♦ Dr. Evan Antin’s ‘World Wild Vet’ is a Love Letter to Nature and the Animals Kingdom [REVIEW]

Evan Antin with an elephant friend at the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya.
Dr. Evan Antin with his elephant friend at the Ol Jogi Wildlife Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. (Photo courtesy Dr. Evan Antin/Facebook)
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Like so many other animal lovers, we’ve enjoyed watching veterinarian Evan Antin share his adventures with all creatures great and small on Instagram. Whether he’s treating domestic pets at the veterinary hospital where he works or is globetrotting to save an endangered species, he’s always got something new and interesting to share. Now he’s published a book all about his encounters in the animal kingdom called World Wild Vet, and it offers us a fun and fascinating look at both the wildlife he’s met and the career he’s built for himself.

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A KNIGHT AND A SPY 1410: Nine Questions for Simon Fairfax [INTERVIEW]

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Simon Fairfax embellishes history in A Knight and a Spy 1410. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Intrepid spies, valiant knights, and the fair maidens who win their hearts. There are good reasons we romanticize the Medieval period and are captivated by its pageantry. Somehow, even now, the legends of iconic royals tease our imaginations and lure us back to their own era, centuries before any of us ever walked the Earth. It takes a deft writer to capture these stories on paper, to resurrect faded characters and bring old world history to vivid life. Yet that is exactly what author Simon Fairfax has done with his new series and its debut novel, A Knight and a Spy 1410. That’s why we were delighted to catch up with Simon and learn some of the stories behind the story in this insightful interview. Enjoy! —J&H

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Simon Fairfax’s Pasta Schizophrenica [RECIPE]

(Photo courtesy Simon Fairfax)

Simon Fairfax, author of the new Medieval saga that begins with A Knight and a Spy 1410, is not only a very capable writer, he also knows his way around a kitchen. He received this recipe from “Alice’s” (the Contessa’s) mother (see our recent interview for details), who calls it Pasta Schizophrenica, as it turns out differently each time! The good thing is, like so many typical Italian dishes, there’s really no right or wrong when preparing this dish, hence the name. In essence, this is very simple and quick to prepare, and can be made in about 10 minutes. “But you must use good quality, fresh ingredients,” Simon says. “This recipe includes what works on a regular basis. However, you could use no basil or more pepper; passata rather than chopped tomatoes; pasta instead of gnocchi; sliced pancetta rather than cubed; etc., etc. Well, you get the picture! Pork, especially wild boar—Cinghiale—is very popular around Tarquinia/North Lazio and features in many dishes.” We hope you enjoy this recipe, as written and photographed by Simon himself. —J&H

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David Baldacci’s ‘Daylight’ Pits Atlee Pine and John Puller Against the Same Creepy Villain [REVIEW]

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Atlee Pine returns in Daylight. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Some agents get more vested in their cases than others. For FBI agent Atlee Pine, this is as personal as it gets. But when she crosses paths with an investigator from another agency, will he attempt to stop her in her tracks or help her catch her man? Find out in David Baldacci’s relentless new thriller, Daylight.

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Treat the Readers in Your Life with a Gift Card from Jathan and Heather Books

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Nothing says “I love you” like a gift card to their favorite bookshop! (Photo courtesy Canva)

Whether you’re an avid reader or know someone whose idea of a great present is a new book, you can’t go wrong by buying a gift card to Jathan and Heather Books! Purchase them in increments between $25 and $500. They never expire and the balance of the card stays on their online account forever. It’s truly the gift that keeps on giving!

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