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      For those of you who love to travel but find it a bit beyond your budget, 100_0122I’ll tell you a little-known secret. Travel doesn’t have to be pricey. For readers and authors who want to see and smell and feel the climate and landscape of a town, there’s nothing like a real visit, or tramping through some 13th century ruin to get an idea of what life must have been like for someone living in the Middle Ages. Those stone turrets, the arched doorways, the dungeons, all become very real as we listen to the silence that surrounds the places in which our characters may have lived. That said, what can a traveler do when funds are short?
There is help—real help. I went to France to research for my 2010 book, The Tapestry Shop. Armed with a new respect for life in the Middle Ages, I decided to write a romance set in 14th century France, and that idea resulted in Jeanne of Clairmonde, my historical romance released this summer from The Wild Rose Press. Here’s what Romantic Times had to say about the book:

“A Compelling Read; Page-turner.”
“The beginning of a Hundred Years’ War is the backdrop for a compelling tale filled with treachery, determination, and love. Moore captures the imagination with her vivid portrayal of the era and interesting characters.” Donna M. Brown, Romantic Times , Sensuality rating: Mild.

Now, back to my big travel tip. I went to France alone, as a Servas traveler, and stayed in homes of Servas members. No money for room or board is expected, and they only ask that you stay at least two days. They want you as a guest, mostly to experience a bit of a culture that is different from theirs. I was a guest in the homes of different French families, and still correspond with friends I made there. It was the experience of a lifetime. If interested, just google “Servas” and read about how you can become a Servas traveler.

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