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Sam Smith Mystery Series

Dear Reader #82

Dear Reader,

Lovely books from Santa, mainly for my writing and family history research 🙂

A highlight of my publishing year has been the translation of my Ann’s War series into Afrikaans. Nelmari is a wonderful translator whose commitment to this series has been outstanding. I offer her huge thanks. Here’s our latest title, available soon.

My books are available in Portuguese, and here’s the latest translation, Looking for Rosanna Mee, book seventeen in my Sam Smith Mystery Series. Many thanks to Kamila for her skill and enthusiasm in translating this book.

One of the saddest stories from my family tree. Aged 29, my 5 x great grandmother, Jane Rees, gave birth to her fifth child on Boxing Day 1788 and died in childbirth. The child, Edward, survived.

A pacifist who became a war hero, Harry Ree, an inspiration for my character Guy Samson in my Eve’s War series. Read his remarkable story here

https://hannah-howe.com/eves-war/harry-ree/

“Resistance is a state of mind. We can exercise it at any moment.” – French Resistance heroine, Jeannie Rousseau.

My article about French Resistance heroine Jeannie Rousseau, ’one of the most remarkable women of her generation’, appears in this month’s Seaside News.

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Ancestry

Christmas for my 3 x great grandparents, William and Mary, and 2 x great grandparents, William and Ann.

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A well-attended meeting took place at the chapel on Christmas Day. Ministers questioned young scholars at 10 am, 2 pm and 6pm. Books were awarded as prizes. After a tea party, a literary evening included recitations and songs, which were delivered favourably.

1868

An inquest on the body of Benjamin James, who died suddenly , aged 70, was held at the Mason’s Arms. Verdict: ‘Died by the visitation of God’.

1869

‘The disease known as the measles is very prevalent in our neighbourhood. Some cases have proved fatal.’

Christmas Day. The Cwrdd Plygeiniol was held at 6 am and it was a pretty sight to see the candles decorated. Recitations and songs ensured an interesting day.

1870

David Davies, a lime burner, was charged with allowing his donkey to stray on the highway. The defendant had a field, but the donkey had nothing to eat. Fined 12 shillings including costs.

1871

A newly invented flypaper in Titusville, Pennsylvania, is covered with nitroglycerin, glue and molasses. The flies are attracted to the molasses. When they land they are stuck fast by the glue. Should they get away, they proceed to rub their legs together in agitation and the friction in their shins causes the nitroglycerin to explode, blowing them to atoms.

On Christmas Day the members of the chapel gave the children a treat, an excellent tea party with cake.  Recitations and songs followed. The scholars were questioned by the Rev Jones and they deserved great praise for the ready manner in which they gave their answers.

1874

The literary meetings held on Christmas Day were a great success, the attendance being very large, and the competitions numerous. Four choirs were present. The prize for the best signing of Nant y Mynydd was shared between Corneli and Elim choirs.

1875

A grand concert, extremely well attended, was held at the schoolroom with the proceeds, which amounted to £23, given to Mr W Hopkins so that he could pursue his education at Aberystwyth University.

1880

Charles Powell and Anthony Jones were summoned for being drunk and disorderly on Christmas Day. Fined 15 shillings each, or if in default, seven days prison.

1881

An entertainment was given in Howe’s Assembly Rooms by Mr G S James of Cardiff, who exhibited views of the Holy Land together with a choice selection of miscellaneous scenes by the aid of a magic lantern. A large audience was in attendance.

The churches in the parish were tastefully decorated for Christmas with holly and evergreens. The children were awarded prizes for good conduct during the year.

An amazing start to the year. I just discovered that I’m directly related to Edward I, Henry III, Richard the Lionheart, Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry I and William the Conqueror. Eleanor is one of my great grandmothers while William the Conqueror is a great grandfather. More about this in future posts.

Happy New Year!

Hannah xxx

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Authors Give Back

I’m supporting Smashwords’ Authors Give Back campaign where authors offer readers free or discounted books during this difficult time. All my books are discounted and you will also find the list of free titles here

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Dear Reader #20

Dear Reader,

This week, I stumbled across a link for the Humanists on Twitter. Out of interest, I completed their questionnaire and discovered that I am “100% Humanist”. This did not come as a surprise because Dr Alan Storey, one of the main characters in my Sam Smith Mystery Series, follows Humanist principles as a psychologist. I believe in Humanist principles because I think they are good for the world. Equally, I have no problem if people choose to follow a religion. As the late, great comedian Dave Allen used to say, “May your god go with you.”

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Many thanks to readers in France, Germany and Italy for supporting my Sam Smith Mystery Series with more sales in those countries this week. Also, many thanks to readers in Germany for placing my Ann’s War Mystery Series in the top thirty 🙂

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Views of Llanmadoc, a location featured in my Sam Smith Mystery Series.

More thanks, this time to Adriana for her wonderful translation of Invasion. I’m delighted that she’s now working on Blackmail, book three in my Ann’s War Mystery Series 🙂

ANN'S WAR INVASION PORTUGUESE

Authors I admire: Ronesa Aveela. Ronesa writes about mythology, in particular Bulgarian and East European mythology. I am fortunate to have a number of Bulgarian friends so Ronesa’s books are of great interest to me. I am also fortunate to count Ronesa amongst my friends, but I say without any bias that her books are truly excellent. Here are some examples. Please check them out.

Evidence of autumn. Our liquid amber, now a teenager, has held on to its green leaves longer this year.

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As ever, thank you for your interest and support.

Hannah xxx

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Europe by Book

Today, I’m launching a new venture, Europe by Book. I’m starting with a Facebook page. A website and more outlets will follow.

This year, Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture, so it is a good place to start our tour of Europe by Book.

In 1855, Hristo G. Danov created the first Bulgarian publishing company and printing-press. Furthermore, the city can boast Bulgaria’s first public library, the Ivan Vazov National Library, founded in 1879 and named after the famous Bulgarian writer and poet Ivan Vazov. Today, the library houses over 1.5 million books.

Do you have a favourite Bulgarian author, either from the past or present? Please comment so that I can share your favourites with my readers 🙂

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Publishing Sam Smith Mystery Series

Your Book at #1 Part 2

You have written your book. With justification, you are very proud of it. What next? The obvious move is to contact an agent or publisher. However, in the 21st century this route is becoming old-fashioned. Agents and publishers reject far more than they accept. They take a percentage of the royalties. They exert control over content, cover design, marketing, etc. Sometimes, they take a very long time to publish a book. If you are happy with that package, give agents and publishers a go. They could be ideal for you.

If agents and publishers are not for you, you could try self-publishing. Amazon and Smashwords, for example, offer excellent self-publishing platforms that place your books in front of millions of readers. Self-publishing is now an established part of the book industry. The stigma, which existed at the start, has long gone. Indeed, many traditionally published authors are turning to self-publishing because they recognise the advantages it offers. Lesley-Ann Jones is a Sunday Times bestselling author, yet she decided to publish her memoir, Tumbling Dice, independently to great media acclaim. You too could become a bestselling author. More about that next time.