Everybody’s Irish!


My husband’s Austrian mother believed that everyone could claim to be Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. And sure, why not?!

If you’re local, please come to Stillwater Books in downtown Pawtucket, Rhode Island, on Saturday, March 16 to celebrate Stillwater’s first year of business! I’ll be there at 2:00pm to sign copies of my latest novel, April in Galway.

And if you’re not local, but want to read the book in its digital format, you can win a Kindle copy! Just leave a comment below telling me one of your favorite Irish traditions (real or imagined) and I’ll draw a few, because I’m feeling especially generous!

Then, next month, I’ll be in Warren, RI, at Ink Fish Books on Saturday, April 13 at 1:00. Introvert that I am, it’s unusual for me to do these two events, but I am excited about both events – and as much as you can support your local bookstores, please do.

Sláinte!

November #Book-a-Day Giveaway Preview


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Once again this year, I’m hosting Rhode Island authors on my blog during the month of November. Representing a variety of genres, I’ll showcase a different author each day, and every day you have a chance to win either an ebook, a print book, or a gift card. What better way to spend November?!

Here’s the lineup for the month of November:

  1. Barbara Ann Whitman
  2. Tabitha Lord
  3. Denise Flagg
  4. Dana Gambardella
  5. Dana Vacca
  6. Tara Williams
  7. RK Bentley
  8. Mai Donohue
  9. Christine DePetrillo
  10. Jan Cornell
  11. Donna McCarthy
  12. Hilary Salk
  13. Hershey Rosen
  14. Michael Hartigan
  15. Vanessa Paniccia
  16. Dr. Michael Battey
  17. Matt Espeut
  18. Corey Calligano
  19. D.R. Perry
  20. BJ Knapp
  21. Lena Lane
  22. Karen Petit
  23. Paul Caranci
  24. Julien Ayotte
  25. Pat Hinkley
  26. Mark Perry
  27. Karen Gasperini
  28. Alison O’Donnell
  29. Martha Reynolds
  30. Leigh Brown & Victoria Corliss

That’s quite a lineup! Each day you’ll have a chance to win something (the blog post will tell you what’s up for grabs) simply by commenting on that post. Make sure you comment, because there’s a big prize at the end, and everyone who comments throughout the month will be eligible. You have up to 30 chances to win! More importantly, here’s a chance to discover a new author or revisit one of your favorites.

The 30 days of giveaways in November culminates with the Sixth Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Hope to see you there!

It is the heat. And it is the humidity.


Nearly September. 95 degrees today. Heat index 104. Just like yesterday.

So who else is cranky? I know (at least) three people who live without air conditioning. I don’t know how they live, though. Our thermostat is set at 74 and I’m hot. But I’m grateful for A/C, especially at night.

I’ve never liked summer best. Fall is my favorite. How about you? Depending on where you live, you might not experience four distinct seasons. But by September, the sun rises later and it’s dark by 8:00 now, so I want that cool air to follow.

Meanwhile, I’ve finished the second round of edits for my new novel, so now it’s off to my trusted readers, who give me honest feedback. I sometimes can’t see a plot hole or a character who uses repetitive language, but they can! I’m still on track to have this book ready by December 1 – the day I’ll be at the Rhode Island Authors Expo!

Until then, I’m reading a lot (what are you reading?). I loved How to Walk Away by Katherine Center and Crossing the Bamboo Bridge by Mai Donohue (her memoir of growing up in Vietnam – you won’t be the same after reading it). I’m almost done with How Hard Can It Be? by the hilarious Allison Pearson, just started Alternate Side by the wonderful Anna Quindlen, and The Pendulum’s Truth by the very talented writing team of Leigh Brown and Vikki Corliss. Vacation next week means lots of reading!

Autumn will get here, eventually. You won’t hear me complain about the cold. Not me.

The Year of Living Minimally – Week Twenty-nine


We have an appointment with a tax accountant next week, which means I’m gathering paper. As if I’m not already frustrated with the excess of paper we have in this house. And I try! I really do. I’m scanning photographs to save on an external hard drive. I do not keep tax paperwork after seven years (it is seven years, right?!)

We need to file a final return for Jim’s dad, who died last September, and we need to file our own return. Normally, I can handle it (even though I hate doing taxes), because our lives are not very complicated. This year, I need a professional, so I need to be sure I have everything together. And yes, it’s stressing me out a little. So much paper.

Paper can really clutter our lives (sure, pun intended). I work one day a week. But I need to fill out a time sheet for that one day. I send it off to the boss, but I keep a copy…just in case. (I do shred it and send it to the recycle bin as soon as I get paid). I have direct deposit, but still receive a paper receipt for my pay (in an envelope). More paper. Most all of our bills are e-bills now, and I pay them online, but there’s still too much paper everywhere. So my little project is to find ways I can cut down on the paper.

Your thoughts and tips will be appreciated!

It’s #RIAuthor Month – Meet Rick Marchetti


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Memphis Blues pitcher Del Fontenot is nearing the end of a brilliant career and this, his 20th Major League season, is shaping up to be a fitting finale for the tall righty; he’s in the Top 5 among National League pitchers in several categories, including wins, strikeouts, and earned run average.  He’s also enjoying the largesse of Memphis’ opponents; each team is giving him a hero’s sendoff during the Blues’ final visit of the season.  Everything is proceeding according to plan.  And while Fontenot enjoys a much-deserved sendoff, veteran detective Dan McNulty is trying to discover who murdered a young woman named Precious Blake in Ohio.  Because she was a drug user and part-time prostitute, her grieving mother feels as if the Harding, Ohio police have taken a hands-off approach to the case.  But, once McNulty begins to look into the murder, he discovers that the reason for the department’s alleged lack of interest may point to something different altogether.  Is it possible the killer is someone famous and the police are acting under orders to keep everything under wraps?

McNulty, who has proven popular with readers since he first appeared in the novel The River, sets his sights on discovering the truth behind Precious Blake’s murder.  Along the way, he’ll discover that the reason the case hasn’t been solved just might be due to a cover-up rather than a lack of interest regarding the victim.  Once McNulty realizes the case may be linked to a number of unsolved murders all across the country, all bets are off.  Who murdered Precious Blake?

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Rick Marchetti is a lifelong Rhode Islander who began writing in high school.  After a few unfinished short stories, he turned to songwriting and to date has penned over 500 songs.  His CD, Matters of the Heart, contains 16 of his tunes.  Several years ago, he came across an unfinished story in a trunk in his attic.  Reading it, he decided to try and complete it.  That story, Dark Glasses, became the cornerstone of his first book release, the short story collection Dark Glasses and Other Tales. His next project was a novel, The River. One of the minor characters, Detective Dan McNulty, caught the attention of readers, many of whom urged Rick to feature him in another story. In Rick’s next novel, Iris, McNulty was one of 4 major characters and, once again, readers clamored for more.  This led to the first “Dan McNulty Mystery,” titled Murder in the Valley.

To date, Rick has released 9 books: 4 novels, 3 short story collections, and 2 “just-for-fun” titles attributed to alter-ego Uncle Ricky and his pet peeves.  Currently, besides Superstar, which is slated to be released in conjunction with Opening Day of the 2018 baseball season, Rick is also working on several new short stories for an as-yet-untitled collection.  Visit him at his website  and find him on Facebook  and on Twitter.

“Finish each day and be done with it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
GIVEAWAY! Rick is offering one lucky winner the choice of any one of his novels or short story collections in print. Just leave a comment on this blog post. The winner will be chosen at random one week after publication and Rick will coordinate delivery with you. US residents only, please.

Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Debbie Tillinghast


 

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            Everyone has a story. Mine began on a tiny island in Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island called Prudence. My mother’s death, twelve years ago November 28, initiated my return to the island. I didn’t want to lose touch with all the childhood memories I knew were lurking in my mind. Over the next ten years, I unearthed happy and painful memories, all woven together into the tapestry of my life. Each one of us shelters memories that have made us who we are. The Ferry Home emerged from mine.

It is the story of a simpler time, encompassing the rhythm of life on Prudence Island, the ebb and flow of changing tides and seasons, and the relationships that emerge – like that of my parents. Who could imagine in the 1930s that a Baptist girl from a small New England island would go to college and marry a Jewish boy from Brooklyn, New York?  It is a timeless and remarkable love story, and you can read about it in the chapter, “Sol and Mrs. Kaiman,” in The Ferry Home.

I wrote this memoir for my children and grandchildren but the unexpected reward has been hearing from readers who have told me The Ferry Home connected them to their own memories, enriching their lives.

“I bought your book for my father. We read chapter after chapter, stopping to hear him tell me a story about a similar…experience. Thank you for sharing your life with us and opening the door to many more family stories that I will treasure.”

“Your book reminded me of the small town where I grew up. Although I have never been to Prudence Island, in my mind I returned to my hometown when I read The Ferry Home.”

“I’ve just finished your memoir, my heart has been smiling the whole while, envious of your memories.  What a gift of love this tiny blue book was; most especially the last chapter. Thank you.”

We think our stories don’t matter, but they do. When you travel on The Ferry Home I hope you enjoy the journey and find it unlocks your own memory door, because everyone has a story. What is yours?

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Debbie  Kaiman Tillinghast has been published in Country Extra magazine, and two anthologies published by the Association of Rhode Island Authors, Shoreline and Under the 13th Star.

GIVEAWAY! The author is offering to one lucky winner a print copy of her book. All you have to do is leave a comment below to enter. One winner will be chosen at random and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.

Meet over 100 local authors in Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo

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It’s #RIAuthor Month! Meet Lisa Batch


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The premise for The First Song is, peace is obtainable through open communication. In the case of this children’s book, peace was obtained in the jungle village 30,000 years ago by singing together; people with people of other ethnicities, and animals with animals, and people with animals. All the jungle inhabitants bonded in friendship while singing together, the first song ever made up! There were very few howls and growls anymore, and best of all, there was no killing each other. These new friends discovered other means of survival.

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Lisa Batch is the author and illustrator of this story, which is the third book she’s written. She’s also composed three songs, to add another dimension to The First Song, that have been professionally arranged, and are available through ASCAP.
Lisa Batch’s background is in the music industry. A native of Newton, MA, Lisa moved to NYC and completed her schooling at Professional Children’s School and American Musical & Dramatic Academy, before performing on Broadway and as a headliner on international cruise lines. Lisa is a mother and grandmother who splits the year between her homes in RI and FL, where she lives peacefully with her wonderful husband, Herb.
Visit Lisa’s website,  or follow her on Twitter and Facebook
Her book is discounted 10% through December 15, when ordered through her website.
Recommendations: “The First Song teaches compassion and open communication. It’s an absolute winner!” – Wayne Barber, Host of WNRI Author’s Hour
The First Song is a miraculous yet believable story of a peaceful world. This is storytelling with great heart.” – Charlotte Burnham, Youth Services Librarian, Rogers Free Library, Bristol, RI
GIVEAWAY! The author is offering a copy of The First Song to one lucky winner. Just comment below to be entered. The winner will be chosen at random, and the author will contact you directly. Contest ends one week after publication. US residents only, please.
Meet over 100 local authors on Saturday, December 2! The Fifth Annual RI Authors Expo
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