My third book is now available for purchase! Ebook is sold at Barnes & Noble.com, amazon, smashwords, kindle, kobo books. Paperback version is for sale on amazon. Please leave me a good review 😘😘
check out http://www.greatmidwestbookfestival.com to see the list of books/authors that
Marley Parker: A Rumor of ghosts took first place in the young adult category.
I’ll be attending the awards ceremony in Chicago on 11-21!! Yippee!!
Hard at work on the 3rd installment of the Marley Parker book series, ‘Redletter’ from the glorious beaches of Cabo San Lucas, my favorite vacation destination. Much to my surprise, several fellow vacationers have stopped to ask me what I was working so intensely on. After informing them that I was an author and working in my new book; they asked me for some reading recommendations. So I thought I would share them with you as well! I plan on reading at least 2-3 of the following this week;
The Wicked girls by Alex Marwood
Mr Peanut by Adam Ross
Between shades of grey by Ruta Sepetys
The Traitor’s Wife by Chicago author/Allison pataki
Until next time, I’ll leave you with some apropos lyrics from one of my favorite songwriters;
‘he cold light you up
and summon every swan
or the lakeside
off to cabo san lucas
for some optical stimulus’
-Tori Amos, ‘Amber Waves’
Another awesome interview with author Michael Kleen!!
I wanted to share a brief history of how this interview came to be. After I completed my first novel last year, I went through a bit of a rough patch learning the ins and outs of being a new author. I thought writing the book was the hard part but I was mistaken. After the writing, comes; marketing, editing, query letters, cover art, author photos, signings, and that’s just the beginning. At any rate, I decided what I needed was a friend and mentor of sorts, if I was going to succeed in this manic biz. I didn’t know anyone in the book industry or have a clue where to begin. I was sitting un my office pondering this, when my eyes gravitated toward my bookshelf. The first book I saw was a well loved edition of ‘Haunted Illinois’, next to ‘Tales of Coles County’, both authored by Michael Kleen. So, I figured…what the hell, looked up Kleen’s website and sent him a random email asking for some guidance. He not only responded promptly with some much needed advice but also offered to interview me for his popular website, http://www.mysteriousheartland.com. He has since become a trusted friend and I find myself relying on his sage advice quite often. So, a big THANKS to my buddy, Mike!! I hope u enjoy the articles.
I spent the day in St. LOUIS, mo. On ‘The Hill’ with my dad and my sister. We ate lunch at Adriana’s (spicy salsiccia-best sandwich ever), Grocery shopping at DiGregorios and antique shopping at gringo jones. My kind of day!! Although, it was slightly biz related because all of the Italian food inspired me to give ‘Tones’ a creative meal to serve up in the third installment of Marley Parker!
I was so pleased when I received an email this morning, that contained my first book review for my second book (Marley Parker, A Rumor of Ghosts), that I had to share it with you! I’m running slightly behind with the release; as it was supposed to come out on the first. However, it will be available everywhere next week! yay! On that note, below is my review. 😉
What a FUN book to read!! When I first saw the title, I thought it really was going to be a Nancy Drew book aimed at teens, but you have created a character in Marley that will appeal to readers of all ages. I was on edge for the whole thing–you have a real knack for plot twists, and you beautifully merged all the subplots together into a satisfying and nicely resolved whole, while leaving plenty of fuel for Marley’s next book. Your epilogue was stunningly well thought out in this respect!
This is a very strong and well constructed book.One last note: Make sure you reserve the screen rights! This is a movie dying to be made!
Thank you so much for sharing your book with me.