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The Scottish Highlands without the Midges Kindle Promotion

30-06-2017 No comments yet

‘Book’ yourself a journey of a lifetime to the Scottish Highlands, switching back and forth between Victorian/Edwardian times and the present day adventures of American [...]

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April 15 2017: Tom McKerley to talk about genealogy at ‘Fabled Ayr’ event Waterstones

12-04-2017 No comments yet

Be careful what you wish for when researching your genealogy.
It can lead to unexpected places……

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Troon Library Event May 17, 2017

20-03-2017 No comments yet

Get your agenda’s out….here’s an announcement for yet another free event in the library of Troon Scotland, hometown to Tom McKerley

Tom will be [...]

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Family History Writing, Events & Bookreadings

12-03-2017 No comments yet

Dear Bloodlines Readers,
It has been a while since you last heard from McKerley & Schippers and what goes on in the sometimes surprising world [...]

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Access Netherlands, serving the international community

21-01-2017 No comments yet

I recently had the pleasure to read two books from writer duo Thomas McKerley and Ingrid Schippers.
Thus starts the Access review by Tracey Taylor [...]

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Cafe 141 book signing and Scottish Family History gathering

14-01-2017 No comments yet

A new event is planned next week. Tom McKerley will be attending his local café next Tuesday 17th January at 11.30 am to have a [...]

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Who Gave ‘Auld Lang Syne’ its Words?

03-01-2017 No comments yet

Ask a genealogist what is the most interesting aspect of researching family history and you’ll most likely hear it’s what they learn about themselves, that [...]

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Genealogy Mystery Bloodlines – Traces Dec 8-11 Kindle Promotion starts at 80 % discount

30-11-2016 No comments yet

Click Here for the direct link to the Kindle Countdown Deal of Bloodlines Traces and buy your digital copy with as much as 80% [...]

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Genealogy talks for the Klu Klux Klan

11-11-2016 No comments yet

Family History talks by McKerley & Schippers in The Netherlands between 26 November and December 1.
A glimpse into the kitchen of family history [...]

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Did He Have Any Enemies?

26-10-2016 No comments yet

What I like about listening to crime series over watching them, is that I hear more clearly what words and sentences are chosen to build up the narrative. Call it professional research if you will.

What I noticed while doing that for two days in a row, is that in many of the storylines, the same sort expressions are used to unravel the murder and the suspect’s motive.

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3 lovely lovely new reviews

18-10-2016 No comments yet

The idea behind ‘Bloodlines – Touch Not The Cat’ is an intriguing one. Two threads of a story taking place a century or so apart on either side of the Atlantic are brought together in alternate chapters culminating in an absorbing mystery that has been shrouded in secrecy for generations.

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The Learning Curves of Writing: The Birth of a Book

08-10-2016 No comments yet

We had never before done much creative writing, or published a novel. Our combined experience depended on Tom’s love for reporting sports (I will not mention his club for fear of diversion from the subject) and my personal development-related manuals, texts and columns

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Bloodlines Blurbs: a Legacy for Posterity

07-09-2016 No comments yet

‘You know it saddens me how over the years I never realized I wasn’t taking the time to discuss family history with parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and so on. Now I do not even have a brother or sister to go to’
Cathy gave a wry smile. She could relate to the woman’s regret.

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Ancestors and their events

Tell us about your family history

05-09-2016 No comments yet

Do you know what happened in your family generations ago?
Do you have your very own genealogy tale to tell?
We would love to hear [...]

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The Likeliness of a Whisky Murder

04-09-2016 No comments yet

Many homicides are never solved in the real world, particularly those involving espionage.
In the 17th century a ‘tulip-mania’ raged through the provinces of [...]

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A perfect mix of warmth, wit and a little eccentricity.

03-09-2016 No comments yet

Lovely review from a Macpherson no less…
The August Winner of the ‘Share a Post or Send in a Review’ contest is a Macpherson!
Thank [...]

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Wow…what twists and turns and surprises

23-08-2016 No comments yet

Review from Ceci Wong,  
I just finished reading Bloodlines-Touch Not the Cat last night and WOW…what twists and turns and surprises…but oh, so much [...]

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Share a Post or Send in a Review

23-08-2016 No comments yet

Who will be the next Winner of the Bloodlines Share & Review contest?
Send in a Review or Share one of our Blogs and tells [...]

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The only disadvantage of Book One is that I could hardly wait for Book Two

20-08-2016 No comments yet

Review from Jorine Janssen
July winner of our monthly Bloodlines Review Sharing Contest.

“Normally I’m not one for different timeframes in fiction, but in Bloodlines [...]

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And The Winner Is…

07-08-2016 No comments yet

Will you be our August 2016 winner of  your very own copy of Bloodlines – Touch Not the Cat or Bloodlines – Traces, to [...]

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Bloodlines Blurbs: The Funeral of Elisabeth Macpherson

19-07-2016 No comments yet

Inveravon burial grounds,
Bannfshire, Scotland.
picture: 2010, personal archives.
For reasons he could not entirely understand himself for they had quarreled almost all of [...]

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Share a Post or Send in a Review and win a Bloodlines Mystery Novel.

08-07-2016 4 comments

We select a winner by drawing an e-mail address from the submissions sent in to info@touchnotthecat.com.

The winner receives a paperback copy of Bloodlines [...]

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June 21st 2016: Bloodlines -Traces paperback available NOW!

21-06-2016 No comments yet

New beginnings for Bloodlines-Traces on the day of Summer Stolstice, June 21st 2016
You can order your paperback copy of Bloodlines Traces here

While our [...]

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How Publishing a Book is like Making Kefir

25-05-2016 No comments yet

In one of my other lives, I’m a bit of a health-food-freak, which I have discovered is a very effective way to chase your [...]

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We Want Proof!

17-05-2016 No comments yet

Yes, yes, yes, it’s here! The long awaited PROOF, Bloodlines Traces really exists has arrived!
After some confusement on both sides, Lightning Source (the [...]

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Bloodlines-Traces: only a few more days to go

14-05-2016 No comments yet

I caught myself right in the middle of it this week.
Me, in one of my other lives an energy counsellor, telling people how [...]

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Bloodlines-Traces by Ingrid Schippers and Thomas McKerley

Preview Bloodlines-Traces

30-04-2016 No comments yet

A page turner of a novel and sequel to the highly praised McKerley & Schippers debut,
Bloodlines -Traces reveals the challenges of Women’s Suffrage, poverty in [...]

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Bloodlines Traces to be published in May 2016

15-04-2016 No comments yet

It’s the challenges and learning curves that make the work worthwhile!
Thank you for being patient with us!
The aim is to publish Bloodlines – [...]

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On Synchronicity and the Appendix of Bertie

10-04-2016 No comments yet

In 1902, two days before he was to be crowned, the future King Edward VII was diagnosed with appendicitis and in need of emergency [...]

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Murder on the Royal Scotsman

13-03-2016 No comments yet

Bloodlines -Traces, the sequel to Bloodlines – Touch Not the Cat, includes a ‘Murder on the Royal Scotsman, ‘  the famous Orient Express train which [...]

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