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Month: November 2018

Travel by Book to Canada & the USA

Travel by Book to Canada & the USA

To celebrate the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday in the United States – and commemorate Canada’s recent celebration (on October 8) – I would like to share with you some great reads set in these two incredible countries. Take a break from the holiday stress and sail the world while surfing and smuggling drugs to Hawaii, solve a mystery in a Canadian funeral home, or find out how a quiche recipe sets off a baking rivalry in a Rhode Island mill town….

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Spotlight on historical fiction author Jean Grainger

Spotlight on historical fiction author Jean Grainger

I am delighted to welcome Irish novelist Jean Grainger to my blog today! She is an academic historian turned fiction writer who specializes in contemporary and historical fiction novels focused on the twentieth century. She is also one of the contributors to The Darkest Hour anthology, a collection of ten novellas about World War Two Tales of Resistance. Her contribution, Catriona’s War, features an Irish woman who becomes embroiled in the French Resistance to Nazi occupation of France. I hope…

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Spotlight on historical fiction author John McKay

Spotlight on historical fiction author John McKay

It is an honor to welcome historical and contemporary fiction author John McKay to my blog. A native of England, John served in the Royal Air Force then worked for Fire and Rescue before turning to writing. He’s now published five novels, one of which – Mosquitoes – was long-listed in the UK International Novel Writing Competition in 2017. He is also a one of the contributors to The Darkest Hour anthology, a collection of ten novellas about World War…

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Why drafting a new mystery is akin to a Choose Your Own Adventure novel

Why drafting a new mystery is akin to a Choose Your Own Adventure novel

Writing the first draft of a new mystery always reminds me of a Choose Your Own Adventure novel. This is a time of discovery, when I let my imagination go and try to envision multiple versions and outcomes of the same scene. Much in the same way the wonderful Choose Your Own Adventure series of young adult books by R. A. Montgomery, allows readers to determine the characters’ destiny by deciding what happens at the end of each chapter. When…

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