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Books & Publishing Fiction Lucretia's World Victorian era

Hidden Meanings in Dracula

Bram Stoker’s Dracula has been scaring readers since 1897.  Hidden among the chilly text is a multitude of symbolism and social commentary. The work is a favorite of scholars and literary critics who enjoy dissecting the novel’s hidden meanings. Here are four examples: Sexuality Feminine virtue is at stake in Dracula. The characters of Mina and […]

Books & Publishing History Lucretia's World Nonfiction Victorian era

Devil in the White City

I was excited to see that Erik Larson’s book Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America is in development to be made into a motion picture starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Larson’s book reads like a novel but is, in reality, a nonfiction piece. Every event that occurs in the […]

Books & Publishing Canada Fiction Hettie's World History World War One

Winnipeg the Bear

During World War I, soldiers and sailors on both sides of the conflict used animals for transportation, manual labor, companionship and as mascots. Such was the case for the Fort Garry Horse cavalry regiment, whose mascot was a bear cub named Winnie. The cub was purchased by soldier and veterinarian Harry Colebourn in White River, […]

Books & Publishing Canada Fiction Hettie's World History World War One

In Flanders Fields

“In Flanders Fields,” written by a doctor during the Second Battle of Ypres, is perhaps the best known poem to come out of World War I. Canadian military physician Major John McCrae was serving as brigade doctor when his friend, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, was killed. The chaplain was engaged elsewhere, so McCrae was asked to […]

Books & Publishing History Journalism Lucretia's World Nonfiction United States Victorian era

How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

Books & Publishing Edwardian era History Lucretia's World Melina's Books Nonfiction United States

Welcome to the Jungle

The Jungle might very well be the most influential novel you probably don’t know. Written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, the novel was intended to show the horrible conditions in America’s slums. Instead, Sinclair exposed the unsanitary conditions in meatpacking plants. The novel first appeared as a serial (a common occurrence in the 19th century) in […]

Books & Publishing Canada History Melina's Books World War One

Canada: Our Fascinating Neighbor to the North

I have been a history lover for many years, and I am obsessed with World War I to the point of addiction.  This focus has grown to include Canada and its history. Why, you may ask, would an American be interested in Canada? It began with the conception of my novel, Angel of Mercy. The […]

Books & Publishing Melina's Books the Writing Process World War One

“Mama, We All Go to Hell”

Inspiration can come from the most unexpected places. Who would have guessed a hard rock song could inspire an entire historical fiction novel? But that’s exactly what happened with my novel, Angel of Mercy.  It was inspired entirely by the song “Mama” from My Chemical Romance‘s album Welcome to the Black Parade. The song begins and […]

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