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Scouse Gothic by Ian McKinney

(Book 1) ‘The Pool of Life..and Death’

Scouse Gothic

 
Scouse GothicMelville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hitman’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

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My Review:

An unusual and compelling read.

Scouse Gothic has a wonderful cast of believable and flawed characters, whos seemingly individual tales become seamlessly, and cleverly, interwoven. Amongst this party of oddballs, are vampires (not your typical vamps), criminals, humans and an angel disguised as a pigeon… or is that last one a figment of someone’s imagination?

An atmospheric story that brings the Liverpool setting, past and present, to life, with a superb mix of revenge, love, hate, history, light & dark humour, and much more.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)

 

Author Bio:

Scouse - xSGrNZmp.jpgIan was born and bred in Liverpool but left for university in the 1980’s when the city appeared to be in a terminal decline. After qualifying he worked in London and Essex before finally settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter.

However a set of circumstances meant that he returned to live in the city once more. What he found was a modern vibrant city. The derelict buildings from his youth had been restored and repurposed. A dock was now a tourist attraction, a church was now a night club, a gaol now a hotel.

It was then that he had the idea for Melville a vampire who had known the city in its prime and had now returned to it. Initially the story of Melville was written as a short story, but the more Ian explored the city the more he realised there were many more tales to tell than just Melville’s. That was when the idea for Scouse Gothic was born.

The first book ‘A Pool of Life ..and Death’ , was very well received and has now been followed by a further two books. Ian continues to spend his time between Liverpool and Shropshire and is currently working on two further projects.

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Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 16

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Challenging a Legend ( book 2)

 

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Day 16 CoverSequel to the award-winning Zenobia – Birth of a Legend.

The continuing saga of the deadly young warrior who will one day challenge Rome for the supremacy of her world. As the dynamic girl continues her education in Egypt, for a time she is diverted from her warrior path. Complicating Zenobia’s life is a budding romance with her brilliant and charismatic instructor. The challenge – he is the scholar, she the warrior. Can they blend their worlds to become the most exciting couple in Alexandria?

Learning of a slave trade in kidnapped young women, Zenobia determines to free the oppressed. Warrior skills will not be enough. Her new challenge – to become a pirate, then a temptress in her fight for justice.

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Day 15 Author

 

Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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10 random facts about Russ Wallace:

  1. Russ loves humor. You might even consider him an amateur stand-up comedian. Whenever opportunity allows he loves to share this talent with others. Russ’s wife Ruth says when they cruise; Russ enjoys doing his stand-up comedy on talent night.

  2. Russ was a string cheese sales person, he had a cleaning business but most of his life he designed and built houses. All before he was a writer, of course. 

  3. Russ is a great gardener and landscaper- wherever he lives you are sure to find lots of trees, plants, and flowers all around.

  4.  We say Russ is a world traveler and we mean it, he has visited over 37 different countries.

  5.  Favorite food? Peanut Butter

  6. Favorite movie? Gone with the Wind

  7. Favorite book? Bible

  8. Russ grew up in the suburbs of Chicago

  9. Russ loves finding good deals and is a garage-sale-enthusiast

  10. One of his favorite vacation spots is Hawaii

 
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Zenobia:Birth of a Legend ( book 1) by Russ Wallace

 

Great Summer Reads 2018 Countdown Blitz: Day 15

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Zenobia by Russ Wallace

Birth of a Legend ( book 1)

 

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Day 15 CoverIn the 3rd century, a girl of uncommon abilities was born in the desert wilderness of Syria. Rescued from death by her courageous mother, Zenobia masqueraded as a boy to stay alive. She grew up to become one of the toughest, deadliest women who ever lived.

The first book in the series traces Zenobia’s life from age nine to fifteen, setting the stage for her amazing rise to power. It includes the beginnings of her legend and her budding romances.

No one who reads her captivating story will ever forget Zenobia!
 

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Russ Wallace is a long-time student of history and religion. He employs a vivid imagination to fill in the life of Zenobia, a real historical figure and one of the most fascinating women who ever lived.

He is working on future books in the Zenobia Book Series. Zenobia – Birth of a Legend won a 2012 IPPY award in Historical Fiction.

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Top Ten List:

10 top favorite things:

 

  1. Being with my wonderful wife of 54 years

  2. Studying the Bible

  3. Writing

  4. Playing chess and other strategy games

  5. Peanut butter, nuts and dark chocolate

  6. Watching movies

  7. Favorite color- Green

  8. Favorite animal- Dog

  9. Reading history books and novels

  10. Vacationing in Hawaii 

 
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An Interview with Hunter S. Jones

Interview with Hunter S. Jones

Hunter S. Jones is passionate about the history of romance, science and music, a.k.a. sex, drugs and rock & roll. She has a popular history blog, and is a historian for Past Preservers Casting.

When she isn’t writing, talking or tweeting about kings, queens and rock stars, she’s living the dream in Atlanta, Georgia with her Scottish born husband; and I’m delighted to welcome her to Rainne’s Ramblings.

 

DHunter-HeadColorHi Hunter, would you like to start by telling me a little about yourself and your background, please?

Hi Rainne! Thanks so much for featuring me today.

I write history and fiction as Hunter S. Jones. My real career has been in international sales and marketing. A freak accident ruptured my Achilles tendon a few years ago. While I was bed ridden, I started to fiddle around on social media and wrote stories. It was something to do.

 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

Long ago and far away.

 

Tell us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?

Are there typical days as a writer?

 

Would you tell us a bit about Sexuality & Its Impact On History: The British Stripped Bare…?

Learn of the scandals and romance that shaped Great Britain. This provocative collection of essays depicts the cultural and societal kinks of the British, from the Anglo-Saxons, Medieval, Tudor, Regency, and Victorian eras.

Hi res 3+18.pngDiscover the ménage that changed the course of the Anglo-Saxon throne, go undercover to explore Courtly Love, learn about the business of Tudor and Regency marriages. Read of a possible dalliance involving Queen Anne Boleyn, and the controversial marriages of Mary, Queen of Scots. Peek into the bedrooms of Victorian prostitutes. Each story provides shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

Would you swig a magic potion or plot to kill your husband in order to marry your lover? These are just two of the many romantic and sexual customs from British history that you will explore when eight authors take us through the centuries, revealing that truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to love. From bizarre trivia about courtly love, to techniques and prostitution, you’ll encounter memorable nuggets of provocative info that you’ll want to share with friends and co-workers.

It’s all here: Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom, ménage a trois, chastity belts, Tudor fallacies, royal love and infidelity, marriage contracts (which were more like business arrangements), and brothels, kept women, and whorehouses. Take a peek at what really happened between the sheets. Each story provides you with shocking detail about what was at the heart of romance throughout British history.

The Impact of Sexuality in History: The British Stripped Bare chronicles the pleasures and perils of the flesh, sharing secrets from the days of the Anglo-Saxons, medieval courtly love traditions, diabolical Tudor escapades—including those of Anne Boleyn and Mary Queen of Scots—the Regency, and down to the ‘prudish’ Victorian Era. This scholarly yet accessible study brings to light the myriad varieties of British sexual mores.

 

Can you tell us anything about any of your current work(s)-in-progress?

Once Sexuality & Its Impact On History is launched in the US later this year, I’ll share more about my upcoming work. Thanks for asking!

 

I’ll look forward to that.
What, to you, is the best thing about being an author

I’m not sure. Let me get back with you on this one. 🙂

 

If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit…?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/3b/King_Henry_and_Anne_Boleyn_Deer_shooting_in_Windsor_Forest.jpgThis is a fabulous question. I would love to peek into the three years Henry VIII was married to Anne Boleyn even though the era was dangerous to so many people. I’d also like to visit—for a very short time—guess you could say I’d like to get a glimpse of America’s Reconstruction South. Most of the documentation from that time is politically slanted and extreme from various points of view. I would like to see what it was really like to survive in such a volatile era.

 

…and which historical figure would you like to meet?

Today, I would say former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. But, tomorrow the answer might be different. There’s something poignant about the mystery of her life.

 

Have you done any personal appearances?

Yes, I’ve done a few, a very few. Having a social media presence appears to be replacing personal appearances by authors, doesn’t it?

 

Which writers inspire you?

Anyone who has ever had the nerve to write a book and publish it has my greatest respect and admiration. Writing is daunting, and you have to be fearless to put your work in front of the public.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Today, I took some spa time and shopped. Later, my sweet husband is taking me to our favorite Indian restaurant to celebrate the reception of Sexuality & Its Impact On History. Writing history is hard work. Seeing a history book be so well received has blown my mind.

 

What do you have in your pockets?

No pockets today.

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

Thank you again for being such a fabulous hostess. Thanks too for all the support being given to our project. I’m humbled and thrilled—all at the same time.

 

Thank you for joining me, Hunter.

 

Sexuality and Its Impact on History: The British Stripped Bare is Hunter S. Jones’ first collection of historical essays, and she is delighted to work with the all-female writing team consisting of Emma Haddon-Wright, Annie Whitehead, Jessica Cale, Judith Arnopp, Gayle Hulme and Dr. Beth Lynne.

To find out more, find her on social media:

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Sexuality & Its Impact On History is available in the UK at these online sites, or it can be ordered or found in bookstores:

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Evidence is Lacking. But I Still Hope

by Joan Enders

 
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cover smallJoshua Henry Bates, a young teacher of a country school, wonders if there will be more to his life. Yes, there are summers away from the farm, attending the University of Utah, dancing at Saltair, watching pictures shows, and eating ice cream on bone dry days.

In his journal he questions his future. He finds a young woman to love, but she is an ever-mutating mystery. His job seems to be a dead-end. His parents need his help more all the time.

Josh tries to change his life: cooling the relationship with his girlfriend, teaching in a new school, and registering for service in the American Expeditionary Forces.

Still, Joshua is filled with self-doubt. Will Josh marry the girl? Will he find a dazzling life mission? Will he be victorious in war? Each chapter contains one to thirty primary sources from the life of this young man drafted as a doughboy in the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.

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”If you have ever searched for your own history, or a way to bring
history to life, this book is a masterpiece.”
Kelly Milner Halls, author of Saving the Baghdad Zoo

 

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Author Bio:

authorJoan Enders lives in Washington State with her husband Jerry, and loves the Pacific Northwest! For 28 years she taught literature and research skills in school libraries to middle and high school students, and advocated for full-time school librarians in every school. She was a recipient of the American Library Association’s Frances Henne Award for library leadership.

She loved her jobs, often to distraction. Once Joan stayed so late at the school library that the custodians waxed the floors, unaware that she was still upstairs. She crept out the least sticky exit. Joan now teaches librarians on webinars. When not teaching she administers the local Family History Center for FamilySearch International. She enjoys peeling back the research onion for students and adults. That was the motivation for her first book, which replicates her most popular inquiry lesson for U.S. History students and teachers. Joan speaks in her community, for professional organizations and at genealogy conferences.

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Joan’s Favorite Things

  1. Baby heads…so soft and sweet smelling
  2. Hummers sipping at my Hot Lips salvia
  3. Glendalough, Ireland
  4. Cruising…anywhere
  5. Road trips with my sister
  6. Popcorn and movies with the hubby
  7. Finding the perfect word
  8. Stars so bright they look like they can be touched
  9. Ocean waves at night
  10. Research (Okay.  I said it)!

 

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