Why Do I use Conspiracy Theories in my Novels?

Conspiracy theories. They intrigue, inspire, thrill, scare and just plain remind us just how little we may know about major events in history. Conspiracy theories delve into the minor to the extreme in what could have happened. Dan Brown, in my opinion, made this sub-genre popular. Whether the idea seems far-fetched, or a little tooContinue reading “Why Do I use Conspiracy Theories in my Novels?”

KeriKeri – The Town that Changed New Zealand’s Cultural Landscape?

Full of culture, history and stunning scenery, KeriKeri is a place centered around some of the most historical noteworthy buildings in New Zealand. Playing major roles in unifying and calming relations between European explorers and local Maori.  A Town Full of History. KeriKeri was once home to a fearsome Maori chief – Hongi Hika. AlthoughContinue reading “KeriKeri – The Town that Changed New Zealand’s Cultural Landscape?”

‘The Illustrated History of Weaponry’ by Chuck Wills.

Weapons throughout history have been the driving force between winning and losing, survival, protection, status, and technological evolution. The Illustrated History of Weaponry is a comprehensive book covering weapons used from prehistoric and Ancient times, weapons that changed the playing field in warfare, arms used to fight revolutions, era weapons spanning from the times ofContinue reading “‘The Illustrated History of Weaponry’ by Chuck Wills.”

Why I use Art History in my Novels.

Art paints the past, the present and the future. Capturing one moment in time and bringing it to life. It takes a truly talented person to paint something so life-like you can easily imagine sitting in the scene and observing all that is going on around you.  I have always had an interest in ArtContinue reading “Why I use Art History in my Novels.”

Why I use Historical Events in my Novels.

Those that do not understand history are doomed to repeat it. History is imperative to remember. If we look back at history, we see patterns begin to form. If we don’t look at our history, we won’t fully understand our present or future.  I use history in my novels in two ways. Firstly, I useContinue reading “Why I use Historical Events in my Novels.”

An Oasis Amidst Seville – Parque de Maria Luisa.

White pigeons scatter along the green fields; ducks, swans and peacocks flutter about, vying for visitor’s attention. Artificial fountains sprout their watery wings. Bird of paradise spreads its bright orange leaves; deep blue spikes protrude within, affectionately held by the intense outer pink. Red carnations, Frangipani, Hibiscus, orchids, pink Spanish rose and Spanish poppy welcomeContinue reading “An Oasis Amidst Seville – Parque de Maria Luisa.”

Book Recommendation – The History of Organized Crime.

“A word in the right ear can make or murder a man.” Traditional Sicilian saying. Delve into the seedy underworld of drugs, prostitution, and bootlegging and mass murder in ‘The History of Organized Crime’by David Southwell. Some of us probably have heard of Al Capone, ‘Lucky’ Luciano, Meyer Lansky, Dutch Schultz, ‘Bugsy’ Siegel, John Gotti,Continue reading “Book Recommendation – The History of Organized Crime.”

La Alameda – Diverse Nightlife and Boho flavor.

La Alameda combines artistic flair, boho flavor, historical landscapes, and a rather unique nightlife.  Originally a promenaded public garden in 1574, and named after the 8 rows of white poplar (Alamos) trees, it is now the oldest public garden in Europe. In the late 19thcentury, the rich and famous would congregate to the kiosks andContinue reading “La Alameda – Diverse Nightlife and Boho flavor.”