28 June 2013

Goodreads: Book Giveaway

When I last looked, 413 people had requested the book, so that means that everyone has roughly a one-in-forty chance of receiving a book. The odds are somewhat better than Lotto...

If you haven't registered but would like to, you still have three days in which to do so. Your last opportunity is Sunday, 30th June.

I will be contacting the winners personally by mail (the one that requires an envelope and a stamp...) and they should receive their books well before the middle of July, depending on where they live.

Good luck to everyone who has taken part.

24 June 2013


Born just before the turn of the century and the third child in the family, Jānis grew up to be a revolutionary. An idealist, who hated injustice, he envisaged a better, fairer system of government in Latvia, and it was this belief that motivated everything he did during his life. He was not on his own in wanting change - there were many who wanted to overthrow tsarist rule and give Latvia her independence - but people were divided on what should be changed and how it should be changed. Swept up by both the First World War and the Russian Revolution, Jānis never lost sight of his ideals, yet he also understood that the road to justice and independence would not be easy.

18 June 2013

Thank you

This is just a short thank you to all of you who take the time to read my blog. I know what it can be like trying to fit one hundred and one things into a day, and I really do appreciate you dropping by as often as you do. Thank you.

16 June 2013


If you have been intending to register with Goodreads for the book draw but have not yet got around to it, this is just a reminder to let you know that the draw takes place on the 30th June. Ten copies of The Space in Between will be given away, and perhaps you will be one of the lucky ten people. Click on Goodreads for more information.

13 June 2013


Two and a half years younger than Hermanis, Hugo Maksimiljāns was the second child. From an early age, he was clever, inventive, practical and responsible. He had a sense of humour and the remarkable ability of being able to attract the right people and situations just when they were needed most. He became the rock to which Nina and others clung, and, when life catapulted from grey to black, he was the one who could find that one ray of light or who could see the positive in all that was negative.


07 June 2013

Imagine a world where there was no war, a world without hype or spin about them and us. Imagine a world where weapons were unknown and where people actually liked and respected each other irrespective race or geographical differences. It should be possible, but looking back over centuries of antagonism and constant fighting, one cannot help wondering if this need to fight is not mankind's greatest flaw.

04 June 2013


Moving on from crime novels...
Zacharias and Rozalija were born in the latter part of the eighteenth century, and Hermanis, their first child, was born in 1893.  He was a quiet child who loved books and music, and, peaceful by nature, he found it difficult to comprehend the word enemy - all people, no matter their nationality or politics, were the same as far as he was concerned. However, war does not distinguish between the warmonger and the pacifist; it tramples on both of them as well as on everyone else in between.

01 June 2013

Crime continued

I do agree that a badly written crime novel is not worth reading. It is important that all the facts are correct and that the actual storyline rings true, but, of course, this is the case with any kind of novel, not just crime novels. I wonder if the deluge of crime novels is not simply a reflection of today's 'quick thrill' society? Perhaps the quality of the thrill is not that important for a lot of people; after all, there will be a new thrill just around the corner, and another one and another one...