NINA BERRY, writer

NINA BERRY, writer

Nina was born in Honolulu, studied writing and film in Chicago, and now works and writes in Hollywood. When she’s not writing, Nina does her best to go bodysurfing, explore ancient crypts, or head out on tiger safari. But mostly she’s on the couch with her cats reading a good book.

Now available:

From KTeen, the OTHERKIN series, consisting of OTHERKIN,

Coming in June, 2015 from Harlequin Teen:

THE NOTORIOUS PAGAN JONES, an historical thriller about a disgraced teenage movie star who gets caught up in the intrigue and danger of Berlin in 1961, just as the Wall goes up.


Bronze Dagger

  • Dated: 19th century
  • Medium: bronze
  • Measurements: overall length 23 cm

The handle of the dagger is ornate with a skeleton around which a snake is coiled.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Expertissim

I had to look this one up on the auction site. No mention of where it was made, but that is supposed to be a child’s skeleton.

It’s also very small. Can’t help wondering if it was made for a child.

So yeah, it’s creepy.

La Jaguarina: Queen of the Sword (1859 or 1864-?)



In April 1896, hardened military veteran US Sergeant Charles Walsh, in front of a crowd of 4,000 onlookers, turned tail and ran. Mere minutes earlier, during a round of equestrian fencing, he’d been hit so hard he’d been nearly knocked off his horse – so hard that his opponent’s sword was permanently bent backwards in a U shape. In response, Walsh did the honorable thing: jumped from his horse, claimed that the judge was cheating, and fled the scene, to the jeers of the massive crowd.

His opponent? A woman known as La Jaguarina, Queen of the Sword – an undefeated sword master who later retired only because she ran out of people to fight. Had she born 25 years later, according to the US Fencing Fall of Fame, she might be recognized as “the world’s first great woman fencer.” This week we tell the tale of this largely-forgotten heroine.

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