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Book Spotlight, Historical Perspective, Author Interview and Giveaway--> The Bridge of Deaths by M.C.V Egan

~About The Bridge of Deaths~
"M.C.V. Egan twists truth and fiction until you question your perceptions...it is a story of real love, triumph and search for self."- Beckah Boyd @ The Truthful Tarot
5 out of 5 stars:"An unusual yet much recommended read."- Midwest Book Review

On August 15th, 1939, an English passenger plane from British Airways Ltd. crashed in Danish waters between the towns of Nykøbing Falster and Vordingborg. There were five casualties reported and one survivor. Just two weeks before, Hitler invaded Poland.
With the world at the brink of war, the manner in which this incident was investigated left much open to doubt. The jurisdiction battle between the two towns and the newly formed Danish secret police created an atmosphere of intrigue and distrust.
The Bridge of Deaths is a love story and a mystery. Fictional characters travel through the world of past life regressions and information acquired from psychics as well as archives and historical sources to solve "one of those mysteries that never get solved." Based on true events and real people, The Bridge of Deaths is the culmination of 18 years of sifting through conventional and unconventional sources in Denmark, England, Mexico and the United States. The story finds a way to help the reader feel that s/he is also sifting through data and forming their own conclusions.
Cross The Bridge of Deaths into 1939, and dive into cold Danish waters to uncover the secrets of the G-AESY.

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The Bridge of Deaths: Historical Perspective
The Bridge of Deaths is, above all, a book based on history. Because the events of the book took place just a mere two weeks before the start of World War II, this year marks the 75th anniversary of both the crash of the G-AESY (the central event in The Bridge of Deaths) and the start of WWII. M.C.V. Egan has chosen to commemorate both of these events with a 75th anniversary remembrance—a part of which are a series of historical retrospectives recounting the events that led to the start of WWII, as well as a discussion of how these events were often linked to the real-life characters of the book.

HISTORICAL RETROSPECTIVE: March 28, 1939: The Spanish Civil War ends.
This day in history marks the end of the bloody three-year conflict between the Nationalists and Republicans in Spain. The Nationalists, led by Francisco Franco, finally claimed victory on March 28, 1939, triumphantly entering Madrid and taking over the Spanish government.
“During 1937, Franco unified the Nationalist forces under the command of the Falange, Spain's fascist party, while the Republicans fell under the sway of the communists. Germany and Italy aided Franco with an abundance of planes, tanks, and arms, while the Soviet Union aided the Republican side.” (Source) This Franco-German connection would later be reciprocated with Spain providing significant military, economic, and material assistance to the Axis Powers during World War 2 (despite the fact that Spain was considered to be “non-belligerent” during the conflict).

A link to The Bridge of Deaths:The Spanish civil war began in July of 1936. In December of that year, Anthony Crossley was part of a group of British Government officials who visited Spain. He had very pro-Franco views and, in 1937, is adamant that there should be a British non-intervention policy in regards to Spain. Crossley’s opinions carried with them visibility, due to his appointment as private secretary to the Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, British Parliament Member Sir Austin Hudson, 1st Baronet. This is likely to have given Crossley access to some of the trips and governmental committees, as well as a stronger voice in Parliament.

~About the author~
M.C.V. Egan is the pen name chosen by Maria Catalina Vergara Egan. Catalina was born in Mexico City, Mexico in 1959, the sixth of eight children, in a traditional Catholic family.
From a very young age, she became obsessed with the story of her maternal grandfather, Cesar Agustin Castillo--mostly the story of how he died.
She spent her childhood in Mexico. When her father became an employee of The World Bank in Washington D.C. in the early 1970s, she moved with her entire family to the United States. Catalina was already fluent in English, as she had spent one school year in the town of Pineville, Louisiana with her grandparents. There she won the English award, despite being the only one who had English as a second language in her class.
In the D.C. suburbs she attended various private Catholic schools and graduated from Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland in 1977. She attended Montgomery Community College, where she changed majors every semester. She also studied in Lyons, France, at the Catholic University for two years. In 1981, due to an impulsive young marriage to a Viking (the Swedish kind, not the football player kind), Catalina moved to Sweden where she resided for five years and taught at a language school for Swedish, Danish, and Finnish businesspeople. She then returned to the USA, where she has lived ever since. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Swedish.
Maria Catalina Vergara Egan is married and has one son who, together with their five-pound Chihuahua, makes her feel like a full-time mother. Although she would not call herself an astrologer she has taken many classes and taught a few beginner classes in the subject.
The celebrated her 52nd birthday on July 2nd, 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

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~Interview with MCV Egan~
I was very fortunate to have MCV Egan answer some of my questions and was just wowed by her answers. Read my interview with her below.

How would you describe your book in 20 words or less without using the blurb?

Past lives

Is The Bridge of Deaths really a culmination of 2 decades of research? Why are you so interested in WW II History?
Yes, at least a good eighteen years of research. I was so clueless when I began to dig around the plane crash that killed my grandfather in 1939 so I guess someone with a better historical background would have never taken that long.
I am embarrassed to admit that I had to look up almost every incident I came across even something as common knowledge as The Munich Pact.
I know I had to have studied it at some point in school or university but to be honest I know I did fail history at least once.

Why are you releasing a revised edition and what is different from the original?
When I released the original in 2011I was so afraid that people would dispute some of the files I used that I carefully and meticulously added footnotes for EVERYTHING, over 200.
To my surprise some people loved that, mainly lawyers! But it felt like awkward reading for some, and it was understandable, especially in the e-book format as the footnotes can be distracting. In the revised version I added the necessary footnotes to the narrative and got rid of all of them. I also summarized two parts that were loaded with information and detail and added them to the back as appendices for the more curious readers.
The book is formatted in a very user friendly way so the reader can go from one chapter to the other or to the appendices.
To give it a more up to date touch, as the book takes place in 2010. I added an epilogue in the summer of 2012.
The new cover has the image of my grandfather’s watch which is part of the story.

Over 200 footnotes? So this is not a novel, or is it?
Oh yes it is a novel. It has fictional elements so it must be categorized as such. The characters that sift through the data are fictional even if two are strongly based on real people; one of whom is me!
I also used very “unorthodox” ways to research such as psychics and past life regressions; not my own, and that to many is fiction.

How did you use psychics and past lives?
I have two watches, one that was my grandfather’s and another sent to us by British Airways LTD. The use of psychometry is not that scoffed at, I mean the FBI has used it, so I thought, Why not? It was just amazing, with no photos or previous knowledge a psychic started describing the bridge and another the lettering on the wing of the plane.
The most shocking was that all described to a T another of the men who died for the second watch, no spoiler! I won’t tell you which but it was uncanny. There were five people gifted in psychometry who did this for me.
The individual who had the long past life regressions, five in total has asked to remain anonymous, but I was allowed to sit in and take notes, they were also recorded but the quality is horrible which is a shame because just like Maggie in the book, I did ‘go under’ and slept through one of them!

Do you have any advice for unpublished authors?

Take a piece of paper and write down a list of what you want, do not limit that list Dream dare to be as demanding as can be with that list. Let it be for a few days and then go back to it. Take another paper, do not erase anything but make a new list with realistic limitations, from that or add.

Use them both to set your goals and create your dreams and of course WRITE as much as possible.

What steps do you follow while writing a book?

I have a few I have not yet put out there. I get a composition notebook, because the pages are not going to come off, hard to tear.

I write the overview the premise I want to cover first as short as possible; young boy loses parents in a tragic accident and moves to foreign country with distant relatives. Then I ask myself questions, how do they die? Do they suffer? Does that haunt the boy throughout the story? How different is the culture, family he moves into?

Well surely by now you get the gist of it, and no that is not one of my plots. Then I write lists with the facts I want to cover, the lists can have a paragraph, the details grow. I then device an order, do I want to backlash? Is he an adult looking back at the pivotal moment that changed his life?

Then I toy with a catchy first sentence to grab the reader, here I liked all my examples too much and I am keeping those secret!
Then write, revise, re-write and write! Find someone willing to edit/ proofread and Voila!

If you could ask your readers one question, what would it be?

I have had the fantastic fortune to interact a lot with my readers so I have asked and gotten a lot of answers but with any work I guess my standard question would be, who is your favorite character and why?

What are your thoughts on self-publishing vs traditional publishing?

I am only familiar with vanity self-publishing and now Create Space and KDP. I think traditional publishing is in shock many books did not have an e-book clause and authors, famous ones are having a blast publishing those and getting most of their money!  It will be interesting to see how much of the traditional industry is able to survive in a decade or so.

Thanks for talking with me and sharing your thoughts. Njkinny's World of Books & Stuff wishes you the very best.

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