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For Julie Collins the loss was shattering. First her son was kidnapped. Then he was found dead. On the fifth anniversary of his death Julie receives a Facebook message from him: “Happy anniversary, Mommy.” Is it a hoax? Or is he still alive? Former U.S. marshal Rip Lane’s pursuit of the truth plunges him into a dark world of family secrets.

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#BookTour “Behind Friendly Lines” by Mark McGraw

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coverMemoirs of a US Marine in Chile
Travel, Military, Religion, Personal Memoir
Date Published: November 4, 2019
Publisher Lucid Books
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Behind Friendly Lines is the story of a US Marine officer serving as the only foreigner in the Chilean Marine Corps’ most important combat unit. Lieutenant Colonel Mark McGraw arrives with his young family to Chile full of optimism and certainty about his ability to navigate the obstacles of language, customs, and security, but quickly runs headlong into difficulties presented by a tragedy in the home, a commander initially hostile to Americans, and the isolation of his family’s inability to speak and understand Spanish. The author takes the reader far off the tourist’s beaten path on dangerous missions from the far-flung arid northern deserts to the frigid Straits of Magellan where he lived, trained, and suffered alongside the Chilean Marines. Behind Friendly Lines explores the challenge of recalibrating nearly every facet of a family’s existence while forging lifelong friendships and learning irreplaceable lessons.
What does it mean to serve your country while learning to love another one on the other side of the world? How does a family adjust to life in a new place and then find that they must adjust again to the place they always considered home? This memoir raises questions about the nature of nation, service, and belonging, while providing an honest view of American foreign policy decisions from a retired military officer.
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By the end of day three we were exhausted, filthy, hungry, scratched, and bleeding from pushing through thorn bushes and walking on blistered feet. I started to suffer from edema. My hands and lower legs were starting to swell so much that I had to loosen my watch band a couple of notches. At one of the checkpoints, an officer from another unit whom I knew from riding the van into work together told me I looked disastrously depleted. We had the good fortune to pick up some MREs on the third day at a time when we badly needed calorie-dense food. In the darkness we huddled in the tree line beside the road to wolf down our vacuum-packed food. I could hear Victor suddenly spitting frantically. I shined a flashlight on him and asked him what was wrong. He had opened a package of peanuts and, mistaking the small white package of desiccant for salt since it was too dark to see the prominent “Do Not Eat” warning printed on the side, opened it too and mixed it with the peanuts. We couldn’t even catch a break sitting down to eat.

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 photo McGraw book photo 2019_zpsxwxhvpuh.jpgMark McGraw was born in Ft. Worth, Texas, grew up in Alexandria, Louisiana, and lived and worked in thirty-four countries during his twenty years of service as a U.S. Marine officer. He is a writer, translator, and language professor, having earned a master’s degree in Modern Languages and a Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Texas A&M University. He has also translated Joseph Avski’s Heart of Scorpio (Tiny Toe Press, 2012) and One Step from Juarez (Mouth feel Press, 2015).

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“Driving Miss Norma” by Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle

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Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying Yes to Living

by Tim Bauerschmidt, Ramie Liddle

Genre: Memoirs/Parenting & Relationships/Eldercare/Travel

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When Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But instead of confining herself to a hospital bed for what could be her last stay, Miss Norma—newly widowed after nearly seven decades of marriage—rose to her full height of five feet and told the doctor, “I’m ninety years old. I’m hitting the road.”

And so Miss Norma took off on an unforgettable around-the-country journey in a thirty-six-foot motor home with her retired son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their dog Ringo.

As this once timid woman says “yes” to living in the face of death, she tries regional foods for the first time, reaches for the clouds in a hot air balloon, and mounts up for a horseback ride. With each passing mile (and one educational visit to a cannabis dispensary), Miss Norma’s health improves and conversations that had once been taboo begin to unfold. Norma, Tim, and Ramie bond in ways they had never done before, and their definitions of home, family, and friendship expand. Stop by stop, state by state, they meet countless people from all walks of life—strangers who become fast friends and welcome them with kindness and open hearts.

Infused with this irrepressible nonagenarian’s wisdom, courage, and generous spirit, Driving Miss Norma is the charming, infectiously joyous chronicle of their experiences on the road. It portrays a transformative journey of living life on your own terms that shows us it is never too late to begin an adventure, inspire hope, or become a trailblazer.

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“Latino in London: Live, Laugh, Love” by Agustin Rubini

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Latino in London: Live, Laugh, Love

by Agustin Rubini

Genre: Literature & Fiction/Travel/Action & Adventure/Hispanic-American

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The story of all expats that land in a big city like London…

Live in London through the eyes of a newcomer!


Twenty-two-year-old Juan Martinez’s humdrum life takes a drastic upward turn when he learns that he’s won a trip to London to see the Rolling Stones in concert. London is the stuff his dreams are made of.

Landing in London, he’s dazzled by the bright lights and fast pace, and fascinated by the rich culture. The London he discovers isn’t anything like the one he’d seen on the big screen or read about in books. He grabs the once in a life time opportunity with both hands and, despite a few hiccups along the way, can’t help but fall in love with the city.

    • Is London everything that Juan ever dreamt of? 
    • Will he be able to get back on that plane after just one week? 
    • Or will he end up having an even bigger adventure then he’d ever imagined possible?

This is not the typical novel, or the classic touristic guide. This book will get you under the skin of a cheeky adventurer that brings out the life in London

Buy this book now and start living the London dream…

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#Review “True to Herself” by Barbara M. Webb

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True to Herself

by Barbara M. Webb

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Psychological/Romance

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4/5 Stars!

When Moira Capaldi finds her husband of ten years in their bed with another woman, she takes the opportunity to realize a lifelong dream—leave her teaching job in Sydney and return to small town English life to pursue a career as an artist.

It’s easier said than done.

After a short holiday to clear her head, Moira resigns from her teaching position, files for divorce and heads for the UK.

I don’t fault Moira for leaving, I just didn’t care for all the effort she took in avoiding Guido Capaldi. She’d done nothing wrong, and I felt a face-to-face confrontation was called for.

Of course, I didn’t know the whole story yet.

The mind-numbing, time-consuming bureaucracy of re-establishing her English citizenship is a piece of cake compared Moira’s struggles with herself.

Extreme changes in her finances, living arrangements… and the weather cause Moira to second-guess her decision to strike out on her own.

She begins to settle into an easy peace, slowed at times by her interactions with her growing network of acquaintances… and a surprise supernatural element.

Three of Moira’s acquaintances are women experiencing their own personal dramas.

Zara is a gallery owner who gives Moira her first job. She appears to run hot and cold, is always concerned about money, and is too protective and forgiving of a frequent rude and abrasive customer to the gallery.

Felicity is a trip. She’s a successful, well-known—but not big name—artist who’s forsaken motherhood for the sake of her art career in a male-dominated field. And her marriage is falling apart.

Teacher and former dancer, Scarlett, is Moira’s closest confidante. And she’s in counseling because her marriage is falling apart.

There’s also two men—Mike and Tony–who enter Moira’s life. She connects with them on different levels and both leave her puzzled for different reasons.

True to Herself is an engaging read. The situations aren’t unique or uncommon but watching Moira Capaldi and her supporting cast tackle the emotional issues of life in their own way held my interest and kept me turning pages. I wouldn’t trade places with any of them though and didn’t always agree with their decisions… but I understood.

Moira reveals what drove her hasty exit from Sydney, as well as her behavior in her marriage. A short time later, a family emergency requires a return down under. Many long-held issues are laid to rest for Moira during the trip, but before she can leave the country, she suffers a vicious attack.

Despite her personal humiliation and wounded dignity, the attack seems to push Moira forward in high gear, making her more aggressive and decisive.

It would appear other characters moved forward as well… with some interesting couplings.

While I can appreciate characters/stories continuing on past a book’s end, some things felt unresolved to me.

  • Moira mentioned “being the eldest” but no mention of siblings was made again, and I thought there would have at least been contact during the family emergency.
  • – the attack on Moira was violent and malicious, but there was only mention of a restraining order, with no follow-up.
  • The wedding engagement! Who? What? How? WHY?
  • – the situations of Scarlett, Felicity, and Zara were messy and unconventional, and I felt no ‘closure’ for any of them…especially Zara.
  • – the supernatural events were easily explained but confusing as they were supposedly all tied to the cottage itself and didn’t feel all-encompassing.
  • – Moira’s romantic interests… feels like Choose Your Own Adventure.

Like I said, some things felt unresolved TO ME, however, my issues don’t keep True to Herself from being an enjoyable read, and I do recommend it.

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The year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

 

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Women Writers… writing | Barbara M. Webb

Barbara M Webb
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TRAVEL: I graduated from Queensland University, with an English major. I lived in 7 of the 50 countries I have visited. These days I live between Quito in Ecuador and Cornwall in the UK. I speak 3 languages.

CAREER: After graduating, I worked for Qantas as an airhostess before teaching English for many years.

BOOKS: Writing has always been part of my life but only recently have I published three books.

PASSIONS: I enjoy rug making, living in new cultures, and gardening. I love going to the theatre, concerts and films. I no longer dance the tango: instead I watch it with pleasure.

 

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Webpage – Cornwall2theandes
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Award Recipient from the Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016

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True to Herself coverThe year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

“True to Herself”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense/Psychological/Cultural Heritage

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Also from Barbara M. Webb

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Following the death of her husband from cancer, Barbara Webb set off alone to make a new life for herself in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 2,800 metres above sea level. In ‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’, she describes how she adapted not just to the altitude but to a new language and a new culture.

The experience gave her the confidence to explore other places in South America, and the book charts her travels to Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’ takes up where Barbara left off in ‘From Cornwall to the Andes’, which recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband.

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How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis for your husband?Mving from Grief in Cornwall cover

Grief affects us all; the only thing that’s different is how we deal with it to empower ourselves.
In “From Cornwall to the Andes”, Barbara Webb recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband in Cornwall and, after his death, dealing with the pain of his loss. In this poignant memoir, Barbara takes us on an emotional journey from grief to self-fulfilment.
At the same time, we travel with her from Cornwall to Ecuador where she worked as a volunteer at the Teatro Bolivar, in Quito for several years. From there she went to Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Through her travels in South America, she finds a new rhythm to life.
This true story is interspersed with accounts of some of her other travels, as she has visited 50 countries and lived in seven.

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Author Spotlight: Barbara M Webb


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True to Herself coverThe year is 1985. The first British mobile phone call has been made, and the first debate in the House of Lords has been televised.

What brings four women together in West Gidding a village near London? Scarlett Hughes is a sexy, dark-haired teacher who was a Bluebell dancer in Paris in her youth; Zara James, an eccentric art gallery owner, who escaped from what was known as Yugoslavia, harbours a secret; Felicity Green, a talented water colourist, refuses to have children in order to carve out a place for herself in a male-dominated art world; and then there is Moira Capaldi, formerly an international air hostess, who comes all the way from Sydney, Australia.

Resigning from an established career in education, vacating her marital Sydney apartment overlooking the Pacific Ocean and abandoning her wayward husband, Guido, Moira Capaldi arrives in West Gidding to follow her passion for art and develop her painting skills.

Instead, the neatly devised plans are disrupted when romance unexpectedly seeks her out on the Greek island of Leros, and Australia lures her back for a short visit with devastating consequences.

Does Moira need to address the demons of her past before she can embrace any happiness in the present?

“True to Herself”

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense/Psychological/Cultural Heritage

Release Date: March 14, 2017

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Barbara M Webb
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I graduated from Queensland University, with an English major. After graduating, I worked for Qantas as an airhostess before teaching English for many years.

I lived in 7 of the 50 countries I have visited. These days I live between Quito in Ecuador and Cornwall in the UK. I speak 3 languages.

Writing has always been part of my life but only recently have I published three books. I enjoy rug making, living in new cultures, and gardening. I love going to the theatre, concerts, and films. I no longer dance the tango: instead, I watch it with pleasure.

~ Links ~

Webpage – Cornwall2theandes
Twitter
Facebook

Award Recipient from the Dublin Writers’ Conference 2016


Also from Barbara M. Webb

~ Nonfiction ~

Under the Skin of a Foreign Country cover

Following the death of her husband from cancer, Barbara Webb set off alone to make a new life for herself in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, 2,800 metres above sea level. In ‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’, she describes how she adapted not just to the altitude but to a new language and a new culture.

The experience gave her the confidence to explore other places in South America, and the book charts her travels to Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, and Chile.

‘South America: A New Rhythm to Life’ takes up where Barbara left off in ‘From Cornwall to the Andes’, which recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband.

Amazon Button


How do you cope with a terminal diagnosis for your husband?Mving from Grief in Cornwall cover

Grief affects us all; the only thing that’s different is how we deal with it to empower ourselves.
In “From Cornwall to the Andes”, Barbara Webb recounts her experiences of caring for her terminally ill husband in Cornwall and, after his death, dealing with the pain of his loss. In this poignant memoir, Barbara takes us on an emotional journey from grief to self-fulfilment.
At the same time, we travel with her from Cornwall to Ecuador where she worked as a volunteer at the Teatro Bolivar, in Quito for several years. From there she went to Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. Through her travels in South America, she finds a new rhythm to life.
This true story is interspersed with accounts of some of her other travels, as she has visited 50 countries and lived in seven.

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