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Historical Research: What’s in a Name?

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Hands down, the hardest part of research is keeping everything organized. When I started this project, it was just for fun. I didn’t realize it would snowball into three books, with hundreds of sources in four languages. The more you learn, the more you realize how little you actually know. That’s okay—it happens to just about everyone. But it meant …

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2016 Wrap-Up

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Happy New Year’s weekend, everyone! Welcome to my year-end wrap-up, along with a few recommendations for amazing stuff to watch and read that I discovered in 2016. Although this year kind of sucked for obvious reasons, it wasn’t all bad. Here’s the proof. On to the wrap-up! In 2016, I published: The Dante Deception (thriller, Natalie Brandon #2) The Carmelite Prophecy …

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The Carmelite Prophecy: Reading List

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This book was simultaneously fun and torturous to research. On the one hand, who wouldn’t want to prowl around the web and YouTube looking for pictures and video of a beautiful French church? On the other, I knew going in that a hell of a lot of people were killed there in a gory massacre in 1792. So there’s that. …

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The Dante Deception – Chapter Six

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June 1978Moscow, U.S.S.R. Three loud raps on the door startled him. Valentin Lazovsky looked up from his dinner, a plate of pierogi Stepan had left in the icebox for him. He glanced at his father, slumped in a moss-colored chair in the next room. Makar’s head twitched at the knock, but nothing more. Valentin made a fist. He got up …

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The Dante Deception – Chapter Five

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April 1973Moscow, U.S.S.R. Stepan Lazovsky put on his overcoat, slipping the second button through the first hole. He fastened three more lopsided buttons on the way to the stairwell. In exactly two minutes, Vakhan Zyuganov would walk past the rear entrance to the General Staff building. They’d greet each other with surprise and shake hands. Stepan would ask the other …

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The Dante Deception: Playlist

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Every book I write has a soundtrack. It’s filled with songs that capture the mood of the story, or the point of view of a particular character. Here are the 23 songs that guided me through The Dante Deception. You can listen to the whole playlist on YouTube – or just click on any of the video images below. The …