Cheops Books LLC For 2018:

Here is a quick rundown of what books Cheops Books LLC will be publishing in 2017:
Julia: A Romance will be published on April 9. Salisbury Affair, book two of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will be published May 4. Hitler’s Chief Spy, book five of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will be published May 18. Old Faithful Plot, book six of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series, will be published June 16.

Later in the year on October 1 Armistice Plot will be published by Cheops Books LLC. And finally on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day itself, the end of World War 1, on November 11, Paris Peace Plot will be published.

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Blue Heron Mystery Has A Brand New Cover:

Blue Heron Mystery has a brand new cover. It is quite moody and suggestive with a beach chair pointed out to sea but clearly empty of all occupants. What happened to the girl who was sitting there only moments before? That is the business of Blue Heron Mystery to suggest what might have happened almost before your very eyes in the blink of an eyelash.

Melissa’s parents have moved to Hilton Head Island to pursue their real estate dreams in her senior year in high school. Her social life crashes. Her old boyfriend runs off with the class flirt, leaving her with no one. She is having trouble making friends in her new high school. Even worse, her parents keep wanting her to babysit her new baby sister, Nancy, and that makes her even more of a social outcast

When Melissa thinks she has reached her peak of being out of it, things take a radical turn for the worse. She is walking on the beach after she has a blow up with her mother about taking care of Nancy. First she stumbles into a huge blue heron who scares her to death. Then she stumbles into a dead body of a girl in a beach chair looking out to sea. The police show up. They think she did it. Is somebody trying to frame her? What does Melissa do next? She had better figure it out soon before she ends up in jail for life.

If you liked Blue Heron Mystery you will enjoy other young adult thrillers by Dora Benley such as Mary’s Gone, Latin Lessons, Rose Red, Murder on Spirit Island, Murder in Jasper, Silver Wolf Moon, Back to Venice, Murder On Hollywood Beach, and Ophelia Plot.

Blue Heron Mystery starts the evolution of a theme in Dora Benley’s novels that becomes even bigger in other series —- kidnapping little girls. The kidnapping of Nancy in this thriller develops into the kidnapping of Little Katie in the Dark Series and ends up as the kidnapping of Thomasina Edwina Ware in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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Europe Is Just Too Historic For Most Americans:

I don’t think it is just me. It is most Americans. It is one thing to go to Europe and look at historic attractions on a vacation and quite another to live in such a place surrounded by such stuff. Even places in America that rank as pretty historic have nothing like it. When we went to Valley Forge three years ago as soon as we got back from Europe, we were amazed at the contrast with Waterloo. Despite the 200 year celebration in 2015, nothing was in very good condition. However, in Valley Forge the park service had kept up George Washington’s marble triumphal arches as if they were just built yesterday.

Americans in Europe is a favorite theme of Cheops Books LLC. Dora Benley is an American heiress who gets ensnarled in European politics during World War 1 and World War 2 in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. If you have not already met her, you can meet her this year in the upcoming historical thrillers Paris Peace Plot and Armistice Plot.

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Dora and Edward Hit Rome:

I don’t think Dora and Edward Ware ever visited Rome on one of their wild forays into defending the Lawrence maps from Hitler. But if they did get themselves into such a plot might it go like this?
They would arrive by cruise ship, of course, at the port of Citavecchia. They would be met by a private car which would whisk them into Rome in about one and a half hours. They would want a half-private, half-public place to meet their contact as as not to seem suspicious. The Borghese Gallery might be just the place. At least it is a place to escape the hot sun and all those prying eyes out on the street corner.

They might hire a guide named Giovanni to serve as a cover. While they talked to their contact the guide would be giving them a tour of all the art works in the Borghese Gallery. He would be loud enough their conversation could not be overheard by others in the same room. They could pause in front of statues such as Daphne Fleeing Apollo and nod while Edward took notes.

After about an hour of this their guide and private car could drive them to a carefully chosen restaurant on the third or foruth floor directly across the street from the Colosseum, a restaurant such as Aroma. While sipping top notch Italian wine they could communicate by writing notes and passing them across the table to each other while the guide narrated loudly about the history of the edifice commissioned by Vespasian in 72 BC looming up in front of them.

When done with their meal Dora could pretend that she just had to have another Italian leather handbag. The driver would take them to the top shopping street in town such as the via del Corso. While she handed over a pile of Italian lira, she could be passing a note to a contact in Rome. Then Dora and Edward would be seamlessly transported back to Citavecchia to sail away from Italy and back to England.

Dora and Edward Ware are the two main characters of the Edward Ware Thrillers At War Series of historical thrillers that start during World War 1 and continue through the end of World War 2 with just a peek at what their life after the war might be like in a special supplement to the last novel in the series, Unlocking Trinity. Cheops Books LLC will publish the first volume in the series later this year as Paris Peace Plot. They will also publish Armistice Plot since 100 years ago was the end of World War 1.

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Hitler’s Chief Spy Will Have Big Ben Behind Her:

Right now the cover for Hitler’s Chief Spy shows Helga von Wessel strutting around defying everyone and showing her stuff in front of a generalized European background. This will soon be changed to London by Cheops Books LLC. Look for it soon.

The villainess, Helga von Wessel, Hitler’s chief spy, struts boldly from page to page of this historical thriller with Europe at her back and all sorts of ambitious notions in her head during the lead up to WW2. As far as she is concerned it isn’t Hitler’s Reich. It is Helga’s Reich. She will wrap the hero, Colonel Sir Edward Ware, Churchill’s spy, around her little finger to prove it. Nor does it matter what Edward’s American wife, Dora, says. Hitler’s Agent is the sixth volume of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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New Cover For Armistice Plot:

Cheops Books LLC is working with a cover artist by the name of Daniel Teran to design a new cover for the upcoming historical thriller Armistice Plot. It is to be published next November 11, 2018, the one hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, World War 1, or the Great War.

We have settled on a cover design. We are going to have a picture of October 1, 1918, the day when Damascus fell to the British under Colonel T. E. Lawrence and General Allensby. T.E. Lawrence will be depicted driving into the Syrian capital of Damascus in a Silver Ghost Rolls Royce. This is not made up. It is what actually occurred and is evidenced by a surviving photo which we have included as part of this blog post. Sitting beside T. E. Lawrence will be his fellow British officer, Lieutenant Edward Ware, the hero of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. The background will be of course Syrian. We have settled on an atmospheric photo of Bosra Sham including an arched gateway complete with oriental rugs.
The cover has not yet been drawn so we cannot yet show it to you. But we here at Cheops Books LLC will keep you posted on its progress.

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The B-Mobile, The New Cheops Books, LLC Van:

On Friday, October 13, the spookiest day of the year, Cheops Books LLC acquired a new van, the B-Mobile, to use on all its ramblings, wanderings, and official business. It replaces the previous Bearmobile that lasted more than eleven years since July of 2006 until this very October.

The previous mobile took Cheops Books LLC and its authors on various expeditions to the shores of Oregon at Brookings, Oregon, the Redwood Coast of California, the Wine Country, and Yosemite. It drove our team to southeast Arizona to visit the town too tough to die, Tombstone, Arizona. It also took us on both our ramblings to Santa Fe, New Mexico where part of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series is set. Remember the Manhattan Project at nearby Los Alamos? The site of the first atomic bomb explosion was not faraway, and the previous Bearmobile drove us right past it with lots of photo opportunities.

Perhaps most notably the previous Bearmobile took our party of editors, authors, and illustrators to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to board the Queen Mary 2. And the minivan did it not just once, but twice, last in 2015 just two years ago. That was our route to Europe to research the Edward Ware Thrillers at War especially in Germany and England.

It enabled us to stand in the stands where Hitler addressed his adoring crowds in Nuremberg and took us up into the Alps Mountains to see the site of Hitler’s Berghof, which was important for the novel Captive at the Berghof. In England it enabled us to visit Salisbury Cathedral in the south of England that gave its name to the Edward Ware Thrillers novel, Salisbury Plot by Dora Benley, soon to be published in a brand new edition. And it enabled us one hundred years after the event to sail past the spot of the sinking of the Lusitania off the coast of Ireland, the setting for Key to Lawrence: Special Edition.

Now the new B-Mobile will be the one to guide us through the wilderness and down the interstates to whatever destination is next to appear as the subject of a thriller novel published by us.


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Captive At The Berghof At Frankfurt Book Fair:

Today is the beginning of the Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany. It will go through Sunday, October 15. All during that time Cheops Books LLC will be displaying Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 in German translation, the third book of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series. It is the first book that Cheops Books LLC has ever translated into a foreign language. But we thought it was particularly appropriate because the historical thriller is about Hitler and the Third Reich. The novel will be on display at the IBPA booth  at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Hitler has found out about Colonel Sir Edward Ware’s secret undercover activities for Winston Churchill, and he’s playing hardball. He kidnaps Thomasina, Edward’s daughter, and won’t give the child back unless Edward and his wife, Dora, hand over the key to world domination – the Lawrence maps. They’d better do something fast before Thomasina truly becomes Hitler’s daughter.


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The Mystery: Point Of View in Cheops Books LLC:

A first person mystery such as “I dreamed I went back to Manderley” in Rebecca, yes, you can certainly have it. But most mysteries and almost all thrillers are third person limited nowadays. If your heroine is called Jan Friedman, everything in the story is what Jane knows and nothing can be admitted that she wouldn’t know. This is the “limited” part.

If you have just third person you have Charles Dickens and writers like that. And of course when it suited Dickens he would break into omniscient and tell you all about his characters, too. Moralize. Stuff like that which contemporary readers wouldn’t like.

All of the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series and all the Edward Ware Thrillers YA novels are third person limited with a handful of first person stories thrown in for good measure. The Dark Series by Dora Benley coming out this autumn is all third person limited. So are Hitler’s Agent and Captive at the Berghof: Part 1 coming out on October 15 and on December 15 respectively. Try them out. You will see what we mean.


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The German Question In Literature:

You may have hit upon a very central conflict in European history. Germany was not largely occupied by the Romans and from the time of the Romans you have the “German question”. The Romans wrote about it themselves. There is a lost work by Pliny the Elder, the author of the Natural History, probably called the Germania, and I make much of this in one of my novels. His nephew, Pliny the Younger, wrote about the subject, too. And Pliny the Younger’s friend, Tacitus, wrote the only surviving work on the subject entitled the Germania for sure. Tacitus’s work was the subject of the fascinating audio book I listened to on the subject at the beginning of last year.

Tacitus’s Germania has been a subject of discussion for the past two thousand years. It is the earliest work we have on the habits and customs of the early pagan Germans which emphasizes their warlike qualities and the “German question”. The Romans themselves were scared of them. No wonder! During the ugly Battle of the Teutoburg Forest Roman legionaries were captured in wooden cages and burned alive in the forest, sacrificed to pagan gods.

Richard Wagner during the 19th century made much of this ancient and medieval heritage in his operas. Heinrich Himmler was later to try to seize upon this material as the “origin” of what he called the Nazi identity.

I have looked up various works on Roman Britain on Amazon and curiously enough the British archaeologists have all noted that the British attitude about Rome differs from the attitude of France and Germany, and this influences their attitude about the “German question”. In France they celebrate Vercingetorix from Caesar’s Gallic Wars. He is supposed to be a national hero in France. In Germany they celebrate Herman the German, or Arminius. In Britain they celebrate the Romans. As many have noted, Britain seems to take on the identity of Rome itself. It all comes from the days of the British Empire and Imperial Britain. Nobody else on the Continent has anything like this and so recently, too! They look dubiously upon rebels against Rome such as Vercingetorix and Arminius.

It has also been said that the British have a better attitude about preserving ruins than they do in Italy. So the Roman ruins in Britain are better preserved than their Italian counterparts. You can get a better feel for the Roman world there including all those villas and mosaic floors that are much talked about.

Cheops Books LLC has two upcoming works about the “German question”. The concern Roman Britain and the ancient Germans battling the Romans: Pliny: A Novel and Caesar’s Legions, both works in the Edward Ware Thrillers at War Series.

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