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Harper Lee, the sadness of Go Set a Watchman, and virtual tours

With the release of Go Set a Watchman, I have been thinking of the beloved author Harper Lee and wondering, like many of her fans, if she ever really intended for this book to be published. Something is not quite … Continue reading

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Alchemy’s Daughter Italy book tour and giveaway starts today!

July 13, 2015 marks the start of the Alchemy’s Daughter Italy Book Tour, which features books related to Italian culture.  Please join me for this fun virtual trip and enter the tour sponsor’s Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win one … Continue reading

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Secrets behind Alchemy’s Daughter to be revealed in July blog tour

Novels are fiction, of course, and yet many novels contain elements from the author’s life. While  Alchemy’s Daughter is a work of my imagination, I drew from childhood experiences, my nursing background, travels to Italy, and even previous romances–maybe even … Continue reading

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It’s a book!

As of May 15, Alchemy’s Daughter has officially entered the world!  Thank you to all those who came out to the pre-launch party on April 17 at the Zhou B Art Center.  It was a beautiful event, set in one of … Continue reading

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When in doubt, wear an amulet to protect against the evil eye

In Italy the evil eye, also know as malocchio is taken seriously.  Caused by the negative thoughts of others, the evil eye can be cast accidentally, as when someone feels jealous, or intentionally, as when someone wants to cause harm. … Continue reading

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Remembering Mrs. Timmer, lessons learned at Blythe Park School, and going indie

Mrs. Timmer, who taught fourth grade at Blythe Park Elementary School in Riverside back in the seventies, had a way of speaking to nine and ten year-olds in a way that was never condescending, unlike some teachers, whose names will … Continue reading

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Goodbye house next door, hello new novel

The walls of my Wrigleyville office are shaking because the building next door is being torn down.  Another vintage home giving way to the bulldozer and making way for a new, luxury, single-family home. Before it was bought by a … Continue reading

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Now that was unexpected: Kirkus reviews Alchemy’s Daughter

It’s more or less compulsory for publishers to send review copies of forthcoming books to the major reviewers like Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus.  Indie presses like Lake Street Press, publisher of Alchemy’s Daughter, realize it’s quite unlikely that their … Continue reading

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Snowbound

February 2, 2015, the day after the fifth-largest blizzard to ever hit Chicago, I am hunkered down in my third-floor office looking out to the courtyard below.  Chicago Public Schools cancelled classes, the alleys and side streets are not easily … Continue reading

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Ghost of Christmas Past: Riverside 1972

One Christmas, when I was in grade school at Blythe Park Elementary and when soldiers—including one of my cousins—were fighting in Vietnam, my father erupted when another cousin criticized our country’s involvement in the war.  I only had a vague … Continue reading

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