Wednesday, October 31, 2012

All Hallows' Eve

Historian Nicholas Rogers on the origin of All Hallows' Eve: while some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin. The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end".  A similar festival was held by the ancient Britons and is known as Calan Gaeaf.  

The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes regarded as the "Celtic New Year". 

The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honored and invited home while harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks.


History Trivia

October 31

834 1st All Hallows Eve (Halloween) observed to honor the saints.

475 Romulus Augustulus was proclaimed Western Roman Emperor. His deposition by Odoacer in 476 traditionally marks the end of the Western Roman Empire, the fall of ancient Rome, and the beginning of the Middle Ages in Western Europe.

1517 Protestant Reformation: Martin Luther published his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, sparking the Protestant Reformation.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

History Trivia

October 20
480 BC The Greeks defeated the Persians in a naval battle at Salamis, an island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens. It marked the high-point of the second Persian invasion of Greece which had begun in 480 BC.
1097 First Crusaders arrived in Antioch. The first siege, by the crusaders against the Muslim city, lasted from October 21, 1097, to June 2, 1098.
1524 Thomas Linacre, physician and classical scholar, who founded the Royal College of Physicians in London died.
1632  Christopher Wren, East Knoyle, Wiltshire, England, astronomer/great architect (St. Paul's Cathedral), was born.

Friday, October 19, 2012

History Trivia

October 19
 202 BC, the Romans under Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal's army of Carthaginians and Numidians in the Battle of Sama in the Second Punic War.
439 Gaiseric, King of the Vandals, seized the Roman city of Carthage, and made it his capital.
1216 King John of England died at Newark-on-Trent and was succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.
1453 The French recapture of Bordeaux brought the Hundred Years' War to a close, with the English retaining only Calais on French soil.
1469 Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile creating the alliance that unified Spain.
1512 Martin Luther became a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).
1649 New Ross town, Co. Wexford, Ireland, surrendered to Oliver Cromwell.

Thursday, October 18, 2012



History Trivia

October 18,
768 Charlemagne and his brother Carloman were crowned co-rulers of the Franks, after the death of their father, Pepin the Short.
1009 The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, a Christian church in Jerusalem, was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacked the Church's foundations down to bedrock.
1016 Canute of Denmark became the heir of Edmund Ironside, King of England, with victory at Ashingdon, and Edmund agreed to divide England between himself and Canute. At the end of November, however, Edmund died, and Canute became king of all England.
1081 The Normans defeated the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.
1210 Pope Innocent III excommunicated German leader Otto IV.
1529 Henry VIII ordered Cardinal Wolsey to hand over the great seal.
1541 Princess Margaret Tudor died.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

History Trivia

October 17
539 BC King Cyrus The Great of Persia marched into the city of Babylon, releasing the Jews from almost 70 years of exile and making the first Human Rights Declaration.
532 Pope Boniface II died.
733 Battle at Poitiers: Charles Martel (grandfather of Charlemagne) defeated Abd al-Rachmans Omajjaden, and halted a northward Islamic expansion into western Europe.
1091 A tornado struck the heart of London which destroyed the rebuilt Norman London Bridge.
1346 Battle of Neville's Cross: King David II of Scotland was captured by Edward III of England near Durham, and imprisoned in the Tower of London for eleven years.
1404 Innocent VII became Pope.  During his pontificate, Innocent summoned a council in an attempt to heal the Western Schism but it never assembled.
 1529 Henry VIII of England stripped Thomas Wolsey of his office for failing to secure an annulment of his marriage.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Book Review - The Illustrated Woman by Mark Barry

Book Review of The Illustrated Woman
Author: Mark Barry
5 out of 5 stars
 The Illustrated Woman has a unique plot that will capture your attention, hold it, make you angry, make you cry, make you desperate and it will make you fall in love. It will remove you from your present world and transport you into the life of a single mother who turned her back on the world her parents desired her to have and created her own.

This book is not for the shy or timid. It is graphic and realistic. It is emotionally open and evasive. It is good and evil. It is stimulating and abusive. It is life and broken dreams. It is enthralling and deceiving. It is truth and lies. It is honor and immoral. It is beauty and ignorance. It is love and selfishness. It is desire and hatred. It is commitment and it is fear. It is enlightenment and it is disillusionments. It is about second or even third chances and it is unforgivable. It is choices and it is consequences. It is maturity at its worst and it is immaturity at its best. It is a book that will make you think...about circumstances, choices and consequences.

Emily learns early on that choices are her choices to make, not her mom and nor her dad's, thus leading her astray from the life her parents were molding her into. Acceptance...of who she is, what she wanted, who she wanted was denied creating a void in her that was filled with pain due to the rejection of a stoutly proud man...her father.

Tyrone: Attractive. Lazy. User. Her obsession. Her destruction. Her love. Her destruction. Her everything. Her on again, off again.

Penny: Obedient. Cooperative. Happy. Her life. Her daughter. Her one constant.

The Clients: Pornographic. Solicitation. Lust. Her way of paying for her Illustration.

Enter Alan: Quiet. Shy. Reserved. Suffering. Attentive. Listener. Consistent. Eager. Accepting. In love with Emily. Her, not quite sure what.

The Illustration: Her future. Her history. Her dreams. Her failures. Her life in ink. One half, pure; One half, not so much.
The Choice: Tyrone, Alan. Alan, Tyrone. Her choice. Their choice.

The Illustrated Woman is to be read as entertainment only and should only be read by adults of maturity. The Illustrated Woman has extensive usage of curse words, references to drug usage, explicit sexual relations incorporating power exchange, sexually abusive scenes, BDSM references and intense anger scenes.

And...I could not put this book down


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History Trivia

On October 16
456 Magister militum (Master of the Soldiers) Flavius Ricimer defeated Emperor Avitus at Piacenza and became master of the Western Roman Empire. Ricimer was the first German who became a virtual king of Italy.
1551 Edward Seymour Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of England during the minority reign of Edward VI was re-arrested. He was executed for felony in January 1552 after scheming to overthrow John Dudley's (Earl of Warwick) regime.
1555 The Protestant martyrs Bishop Hugh Latimer and Bishop Nicholas Ridley were burned at the stake for heresy in England.
1793 Queen Marie Antoinette was beheaded during the French Revolution.


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Monday, October 15, 2012

On October 15
70 BC, Virgil was born.  He is considered to be one of the greatest poets of the Roman Empire.
533 Byzantine general Belisarius made his formal entry into Carthage, having conquered it from the Vandals.
1389 Pope Urban VI died. The election of Urban sparked the Western Schism, which lasted nearly 40 years.
1501 English crown prince Arthur married Catherine of Aragon.
1520 King Henry VIII of England ordered bowling lanes at Whitehall.
1537 Prince Edward Tudor was baptized.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

History Trivia

On October 14
222 Pope Callixtus I was killed by a mob in Rome's Trastevere (west bank of the Tiber River) after a 5-year reign in which he had stabilized the Saturday fast three times per year, with no food, oil, or wine to be consumed on those days. Callixtus was succeeded by Cardinal Urban I.
530 Boniface became sole pope. The brief schism that had resulted from both Boniface II and Dioscorus being consecrated as pope ended with Dioscorus' death.
996 Hugh Capet, the French king and founder of the Capetian line, died in Paris at age 56.
1066 Norman Conquest: Battle of Hastings – In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated the English army and killed King Harold II of England.
Battle of Hastings
1322 Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence.
1586 Mary, Queen of Scots, went on trial for conspiracy against Elizabeth I of England.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review - Changing the Future by Paula Martin

K-Trina Meador 1:25pm Oct 13
Book Review Changing the Future by Paula Martin
5 out of 5 stars

Erupting Conflict...

Changing the Future pulled you into the drama and conflict when assumptions, jealousy, and stubbornness entered the picture taking what could have been a totally different outcome and giving it a different one by default.

When two people are meant to be together sometimes it is the fate of life that brings them back together for a second chance to decide if the past will repeat itself or by their own admissions and choices they will change the future.

Once again, Paula has penned another enticing story full of richly developed characters with one of the best supporting characters that I have read in a very long time in Ralph. Ralph was very clearly defined, very likable and sensible and stayed true within his characterization throughout the book.

It is clear that Author Paula Martin has done her research well on volcanoes and has transferred that knowledge easily into the plot.The mechanics of the book – punctuation, point of view shifts, believable plot, action, drama, and progression- was very good, making this book an easy and delightful read.
Changing the Future
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History Trivia

On October 13

54 Emperor Claudius died from poison given him by his physician Xenophon and his empress Agrippina, and Nero became emperor of Rome.

409 Vandals (East Germanic tribe) and Alans (group of Sarmatian tribes) crossed the Pyrenees and appear in Hispania (Iberian Peninsula, modern day Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar).

1307, on Friday the 13th, Hundreds of Knights Templar in France were simultaneously arrested by agents of Phillip the Fair, and were later tortured into a confession of heresy.

1399 Henry IV of England was crowned.

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Friday, October 12, 2012

History Trivia

On October 12

1216 King John of England lost the crown jewels in The Wash, possibly near Fosdyke or near Sutton Bridge. 

1428 the Siege of Orleans began which lasted until Joan of Arc persuaded King Charles VII of France to send an army to relieve the city in April.

1459  Battle at Ludfor: Richard of York defeated.

1537 King Edward VI was born; he was the only son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour (third wife); he became King at the age of 9 and died in his early teens.

Book Review - Bargain Bride, Billionaire Groom

K-Trina Meador6:11pm Oct 11
5 of 5 stars:
Downloaded Bargain Bride and Millionaire Groom and within two hours I had it read, delighting in the feel-good feelings, lifted spirits, and with abounding hope that only a well thought out romance story could bring to a reader. For over two hours I forgot my reality as I entered theirs entertaining a wide range of emotions: dismayed, charmed, enchanted, discouraged, hopeful, frightful, arousal, relieved and contentment.

From the beginning, the story captured its essences in Maui, the mystery in the visit, the complications of greedy people in life and the yearnings of a woman and a man. The story didn't slow down at all as it traveled to Colorado and the Maui born and raised girl got a taste of the Colorado snow...and the iciness of jealousy.

Romance within a marriage; however, being a successful business man drove them apart when an event occurred that could destroy their lives forever...

The grammar, punctuation, cohesion, fluency, character portrayal, character depth, supporting characters and story continuity was excellent.

I am eagerly looking forward to reading more from this author!
Bargain Bride, Billionaire Groom (Island Moonlight Collection)

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book Review - The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Brimstone Forest

K-Trina Meador 10:02am Oct 11
5 out of 5 Stars! Review for The Adventures of Cecilia Spark: The Brimstone Forest (Volume 1)

Refreshing!, October 11, 2012
By K. Meador

Delightful, Charming, Adorable, Captivating, Enchanting, Refreshing....Need I really go on?

Cecilia, a ten year adventuress finds herself a friend while collaborating to escape and survive the many dangers of The Brimstone Forest.

I loved the references made in here to the snapdragons as it brings fond memories back of when my mom used to say "snapdragon" when she forgot something as I was growing up.

I loved the imagery presented by the author. The book was easy to read and I was easily able to relate to Cecilia!

This is a wonderful children's book which needs to grace the bookshelves in your home and read often to your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews alike!

History Trivia

October 11
1303 Pope Boniface VIII died. He instituted the first Jubilee (special year of remission of sins and universal pardon).
1521 Pope Leo X granted Henry VIII the title Defender of the Faith for a tract defending Catholicism.
1542 Thomas Wyatt died. The English lyrical poet is credited with introducing the sonnet into English.
1551 John Dudley, Earl of Warwick was made the Duke of Northumberland.
1537 Lady Jane Grey, Britain's nine day queen, was born, the exact date is not known.

Interesting 20th Century fact: 1982 Henry VIII's flagship Mary Rose was raised to the surface after 437 years at the bottom of the Solent.  After a long and successful career, the Mary Rose sank on July 19, 1545 off Portsmouth, during an engagement with a French fleet which had attacked the English coast. The reason for the sinking is still a mystery, although many theories exist. Human error and indiscipline amongst the crew are possible explanations. Almost all of the men on board drowned.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

History Trivia

On October 10

19 Germanicus, the best loved of Roman princes, died of poisoning. On his deathbed he accused Piso, the governor of Syria, of poisoning him.

732 Battle of Tours: Near Poitiers, France, the leader of the Franks, Charles Martel and his men, defeated a large army of Moors, stopping the Muslims from spreading into Western Europe. The governor of Cordoba, Abdul Rahman Al Ghafiqi, was killed during the battle.

1361 Prince Edward (Black Prince) married Joan Plantagenet. The "Fair Maid of Kent" was not considered the ideal wife for the heir of the English throne. Joan was the mother of Richard II.

1471 Battle of Brunkeberg in Stockholm: Sten Sture the Elder, the Regent of Sweden, with the help of farmers and miners, repelled an attack by Christian I, King of Denmark.

1575 Battle of Dormans (battle during the 5th war of religion in France): Roman Catholic forces under Duke Henry of Guise defeated the Protestants, capturing Philippe de Mornay among others.

1580 After a three-day siege, the English Army beheaded over 600 Irish and Papal soldiers and civilians at Dún an Óir, Ireland.

1631 During the Thirty Years War a Saxon army successfully entered Prague (capital and largest city of the Czech Republic). The war was fought primarily in what is now Germany, and at various points involved most countries in Europe, and was one of the most destructive conflicts in European history.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

History Trivia

On October 9

28 BC The Temple of Apollo was dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.

768 Carloman I and Charlemagne were crowned Kings of The Franks.

1000 Leif Ericson, the great Norse explorer, became the first European to land in North America, which he called Vinland. The date is celebrated as Leif Ericson Day in Norway.

1047 Pope Clement II died.

1390 King John I of Castile was killed in a fall from his horse while riding in a fantasia (equestrian performance) with some of the light horsemen known as the farfanes, who were mounted and equipped in the Arab style.

1192 Richard the Lionheart left Jerusalem in disguise.

1470 Henry VI of England restored to the throne.

1514 Marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor.

1529 Cardinal Thomas Wolsey was indicted for using his power illegally. His failure to secure the annulment of Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is widely perceived to have directly caused his downfall and arrest.

1536 The Pilgrimage of Grace, popular rising in York, Yorkshire, in protest against Henry VIII's break with the Roman Catholic Church and the Dissolution of the Monasteries, as well as other specific political, social and economic grievances, began.

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Monday, October 8, 2012

History Trivia

On October 8
314 Roman Emperor Licinius was defeated by Constantine I at the Battle of Cibalae, losing his European territories. Co-author of the Edict of Milan that granted official toleration to Christians in the Roman Empire, for the majority of his reign he was the rival of Constantine I until he was finally defeated at the Battle of Adrianople, and was executed on Constantine's orders.
451 the fourth Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church ruled that Jesus Christ is "in two natures" in opposition to the doctrine of Monophysitism.
876 Charles the Bald is defeated at the Battle of Andernach. 
1200 Isabella of Angoulême, second wife of King John, was crowned Queen consort of England. Isabella had five children by the king including his heir Henry who succeeded John as Henry III of England. In 1220 Isabella married Hugh X of Lusignan, Count of La Marche, by whom she had another nine children.

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

History Trivia

On October 7
 336 Pope Saint Mark (Marcus) died of natural causes, ending his reign as Catholic Pope which lasted under a year. He is credited with the foundation of the  Basilica of San Marco in Rome, and a cemetery church over the Catacomb of Balbina, just outside the city.
1571 The Holy League of the Papal States, Spain and Venice routed the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto. This was the defining battle of the crusades between the Christian nations on the Mediterranean and the Muslim Turks where the outnumbered Christians were victorious.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Book Review - His Leading Lady by Paula Martins

Review of Paula Martin's: His Leading Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, October 5, 2012
Paula Martins book, His Leading Lady, in one word....Perfect.
It has everything that a romance novel should have: sexy male and female characters, humor, mystery, chemistry, antagonists, misunderstandings, pride, forgiveness, pain, joy, and reconciliations.
Never did the story slow down nor turned boring. It captivated from the start and held the captivation. The dialogue was smooth and the characters were portrayed very nicely. The story line itself was believable and I loved the idea of the main character being a twin and the twist in the story that was pulled off.
It is a story that leaves you rooting for love and angry with the very real and manipulative threat at the end. No will need to read to understand it.
My favorite two lines in the book are:
"If it's not what you want to do above anything else, it won't work for you."
"Och and remember sometimes real life can have a happy ending like a musical show."
Thank you Paula, for those two statements breathe life into people of the real world. I fell in love with your characters and will definitely be reading more of your books!
K-Trina Meador

Book Review - The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke

Book Review The Turtle Boy by Kealan Patrick Burke

4 out of 5 stars: Stay with it, October 3, 2012

This story, to me, started off slow but I am glad I stuck with it. By the time it took off, it literally took off! This story took me into a journey that held my attention and captivated me with its vividness and mystery. It was a fairly quick read which surprised me too. And although there was a conclusion to this book you can find more adventures of Timmy in novellas already written.

Book Review - Destiny of Angels by Wendy Steele

Review of Destiny of Angels by Wendy Steele
October 2, 2012 By K. Meador

Destiny of Angels is a thoughtful plot that engages the reader to realize their potential in influencing others. What advice/influence is given from one to another can open gateways to choices for the persons they encounter in their lifet...
ime. Angel is the centerpiece of several relationships that she has been brought back into contact with after departing from them in high school.

Although fantasy or paranormal/occult fiction is usually not my genre, I found that the descriptiveness used by the author created vivid scenes and a strong presence of what is going on with each character both internally and externally.

There are many characters introduced in this book and the most impressive character to me is Jenny. Without going into details, she is faced with a very personal and difficult decision as she makes an important decision that affects not only herself but those around her. No spoilers will have to read it to find out what decision that is and how it turns out.

Since this is usually not my genre as stated earlier, and even though the descriptiveness was well done, I really didn't get into the rituals that were described. However, if this is your type of genre, keep in mind it is well written and you will probably enjoy this part as it is obvious well thought, well developed writing.

With that being said the only thing I found difficult for me to read in this tale of influences/choices/consequences is the frequent shifts of point of views without any warning. Several times during the story the point of view shifts were clearly defined but in other parts it was not. In the areas of the story that is was not, this led to confusion until I was able to decipher that I had been taken into or continued from another situation with a different character.

Overall, I would have to say that this was an enjoyable read from a talented author and being the first book in a trilogy, I know that the others two to come will be just as, if not more, delightful.

History Trivia

October 6

105 BC Battle of Arausio: The Cimbri (tribe from Northern Europe) inflicted the heaviest defeat on the Roman army of Gnaeus Mallius Maximus.

877 Charles the Bald died.

891 Formosus was elected Pope. During his pontificate, he attempted to liberate Rome from the Spoletan Holy Roman co-emperors Guy and his son Lambert, crowned Arnulf of the East Franks emperor and requested he invade Italy which left the German states in discord. 

1014 The Byzantine Emperor Basil earned the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he ordered the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops. 

1536 William Tyndale, the English translator of the New Testament, was strangled and burned at the stake for heresy at Vilvorde, France.  

Book Review - The Unhidden Reflections of the Heart by Bathsheba Dailey

K-Trina Meador 7:40pm Oct 5
Review of Bathsheba Dailey's The Unhidden Reflections of the Heart

5.0 out of 5 stars

Poetry that Grips Your Heart, October 5, 2012

Bathsheba Dailey sent me her book for free for an honest and objective review; It is truly a treasure to behold.

Bathsheba Dailey, in her book the Un-Hidden Reflections of My Heart, which is her second book published, is a poetry of non-equivalent beauty of prose reaching deep inside the heart and soul and expressed eloquently with pen and paper.

Although all of the poems are well thought and beautifully put together the following poems were my favorite: Un-Hidden Reflections of My Heart, Blessed, Arms of Comfort, Hearts Afire, Juke Box, One and Only Me, Forgiven, Hidden Misery, and Finally to See

Remembering Long Ago Days, A Left Alone Child, Childhood Dreams gave me chills up and down me as I absorbed the words tragically penned.

Not only did I enjoy Tick Tock, Writer's Block, it had me laughing because I understood exactly what she penned!

Sample of her poetry:
An un-hidden reflection of
what once was stares back at
me through the the light of
dawn that can be seen from
the years that have passed be,
reflections that once were