There are two special events close to the heroes of my novels.

Joe Lockhart is a translator, and 30 September is National Translation Day, a celebration promoted by UNESCO.

Emily and Hilda — and her friends and family — ride bicycles, and several types of bicycles appear in the book. The League of American Bicyclists celebrate the National Bicycle Challenge throughout the month of September.

In honor of these events, Lockhart and Emily & Hilda will be on sale for a full month. Pricing varies by retailer, with Smashwords offering the best deal on eBooks (USD 1,25 – Code LJ88L)) and Amazon on the print versions (price varies by location).

Quick links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords

You may support your local indie bookstore by ordering through bookshop.org, which is also discounted.


Win a free book: name him

emily & hilda-revised2Dear readers and friends,

Here is a challenge and a chance to win a free copy of my next E&H book. Consider this character:

“American, rich, spoiled, entitled, and a total male chauvinist, son of a fundamentalist preacher. Raised to believe that women must be put in their place and kept there. Happy to be away from home, studying at Harvard. Runs triathlons and marathons. Born in 1975, so he is at university in the early 1990s.”

Give him a name.

The character is more human than this stereotype, but I am collecting ideas here.

To make a suggestion, please reply below or use the contact form.

Free copy of  the new book to the winner. Thanks in advance and enjoy!


Bar Kunar

window in Helmand Province

TRYING TO BLOCK OUT THE SOUND OF MORTARS exploding ever closer, Hilda focused on the bleeding wound in front of her. She held her finger on the femoral artery while the surgeon sewed the severed vessel together then began to clean and close the wound. She shifted to the pressure point just outside the open wound. In another ten minutes, the wounded soldier might stand a chance of keeping his leg and his life.

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