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The Process of Writing a Historical Book by Robbie Cheadle

The Process of Writing a Historical Book by Robbie Cheadle

I am happy to welcome author Robbie Cheadle back to my blog. She’s here to talk about her foray into historical fiction writing. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t as ‘easy’ as she’d expected! Take a moment to read about Robbie’s fascinating process of turning her mother’s earliest memories into a captivating memoir. The process of writing a historical book When I embarked on the journey of turning my mom’s early years into a book, I didn’t have a plan. She had…

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Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing by Lucia N. Davis

Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing by Lucia N. Davis

It is my pleasure to welcome mystery author Lucia N. Davis back to my blog. Today she is sharing with us a new article about her latest book, The Secrets of Sinclair Lodge, and how moving abroad can influence your fiction writing. Caught between two cultures: how emigration influenced my writing About fifteen years ago I moved across the Atlantic, because the man I fell in love with happened to be an American. I don’t consider myself an expat anymore—my…

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Travel the World with TripFiction

Travel the World with TripFiction

It is my pleasure to welcome Bettina Hartas – aka Tina of TripFiction – to my blog today! TripFiction is an incredible resource for readers interested in books strong in setting. One of my favorite features of their website is being able to search their extensive database of fiction and non-fiction, by country! On their blog they review books and interview authors, as well as feature articles about locations used in fiction or how a place inspired a story. On…

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Serve, Protect, Bury: true-life adventures and moments of epiphany

Serve, Protect, Bury: true-life adventures and moments of epiphany

I am thrilled to share with you today a new box set entitled Serve, Protect, Bury. It contains three memoirs about the true-life adventures of real women throughout their training and careers—Police Academy, Fire Department, and Funeral Service. Three strong women who refused to allow any obstacle or person to stop them from achieving their goals. I asked authors Janice J. Richardson, Suzie Ivy and Laurie Loveman to share with us their moments of epiphany which lead to their changing…

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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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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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