In the seventeenth century, the Dutch were among the most adventurous sea explorers in the western world. The new worlds they discovered quickly became favoured trading destinations. One in particular was Jakarta, on the island of Java in Indonesia. The Dutch traders were wily. They quickly discovered that one of the fastest ways to get
Caden Rawn is the hero of my romantic thriller, Terror Stash, and he’s a fascinating character, if you can just drag your gaze away from the flexing abdominals for a moment or two. But there’s a reason for the freakishly fit body and layer upon layer of muscles. That reason I’ll leave for you to
The Story Behind Terror Stash The smart answer is: Why not? There’s been stranger places that quite excellent thriller have been set in, including runaway best sellers. A classic that springs to mind is Running Blind, a 1970s espionage novel by English thriller writer Desmond Bagley, which was set in Iceland. Not only did the
Try imagining a city chopped in half by a bloody great wall, where everyone on the other side never got to cross over to your side, except under the strictest control and paranoia. They lived with restricted personal freedoms that we take so much for granted we barely recognize them as freedoms. They just are.
I'm almost scared to start blogging again. There's a small mountain of news, tasks, and dust to blow off the site. Not to mention about 800 photos we took in Australia that I should really comb through to share the best of with you, that I never really had time to upload while I was
View Larger Map It’s a few days later now, as I type this. Unfortunately, time to write posts is at a mimimum, but we’ve been taking lots of photographs, so perhaps the best thing is to do a photo commentary. Then you’ll get the best of both worlds. Also, although I have a stick modem
Well, I'm on-line. And I'm in Australia. These two facts, put together, constitute a small miracle. It has been a helluva week, lemme tell you. The flight(s) to Australia...don't get me started. Whoever invented long haul flights must have been been related to Torquemada. It took 24 hours to decompress after we arrived.
As you read this, I will be strapped into my seat and white knuckling my way through the first take-off of a marathon 38 hour milk-run series of flights to Perth, Western Australia. For the first time since I landed in Canada on October 4, 1996, I'm heading back "home" for a visit -- although