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Month: March 2018

Spotlight On Crime Fiction Author Anja de Jager

Spotlight On Crime Fiction Author Anja de Jager

I am thrilled to welcome crime fiction author Anja de Jager to my blog today! Her Lotte Meerman series is ideal for those who enjoy a good detective story as well as want to be transported to Amsterdam. Even for someone like me who lives in this city and knows it well, it was a joy to read and fun to see the city through her eyes.  You can read my review of Death on the Canal  on TripFiction. The…

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Travel Giveaway to celebrate Rituals of the Dead’s April 6 release!

Travel Giveaway to celebrate Rituals of the Dead’s April 6 release!

Giveaway time! On April 6, Rituals of the Dead – my travel thriller set in Papua and the Netherlands – will be available as eBook and paperback worldwide!  (You can preorder it now and save a buck.) To celebrate, I am giving away a fabulous travel-related prize package on April 5! ONE lucky traveler will win: Save the Planet! World Map Shopper bag (made from recycled plastic bottles) POINT IT travelers language kit (the bestselling photobook of all time) Notebook…

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Spotlight On Historical Fiction Author Imogen Matthews

Spotlight On Historical Fiction Author Imogen Matthews

It is my pleasure to welcome historical fiction author Imogen Matthews to my blog today! Some of you may know her as romance author Alex Johnson. Her latest novel – The Hidden Village – continues to top Amazon’s Young Adult Historical Fiction charts. And well deserved! It a well-written, moving story of courage, hope, and survival. You can read my Goodreads review here. Today she shares with us more about her childhood in Nigeria, the power of creative writing courses, and…

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What is a Bis Pole and Why Were They Desired by Collectors?

What is a Bis Pole and Why Were They Desired by Collectors?

The exhibition central to my latest novel, Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery, is based on an actual exhibition of Asmat art entitled Bis Poles: Sculptures from the Rain Forest. I can imagine most readers are now thinking – what the heck is a bis pole?     Ancestor Objects Carved to Honor the Dead These ancestor objects – akin to Native American totem poles – are created to honor the recently departed during a ‘bis’ ceremony. A bis…

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Bis Poles in Rotterdam – excerpt from Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

Bis Poles in Rotterdam – excerpt from Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

In this excerpt of my new novel, Rituals of the Dead, Zelda sees a bis pole for the first time. She’s not as impressed as you might think. Find out why: Chapter Three Once the pole rested on the gurney, the assistants slid the canvas strips out from under it and stepped back, allowing the room to view it in all its glory. Zelda couldn’t help but wonder if it was the ugliest thing she’d ever seen. She’d grown up…

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Mystery Thriller Week: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers

Mystery Thriller Week: Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers

Today I would like to introduce you to Mystery Thriller Week (April 12-22), an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres! I’m thrilled to share with you Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers written by Mary Angela,  Tempeste Blake, Ellen Byron, Janice Croom, Alexia Gordon, L.C. Hayden, Dale Phillips, Janice J. Richardson, and Judy Penz Sheluk  I’ve also included information about my own amateur sleuth mystery. Click on the book cover to link to Amazon where you can read an excerpt and learn…

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First official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery!

First official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery!

I am thrilled to see the first official review of Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery on Goodreads​! “History comes alive in this story as Zelda photographs the diary, unearthing a story of murder, greed, missionaries and artifacts. It is not a book one puts down easily. The characters are carefully crafted, engaging you from page one. Alderson takes you from past to present and back again seamlessly as you follow events Zelda has yet to unravel…” THANK YOU, early…

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Theresa Smith Writes Behind the Pen and Staying in with Linda Hill

Theresa Smith Writes Behind the Pen and Staying in with Linda Hill

I am again touched by the kindness and support book bloggers lend to us authors. It is truly appreciated! Today I would like to share two new posts – Behind the Pen feature on Theresa Smith Writes Book Blog and Staying in with… on Linda Hill’s Book Blog. Both were wonderful ways of connecting with new readers. I also enjoyed ‘visiting’ Australia again, thanks to Theresa Smith. If you love to read, both sites are well worth your time! Behind the Pen feature…

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Spotlight on historical mystery author Harriet Steel

Spotlight on historical mystery author Harriet Steel

I am honored to welcome historical mystery author Harriet Steel to my blog today! Her novel Trouble in Naula transports readers to Sri Lanka and introduces us to her gentle and intelligent Inspector de Silva. Today she shares how a BBC competition changed her life, why Inspector de Silva is happily married, her interest in Lola Monetz, and the importance of setting in a novel. She also gives us a sneak peak of her work-in-progress – Fatal Find in Nuala –…

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Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

Books in my Handbag Blog: A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag

I am thrilled to share more about my art history mystery, The Lover’s Portrait, with Jessie Cahalin and her Books in my Handbag Blog! A Pesky Sleuth and Dutch Masterpieces in my Handbag “Travel with Jennifer S Alderson to Amsterdam and find out what has happened to some missing Dutch masterpieces.  Jennifer asked me to hide the paintings in the Handbag Gallery, but if you read the novel then the secrets will be revealed.  A pesky amateur sleuth will guide…

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