MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is published and now available in softcover, and soon to be released in eBook form, available at: http://www.iUniverse.com. This is a fiction novel bringing readers through first-hand experiences in history, ancient history and pre-history. Brie, the young female protagonist, and her family experience live in the Old World empires. They traverse through the Old World Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek, and Roman Empires. In the process, they discover the uncanny connections between the Old World Empires and the sons of Noah of Bible fame.

This book was first published September 24, 2016, the year that Old Sturbridge Village celebrated its 70th Anniversary. The book is set in Old Sturbridge Village at the Christmas By Candlelight celebration 2016. Brie and her cousin and best friend, Abby, along with Aunt Cher and Grammy Rose, time travel through history in an intriguing set of circumstances.

Meanwhile, Brie’s mother, Sarah, brother Greg and her cousin, Abe, stay in real time, touring all of the buildings, houses and Meetinghouses, and discover forgotten history of days gone by.

The Underground Railroad was very active during the 1830s, as well as the sermons of Rev. Adin Ballou of Hopedale influencing the Baptist congregation of the Center Meetinghouse of Old Sturbridge Village. Scrooge of A Christmas Carol, and Santa himself make an appearance to explain the real history of how they came to be.

The subtitle of this book is CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED. How did Christmas really come about? Is Christmas really about the birth of Jesus? Where do the Christmas traditions of Christmas trees, wreaths, mistletoe, and Yule Logs come from?

This book reveals the secret of Christmas that has been locked in history since the beginning of time. I am a former reporter for the Milford Daily News, and feature writer for the Laconia Daily Sun. This book is an investigative look at the facts that have been handed down through history and how accurate they are, as Brie and her family have a fascinating experience in one of the most celebrated holidays of all time.

I hope you enjoy it.

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While We Wait For Re-Release of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS


Highlights from MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS to be watching out for include local landmarks, including Lake Nipmuc, Route 16 and Taft Avenue in Mendon, Massachusetts;  the Nipmuc Native American Nation. Morgan horses, the Rev. Adin Ballot, how the Quakers have been promoting women’s rights in the 1600s, and how immigration took place in the 1800s when our forefathers arrive to the United States.

The Nipmuc Native American Nation was called Nipnet. It extended south to Rhode Island, home to the Narragansett Native American Nation; north to New Hampshire and Vermont, home to the Pennacook and Wawinak Native American Nations; west to the Pocomtuc and Mohican Native American Nation; and east to the Massachusett, Wampanoag and  Nauset Native American Nations.

The greater Mendon area has numerous historical footprints of the Nipmuc Native American Nation, such as the gleaming shores of Lake Nipmuc. It was a pleasure to grow up in this area. Old Sturbridge Village is the setting of this fiction work of art. From here half of the family members in this book time travel back into history, ancient history and pre-history. They are very surprised to learn what they learn.

Horse lovers will appreciate knowing that the two fictional Morgan horses in this fiction novel, are from Figure, the real horse owned by Justin Morgan. He was a teacher, composer and horseman who lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the practice in 1830 to call the horse by the owners name. Figure’s colt became the founding sire of the Morgan breed. These horses are known for their charisma and companionableness.

The Morgan horses in this story are named Gitche and Manitou. Gitche Manitou is the Native American name for Great Spirit, God. Morgan horses are also able to out walk, out run and out pull any other breed of horse, making them a perfect fit for the Old Sturbridge Village setting.

The Rev. Adin Ballot was a real person who influenced Mendon through the Mendon Unitarian Church, a sister church to Hopedale. Much of his humanitarian and religious philosophy has trickled down to this day.

The Quakers were one of the first group to promote women and women’s rights. They even allowed women to speak and teach at the Religious Society of Friends Meetinghouse. Additionally they also promoted women authors.

When it comes to immigration, this book takes a look at what the people of 1830 had to do to come to this beautiful United States of America. It is good to remember.

I hope you enjoy this book. I will write again as soon as it is re-released.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS BEING PRINTED


The update for THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is now complete and is in the hands of the publisher. As soon as I review and approve the printed copy, it will be available again for sale online through http://www.iuniverse.com,  local bookstores, and all online bookstores. It will also be available as an eBook.

The revision of THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, a time travel, historical fiction novel, takes the cast of characters through the yesteryears of Old Sturbridge Village in 1830. Little known facts of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama make for intriguing reading.

Even President John Quincy Adams makes an appearance in this historical account which mentions him, as one of the famous people who traveled on the Hartford – Worcester Turnpike, with a major stop at Old Sturbridge Village.

Abolitionist history unfolds in this book, with the local flavor of the Samuel L. Hill House and the Ross Farm in Northampton, as part of the utopian community called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, about nine towns from Sturbridge.

Other safe houses mentioned are the Elisha Hammond House, the Dorsey-Jones House, the Hall Judd House, and even the house of the Rev. Rufus Ellis at 48 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton.

More excitement takes place as some of the family stays in real time, visiting all of houses, churches and buildings of Old Sturbridge Village, while other members of their family travel through ancient and pre-history, discovering accurate Bible history along the way.

Brie is the young female protagonist of the book, and gets abducted by one of the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and gets to babysit Jesus.

This is a book not to miss.

Re-Release This Spring


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is currently under revision to more accurately reflect Bible, Ancient and Pre-History. It is an amazing insight, a modern DNA-like discovery of how Noah’s sons re-populate the world through the empires. In the process, the mystery of where the Christmas traditions originate is discovered. This book is a must read for anyone interested in accurate history and Bible history. MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled, CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is expected to be re-released this spring. It will be worth the wait.


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.

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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.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED


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.

win_20160722_193644
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.

Oldest Known Map Of The World


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Imagine the known world map according to the knowledge of Nimrod, back in the days of the Babylonia

Empire, the first empire to rise after the global Flood. While the Akkadian and Ur Empires preceeded the Babylonian Empire, most all traces of them have been washed away. Therefore most history books credit the Babylonian Empire as the first empire of the world. The Babylonian Map to the right is the oldest map of the known world. It is known as the Imago Mundi. This map dates back to 500 BCE. It was found in southern Iraq in a city called Sipper, and was formed out of a clay tablet found north of the ancient city of Babylon, on the fertile east bank of the Euphrates River.

Civilization begins again with the Babylonian Empire. This map depicts what later civilizations did, like the cities of Athens, Jerusalem and others, putting themselves as the center of the world. This is all they know. This is their reality.

Find out what happens next in the book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

“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

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, shows that Noah and his sons used such a map, with Shem, Ham and Japheth exploring and settling the different regions of the world. It is their lineage who seed the empires as we know them today.

“Surrounding the city of Babylon on the map lies seven cities and seven islands, surrounded by two circles that represent bodies of water possibly located near to Babylon at the time. The cuneiform writing at the top of the tablet labels each location; the water parameters on the map are labeled as a salt sea and a river of bitter water.

“The locations on the map are mountains, a swamp, a canal, three unnamed cities, the cities of Urartu, Assyria, Der, Elam, Bit Yakin, Habban, Babylon, and an unknown location. Parallel lines below the marked city of Babylon are thought to represent the southern marshes of present day Iraq and another curved line, the Zagros Mountains which would have been visible close to the city.

“Another feature of the map visible in the cuneiform inscription is that it is actually a copy of an even older map of the region, one which has been lost to time and memory. The unique perspective of the map, even as a copy of an older creation, shows not only how Babylonians saw the world around them, but the mythical heavenly realm as well. The islands surrounding Babylon and the known regions around it don’t exist in the physical realm; they are thought to be a mythical representation of the connection between the earth and the heavens. The reverse side of the tablet shows a depiction of the stars with recognizable constellations corresponding to our modern understanding of the zodiac.

“This fusion of the heavens and the earth, the realities of life around them and the accurate charting of the universe above them caused the Babylonians to create the world’s oldest existing map still in existence today.” Taken from the references listed below.

References:

Kurt A. Raaflaub & Richard J. A. Talbert (2009), Geography and Ethnography: Perceptions of the World in Pre-Modern SocietiesJohn Wiley & Sons, p. 147, ISBN 1-4051-9146-5

Wikipedia. Babylonian Map of the World. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_Map_of_the_World

The Basement Geographer. The Oldest Map of the World in Existence. 16 June 2011. http://basementgeographer.com/the-oldest-map-of-the-world-in-existence/

Make sure to get your copy of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, before Christmas to share with your friends and family. There is no other book published today that explains how Noah’s ancestry populates the Old World Empires. This is a must read for serious history buffs.

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