Sneak Peek: Hiding in a Cave of Trunks

Today we have a sneak peek from the creative non-fiction memoir by Ester Benjamin Shifren: Hiding in a Cave of Trunks.

Against an historical background, this true story of a British family’s century-long existence in Shanghai, “Paris of the East,” details the culture and tribulations of the colorful multi-ethnic population. In the 1840s the Benjamins went from India to Shanghai, where they prospered, even achieving high-level diplomatic positions. Owners of prize-winning horses, the family sometimes conducted business on a handshake at the race-track! World War II abruptly terminated their privileged lifestyle. The Japanese stripped them of all worldly possessions and interned them for three years in a POW camp, inflicting great hardship and loss of optimum health. In 1948 the Benjamins relocated to Hong Kong, where the Korean War embargo eventually caused their irreparable financial collapse.

Hiding in a Cave of Trunks is available from Amazon and Amazon UK.

Here is an excerpt from Hiding in a Cave of Trunks

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Video Trailer: Kin Seeker

As the last dragon, Laeka’Draeon holds the key to finding his missing kin and restoring the barriers of Klonnoth Aire. The problem is he has no memory of his past, or what happened the fateful day the dragons disappeared.

With the kingdoms in disarray, blighted by strange terrors, Laeka’Draeon has no choice but to take action. If Klonnoth Aire is not restored, the consequences could lead to war and ruination. Aided by unlikely allies, including a spirited unicorn filly and an eerie-eyed phantom, Laeka’Draeon braves dangerous realms in search of answers, and quickly finds himself part of an unforgettable adventure.

Kin Seeker, the fantasy-adventure novel by N. R. Eccles-Smith, is available at, Smashwords, Amazon UK, and many other online retailers.

Don’t forget, you can cast your vote for trailer of the month on December 28, 2013 at 5 p.m. Pacific time.

Building a Multi-Layer Table of Contents in MS Word

I needed to put a Table of Contents (TOC) into an existing Word document for my latest book, which is a collection of flash fiction (2013 Flash Fiction Anthology). My plan was to publish on Amazon in eBook format containing a TOC with hyperlinks to each story prompt and actual story.

However, I had a problem building the TOC. Then I used ‘help’ feature in Word without any success. Finally, I referred to some articles on the subject and still wasn’t successful. I finally worked through it, and thought others might be able to benefit from a post on my approach.

I’m sure those familiar with building a TOC will get a chuckle out of this post, but my approach does work. Continue reading “Building a Multi-Layer Table of Contents in MS Word”