Archive for category History

100 years ago today . . .

100 years ago today, a sickly young man with a mission wandered the streets of Sarajevo. Gavrilo Princip, a young Bosnian Serb, wasn’t happy with Austro-Hungarian rule. Relations between Serbia and the Austro-Hungarian empire were at a low point. Serbia had recently regained territory lost since Medieval times, and their growing power made the Hapsburg […]

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Star-Spangled Summer Adventure

If you look hard enough, you can always find an anniversary for an interesting historical event, but 2014 seems to be full of special dates. We just commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-day, and coming up soon are the 100-year anniversaries of the events leading to the start of World War One. One of my […]

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The 70th Anniversary of D-day

Seventy years ago today, American, British, and Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France in the largest amphibious invasion in history. It wouldn’t be overly dramatic to say they were on a quest to save the world. The preparation for D-day was intense, involving specialized training, elaborate deception schemes, and more than 10,000 combat […]

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How to Code Messages Like a WWII Spy

This blog post will take you through the steps of encoding a message using double transposition, just like British and American spies did in WWII. Should you feel like trying it out, it will be up to you to look up the Morris code, secure a radio, and find someone to transmit it to. Early in […]

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I have a new title, and a map

The title for my third novel was finalized last month: Deadly Alliance. I like it. A lot. No, it wasn’t one of my suggestions, but I’m completely OK with that. I have a fascination with titles that include the word dead or any of its derivatives (as long as it doesn’t sound like a novel about zombies). In […]

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Things not to do if you’re an agent in a Nazi-occupied country

This past summer I read a nonfiction book about several British agents who went into France during WWII as part of the Special Operations Executive. SOE was created by Winston Churchill to “set Europe ablaze.” Its agents organized local resistance, gathered intelligence, and performed acts of sabotage. (You know, all the type of stuff I […]

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A Post About Alexanders

This blog post revolves around two very different subjects that have come up for me this month. Their connection: the name Alexander. The first is Alexander the Great. My husband and I both enjoy history. While I tend to study more recent history, my husband’s passion is for ancient history. Recently we watched a four-part documentary […]

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The 69th Anniversary of D-day

Last year I posted some pictures my sister took of the WWII memorial in Washington DC. Now that another anniversary of D-day has rolled around, I thought I’d post those pictures and captions again. I also want to say thank you to all who served during WWII or during other conflicts, and to those who serve our […]

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Happy Memorial Day and some Sworn Enemy Links

Memorial Day I know it’s not Memorial Day yet, but the weekend is about to start, and I expect most people won’t be at their computers on Monday, so I wanted to post this today. Memorial Day has its origins in the American Civil War. For many years, Decoration Day was a time to visit […]

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Sweeney Todd, Sherlock Holmes, and Stephen Ambrose

A friend of mine asked me about the name of one of my characters, Sherlock. He’s in Sworn Enemy, a British medic and a paratrooper, and his real name is Richard Holmes. I thought it would be fun to explain how he got his name, in case anyone else is curious. A few years ago […]

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