The First Olympics


The first Olympics took place in the year 776 BCE, with Alexander I, the Image result for picture of first olympicspredecessor of Alexander the Great participating. Alexander I could only participate after he proved his Greek heritage. These great sporting contests took place in the Greek city of Olympia, named after Queen Olympia, wife of King Phillip II. This information comes to light in the newly released historical fiction/fantasy book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

Abe, Greg and Greg’s mother, Sarah, are attending one of the special workshops on the Greek Empire and its effects on Old Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. The evening kicks off with the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Many workshops take place in the Village buildings.

This trio attends many of the fictions workshops taking place during this special night, by horse-drawn sleigh rides over snow-packed, dirt roads. The Greek Empire explaining how Aristotle is the tutor of Alexander the Great, and Plutarch affect history during this time.

Gracing the beginning pages of the book is a quote from Plutarch: “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

This is true.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED THEMES


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED has two majorOne Destiny themes running throughout this dramatic, time travel book of human possibilities:

  1.   There is one race, the human race.
  2.   “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.” Plutarch

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front-coverThe arrival of this unique novel re-opens history which in some cases has remained locked. It addresses the real history of Christmas and where the origins of the Santa Claus myths;  and fresh insights to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires, with connections to Noah and his sons, as they spread throughout the world. While this is a fiction/fantasy novel, the history, ancient and pre-history is accurate and plausible.

Brie is the thirteen year-old protagonist, who along with her cousin and best friend, eleven year-old Abby, their Grammy Rose and Aunt Cher (Abby’s mother), goes back in real history to live out and learn important historical events, via a set of antique keys found in a huddle library in Old Sturbridge Village.

Meanwhile Brie’s brother Greg, their mother, Sarah, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, remain in real-time, sharing adventures on a horse-drawn sleigh and Stage Coach carriage, observing animals from Southwick’s Zoo in the live manger scene complete with a Bactrian camel, and taking them to numerous historical presentations throughout Old Sturbridge Village, and an encounter with a dangerous wild wolf. Throughout the annual Christmas by Candlelight celebration, they learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the Panic of 1837, Adin Ballot, Hopedale, Hopedale commune, the Babylonians, Medea, Persians, Greeks and Romans, and how ancient history shaped the people of 1830, which filters down to our present day Christmas customs and traditions.

While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is  appropriate for people of all ages, it is particularly targeted to young adult audiences, from pre-teen to those in their 20s and 30s, because it provides room for differences of opinion in all matters, soul searching and character building, all while building upon accurate history, ancient and plausible pre-history. This allows individuals the breath of thought, to be able to consider for themselves things that they may never have pondered before, or might possibly reconsider in a new light.

“This poignant book weaves an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.” John T. Hourihan, Jr., author of Play Fair And Win and Beyond The Fence Converging Memoirs, co-authored with Amanda Eppley. This quote graces from front cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is the title of the novel. CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is the subtitle. This is the first of a series springing from Old Sturbridge Village, which depicts the history of 1830 in the living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. If you have never been, it is certainly worth your time investigating this popular destination point.

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Have You Ever Been Chased by a Nephilim?


Can you imagine being chased by a fifteen foot tall Nephilim? Have you https://youtu.be/gmA_lyYJLu0 ever been carried away to a place you do not want to be, by a person you do not want to be with?

Learn how Brie, the thirteen year old female heroine of the latest historical fiction/ fantasy novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, successfully deals with this problem.

Chapter by chapter Brie, along with her cousin and best friend, Abby, deal with the traumas and questions of life. Together they tackle one of the biggest questions, Is God real or fantasy?

Brie attends the Christmas by Candlelight celebration at Old Sturbridge Village with her mother Sarah, her brother Greg. Also invited along on this trip by Grammy Rose, is her beloved cousin Abby, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, and their mother Cher.

The family tours Sturbridge, MA during the day, prior to the night’s gala event, filled with horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, and workshops in all the fire-stoked houses, shops, bank, and Meeting Houses, reminiscent of the 1830s village.

The family gets separate between the carriage ride and the annual Gingerbread House contest. Half of the family time travels to experience history, ancient and pre-history first hand. The other half of the family learns the real history of the Underground Railroad, and Harriet Tubman who is going to be on the front of the new $20 bill by the year 2020.

This novel also shed a light on former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama, who in reality are eighth cousins, and both related to English royalty through William the Conqueror and Charlemagne.

Brie’s adventures continue when she and Abby babysit baby Jesus, for two years. They get to see the three wise men who arrive by Bactrian camels. The wise men and Joseph all have strange dreams, so vivid that it motivates the wise men to depart from a different route, and Jesus, Mary and Jesus to flee to Egypt.

What would you do? To find what happens, you can get a copy of the perfect bound softcover version ($13.99) or the eBook at this version ($3.99) at this link: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108065/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx

eBook of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED Is Now Available!


Here is the MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED website. It features an except of Chapter 15: Santa Claus, Chestnuts and Abraham Lincoln. https://mysteryofthesturbridgekeys.wordpress.com/

 

The eBook version of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is nowback-cover-copy available for $3.99. http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108065/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx

With the new cover re-design of the softcover version, putting the author name and the title on the spine, the eBook also needed to be reformatted. Today the eBook version is released again. The re-design of the cover now allows this book to be put on Barnes & Noble Bookstores shelves, if it passes their criteria, which usually takes up to three months.

Another criteria that Barnes & Noble Bookstores investigates is positive consumer and editorial reviews. I welcome good reviews if this book has added to your knowledge of history, ancient or pre-history, or has added to your sense of adventure.

Whether you like the softcover version, or prefer to read your books on Nook or Kindle, you can enjoy all of the benefits of your Barnes & Noble Bookstores membership.

It helps the book to make it to bookstore shelves if you call your local bookstore and request it. This is a good mystery, accurate history, and dramatic time travel adventure with a 13 year old, female heroine. The worlds needs a vibrate, strong, young female protagonist to be a role model today. Through the experience of history, Brie learns that there is only one race, the human race. She and her family also learn about immigration and slavery.

Time travel adventures bring Brie to babysit Jesus, from his birth until he is two years old, while other family members find out the secrets of Santa’s birth, and their connection to Abraham Lincoln.

Those of you who like fiction and history, with a touch of fantasy, will find this book intriguing. I hope you have as much fun reading it as I had writing it.

Demand for MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED At Barnes & Noble Puts It On Their Bookshelves


Barnes & Noble Bookstores is now considering putting MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS –front-cover CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on retail bookshelves. One thing Barnes & Noble looks for is demand for book orders through their stores, either for the softcover version or the eBook. People can now use their Barnes & Noble store cards to take advantage of all the specials that their BN cards offer.

To order MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED for Christmas presents through Barnes & Noble, simply contact your local Barnes & Noble Bookstore and request this book.

This is a returnable book for all bookstores, through the publisher, iUniverse, LLC. Barnes & Noble Bookstores, and all other bookstores, are able to return any unsold books they order for their retail bookshelves.

Also if you would like to see MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED on the retail shelves of any other bookstore, you may now contact them so that they may also order books for you.

Ordering books through Barnes & Noble Bookstores and all other bookstores saves you shipping and handling costs.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is a wonderful present on the history of Christmas, Santa Claus, the birth of Jesus, through the time travel adventures of Brie, the 13 year old protagonist. She discoverers there is only one race, the human race. She and her family begin their holiday traditions at the Christmas by Candlelight Dinner Celebration. Time travel to hear the choir of angels sing. This is just the beginning.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED


The new cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS-CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, to put the title and my name as author on the book spine cover, is now completed. Bookstores want both title and author name on the book spine, in order for the book to go on retail bookstore shelves. Online orders for the softcover version is now available again! The eBook version is expected to be ready in about 4 weeks. I’ll keep you posted. You may also click on the link below to see if the eBook is available. If you see it, it is there. I hope everyone enjoys learning ancient, Bible, recent and pre- history as much as I enjoyed researching it.

http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108064/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx

My fiction novel is now available for purchase. I hope you enjoy it. front-cover

Brie is the thirteen year old protagonist of this fiction novel, at a time when a young, strong, female character is so needed in the world. She deals with individuality and relationships, and comes to realize there is only one race, the human race. She time travels to  the birth of Jesus in a stable, hears the choirs of angels sing, and babysits Jesus.

In other chapters, Brie gets captured by the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and travels to the Sanctuary of the Great God’s in Greece.  Her cousin Abby, Grammy Rose, and Aunt Cher share the adventures.

Brie and her family sails the Mediterranean Sea with Dodanim of Noah’s lineage, helps save the day during the Roman wheat shortage, hears Jesus first hand give the Sermon on the Mount, meets Apostles Paul and Timothy on the island of Samothrace, and learns why Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was stoned to death.

Angel ChristmasWhile Brie and part of her family time travel, her remaining family is attending Old Sturbridge Village’s 70th Anniversary in 2016, featuring the Christmas By Candlelight annual celebration.  Brie’s mother, Sarah, her brother Greg and her cousin Abe, who is Abby’s twin, enjoy  a fascinating journey through the Underground Railroad with Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin,  Charles Dickens, Panic of 1837, an introduction to the Rev. Adin Ballou, angels and Santa Claus; all presented in the many historic buildings that make up the Village.

The snow filled evening is complete with a Christmas turkey dinner, horse-drawn sleigh and carriage rides, a moving wall, a hidden library, a ring of antique keys, antique locked books and adventures with Bactrian camels, wolves, to allow a family to learn little known historical connections between Noah’s sons, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires.

This book is inspired by a set of large keys handed down to me from my grandfather, F.

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Pepere’s keys and tin cup made in Old Sturbridge Village

Louis Tetreault. I am sure these keys went to the farm on Blackstone Street, Mendon, Massachusetts, either to the barn, locked chests, equipment, or to the house both he and my grandmother, Maria (Benoit) Tetreault lived in. My mother is number thirteen of fourteen children. Mom, aunts, uncles and cousins, I love you all. I am so glad my Canadian French grandparents had so many children, or else I would not be here, or have had so many cousins to make my childhood so happy.

 

Or the keys might have belonged to my grandparents’ Vermont cottage or the shed on Sheldon Hill Road, with the Wardsboro Brook directly behind it, where my sister, cousins and I would brave the icy waters flowing into our tiny, dammed up swimming spot. When I was young, I would often spend weeks and months living with them in their home away from home, while my mother, as a single parent, worked full-time painting radon on watch hands so they would glow in the dark. Both my beloved grandparents have since passed away, and were very dear to me. I treasured them and everything about them, even these keys.

back-cover-copyThe book’s timely publication covers the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury planning to put Harriet Tubman’s picture on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back in the year 2020. Fascinating information between President Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin is also included in this work of fiction. The names of Old Sturbridge Village including all the buildings at this place, and the Christmas by Candlelight celebration are real. However, I have never attended the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, and the adventures in this book are pure exciting fiction.

Also real names in this area are: Thai Place, Annie’s Country Kitchen, The Bird Store and More, Brimfield Antique Center, Southwick’s Zoo, McLean Hospital, Harrington Hospital, B.T.’s Smokehouse, and the Sturbridge Tourist Center.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS ~ CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is available at:

http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108064/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx

softcover / ISBN: 978-1-5320-0761-3 / $13.99

eBook / ISBN: 978-1-5320-0762-0 /  $3.99

You are invited to a book signing by Linda Hourihan for this book, December 9, 2016 from 6:30 – 9 p.m. at for the annual Night Owl Christmas Open House, taking place at The Bird Store And More Open House, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge, MA. The event is known for good food and drink, among the treasures of the store. The Bird Store And More appears in the book, featuring the galvanized, super tall, bear proof bird feeding pole, since the author had three regular bird feeders, cemented into the ground, taken down, cement and all, by black bears. Check out The Bird Store And More website: thebirdstoreandmore.com, or call (508) 347- BIRD; or (888) 823- 2473.

Turkey And Vegetable Stuffing ~ That Tastes Like Stuffing!


Here’s a healty, weightloss recipe, turkey and vegetable stuffing that tastes like stuffing, without any bread!

Healthy turkey dinner with no bread stuffing!

What do you do if you are cutting back on white processed foods, like flour and processed sugar, and you still want to cook a turkey dinner? I’ve tried. It’s just not the same without the bread or cornbread stuffing, until now.

I recommend an organic, free range turkey and organic vegetables. Throw away the high cholesterol turkey organ meats.

Saute a large onion, two stalks of celery, 4 large or 6 small carrots, and one large parsnip in 2 tablespoons of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter,” or “Earth Balance” butter substitute, and add more if vegetables stick. Season with 1 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp salt, and 2 tsp poultry seasoning. I used herbs from our herb garden: 4 large leaves of sage, 4 tall stems of creeping thyme, and a couple Rosemary leaves. Fresh herbs are very fragrant and I think, smell and taste better, but dried herbs will also do. This tastes amazing like the flavor of stuffing, without the bread.Cut a large onion in quarters and place in the large cavity of the turkey. Add a large spring of sage, several springs of thyme and rosemary in the cavity.

Spread “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” on the outside of the turkey, and under the skin if you can. Season the ouside of the turkey with pepper and salt. I also used fresh cut up herbs of sage, thyme and rosemary on top of the outside of the turkey.

This is my own recipe, which I found to be surprizingly good as a substitute for those of us trying to make stuffing without bread and fatty meats. If you like this, please let me know, and I’ll put in more recipies on my blog. Happy cooking.

Namaste