Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Throw a Book Launch Party That Brings You Sales!

Last May, I threw a book launch party for my young adult novel Angelhood. I’m not going to lie. It was a ton of work. But totally worth it! I didn’t find great resources on the web, so I thought … Continue reading

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Book Signing Event at TeaLula Tonight!

Join us at TeaLula tea shop in Park Ridge, Illinois, tonight for a book signing party! TeaLula has graciously offered up some free light refreshments for anyone who stops by. Plus, I’ll have copies of Angelhood and Chicken Soup for … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The Dance: A Story of Love, Faith, and Survival by Joan Aubele

Long-time readers of my blog know I usually review middle grade and young adult books on Monday, but every once in a while, I review something for adults, too. Today is one of those days! πŸ™‚ I’ll be very upfront … Continue reading

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Why I’m Such a Star Wars Geek

I promised on Facebook that one day I’d write a blog post about why I’m such a Star Wars geek. Well, be careful what you promise on Facebook. πŸ™‚ Ginny Marie of Lemon Drop Pie saw my post and decided … Continue reading

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How to get a bus from Rome to Siena

During the Mi Piace, Mi Gusta tour of Italy and Spain, there were several times when I was trying to find information online and couldn’t get it, and I thought, “Someday I’m going to write a blog post about this … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

One of my favorite things to read is a middle grade mystery with puzzles that the reader can play along with, and Chris Grabenstein delivers just such a treat in his Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. (And seeing how I’ve … Continue reading

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Mi Piace, Mi Gusta – Day 24: Holy Toledo!

Did you know the expression “Holy Toledo” came from the hilly town of Toledo, Spain? Β It was one of the few places Jews weren’t persecuted in Europe. They thought of it as a holy town . . . hence, holy … Continue reading

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Mi Piace, Mi Gusta – Day 23: Non ho le parole! (I don’t have the words!)

I don’t have the words to describe today, so instead I will just list what happened. 1. On our way to find breakfast, we saw Kermit the Frog walking through the Plaza del Mayor. I should have known right then … Continue reading

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Mi Piace, Mi Gusta – Day 22: El Domingo Ocupado (The Busy Sunday)

You would think that with temperatures in the 100s that Katie and I would be taking it easy in Spain. Despite drinking lots of water and walking slowly, we still managed to fit in a lot today. This morning for … Continue reading

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Mi Piace, Mi Gusta – Day 21: Hola, Espana! (Hello, Spain!)

Today is my very first visit to Spain! I am happy to be here with someone who speaks Spanish! This morning in Florence it took at least 5 phone calls to different taxi companies to get a taxi to the … Continue reading

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