Friday, July 7, 2017

Sleepy summer road trips and reading.

Not all book blogs are equal, that's for sure. We get busy, don't have time or energy to write the beautiful essays that some love, or the funny anecdotes that others prefer, or we fall asleep with books on our chests, and don't get through them, and can't even write a post about books we've loved. But some people never disappoint, their blogs continue to weave interesting things together, and one person who does that, unerringly, is Beth Kephart Books. I was honored to have her reflections on THE FIFTH OF JULY included as part of her all-American road trip. The America I am writing about looks beautiful on the surface, but has so many cracks in its foundation. But all is not lost. It never is. For the rest of this weekend, if you like my Facebook Author Page, there's a free mini-book sampling of THE FIFTH OF JULY. If you hurry. It won't be July forever.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

ONE MORE DAY is on sale for $2.99 for, yes, one more day.

A tangled web, perhaps, but a simple price. Thank you Barnes & Noble, for adding me to your 500 under $5. Here 'tis.
Or if you're a kindle person, here.

Also, I should mention the BIG GOODREADS GIVEAWAY on my novel THE FIFTH OF JULY. Please add it to your list!

That's more than enough linking for one day, but it's raining here, and rain means reading. I'll take that as a good sign that you will.

Friday, October 21, 2016


I have a microblog at, in which I write anonymous letters about things that amaze me, scare me, irk me. If you're interested, here was this week's:

Dear Chamber of Commerce President:

You. Yes, you. You with the boundless energy. Enough to run a business and an organization, and still coach your sons’ soccer team. Always smiling, always cajoling, the customers loved you, trusted you. Who wouldn’t?

You hired people on instinct, you said, not on experience, not on age.

What did you see in me at age 15? Energy, intelligence? Or did you see in me the shyness, the uncertainty, that would make me freeze in confusion when you rubbed up against me in the dark back stairway? Turning a tight corner into a do-si-do that always ended in a rough full frontal “hug” up against the damp wall, a move I had no vocabulary word for.

Are you thinking of me now as you watch the news?

I remember your name.

But somehow I doubt you remember anything about me but my body.

Very Sincerely,

After School Employee

Friday, June 17, 2016

A special price, today only.

Have you been waiting? Is it on your to-be-read list? Download it on any device, today, Friday June 17th, and head to the beach. Here's the link to Kindle. And here's the link to nook.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Independence Days.

For many years, before I was published, I related not so much to other authors, but to musicians. Indie singer/songwriters just left of center. Not commercial enough to be commercial. The most influential for me was Aimee Mann, whose lyrics and voice I've long admired. My new novel, about halfway finished, is set in July in Nantucket, a tragic summer for one family, and the anniversary of another event that changed one of their lives long ago. The song "Fourth of July" by Aimee Mann has been something of a lighthouse for me on this book. Or a dark house, as the case may be. Long live the independent voices.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Baking, reading, remembering.

At all my book events, I have been bringing along mini pies and thumbprint cookies with jam.

The baking figures prominently in my book trailer and in my book, because In ONE MORE DAY, the main character, Carrie Morgan, bakes with her grandmother, as she did when she was a little girl. However, it's not clear whether her grandmother is dead or alive. :)
As she says in the book, "How is it possible that someone dead smells so much like cookies?"

Many of my grandmother's and mother's recipes have been lost. But in their place, I have Ina Garten.