogy, here’s a sample that describes life during the Nazi German occupation of Ukraine, 76 years ago.  Kalush, western Ukraine 1943 The first Friday night dance was held at the newly established Prosvita Ukrainian Reading […]

Sunday sample: Army of Worn Soles

This coming Thursday will be the centennial of the birth of the subject of my Eastern Front trilogy, Maurice Bury. To mark that occasion, I will publish excerpts from the three books in the series all week: Army of Worn Soles, Under the Nazi Heel and Walking Out of War. Most of them appeared previously […]

The best and the worst of D.G. Torrens

This post originally appeared a number of years ago when I hosted my blog on Blogger, and I’m delighted to re-present it to you here today. Bestselling author and blogger DG Torrens. Her blog, My Books and I, covers the writer’s experience as well as book reviews and previews of her own book (kind of […]

Sample Sunday: Dark Clouds

Here is a Sunday treat for you: the opening of the critically-acclaimed occult thriller short story, Dark Clouds. The Mandrake Ruse Matt always knew when his mother arrived in town: the wind would swirl from every direction at once, sending the neighbour’s weather-vane spinning clackety-clack and the yellow and brown leaves whirling along the road like a […]

Undrastormur: An independent book review

The best children’s books are those that also appeal to adults, and they do that by presenting characters with elements that readers of all ages can recognize in themselves. Undrastormur: A Viking Tale of Troublesome Trolls by Roger Eschbacher is one of those books. It continues the author’s oeuvre of middle-grade books based on ancient […]