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Shayne Davidson

A genealogist, illustrator, and writer, Shayne Davidson was fascinated by how people lived, particularly in nineteenth century America. She collects vintage photos, primarily mugshots and rogues’s gallery photos. Many of her current writing projects are focused on vintage crime.
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  • Deadly Desires A multiple Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice finalist, Ann Christopher delights and tantalizes with contemporary romances like Deadly Desires. Here, Kira Gregory is finally free from the drugs, guns, and dirty money surrounding her now ex-husband. But soon her newfound freedom is threatened by ... Read Book
  • In The Footsteps Of Rama Vikrant Pande and Neelesh Kulkarni’s quest to retrace the trail of Rama’s fabled travels during his years in exile began with their trying to locate Chitrakoot on the map and realizing that they had little idea where it might be. Curious about the places mentioned in the Ramayana, they set off ... Read Book

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    William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s collection of poems, Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems, was originally published in 1798 and is generally regarded as the start of the English Romantic literary movement.

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