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Czar’s Man by A. V. Denham

I am not the first to be fascinated by the history of the Caucasus. Alexander Dumas (of the Three Musketeers fame) wrote Adventures in Czarist Russia and Adventures in the Caucasus, (translated and edited by A. E. Murch, and published by Peter Owen Ltd in 1960). This somewhat unknown part of the world has had…
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Interview with Jeanne Whitemee

Jeanne Whitemee is the author of over forty novels and short stories. She started out as an actress, before realising her ambition of becoming a fulltime writer. The Lost Daughters chronicles the intertwining lives of two young women in 1950s England, whose lives are beset by personal loss, and their remarkable journey to the capital,…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 13

By Joy Martin In my novel, Seeking Clemency,  Carrigrua, the graceful, blue-grey Georgian manor on the shore of Lough Derg, belongs to the Conroys, an Irish Catholic family.  But Carrigrua was built at a time when Roman Catholics were still banned from holding rights to property and its first owners were well-to-do Protestant settlers: the only…
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The Book a Drug Giant Wanted Banned… By Douglas Stewart

When White Lodge first published my book, The Dallas Dilemma, in the late 1980s and it was selling well, my Monday morning was spoiled on receiving a letter from attorneys for an American drug giant threatening me with a $10 million lawsuit for alleged defamation. However, I was confident that I had a good defence to…
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Death Trap by Patrice Chaplin

Death Trap  offered a chance to go deep into the often misunderstood world of Co-Dependency. I work for a Charity using “Creativity Against Addiction” – and I had come to understand Co-Dependency was not as I supposed, a clinging SM pain-seeking exchange with ever reducing returns, but an addictive state which stemmed from the same…
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Eliza Jumel Burr, Vice Queen of America by Diana Rubino

Abandoned at childhood, Betsy Bowen finds out she’s George Washington’s daughter and escapes the streets of Providence to become Eliza Jumel Burr, New York’s richest woman. She pursued Aaron Burr, the love of her life, for decades and he finally proposed when he was 80 and she was 56. She divorced him on adultery charges,…
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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’ (Part 3)

By Gary Donnelly Part 3: Whether you focus on the journey or the destination, completion is the key to successfully writing your first novel. Writing a novel is a bit like embarking on a regime to avoid chocolate or mid-week wine in the run up to Christmas. Both are easy enough to start, harder to remain…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 12

Following on from the 11th instalment in Joy Martin’s blog series, available to read HERE.  The men and women interviewed for Twelve Shades of Black were – mostly – slow to talk at first.  But gradually they grew less shy and spoke to me about their lives.  The priest, Father Samson Kataka, faced with witchcraft in…
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Researching 13th Century China

By Karen Warren It was quite a challenge for me to write a novel about the Mongol Empire. I’d come across the story of the legendary explorer Marco Polo escorting a Mongol princess by sea from China to Persia, and I knew that I had to write about it. But I knew nothing about the…
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The Custom of the Sea, by Neil Hanson

Four starving men adrift in a dinghy for 19 days. Should all die together, or should one be sacrificed to save the rest? Captain Tom Dudley faced that cruel dilemma in 1884. His decision – and his honesty about it – made headlines around the world and led to a trial that split Victorian Britain…
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