September 3 Release

Posted Aug 28 2019

Molten Mud Murder comes out in less than two weeks! I asked my fabulous Poisoned Pen Press publicist Michael how many ARCs (advanced reader copies) he has sent out. Here is his response: “Sara, our standard list runs at about 55 outlets, which is a combination of major newspapers around the country, the trade press, […]

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Exciting review!

Posted Aug 22 2019

Subject: Library Journal Debut of the Month and STARRED Review for Molten Mud Murder! I’m thrilled to share that Molten Mud Murder, the first book in Sara Johnson’s Alexa Glock Mysteries series, is Library Journal’s DEBUT of the Month for September, and has received a STARRED review, which will be published in the September issue. […]

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My First Cruise: TS Bremen

Posted Mar 30 2018

My grandparents, Evelyn and Clarence Falch, took my sister and me on a ten day Caribbean cruise in 1969 when I was ten years old and Jennifer was eleven.  The following are postcards and other people’s memories of this classy cruise ship: Bremen  (NDL: 1957-1971) Painting of North German Lloyd’s Bremen by Willem Johan Hoendervanger  The maiden voyage […]

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Maori and Colonial Museum at Okains Bay

Posted May 29 2014

We almost passed no one as we wended our steep way from Akaroa to Okains Bay to visit the Maori and Colonial Museum in this one- horse (but lots of cows and sheep) town. As often happens in sparsely populated New Zealand, we were the only visitors. The Maori displays interested us more than the […]

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Akaroa, again

Posted May 26 2014

A few days ago we took our last New Z trip and went back to the magical harbor side village of Akaroa: Akaroa was founded by a small band of French settlers in 1840 and retains French flair. Around town:             Above town (it felt like we were being watched):

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Oh for a carrot – revisited.

Posted May 24 2014

On our first visit to French settled harbor village of Akaroa way back in October- this frisky fellow raced down his hillside to meet us (see this post). I was carrot-less and ashamed. Wouldn’t it grate on you until you returned to Akaroa with a carrot? That’s just what we did on our last week […]

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A visit to Antarctica . . . . .

Posted May 24 2014

Centre. Did you know it only takes five and 1/2 hours to reach McMurdo Station from Christchurch? Three hundred and fifty flights a year leave this official ‘Antarctic Gateway’ city and this is why the United States has its Antarctic Center in Christchurch. And to bring in the tourist dollar, the International Antarctic Centre museum […]

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‘Garden City’ blocked from view

Posted May 16 2014

We’ve loved living in Christchurch and being able to walk to grocery store, gym, church and library. What we haven’t loved is that yards are blocked from view. I am nosey and like looking in people’s yards. Don’t you? Cantabrians fence or wall their yards. Boo! Here’s our typical view walking home from the farmer’s […]

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How would you like to drive an Emina?

Posted May 14 2014

Is it just me or do the cars in New Zealand have silly names?

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Crampon time . . . Fox Glacier

Posted May 12 2014

We waited until almost winter to visit one of New Z’s 3100 glaciers. Fun to have Rob with us. Our Fox Glacier tour included fording streams on foot. Who gets ‘Most Graceful’ award? Me or Rob? Next we had to ford the glacial river in a raft. (Sometimes when the water is lower they use […]

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