Do You Have A Favorite City or Town in California?

There are two settings for my novel Passing Through Brandiss which comes out on May 20th. Nine days away, but who’s counting, right? In the beginning of the book, Annie and her husband live in Sausalito, California. The rest of the book is set in the fictional town of Brandiss, California, located near Santa Barbara. I lived in Sausalito when I was younger and resided in Santa Barbara for eight years while getting my B.A. in Spanish then I worked there for several years afterward on the U.C. campus. I love both Sausalito and Santa Barbara for their small-town atmosphere and beauty. Do you have a town or city in California that you love to visit and, if so, why? Share this:

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Passing Through Brandiss – Book Trailer

Passing Through Brandiss comes out on May 20th. After the tragic loss of her husband, Annie and her young son Rafe search for a new life full of meaning and hope. Fate nudges Annie into the arms of a man whose wife disappeared with his child years ago. Annie’s life spins out of control when first the pregnant teenager she hires to help her with her garden asks Annie to adopt her baby and shortly afterwards the long-lost wife of the man Annie loves reappears. Riddled with grief and heartache, the experiences demonstrate how, even in the face of overwhelming sorrow, opening her heart and home to those most in need of love has reaped unexpected joy for Annie and her son. Here’s the one-minute book trailer. U.S. Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01COORBUG U.K. Buy Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01COORBUG Canada Buy Link: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01COORBUG   Share this:

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Casting My Novel – Passing Through Brandiss

What actors and actresses would I choose to play the characters in my book Passing Through Brandiss? After the tragic loss of her husband, Annie and her young son Rafe search for a new life full of meaning and hope. Fate nudges Annie into the arms of Prescott, whose wife disappeared with his child years ago. Annie’s life spins out of control when first Allessandra, the pregnant teenager she hires to help her with her garden, asks Annie to adopt her baby and shortly afterwards Prescott’s long-lost wife reappears. Riddled with grief and heartache, the experiences demonstrate how, even in the face of overwhelming sorrow, opening her heart and home to those most in need of love has reaped unexpected joy for Annie and her son. Annie: Andie MacDowell Rosalie Anderson “Andie” MacDowell (born April 21, 1958) is an American actress and fashion model. She made her film debut in 1984’s Greystoke:

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Abortion Versus Adoption – WOW

In Passing Through Brandiss (to be published May 20, 2016), there is a scene between Allessandra, a pregnant teenager, and Annie, the woman she’s working for. Allessandra has just told Annie she’s pregnant. “Did you consider abortion?” Annie said. Allessandra bit at her lower lip. “Not seriously. My parents got married after my mom got pregnant. The pictures somebody took at their wedding show them from the waist up.” She smiled. “Mom was beautiful. And Daddy was so handsome.” Her eyes met Annie’s. “If she had an abortion, I wouldn’t even be here.” “Good point.” “What about you? Do you believe in abortion?” “I’d never have one, but I believe in a woman’s right to choose.” “You’re obviously not Catholic.” Annie shrugged. “I was baptized a Catholic, went to St. Felicitas Grammar School. I was raised Catholic.” “Me, too. So you know abortion’s a sin.” Annie didn’t answer right away.

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Adoption

Passing Through Brandiss (which will come out on May 20th) deals with adoption. Without giving away too much of the story, one of the main characters is a teenager (Allessandra) who is pregnant. She works for a woman (Annie) who has a young son of her own. Allessandra asks Annie if she’ll adopt her child. This is a subject very close to my heart because we adopted our daughter in 1998. We didn’t actually make it to the hospital to see her birth. At the time, our young son (4) and I had to wait until I was able to contact my husband at work and gather our things for the two-hour trip to the hospital. When we arrived the baby was about four hours old. I will never forget watching my husband feed our new daughter her first bottle. The birth mother Kim hung out with us that evening.

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I Have A New Website AND A New Book Coming Out

I have a brand new website thanks to June Stevens Westerfield (http://junestevens.com). She totally recreated my website to make it so beautiful. Thank you very much, June. Feel free to look through it. You’ll find it’s really easy to navigate and find out about my books, my blog, or me. My next book- PASSING THROUGH BRANDISS – will be coming out on May 20th.  This is actually the first book I ever wrote in 2009. I am not exaggerating when I say this book has gone through literally hundreds of edits. Now it is the book I always wanted it to be. Thank you to my publisher, Kitty Bullard and Ravenswood Publishing, for taking me on and agreeing to publish this novel. Want to know what PASSING THROUGH BRANDISS is about? After the tragic loss of her husband, Annie and her young son Rafe search for a new life full of

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THE ROMANCE REVIEWS Mega Anniversary and Valentine’s Party

THE ANSWER TO THE ROMANCE REVIEWS “QUESTION AND ANSWER” FOR MOON OVER ALCATRAZ CAN BE FOUND IN THE EXCERPT BELOW. GOOD LUCK! With that hopeful plan in mind, I put on shorts and running shoes and jogged along the beach on my way to Peet’s. A typical August morning for Alameda, fog hugged the coast, occasional breaks in the clouds allowing a bit of sun to shine through, sixty-four degrees. The refreshing wind along the shoreline cooled me as my feet pounded the sand. Turning up Park Street, I slowed to a quick walk until I reached the coffee shop. The baristas were busy this morning, the waiting line extending all the way to the front door. I took the opportunity to buy a copy of the town newspaper, the Alameda Times Star, reading while my place in line slowly inched toward the front counter. Latte in hand, I noticed a

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Authors and Promotion and Sales – OH MY!!!

I wrote my first book in 2009 and my novel was published in 2012. Need I admit — I was a novice. I knew nothing about promotion. I set up several online blog tours and left everything else to my publisher. But my publisher was small and had a limited budget for marketing. Beyond that, though, they didn’t give me any guidance. I was adrift in the middle of an ocean of hundreds of thousands of authors trying to promote their books. My sales were abysmal. Depressing. Unfortunately, the publisher closed shop this year. Fortunately, I’m with another small publisher who is lending me a helping hand – Ravenswood Publishing, headed by Kitty Bullard. She does promotion for her authors but that is definitely not where promotion begins and ends. It must continue with YOU, the author. And Kitty gave me many sites to use for my promotion. The important

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Reading Alley Grand Opening Celebration! #ReadingAlleyEvent

  AN INVITATION Reading Alley is officially launching and we are marking it in a big way with our Grand Opening event! Take part in a variety of site activities, such as our weekly contests, review challenge and referral program. The more active you are, the higher your chances of winning in our Grand Draw. Lots of irresistible prizes, including an Amazon Kindle and gift certificates, are up for grabs. On June 26, Week 3 of our Weekly Contest goes live. Answer 3 questions and get a chance to win an Amazon Gift Card! Each week, we will have different winners, for a total of 12 winners by the time the party is over. So don’t wait! Click here to join now. Reading Alley: https://www.readingalley.com/ WHAT IS READING ALLEY? Reading Alley is a site that caters to passionate book reviewers. Book reviewers get the chance to read the latest books in

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