Susan Spann Finds Her Muse High Atop Mount Koyasan [GUEST POST]

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Structures like the impressive two-storied Konpon Daito Pagoda elicit quiet contemplation and meditation from even the most experienced traveler. (Photo by Susan Spann)

Most of the time, the plot of each new novel drives my research, but in the case of Trial on Mount Koya, a sacred mountain turned that process upside-down. Each Hiro Hattori novel features a crime in a different setting, and a victim from a different social class or niche, allowing me to keep the series fresh and interesting. Read more of this post

Japan’s Sacred Peak Offers Quiet, Contemplation, and Murder in ‘Trial on Mount Koya’ [REVIEW]

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A Buddhist temple may seem an unlikely place for a mystery, but Susan Spann’s ninja sleuth Hiro Hittori discovers death and treachery inside its walls in Trial on Mount Koya. (Photo by ccdoh1, Flickr)

A ninja and a priest walk into a Buddhist temple. Although it may sound like the beginning of a joke, it is actually the premise for the sixth installment of what is one of the most unusual and fascinating mystery series I’ve encountered in recent years. Penned by novelist Susan Spann, the latest Hiro Hattori novel, Trial on Mount Koya, reunites fans with her ninja sleuth and pays homage to one of the greatest mystery writers who ever lived, Dame Agatha Christie.
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Tough Choices Must Be Made in Billy Coffey’s ‘Steal Away Home’ [REVIEW]

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A young baseball player must choose between the game and the woman he loves in Billy Coffey’s Steal Away Home. (Photo courtesy Pexels)

When Owen Cross and Michaela Dullahan (aka Micky) first meet, they know they are destined to be together. But will his heart choose a lifetime of happiness with the girl of his dreams or a chance to play baseball with the big boys? Find out in Billy Coffey’s Steal Away Home.  Read more of this post

‘Daily Kindness’ is One of Our Favorite Things for 2018 [REVIEW]

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Blossom where you’re planted in 2018 with a little help from National Geographic’s inspiring new book, Daily Kindness. (Photo by likeaduck, Flickr)

We are always looking for new ways to help us live kinder, gentler, more compassionate lives, and apparently, so is National Geographic. They have created a wonderful gift-sized book that is one of our favorite things for the new year. It is simply titled, Daily Kindness, and you’re going to love it!
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Sarah Robb O’Hagan Wants All of Us to Be Extreme [REVIEW]

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“The fear in our minds is so much worse than actual reality,” says Sarah Robb O’Hagan, author of Extreme You.
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Have you ever felt like you were destined for greatness? Is there a little voice in your head that whispers, and sometimes screams, that you are more than just average? Do you find yourself reaching out for success, only to fail on an epic scale? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, then you are going to love Sarah Robb O’Hagan. Although she’s been in your shoes more than once, she ultimately found the way to come out on top, and now she wants to show you how to do it too in her new book, Extreme You. 
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