Summer Reads + Fall Book Club Picks

For me, a perfect summer day includes sitting on the beach in the late afternoon after the height of the sun’s burning rays which minimizes my need for 28 layers of sunscreen, my “Do Not Disturb” hat perched on my head, clip-on shades affixed to my reading glasses, a salty snack nearby to nibble, and…

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How It Started…How It’s Going

As I hit the 100 days until release mark today for my debut novel, I’ve paused to reflect on how my journey started. Or, maybe more appropriately, the path I unlocked for myself. Although formal writing of The Unlocked Path began with my enrollment in a Creative Writing class five years ago, followed by intensive…

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COVER REVEAL

Next stop on my writing journey: Cover is done! As I approached this important step, stalwart beliefs in what I wanted, and didn’t, for Eliza’s story guided my choice. Like many other historical fiction readers, I’m tired of the overuse of showing the back of a woman staring into her setting. Although I appreciate the…

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2022 HISTORICAL FICTION PICKS

While I do not participate in formal reading challenges, I do assemble a listing of books to read for the year guided by my book clubs, personal interest, recommendations from friends, and research for my next novel. Since historical fiction is my favorite genre, I’m happy to share some titles on my 2022 list. Have…

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2021 FIVE STAR PICKS

Of the seventy books I read in 2021, here are the twenty-three I deem worthy of a 5-star rating. How lucky are readers there are so many wonderful books out there! Any on this list that jive with your five-star ratings? Any I missed to add to my 2022 TBR pile? Comment below. And, how…

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SIGN HERE

  Today, November 1st, marks the start of NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. As most of you know, I’ve been working on my first novel for over four years. From an online creative writing course through Wesleyan University, to research trips to Philadelphia, Newport and Boston, to crafting/ editing/revising a story with meaningful characters addressing societal…

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TURN THE PAGE AND MOVE ON

This past Friday, as the dust blew across the pages of my reading Kristin Hannah’s latest and greatest, Four Winds, (review to follow) another storm brewed on the pages of Facebook. One of the reading groups I regularly follow, Book Club Girls, run by Harper Collins, announced they would be shutting down the group by August…

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BACK TOGETHER & IT FEELS SO GOOD

I’m not sure which lasted longer: the hugs for each arrival, the clouds for a beach day, or the book discussion. After eleven months apart, most of the members of my book club traveled down for a Cape Cod picnic and “beach” day for an in-person meeting. Over cups of clam chowder – the REAL…

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BOOK STORE ROAD TRIP

Many of you who follow me on Facebook know that I post Kindle specials on a regular basis. Why you might ask am I encouraging more dollars into the pocket of Amazon and Jeff Bezos when independent book stores have struggled, especially after 15 months of a global pandemic? First, there’s the bargain hunter in me…

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