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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Nile Journey

Six years ago my husband and I went on a Nile cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. These pictures were taken then and reflect the peace and serenity of the time. Unforgettable. And now I imagine this is almost a lost world when one considers the turmoil that had devastated Egypt in the last few years. Please click on each picture to enlarge.

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Impressions of a Summer Evening

The full moon just risen, calls me from my hot and airless room to sit and marvel at the drama of approaching nightfall.
Bats rejoicing in the freedom of the dusk, flitting in the fading light like eager children unconfined by lessons.
Bird mothers murmur their blessings to drowsy chicks, as night birds startle awake to join the bats at catching dinner.
I sit on sun-warmed bricks and watch as large-bosomed clouds are softly kissed adieu by fading day, while crickets strike up their endless one-note serenade.
Lights stream from the house, and curtains swish across the windows. Shall I go in? I feel remote and loath to return to mundane things like supper and the seven o’clock news.
I turn away to watch again. Shadows grow and friendly corners of the garden are a bit unsettling now; I cringe at the thought of treading the familiar stepping stones to sit on that now mysterious bench. I dare not disturb the creatures of the darkness, the wiggly, bitey, ghosty things that may just lurk there.
Distant voices from next-door houses are tranquil sounds, like sleepy birds, settling in the safety of four walls that shelter them against the night.
From quite close by I hear the croaky call of the newly-woken Dikkop in the veld across the way, and the panicked cries of Plovers wheeling in the sky above to warn away some predator from babies in their nests.

The sun has gone and left to itself, the moonlight bathes the garden in an eerie silver twilight.

Chilly, I creep in to fetch a shawl and hoping to elude detection I tiptoe out once more to tryst with night.
But then,’Oh, is that where you were? We were wondering where you’d got to?
What’s for supper?’
The spell is broken,
and humdrum duty encircles me once more.


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ONLY FIVE DAYS LEFT TO GET YOUR FREE COPY OF EVERY HIDDEN THING

The Smashwords sale is coming to an end on the 31st July. If you haven’t yet taken advantage of this sale to obtain your FREE copy of EVERY HIDDEN THING, you only have five more days to do so. 1st of August the price goes back to $5.99
Go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343491 and instead of paying, enter SW100 and you’ll get your free download.

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What is about, you ask?
France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted attention and Ari begins to realise what really is at stake.
Ari meets Michel Gaillard, now a lawyer, whom he first met in 1941. Michel also has every reason to want to prove Dubois’ guilt.
Libby Wentworth, Ari’s English assistant finds herself embroiled in the intrigue surrounding Dubois. Can she help Ari in his quest, or does she get so deeply entangled that her life is in danger?
More deaths – and the hunt is on to arrest Dubois, to avenge the lives he destroyed and prevent him from vanishing with the loot stolen from Jews during the war.
Can they find him before it is too late . . . ?


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Get Every Hidden Thing FREE on Smashwords July Summer/Winter site-wide Sale

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If you missed my June offer, you can still get in on the action and get a free copy of Every Hidden Thing on the Smashwords site-wide sale https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343491. When you come to pay, just enter SW100 to get this book free. This sale is on from 1st July though 31st July 2014.

France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted…

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Get Every Hidden Thing FREE on Smashwords July Summer/Winter site-wide Sale

If you missed my June offer, you can still get in on the action and get a free copy of Every Hidden Thing on the Smashwords site-wide sale https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343491. When you come to pay, just enter SW100 to get this book free. This sale is on from 1st July though 31st July 2014.

France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted attention and Ari begins to realise what really is at stake.
Ari meets Michel Gaillard, now a lawyer, whom he first met in 1941. Michel also has every reason to want to prove Dubois’ guilt.
Libby Wentworth, Ari’s English assistant finds herself embroiled in the intrigue surrounding Dubois. Can she help Ari in his quest, or does she get so deeply entangled that her life is in danger?
More deaths – and the hunt is on to arrest Dubois, to avenge the lives he destroyed and prevent him from vanishing with the loot stolen from Jews during the war.
Can they find him before it is too late . . . ?


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JUNE GIVEAWAY: EVERY HIDDEN THING FREE TILL 30TH JUNE.

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Time’s running out to get a free copy from Smashwords!

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HOLIDAY SPECIAL! For the month of June 2014 I am giving away Every Hidden Thing FREE! Get your copy right away and curl up in front of the fire/ sit on the beach and enjoy a good read! This offer ends 30th June 2014 Go to https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/343491cover (2)

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