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Month: November 2017

Spotlight on mystery author Daniella Bernett

Spotlight on mystery author Daniella Bernett

It is my pleasure to welcome author Daniella Bernett to my blog today! Her mystery series featuring journalist Emmeline Kirby and jewel thief Gregory Longdon, transports readers through England and Italy as her lead characters become embroiled in increasingly dangerous murder mysteries. You can read my review of her first novel, Lead Me Into Danger, at the bottom of this post. Daniella is also one of the many talented authors participating in Mystery Thriller Week this February. You can sign…

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Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Indie Advent Calendar is back!

Every day in December you’ll meet fantastic new authors and learn about their books during the Indie Advent Calendar. It’s the perfect way to find gift ideas for those difficult to buy for people in your life. Or perhaps you’ll be adding things to your own wish list 🙂 Two authors will be featured every day and many will be giving away books, sharing excerpts and chatting with readers. I will be featured on December 20. There are plenty of…

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Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Budhanilkantha – An Excerpt from Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand

Here’s a short excerpt from my travelogue Notes of a Naive Traveler, about one of the many impressive holy sites in Nepal I was lucky enough to visit. December 4, 1999: Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal Last weekend, our neighbor’s son Shekhar and various family members took me to Budhanilkantha and Sundarijal, two holy sites close to our house. To get to Budhanilkantha, Shekhar led us up the very high hill behind our house, through a collection of tiny villages bordering the…

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New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

New Interviews on Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine

It was a pleasure to be interviewed by both Awesome Gang and Book Reader Magazine this month! You can read my interview with Awesome Gang on their website. Here’s a short preview: What’s next for you as a writer? I plan on continuing the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series and have no shortage of choices for where to take her next. In my desk I keep a ‘future story ideas’ folder that is rather full! I already have plans for Zelda…

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Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands!

Sinterklaas has arrived in the Netherlands!

While my American friends and family are preparing for Thanksgiving, here in the Netherlands our ‘Christmas’ has already begun! On Saturday November 18, Sinterklaas and his helpers (Pietjes) arrived by steamboat after a grueling trip across the rough seas. We know how difficult his week-long trip from Spain was because a special ‘Sinterklaasjournal’ – a fifteen minute news program for kids – is broadcast every night on national television, bringing us the highs and lows of his long and arduous…

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Interview with M.P. Tonnesen: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls Blog Tour

Interview with M.P. Tonnesen: Desert Skies, Rebel Souls Blog Tour

It is my pleasure to introduce you to travel romance author Michelle Tonnesen on the last day of her Desert Skies, Rebel Souls blog tour. I’ve had a chance to read her lovely novel and really enjoyed the story and locations. Take a moment to learn more about Michelle before reading my review.   Please tell me a little bit about yourself, your books and writing career. I learned to read and write at the age of four – I…

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Paperback giveaway exclusive for newsletter subscribers

Paperback giveaway exclusive for newsletter subscribers

Hey, readers! I’ve got a giveaway going on – exclusive for newsletter subscribers 🙂 Now is your chance to win a signed paperback copy of one of my mysteries – plus a bit of swag. My travel and art-inspired thrillers make great presents for your friends, family or yourself! Subscribe to my newsletter now to find out how to enter!  The contest is open internationally. The winners will be chosen on Saturday December 2, 2017. Don’t delay! One lucky reader will…

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Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War Two: A Dutch Perspective

Restitution of Nazi-Looted Artwork after World War Two: A Dutch Perspective

Before moving to Amsterdam, I knew very little about the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis during World War Two, a topic that plays a central role in my novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery. Sure, I’d read about controversial cases in newspapers and wondered why museums didn’t hand over the artwork immediately when legitimate claimants appeared on the scene, but also why it took the relative of the legal owner so long to submit a claim. Only…

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Interesting and Obscure World War Two References in Literature

Interesting and Obscure World War Two References in Literature

My second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, is an amateur sleuth mystery describing the plight of homosexuals and Jewish artists in Europe during World War II, as well as the complexities inherent to the restitution of artwork stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s and 1940s. Before writing it, I read a number of very interesting and somewhat obscure reference books and articles to help me better understand this complex period in European history. I’ve seen several Goodreads…

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November 11 is Sint Maarten

November 11 is Sint Maarten

Last night, Dutch streets were lit up by hundreds of children carrying lamps, in search of candy. November 11 is Sint Maarten, or Saint Martin’s Day. Officially, it’s the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours, a Bishop who was a patron of the poor. One of his more famous acts was cutting his cloak in half and giving it to a beggar. Nowadays, it is a day for children – often dressed up as little bishops, Spiderman or whatever…

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