Five Fascinating Facts about Agatha Christie

One of my favorite blogs, Interesting Liturature strikes again  Enjoy!

Interesting facts from the life of Agatha Christie (1890-1976), prolific author of detective novels As it’s Agatha Christie’s birthday today – she was born 15 September 1890 – we felt it was time we honoured one of the most popular novelists who has ever lived. So here are five great facts about the life and […]

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Me and My Crow

Me and the Girl from the Hill at Davisville Library today

Me and the Girl from the Hill at Davisville Library today

What a cool day.  At our very first, and hopefully far from last, book reading and signing for A Girl From the Hill today, I was again reminded how much I love my friends and family.

Believe me, there is no feeling better than being surrounded by people who love and support you, and who truly enjoy watching and listening as you live a tiny piece of your dream.

I started A Girl From the Hill nearly three years ago.  My mother and I both put in a lot of work, me listening, writing, re-writing and thinking long and hard about some tough subjects; my mother telling me things to be shared publicly that haven’t even been shared with everyone in her family.  Pain, suffering, loss.  Things that change a person forever.  She revisited these places with me, along with going back to lots of good places.  We certainly had laughs going back to Marshall Street together.

I had nightmares about today all week.  One dream with 174 people packed into the tiny Davisville Free Library where I spoke.  One with people yelling out questions which I couldn’t answer.  Once with all of my family screaming at me.  Boy am I uptight.

The good news is that a beautiful little library opened its doors to me, my family and friends for an hour or so of reading, laughing and sharing.  And Dahlia enjoyed it so much, more than I imagined.  I felt such the pride watching her and listening to her, answering questions, laughing, feeling the adoration of the group and giving it right back.

And even though I spent the day fretting and fussing and driving my poor sister Maree nuts, getting to the point where the poor woman couldn’t even watch the traffic for me as I backed out of my mother’s driveway, once I got settled in everything changed.  In the moment, exactly where I was meant to be at exactly the right time.  Satisfaction and contentment from bringing our work full circle. 

I don’t know how I’ll do at our next gig, with perhaps more strangers and less familiar faces.  But today, my peeps gave me the strength, courage and determination to do this again.  Me and the Crow are ready for it. 

A Girl From the Hill – Coming to a Book Store and Web Site Near You– Soon!

cover pic.jpegI am very excited to have just put the finishing touches on A Girl From the Hill: My Mother’s Journey from Italian Girl to American Woman. I will be sending my final galley signoff tomorrow morning and the book will officially be going “to print.”

Even though I’m a bit sick of looking at it, I hope you all won’t be. More details to follow, but if I use the great service and productivity of Balboa Press to date, I hope that we’ll be launching by the end of May/beginning of June. Oh yes, of course I will keep you all posted!

A huge huge thanks to everyone who has helped me get this far, including my parents, who are doing much better health-wise, and are slowly trying to exert some level of independence. Even though I get frustrated when my father decides to drive to the barbershop in the rain, I am so relieved to see a smile on his face, and to hear his corny jokes. I am so blessed.

Book Review X-it by Jane George

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I came of age in the 80’s. Jane George’s X-it, while a far cry from my little life, jolted me back to my adolescence and grabbed hold of my gut. Even if you’re just a fan of the 80’s, you’ll enjoy the references to music, fashion and, if you’re really sophisticated, the New York night life.

Beyond the 80’s though, is a beautiful, touching story of coming of age, falling in love with the wrong person, and recovering. The characters are real, even though they wear the stereotype punk gear and attitude.

When I started reading this book I was more interested in the era than the story. But it grabbed me. Jane George knows how to tell a story and make you think at the same time. I got hooked, to the point that I could not stop thinking about those characters, the flighty but beautiful X-it, and J.J., the girl who falls into an obsessive love with him and learns a lesson about growing up and letting go.

The descriptions are spot on, and beautifully detailed. X-it makes you want more and delivers.

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