2018-06-12: Song of the day

Arlo Guthrie – City of New Orleans

 

Riding on the City Of New Orleans
Illinois Central, Monday morning rail
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders
Three conductors; twenty-five sacks of mail
All along the southbound odyssey – the train pulls out of Kankakee
And rolls along past houses, farms, and fields
Passing trains that have no name, and freight yards full of old black men
And the graveyards of the rusted automobiles

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Dealing card games with the old man in the club car
Penny a point – ain’t no one keeping score
As the paper bag that holds the bottle
Feel the wheels rumbling ‘neath the floor
And the sons of Pullman Porters, and the sons of engineers
Ride their father’s magic carpets made of steel
And, mothers with their babes asleep rocking to the gentle beat
And the rhythm of the rails is all they feel

Good morning, America, how are you?
Say, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done

Night time on the City Of New Orleans
Changing cars in Memphis, Tennessee
Halfway home – we’ll be there by morning
Through the Mississippi darkness, rolling down to the sea
But, all the towns and people seem to fade into a bad dream
And the steel rail still ain’t heard the news
The conductor sings his songs again – the passengers will please refrain
This train got the disappearing railroad blues

Good night, America, how are ya?
Said, don’t you know me? I’m your native son
I’m the train they call the City Of New Orleans
I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done


Peace, black coffee, and a cheesecake.  ☘

 

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Cover Reveal: Neighbors!

Dear friends and readers,
My second book, Neighbors!, is about to be published. 🙂

In a small compass...

Dear friends and readers,

After following a flash fiction prompt, I was easily convinced by a reader’s comment, that the story should continue. (How it began…)

I loved writing about sheriff Jim Burrell and his team, including Lisa Burton, C. S. Boyack’s unique protagonist of Wild Concept. Dear Craig, I still feel honoured that you allowed my piece of fan fiction. I can imagine to continue the story – with a different case of course – if you readers want it.

During the last months I took my time to format, re-edit, etc., and Smashwords accepted Neighbors! for their Premium Catalog.

Cover: Neighbors!
by Karen Oberlaender

Neighbors! is available for pre-order in all e-formats:  books2read.com/u/bP5RAx

Publication date:  2018-06-19

Enjoy reading the episodes at the coffee machine or in the lift (perhaps I should say elevator – as Neighbors! is set in the USA 😉), or just wherever…

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After the Pemberley Ball (Longbourn, #6) by Margaret Lynette Sharp #BookReview @MargaretLynett1

Cover: After the Pemberley Ball
(Longbourn series, #6)
by Margaret Lynette Sharp

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

At the suggestion of Lady Catherine de Bourgh, the Darcys arrange for a lavish ball to be held at Pemberley, to mark the birthday of Georgiana. Unexpected events at this function threaten to upturn the lives of several of those in attendance. Will Lady Catherine take command, enforcing her own desires for both her daughter, Anne, and Miss Darcy?

Genre(s): Fan Fiction
Kindle eBooks
> Kindle Short Reads > 45 minutes (22-32 pages) > Romance
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > Single Authors
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Short Stories & Anthologies > Short Stories
Series: Longbourn, #6
Length: 23 pages
Release date: 2017-08-26

 

Teaser


“Please continue,” he said gravely.

“It is the wish of both Doctor Hodges and your sister to be married,” she began. “He will, of course, be attending the ball. I believe it likely that, subject to your approval, the announcement will be made then and there.”

“I see.”


My Opinion

As this book is a work of fan fiction, it takes you back to the places and characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

With After the Pemberley Ball, Margaret Lynette Sharp has created another nice piece of fan fiction. If you have read Pride and Prejudice or even watched the remarkable TV mini series (1980), you recognize the world of Elizabeth Darcy, née Bennet. The Longbourn series is centred on Elizabeth, whose warmth and intelligence also made Pride and Prejudice special. It is a short read, taking you back to Longbourn and Pemberley to further extend your Pride and Prejudice and/or Longbourn/Pemberley experiences. Lady Catherine de Bourgh is her usual self, as we know her from our previous encounters be it in the book or in the already mentioned mini series. Margaret Lynette Sharp again took up the hard challenge of writing fan fiction on a classic by Jane Austen, aptly enhancing the story without changing the characters’ ways. If you loved Pride and Prejudice, you will appreciate the additional stories this courageous author has to offer.

This is a book for you if you like Pride and Prejudice, fan fiction, classic reads, and classic reads’ aptly written fan fiction.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (4 stars)
Mood Hopeful, nostalgic
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent, no swearwords)
Violence :mrgreen:  (none)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (none)

 

About the author

My name is Margaret Lynette Sharp, and I’m the wife of the creator of the Grand Organ in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House, Ronald Sharp B.E.M. I’m proud to say that I’ve won two literary awards – one each at the 2014 and 2015 Short Story Writing Competition held as part of the Hurstville ( in suburban Sydney, Australia) Discovery Festival of Community Arts.
These stories have been published in prizewinners’ anthologies, ‘Write Out Loud’ and ‘The Art of Writing’.

My first venture into Jane Austen fan fiction resulted in the best-selling ‘Longbourn Revisited’.
Next came the well-reviewed title, ‘An Encounter at Longbourn’, followed by ‘A Party at Longbourn’, ‘And from Longbourn, A Wedding Comes,’ and ‘Much Ado at Longbourn’. Recently, these five stories were combined, forming the novel-length ‘From Longbourn, With Love’.. To date, I have forty published eBooks, and some of these are also available as paperbacks.

I grew up in an inner city suburb of Sydney, moving to a pleasant, tree-filled outer suburb at the age of ten. Ron and I currently live in this same house, a small Federation brick and tile home.

I’m thankful that we live near a river that has a large, netted swimming baths. I love to swim, and I’ve been a member of the local swimming club for well over thirty years. Our little white rescue dog, Chicki, comes with me and waits patiently while I enjoy the water. Afterwards comes her reward – a walk beside the river, and a chance to play on a little, sandy beach. Who knows what doggy friends she’ll find there…

Connect with the author:

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about After the Pemberley Ball? Or – if you did not yet read After the Pemberley Ball – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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The Room #humanity #hope

Picture “The Room” by Valentina, 12

The room is located in the cellar of a church, originally meant to be an archive. Old printed lyrics, hymn books, and documents are scattered in a rack by the wall. The two windows are small, let only a hint of light into the room. The floor is covered with an old green carpet which protects little from the cold; during summer maybe pleasant, in winter a source of distress. The whole room smells of mould and wet carpet.

Despite all this darkness – there is this warmth; the warmth and the hope of the people living therein. And also the warmth of those who support them, be it by grocery shopping, teaching German, or simply by stopping by for a get-together with tea and nuts. The endearing lady, who picks up the laundry every week, returning it freshly washed and ironed, presents a bouquet of flowers for cheering up. It is the hope for a better life after a long and very painful escape, grief, fear, and loss of friends and family, the fear of the unknown exile. It is difficult to learn the language, however all this is better than the previous circumstances.

The days are long as without the possibility to leave the church premises, there is not much to do. Between reading text books on the German language and practising German grammar, there is room for thought, bearing in mind the uncertainty of one’s future. Will the process have a positive ending? Will one be allowed to stay in Germany? Or will one be sent back like an unwanted parcel?

All these fears cannot be banned, however, due to cooperation and mutual support there is the rising hope for a better world. This cohesion, support, and voluntary help make us human; human beings who are caring and help. In this world full of rush, rivalry, and egomania they are like sun-rays finding their way through the greyish clouds to shed their light.

Author:  Yúlika O.

Translated by:  Karen @ My train of thoughts on…


Dear friends and readers,

You can imagine that thousands of texts have crossed my desk since I became a professional translator and technical author. This text is the one that touched me the most. As a translator you have to follow some rules; rules like to never ever change the original text’s style. In this case you were just reading the thoughts of a young woman who does her utmost to make this world a brighter place.

I was amazing to see the room through the eyes of another visitor – a hopeful twelve-year-old girl.

Here’s to peace, and hope.  🍀

 

 

The Bad Ones (The Bad Ones, #1) by Rachel Barker #BookReview

Cover: The Bad Ones
(The Bad Ones, #1)
by Rachel Barker

 

The author sent me an ARC of this book (pdf format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐   (3 stars)

Plot
(by Goodreads)

When Jenna is forced to become a murderer and is sent to prison, she finds that this prison has a secret. With escape on her mind and boys after her heart, can she escape the tangle of danger she’s gotten into? Or will the supernatural world she’s intruded in kill her?

Genre(s): Kindle eBooks
> Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Crime Fiction > Murder
> Literature & Fiction > Horror > Occult
Books
> Literature & Fiction > Genre Fiction > Horror > Occult
Series: The Bad Ones, #1
Length: 185 pages
Release date: 2017-08-13

 

Teaser


“So, this is Sanguis Prison. The bad ones come here, I guess like you. You don’t look particularly insane or like a serial killer though. Anyway, you’ll live in your room alone mostly, roommates generally aren’t safe. We want everyone alive…” There was that weird grin again. “Just do as you’re told and stay calm, and you’ll be fine.”

She opened a heavily guarded door that led into a dark, dirty hall full of barred doors. Most of the doors had people behind them, people that looked terrified as the woman and I walked in. Why terrified?


My Opinion

This book introduces you to 17-year-old Jenna Richardson, ordered to kill people in order to save her family from harm. She is caught and sent to prison.

With The Bad Ones, Rachel Barker has created the beginning of a compelling young adult story of a young woman whose life takes a surprising turn in Sanguis Prison. Strange things are happening, she wants to break out, unsure whom to trust. It is a quite compelling read with funny streaks, drawing you close to Jenna and the sometimes gory events. Rachel Barker wrote an easy-to-read and quite intriguing story; the main characters are of sufficient depth. The story comprises a hint of slapstick, has an odd touch, interesting turns, and has a good flow. It is the promising first book in a series and I am interested in reading the next book as well.

This is a book for you if you like young adult paranormal series with occult aspects, characters who might turn out every which way, and a subtle creepiness. And it is for you if you do not mind occasional gore.

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (3 stars)
Mood Suspenseful, dark
Pace Steady
POV First person – past tense
Language :mrgreen: – 😳  (harmless: a few mild swearwords)
Violence 😳 – 😡  (fight scenes with a little gore)
Sexual content :mrgreen: – 😳  (kissing, mention of activities)

 

About the author

I’m Rachel Barker, I’m a young but committed and excited writer who also loves reading of all kinds. I plan to be a writer and aerialist, and I’m starting now! I love animals, especially fluffy ones, and coffee. I also like anything creepy, and tend to make some of my writing creepy too. My favorite interests are psychology, ghosts, and writing both helpful and entertaining books. Oh, and chocolate strawberries are more important than math!

Connect with the author:

Amazon:  Rachel Barker

Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about The Bad Ones?  Or – if you did not yet read The Bad Ones – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

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