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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Thursday Spotlight: Jennifer Mueller

Footnotes to History

When Ayda and Hunter find a stoned up staircase leading to a hidden room it doesn't take long to realize that there is more than one story forgotten to the ages. But with no art to drop the clues for Ayda she calls in a long time friend for help who just happens to be an expert in medieval history, and it's Hunter's brother, Lorne's, chance to be smitten.

Despite six tales of the castle, more ideas kept coming to mind after History Lessons was published, one from an old Scottish song I heard even. Another from a book on old Grand Tours around Europe. Even to some degree that I found out a few facts might be wrong with my history. Not to mention all the shows about the Crusaders out lately. All of the them had a reason to be told when a hidden room is found in some recent renovations. Rowanne Duquesne is an old friend of Ayda's from college, with a find like a book in Arabic in a Scottish castle some local historian just won't be much of a help. When she comes face to face with Duncan's father, finally discharged from the military, just hearing the stories he can tell about the family is all the flirting she needs and Lorne's not content with that being all.

It's a historian's dream wading through centuries of history for a room no one has seen in 800 years, but is it enough to give up her plans for a man that she just met?

As a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya a few years back I traveled quite a bit and now I just wish I was. A lot of the places I've written about I've been to, a lot of them I haven't. Rafting on the Nile in Uganda, living in a Montana ghost town, Puerto Rican beaches, African safaris, Mayan ruins, European youth hostels, the Black Hills of South Dakota all fill my scrapbooks. Now a daughter takes up most of those pages, but I still travel in my head every time I write.

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