Yeah, we’re talking about personal hygiene. Wearing deodorant is like brushing my teeth. Something automatic that I do every day. And if I happen to run out, I borrow my husband’s and buy one. This never makes the to do list. It’s bought that very day. But this isn’t the way the world works as … More When the Going Gets Hot, Wear Deo!
Last night I visited the new Amazon bookstore located on the third floor of the Time Warner Center at 59th street on the Upper West Side of NYC. Yes, a real store with paper books. But Amazon isn’t turning their back on their ebook business with many types of Kindles for sale too. Per the … More Amazon Bookstore: NYC
Recently several friends traveling to Copenhagen, Denmark for the first time asked me for suggestions. Since my husband is Danish and his family lives in Denmark, I visit at least once a year. I’m sharing some of my favorites places and different things to do and eat with you. Since I have lots of fun … More Copenhagen Up Close: Nyhavn
Sorry, but I couldn’t resist solving this mystery. I’m betting that John Grisham’s new novel, CAMINO ISLAND, featuring an enticing beach a few steps away, is probably based on Amelia Island. Novel #30: Camino Island Grisham’s new book isn’t your typical legal thriller but about a crime – the theft of rare books from Princeton. And … More The Real Camino Island
About a year ago while I was writing my novel AQUAVIT, I researched cruises on clipper ships. My main character and heroine, Kat Jensen, wants to escape from New York City and a series of events and messages, including the picture on the bottle, lead her to plan a cruise on a clipper ship. The … More Cruising On Board a Clipper Tall Ship
Today, for the first time, I can call myself a Novelist. A real one, not a want-a-be or dreaming about it novelist. I can say that since my novel is out in the world and available for anyone, virtually anywhere, to read. And even if Amazon crashed or deleted it, I have a paperback right … More Novel News
I’m not much of a marketer since I never got around to putting an update on my website about my very first book AQUAVIT. So here goes. Until March 5th, if you nominate my book and Amazon selects it, you will get a free e-book. But it’s a big if, not just big, more like a huge all … More Debut Novel AQUAVIT on Amazon Scout
Some advice I’ve heard in my quest to be a better writer. Go to a bookstore and see where your book would be located. Analyze your competitors and who and what’s nearby. But I prefer looking at it differently. Who would be your next-door neighbors? And would you get along or search for a pen … More Who Are Your Author Neighbors?
Thanksgiving Eve was intentionally quiet this year celebrating with my husband and two cats, one of whom facing terminal cancer. On top of that worry, I must still be suffering from the post-election shock and I-can’t-find-an-agent-for-my-book malaise. After dinner, we watched the 1940 highly-rated film The Grapes of Wrath based on the novel by John Steinbeck. … More I’m Thankful I Don’t Live Back Then
I wrote what’s called an Anaphora (a poem with a repeating word) for my monthly writing class. I was asked to read it out loud; I knew it would be hard, but I got through it. So sad since my poor Xena, my soulmate, is slowing dying of cancer. Remember how you and your sister … More Don’t Forget Xena