Source: #RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG PARTY Hello, Everyone!  I've posted my #RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG PARTY ON https://marethabotha2013.com named Fauna Park Tales, but I thought there might be a few of you who would also like to visit the post as I have a free eBook promotion this weekend as well.  Thank you … Continue reading #RRBC SPRINGTIME BOOK & BLOG PARTY

Amazon’s New KDP Print Feature is Bad News for CreateSpace Users

What do you think? Can an eBook file be used to create a decent-looking paperback? I found this article written by Dianne Tibert, most informative.

Diane Tibert

The first news I heard about KDP Print was in an email from Amazon on February 15th. Since then, I’ve read articles, blog posts and comments about it and watched the praise given by Amazon for this service dwindle quickly.

In the email, Amazon announced they were making print book publishing easier for writers. They stated, “KDP prints your book on demand and subtracts your printing costs from your royalties, so you don’t have to pay any costs upfront or carry any inventory.”

That’s what CreateSpace does. Sort of. I believe CreateSpace takes the cost of the printing of the book from the sale price, then takes a cut of the royalties. Until I see the numbers and do the math, I am unsure which service will offer a better financial deal for authors.

The message also stated, “It also enables you to receive consolidated royalty payments for paperback and…

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Zucchini Caviar from Beyond the Sea

I love reading and putting into practice some of the recipes from KoolKosherKitchen, as well as the writer’s interesting take on some historical events which have influenced some of the culinary delights we enjoy so much!


Tzar Ivan the Terrible was a cruel tyrant. Everybody knows that. And just like many things that “everybody knows” and thus nobody questions, the sobriquet “Terrible” should be taken with a grain of salt. Since we are in the middle of Pesach (Passover), I recommend Kosher for Passover Red Sea Salt.

Ilya Yefimovich Repin (1844 - 1930)  Ivan the Terrible and His Son Ivan on November 16th, 1581  Oil on canvas, 1885  199.5 × 254 cm (78.54 × 100 in)  State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow,  Russia

True, he did accidentally kill his son Ivan Ivanovich, but the kid had the temerity to argue with dad! You gotta have respect for your elders! However, look at the other European monarchs, his contemporaries: Henry VIII used to chop off his wives’ heads left and right, presumably considering it much cheaper than suing for divorce (I know, the Pope wouldn’t grant him a divorce, so he eventually became his own Pope – the original DIY guy). Catherine de Medici killed close to 30,000 Huguenots during the Night of St Bartholomew, and that was no accident!

Fast forward four hundred…

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Review – She Dies at the End – by A.M. Manay

I got to know author, A.M.Manay a bit better a while ago when she was a guest ON WHOSE ON THE SHELF with Nonnie Jules. https://ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com/2016/10/13/a-m-manay-in-whos-on-the-shelf-with-nonnie-jules/ I liked her interview so much and reblogged it at: https://marethmbotha.wordpress.com/category/a-m-manay/  Reading author interviews as well as their blog posts certainly brings a reader closer to the voice in the … Continue reading Review – She Dies at the End – by A.M. Manay

Review – SOULS – by J.A. Hinsman

There are so many interesting, wonderful authors whose books I would like to read and in the process, get to know the authors themselves as well, but in my efforts to do so, I seem to gravitate towards those who have a special affinity for animals.  Jennifer Hinsman is such a person.  I loved reading … Continue reading Review – SOULS – by J.A. Hinsman

Review – A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching – John Fioravanti

"A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching" is the first book that I've read by author, John Fioravanti.  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the man be behind the story and I'm sure you'll agree when you read more about him.   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Personal-Journey-Heart-Teaching-ebook/dp/B00K9UXW2E/ Book Description This is a story about decency, family politics, family, … Continue reading Review – A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching – John Fioravanti

Eggplant Napoleon

I’m such a fan and I’m definitely making this asap! Thanks so much!


It seems that anything baked in thin layers interspersed with something creamy is nowadays labeled Napoleon. I’ve met – and duplicated! – beet napoleon, zucchini napoleon, even pumpkin napoleon (didn’t like the latter, though). Contrary to a popular belief, the name does not honor the French Emperor. Or maybe it does, after all, in a roundabout way? Let’s see.

Name version #1. Known as mille-feuilles (a thousand leaves), it was developed in France in the second half of 19th century. Napoleon Bonaparte was already dead on St Helene, the Restoration was striving to erase both his name and his deeds, and generally, the entire Europe was sick of wars and heroic battles. There is no chance that this delicious dessert would have been named after “the little corporal” and his meteoric rise to power at the expense of thousands of deaths. A thousand leaves sounded a thousand times better!

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Review – Books by Robert Fear

I have three of Robert Fear's Books on my shelf: 1. The first and second edition of  "TRAVEL STORIES AND HIGHLIGHTS". which were originally posted on the Fred's Diary Blog.  Here is my contribution as found on page 124 "I found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow - soaked all over … Continue reading Review – Books by Robert Fear

Blog Tour – Liz Cowan

It gives me great pleasure to host Elizabeth Cowan's "THE DIONYSUS CONNECTION” BLOG TOUR, today, the 26th of February 2017.  Elizabeth Cowan  "views the world through the prism of laughter. Life is too short to dwell on the negatives. But if you must, season them with a generous sprinkling of sarcasm and humor, and everything will be … Continue reading Blog Tour – Liz Cowan