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Peace In Time Book Blitz and Giveaway Hop – The Bridge of Deaths

In Blog tours, World Peace on September 21, 2013 at 2:54 pm

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To celebrate the 33rd Anniversary of International Peace Day, author and friend Catalina (M.C.V.) Egan, who is utterly passionate about peace, is giving away heaps of great prizes, including copies of her own wonderful novel – The Bridge of Deaths.  This is a great tour and I am thrilled to have been asked to join it.  There are reviews, spotlights, interviews and many other contributions to enjoy.
I reviewed the Bridge of Deaths last year and would like to share that review with you now, just scroll down the page.
Don’t forget to scroll down the page and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway as well (ends September 30th, 2013), to win one of the fantastic prizes on offer.

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A few words on Peace from M.C.V.  Egan
Today we celebrate the UN’s INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE, the resolution to have loud voices for PEACE and a special day was passed in 1981; the first celebration was in 1982.
If we can at least try as a society to visualize the possibility of PEACE perhaps someday we will be able to accomplish this. It is a great tool to teach said desire tour children, so that they perhaps find a way to instill PEACE as a way of life*.
On a personal note, I spent my formative years in the 1970s watching the Vietnam War on TV. Literally eating dinner as I watched soldiers from both sides, kill and die.
Inasmuch as there were Peace movements the conservative society that surrounded me represented an acceptance of war. It was simply an accepted principle. Historically it has been an accepted necessity, countries are born through bloody revolutions and re-formed through just as bloody civil wars. We watch it every day.
There have however been great examples of NON violent changes with great results. As per Wikipedia:
A nonviolent revolution is a revolution using mostly campaigns of civil resistance, including various forms of nonviolent protest, to bring about the departure of governments seen as entrenched and authoritarian. While many campaigns of civil resistance are aimed at much more limited goals than revolution, generally a nonviolent revolution is characterized by simultaneous advocacy of democracy, human rights and national independence in the country concerned. In some cases a campaign of civil resistance with a revolutionary purpose may be able to bring about the defeat of a dictatorial regime only if it obtains a degree of support from the armed forces, or at least their benevolent neutrality.**
My favorite principles and acts of a peaceful resolution are those from Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi:
A nonviolent revolution is not a program of seizure of power. It is a program of transformation of relationships ending in a peaceful transfer of power.
Mohandas Gandhi, 1942**

I hope you enjoy the Peace Hop, ponder on Peace and spread the possibility.

My Review of The Bridge of Deaths
Based on an actual event, The Bridge of Deaths tells the story of one woman’s search to uncover the truth behind the death of her grandfather. On August 15th, 1939, an English aircraft crashed in suspicious circumstances in Danish waters. Aboard were 5 important passengers, amongst them the author’s grandfather. Two weeks later, World War Two broke out. This part is factual, as is the incredibly well-documented data revealed throughout the book. And the factual information ties in masterfully with the fictional characters and plot.
There are three main characters in the book: Bill, Maggie and Catalina. These characters are well-developed and likeable.
The fiction begins with Bill and Maggie meeting in the self-help section of a book store in London. They are instantly attracted to each other and become close. Bill tells Maggie of the nightmares he is experiencing involving the numbers on the side of a plane, visions of a bridge and the taste of cold salt water; all from a past life. Maggie suggests he try Past Life Regression. She then finds details of the air crash on the internet which leads her to contact the third character, Catalina.
Catalina, a Floridian woman, who has spent many years researching the crash herself – which also shows all the signs of a conspiracy – is delighted to find someone else who is interested in the mystery. Maggie and Catalina agree to help each other and keep in touch via email and Skype calls, which also involves drinking several glasses of wine each, and smoking loads of cigarettes. The trio decide the best way to solve the enigma is through Bill’s regression, which in turn allows Bill to unravel his dreams. Between them they manage to put together the facts; before, during, and after the plane crash.
M.C.V.Egan has authored a book that screams years of dedicated research, to say nothing of how well-written it is. I was captured from the very first page. Throughout the book, I particularly enjoyed the Skype discussions between Maggie and Catalina which made me feel I was sitting there listening to them first hand, being part of the conversation, not reading about them in a book. Although the narrative is extremely detailed in parts, I found myself wanting all the information I could get. I was completely enthralled and found it difficult to put down. Though I did, through necessity, several times, but found the thread was easy to pick up again.
It is quite clear many years of love and hard work have gone into this work. It is also clear there is a very strong personal motive behind the writing of it. Having now finished reading, I would say those twenty years of research have unquestionably paid off.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book which is now taking its rightful place on my `to be read again soon’ shelf.
Without any hesitation, I am giving The Bridge of Deaths the full 5 stars.
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Genre: Historical Paranormal
Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2011

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On August 15th, 1939 an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. Crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykobing/Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before Hitler invaded Poland with the world at the brink of war the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police, created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.

In the winter of 2009-2010 a young executive, Bill is promoted and transferred to London for a major International firm. He has struggled for the better part of his life with nightmares and phobias, which only seem to worsen in London. As he seeks the help of a therapist he accepts that his issues may well be related to a ‘past-life trauma’.

Through love, curiosity, archives and the information superhighway of the 21st century Bill travels through knowledge and time to uncover the story of the 1939 plane crash.

The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve “One of those mysteries that never get solved” is based on true events and real people, it is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through sources in Denmark, England and the United States, it finds a way to help the reader feel that he /she is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.

The journey takes the reader to well-known and little-known events leading up to the Second World War, both in Europe and America. The journey also takes the reader to the possibility of finding oneself in this lifetime, by exploring past lives.


Catalina EganM.C.V. Egan lives in South Florida.  She is fluent in four languages; English, Spanish, French and Swedish.  From a young age she became determined to solve the ‘mystery’ of her grandfather’s death.  She researched this story for almost two decades.  The story has taken her to Denmark, England and to the unconventional world of psychics.   Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

 

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Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Children's Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Young Adult Fiction on March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

On 20th March, 2013, we experienced the wonder of the Spring Equinox 

To celebrate this, and the significance of this passage to Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, you could WIN an Amazon Gift Card worth $25 

The Vernal Equinox

“Bravery is when you walk into a battle you are not sure of winning” – Jeffrey Fry

A great battle occurred during the Spring Equinox of the year of 2011, the year of disgruntlement. Tired of domination, deception and destruction, Mungai’s minions rose in rebellion against their oppressors and attempted to reclaim what was rightfully theirs, ours and that of future generations. They fought using every resource at the tips of their fingers, claws, hooves and paws. They fought in the jungle and they fought in the forest. They fought without fear and they fought with courage in their hearts.
The battle raged on with casualties on both sides until…

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Meet all the endearing characters – well, not all are endearing; some you wouldn’t wish to meet on a dark night, and some you may rue the day you ever met them at all. But unfortunately, if you haven’t already, you may well encounter at least one of them at some time in your life.

“Be careful who you trust, the devil was once an angel” – Unknown

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  1. Who gave the signal to commence battle?  a) Crow-Crow  b) Caw-Caw  c)  Claw-Claw
  2. What is the Oracle’s real name?  a) Forest Grump  b) Shriek  c) Edgar
  3. What did Gerald, the Oracle and Felicity hide in their clothing?  a) Feathers and bones  b) Guns  c) A goodly supply of bananas

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An Excerpt from Mungai and the Goa Constrictor – Chapter Twenty Seven – Operation Equinox  

The reptiles, animals and birds were gathering silently in the clearing.

“Now that we’re all here,” said Caw-Caw, breaking the silence, “the time has come. We must all go to our battle stations.  Is everyone prepared?”

All the creatures nodded.

“Does everyone know what he or she must do?”  Caw-Caw continued.

They nodded again.

Then out of nowhere came a voice.  “COMMMPANY…HALT…AIMMM…oops! so sorry…‘TENNN…SHUN.   Captain Gerald Rupert Horatio-um-Peanuts (he added again very quietly) Brice-Copperbottom at your service…SIR.”

The Oracle’s, aka Edgar’s, ‘spirit sense’ had kicked in, and he was able to know where they were all assembling, and since no word had been received as was promised, he had alerted Gerald and Felicity. Suspecting they might be left out if they did not invite themselves, they had come along to ‘do their bit’.  Edgar looked surprisingly sensible, having lost the feathers and bones, and now being dressed in green and clothed like his companions.

“Um…we won’t need those,” said Caw-Caw pointing at the long sticks that made noises and killed. “But you are most welcome.”

“Don’t worry.” Gerald reassured him. “We’re not allowed to have the bits that do all the damage. These are just for show. Keeps the enemy on its toes, don’t you know!”

Caw-Caw briefly introduced the newcomers to the others, and decided they would be best placed inside the paper mill, preferably up in the rafters. They would be able to climb through the opening at the top of the mill without being seen. There, they could wait until they were needed.

“Organise that in no time,” said Gerald. “COMMMPANY…ATTT…EASE.  Private Felicity…you take the right…Gunner Edgar you take the left…I’ll take the middle.”

“Reminds me,” started Edgar, “of the time I was forced to take on a gorilla.  Big devil too!  Couldn’t escape that time!  Gerald tried to organise that, as well.  Gorilla didn’t like him all…reason I got into trouble in the first place. Called him a…”

“Yes, yes, Edgar, but we need to keep moving.  We’re running out of time.  Captain Gerald, ready your troops to take up their positions,” interrupted Caw-Caw before the rest all surrendered to boredom.

Gerald stood to attention again, and saluted. Then, without Caw-Caw seeing, they managed to hide the guns under their clothing.

“Good. Well now that’s settled, let’s go…and may good prevail,” said Caw-Caw.

The creatures had been turned into an efficient and formidable fighting force.  Together they were battling a common cause.  Even those who were natural enemies had become friends and allies, each one honoured to share in this campaign. They moved forward with pride and dignity.

Word came that Mungai and Goa hadn’t moved the lair yet, so the plan remained the same, and Duggit’s contingency plan remained unrevealed.

The creatures moved towards the lair, peeling off as they each reached their positions, until the only ones left, as they approached, were the deer and wolves.  Absolute silence was now maintained. Wilbur and Wily had come with them, ready to pass on information and progress. Akanya and Kaya were outside the lair waiting for their own signal, as were the deer.   Duggit and the other two-legs were also in position now, having made their way successfully to the undergrowth.  They too waited in total silence.

Still observing the silence, they saw dawn break, without the chorus, and Caw-Caw raised his wing.  In his claw he held a long branch which he swept in an arc from right to left in front of the rising sun.

Operation Equinox had begun.

“In battle it is the cowards who run the most risk; bravery is a rampart of defence” – Sallust

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Celebrate the Spring Equinox with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on March 18, 2013 at 2:38 am

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Coming soon … 20th and 21st March, 2013

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The Spring Equinox takes place on March 20th when Mungai and the Goa Constrictor will be celebrating the anniversary of their own battle, Operation Equinox, with a $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway and a price reduction on the book. Further details coming soon…

Amelia Curzon will also be appearing simultaneously on the following sites. 

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Fun interviews, amazing features and stunning reviews – come over to some great blogs and say hello!

 

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The Chronicles of King Big Bear Features and Reviews Mungai and the Goa Constrictor

In Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on March 15, 2013 at 1:03 am

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Wow – Another 5 star review for Mungai and the Goa Constrictor!

I have just been featured on the fantastic blog of my dear friend, author and artist Christine Corretti.  Not only that, Christine has posted the most amazing 5 star review of Mungai.

Please all go over to her blog and read.  There are loads of other great stuff to see too.  Well worth a visit!

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A Timeless Tale for Children and Adults Alike

In Books, Children's Books, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction on September 2, 2012 at 12:01 am

Told through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with Mungai and the Goa Constrictor by Amelia Curzon - Book coverperceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

But, let me tell you just a little bit more about the story……

Mungai, a plausible and resourceful creature of indeterminate origin, and with a penchant for easy living, finds a soul mate in Goa; a lisping, greedy, self-serving  Boa Constrictor. Having explained to her ‘the usefulness of the lesser species’ and his highly profitable master plan to find ways of passing through life without too much cost to himself and as little effort as possible, and at the expense of others  not as strong-minded or as clever as he is, Mungai soft-soaps Goa into joining him in his venture.  Captivated by Mungai’s way of thinking, Goa conspires with him to go in search of ………

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“Truly, Curzon crafts an unforgettable story that speaks to the soul” – Claudia Moss (USA)  Reviews 5*****

Whilst the apes were trying to swing after him at the same speed, Gerald had an unfortunate accident.

He collided with a rather large, and not very friendly beast that, like Mungai, was of dubious origin. The beast had been asleep in the branches at the time, and was non too pleased by this unwanted intrusion into his dreams. He reared up on his hind legs, delicately balancing himself on the thinnest of branches, and lunged for Gerald.

“He looks like a monkey-meat lover,” thought Gerald, but he was frozen to the spot and could only think of his imminent death, followed by a prestigious military funeral, he hoped, for his few remains.

The unidentifiable creature grabbed Gerald by the feet, and swung him round and round above his head, and then hurled him skywards towards the canopy roof, where he became stuck between two branches. He was so far up, the others lost sight of him. On his own, with no-one to help him, he thought immediately of his ‘military training’ and decided to bring in the ‘vacate the high location’ manoeuvre. This manoeuvre was something only to be used in emergency situations, which he quite rightly deemed this was. He did not have much time, so he started straight away tearing off branches and bits of other vegetation, and weaving them together securely. He kept doing this until he had a large piece, three times his own size. He took one corner in each claw, and let himself fall backwards, down from the top. It was a very crowded tree. The growth from top to bottom was extremely dense. It cannot be said he sailed down from above, more bounced than anything. He bounced and he bounced and he bounced. From one branch to the other…sideways, backwards and forwards. Hanging upside down, he could not see where he was going. It was like blindfolded skydiving with obstacles. Much to his surprise, he found the jungle floor. It was not a soft landing.

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Tolerance, Peace and Harmony versus Greed and Deception

In Books, Young Adult Fiction on August 12, 2012 at 12:53 am

Mungai and the Goa Constrictor on Amelia Curzon's Blog - Carte BlancheTold through the eyes of animals, Mungai and the Goa Constrictor promotes tolerance, peace and harmony, and illustrates how easily seemingly incompatible creatures, drawn together from vastly different environments, with perceptions of life that are poles apart, can unite in a common cause – to overcome fear and oppression.  And guess what!

Well, that would be spoiling it, wouldn’t it!

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Peace and Perceptions

In Guest Blogger, World Peace on August 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

This is a very special week for my Guest Blogger, Catalina Egan. The 73rd Anniversary of the crash of the G-AESY, the second world war plane which Catalina’s novel – Bridge of Deaths – is centred around, falls on 15th August. Between celebrating the event with her own event – Peace Blitz , a day of World Peace Blogging with 39 other authors – Catalina has kindly found time to be my guest as well. Welcome Catalina, and thank you.

The eloquent and fascinating Amelia Curzon, a great voice for animal rights and the protection of the environment, was so kind to invite me yet again as a guest here. She asked me to write about MY PASSION. I must say that I have many small passions but my core passion, the cause where I would like to in some small way create at the very least awareness, is by far PEACE.

I was born in 1959, a generation in which the Vietnam War began. I grew up very aware that there was a war in a veryAuthor Catalina Egan Guest Blogging on Amelia Curzon's Blog - Carte Blanche distant place. I had cousins that had to choose whether or not to become Americans as their mother was from Chicago, and with the inevitability of being drafted and asked to fight a war if they chose American, the choice to them was an obvious no, they had also not ever lived in the USA.

As time passed it was a war that was served with dinner every night and we could see what was happening. By the age of 12 I lived in the Washington D.C. area and the protesters in front of the White House all looked rather scary with their Hippie look. In as much as many of them carried signs that said MAKE LOVE NOT WAR there were many that were very confrontational and aggressive.

Since Vietnam the world has known sadly many wars and horrible conflicts; some of those involving more than one country, and others within the boundaries of one sole country, but war never-the-less.

My perspective is not the most fair as I come from a family where no-one has ever been part of any military. In Mexico males are required to do a year of a very strange Saturday only military service, but that is hardly an educated perspective. So perhaps my desire for PEACE is rather infantile and full of naïveté.

I am also full of the visceral human emotions that seek revenge, and as much as I want to believe in peace and harmony I did feel a justified sense when I saw in the news that Osama Bin Laden had been found and killed.

The two shootings lately in America; Aurora, Colorado and Milwaukee, Wisconsin also brought out an anger in me that wished that the police had taken out the first shooter in Colorado.

Violence begets violence, of that there is no doubt. Revenge is a form of violence that creates a vicious circle and yet I think it is an intricate desire felt by most when we witness horrors such as 9/11. I, of course, can only speak from a Western perspective. The list of countries that have been attacked by others is as long as can be and people linked to all those lands have a very different perspective.

I lived in Sweden in the 1980s right before cable TV became so accessible and the Swedish people were limited to their two very restricted channels where Tom and Jerry were deemed to be much too violent. I lived in Southern Sweden and as such I also had access to the sole Danish channel.

I worked with pre-school children for a few months. The focus of their up-bringing was very PEACE oriented and I really enjoyed all the children were taught. We even participated in a beautiful PEACE demonstration with them and sang a lovely song, part of which roughly translates to:

“You cannot believe there will be peace in the world unless someone sets it in motion…”

I also noticed, that even though toy guns were not available to the kids in the pre-school, they were happy to pretend shoot each other with bananas from their lunch. They loved to play cowboys and Indians, and they preferred to be the ‘good guys’ – the cowboys.

I became a mother in 1998. I was 39 years old when I had my one and only child, a boy. In 2002 I took him to the cinema to see a movie called Spirit Stallion of The Cimarron. It was a wonderful animated movie and we both really enjoyed it.

When the movie ended my four year old son announced that he was furious at the white men and their terrible behavior, and that he was very happy he had at least some of the blood of the civilized Indians running through his veins.

I come originally from Mexico and my Indian ancestors are quite notorious for their violence. I did tell my son that every society has moments that do not make them look good or civilized, and that someday, when he looked deeper into the Mexican Indian Cultures he would find violence rampant there as well.

In 2004 we saw a movie called Hidalgo and by then he was so angry at what was done to the Indians that he began to watch documentaries…again I pointed out that there are no true innocent groups, but countless individuals.

My perspective on PEACE is that the more we know about each side, the less likely we would, as a society, be willing to accept conflict. Call it naïve…but  peace only begins is if some-one, anyone, everyone sets it in motion.

Biography:

M.C.V.Egan is a writer, a mother and a woman of many passions. Her passion for Peace is what fuels her days as much as her love for her son and husband. She lives in South Florida and is currently working with Jolie DeMarco on a novel called 4covert2covert in 33 days.

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