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A Blonde Bengali Wife and Me by Anne Hamilton

A Blonde Bengali Wife and Me by Anne Hamilton

I came across Anne Hamilton’s memoir A Blonde Bengali Wife a few months ago via an amazing Facebook group, Women Writers, Women’s Books. At the time, I was editing together Notes of a Naive Traveler: Nepal and Thailand and recall being quite pleased to find another travel memoir writer in the group! Reading her posts and the description of her novel, I was immediately struck by the similarities to the start of our first trips abroad, and in awe of her decision…

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Write What You Know by Jill Dobbe

Write What You Know by Jill Dobbe

Jill Dobbe’s extensive experience as an international educator enriches her fascinating travel memoir, Kids, Camels & Cairo, a book I highly recommend to those considering taking the plunge and working overseas. It is quite an insightful read, as is this article ‘Write What You Know’.   Write What You Know By Jill Dobbe   Hemingway said it and I write by it. It’s the advice I remember receiving, and the reason I became a published author in my fifties. Upon…

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How Traveling Abroad Turned Me into a Writer by Melissa Burovac

How Traveling Abroad Turned Me into a Writer by Melissa Burovac

I have the strong feeling Melissa Burovac and I could spend many enjoyable hours swapping travel stories. After reading her excellent memoir, Wandering, I was struck by the similarities between our experiences on the road, as well as how we – as women traveling solo – reacted to the people and places we visited. One of the things I love about Wandering is how Melissa was able to stay ‘in the moment’. After reading her article, ‘How Traveling Abroad Turned…

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Fiction and Memoirs written by Expats and Travelers

Fiction and Memoirs written by Expats and Travelers

In a few short weeks I will be releasing Notes of a Naive Traveler, excerpts from travel journals and emails I’d written while volunteering in Kathmandu and backpacking through Nepal and Thailand. This journey also served as the basis for my first novel, a travel thriller entitled Down and Out in Kathmandu. My plan was to volunteer in Nepal for four months then backpack around Southeast Asia for another six. Things didn’t quite work out that way… Traveling is an…

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MTW 2017 Wrap Up and Hello MTW 2018!

MTW 2017 Wrap Up and Hello MTW 2018!

Participating in Mystery Thriller Week 2017 has been an amazing experience. I’ve seen an increase in the sales of both of my books, have collaborated and cross-promoted with fabulous authors writing in similar sub-genres, and have picked up a plethora of new and effective marketing tips. Best of all, I have connected with a supportive and generous community of mystery and thriller authors I wouldn’t have ‘met’ otherwise and have reached a new, broader base of readers and reviewers I…

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The Displaced Nation’s Top 36 Fiction Picks: books for, by and about expats and other global creatives in 2016

The Displaced Nation’s Top 36 Fiction Picks: books for, by and about expats and other global creatives in 2016

I’m honored beyond belief to see my second novel, The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, included in The Displaced Nation’s yearly roundup of recommended books for, by, and about expats and other global creatives! Read their list of 36 top fiction picks for 2016 and find a new title or two to read: Top 60 books for, by & about expats and other global creatives in 2016 (1/2) Posted by ML Awanohara on February 25, 2017 “Are bookworms like earth worms: do…

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MTW: Review of Fast Track to Glory and TalkingLocationWith Tomasz Chrusciel

MTW: Review of Fast Track to Glory and TalkingLocationWith Tomasz Chrusciel

I choose to review this book for Mystery Thriller Week because I love travel fiction, art mysteries and thrillers. This is quite possibly the perfect combination of all three! Read my review of this brilliant novel and an article by the author, Tomasz Chrusciel, about the use of setting in fiction.   Fast Track to Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel Fast Track to Glory by Tomasz Chrusciel is an exceptional around the world quest for knowledge. Technically, this brilliant novel is a thriller, though not…

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MTW: Review of Skeletons in the Attic and interview with Judy Penz Sheluk

MTW: Review of Skeletons in the Attic and interview with Judy Penz Sheluk

I’m pleased to welcome Judy Penz Sheluk to my blog, author of Skeletons in the Attic and The Hanged Man’s Noose. I chose to read Skeletons as a reviewer for Mystery Thriller Week after noticing one of my Goodreads groups was considering it for a group read. The description piqued my interest. I was a bit skeptical about the paranormal aspects to the plot, but requested it anyway. Man, am I glad I did! It is easily a 5 star mystery, and one…

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Mystery Thriller Week update

Mystery Thriller Week update

Mystery Thriller Week has turned out to be the most productive, collaborative event I’ve ever participated in! Many thanks to Vicki Goodwin, Benjamin Thomas and Sherrie Marshall Spitz for organizing such an amazing event! I’m so glad you invited me to participate this year and can’t wait for 2018. If you are an author or blogger who is interested in participating next year, you can sign up on their website now.   Reviews of The Lover’s Portrait and Down and…

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MTW: Review of When the Devil’s Idle and interview with Leta Serafim

MTW: Review of When the Devil’s Idle and interview with Leta Serafim

Today, I welcome Mystery Thriller Week author Leta Serafim to my blog. I enjoyed learning more about her past as a ‘stringer’ for the Boston Globe and her time living in Greece. I choose to review her book because of the Greek setting; her descriptions of the country, culture and peoples did not disappoint.   When the Devil’s Idle When the Devil’s Idle is a dark detective novel centered around Yannis Patronas, an esteemed Greek policeman. An elderly German tourist…

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