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On the anniversary of Operation Bagration

  Today, June 22, is the anniversary of the launch of Operation Barbarossa in 1941, and of Operation Bagration in 1944.  The first was Hitler’s Germany’s invasion of the USSR, the largest land invasion in history. Three years later, Stalin’s Soviet Union answered that with Operation Bagration, a massive assault on the German Army Group […]

Kupailo girl solstice

Today is Midsummer’s, the Summer Solstice, long regarded as a special day by humanity.  This year, the full moon was just a few nights ago—also an auspicious time for mystics and sky-watchers.  The Bones of the Earth, my first published novel, begins at midnight on the Summer Solstice, under a full moon. That coincidence does […]

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 […]