Saturday, September 6, 2014

"The Bridge of Deaths" by M.C.V. Egan

The Bridge of Deaths
Revised Edition:
A Love Story and A Mystery
by M.C.V. Egan

The newly revised edition of The Bridge of Deaths is on tour with Bad Ass Marketing to mark the 75th Anniversary of the beginning of World War II. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

You can read my interview with the author in an earlier blog post.

On 15 August 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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Praise for the Book
"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

Guest Post by the Author
Historical Retrospective:
1 September  1939 - Germany invades Poland
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. I have 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.
"At 4:45 a.m., some 1.5 million German troops invade Poland all along its 1,750-mile border with German-controlled territory. Simultaneously, the German Luftwaffe bombed Polish airfields, and German warships and U-boats attacked Polish naval forces in the Baltic Sea." (Source) Hitler was looking for "living space" for the "racially superior" German people, and aimed to enslave the Slavic people as part of his expansion plan.
To avoid potential issues with the Soviet Union, a pact was signed - it included a secret clause that stated Germany and the USSR would divide Poland between them. Britain, however, had signed a treaty of its own - with Poland, in which it pledged military support should Poland be attacked. Shortly after Hitler invaded Poland, Britain and France demanded that Germany withdraw its troops or face war - when the deadline for retreat came and went without a German retreat, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, India, and France declared war on Germany. World War II had begun.
A link to The Bridge of Deaths: 1 September 1939 was two weeks after the crash of the British Airways Ltd G-AESY (a Lockheed Electra 10A) and the principal event in M.C.V. Egan’s The Bridge of Deaths. British Member of Parliament Anthony Crossley, a victim in this crash, did not live to see what he had predicted in 1932 come true: That a major international conflict would indeed begin in the Polish Corridor with German troops invading Poland.

The UK National Archives, Kew Gardens, file 6100/49/55

The Evening Standard 26 October 1932

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.
She celebrated her 52nd birthday on 2 July 2011, and gave herself self-publishing The Bridge of Deaths as a gift.

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