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Hong Kong dragon danceEleven years ago, I moved to Hong Kong with my husband who had taken on a three-year international assignment. The early weeks were of the world-is-my-oyster variety as I explored a new city and culture so far away from everything I had known. Sights, sounds, smells, and colours blended into an exotic kaleidoscope that prompted feelings of adventure and possibility. Four months later, the bite of reality hit.

After years in a full time career, I had no way to define myself in this new environment, nor did I know how to go about being unoccupied. Time for myself had always been a luxury seldom indulged. Suddenly I had nothing but time and initial feelings of euphoria were replaced by loneliness and dislocation. Survival became the question.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is also available from these retailers.

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