Judging a Book by its Cover

The Children by Ann Leary SMP High Res

Remember when I posted the cover of my new novel The Children here, on this blog?  It was the lovely image of the children jumping off a dock into a lake? I also posted it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat. Well, I think I posted it on Snapchat, I actually have no idea how Snapchat works but I post stuff there all the time. And it disappears. I think that’s what’s supposed to happen, right?

Merry Christmas

Will it ever snow again?

Will it ever snow again?

On my phone,  I have a recording of Dylan Thomas reading, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales,” which I listen to multiple times in the weeks leading up to Christmas. I’m not sure where I found the recording, maybe Audible or iTunes.  I believe there is also an excellent recording of the poem/story read by Richard Burton. Anyway, here’s a little taste of it, this Christmas morning.  The rest of it may be found here. It’s really best if you can hear it with the Welsh accent. Anyway, enjoy. And Merry Christmas!

It’s About…This Thing

Recently, I was seated at a dinner party next to an author who also chairs the writing department of a well-known college. She was told that I’m an author too, so she asked me what I’ve been working on. I said that I have a book coming out in May.

“Oh?” said she. “What’s the book about?”

“It’s just…a novel, so you’re the chair of the whole department, huh?” I asked. “The whole place?”

“Yeah, what’s your novel about?”

Dash’s Stalker Problem (Ep. 5)

The Rider (episodes 3 & 4)

The Real Horses of My Backyard (Ep. 1 & 2)

I realize that some of you have already seen some of these episodes of the RHOMB on Facebook.  I’m posting them here in case anybody missed the excitement. Don’t worry, new episodes coming soon.  In the meantime, meet Dash and Zidane.

Oh, Hello There

I took a little hiatus from the blog in order to finish writing my new book. As it turned out, the book took a lot longer to write than I had anticipated, but now I’m finished!  Soooooo, I forget how to blog. What on earth did I ever find interesting to share here?  My life has become unspeakably dull. But there must be something.

Well, as I said, I wrote a book. Here’s the cover. It will be published in May of 2016.

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‘Tis the Season

It’s so awkward getting gifts that you really don’t like. Or need. Especially when the giver is all excited because they looked all over for it and they love it so much that they just assume that you’ll love it and treasure it forever.  We’re hard to shop for, everybody tells us so, but Daphne always manages to find something that we don’t already have. Last week,  she gave us this:

Oh Deer

Oh Deer

Oh, The Places I’ll Go This Month

This past Monday I had the great pleasure of participating in author Alice Hoffman’s annual fundraiser, An Evening With your Favorite Authors, to support the Hoffman Breast Center at Mt. Auburn hospital.  I had a great time seeing a few authors that I know and meeting a few others that I had only known prior to the event from reading their books.

Here’s a photo of all of us who read or spoke at the event which took place at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge.  All but one person in the photo are authors.  If you can name all the authors, I will happily send you a signed copy of my book.  The first to name all, that is.

And The Winners Are…

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Many thanks to all who participated in this grueling test of intellect and memory. The first ten who answered correctly were: Lisa, Rachel, Michele, Amanda, Jane Heir, Jill, Lauren, Arliss, Jacki and Pat.

If you are one of the lucky winners, please email me your mailing address at: [email protected]  Tell me who you would like the book to be inscribed to, either yourself or a friend.  And I will send it off sometime this week!

Again, for anyone else who would like a personalized book, please contact the Hickory Stick Bookshop at 860-868-0525.