Plague Cross

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La Croix du Miracle

La Croix du Miracle

Wayside crosses are very common around here. Some date back to the Middle Ages; others are more recent. We’ve even seen one erected on top of a dolmen, imposing the supremacy of Christianity over earlier pagan religions. Sometimes, they had a particular purpose, like the one above, known as la Croix du Miracle. It celebrates the halt of the plague during one of the many epidemics that affected the region.

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A Captivating Novel of Corsica Explored

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This summer I read a wonderful historical novel set in Corsica, The House At Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman. I’ve always wanted to visit this island so I soaked up the scenery and atmosphere as I read. I was also completely absorbed in the story. It is a well written love story that unfolds through letters discovered nearly a century after they were written. Since I enjoyed the book I am delighted to tell you that I’ve invited the author, Vanessa Couchman here today to answer some questions about the book.

Welcome Vanessa. Let’s get started, shall we?

Tell us about your novel.

VC: The House at Zaronza is set in early 20th-century Corsica House Zaronzaand at the Western Front during the First World War. It follows the fortunes of Maria Orsini, a young woman from a bourgeois family, who lives in a Corsican village with her parents…

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… ‘LOOKING FOR A REASON’..? …then seek no further… my Guest Blogger today is great Authoress, Frances di Plino…enjoy!…

Frances di Plino:

Under the spotlight with Seumas Gallacher

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Lorraine Mace, Frances di Plino

…one of the great ‘buzzes’yeez get from being part of the universal quill-scraper family is to acquire marvellous new pals… and they just happen to be wunnerful scribblers into the bargain… today’s Guest Blogger is high on my ‘favs’ charts… meet Authoress, Frances di Plino… she has a new title launching on October 28th… LOOKING FOR A REASON

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…it’s the fourth in the Detective Inspector Paolo Storey series… the courageous Ms di Plino (p’raps foolishly) agreed to allow me to throw a few kinda ‘wobbler-type’ questions her way… if D.I. Paolo is able to react as ably as she has done, we’re all in safe hands… here’s the gig:

Hi, Frances,

  1. Your main character, Inspector Paolo Storey is a highly credible personality. Is he crafted on anybody (or anybodies) in real life?

He is a composite of several men I have cared deeply about over the…

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I’m a Serial Killer

Frances di Plino:

Having a chat with Jane Bwye

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Please welcome my very distinguished guest this week. I am proud to host Frances di Plino once again. Frances is one of my favourite crime/thriller authors, and a lady of many talents, whose words of wisdom are worth digesting.

Lorraine Mace, Frances di Plino

As a creative writing tutor, I receive many emails asking how to structure a series. This is partly because under my pen name I am the author of four D.I. Paolo Storey novels. You would think (as do the senders of emails asking for my help) that I would be able to answer in a trice – oh, yes, simply do this or that and you have the set up for the next ten books.

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If only life were that simple! You see, I never intended to write a series when I penned Bad Moon Rising. In my mind, it was a standalone crime/thriller with a deep psychological thread running…

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Monet’s Garden at Giverny

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Monet's house at Giverny

Monet’s house at Giverny

Most people have heard of Claude Monet (1840-1926), one of the founders of French Impressionist painting. Many people know about and/or have visited his house at Giverny in Normandy, where he landscaped the gardens and developed the lily ponds that he immortalised in many of his paintings. We made our first visit at the end of September, on our way up to the UK.

As always, our journey was not without incident. Our GPS consistently tried to take us into central Paris. We resisted, even though this involved taking a motorway that went through a 14 km long tunnel (which did nothing for my claustrophobia) and turning left serially in Nanterre, where we realised we were going around in circles. Once on the correct route we were able to relax somewhat, but it meant we arrived at Giverny rather later than planned.

We had booked into…

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