A warm welcome by the people of Warren, PA

Saturday's picture-perfect autumn day made for tough competition when I arrived at the Warren Public Library for my author talk and book signing. But here's what makes this town so special: the people. What a warm welcome! I sure appreciate everyone who took the time to attend. Thank you to Sharon Gage and her staff for organizing the event. I'm

Author talk and signing in Warren, Pennsylvania – October 10 from 11-2 pm

I'm counting down the days until I get to visit Warren, PA, for my next author talk and book signing! Nestled near the Allegheny National Forest, this quaint front-porch community is a special place to me. My parents moved to Warren when I was in college, and over the years I've traveled the scenic back roads along the Allegheny River

Celebrating the release of RETURN TO ME, and the people who inspired me

  The book launch of Return To Me at Penguin Bookshop was a night of celebration -- of my debut novel, but also of the people in my life who made stories matter, and who supported me along the way. My mom, a former kindergarten teacher, always had a book in my hand, a story in my ear, and encouraged me

Book launch party tonight at the Penguin!

I'll be at the Penguin Bookshop tonight from 6:30-8:30 pm speaking about and signing my debut historical women's fiction, Return To Me. Set in the war-time forties, Return To Me alternates point of view between Sadie, a college student raised by the governor of Pennsylvania, and James, a war-bound steelworker from Pittsburgh's McKees Rocks. One

Cover reveal for I’M YOURS – Roaring Twenties companion novella #TWRP

I'm proud to reveal the cover of my next book, I'm Yours! If you enjoyed Sadie's story in Return To Me, my war-time '40s historical released earlier this month, you won't want to miss this e-companion novella, which centers on Sadie's mother, Audrey McCall. When Roaring-Twenties starlet Audrey McCall is offered the lead on Broadway, she must choose between

Excerpt from RETURN TO ME – #19 on Amazon!

“Are you staying out the storm?” Please sweet Jesus, let him be. “It appears that way.” James grinned, his eyes the color of the mansion’s slate roof, worn smooth from nature’s elements. She could swim in those eyes. “Well…” Sadie boldly stepped away from Henry’s hold. “For what it’s worth, I can’t thank you enough,

Which actress from Hollywood’s Golden Era are you most like?

I love the forties! Casablanca is one of my all time favorite films and I love that the writers (and actors) weren't sure how the story would end - right up until they shot the final scene. Did you know that Vivien Leigh from Gone with the Wind used her Oscar as a bathroom doorstop?

Sept 30th – Launch party and book signing

Here's the pen Tara McCollum gave me at my graduation from Carnegie Mellon, saying I can use at my first book signing. That was 20 years ago. I still have the pen. And... I'll be signing books at the Penguin Bookshop in Sewickley, PA on Sept 30th at 6pm ! I'm so grateful to Penguin

September 2 release of RETURN TO ME

THIS is happening! On September 2, 2015, RETURN TO ME will release through my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, and all distributors worldwide in digital e-book and hardcopy formats. Thank you for your ongoing interest in my book! I'm over the moon! Details to come.

How I got my publishing contract

You write the book. Then you rewrite the book. Then you change the ending—I did, twice. You get small wins along the way—enthusiastic agent and editor feedback at conferences and requests for more. A first chapter contest win. An exclusive read. Then everything stalls. The rejections sting. You retreat into a little hole and wallow in the fact that your premise isn’t hooky enough. That you wrote the right book at the wrong time. That your first fifty pages must be flawed. And your inner critic (I’ve named mine Roz), whispers I told you so. For all of that, thank you. 

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