The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing

As a Europhile and an admirer of medieval churches, I’m always drawn to the fire and brimstone depictions of the seven deadly sins. I’ve been dragging my kids around with me since they were old enough to toddle across ancient floors, pointing out these fascinating frescoes that would explain to the poor parishioners of old…

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#ReadWomen2014 progress: Favorite books so far

I’m so happy to have learned earlier this year from Claire, over at the wonderful Word by Word site about the #ReadWomen2014 challenge, and  I’ve written about in an earlier post. I strongly support the objective of this campaign. Talented women writers too often fall into an unfair, second-tier category when it comes to traditional book…

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Enjoying sunrises and sunsets on Albania’s coast

I was just in the Albanian coastal city of Durres, Albania for work. To be fair, there’s not that much to see in this city that served briefly (from 1913 to 1920) as the Albanian capital following Albanian independence. Unfortunately, the modern city  seems to have forsaken any pretense of urban planning. It’s  been built, quite…

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Like romance? Read Melinda Dozier’s short story collection

I’ve been lucky enough to announce two of Melinda Dozier’s romance novels on my site. Melinda is a talented (and prolific) romance writer, and a great critique partner. Melinda’s been a guest on my site before, with interesting author interviews when she released Time Changes Everything and Breaking The Rules. In these interviews, in addition to…

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It’s beach reading season!

Where I live in central Italy, the 1 May holiday tends to kick off the season for beach-going. Yes, it’s great to go to feel the soft sand beneath your feet, to breathe the clean, sea air and to feel the repetitive ebb and flow of the waves, but really, the beach is primarily a…

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