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Bulgaria 5.0

July 27, 2015 1:47 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

[Town of Balchik. Cover Photo Credit: Boby Dimitrov, via Wikimedia Commons. Authorized for reuse under Creative Commons.] This is the fifth year in a row I’ve come with my Romanian friends to Balcic, Bulgaria. It’s on the Black Sea. This year is a bit of an extravaganza. Three of us decided to reserve... read more

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On Romanian Gypsies

July 20, 2015 9:14 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Romanian Gypsies are a problem. There, I’ve said it. The first problem is with their name: gypsies, from the place name Egypt. In Romanian it’s țigani. But the gypsies don’t come from Egypt. They’re Indo-Iranian. Their proper ethnonym is Roma, more technically spelled Rroma. They’re also called Romany. Romania has... read more

My Travels and Hollywood

June 11, 2015 9:02 pm Published by 2 Comments

On Mother’s Day my son had the bright idea to take me gambling – big time gambling, as in the Monte Carlo Casino. We happened to be in Nice, France, and Monaco/Monte Carlo is a 15-minute train ride away. Mother’s Day – or la fête des mères – in France... read more

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Rom Com French Style

May 28, 2015 10:45 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The weather in Paris in May is wonderful – except when it isn’t. So what to do on a blustery rainy afternoon? Go to a movie, of course. We went to Les Halles, a shopping/entertainment complex in the center of Paris, where we knew there would be 30+ movies to... read more

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The Forest Breeze Series

September 5, 2014 4:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Note: In my blog post The Romance Novel as an Art Form, I note that I’ve long admired the Rolling Stones for trying out their versions of various rock subgenres: blues, honky-tonk, hard, soft, anthem, ballad. For my part, I’ve loved exploring the range of romance subgenres. In the category of... read more

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The Sense of Place in My Novels

June 24, 2014 11:45 pm Published by 1 Comment

I love to travel. Either I go out into the world by setting foot outside my door, or I let the world come to me, primarily through books. Right now I am far outside my front door, namely in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia. At the same time I have Kristen Ashley’s... read more