Escape From the Ordinary

You’ve arrived on our site, which is the first destination on the road to freedom!  Now you can enjoy the European travel experience year-round, without scheduling, financial, pandemic, or seasonal constraints.  We provide ‘cultural fiction’ at its finest.

As spring approaches, the travel itch is taking hold. Where would you like to go this year? What are your travel dreams? Sure, COVID may make future plans unsure, but don’t let it crush your dreams. Keep the travel itch alive!

While waiting for travel restrictions to lift,

you can keep your travel dreams alive with:

Armchair Travel:

Cultural Fiction for the Restless Wanderer

Relieve your cabin fever with this collection of cultural fiction inspired by three European countries.  Experience romance and near-tragedy in Lisbon’s oldest neighborhood, help solve a local mystery on the windy Dutch seacoast, and then savor the creations of an eccentric French chef before the critics bury him.  A trip to Europe was never so easy! Click on book image to order this print-compilation of the ‘Armchair Travel’ stories.

The Armchair Travel Series:

Fate and Longing in Lisbon, a Kindle short romantic comedy, set in the ancient neighborhood of Lisbon known as the birthplace of Portugal’s soulful ‘Fado’ music.

The Witch of Drontenburg, a Kindle Short work of cultural fiction set in a small fishing town in the Netherlands, where a group of young boys face off with the fabled village witch.

The Plucked Hen, a Kindle Short work of cultural fiction set in a provincial restaurant in France, where an eccentric chef uses some unusual ingredients to create his masterpieces.

“As always with this author’s stories, my eyes are opened to new places and cultures…and who wouldn’t love to learn about such things along with a fun story?!” –Jillayne N.

“I love Karren’s ability to draw a reader into another world….” –S. D.

Just Follow Us!

At Fly-By-Night Press you’ll discover much more about Europe than you could ever learn on the news.  Our books and articles can take you to faraway places within minutes, in the comfort and ease of home.  We’ve been travelling Europe—from West to East and back—for the past 25 years, collecting fascinating adventures along the way.  We’ll provide you with incredible stories to laugh with, wonder about, read late into the night, and share.  

Read the award-winning books and blog articles of V M Karren to explore and deeply understand the lives of people in European lands.  From his suspenseful and insightful historical fiction to his cultural short-stories and crazy-but-true travel stories, Karren has you covered with European-based literary entertainment.


“…I wanted more than just a thriller, and I found it in this novel: a fascinating setting, local and international politics, romance, both the charming and the heart-breaking aspects of Russian life, courageous patriots, and deadly danger erupting from all directions…”

—-The Deceit of Riches reader on Goodreads


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