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Tumbleweed Writer: In Dallas

Instead of asking “Where’s Waldo?”, my family and friends have been asking, “Where’s Jan?” That’s because I’ve been “tumbleweeding,” which is a quaint way of saying I’m bumming around for a bit. American George Whitman, who established Shakespeare and Company — the famous Left Bank ex-pat bookstore –coined the term, calling himself a tumbleweed and opening his doors…

Wine Weekend with Wine Tasting Tour

What a weekend I have planned! If you’re in southern California, head down to San Diego for a wine weekend and wine tasting tour. The big event on Sunday is the Wine Tour in an intimate Luxx Limo, which will take us from San Diego to Temecula for an all-day (11-6) tour and lunch at three…

Summer Books Sale: Sunlounger Series by Belinda Jones

Sunday Times bestselling author Belinda Jones really rocks the romantic comedy genre, so when I saw her SUNLOUNGER summer books. I knew she’d choose only the best authors and stories to include. If you have an ereader, be sure catch her super sale on these two breezy short story collections by some of the best…

Venice mask, 26 best books set in Venice

27 Great Books Set in Venice

Venice is a city that steals the hearts of readers and authors alike, as evidenced by some of literature’s best books set in Venice, Italy. What is it about this ancient canal-way city that piques the imagination? Is it the beauty, the romance, the history? Or the gelato and gondolas on a lazy summer day? One…

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A Love Affair in Paris: 11 Novels Set in France

It’s easy to fall in love with Paris, and many of the best contemporary novels set in France celebrate love — or at least, a love affair with France. In this installment of books set in France, you’ll find a multitude of genres, including literary fiction, suspense, mystery, young adult, and mainstream fiction. Earlier lists in…