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I write short stories and novels. If you'd like me to pop into your inbox occasionally, click the Newsletter tab above. When I update my blog or announce a giveaway, you'll hear from me.
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Before a book ever comes out, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes. The last two months before the book goes on sale are particularly crazy. Each sentence must shine. Every typo must be hunted down.
All this hard work eventually pays off. My short story collection, Bonds of Love & Blooda>, won a Silver Medal from the Readers' Favorites International Book Awards, and it was a Finalist in Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB awards.
Mauritzio Marotta--aka Tatlin--designed the gorgeous cover. His cover design made it to the finals of the "da Vinci Eye" Awards. No surprise. He's Italian!
We all seek love, and sometimes we find it in the most unlikely places.
One of the biggest challenges for small press authors is finding sites that provide a credible and professional review. One of the best of these is Foreword Reviews. They feature works by university presses, small presses, independent publishers, and indie authors. Kristine Morris wrote this glowing review.
U.S. Book Review
Joe Kilgore's comments about the book encouraged me to keep trying. Every story presents a new challenge.
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I'd love to have you read this book.
What I'm Working On Now
After the craziness of the book launch for Bonds of Love & Blood, I'm finally getting back to work on a story about a young, French artist who goes to Baja California in 1769. Research for that project has consumed much of my time in the past four years, and I am now fully into the revisions--"re-envisioning along the way."
Here's a prototype of the cover. Even though my Italian designer misspelled the word "Vermillion," the cover is super. I am just thrilled to have this work-of-art to inspire me. You can learn more about The Vermillion Sea by using the BLOG tab above.
What's Happening With Montpelier Tomorrow?
This book is definitely not a beach read, but for anyone who has ever been a caregiver, I think it will offer a measure of peace. So often caregivers beat themselves up. There's a kind of mythology about caregiving that makes us feel like we have to be superhuman, even if we're sleep-deprived and going broke. No one can be a caregiver and hold a full time job. Especially not for a man dying of ALS.
I talked about the issues behind the book on the Authors' Show Interview. Give it a listen. Then take the Ice Bucket Challenge and read this book.
If you click on "Amazon Store," that will take you directly to the webpage where you can order Montpelier Tomorrow.
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