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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History, has written more than 50 books specializing in British Christianity. These books include: The Monastery Murders, clerical mysteries; Lord Danvers Investigates, Victorian true-crime; The Elizabeth and Richard series, literary suspense; and Glastonbury, The Novel of Christian England. She loves research and sharing you-are-there experiences with her readers.

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Donna Fletcher Crow, Novelist of British History

A traveling researcher engages people and places from Britain's past and present, drawing comparisons and contrasts between past and present for today's reader.

Trans-Canada Journey Day 4: Land of 30,000 Lakes

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 14, 2019

Almost all Americans are familiar with the Minnesota motto “Land of 10,000 Lakes.” And even just driving through the state, one finds that is an impressive number of lakes—especially to someone who lives in a desert. So, you can imagine how impressed Stan and I were as the Canadian rumbled through lake-spangled eastern Canada.

This area is known as the Canadian Shield where a billion years ago or so (who’s counting?) glaciers scoured thousands of lakes.

Today it...


Persistence Brings Success: Anne McDonald and Love's Refining Fire

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 12, 2019

Donna: I am so happy to welcome Anne McDonald to "The Authorized Version" today. As she recounts below, Anne and I have been writing colleagues for more than 30 years--impossible as it seems. Anne was cutting edge in her publishing journey--entering the world of electronic publishing in the year 2000. Talk about pioneering! I'll let Anne tell her story below.

Anne: I’m so grateful that Donna wanted to feature me on her blog in celebration of the re-release of my romantic suspense Love’s Refining Fire. If it hadn’t been for her encouragement and mentorship, I...


Day 3: The Sweep of the Canadian Prairie, Saskatoon to Sioux Lookout

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ November 6, 2019

Yoan, our lovely steward, born in Brittany, but now from Vancouver, brought me my morning tea somewhere along the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

“Oh, you’re still here.” I was surprised because I had understood that they would change crews at Winnipeg in the middle of the night.

He grinned. “Yes, we’re eleven hours late. We’ll be to Winnipeg soon. But don’t worry. We’ll make up a lot of the time.”

I leaned back on my pillows and sipped my tea as the Saskatoon River flowed...


Across Canada by Train, Day 2, the Canadian Rockies

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 24, 2019

I am a Rocky Mountains girl. I’ve lived almost all of my life within sight of the Sawtooths, a range of the Rockies. We have traversed the Colorado Rockies many times on family trips and when our daughter and family lived in Calgary we made regular jaunts over the Canadian Rockies.

I was amazed, however, to discover what a very different experience viewing the Canadian Rockies was from the train. One feels so close to nature on the train. The right-of-ways are narrow and the entire panorama is just beyond your window.

We had an early morning stop at Jasper in the northern end of Jasper National Park, often...


Across Canada by Train Day 1, Off to a Hair-raising Start

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 16, 2019


I have loved train travel since I was a little girl when our family took the Union Pacific from Boise to Detroit to get a new car—something quite often done in those days. More recently, I have dreamed of crossing Canada on the Canadian for many years. Just sitting there and watching all that beautiful scenery roll by—what could be more relaxing?

Our Great Adventure did not get off to a relaxing start, however. We began with a visit to...


Amanda Fino, Cerebral Palsy Advocate and Author

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ September 5, 2019

Today I offer an Author Spotlight, introducing Amanda Fino. One meets the most interesting people in the writersphere and Amanda Fino “Author and CP Gal” is most certainly one of them.

Amanda is a Cerebral Palsy advocate who speaks for the voiceless on her blog. And the busy author of realistic romantic suspense novels. Amanda is currently offering Deepest Elements, her recent release, free on her website.

Donna: Amanda, tell us about your new book.

Amanda: My latest book, DEEPEST ELEMENT, is set at a very elite boarding school that has darkeness within its walls.  Arriving in Radcliffe Heights, Rhode Island, freshman Peony “Poppy” Calloway admired the picturesque small town. But deep in the shadows of the woods near Blue Bell Boarding School, and along its hallowed halls, lurked illicit sex, murder, and harrowing danger. Seduced by Jordon Dashwood,...


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