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Melina Druga is an author, freelance journalist, and history enthusiast. She blogs about history, the writing process, author interviews, and historical fiction book excerpts and reviews. She is particularly interested in the period 1890-1920 and how WW1 changed the lives of ordinary people.
2024-02-13 13:50
Rock Star Romance launches today on Amazon. A college grad still reeling from an amicable breakup falls for a rock star who’s given up on love in this contemporary, second-chance roman… Read More
2023-09-12 12:51
Two couples.  One bound for forever.  One living in the moment.  A Christmas they won’t forget. Cassandra:  My boyfriend Corey often quotes love poetry, but he&rsqu&hell…Read More
2023-08-08 12:51
Co-ed Cassandra Economos has a plan.  Earn her degree then move into a Chicago penthouse.  If she can meet a guy who accepts her, high sex drive and all, that’s an added bonu… Read More
2023-02-14 13:46
Teenager Cassandra Economos loves five things: Her awesome friends. Her big fat, dysfunctional, Greek family. Rock music. Her plan to move to Chicago. And Kurt Cobain.  Soon, she’… Read More
2022-12-14 21:06
We’re two months away from the launch of my next eBook, Sexual Awakening.  Currently, it is available only on Amazon and can be preordered today for 99 cents.  This is an int… Read More
2022-05-10 19:21
An excerpt from Chapter 2 of The Unmarriable Kind by Melina Druga “You wish to speak to me, sir?”   Pen in hand, Steward sat behind his neatly organized desk and glanced up… Read More
2022-04-12 19:17
An excerpt from Chapter 5 from Rose’s Assignment by Melina Druga “Hello, Mama,” Rose said, maneuvering up the aisle trying to prevent her voluminous dress from injuring the… Read More
2022-01-13 14:49
If you lived in 1820s Colonial Canada, your life would be a constant and ever-present struggle for survival.   The land was still wilderness.  There were few roads, and those… Read More
2022-01-11 20:02
An excerpt from Chapter 3 from Journey of Hope by Melina Druga Lavinia Fox Winthrop’s shriveled and cracked hands appeared two decades older than the rest of her 42 years.  While… Read More
2021-11-04 13:00
I am a multi-genre author.  That wasn’t always the plan.   When I was a child beginning my writing journey, I dreamed of becoming a famous novelist.   This is… Read More
2021-09-23 13:37
How did I get the idea for my latest work in progress?  Well, it depends on which one you’re referring to.   I have several. In 2022, I will launch three historical fict… Read More
2021-09-09 13:44
Without characters you don’t have a story.  So how do authors develop them?  There are many different methods.  For this blog, I’m sharing some tips from writing e… Read More
2021-08-12 13:01
Are you a writer having problems organizing story ideas?  If so, you’re not alone.  As Writer’s Digest puts it, “The desire to write The Great American Novel is l… Read More
2021-08-05 13:38
Those Left Behind relaunched August 5.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2020.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Ko… Read More
2021-07-26 13:31
I first read Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner for an American English class in college.  It is perhaps the novel I read in college that has had the most influence on me. Angle of… Read More
2021-07-22 13:26
Angel of Mercy relaunched July 22.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2019.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo… Read More
2021-07-12 13:25
I read The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin earlier this year.  I was attracted to the story for two reasons:  It is set in 1893 and it was written by Goodwin. Goodwin brought to… Read More
2021-07-08 13:39
Heinous: Forgotten Murders From the 1910s  relaunched July 8.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2019.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes… Read More
2021-06-28 13:40
I first read The Alienist by Caleb Carr after watching the television adaptation for its sequel Angel of Darkness.  I decided to read the prequel first, and if I liked it, I would read… Read More
2021-06-24 13:23
A Tale of Two Nations: Canada, U.S. and WWI  relaunched June 24.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barn… Read More
2021-06-17 13:24
Writers often are asked, “What is your strength?  Narrative or dialogue?”  That’s an easy question for me to answer.  My writing strength is dialogue. My cha… Read More
2021-06-14 13:28
I first read The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton after watching the 1993 film starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder. I absolutely loved the costumes and the sets.&n&hell…Read More
2021-06-10 13:09
1918 relaunched June 10.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, An… Read More
2021-06-07 18:46
I first read Canada 1911: The Decisive Election That Shaped the Country by Patrice Dutil and David MacKenzie while researching my WWI Trilogy.  Although 1911 is prior to the Great War… Read More
2021-06-03 13:52
Angel of Mercy is the first novel I published, but it is not the first novel I wrote.  In the last blog, I introduced you to my early, unpublished work.  Most of it was written whi… Read More
2021-05-31 13:30
I first read 100 Best-Loved Poems for one of my college classes.  Unlike many of the books that were required reading for my classes, this one was a quick read.  However, poetry is… Read More
2021-05-28 20:21
Memorial Day weekend book giveaway! I’m giving away my WW1 trilogy to one lucky winner.  The winner will receive paperback copies of Angel of Mercy, Those Left Behind and Adjustme… Read More
2021-05-27 13:57
1917 relaunched May 27.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, Ang… Read More
2021-05-13 14:23
1916 relaunched May 13.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, Ang… Read More
2021-04-29 13:01
1915 relaunched April 29.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, A… Read More
2021-04-18 14:50
It’s difficult to believe, but announcements aside, it’s been more than nine months since I last blogged.  The break was necessary as I spent the time working on a multitude… Read More
2021-04-15 13:59
1914 relaunched April 15.  The book originally published on Amazon in 2018.  It is now available wherever eBooks are sold including Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, Indigo, A… Read More
2021-04-09 18:56
An excerpt from Chapter 18 from Adjustment Year by Melina Druga Why were Jacob and Nathaniel never subjected to these dinners?  Oh, wait, I know why.  It’s because they didn… Read More
2021-04-09 13:43
Adjustment Year launches April 9 on Amazon.  It completes the WWI Trilogy that started with Angel of Mercy and continued with Those Left Behind. Currently, the eBook is available only o… Read More
2020-08-17 13:44
“Captain of Steamer Denies He Saved Swimmer,” a headline in the Washington Post read on Aug. 18, 1907.  The swimmer was Brooklyn musician Edward Hugo Colell and how he ended… Read More
2020-07-31 13:56
The self-publishing route isn’t for everyone.  If you decided to take the traditional publishing route, chances are you will first try to get a literary agent to represent you.&nb&hell…Read More
2020-07-03 13:11
A book launch party is an excellent way to debut your newest novel to the world.  For those who are household names or have support of a large, traditional publisher, the party is proba… Read More
2020-07-02 13:25
The following is an excerpt of A Cobbler’s Tale by Neil Perry Gordon.  It is from Chapter 52: Moshe’s Bar Mitzvah. It was provided by the author. Clara said little in the da… Read More
2020-06-30 13:25
Neil Perry Gordon is single with two sons, living in Park Ridge, New Jersey. He is the founder, owner and operator of a window covering business named Decorating with Fabric. He enjoys a hea… Read More
2020-06-11 20:48
Austrian-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie were assassinated on June 28, 1914, in Sarajevo, setting into motion the events that ignited World War I.  The couple was… Read More
2020-06-04 20:27
Thinking of starting your first business?  Unless you’re in a profession,  you can never truly know what that profession is like, and when it comes to working from home, it s… Read More
2020-05-30 17:58
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  My family and I visited the Cincinnati Zoo in 2018.  This video features stills and video of the zoo animals.   If you fi… Read More
2020-05-29 13:40
If you’re an author, chances are you’ve given some thought to joining writing organizations, if you haven’t already.  The question is:  Which organizations are th… Read More
2020-05-23 21:16
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  The photos in this slideshow were taken in 2013 and feature animals residing at the Cleveland Zoo.   If you find this video in… Read More
2020-05-16 21:10
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  My family and I went hiking at Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park in Garrestsville, Ohio, in 2017.  The park is known for its ro… Read More
2020-05-09 19:57
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  I attended a Civil War reenactment at Hale Farm and Village in Bath, Ohio, in 2015.  I did not have a video camera then, so I… Read More
2020-05-06 13:25
Canada passed the Wartime Elections Act in September 1917.  The act was part of the Conservative government’s efforts to maintain power later that year during the federal election… Read More
2020-05-02 19:15
Photography has been a hobby of mine for many years.  My family and I visited Shenandoah National Park in Virginia in 2017.  This slideshow contains mountain vistas, waterfalls, de… Read More

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