Seven Questions with Author Samantha Grosser [INTERVIEW]

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Besotted with Shakespeare since childhood, writing about the world’s most famous bard comes naturally for novelist Samantha Grosser. (Photo courtesy Samantha Grosser, Facebook)

After writing several period pieces surrounding World War II and the translation of the King James Bible, novelist Samantha Grosser turns her attention to England’s most infamous playwright, William Shakespeare. In her latest novel, she crafts a story around the play Macbeth and the raffish world within the Globe Theater. In this exclusive interview, I am delighted to discover that Sam is as fascinating as her subject matter. —JRW Read more of this post

‘The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl’ [EXCERPT]

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An adventurer and a writer learn a lesson in love in Victoria Alexander’s third Lady Travelers novel. (Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com)

You could call me a sucker for romantic comedy. I know, I know, it’s not the manliest thing to admit to, but there it is. And few writers can knock it out of the park like Victoria Alexander. She has a knack for throwing men and women together who are looking for anything but love, pitting them against a wild adventure, and spinning hilarious banter between everyone involved. The result is comic genius along the lines of Romancing the Stone, except placed in a historical setting. Read the following excerpt from Alexander’s latest novel, The Lady Travelers Guide to Deception with an Unlikely Earl, and you’ll see what I mean. Enjoy! —J.R. 
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Some Friendships Are Stronger Than War, Just Ask ‘Bess and Frima’ [REVIEW]

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Theirs is a friendship that would endure politics, marriage, and even war. (Photo courtesy Julie Metz)

Two girls on the cusp of womanhood. Two lives irrevocably intertwined. In the face of World War II, each must make decisions that will shape their destinies and alter the course of their lives forever. But which dreams will they pursue and will fate ultimately tear them apart? Find out in Alice Rosenthal’s new historical novel, Bess and Frima, a coming-of-age story about friendship, family, and daring to be different. Read more of this post

Danger Lurks Behind Every Corner in Candace Robb’s ‘A Murdered Peace’ [BOOK BLAST]

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Royal secrets. Dangerous liaisons. A conspiracy that could destroy the throne. All the best literary elements are here in Candace Robb’s third installment of the Kate Clifford saga, A Murdered Peace. But this time out, someone close to Kate is hiding something, and she doesn’t know if he can be trusted. Will she discover what lurks behind the facade before it is too late? Welcome to York, where nothing and no one is what it appears.  Read more of this post

A Lot of Work for a Little Snow [GUEST POST]

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Sometimes the smallest detail creates the largest amount of work for an author, like trying to pick the perfect time for a setting to have snow. E.M. Powell explains in this guest post regarding her new novel, The Monastery Murders. (Photo by Paul R. Robinson, Flickr)

Whenever we pick up a book by one of our favorite authors, we may not realize just how much research went into writing a certain character, choosing a setting, or crafting a particular scene, especially when the author does her job as seamlessly as historical mystery author, E.M. Powell. Reading her latest novel, The Monastery Murders, she excels at luring us into the story’s disarming setting and made us ask: How did holiday traditions differ way back in 1176 and how does she utilize these details to build suspense? Thankfully she explains in today’s guest post. Enjoy! —J&H

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