Laura Bradbury

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? My Grape Village (Travel / Living abroad memoir)

Quick description: Five years after My Grape Escape, Laura and Franck are back in Burgundy to tackle their newest project, a derelict 16th century winemaker’s cottage located behind Franck’s family home. Not only is this a daunting rebuild from the ground up, Laura and Franck now have two preschoolers adjusting to the foreign customs of a French school. Navigating the different rules for raising children and managing a family in a small French village prove every bit as challenging for Laura as learning to drive a stick shift through narrow streets, or arguing with the Architect of French Monuments over permissible paint colors (spoiler alert: any color as long as it’s gray). Come along on this evocative and honest journey where love, coupled with good French food and local wine, pave the way to la belle vie.


Brief biography: Laura Bradbury, her french husband Franck, and their three Franco-Canadian daughters share their time between Victoria, Canada, and Burgundy, France, where they own and manage four vacation rentals in the vineyards, including a 16th century restored winemaker’s cottage and a 13th century wine cellar under the streets of Beaune.

Links to buy Laura’s book:
Amazon – eBook & paperback

Laura’s promo links:
You can learn more at Laura’s website. Laura wastes too much time on Facebook and goofs around with her fellow writers on Twitter. You can see (and rent!) their vacation rentals at Grape Rentals.

What are you working on now?
The third book in the Grape series about how Laura and Franck met during her first year in Burgundy as an exchange student, entitled My Grape Year.

Laura’s reading recommendation:
Georgette Heyer The Grand Sophy

Neil Bennion

Neil Neil Bennion

What is your latest release and what genre is it? Dancing Feat: One Man’s Mission to Dance Like a Colombian. It’s a travel memoir (and possibly a dance memoir, if such a thing exists).

Quick description: Dancing Feat is the story of how I attempted to overcome my dance-floor failings by going to Colombia and learning to dance like a local.

I’d had enough of being the guy leaning on the bar moving just part of his body in time with the music as if to say “I could dance if I wanted to – I just choose not to” (or worse – getting drunk and actually giving it a go) and decided it was time to finally do something about it.


Brief biography:
Please excuse me whilst I slip momentarily into the third person.

Neil Bennion is a writer, traveler and mucker-abouter. He was born in 1974 in Lancashire, England, and left his previous career in IT when he realized he much preferred prancing about in foreign countries to discussing technical scope changes.

As well as writing, he’s also prone to doing turns as a public speaker and voice-over artist. In 2014 he gave a TEDx talk on the subject of traveling with a narrative.

Neil stopped drinking some years ago, for health reasons. It was a change which, in part, motivated him to go to Colombia and face up to his shortcomings on the dance floor.

He tends to wander quite a bit by nature, but was last seen hanging about in Poland.

Links to buy Neil’s book:
Amazon – ebook and paperback.

Neil’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I’m currently looking into various ideas for my next book, which also means my next trip. I’ve just about managed to narrow the location down to three continents. The final stage of the process will probably involve some dice rolling.

Neil’s reading recommendation:
It’s pretty well-known, and it’s not without its flaws, but I would still recommend Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. There’s something about treating procrastination like a force, and giving it a name (‘resistance’), that is very powerful. If nothing else, it’s a book that helps you gain awareness of the times when you think you’re being productive but are actually just avoiding the thing you should really be doing.

Peter Midgley

It gives me great pleasure to be recommending a new book written by a very accomplished editor, author, and storyteller. I met Peter Midgley when I was the Alberta sales rep for University of Alberta Press where he continues to work as Acquisitions Editor. A few years ago, Peter asked me to read a portion of the manuscript that has gone on to become his latest release, Counting Teeth. I knew then, from reading just that small portion of text, that this book would be an important one when it was published, and from that moment I also wanted to have a hand in promoting the book and its author. So I am very happy to feature Peter Midgley as today’s Reading Recommendation!

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What is your latest release and what genre is it?
Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story – Travel/Memoir

Quick description: Counting Teeth recounts a trip my daughter and I took through Namibia, exploring the country, its history and my connection to it. We follow the trail of the wars that led to independence for this African nation and consider the significance of returning the indigenous skulls that were taken to Germany during the first genocide of the twentieth century.

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Brief biography:
Peter Midgley is an author, editor and playwright based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is a storyteller and author of three children’s books. His plays have been performed in Namibia and South Africa. Born in Namibia and raised there and in South Africa, he came to Canada in 1999 with his family to pursue his studies and found himself staying, though he questions the wisdom of that decision every winter. His daughter, Sinead, is a regular travel companion when he returns to the African continent.

Peter is so humble he failed to mention in his bio that he was recently named the 2013 recipient of the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence by the Editors Association of Canada for editing a book of poetry written by Kimmy Beach – another Reading Recommendations author! Oh, yes … and he’s also President of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.

Links to buy Peter’s book:
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Peter’s promo links:

What are you working on now?
I work on several projects at once until one of them takes on a life of its own and forces itself to conclusion. Right now, that is a book of poetry. On the boiler are a novel, another nonfiction project, a third collection of poetry and some children’s picture books.

Peter’s reading recommendation:
I’ve been on an Afrikaans writers binge lately—Karel Schoeman, Etienne Leroux, Etienne van Heerden, and Eben Venter, among others. It’s hard to choose a favourite among them.

Jane V. Blanchard


What is your latest release and what genre is it? Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino is a nonfiction travel memoir.

Quick description: Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino is a heartfelt and personal recounting of the author’s 500-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.

Learn how she prepared for the trek, the daily rituals in long-distance walking, the camaraderie and conversations with women she met along the way, the personal changes, and the beauty and appeal of the most popular of all the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela, the Camino Francés.

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Brief biography:
As a backpacker, I write about my adventures for your escape and entertainment.

I am an adventurer, author, public speaker, and blogger. I was born in Hartford, Connecticut, lived in Hampstead, New Hampshire, twenty-three years before moving to Sarasota, Florida, where I now reside.

I climbed Mount Washington, in 1974. Since that initial ascent, I have climbed twenty of the forty 4,000-foot mountains in New England.

I started mountain bike racing at age 50; in 2002, I won second place in the Masters Division EFTA (Eastern Fat Tire Association) Championship Series.

In September and October 2011 and at 60 years old, I took my first long walk–the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. As I walked, I talked with women from different nations. The book, Women of the Way, weaves these conversations with my journey.

When I married Dennis in 1974, we joked about creating a lifetime of memories to chat about when sitting in our rockers in old age. At 64 years old, we are still creating memories, experiencing life as fully as possible, and looking forward to a long future.

In 2013 we hiked and biked through thirteen European countries, and now I am writing about those adventures. My next book will be on Hadrian’s Wall Path.

This year we returned to Europe and back packed for seven weeks. I plan to write about those adventures for your escape and entertainment.

Links to buy Jane’s book:
The print and ebook are available on Amazon. You can purchase an autographed copy at Women of the Way order page

Jane’s promo links:
Email: janevblanchard (at)
The book web site
Author’s blog
Facebook page
Youtube. Book Trailer–Women of the Way: Embracing the Camino

What are you working on now?
I am currently working (about 90% done) on a book about my hiking adventures on Hadrian’s Wall.

Jane’s reading recommendation:
I just found a new serial paranormal romance writer whose books I cannot put down: D. S. Williams’ The Nememiah Chronicles are addictive.

Prior to this I read Deadly Dozen: 12 Mysteries/Thrillers. It is a compilation of 10 full length novels and 2 long novellas. These works by comtemporary authors gave me hours of reading pleasure.