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Will they have closure at last?

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In 2012 I read an article in the Economist that stunned me. It was about the children who'd been sent to the British Dominions during, before and even after World War II. These were the child migrants -- orphans,  neglected or abandoned children.  I was amazed, not only that such a thing could happen in Britain but also that it had been kept secret for so many years.  If it hadn't been for a chance circumstance, many of those children, now adults, would never have been reunited with their families.  A social worker, Margaret Humphreys, was assigned the case of a woman who claimed that she had been deported from Britain when she was only four-years-old.  That was in 1986; since then Mrs Humph...
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Historical Fiction: why we like a good series

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The only series of books that I've written is the al-Andalus trilogy, set in 10th century Spain. The fact it has ended up as a trilogy doesn't mean I set out to write it that way. As all writers know, no matter how clear your plan of action is at the start, the novel takes on a life of its own and sometimes you end up in quite a different place. The first book was The Shining City and when it was finished I was happy and prepared to move on to something else, but then someone asked if I was going to follow on with a sequel. 'People like historical series,' they said. 'You'll sell more books if you write a sequel.' So I delved back into that period and found that forty years later, history ha...
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PRIMARY SOURCES: a treasure for the historical novelist

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It really came home to me when I was writing my historical novel Spanish Lavender —set in  Málaga  during the Spanish Civil War—the importance of primary sources, eye-witness accounts. There were plenty of second-hand accounts: historical perspectives on the events, hundreds of books written about the Civil War and plenty of secondary sources from the relatives of those who took part. But to bring a novel to life, you really need to know what it was like to be there, living in a city where it was hard to know who was friend and who was foe. So I was very fortunate to come across two books written by people who were actually in the city in February 1937. One was written by Gamel Woolsey, the ...
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The Ring of Flames: paperback version released this week

The paperback version of The Ring of Flames was released by the printers on Monday 18th September.  But then a reader told me it still wasn't listed on Amazon. I checked and sure enough only the Kindle version was listed. I waited a couple of days, knowing how long it can take for things to move in this instant, digital world. (Ever tried to transfer money from one bank account to another and wondered why it takes so long?) Anyway, on Thursday I contacted Amazon and within no time at all it was listed. Just so you know, you can buy it from Amazon.co.uk ,  Amazon.com  or order it from any High Street bookshop. This is the last book in the al-Andalus series, but that doesn't mean I've given ...
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Why do authors chose specific locations for their stories? Or do they?

I think we'd all agree that location is an important ingredient to any story but sometimes it is more than that. It is the reason the story has been written in the first place. JG Harlond’s series of books about the tulip wars could only be set in Holland - although her characters do move about quite a bit, to Spain, Italy and England. But I’m sure she started with the idea of the tulip wars, which inevitably led her to Holland. My novel Spanish Lavender is about the Spanish civil war, but because I am focusing on the exodus of people from the city of Malaga in 1937, the action could only take place in that city. More than that - the location is the reason I am writing it. When a friend told...
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MOMS AGAINST ZOMBIES on Tour...Check It Out!


        MOMS AGAINST ZOMBIES by Alathia Paris Morgan   Genre: Paranormal Horror     Emma Jackson is an army wife and new mom with all the uncertainties that come with it… until that fear is pushed in a different direction. Instead of worrying about diapers and feeding schedules, her only objective is to keep her child alive after being chased by a man who looks entirely too dead.   Trish Walsh thought her day was bad when she had to drag all four of her children on an errand, but she rethinks the meaning after what she can only hope was someone dressed up like a zombie beats on her car door. Yet, the bloody mess left behind is anything but reassuring.   Cooper Walsh’s job is top secret. When...
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Featuring Dual Release Blog Tour of All That Glitters Ain't Gold and Sitting Behind the Gates of Hell by Teresa Mason Browning


  All That Glitters Ain’t Gold & Sitting Behind the Gates of Hell Blog Tour     Vaneka’s VIP Literary Services is pleased to announce the Dual Blog Tour of All That Glitters Ain’t Gold and Sitting Behind the Gates of Hell by Teresa Mason Browning.             Author Teresa Mason Browning   Genre African American Fiction, Urban Fiction   Publisher Self-Published       All That Glitters Ain’t Gold (Book 1)       At what point are you willing to risk it all to get ahead? Is your freedom worth the gamble?   For most of us in this world, there are times when certain occasions arise in our lives that we consider to be that golden opportunity that once in a lifetime moment that we’ve waited for...
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Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer-Summer 2017 Tour (July-September)

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Mark Anthony the Psychic Lawyer-Summer 2017 Tour (July-September) FLORIDA Saturday, July 15 at 7 PM Aquarian Dreams An Evening of Spirit Communication For Tickets call: 321-729-9495 Or online visit: CLICK HERE FOR AQUARIAN DREAMS COLORADO Saturday, July 29 at 7 PM Denver, Colorado An Evening of Spirit Communication Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities (sponsored by “For Heaven’s Sake Bookstore)   CLICK HERE FOR ARVADA CENTER EVENT TICKETS IANDS (International Association of Near-Death Studies) Westminster, Colorado-August 3-6, 2017 Special presentations on Friday, August 4 by Mark Anthony who will present the Key Note Speech “Debunking Death: The Science of Near-Death Experiences” and later...
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Ring of Flames - chapter 1

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RING OF FLAMES Book 3 in The al-Andalus Series CHAPTER 1 Ahmad couldn’t believe his eyes. He always came straight to the Falcon House after he’d been to the mosque. Being with the falcons prolonged that feeling of peace he got from his early morning prayers. But not today. He looked at the empty perches, at the feathers covering the floor, at the drops of blood that led to a dirty sack in the corner of the room. Who had done this? Who had killed his beautiful birds? His legs felt weak with shock. He squatted on the floor and looked around him. If he were a woman he’d weep and wail, he would tear at his clothes and howl his grief to the skies. But he was no woman. All he could do was hold his...
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Join Me at SBWC Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 18-23

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Since 1972, the Santa Barbara Writers Conference has been connecting writers with mentors, agents and editors. Every summer, writers in many genres from around the world gather to participate in a magical week of intensive work focused on story, voice, craft, marketing, and networking with fellow writers and publishing professionals. The conference has hosted a legacy of America’s best writers, including: Ray Bradbury Jane Smiley William Styron Eudora Welty James Michener Sue Grafton Charles M. Schulz Clive Cussler Fannie Flagg Elmore Leonard T.C. Boyle Join us this summer for our 45th anniversary, June 18-23, 2017, and become a part of this on-going literary legacy. I will be there on a pan...
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Book Tour - Falling for the #Jerk Next Door by Theda Monroe


    Falling for the #JerkNextDoor by Theda Monroe Publication Date: April 27, 2017 Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance     Read for FREE in KindleUnlimited: Amazon A sex-starved journalist finds herself in the love jail. Will she cop a plea? Zelda Sullivan is a successful news journalist living with PTSD. The disorder causes her to have agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder, which makes her hide herself away from the world. Santiago Ryan recently moved to Zelda’s small town from Ireland to work as a cop. He’s Zelda’s neighbor, and someone she loathes because he turns her life into a noisy nightmare with his antics next door. Unknown to Santiago, Zelda tweets about him using the hashtag #JerkNext...
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On Tour with Too Many Women in the Room


Starting today and continuing until the end of June, twenty-eight of my author friends will host me on their blogs. I will be sharing posts, excerpts, and recipes with wonderful companions who have provided support and encouragement on my writing journey. I’m hoping you’ll visit their blogs and enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway . You could win a $10 Amazon gift card. Check daily for link updates. May 28 – Donna Warner May 29 – Just Romantic Suspense May 30 – Marian Lanouette May 31 – Claire Gem June 1 – Romance Recipes June 4 – Jen Stwinom June 5 – Jacquie Biggar June 5 – Lori Robinett June 7 – Marilyn Meredith June 7 – Lois Winston June 9 – Ryan Jo Summers June 11 – Lesley Diehl June 12 – Vic...
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Author Appearance: Modesto Classic Comic-Con

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I will be one of the featured authors at the Modesto Classic Comic-Con (previously known as Steamhouse Con).  I was on-hand for year zero, and I can tell you that you couldn’t ask for a nicer group of folks.  I hope you can all come on down to say hi! Original link
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Author Appearance: Campbell Con

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Hi, everyone.  I just confirmed today that I will have a table at Campbell Con.  This is a first-time event for me, but it’s the third year for the activity.  I’m super-excited.  I hope that those of you in the area will come by to say hello! Original link
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Marissa Dobson's Paranormal Romance FOREVER'S FIGHT is On Tour


    FOREVER'S FIGHT Forever Creek Shifter, Book 1 by Marissa Dobson   Genre: Paranormal Romance Fighting for love and family.   Patrick O’Reilly left behind his medical practice when he and his siblings were forced into hiding. Determined to live through the war against their species, they vow to serve their kind. Patrick will risk it all to ensure none of them end up as experiments in a government lab.   Clarissa Greenwood worked all her life to become a scientist and to get the position at Hathaway Medical where she thought she would be able to find cures for diseases. Instead, she is witness to experiments on shifters. Disgusted by the truth, she gathers as much information as she can, an...
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Nuts and Bolts of Writing


L-R Alison Bruce, Donna Warner, Liz Lindsay, Joanne Guidoccio Yesterday evening, I participated in a lively panel discussion with three other mystery writers at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library . We are all published authors and members of Crime Writers of Canada . We gave mini-presentations on our favorite nuts and bolts of writing—The Right Opening, Character Development, Self-Editing, Building Your Author Brand—and read excerpts from our recent novels. During the Q & A sessions, we delved into a variety of topics, among them short stories, writing and critique groups, conferences, and contests. Thanks to librarians Andrea Curtis and Deb Quaile for organizing and facilitati...
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Signing #Books in #Falmouth! #CapeCod Cape Cod


I have lots of events coming up, both book-related and personal (how could my son be old enough to graduate high school????), so it's going to be an exciting spring, despite the dismal weather on Cape Cod so far this year. First up, this Wednesday, May 17th, I'll be participating in a Bingo Night Fundraiser in Falmouth.  This sounds like a blast - I wish I could play!  The suggested donation is $20 (proceeds to our local AARP), and that gets you 20 games (wear red for a bonus card!).  Complimentary light appetizers and a cash bar too! Where do I fit in?  There are a whole bunch of local artists and vendors setting up for shopping before and in between the games, and we've all donated to the ...
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Meet my guest Stacy Eaton--SPARKLERS OR SPANKINGS is on tour!


    SPARKLERS OR SPANKINGS The Celebration Township, book 7 by Stacy Eaton   Genre: Contemporary Romance   Harper Reed has run her family owned Bed & Breakfast for three years, and recently turned it into a place for couples to spice up their relationships. Harper has a dream for her business and her future, but recent events might upend those romantic dreams.   When Mason Tidewater arrives at her Inn, Harper believes its fate that has brought them together. While Mason doesn’t believe in fate, things start to happen in Celebration Township that could change his mind. Unfortunately, the reason he’s here in the first place, might destroy any chance he has with Harper.   During the Memoria...
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Book Blast Blog Tour: Raven’s Feast (Hakon's Saga Book 2) by Eric Schumacher #HFVBT


  New on Amazon US and Amazon UK   Raven’s Feast is the sequel to God’s Hammer, the true story of Hakon Haraldsson and his quest to win and keep the High Seat of Viking Age Norway.   It is 935 A.D. and Hakon Haraldsson has just wrested the High Seat of the North from his ruthless brother, Erik Bloodaxe. Now, he must fight to keep it.   The land-hungry Danes are pressing from the south to test Hakon before he can solidify his rule. In the east, the Uplanders are making their own plans to seize the throne. It does not help that Hakon is committed to his dream of Christianizing his people – a dream his countrymen do not share and will fight to resist. As his enemies move in and his realm begins...
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Author Appearance: Clockwork Alchemy 2017

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Hi, everyone.  My first appearance of 2017 will be in the Author’s Alley at Clockwork Alchemy .  Be sure to stop by and say hello!  I’ll have copies of all of my paperbacks available for sale and signature.  I look forward to seeing you there! Original link
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