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Spotlight on Tempeste Blake

Spotlight on Tempeste Blake

Today am I delighted to welcome author Tempeste Blake – and the two writers who make her come to life – to my blog! Nancy Smith and Cat Trizzino have combined their talents to create one pen name and a series of romantic mysteries set in the fictitious Riley’s Peak. I am the least romantic person in the world, yet I still enjoyed reading both Chasing Symmetry and Chasing Gravity! Today’s post is a bit different as Tempeste, Cat and…

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Spotlight on historical fiction author Alison Morton

Spotlight on historical fiction author Alison Morton

Today I am thrilled to welcome historical fiction author Alison Morton to my blog. Her series of alternative history thrillers set in Roma Nova sound absolutely fascinating! And her real life is as varied and interesting as her subject matter. Take a moment to learn more about the fictitious setting of her novels – a surviving piece of the Roman Empire ruled by women – and her own expat life in France.   Please tell me a little bit about…

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The Power of Place by Mary Angela

The Power of Place by Mary Angela

It is my pleasure to welcome cozy mystery author Mary Angela to my blog today. She’s certainly still celebrating the August 15th release of the second book in her Professor Prather mystery series, Passport to Murder. Emmeline Prather, the series’ lead character, is about to travel to Paris for the first time – or so she thinks. Mary’s article about The Power of Place eloquently describes the feeling of arriving in a new destination you have longed to visit, only to…

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Spotlight on historical fiction author Robert Krenzel

Spotlight on historical fiction author Robert Krenzel

It is my pleasure to welcome historical fiction author Robert Krenzel to my blog today. I’m glad he was able to answer my interview questions; it sounds like September is going to be a busy month for him! On September 16 the fourth book in his Gideon Hawke series, Constant Thunder, will hit the shelves. And on September 9 you can chat with him at the Kansas Book Fair where he will be giving a presentation and signing books. He’s…

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Genre Identity and The Author’s Voice by Janice J. Richardson

Genre Identity and The Author’s Voice by Janice J. Richardson

It is my pleasure to welcome cozy mystery author Janice J. Richardson back to my blog! Today she shares with us her thoughts on genres, as both an author and reader. She is also getting ready for the August 19th release of the third book in her Spencer Funeral Home Niagara Cozy Mystery series, Grave Mistake. I’m looking forward to reading it! You can find more about it at the bottom of this post, along with my review of her…

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When God Created the World by Dora Ilieva

When God Created the World by Dora Ilieva

I had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ mystery author Dora Ilieva in a Goodreads group many months ago, yet only recently read her second novel, The Master. I was blown away! She’s quite a talented author who infuses archaeology and history into her story, and takes us on a tour of Eastern Europe to boot. I recently discovered the third novel in the Sam and Kossara series, currently entitled White Clay, will be released this winter. I can’t wait to read…

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Why read the book if you can watch the movie? By Robbie Cheadle

Why read the book if you can watch the movie? By Robbie Cheadle

Today I am pleased to share a wonderful blog post by children’s author Robbie Cheadle. In this increasingly interconnected world it can be difficult for parents to explain to their children why basic math and writing skills are important. I know I am shocked by how much my six-year-old already knows about iPads, Kindle readers and desktops.  Why should he bother to learn to write neatly if everything is sent via computer anyway? Robbie has an eloquent answer for us…

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The Man Who Fooled the Third Reich by Maggi Andersen

The Man Who Fooled the Third Reich by Maggi Andersen

Mystery Thriller Week brought me into contact with all sorts of amazing authors, including the lovely Maggi Andersen. She’s the author of twenty-four novels and several short stories, written in the contemporary Mystery, Historical Romance and Romantic Suspense genres. She’s even contributed to a non-fiction book about castles, customs and kings in Scotland! It is my pleasure to share her article about one of my favorite Dutch personalities, Han van Meegeren. Find out now why the Dutch love this art…

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Ten Tips and Techniques for Creating a Sense of Place in the Reader’s Mind by Andrew Cairns

Ten Tips and Techniques for Creating a Sense of Place in the Reader’s Mind by Andrew Cairns

Today Andrew Cairns, author of The Witch’s List and member of Travel By Book, shares with us some excellent tips for creating a strong sense of place in your novels. Andrew knows what he’s talking about. Travel inspired his first novel, written fifteen years after a memorable one-month visit to the Ivory Coast in 1999. His experiences of growing up in Scotland and moving to France where he has lived and worked most of his adult life, are also worked…

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Spotlight on mystery author Lucia N. Davis

Spotlight on mystery author Lucia N. Davis

Please help me welcome Lucia N. Davis, author of The Baby on the Back Porch and The Charm of Lost Chances, to my blog. We connected via a Goodreads author group because of her Dutch roots! It’s been great getting to know her, her expanding family and her mysteries. I hope you enjoy the interview as well.   Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your writing career. I grew up in the Netherlands, but now live in Michigan…

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