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I’m happy to be a member of this fast growing group, and wanted to introduce to the organization and one of its founders, Hannah Howe.


Hannah Howe writes psychological and historical mysteries. Her books can be found at over 300 outlets worldwide. Her novels have reached number one numerous times on the Amazon charts and her book, Saving Grace, a Victorian mystery was a bestseller in Australia this summer. With all of this activity, Howe found time to co-found the new magazine — Mom’s Favorite Reads.

What is Mom’s Favorite Reads? It’s a community of book lovers which produces a quarterly book catalogue, featuring over 400 books, and a monthly magazine. The magazines, available as eBooks, in print and audiobooks, have topped the Amazon Contemporary Women charts, the Seasonal charts and the Graphic Novel charts in America, Australia, Britain and Canada. Alongside leading independent authors our magazines also feature contributions…

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Voting and Women

Working Class Women and the Vote.

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I planned on writing this week’s blog and wanted to highlight a new One Million Project book about a woman who made an impact for women in the UK fighting for the right to vote.  It seems only fitting to highlight the historic strides women have just achieved in the US one hundred years after Frances Connelly walked into a polling station in the UK and cast her vote in defiance of the existing laws. 

In the United States midterm elections this November, many records have been broken by women candidates.  The largest numbers on record for women candidates for governor, the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate were set during 2018.  Ninety women have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives which includes some historic firsts.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib became the first Muslim women elected to Congress. In Tennessee, Marsha Blackburn became the state’s first female…

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“What Comes Around” ~~ by Mark Huntley-James

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Some decades back, I was offered a research fellowship, funded by a precursor to Cancer Research UK.  Sadly, although it was a hugely tempting invitation, my personal circumstances meant that I turned it down. Maybe if I’d taken it, I might have made some ground-breaking contribution to cancer research.  More likely, I would have made a tiny contribution, all part of the satisfaction of helping to piece together a larger puzzle. None of that happened, but on the other hand, had I taken it I wouldn’t have met my partner, so no regrets.

As it turns out, whilst I declined my chance, one of my relatives joined a clinical trial around about the same time. It’s a story which has only come to light in the last few years, and perhaps only now because my ageing relative has survived cancer twice, and that second occurrence presented some peculiar circumstances.

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Reign of the Marionettes Book Reviews. Blog Tour – Orchestrating Murder by Heather Osborne.

 

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Thanks to Heather Osborne for inviting me to take part in the blog tour for her exciting new release, Orchestrating Murder. Well, I’ll let you into a secret. I love reading crime fiction, so this was one was an obvious choice for me to participate in.

What happens when the protégé becomes the maestro?

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About the Book

By day, he wears a mask, concealing his true nature from the world. By night, he conducts his plans, carefully composing death for those deemed less worthy in his eyes of existence.  When bodies of convicted felons start turning up, Detective Gregory Shaw is called upon to investigate. His suspicions fall on a well-known attorney, but can he prove his hunch holds merit?

Deeply disturbing

When two bodies turn up in quick succession, in the same location and with the same injuries, it is immediately obvious to the reader that this book involves a serial killer. And the killer doesn’t stop at two murders. As the body count grows and the killer moves closer to Detective Gregory Shaw, it becomes imperative that he finds and stops the killer before anyone else is murdered.

Detective Shaw has problems of his own. Fifteen years in the force has taken its toll on his marriage and his outlook on life. The real star of the show is Reynolds. A rookie cop compared to Shaw, who puts his boundless enthusiasm and energy to good use to help catch the killer.

Well orchestrated

A tense crime thriller set in Palo Alto, California. The story is told from multiple perspectives, allowing the reader to enter into the dark mind of the serial killer. It doesn’t take long for suspicion to fall on the members of a successful legal team who have an involvement with all those who have died. But, which one of them, if any, is the murderer?

The music maestro responsible for the multiple murders is accomplished, sauve, successful and violent. ‘Tchaikovsky always made him feel lighter, forgetting his troubles as he worked, conducting his own invisible orchestra.’

Cleverly Crafted

The police procedural aspects of this book seem well researched. This is highly important to me as a reader of crime fiction, and Osborne carries it off. Expect a few twists along the way. Things are not always as they seem.

Recommendation

I enjoyed this crime thriller and would highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the crime/ thriller genres. It’s a  great read that will keep you guessing until the very end. Orchestrating Murder is hopefully the first book in a new series by Heather Osborne.

 

About the Author

Heather Osborne

Heather Osborne, an author of crime and historical novels, was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland. Along with her novels and short stories, Heather also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing (of course!), and theatre, as well as caring for her young son. Among her published titles are: The Soldier’s Secret, a historical romance set during the American Civil War; Bitter Bonds, a tale of black magic in the deep South in the 1840s, and the Rae Hatting Mysteries series.Heather Osborne, an author of crime and historical novels, was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland. Along with her novels and short stories, Heather also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing (of course!), and theatre, as well as caring for her young son. Among her published titles are: The Soldier’s Secret, a historical romance set during the American Civil War; Bitter Bonds, a tale of black magic in the deep South in the 1840s, and the Rae Hatting Mysteries series.

 

Follow Heather Osborne on –

Website: www.heatherosborneauthor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HAOsborne

Twitter: @hosborneauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://author.to/HeatherOsborne

 

Links to buy

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Available on Amazon –  http://mybook.to/OrchestratingMurder

 

 

 

 

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The Crux of the Word — by Nera Hart

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The power of words. Our pen- our sword.

What life to breathe into an empty space, and what love to feel through the magic of black symbols spread over the white sheets. Our power. The glorious, beautiful, infinite power of words…

Light in a darkened room and the air to breathe.

I’ve been in the dark. I’ve seen it in the eyes of The World; poverty, misery, illnesses amongst other things. We live right in the middle of all of this.

As a writer, I will use this darkness. I’ll exploit its’ ugliness to bring out my shine. I’ll explore its’ hollow emptiness to fill it with stories, but I’ll always believe in that magic, in that persistent human endeavour to make anything beautiful, to build from the ashes…

This is what I am tirelessly looking for when I write.

Whether I choose to write from a dark place, or…

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