Book Signing at Big Apple Books

I had a fantastic time at Big Apple Books on August 31st 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Like them on FACEBOOK!!! They’re the best!

Aunt, Mom and Me at Big Apple

Aunt, Mom and Me at Big Apple Bookstore

Thanks to store owner Rob who was an excellent host and his assistant Blanca who was always aware of whatever any guest seemed to need before they even asked her! What a great team and store filled with amazing books, vinyls, movies, CD’s and even 8 tracks! (Thank you, Rob, for your gifts (awesome vinyls I intend to display)! And, for giving me a discount on the books I purchased a week later after the event!

I want to thank my friends and family for attending and supporting me and to all the loyal customers of Big Apple Books who supported me that day as well! I met one customer who was quite amazing named Ed. He was once a dancer on cruise ships and even had an article written up on him in the paper back in 2003!

Winner of Prize! Local Painter, Rosemary

Winner of Prize! Local Painter, Rosemary

Rosemary, a local painter, won the free raffle prize giveaway and I loved how my grandmother took over the book table for me so I could chit chat and meet new people. Thanks Gram!

There were some little kids sneaking pieces of candy while I was setting up for the signing and I was having a blast capturing them doing it! What giggles came from them and then me as they realized they were caught. They came in with their mom for books. I love to see young ones being encouraged to read. It made the start of the day wonderful.

The experience was wonderful and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support and positivity. Rob, the store owner said my friends and family were warm and kind and that just made me feel proud to be blessed with them in my life. They are great and so were the ones I met in the bookstore that day.

Everyone was fantastic with great life stories to tell.

I met someone who helped animals, one battled kidney failure, another who was a children’s writer and another who was being a good Samaritan for a friend. There were two who battled cancer, a mom to be, and even a mother whose college daughter is an amazing artist that I hope to have illustrate a book cover for me!

Thank you again. I am very grateful and look forward to doing this again with all of you!

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Speculative Salon Reviews

“As a well-read adult I have to admit that there are certain genres I have avoided. OK I did watch Un Chien Andalou, (warning: the link is to the actual film and is not for the squeamish) the classic surreal short film from the ’20s. It was directed by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali and is definitely NOT a YA film. Lark’s End, however, is tempting me to investigate the literary world of that film and the movement that inspired it.

The world of Lark’s End is topsy-turvy. How else to you describe falling up from your roller-coaster seat down into a trap door that you climb up out of ? I admit that I was prepared to be confused and disappointed when I started reading this story. Shifts of location left me feeling lost and for a YA book the language seemed too simplistic. After the first couple of chapters I was comfortable feeling lost. And very grateful for the language. By the middle of the book I was breathless keeping up with the journey of the companions.

Far from being simplistic, Lark’s End requires your full attention to follow the dream-like transformations and fast-paced movement–
Tahmi woke.
She sat against the wall, barricaded inside the cave. Her skin and clothes were clean. There wasn’t a speck of oil left on her body! She felt her hair and giggled. “I had the most horrible nightmare,” she said.
Her voice echoed in the dark.
“Jerry!”
It was black as pitch and the only noise she could decipher was tiny drips splattering onto the limestone.
Splat.
Splat, splat.
“Jerry, are you there?”
Drip
Drip, drip, drip.
Green eyes blinked inches away. Tahmi screamed, pressing herself against stone.
Splat, splat.
More eyes gathered, closing in.
“What do you want!?”
Fire lit the room, illuminating at least ten black roaches and the scorpion who towered over her with it’s tail pointed.
Where was Jerry?
After reading Lark’s End, I don’t think there would be any trouble getting your YA to read Kafka or Borges. I know I would have liked the help!

¬†OH, and check out the work of cover illustrator Mohammed Zakzouk. Lovely.”