Pack Your Bags and Visit Some ‘Novel Destinations’ [REVIEW]

Heather in Concord MA

We love traveling to “novel destinations,” just like we did on this excursion to Concord, Massachusetts, former home to the Alcott sisters, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Photo by Jathan Fink, Jadeworks Entertainment)

Greg Iles’ Natchez. Mark Twain’s Mississippi River. John Steinbeck’s Salinas. Heather and I love to travel, and oftentimes our wanderlust takes us to places we have only encountered in books. There is something inspiring about walking in a favorite writer’s footsteps, seeing where he lived, or exploring a place that ignited his creative spark and ultimately fueled the imaginations of countless readers. If this type of travel appeals to you, then you’re going to love National Geographic’s new book, Novel Destinations!   Read more of this post

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Work in Progress: A Conversation with Author Glen Erik Hamilton [INTERVIEW]

Glen Erik Hamilton

Author Glen Erik Hamilton on the ferry to Bainbridge Island. (Photo courtesy Glen Erik Hamilton, Facebook)

Glen Erik Hamilton is one of our favorite new authors. Creator of the thrilling Van Shaw series, he catapulted onto the scene in 2015 with his debut novel Past Crimes, which was quickly met with critical acclaim by some of the publishing industry’s biggest names. J.A. Jance calls him “a gifted writer with a sure hand,” and Lee Child says, “this guy has got what it takes.” We wholeheartedly agree on all counts!

Recently we had the good fortune to catch up with Hamilton in the midst of the publicity campaign for his sophomore title, Hard Cold Winter, which released in March. We took the opportunity to find out the real story behind his success, who inspired Van Shaw, and why we should all be concerned with what is happening to our veterans. We hope you enjoy this rare insight into the man behind the pen.  Read more of this post

Richard Paul Evans’ ‘The Mistletoe Inn’ Reminds Us To Love Who We Are [REVIEW]

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Two writers discover the secret to writing bestselling fiction in Richard Paul Evans’ new classic, The Mistletoe Inn.
(Photo by Georgie Pauwels, Flickr)

What does it take to become a successful author? Richard Paul Evans knows, and he shares his secret as he once again enthralls his readers in his latest book, The Mistletoe Inn. Read more of this post

Carolyn Hart’s ‘Don’t Go Home’ Is A Well Written Whodunit! [REVIEW]

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Sometimes folks in your home town don’t want to see you return.
(Photo courtesy Josh McGinn, Flickr)

Mystery fans with a penchant for classic whodunits and a sleuth who can’t seem to stay out of trouble will love Carolyn Hart’s newest novel, Don’t Go Home. Read more of this post