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BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Expat creatives recommend books for the (not quite) end of summer

Hello again! Hope you got to enjoy your summer. My son started back up at school last week, marking the end of our ‘vacation time’ for a while.

Funny enough, The Displaced Nation’s latest book review column, ‘BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: Expat creatives recommend books for the (not quite) end of summer’ also appeared on their site last week. Myself, Helena Halme, Matt Krause, Annika Milisic-Stanley, Pamela Jane Rogers, Jasmine Silvera, ML Awanohara and Beth Green all recommend books that qualify as “displaced” reads, meaning they are for, by, or about expats or other internationals. It was a lot of fun to do! Take a look at what we recommend and why, you just might find a few titles for your TBR list.

Have a great week!

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MysteryThrillerWeek: Mystery & Thriller Passport

Do you love to read Mysteries and Thrillers? Then you'll want to keep your eye on my blog posts during the next seven weeks, all dedicated to the upcoming MysteryThrillerWeek event happening February 12-22, 2017!

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Mystery and Thriller Passport Theme

Welcome to the first of four themed posts about MysteryThrillerWeek, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres!

Over two-hundred authors are participating in this global event. To help readers and authors better connect, a variety of themed lists – sub-categories of both genres – have been created.

Today I’m thrilled to share with you fifteen books from the Mystery and Thriller Passport Theme, mysteries and thrillers set outside of the United States.

Authors Jennifer S. Alderson, Anne Carmichael, Tomasz Chrusciel, Colin Garrow, Jane Jordan, Sarah Key, Phil Philips, Paul Russell Parker III, Nick Rippington, Leta Serafim, Marie Silk, Judy Penz Sheluk, Michael Smorenburg, and Zaheera Walker have kindly provided a description of their setting and story. I’ve also included information about my own travel fiction thrillers.

I love to read books that transport me to other cities and countries. If you love to travel by fiction as well, pick up one of these titles today and take a trip to Nepal, Thailand, the Netherlands, England, France, Wales, Kuwait, Greece, Canada, South America, Guyana, South Africa, or the Caribbean from the comfort of your armchair.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the exciting reads in this category…

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Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers Theme (a.k.a Artwork, Relics, Gems and Precious Minerals)

Today I’m thrilled to share with you ten books from MysteryThrillerWeek's Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers Theme, also known as the Artwork, Relics, Gems and Precious Minerals Theme.



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Though this category initially contained books whose stories revolve around a painting or sculpture, it’s grown to include mysteries and thrillers in which a relic, piece of art, precious gem or other priceless object plays a central role.

Several authors have provided a description of their stories, adventurous tales revolving around a fake Mona Lisa, missing gold coins, treasures looted from Saddam’s palaces, a Triceratops brow, a fifteenth-century relic, forged paintings, an international art heist, a collection of Dutch masterpieces, and a sack full of diamonds.

My thanks to Phil Philips, cj petterson, Paul Russell Parker III, Rosa Fedele, Catherine Dilts, Tomasz Chrusciel, Khristina Atkinson, and Ritter Ames for providing information about their books. I’ve also included information about my own art-related novels.

These are but a few of the 20+ books currently listed in the Art-related Mysteries and Thrillers category.

Be sure to sign up as a Super Fan on the MysteryThrillerWeek website to be kept up-to-date of all the fun games, prizes and giveaways taking place during the event, February 12 – 22, 2017.

I look forward to seeing you there!

P.S. Don’t forget to check my blog [http://www.jennifersalderson.com/blog/] on January 16th when Paul Russell Parker III will share more about the looting of Saddam Hussein’s palaces he witnessed while on a tour of duty in Iraq.

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MysteryThrillerWeek: Historical Mysteries and Thrillers Theme

Welcome to the third of four themed posts about MysteryThrillerWeek, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres!



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Today I’m thrilled to share with you eight books from the Historical Mysteries and Thrillers Theme, books which transport you back to Amsterdam during World War Two, Victorian England, a slave ship sailing round the Horn of South Africa, the Roman Empire, the Middle East during the 1st century C.E., America in the early 1900s, and the Wild West.

Authors Michael Smorenburg, Edwin Herbert, J.B. Richards, Khristina Atkinson, Marie Silk, Maggi Andersen, and Jane Jordan have kindly provided a description of their historical setting and story. I’ve also included information about my own historical fiction novel.

Be sure to sign up as a Super Fan on the MysteryThrillerWeek website to be kept up-to-date of all the fun games, prizes and giveaways taking place during the event, February 12 – 22, 2017: https://mysterythrillerweek.com/fans-...

I look forward to seeing you there!
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‘Name the Character’ Mega Giveaway! January 24, 2017 – February 21, 2017

Okay creative types, now is your chance to name a character in my upcoming art mystery, The Anthropologist (working title), and see your own name immortalized in the book’s acknowledgements!

20 runners up win 1 eBook!

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The entrant with the ‘best’ name wins an extremely cool Grand Prize swag bag:

1. Signed paperback copies of The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery and Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking (the first two books in the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series),
2. Sunflowers mug from the Van Gogh Museum gift shop,
3. Bicycle-shaped bookmarks,
4. Treasure Map of Amsterdam and
5. Prayer Flags made in Nepal!
6. In addition, you will receive TWO autographed paperback copies of The Anthropologist, as soon as it is published (expected release date November 2017)!

Name the Character: Who is She?
In The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery, Zelda’s best friend Friedrich, a Swiss psychology student, had no luck with women. In The Anthropologist, he’s met the love of his life: a beautiful, caring and smart fellow psychology student. Only problem is, she hates Frederick’s female friends, including Zelda.

What is her first and last name?

Enter your answer as a comment to this blog post, OR on my website’s blog OR my Facebook Author’s page.

Only one entry per person, so make it a good one!

Thanks for playing and have fun! I can’t wait to read your responses!


Even if you don’t win the ‘Name the Character’ contest, I’ve still got you covered. I’ll also randomly select TWENTY entrants to win ONE eBook copy of either The Lover’s Portrait or Down and Out in Kathmandu (winner’s choice), to be gifted to you from Amazon or Smashwords!


For those who want to win a book but don’t want to think up a character’s name, tell me the name of a country you’d like to visit and I’ll enter you in the eBook contest.


Please like this Facebook page, follow me on Twitter or sign up to receive notifications of new blog posts on my website. That way, you’ll know immediately if you won a prize! This is not required, but greatly appreciated.


Synopsis of The Anthropologist (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book Three):
Zelda Richardson’s back and embroiled in another exciting art mystery! This time she’s working at the Tropenmuseum on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua New Guinea, the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1965. When his journals are found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda’s tasked with finding out more about the man’s last days and his connection to these ritual objects.

Zelda finds herself pulled into a world of shady anthropologists, missionaries, art collectors, gallery owners and smugglers, where the only thing that is certain, is that the sins of the past are never fully erased.
Join Zelda on her next quest as she grapples with the anthropologist’s mysterious disappearance fifty years earlier, and a present-day murderer who will do everything to prevent her from discovering the truth.

Art, religion and anthropology collide in my upcoming art mystery thriller, book three of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series! Expected release date November 2017.


Rules to keep it fun (by entering this contest you agree to the following):
1. Only one entry per person. Enter by commenting on the ‘Mega Giveaway post’ on my Facebook Author’s Page, Goodreads blog or website’s blog.
2. Contest closes at on February 21, 2017 at midnight EST.
3. You must be 18 years or older to participate.
4. Anyone in the world is welcome to play (no country restrictions).
5. No changing entries once they have been posted. Once I’ve assigned your entry a number, your response cannot be changed.
6. No obscene, erotic or hateful names. Any inappropriate entries will be deleted and the entrant banned from re-entering.
7. Prizes cannot be exchanged for money or any other form of compensation.
8. I have the right to use the chosen character name freely. The winner does not retain any rights of any kind, in association with the use of the character’s name, physical description or nationality. The winner will not be compensated for its use in any way, other than the aforementioned Grand Prize. This is for fun, not profit!
9. I will personally choose the winner of the Grand Prize, based on the character name I think is best.
10. The Grand Prize winner agrees to allow me use their full name in the Acknowledgements of The Anthropologist (working title) and their first name in promotional social media posts.
11. In order to select the 20 winners of a single eBook, I will assign each entry a unique number during the contest. The day after the contest closes, I will use a random number generator to choose the 20 winners.
12. Winners of all prizes will be contacted via the email address or Facebook username they used to enter.
13. The Grand Prize winner’s Swag Bag will be mailed via standard delivery from Amsterdam, the Netherlands to the winner within three days of confirming his or her postal address.
14. The 20 eBook winners will be asked to choose ONE eBook (either The Lover’s Portrait or Down and Out in Kathmandu) to be gifted to them via Amazon or Smashwords (compatible with Kobo, Apple, Nook, Android, Sony and Kindle readers).
15. Prizes not claimed by April 4, 2017 will no longer be awarded. Be sure to check your email and FB messenger accounts on February 22th to see if you’ve won!

The Lover's Portrait An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #2) by Jennifer S. Alderson
Synopsis of The Lover’s Portrait (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book Two):
When a homosexual Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery – rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer – he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.
Read an excerpt now on Amazon.

Down and Out in Kathmandu Adventures in Backpacking (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #1) by Jennifer S. Alderson
Synopsis of Down and Out in Kathmandu (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book One):
An idealistic backpacker volunteering as an English teacher in Nepal finds herself entangled with an international gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she’s stolen their diamonds.
Read an excerpt now on Amazon.
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MysteryThrillerWeek Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers

MysteryThrillerWeek Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers

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Welcome to the fourth themed post about Mystery Thriller Week, an annual event celebrating the Mystery and Thriller genres!

Today I’m thrilled to share with you eight books from the Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers Theme. Authors Jennifer S. Alderson, Ritter Ames, Colin Garrow, Kaye George, Tomasz Chrusciel, Joynell Schultz, Judy Penz Sheluk, and Catherine Dilts have kindly provided a description of their amateur sleuth and novel. I’ve also included information about my own amateur sleuth mystery.

According to Goodreads, “an amateur sleuth mystery features a protagonist who, having no direct ties to the police or other investigative agency, stumbles upon and sets out to solve or help solve various crimes, most notably murder. They do not receive monetary compensation for their investigation.”

This description perfectly sums up the novels listed in Mystery Thriller Week’s Amateur Sleuth Mysteries and Thrillers Theme.

Fancy yourself an armchair sleuth? Then cozy up with one of these great titles and get cracking!

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Thank you, new readers!

Last night I dared to take a look at The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery's place on the Art Mystery charts again. Man, oh man!

NEW READERS - THANK YOU!!



I'm amazed and delighted to see my second novel is the no.2 paperback and Kindle on Amazon, no. 6 on Kobo, no. 12 on Barnes & Noble, and no. 13 on iBooks in the Art Mystery category!

There are also 16 gorgeous 4 & 5 star reviews on Goodreads and 13 on Amazon, plus a few here and there on other bookstore sites.

And it's only been out 6 months.

I am so grateful to all of you! Have a wonderful weekend, Jennifer

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lovers-Portrai...

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/nl/en/ebook/the-...

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/nl/book/love...

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-l...
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Last Mystery Thriller Week update!

Mystery Thriller Week has turned out to be the most productive, collaborative event I’ve ever participated in! Many thanks to Vicki Goodwin, Benjamin Thomas and Sherrie Marshall Spitz for organizing such an amazing event!

I’m so glad you invited me to participate this year and can’t wait for 2018. If you are an author or blogger who is interested in participating next year, you can sign up on their website now: https://mysterythrillerweek.com/



Reviews of The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery and Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking
Many thanks to Joanne Van Leerdam for posting this incredible 5 star review of The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery on her blog The Book Squirrel. I am honored, delighted and a bit teary-eyed.
“It may sound contrived or mundane to say that a book is a “page-turner” and that one “couldn’t put it down”, but it really is true of ‘The Lover’s Portrait’. Set in Amsterdam, it’s a well-designed, fabulous historical puzzle, solved decades later by someone who has no intention of becoming a detective; rather, it is through her dogged commitment to the truth that she uncovers the answers. The author has woven together a number of compelling plot lines to construct her own work of art.”

Read the full review on Goodreads or her blog: https://bookssquirrel.wordpress.com/2...


Many thanks to Robyn of The Blithering Bibliomaniacs for reviewing both of my novels: The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery and Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking!

The Lover’s Portrait – 4 stars
I love the detail of her review and in particular the ending: “the actual story is just fantastic. It’s beautiful, and sad, and maddening and just… everything.”

Read the full review here: http://tbbmaniacs.wixsite.com/reviews...

Down and Out in Kathmandu – 3 stars
Robyn’s the first reviewer to remark on the (intended) humor in the story!
“While it could have been a little quicker in pace, I really enjoyed it. It shows just how easily one can succumb to temptation, and also that every dog does indeed get his day. Adventure, diamonds, travel and culture abound and while I may not have seen eye to eye with her, I look forward to meeting Zelda again on her next adventure.”

Read the full review here: http://tbbmaniacs.wixsite.com/reviews...


Fellow Mystery Thriller Week author Ritter Ames also reviewed The Lover’s Portrait! She gave it 5 stars, writing: ‘Such a treat to get immersed into not only a terrific art-themed mystery, but to be able to virtually look over the shoulders of characters charged with the responsibility of returning art to families who lost masterpieces in WWII. Great detail and engaging characters. Will be reading more by this author.”

Read the full review here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-re...


Events
I’ve participated in two live Facebook events for Mystery Thriller Week so far.

The first was a fun and rather silly evening involving lots of travel stories. You can check the transcript here: https://www.facebook.com/events/20023...


The second was an insightful and interesting Q&A on the wonderful Facebook group Books and Everything. It was a pleasure to answer all of these in-depth questions by interested readers. Read the full transcript here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/68445...


On the last day of MTW, February 22 from 3-4 p.m. EST I’ll be hosting a third live event! During this one I’ll be releasing a free ARC version of my new travelogue, Notes of a Naive Traveler, based on my real experiences in Nepal and Thailand, the same trip that served as the basis for Down and Out in Kathmandu.

I’ll also be revealing the winner of the Name a Character Mega Giveaway! I’ve gotten 29 wonderful entries so far and am going to have one heck of time choosing!
https://www.facebook.com/events/14440...



Featured Articles and Interviews
I’m so pleased to see my article about the Restitution of Artwork Stolen by the Nazis on Mystery Thriller Week‘s website!

The restitution of looted artwork is an extraordinarily complex process, even when the rightful owner has the proper paperwork. This article is based on research I conducted when writing The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery.

Read the article here: https://mysterythrillerweek.com/2017/...


Suzanne Adair also shared my article about archival research I’d conducted while writing The Lover’s Portrait, as part of her Relevant History feature on her blog.

“Why shouldn’t authors of historicals settle for that first, superficial information they find during research? My blog guest this week, historical fiction author Jennifer S. Alderson, relates how digging deeper in her research about Nazi art theft revealed a unique plot gem for her novel.”

Read the article here: http://bit.ly/2kFqs04

As Suzanne explains, ‘Relevant History: For many, high school history was boring and extraneous. In this feature on my blog, guests show just how non-boring, non-extraneous history is to people in the 21st century.’


I’m also honored to see The Lover’s Portrait featured on D.E. Haggerty‘s Spotlight on her wonderful blog! Read the post here: https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/2017...


I’m so grateful to Darcia Helle for interviewed me for her feature The Writing Life on her blog Quiet Fury Books. It turned out to be a fun and interesting interview! Read it here: http://quietfurybooks.com/blog/explor...


Catherine Dilts also invited me to participate in her Mystery Thriller Week feature ‘The Mysteries of Indy Publishing’. I’m thrilled with how it turned out; thank you, Catherine! Read it here: http://www.catherinedilts.com/catheri...


Jackie Boyster of fallinlovewiththesoundofwords blog also invited me to participate in an author interview. It ended up being a fun, travel-related session, thanks Jackie! Read it here: https://fallinlovewiththesoundofwords...

I also see she’s 40% through The Lover’s Portrait. I can’t wait to read her review!



And last but not least:
Super Sale!
For the first time ever, Books 1 and 2 of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson series are on sale for 99 cents!

Don’t miss your chance to pick up The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery​ and Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking​ now for a ridiculously low price!

If you love art, history and mysteries, The Lover’s Portrait is right up your alley:

American art history student Zelda Richardson discovers clues to the whereabouts of a cache of missing masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, hidden away in 1942 by a homosexual art dealer who’d rather die than turn his collection over to his Nazi blackmailer.

If you love travel fiction, thrillers and a bit of mystery, you won’t want to miss Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking!

An idealistic backpacker volunteering as an English teacher in Nepal finds herself entangled with an international gang of smugglers whose Thai leader believes she’s stolen their diamonds.
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Travel By Book to Europe (focus on fiction)



Outwit Nazi soldiers in Italy, find a lost Dutch art collection, befriend an English jewel thief, run from a Russian spy, search for a missing artifact in Bulgaria, lead a double life as a Gestapo Commandant’s mistress, become a fugitive running from a European gang of psychopathic villains, and try to catch an elusive Greek underwear thief.

Or embark on a secret romance in Corsica, create a new life among Van Gogh’s sunflowers in Provence, experience a Finnish-English romance at the height of the Cold War, repair torn loyalties in the ancient Kingdom of Scotland, and discover your guardian angel on a Greek island!

Travel By Book to Europe with mystery, romance and historical fiction authors Jennifer S. Alderson, Pamela Allegretto, Daniella Bernett, Vanessa Couchman, Jane Dunning, Helena Halme, Dora Ilieva, Elizabeth Gates, Kathryn Gauci, Rob Johnson, Laura Libricz, Effrosyni Moschoudi, Katerina Nikolas, Sarah Ridout, Patricia Sands, Suzi Stembridge, and Stephanie Wood!

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The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery is an Audiobook

I am so excited to announce the release of my first audiobook!! The Lover’s Portrait: An Art Mystery is now available on Audible, iBooks and Amazon worldwide!

It’s already WhisperSync ready (meaning if you buy the Kindle version, you can pick up the audiobook for next to nothing). You can also listen to it for free when you sign up for an Audible membership.

You can listen to a sample of narrator Carol Purdom’s smooth voice on Amazon, Audible com, Audible co uk, and iBooks.



I am also thrilled to see two wonderful reviews are already live!

"I listened to this novel as an audio book and I absolutely loved it. Ms Alderson’s descriptions of beautiful Amsterdam and the lovely artworks detailed in the book are superb and were an interesting background for this very exciting thriller." - 5 stars

I am SO happy to see this lovely new review of The Lover's Portrait audiobook!! Thank you for taking the time to post this wonderful review of my art mystery, Robbie Cheadle!

You can read the entire review on her blog:
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“This book gripped my interest through the entire course of listening to it. I really enjoyed the details of all the research into the provenance of art as well as all the periodic flashbacks to Amsterdam 1942, in the middle of the war. It made the realities of those living through the war become so much more vivid. The details of the characters’ natures came through interestingly as well.

Carol Purdom performs the audio edition of this book and helps to keep the book moving very quickly. She reads in a comfortable voice that enlivens the book and kept me listening nonstop to the book.

I was highly impressed by The Lover’s Portrait. I’m not interested in art in general, but that did not prevent me from being drawn to this book. Further, I only noticed halfway through that this is the second book in a series, but that wasn’t even apparent from the book. I give this incredible book five stars!”

Many thanks to Vicki Mejia-Gewe of FangirlNation for reviewing my new audiobook.

Read the entire review here: http://fangirlnation.com/2017/10/06/t...
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