Memories #RemembranceDay #CanadaRemembers


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Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1. It made me start thinking of our part in the war and all those poor soldiers endured.

This is from Veteran Affairs Canada:

The armistice of November 11, 1918, brought relief to the whole world. Never before had there been such a conflict. For a nation of eight million people Canada’s war effort was remarkable. More than 650,000 men and women from Canada and Newfoundland served — over 66,000 gave their lives and more than 172,000 were wounded. It was this immense sacrifice that lead to Canada’s separate signature on the Peace Treaty. No longer viewed as just a colony of England, Canada had truly achieved nation status. This nationhood was purchased by the gallant men who stood fast at Ypres, stormed Regina Trench, climbed the heights of Vimy Ridge, captured Passchendaele, and entered Mons on November 11, 1918.

Sixty-six thousand lives. Hard to imagine.

 

 

 

 

Fooling Nazi espionage may cost Lenny the trust of the girl who captured his heart… Dancing with Air by @UviPoznansky #BookReview #Drama


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Fooling Nazi espionage may cost Lenny the trust of the girl who captured his heart. Will Natasha discover his secret reports, disguised as love letters to another woman?

In these letters, Lenny gives the enemy misleading information about allied plans for D-Day. Once Natasha arrives in London, he takes her for a ride on his Harley throughout England, from the White Cliffs of Dover to a village near an underground ammunition depot in Staffordshire. When he is wounded in a horrific explosion, she brings him back to safety, only to discover the other woman’s letter to him. Will love survive the test of war?

In the past Natasha wrote, with girlish infatuation, “He will be running his fingers down, all the way down to the small of my back, touching his lips to my ear, breathing his name, breathing mine. Here I am, dancing with air.” In years to come, she will begin to lose her memory, which will make Lenny see her as fragile. “I gather her gently into my arms, holding her like a breath.” But right now, she is at her peak. She is ready to take charge of the course of their story.

Dancing with Air is a standalone WWII romance, as well as the 4th volume of the family saga series Still Life with Memories, one of family sagas best sellers of all time. If you like family saga romance, wounded warrior romance, military romance or romantic suspense, you will find that this love story, twisting and turning through its marital issues, is a unique melding of them all.

 

Biography

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Uvi Poznansky is a bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Her two series won great acclaim. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. It’s latest volume is a WWII spy thriller. The series includes Apart From Love, My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, Dancing with Air, and Marriage before Death. The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series. It includes Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

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My Review

This is a beautifully written love story!

Dancing with Air opens years after Lenny and Natasha’s tumultuous relationship takes place. They are married and he is losing her once again– not because of the war, instead a dreaded disease is taking her mind to a place he cannot follow.

I wasn’t sure how I’d feel reading this book as my grandmother passed away after years of dementia, but that’s only a small part of the story and is treated with grace and kindness.

Instead, we are treated to a love story that is at times both poignant and humorous. Lenny falls for a young pianist he sees shortly after injury in a training exercise. This line stood out for me:

I was enamored with Natasha even before laying eyes on her.

Poznansky, Uvi. The Music of Us (Still Life with Memories Book 3) (p. 22). Uvi Poznansky. Kindle Edition.

 

She played a beautiful rendition of God Bless America and had every soldier in the theatre eating out of her sixteen year old hand, Lenny included.

Knowing how besotted Lenny was, his friend wrote her a letter just before he left on his tour to Hawaii (and the subsequent bombing of Pearl Harbor).

Natasha writes Lenny back, thinking he’d sent the first letter, and so their relationship begins.

There are many undercurrents running through this book, from the death of Lenny’s friend, then later his father, to Natasha’s mother who thinks no man is good enough for her daughter. And under everything, is the threat of war.

Lenny and Natasha are separated time and again by their respective careers, but nothing will stop their growing love for one another.

This is romance in its truest form, I loved it!

I give Dancing with Air 5 lovely kisses

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Who is the girl in the red beret? Marriage Before Death by @UviPoznansky #BookReview #Historical


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After D-Day, her photograph appears on the most-wanted Nazi propaganda posters. Who is the girl with the red beret? She reminds him of Natasha, but no, that cannot be. Why does Rochelle step into his life when he is lead by SS soldiers to the gallows? At the risk of being found out as a French Resistance fighter, what makes her propose marriage to a condemned man?

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Uvi

Uvi Poznansky is a bestselling, award-winning author, poet and artist. “I paint with my pen,” she says, “and write with my paintbrush.” Her romance boxed set, A Touch of Passion, is the 2016 WINNER of The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.

Education and work:
Uvi earned her B. A. in Architecture and Town Planning from the Technion in Haifa, Israel and practiced with an innovative Architectural firm, taking a major part in the large-scale project, called Home for the Soldier.

Having moved to Troy, N.Y. with her husband and two children, Uvi received a Fellowship grant and a Teaching Assistantship from the Architecture department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. There, she guided teams in a variety of design projects and earned her M.A. in Architecture. Then, taking a sharp turn in her education, she earned her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Michigan.

She worked first as an architect, and later as a software engineer, software team leader, software manager and a software consultant (with an emphasis on user interface for medical instruments devices.) All the while, she wrote and painted constantly, and exhibited in Israel and California. In addition, she taught art appreciation classes. Her versatile body of work includes bronze and ceramic sculptures, oil and watercolor paintings, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, and mixed media.

Books and Genres:
Her two series won great acclaim. Still Life with Memories is a family saga series with touches of romance. It’s latest volume is a WWII spy thriller. The series includes Apart From Love, My Own Voice, The White Piano, The Music of Us, Dancing with Air, and Marriage before Death. The David Chronicles is a historical fiction series. It includes Rise to Power, A Peek at Bathsheba, and The Edge of Revolt.

Her poetry book, Home, is in tribute to her father. Her collection of dark tales, Twisted, and her Historical Fiction book, A Favorite Son, are both new age, biblically inspired books. In addition, Uvi wrote and illustrated two children books, Jess and Wiggle and Now I Am Paper. For each one of these books, she created an animation video (find them on YouTube and on her Goodreads page.)

 

My Review

Marriage before Death, is the fifth novel in the Still Life with Memories Series, but read well as a standalone novel.

Lenny Kaminsky must face the fact his beautiful, beloved wife is suffering from Alzheimer’s. Her memories are fading, and make their time together all the more precious.

They met and fell in love in France during the days leading up to D-Day which makes the war they are fighting now-Alzheimer’s-all the more poignant and heart-wrenching.

I love this author’s writing. She brings the turbulent wartime landscape to vivid, unforgettable life and yet guides the reader through with a beautiful love story.

A story of survival!

I give Marriage Before Death 5 lovely kisses- A Highly Recommended Read!

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Life-changing: Where Tomorrow Waits by Din Ka #BookReview #Historical #MFRWauthor


Where Tomorrow Waits

 

Where Tomorrow Waits unfolds over the haunting landscape of Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge war era. Dara, a young girl whom instead of enjoying the carefree life of a teenager, is trapped between the opposing burdens of her mother’s secret affair and her own loyalty to her father.

Soon enough, Dara discovers her mother’s selfish secret is just the beginning of her sufferings as it leads her on a path filled with more lies, betrayal, and molestation. As Dara’s father, Muirye, learns about the consequences behind her mother’s actions, he sets forth to make a sacrifice that would ultimately change Dara’s life forever. But before Dara can learn to accept the changes her father has brought forth into her life, she must first survive the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Dara is left with a heartbreaking choice— risk her life trying to escape to America, a promised land of opportunity, or stay behind and sacrifice everything to search for her father, who might not even be alive. The choice she makes takes her on a haunting journey that spans three decades of guilt, lies, and what if questions. The deep dark twisting truth Dara accidently uncovers, which her mother had been guarding all her life, is something Dara considers far worse than death.
Will Dara ever be able to accept the deep dark twisting truth she has been unknowingly living with all her life, or will death finally grasp her by its fingertips?

 

Buy Link: Amazon

 

Din Ka

Din Ka was three years old when his family first moved to the United States from Cambodia. He’s an advocate dog lover aside from writing, and loves to spent time outdoors with his four-legged rescue child and long time lovely girlfriend, in which they both have hopes to one day open a non-kill animal shelter. He’s a huge Motorsport fan, loves Formula One racing and never misses a race. He’s also addicted to the Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and most of all the Science Channel and loves learning about the world around him and how the universe works. He’s also a graduate of California State University of Fullerton with a Bachelor of Arts in TV/Film writing. Where Tomorrow Waits is his first novel.

 

My Review:

To be honest, this is not a normal read for me. Usually, I find real life stressful enough and so avoid tough subject reads like this.

I’m glad I made an exception for this story.

This is the tough story of a child growing up in a war-torn country. Set in Cambodia during the rise of the Khmer Rouge, the sheer brutality of war and genocide is told in a way that leaves the reader gasping at the cruelty of humans.

Told in first person through young Dara’s eyes, we face betrayal, anger, confusion, pain, love, denial- a range of emotions guaranteed to twist our insides and pray for a better world.

This is not an easy read, and though the punctuation is rough in areas, I don’t hesitate to class this as a must read.

I give Where Tomorrow Waits 4 lovely kisses

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Pearseus by Nicholas C. Rossis #eNovAaW #Fantasy @BPICPromos


 

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#eNovAaW Featured Author
Nicholas C. Rossis

 

Pearseus, Rise of the Prince
by Nicholas C. Rossis
Series: Pearseus, #1
Genre: Fantasy

Three hundred years after humans crash land on Pearseus, Styx, the Capital’s cruel ruler, learns of a dark prophecy: Cyrus, a young boy, will one day slay her. She imprisons him, but days before his execution he escapes with the help of the First, the planet’s native inhabitants. On their way to safety, nightmarish monsters attack. Cyrus flees, scared and alone, until a pair of First warriors rescue him and spirit him away to the mysterious Old Woman.

All Cyrus wants is to reunite with his family. But the Old Woman insists Cyrus is the foretold instrument in the First’s ancient war against a shadowy enemy who will stop at nothing to prevent him from fulfilling his destiny. Heart and mind war within Cyrus as he must choose between rejoining his family and preventing humanity’s extinction.

Will be FREE on Amazon during promotion

 

Meet Nicholas C. Rossis:

Nicholas Rossis lives to write, and does so from his cottage on the edge of a magical Greek forest. When not composing epic fantasies or short sci-fi stories, he writes blog posts, chats with fans and colleagues and plays with his baby daughter, who claims his lap as home.

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT DOES READING MEAN TO YOU?


Today is a solemn day for our country, Remembrance Day.

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The first world war began in 1914 and continued for four interminable years. Canada lost 66,000 people and more than 172,000 were wounded. Their incredible sacrifice secured Canada as a nation before the world.

In light of recent events, it has been brought home to many of us this year how vulnerable we truly are.

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Until now terrorism is something we’ve only seen from afar, such as the day the sky fell in 2001, 9/11.

I know exactly what I was doing when that horrifying newscast began, as can many other Canadians. Our big sister, the United States of America, under attack. How could this be?

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Events like this brought home to me the importance of being an author. It’s our job to keep history relevant. To never forget, and hopefully to learn, from our history.

Non-fiction writers tell of actual events in history such as biographies, memoirs, essays, text books, or scientific manuals to name a few.

Works of fiction can take one of two main roads. Realistic fiction, in which some events, places or people may be true. but the story surrounding them is untrue. These books leave the reader wondering if the premise could possibly occur, such as The DaVinci Code.

Unrealistic fiction on the other hand, could never happen, such as Alice in Wonderland or Hunger Games. Fantasy novels.

No matter what your taste in reading material is, I believe the written word is crucial and maybe even part of the reason we fight for democracy. Our world is not the safe, secure place we grew up in.

On this day I appreciate more than ever the sacrifices made so that I can enjoy the freedom of a good book in the warmth of my home surrounded by my family.

How about you?