My novel and I have been on a blog tour the last couple weeks - not that I knew what a blog tour was till now. See one kind review by Novel News Network here: Come Back. Check out the other sites as well to find interesting books these book bloggers are featuring. And there's still … Continue reading Novel News Network Reviews Come Back
Twenty-two years ago, I traveled to Orlando to facilitate team-building activities for a client whose business mystified and overwhelmed me. Two people I had only met once assembled a team of twenty-five or so, all of whom more experienced, competent, and clued-in than I. I remember meeting people from Colorado, Chicago, New England, Atlanta, the … Continue reading Here’s to Twenty-Two!
In my part of the world, we try not to blink during summer months - because if you do, summer might be over just that fast. Alas, I must have blinked in June. So many things I hoped to do, read, create, and more - alas again - were left undone, unread, unmade. I'm a person … Continue reading Salutations June 2018
I love May, and in 2018, the month was more vibrant and appreciated than ever here in upstate NY. As an acquaintance said, 'April made me cranky.' Cold and wet, this April was an extension of a winter that long overstayed its welcome. So May was a special delight. With the first warmth, our world … Continue reading Salutations: May 2018
In this debut newsletter - which I hope will be monthly - I thought I'd review what I read in April 2018. I long have envied a few dear friends who keep a reading list of books they've read - with notes and quotes that struck a chord. I'm more like several other friends in … Continue reading Salutations: April Reading
National Library Week seems an appropriate time to honor and celebrate an institution I love. When in my youth, I wondered where my wanderlust might take me, I remember thinking, 'As long as the town has a library, I can be happy there.' I wasn't far off the mark. My local library isn't the only … Continue reading I Love My Library
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Hmmm… And I thought I was in the hot seat with my book club!
Eighteen months ago, when my debut novel, The Sister, was No.1 in the charts, I was invited along to HMP Thameside to meet their book club. Immediately, The Fear hit and I quickly declined. Not because of the environment, but because I had a massive phobia of public speaking. Those who read my blog know that after turning down numerous talks, I was asked to speak at the Althorp Literary Festival last year and eager to attend, I had a course of hypnotherapy to help me overcome The Fear (you can read about that here). I’ve since spoken at, and enjoyed, several events so when HMP Thameside’s librarian, Neil Barclay, got back in touch and asked if I’d reconsider, grateful of a second chance, I said yes.
I had never been in a prison before and my expectations were very much centred around what I’d seen on TV, rowdy…
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Why book people are my people
Today is my second governmentally-significant birthday. Back in 1974 when I celebrated my 21st (on the 21st!) legality loomed large. Many personal milestones followed, but who considers the government when huffing to extinguish 30 or even 50 candles? But at sixty-five - and running up to it? The government is in one's face! Sign up … Continue reading Birthday Give-Away