Sunday, March 31, 2013



History Trivia - Oliver Cromwell offered title of King

March 31

307 after divorcing his wife Minervina, Constantine married Fausta, the daughter of the retired Roman Emperor Maximian, but murdered  her in 326. 

1084 Henry VI of Germany, after deposing Pope Gregory VII, was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Gregory's successor, Pope Clement III.

1146 Bernard of Clairvaux preached his famous sermon in a field at Vézelay, urging the necessity of a Second Crusade.

1657 Parliament offered Oliver Cromwell the title of king in the Humble Petition and Advice, but he rejected the title.




Booksessed: March Favorites

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

This Week in Tennis 3-30-2013: Tanks A Lot Guys!!

Was there tanking going on down in Miami this past week plus all the highs and lows on both sides of the draw at this years Sony Ericsson Open on this weeks edition of This Week in Tennis with Craig Doyle and Phil Naessens.

Thanks For The Memories Johan!!

Thanks For The Memories Johan!!

On Friday March 29, 2013 New York Mets fans received the terrible news that beloved ace Johan Santana would most likely miss the entire season due to a tear in the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. This is the same exact injury that sidelined Santana for the entire 2011 campaign and the Mets have exercised their 2014 buyout option of 5.5 million effectively ending Santana’s career as a New York Met.

About The Illustrated Woman by Mark Barry

About "The Illustrated Woman" by Mark Barry
Published by Green Wizard Publishing

The story takes place in the present tense and in June 2012. First person narrative from the point of view of the title character. It's a love story.

Emily is a twenty six year old unemployed lone parent living in a two bedroom flat on an estate in Bilborough. Her daughter is seven. All the story takes place in daylight while her daughter is at school, (Unemployed people live their lives in daylight.) 

Once a promising Cellist from a prosperous middle class Wollaton family, she dropped out of school after a disastrous first relationship with an amoral, predatory older man and a sneaky shoulder tattoo which angered her parents. They no longer speak and Emily is alone.

Every week, she charts her life through a developing tapestry of tattoos which cover the left half of her body, from a runic inscription on her foot, all the way to a single tear under her eye.

One half of her body is ice cream white, the other is covered with some of the most ornate tattoos you can imagine. 

In a health centre, she meets and falls in love with a depressed older man who suffers clinical interview anxiety and agoraphobia.

In a world where buses come two at once, she subsequently falls for his friend, a handsome young firebrand, a tall, brilliant, History graduate who, no matter how hard he tries, cannot get a job, even in a Poundshop. Thus, his bitterness transcends the feelings of all three of them. 

The two men spend their lives exchanging prescription drugs, betting on racehorses in town centre bookies, and sitting on park benches in the Arboretum, drinking Thor's Hammer cider and discussing alternative history. 

Emily is beautiful, corrupted, decadent, lost and fatally alluring to both men and each respond to her in different ways. As with all triangles like this, the story ends in a tragedy that affects everyone around them.

The story takes place against a backdrop of decay, broken dreams, mass unemployment, sexual and economic inequality, exploitation, personal despair, Prozac politics, benefit cuts, Tory triumphalism, the Great Olympic Robbery, cynicism, a country obsessed with celebrity, and the coming end of days.

History Trivia - Henry VIII divorces Catherine of Aragon

March 30

317 BC, Phocion, the great Athenian general and statesman, died at an approximate age of 85.

240 BC first recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1135 AD Maimonides was born. He was a Jewish philosopher who tried to harmonize Judaism with the teachings of Aristotle in his principal work, The Guide of the Perplexed, in 1190.

1191 Celestine III elected Pope. During his pontificate, he confirmed the order of Teutonic Knights. 

1296 Edward I sacked Berwick-upon-Tweed, during armed conflict between Scotland and England.

 1603 The Nine Years' War between England and Irish rebel Hugh O'Neill ended with the surrender of the Irish.

1533 Henry VIII divorced his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. 1533 - Thomas Cranmer became archbishop of Canterbury.

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SSLYBLOG - Interview Margaret Arvanitis

Interview Margaret Arvanitis


Ms. Arvanitis was born in western Nebraska, married and raised her family in South East Nebraska. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers. Her occupation as a preK and early grades teacher gives her insight into the stories children like to read. She has written many short stories for preschool curriculums. Now retired, she writes full time bringing to the mid grade readers books she calls “fables.” She brings mythical creatures such as fairies, elves, mermaids, pixies, and other strange beings to her stories. Now retired, her life has been filled with younguns .. hundreds of students throught the years and her own five children, grandchildren, and they just keep coming. Keeping track of family is her hobby. Writing is her occupation.
Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
I am the grandmother type, adoring my grands. I was born in the Midwest, raised on a farm, married and had five children. I am now living on the Oregon coast. I started reading books early on. My dad had boxes of books lying around, most were unsuitable for an eight year old girl and I read them secretly. I dreamed of being a girl reporter, instead I became a writer. I’m a retired preschool and early grade teacher. I’ve traveled extensively visiting my grown children and going to gatherings in various states with the Online single Senior’s Outreach group I founded.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Quiet .. no conversation. Even the music I play when writing must be without words. And no food. I don’t allow food at my desk. not even coffee!! (So throw me out of the writer’s club! J )
Beverly: When did you start to write?
I became interested in writing when in high school and had to write articles. I’ve diddled around with poetry but only when life was treating me badly. Seriously? When I opened my preschool and needed to add puppet dialogues, songs, and short stories to enrich my curriculum. Later I took characters from some of these stories and brought them into the mid-grade books I call Fables. I Can’t call them fairy tales, but they are fantasy based adventures. I also write history based upperteens/YA books.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
Hero’s are just normal people who are shoved into a scenario where they have to act upon when governed by their sense of right and wrong. They don’t quit until the job is finished.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
I love Sadie Squarette, the magical bug in my “Forbidden Wings, a Mermaid’s Story. She, like me, will break into a rhyme at any time. Sadie is a figment of my imagination, never before seen in children’s books. I like to take characters from myths from other countries. I research these character on Google and use them in my fantasy fables.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
Well since I write for mid-grade there isn’t much sex going on. J However there is romance. I move my story along with dialogue imagining what the voice and the words the character would use. I have trouble with suspense; setting up the problem without saying too much before it is solved. Ending a story is sometimes a problem.
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
I could say Dr. Suess, because I love the rhythm of his books.…there isn’t a book he wrote that small children don’t love to hear over and over.
Anne McCaffrey’s series, the dragon Riders of Pern influenced me in my writing of both mid grade and adult fiction. I try to bring the excitement of suspense and fantasy into younger versions of fantasy.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
IF I were young and reading Hank, of Twin Rivers (my teen history series) I would choose Hank as my boyfriend. But he already has eyes for Becca, the preacher’s daughter, so guess that leaves me out. J
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
I’ve had a few “Kinky” experiences in my time. at my age. J I’ve had my romances but we’ll leave that story for an adult book I may write someday.
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
My heroines are take-charge girls. They need no man to save them. The fairy tales such as Cinderella, and Snow White, tell our girls that they NEED some male to save them. Sorry I don’t spread that rumor with my writing.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
In my mature years I tried cyber dating. They all were disasters. LOL
Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)
1: Electricity and Wifi so I could keep my Kindle Fire loaded with good books and a hundred of my favorite songs I’ve loved down thru the years.
2: Beautiful scenery around me. Friendly birds and animals, and Flowers to pick.
3: A mattress. I don’t like sleeping on the ground.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
None. Guilt isn’t in my vocabulary. J
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
My dream of seeing my books develop into print books have now happened .. so my next dream is to have one or more of my books turned into a movie directed by Spillberg. If one is going to waste time dreaming they should be BIG. LOL
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine… getting caught buck naked in the back of an orange Gremlin by the police! (I am such a naughty girl)
During the Midwest summer humidty destroys hairdos, soaking the scalp and hair, so when going dancing with my hubby I would wear a wig. One dance when my husband and I were swinging to a fast jitterbug type dance on a crowded dance floor, a tall guy (I am short) swung his arm against the top of my head and knocked the wig flying across the room. Here I am, my hair plastered to my scalp from the humidity and everyone looking at my wig which lay on the floor like a dead beaver. What did I do? What could I do, as there was no hole to sink into. I calmly walked over, picked it up and placed it on my head .. backwards. Hubby was more embarrassed than I and needless to say we didn’t stay for another dance.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Red of course. Red is exciting, hot, sexy, and most every well-know celebrity wears red when being interviewed.
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
Life has taught me that love comes in many forms. In my stories love comes naturally. There is usually a wedding scene at the end either for the protagonist or another character.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?
I’ve experienced romantic love a few times. The beginning is always wonderful and exciting. The endings are not. My love was blond and buff and Greek, Some are lucky enough to have a lifetime love. However the love I get from my children is never-ending. And that is the kind of love that makes my world go round.
My latest book launched is Forbidden Wings: A Mermaid’s Story.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

The Writer's Showcase - Mary Ann Bernal discusses The Briton and The Dane

Author Mary Ann Bernal joins host Phil Naessens to discuss her The Briton and The Dane The Complete Trilogy, Marketing, Promotion, the advantages of being an Indie Author, Screenplays and much much more.

The Phil Naessens Show 3-29-2013: MLB Opening Day Preview: Minnesota Twins, Oakland Athletics, New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays

On the Friday edition of The Phil Naessens Show Eric Pleiss from Knuckleballs Blog joins Phil to discuss all the new faces on the Minnesota Twins Opening Day Roster, Alex Hall from Athletics Nation joins Phil to discuss who will start at second base and shortstop and looks at the Oakland Athletics season opening series with the Seattle Mariners, Blogging Mets Mark Berman joins Phil to discuss the Opening series with the San Diego Padres and Baseball Bo’s Bowen Pausey joins Phil to preview the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ngaire Elder: The Texas Chain Saw Mama

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History Trivia - Battle at Towton Field - death toll 33,000

March 29

1461 - Battle near Towton Field, death toll about 33,000 in the deadliest battle of the War of the Roses, where Edward of York defeated Queen Margaret to become King Edward IV of England. 

 1561 Santorio Santorio, the first physician to employ instruments of precision to medical practice, was born.

Author Mark Barry - Live on Blog Talk Radio April 14, 2013

Author Mark Barry live From England! Sunday- April 14th at 3pm Eastern Live!
Mark Barry, author of “Hollywood Shakedown”, “Ultra Violence” and “Carla”, is a Psychologist and writer whose main interest focuses on relationships between people. He has been writing since he was twenty one, having his first piece published in 1986. He has written extensively on a variety of topics including, horse racing, football, personality disorders and human relationships. Influenced by the great playwrights and screenwriters, much of Mark’s work transpires in dialogue. He deplores exposition and, in his fiction, leaves the reader in a state of nervousness more than he probably should. Mark has had an extensive career as a professional project designer and bid writer, having accrued over £20m for groups and organisations working with disadvantaged people. An ex-lecturer, Mark designed and delivered the UK’s first ever course in Criminal Psychology in 1997. Much of this work infils his fiction: Psychopathy and Borderline Personality Disorders are featured heavily in “Carla”, for example. Currently, Mark is a full time fiction writer and freelance blogger. He has been interviewed on several Radio talk shows where he has given readings of his work. His work has been featured in The Sun and Daily Mail and he has also been interviewed on Television. Mark resides in Southwell, Nottinghamshire with his teenage son.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Phil Naessens Show 3-28-2013: Boycott Starbucks? The Militant Born Again Circus Continues
On Thursday’s Phil Naessens Show The Sports Goons Jameyan Smith joins Phil to discuss the NCAA March Madness Tournament, the attempted boycott of Starbucks by online militant born again Christians, the New York Knicks and the Atlanta Hawks week in review and a look ahead to next week’s Atlanta Braves opening series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Wizard's Cauldron - Interview List

The Wizard's Cauldron

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Booksessed: Review: Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan...

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Booksessed: Review: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

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History Trivia - Viking raiders sack Paris

March 28

37 Roman Emperor Caligula accepted the titles of the Principate, entitled to him by the Senate.

193 Roman Emperor Pertinax was assassinated by Praetorian Guards, who then sold the throne in an auction to Didius Julianus.

364 Roman Emperor Valentinian I appointed his brother Flavius Valens co-emperor.

845 Paris was sacked by Viking raiders, probably under Ragnar Lodbrok, who collected a huge ransom in exchange for leaving.

1515 St. Teresa of Ávila was born. Teresa was a mystic, a reformer of the Carmelite order, and author of spiritual literature. She was the first woman to be named a doctor of the Church.


Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My Paranormal Life: Author Mark Barry live From England! Sunday- April...

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Author Mary Ann Bernal live! 04/28 by Mackenzie K | Blog Talk Radio

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Goats Eat Cans: SUPER SHITSHINS TO THE RESCUE!: “Your reign on top was short, like leprechauns. As I crush so-called willies, thugs, and rapper-dons.” Damn straight, B...

The Phil Naessens Show 3-27-2013: NBA Playoff Projections!
On Wednesdays Phil Naessens Show the Sports-Kings Andy Flint joins Phil to discuss the Miami Heat’s 27 game winning streak, the Denver Nuggets 16 game winning streak, legendary New York Knick guard Walt Frazier’s statements regarding the Miami Heat and a look at potential playoff match-ups in NBA’s Eastern and Western Conferences.

History Trivia - Robert Devereux returns to England in disgrace

March 27

196 BC Ptolemy V ascended to the throne of Egypt.

1309 Pope Clement V excommunicated Venice and all its population.

1329 Pope John XXII issued his In Agro Dominico condemning some writings of Meister Eckhart as heretical.

1599 Robert Devereux, second Earl of Essex and a favorite of Elizabeth I, became Lord Lieutenant General of Ireland during the Nine Years War. However, he was unsuccessful in defeating the rebel forces and returned to England in disgrace.

1625 Charles I, King of England, Scotland & Ireland, ascended to the English throne.

Veetu Industries and Rae Gee: Thanks Dad!

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The Wizard's Cauldron: Ngaire Elder meets Vickie "Just Evil" McKeehan...

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Gladiator's Pen: Don't Touch EBook Release Day!

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The Phil Naessens Show 3-26-2013: Fantasy Baseball Tuesday Outfielders and Catchers

Tuesdays are dedicated to Fantasy Baseball. Joining Phil to discuss outfield options is Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks Eric Pleiss and Rotowire’s Nick Falk joins Phil to discuss Catchers….please listen in as the guys discuss strategy tips and sleepers to help you with your upcoming draft on the March 26th edition of The Phil Naessens Show

Journey to Freedom by K Meador - Amazon Review

4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, 26 Mar 2013

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This review is from: Journey to Freedom (Kindle Edition)
This historical novel, set against the back drop of the American Civil War is written from the heart. Well researched, we follow the lives of everyday people as they seek what we all seek - home, love, family and happiness. Highlighting prejudice, cruelty and the injustices of war, it's balanced against determination, courage, friendship and love and the search for freedom.
I loved the story but have to admit that the style wasn't my favourite choice in a good read as I'm a visual reader and sometimes couldn't hold all the characters in my head as I couldn't picture them...but that's just me!
As a first novel by K Meador, it's a cracking start on her writing path:-)

History Trivia - Caxton prints translation of Aesop's Fables

March 26

752 Pope Stephen (II) III elected; he was the first sovereign of the Papal States, crowned Pepin as King of the Franks, corresponded with the Emperor Constantine on the subject of the restoration of the sacred images, restored many of the ancient churches of the city, and built hospitals specifically for the poor near St. Peter's church where he is buried.

Pepin, King of the Franks

1026 Pope John XIX crowned Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor.

1484 William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop's Fables.


Literary Addicts - Mary Ann Bernal Featured Author

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Featured Author - Mary Ann Bernal

Travel back in time to late Ninth Century Anglo-Saxon Britain where Alfred the Great rules with a benevolent hand while the Danish King rules peacefully within the boundaries of the Danelaw. Trade flourishes, and scholars from throughout the civilized world flock to Britannia’s shores to study at the King’s Court School at Winchester.

Enter Concordia, a beautiful noble woman whose family is favored by the king. Vain, willful, and admired, but ambitious and cunning, Concordia is not willing to accept her fate. She is betrothed to the valiant warrior, Brantson, but sees herself as far too young to lay in the bedchamber of an older suitor. She wants to see the wonders of the world, embracing everything in it; preferably, but dangerously, at the side of Thayer, the exotic Saracen who charms King Alfred’s court and ignites her yearning passions.

Concordia manipulates her besotted husband into taking her to Rome, but her ship is captured by bloodthirsty pirates, and the seafarers protecting her are ruthlessly slain to a man. As she awaits her fate in the Moorish captain’s bed, by sheer chance, she discovers that salvation is at hand in the gilded court of a Saracen nobleman.

While awaiting rescue, Concordia finds herself at the center of intrigue, plots, blackmail, betrayal and the vain desires of two egotistical brothers, each willing to die for her favor. Using only feminine cunning, Concordia must defend her honor while plotting her escape as she awaits deliverance, somewhere inside steamy, unconquered Muslim Hispania.

 Where did the idea of your (latest) book come from?    
Concordia is a character from The Briton and the Dane trilogy, who wanted her own story, and, naturally, I had to comply.

Who and what inspires you to write your books?  
After reading Sir Walter Scott’s “Ivanhoe,” I became enthralled with early British history, and admit to being an incurable romantic Anglophile, and less nobly, and much more irritatingly, a Romanphile, accordingly to my favorite Brit and staunchest supporter.

 Each author has their own fascinating journey. How did you begin writing?    
Erik was “born” when I was still an impressionable teenager, after seeing "The Vikings" and other period movies Hollywood had to offer. I would think of different scenarios with Erik leaving his homeland to “Go A Viking” and what would happen if he was wounded, or if he met a “local” girl or if he stayed in a land he had wanted to conquer. Over the years, many “what ifs” were embedded in my mind, which were considered when I finally set pen to paper.

What has been the most pleasant surprise about being a writer? How about the most unexpected downside?  
A pleasant surprise was my appearance on a local TV talk show where I discussed my novels, which are dedicated to fallen soldiers. The downside is not spending time with family and friends while I am in writing mode.  

Do you have any particular writing routines or rituals?    
My writing time is usually in the afternoons, and I do limit the hours spent on the computer. However, I also set a word count goal, which I try to adhere to. Unfortunately, when life happens, it is difficult to keep to a schedule, but I do try to write at least one page a day to keep the creative juices flowing

Do you write in order?  
Yes, I write the beginning, middle and end, in order.  

What is on your playlist when you write?    
I listen to music from period movies, such as Centurion, Beowulf, The Eagle, King Arthur, The Last Legion, et cetera.

Favorite writing snack?    
Indulgent Trail Mix

Where do you like to write?    
I am fortunate to have an office in my home.

Do you have any advice for authors wanting to publish?  
First, try to write every day, even if it’s just one page or 250 words.

Second, covers do sell books, unfortunately, so a professional illustrator is a must, unless, of course, you are artistically creative. Also, it is important to have an editor read the manuscript prior to publication.

Third, thoroughly research the market. Even if you are picked up by a conventional publishing house, you are still expected to promote your work - which means having profiles on the available social media sites.

Are you currently working on anything else?    
The next title in the series, The Briton and the Dane: Timeline will be published by Green Wizard Publishing, Nottinghamshire, UK, and is expected to launch in 2014.

Who is your favorite character and why?  
Arista is introduced in the second installment of the trilogy, The Briton and the Dane: Birthright. Without giving away spoilers, suffice it to say that Arista, who descends from the line of the Caesars, is a character whose life has been marred by events shaping her known world. However, fear clouds her judgment when forces beyond her control are set in place, threatening the family she adores. Since I tend to bet for the underdog, my money’s on Arista, but can she thwart the treachery shrouding her world? 

Favorite book of all time?    
“Hollywood Shakedown” by Indie author Mark Barry

I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast?    
Brioche French Toast with whipped cream and strawberry sauce.

Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book
Sumptuous writing, a whip-crackaway plot which never abates for a second; rounded, intriguing characters and a modern, fresh twist on historical fiction - a page turner that is difficult to put down.


Books of Mark Barry : Books-fReado -

Books of Mark Barry : Books-fReado

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Phil Naessens Show 3-25-2013: American League West and Central Preview

It’s time to visit the American League and on Mondays Phil Naessens Show  Sports-Kings Reading Between the Seams Managing editor David Whitlock joins Phil to preview the wild wild American League West and the under-rated American League Central.

History Trivia - Richard the Lionheart wounded in France

March 25

47 BC Ptolemy XII, King of Egypt and brother of Cleopatra, drowned in the Nile, probably with an assist by Julius Caesar, who thereby made Cleopatra queen.

1 Origin of Dionysian Incarnation of the Word.

31 First Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus.

421 City of Venice founded. 708 Constantine I began his reign as Catholic Pope.

1199 Richard I was wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France which led to his death on April 6.

1306 Robert the Bruce was crowned King of Scotland.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

CCR Book Cover Design: Book Trailers

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The Writers Showcase Podcast E14: The Benefits of Joining A Writers Group

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History Trivia - England's Elizabeth I dies

March 24

1208 King John of England opposed Innocent III on his nomination for archbishop of Canterbury.

1550 France, England and Scotland signed the Peace of Boulogne, ending the War of the Rough Wooing (conflict between England and Scotland with the Scots receiving French military aid).

1603 Elizabeth I died and James VI of Scotland became James I of England, unifying the English and Scottish crowns.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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The Ritual by Mark Barry - Amazon Review

5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding, Brilliant Masterpiece Of Horror!, March 23, 2013

This review is from: The Ritual (Paperback)
I have read many books in all genres. However Mark has a way of getting into Psyche of every character, bringing them to life, like only a handful of writers can do. This book has many twist and turns and it will keep you guessing until the last word. The way it is put together is incredible.An Engaging thriller, horror masterpiece. This is real writing from a brilliant writer. I have to say it was the best book of its kind I have read in long time. If there were a 10 star spot this book would receive them all. Do not read this at bedtime, just a warning.You won't get much sleep. So Welcome to Wheatley Fields, there is no turning back. You will not be disappointed, I promise.

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Mark Barry, author of "The Ritual", "Kid Atomic", "The Illustrated Woman", "Hollywood Shakedown", "Ultra Violence" and "Carla", is a writer who writes across genre.
Book Reviews:
The Ritual: From Amazon US. "Incredible! Step aside Anne Rice, Mark Barry describes places and events like you only wish you could. A nail biter, on the edge of your seat, page turner if I've ever read one. I am usually pretty good at figuring out who, what, when and where, but I was surprised time and time again. Incredibly erotic! Gruesome! Perverted, twisted and sick! Exactly as it should be! It makes no sense that this is not on the best seller list! Not a slow point in it anywhere.

Carla: Amazon US. "Carla is a compelling, modern-day love story which is packed full of dark humour, believable eccentricity and heartrending twists and turns. Set in a familiar English landscape, I found Carla moving, affecting and impossible to put down until the very end."

Hollywood Shakedown: Amazon US. "Hollywood Shakedown was a phenomenal read; compelling, wonderful, outstanding! Fast-paced with carefully crafted characters. Thriller, a bit of sex/romance and a massive amount of intrigue weaved into a well thought out plot. The ending is unforgettable and suits the story very well. Mark Barry has created a novel that few writers could only dream of authoring. The only downside, the story came to an end. A must read for all adults"

History Trivia - Handel's Messiah performed for the first time in London

March 23

752 Stephen's two-day pontificate began. Elected to succeed Zachary, Stephen II died before his consecration; earlier writers do not appear to have included him in the list of the popes; but, in accordance with the long standing practice of the Roman Church, he is now generally counted among them. This divergent practice has introduced confusion into the way of counting the Popes Stephen. 

1066  18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

1657 France and England formed an alliance against Spain.

 1743 Handel's Messiah was performed for the first time in London.