Looking for something new to read? Three talented authors who have appeared on the podcast are sharing their book recommendations for February. Naomi Musch, A. LaFaye and Marc Cavella have all given interviews on The Bookshop at the End of the Internet. Check out episodes #53, 51 and 55, respectively.
** Sending my apologies to Marc Cavella. I misspelled the title of his debut novel, Tabernacle, in the newsletter. It's such a great title, and I'm so sorry for the error. **
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Check out the August 2020 Newsletter from The Bookshop at the End of the Internet. Three of our authors -- Kathleen Lopez, Kella Campbell and Nicole Saunders -- are sharing their book recommendations with you! Listen to their podcast episodes (#32, #34 and #31, respectively) to learn more about these wonderful authors. You'll want to add their own books to your TBR pile as well!
I recently wrote a blog post (titled, Just Think of All Those Stories...) for the Amelia Island Book Festival regarding my experience participating in their Authors in Schools program.
In 2019, I spent the day at West Nassau High School discussing my book, Sycamore Lane, with the students and teachers. It was an honor to be involved in the AIS program and to write the article for the AIBF website.
You can read my post here and learn more about this wonderful Authors in Schools program. Thank you, AIBF, for allowing me to be a part of your efforts to get kids and teens reading.
Our July Newsletter is now available. Three of our wonderful authors -- Nikesha Elise Williams, Sophia Gholz and Malayna Evans -- have given us their book recommendations for this month. Wonder what our authors are reading? These talented ladies are sharing titles that you'll want to add to your to-be-read pile. Also, tune in to their podcast episodes (#029, 026 and 027, respectively) to hear these authors share tales from their own writing journey.
Some of our Bookshop authors have graciously shared with us their recommendations for fun and informative books to read this month. Check out our Newsletter (June 2020) to see what Robin Newman, Lori Oliver-Tierney and Flora Beach Burlingame are recommending for your TBR pile.
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We can always add more books to our TBR pile. Check out the May 2020 Newsletter from The Bookshop at the End of the Internet for some great titles. Three wonderful authors who previously appeared on the podcast -- N. Jane Quackenbush, Tracy Tripp and Pat Stanford -- share their book recommendations. Maybe one of their favorite books will become a new favorite of yours!
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Once a month, beginning this March, The Bookshop at the End of the Internet will be sending out a newsletter with book recommendations from some of the authors who have appeared on the podcast. Want to know what these authors are reading? Curious about what kinds of books these authors might recommend? Sign up for the newsletter and find out.
Here is the March 2020 Newsletter. Happy reading!
This year's Jax Book Fest was a wonderful event. I met so many wonderful readers and fellow authors, and I had the privilege of participating in the Author's Salon, where I read from my book, Sycamore Lane, and answered questions. I also was thrilled to meet (and sit next to) NYT best-selling and award-winning author Neal Shusterman. Not a bad way to celebrate the leap year!
Thank you to the Jacksonville Public Library for a fantastic day.
This year, the Jax Book Fest is being held on Saturday, February 29th at the beautiful Main Library in downtown Jacksonville, Florida from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Jacksonville Public Library invited me to join Chris Boivin, Assistant Director of Community Relations and Marketing, to make the rounds on the morning news shows to promote the Jax Book Fest. I was thrilled and honored to do so. We sat down with the Channel 4 News Morning Show and the First Coast Living Morning Show to discuss why the Jax Book Fest is the literary event of the year! You can watch the First Coast Living interview here... or visit my Awards, Events & Media page to find links to both morning show programs.
Thank you to the Jacksonville Public Library for supporting local area authors and for putting on such a wonderful event.
Come see me at the Jax Book Fest. I'll be reading from my book, Sycamore Lane, and answering questions at 11:30 am in the Authors Salon, or find me at my table on the Ground Floor of the Main Library. Hope to see you there!
Book 3 of The Elixir Vitae Adventures series will be available on November 1st.
You can preorder the ebook on Amazon.com.
Pick up a copy of ADULTUS and find out what happens next!
To celebrate the release of ADULTUS,
Books 1 and 2 (ORTUS and JUVENIS)
will be available in ebook for only $.99 November 1-5.
Life is an adventure... Read one today!
I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by fellow author, Renee Garrison, for her blog:
And, check out Renee's latest book, The Anchor Clankers.
I'm very excited to share the new book trailer for my novel, Inland.
You can check it out on the Books page of my website.
The Florida Authors and Publishers Association has announced their 2017 Medalists for Fiction: Young Adult Paranormal/Sci-Fi/Fantasy -- and Inland has been chosen! I'm excited and honored to have my book chosen as a medalist in this category.
I am very excited to announce that the first book in my new series is now available -- The Elixir Vitae Adventures: ORTUS.
This is Book One of a new middle-grade adventure series involving mysteries, riddles, travel, family secrets...and a bit of magic. It is available in paperback and ebook from Amazon.
Pick up a copy today. I hope you enjoy it -- and I wish you many happy adventures!
As I’ve mentioned, my husband and I used to live outside NYC in Westchester. Most of our trips into Manhattan began with a train ride into Grand Central Terminal. They ended the same way – with a train ride home. When I was writing the ending for Inland, I thought it was only fitting that the story end the same way it began – at Grand Central. I spent a lot of time at that station, taking notes and photos and choreographing movements for the story. I can’t step into Grand Central now without seeing my characters running through the halls. It makes me smile.
All train stations have moments of madness followed by moments of peace. The trains arrive and depart; the crowds come and go. The periods of calm are punctuated by storms of chaos. In the case of Grand Central, the storms are large and frantic, while the calm periods can be a bit eerie. Grand Central is vast and imposing and humbling. Maybe it’s the celestial ceiling, but one can’t help but feel small there – a single person out of hundreds of thousands to pass through the station on any given day, one star out of all those in the galaxy.
In Inland, the main character, Cat, begins her adventure in Grand Central. When the time comes, she decides that it must end there as well. In that station, Cat’s story plays out surrounded by strangers, all travelling through their own stories, and most of them never even take notice of Cat. This, to me, is the essence of Grand Central. In fact, it’s the essence of NYC. There are millions of people, millions of stories, all carrying on at the same time. Too many to count. Too many on which to focus your attention. Every once in a while, however, we see one – one person, one story – and it captures our attention.
I enjoyed writing Inland and learning about NYC, and I love the story’s characters (who still wander through my mind every once in a while). I realize my book, Inland, is one of millions in print, but I hope you’ll notice it, read it, share it. Most of all, I hope you enjoy the ride.
One of the craziest things I ever experienced in New York was watching the giant balloons being inflated the night before the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I had heard it was a fun thing to do. I researched it online. It seemed like one of those New York-only type of events that I shouldn’t miss out on. So, my husband and I ventured into NYC on Thanksgiving Eve and made out way up to the Upper West Side…and found bedlam.
We arrived in the vicinity of the American Museum of Natural History, which serves as the staging area for the giant balloons, in the late afternoon. We were still a couple of blocks away when we ran into a wall of people. I’ve never seen so many people shoved into such a small space. Everyone was trying to inch their way forward, but no one was moving. We joined the crowd – and once we were in, we were in. There was no getting out. It was a sea of humanity, barely flowing in any direction. It took us hours, but we finally made it into the main line and around the Museum to see the balloons. By then, all the balloons were inflated and pinned down on the ground under heavy rope nets to keep them from flying away.
I can’t say it was enjoyable. I would definitely not characterize it as fun. And unless your idea of a good time is to spend several hours standing shoulder to shoulder with complete strangers who are jostling for every inch of ground they can gain, then I would probably recommend that you not add it to your bucket list.
There was one bright spot, however. Most of the balloons were posed in rather indecent positions. By that, I mean that a couple of superheroes, some cartoon characters and an elf were all packed tightly together, one in front of the other, and arranged with faces down, butts in the air. You couldn’t help but giggle. No one could. So, I shared a laugh with several thousand people in line with me. And when the humor of balloons’ unfortunate poses wore off, we were all left to shuffle towards the exit, one inch at a time.
I was writing Inland when my husband and I made that unpleasant trip to see the parade balloons. I knew, as I stood there staring at Charlie Brown’s head shoved up against Kermit the Frog’s backside, that this scene would have to make it into the book. Full disclosure: I wrote about the chaos of the crowd -- not the lewd balloon positions. Sorry!