Howdy, Ranchers! Spring has sprung! Thanks for joining us for another issue of Twin Cedars News.
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I'd like to extend a hearty welcome to new subscribers that joined us via the Almost Human Promo in March. Thank you for giving my novel a chance and for signing up for the newsletter. We release on the 8th of every month and only rarely send out extra editions, so we promise not to spam your inbox. We value privacy, so we will not sell your information, ever. If you ever wish to unsubscribe, just use the link in the footer of the newsletter. We hope you'll continue to join us as we provide articles for readers & writers on a wide variety of topics, from our books to other authors' books to recommended web sites and podcasts to our leather products, hand-crafted by our very own T. D. Raufson.
I had a great response to the ebook giveaway for 20 Million Leagues Over the Sea. I hope you enjoy the story. If you would like to read the next installment, The Mysterious Planet of Captain Moreau, please check out the sales links at the bottom of this newsletter. If your email provider truncates the newsletter, please click the "View Entire Message" link at the bottom of this email to see the rest. The third installment, The Invisible Woman, is still a work in progress, but I hope to release it in the sort-of near future.
More Free Books!
Speaking of promos, April is T. D. Raufson's turn. If you'd like to check out a selection of his fantasy novels for free, take a look at the promo article below.
We Have Merch!
We've opened a RedBubble store for Twin Cedars! We still have our main site for books and leather products at twincedarsranch.com. This is just an expansion of Twin Cedars goodies! Some of the watercolor paintings that have appeared in this newsletter (especially the cats & flowers) will be available there, as well as some book-related goodies. You can check it out here under the shop name TwinCedars.
Five designs are available as I write this, and we hope to add more soon! Tote bags, stickers, spiral notebooks, t-shirts, and more are now available for your shopping pleasure!
It's April, which means it's Shakespeare's birthday! We're celebrating with one of his famous speeches in our quote of the month below. You can read the Bard's works for free by downloading a Complete Works or individual plays from Gutenberg.org. You can also read them online via MIT's site at http://shakespeare.mit.edu/. It's a very streamlined, no-frills website, and I've used it often both to read the plays and to search for quotes.
Book Promo: T. D. Raufson's Fantasy Tales
Twin Cedars Fantasy Author T. D. Raufson is participating in two free ebook promos on BookFunnel this month! Grab some free fantasy ebooks by T. D. & other indie authors by clicking on the links below during the sales period.
Dragons Are Cool!
Love dragons? So do we! Check out these free ebooks of dragonlore, including our own Legacy of Dragons: Emergence.
The quality of mercy is not strain'd, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes: 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes The throned monarch better than his crown; His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, The attribute to awe and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings; But mercy is above this sceptred sway; It is enthroned in the hearts of kings, It is an attribute to God himself; And earthly power doth then show likest God's When mercy seasons justice.
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You can tech tips and tricks for your Kindle, iPad, and other electronic devices at geekupdated.com. The interface is streamlined and distraction-free, and it is chock full of tips, notes, and news on apps, devices, subscriptions, and more. I've used this site more than once to solve a problem!
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Sustainability Blog Posts
Our man T. D. Raufson doesn't just write fantasy! He also writes about personal sustainability. Currently he is releasing a limited series of articles on the topic, "Sustainability in Uncertainty", once a week. We linked to the first article in the last issue. Installments 2 - 5 are now available on our blog.
Here's a preview of the second installment:
As we continue to look at what it means to be sustainable in uncertainty, we are using emergencies as an example of handling uncertainty and maintaining your personal or individual sustainability. The first focus I discussed was learning what you need to know to survive, or knowledge. Hopefully you can see that knowledge alone is not enough.
We're hard at work designing new leather products for the leather side of Twin Cedars Ranch. T. D. is experimenting with a new tote bag design that we hope to add to our catalog in the near future. Get a preview of the bag on the Twin Cedars Ranch News blog here: link.
Title: When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II, by Molly Guptill Manning
Wars are won in the mind before they can be won in the field. - Christopher Morley, 1890 - 1957 American journalist, essayist, poet
I was a reader long before I was a writer. I enjoy diving into a wide variety of topics, from science fiction to science, and from history to fantasy. One genre that I especially enjoy is "books about books". Books have stories of their own to tell outside of the words on their pages. These stories are written not only in ink but in blood and flame.
When Books Went to War tells us the story of the role books played in World War II. The role was a major one; not only how they affected the war, but how they themselves were impacted by it. They faced destruction; many were burned by the Nazi regime in an attempt to destroy ideas that they deemed "degenerate". They were born; Armed Services Editions (ASEs), small enough to fit in a soldier's pocket, were welcome companions in the darkness of the foxhole and in the doldrums of the long Atlantic crossing. Science fiction, history, philosophy, Westerns, and tales of home reminded our troops what they were fighting for. The humor of Chicken Every Sunday made them laugh, and mysteries like The Murder That Had Everything distracted them from the cold, the mud, the horrors, and the mind-numbing boredom surrounding them in the field. Anyone who has spent time in a hospital waiting room knows how agonizing and energy-draining the boredom of waiting can be.
Once read, the books were passed on to others. Many units had waiting lists for popular titles. Many soldiers, when forced to ditch items to lighten their kits, would sacrifice other items like chocolate in order to hold on to their precious ASEs. I enjoyed reading the vignettes about the popularity of the ASEs; some of them were hilarious, others sad, and all of them poignant.
When Books Went to War gives us a different perspective on the war that shaped our modern world. It includes an extensive list of authors banned by the Nazis and a complete list of the titles in the ASE library. I recognized many titles, and many others were new to me. Whether you need research material for a historical novel or you just enjoy reading about World War II or you too enjoy books about books, you will enjoy this one.
The following quote by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, which is prominent in the book, tells it all:
We all know that books burn -- yet we have the greater knowledge that books cannot be killed by fire. People die, but books never die. No man and no force can abolish memory. No man and no force can put thought in a concentration camp forever. No man and no force can take from the world the books that embody man's eternal fight against tyranny of every kind. In this war, we know, books are weapons.
Wars on and of ideas are continual. Protect your ideals by reading continually and deeply. Keep your wits sharp and your pages dry!
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