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Book Review – Hatchepsut, The Female Pharaoh

A text by:  Joyce Tyldesley and readily available in paperback for less than $15.00

Since I love ancient history I usually hunt through bookstore shelves for little known titles.  Sometimes the dusty, cluttered and unorganized used bookshop can produce the most fascinating bits of wisdom.  I can’t say precisely where I found this particular gem, however the pricing on the dust jacket tells me that is was most likely on one of those adventurous afternoons in a cavernous used bookshop.

Hatshepsut was born the eldest daughter of Thutmose I.  According to royal Egyptian custom, she was married to her half brother Thutmose II and became the guardian of her stepson-nephew Thutmose III.  As a ruler she went against then-accepted tradition and set herself up as King and Pharaoh.  The archeology that we can now piece together indicates that during her reign Egypt was internally at peace, was active in foreign exploration, actively pursued monumental projects and prospered for a number of years.  Sadly, her stepson took issue with her approach and methods and, once he took the throne,  led the effort to literally wipe any knowledge of her from history.  In Egyptian religious practice that was tantamount to eternal death.

This book authored by Joyce Tyldesley brings together a number of sources that help us piece together the life and times of this rather innovative monarch.  The book has photos, drawings, maps and an extensive bibliography.  A quote from the introduction will set the tone:

“While it is very difficult for any biographer to remain entirely impartial about his or her subject, I am attempting to provide the non-specialist reader with an objective and unbiased account of the life and times of King Hatchepsut, gathered from the researches of those Egyptologists who have spent years studying, sometimes in minute detail, the individual threads of evidence which, when woven together, form the tapestry of her reign. It is up to the reader to decide on the rights or wrongs of her actions.”

This is the type of book that introduces a reader to historical research without bogging down a “non-specialist” in academic jargon.  I found it a delightful read.

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Who I Am Yesterday, now available

Who I am Yesterday is now available through the publisher:

The book and the Kindle version are also listed on

To clarify for all my Canadian fans:  The book will not be listed on for various reasons, some apparently rather obscure.  I noted some other books I am familiar with on that site and the prices are really out of line so I wouldn’t want you to pay from there anyway.  I am assured by the publisher that you can purchase direct from their website (noted above), or nearly any other Amazon site in the world.  I think Japan is another one that is not available (just saying).  So, it’s quite a jungle out there and you should take your compass with you!

Thank you, sincerely, for all the support I have received in the journey and the sharing of it.

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Entering the arena

The book has been released to the publisher.  My understanding is that it will be available to the market within the week.  I will, of course, post all relevant information as soon as I have it.  There will be a Kindle version probably early July.

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Nearing publication

Who I Am Yesterday should be released within the next week.  I have included a thumbnail of the cover in this post.  It has been quite a journey; both the actual writing and the story behind it.  Each day is a new adventure and adds another tale.  It is time, however, to share what I know and hope that it helps others facing this process.  This is the cover shot for all marketing channels.

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Marching ever closer

Well, the manuscript and the cover have been submitted to the publisher for review.  Also had to add a description for all those “distribution channels”.  I thought this was appropriate:

“This book is my personal journey through the first year of learning to manage the day to day joys and tribulations of living with a loved one’s dementia. It is a personal story which provides the foundation of the relationship that I have with my husband. It is also a journey of observation, a tale of learning and discovery, and a sharing of the coping mechanisms that worked for me.  Join me as I follow the incredible workings of the human mind and learn how to find humor in the midst of heartbreak.”

I guess the next step is something called a “Press Pack”. After all this and my head is already into the “next one”.  At least I won’t have to write that one in the middle of the night!


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