Nov 10 – Meet Rhode Island Author Steve Porter

Yesterday, in my haste to make sure I was keeping up with the “Meet Rhode Island Author” daily blog tour, I made a huge mistake.  I reposted this introduction to Steve Porter off of another site and did not take the time to read it.  What a dope.

I never post other people’s words without reading them first.  But I knew my day would be lost to my day job well into the early evening.  I panicked.

This ARIA Book Expo blog tour has helped me understand who my Association of Rhode Island Authors colleagues truly are outside of what I normally see.  More than people I attend meetings with, coordinate events with, and share FB posts with.  This introductions have help me learn something special about each person, that sliver of pure creative spirit  each one possesses and shares with their readers.  Steve Porter, founder of ARIA, is indeed one of those talented souls.

So my apologies for not reading Steve Porters post first.  I have since taken a little time (one more reason to give thanks on Veterans Day is no 9-5 work) and read about the man who really makes ARIA happen.  Other than meeting minutes and emails, I have never had the opportunity to see Steve’s work from a creative perspective.  So this little slice, this peek into who he is as an author has affected me as a writer and a reader.  I hope you will take some time to read about the President of ARIA who often puts his own goals on hold to keep the momentum of the organization soaring.

Nov 10 – Meet RI Author Steve Porter

It’s a Bookapalooza!  Nov 1 – Meet RI Author Tabitha Lord

I can’t believe it’s November already, and that the Association of Rhode Island (ARIA) third annual Book Expo is just weeks away.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 5th at the Lincoln Mall from 11am to 5pm.  It’s a great opportunity for locals to get their holiday shopping started with over 100 local authors offering great holiday reads. Plus we will have workshops, story time readings for kids, raffle prizes – kind of like a bookapalooza.

My fellow ARIA author Martha Reynolds is graciously offering the use of her blog this month to feature some of our Expo authors, including yours truly.  I’m glad to feature her blog here and follow along.  Take a look and see all the great creativity Rhode Island has to offer.  Today’s author is Tabitha Lord.  So take a look and come join the palooza!!

Source: Nov 1 – Meet RI Author Tabitha Lord

Join Me Tomorrow at Symposium Books

Stop into Symposium Books this Saturday from 1 to 3 PM for a spot of tea, a little trivia and some nice conversation with me and three other women authors from Rhode Island about our books, writing, publishing and being an woman author in this wacky little state. Hope to see you locals.

Symposium Books is located at 240 Westminster Street in Providence.

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Happy Fall Y’all!

expo A corny greeting for sure, but tis the season for corn of all kinds.

I know I’ve been quiet lately, but am working away at a whole new version of my new book. Formally known as Don’t Call Me Poundcake, my new working title- Carry That Weight. It has taken me much time and reflection, and lots of slow running around the Smithfield High School track, but I believe I found the key to what was stalling me out after page 40.

CTW is the story of a girl who has a lot placed upon her shoulders – and learns how to cope, to love herself and realize the strength she possesses as she conquers her demons and makes positive contributions to the world around her. And it’s co-starring (sort of) The Beatles. That’s all I’m going to say, except that I’ve taken the theme that is most important to me, standing up for yourself and taking responsibility for your life, and paired it with other elements I love like, music, food, running, and the strong bonds between friends, mothers and daughters. I can’t wait to share some sneak peeks with you all in the coming weeks.

I am fortunate enough to have some dear lifelong friends that have helped me think this through without even knowing it. That includes my family of course, my sisters, my in-laws, my parents, my husband and my adorable bouncing baby girl that’s now at least 3 inches taller than me (Her new nickname for me is Midge- VERY non PC). And my friends, after all of these years, who are still so special and dear, and have experienced so many of the same things we all do as we learn to find our own unique voice. We’ve held each other up over the years and I hope this book is a proper culmination of my love and respect.

The biggest discovery for me is that I’m most comfortable and content when I write about the things I love; perhaps I’m not good enough yet to weave these important concepts into something unrecognizable.  As they say, time will tell.

 

And if that all isn’t enough- I’m on the road this fall! My version of on the road, which is appearing around the area promoting my first book,  A Girl From the Hill.

First, On Sunday October 5th there’s the Southern New England Women’s Expo 

Then Sunday October 12th and Monday October 13th I will be at the Scituate Art Festival
And on Saturday November 8th I will be participating in the Second Annual Association of Rhode Island Authors Expo, with over 70 local authors making their work available. Why, you can get most of your holiday shopping done just by stopping by!

 

You can follow the links to the event sites for more information. I hope to see you locals at one or more of these events, to buy a book or just stop over and say hello. And as I move more fully into Carry That Weight, I’ll provide updates when I can and throw ideas out there for you to think about and provide your feedback.

Have a great weekend and remember that All You Need is Love.

The Big Book Club Getaway at Mohegan Sun

I will be there on February 22nd, along with a whole bunch of my Rhode Island Author colleagues and friends.  PJ O’Rourke, Debbie Macomber and… Dr. Ruth Westheimer are the featured authors, which should be interesting to say the least.  There are also 20 workshops/talks being offered.

I am a proud member of the pretty new ARIA (Association of Rhode Island Authors), and a bunch of us will be there with copies of our books for sale.

So if you’re in the area take a stop in!

Come to the Big Book Club Getaway at Mohegan Sun this Weekend!