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message 1: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments I know of a few of you in the group who are authors, but I know there are probably a few more. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book(s) here.


message 2: by Jerold (new)

Jerold Last (goodreadscomJerold_Last) | 10 comments Hi: I've published two mystery novels, both set in South America. The Ambivalent Corpse takes place mostly in Uruguay,with a guest appearance by Iguazu Falls on the Paraguay-Brazil-Argentina border. The Empanada Affair, a prequel to The Ambivalent Corpse, is set in Salta, in Northwest Argentina. I've lived in both Salta and Montevideo, so the books have a real sense of place, as well as fast paced and hard-boiled mystery plots. The next book in this series, "The Surreal Killer", is going through late stage editing and should be published soon. It is set in Peru and Northern Chile. In my spare time I'm a Professor at a large public university's Medical School in the USA and help my wife breed and train German Shorthaired Pointers. I hope some of you who have an interest in the Southern Cone of South America read these books and tell the other Goodreads faithful what you thought about them.


message 3: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Jerold wrote: "Hi: I've published two mystery novels, both set in South America. The Ambivalent Corpse takes place mostly in Uruguay,with a guest appearance by Iguazu Falls on the Paraguay-Brazi..."

It sounds like you have been leading a full and adventurous life! Your books sound very interesting and descriptive. Thanks so much for sharing!


message 4: by Vincent (new)

Vincent Chough | 4 comments Hello - I have lived in Buenos Aires for 8 years and began visiting here nearly 18 years ago. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I am also of Korean blood. My book takes a look at all these places...It's a pseudo-memoir.
Brave Fish  Identity, Love, Faith by Vincent H. Chough
Brave Fish: Identity, Love, Faith



Enjoy!
Vince


message 5: by Tom (new)

Tom Jackson (goodreadscomtom_jackson) | 4 comments Hello,

My name's Tom, and I've recently published my debut novel, 'The Devil's Legacy' - set primarily in Greece.

Synopsis

The opening of Pandora’s Box creates pandemonium in the office of the British Prime Minister. A team is assembled to solve a two hundred year old conspiracy in order to prevent the Box’s incredible secrets from being revealed to the world and plunging British society into chaos. Will the search for truth be successful? And will it result in the restoration of a country’s stolen heritage?

What is the bizarre umbilical cord that links the 200-year old theft of the Parthenon Marbles to the Turkish Governor of Athens, Jack the Ripper, Winston Churchill, the Titanic, Napoleon Bonaparte, the British Royal family, an obscure nineteenth century Italian artist and a Koala bear?

The British government’s decision to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece triggers the opening of Pandora’s Box, covertly held for over 100 years in the vaults of the British Museum. And thus the first appalling secret is revealed--the Parthenon Marbles are counterfeit.

A team comprising archaeological experts and secret service agents is assembled under the leadership of a young female lawyer and Parthenon expert. The team’s mission is to find the real Marbles, and ensure their return to Greece within a six-month deadline.

Success must be achieved against an intensifying background of treason, competition from an American billionaire collector, and the intervention of the Greek mafia.

Failure would threaten the very fabric of British society.

The clock is ticking!

‘The Devil’s Legacy’ is available now as an ebook on the Internet from Smashwords (http://www.smashwords.com/), and from online ebook retailers including: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Sony, Kobo, Diesel and others.

The Devil’s Legacy by Tom Jackson
ISBN: 978-1-4660-1282-0

I am pleased to provide below the link to my page at Smashwords where you can download and read the first 50 pages of ‘The Devil’s Legacy’ and my Goodreads book page where you can check out Book Blog Reviews:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...

I hope you have the time to enjoy the read . . . and the journey through history!

The Devil’s Legacy is available at:

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

Goodreads:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13...

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Devils-Lega...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-d...

Apple: http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-d...

Sony: http://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/tom-...

Diesel: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW0...

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/The-De...

FNAC: http://www4.fnac.com/livre-numerique/...


message 6: by Tom (new)

Tom Jackson (goodreadscomtom_jackson) | 4 comments Smashwords Read an Ebook Week
Specials for March 4-10

Hi All,
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The Devil's Legacy by Tom Jackson
(5.00 from 3 reviews)

The opening of Pandora’s Box creates pandemonium in the office of the British Prime Minister. A team is assembled to solve a two hundred year old conspiracy in order to prevent the Box’s incredible secrets from being revealed to the world and plunging British society into chaos. Will the search for truth be successful? And will it result in the restoration of a country’s stolen heritage?

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view...

Coupon Code: REW25

Thanks for your time.


message 7: by Judith (new)

Judith (goodreadscomJayCee1) | 5 comments Hello All,

I'm Judith Mann and the author of three books based upon my spiritually-oriented travels that introduce you to many intriguing sites.

Two of my books are current Giveaways, open until May 10 -- so register now to win a free copy.
Spirit Realms of Vietnam Volume I The Context
Spirit Realms of Vietnam Volume I The Context

My third book is a fascinating account of Gnosticism that includes many sacred sites I have traveled to,
Spirit Realms of Vietnam Volume I The Context

Enjoy!


message 8: by Hannah (last edited Apr 22, 2012 11:11PM) (new)

Hannah Fielding (hannah_fielding) | 1 comments Hello all.

I'm Hannah Fielding, and I write romance novels set in countries in which I've travelled/lived. Settings are a rich source of inspiration for me - I have two homes, one in England and one if France; and grew up overlooking the Med - so it's natural for me to set love stories against exotic backdrops.

My first novel, Burning Embers, is set in 1970s Kenya. My next books, yet to publish, are a trilogy set in Spain and a love story set in Italy.

Researching my novels is perhaps the best bit of writing them - an excuse to travel and see the world!

Hannah xx


message 9: by David (new)

David McDannald Hi all,

I'm David McDannald. I've just published a book of nonfiction with an activist in Central Africa named Ofir Drori. Our book is the The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent. It's the story of Ofir's evolution from an adventurer to wildlife activist. From journeys on foot across Kenya to sting operations against ivory dealers in Cameroon, the book is equal parts philosophy and adventure.

I've always been drawn to places that are on the fringe, to remote villages and towns in the process of being touched by modernization. So living in Africa has allowed me to be a method writer, as it were, and to live on set.

Warmest,
david


message 10: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments David wrote: "Hi all,

I'm David McDannald. I've just published a book of nonfiction with an activist in Central Africa named Ofir Drori. Our book is the The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight ..."


Welcome to the group, David! Your book sounds GREAT!


message 11: by David (new)

David McDannald Thanks, Diane!


message 12: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nikolopoulos (stephanieniko) | 5 comments What an impressive group of readers, writers, and travelers! I wrote the introduction to a new edition of Isabella Bird’s A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, about a Victorian woman from the UK who travels on horseback around the US at a time when most women would never have traveled on their own.

I’m co-authoring Burning Furiously Beautiful: The True Story of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which gives an insider’s look at the Beat Generation’s life on the open road.


message 13: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Stephanie wrote: "What an impressive group of readers, writers, and travelers! I wrote the introduction to a new edition of Isabella Bird’s A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, about a Victorian woman from the UK ..."

Thanks, Stephanie! Welcome to the group! Thank you for sharing about the books you are involved in. They both sound very interesting.


message 14: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nikolopoulos (stephanieniko) | 5 comments Diane wrote: "Stephanie wrote: "What an impressive group of readers, writers, and travelers! I wrote the introduction to a new edition of Isabella Bird’s A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains, about a Victorian ..."

Thanks so much, Diane! I'm looking forward to being a part of this group.


message 15: by Tony (new)

Tony Slater (TonyJamesSlater) | 10 comments Hi everyone! I'm brand new to this group - actually quite new to Goodreads, as I joined months ago ad then totally forgot about it!

I'm currently trying to be a travel writer, so this group seemed like a good place to hang out. I self-published my first book last year, called 'That Bear Ate My Pants!'. It's all about my adventures in Ecuador, whilst volunteering in an animal refuge. It was a pretty crazy time - especially given that I had no experience at all - and I survived by blind luck (and mostly because I don't taste too good!). It's a crazy funny book, played more for laughs than for imparting local knowledge to a reader - I'm not exactly a highbrow style of writer, as one of my reviews mentioned!

Since then I've been traveling constantly (for seven years now!), and
I'm trying to finish a second book, based on my exploits whilst volunteering in Thailand. The title will be something along the lines of 'That's Not My Monkey!'

It's really great to see travely-type authors represented here, and speaking out about what they've done - I couldn't find any Goodreads groups specifically for travel writers. I'm looking forward to hanging out here, and picking up a few good books too :0)
I'm a Kindle owner by the way - or rather, my wife is. We bought it 'between us' - but I haven't been allowed near the thing in months!

Thanks everyone!
Tony


message 16: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nikolopoulos (stephanieniko) | 5 comments Hi, Tony -- "That Bear Ate My Pants" sounds hilarious! How great to have volunteered at an animal refuge. That sounds like a great way to travel with purpose!


message 17: by Tony (new)

Tony Slater (TonyJamesSlater) | 10 comments Hi Stephanie!
It's AMAZING fun!! I highly recommend it to anyone who gets the chance. It doesn't have to be expensive, and often there's places you can do it locally, rather than trekking halfway across the world! I just like to get out of England to be honest, but it does add to the exotic-ness of the experience. Yeah, much fun! I try to do it as much as I can, though it's been a while - writing has a way of interfering with travel plans, especially to places without reliable internet access!
If you have a sudden desire to read the book though, please do message me and I'll email you a free copy. It's only an eBook at the mo I'm afraid, but it does cause the occasional chuckle (or so they tell me!)


message 18: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Nikolopoulos (stephanieniko) | 5 comments That would be great, Tony. I’m currently writing a book on Jack Kerouac’s travels, and so I’ve been doing some travel writing on my blog, and I’d love to feature your book. Maybe I can interview you for it? www.stephanienikolopoulos.com


message 19: by Steve (new)

Steve Cohen (bystevecohen) | 14 comments Hi Group,

I'm a travel writer, photographer, author, and film maker. I've been wanting to give this eBook thing a try and so my latest book Travel To the G-Spot by Steve Cohen has been released as an eBook only.

It's a humorous novel about a travel writer who learns he's dying and looks back on some of his stories from all around the world to figure out why things have turned out as they have. It jumps all over the place, from China to South America, Europe, the USA, Canada, well, you get the idea.

It's received seven five-star reviews on http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JPR40S

Some have compared the writing to Paul Theroux, Hunter S. Thompson and Philip Roth.

I notice many authors give books away here for free. A wise man once told me to "cut hair, not prices," so my book is available for $5.99. I can't guarantee your satisfaction, but no one's asked for their money back...

You can download it at Amazon, of course, or at http://www.smashwords.com/b/140923.

It's also available at the iTunes stores, on the Nook, Sony, Diesel, Baker & Taylor.

And there's a page where you can "like" it at http://www.facebook.com/traveltothegspot.

It's not porn, by the way.

Let me know what you think! Feel free to post a review. Thanks.


message 20: by Chris (new)

Chris Rakunas | 1 comments Hi! My name is Chris Rakunas, and I am the author of Tears for the Mountain, a book about Haiti. In 2010 I went to Haiti on a medical mission trip to deliver 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to area hospitals. Along the way we dealt with roving gangs of bandits, a host of international bureaucrats, and a notorious Haitian warlord.

A portion of the proceeds from the book are going directly to New Life Children's Home, the orphanage in Port-au-Prince where we worked.

The book is available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats worldwide. But if you're interested in getting a FREE copy of the book, there is a giveaway right now on Goodreads that you can sign up for.

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/sho...

The book has already received some wonderful press. Here is a story that WINK TV ran on the book:

http://www.winknews.com/Local-Florida...

And here is a promotional video for the book that you can share with friends on Facebook:

https://vimeo.com/42841856


http://www.amazon.com/Tears-Mountain-...

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tears...

http://www.bookdepository.com/Tears-f...

I have 2 other books coming out this year as well, both of which take place in other countries. You can find out more at www.facebook.com/ChrisRakunas.


message 21: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Chris wrote: "Hi! My name is Chris Rakunas, and I am the author of Tears for the Mountain, a book about Haiti. In 2010 I went to Haiti on a medical mission trip to deliver 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to ..."

Thanks so much for sharing, Chris!


message 22: by Dana (new)

Dana | 11 comments Hello fellow travellers and authors. I'm a writer of women's fiction and author of two novels. I grew up in Beirut during the war and subsequently lived in the UK, Spain and South Africa. The backdrop to my novels is generally inspired by countries I have known. Beirut in Shades of Grey is essentially a love story which explores two attitudes to war: the victim's and the onlooker's, which I believe to be a universal theme. Beirut in Shades of Grey by Dana K. Haffar

Leah, on the other hand, is set on a fictitious island, an amalgam of places I've lived in or visited. Leah by Dana K. Haffar

I'm currently working on my third novel which takes place on a vineyard in Tuscany between the wars.

The links are available on my Profile page. Please feel free to visit.


message 23: by Steve (new)

Steve Cohen (bystevecohen) | 14 comments Here's the hot-off-the-presses new cover for Travel To the G-Spot -- The Guide Book Travel To the G-Spot -- The Guide Book by Steve Cohen.

There's also a new interview with me posted on the book page under discussions.


message 24: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Nicoll (BelindaNicoll) What fantastic titles, Tony. I'd be interested in getting your book about Ecuador; my husband and I are world-travelers and he's been wanting to check things out there. Apparently, a lot of expats are retiring there?


message 25: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Nicoll (BelindaNicoll) I recently joined Goodreads; I've been a writer and student doing my MFA for what feels like forever - I can't wait to start reading for pleasure again. My memoir - Out of Sync - is available for Kindle and in print from Amazon (Serious reviewers will be considered for a 'gift' copy).

A synopsis: In 2001, when a couple leaves South Africa for a stay abroad, they land at JFK International Airport on September 11th, unprepared for the sight of smoke billowing from the Manhattan skyline or the horror of a second plane exploding into the North Tower. Over the next ten years, as their host country confronts fundamental change of its own, their marriage buckles under the strain of their disparate experiences. With the international economic crisis making it all but impossible for them to return to their country, they relocate from California to the North, the South, and the Midwest searching for a place they can call home. Against the backdrop of uncertainties in post-apartheid South Africa, Belinda Nicoll unfolds a contemporary and thought-provoking account of post-9/11 America’s tantalizing hopes and unexpected disappointments. Out of Sync is an insightful tale about marital endurance that promises to enthrall anyone, expatriate or not, who has ever felt at odds with themselves or the world.


message 26: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Nicoll (BelindaNicoll) A link to my book: http://www.amazon.com/Out-Sync-Belind...

I blog about creative writing, personal coaching, and expatriation: http://myriteofpassage.wordpress.com/...


message 27: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Tarpley (Mlt017) | 18 comments Hi everyone! I'm so excited to meet other authors who are writing books inspired from their travels! I just completed my first fiction novel in May. I am still in the editing process, but will seek agent representation in the next few months.

I went to Germany in November and after seeing all the former Nazi locations and the former camp at Dachau I came away with a specific question. If I had lived in Nazi Germany then, would I have done anything to help those under persecution? My book evolved from that question and the feeling that God would have me write something about my experience visiting Germany.

My book is primarily set in Louisiana and in Munich. It takes place in the present day and the past--switching back and forth. Here's my synopsis. Please let me know what you think. Nice to meet everyone!

An American-raised Nazi is sent to Germany before WWII. The story remained hidden over 70 years until regaled by the now elderly woman, who lived it.

The book follows 92-year-old Nona as she recounts her experiences in the depths of the Third Reich to 20-something, Lea. The story captivates Lea with its first hand glimpse at the Hitler Youth, young love and the life altering decisions that Nona faced.

The war's outbreak and continuation only fueled the importance of these choices when the ultimate resolution must be reached--continue serving the enemy or choose to betray all you have known.

Throughout the look into the 1940s Nazi territories and the war front, Lea's life begins to intertwine itself with Nona's in ways she did not expect. She feels led to trace Nona's footsteps and confront her own issues of loyalty, faith and love.


message 28: by Sherry (last edited Jul 10, 2012 11:44PM) (new)

Sherry Harvey (sherryharvey) | 3 comments Jeff Ashmead's debut Non-fiction beach read about our adventures on the Mayan Riviera. A "Must Read" for people considering moving to or retiring in Mexico. - said a reviewer. See more at:

http://www.amazon.com/Tropical-Delusi...Tropical Delusion - Misadventures in Paradise


message 29: by Zanesh (last edited Jul 15, 2012 01:46AM) (new)

Zanesh Catkin (ZaneshCatkin) Pangamonium by Zanesh Catkin

Hi all. My first novel, Pangamonium, comes out in one week. Seeing that it satirizes travel, and invents an imaginary country -- Panga -- which lies adjacent to Shangri-La, I thought it may be of interest to you.

Synopsis:
Pangamonium is a comic novel that parodies travel adventure stories and satirises globalisation. It is a tongue-in-cheek adventure romp, a mock epic. Francis is a journalist looking for a big story in the tiny kingdom of Panga. He finds himself attempting to liberate a bunch of child slaves making sex toys for the West. Toss in an African pilgrim named Easter on a quest to find his grandfather's grave filled with pirate gold, a military regime oppressing the citizens of Panga, and a Bollywood romance - pandemonium ensues.

More info here:
http://zaneshcatkin.com/

The ebook version should be on Amazon from late July and here http://midnightsunpublishing.com/2012... and the paperback is available in Australia, where I live.

Thanks
Zanesh Catkin


message 30: by MichelleCH (new)

MichelleCH (lalatina) | 47 comments Morgan wrote: "Hi everyone! I'm so excited to meet other authors who are writing books inspired from their travels! I just completed my first fiction novel in May. I am still in the editing process, but will seek..."
Morgan, what a great question and I am sure that the answer will always be very complicated. Even today there are many atrocities that occur here and abroad. How often do we stop in our day to day to address an injustice whether it be big or small?

Congratulations on your novel!


message 31: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Tarpley (Mlt017) | 18 comments MichelleCH wrote: "Morgan wrote: "Hi everyone! I'm so excited to meet other authors who are writing books inspired from their travels! I just completed my first fiction novel in May. I am still in the editing process..."

Thanks! You are right, Michelle! It's a complicated question.


message 32: by Steve (new)

Steve Cohen (bystevecohen) | 14 comments Travel To the G-Spot -- The Guide Book

is on sale right now for the ridiculously low price of only $1.50 at http://www.smashwords.com/b/140923.

You need the secret code. It's SSW75.


message 33: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Steve wrote: "Travel To the G-Spot -- The Guide Book

is on sale right now for the ridiculously low price of only $1.50 at http://www.smashwords.com/b/140923.

You need the secret code. It's SSW75."


Thanks, Steve!


message 34: by Steve (new)

Steve Cohen (bystevecohen) | 14 comments You're welcome.


message 35: by Sterling (new)

Sterling Gate Books (sterlinggatebooks) | 19 comments This new release thriller, The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2), starts with a mad dash across America and climaxes with an assassination attempt in Guyana.

The Orphan Factory (The Orphan Trilogy, #2) by James Morcan

A coming-of-age spy thriller novel, it is book two in The Orphan Trilogy and a prequel to The Ninth Orphan, which is set primarily in France and England.

The Orphan Factory's Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008M9WWKW/


message 36: by Loukia (new)

Loukia Borrell | 9 comments Diane wrote: "I know of a few of you in the group who are authors, but I know there are probably a few more. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book(s) here."

Hello, I just joined this group a few days ago. My name is Loukia Borrell and I am the author of "Raping Aphrodite," a novel partially set against the 1974 invasion and division of Cyprus. This is my first novel and is part of a trilogy of books centering around my main characters, Tash and Christian Colgate.

Tash, 34, is a successful art gallery owner in Norfolk, Va., whose life begins to unravel after she agrees to do an exhibition in her gallery of pieces from Cyprus. Her husband, Christian, learns his wife isn't who she thinks she is, but will he bury the family secret deeper, or tell Tash the truth and risk losing her? At the same time these events are unfolding, readers will travel to 1974 Cyprus, when the island was invaded and divided by Turkey. An American woman escapes a hostage situation and begins a solitary, dangerous walk to get help for the rest of her group. Toward the book's end, both story lines collide in a surprising turn of events.

It is available at Amazon.com in soft cover and for Kindle, and also at BN.com for Nook. Thanks for reading and welcoming me to Around the World in 80 Books!


message 37: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Loukia wrote: "Diane wrote: "I know of a few of you in the group who are authors, but I know there are probably a few more. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book(s) here."

Hello, I just joined th..."


Thanks, Loukia! Do you live in the Norfolk area? I lived there for several years. I graduated from both ODU and NSU and worked at Sentara.


message 38: by Jennings (new)

Jennings Wright | 1 comments Hey all - I'm fairly new to (and still figuring out) Goodreads. I am a lifelong traveler, having been to over 40 countries, and my first book Solomon's Throne (released 3 weeks ago) is an around-the-world treasure hunt that starts in London, goes to Lisbon, then several countries on the east coast of Africa, up into the Middle East, then India. I go to Uganda twice a year, and Africa is my favorite place, so I spend a lot of time there in the book. The sequel, which will be released next month, starts again in London, then goes to Venice, the Greek islands, and Israel.

I just started a book which is a new genre for me - YA dystopian low fantasy - and will go all over the world through the existing tunnel systems found under so many cities.

Here are the links for Solomon's Throne:
Amazon paperback: http://tinyurl.com/dyr5u6v
Amazon Kindle: http://tinyurl.com/c625kco
B&N Nook: http://tinyurl.com/d5fd2q7

Looking forward to checking out all these great titles! What a fun group. :o)


message 39: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Jennings wrote: "Hey all - I'm fairly new to (and still figuring out) Goodreads. I am a lifelong traveler, having been to over 40 countries, and my first book Solomon's Throne (released 3 weeks ago) is an around-th..."

Thanks for sharing, Jennings!


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message 41: by Gregg (new)

Gregg Granger (GreggAGranger) | 2 comments I'm new to Goodreads. This group and thread appears a good fit for my first comment. My book, Sailing Faith: The Long Way Home, chronicles my family's circumnavigation of the world on a sailboat.

Inside cover:
“You’re going to a lot of places where they don’t value human life like we do.” That was the reaction Gregg A. Granger received when sharing with other friends and relatives, his plans to sail around the world with his wife, two teenage daughters, and five-year-old son.

Prior to their departure, the Grangers’ sailing experience was limited to one week aboard a charter in Florida, and a sixteen-foot Hobie Cat at their Gun Lake, Michigan, home.

The journey was about travel and culture, but more about relationships. Relationships with their creator, with each other, with people on similar journeys, and with others in the thirty-eight countries the Grangers visited during their four and a half years abroad.

Learning to sail was the least of the obstacles they faced as they traveled head-long into places where they struggled through preconceptions and prejudices to discover how strong and how wrong their preconceptions were.

Time abroad also afforded the Grangers a view of America from a different and not always popular perspective.

The impact of malaria, broken bones, storms and other struggles was a small price to pay for the personal and family growth they experienced; that same impact was dwarfed by the Created world and goodness the Granger family witnessed.


257 pages plus 24 page color insert
15 maps

Softcover ISBN 978-0-9843482-1-3
Kindle ISBN 978-0-9843482-2-0

Available through Amazon or my website: http://faithofholland.com/SailingFait...
Thanks, Gregg


message 42: by Mony (new)

Mony Dojeiji (MonyDojeiji) | 19 comments I'm the co-author of "Walking for Peace, an inner journey", Walking for Peace  An Inner Journey by Mony Dojeiji, the award-winning memoir of our 3500-mile, 13-country, 13-month walk for peace. My Spanish walking partner Alberto and I had no sponsors. We had no political, religious or social affiliations. We were merely two people who believed (and still do), that to create change in the world, we must begin by changing ourselves.

This was not an organized event. There were no hotel rooms booked in advance. We simply carried a road map and plotted out our daily route, trying to average around twenty-five kilometres a day, while staying away from busy thoroughfares. We carried the message of peace on our backpacks in the language of the country we walked in. We slept wherever we were given shelter – from the floors of church halls to the warm beds of hostels to the homes of people who saw us on the road and invited us in. It was a pilgrimage in the more traditional sense of the word, relying on the invisible forces that guided us (call it the Universe, angels, God, Jesus, the Creator, Allah… the label doesn’t matter). To us, it was the hand of Love that always delivered us to the people who could help us.

That’s not to say that it was always easy. The Walk challenged us physically, emotionally and spiritually. It made us re-examine every single belief we held about peace, life and love; but it also offered us many gifts, and demonstrated to us the magnificence of the human heart and its essential goodness, no matter the country. It was transformational in every sense of the word, and showed us that, no matter the physical destination, the true destination of any journey is always inner.

Information about our walk, including maps, photos, stories can be found on our site http://walkingforpeace.com.

If you would like to read an excerpt of the book, then please visit http://www.smashwords.com/b/106033.

My illustrator husband and I have also written a children's tale called I am Happy (Soy Feliz in Spanish). I am Happy by Alberto Agraso Soy Feliz by Mony Dojeiji.

It tells the story of Angela, a little girl who sees the world through the eyes of Love. Join her, and allow the magic and wonder that fill her life to fill yours, too. Suitable for the young and the young-at-heart. :-)


message 43: by Diane, Armchair Tour Guide (new)

Diane | 5824 comments Mony, your website is amazing. I love the beautiful pictures and the story of how you and your husband met on the journey.


message 44: by Mark (new)

Mark Schrad | 2 comments Hi, everyone:

I'm Mark, and I've been lurking around here for just a little while. My first book, The Political Power of Bad Ideas: Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave came out a few years ago. Based on my dissertation, it compares the politics of temperance and alcohol prohibition in the US, Sweden, and Russia about the time of World War I to get a better understanding of how international policy-relevant ideas get translated into actual national policies in different institutional structures.
The Political Power of Bad Ideas  Networks, Institutions, and the Global Prohibition Wave by Mark Lawrence Schrad

Still awake? ;) Yeah--I wouldn't bother reading that one unless you're really into comparative policy dynamics (and since Oxford listed it at $65 for hardcover, I wouldn't bother buying it, either!)

Anyway, I've got a new project coming out later this year called "Vodka Politics: Autocracy and Alcohol in Russia," which is more of a pop/crossover book that tells the entire history of Russia through the bottom of the vodka bottle. It is like reverse "beer goggles" for Russian history: viewing even some of the most unusual historical developments in Russia through the lens of vodka actually brings things into much clearer view!

I'm working on re-making the website for it (which also houses updates on Russia's ongoing anti-alcohol campaign):
http://www.vodkapolitics.com/The_Book...

If it sounds interesting, why not give it a "like" over on Facebook?
http://www.facebook.com/VodkaPolitics

(I'm hoping to convince my publisher that there is enough interest in the project to warrant a paperback edition, rather than another ridiculously-overpriced hardcover-only version!)

Thanks, any/everybody!


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Mony Dojeiji (MonyDojeiji) | 19 comments Diane wrote: "Mony, your website is amazing. I love the beautiful pictures and the story of how you and your husband met on the journey."

Thanks so much Diane! I'm glad you liked it... I'm definitely looking forward to participating in this group and sharing experiences. :-)


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Marthese Fenech | 4 comments Diane wrote: "I know of a few of you in the group who are authors, but I know there are probably a few more. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book(s) here."

Hello there! Diane, this is a fabulous group! I love the Around the World theme. My name is Mar Fenech, and I am the author of historical novel Eight Pointed Cross, set in sixteenth century Malta and Istanbul (with some other destinations in between!) Besides writing, I am a fitness enthusiast, avid traveler, high school teacher, yoga lover, surfing snowboarder, and trouble maker, lol. For more information about me and my writings, I welcome visitors to my website: www.marthesefenech.com
Thank you so much!
Mar


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Diane | 5824 comments Marthese wrote: "Diane wrote: "I know of a few of you in the group who are authors, but I know there are probably a few more. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book(s) here."

Hello there! Diane, thi..."


Welcome to the group, Marthese!


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Leighton Gage | 6 comments I'm Leighton.
I live in Brazil and write police procedurals set in that country -- ones that have been nicely reviewed in both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

My website is http://www.leightongage.com
And then there's the blog I share with six other authors of "international" mysteries. We don't write about our books, or the craft of writing, but rather about events of cultural, historical or human interest that occur, or have occurred, in the countries in which we set our stories. And, sometimes, Tim Hallinan rants. And, sometimes, Yrsa Sigurdardottir is downright funny. There's a new post every day and an archive that goes back for about three years. Here's the link: http://murderiseverywhere.blogspot.com/


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Dan Scheffler (DanScheffler) | 25 comments I'm Dan Scheffler and I'm from Cape Town, South Africa. I love travelling as well as surfing. The two are almost inextricably linked: searching for new places to surf always leads you to fresh destinations.

My book, Island Explorer is about discovering the remote corners of Sumatra in Indonesia. Surfing features prominently in the book, but there is a strong focus on travelling and the story should appeal to non-surfers too.

The book is brand new and it's available free of charge on Smashwords until 7 October.

My website: www.islandexplorerbook.com

If you liked the book, please let me know!


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Hattie Norman (goodreadscomgoodreadscomTea) | 120 comments Thanks for sharing.


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