Welcome to Vienna

Aug 30, 2014
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I have great intentions to continue blogging in between trips but it doesn’t seem to happen very consistently. And so for the next three weeks,…

Ten Things to Do on a Cruise

Jul 4, 2014
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The great thing about a cruise is that you are free to do whatever you want to so long as it can be accomplished within…

Why Tuscany?

Jun 30, 2014
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People often ask me why I decided to write a novel about Tuscany. It’s a good question and not easy to answer. I have been…

Ask for Help!

May 18, 2014
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Updated February 21, 2021 I don’t know why asking for help has been such a challenge for me. Perhaps some pioneer gene buried deep inside…

Meet the Main Character of my Second Novel – Isabette Grüber

Apr 13, 2014
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This post is part of a game begun by Debra Brown and passed to me by Deborah Swift who graciously provided a “blurb” for the…

Useful Historical Fiction Sites

Feb 7, 2014
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I’ve been cruising the Web for engaging blogs, posts, forums, etc., related to historical fiction. There are hundreds of them, but I’ll just list the handful I…

Vuew if Tuscany town in moonlight

Sleeping Under the Tuscan Moon

Feb 3, 2014
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I love Tuscany so much that I named my novel after it! Europe is full of amazing sites, compelling history, gorgeous countryside, and yet there is…

The Most Beautiful Piazza in Europe: Il Campo in Siena

Jan 12, 2014
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First Stop in Siena The first stop for any visitor to Siena is the Piazza del Campo in the heart of the city. In a…

Book Review: “A Nose for Death” by Glynis Whiting

Jan 6, 2014
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I was fortunate to attend a reading of “A Nose for Death” given by its author Glynis Whiting. This is Whiting’s first novel, although she…

Palazzo Pubblico in Siena, Italy

Palazzo Pubblico in Siena – Martini Frescoes

Jan 5, 2014
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In The Towers of Tuscany, my novel about a 14th Century woman painter, the main character, Sofia Carelli, visits the Palazzo Pubblico in Siena and…

Achieving Goals

Dec 19, 2013
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Several months ago when the sun was blessing Vancouver with warmth and summer sensations, I spent almost an hour on the beach at Locarno on…

Welcome to London, England

Mar 9, 2013
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After many many months of planning and scheming, our three-month sojourn in Europe begins. I fly to London for three days while Gregg flies to…

Chateau in the Loire Valley

Loire Valley

Sep 10, 2012
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August 3 to August 6, 2012 We enjoyed a sun-filled drive north to the Loire Valey and thanks to the help of a real paper…

Bilbao, Spain

Aug 23, 2012
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July 30, 2012 The next morning, the ghosts were gone and after a fabulous breakfast in the room that had once been the refectory, we…

Fishing boat on the coast in Portugal

Espinho, Portugal

Aug 19, 2012
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July 28, 2012 After a great sleep and an amazing breakfast, we set off toward Espinho where later in the day Miguel, Rik and the other…