Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat

The dynamic duo, composed by our very own beATL Virginie Houet and Texas-based Corinne Feuillet Luca, has finally seen their dream come true!

Today, their bilingual book, full of sweet drawings, has hit the US market!  Aimed at children who are entering – or living – the journey of expatriation. The book titled “Elise 7 ans expatriée or 7 years old and Expat”, narrates the emotional rollercoaster that a seven-year old girl experiences during her various moves.  Following her parents throughout the world, the impact of moving is explained through Elise’s eyes.  She lets us in on her experiences and shares her feelings.  It is never easy to drop your bags in one place and be told to pack again a few years later.  Her emotions are expressed in a mere few simple, but fresh and poetic sentences, accompanied by cute illustrations.  The book is written in both French and English – without ever falling in the trap of becoming an insipid translation!

Corinne and Virginie became friends in Texas and quickly decided to combine their skills.  After a lot of hard work, the book saw the light, first in Belgium***, France and Switzerland on January 10, and as of today, February 21st, it is available on the American and Canadian shelves.

On February 24th, Corinne Feuillet Luca will present their book at the Awty International School, 7455 Awty School Lane, Houston, TX, 77055 and on March 28th, at Mark White Elementary 2515 Old Farm Rd, Houston, TX 77063.

Virginie Houet will take care of the Georgian side.  Meet her at “Lesson de Français”, 390 Prospect Place Suite 390 à Alpharetta – 30005 (North of Atlanta) on Saturday, April 14th.  You will be able to buy your copy on site.

*** It is easy to order your copy from sites like, and



harvest of war

Harvest of war” is the latest book by Florida-based Belgian author Jan Smolders. I had the pleasure to meet Jan during his recent book presentation. Soberly dressed all in black, totally contrasting with his white hair, his piercing eyes and sparkling smile illuminated the room.  He is very jovial and you can only imagine him as a little boy as ‘een echte kapoen‘.

His 7th book takes place in his hometown of Ramsel and while, non fiction, the story is mostly based on historical facts related to the end of World War II when the village is still under Nazi occupation.  In the summer of 1944, Jan was a 5-year old boy who still today recalls many of these events described in his book… one of the main characters is Dr Van Dam, based on his own doctor who treated him when he contracted polio at the age of 6.  Together they braved the illness… allowing Jan to run 23 marathons!

Having left the corporate world [Bekaert & Lockheed] and toured most of the world,  Jan and his wife Lut are now living in Boca Raton, FL where he turned into a writer 5 years ago.

His other books: Viral Games,The Bridge of Whispers, The Convenient Fund, Ripping the Veil, Tennessee Tremors, Alone in Boca Raton are either thrillers or related to corporate devious manoeuvering. His eight book is ready to be published and #9 is in his mind …

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the race to the White House

‘De race naar het Witte Huis’ (publisher Van Halewyck NV) is a book from Belgian author Bart Deelen – for now, only available in Dutch from September 9th, 2016.

Het boek is een bevoorrechte oogetuigenverslag van de vijf campagnes sinds de millenniumwisselen en geeft een heldere blik op de amerikaanse presidentsverkiezingen met eigen reflecties van een vlaming die sinds 1999 in Washington woont. Bart werkt voor de Belgische ambassade; eerder was hij verbonden aan de International Foundation for Election System (IFES) en de KUL.

In De race naar het Witte Huis helpt hij de lezer om de huidige wedloop naar de Oval Office te begrijpen. Hij geeft een antwoord op een aantal veelgestelde vragen: welke hindernissen moeten de kandidaten overwinnen voor ze een gooi kunnen doen naar het hoogste ambt? Wat zijn de spelregels tijdens de voorverkiezingen? Waarom duren die zo lang en zijn ze zo duur en complex? En waar komt de revolte binnen de Republikeinse partij, met Donald Trump als exponent daarvan, vandaan?
De race naar het Witte Huis biedt een terugblik op vijf verkiezingen, trends, terugkerende thema’s en de factoren die winst of verlies bepalen. Komen aan bod: de controversiële verkiezingsuitslag in 2000, de impact van 9/11 op de campagne van 2004, de historische overwinning van Barack Obama en het verrassende verloop van de huidige campagne. Maar het boek graaft dieper en staat ook stil bij verklarende factoren zoals de toegenomen politieke polarisatie, de opbouw van een campagne, de registratie en mobilisatie van kiezers … Alles wat de kritische Europese lezer nodig heeft om de Amerikaanse verkiezingsrace te doorgronden.