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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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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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Weekly Photo Challenge – Threshold

The word threshold is an ancient one and harks back to the days when the householder put fresh ‘threshings’ on the floor to absorb the detritus of everyday living. Because this was not a fixed covering there was a ‘threshold’ put into the doorway to prevent the straw from sliding out of the house.

In Venice are the world’s most vulnerable thresholds, not keeping anything in, but rather they are flimsy protection against the most destructive of elements, the Aqua Alta. Fortunately I was not there during one of these fearsome tidal events but as I walked around I was aware of the fragile defences that most of Venice raises against this enemy.

I photographed the dog simply because he was ‘on the threshold’ stolidly taking the air and I wondered if he ever sat down! There was no food or water nearby so I hope he was only out for a short while.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Abandoned

I am fascinated by old and crumbling buildings. They speak of lives and purposes long-forgotten. Echoes remain of joys and griefs and loves and loss of hope and hope regained. Why were they abandoned?
These photos are of a family homestead in the Eastern Transvaal, now called Mpumalanga. It was very sad to see that trees grow up in rooms where the family lived and laughed and played and sang. They rejoiced in good harvests and grieved when crops were destroyed by locusts or drought. Six sons and daughters danced and courted beaux and celebrated weddings and babies’ births, and wept when loved ones died. The ebb and flow of fortune scattered the family and the home was rented out for many years, till finally the new owners, who had a larger modern dwelling finally consigned this solid sandstone house to decay and resolution into earth once more.
We made a pilgrimage to the old homestead about six years ago on a dry Highveld winter day soon after the last daughter, our beloved mother and grandmother died at 97 years old after a fruitful life. These pictures a record of the visit.

please click on each photo to enlarge.

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This post was in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge. ”Abandoned” was this week’s theme. Everyone is welcome to join in the Challenge; further details on how to participate and links to others’ responses are found here.

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