Hint of a… Ghost!

Today’s the day!
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A ghost mystery with a touch of comedy and romance to brighten your isolation.

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‘A Regency ghost awakens with amnesia two hundred years after his tragic death. Present when he reappears in her bedroom, Eloïse decides to help him find himself and, perhaps, the reason he is now in the twenty-first century.’

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Timeless Christmas

2018 Christmas collection imageHappy to present the 2018 boxed set of Christmases past, present and future. Nine stories by nine different authors whom you may already know from previous Christmas sets.

Why not offer this collection to someone who has everything? They won’t have read these stories yet as they are all new!

You’ll find the collection here: https://goo.gl/Pb6rrJ

Merry Christmas!

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The need for a certain image sent me to the internet. There is an abundance of sites offering, for a fee, high quality pictures. I began getting images through them at a reasonable price. Depending on the use you wish to make of the image, some are more expensive than others. You pay more for higher definition/size.

I stumbled upon a site (and have since discovered there are others) where the images are donated by photographers for use by anyone. As I enjoy taking pictures, I thought I would donate some of my better images. So, as of date, you will be able to find 129 of my pictures for FREE. Amongst the photos are pictures of architecture, oceans and beaches, animals, flowers, people and objects, to name a few. Hope you find something to your liking! Go here: http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/browse-author.php?a=54678

Should you choose to use any of my contribution, I would be delighted if you would give me credit for the image. Simply say, photo by Suzy Stewart Dubot.
We all like to be remember for doing something right!


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Suzy Stewart Dubot – Interview

Source: Suzy Stewart Dubot – Interview

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Victorian Time-Travel Tale

The story Prim & Proper-T takes place in a Victorian house where I lived for a number of years. The descriptions of the house and the area are true to life from that epoch.  I often wonder if the cupboard might have given access to another century. I never tried, but this is my version of what might have been…

The Livingston family have rented a furnished house in the UK. Inventory in hand, they know exactly what to expect — except visitors from another century were never on the list…
Sam Livingston is a professor of history, specializing in the nineteenth century European Industrial Revolution in Britain. His year in England is going to allow him to delve deeper into those inventions and innovations that had indubitably changed history and social conditions, as well as affecting the politics of the time. As history is his passion, this sabbatical year will be a treat for him. Most of the excursions the family are going to take will, doubtlessly, incorporate Sam’s interest in history. How could it not in a country that had produced such people as Boadicea and Shakespeare and which boasted that Joseph of Arimathea had walked its land, possibly with a young lad named Jesus? Claudia is thrilled with the prospect of a year in Britain away from her stressful job in publishing. Acting as a stay-at-home-mom while Sam attends to his more serious business, is going to be a welcome change.

But no one suspects that the change is going to be from one century to another!

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The sci-fi/fantasy novel, TOPAZ, has been published!

What began as a short story soon turned into a full length novel, which has taken me ten months to finish. It blends black holes and portals with a medieval world of fantasy with magicians. I don’t claim to be a hard core sci-fi writer, but I have kept the scientific part of the novel as accurate or believable as possible. The rest is pure imagination.
It is easy reading, which should be attractive to all sci-fi/fantasy fans, including young adults (YA category).
Click here to access this book : http://goo.gl/9YhmmP

Time warp traveling in space with stars.

Time warp traveling in space with stars.

Snowdonia will be next, followed by Monstera; Hydra and Moss. Shade will be the concluding story of the series.

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Wallpaper as witness

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Some objects I have bought

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Indoor ‘street sale’

Until now, I have tended to be a hoarder. Street sales, charity shop sales, jumble sales and just sales generally have fed that particular urge that I have to find things that please me at a good price. It is, however, a rare day that I will buy something with the view to reselling it for profit as some do. Just recently, two events brought home the futility of accumulating objects over the years. The first was the death of my unmarried, childless aunt in London, England. Aunty Amy 1010544 She left her large Victorian house full of clothes and shoes that she hadn’t worn in years, as well as papers, magazines, utensils and objects, some left from when her mother, my grandmother, had died. Worn furniture was side-by-side with hundreds of books, stacked on shelves or in piles. She was an avid reader and would re-read books, so always had them to hand. The cellar was chock-a-block with tools, boxes, cables, small appliances and other sundry items she hadn’t known what to do with, thinking they might serve at some time. There was even coal left in a bunker from the time before legislation banned coal fires.

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Victorian house in London, England

The larger the accommodation, the more scope one has for accumulating objects.

The second event was the recent purchase of a house in France by one of my daughters and her husband.

It is a house that was built in the fifties and judging from the interior, it has only had one set of owners. The place has remained as it was when it was built with the original wallpaper, glass overhead lightshades and Bakelite light switches.  All the rooms have antiquated power supplies; electrical wires encased in cloth sleeves rather than plastic. The old furniture, which might date from before WWII, is all that remains as the other accessories to life, useful or decorative, were cleared for the sale of the property.

Whether one likes the old-fashioned feel of the house or not, it is surprisingly pleasant with lots of windows providing light all day long whichever way the sun shines.

My daughter liked the retro-style of the large kitchen with the Formica table and cabinets, so asked the realtor if they could be left behind. The family member selling the house communicated that he would leave everything behind, if she agreed.

By ‘everything,’ he meant the beds and wardrobes in the three bedrooms and all the overhead nineteen-fifties light fixtures. He meant the kitchen furniture and the dining room table, chairs, dresser and leather couch; all vintage and solid.

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Bedroom furniture


Bedroom in a French country house







Both instances have left me feeling sad for the departed people.

The objects they left behind that were so familiar to them have no real significance for anyone else. They’re only unfashionable objects to dump or to give away without a second thought.

Does this mean that I will now be buying less in sales?
It does.

These two recent events have somehow affected me. As a result, it also means that if I have something which pleases someone else, I will give it to them rather than hoard it ’til my dying day, when it will be dumped.
In respect for those departed souls, my only wish now is that they would approve of the new owners of their homes, the homes where they each lived and breathed for more than fifty years – a lifetime.

1950's wallpaper

The places will be remodelled, no doubt, but it would please me that the new owners give a thought to those who came before them as they strip the wallpaper from the walls…

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