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Place: Istanbul | Drink: German beer | The tagline for the European Championship football tournament so far could read “Minnows Bite Sharks!”  And, with two weeks to go in this month-long extravaganza in France, there may be even more blood in the water. If you’ve been watching, then you’re well aware how the likes of […]

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Location, Location, Location

Place: Ephesus, Turkey | Drink: Local pomegranate wine | So, how do you decide where to set your novel?  A great question I’ve been getting since finishing my first book, A Simple Game.  For me, I followed that old adage, “Write about what you know,” or, in this case, where you’ve been. All told, the action […]

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Turkish Wine: Who Knew?

Place: Istanbul | Drink: Turkish wine | For starters, the Turks!  And it’s a shame they’ve been keeping it a secret from the rest of us. One of the best parts of changing countries as regularly as most people change toothbrushes is all the novelties on the menu.  “It’s the little differences,” as John Travolta’s hit-man […]

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Book Clubbing

Place: Istanbul | Drink: sangria | So, I not only survived but actually thrived on my first book club experience as guest author.  A highly valuable encounter for a writer, I think, and credit goes to those who hosted, organized, and promoted last week’s event – big thanks, respectively, to Laura, Debbie, and Miriam!  And, […]

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Book on Nook!

Place: Istanbul | Drink: Café Organico Indonesie coffee with milk | For all of you out there with a Nook, you’re in luck: I’ve just made my first novel A Simple Game available on Barnes & Noble.  Let’s see how it does here against the rest of you Kindle readers (I saw somewhere how sales on […]

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Going, going, gone!

Place: Black Sea, Kilyos, Turkey | Drink: 2013 Kavaklidere Dry Rosé | Big thanks to all of you who took part in the Goodreads Giveaway in hopes of winning a free, autographed copy of my first novel, A Simple Game.  And congratulations to the six of you who won!  Signed editions are headed your way […]

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Got Game?

Place: Doha, Qatar | Drink: fresh mint & lemon drink | Get it here, for free!  For the rest of the month of March, you can win one of six signed copies of my first novel, A Simple Game.  If you’re already a member of Goodreads, it’s easy to do.  Just look right, scroll down to […]

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The Great Idea Machine

Place: Gaziantep, Turkey | Drink: salep | So, how did you come up with the idea for your first novel, A Simple Game?  A great question, which I get a lot these days, especially now that the dang thing is finally done. Sitting in a café in Gaziantep, just 40 miles north of the Syrian border, […]

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License to Read

Place: Adana Şakirpaşa Airport | Drink: Turkish coffee | Sitting in the Adana Şakirpaşa Airport (pronounced “Shocker Pasha,” yet far less glamorous than it sounds) I’m feeling a little like a rock star on tour – minus the groupies, cash, and hair, of course.  I’m wrapping up a whirlwind work stint that had me in Copenhagen […]

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Like a Virgin

Place: Istanbul Drink: 2014 Neethlingshof Estate Owl Post Pinotage With A Simple Game, I realize not only do I join the ranks of published authors I also inevitably join the ranks of first-time authors. This got me wondering, while sipping an amazing pinotage recently purchased in Cape Town and watching snowflakes fall over the Bosporus: […]

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Kirk Wolcott’s First Novel

  • Politics, terrorism, and sports collide in this riveting debut novel by American diplomat and former sportswriter Kirk Wolcott, prompting a crucial question for our time: How far is too far when trying to change the world?

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