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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Finding Sanditon on the Map

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 6, 2022

Yes, we all know that Sanditon, Jane Austen’s fictional seaside resort in the novel fragment of the same name, which is currently a smash hit television series, is just that—fictional. Jane invented the location, just as she did her heroine Charlotte Heywood, the developer Tom Parker, wealthy Lady Dedham, and all the people she placed in it.

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Free Now Through Thursday April 7 Irish regency History

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 3, 2022

I am delighted to be able to offer my readers a free copy of my most recent release

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Culinary Disaster and Success, Spatchcock Chicken Round 2

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 10, 2022

Well, OK, it’s really Round 3. Those who read my

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Toasted Cheese--The Dish Purported to be a Jane Austen Favorite

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 31, 2022

On August 27, 1805, Jane Austen was staying at Goodnestone Park, the family home of her sister-in-law Elizabeth Bridges. Elizabeth’s brother Edward dropped in unexpectedly for a late dinner. Jane reported the occasion in a letter to her sister Cassandra: “It is impossible to do justice to the hospitality of his attentions towards me; he made a point of ordering toasted cheese for supper entirely on my account.”

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Tour of Canterbury Cathedral, Then and Now And A Free Book

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 10, 2022

Happy New Year to all my Readers!

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Playtime for Janeites, Jane Austen Memorabilia

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 4, 2022

One of the wonderful things about being a lover of all things Jane Austen is that she can be appreciated on so many levels.

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Did Jane Austen know Spatchcock Chicken?  A Heritage Recipe for Your Christmas Dinner

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 21, 2021

Looking for something different and easy that your family will love for Christmas dinner? Try this Regency-period method of preparing a super-succulent chicken.

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Interview Today

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 30, 2021

November 30, 2021 I talk about my passion for telling the stories in the Celtic Cross Series in a 15 minute interview--have a listen live all day today.

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A Reason to Give Thanks, Picture of a Pioneer Thanksgiving

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 24, 2021

Last year I offered my readers a Thanksgiving story titled “

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Margaret of Scotland, Queen and Saint

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 16, 2021

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Saints and Martyrs of England who Changed my Life

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 8, 2021

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Kishanda Fulford on Reading Jane Austen, Ghosts, and Life in a Stately Home

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 29, 2021

I first "met" Kishanda Fulford when my co-blogger Fay Sampson reported on

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At The Hotel Negresco with Hercule Poirot

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 28, 2021

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Riviera Adventure Continues with Escoffier in Monaco

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 22, 2021

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Sailing to Saint-Tropez with Alexandre Dumas

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 13, 2021

Well, no, I wasn’t actually with the great French novelist Dumas père. In reality I was with my food writer daughter-in-law Kelly, who had planned our fabulous Riviera escape. Our excuse was our “chaperoning” my granddaughter/Kelly’s daughter in her ballet intensive in Monaco. But it turned out to be something of an intensive for us as well, as we discovered writers and gorgeous food at every location.

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New Blog series: Writers in France, Then and Now, Villefranche

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 7, 2021

We were so fortunate. In late July of this year it seems that the planets aligned and a brief window opened after travel restrictions eased and before the Delta variant ramped up—and we managed to dash through like Alice through the looking-glass.

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Was Jane Austen Vaccinated?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 29, 2021

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New Video Jane Austen from Paradise to Lyme Regis

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 3, 2021

The writing life can be a crazy ride, especially because one never knows what’s next. That’s certainly true for my latest venture of making videos in the persona of Jane Austen. In

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How English was Jane Austen’s Speech?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 22, 2021

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New Venture Launched: “Jane Austen from Paradise to…” Videos

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 11, 2021

A worldwide pandemic isn’t a career move, but in the past year many of us have been forced to reinvent ourselves due to the strictures of not being able to travel, hold meetings, or speak to groups in person. That’s what happened to me when I was barred from taking research trips, speaking at book festivals, and meeting with readers’ groups. 

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Register for Free event this Monday: Jane Austen in Portsmouth

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 23, 2021

Here's all you need to know to register for my upcoming gig—Monday March 1, at the

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Remembering Katharine Whitehorn

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 3, 2021

As a “recovering lawyer” my husband has always read obituaries routinely. He needs to know if a client for whom he wrote a will has died. Only in the last few years, however, have I taken routinely to reading obituaries—those on the last page of

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Jane Austen to Appear at Portsmouth Bookfest

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 20, 2021

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Holding on Through the Covid Tunnel. Thoughts to Help

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 16, 2021

"I wonder if any year before 2021 has been greeted with such a universal sigh of relief? The feeling that ‘We made it!’ and ‘Things will surely get better now’ seem to be everywhere. 

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A Turkey Jane Austen Might have Recognized, Part 2

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 28, 2020

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My Favorite Christmas Fantasy

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2020

For all of my adult life I have had a cherished fantasy. I see myself, with all my preparations done, lying on the sofa in front of the Christmas tree reading a Christmas novel. No matter that it never happens, I continue to hold to the shining image.

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Kishanda Fulford, Janeite?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 3, 2020

I have recently been paying more attention to those so-important Search Engine Optimization stats for my website. In checking the analytics, I have found some very helpful information—some encouraging, some not so, and some downright puzzling.

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A Turkey Jane Austen Would Recognize

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 28, 2020

I had decided. This Thanksgiving I would take it easy. We all know what a difficult year it has been, and only family members who live closest to us would be able to come for dinner. Definitely a good time to let the deli roast my turkey for me. 

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Thanksgiving in Troubling Times

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 16, 2020

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Quick Update--Free for Halloween

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 27, 2020

My Halloween read

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Join Me in Great Autumn Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 7, 2020

Autumn is my favorite time of the year—I love the crisp days, the colorful foliage; I love taking walks in crunchy leaves, savoring that special tang to the autumn air; I love celebrating Harvest Festival at church, and handing out candy to our neighborhood spooks for Halloween.

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Launched!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 3, 2020

Well, even NASA has delays to their launches, so I shouldn’t have been surprised that mine was delayed. And the thing is—once it happens, it’s all the sweeter for the previous days of frustration. (There must be a life lesson in there somewhere.)

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Cover Reveal

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 5, 2020

Against all Fierce Hostility

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Saint Patrick Ignites the Flame

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 17, 2020

`About the year 425

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China Burning

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 12, 2020

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Angels Flight, A Moment in History

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 4, 2020

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The Enduring Power of Story, The Nutcracker

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 30, 2019

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Stars in the Manger, A Regency Christmas Short Story

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 18, 2019

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Trans-Canada Journey Day 4: Land of 30,000 Lakes

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 14, 2019

Almost all Americans are familiar with the Minnesota motto “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” And even just driving through the state, one finds that is an impressive number of lakes—especially to someone who lives in a desert. So, you can imagine how impressed Stan and I were as the Canadian rumbled through lake-spangled eastern Canada.

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Persistence Brings Success: Anne McDonald and Love's Refining Fire

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 12, 2019

Donna:

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Day 3: The Sweep of the Canadian Prairie, Saskatoon to Sioux Lookout

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2019

Yoan, our lovely steward, born in Brittany, but now from Vancouver, brought me my morning tea somewhere along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

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Across Canada by Train, Day 2, the Canadian Rockies

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2019

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Amanda Fino, Cerebral Palsy Advocate and Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 5, 2019

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A Bodacious Bounty of Free/99 Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 27, 2019

This month I have a bounty of specials to offer. Readers liking a chilling edge to their reading will want to take a look at

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Home Again, Home Again; Jane Austen in Chawton

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 16, 2019

“Home is the sailor, home from sea”. Well, okay, we haven’t really been sailing—just contemplating the sea from the shore and sometimes thinking of Jane Austen’s sailor brothers. But we are concluding our journey today where Jane concluded her later seashore journeys—at her home in Chawton.

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Jane Austen and Margate

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 7, 2019

Margate is just five miles north, across the Isle of Thanet, from

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Jane Austen on Ramsgate

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 1, 2019

Ramsgate, like last week’s

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Jane Austen and Brighton

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 24, 2019

It’s one of those ironies of history that even though Jane Austen apparently did not like Brighton—she never went there as far as we know, and only bad things happened to her characters who did go there—her writings have enhanced the fame and popularity of this seaside resort.

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Worthing as Jane Austen's Sanditon, Then and Now

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 11, 2019

Jane Austen’s connection with Worthing was completely unknown until late in the 20

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Bognor Regis: The "Real" Sanditon?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 5, 2019

Unlike Lyme Regis, for whom its royal ascription was ancient but had simply fallen out of use in Jane Austen’s day, Bognor was just Bognor until King George V went to nearby Aldwick on the advice of his physician in 1929. Queen Mary accompanied him and shopped in Bognor. The monarch found his lodging uncomfortable and did not enjoy his time there. He did, however, recover from his lung infection, and so granted the town permission to append Regis, meaning “of the king,” to its name.

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Portsmouth: Reliving Jane Austen's Mansfield Park

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 27, 2019

In my series following in the footsteps of Jane Austen at the seashore I have presented the resorts as they are situated geographically from west to east. Actually, though, I started my adventure right in the middle, at Portsmouth. That’s appropriate because Portsmouth comes rather in the middle of Jane’s own story since she lived in nearby Southampton before moving to Chawton, and her novel

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Jane Austen in Lyme Regis: Reliving Persuasion, Part 2

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 7, 2019

Because Lyme Regis was such a favorite seaside location for Jane Austen and because it offers such a pivotal location for her beloved novel

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Jane Austen in Lyme Regis: Reliving Persuasion, Part 1

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 29, 2019

Of all the sites on our Jane-Austen-led itinerary, Lyme Regis is the one I have most looked forward to visiting. Probably because

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Sidmouth: Jane Austen Romance and Queen Victoria Shoes

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 22, 2019

A lovely bus journey continues our Jane-Austen-led seashore tour to Sidmouth. Of course, Jane would have been in a carriage, but the views through the pleasant, rolling countryside must have been similar. And when rain splattered the windows I was glad for the comfort of my modern conveyance.

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Jane Austen Gives Literary Advice as her Seashore Tour Continues to Dawlish

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 17, 2019

Young (and experienced) writers are always advised to seek outside help for their work—join a writers’ group, find a good editor, acquire beta readers. But can you imagine a budding novelist being able to receive advice personally from Jane Austen?

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Jane Austen's Seashore Tour Begins at Teignmouth

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 7, 2019

The explosion of popularity that gripped Georgian seashore resorts was perfectly timed for Teignmouth, whose fishing industry was declining. The first stirring of elegance came in 1787 when a tea house opened “amongst the local fishermen’s drying nets”. Tea rooms, which are not as thick on the ground today as they once were in England, continue to feature in Teignmouth.

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A Seaside Tour with Jane Austen

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 30, 2019

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An English Spring and Lenten Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 1, 2019

Lent 2019

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Books and an Invitation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 20, 2019

My abject apologies to my highly valued Newsletter Subscribers for whom the pictures failed to come through! I don't know whether I'm more frustrated or disappointed, but I know

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Donna Fletcher Crow Finds Hope for 2019

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 2, 2019

Britain's Re-Told History Of Tragedy And Triumph Offers Hope For UK In 2019 As It Is Torn Apart By Brexit, Says Donna Fletcher Crow, Author Of The Award-Winning, Epic Novel 'Glastonbury'

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Christmas Decorations, Books and Joy

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 28, 2018

Ah, the

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AN UNEXPECTED TWIST

By Fay Sampson ~ November 9, 2018

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A Very Private Grave in Very Large Print

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 1, 2018

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Cheese Tasting in Jane Austen's England

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 11, 2018

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Jane Austen for Future Generations

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 5, 2018

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Something Different for Your Book Club: An Unholy Communion

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 10, 2018

Are you looking for a new angle to stimulate discussion in your book club? As we near Halloween and spooks and goblins begin appearing in store windows and front lawns, many thoughts turn to ideas of the paranormal, so why not prompt a discussion of "things that go bump in the night" by reading

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WRITING HALF THE BOOK

By Fay Sampson ~ July 31, 2018

The Author is the one with authority. So you may think that we are fully in control of the books we write. 

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#MysteryExchange Tatias Tattoo by Linda Brendle

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 25, 2018

#Mystery Exchange continues today with a book that tackles the horrific specter of sex-trafficking. Welcome, Linda Bredle to tell us about your book.

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#Mystery Exchange Cathy Perkins, In It For the Money

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 24, 2018

Welcome, Cathy Perkins to answer that age-old question:

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#MysteryExchange The Romance of Resorts by Avery Daniels

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 20, 2018

Today I welcome mystery and suspense author Avery Daniels to #Mystery Exchange. Avery and I both write mystery novels with amateur sleuths. Here you can get acquainted with her Julienne, then go on over to Avery's blog

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#Mystery Exchange J.J.DiBenedetto Relaunches Dream Doctor Mysteries

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 19, 2018

Day 5 of my Mystery Exchange--and what fun this is to have such a variety of guests. The never-ending variety of creativity is really amazing. Today my guest is J.J.DiBenedetto to tell us about a whole series he has just re-launched in ebook, print and audio. A huge congratulations is due. I know how much work this is, and i think you'll agree with me that they look great.

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#Mystery Exchange Sink or Swim with Stacy Juba

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 17, 2018

Day 4 of my month-long Mystery Exchange. I'm especially happy to be exchanging today with the charming Stacy Juba because way back in 2012 (I had to look it up) I was one of 52 novelists and journalists to contribute an essay on what I was doing 25 years ago for her

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#MysteryExchange - The Murder That Inspired a Romantic #Mystery Novel, with @Kris_Bock

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 7, 2018

Day 3 in my Mystery Blog Exchange. Today meet Kris Bock with her novel

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#Mystery Exchange with Andi Ramos Gumshoe Girl

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 6, 2018

Day 2 in my July Mystery Exchange tour. My guest is Andi Ramos to tell us about her book

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#Mystery Exchange with P.J. MacLayne The Marquesa's Necklace

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 5, 2018

Today I am doing a mystery blog exchange with P.J. MacLayne, author of 

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OLD BOOKS, NEW LIFE Fay Sampson on Rewriting Morgan le Fay

By Fay Sampson ~ June 20, 2018

The great thing about writing books is that they acquire a life of their own after they’re published.

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Sally S. Wright, in Memoriam

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 15, 2018

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Feast of the Ascension in An Unholy Communion

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 9, 2018

                                                                                   

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The Journey to the launch of A Lethal Spectre

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 25, 2018

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Remembering Saint George on His Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 23, 2018

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A Belated World Book Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 6, 2018

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Easter Reading Offers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 17, 2018

 

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Valentine's Gifts for My Readers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 14, 2018

What a special day this is—St. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday. At first glance they might seem at opposite ends of the spectrum, but at heart, both are expressions of love—human and divine.

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Quick update

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 27, 2018

Just a quick note to let you know that

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Where There is Love Special Offer

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 15, 2018

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Happy St. Crispin's Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2017

October 25 is the day the church remembers the brothers Crispin and Crispinian, cobblers who were martyred under Diocletian. The day has become more famous, however, as the day of the Battle of Agincourt because of the stirring speech Shakespeare has the young Henry V make to his troops on the even of battle.

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New Jane Austen Friend Launches Pride and Prejudice Variation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 19, 2017

As I have said before, one of the best things about attending the annual Jane Austen Society of North America AGM is the delightful people one meets. This year was no exception and one of my fun connections was a sister Austen Author Anngela Schroeder. We met the first day at afternoon tea and then had the fun of making Regency bonnets together.

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Day 4 Jane Austen's Prayers, John Wayne's Yacht

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2017

In the intense schedule of this conference our only chance for worship was 7:30 at St. Mary by the Sea,

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Day 3 A Busy Jane Austen Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 8, 2017

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Day 2 with Jane in Paradise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

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Day 1 With Jane Austen in Huntington Beach

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2017

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Watch This Space, An Invitation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 30, 2017

the time Janeites across America, and, indeed, around the world, look forward to. It is the

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The Joy of Being Read

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2017

"How is your book selling," is one of the most frequent questions authors are asked it is right up there with "Where do your stories come from." And, yes, sales are nice. Who does not need money and feel good about a nice royalty check in the bank. But for very few of us is that the main point.

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Free/99 Summer Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 19, 2017

My summer project is to get all of my Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series re-edited and published in all-new editions. I cannot promise to have  all 4 books out by the end of summer, but I can report progress.

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Having Faith in Our Books

By Fay Sampson ~ July 6, 2017

I can remember the time when the main topic of conversation when authors got together was griping about their publishers. On my side, I feel a real debt of gratitude to those who publish me. It is a considerable act of faith to invest money in the work of an author in these often difficult times.

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Japan Journey Day 8 Bullet Train to the Past

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 28, 2017

We took the amazing Bullet Train

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Japan Journey Day 7 Tokyo Tour with a Star

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 26, 2017

We are amazingly lucky today. Our guide is TV travelogue presenter

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Japan Journey Day 6 Imperial Palace Gardens and More French Connections

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 23, 2017

We began the day at the Imperial Palace Gardens. The area is surrounded by a massive stone wall erected of huge stones that made one think of the pyramids. The wall, in turn, is surrounded by a moat, as it has been since feudal times.

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Japanese Journey Day 5 Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Skytree

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 22, 2017

Our guide for the day was grandson Thomas who shared some of his favorite bits of Tokyo with us.

First stop was the Asakusa Temple Where even the outer gate is thronged. 

I am continually delighted to see people on the street in traditional dress. Especially the women in their kimonos. Everything is season specific in Japan. Therefore almost all the kimonos were ink floral.

Even some men wore traditional garments, but most wore dark suits and white shirts and ties.

I learned that pagodas mark the gravesite of Buddhist priests.

Interestingly, Buddhist worship involves several elements...

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Japan Journey Day 3 Graduation and Tokyo Harbor Cruise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 17, 2017

Grandson Thomas graduated from American School in Japan. I am delighted to say that the ceremony had a sense of dignity that did not include the air horns and raucus catcalls that have become a part of so many graduations.

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Japan Journey Day 2 Kabuki

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 15, 2017

Went to see the Imperial Palace today, but discovered it is closed on Fridays, so instead walked in the Kitanomaru Park.

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Variety is the Spice of Life for Christian Romance Giveaway

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 14, 2017

If you love clean romance novels you will not want to miss this.

I am participating in a Christian romance ebook giveaway that offers an amazing variety of reading for your summer pleasure. The collection brings you not only great reading but also a travelogue as well.

Books in this collection will take you to places as varied as the Old West, Australia, North Korea, a Wisconsin winter, Eighteenth century England, and London at Christmas.

You will meet models, musicians, missionaries and cowboys in tales of suspense, history, and...

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Japan Journey Day 1 The French Connection

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 14, 2017

I never in my wildest imagination had thought I would go to Japan. But when you have family there what do you do?

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Flowers, Books and a Ball

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 18, 2017

First off,

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A Fun Surprise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 11, 2017

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Kindle Countdown Deal

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 18, 2017

In celebration of completing the huge project of re-editing and republishing the entire Monastery Murders series, I have just enrolled book 1 A Very Private Grave for a Kindle Countdown Deal. I've never done this before, but I'm hoping my readers will find it a fun way to get a bargain.

Here is how it works: On Thursday, April 20, for 80 hours beginning at 8:00 am Pacific Time, A Very Private Grave will be available for .99. At 4:00 pm on April 23 the price goes to 1.99 for the next 80 hours. On April 17 at 12:00 am the price will revert to its original 2.99.

Since that's a lot to remember I'm hoping everyone will simply buy the...

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Thoughts on The Crown of Thorns

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 14, 2017

One of the legends of Glastonbury that influenced my writing of the epic of the same name was the story of Joseph of Arimathea taking refuge in Britannia after the Crucifixion of Christ, bearing with him a staff cut from the very tree from which the Romans had fashioned the Crown of Thorns used to pierce Jesus' brow as he hung on the cross. The story is that as Joseph stood on the brow of Wearyall...

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An All-Consuming Fire in Super Giveaway

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 15, 2017

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Short Story Anthology Continues Free Armchair Travel

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 10, 2017

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Nine Novels Free for Armchair Travelers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 9, 2017

One of the best things about reading a novel is the opportunity to visit new places, or revisit old places through new eyes. Crime Cafe offers a boxed set of nine novels that take you to fascinating settings--Free through March 11.


23 Shades of Black by Kenneth Wishnia is set in New York City in a time especially ripe for a mystery novel:



Nowadays, crime in NYC is down to historic lows, but from the mid-1970s to the early 1990s, it was the Wild West: huge swaths of the South Bronx were burnt out and abandoned, and the subways were filthy, covered with graffiti, broiling in summer and freezing in winter, and late at night the transit cops...

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A Snowy New Year

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 5, 2017

 

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Christmas Reading and Realities

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2016

Do you have a cherished Christmas fantasy? Mine, which I’ve nurtured for years, but am yet to realize, is that I’ll have all my work and preparations done by the first week in December and then be able to spend the rest of the month sitting by a beautifully lit tree, sipping tea and reading Christmas stories. Well, as the song says, “You gotta have a dream if you’re going to have a dream come true.” So I’m still dreaming.

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Prayer and the Imagination

By Fay Sampson ~ November 18, 2016

Publishing can be a long road, even for a writer as experienced as Fay Sampson. Today she shares about her new adventure.

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Stories from the Landscape, Fay Sampson in Ireland

By Fay Sampson ~ October 5, 2016

 I love walking through an evocative landscape and finding the stories that belong to it. 

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Keeping it Fresh, Renewing your Backlist

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2016

In today’s electronic market yesterday is sooo gone. Everything has to be new and fresh and of the minute. That can be exhausting. And discouraging for writers who have a backlist of really good books that just aren’t getting any attention.  My advice is, don’t fight the trend—go with it. For all the frustrations of electronic publishing, it does offer the opportunity of instant renewal.

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First Folio, The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 20, 2016

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Where Love Restores Photo Gallery

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 11, 2016

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A Fun-to-read Review

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 23, 2016

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Jane Austen in Boise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 11, 2016

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Fay Sampson Mines Riches from Family Research

By Fay Sampson ~ May 16, 2016

 It began when my young grandson came home from school saying that his homework was to find out what he could about his family roots. Our son rang us to see if we could help. From then on, both he and I were smitten with the family history bug. It appeals to me for all sorts of reasons. 

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Where Love Illumines, Book 2 Where There is Love Series, Launched

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 13, 2016

                                                                                                                    

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Newsletter Launched--Welcome to my World

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 7, 2016

 Whee! It's a bit like jumping off that high-diving board.  Well, I hope it won't be like my one-time high diving board jump--that ended in a bellyflop. But just the little, jumping-off-the-kiddie-board thing which was ever so hard to do the first time--but once I"d worked up the courage and taken that first plunge, I loved it.

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Christine Lindsay Speaks for Immigrants

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 30, 2016

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Hooray! New Jo Grant Mystery from Sally Wright

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 6, 2016

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I Love These Stories!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 31, 2016

 

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Classic Irish Soda Bread

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 18, 2016

 

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Fay Sampson Discovers Frankenstein and Family Roots in Great Fulford

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 27, 2016

For my husband’s birthday we attended a promenade performance of Frankenstein by the Four of Swords theatre company. This took place in the historic manor house of Great Fulford.

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An Inspired Fay Sampson Muses on Inspiration

By Fay Sampson ~ February 10, 2016

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Fay Sampson Celebrates a Golden Anniversary

By Fay Sampson ~ December 14, 2015

 I almost overlooked it. When the hardback of my latest crime thriller,

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Have You Heard About the Crime Cafe?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 30, 2015

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It's a Wrap, Wendy Jones Launches Book 3 in DI Shona McKenzie Series

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 15, 2015

I'm delighted today to be joining in the general celebration over the launch of Wendy Jones' newest book Killer's Cross, book 3 in her phenomenally successful DI Shona McKenzie tartan noir series. Killer's Countdown, Killer's Craft and Killer's Cross have come out at the breath-taking speed of 3 books in 13 months so I've asked Wendy to talk to us about her writing process. Over to you, Wendy--

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THE BRITISH RAJ, AS EXCITING AS THE WILD, WILD WEST

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2015

 My guest today is 

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A Year of Prehistory

By Fay Sampson ~ October 25, 2015

 I’m having a great year for prehistory. I celebrated my 80th birthday at the spine-tingling stone circle of Avebury (

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A Visit to The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 22, 2015

 

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Cruise Aboard the Belle of Louisville a perfect end to Conference

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 11, 2015

 Began Sunday as Jane Austen would have with Morning Prayers. The vicar read a sermon by the Rev. Thomas Sherlock, Bishop of London in the 18th century, whose sermons Jane read and admired and ended with a prayer Jane Austen wrote.

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Having a Ball with Jane Austen

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 10, 2015

 Another full day of great events at the Jane Austen Society of North America AGM

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"Living in Jane Austen's World", Day 2, Meeting Old Friends

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2015

 Old Friends from my real life and from my literary life filled my day in Louisville. I began with a quick chat with Tim Bullamore, publisher of the wonderful "

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Cover Reveal--That Breathless Moment

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 2, 2015

 Almost a whole year after first sending the manuscript to my publisher, the message appears in my inbox: The Flame Ignites- Final Cover.

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From Vicar to Teen Fantasy Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 14, 2015

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Ways with Words at Dartington Hall

By Fay Sampson ~ August 3, 2015

 We have just enjoyed our annual literary feast: the nine days Ways with Words festival at Dartington Hall. This is held in the marvellous setting of the 14

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D. I. Shona McKenzie: Great Tartan Noir

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 29, 2015

 

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Farmers Market Comes to Me

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 18, 2015

I love farmers' markets— fresh produce, locally grown, unusual varieties of vegetables not easily found in stores. . . But the truth is, I seldom get myself out to a market. Always in a hurry. Pick something up quickly at the grocery store. . .

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Cover Reveal: New D. I. Shona McKenzie

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 31, 2015

 And here it is! Drum roll, trumpet fanfare

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Revisiting the Scene of the Crime

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 12, 2015

 I’m not sure how accurate the old saw about criminals revisiting the scene of their crime is, but I can testify to the truth of it for crime writers. Last month I had the delight of revisiting the scene of a murder I committed many years ago at the Oregon Shakespearean Festival in Ashland.  Well, at least, my villain in 

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Marilyn Meredith, Stamina Beyond Retirement

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 27, 2015

Donna:

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Wendy Jones, D.I. Shona McKenzie and Dundee

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 22, 2015

Welcome, Wendy. I'm delighted to have you as my guest today on "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light." What a shame that our shring a cup of Scottish Blend tea has to be virtual. 

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Fay Sampson Discovers Recurring Themes in Her Work

By Fay Sampson ~ April 20, 2015

t’s strange how some ideas haunt you, turning up repeatedly in your work, even when you don’t consciously will it.

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Children of Silence--New Frances Doughty Release

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 15, 2015

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Books, Saints, and Imagination in Roseburg, Oregon

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 14, 2015

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A Quartet in Springtime— Four Author Event this Saturday

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 13, 2015

Writers, Readers, and All Who Love Books are invited to

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Richard III Inspires Reflection on Crime Novels

By Fay Sampson ~ March 23, 2015

 I have just been watching the opening stages in the reburial of the bones of Richard III, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. He was the last of the Plantaganet kings and the last English king to die in battle.

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Idaho Travelling Women in BSU Archives Exhibit

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 9, 2015

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Lost and Found in Prague by Kelly Jones

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 18, 2015

 

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A Visit with the Curator of Jane Austen's House Museum

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 21, 2015

 One of the most universally held daydreams of Janeites (perhaps second only to dancing with Mr. Darcy) is a visit to Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's home where she lived so happily with her sister Cassandra, her mother and their friend Martha Lloyd, and where her writing at last truly flowered. For me, the dream came true in 2012 when I was following the Jane Austen Trail as research for my literary suspense

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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 8, 2014

 Jane Austen was born on the 16th of December, 1775, at the quiet rectory of Steventon in rural Hampshire. Two Hundred and thirty-nine years later the world is still celebrating her birthday as a heartfelt "Thank you" for the enormous joy her six novel and assorted minor works have brought to our lives.

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Jane Austen 2015 Calendar, Longbourn to Pemberley

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 19, 2014

 It's so much more than a calendar! The hot-off-the-press 2015 Jane Austen Calendar by

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Mavens of Mayhem at Mysteries on Main Street

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 27, 2014

 Mavens of Mayhem— what a great name! Mavens of Mayhem at Mysteries on Main Street— even better. (Just try saying it ten times fast.) And what a great event it was.

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A Visit with Tim Bullamore from Jane Austen's Regency World Magazine

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2014

 Have you ever wished you could get paid to live in Jane Austen's world? In some ways that seems to be what Tim Bullamore, publisher of the delightful

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Crow/Crowe Family Migration to Nebraska

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 16, 2014

 I have enjoyed Fay Sampson's articles on this blog about how family research led to writing her excellent Suzie Fewings mystery series.  I'm doubtful that my foray into the Crow family past last week will lead to a mystery series for me— but then, you never know— and it has certainly led to increasing my already-alive appreciation for the heritage passed on to us by earlier generations and the importance of keeping that legacy alive.

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Crow/Crowe Family History from Canada

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 15, 2014

 Well, we always knew that the Crow/Crowe family settled in Peterborough, Ontario, when they emigrated from County Monaghan, Ireland, and then, a generation later hired a train along with the McCracken family and migrated to St. Paul, Nebraska, near Grand Island.  

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Jane Austen Meeting: An Intellectual Feast

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 13, 2014

 Well, yes, certainly there is the fun

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A JANE AUSTEN ENCOUNTER

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2014

 A recent discussion thread on the DorothyL Listserve for mystery readers and writers has been to ask writers "How long will you keep writing?" My answer is: "As long as it's fun."

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Shaw Festival Continues to Delight

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 7, 2014

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Marriage v. Philandering at the Shaw Festival

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2014

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The Shaw Festival in Lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 4, 2014

 Three years ago we were planning a road trip to the eastern US when Stan saw an article in the Wall Street Journal about

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On the Road, Reading and Listening

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 2, 2014

Thursday, September 25, Ogden, Utah

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Ruin Falls, Another Jenny Milchman Triumph

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 16, 2014

 

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Iona, Fay Sampson's "Most Inspirational" Place

By Fay Sampson ~ September 2, 2014

 This summer we have been to one of my most inspirational places – Iona. This is a small off the west coast of Scotland

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Living in the Middle Ages, my Pennsic War Experience

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 8, 2014

 When writing about an historic period no research can beat actually being there. But how often does a writer have a chance actually to live in their time period when they are writing about the 14th century? Well, that's exactly what I was able to do last week.

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Veronica Heley's Murder in Time

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 21, 2014

Murder in Time

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Just Released: A NEWLY CRIMSONED RELIQUARY

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 9, 2014

 Few things can make a usually rational person want to run through the streets shouting or grab perfect strangers and tell them your news like the release of a new book. And that's exactly how I'm feeling at the moment— that breathless bubble in my throat that makes me want to jump up and down and, yes, run through the streets shouting.

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GLASTONBURY, Researching The Wounded Thorn

By Fay Sampson ~ June 2, 2014

 

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On the Road with Jenny Milchman

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 18, 2014

The delightful Jenny Milchman and I have been online friends for nearly five years and have the

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The Joy of Writing

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 28, 2014

I was recently asked to be part of a mini blog tour. Since the invitation came from Pen Wilcock

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Fay Sampson Reflects on a Journey Through Turkey: A Visit to Santa Claus's Tomb

By Fay Sampson ~ April 12, 2014

I have made no secret of the fact that places are very important to me. They were the inspiration for my very first books, and still inspire my stories.

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Meet Idaho Author Sherry Briscoe

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 31, 2014

Well, life is busy, but I'd been a member of the Idaho Writers' Guild (

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A Visit with Judy Alter— My Alter Ego

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 26, 2014

I am delighted to have Judy Alter as my guest today. I "met" Judy through a mystery Writers' listserve we both belong to and was fascinated to learn that in a creative sense, Judy and I have traded places. Judy grew up with an English father and now writes mysteries set in the American West. I grew up riding horses with my western father and write mysteries set in England.

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Adam Graham Talks About SLIME INCORPORATED

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 19, 2014

My guest today is the ever-creative Adam Graham. Welcome, Adam.  Tell us about your new book Slime Incorporated.

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Jane Austen's Regency World Reviews A Jane Austen Encounter

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 14, 2014

Now I can breathe! After months of holding my breath— because one never knows how a book

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Veronica Heley on Her New Release: FALSE DIAMOND

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 4, 2014

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P. D. James and Me, or The Source of Authentic Writing

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 27, 2014

We’ve recently been having a fun discussion about P. D. James on that wonderful mystery lovers’ loop DorothyL. James is, naturally, a writer frequently discussed among that group of avid writers, readers, librarians, reviewers, booksellers, etc. This round we’ve been focusing (as much as we ever focus) on her

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A JANE AUSTEN ENCOUNTER Garners Stellar Review

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 24, 2014

At last, at last! I've been waiting since last September (when the ebook came out) to announce that the paperback edition of

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Syrie James and The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 10, 2014

I first "met" Syrie James in what is perhaps the best way to meet any author, through reading her book. Others in my local JASNA chapter (Jane Austen Society of North America) recommended Syrie’s book

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Holding the Holy Grail: Jane Austen First Editions

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 29, 2014

Ah, a whole week in the California sunshine. And, as if that weren’t enough, I got to have lunch with my daughter-in-law Kelly and author Syrie James.

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Lord Danvers Available in Paperback

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 26, 2013

One of my favorite gems of wisdom I’ve attempted to pass on to our children is that life gives you second chances. And sometimes even third and fourth chances.

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Musings on Social Media

By Fay Sampson ~ November 6, 2013

Welcome back, Fay Sampson, with some thoughts on a topic that is never far from a writer's mind— to what extent should we let the internet invade our lives? And how can we possibly find time to write if we do all the social media we are told we should do?  

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Launching Jane

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 15, 2013

I have dreamed of stepping back into Regency England since I first read

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History and Me

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 19, 2013

I would be so thrilled if any of my readers could join me--

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Why Historical Cozy Mystery?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 9, 2013

Agatha Christie and all the Golden Age English mystery writers are wonderful. But what do you do after you've read all the books and seen all the television adaptations 11 zillion times? I turn to some of the excellent contemporary writers such as Dolores Gordon-Smith who resurrect that age in delightful classic-style mysteries. That's why I've invited my friend Julianna Deering to be my guest today to tell us about 

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Up, Up and Away with Lord Danvers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 14, 2013

One of my guiding rules as a writer (which I break only when absolutely necessary) is never to write about something I haven’t actually experienced. Of course, I must hasten to say that being murdered, falling off cliffs and finding dead bodies are a major exception to that rule.

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Bargain Offers for The Monastery Murders

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 21, 2013

AN UNHOLY COMMUNION will be getting a lot of attention in the next two weeks.  This newly released installment in the Monastery Murders finds Felicity and Antony leading a group of young people on an historical philgrimage through mystical Wales. All is as idylic as Antony promised Felicity it would be until the lurking shadows that seem to have been following them take on more substantial form. And then they find a body face down in a holy well.

Many of the websites that will be reviewing AN UNHOLY COMMUNION  and posting interviews and articles from the author (me) will also be hosting giveaways. I'll...

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Fay Sampson Reports from The London Book Fair

By Fay Sampson ~ April 17, 2013

 

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GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England, in a Shining New Edition

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 5, 2013

I am thrilled to announce that a beautiful all-new edition of GLASTONBURY, The Novel of Christian England, has just been released by Angelico Press

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Holy Week Thoughts

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 26, 2013

An Unholy Communion, the third book in my Monastery Murders series, was released in print in

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Plumbing an Author's Mind, My Morning in Winter Springs, Florida

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 19, 2013

Yes, I'm here at my desk in Boise, Idaho, but I just spent half an hour in Winter Springs, Florida, with the lovely ladies of the Christian Literature Fellowship Book Club. The ladies had already discussed my book A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE and Jean, the club director in whose beautiful home they were meeting, had told them to come prepared with a question for me.

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Richard III, I Slept With Royalty

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 5, 2013

Lovers of English history around the world were thrilled at the news that "A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.

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Icons "Living Prayer"

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 24, 2013

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A Visit With K. Dawn Byrd, Author of Double Identity

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 19, 2013

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A Christmas in Scotland with Liz Curtis Higgs

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 11, 2012

Donna:

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The Mystery of St. Cuthbert

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 6, 2012

For almost 14 centuries St. Cuthbert has been inspiring and mystifying people. His simple, holy life lived in as much obscurity as he could manage on not-remote-enough islands off the coast of Northumbria, the amazing account of the 200-year-journey of the Cuthbert Folk guarding his relics throughout northern England and southern Scotland, his uncorrupted body surviving the ravages of the Dissolution. . . the story continues to today, inspiring Believers anew with the power of Holiness.

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The Writing of UNLEAVENED DEAD, or, Why Everybody Needs a Rabbi

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 5, 2012

Donna:

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Marketing Guru's Top Tips

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 1, 2012

Award-winning author and marketing guru Lillian Brummet joins us today to share tips for other

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Authorgraph, It's The Latest Thing

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 30, 2012

That's one thing about life in this electronic age— it's never boring. Just when you think you've caught up with the latest thing, along comes something new.

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Fay Sampson Visits The Dordogne

By Fay Sampson ~ November 19, 2012

I've written before about the joy of research trips: Pennant Melangell, Burnley and Lindisfarne recently. And I'm planning another, rather closer to home, to evocative Cornish churches and pilgrimage sites which I may use in my next Aidan Mystery. More of that later.

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Cara Lopez Lee on Letting Go of Excess Baggage

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 15, 2012

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A Tincture of Murder, The Next Big Thing

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 11, 2012

I’m playing a new game called blog tag today I’m "it"! I was invited by the lovely Stacy Juba who

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Jessie Anderson: Writing a YA Novel on a Sensitive Topic

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2012

Donna: My guest today is the lovely Jessie Anderson whose young adult novel AT WHAT COST about an important and sensitive topic was released this summer. Welcome, Jessie.

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The Writing Process--It's A Mystery

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 22, 2012

Karen McCullough, one of my fellow authors from the new e-book 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror, 52 Authors Look Back, and I are doing a blog exchange, so after reading her post here, you can check out my post on her blog at http://kmccullough.com/kblog/?p=376
If you enjoy magazine columns and Chicken Soup...

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The Grandma Moses of Mystery Writers

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 6, 2012

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Stories From Cemeteries

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 29, 2012

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Tracy Krauss on Wind Over Marshdale

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 17, 2012

Today Tracy Krauss one of my fellow authors from the brand new e-book

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24 Hours in London

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 14, 2012

As much as I love research trips that take me across the water to some of my favorite spots ( I'm often accused of choosing the settings of my books by where i want to go next— which is perfectly true) the down side of that is that I never go any place as just a tourist. if a site isn't on my research list, I don't take time for it.

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Writing the Modern Gothic Novel

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2012

I'd like to welcome Vicki Delaney, one of my fellow authors from the brand new e-book

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Claire Dunn, Author of Mortal Fire

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 2, 2012

I am so pleased to have Claire Dunn as my guest today. I have just read a magazine article about

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Researching Lindisfarne

By Fay Sampson ~ August 30, 2012


Half the fun of writing novels is the research. But when is the best time to do it? If it's an historical novel, then it's really important to steep yourself in that period before setting pen to paper or opening that new document. You need not only to read what has been written about the period, but things written in that period. You want to capture something of how people thought, as well as lived.

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Glastonbury Through the Ages

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 11, 2012

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Children's Literature at the Olympics

By Fay Sampson ~ August 3, 2012

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A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE, Conversation with a Reader

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 31, 2012

I’ve just had one of those exchanges with a reader that can make a writer’s whole week— or maybe even, month. One of the glories of the internet is making conversations like this available around the world. This one is from England, which I especially prize since that’s where my Monastery Murders series is set.

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Glastonbury Tor

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 28, 2012

"Donna, are you watching the Opening Ceremonies?  They just carried the flag to the top of Glastonbury Tor!" My friend rang from England. Another friend sent me a Facebook message from Kentucky.

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A New Look for The Monastery Murders

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 14, 2012

Preparing for the upcoming launch of AN UNHOLY COMMUNION, the third title in The Monastery Murders, Monarch Books has decided to give the whole series a new, darker, more mysterious look. This is particularly appropriate because AN UNHOLY COMMUNION is a darker book as a quiet Welsh pilgrimage becomes a life-and-death struggle with evil.

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Writing from Life

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 23, 2012

Be sure you read to the end for details of how to win a free copy of A MIDSUMMER EVE'S NIGHTMARE.

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Notes from Veronica Heley: Delightful Glimpse Into The Life of a Beloved Writer

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 13, 2012

I always look forward to receiving Veronica Heley’s newsletter. Veronica, the author of something like 72 books) is one of the most gracious ladies I know, and she’s the creator of one of my favorite fictional sleuths— Ellie Quick. I found this month’s newsletter so delightful and so informative I asked Veronica if I could share it with my readers. Besides Veronica’s charming voice coming through so clearly, it also gives a realistic and humorous glimpse into the life of a writer:

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Celebrating the Sending of a Manuscript, Here's the Story

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 6, 2012

Celebrate with me! I just clicked the send button! With a great "Woo-hoo!" AN UNHOLY COMMUNION, book 3 in the Monastery Murders is on its way to the publisher!

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Most Amazing Review Ever

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 24, 2012

I’m still shaking a bit--35 years in this business and I’ve just received the most amazing review of my career from "The Bookish Libraria"

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Highlights from My Pump Up Your Book Tour. . . so far

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 14, 2012

Beginning week 3 of my Pump Up Your Book Tour and great fun it's been so far with two weeks

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What Do I Say to That? Handling the Author Interview

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 3, 2012

Whether an author loves or dreads them, whether you consider them the best part of the job or the worst part, the fact of the matter is that author interviews are part of the job. And it’s important to make the most of every opportunity.

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What Readers Like Best, Thoughts From a new Review

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 27, 2012

It's always an open question— what's most important in how readers react to your novel: setting, plot, characters. . . ?

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Polish Version of A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 10, 2012

Just received the Polish translation of A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE. The only words I can read are my name on the front and Kate Charles on the back who gave a very generous endorsement. The cover art is an interesting translation of the picture of Fountains Abbey from the English language version with the addition of Lindisfarne Castle on top— a perfectly valid addition since Lindisfarne does feature in the novel.

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The Great Easter Vigil in A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 7, 2012

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Good Friday in a Monastery

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 6, 2012

Yes,

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Maundy Thursday in A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 4, 2012

In A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, the second of my Monastery Murders, Felicity, who

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Setting as the "Bones of the Plot"

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 30, 2012

Sally Wright is with us again today in her series about the backgrounds for her wonderful Ben

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Thoughts on a Writers' Community

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 24, 2012

A writer’s community is an important part of her life. We all need like-minded people to support us, encourage us, weep with us in hard times and celebrate with our successes. When I started out in this business more than 30 years ago my community experiences were limited to a once-yearly writers’ conference and a once-a-month meeting of local writers. Plus an occasional postal letter (written on real paper with a real postage stamp— remember those days?).

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Sally Wright on Researching in Scotland

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 22, 2012

Donna: Sally Wright is back with us today to share more about the backgrounds of her wonderful Ben Reese Mysteries— all of which are now available in ebook format. Today Sally shares about a passion we share— Scotland— followed by an equally enchanting location— Oxford. Looking at these pictures can give you some idea why I'm such a big fan of the Ben Reese books— reading them is like taking a trip to some of my favorite places.

Sally: Typically, I start with some idea of a basic plot, or a situation I want to explore, or a couple of characters I’ve become obsessed with - and then I go where I think I want to place the book. It’s when I get there and...

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Background is Forethought in Ben Reese Mysteries

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 16, 2012

Donna:

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Father Unknown now an Ebook

By Fay Sampson ~ March 12, 2012

 

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Welcome, New York Times Bestselling Author Debbi Mack

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 8, 2012

Donna:

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The Knights of St. John Still a Colourful Presence in London

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 6, 2012

Oh, my goodness, I had this great idea to do a series on the background of A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, the newest of my Monastery Murder books, and here it is more than two months since my post on the atmospheric, soggy, boggy Norfolk Broads where dead bodies can be washed out of the earth and nefarious villains lurk in ancient church towers. Http://ning.it/wVudAM

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Making of a Book and an Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 21, 2012

My guest today is debut novelist Becky Lyles whose romantic suspense novel I had the pleasure of reading pre-publication. My verdict: 

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Why I Love my Publisher

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 17, 2012

In the writing world it could be 1776 all over again. Well, except for the reliance on up-to-the-minute technology, that is. But it’s certainly the day of independence and independents. Everything one reads about publishing focuses on the Indies. No, not the Indian subcontinent and southeast Asia, but authors who are independently publishing their own books through the miracle of electronics. The idea is that they do all the work and reap all the benefits.

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Two Great English Mystery Novels of 2011

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 15, 2012

2011 was a great year for the mystery novel, as authors young and old stepped up their game to produce some of the most nuanced and exhilarating works of the genre. While popular U.S. mystery authors like Janet Evanovich and Susan Grafton boast huge sales of their latest novels, lesser known authors published new works that challenged conventions of the genre. Louise Penny’s psychological thriller A Trick of the Light and Rosamund Lupton’s family-twist on the detective story in Sister are two entries that continue to keep mystery fiction continually fresh and exciting.

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A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH Launch Party at Rediscovered Books

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 13, 2012

Thank you to Laura and Bruce at Rediscovered Books and to all my friends who came out to hear about the latest in the Monastery Murders, have books signed and to be so wonderfully supportive— and to my lovely husband who took the pictures. I love you all!

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Welcome Ilene Schneider: Clerical Mysteries from a Rabbi

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 9, 2012

Welcome, mystery writer and rabbi, Ilene Schneider. I met Ilene on a mystery writers' loop where I've enjoyed her posts on mystery writing for years. Last summer when I needed research help regarding first century rabbis I turned to ilene. She was wonderfully generous in her help. (You should have fun finding your bits of wisdom when 

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Welcome YA Author K. Dawn Byrd

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 5, 2012

Today I'm doing a blog exchange with K. Dawn Byrd. K. Dawn is a multi-published author who

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A Letter From the Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter of a Murder Victim

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 1, 2012

One of the wonderful things about sending

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OVER-ENTHUSIASM

By Fay Sampson ~ January 31, 2012

 

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"A Memorable Mystery Novel"

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 9, 2012

First the shouting and champagne cork-popping (or at least a can of Sprite) and then the nail-biting. After all the months of planning, researching, writing, editing, rewriting, comes the waiting. Then you see the page proofs and the cover— something akin to seeing the photos from an ultra-sound. Then more waiting. At last the book launch. And there is much rejoicing.

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The Norfolk Broads: Researching A Darkly Hidden Truth 1

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 6, 2012

 

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Mystery Night in Calgary

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 23, 2011

I have blogged before about the vibrant mystery writing and reading scene in Calgary:  recounts my delight in meeting Louise Penny and Peter Robinson at last year's Calgary Bookfest and

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Lest We Forget: Remembrance Sunday

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 13, 2011

I have twice had the experience of spending Remembrance Sunday, AKA Veteran's Day, in other

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Welcome, Richeldis Clare

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 4, 2011

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it's Time to Start Thinking Christmas

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 1, 2011

I know, we haven't had Thanksgiving yet. But Halloween is over, although our neighbor's ghost is still blowing in the tree outside my window along with all the lovely autumn leaves. Still, it really is time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping— there's nothing worse than leaving that until the last minute.

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Idaho Book Extravaganze; An Extravagant Weekend

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 29, 2011

 

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Welcome, Novelist Donn Taylor

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 26, 2011

My guest today is novelist Donn Taylor whose novel 

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Welcome, Staci Stallings, Multi-Genre Writer and Mother

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2011

 

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We did it! Thank you all!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 20, 2011

Thank you so much, dear, loyal friends, for voting for me in the Authors Show contest to be

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Guest Noir Writer Chris Nickson

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 19, 2011

My guest today is Chris Nickson, writer of noir historical mysteries set in Leeds. I met Chris

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Writing a Series of Tudor Mysteries

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 9, 2011

 

The first drawing I ever entered to win an advanced reader copy of a book on the mystery loop DorothyL was for Peg Herring's Her Highness's First Murder and I won! It was a delightful read,...

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Three Clicks to Fame and Fortune

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 3, 2011

Dear Friends and Readers,

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Back in The Ruins

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 29, 2011

Sally Wright, one of my favorite authors, celebrating the ebook release of Out of The Ruins, #4 in her superb Ben Reese mysteries, recalls the serendipitous experiences and the extraordinary people that brought her to the writing of this book and draws some valuable life lessons. Welcome, Sally, it's always an honour to have you visit "Deeds of Darkness' Deeds of Light."

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A Book Club Evening: Tea, Scones and A Very Private Grave

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 28, 2011

 

A good time was had by all. Especially by me.

The ladies of the Cross of Christ Lutheran book club couldn’t have given me a warmer welcome or more gracious hospitality. The scones were made from my own favorite recipe (but I didn’t have to make them) and each lady was given the recipe printed on peach paper rolled with a blue ribbon.

Once I had piled as much lemon curd, orange marmalade and  perfectly whipped cream (thank you, Cynthia) on my scone as I could manage— setting a good example for the others— we sat at long, white damask-covered...

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Mills and Mountains

By Fay Sampson ~ September 16, 2011

 

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My Bestselling Weekend

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 11, 2011

Neither my husband nor I took Saturday off— that's one of the less felicitous things about both being self-employed and both working from home.  We tend to work pretty much nonstop.

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Twenty Years in Print: The Fascination of Glastonbury

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 10, 2011

I’m celebrating early!

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Shining God's Light on Dark Subjects

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 6, 2011

My guest today is Kathi Macias.  Kathi is known for writing award-winning books that tackle tough subjects.  I'll let Kathi tell you about it in her own words:

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A Shout From the Housetops Moment: Lord Danvers Arrives

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 2, 2011

 

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 29, 2011

 

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I'm in The Economist!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 23, 2011

Well, sortof. "Holy Writ," an article in the July 16-22, 2011, issue of The Economist (p.62) reports

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Mother Versus Daughter

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 19, 2011

I have long been a fan of Ellie Quick, Veronica Heley's gently determined, overage detective.  When I heard that Veronica has a new Ellie Quick adventure just out I cheered and then asked Veronica to share some of Ellie's background with my "Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light" readers. 

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The Letter that Made My Day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 14, 2011

Some days, well, let’s face it— most days— are pretty slogging: get up, get organized, morning prayers, exercise, read email, get to work. . . But once in awhile one gets a boost that gives energy to the whole day, maybe the whole week. I had one of those recently in the form of a letter from a reader. With her permission, I share:

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Fourth of July Family Feasting Then and Now

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 2, 2011

 

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Celebrate the Fourth of July with a Novel of Political Intrigue

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 30, 2011

Looking for a politically-themed novel to go along with your Fourth of July weekend relaxing? STEPHANIE, Days of Turmoil and Victory, book 3 in my Daughters of Courage trilogy, might just be the mustard in your potato salad. (Actually, I use vinegar, but you get the image.)

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New Mystery Novels to Watch For

By Fay Sampson ~ June 17, 2011

I’m proud to announce that we have agreed a deal for The Hunted Hare to be published next year by Monarch as the first in a new crime series, The Aidan Mysteries.

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What's in a Name?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 14, 2011

Continuing the series suggested to me by my friend Rob Walker on how I titled my books, I move

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A Rose by Any other Name

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 3, 2011

A very wise and generous writer friend, Rob Walker by name, advised me, "Donna, your titles are extremely good. You should, one by one over a period of time, discuss how you arrived at the title of each of your books."

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A Visit to Pennant Melangell

By Fay Sampson ~ May 26, 2011

Researching books can take you to some wonderful places. Some years ago, I was at a course on Celtic history and beliefs in North Wales. One of our field trips took us to a medieval pilgrimage site at the end of the road in the Berwyn Mountains.

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K Dawn Byrd Visits

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 16, 2011

Welcome, K Dawn.  I just realized what fun this is to have a Byrd guesting on a Crow's blog.  And, as a fun turnabout, I'm also guesting on K Dawn's blog later today: 

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Pioneer Women in the Age of Technology

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 13, 2011

 

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Blog Exchange with Marilyn Meredith

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ May 10, 2011

What a fun idea.  Mystery Writer and blogger Marilyn Meredith and I are exchanging blogs today.  Please stay right here and enjoy Marilyn's story of the influences on her writing life and learn about her latest book

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The Joys and Challenges of Research

By Fay Sampson ~ April 30, 2011

Note from Donna:  I'm delighted with this article on research from my co-blogger Fay Sampson because the superb period detail she uses was one of the first things that attracted me to her books.

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Writers' Day Out in York

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ April 27, 2011

Eboracum, the ancient Brigantian settlement which was garrisoned by a Roman legion in AD 71 and became capital of the province of Northern Britain, better known today as York, was the perfect meeting place for a group of history-loving mystery writers from three continents.

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Might I Crave a Boon?

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 24, 2011

(As Jeeves said to Wooster.)

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Library! Spring Author Series

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 23, 2011

I’ve long said, and even before on this blog, that "Librarians are my best friend." It’s true for any reader, of course, but even more so for writers. Especially a writer of historical novels most of which are set 7000 miles away from home and require extensive research.

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That All-important James Bond Opening

By Fay Sampson ~ March 14, 2011

James Bond hangs from the undercarriage of a helicopter spinning dizzily thousands of feet above an active volcano. Dodging hot lava spewing at him from below and bullets fired from above, he scrambles into the cabin, wrestles with the villain as the chopper, now pilotless, spirals toward the abyss. At the last minute Bond defeats the enemy and rights the 'copter. All without wrinkling his French cuffs.

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MURDER BY THE BOOK

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 8, 2011

With the expense of travelling these days and the easy, wide reach of the Internet, physical book tours and in-person book signings are becoming rarer and rarer. But there are still a lot of advantages to a real live author event.

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Kate Charles, Queen of Clerical Mysteries, Welcome!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ March 2, 2011

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Interview with Rebecca Jenkins, AKA Martha Ockley

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 28, 2011

 

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International Book buying Postage Free

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 24, 2011

In response to my earlier post regarding the long wait between book releases from one continent to another I had such interesting replies from friends around the world— with my undying gratitude— that I decided the conversation is worth being pulled from the comment box to its own post.

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What's Next? Book 2 in the Monastery Murders

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 21, 2011

An enormous "Thank you!" To all you who have asked, "When is the next one coming?" after

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Escape from the Glasgow Lunatic Asylum

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ February 14, 2011

Donna:  My guest today— who isn't herself an escapee from a lunatic asylum, you undersatnd— is Debra Marvin.  Welcome, Debra.

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Blogtalk Radio, Podcasting, Skype Interviews: An expert Helps sort out the Confusion

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 31, 2011

Of late I've become aware of an even newer, more immediate method of reaching readers than the virtual blog touring, which I enoy so much and had thought was cutting edge.  In recent weeks I've been interviewed over Skype twice, once as a video interview and once audio only, but including a Second Life connection, and I'm booked to do a podcast interview over the telephone.

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Seattle book Signing: A Grand Day Out

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 26, 2011

What a great day yesterday! A book signing for A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE at The Seattle Mystery

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Has a Library Changed your Life: A Tribute

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 24, 2011

A mystery readers loop I belong to has been discussing the question, "Has a library changed your life?" Since my answer is such an emphatic "Yes!" I want to share the story in detail.

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Top Ten!

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ January 6, 2011

Okay, life, even the writing life, isn't a popularity contest, but I'll admit to scanning TOP TEN lists just on the chance I might find one of my books there.  Well, it did happen in 1996. So you can imagine my delight when I learned from Shannon Taylor Vannatter that my fictional romantic interview made the Top Ten list on her INKSLINGER Blog.       

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Family Relationships: In Life and in Novels

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 10, 2010

My guest today is New Jersey mystery writer Chris Redding.  Chris is visiting Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light as part of her blog tour for her new book Incendiary which releases in electronic format next week. Welcome, Chris, Best of luck with your new release and thank you for your timely holiday thoughts on family relationships.   

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My "This is Your Life" Signing

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 4, 2010

It was great at Rediscovered Books last night.  The additional snow held off long enough that the roads were reasonably clear and there was standing room only for my Boise launch party for A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE.

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Thankful Thoughts, with Recipes

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 24, 2010

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Where Ben Ends and Life Begins

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 19, 2010

Donna: My guest today is one of my favorite authors, Sally Wright, creator of the exquisitely written Ben Reese Mysteries.  Sally, tell us about Ben— the man in the books, the real-life man and the man who lives in your head. 

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Local Authors' Road Show

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 15, 2010

Jason Wilcox, Angela Abderhalden and I had souch a great time sharing a book at the Idaho Book Extravaganza we've decided to take our show on the road.  We'll be appearing at Hastings in Meridian this Saturday from Noon to Five.

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Murder Case: Truth is More Complicated than Fiction

By Fay Sampson ~ November 9, 2010

One of the best meetings this year of our Devon Writers Group was an inside view of a murder enquiry. Detective Superintendent Nigel Boulton talked us through 13 years of leading such investigations.

Did you know, for instance, that bodies, or, more usually, bits of bodies are routinely picked up by fishermen in their nets? That has something to do with our living at the westerly end...

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Sam's Club Giveaway

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 3, 2010

I was thrilled when my publisher told me that Sam's Club is selling 

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Idaho Book Extravaganza

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 25, 2010

Meeting readers, connecting with writers, teaching classes on publishing, selling books. . . The First-ever Idaho Book Extrvaganza was an impressive success for all who participated.  The mayor of Meridian's opening speech set the theme for the weekend as she expressed her amazement that the Boise Valley was full of so much talent.  "We need to do more to get the word out,"  she declared.  Everyone heartily agreed.

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Louise Penny and Peter Robinson at Wordfest

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 21, 2010

The glorious conclusion to my month-long stay in Calgary was getting to attend Wordfest with my mystery writer friend Linda Kupacek, author of 

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Canadian Thanksgiving

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 19, 2010

One of the great pleasures of a visit to Canada is how Canadian culture is such a skillful blend of American and English heritage and yet so distinctly Canadian.  This seemed especially apparent to me in experiencing my first Canadian Thanksgiving.

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Book Signings in Calgary

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 18, 2010

Canadians are known for their open, welcoming hospitality and after my two book events there last week I can certainly vouch for that being a much-deserved reputation.

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Reading in the Reader Rock Garden

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 1, 2010

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A Day in the 1800's

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 27, 2010

Writers of historical novels--mysteries or otherwise--are often accused of living mmore in the past than the  present--at least, this historical writer is.  One of my favorite stories is of taking a chauffered punt ride Cambmridge with my teenage sons.  Throughout the ride I discussed the scenes on both sides of the Cam with our escort.  Afterwards my sons came up on each side of me and put their arms around me:  'Mom, you're amazing. You know everything.'

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A Calgary Autumn day

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 24, 2010

A perfect autumn day in Calgary, sunny, golden and crisp. 

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First Wild Card Tour

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 22, 2010

Greetings from Calgary where we had a glorious sunny day--at last!  This

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Calgary Report

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 18, 2010

A month in Calgary for a grandchild fix, a chance to do a bit of book promo and enjoy some lovely autumn color long before it comes to our trees south of the border, although I've learned that the iconic red maple leaf doesn't appear in the Alberta praries.

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What I Learned on my Summer Vacation

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 15, 2010

We have had a string of delightful guests recently on Deeds of Darkness; Deeds of Light, and today I bring you another one.  Marian Allen and I have become friends through the wonders of virtual communication.  I especially admire her Flash Fiction— telling a short story in two or three sentences— because I am incredibly long-winded.  If you ash Marian about it below, I'm sure she will tell you how to get it on your Ereader for free.

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History and Mystery with a Dash of Romance in the 30's

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 13, 2010

I am delighted to have as my guest today DeAnna Julie Dodson, author of the po

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My Life in Crime

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 10, 2010

I am so delighted that today our guest is Veronica Heley, an author much read and loved on both sides of the Atlantic.  Veronica has three mystery series which she will tell us all about.  Do leave her a comment or ask a question and be on the look-out for her books.

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And the Winners Are

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 4, 2010

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to all who entered my giveaway drawing to celebrate the North

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A Hero for All Seasons

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 31, 2010

My guest today, coming to us all the way from Manchester, England, is Dolores

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Going Up the Candle: Spiritual Authenticity

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 28, 2010

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The Reward of Patience

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 25, 2010

My mother, a very wise woman, always said one should never pray for patience because the Bible says, "Tribulation worketh patience." So she always prayed for strength instead.

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The Hawk and The Dove

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 16, 2010

Way back in the early 1990's when my 

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Gentle Reads

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 30, 2010

Dear Gentle Reader— Ah, that lovely phrase snatched from Victorian novels— who would have expected to encounter its like in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal? (7/23/10) The "Dear Book Lover" column by Cynthia Crossen replied to a writer asking for "mysteries. . . for adults that aren’t, well, excessively adult" by saying that many libraries call them "gentle reads".

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My Rip Van Winkle Experience

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 10, 2010

After more than 20 years as a professional writer and more than 30 books published, I spent 10 years in the wilderness of the unpublished. Coming back has been like starting a whole new career— at a time when most of my friends are retiring. Ten years ago there was no Facebook, no Twitter, there were no Ebooks and no blogs. It’s little wonder, then that I feel like Rip Van Winkle.

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Those in Peril

By Fay Sampson ~ July 6, 2010

 

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Edgy Christian Fiction: The Tour

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 1, 2010

What is Edgy Christian fiction, and why does it make for the very best in summer reading? A group of exciting and excited-about-our-topic authors will be exploring that subject this month in a first-of-its-kind blog tour which we invite our readers to follow with as much anticipation as we feel.

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Assault on Mt. Amazon

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 30, 2010

"Pick a date and we’ll do an Ebook push," my publisher said. This was my new, young, cutting edge publisher who tells me we’re here to "embrace the technology."

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My Life on Second Life

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 17, 2010

My children raised me right. Our sons grew up playing Dungeons and Dragons with their friends in our basement and our second son and his wife are enthusiastic members of The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) so I get it about roleplaying. But I really had no idea what I was getting into when I responded to a note on one of my mystery-reading loops offering author interviews on Second Life.

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The case of the Infamous Ancestor

By Fay Sampson ~ June 4, 2010

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