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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.

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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.

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...


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...


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...


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...


A Fun-to-read Review

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 23, 2016

 A review should be as much fun to read as the book itself. Sheila Deeth, an Amazon Top Reviewer, achieves that high level in her review of Where Love Illumines, book 2 in the Where There is Love series.

And, as a bonus, this is two reviews in one because she shares charming comments from her mum in England.  Thank you, Sheila and Mum!

“What a wonderful story," says my mother. "As a Methodist of 85 years standing I have read a lot about the early days of Methodism, both in stories and in factual accounts. The background to this book and the accuracy of the descriptions, both of apparel and of stately homes is astonishing. It is hard to realise that the book was written by an American author. I began to read it halfway...


Jane Austen in Boise

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 11, 2016

The Idaho Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America has an annual summer picnic which we sometimes bill as our Box Hill picnic after the pivotal scene in Emma. This years’ event was held today in the beautiful garden of one of our members. We held our annual book exchange where members bring Jane Austen themed books to share, had a short business meeting, and most of all enjoyed the delicious dishes members brought to share and visiting with like-minded friends.

Here I am setting out with my English cake (brought from Canada) and enjoying a mimosa with...


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