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Pin a Book: Ascension by Gregory Dowling

This week Gregory Dowling takes us to 18th century Venice with his novel Ascension! It sure makes me want to go for a little trip to Italy… Continue reading

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Pin a Book: Merle by Angela Wren

After a very long absence (I’m going to call it Summer vacation), I’m back with a new mystery set in France! Angela Wren takes us to a small village in the Cévennes, which apparently has lots of ideal locations for hiding misdeeds… Continue reading

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Pin a Book: The Darkest Heart by Dan Smith

First pin in South-America! Dan Smith takes us on an adventure to Brazil with his book, The Darkest Heart. Continue reading

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Pin a Book: Old Friends and New Enemies by Owen Mullen

Owen Mullen takes us to Scotland this week. He promises Scottish humor, dour Scots, and an almost-outsider looking in. Seems like a great read! Continue reading

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Pin a Book: The Turtle Run by Marie Evelyn

Exotic location this week (for me, anyway): Marie Evelyn takes us to Barbados, with her story, The Turtle Run. Marie Evelyn is actually a mother daughter team – you can check out their bio on the map. Continue reading

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Pin a Book: The Promise of Provence by Patricia Sands

Back to France this week, la Provence to be precise. Patricia Sands takes her protagonist from Toronto to Provence (check out the pin on the map), and there seems to be a promise of cheese! Doesn’t get more French than that. Continue reading

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Look What I Found!

At the turn of the new year, many people look back at what they did in the past year. Well, thanks to my mother, I got to look back at my entire life. A couple of years ago we gave her a machine that digitalizes old photos, in the hopes that she could save the old slides from the eighties. Well, she did even better; she got the slides and everything else with it! I got an external hard drive under the Christmas tree, filled with photos.

There are some real gems in there that will never ever be shared with anyone, but look what I found:

AZF Toulouse

Photo: private

It’s AZF (and the poudrerie nationale) before the explosion (almost exactly two years before, actually). We used to go walking up to Pêch David quite often because it has a nice view of Toulouse and it only took about thirty minutes on foot from campus. So, yay, I have a “before” picture to go with The Red Brick Haze! And as a bonus, you get a picture of me at nineteen. Yeah, I’d have edited that part out, but I don’t know how…

In case you haven’t read The Red Brick Haze yet (why haven’t you? It’s free!), AZF was a fertilizer factory that blew up on September 21, 2001. It killed 31 people, wounded thousands, ruined the immediate area around it, and destroyed one third of the city’s windows. The area has since been transformed into a cancer research center, which is what you’ll see if you look at a Google map for example (what do you know, I have one right here – check out the AZF pin).

It was very difficult to determine the exact cause of the explosion, so many theories still exist. A trial was held in 2009, with the person responsible for the site judged for manslaughter, but that didn’t necessarily stop people from theorizing. I guess that’s part of why my brain thought it would be a good idea to include it in a story!

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Pin a Book: 300 Days of Sun by Deborah Lawrenson

I’m kicking off the new year with a book promising 300 days of sun – sounds like a good idea in the middle of winter, doesn’t it? Deborah Lawrenson takes us to Faro, Portugal in her novel, 300 Days of Sun. Another pin on the map! Continue reading

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The Red Brick Haze: A Tolosa Mystery

The Red Brick Haze: A Tolosa MysteryThe Red Brick Haze, a prequel to The Red Brick Cellars, is finally ready. It’s available on Amazon, but more importantly, you can get it for free right here.

No good deed goes unpunished.

When an explosion lays waste to part of the city of Toulouse and the citizens attempt to recover in the ravaged cityscape, Louis runs to the aid of people in need.

Chivalrous intent clashes with nefarious goals as Louis has to save himself and those he loves.

If you enjoy the story, I’d very much appreciate an honest review on Amazon, so that other readers can also discover it!

Or, just let me know what you think 🙂

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Pin a Book: The Little French Guesthouse by Helen Pollard

Back to France this week, with Helen Pollard‘s The Little French Guesthouse. These guesthouses can be found all over France and they usually make a very idyllic vacation. And there’s wine! Check the book out on the map 🙂 Continue reading

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