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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

Free/99 Summer Reading

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ July 19, 2017

My summer project is to get all of my Lord Danvers Victorian true-crime series re-edited and published in all-new editions. I cannot promise to have  all 4 books out by the end of summer, but I can report progress.

Grave Matters, book 2 in Lord Danvers Investigates, is now available in both print and ebook:


Antonia discovers a body at the opening of the Great Exhibition, in the presence...

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Having Faith in Our Books

By Fay Sampson ~ July 6, 2017

I can remember the time when the main topic of conversation when authors got together was griping about their publishers. On my side, I feel a real debt of gratitude to those who publish me. It is a considerable act of faith to invest money in the work of an author in these often difficult times.

I am particularly happy with and for my new publisher Darton, Longman and Todd. I departed from a long run of crime novels to write a book of information, advice and prayer about Dementia. I sent Prayers for...

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Japan Journey Day 8 Bullet Train to the Past

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 28, 2017

We took the amazing Bullet Train

 in great comfort

complete with tea and sandwiches

right across Japan to Kanazawa, with their distinctive train station.

First stop, the Shiguretei Tea House

and garden.

Then a walk through the Castle Park.

Kanasawa, on the west coast, is a town little disturbed by earthquakes or war, so much of their medieval past is preserved, including the Castle from the 16th century with its distinctive watchtower

barracks,

and dry moat. 

The architecture was much like the Imperial Palace, which is from the same period, and likewise surrounded by green.

Residents of Kanazawa live...

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Japan Journey Day 7 Tokyo Tour with a Star

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 26, 2017

We are amazingly lucky today. Our guide is TV travelogue presenter Kit Pancoast Nagamura.   Kit is truly a Ranaissance woman. She is an editor, a columnist for the Japan Times, a photo-journalist, and a delightful person. She tailored our backstreets tour to our special interests, history and gardens.

We began at the Kiiyosumia Garden of Exquisite Stones. Kit, who the day before had taught haiku to a group of school children, posed by the Basho rock, inscribed with "The sound of a frog, jumping into an old pond"

Stepping stones...

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Japan Journey Day 6 Imperial Palace Gardens and More French Connections

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 23, 2017

We began the day at the Imperial Palace Gardens. The area is surrounded by a massive stone wall erected of huge stones that made one think of the pyramids. The wall, in turn, is surrounded by a moat, as it has been since feudal times.

I am coming to realize that Japanese gardens are all about serenity, greenness and water. 

There is very little emphasis on color, although the iris,

hydrangea,

and fuschia were lovely.

Roses featured in the Imperial Palace Rose Garden were all antique varieties. This was the only place I saw roses in Japan. I never saw an English tea rose, although their climate should be perfect for them. I was delighted to see an Old China...

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Japanese Journey Day 5 Asakusa Temple and Tokyo Skytree

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ June 22, 2017

Our guide for the day was grandson Thomas who shared some of his favorite bits of Tokyo with us.

First stop was the Asakusa Temple Where even the outer gate is thronged. 

I am continually delighted to see people on the street in traditional dress. Especially the women in their kimonos. Everything is season specific in Japan. Therefore almost all the kimonos were ink floral.

Even some men wore traditional garments, but most wore dark suits and white shirts and ties.

I learned that pagodas mark the gravesite of Buddhist priests.

Interestingly, Buddhist worship involves several elements...

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