Wednesday Wing – Guard Against Your Amazon Reviews Being Removed #wwwblogs @TerryTyler4

Important info, as usual.

Rosie Amber

This week on Wednesday Wing…

Writers/Reviewers: Guard against your Amazon reviews being removed.

Terry Tyler offers advice and thoughts on the matter.


There has been much blogged about lately on the subject of Amazon removing book reviews. I am no authority on this subject, but believe their principle is to counteract the growing number of fake reviews; writers who cannot get them any other way (I will not go into the reasons for this right now!) have perhaps made use of the various sites around the internet that sell five star reviews. The owners of such sites do not read the books, but just post reviews. I saw one that had posted around a hundred on the same day, all of which consisted of the five star rating and one word, ‘brillent’, which I imagine was supposed to say ‘brilliant’; I suspect many of these sites are run by scammers…

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#Bookreview Last Stop:Paris by John Pearce #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing book 2 of the Eddie Grant series:

Last Stop: Paris by John Pearce

Last stop_Paris by John Pearce

Blurb (via Amazon):

When readers last saw Eddie Grant in Treasure of Saint-Lazare (2012), he was hot on the trail of Nazi war loot in the company of his on-again, off-again lover, Jen. As readers return to Eddie’s shadowy world of undercover deals and thugs in the employ of crime bosses, they find a quieter, more mature Eddie, now married to Aurélie, a scholar of some note, and living in pleasant domestic bliss. Onto this romantic scene come several of Eddie’s friends, who alert him to suspicious activity within his social circle, involving a man with criminal intentions and an interest in gold. Shortly afterward, a mysterious murder implicates another character from Eddie’s past. As he looks into the matter, Aurélie soon finds herself in danger; at the same time, Jen reappears in Eddie’s life, and he’s simultaneously drawn to her and eager to avoid falling into bed with her again. Soon, he and his comrades must track down another ring of criminals and protect themselves from fatal retribution.

Did I like it?

Less like the first one. The writing and characters are as good as in the first one. Just the topic has ever so slightly changed.

What I didn’t like?

Apart from the no longer existing link to my favourite part of history. There is one thing. All the main actors are somehow related. It’s a tiny bit too much. There is a bit more (unnecessary) sexual content. It’s not too much but unnecessary nevertheless. Doesn’t add anything substantial to the story.

Would I recommend it?

Fast paced thriller, interesting characters. Recommended! Not really necessary to read the books in order. You could even start with this one and read number 1 afterwards. Could work. 18 out of 20 points, add more of the Nazi part of book 1 to the story and the 19 points are guaranteed.

Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, humans. Cat’s back.

Although there is not really anything new to report about, I will start with the weather. To get in the mood before we start the real ranting.

Weather? Not that something that has changed since last week. OK, 2 things.

First, the cave was again flooded. Happens at least once a year. Just 2 centimetres of water in the garage, could have been worse. So it’s done for this year.

Number 2, there was a nice thunderstorm yesterday. Directly above the town or village I’m living in. Was kind of noisy. I was already on the inside. Annoying pure blood was outside. He came in like a flash when the thunder cracked. Was quite impressive, the noise. After the noise there was a lot of rain but no flooding this time.

And now we can start ranting.

The UK voted last Thursday. And they voted 52-48 for Brexit. It’s what humans call democracy. A majority has voted out, so it’s out. And the faster the better. If this would be an ongoing task. Nothing would have changed. Now there is something like a decision and we can hopefully move on. And try to make the best of it.

What was annoying for me as a mere spectator of human follies was, as usual by now, the aftermath.

Lying next to, where my human uses his principle information source, the computer. I couldn’t help but seeing what he was looking at (had to look at). Those who “won’ were mocking those who’ve “lost”. Those who lost wanted (and still want) a rerun. Would they have wanted a rerun if the outcome would have been in their favour?

Young ones, who weren’t eligible to vote. Were complaining that some older people decided about their future. You knew the rules before? You’ve done something before? Those who were complaining about the reaction of the young ones had the fantastic argument that the elder merited their right to vote. Merited what? By being born before a certain date? By not even being present during the production? You can’t possibly mean that they merited it because they fought for the liberation of Europe? Do the math. End of WWII: 8/9 May 1945. Imagine they were 16 years of age at that time. Which means they were born 1929. And thus they would be 87 today. How many are there? And since when you have to merit your right to vote? It’s like having the right to make babies. You were born, you’ve attained a certain age. You are allowed to. No minimum IQ necessary.

Is this good? Perhaps not. But it’s the society that has agreed on it. To change it, you have to negotiate.

And just to show you how complicated this all is. Scotland had its referendum to leave the UK. Majority against. Now with the Brexit vote, the majority of Scotland AGAINST. They want to rerun the referendum on leaving the UK. Do they have a ‘right’ to do this? Very complicated.

Argument against: You had your referendum. Majority wanted to stay, so accept it.

Argument for a rerun: The referendum was based on staying in the EC. Which is no longer the case. Therefore…

I guess this will go on and on for some time.

I’m happy to be a cat. And to show you what I would have voted for. Today’s picture. Better together.

les gros

See you next Monday



Purpose and the Search for Happiness, by John Aske

‘Forever unborn and undying. This is the end of all suffering.’

Buddhism now

Two hundred and fifty years ago, Doctor Johnson wrote a story about Rasselas, a prince of Abyssinia, who lived in a Happy Valley supplied with everything the heart could desire. But after a while, the pleasures and distractions that had pleased him at the beginning, began to feel hollow and unsatisfying, and he became more and more thoughtful, and spent more time by himself. He began to ask his friend, the poet Imlac who had travelled out into the wide world, what there was to be found there and how people lived, and what happiness they found.

Scene of Temptation from the Sutra of Cause and Effect (Kako genzai e-ingakyo), late 13th century Kamakura period, Japan. © Metropolitan Museum of Art

The parallels with the story of the young Prince Siddhartha 2500 years earlier are clear. As childhood with its certainties (if we are lucky) and its securities, moves into adolescence and then maturity, we are all confronted with the opportunity of opening up to the world (and ourselves) and exploring it, or…

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DARKROOM by Mary Maddox @Dreambeast7 #Thriller

First line of the review !

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Alastair, he blogs here

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Alastair has been reading Darkroom by Mary Maddox


Four Stars – Tight as a drum crime thriller, sharply drawn characters.

Who knew Colorado was the home of so many art-lovers? Not me, that’s for sure, but Mary’s richly detailed page-turner soon drew me into a netherworld of shady drug-dealers, twisted nightclub owners and wealthy swingers.

Maddox handles the plot extremely well, with a slowburn start that soon gathers speed, as the body count and crime reports stack up. It’s a complex story set against the usually dull world of museums and galleries, but very well told, with some wonderful action scenes that really grabbed my attention. The baddies are, in general, a slimy, devious bunch and Maddox peppers the story with little asides that colour their flawed characters, and make them more believable because of the damage in their past…

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#TranslationThursday: Favourite books in translation so far

May have a look at the books I read until now, not a single french one. At least one translated (ITA->GER)


Of the 101 books I’ve read so far in 2016, 23 have been translated books. I’m not counting the books I read in the original language, because I’m curious just how much gets translated and how far I stray beyond my obvious comfort zones of French/German/Romanian literature.  Here are my favourites so far:

The Young, the Aimless, the Self-Absorbed (by turns funny and poignant):

  1. Knausgard: Some Rain Must Fall 
  2. Mircea Eliade: Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent
  3. Olja Savicevic: Adios, Cowboy – to be reviewed on Necessary Fiction
  4. Tatiana Salem Levy: The House in Smyrna

Those Who Qualified for Next Round of the Euro:

  1. Pascal Garnier: Too Close to the Edge (France)
  2. Javier Marias: Your Face Tomorrow (Part 1) (Spain) – infuriatingly, still not up to date with a review for this one. I might as well read the whole trilogy and review it afterwards.
  3. Peter Gardos: Fever at Dawn (Hungary)

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Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT DARK THREADS OF VENGEANCE by William Savage @penandpension

One day I hope I could write a book review as good as Terry’s…one day, maybe

Rosie Amber

Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs at

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Terry has been reading Dark Threads Of Vengeance by William Savage


Dark Threads of Vengeance by William Savage

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by me as a member of Rosie Amber’s Review Team

The second book, a stand alone, in the Ashmole Foxe series. Foxe is an charismatic and witty businessman living in 18th century Norwich, a sociable and inquisitive chap with his finger in many pies, who is often called upon by those in power in the city to help solve crimes. This time, it is the murder of Joseph Morrow, a devoutly religious and widely disliked banker, and owner of a yarn business.

The story begins with his murder, an excellent start. This is the fourth book I have read by William Savage, and, as before, I enjoyed the descriptions of the Norfolk of 250 years ago…

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#bookreview ‘Treasure of Saint-Lazare” by John Pearce #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m reviewing: « Treasure of Saint-Lazare » by John Pearce

Treasure of Saint-Lazare by John Pearce

Blurb via Amazon:

A hidden treasure. A murderous plot. A love that won’t let go.

Years later, Eddie is still reeling from the brutal murder of his wife and young son. When the captivating Jen shows up with a clue that could lead him to the killers, he can’t resist the hunt —or the chance to rekindle a passionate romance.

Jen and Eddie embark on an international search that takes them deep into the passages and byways of seductive Paris… and their feelings for each other.

Will Eddie finally get the answers he’s always needed, or will he be the next victim of the mysterious painting that led to his father’s death seven decades after it was stolen by the Nazis?

Did I like it?

No doubt about it. Fast paced, believable characters. Interesting plot. Acceptable amount of violence. Neither violence nor sex scenes are over descriptive. Topic exactly what I’m most interested in (WWII aftermath). When the MC gets out of a dangerous situation it’s always believable. No miracles necessary for it

What I didn’t like?

Was over too fast. Would have loved to have more of it to read. End is a bit abrupt but there is a sequel (review the next time, already read!)

Would I recommend it?

If you like thrillers, are interested in what happened after WWII. Monument men. A bit of art history. Read it, you won’t regret ! 19+ out of 20 points.

Ausone’s notebook, instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Hello, humans. No, I won’t complain about the weather again. It’s getting even more boring than usual.

OK, it’s certainly less boring than the other stuff that’s dominating the news at the moment. Football. At least 22 millionaires in short pants, running behind one single ball. And they’re not even always running. Here in Belgium they are exaggerating a bit. Monday morning and they are talking about the possible tactic of their national team in their game against Sweden on Wednesday. Saw cars in the street that have flags on the roof, flags on top of the mirrors. There are even flags on several houses in the road. The publicities in the radio don’t stop with. Something about the supporter in you. Yes, it’s that dumb.

What else? End of the week, the UK may or may not decide to leave the EC. It’s their decision, it is called democracy (at least it bears the name). Because of an opinion, a female politician was killed in the UK. Humans, I’ve already tried to explain to you that killing is only acceptable if you do it for survival. Like me hunting for food, not for pleasure. Killing for an idea (whichever idea, be it a good or a bad one) is, for lack of a better expression, as idiotic as can be. British politics stopped for a week or so, to respect and honour the memory of the killed lady. And this morning, I had to hear the British prime minister. I couldn’t avoid it. Saying something like the lady was a prominent, important and valuable figure in the British parliament. Politicians and honesty, a contradiction in itself. Even if she wasn’t prominent or important would that be an acceptable reason to kill her? Would it be less of a tragedy? Would it?

Something positive?

Yup, we even have that. If I can remember it right, I’ve already mentioned that there are three turtles living in the garden. And one of these turtles is only on visit here. This one went AWOL last week. And this big one called ‘Lulu’ was found yesterday in the garden of the neighbours. Female is now happy, turtle in solitary confinement. Not really, the turtle is now inside the house with 2 guinea pigs that are spending two weeks of holidays. With the rabbit and the already present 3 guinea pigs of Milady. If you are wondering how this could work with a hunter like me present. Remember, I don’t eat (or hunt) family!

Positive development number two. Milady made the acquaintance of the future tenants next door, yesterday. And the rumour that they have a dog is nothing but a rumour. They don’t have one, great. They have a young daughter, something like 10 years old. Too old for a fur-puller. Apparently this kid likes animals, we will see that. If she really does, could be a job for Rashid. Rashid likes and needs human presence. I, have enough to do taking care of MY human.

Milady wasn’t taking new photos. Therefore something from the stock. Yes, Kitteny, another one with me sleeping.

Ausone sleeping.

Take care of yourself humans (and of those who are precious to you). Brits, I would be happy if you stay in the EC. If not? Would be sad but I’ll have to live with it.

See you next Monday