Saturday, November 30, 2013

Battle for Richard III reburial site on hold as high court case is adjourned

Battle for Richard III reburial site on hold as high court case is adjourned

Judicial review hearing delay as Leicester council becomes party to case involving Plantagenet Alliance on resting place for bones,
Richard III, who was killed at Bosworth in 1485. The dispute between Leicester and York means his new burial site may not be decided by next August. Photograph: Leicester cathedral/EPA
Richard III's remains may be in search of a home for a while longer after a high court case was adjourned amid anger and disappointment in London.
Leicester city council's claim that it has a key role in deciding where the last Plantagenet king of England should be interred or buried could mean that the hopes of Leicester University and the city's cathedral for placing his skeleton in a new tomb by next August will be dashed.
The council was an interested party in the proceedings, and on Tuesday lawyers for the local authority said it was prepared to launch its own consultation.
Lawyers for the Plantagenet Alliance, members of which claim to be descendants of the king, successfully argued that the authority should be a third defendant in the case they are conducting against the Ministry of Justice and the city's university over the way they have handled the legal process that facilitated the dig for Richard's body and then the decision on its reburial.
No new hearing will be possible before the new year. The alliance argues that the ministry, which granted an exhumation licence, and Leicester University, did not consult widely on the issue of where the king should be laid to rest; York and other places could be options, they say.
The failure to take into account relatives' wishes or the king's "own preferences" had breached their human rights, the alliance claimed.
The university and cathedral authorities said after the judicial review hearing had broken up that they were disappointed at the delays.
The authorities, which said they had followed due legal process, would not be drawn on whether they would still consider leaving the decision on Richard's remains to an independent panel of experts .
The university may yet face a decision on whether it will have to apply for an extension of the exhumation licence. Any consideration of changes to the cathedral to accommodate the body of the king are already on hold because of the case.
Matthew Howarth, of the Yorkshire law firm Gordons, which is representing the alliance, said the council's actions meant there would inevitably be delays. "We are not going to finish by August next year."


Facebook Event - Succubus: An Erotic Companion (Book 4 in The Dream Series) Release Party December 1 2013 9:00am in UTC+08

Join author Gladys Quintal


Succubus: An Erotic Companion (Book 4 in The Dream Series) is a companion novella that fills in a few gaps. It doesn't start where the Chosen One ended - instead we go back in time again to just after Elizabeth 'dies'.

What happened in the 400 years between Elizabeth dying in her castle tomb and the birth of The Chosen One? Take an erotic step back in time and learn more about what Elizabeth and Sebastian got up to while they were preparing for that monumental event to take place.

They certainly didn't get bored while they were waiting - that's for sure!

History Trivia - Danish King Cnut claims English throne

November 30

Saint Andrew, one of the Twelve Disciples of Christ was martyred on an X-shaped cross during the reign of Vespasian.  The day is celebrated as St. Andrew's feast day.

1016 Cnut, king of Denmark, claimed the throne of all England after Edmund 'Ironside', king of England, died.

1406 Gregory XII became Pope. Gregory was the last of the Roman line of popes during the Western Schism.

1630 16,000 inhabitants of Venice died this month of plague.

1648 English army captured King Charles I.

1700 at the Battle of Narva, a Swedish army of 8,500 men under Charles XII defeated a much larger Russian army at Narva.

1718 Swedish king Charles XII died during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday on the Promenade in the Star Trek Universe

Author Mary Ann Bernal meets up with fans reading her novels on the Promenade.


Ngaire Elder: Icelandic Tomfoolery With Wendy!

Ngaire Elder: Icelandic Tomfoolery With Wendy!: Wendy Nystrom is a published author with Anchor Group Publishing, a wife, and a mother of three wonderful children. Wendy grew up in St. Pa...

The Wizard's Cauldron: Writing Dialogue, by Matt "School of the Ages" Pos...

The Wizard's Cauldron: Writing Dialogue, by Matt "School of the Ages" Pos...: This week, guest fantasy author and teen mentor Matt Posner , a good friend of the Cauldron, takes over the blog to talk about dialogue. Fo...

Mr. Chuckles stops by the Wizard's Cauldron for some writing tips!

The Great Wizard Speaks:
Friday, 29 November 2013

Writing Dialogue, by Matt "School of the Ages" Posner

This week, guest fantasy author and teen mentor Matt Posner, a good friend of the Cauldron, takes over the blog to talk about dialogue. For those of you unfamiliar with Matt, here's Ngaire's original interview. Matt, take it away...

Click on the link to read the entire interview:

Facebook event - Black Friday / Cyber Monday Book - Grand Prize: Kindle Fire HD - November 29 - December 2, 2013

MasterKoda is sponsoring a huge book event for Black Friday/CyberMonday weekend. Come join us for fun, games, prizes and books!

Friday, November 29 - December 2, 2013
Internet FB Event
Kim Mutch Emerson's photo.
List of authors you'll meet during the 4 day event.  Pacific times:
FRIDAY 11/29/13:
10am-noon: Adam Gaffen and Laurie E. Boris
noon-2pm: Linda Bolton and Kim Kim Mutch Emerson
2pm-4pm: Brenda Perlin, Jane Carroll and G Mitchell Baker
4pm-6pm: Tammy Novak and Jerrid Edgington
6pm-8pm: Jacqueline Cross and Lisa Day

SATURDAY 11/30/13
11am-1pm: Sherrill Willis and Sarah L. Wallace
1pm- 3pm: Tamy Burns and Stephanie Brown Myers
3pm-5pm: Douglas Davis and Tellulah Darling
5pm - 7pm: Allison M. Cosgrove and Laci Paige

MONDAY 12/2/13:
8am-10am: Barbara Robinson and Martin Crosbie
10am-noon: Greta Burroughs and Vickie Johnstone
noon-2pm: Jennifer Loiske and Doug Simpson
2pm-4pm: Kim Emerson and Arlene R. O'Neil
4pm-6pm: Lynne Cantwell and Kimberly R Hughes
6pm-8pm: J Kelly Accinni and DeEtte Beckstead

The Phil Naessens Show 11-29-2013 Free Pastor Saeed Abedini #FREESAEED

On today’s Phil Naessens Show
J.A. Sherman, Kevin Lipe and Michael Newnham join me for a great show.
Segment 1: Welcome to Loud City Managing Editor J.A. Sherman joins Phil to discuss the OKC Thunder’s recent win over the San Antonio Spurs, previews Friday nights game against the Golden State Warriors and much more
Segment 2: Memphis Flyer Reporter Kevin Lipe joins Phil to discuss the Memphis Grizzlies recent win over the Boston Celtics, life without Marc Gasol and Saturday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets and much more
Segment 3: Author Michael Newnham joins Phil to discuss the social media movement being held December 4, 2013 to free imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini and what you the listener can do to participate plus much more  

History Trivia - Charlemagne enters Rome

November 29

 526 - Antioch in modern day Syria was struck by an Earthquake, about 250,000 died. 7

99 Pope Leo III, aided by Charles the Great, returned to Rome.

800 Charlemagne arrived at Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III.

939 Edmund was crowned as king of England as his half-brother Aethelstan died.

 1268 Clement IV died. Upon the death of Clement, no new pope was elected for almost three years.

1314 Philip IV of France died.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving to my followers

I am thankful for the wonderful people who visit my blog. God bless each and every one of you.

Happy Thanksgiving

The Phil Naessens Show 11-28-2013 Should David Wright Demand to be Traded?

On today’s Phil Naessens Show
Mark Berman, Alex Hall and I talk Hot Stove Baseball on today’s show.
Segment 1: Blogging Mets Mark Berman joins Phil to discuss the New York Mets Free Agent recent signing of OF Chris Young, Marlon Byrd, LaTroy Hawkins, whether or not David Wright should demand a trade, if the Mets fans should boycott the Mets and much more
Segment 2: Athletics Nation Lead Writer Alex Hall joins Phil to discuss the recently acquired relief pitcher Fernando Abad, the Texas Rangers trading Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers for Prince Fielder, the Los Angeles Angels trading OF Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals for David Freese and Fernando Salas and much more.

History Trivia - Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymond IV of Toulouse leads the First Crusade to the Holy Land

November 28

 741 St Gregory III ended his reign as Catholic Pope.

1095 On the last day of the Council of Clermont, Pope Urban II appointed Bishop Adhemar of Le Puy and Count Raymond IV of Toulouse to lead the First Crusade to the Holy Land.

1291 Edward I's wife, Eleanor of Castile, died.

1503 Julius II was officially crowned pope. Born Giuliano Della Rovere, Julius was the nephew of Pope Sixtus IV, who built the Sistine Chapel. Although his relationship to Sixtus helped his early career, he was forced to flee Italy to avoid assassination attempts ordered by Rodrigo Borgia (Pope Alexander VI), and stayed in exile for ten years before Borgia's death made it possible for him to return.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Cover Contest! The Wizard Says Vote Concordia

Book Cover Contest! The Wizard Says Vote Concordia
My good friend Ngaire Victoria Elder from the Adventures of Cecilia Spark blog says it eloquently - no point in repeating it.

SO GET VOTING - This is a great opportunity to support your favourite writers, your friends, the best covers and Independent Literature in general. 

Vote for who you want - there are some lovely covers out there - but I'm banking on Concordia to take the Laurels.

I make no apologies for voting for Concordia. Like a block of gold, with a beautifully detailed sword handle and Mary Ann's famous The Britain And The Dane branded font. It's medieval. it's sword and sorcery., it's swagger and it's swash and buckle. It's a lovely cover. And it doesn't fall into the common Indie trap of a photo based cover either.  

I think it's a must for any bookshelf - i.e Chuckles' bookshelf.

Vote on Facebook :

Vote on AuthordB Website:

The Briton and the Dane: Trilogy (action and adventure category)

The Briton and the Dane: Concordia (romance category

Vote now for the best. It only takes 
2 minutes to cast your vote!


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AuthordB Book Cover Semi-finalists - have you voted for your favourite?

Ngaire Elder, author of the Cecilia Spark novels

From the blog of Ngaire Elder
Author of an action and adventure series for children: The Adventures of Cecilia Spark AND avid blogger spotlighting awesome Indie reads.
AuthordB Book Cover Semi-finalists - have you voted for your favourite?
One of my favourite authors, Mary Ann Bernal, creator of The Briton and the Dane novels, is in the semi-finals of the Authordb Book Cover contest 2013.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Mary Ann to share her tremendous novels with an increasing fan base.

Here is a glimpse of the book covers that earned her a place in the semi-finals:

Vote for TBATD: Concordia

Vote for The Briton and the Dane: Trilogy

To vote for Mary Ann's magnificent book covers please do the following:

Vote on Facebook :


Vote on AuthordB Website:

The Briton and the Dane: Trilogy (action and adventure category)

The Briton and the Dane: Concordia (romance category

Vote now for the best. It only takes 
2 minutes to cast your vote!
(thank you)

Voting begins November 23rd until December 15th.

Find out more - Mary Ann Bernal blog

The Phil Naessens Show 11-27-2013 Wednesday November 27, 2013 NBA Previews

Segment 1: Welcome to Loud City Lead Writer Zeb Benbrook joins Phil to preview Wednesday Night’s NBA games including; San Antonio at Oklahoma City, Indiana at Charlotte, Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn, Miami at Cleveland, Chicago at Detroit, Atlanta at Houston and much more
Segment 2: Pounding the Rock Lead Writer Aaron Stampler joins Phil to preview Wednesday nights NBA games including; San Antonio at Oklahoma City, Memphis at Boston, New York at the Los Angeles Clippers, Denver at Minnesota, Golden State at Dallas and Portland at Phoenix and much more

History Trivia - William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway

November 27

 8 BC, Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus) the great Roman lyric poet, died at Venusia, in Apulia at age 56.

176 Emperor Marcus Aurelius granted his son Commodus the rank of Imperator and made him Supreme Commander of the Roman legions. 

511 Clovis, King of the Franks (Merovingian Dynasty) died.

1095 Pope Urban II declared the First Crusade to reclaim sacred Christian sites from Islamic hands at the Council of Clermont. 

1295 the first elected representatives from Lancashire were called to Westminster by King Edward I to attend what later became known as "The Model Parliament".

1582 William Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway.

1703 The first Eddystone Lighthouse (south west of Rame Head, UK) was destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

SAVE THE DATE - Army / Navy Game - The Rivalry Continues! December 14, 2013

Go Midshipmen - Beat Army!
11th consecutive win
2012 Navy Football Highlights vs Army

History Trivia - Danish Vikings Attack Paris

November 26

 43 BC The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus (Octavian, later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony was formed.

579 Pelagius II became Pope.  When assistance from Emperor Tiberius II of Byzantium was not forthcoming, Pelagius convinced the Christian Franks to defend Rome from encroaching Lombards. He attempted to end a schism in the Church over the Three Chapters Controversy and began a controversy of his own when St. John IV the Faster, Bishop of Constantinople, assumed the title of "ecumenical patriarch" (a position that made him the equal of Pelagius, if not his superior). Pelagius was also responsible for building projects in Rome and turned his home into a hospital that was of great assistance when the city was struck by a disastrous flood. He himself died of the plague.

783 the Asturian queen Adosinda was put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.

885 Danish Vikings attacked Paris and were paid by the Frankish emperor Charles the Fat not to destroy the city as they had in 845 and 856.

1476 Vlad III Dracula defeated Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and became the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

1703 Hurricane-force winds killed as many as 8,000 people as the Great Storm swept southern England. Bristol incurred heavy damage and the Royal Navy lost 15 warships.

Monday, November 25, 2013

RaShelle Workman: Eternal Echoes

RaShelle Workman: Eternal Echoes: She thought she stopped the evil. She thought she was safe. Everything she thought was wrong. Almost four months have ...

Mr. Chuckles stopped by the Wizard's Cauldron, checking out The Other Me cover reveal

The Wizard says:

Monday, 25 November 2013

The Other Me by Suzanne Van Rooyen

Today, Suzanne Van Rooyen, who was interviewed on the Cauldron in the early days, reveals the cover for her new book.

For those of you who are familiar with Suzanne, here's a link to her first interview with us:

For more information, click on the link below.

The Wizard's Cauldron: The Other Me by Suzanne Van Rooyen

The Wizard's Cauldron: The Other Me by Suzanne Van Rooyen: Today, Suzanne Van Rooyen, who was interviewed on the Cauldron in the early days, reveals the cover for her new book. For those of you ...

The Phil Naessens Show 11-25-2013 The Fantasy Basketball Marc Gasol Injured Edition

On today’s Phil Naessens Show
Kyle McKeown, Tom Lewis and Joe Mullinax join me for Fantasy Basketball and great NBA Talk…..
Segment 1: Rotowire NBA Editor Kyle McKeown joins Phil to discuss the injuries to Derrick Rose, Marc Gasol and Andre Igoudala and answers questions about Trey Burke, Mo Williams, Terrence Jones and Tony Wroten plus much more
Segment 2: Indy Cornrows Managing Editor Tom Lewis joins Phil to discuss the 12-1 Indiana Pacers, Paul George, trading Danny Granger and the guys preview Monday night’s home game with the Minnesota Timberwolves plus much more
Segment 3: Grizzly Bear Blues Lead Writer Joe Mullinax joins Phil to discuss the injury to Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, this past Friday nights loss to the San Antonio Spurs and the guys preview Monday nights game with the Houston Rockets and much more

History Trivia - The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning the heir to the British Throne

November 25

955 King Eadred brought Northumbria permanently under English rule.

1034 Máel Coluim mac Cináeda, King of Scots died. Donnchad, the son of his daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherited the throne. 

1120 The White Ship sank in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England. 

1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1185 Urban III became Pope. Urban inherited a tense diplomatic relationship with the Holy Roman Emperor, Frederick Barbarossa, from his predecessor Lucius III.

1276 The Habsburg dynasty was founded as Rudolf of Habsburg seized Vienna and made it his capital.

1277 Nicholas III was elected Pope. Nicholas began an administrative reform of the Papal States, inducing Rudolf I to acknowledge that the Italian province of the Romagna belonged to the church.

1343 a tsunami, caused by an earthquake in the Tyrrhenian Sea, devastated Naples (Italy) and the Maritime Republic of Amalfi.

1491 The siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.