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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.

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.

"Living in Jane Austen's World" Jane Austen Society of North America in Louisville

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 8, 2015


The jne Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting got off to a great start in Louisville today with a luncheon and fashion show and lots of browsing and some shopping in the two markets on offer: The Shoppes of Bath and The Meryton Market. The Idaho region includes my Elizabeth and Richard literary suspense A Jane Austen Encounter in their offerings.

 Shopping in the emporiums was a fashion show in itself:

A period-correct tailor demonstrated his skills:


Then a two hour English Country Dance lesson and I was ready to put my feet up.



Cover Reveal--That Breathless Moment

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 2, 2015

 Almost a whole year after first sending the manuscript to my publisher, the message appears in my inbox: The Flame Ignites- Final Cover.

Deep breath. That word final is so--well, final. I've had what I want on the cover running in my head for all those months. What if my publisher's cover artist didn't agree?

Nothing to do but open the attachment and take a look. . . 

Huge sigh of relief followed by shout of joy. I love it! It's better than anything I had pictured. Hooray!!!

The Flame Ignites, the prequel 

How did it all begin? Before Elizabeth and Richard’s terror-filled mystery week in the Rocky Mountains . . . before murder accompanied their honeymoon . . . before the life-changing English summer when...


From Vicar to Teen Fantasy Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 14, 2015













My guest today is the reverend Philip S Davies, Chair of the UK Association of Christian Writers and author of the young adult fantasy novel Destiny's Rebel which releases tomorrow—September 15— in the US. It released last week un the UK. Philip had his launch at the prestigious Blackwell's  Book Store in Oxford and today it is #1 on Blackwell's bestseller list for young adults.                                                                                                                                                   ...


Ways with Words at Dartington Hall

By Fay Sampson ~ August 3, 2015

 We have just enjoyed our annual literary feast: the nine days Ways with Words festival at Dartington Hall. This is held in the marvellous setting of the 14th-century stately home built by John Holand, half-brother of Richard II, and his wife Elizabeth of Lancaster.

During the festival, the lawn is scattered with deck-chairs printed with the covers of famous books published by Penguin. There is usually a queue snaking around the cobbled paths, waiting for the next event in the Great Hall. And what a spectacular venue. Banners hang the length of the hall, below the high-vaulted roof. The conventional seating is greatly increased...


D. I. Shona McKenzie: Great Tartan Noir

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 29, 2015



Welcome, Wendy Jones, all the way from Dundee, Scotland, on the occasion of the release of your new book Killer's Craft!

May I start by saying thank you, Donna, for hosting me on the blog today. It is a pleasure to be here, especially since my second book, Killer’s Craft, has just been released. This is the second book in the Detective Inspector Shona...


Fay Sampson Celebrates 80th Birthday at Avebury

By Fay Sampson ~ July 8, 2015


Given my love of places, and particularly ancient sacred sites, it was not surprising that I chose to celebrate my 80th birthday at Avebury. Avebury is less well known than nearby Stonehenge, but it is in some ways even more evocative.


We stayed in a guesthouse which is probably the only B&B in the world where you wake up in the middle of a Neolithic stone circle.


The circle of massive sarsen stones, with other arrangements of stones within it, dates back four and a half thousand years. The surrounding bank and...


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