Maria’s Books

 

Maria has written five books. Four in English and one in Dutch. She is currently working on a new fictional cosy mystery series, the first book of which will be published in May 2017.

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ROMANS, VIKINGS, CHURCHES AND CHOCOLATE

romans, vikings, churches and chocolateWalking through the city of York, United Kingdom, you might think it is not possible to track down the town’s history in the modern streetscape. However, if you look a bit more closely you will see that it is still possible to recognise the Roman streets and soon you will not only imagine yourself in medieval times, but also find yourself roaming a Viking settlement and smelling the gunpowder from the Great Siege of 1644.

Romans, Vikings, Churches and Chocolate, reveals York’s fascinating history with the help of lots of pictures and maps. This is not a book with guided walks, but a book with which you can choose to discover your favourite historic period in your own time.

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Romans, Vikings Churches and Chocolate has come out as paperback. Unfortunately it is out of print.

Find out more about this book in the answers to some Frequenlty Asked Questions.

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FROM DISSENTERS TO FIRE ENGINES

front fire enginesAnyone who is familiar with York’s city centre will acknowledge that York has many churches. They are everywhere – on street corners, on squares, or hidden away behind modern buildings. Most of these churches were built a long time ago, in medieval times.

Besides these visible churches, York has a large number of churches that are not so visible. These churches appeared in the last 200 years, modern looking and new, perfectly blending into the streetscape, thus making them almost invisible.

These new churches were built by people who called themselves Dissenters – people who didn’t want to conform to the Church of England. After many of the Dissenters’ churches stopped being places of worship the uses of the buildings changed – some were even demolished.

From Dissenters to Fire Engines brings these churches back to life. Looking at the history of each church in turn, revealing the surprising, and sometimes moving stories, of York’s invisible churches.

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From Dissenters to Fire Engines has come out as paperback and is available from Dales Court Press.

Find out more about this book in the answers to some Frequenlty Asked Questions.

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TIME ZONES, CONTAINERS AND THREE SQUARE MEALS A DAY

time zones, containers and three square meals a dayDeadly pirate attacks and a near collision with an oil tanker are just two of the dangers faced by the crews of today’s container ships. Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day, is the story of life on the high seas, where real adventures still exist.

The author recounts her adventures on the container ship ‘MV Serenity River’in this entertaining narrative travelogue. An unusual trip in a world that is usually hidden from view, and where working and living can become a struggle just because of the constant changing of the clocks. However, lifelong friendships are forged and dolphins play around the ship to the entertainment of everyone on board.

But what happens when a hurricane force wind suddenly comes up in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and starts tossing the ship about like mad?

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This book has been translated into Dutch. To find out more about this translation please visit the (Dutch) pages Tussen containers en tijdzones.

Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day is available as paperback and ebook from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, as wel as Smashwords.

For a sneak preview read Chapter One, or find out more about this book in the answers to some Frequenlty Asked Questions.

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MORE STORIES OF TIME ZONES AND CONTAINERS

more stories of time zones and containersA chemical spill out of a container and a collision with another ship – the adventures of life on the high seas continue in More Stories of Time Zones and Containers.

A collection of 16 previously untold short stories More Stories is a fitting sequel to Time Zones, Containers and Three Square Meals a Day. The authors recalls further adventures on board the Serenity River, FTK Kowloon and Galactic Star, as these large container ships travel around the world.

So how quickly does one become seasick in a lifeboat?

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More Stories of Time Zones and Containers is available as paperback and ebook from Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, as wel as Smashwords.

Find out more about this book in the answers to some Frequenlty Asked Questions.