How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

  I’m a bit more conservative than most authors.  Gorgeous guys on book covers are not my personal style.  Still, this gorgeous cover for Gwen Hernandez’s Blind Fury, the first in her Men of Steele series, really has me thinking.  Do I really need to be that shy about my heroes best physical assets? I was once asked to contribute a photo of a hot hunky … Continue reading How Naked Should Your Book Cover Hero Be?

What is a Facebook Party? or Aching for Nora Roberts

A friend read the previous post about how Facebook parties work and still didn’t get it. “What the heck is a Facebook party?” she asked. Here goes: Imagine you are a fan of the lovely, incredible, wonderful Nora Roberts. You want to meet her, you ache to meet her. She has been your lifelong idol. You might even take a bus trip up to her Turn … Continue reading What is a Facebook Party? or Aching for Nora Roberts

What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day seems to get bigger and bigger every year. It’s a day that never seems to turn out well. When I was single, I dreamt about it and cried that I had no one to share it with. Now that I’m married, I have different priorities and it seems my husband can’t get it right. . The truth is, it’s entirely my fault. I’m … Continue reading What I Really Want for Valentine’s Day

Inspiration at the Met: China Through the Looking Glass

Possibly one of the most frequent questions I get as an author is: Where does your inspiration come from? The answer: From everything, and everybody, everywhere.  An example of this is from a recent trip to NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The fantastic exhibit, China Through the Looking Glass, had all the hamster-wheels in my brain running at full speed. In possibly the world’s best curated exhibit, the amazing … Continue reading Inspiration at the Met: China Through the Looking Glass

Palms and Traditions: Celebrating Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, a holiday that many Americans overlook. But in churches around the world, people gather, pray, and use palm fronds during the mass to commemorate Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Among Italian-Americans this day is a whole lot more. I remember my father making us go to a second church service if the palm fronds at the first church weren’t to his satisfaction. … Continue reading Palms and Traditions: Celebrating Palm Sunday

Ten Fingers Touching & Victorian Fairy Tales

I wanted to let you all know about a real treasure of a book I recently came across. It’s called Ten Fingers Touching. What makes it unique is that it’s a fable for everyone. Ellen Roth spins a tale that has excitement for adults and kids alike. The illustrations by John Blumen are breathtakingly beautiful.   I love that Roth is reviving a tradition of story-telling … Continue reading Ten Fingers Touching & Victorian Fairy Tales

Feed Your eReader

Happy New Year! For those of you who have gotten lovely eReaders, many with matching gift cards or even traditional gift certificates to your favorite book stores, here are a few recommendations. There are enough categories here to please everyone, I hope. Enjoy! Cozy Mystery: Lethal Black Dress by Ellen Byerrum   When does a little black dress become a lethal black dress? When it … Continue reading Feed Your eReader