Upcoming Events – I Miss You!

Trudy Clare Mitchell,   Official Blog Mascot

Trudy Clare Mitchell, Official Blog Mascot

Before you say anything, the answer is yes, I know I’ve been the absent blogger these days.  And yes I do miss not only my blog and its followers, but also catching up with my new blog buddies and commenting on them on a regular basis.  Life is very busy  – good busy – and keeping up with blogging and writing has been a challenge.  Excuses, excuses.Therefore I hereby commit to providing blog updates every Sunday at a minimum,  so please stay tuned and don’t forget about pattytmitchell!   I am looking forward to getting back in the saddle, and interacting more with all of the great writers out there that I have come to know and admire.

For local folks, I have a few events coming up where I will be promoting A Girl From the Hill and offering copies for sale and signing.

  • October 23rd 6PM – Barnes and Noble in Smithfield, RI.  I am absolutely thrilled about participating in their Local Authors Night. Some  other area authors will be there too, so if you can stop by to say hello, we all could use the support!   http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4611236

 

  • November 19th at 6:30PM – I will be at Marion Mohr Library in Johnston, RI for a reading and book signing. I believe they are having a genealogy and Italian Heritage series during that week, so check out their site for more events if you’re interested. http://www.mohrlibrary.org/images/programs/mitchell.pdf 

I’m trying to drum up a few more appearances in the coming months, so I’ll keep you posted.  Bad pun, sorry.  (Inserting Shameless Plug Here) Just remember that ‘A Girl From the Hill’ makes a great gift, on Thanksgiving for a special family member, or for Christmas.  Whether you are Italian American or not, everyone has or at least knows a Mom. Or two …

Memoirs and Memories

About two years ago, Lisa Tener inspired me to work with my mother to write A Girl From the Hill.   Lisa is an accomplished author in her own right, and has helped many people get started and live their dreams.  She has literally (some pun intended) changed my life.

It has been with much happiness that I can return the favor, even if only in miniscule fashion, by telling about my writing experiences on Lisa’s new website.  Oh yeah, it doesn’t hurt me either, and I was absolutely honored to participate, so I see it as a win/win.

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It’s Time to Bring Your Book to Life!

Writing

Writing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do you have a book inside you that’s waiting to get out?

You’d be surprised how many people are out there wanting to write their story, but don’t know how where to start.  That’s how I felt for years before writing A Girl from the Hill.

But there is hope!  My book coach Lisa Tener, who helped me bring my book to life, is offering a free call on Sept. 17 at 8:30 PM ET, 5:30 PT called “Bring Your Book to Life: 5 Keys to Writing Your Bestseller This Year.” It’s a preview of her award-winning Bring Your Book to Life Program which helped me get my book into the world.

She’s planning some exciting exercises and tips for the call and knowing Lisa’s teaching style, it will be a very powerful way to get more in touch with your book and gain some clarity and insights as well.

You can sign up for the free preview call here:  www.LisaTener.com/inspired-teleseminar.

Her Bring Your Book to Life Program Begins October 1 and you can feel free to find out more on the call or e-mail Lisa any time at lisa@lisatener.com to set up a time to explore it with you.

Let me know if I can answer any questions about my experience.

Her free call includes

  • The 5 key strategies for writing and publishing your book this year.
  • How to write your best book quickly and easily, without putting the rest of your life on hold.
  • The secrets to snagging a 5- and 6- figure book deals with top publishers.
  • And a lot more.

Plus, Lisa will give away thousands of dollars’ worth of writing and marketing services to a lucky winner on the live call. So, clear your schedule and be there! I’ll be there, too. Register here: www.LisaTener.com/inspired-teleseminar.

I really believe in Lisa and that’s why I’m promoting her program.  She not only offered me the program, but still helps me when I get stuck or have questions about publishing, promotion and anything else message related.

The call is free, and it could truly change  your life if you’re ready…

Sometimes You Hurt the One You Love – Or You Just Make Them a Bit Snippy

3/4 front view of a female snapping turtle (Ch...

3/4 front view of a female snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), taken near the St. Lawrence River in northern New York state. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes, worry can totally consumes the Crow.  She doesn’t get out of the house much these days, and with all the rain she can’t even sit on her deck and soak up some sun.  That just amplifies her stress levels.  Today she was worried about a change in my Dad’s meds.  I had all the info, but in addition to calling me about the changes, the doctor’s office also called her.  This is a mistake, because my mother often gets confused and is so worried about potentially getting the instructions wrong, that she invariably will. So she wanted to call me to confirm what she thought she hear about my dad’s potassium dosage.

Except with the Crow, if she calls you and you don’t answer, she just doesn’t leave a message.  She keeps calling you until you pick up the phone.  It doesn’t matter if it’s important or not.  If she wants the answer she will not relent.  So she didn’t.

Sitting in sort of an important meeting I let her first call go.  The second one I began to panic myself: is this an emergency?  I always forget about her compulsion to know the answers when I see that number and “Mom and Dad” come up on my phone more than once.

So I snapped at her a bit. “Mom, you can’t keep calling and hanging up when I don’t answer.  Leave me a message and I’ll call you back as soon as I can.”  It’s awkward taking calls in a very quiet meeting where my boss is presenting important information that I cannot afford to miss.

She snapped back “I won’t call you at work any more then.”  All or Nothing.

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A Girl From the Hill for Your Book Club!

Happy Monday Everyone!

If you participate in a book club and are looking for something to read, why not A Girl from the Hill?  For the rest of June I would like to offer a 30% discount off of the $11.99 paperback price for anyone ordering 4 or more copies!!! Email me at pattymitch66@gmail.com for details!!

Taking Pre-Orders for A Girl From the Hill, Starting … NOW!

cheezyHappy Monday! And felice lunedi for all of my Italian and Italian American friends –

I am pleased and just a little bit proud to say that A Girl From the Hill is ready for Pre-Order!!

Yes I know I sound like a cheesy ad for laundry detergent.  But the writing/self publishing process has left me with little pride, not to mention a bill or two to pay .

The book will be out in a few weeks, but I would like to run a little promotion so that you can buy one of the first 100 signed copies, and save some postage to boot, compared to ordering online.  Paperback sells for $11.99.  Hardcover is also available for $28.99.

A Girl From the Hill also makes a great gift- even if it’s a few days after Mothers’ Day.   So if you please help me spread the word and buy 5 copies, you can get the fifth one FREE.  Yes I’m shameless.

Contact me at pattymitch66@gmail.com if you’re interested in pre-ordering.  Love to you all, and Mille Grazie (a thousand thanks)

Riu Riu Chiu

Oh I love the Monkees. I was about 3 when this first aired. They are much older now, and Davy is gone. But I still love them, and they bring me to a place where at least for me, happiness and peace were abundant. Thank you Redtree Times. Enjoy!

Redtree Times

Monkees' Christmas 1967I was flipping around the channels last night, the final Christmas specials winding down as the holiday came to an end.  I ended up on an old Christmas episode of The Monkees from around 1967.  It was a show that I had loved as a kid of 8 or 9 and it had Butch Patrick, the kid who played Eddie Munster on the also adored The Munsters TV show, as a guest.  How bad could it be?

God awful. That’s how bad.

Luckily, I came in near the end but was amazed at how utterly terrible it had been  put together, almost to the point of being unwatchable.   The writing was bad and  the schtick, worse.  I began to wonder if all of those other things I loved as kid had aged so poorly.

But just as I was about to flip to anything else, the band came…

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