Horror Week On Goodreads:

Go to the Ask The Author section of Linda Cargill’s Dashboard on Goodreads. Click “View Answered Questions”. It is Horror Week right before Halloween on Goodreads. Goodreads has asked her to tell a 2 sentence horror story. Read it and see if you can stand all the thrills and chills. Let us know what you think.

This month you should take a look at Dora Benley’s newly published Egyptian horror tales. Bet you can’t read just one of them during Horror Week. Try Doom of Egypt, Curse of the Pharaoh, Demon from Egypt, Book of the Dead, Curse of Egypt, or Cleopatra’s Stone.

In the very popular Curse of Egypt Sondra returns from a day out with her Dad in Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives with her mother and grandmother. Her dad asks her as always if she wants to come and live with him in Tucson. She says as usual that her mother and grandmother depend on her. They discuss why her parents got divorced. Her father confesses as usual that he doesn’t know. Her mother just left one day without explanation and took Sondra with her.

Sondra rushes into the house to plant a bare root rose. Her mother and grandmother depend on her to do the yard work, too. But while she is digging in the backyard she comes upon a strange golden object. Her next door neighbor, Stew Hoolihan, says it looks like a museum piece and they ought to call the police.

Immediately when she goes inside her mother says that she has called her father and agreed that Sondra should indeed live with him in Tucson. Sondra cannot figure out why. Does it have to do with the golden object found in the backyard? What do her mother and grandmother know about it? What are they concealing from her? Sondra had better find out. It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Ancient civilizations from long before she was born are helping to determine her fate.

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Egyptian Books By Dora Benley on Amazon:

Just this past summer Dora Benley has published a number of Egyptian-themed books on Amazon Kindle with free giveaways for each one. Cheops Books LLC has published Demon From Egypt, Curse of Egypt, Doom of Egypt, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Book of the Dead, Curse of the Pharaoh, and Cleopatra’s Stone. These young adult thrillers and romantic thrillers are among some of her most popular novels.

To concentrate on two of the most frequently sought after  Egyptian novels, Demon From Egypt has attracted many downloads. In Demon From Egypt Cheryl must spend the summer cleaning the beach house and collecting mail for the new tenant. The only problem, he doesn’t seem to be anywhere. There is no food in his refrigerator. He has no mail to bring in. When she tries to clean the basement, the door is padlocked and bolted.

What kind of weirdo is this? He paid for his whole year lease upfront with cash sent from a rental agency that doesn’t even exist. Is he a criminal of some kind?
Cheryl need only turn to her cat. He likes to prowl around the place at night. He discovers wild goings on in the basement of the supernatural kind. The place is haunted to say the least by not by anything ordinary. An ancient evil inhabits the place. From the days of ancient Egypt and Greece comes a monster. If Cheryl doesn’t watch out, she soon will be dead.

Curse of Egypt is perennially popular with readers. Sondra returns from a day out with her Dad in Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives with her mother and grandmother. Her dad asks her as always if she wants to come and live with him in Tucson. She says as usual that her mother and grandmother depend on her. They discuss why her parents got divorced. Her father confesses as usual that he doesn’t know. Her mother just left one day without explanation and took Sondra with her.

Sondra rushes into the house to plant a bare root rose. Her mother and grandmother depend on her to do the yard work, too. But while she is digging in the backyard she comes upon a strange golden object. Her next door neighbor, Stew Hoolihan, says it looks like a museum piece and they ought to call the police.
Immediately when she goes inside her mother says that she has called her father and agreed that Sondra should indeed live with him in Tucson. Sondra cannot figure out why. Does it have to do with the golden object found in the backyard? What do her mother and grandmother know about it? What are they concealing from her? Sondra had better find out. It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Ancient civilizations from long before she was born are helping to determine her fate.

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Smoke and Mirrors: Trump’s Speech

We just got done listening to Trump’s weekly address, Trump’s speech. He is calling for unity. But if he is talking about Charlottesville, I can’t see how anybody could think that was real. Talk about a staged media event! Soros probably was involved. People in America are ahistorical. They don’t think about history or care about history. Probably you couldn’t have had a conflict about a Robert E. Lee statue in Virginia in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War in the nineteenth century either. People in New York don’t care what happens in Virginia and visa versa. America has a great regionalism and the citizens are content to leave it that way. People should be suspicious about a pretended conflict about something like that now. Who is trying to stage what? Who is trying to grab the attention of the news? There are no real political conflicts in contemporary America about the old Confederacy despite Trump’s speech. Charlottesville is all just smoke and mirrors.

Cheops Books LLC publishes historical novels such as the upcoming Inn at the Crossroads, Vesuvius Plot, and Cherusci Plot.

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Number 1 Kindle Store Ancient Civilizations:

Curse of Egypt is now number 1 in the Kindle Store in Ancient Civilizations for children and young adults. Get it free today while the promotion still lasts.

Sondra returns from a day out with her Dad in Charlottesville, Virginia where she lives with her mother and grandmother. Her dad asks her as always if she wants to come and live with him in Tucson. She says as usual that her mother and grandmother depend on her. They discuss why her parents got divorced. Her father confesses as usual that he doesn’t know. Her mother just left one day without explanation and took Sondra with her.

Sondra rushes into the house to plant a bare root rose. Her mother and grandmother depend on her to do the yardwork, too. But while she is digging in the backyard she comes upon a strange golden object. Her next door neighbor, Stew Hoolihan, says it looks like a museum piece and they ought to call the police.

Immediately when she goes inside her mother says that she has called her father and agreed that Sondra should indeed live with him in Tucson. Sondra cannot figure out why. Does it have to do with the golden object found in the backyard? What do her mother and grandmother know about it? What are they concealing from her? Sondra had better find out. It soon becomes a matter of life and death. Ancient civilizations from long before she was born are helping to determine her fate.

If you liked Curse of Egypt you will enjoy other novels by Dora Benley such as Cleopatra’s Stone, Caesar and Cleopatra: A Novel, Medea: the Witch, Minotaur, and Helen of Troy.

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What Happened In Charlottesville? A Different Take:

What happened yesterday in Charlottesville makes no sense unless perhaps you look at what I call the “underside” of Charlottesville which rarely attracts attention and which most people who never lived there never find out about. It is not the Charlottesville of Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment, the Charlottesville of the Virginia Doctrine of Religious Freedom. It is far more southern, mysterious, and dark than that.

Charlottesville “sat out” the American Civil War. There was only the Battle of Rio Hill which was only a skirmish and was then out of town north of the city. Now it is in the urban ring of the county right where they built an elementary school and a shopping center. Artifacts from the battle were displayed in a glass case outside one of the stores. Professors from the University of Virginia surrendered the city at the end of the war. This is not a big Confederate town. It was not the kind of town where you would see a lot of Confederate flags displayed etc. (We saw far more driving through Tennessee two years ago!)
The place where the “demonstration” took place I think is at the end of West Main Street on the way to the downtown pedestrian mall area. I remember that a statue of Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson seemed to be right in the middle of the street practically. It was very crowded, a bad area for a demonstration to begin with. But the West Main Street Area right before the Downtown Mall where they used to have an old Vinegar Hill Movie Theater was dark and not well lighted. A University of Virginia girl went missing in the same area just a couple of years ago. Her body was later found brutally murdered and left by the side of the road. Some years before that the very same thing happened, another missing murdered girl. I understand that at least one of the demonstrators was murdered there, too. It is almost as if some unidentified dark spirit haunts the area and brings bad luck to whoever enters it. I remember walking through the area late one Friday night in September or early October with my husband right after we moved there. Fortunately we didn’t know about the legends then, and we hurried through unmolested.

I understand that they were going to move the Robert E. Lee statue to a park north of town, probably Penn Park on 29 North. That would be a far better fate for the statue of the head of the southern forces during the Civil War than West Main Street. It would also help to bring better luck to the whole town of Charlottesville and all those who inhabit it.

Charlottesville is a setting where I have set many of my young adult thriller and supernatural novels such as the upcoming thriller by Dora Benley called Curse of Egypt. You can see why.

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Multi Cultural Themes In Edward Ware Thrillers at War:

The person I am describing and blond-haired with ruddy cheeks and a hunting rife was my next door neighbor on Commonwealth Drive in Charlottesville, Virgina 22901. His name was Mr. Godwin. He had a wife, Mrs. Godwin. They weren’t from central casting at Walt Disney. They were from the south of England just like a lot of their friends that I met, too. The American South is full of these very British types who migrated to the New World. They look exactly like their relatives on the other side of the Atlantic in England, particularly the south of England. This is true from Virginia all the way down to northern Florida and Alabama thrown into the mix, too.
I am on the mailing list for the Pig in the Wall in Southampton. There is also a Pig in Bath and a Pig at the Beach and a Pig in the New Forest, too. The advertising literature I get online depicts English types having barbecues and get togethers. They don’t look very ethnically diverse to say the least.
When I was in the south of England in 2012 and 2015 I saw lots of people in the Salisbury area and the Southampton area and inbetween in places like Downton who looked like neighbor Godwin. The area didn’t look that multi cultural and multi racial to me. It certainly didn’t remind me of places in California which is supposed to be the most multi cultural place on earth. (Even in places in California such as the Sierra Nevada it isn’t very multi cultural and in certain suburbs such as Santa Rosa north of San Francisco it isn’t either).
By the way neither did lots of the people I met on the autobahns in Germany look very ethnically diverse. If anything they seemed more ethnically pure than the people I met in England. You would see families with all blond children, something that is much rarer in the US where at least some of the children will end up with brown hair, too.
I think this is why the refugees from Syria create such a problem in western Europe. The societies don’t know how to assimilate them. Apparently even Manchester in England has lots of refugees from the Middle East who are causing problems and creating a stir. It shows that the Old World is very different from the new.
In the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series we have various ethnic, multi cultural characters such as the villainess of the series, Helga von Wessel, an Arab from the outskirts of the town of Petra, who later marries and German, Herr von Wessel, ad moves to England to cause all sorts of trouble for the hero of the series, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, and his wife, Dora, Lady Ware. Helga’s bastard son by Edward Ware, Leopold, is at first torn between his two opposite cultural identities before he works it all out and becomes Edward’s adopted heir to his title and fortune.

Helga von Wessel

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