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.

Finding My Way through Nemo

Hope everyone in Nemo’s path is safe and warm. I just took Super Beagle Trudy out for a walk and while the snowfall allowed me to experience strong feelings of solitude, peace and serenity, it also temporarily blinded me when my hood slipped off my head for a moment.  Wiping my eyes with my snow-caked sleeve didn’t help much. Luckily we only had to duck one plow and I had my trusty flashlight.  But this storm, like so many others, just amazes me with its power over all us earthlings.

I know I haven’t been posting much lately, but I have been putting the final touches on A Girl From the Hill and just uploaded it to the publisher. I designed a cover and I’d love to get feedback. What do you think?  If you can’t open this let me know…

A Girl from the Hill Cover Sample

My mother and I still have to sit and select the pictures, but once that’s done we’ll be ready.

And thanks to my friend Barbara Carroll, who helped me figure out what village my mother is most likely from – San Giovanni Incarico.  I have a few more details to confirm, but it’s so exciting to figure out where she’s from, especially because she wasn’t sure herself.  Here is a picture of the village from their website- yes they have their own website.  http://www.comunesangiovanniincarico.fr.it/default.asp?pag=0

Breath-taking.  No Nemo there.  I am hoping I can visit this village as part of my “Italy at 50” Tour next summer, funding pending…

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Top Ten Benefits of Becoming a Published Author

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St. Augustine writing, revising, and re-writing: Sandro Botticelli’s St. Augustine in His Cell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Have you thought about the benefits of writing a book? About how it could increase your visibility, help you get paid speaking engagements, or perhaps bring awareness to a cause you are passionate about?

My colleague Lisa Tener just published a new blog post about the top ten benefits of becoming a published author. She illustrates how ten authors succeeded in developing demand for their services by attracting more clients, raising awareness (and funding!) for causes that were important to them, and becoming thought leaders in their industry, all as a result of the visibility their book created.

I would like to encourage you to read the post and consider what benefits YOU can achieve by writing a book this year.

You can read that post here:

http://www.netofficetoolbox.com/app/?af=1481683&u=www.lisatener.com/2012/08/reasons-to-write-a-book

At the end of the post you will find a link to enroll in Lisa’s upcoming teleseminar “Birth Your Book: From Inspiration to Author” with Linda Joy on September 18 where Lisa and Linda will illuminate the path to becoming a published author. Lisa is very generous with her valuable writing tips and industry knowledge. I know you will benefit from participating in this call.

I have been working with Lisa for almost 2 years and she has taken me from someone who always said “I should, but I’m not good enough,” to someone who is saying “I am doing it for real.” It’s an amazing and gratifying feeling. And I can vouch for Lisa’s integrity – there is nothing hidden – it’s all for real.