Category Archives: Travel

March 2017 Free Book Winner!!

Congratulations to Emma Kinnison, winner of our March 2017 Free Book, DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD by Janie Chang! In answer to our question about what country she would like to visit, Emma said her choice would be Great Britain because her … Continue reading

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MARCH 2017 FREE BOOK!

I’m so excited to offer my friend Janie Chang’s new novel DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD as our March 2017 FREE BOOK! This is an incredible novel that will transport you to another time and place. From the back cover copy: “In … Continue reading

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On The Road – Falling Rock Cafe & Bookstore

Sunday, July 19 found us on the road again to promote the Michigan State University Press book HERE, Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and the Wayne State University Press book, THE WAY NORTH, Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, both … Continue reading

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On The Road: The Traveling Writer

One of the great perks of writing books has to be the “on the road” aspect. My husband Neil and I have a dorky habit of beginning our journeys with a quick rendition of the Willy Nelson song, “On the … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Homeward Bound

The Athenee Palace Hilton of Bucharest. Wow! Motel 6 is usually more our style, but I could get used to Hilton. And, of course, fresh flowers! A large room and comfy bed: And a view of Bucharest! It seems like … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Romania!

So early in the morning, we bid farewell to our sweet little room on the Viking Ship Jarl. We board a bus and begin our trip through the countryside on the way to Romania’s capital city of Bucharest. One of … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Chef’s Farewell Dinner

Our bags are packed for an early departure in the morning from the Viking River Ship Jarl. To ease the sadness of good-byes, our last dinner on board is an adventure in itself, and especially delights the palate. (Or like … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe Research Trip – Friends!

What better way to enjoy a journey than in the company of friends! In a ship-full of people – including passengers (about 200 on this cruise) plus the crew and performers – you meet so many interesting folks. With most … Continue reading

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Eastern Europe Research Trip – The Research!

To me, the research for any novel seems like giant treasure hunt, and I’m energized by discovery. I love fleshing out a scene with small bits of information and visual imagery. To do that, I often rely on on-site photos. … Continue reading

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Eastern European Research Trip – Bulgaria

Our port city in Bulgaria is Vidin, and our tour today includes a visit to the Belogradchik Rocks and Fortress. On our way! (Photo from the bus window.) The red Rocks of Belogradshick were formed by weathering and erosion. They … Continue reading

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