N.R. Cruse

N.R. Cruse

What is your latest release and what genre is it? The League of the Star. Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction, in the style of The Count of Monte Cristo crossed with a Jane Austen novel of manners.

Quick description: A tale of a young man coming to age during one of the most frightening periods of the French revolution, the Grand Peur, where the houses of the wealthy were burnt in a series of riots. Now in safety in England, he writes letters to a friend who remains in France about the horrors of his experience, his torn sympathies as a left-leaning aristocrat. As he does so, he simultaneously writes of his current adventures in England with a group of naïve aristocratic ladies who are also recently escaped from France.

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Brief biography:
N. R. Cruse is a harmless sort of person, obsessed with history and old books. Around 20 years ago, study of life in the 18th century captured her heart and imagination, and never let go. In her other life, she does way too many things, even infrequently acknowledging the existence of her loving husband and two children. She lives in Edmonton, where she tries to reconcile herself to the realities of modern life.

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What are you working on now?
My next project is a novel on rival Italian families, a la Romeo & Juliet. I loved writing the first half of it or so, but the remainder of the story is living within me, waiting till I have time to draw it out.

N.R. Cruse’s reading recommendation:
Lately, I have discovered Lord Lytton. He wrote many many novels, and they tend to be long and unassuming, but almost without the reader noticing it, he weaves a tale of interest and interconnectedness which only increases as you go along. Like walking deeper and deeper into a beautiful forest, until you realize you are completely surrounded by the most beautiful and varied orchard and gardens. His novel My Novel is just such a book. (Note: I think it is forgivable to skip all the sections of this book where Lord Lytton inserts himself having a conversation with his family about the book.)

Douglas Morrison

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Course Correction – A thriller set in Eastern Europe

Quick description: A young Canadian, Michael Barrett, on his first trip overseas, has the misfortune to be aboard a flight hijacked to Kiev, Ukraine. After a double case of mistaken identity Michael finds himself on the run from the Mafia along with fellow passenger, Dmitri. Alone in a strange country he has no choice but to put his faith and trust in the mysterious Dmitri as the two men race for the border, hoping to keep one step ahead of the men hunting them.

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Brief biography:
Still unable to decide what I want to be when I grow up I’ve held jobs ranging from restaurant manager to accountant to charter pilot and flight instructor, but the one constant in my life has been the love of books and a good story. Over the years I’ve made 15 trips to Ukraine and Eastern Europe doing volunteer work with children and young people. Despite my Scottish heritage I’m now thought of as an honorary Ukrainian by many of my friends over there who now refer to themselves as my “Ukrainian family”. During those trips I often wondered what it might be like for a Canadian to be unexpectedly dropped into the middle of Ukraine with no knowledge of the culture or the language, much like I was on my first trip. As I sat in the villages and looked over the fields of my adopted country the idea for the story of Course Correction began to form.

Links to buy Douglas’s book:
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What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on two books. One is a continuation of the story of Michael and Dmitri set a year after the hijacking. Its working title is Collision Course.

The second is set during WW II and follows the story of a Norwegian Merchant Marine sailor who falls victim to a Nazi spy working undercover as an evangelist in New York Harbor. It is based on a real-life German spy named Bruckner who posed as an anti-Hitler preacher in order to disrupt the vital flow of supplies from North America to England.

Douglas’s reading recommendation:
I’m usually reading anywhere from four to six books at any one time. At the moment I’m reading Starfire by Dale Brown; The Last Great Victory by Stanley Weintraub (A day-by-day account of the last days of WW II leading up to the dropping of the bomb on Hiroshima); and Louis Riel by George F.G. Stanley.

I’ve also just completed the other four books recently released by Stonehouse Publishing and recommended all of them to my friends and family. (All promoted on Reading Recommendations: Pam Clark, Melanie Kerr, Danika Stone, N.R. Cruse.)

Melanie Kerr

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Mary Green, Historical Fiction, a drawing-room drama similar in tone and theme to works of Jane Austen.

Quick description: A coming-of-age tale, set in early 19th Century England, about an orphan girl who is raised in a wealthy family and must make her way through London society and into the wider world on her own terms.

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Brief biography:
Melanie Kerr studied linguistics, English and theatre at the University of British Columbia and law at the University of Alberta. She is also the author of Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice. She lives in Edmonton, where she raises her three children, organizes Regency costume events, blogs on all things old and English, endeavours to take over the world and occasionally practices law.

Links to buy Melanie’s book:
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What are you working on now?
In my head, I am working on a prequel to Sense and Sensibility, as well as planning several Regency costume events. We shall see when I get the chance to actually write it!

Melanie’s reading recommendation:
I thoroughly enjoyed The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. It is both witty and profound and, above all, nice and long. Aside from Jane Austen, that is one that captured me. I am also a great fan of the mini-series starring Damian Lewis. His might be one of the greatest acting performances of all time.

Danika Stone

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What is your latest release and what genre is it? Edge of Wild, published by Stonehouse, May 2016, is a thriller

Quick description: Transplanted from New York City to the tiny mountain town of Waterton, Alberta with the task of saving a floundering new hotel, Rich Evans is desperate to return to the city as soon as he can. The locals seem unusually hostile towards his efforts, or maybe even menacing, and was that a cougar on his door-step last night? As Rich begins to wonder whether his predecessor disappeared of his own accord, he finds himself strongly drawn to Louise Newman, the garage mechanic who is fixing his suddenly unreliable BMW, and the only person in Waterton who doesn’t seem desperate to run him out of town. As Rich works on the hotel, the town is torn apart by a series of gruesome, unsolved murders. With Louise as his only ally in a town that seems set against him, Rich can’t help but wonder: will he be the next victim?

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Brief biography:
Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (Edge of Wild, The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

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What are you working on now?
I’m currently editing the sequel to Edge of Wild, another murder-mystery set in Waterton called Hinterland. It follows Rich’s trial, and gives insight into the history of Louise Newman.

Danika’s reading recommendation:
One of my all-time favorite non-fiction books is On Writing by Stephen King. Whenever I am in the midst of editing hell, I return to it. It gives me perspective when few other things do.