Cato Looms Like A Giant Over The Novel:

Cato the Elder was Roman who almost singlehandledly commanded the Third Punic War. He brought it about with his perpetual speeches “Carthage must be destroyed” in the Roman Senate House and showing off crops and goods that supposedly came from that city along the coast of North Africa to warn the Romans how close by it was located.

He owned a vast latifundia in the countryside outside Rome. He experimented with various crops such as grapes, olives, and livestock and wrote a Latin prose work On Farming, influencing Latin literature. He also wrote Latin prose works that have not survived such as the first history of Rome that we know about called Origines. He also composed an encyclopedia and a book of maxims, neither of which survive except in fragments. He might have been a Pliny the Elder two centuries earlier in Roman history.

He is certainly the one historical character whose personality looms largest over the Dora Benley historical thriller Carthage Must Be Destroyed. It will soon be published by Cheops Books LLC.

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Publication Dates For Novels In 2018:

Cheops Books LLC has come up with a rough outline of when various historical thrillers and historical romantic thrillers by Dora Benley will be released this year, 2018. First of all, on April 9 we expect to publish Julia: A Romance. Right now you can enter the Goodreads Giveaway for that romantic thriller about ancient Rome.

On May 4 we plan to publish the second volume in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, Salisbury Plot, on Amazon Kindle. It has a brand new cover that will send chills up your spine. At the same time we will release the audiobook edition of the work on Audible.

On Saturday, June 16 we plan to release Old Faithful Plot in which Hitler plans to blow up Yellowstone National Park. The cover art by Daniel Teran is a real winner.

On October 1, the days that Lawrence of Arabia and General Allensby won the Battle of Damascus against the Ottoman Turks and brought about the Armistice to end the war will be the publication date of Armistice Plot which brings to an end everything about the First World War except Adolf Hitler.

Then on Armistice Day, November 11, the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War 1, Cheops Books will publish Paris Peace Plot about the upcoming summit in Paris to sign the treaty to end the war. It was a treaty that was so poor, so malicious in intent, that the treaty itself became one of the major causes of World War 2. It was often cited by Adolf Hitler as such. And that leads right into other novels to come in the Edward Ware Thriller Series about World War 2.

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Time For Those Christmas Cookies:

Once again it is time for those irresistible Christmas cookies. We won’t even omit icing them and sprinkling them with those colorful sugar bits in green and all the colors of the rainbow that we come to associate with the holidays. This is Cheops Books LLC’s favorite cookie recipe:
2/3 cup shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp orange peel
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 tsp milk

Simple Recipe for Sugar Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375

Mix together the shortening and the sugar before you add the egg. Mix until the mixture is very light. Then mix in the grated orange peel as well as the vanilla. Add dry ingredients. Mix. Then add milk.
After it is thoroughly mixed divide the dough in half. Chill for one whole hour. Roll one half of the dough on your floured counter. Keep the other half refrigerated until you are ready to use it.
You should roll the dough until it is about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut into fanciful Christmas shapes. But on tray and bake 12 minutes.


Simple Recipe for Vanilla Icing:
3/4 cup butter
9 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp vanilla

In medium size bowl beat butter until until it is perfectly smooth. Mix in two cups of powdered sugar. Add in milk and vanilla. Add rest of powdered sugar and add just enough milk to maintain the right consistency. Ice the cookies one by one until completely covered. Add colored sugar.

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