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Melina Druga's Blog (61)

An Excerpt from L'Amerique by Thierry Sagnier

The following excerpt is from L'Amerique by Thierry Sagnier.  It is set in Paris following the end of World War 2.   L'Amerique is available on Amazon and can be found on Goodreads.  The excerpt was provided by the author.

 



Maman was a painter. She’d dabbled in other media, had written and published a children’s book, and played both the piano and…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 11, 2019 at 10:51am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Jaromy Henry

Jaromy Henry grew up in Donalsonville, Georgia.  The town was the stomping grounds for the Anglin brothers, the only people to successfully escape Alcatraz, and was the site of the Alday murders, Georgia's second largest mass murder.  Most recently, it was hit by Hurricane Michael.

 

In addition to historical fiction, Henry has written an urban fantasy and has a crime…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 9, 2019 at 10:31am — No Comments

8 Movies Based on Historical Fiction Novels

Many people will read a novel and then watch the film adaptation.  Some people, such as myself, are introduced to novelists by first enjoying the movies based on their work.  This is how I was drawn to my favorite author Edith Wharton (who is technically not historical fiction because she wrote about events less than 50 years prior). Had I not seen the movie Age of Innocence, I would have never read the novel.  Here are eight movies based on historical…

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Added by Melina Druga on July 3, 2019 at 9:39am — No Comments

A Review of Silent Warriors: As Long as a Submarine

Gene Masters is a retired Navy officer and his time on diesel-electric submarines partially inspired Silent Warriors: Submarine Warfare in the Pacific, his debut novel.

 

Silent Warriors was written, in addition to entertain, to recall the role that the submarine played in winning the war in the Pacific, 1941-45,” Masters says of his novel.  “After Pearl…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 27, 2019 at 11:16am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Harold Titus

Harold Titus has loved history for years.  He majored in it at UCLA, and taught the subject off and on to eighth graders in Orinda, California.  His minor was English, and he taught English every year until he retired in 1991.  He credits his teaching experience for the motivation to write his first novel.

 

Titus also has an interest in sports, both amateur and…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 25, 2019 at 10:57am — No Comments

WW1 Medical Trivia

One of the most interesting parts of researching historical fiction is the research. And it’s not just the rabbit hole of the internet – which can pull someone anywhere from the start of any question – it’s the fascinating tidbits discovered along the search, long forgotten or often overlooked

 

My father loves playing trivia, delighting in the “did you KNOW!?” element of…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 19, 2019 at 10:58am — No Comments

A Review of The Adventures of Nancy LaPlante in the 19TH Century

The Adventures of Nancy LaPlante in the 19TH Century by Michel Poulin is different from any other book I have reviewed. Poulin is a mixed-genre author, and the majority of his novels involve time travel from the far future into the past. 

 

The Adventures of Nancy LaPlante in the 19TH Century, is a compilation of chapters from two of…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 13, 2019 at 10:43am — No Comments

An Interview with Diane Merrill Wigginton

A California native, Merrill Wigginton and her husband sold their Sacramento-area ranch and moved to Kalispell, Montana, in 2017.  There, she enjoys hiking, participating in church, helping out the community.

 

She has eight grandchildren and a dog named Bella.

 

In addition to…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 11, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

9 Steamy Historical Romances to Read in Private

Warning:  You’re going to want to read these nine steamy historical fiction romances in private.  They are simply too hot for public consumption.  These titles are a miniscule sampling of the novels available.

 

Sun God by Nan Ryan

Tonatiuh is a half Spanish, half Aztec man known to the white world as Luiz…

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Added by Melina Druga on June 5, 2019 at 11:13am — No Comments

A Hundred Breaths Excerpt

The following two excerpts are from A Hundred Breaths by Jean M. Grant.  It is set in 1263 Scotland.  A Hundred Breaths is available on Amazon and can be found on Goodreads.  The excerpts were provided by the author.

 

Excerpt One from A Hundred Breaths:

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Added by Melina Druga on May 30, 2019 at 10:47am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Raymond Walker

Raymond Walker once was a survivalist who lived on roots and berries, and anything he could catch and kill.  He also walked the Scottish Highlands.

Walker was a scientist by profession but has always been history buff and archaeologist.  He lives in Ayr, Scotland, with his wife, and when he is not writing, enjoys reading and gardening.

Walter has written science-fiction,…

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Added by Melina Druga on May 28, 2019 at 10:18am — No Comments

Fingerprints, Mugshots and Forensics: The Evolution of Modern Crime-Solving Techniques

There was once a time when it was possible to literally get away with murder.  This began to change in the 19th century.  That’s when fingerprints were analyzed, photography advanced enough to take pictures quickly and science acquired a new discipline, forensics.   Let’s examine the history of these three modern crime-solving techniques.

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Added by Melina Druga on May 22, 2019 at 10:01am — No Comments

A Review of A Dream Of Steam: Best when Boasting Brothers

A Dream Of Steam by James Barry is inspired by true events.  Barry is a career sailor and rigger who has designed historic ship sets for movies and museums.  This is his debut novel, inspired by the story of the Moiles brothers who committed a crime to save their business from creditors.  Barry does take some creative license with historic events, which he fully admits, but aims to remain as true to the original story as possibly as he puts his own…

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Added by Melina Druga on May 16, 2019 at 10:31am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Ian J. Miller

Ian Miller is a retired research scientist who still does some consulting.  When he’s not writing or consulting, he enjoys working on his vegetable garden, and he also has composed some musical arrangements.

 

A widower, Miller enjoys the company of his furry friend and mouse exterminator Horatio, a cat.



Most of Miller’s…

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Added by Melina Druga on May 14, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

7 Historical Fiction Novels Based on Historical Figures

While historical fiction is by definition fictional, many novels in the genre incorporate historical figures.  If you enjoy this combination of fact and fiction, here are seven novels based on historical figures to get you started. 

 

The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

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Added by Melina Druga on May 8, 2019 at 10:08am — No Comments

A Review of Lara’s Story: A Happily-Ever-After Tale

Lara’s Story by Diane Merrill Wigginton is the second novel I have recently reviewed that touches upon the Irish Potato Famine.  This prompted some compare-and-contrast in my mind, but the two stories are not comparable in their scope or narrative.

 

Published by Jeweled Dagger Publishing, Lara’s Story begins in 1854 before flashing back to the 1840s and…

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Added by Melina Druga on May 2, 2019 at 11:18am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Michel Poulin

Michel Poulin is a retired member of the Canadian Forces, having spent 5.5 of his 32 year career overseas.  He current resides on the South Shore of Montreal with his wife.

 

The majority of Poulin’s novels are science-fiction involving time travel to various historical periods.  In addition, he also has written military fiction books centered on World War 2, erotica/urban…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 30, 2019 at 10:48am — No Comments

King Arthur: Please Stand Up

This post was written by a guest blogger.  If you’re interested in guest blogging, please visit the guest blogger page.

 

Will the Real King Arthur Please Stand Up? (Er, uh - no, Just Please Lie There)

By Joe Matlock



King Arthur, like all legendary heroes, can be whoever…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 24, 2019 at 10:05am — No Comments

A Review of Alsoomse and Wanchese: Book Moves at a Snail’s Pace

Not many novels feature Native American protagonists. Prior to reading Alsoomse and Wanchese by Harold Titus, the only other books I was aware of were Kaya’s stories published by American Girl. Titus’ novel offers a culture-clash story, with many of the characters based on historical figures.

 

Set in 1583 around Roanoke Island, the story chronicles the final days…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 18, 2019 at 9:59am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Rob Mackintosh

Rob Mackintosh is eagerly expecting the arrival of future grandchildren.  A retired university professor, he teaches adults about personal development and leadership, mostly in residential locations.

 

When not writing or working, Mackintosh enjoys traveling through his native England and around continental Europe for both pleasure and research.  His hobbies include…

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Added by Melina Druga on April 16, 2019 at 10:13am — No Comments

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