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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Hi Readers!

Welcome to the first blog post of the fall season.  Sunday is the day that I tease you with a tantalizing tidbit (can you tell I like alliteration?) from my new romantic comedy St. Anne's Day.  

The scene is from the part in the novel when Peg, who is 80 and widowed, receives an invitation to her niece's wedding and is a bit miffed because only she and her handsome bachelor son, Gerry are invited.  Peg, a real crackerjack, is recovering from open heart surgery and is put out because she believes her niece must think she is too old to bring a date.

If you like what you read, you can read more by purchasing the book.  Links are to the right.  

Here is the conversation between Peg and Gerry:

"What if I was one of those bobcats, like we saw on Good Morning America this morning?”

 “I think the term is cougar, Peg, and you can forget about it. Chasing younger men is bad for the heart,” Gerry said.

 “My heart’s fine!” 

“I’m talking about my heart,” Gerry said. “Just thinking about you with a guy my age gives me palpitations.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

And the winners are . . . .


The Goodreads Giveaway for St. Anne's Day is over and the lucky winners are Shelly from Georgia, Esmeralda from NYC, and Beth who is also from Georgia.  I sent out the signed copies of your books yesterday.  I thank all who entered, and if you'd like to read St. Anne's Day, it's up on Amazon (paperback and Kindle version), Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble Nook Store. 

For those of you who may not be aware, there is a way to have your Kindle copy signed through Kindlegraph.  On this page look for the button that says Kindlegraph My Copy.  What will happen is that Kindlegraph will send me an email telling me that my autograph is requested.  I will then send you an electronic signature that you can download on your Kindle.

Isn't technology amazing!

As always, if you enjoyed St. Anne's Day, please post a review for it on Amazon. 

Thanks again and happy reading.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Beach Book Blast: Blowing the Dust Off Description

Beach Book Blast: Blowing the Dust Off Description: By Janice Lane Palko Words are but the signs of ideas —Samuel Johnson Several years ago while my daughter was still in high school, ...

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

Hi Happy Readers:

It Sunday again when I post a tasty morsel from my romantic comedy St. Anne's Day.
This scene takes place in the beginning of the book when Anne, our protagonist is at her parent's home, after being coerced into helping her mother, Grace, plan her pregnant sister's baby shower.  Her fastidious, domineering mother is also running vinegar through her coffee maker to clean it while they are making plans. This is Anne's reaction to her mother's suggestion that they invite Anne's obnoxious cousin Colleen.

“Colleen is such a loser,” Anne said, curling a nostril in disgust at the smell of vinegar permeating the air. “Always bragging about those big-eared brats of hers. I swear if they were to hang upside down, they’d look exactly like bats.” 

Her mother gasped. “Anne, my goodness, your tongue.” 

From behind the rustling sports page, Anne heard her father chuckle. 

It's getting chilly here in the East, so if you are looking for an entertaining book to curl up with on this first Sunday of the fall season, check out St. Anne's Day.  It's getting great reviews!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Back from the Bridgewater BookFest

Hi Readers:

On Saturday I attended the Bridgewater BookFest in Beaver County, Pennsylvania.  It was a beautiful September day, and thousands of people came out to meet the 30 plus authors featured at the event.  There were non-fiction as well as fiction writers--everything from cookbooks to cat books.

Thanks to all who stopped by to chat with me about St. Anne's Day.  Even those who don't read romantic comedies were kind enough to take my information and pass it on to those who do.  I was particularly happy that the Beaver Falls Library purchased a copy for their shelves.  I love libraries and it's nice to know a little part of me is living in one.  I've heard from another enthusiastic reader that the Peters Township Library has also purchased one after a reader went in and requested my book.  Thanks!

While on the subject of libraries, I will be speaking at the Coraopolis Memorial Library on October 3.  I will also be visiting a local book club at the end of October because this club is reading my book now.  Thanks to all of you. I look forward to meeting you, and if you know of any organization who would like to host St. Anne's Day, please let me know.

Here are some photos from the BookFest. 

Setting up my display.

I had a window spot in the tent--I didn't pay extra for it.

Many registered to win the coveted St. Anne's Day T-shirt

The bridge heading into Bridgewater.

The beautiful Beaver River.

Heading into Bridgewater.

Signs along the way.

The town setting up for the day's festivities.

Inside the author's tent.

Meeting and chatting with readers.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday

This is the scene in my novel St. Anne's Day where we first meet Gerry's current girlfriend, Claudia, whom his elderly mother, Peg, dislikes.  

“Damn it,” Peg whispered to Anne.  “That’s Claudia.”

A willowy woman appeared in the doorway with Gerry.  “Mrs. McMaster,” she gushed, holding out her arms as if to sweep Peg up into an embrace, “it’s so good to see you well.  I brought you a little—”

“Shhh,” Peg hissed, holding her finger to her lips as Drew Carey reappeared on the screen.  “It’s the Showcase Showdown.”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

What's Really Important Today

Dear Followers:

I was going to post something today, but after watching the 9/ll Tributes, I decided anything I would write about would pale in comparison to what is infinitely more important--honoring the pledge I made during those terrible days that I would never forget. 

Remember & Never Forget.  God bless everyone who was lost, those who still mourn them, the heroes who rose to defend us, and this great country!

Photo by MalNino

Saturday, September 8, 2012

JD's Leisure Zone: ebook review - St. Anne's Day

 Here's a link to a great review I just received. 

JD's Leisure Zone: ebook review - St. Anne's Day: Today I am reviewing the ebook -  St. Anne's Day by Janice Lane Palko Where to get the book?  Follow this link: St. Anne's Day [Ki...