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Promote an Author Tuesday – Annette Dashofy

Annette Dashofy-small file (1)Today on Promote an Author Tuesday, I’d like to introduce you to Annette Dashofy. The second book in her Zoe Chambers Mystery series is out and the third one is not far behind! Head back over on Thursday to read my review of Lost Legacy.

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LOST LEGACY front sm fileOn a sultry summer afternoon, Paramedic Zoe Chambers responds to a call and finds a farmer’s body hanging from the rafters of his hay barn. What first appears to be a suicide quickly becomes something sinister when Zoe links the victim to a pair of deaths forty-five years earlier. Her attempts to wheedle information from her mother and stepfather hit a brick wall of deception, one that brings into question everything Zoe knows about her late father, who died in a car crash when she was eight. Or did he?

Police Chief Pete Adams fears Zoe’s inquiries are setting her up for deeper heartbreak and putting her in danger. As Zoe and Pete inch closer to the truth, they discover that a missing gun links the crimes which span more than four decades. But the killer isn’t done. Two more Vance Township residents fall victim to the same gun, and when tragedy strikes too close to home, Zoe realizes her family is in the crosshairs.

Learn more about Annette on the following sites:

Her Personal Website: Annette Dashofy

Amazon: Lost Legacy

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Kobo: Lost Legacy

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Book Review Thursday: Embellished to Death by Christina Freeburn

Welcome to the first edition of Book Review Thursday. Come back each week to get a peek inside what authors I love and what storylines inspire me. 

Embellished to Death by Christina Freeburn

EMBELLISHED front under 2mbFaith Hunter and her boyfriend, Steve Davis, are on their way to a cropping retreat. After a call from a detective, they come across an abandoned car on the side of the road; some of Faith’s personal information is on the front seat. Leaving their friend, Bob, who’s a private investigator, to talk to the police, they arrive at the resort. As they start to unload their trailer, someone tries to run over Faith, but instead, they run over an unknown woman, killing her. Steve and Bob tell her to stay out of the investigation.

Bob is at the retreat to looking for an identity thief among the croppers. Faith has her own problems: a man, claiming to be an FBI agent, is threatening her. He plans to prove that Faith is really behind the death of the woman, as well as a murder her ex-husband framed her for (he’s the one in prison). Faith knows if Steve, her grandmothers, and her friends in Eden find out about her past, she’ll have to leave Eden in shame.

The women running the cropping retreat, Lydia Clement and Martha Smith, are a bit flaky, especially Martha. Lydia says Martha has a drinking problem, and asks Faith to keep an eye on her to make sure she doesn’t fall off the wagon. Martha confides to Faith that she is hiding from an abusive ex-husband who’s a cop. And there’s a strange woman at the retreat who doesn’t really seem to be that interested in cropping. Is she the identity thief, or is she working with the FBI man to frame Faith? Everywhere Faith goes, he’s there, threatening and harassing her.

A confrontation leaves another person dead, and more questions than answers. As Faith barrels toward the thrilling conclusion, she learns a secret that shatters her whole world into pieces. Can she keep her emotions in check long enough to stop a killer? Or will it cost her someone she loves?

I’ve enjoyed the first two books in this series, and I was eager to read the newest addition. Definitely not disappointed! There are plenty of twists and turns with some major surprises I didn’t see coming. As I read the story, I was gasping and yelling at the characters. I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. A definite must-read (read the first two before you start this one!)

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Promote an Author Tuesday – Christina Freeburn

Today on Promote an Author Tuesday, I’d like to introduce you to Christina Freeburn. Our heroine, Cam Shaw, reported back some great things about her following a recent interview with her.

If you haven’t read her scrapbooking mystery series, you’re missing out!  Come back on Thursday to read my review of her latest release and the third book of this series:

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When Faith Hunter agrees to help PI Bob Roget find an identity thief at a local scrapbook retreat, her friendly croppers’ weekend quickly morphs into a dangerous one. As croppers share their own memories, a killer collects them for her new identity, and doesn’t appreciate Faith in the picture.Faith struggles to balance her professional, detecting and personal lives as threats and secrets keep her off-balance. Things turn deadly when a woman is killed and Faith is blackmailed. Truth and lies collide when Faith discovers croppers aren’t the only ones embellishing, and the results might end her life.

Learn more about Christina on the following sites:

Her Personal Website: Christina Freeburn

Amazon: Embellished to Death

Barnes & Noble: Embellished to Death

Kobo: Embellished to Death 

Facebook: Christina Freeburn Author

Goodreads: Christina Freeburn

Tweet her: @ChristinaFreeb1

You can also find Embellished to Death on iBooks.

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Cover Reveal: Trail of Kisses by Merry Farmer

Trail of Kisses cover 400x600 (1)Trail of Kisses (Hot on the Trail, Book 1) is coming October 27! The Oregon Trail has never been as sexy as it is in Merry Farmer’s upcoming historical romance! Available RIGHT NOW for preorder:

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About TRAIL OF KISSES:

Someone is trying to kill Lynne Tremaine. After her father sentences two members of The Briscoe Boys gang to death, Judge Tremaine feels he has no choice but to send Lynne to Denver City along the Oregon Trail to live with her Uncle George…against her will. For Lynne, the only thing worse than being sent away to the wild west is making the journey with the handsome, arrogant, wicked man her uncle has hired to escort her. Especially when the anger she feels toward him begins to turn to something hotter.

Cade Lawson is determined to prove himself to his employer, George Tremaine, after letting him down months earlier. But what he thought would be his second chance may, in fact, be a harsh punishment for his past mistakes. Lynne is headstrong, fiery, and determined to show him she is fearless. She is also beautiful and tempting, and when Cade sees just how afraid she really is underneath her brave act, he may be in danger of losing his heart to her forever. When her would-be killer attacks, it’s all he can do to keep Lynne safe.

He swore to protect her, but who will protect him from her?

PLEASE BE ADVISED – Steam Level: Hot

**COMING OCTOBER 27**

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The price goes up to the regular $3.99 on release day, so make sure to get your copy today!

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A Review of The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V. Egan

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My Review of The Bridge of Deaths

On August 15, 1939, a plane crashed into the water near a bridge in Denmark. Five men were killed; only the pilot survived. One of the men killed was Cesar Agustin Castillo, and it was his granddaughter, M.C.V. Egan, who decades later would begin a long journey into the past to discover exactly what happened aboard on that fateful day.

Her book, The Bridge of Deaths, is part fiction, part fact. She tells the story through three characters: Bill and Maggie, a young couple who meet in a London bookstore, and Catalina, a middle-aged woman in Florida who represents Ms. Egan herself. There is an instant connection between Bill and Maggie, although they aren’t sure why at first. He’s troubled by nightmares of being in cold, salty water, and of people he’s never met. Even though he’s been to a hypnotist, he feels like he isn’t getting any closer to the answers he’s looking for…until he meets Maggie. As their relationship begins, they realize there is more to their instant connection than either of them could have imagined.

Their search for answers to Bill’s nightmares leads them to Catalina, who is astounded by the shocking resemblance the young couple bears to people connected to her grandfather’s death. Catalina hopes that with the help of Bill and Maggie, she will be able to finally find the answers that she has been desperately seeking for so long. But will she really find the truth, or run into more brick walls? And will the answers Bill seeks threaten his new relationship with Maggie, and end it before it can truly begin, or will it prove that they truly belong together?

Ms. Egan effectively weaves her real mystery together with the fictional love story of Bill and Maggie. She has done exhaustive research on the plane crash, which happened just weeks before the start of WWII. I’m intrigued by what she has discovered, and it is hard not to discuss it with you, because I don’t want to give anything away. But I will say that I am definitely hooked, and I want to know more about what really happened in the days leading up to the crash, and what happened afterwards. My instincts kept screaming cover up. As the saying goes, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…I hope there is a follow up to this story. If not, I hope Ms. Egan keeps her readers updated on her website about her progress. This has elements for the romantic, the mystery buff, and the history buff that will keep you reading until the end.

About The Bridge of Deaths

TBOD-frontcover“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” – Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

5 out of 5 stars:  “An unusual yet much recommended read.” – Midwest Book Review

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.

With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in ebook and paperback.

About the Author

MCVEgan-authorphotoM.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.

From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo–mostly the story of how he died.

She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.

In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.

Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.

The celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

Find M.C.V. Egan and The Bridge of Deaths on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and online.

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A Historical Retrospective of The Bridge of Deaths

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Today, we’ll take a look back at the history behind M.C.V. Egan’s The Bridge of Deaths.

HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE

September 5, 1939: United States proclaims its neutrality; German troops cross the Vistula River in Poland.

The war has hit Poland, with the 10th and 14th German armies crossing the Vistula River, eventually breaking through the Polish lines. As they advance, German troops encounter hundreds of massacred German residents of Polish cities, atrocities which were committed by the fleeing Polish troops. German troops continue to advance and, upon entering Piotrkow, set fire to the Jewish district.

Despite what appears to be a rapidly-escalating conflict, President Roosevelt steadfastly maintains the United States’ neutrality.

TBOD-frontcoverA link to The Bridge of Deaths: The vast majority of Americans did not want anything to do with the European conflict. There were, however, propaganda movements to encourage Americans to think differently, the most powerful of which is found at the British Security Coordination (BSC). The BSC, interestingly, was housed in 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, the same building as Standard Oil, the company where G-AESY victims Samuel Simonton and C.A. Castillo (the author’s grandfather), worked. Among the spies coming out of the BSC were people who left great names in other fields after the war, amongst them authors Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming. (Source) In The Bridge of Deaths, the protagonists explore how, in 1939, individuals with an ability to travel were recruited as spies for the British government.

ABOUT THE BRIDGE OF DEATHS

“M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions…it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self.” – Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot

5 out of 5 stars:  “An unusual yet much recommended read.” – Midwest Book Review

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.

With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “one of those mysteries that never get solved.” Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

Get the revised 75th anniversary of The Bridge of Deaths on Amazon in eBook and paperback.

Don’t forget to stop back again on Thursday to check out my review of The Bridge of Deaths. Until then, click here to enter to win a $75 Amazon Gift Card!

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Author Interview: M.C.V. Egan

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I have a thing about history. And I’ve read a lot of information about World War II, mainly because of the personal connection I feel to that time. It’s really hard not to feel a connection when three members of your family get the dreaded telegram saying “We regret to inform you…”

When the opportunity arose to be a part of The Bridge of Deaths event that aligns with the 75th anniversary of World War II, I jumped at the chance. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting additional insights into this wonderful book, starting with my interview with M.C.V. Egan herself:

MCVEgan-authorphotoIs The Bridge of Deaths really a culmination of 2 decades of research? Why are you so interested in WW II History?

Yes, at least a good eighteen years of research. I was so clueless when I began to dig around the plane crash that killed my grandfather in 1939 so I guess someone with a better historical background would have never taken that long.

I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look up almost every incident I came across even something as common knowledge as The Munich Pact.

I know I had to have studied it at some point in school or university but to be honest I know I did fail history at least once.

Why are you releasing a revised edition and what is different from the original?

When I released the original in 2011 I was so afraid that people would dispute some of the files I used that I carefully and meticulously added footnotes for EVERYTHING, over 200.

To my surprise some people loved that, mainly lawyers! But it felt like awkward reading for some, and it was understandable, especially in the e-book format as the footnotes can be distracting. In the revised version I added the necessary footnotes to the narrative and got rid of all of them. I also summarized two parts that were loaded with information and detail and added them to the back as appendices for the more curious readers.

The book is formatted in a very user friendly way so the reader can go from one chapter to the other or to the appendices.

To give it a more up to date touch, as the book takes place in 2010. I added an epilogue in the summer of 2012.

The new cover has the image of my grandfather’s watch which is part of the story.

What new information have you come across since the first edition was released in 2011?

I actually found and connected with Mr. Simonton’s daughter, here in south Florida. I also found that Anthony Crossley was very linked to the famous spy Anthony Blunt which opens a whole other can of worms! I have also found more data on Mr.  Wicks which makes him seem like privy to information that perhaps saved his life because other who did far less than he were hung for treason.

What is so important about the blue dye?

To answer this I am going to borrow what a young British engineer used to explain it to me. A tea drinker with a favorite mug would have a mug with inside stains from the tea after using it many times and just rinsing it with water; (I guess he likes his tea with no sugar or lemon) , the more tea the darker the stain.

Aircraft fuel even to this day is categorized with a special dye in the 1930s it was a blue dye, it may or may not be the case today.

The argument that the fire started from constant seeping of fuel cannot be accurate (even if it did become part of official findings) because there was no blue stain, there is no way sea water especially for such a short time, less than 24 hours would have removed the stain accumulated after presumably several years of seepage.

Mr. Willans – those in positions of power worked very hard to discredit him. Why? Is it because they knew he was on the right track, and they didn’t want the truth to come out? Which smacks of serious collusion between several major and minor people involved in this investigation.

YES! I am obsessed with Mr. Willans on two notes, one because years ago one of the people who held the watch said to me “there is a man named Williams, he knows the story, find him before he dies.”  And because of the documented data that just scrams he was on the right track and was not acknowledged.

I am by nature very skeptical and not keen on conspiracies but I feel that yes this was very conspiratorial and that it was not limited to one power.

I did find a trail for Willans I will find it for you scan and have Anne send it to you.

What made you decide to look into the plane crash to begin with? Did someone in the family think there was something suspicious about the crash?

We were told it was sabotage. Especially by my step-grandfather who was living in London at the time and also working for Standard Oil of New Jersey. When I came in contact with Anthon y Crossley’s grand-daughter she too had been raised with the story as sabotage.

The letter which is an image in the book, although poor quality from my grandfather’s boos in 1939 just a few days later calling it “One of those mysteries that will never be solved” is also the type of thing that make you question WHY?

You stated in a previous interview that the Danish government does not intend to release the information when the time limit expires. Why?

When I was finally officially allowed to sit in a Police station and work with files I was not allowed to photocopy. The head of the department who had a background in law and had worked for the equivalent of the FBI or CIA I think in Denmark they are one and the same told me, you will never see that file. He was very nice and not threatening he was simply stating a fact as he knew it to be.

Do you feel there is a cover-up going on?

I am certain there was a cover up, there are too many discrepancies I do not want to give in full detail for spoilers, but the corpses, the plane and the discrepancies in the archival materials. Also a huge thing is that not just Willans but others requested an addendum to the report stating they DID NOT agree with the findings.

Over 200 footnotes? So this is not a novel, or is it?

Oh yes it is a novel. It has fictional elements so it must be categorized as such. The characters that sift through the data are fictional even if two are strongly based on real people; one of whom is me!

I also used very “unorthodox” ways to research such as psychics and past life regressions; not my own, and that to many is fiction.

How did you use psychics and past lives?

I have two watches, one that was my grandfather’s and another sent to us by British Airways LTD. The use of psychometry is not that scoffed at, I mean the FBI has used it, so I thought, Why not? It was just amazing, with no photos or previous knowledge a psychic started describing the bridge and another the lettering on the wing of the plane.

The most shocking was that all described to a T another of the men who died for the second watch, no spoiler! I won’t tell you which but it was uncanny. There were five people gifted in psychometry who did this for me.

The individual who had the long past life regressions, five in total has asked to remain anonymous, but I was allowed to sit in and take notes, they were also recorded but the quality is horrible which is a shame because just like Maggie in the book, I did ‘go under’ and slept through one of them.

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