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Down and Out in Kathmandu: perfect for lovers of travel fiction and (mis)adventure novels!

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I have been a long-time user of Goodreads and always interested in reading the reviews members have left behind. In celebration of my acceptance into the Goodreads Author Program and the New Year, I have set-up two Giveaways which should be active on January 1, 2016. One is open to American and Canadian residents, the other to residents of several European countries (United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland). In both contests I will be giving away 5 copies of my recently published debut novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking. Perfect for lovers of travel fiction, women’s fiction and (mis)adventure novels! I hope you will consider adding it to your bookshelf and reading it!

Happy Reading and New Year! Jennifer S. Alderson Down and Out in Kathmandu adventures in backpacking (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #1) by Jennifer S. Alderson
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reviews by TripFiction & Goodreads Giveaway winner; The Displaced Nation 'Booklust, Wanderlust'

Dear Goodreads members,

I’m quite pleased to see two great 4 star reviews of my debut novel Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking now linked to its
Goodreads book page. Thank you Tina from TripFiction and Goodreads Giveaway winner Emma Debruyne for taking the time to write and post them!

I’m also honored to be one of six contributors to The Displaced Nation’s latest column BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: 6 writers talk expat- and travel-themed books: last year’s faves, this year’s must-reads, written by Goodreads member Beth Green. It’s a great list of books, including several I now want to read! My suggestions include Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, The Travelers and Gallery Pieces: An Art Mystery, you’ll have to follow the link to find out why :)

Happy reading! Jennifer S. Alderson
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Three books by and about strong international women

Last Sunday, Mother's Day, I checked my email while sipping my first cup of coffee and just about choked when I saw this fantastic column by Beth Green on The Displaced Nation entitled, "BOOKLUST, WANDERLUST: In honor of Mother’s Day, three books by and about strong international women," and realized I was one of the three!

Beth reviews the A Mother's Secret by Renita D'Silva, My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem and my first novel Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking, calling it "a book I’d like to mention to any readers thirsting for some armchair adventure". What a great review and an incredible honor to be included on this list!

Check out Beth Green's May 6th column on The Displaced Nation:
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Happy vacation reading everyone!

Hello everyone! I’m about to head off on a travel adventure / family reunion, and just wanted to THANK all of the new readers who’ve found my second novel, The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery. Even in its third week of release, it’s still topping the Art Mystery lists on Amazon UK, USA, Germany, and the Netherlands (bedankt!), as well as Kobo and Barnes & Noble! I'm also thrilled to see two fantastic reviews on Goodreads, one on and one on iBooks already -- amazing! I’m grateful to all of you for taking a chance on a new author, and letting everyone know what you think of it!!

I’m also happy to announce that my book is being supported by Pink Point Amsterdam, the world’s first gay & lesbian (LGBTI) tourist kiosk, located in the heart of Amsterdam next to the Westerkerk. To find out more information, see the pinned link on my Facebook page: .

Additionally, two lovely stores in Amsterdam are already stocking my second novel, Boekhandel Vrolijk (Gay and Lesbian book store) and Caffe il Momento (Specialty coffee and gifts). More about them (and direct links) on my website:

It’s even available for perusal at the Stedelijk Museum Library! Check it out next time you’re in Amsterdam and want to see some amazing contemporary and modern art:

To enhance you’re reading pleasure, I’ve also created an interactive map of Amsterdam, highlighting the more important locations in the novel. Check it out on Goggle maps:

And to make my wonderful week even better, my first novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: adventures in backpacking, just got another amazing 5 star review on TripFiction. Read the full review, and TripFiction’s fantastic travel (non-)fiction recommendations, here:

Have a wonderful few weeks and enjoy the summer (or winter)! Happy reading, Jennifer
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Vacation reading & New Book Cover Down and Out in Kathmandu

Hello again! I'm back from a wonderful family reunion / travel adventure to the Pacific Northwest and feeling very relaxed. I'm also quite happy to see the new cover for Down and Out in Kathmandu was finished during my break and is now spreading itself slowly over the internet! Check it out on Facebook:

I'm having it updated on Goodreads though it may take a few days. It's already been updated on most Amazon sites as well...

I hope everyone had a fabulous two weeks of fun and reading pleasure! It looks like many of you were very busy considering the number of reviews published in two short weeks (229!!); I'm slowly working my way through them now, but have already added Rupert and The Collector to add to my Currently Reading List. I did manage to read half of the so-far quite excellent Bridge of Sighs and Dreams while on vacation and am eager to find time to finish it! Look out for my review later this week...

Have a great week! Jennifer
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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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3 great new reviews in 1 week!

The Lover's Portrait Amsterdam

What an amazing week: Two new wonderful 5 star reviews of Down and Out in Kathmandu, and one new fantastic 4.5 review of The Lover's Portrait!

"Down and Out is an engrossing and thrilling travel mystery that was hard to put down."

"Alderson’s portrayal allows the reader to view the underbelly of the city, with all its smells and sounds, its chaos and pathos.... This is a well-researched (on site experience) and entertaining read for both armchair travelers and trekkers."

The Lover's Portrait is "an enjoyable mystery...Setting is delightful. She has captured the very Dutch nature of the city and clearly knows it well."

So proud and pleased!

Thanks to Goodread members Jill Dobbe, Pamela Allegretto and TripFiction for taking the time to review my books. I'm so glad you all enjoyed them both!

You can read TripFiction's 4.5 star review of The Lover's Portrait on their website [ ] or here on Goodreads: .

The reviews of Down and Out in Kathmandu can be read here on Goodreads: and

Down and Out in Kathmandu Adventures in Backpacking (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #1) by Jennifer S. Alderson The Lover's Portrait An Art Mystery (Adventures of Zelda Richardson, #2) by Jennifer S. Alderson
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First author interview posted!

I'm excited to see my first ever author interview posted on Goodreads author Amy Shannon's book review site (Amy's Bookshelf Reviews) and blog! Thanks Amy, great questions!

To read about my writing process, favorite books and addiction to traveling, click here:

Or here:

Happy Reading!
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Published on September 16, 2016 07:30 Tags: amsterdam, amy-s-bookshelf-reviews, amy-shannon, author, book-review, interview, kathmandu, nepal, thailand, travel

Down and Out in Kathmandu no.4 'travel fiction backpacking'

Hello all, I'm so very happy to see my debut novel, Down and Out in Kathmandu: Adventures in Backpacking suddenly reappear on various travel fiction and women's adventures lists on Amazon!

Unbeknownst to me, Amazon chose to 'push' it a few weeks ago and suddenly it's the no. 4 novel on their 'travel fiction backpacking' list, above The Beach and Are You Experienced?, two of the books which inspired me to write Down and Out in the first place. :)

And what warms my heart even more, is to see it jump from below the 4,000 position, to become the #434 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Action & Adventure > Travel ! I know it's temporary, but it feels great anyway.

If you want to check it out, here's the Amazon link:

Happy reading everyone!
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