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Winner of the National Indie Excellence Award for 2019, and Finalist in the 2019 NGIBA, “the Sundance Film Festival of the publishing world.”
Armchair Travel is a charming collection of culturally-rich short stories from Award-Winning author V M Karren (The Deceit of Riches) that will help relieve the cabin fever of restless wanderers everywhere who have been confined to their armchairs for the last year. Go get lost in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood searching for that beautiful, elusive voice singing the sad songs of Portugal’s past, as they echo through the winding, narrow alleyways. Go cycling up the windy Dutch seacoast to uncover the secrets and spells of the local Witch who has been cursing children in Drontenburg for the last fifty years. Sample the cooking of France’s best chef at his famous bistro, The Plucked Hen, and do your best to safeguard the origins of the family’s recipes, while the vultures circle overhead. Let yourself be carried away to three unique destinations off of the usual tourist tracks, and lose yourself in the local music, seascapes and food. Experience both the romance and suspense while you enjoy delicious food in the pages of Armchair Travel, as if you were there.
For readers looking for award-winning writing and entirely new subjects, V M Karren offers suspense, humor, and cultural intrigue.
V M Karren is the author of The Deceit of Riches Series, which currently includes two historical fiction/suspense novels: The Deceit of Riches and From the Rooftops.
Karren also penned the anthology of crazy-but-true short travel stories, The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, in which he shares his own experiences. His love of travel and European culture later led him to write a series of short ‘cultural fiction’ stories set in various European nations. Fate and Longing in Lisbon (May 2020) is set in Portugal, and The Witch of Drontenburg (September 2020), is set in the Netherlands. Other short stories on this theme are also planned for release later in 2020.
Karren’s restless spirit, sense of adventure, and knowledge of Europe make him uniquely adept at bringing an exciting and often surprising view of Europe to his audience. These books have engaged and educated readers around the world (even readers of pirated copies in Russia) for the past two years, winning The Deceit of Riches international acclaim through both the ‘Next Generation Indie Book Awards’ and the ‘National Indie Excellence Awards’ in 2019.
Drawn to all things Russian as a young man, Karren went to the former Soviet Union in 1992 for language training, work and study, visiting the far corners of the former Empire, from Kiev to St. Petersburg, and Moscow to Volgograd. His travels and academic research landed him in some very precarious and dangerous situations, including a friendship with an American spy and run-ins with the FSB, which served as the inspiration for his debut novel, The Deceit of Riches. Later experiences in Romania, Ukraine, and Western Europe inspired him to write From the Rooftops, The Tales of a Fly-By-Night, Fate and Longing in Lisbon, and The Witch of Drontenburg.
Beyond Karren’s studies and work in both Europe and Russia, his career in international trade has carried him to many corners of the world, from whence he brings you a library of hilarious, eye-opening and sometimes heartbreaking stories. He currently lives in the Netherlands (Maastricht) with his wife and children.