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Convivencia (Coexistence) – Did You Miss the Boat?

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Oct 182013
 
Convivencia (Coexistence) – Did You Miss the Boat?

History is my second love, right after my wife. So how is it, then, that my history teachers managed to omit a fact so breathtaking and so relevant to this broken world of ours rife with multicultural religious conflict? How did I get short-changed in the historical knowledge department? I’m not alone. Chances are you […]

Reflections on the Gentle Art of Teaching and Mentoring

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Sep 142013
 
Reflections on the Gentle Art of Teaching and Mentoring

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE – the largest professional society in the world, with over 320,000 members globally). As a part of their fall global webinar series, the IEEE Electron Devices Society asked me to wax poetic on my philosophy of teaching and mentoring. I did that […]

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Achieving Work-Life Balance

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Aug 182013
 
Achieving Work-Life Balance

As a part of the fall seminar series of the Georgia Tech Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL),for faculty, staff and students, I gave a talk on Wednesday, August 14th, titled, “Balancing Teaching, Research and Life: From Zero Sum to Smart Living.” Great turn-out and a ton of fun, with lots of […]

A Collision of English History with Medieval Muslim Spain

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Jul 102013
 

The following article appeared in the English Historical Fiction Authors Anthology on July 1, 2013 at http://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2013/06/a-collision-of-english-history-with.html. — Imagine a time when Muslims, Jews, and Christians found a way to live together in peace. Sound unbelievable? It is historical fact. Convivencia (coexistence of religions) is a largely forgotten triumph of al-Andalus (a catch-all word for […]

Historical Relevance: Anchoring Fiction Upon Non-fiction Roots

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Jun 302013
 

The following was a guest blog I did on the site Straight-from-Hel (http://www.straightfromhel.blogspot.com/2013/06/emeralds-of-alhambra.html) —   As a non-fiction author, professor and scientist, I come to the noveling business from a unique vantage point. For my first ten years of writing, I published five non-fiction books. My great love remains, however, historical fiction, and in 2009 […]

Virtual Book Tour for Emeralds of the Alhambra

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Jun 162013
 
Virtual Book Tour for Emeralds of the Alhambra

A virtual tour takes a book through online sites that feature content about the author and title during a short length of time. Virtual tours became popular when the value of book bloggers’ followings became apparent in terms of exposure, promotion, and book sales. On a virtual tour, the book is toured on blogs, forums, […]

May 202013
 
Review of Emeralds by Jani Brooks for Romance Reviews Today

It fascinates me that fiction authors really never know which, if any, of the established “review houses” will actually review their work. You send in the bound galley proofs to a couple of dozen houses, cross your fingers, and then…wait…and wait…and wait some more. Either the reviews show up unannounced…or they don’t. And the review […]

Review of Cressler’s Emeralds of the Alhambra

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May 072013
 
Review of Cressler’s Emeralds of the Alhambra

Having just come to the end of the review cycle by the endorsers of Emeralds of the Alhambra, I have discovered something new in the process. Placing your ‘baby’ into the hands of a diverse set of very well-known people can be incredibly anxiety producing! Thankfully, the results have been truly gratifying. I thought Professor Susan […]

Apr 172013
 
A Visit to the Great Mosque of Cordoba

The Great Mosque of Córdoba (la Mezquita), together with the Alhambra Palace in Granada, are the most important architectural legacies of medieval al-Andalus. The Great Mosque was constructed between 785 and 987 C.E. and even today remains one of the largest mosques ever constructed. Its distinctive red-and-white double horseshoe columns are iconic in medieval Islamic […]

Mar 232013
 
Visit the Inside of the Alhambra Palace

Emeralds of the Alhambra takes place in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, during the Castilian Civil War (1366-1369). The Alhambra is the best-preserved medieval Islamic palace in Europe, if not the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. “Alhambra” refers to the entire walled fortress that clings to the long and narrow red-soiled […]