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Donna Fletcher Crow

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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more.
www.donnafletchercrow.com

Fay Sampson

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Fay Sampson (UK) is a writer of adult and children's fiction and non-fiction, including A MALIGNANT HOUSE, #2 in the Susie Fewings series, a British Crime Club Pick.
http://www.faysampson.co.uk

Fresh Faces for Old Friends

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ December 1, 2016

 My major project this year has been to get all of my out of print books republished and available at least as ebooks with print editions soon to follow.  As with most such goals, this has taken far, far longer than I ever imagined and I certainly won’t have everything up by the end of 2016—but then, what’s 2017 for?

At least I’ve made significant progress. Just this week two books came out in new editions:

A Newly Crimsoned Reliquary, book 4 in my clerical mystery series The Monastery Murders...

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Prayer and the Imagination

By Fay Sampson ~ November 18, 2016

Publishing can be a long road, even for a writer as experienced as Fay Sampson. Today she shares about her new adventure. 

Back in February, I told how I had suddenly been seized by the inspiration to write a book in an area new to me. I didn’t want to say too much about it until the book had found a home. I am pleased to say that this is now the case.

A feature of our ageing society is that we are finding more and more people with...

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Stories from the Landscape, Fay Sampson in Ireland

By Fay Sampson ~ October 5, 2016

 I love walking through an evocative landscape and finding the stories that belong to it. 

Our holiday this year was in the village of Kinvara on Galway Bay in the west of Ireland. Our son and his partner have a traditional stone and thatch cottage there. Mark understands the things I love and took us on a walk to a Celtic hermitage.

 

The story begins at the castle of Dunguaire in Kinvara. It is said that King Guaire was feasting there on Easter day when the food was lifted from the table and wafted across the countryside. The king and his court followed. They were led to the...

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Keeping it Fresh, Renewing your Backlist

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 9, 2016

In today’s electronic market yesterday is sooo gone. Everything has to be new and fresh and of the minute. That can be exhausting. And discouraging for writers who have a backlist of really good books that just aren’t getting any attention.  My advice is, don’t fight the trend—go with it. For all the frustrations of electronic publishing, it does offer the opportunity of instant renewal.

If you are self-published, you can, of course, do this any time you feel something on your list needs a refresher. For those traditionally published, you’ll have...

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First Folio, The Book that Gave us Shakespeare

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ August 20, 2016

 

 The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is marking 2016, the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, by sending a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio to every state in the union. The exhibit opened today at Boise State University and I was delighted to share this  great family outing and teaching moment with 3 of my grandsons.

During Shakespeare’s lifetime his plays, which were written to be performed, not...

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Where Love Restores Photo Gallery

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 11, 2016

 The newly released Where Love Restores, Where There is Love (formerly To be Worthy, the Cambridge Chronicles) has always been one of my favorites because it is the most thoroughly historical. This is a true story. I often say, “Even the animals are historical.”

The families of both the hero and the heroine were leaders socially, politically and religiously and, fortunately, both families have preserved their family records to professional standards. Indeed, the muniments of the Ryder family—the earls of Harrowby—although kept at Sandon Hall at the time of my research, are maintained under the auspices of...

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