The War to End All Wars – 100 years later

 It was called the “War to End All Wars” and ended in 1918 at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I with a walk through history with a talk and exhibition led by historian Al Savolaine.

 Saturday, November 8th, 2014
7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
at the Matawan Community Center.

 The program will dispel some of the many myths about World War I. Although it only lasted four years, WWI has been called the first real “war of terror” of the modern age. Its use of modern technology including submarines, bombers, tanks, poison gas and flame throwers changed the world forever.

Hosted by the American Legion Matawan Post 176 and the Matawan Historical Society. Free admission, but donations gratefully accepted.  Refreshments will be provided by the Women’s Club of Matawan.

The Matawan Community Center is located at 201 Broad Street, Matawan NJ.

NOTE: As part of the 100th anniversary events, a special memorial service to honor all veterans will be held on November 11th at 11 AM at Rose Hill Cemetery, Ravine Drive Matawan.


Only One Man Can Wield the Dragon Sword’s Power

Now Available. The latest of the Dragshi Chronicles, the novella, Magic and Steel – Mt’wan Comraich

Genre: Fantasy / Romance
Publisher:  High Eyrie Publications

Buy Links: Amazon  Barnes and Noble Kobo iTunes


 The Lady Mairin Alidryer of the Dragshi searched the world for the one man who would be her mate. Like the true dragons, once their intended mate was found, the dragon shifters mated for life in this world and the one beyond. However, the man she left behind when she gained the freedom of flight refused to accept the truth—that she did not love him. Now the head of a band of raiders, he swore to have Mairin on her knees in front of him.

All that stands between his plans stands the true human, Kedar.

Bodyguard to the Lady Mairin, Kedar dared not fail in his duty—or even more dangerous—love her.

~Till next time, Helen

And if you haven’t flown with dragons before, look up Dragon Destiny, the first novel in the chronicles.

Tuesday’s Title – Jimmyed Coffin by Phoebe Matthews

Volume 7 in the Mudflat Magic series.

Date of Release:Available October 21, 2014
Genre: Urban fantasy

Publisher: LostLoves


Knock Claire on the head and her boyfriend starts polishing his sword. But how can he fight an unknown enemy? And do any of  the bride magazines explain the way how to cover black eyes with makeup, or what to do when the troll is missing? Toss in a series of break-ins and robberies and a smash wizard tricked into wearing a bunny costume, and Claire’s problems are just getting started. And then her cousin Jimmy disappears…

Author Bio:

Phoebe Matthews is currently writing three urban fantasy series: Mudflat Magic, Sunspinners, and Turning Vampire. All are set in the Pacific Northwest where she lives. Her novels have been published by Avon, Dark Quest, Dell, Holt, LostLoves, Putnam, Silhouette and others. For a complete list of her books visit her website at You can sign up there for her monthly newsletter, if you want,  and see her blog.

2014 Cemetery Tour – Walk the Stones of Rose Hill

History Comes Alive in Matawan At
Rose Hill Cemetery

— Called by some the  most haunted cemetery in New Jersey.

 Saturday, October 18 at 11 A.M.

Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 PM

Rain Date: Sunday, October 26 at 2:00 P.M.

Join Local historian Al Savolaine of the Matawan Historical Society and the Rose Hill Board at the  annual guided walking tour of Matawan’s Rose Hill Cemetery.


Where:   Rose Hill Cemetery, Ravine Drive, near the intersection of Ravine and Middlesex Road. (Parking in cemetery & in the school lot across street)

$10 per adult; tickets available at event; proceeds to benefit the Burrowes Mansion Museum  and Rose Hill Cemetery


This years tour includes exciting new stories 

  • Ghost Sightings
  • The GREAT Matawan fire of 1901
  • 1896 gruesome murder;
  • Tragic 1916 shark attack victims;
  • Strange death at the Matawan House Hote
  • Funeral attended by two US presidents
  • 1918 Morgan explosion 
  • Civil War casualties, WWI heroes

Event Sponsored by the Matawan Historical Society and Rose Hill Cemetery

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What’s In A Cover, Pt 3

Although the original plan for this series was to discuss the Cover Art Sheet and how the covers for Dragon Destiny and Hatchlings Curse came about, destiny and the muse had their own plans. In each of the Dragshi Chronicles, the ceoltiers, the keepers of the past and teachers of the present, recount some legend, one of which is told in Magic and Steel. The original plan was for the novella to be published with the other legends. However, fate decreed the tale be released as an individual work, so of course it needs a cover.

Because a major element of the tale is a sword with magical capabilities, one needs to be part of the design. Should it be black or white, silver or gold, plain or fancy? That’s still open. `  The dragshi are more than just a man or woman. Each are two beings–one a dragon, the other a human–sharing one body in space in time and able to change forms with the other at will. After consideration, a dragon was selected for the second element. Two down, but now in order to accommodate the ‘Rule of Three’ another is needed. The first to be considered was a man and his dog which represented the main character. However the image that originally caught my eye was too contemporary and required too much alteration for the time that was available. Besides using the dog by itself, an alternative animal was looked for and found. The series features a big cat called the gryphlor–which could be represented by a puma or a tiger. With the elements selected, next come layout and what I have always found the hardest part of cover design. Even when using a professional to create the book cover, it still helps to give them an idea to work with. The dragon with its tail wrapped around the sword or facing away. The animal element above or below the sword. And of course, selecting a font.

You’ve seen some of the variants. The banner below shows the final concepts for Magic and Steel.       

~ Till next time. Helen