Saturday, December 2, 2017

Weekend Round-Up: Part One

A clever and unique marketing device to sell a wine brand 
19 Crimes
19 Crimes is a popular mid-priced wine that comes in red and whites in 19 varieties.
Nineteen crimes turned criminals into colonists. Upon conviction British rogues guilty of a least one of the 19 crimes were sentenced to live in Australia, rather than death. This punishment by "transportation" began in 1783 and many of the lawless died at sea. For the rough-hewn prisoners who made it to shore, a new world awaited. As pioneers in a frontier penal colony, they forged a new country and new lives, brick by brick. The wine celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built.

If you go to the website you can find out information about each of these 19 convicts featured on a different wine bottle. 

But better yet go to
and bring the story of 19 Crimes to life with this free app. Download the application. Then aim your phone on criminal's face on the bottle. Now watch and listen as the infamous mug shots animate in front of your phone and tell you their story.

What a brilliant marketing strategy to encourage  consumers to buy their wine. 

Need Some Book Ideas?  Calling all Louisa May Alcott Fans

Elise Hooper’s debut novel "The Other Alcott" conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.

We all know the story of the March sisters, heroines of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. But while everyone cheers on Jo March, based on Louisa herself, Amy March is often the least favorite sister. Now, it’s time to learn the truth about the real “Amy”, Louisa’s sister, May.

Stylish, outgoing, creative, May Alcott grows up longing to experience the wide world beyond Concord, Massachusetts. While her sister Louisa crafts stories, May herself is a talented and dedicated artist, taking lessons in Boston, turning down a marriage proposal from a well-off suitor, and facing scorn for entering what is very much a man’s profession. website had a very informative article posted titled Discovering the World of Louisa May Alcott and Little Women. Insights on a tour to the family home Orchard was also included in the article.

10 Interesting Facts on Louise May Alcott
I really enjoyed this historical novel. It was a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources. Bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph. 
These authors have teamed up again writing another historical epic novel "My Dear Hamilton" It is due out 4/3/18
The novel focuses on a a revolutionary woman Eliza Schuyler Hamilton who, like her new nation, struggled to define herself in the wake of war, betrayal, and tragedy. Haunting, moving, and beautifully written, Dray and Kamoie used thousands of letters and original sources to tell Eliza’s story as it’s never been told before—not just as the wronged wife at the center of a political sex scandal—but also as a founding mother who shaped an American legacy in her own right.
"The Secret Wife" by Gill Paul is a romantic historical fiction novel about the Romanov family. This intriguing novel revolves around Tatiana, the second daughter of the Tsar Nicholas and Dimitri Malamn, a cavalry officer. There have been many speculations as to their fate and this is another.


  1. I've seen this wine on the shelves, but never examined the bottles. Now, with your prompting, I will do so.

    How many books do you read a year? You amaze me with your prolific reading. I just finished Candace Simar's "Shelterbelts." Loved the book. Do you know if she's writing a series? I hope so.


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