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How To Improve Your Sanity During the Covid Crisis

It’s unbelievable. While it seemed that life was about to finally get back to normal with the gradual opening of states, all of a sudden an uptick in COVID-19 cases has hit the country like a tidal wave. While many governors have vowed not to completely shut down states again many are still not fully opened. And, to…

Three Start-Ups to Consider After the Covid Crisis

If your job is in flux and you are not sure if you will even be employed when the COVID-19 crisis is finally over it might be time to start thinking about being a part of a start-up. To be sure, becoming an entrepreneur during a time when everything is uncertain might not be the best time to begin a business. Sometimes,…

The Subtle Art of Moving During the Holidays

We already know that the holidays while fun can also be one of the most stressful times of the year. There are decorations that need to be hung, relatives to host, presents to buy, food to prepare and ultimately expectations to uphold. Add all of that to moving and you just might lose your mind. Never fear,…


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Melina Druga's Blog – July 2019 Archive (5)

A Review of The Summer Before the War: Modern Day Literature

Author Paula McLain describes Helen Simonson as “a Jane Austen for our day and age.”  This gave me reason to pause before I began reading Simonson’s novel The Summer Before the War.  When it comes to 19th classic British authors, I prefer Emily Bronte to Austen.  Nevertheless, I managed to finish the novel.  Indeed, it did remind me of the literature I read in college, so the novel is by no means pleasure reading.  It is 473 pages of tiny…


Added by Melina Druga on July 25, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

An Interview with Author Cecily Wolfe

Cecily Wolfe works full time as a librarian in a public library and loves reading as much as writing.  A single mother of two teenagers, she loves ice cream and potato chips, and can be caught having homemade hot fudge sundaes for dinner more nights than I care to admit.

In addition to historical fiction, Wolfe also writes YA and contemporary fiction.   She also has published a new adult/women's fiction retelling of…


Added by Melina Druga on July 23, 2019 at 2:44pm — No Comments

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…


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…


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…


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

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