Blogiversary #6! giveaway and stats

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Today
Words And Peace celebrates
its 6th blogiversary!

Stats and giveaway

Thanks to you my readers, Words And Peace has been on for six years today !!!!!!

Thanks for reading, thanks for your comments. Words and Peace and its sister France Book Tours – are growing and I’m enjoying it more and more every day.

Some stats

  • 527 books reviewed

  • 1,442 posts

  • 12,210 comments

  • 3,854 followers

  • 120, 295 views/hits

  • 519 views on my busiest day: 12/11/2012 (during The 1st Annual Historical Holiday Blog Hop!)

  • top 5 countries by visits: US, UK, Canada, France, Australia

My very first post, launching this book blog

My very first review on Claude and Camille, by S. Cowell

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And a giveaway!

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to all of you
who read this blog!

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Spotlight and excerpt: The Learn

The Learn

by

Tony Halker

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Blending reality, history and legend, about a time when women were considered as important as men, taking power in an oral society that worships the Goddess. A whole Celtic Druid world is laid out before us, incorporating beliefs, technology and the natural environment.

A Celtic boy, a beach scavenger, is pledged to the Learn, a life of endurance, a path to become sworn Druid: scholar and warrior.  Young women and men progress, becoming Priests and Druidii. Friendship, affection, passion and care develop as novices mature, confidence emerging.
Seasonal battles of winter and summer bring rich festivals when seeds of men are taken by women in pleasure to prove fertility. Small damaged, hurt peoples on the margins of Celtic society blend in and out of vision.

At frontiers with Nature, dependent for everything on what the earth gives or takes, an emotional response to the natural environment defines who people are and the values they live by.
A lyrical novel resonating with modern readers through portrayal of character, language and history; arising from a landscape of today, yet centred in the Celtic Bronze Age of North Wales.

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EXCERPT

Page 38 – These small part paragraphs both describe a particular man, comparing him, showing why he is different in character and manner from what is expected of an oathed Druid. He is Haron, a powerful Druid of the Iceni.

Owayne senses something hard and soft about this man; all Druidii are tough toned, trained for fortitude, for endurance, they shun comfort and are dressed and adorned for the Deities only as a mark of respect, to show they are enduring despite their knowledge of softness and beauty. This man moves differently as though he wishes people to note his movement, he is a forest cat, he has the grace of a night dancer with sinuosity, not the hard toned, jerky alert movements of Druid warriors; Owayne senses he likes his gold adornments, likes the soft furs at his arms, does not disdain them for his own pleasure. It is the furs that are unusual; generally it is high clan lords and the old who wear rich fur, then only in deep winter…..

Haron plays this silence, does not fill it immediately, he says nothing looking around catching eyes directly with his own; when he has all attention he waits further. Owayne like all of the others is now anticipating, waiting, wanting to hear what is said

Tony Halker

About Tony Halker

Born in London, Tony Halker studied geology at Leeds University after which he worked as a geologist, travelling extensively overseas. Following an MBA at Cranfield School of Management, he became a manager in hi-tec business and later a businessman and entrepreneur. His writing is inspired by powerful natural landscapes and his interest in the people and technologies emerging from those hard places. His two daughters were born in North Wales. He lives with his wife there and in Hertfordshire.

 

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Did you read any other good novel on the Druids?
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Review and excerpt: Katharina Luther

Katharina Luther:
Nun. Rebel. Wife

Katharina Luther

Author:
Anne Boileau
Publisher:
Clink Street

Release date:
Oct 4, 2016
Pages:
221
ISBN: 978-1-911110-61-3
also available as ebook
Genre:
historical fiction / religion

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MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS BOOK

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Une fois n’est pas coutume, as we say in French, so this review will start with a very personal confession. Katharina von Bora (1499-1552) was a Cistercian nun. She eventually left her monastery, we’ll see more about her reasons further down in my review, and married. We remember her because her husband was very famous and instrumental in a major change in Western Christianity. He was Martin Luther.
Now, I was myself a Cistercian nun for 29 years, left my monastery, also for religious reasons, that is, to become Eastern Orthodox; and I eventually married. So when I was approached about reviewing Katharina Luther: Nun. Rebel. Wife, I knew right away I had to read it. I was a bit nervous of what the author would do with her life, but it was totally unjustified. This historical novel, written in view of the 2017 Reformation anniversary (The Ninety-Five Theses, the writing that started the movement, were written by Luther  in 1517, so 500 years ago  next year) is so spot on! Click to continue reading

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