Friday, December 19, 2014

The Briton and the Dane - audio edition giveway

AudaVoxx presents
 The Briton and the Dane: Second Edition

Written by: Mary Ann Bernal

Narrated by: Sebastian Lockwood

5.00 Stars

King Alfred the Great has thwarted the Viking threat against his kingdom of Wessex. Signing a treaty with the formidable Danish King Guthrum, he succeeds in pushing the heathen army back to the rolling fens of East Anglia. An uneasy peace holds sway: The King establishes a standing army under Lord Richard, who takes command of the citadel at Wareham.

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History Trivia - Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, murdered

December 19

211 Publius Septimius Geta, co-emperor of Rome, was murdered.

1075  Edith of Wessex, wife of Edward the Confessor of England, died.

1154 Henry II of England was crowned at Westminster Abbey.

1187 Clement III became Pope. The fall of Jerusalem to Saladin in the Third Crusade occurred during his pontificate.

1551 The Dutch west coast was hit by a hurricane.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

In Good Company: Her Work is Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

In Good Company: Her Work is Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers: It is my pleasure to feature author Mary Ann Bernal on today's edition of In Good Company . I was introduced to her recently by author...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Her Work is Dedicated to Fallen Soldiers

It is my pleasure to feature author Mary Ann Bernal on today's edition of In Good Company. I was introduced to her recently by author Brenda Perlin and it is my hope that we will maintain a supportive connection. History buffs will love her work, all of which is dedicated to people of our armed forces.

Mary Ann Bernal of Omaha, Nebraska and author of The Briton and the Dane novels, her most recent one titled, Timeline is an avid history buff whose area of interest focuses on Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain during the Viking Age.  While pursuing a degree in business administration, she managed to fit creative writing classes and workshops into her busy schedule, but it would take decades before her Erik the Viking novel was published.

Mary Ann is also a passionate supporter of the United States military, having been involved with letter writing campaigns and other support programs since Operation Desert Storm.  She has appeared on The Morning Blend television show hosted by KMTV, the CBS television affiliate in Omaha, and was interviewed by the Omaha World-Herald for her volunteer work.  She has also been a featured author on Triangle Variety Radio, The Phil Naessens Show, and The Writers Showcase, and has been interviewed extensively by American and European bloggers.

 The Briton and the Dane: Timeline


Mary Ann Bernal

Since I am an incurable, romantic Anglophile after having read Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott, choosing to set my stories in Anglo-Saxon England was a no-brainer.  However, on the other end of the spectrum is my love for Science Fiction and Gene Roddenberry’s “wagon train to the stars" series, Star Trek.
Mr. Roddenberry’s Star Trek stories brought to light common injustices, which divide nations, but these problems were taking place in the future on distant planets.  The subtle inferences were meant to educate the viewer about good and bad societal behavior.

One of the themes running through The Briton and the Dane series is the plight of the warrior and his family.  My stories shed light on the effect a warrior’s “career” has on the family, and the sacrifices made by loved ones.  In today’s society, our deployed men and women serve their country and preserve our freedom, risking their lives daily for the greater good.  Thank a service person and/or veteran for his/her service.  Freedom is not free.

All of my novels are dedicated to fallen soldiers and everyone who has died fighting the war against terror.  These brave men and women will never be forgotten.

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Egypt cemetery is home to a million 'mummies'

A stray dog is seen at an archaeological site in Egypt this year. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

By Matt Cantor
Fox News

For the past 30 years, scientists have been exploring a cemetery in Egypt whose origins are mysterious. One thing they have determined, however: "We are fairly certain we have over a million burials within this cemetery. It's large, and it's dense," says the project's director, Kerry Muhlestein of Brigham Young University.

Dubbed Fag el-Gamous, the grounds are full of bodies that date to between the 1st and 7th centuries AD, Live Science reports. The remains don't belong to royalty, and most weren't actively mummified by people—but the dry surroundings led to what could "loosely" be called mummies, says Muhlestein, who has blogged about the findings.

Among recent findings are the remains of an 18-month-old from about 1,500 years ago. "There was some evidence that they tried much of the full mummification process. The toes and toenails and brain and tongue were amazingly preserved," researchers say.

As for where the child, or countless others, came from, researchers aren't sure. Interestingly, a database reveals that blond people appear to have been buried together, with red-headed ones elsewhere; this could be due to families being buried together, researchers note.
They also found one body that was more than seven feet tall—particularly surprising given poor nutrition at the time. (Perhaps they should alert this giant hunter.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Egypt Cemetery Holds 1M Mummies
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Archaeologists unearth 8,000-year-old olive oil remains in Israel

Some of the reconstructed 8,000-year-old jar shards found by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the Lower Galilee, Israel. (Israel Antiquities Authority)

Fox News

In what could be called a Hanukkah miracle, researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority have discovered what they believe to be evidence of the earliest use of olive oil in not just Israel, but possibly the entire Middle East. An archaeological salvage excavation between 2011 and 2013 led by Ianir Milevski and Nimrod Getzov in the Lower Galilee – a region in northern Israel — unearthed 8,000-year-old remains of olive oil, according to a release from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The excavation took place in the ‘En Zippori area in the Lower Galilee before the widening of Highway 79, which cuts through the region. The research team took samples from pieces of pottery at the site. With the help of Dvory Namdar at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Earth and Science, the team conducted chemical tests on the objects to determine what “organic remains” were still “absorbed in the sides of the vessel.”
The pottery was found to contain olive oil that dated back to the Bronze Age. The organic material was compared to samples of modern-day, one-year-old olive oil.
Out of 20 items that were sampled, two were especially ancient, dating back to about 5,800 B.C.
The team’s announcement is certainly seasonally appropriate, taking place at the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that commemorates the re-dedication of Jerusalem’s Holy Temple during the second-century B.C. The story of Hanukkah describes the olive oil being used to light a menorah at the temple that shined brightly for eight days.
Despite the significance of the find to Jewish culture, the community that actually used the olive oil was actually pre-Jewish, Milevski told The Times of Israel.
“We have no writing during that period so we know little about them,” he said. “We do not know what language they spoke but we assume it was an early Semitic language, from which Babylonian and Akkadian evolved and later also Hebrew and Arabic.”

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M. C. Arvanitis, writer / WORDS TOGETHER MAKE TALES: World War 2 novel coming in 2015

M. C. Arvanitis, writer / WORDS TOGETHER MAKE TALES: World War 2 novel coming in 2015 - by M. C. Arvani...: ANNOUNCING! Author, M.C. Arvanitis’s next novel in her YA historical books W...

World War 2 novel coming in 2015 - by M. C. Arvanitis


Author, M.C. Arvanitis’s next novel in her YA historical books

Writing a book is like birthing a baby---both are held close to the heart until they are ready to be born, but a book starts in the mind instead of the womb---it is conceived as an idea first, then developed into a plausible shape until it is ready to be born---and somewhere along the line it gets a title. 


'Emma Rose's War' takes the reader back to the time of WW2, into the Midwest rural community, and how it affects the life of a teenage farm girl whose family is of German ancestry.

From the time she could write, Emma Rose has written down all her thoughts in her diaries. She dreams of being a reporter, like 'Brenda Star, the redheaded comic heroine taken from a comic series, ‘Brenda Star, Girl Reporter’.
Emma Rose hates being a girl and determines not to grow up to do what every other farm girl does; get married to a farmer right after high school and have a pack of kids. Her fear of growing up creates another war in her mind. She swears to never fall in love with a farmer...But would her heart betray her?


She misses her beloved brother, Tobias, who had been one of the first to join the US Navy to escape being drafted into the Army.

His ship is lost at the disastrous bombing of Pearl Harbor, which started WW 2. And he is now missing in action. 

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Chistmas shopping? Paperback edition of Scribbler Tales (volume two) now available

Madeline’s personal feelings clouds her judgment in Broken Promises where she must choose between love and obeying the law. When the guilty walk, a vigilante executes the criminals in Deception. Endgame finds a government researcher running for her life after discovering a horrific CIA secret in the isolated facility. A modern day Don Juan’s life is turned upside down in Malice when he is falsely accused of rape. In The Portrait, Holliday is obsessed with a formidable ancestor whose spirit wishes to possess her soul.


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