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Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

      B at Home: Emma Moves Again Emma is only ten years old, but has already moved twice. Now, her parents are telling her the family is moving again. She’s furious, sad, nervous, and a little excited, all at the same time. Unsure of how to tackle these conflicting emotions, she turns to B, her faithful teddy bear. While trying to come to terms with the challenges of another move, what Emma really wants is just to ‘be at home’. As the journeys of Emma and B unfold, home changes once again, but home also begins to take on a new meaning that Emma can take with her wherever...

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Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

      Finding Home Abroad: A guided journal for adapting to life overseas Let’s be honest: expat life can be tough. Although exciting, exhilarating and enriching, it can also be one of the greatest challenges you face. Get the tools you need to succeed in this guided journal, created by Trisha Carter (cross cultural psychologist), and Rachel Yates (expatriate resource developer). In a world where the rules are different, the environment unfamiliar and your support network far away, they will guide you through the process to a successful overseas relocation. Whether this is...

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Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Margaret A Frame, Passage to Persia

Dr Adelaide Kibbe Passage to Persia: Writings of an American doctor during her life in Iran, 1929-1957 Adelaide Kibbe was a 27 year-old missionary physician when she set out from New York on the steamer SS American Banker, headed for Iran, in 1929. Her route to Persia took her through England, Scandinavia, Germany, Switzerland and Egypt, all detailed in her letters. Little did she know it would be 28 years before she returned home, and during the ensuing decades would see huge cultural and political changes in her adopted country. She saw the development of modern roads, railway and air transport,...

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Paul Allen, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Paul Allen, Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Moving to a new country is certainly not as hard as it may seem, but it does take a concrete decision, followed by decisive action. This book helps you make that decision, and points you firmly in the right direction to not only move but live successfully in your new home. Once you’ve read this book you will be able to answer all-important questions such as … Is moving abroad really right for me? Do I have a temperament suited to the expatriate life? Am I considering emigrating for the right reasons? Would I be best placed staying where I am? Where in the world, home or away,...

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Natalie Tollenaere, The Art of Possibilities

Natalie Tollenaere, The Art of Possibilities

The Art of Possibilities: Creating our path in an international mobile life Natalie is a bilingual (English and French) life coach specialising in services for globally mobile families. An artist and an art therapist, she combines her creative life and her life experience with her professional training. In essence she practises “the art of coaching through art”. This creative journey helps internationally mobile individuals and families develop life skills for life on the move. Also available in French: L’Art des Possibles www.natalietoll.com           Follow...

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Jo Parfitt, A Moving Landscape

Jo Parfitt, A Moving Landscape

A Moving Landscape: A Memoir in Poetry of a Life Overseas After living abroad in France, Dubai, Oman, Norway and the Netherlands, author and journalist, Jo Parfitt, has compiled here, an anthology of the poetry that has ‘saved her life’ during the 20 years she has been on the road. This is a memoir in poetry of a life overseas. Join the author on her journey through culture shock, repatriation, motherhood, the world of work and self-discovery as she shares the moments when she was on top of the world, in the valley of shadows, and many places in between. This is a book in which...

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Deborah Fletcher, Bitten By Spain (2nd Ed.)

Deborah Fletcher, Bitten By Spain (2nd Ed.)

Bitten by Spain: The Murcian Countryside – A Baptism by Fire Following a popular, if somewhat jaded, trend of Brits to pursue the good life in sunnier climes, Deborah Fletcher and her husband John eventually came to be the proud owners of a large and extremely beautiful piece of land in a river valley in Southern Spain. There, with three dogs, a cat, six parrots and an awful lot of spiders, they lived between a static caravan and a huge old barn as they battled perpetually – with the elements, the wildlife, the authorities and the natives – to build their dream home from a pile...

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Paula Lucas, Harvesting Stones

Paula Lucas, Harvesting Stones

  Harvesting Stones: An American woman’’s international journey of survival When Paula Lucas, a Catholic farm girl raised in the agricultural heartland of California met an internationally known foreign photographer in San Francisco shortly after college, her life transformed. She spent 14 years living and traveling overseas in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. A dream comes true as an American expat, except she hid terrible secrets that almost cost the lives of her children and herself. “… an unforgettable memoir, and a teacher for us all.” – Gavin de Becker, Bestselling...

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Linda A Janssen, The Emotionally Resilient Expat

Linda A Janssen, The Emotionally Resilient Expat

The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures Living abroad offers enriching experiences of growth, broadened perspective, enhanced cultural understanding. Yet its transition-rich, change-driven, cross-cultural nature can place considerable demands, leaving us stressed, disconnected, our identity in flux. Building on existing literature and benefitting from recent developments in psychology and brain-body connections, The Emotionally Resilient Expat: Engage, Adapt and Thrive Across Cultures shows the key to successful transitions and beyond lies in emotional...

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Book reviews

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Dr Adelaide Kibbe On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in the first half of the last century. It is a fascinating insight...

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I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I first heard about Toni Summers Hargis when I was sent a copy of her first book, entitled Rules Britannia,...

 
 
Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

Is Wendy Williams your fairy godmother?

In her review of Wendy Williams’ The Globalisation of Love (Summertime, 2011) for Dutchnews.nl, journalist Shelley...

 
 
Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Expat novel Sunshine Soup strikes a chord

Fellow author Kama Frankling recently penned this 5-star review of Jo Parfitt‘s Sunshine Soup...

 
 
McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

McKerley & Schippers’ Bloodlines is “intriguing right from page one”

Authors Thomas McKerley and Ingrid Schippers were delighted to receive this rather glamorous reader review...

 
 
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Articles and tips

How I Keep On Plodding Along

How I Keep On Plodding Along

When people tell me that they are ‘finding it hard to write these days’, I usually advise the following:       1.     When you receive...

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Getting Back in the Groove

Getting Back in the Groove

Before they arrived I know how hard it can be to get started again after a bit of a lull. I moved country...

 
 

An exciting program for the FIGT Writer’s Forum next month

You don’t get much for free these days, but attendees at the Families in Global Transition conference...

 
 
Seasoned Expat Writer MaDonna blogs with a purpose

Seasoned Expat Writer MaDonna blogs with a purpose

MaDonna Maurer is an American, married to a German and living in Asia. She blogs with purpose and runs...

 
 
Toni Summers Hargis, The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In The States

Toni Summers Hargis, The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In The States

  The Stress-Free Guide to Studying In The States: A Step-by-Step Plan for International Students  In...

 
 
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Author interviews

Author to author, I talk to our latest author, Valérie Besanceney

Author to author, I talk to our latest author, Valérie Besanceney

Valérie today   Valérie aged 2, with B B today, sewn onto a new bear It was almost exactly two years ago that Valérie came to me to share her dream of writing...

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Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

Dr Adelaide Kibbe On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in...

 
 
Author to Author, I interview Paula Lucas, author of Harvesting Stones

Author to Author, I interview Paula Lucas, author of Harvesting Stones

It came out less than two weeks ago and already I see it has 11 raving reviews on Amazon. This is a...

 
 
I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I talk to Toni Summers Hargis about her new book Stress-Free Guide to Studying in the States

I first heard about Toni Summers Hargis when I was sent a copy of her first book, entitled Rules Britannia,...

 
 
I talk to Monica Neboli about her new anthology on life in Kazakhstan

I talk to Monica Neboli about her new anthology on life in Kazakhstan

I first met Monica Neboli at the WIN conference in Rome in 2011, when she told me about her idea for...

 
 
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Book news

SUMMERTIME PUBLISHING REDUCES PRICES OF FIVE TITLES FOR CHRISTMAS

Summertime Publishing is reducing the Kindle edition of the following titles to $3.99 (Amazon.com) and £2.99 (Amazon.co.uk) during December only. It’s a great...

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Summertime publishes its 70th title

During 2012 we published a whopping 25 titles in print format, with almost the same number again being...

 
 

Summertime book launch gets on TV

Book launches are the perfect way to celebrate a newly published book and get your promotion off to...

 
 
The Thinking Tank #48 Women’s Fiction!

The Thinking Tank #48 Women’s Fiction!

Yes, I know I am supposed to bang on about life’s crappy stuff and how to deal with it, but honestly,...

 
 

We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Robin Pascoe’s first publication – Culture Shock, A Wife’s Guide

A big thanks to my good friend, Robin Pascoe, for allowing me to repost her recent Facebook post here...

 
 
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Valérie Besanceney, B at Home: Emma Moves Again

“B at Home: Emma Moves Again” (Summertime Publishing 2014) by Valérie Besanceney tells the story of 10-year-old Emma and her teddy bear as they grapple with the news of a third relocation.

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Author to author, I talk to our latest author, Valérie Besanceney

It is a fictional “memoir” about the experiences of a ten-year-old girl and her teddy bear who have to move yet again. During the different stages of another relocation, Emma’s search for home takes root. As the chapters alternate between Emma’s and her bear’s point of view, Emma is emotionally torn whereas B serves as the wiser and more experienced voice of reason.

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How I Keep On Plodding Along

I have no idea if there is a statistic out there, but I reckon the impact of praise diminishes by about 50% a day. When I receive praise, I believe it for maybe a day or two, tops. I don’t think I am alone.

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Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates, Finding Home Abroad

Introducing “Finding Home Abroad: A guided journal for adapting to life overseas” (Summertime Publishing, 2014) by Trisha Carter & Rachel Yates

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Author Interview – I speak to Margie Frame, about her mother’s memoir

On March 1st 2014 we publish the memoir and writings of a doctor, based in Iran in the first half of the last century. It is a fascinating insight not just into the country, but also the work of a female missionary doctor in a Muslim society. I speak to Margie Frame, the author’s daughter about her mother’s memoir, published posthumously.

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Getting Back in the Groove

If any of you are feeling listless, demotivated and less ‘writery’ than usual, my advice to you is to get back on that horse – you know, the horse you once used to ride and love. Remind yourself how much you used to delight in the feeling of the wind in your hair? Okay, you get the message, I didn’t need to go all metaphorical and poetic on you. But please, for your own sake, don’t stop doing what you used to do just in case you actually loved it.

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An exciting program for the FIGT Writer’s Forum next month

You don’t get much for free these days, but attendees at the Families in Global Transition conference in Washington DC can take advantage of a four-hour forum absolutely without extra cost, directly prior to the conference!

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