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JAMES CLAVELL MEETS THE GODFATHER

I have an offer for you this week. Join my mailing list and you’ll get a free e-copy of OPIUM, the first in the 5 book OPIUM series. I’m making this offer to subscribers on my list for a limited … Continue reading

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WHY A TOMATO IS NOT AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY HISTORICAL NOVEL

Looks harmless enough, doesn’t it? But Solanum lycopersicum could cost you readers. I got this the other day: “I started reading Silk Road a couple of days back and was enjoying it very much, just as I had enjoyed one … Continue reading

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FROM PONGWIFFY TO SHAKESPEARE

When she was three years old my baby girl crawled on my lap in my study and asked me what I was doing. “I’m writing a book,” I said. “Well, that’s just adicalus,’ she said. She had heard her mother … Continue reading

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OOPS I’M GONNA PARTY LIKE IT’S 1199

As the sun dips in the sky the town of Carrión de los Condes prepares for the Feast of Santiago. As I make my way towards the plaza the players emerge from their houses: the Queen of Navarre jumps in … Continue reading

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THE 19 FUNNIEST BOOK COVERS EVER (AND ONE REALLY WEIRD ONE)

I have a stitch in my side after researching this post. I am obsessed with covers, possibly because I have had so many bad ones foisted on me by publishers through my life. Luckily now that I have Jen Talty … Continue reading

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800,000 BOOKS IN ONE DAY

8½ THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT BARCELONA Barcelona is my new home town. No one understand a single word I say, but I love it already. The coffee is brilliant and there are little bars everywhere filled with people still … Continue reading

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LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL

Many books succeed without a really great title. Just look at this week’s top five paperback fiction in the New York Times: Safe Haven, Odd Interlude, The Columbus Affair, Big Sky River and Catch Me. Not much that jumps out … Continue reading

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WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THIS HAPPENED TO YOU?

What would you do if you discovered the daughter you had raised for 12 years as your own actually ‘belonged’ to someone else? Irina Belyaeva and Anya Iskanderova were born just 15 minutes apart at a maternity hospital in Kopeisk … Continue reading

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HAVE YOU EVER FALLEN VICTIM TO THE EVIL EYE?

Walking through the Christmas market in Piazza Navona a couple of years ago, I was surprised to see several small children clustered around one of the stalls, captivated by small puppets of witches on broomsticks. ‘They’re befana,’ my friend explained … Continue reading

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VAMPIRE ALERT: STOCK UP ON GARLIC AND CRUCIFIXES NOW!!!

The word is out: there’s a vampire on the loose. His name is Sava Savanovic and he is one of Serbia’s first and most famous vampires. And he is back from the dead.

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