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Just 99 cents for the first Hawaiian Storm mystery, only until 31 May 2023 Torn Roots Vanessa Storm thought her first week on the job as an FBI Special Agent in beautiful Hawaii would be about settling in. But she’s immediately sent to Hana on Maui’s rain-soaked shore to find a kidnapped woman. Throw in […]

A striking new experience for me

Blog: en grève So, here I am, on strike for the first time in my life. It’s hard to describe how I feel about it. It’s not something I ever imagined I would do. I do not feel suffused with a sense of close solidarity, although I do not feel excluded in any way. All […]


News for 1 April 2023 I have something amazing to report. After doing my own extensive research on the Internets, that proves Graham Hancock’s theory of an ancient civilization is wrong. In fact, it’s just repackaging of stories by fantasy writers like Robert E. Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. Ardia: our extraterrestrial origin My research, conducted […]

Question everything on this dark anniversary

24 February, 2023 is the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine.  Not the first anniversary of the current war. It began in 2014, when Russia seized the Crimean peninsula, and poured money, equipment, uniforms and leadership into “separatist” movements in the Donbas.  But the full-scale invasion that began one year ago has had […]

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Daniele Bolelli talks history on fire on the Eastern Front In the latest episode of my podcast, Beyond Barbarossa, I’m joined by the man with the most famous Italian accent in the entire podiverse. He’s a writer, a university professor and a martial artist. That’s right, I’m talking about the one and only Daniele Bolelli, […]

Ukrainian Christmas Eve dinner

January 7 is, I learned when growing up in Winnipeg, “Ukrainian Christmas.” As a boy, I just accepted that Ukrainian people celebrated Christmas on a different day than my family did. At one point, I was taught that Ukrainian people observe Christmas Eve as the day the Three Magi arrived in Bethlehem to worship the […]

Ivan Baidak, author, in Arles, France

Author, IT specialist and peripatetic This is a very special post: a conversation with Ivan Baidak, author of Invisible and five other books. Invisible has recently been published in English by Canadian publisher Guernica Editions of Hamilton, Ontario. I met Ivan five years ago on a trip to California for a writer’s conference in Russian […]