Interview with Author Christine M. Shannon!

Please help me welcome author Christine M. Shannon to Jemsbooks Blog – Interview An Author Segment.

It’s a pleasure to have you here, Christine. Please tell us about yourself and your books.

So sweet of you to do this! I really appreciate this, Janice!

Christine Shannon

1. Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Christine Shannon. I have worked in the banking industry for nineteen years and now retired. I reside in Michigan with my husband and we have one son.

jjspina: That is quite a difference for you from banking to writing.

2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?
My neighbor, a retired doctor, inspired me to write my first book, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy and his pet frog. My neighbor and I were talking to each other in the yard one summer day. We were talking about different critters living around us. Living in a rural area, there are quite a few of them. It was out of the blue he says “Why don’t you write a book?” I replied by saying “Okay, I will” and we laughed, but going back into my house I started thinking about a boy and his pet frog. So with pen in hand, I started writing my thoughts on paper and created my story.

jjspina: Inspiration can sometimes come from many different people and places.

3. What process do you need in order to write?
I need to be in a quiet atmosphere. Comfortable surroundings and a cup of hot tea.

jjspina: Whatever works for you to bring out your creativity. All sounds good to me!

4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?
They just come to mind from time to time.

jjspina: It’s amazing how they can appear to pop into your head at any moment.

5. What projects are you currently working on?
Tying up loose ends with my new just released book.

jjspina: There does seem to be many of those loose ends of which to take care.

6. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?
Some relaxation, spend time with family and friends for now. Possibly start writing a new book.

jjspina: We all need to relax and kick back once in a while and spend time with others.

7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?
Cooking and gardening.

jjspina: Cooking and gardening go hand in hand – from the garden to the table.

8. What is your target audience for your book?
Adults and Teenagers.

jjspina: This is a wide group to target. You should get your books into many hands.

A Mothers Love Forever Cm Shannon

9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.
My currently published book was just released on my birthday January 31, 2018. It’s titled A Mother’s Love Forever about My mother who is deceased and appears to me in spiritual form and in my dreams to warn me that I am in danger of having cancer. I wrote this book to share my story and to let people know that they are not alone. They who have battled this terrible decease and have survived it.

Mickey and Hip Hop CM Shannon
My first book is a Children’s Book titled, Mickey and Hip Hop. It’s about a boy who finds a frog “Hip Hop” in his backyard and they become best friends. Mickey teaches his pet frog tricks and how to count. “Hip Hop” hops off one day and Mickey tries to find him. When he finds him, he discovers that “Hip Hop” has a family of his own.

jjspina: You current book must have been a difficult one to write. The first book appears to be a fun book for kids with a valuable life lesson about family.

10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.


BARNES & NOBLE (coming soon)



11. What advice would you give prospective authors?
Go with your visions and your dreams. When you wake up in the middle of the night and have thoughts going through your head for your book, by all means, get up and write it down because in the morning it can be forgotten.

jjspina: I agree with this too, Christine. When ideas hit me, I have to write them down or they can be lost forever.
12. Is there anything else you would like to share?
Stay positive and have faith no matter what circumstances you may be facing in your life. Believe in your inner strength. It’s there when you need it most, and it will surely surprise you.

jjspina: Nicely said, Christine.

It was a sincere pleasure to have you on Jemsbooks Blog Interview an Author Segment, Christine. The cover of your latest book is beautiful! I wish you much success with your books.

Now that you are a member of Jemsbooks Blog family, please feel free to come back again to share any new books that you may have with me and my readers.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about another author on Interview an Author Segment. I hope you will check out Christine’s lovely books on the links above.


Blessings & Hugs!


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Interview with Author Stephen Lomer!

Please welcome author Stephen Lomer to Jemsbooks Blog. I met Stephen at the Author Event in Sandown, New Hampshire, USA, at Zorvino Vineyards in February 2018. He is the second author to come forward for an interview from this venue.  Welcome, Stephen!

Stephen Lomer photo


Thank you, Janice, for giving this opportunity! It was a pleasure to meet you at the Vineyard.

Stephen Lomer Bio:


A grammar nerd, Star Trek fan, and other things that chicks dig, Stephen Lomer is the author of the hugely popular novel Typo Squad, the short story collections Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All and B.B. and Red, and the novellas Hell’s Nerds and Belle’s Christmas Carol. He’s also been a finalist in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge numerous times, and has featured stories in the anthologies UnCommon Evil, Once Upon a Time in Gravity City, and My Peculiar Family II.

Stephen is the creator, owner, and a regular contributor to the website Television Woodshed. He’s a hardcore fan of the Houston Texans, despite living in the Hub of the Universe his whole life, and believes Mark Twain was correct about pretty much everything.

Stephen lives on Boston’s North Shore with his wife, Teresa.


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Website Link


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1. Please tell us something about yourself.

Okay, here goes: I’m Batman. Just kidding, no, I’m not Batman. Although that’s exactly what Batman would say, isn’t it? Never mind, forget I said anything about Batman.


Jjspina: You do have a quirky sense of humor, Stephen! That’s what I like about you!


2. When did you know that you wanted to be an author?

Well, I’ve been a writer for as long as I can remember, so I guess I’ve always been working toward becoming an author. Of course, if I had known how hard it was to be an author, I might have just stayed writing dirty limericks as my creative outlet.


jjspina: Oh, I see! Didn’t expect that.


3. What process do you need in order to write?

Give me a laptop and a stretch of uninterrupted time and I’ll give you the world. In written form.


jjspina: That’s great! Now just to find that precious time!


4. How do you come up with ideas for your stories?

The ideas tend to find me, actually. I’m usually bored, thinking of something completely unrelated and the story idea will just flash right across my brain. That’s a wonderful feeling.


jjspina: Ah, yes, I  know what you mean.

5. What projects are you currently working on?

I’m finishing up my second novel, Typo Squad II, which, barring any unforeseen circumstances, will be coming out in June 2018.


jjspina: Good luck with it, Stephen! 


6. What do you expect to accomplish in 2018?

Well hopefully, the sky’s the limit. The novel has been such an undertaking that I haven’t looked much past it, but I think it will be fun to get back to writing short stories, either for submission or to pull together as another short story collection.


 jjspina: Sounds good! I enjoy short stories as I am sure many others do.


7. What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?

As a nerd, it’s important for me to spend my leisure time on nerdy things, so I do. I love a good game of chess, checking out the latest superhero movie, and attending comic-cons.


 jjspina: Well, there are plenty of superhero movies to check out too.


8. What is your target audience for your book?

I think proofreaders, copy editors, and anyone with a real and abiding love for the English language will enjoy the Typo Squad series. Also, anyone who likes a good, groan-worthy pun.


jjspina: Sound interesting, Stephen.


9. Please share your books with us and a synopsis of each.


Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All


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Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All is a collection of short stories that has a little something for everyone. See what life is like for the poor mother of an insufferable perfectionist in the title story. Find out what’s to be done to save the hipsters in “So Ten Minutes Ago.” Enjoy an updated take on the Goldilocks story in “Trouble Bruin.” Ponder how our choices define our lives in “The Haunting of Flattop Harris.” Stand in the shoes of a young nurse trying to save the tiniest of lives from a city’s destruction in “Wallflower and Casanova.” PLUS! “Royally Screwed,” the story that serves as a prequel to the novel Typo Squad.


Typo Squad

Stephen Lomer Cover Squad

Typos are lethal to 98% of the population. Be thankful Typo Squad is on patrol …

Richard Shonnary was a Typo Squad legend. He had a gift for seeking out and destroying errorist cells, and was almost singlehandedly responsible for bringing about the end of errorism. But one night, a single errant bullet fired by his brother prematurely ended his career.


Convinced to come out of self-imposed retirement after five years, Richard unknowingly gives rise to his greatest enemy — Anton Nym. Will he and his new partner be able to stop this latest threat before deadly typos are unleashed upon an unwitting world?


B.B. and Red


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B.B. and Red is a collection of high-caliber, cross-genre short stories from the mind that brought you Stargazer Lilies or Nothing at All. The tale of Little Red Riding Hood gets updated with a sexy new twist. A plumber finds out the hard way what’s wrong with a client’s toilet. A scientist achieves his dream of crossing over to another dimension . . . or does he? All of this and more awaits you in the pages of this exciting new collection!


Hell’s Nerds


Stephen Lomer Cover Nerds

Herb and his small group of friends have been playing epic sword-and-sorcery role-playing games together since they were kids. When Herb’s wife and daughter decide to go to the family lake house for the weekend, Herb invites a renowned dungeon master to guide them on an epic, marathon quest. 


But when an unexpected twist sets them on a real-life journey with potentially lethal consequences, Herb and company discover that evil isn’t confined to the realm of make-believe . . . it’s real. Sort of

Belle’s Christmas Carol


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We all know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miserable old miser who rediscovers the joy of Christmas thanks to the intervention of Jacob Marley’s ghost and three spirits. 

But what if there was nothing supernatural going on that fateful Christmas Eve? What if everything that happened to Scrooge that night was carefully planned and choreographed to force him to change his ways?

And what if the mastermind behind it was Scrooge’s long-lost love? 

Discover a whole new take on Dickens’ classic tale in Belle’s Christmas Carol!


10. Please share your links and where to purchase your books.

All of my books are available on amazon and are listed on my Amazon Author’s Page.


jjspina: I will be checking them out soon!

11. What advice would you give prospective authors?

If you’re going to be an author, know what you’re getting yourself into. Whether you’re published through a traditional house or you go the self-pub route, it’s going to be a lot of work, and success will come slowly. Still, there’s nothing quite like writing a book and holding it in your hands, so if you really want it, go for it. I did.


jjspina: Good advice, Stephen. 


12. Is there anything else you would like to share?

Yes, one last thought. There’s only one way for an author to truly succeed, and that’s by helping fellow authors succeed. Never think of other authors as competition. They are your brothers and sisters and are on the same journey you are, so do whatever you can to build them up. And keep writing!


jjspina: Amen to that, Stephen. 

Thank you, Stephen Lomer, for spending time with me and my readers today to share a little about yourself and your books. It was a sincere pleasure to have you here. You are now a member of Jemsbooks Blog family. Please feel free to stop by again to share any new projects you have. Keep writing and believing, Stephen!

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read about this entertaining and talented author. I hope you will take some time to peruse his books online at the links above. If you purchase any books, please remember to leave some love in the form of a review. We authors love reviews!


Blessings & Hugs!


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Love is in the Air! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Love is in the Air! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Can you feel the love in the air? We are surrounded by things in red, purple, 💕 💐 and Valentines. Everything is over commercialized.

Flowers I have received from my wonderful husband over the years! Lucky me he feels the love!

Let not your feelings on this day be dictated by things around us. If you feel the love then go with it and buy your loved one a box of chocolates, a lovely card, and wine and dine him or her to your heart’s content.

If you don’t have a significant other, then buy your mother or aunt or sister something to celebrate the day. Or, maybe a box of chocolates for yourself? Or a book from Jemsbooks! Whatever works.

For me, I love my roses and maybe a nice dinner of seafood, my favorite, lobster and clams! Ah! That is Heaven on earth to me!

I’ve been working on a Valentine’s poem for my husband. He insists that I can do better than a store-bought card. Ha! I try to make him happy after all he does for me! I won’t share it here, sorry. It is only for him. But I will share another poem for Valentine’s Day just for my readers!

Art work compliments of IStock online sites

Happy Valentine’s Day

What can I do

To make this day special for you?

I will share my flowers

and some of my favorite things

and remind you to soar with Jemsbooks

for Reading gives you wings (to fly)!

Please give the gift of books!

Check out Jemsbooks today

and give my books a try!

Soar with your new wings and fly!

With love,


Heart for Valentines Day

Sorry for the shameless publicity on this day! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I just did! While I was posting this there was a delivery – a dozen red roses – from my husband, or course, who was busy painting away in our basement. He never stops! God, do I love this man! I am blessed!

Here are my gorgeous roses to share with you. May you be blessed in your life with all that you need.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. Wishing you all a Happy
Valentine’s Day!


Blessings & Hugs!


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Editing, Editing and Editing Again!

I am deep into editing the sequel to my first novel, Hunting Mariah. I am nearly through it for the fourth or maybe fifth time. I can’t remember now.

The more I look at it the more I want to change things up a little. I tweak it here and delete it there. It’s driving me crazy!

All you authors out there, how do you feel about editing? Does it drive you insane? When do you feel you have completed your editing?

Please check out Hunting Mariah on Amazon and Barnes & Noble so you will be up to date to read the sequel, Mariah’s Revenge! Watch for a cover reveal soon!!

Just when I think I am done, I find something else that I need to change. I had to take some time out of it after last night when I completed editing 16 chapters. Tonight I completed up to Chapter 29. There are 32 chapters in all unless I add more. Sigh!

I have to apologize to my Beta Readers for taking so long to get the MS to them. Sorry ladies! I am trying to complete it today and send it along to you by tomorrow, hopefully. I babysit my youngest grandson two days a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and will do my best to get to it in between playing with him. He keeps me hopping. Fun times!

After working on one book for a while I get antsy and want to move on. I have another story that came to me in a dream that I need to write down. It’s a romance. I also have the beginnings of a series for girls that keeps popping into my head! Then there’s that YA fantasy that is waiting for my edits. Oh boy! They are like spoiled children who are vying for my attention! I have to whip them into shape and push them aside until this book is done.

In the meantime, my husband has begun a new children’s book about a dog. I have another book, a fairy tale, waiting in the wings for his attention. Poor guy! I keep him hopping.

Our house is a place where we are always creating something new. We do take some time off to go out to a movie and dinner or to kick back and watch some TV, read a book or just relax.

Well, back to the drawing board. I will finish editing tomorrow and then move on to the next phase – my Beta Readers.

Wish me luck! Stay tuned for when this new book will be published!

Thanks for stopping by to read about my latest endeavor.


Blessings & Hugs!


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All you need to know about WordPress Infographic!

Thank you to Nicholas Rossis for this amazing infographic on WordPress. Check it out whether you use WP or not.

via Infographic: Everything You Need To Know About WordPress

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Blogging Tips from Hugh Roberts!

Blogger extraordinaire, Hugh Roberts, has some more blogging tips to share. Check out Hugh’s fabulous site for tons of helpful tips for bloggers. Thank you, Hugh, for sharing your expertise!

via How To Add Your Twitter Username To Your WordPress Blog #throwbackthursday

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What are Authors made of?

We all know what little girls are made of:

little girls pixelPhoto compliments of Pixel

What are little girls made of?

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Author: Unknown

We all know what little boys are made of:

little boys pixel

Photo compliments of Pixel

What are little boys made of?

What are little boys made of?
Frogs and snails and puppy-dogs’ tails.

That’s what little boys are made of.

Author: Unknown

But do you know what authors are made of?

author typing

Photo compliments of Pixel

What are authors made of?


Going the distance





Thinking outside the box

Being unorthodox

Always gracious

Feeling tenacious

Sometimes bodacious

Inherently artistic

Ever optimistic

Author: Janice Spina

We authors are different from other people in that we are always thinking of our next story, and creating scenarios and characters in our every waking hour.

I have spoken to many authors over the years and we all agree we are different, an eclectic mix. We are constantly striving to do something better each time we write.

We read, extensively, others’ work and continue to study all we can to hone our craft of writing. Our joy is in seeing others enjoy our books. And, of course, selling books like crazy! LOL!

Next time you purchase a book, think of all the work that the author put into producing the book. All you need to do is review the book wherever you purchased it. That will be like giving a gift of love to the author. I think of reviews as early Christmas gifts all year round before and after Christmas.

Watch for a cover reveal for sequel to Hunting Mariah coming soon. I am still in editing mode with this new book. It will be a little while yet before I can publish. My beta readers will be looking at it first then back to editing again.

If you haven’t read Hunting Mariah yet, please check it out online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble before you purchase the sequel. I want you to enjoy it and know what the killer is thinking and how he thinks. The sequel begins where the first book left off. There are some surprises. HuntingMarahCover6 jpg

Who said it is easy to write, edit, publish, promote all on our own? It is a daunting task at times but I, for one, love doing it all! How about you other authors out there? Do you love what you do? Tell us!


There is a new children’s book now available on Amazon as a paperback and e-bookClarence Henry the Hermit Crab. This book will make a welcome addition to school libraries for science. There are a few photos of the real Clarence Henry who lived in a fish tank in our home for nearly ten years. We added some fun, interesting, and educational facts about hermit crabs also in the back of the book.

Thank you for stopping by to read my post. I always enjoy hearing from readers. Drop me a line by email – jjspina(at)myfairpoint(dot)net or on my contact page or leave a comment below.


Blessings & Hugs!



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Interview with Author Ceara Comeau!


This is the first of hopefully many more Author Interview/Guest Posts with authors I have met at the latest Author Event at Zorvino Vineyard. There are two more Author Events coming up – one in April and the other in July.

Please help me welcome Author Ceara Comeau to Jemsbooks Blog.

Thank you, Ceara, for coming today. It is a sincere pleasure to have you.

Let’s begin. Please share your beautiful book with us.

1. What is the title of your book?

Memories of Chronosalis

2. Please, tell us a little about your book.

It’s one thing to read about heroes saving worlds in far-off galaxies, but to become one is an entirely different story. Sixteen-year-old Amber Oak wanted nothing more than to stay in her own world of music and solitude. But the inhabitants of Galaseya, a Utopian planet rooted in the past, had other ideas in mind. According to them, only she wielded the power to stop the dark forces threatening their home. At first, Amber sympathized with the planet, but saw no reason to involve herself in the affairs of something outside her world. But the stakes have risen when she discovers that Galaseya is not only the world that has been invading her dreams, but also the place her estranged family originated from. With this new knowledge, questions began to surface and secrets of Amber’s life come to light causing her to second guess everything she knows.

Jjs: I love your cover, Ceara! The story sounds fascinating!

3. What genre do you write?

Primarily, I write science-fiction/fantasy. But, I would like to delve into other genres as well.

Jjs: If you do delve into other genres, please share them with us.

4. What inspired you to write this book?

This book originally came from a series I began writing when I was twelve. It was titled, “Amber Oak Mysteries”. The series wasn’t going anywhere and the farther I got along in it, the less sense it made. Looking back, I was trying to find my voice and a lot of what I wrote was leaning toward science-fiction/fantasy elements. I knew that all the tales of Amber Oak had potential. So, two and a half years ago, I decided to completely rewrite the story. It was a challenge to break away from what I had worked hard on for so many years, but I knew that I could do better.

Jjs: The more we write the better we become. 

5. How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for about thirteen years, but have self-published other books during ten of those years.

Jjs: Any time you want to share those books, feel free. You can always come back to do that.

6. What is a little-known fact about you that you can share?

Whenever I am stuck in a writer’s block, sometimes I’ll stop and play a Nancy Drew computer game or some other puzzle game. It allows my brain to continue processing the blockage by focusing on another puzzle. It’s a strange method, but it works!

Jjs: That’s an interesting way to recharge your creativity.

7. Besides writing, what are some of your other hobbies or interests?

I love researching my family’s genealogy as well as my friend’s.

Jjs: That may be another way you become more creative when you do research and fill in the missing pieces of your family’s lineage.

8. Is there a message, a lesson, or a moral to your story? If so, would you to share it?

My story has three main points that both teenagers and adults can relate to. I address the importance of protecting the environment, racial issues, and political corruptness.

Jjs: These are all important issues of today that will make your book more intriguing for readers.

9. Are you a morning person or a night person?

Definitely a night person. Some of my best story ideas come to me from midnight or later.

Jjs: I guess we all have our own time clocks that charge our creativity and turn it on.

10. What is your favorite place to write?

I like to write outside in nature, weather permitted of course. But most of the time I like to sit in my chair either listening to music or the TV.

Jjs: That sounds soothing, Ceara. Whatever works for you. 

11. What are you working on now?

I am working on the prequel to “Memories of Chronosalis”. It will be from the viewpoint of a sub-character.

Jjs: Fantasy and sci-fi enthusiasts will be intrigued especially if they read the first book to get into the characters.

12. Please list whatever links you would like to leave.










Thank you, Ceara, for sharing your work with us. It was lovely to meet you in person at the Author Event and I look forward to seeing you at the next Author Event. I wish you all the best with this book and your previous and future books!

Ceara, you are now part of the Jemsbooks Blog family. Please feel free to stop by and share any new books that you have in the future.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by today to read about this creative author. I hope you will get a chance to look over her book.

Please don’t forget the importance of reviewing books. Authors love reviews! That is why we write – for you to read and enjoy!

If you are an author I met at the Author Event at the Zorvino Vineyard in Sandown, NH, please contact me for a chance to be on my blog. I would love to have you here. My email is or you can leave a note on my contact page here or on my Website –


Blessings & Hugs!


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A Fun Author’s Event at Zorvino Vineyard!


It was a lovely night despite the frigid weather at the beautiful Zorvino Vineyard! This was the first time we had been to this venue. We heard about it through Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing whom we met at another venue we attended last year. He was gracious enough to give us all the information about this venue and two others coming up in April and July of 2018.

We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived at 3:00 pm to set up. Well, we arrived so early that we had the pick of all the tables which were 4 feet and 8 feet long. We chose an 8 foot long table but were told we may have to share it with another author. As it turned out no one came to use the rest of the table. Eventually Chris told us to spread out our 17 books.

Since we were one of the first to arrive we sat back after setting up and watched the rest of the authors come in and lay out their books. While John minded our table and possessions I moseyed over to meet and greet the other authors. I had so much fun introducing myself and looking at their work. It was fascinating to be in a room with 25-30 other authors and share stories, ideas, and all the craziness that does with being an author. It was a pleasure to meet and make so many new author friends. I asked, many that I had a chance to meet, to guest on my blog. Watch for some exciting new authors and their books here soon!

The flow of people coming and going was excellent. There was food and wine offered. We did not partake in the wine but did have some food which was tasty – chicken fingers and waffle fries and clam chowder. Of course, I never eat this stuff at home but when in a venue you eat what you can get! It was delicious!


We had plenty of time before the crowd arrived at 6 pm to visit the winery downstairs. I apologize for not taking some photos of that too. But I was so enthralled with all the wine that I forgot. Oh, John did go back downstairs later in the evening and purchased three bottles of wine.

wine Zorvino Vineyard

The staff member we met, Nancy, was friendly and informative. We promised to come back for a wine tasting that costs $5.00 for several wines you wish to try. Sounds good to me. They had buckets and water pitchers on the bars all around for tasters to spit out the wine and then drink a little water to rinse out their glass and begin again. So fun!! I doubt if I would spit anything out! Ha!


Check  out the beautiful website of Zorvino Vineyard here.

It is a lovely place even in the winter but it will be even more so in the spring and summer. I look forward to going back in the warmer weather so we can sit outside and enjoy the sun and a glass of wine. Sigh!

A special thank you goes to Chris Obert of Pear Tree Publishing for hosting this author event. It was fabulous! John and I look forward to going again next year.

There was also a special guest star, Mary Ann Esposito, chef extraordinaire who was on hand to sign her cooking books. I had a chance to meet her and she was so sweet. We talked about my trips to Italy. She promised to read my reviews on my blog of my travels to her favorite places.

Thank you to all the visitors to the vineyard who purchased our books!

Thank you for stopping by to read about this exciting author event. I wish many of my fellow author friends online could have been there too! Maybe next year?


Blessings & Hugs!



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A Heartwarming Story!

I had to share this heartwarming story today. It warmed me to my very soul! I hope  it will make your day special too. This is a story shared by author, Andrew Joyce. Thank you, Andrew! This is a story you will not forget and want to read again and again. Happy reading everyone! Stay warm!

via One Word



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