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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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Introducing Amy Shannon, author and book blogger

Introducing Amy Shannon, author and book blogger

It is my pleasure to introduce you to Amy C. Shannon, book reviewer and author of over 100 published poems and stories. It is an honor to be able to help promote the June 9 release of her latest book, Fettering Shadows, which is coincidentally also her birthday. So happy birthday Amy, from all of us! I hope you enjoy learning more about Amy, her books and her book review blog.   Introducing author and book blogger Amy Shannon I…

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Introducing Sojourner McConnell, author and book blogger

Introducing Sojourner McConnell, author and book blogger

I am proud to introduce to you author, reviewer and blogger Sojourner McConnell. She is also one of the three brilliant minds behind Mystery Thriller Week, one of the best book events I’ve had the pleasure of participating in. I am a fan of her writing and thrilled to help share the release of her first children’s book, Who’s That in the Cat Pajamas?, with you all today!   Introducing Sojourner McConnell I am Sojourner McConnell. I am a mother…

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Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers Month Wraps Up

Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers Month Wraps Up

April is upon us which means ‘Fiction and Memoirs by Expats and Travelers month’ is now officially over. Many thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog in March to read the seven wonderful articles and interviews by Melissa Burovac, Jill Dobbe, Anne Hamilton, myself (Jennifer S. Alderson), Beth Green, Pamela Allegretto and Annika Milisic-Stanley. It was an honor for me to feature their posts and I enjoyed learning more about all of their stories! If you missed any of…

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Interview with Expat Fiction author Annika Milisic-Stanley

Interview with Expat Fiction author Annika Milisic-Stanley

I stumbled across Annika Milisic-Stanley’s debut novel, The Disobedient Wife on Goodreads while searching for ‘Expat Fiction’. After I had posted my 5 star review of her gorgeous novel, we came in contact via social media. I am glad she was able to take time away from her work as a fundraiser for a refugees center in Rome to share this fascinating interview with us.   Interview with Expat Fiction author Annika Milisic-Stanley   What is your background?  I originate…

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The Birth of a Novel by Pamela Allegretto

The Birth of a Novel by Pamela Allegretto

Pamela Allegretto is the author of my favorite historical fiction novel of 2016, Bridge of Sighs and Dreams, a captivating story set in Italy during World War Two. Her own experiences as an exchange student and expat living in the country of her forefathers inspired the characters, plot and beautifully described setting for her debut novel. It is a pleasure to learn more about its inception.   The Birth of a Novel By Pamela Allegretto The tutelage of my Italian…

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