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How to Make Long Island Tea

Long island tea is a classic drink that you can get in almost any bar, a type of cocktail so old that nobody’s completely sure who even first created it. Despite its name, it’s not actually made using tea: in fact, it’s not even made in a similar way to tea…

5 After-School Snack Ideas for Busy Parents

As a busy parent, finding it easy to make snacks for the kids is essential. After a long day, the last thing you want to do is bake cookies. When the kids get home from school, they're usually hungry and exhausted. You need healthy snack options you can have ready for them. When they run through the door, kicking off their shoes and dropping their school bags on the…

Flowering Plants You Can Plant at Home

Are you one of those people that admires your neighbours’ gardens when they are in full bloom with envy? Do you sometimes feel like you would like to give gardening a try but feel like you do not possess the know-how to make a success of your own garden?…


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Melina Druga's Blog – May 2019 Archive (7)

A Hundred Breaths Excerpt

The following two excerpts are from A Hundred Breaths by Jean M. Grant.  It is set in 1263 Scotland.  A Hundred Breaths is available on Amazon and can be found on Goodreads.  The excerpts were provided by the author.


Excerpt One from A Hundred Breaths:



Added by Melina Druga on May 30, 2019 at 10:47am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Raymond Walker

Raymond Walker once was a survivalist who lived on roots and berries, and anything he could catch and kill.  He also walked the Scottish Highlands.

Walker was a scientist by profession but has always been history buff and archaeologist.  He lives in Ayr, Scotland, with his wife, and when he is not writing, enjoys reading and gardening.

Walter has written science-fiction,…


Added by Melina Druga on May 28, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

Fingerprints, Mugshots and Forensics: The Evolution of Modern Crime-Solving Techniques

There was once a time when it was possible to literally get away with murder.  This began to change in the 19th century.  That’s when fingerprints were analyzed, photography advanced enough to take pictures quickly and science acquired a new discipline, forensics.   Let’s examine the history of these three modern crime-solving techniques.

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Added by Melina Druga on May 22, 2019 at 10:01am — No Comments

A Review of A Dream Of Steam: Best when Boasting Brothers

A Dream Of Steam by James Barry is inspired by true events.  Barry is a career sailor and rigger who has designed historic ship sets for movies and museums.  This is his debut novel, inspired by the story of the Moiles brothers who committed a crime to save their business from creditors.  Barry does take some creative license with historic events, which he fully admits, but aims to remain as true to the original story as possibly as he puts his own…


Added by Melina Druga on May 16, 2019 at 10:31am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Ian J. Miller

Ian Miller is a retired research scientist who still does some consulting.  When he’s not writing or consulting, he enjoys working on his vegetable garden, and he also has composed some musical arrangements.


A widower, Miller enjoys the company of his furry friend and mouse exterminator Horatio, a cat.

Most of Miller’s…


Added by Melina Druga on May 14, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

7 Historical Fiction Novels Based on Historical Figures

While historical fiction is by definition fictional, many novels in the genre incorporate historical figures.  If you enjoy this combination of fact and fiction, here are seven novels based on historical figures to get you started. 


The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict



Added by Melina Druga on May 8, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

A Review of Lara’s Story: A Happily-Ever-After Tale

Lara’s Story by Diane Merrill Wigginton is the second novel I have recently reviewed that touches upon the Irish Potato Famine.  This prompted some compare-and-contrast in my mind, but the two stories are not comparable in their scope or narrative.


Published by Jeweled Dagger Publishing, Lara’s Story begins in 1854 before flashing back to the 1840s and…


Added by Melina Druga on May 2, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

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