Elmina’s Fire by Linda Carleton

Story Summary: What happens when a troubled young woman dares to follow the stirrings of her soul in turbulent times? Elmina begins life with a troubled childhood in a medieval French town-a childhood that turns her into a spiritually seeking young woman who dares to follow the stirrings of her soul. Her idealism and love lead her to leave a Cathar school and follow the man who will become Saint Dominic. As the world around her erupts into the Albigensian Crusade, Elmina finds herself complicit in its horror, and her spiritual and emotional life begins to unravel. With the aid …

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The boss who lives as a medieval knight – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boss in shining armour. By video journalist Greg Brosnan Jason Kingsley seems far too relaxed about the fatal dangers inherent in his daredevil hobby. “There have been some deaths in jousting,” he says. “But it is usually through inexperience, the wrong safety equipment, and a lot of bad luck combined.” Putting on an exact replica of a medieval suit of armour, the 53-year-old jousts a dozen or so weekends every year. Holding a 12ft (3.7m) long steel-tipped wooden lance in front of him, he rides a stallion full pelt towards another …

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The Hunter: Awakening by Nicholas Arriaza

Story Sunnary: The Hunter: Awakening, is the first of a series of novels that will explore the nature of good and evil and the question of redemption: Is it available to those who have perpetrated great evil? Not long after the theft of a leather-bound book from a hidden hillside tomb in LA, a young hiker inadvertently awakens something fearsome that has been laid to rest some two hundred years ago. Soon after an emaciated, amnesiac man falls from a cliffside trail into the backyard of young, pregnant, neurosurgeon Melisa Castro. The young doctor feels compelled to help the “John …

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The hospital errors leaving new parents devastated – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Our baby son died due to NHS error’ More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England each week on average. For some families, those errors can have life-changing consequences. “Every single day we have to live with the fact that we’re a victim of the NHS,” Adam Asquith tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Adam and his fiancee, Sarah Ellis, were expecting their first child in 2014. “When I first fell pregnant, everything was amazing. We were over the Moon,” Sarah says. When she went into …

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Reform ‘high stakes’ primary tests, MPs urge – BBC News

But the committee says the close link between the tests at 11 and school accountability can “lead to a narrowing of the curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’, as well as affecting teacher and pupil well-being”. It wants the current system scrapped, with three-year rolling averages for schools published instead of the results of individual year groups. ‘Held to account’ The report also calls for greater emphasis in Ofsted inspections on a broad and balanced curriculum. Committee chairman Neil Carmichael said too much emphasis on test results had led to too much “focus on English and maths at the expense …

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Say They’ll Make The Movie Twitter Made Up

Over the weekend, a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyongo sitting next to each other at Paris Fashion Week went viral after user @blaquepink shared it with the caption, a picture for the history books. Twitter user @1800SADGALresponded and laid the groundwork for the movie you never knew you absolutely needed in life. From there, the idea spiraled, with more Twitter users adding to the plot, Hollywood insiders chiming in, and a vote of confidence from the stars themselves. So maybe this is actually happening?! Oh, please. h/t Buzzfeed Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rihanna-lupita-nyongo-fake-twitter-movie_us_58fd57d9e4b06b9cb917c6e6

The Hunger Saint – Historical Fiction

The Hunger Saint is about Ntoni, a twelve-year-old boy forced to labor in Sicily’s sulfur mines to support his family after his father’s untimely death. These child laborers were called carusu or “mine-boy”, a labourer in a sulfur mine who worked next to a picuneri or pick-man, and carried raw ore from deep in the mine to the surface. For more information about the carusu check out wikipedia or this youtube video This was recent enough that there are still living people who lived in these conditions. Sure this is a fictionalize book, but the history is real https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/olivia-kate-cerrone/hunger-saint/ The …

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences. He’s taught kids at Baltimore city schools for 14 years and is keen to mentor inner-city youth …

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The Salad Oil King – New Book

So just had the Salad Oil King book cross my desk. Story about Alfonso Fravenese who grew up to a life of crime. Starting early, he worked his way from scamming kids in grade school to international scams during WWII. From the book: Alfonso “Fonso” Gravenese had the DNA of a natural born scam-artist. Deceit was his adrenaline. Money was just a way to keep score. He honed his formative business skills during grade school at St. Patrick’s off Hester Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy — “among his kind,” as he would say so many times in later life. He never …

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Fee-For-Review Versus Vanity Reviews


Probably one of the most controversial topics still in the book publishing industry is the idea of an author (or publicist) paying for a review of their book. It’s an offshoot of the self-publishing versus publishing industry argument that comes from the old vanity presses of the past. A vanity press, for the younger readers, was a publishing company that would charge an author for the entire print run of a book. The publisher might make attempts to sell the book, but their profit had already been taken in the print run of the book (and sometimes ongoing storage fees …

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