Susan Berliner
www.susanberliner.com
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Happenings

The events below relate to Susan Berliner, author of the supernatural thrillers "DUST,"
  "Peachwood Lake,""The Disappearance,""Corsonia," and the short story collection,
"The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales."

I have three September events--weather permitting:

Shine Bright Family Craft Fair
(Benefitting Maria Fareri Children's Hospital)
Saturday, September 9
11 am - 4 pm
Italian American Club of Mahopac
141 Buckshollow Road
Mahopac, NY 10541

Fall Flea Market
Saturday, September 16
10 am - 5 pm
United Methodist Church of Mount Kisco
300 East Main Street
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Montrose Fall Festival
Saturday, September 23
10 am - 4 pm
Hendrick Hudson High School Front Lawn
2166 Albany Post Road
Montrose, NY 10548

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On June 17, I participated in Yorktown Community Day, which was
again held in the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY.
Here come the pictures:
 
Yorktown Community Day 2017
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event with parent/children's author, Linda Griffin.
We were near the main Mall entrance and inside, which was fortunate
because it rained during the event.
Yorktown Community Day 2017
Julie, who has read some of my books, purchased a signed copy of the
short story collection, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
Yorktown Community Day 2017
Eleven-year-old Alexander and 10-year-old Ainhoa are looking forward to
reading their signed copy of DUST.
Yorktown Community Day 2017
 Maria, who usually reads non-fiction (biographies) decided to try a novel: my
mind-control thriller, Corsonia.
Yorktown Community Day 2017
Ruby, an actress, chose a copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
She's interested in reading some of the stories aloud as a monologue. I
suggested the two humorous first-person tales: "The Rapunzel Effect" and
"The Plant Whisperer."

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On May 6, I participated in the Ethical Culture Society of Westchester's
Craft Fair in White Plains, NY. A few photos follow below:
 
Ethical Culture Fair 5-17
This was a Westchester Indie Author event so I shared a table with four authors:
(l. to r): psychological thriller novelist, Mel Parish; poet, Thea Schiller;
comic novelist, Janet Garber; and children's/parenting author, Linda Griffin.
Ethical Culture Fair 5-17
Linda wanted a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales and...
Ethical Culture Fair 5-17
...Nora also purchased a copy of my Twilight Zone-like short story collection.
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On April 21, I spoke to kindergarten students in Thomas Jefferson Elementary
S
chool in Yorktown Heights, NY about my books. Here are a couple of pictures:
TJ Visit 4-14
The visit, with children's author, Linda Griffin, was part of the
kindergarten's Community unit.
TJ Visit 4-14
I talked about fiction vs non-fiction books and briefly described what my novels
and short stories were about.
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On April 9, I signed copies of my books at the Mother Nature Spring Festival in
Cortlandt Manor, NY. Here are some photos:

Mother Nature Festival 4-17
Although the event at the Cortlandt Colonial restaurant featured a variety of
interesting items for sale and fun activities for children, few people attended.

Mother Nature Festival 4-17
Fourteen-year-old Alyssa wanted to read my time travel thriller, The Disappearance.

Mother Nature Festival 4-17
I had a surprise visitor! Dianne Paulet, the graphic artist who designed the cover of
Peachwood Lake, stopped by my table.

Mother Nature Festival 4-17
Keith, a "Twilight Zone" fan, chose a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.

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On April 2, I showcased my books at SAVE A LIFE 2017, at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak (NY).
The program, sponsored by ASK (Alliance for Safe Kids), featured keynote speaker, Jacy Good,
a car-crash survivor who is a national advocate for cellphone-free roads. After her moving talk--
which we all attended--visitors strolled along the hallway looking at the various exhibits.
 
Save a Life (ASK) 4-17
My table was at the last in the hallway, but it faced the front so it could be easily
seen. Some teens and adults checked my books, but many avoided the long walk
(and maybe the books).
 
Save a Life (ASK) 4-17
Corinne, with son, Joseph, selected a signed copy of The Disappearance for her
19-year-old daughter, Marina.
 
Save a Life (ASK) 4-17
Teresa chose signed copies of Corsonia and The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales
for her 13-year-old niece, Savannah, who wants to be a writer.
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Military Bridge 2017
Harriet loves reading my books! I see her each year at a military bridge event
so Saturday, February 4th, she purchased a signed copy of
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Signed Books Make Great Holiday Gifts!
Book signed as gift
Patti, a fellow vendor who enjoyed The Disappearance, contacted me on 
December 23rd to purchase a last-minute gift for her boss, Linda, an avid reader.
I met Patti at a local restaurant that night to give her a signed copy of Corsonia.
 
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On December 9th, I signed copies of my books at an evening Holiday Shopping
Boutique in Mount Kisco (NY) Elementary School. Here come the photos:

Mount Kisco Elementary School Holiday Boutique 2016T

This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with parent and children's
author, Linda Griffin.
 
Mount Kisco Elementary School Holiday Boutique 2016
Barbara decided she wanted a signed copy of my short story collection,
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Mount Kisco Elementary School Holiday Boutique 2016
Since Bill's 10-year-old daughter, Gigi, loves time travel stories, for the holidays
he is giving her a signed copy of The Disappearance.
 
Mount Kisco Elementary School Holiday Boutique 2016
After Josh, a 7th grader, read the back cover blurb of DUST, he decided he wanted
to read the thriller.
 
Mount Kisco Elementary School Holiday Boutique 2016
At the end of the event, Catherine picked up a wrapped and signed gift set of
DUST and Peachwood Lake for her live-in babysitter.
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On December 3rd, I participated in Holiday Happiness at Primrose Elementary School
in Lincolndale, NY. It was a large event with 120 vendors spread throughout the
building. Here are some photos:
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
I shared a table with suspense author Mel Parish (left) and children's/parent book
author Linda Griffin. We were in a narrow hallway, with no room for chairs, so we
sat on the window ledge's heating unit--a bit warm on our rear ends.
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
Karen wanted a copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for one of her
two 20-something nieces.
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
Pat was excited about reading her signed copy of The Disappearance.
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
Barbara had read--and loved--DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance
so she wanted signed copies of my two most recent books:
Corsonia and The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
Twelve-year-old Sophia chose autographed copies of Peachwood Lake and Corsonia.
 
Primrose Holiday Happiness 2016
I signed The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for 12-year-old Charlotte and
her younger brother, Sam.
 
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On November 25th, I had a Black Friday Book Sale at the Jefferson Valley Mall in
Yorktown Heights, NY. Here come the photos:
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
The large table in front of the first floor escalator showcased my five books
and author Linda Griffin's award-winning children's book, Adopting Ginger.
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
Isabelle chose a signed copy of The Disappearance as a gift for her friend, Ashley.
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
Santa and Olaf checked out my "cool" books and stories.
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
Denise chose a signed copy of The Disappearance for her 16-year-old nephew, Alex.
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
Eleven-year-old Jacob decided to read DUST and...
 
Black Friday JV Mall 2016
...thirteen-year-old Francesca was excited about reading The Disappearance.
 
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On November 20, I signed books at the Bronxville Women's Club Holiday Boutique
in Bronxville, NY. A few pictures follow:
 
Bronxville Women's Club Holiday Boutique
The Ladies in Red: This was a Westchester Indie Authors event so I shared a table
with cookbook author Rinku Bhattacharya (l) and children's & parenting author,
Linda Griffin. (Suspense author Mel Parish also participated.)
 
Bronxville Women's Club Holiday Boutique
Joann chose a signed copy of DUST and...
 
Bronxville Women's Club Holiday Boutique
Kitsy (another lady in red) wanted Adopting Ginger by Linda Griffin and
my short story collection, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
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On November 19, I participated in a Holiday Boutique & Craft Fair
at Trinity Lutheran Church in White Plains, NY. Here come the photos:
 
Trinity Boutique 11-16
This was a Westchester Indie Author event so I shared a table with
suspense author Mel Parish (l) and urban paranormal author/poet Kirsten Campbell.
 
Trinity Boutique 11-16
Joe, a 15-year-old avid reader, was looking forward to reading DUST.
 
Trinity Boutique 11-16
Helen chose a signed copy of Peachwood Lake.
 
Trinity Boutique 11-16
Sisters Elika, 9, and Malisa, 11, who both love to read, will share a copy of DUST.
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On November 10, I signed books at the Osborn Boutique, a shopping event
for residents and staff of The Osborn, a senior living community in Rye, NY.
 
Osborn Boutique 11-2016
I shared a large table with contemporary mystery & suspense author, Mel Parish.
 
Osborn Boutique 11-2016
Barbara, a former advertising agency owner, chose a signed copy of DUST.
 
Osborn Boutique 11-2016
Mike wanted autographed copies of The Disappearance and DUST for his
13-year-old nephew, Michael Peter.
 
Osborn Boutique 11-2016
Prunella, a Bronx poet, was excited about reading her signed copy of Peachwood Lake.
 
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On November 5, I participated in a Holidays Artisan Fair at the Asbury United
Methodist Church in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Although it was a small and cozy event,
people were shopping for gifts--and for books.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-19
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with author, Linda Griffin.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
Lorri chose a signed copy of The Disappearance as a Christmas gift for 13-year-old
Cathleen, the eldest of her four daughters.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
Laurie selected a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales as a gift
for her sister, Amy.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
Avid reader Amy (with Gracie) wanted signed copies of all five of my books.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
Lee Ann chose a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
Tina, an Asbury Church volunteer, wanted signed copies of three of my novels:
The Disappearance for her daughter, Claire; DUST for her family; and
Peachwood Lake for herself.
 
Holidays Artisan Fair 11-16
At the end of the event, church volunteer Gloria chose a signed copy of DUST.
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On October 29, I participated in a Halloween Shop & Treat fair
in the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY. Here come the photos:
 
Halloween 10-16
I shared a table with psychological thriller author, Mel Parish, opposite the
escalator on the upstairs level of the mall. There were many shoppers, but,
unfortunately not many readers.
 
Halloween 10-16
Glady was interested in mind-control so she chose a signed copy of Corsonia.
 
Halloween 10-16
Sophia, nearly 12, was excited about reading my short story collection,
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
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On October 28, I signed books at a Ladies Night Out event
at Grace Lutheran Church in Yorktown Heights, NY to benefit
Heavenly Helpers Relay for Life Team & the American Cancer Society.
It was an interesting evening. Here are the photos:
Ladies Night Out 10-16
  This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with
children's and parenting author, Linda Griffin.
                             Ladies Night Out 10-16                                        Members of a local book club decided they wanted to read the mind-control thriller,     
                                   Corsonia
, so I signed copies for each of them (l to r) Perian, Sue, Mary Ann, me,
                                                                Mary Ann, Sue, and Gail, the event organizer.
                                                                                                Ladies Night Out 10-16In addition to Corsonia, Perian also wanted to read my time travel thriller,
The Disappearance.
Ladies Night Out 10-16
With two small children, Casey wanted a quick read so she chose my short story
collection, The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
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On October 15, I participated in Ferry Festa in Dobbs Ferry, NY with members of
Westchester Indie Authors. It was a LONG event (1pm - 8 pm). Here are the photos:
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Ferry Festa covered the length of Main Street. The Westchester Indie Authors'
booth, with authors Mel Parish and Linda Griffin, was across from the fire house.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Taylor, a sales rep for a major publishing house, chose a signed copy of
The Disappearance.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Romance author Christina was excited about reading
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Herm was fascinated by the concept of dust devils so he wanted a copy of DUST.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Sarah (l) chose a signed copy of Corsonia while her mother, Igina, selected
The Disappearance. (Notice I'm now wearing a sweatshirt. The sun had set
and the temperature dropped at least 10 degrees.)
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Jack, who (like me) grew up in the Bronx, chose two of my novels for his
13-year-old daughter Gabriella--DUST and Corsonia.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
It was dark outside when children's author Nancy, with Mark, selected a signed
copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Ferry Festa 2016
Ferry Festa was ending when Jim decided he wanted a signed copy of
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
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On October 8, I participated in Indie Author Day, the first annual nationwide library
celebration of independent writers, joining other members of
Westchester Indie Authors (WIA) at the Eastchester (NY) Library.
It was an eventful day--and here are the pictures to prove it:
 
Indie Author Day 2016
The participating authors offered a wide variety of books--from cookbooks to
European witches to poems and, of course, thrillers.
 
Indie Author Day 2016
Self-publishing panel members Julianna Dawson, Carol Dommermuth, and Nate Levin
talked about the pros and cons of publishing non-traditionally.
 
Indie Author Day 2016
Rinku Bhattacharya, author of Indian cookbooks, gave a spice demonstration.
 
Indie Author Day 2016
I was a member of the fiction panel, along with thriller writer, Mel Parish;
children's author Linda Griffin; and urban paranormal author, Kirsten Campbell.
Here I explained how I got the idea for Peachwood Lake.
 
Indie Author Day 2016
We had a small, but enthusiastic, audience throughout the 5-hour presentation.
 
Indie Author Day 2016
After we finished speaking, I signed a copy of
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for Jennifer...
 
Indie Author Day 2016
...and for Rurik, an indie sci-fi author
 
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On September 24, I participated in the Fieldhome Fall Festival in
Cortlandt Manor, NY. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect except for
occasional wind gusts that made displaying signs and bookmarks difficult.
Some pictures follow below:
 
Fieldhome Festival 2016
My table display was much simpler than usual--no bookstands--everything flat
on the table. Notice my new "Sea Crystal" tee shirt.
 
Fieldhome Festival 2016
Beth was excited about reading The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Fieldhome Festival 2016
Fourteen-year-old Alexa loved DUST.
Now she chose a signed copy of the mind-control novel, Corsonia.
 
Fieldhome Festival 2016
Carol wanted signed copies of two of my books:
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for herself and DUST for her daughter, Allison.

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On August 31, I participated in a YIKES! & TYKES talk, with author
Linda Griffin, at the Field Library in Peekskill, NY. Here are a couple of photos:
 
Field Library 8-16
Linda and I each spoke about our books and read a few excerpts.
Afterwards, we answered questions from the audience.
 
Field Library 8-16
We had a small, but attentive, audience--and it's always great to talk writing!
 
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On June 26, I signed copies of my books at a Flea Market in Northeast Jewish Center
in Yonkers, NY. It was a gorgeous beach day, which cut down on shopper traffic.
However, I did autograph a few books. Here are the photos:
 
Northeast Jewish Center 2016
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of
the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen... and the award-winning children's book,
Adopting Ginger.
 
Northeast Jewish Center 2016
Fran, who likes weird books, chose a copy of my new collection of short stories,
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
Northeast Jewish Center 2016
I signed a copy of The Disappearance for Lilly's 18-year-old daughter, Hannah.
But Lilly also intends to read the time travel novel.
 
Northeast Jewish Center 2016
Sheryl was excited about reading her copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales.
 
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On June 18, I participated in Yorktown Community Day with a table inside the
Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY. Here are some photos from the event:
 
Yorktown Community Day 2016
My table was against the escalator, which enabled me to hang my banner.
That was a good thing. However, I was adjacent to the stage, which featured a
continuous program of dancing and loud music, making conversation and
interaction with customers impossible.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2016
Charles, a representative of the Yorktown Historical Society, chose a signed copy of
The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for his wife, Norean, an avid reader of fiction.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2016
This was one of the many dance performances that took place in front of my table.
The girls did a terrific job, but no one could look at my books during that time.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2016
Christina, a former co-worker who's read and enjoyed my novels, wanted a copy
of my new paranormal short story collection.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2016
Janeen also chose a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for her
nine-year-old daughter, Delanee, a talented singer, who performed
"The Star Spangled Banner" at the beginning of the event.
 
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On June 4, I participated in the Springfest Craft Fair on the front lawn of
Hendrick Hudson High School in Montrose, NY. We were rained out in early May,
but this time the weather was dry. Unfortunately, it was uncomfortably hot and
humid, which held down the crowds. Still it was great to talk to people about my books.
Here come the pictures:
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
This was my first event since the publication of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales,
and it was exciting to show off my book of short stories.
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
Ray wanted a signed copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales. In fact, he
returned to my table to tell me he had already started reading one of the stories.
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
Carmine, a fan of time travel stories, chose a signed copy of The Disappearance.
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
Barbara picked up a copy of The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales for daughter,
Kacie, who had read and enjoyed DUST.
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
Dave chose a signed copy of The Disappearance--summer reading for his wife, Jill.
 
Springfest Fair 6-16
Ray, a fellow vendor, wanted to read The Sea Crystal and Other Weird Tales
because he prefers short stories to lengthy books.
 
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An interview about THE SEA CRYSTAL and Other Weird Tales
ran in the May 24th edition of The Northern Westchester Examiner.
Examiner Interview 5-16
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On December 12, I participated in a YIKES! & TYKES book signing for last-minute
holiday shoppers at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown NY. Here come the photos:
 
JV Mall 12-12-15
Eleven-year-old Gracie was looking forward to reading her signed copy of DUST.
 
JV Mall 12-12-15
Lisa chose a copy of The Disappearance for her 21-year-old daughter, Liz.
 
JV Mall 12-12-15
Lida got signed books for two of her granddaughters: Adopting Ginger by
author Linda Griffin for Felicia, 9, and Peachwood Lake as a surprise for Melonie, 13,
who, like Kady, the novel's 13-year-old main character, hopes to become a writer.
 
JV Mall 12-12-15
Dede was looking for books to read--so she chose copies of
DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance.
 
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On December 5, I signed books at a Holiday Boutique at the Montrose (NY) Fire Department.
Here are some pictures from the event:
 
Montrose Holiday Fair 2015
Ginny chose a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for her granddaughter, Julia,13,
who, like Kady, the book's 13-year-old main character, wants to be a writer.
 
Montrose Holiday Fair 2015
Ten-year-old Tyler also opted for Peachwood Lake and a few minutes later...
 
Montrose Holiday Fair 2015
...he returned to pick up a signed copy of DUST.
 
Montrose Holiday Fair 2015
Diane chose copies of The Disappearance and Peachwood Lake as gifts for
her two daughters, ages 12 and 19.
 
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On November 27, I signed copies of my novels at the Jefferson Valley Mall's
Black Friday Extravaganza in Yorktown, NY. Finally, people were in gift-buying mode!
It was a super event so I've posted a bunch of photos.
 
Black Friday 2015
Queen Elsa and Frosty were excited about Peachwood Lake and Corsonia plus
author Linda Griffin's Adopting Ginger and My Child Won't Listen.
 
Black Friday 2015
I signed both DUST and The Disappearance for 12-year-old Alexa.
 
Black Friday 2015
Thirteen-year-old Erin was looking forward to reading Peachwood Lake--
a thriller starring a 13-year-old girl.
 
Black Friday 2015
Michelle chose a signed copy of Corsonia for herself and her two teen daughters.
 
Black Friday 2015
Jennifer wanted a signed copy of The Disappearance for her 12-year-old niece, Kate.
 
Black Friday 2015
Caryn chose copies of DUST, Peachwood Lake, and Corsonia--
each a gift, inscribed to one of her daughters, ages 14, 17, and 22.
 
Black Friday 2015
Not everyone was shopping for gifts. Sue wanted The Disappearance for herself.
 
Black Friday 2015
Ruojing was looking forward to reading my newest novel, Corsonia.
 
Black Friday 2015
These fourteen-year-old friends were really excited about reading my thrillers.
Michelle chose Peachwood Lake and Valiana selected The Disappearance.
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On November 21, I participated in the Buchanan-Verplanck PTA's Holiday Fair,
in Buchanan, NY. Here come the pictures!
 
B-V Fair 11-15
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I again shared a table with author Linda Griffin.
 
B-V Fair 11-15
I signed a copy of DUST for Alec, a 5th grader, who had listened to my short story,
"Everything $50!," in October when I read it to his class.
 
B-V Fair 11-15
Tresha, shopping with her son, Sean, got a signed copy of The Disappearance as
a gift for her 16-year-old daughter, Sara.
 
B-V Fair 11-15
Even Santa loves to read a good thriller!
 
B-V Fair 11-15
Carmen, a fellow vendor, was excited about reading DUST.
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On November 14, I signed copies of my novels at the Cortlandt Town Center's
Holiday Fair in Mohegan Lake, NY. And, of course, I posed for a few pictures:
 
Cortlandt Town Center 11-15
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I again shared a table with
Linda Griffin, author of the children's book, Adopting Ginger, and the
parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...
 
Cortlandt Town Center 11-15
Helen was excited about reading her signed copy of The Disappearance.
 
Cortlandt Town Center 11-15
Kathy, an avid thriller reader, chose both DUST and The Disappearance.
 
Cortlandt Town Center 11-15
15-year-old Julia was looking forward to reading her signed copy of The Disappearance.
 
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On November 5, I autographed copies of my novels at the Senior Expo, held in the
Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY. Here are a few pictures:
 
Senior Expo 11-15
I shared a table with Doris Nieves, author of Misconceptions, a sequel to
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
 
Senior Expo 11-15
Vicki, from the Putnam Humane Society, brought Oreo, who's up for adoption, to the event.
She was looking forward to reading DUST, which features Benny, a perceptive dog.
 
Senior Expo 11-15
The dynamic duo of Elvis and Santa entertained the crowd.
 
Senior Expo 11-15
Eva chose a signed copy of the time-travel thriller, The Disappearance.
 
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On October 22, I participated in Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School's Literacy Night
with a book signing. It was an awesome experience! The school even sent flyers home
so parents and children could preorder my novels. Here are many photos:
 
B-V School 10-15
PTA President, Laura, chose signed copies of Peachwood Lake and The Disappearance.
B-V School 10-15B-V School 10-15
              Skylar, a 4th grader whose mother coordinated the event, got all four novels while Ezra, a 2nd grader, chose DUST.
                                                                                             
B-V School 10-15
B-V School 10-15
 




 
 
 
 
 
            
 
 
Emily, a 4th grade writer, chose DUST...and so did fellow 4th grader, Jason.
 
B-V School 10-15
B-V School 10-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Joe, a 7th grader, selected DUST while 4th grader Mia chose The Disappearance and DUST.
 
B-V School 10-15B-V School 10-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
             Fifth graders Madison (left) and Tiffany both chose The Disappearance. Tiffany also selected DUST.
 
                B-V School 10-15B-V School 10-15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eddy chose DUST while Valerie, my "ambassador" on Wednesday, selected Corsonia. Both are 5th graders.
 
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On October 21, as part of "Pick a Reading Partner" (PARP) Week, I was invited to
read two of my short stories to students at Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School
in Buchanan, NY. I really enjoyed the experience--and I think the kids did too!
Here are a few pictures:
 
B-V School 10-15
The day started with a Book Parade. Students paraded through the hall with
their favorite books. Note the "Book Fairy" (aka Reading Teacher) in the forefront.
 
B-V School 10-15
I read "Jeremy's Toys," a short story from my new collection, to the third graders.
 
B-V School 10-15
Before I read to the fourth graders, principal Josh Cohen spoke to the children.
 
B-V School 10-15
I read "Everything $50!" to both the fourth-graders and fifth-graders.
 
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On October 20, I was the guest speaker at St. Patrick's Senior Club in Yorktown, NY.
I talked about my novels (of course!) and the creative writing process.
Afterwards, I signed copies of the books. Check out the photos:
 
St. Patrick's Senior Club
Lots of people attended the meeting--nearly a hundred.
This group seems to schedule many activities. Very impressive!
 
St. Patrick's Senior Club
When I do a presentation, I always hand out news clippings of real dust devil events.
Here, Joan, the program chairperson, helped me distribute my papers.
 
St. Patrick's Senior Club
At the end of the meeting, Lola chose a signed copy of The Disappearance...
 
St. Patrick's Senior Club
...and, after seeing all those dust devils, Pat wanted to read DUST.
 
St. Patrick's Senior Club
Joan was anxious to read her signed copies of Corsonia and DUST.
 
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On October 3, I participated in "Think Pink" at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown, NY.
The event, supporting the fight against breast cancer, featured a fashion show
by breast cancer survivors, terrific free food (pizza, sweet potato pie, pink ices),
and dance performances. Here come the photos!

JV Mall
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with fellow author Linda Griffin.
Since we were again located next to the escalator, I was able to display my banner.
 
JV Mall
Because 10-year-old Veronica is such a good reader, her mom encouraged her 
to choose a signed copy of DUST.
 
JV Mall
These three girls performed a powerfully emotional dance, titled
"The Battle of Cancer: The Power of Friends."
 
JV Mall
Pat was looking forward to reading her signed copy of Corsonia.
 
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On September 19, I signed copies of my novels at Fieldhome's Fall Festival in
Cortlandt Manor, NY. It was a clear and sunny day, but much too hot--
more like summer than fall! Here are a few pictures:
 
Fieldhome 9-15
The tree behind my table was great for shade--and for hanging my banner,
a good thing because the poster didn't do too well on the table.
 
Fieldhome 9-15
Lynn had read The Disappearance last year and loved it so this time she opted for a
signed copy of Corsonia. (Notice the poster is now on the ground.)
 
Fieldhome 9-15
Fourteen-year-old Julianne also chose a signed copy of Corsonia.

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Let's Talk Writing Reunion Show 9-15
Before taping a reunion episode of "Let's Talk Writing," celebrating Vinny Dacquino's
100th show (I was the guest on #42), I reconnected with young adult author
Suzanne Weyn. Her latest series is The Haunted Museum.
 
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On August 22, I signed copies of my novels at a Back to School event at the
Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY. Here are some pictures:
 
JV Mall 8-15
Notice my spiffy new blue "Thrillers" shirt--and my banner taped to the escalator wall.
 
JV Mall 8-15
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin,
author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen... and the award-winning
children's book, Adopting Ginger.
 
JV Mall 8-15
Carla, a middle/high school teacher in the Bronx, chose a signed copy of Corsonia and...
 
JV Mall 8-15
Lily, a 15-year-old high school student, also decided to read Corsonia.
 
JV Mall 8-15
At the end of the event, I was interviewed by a reporter for a local TV station.
I hope I sounded okay--because by then I was exhausted!
 
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On June 13, I participated in Yorktown Community Day, held at
 the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY.
Of course, I took a few photos...
 
Yorktown Community Day 2015
The event was held inside and outside the mall. I always prefer being indoors--
without wind, sun, and rain--weather elements that harm my books and poster.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2015
I signed a copy of Peachwood Lake for Kudrat and her daughter, Wiqayat.
 
Yorktown Community Day 2015
Charles chose a signed copy of The Disappearance for his wife, Leslie.
 
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On June 7, I signed copies of my novels at the Rabbiteers 4-H Club's
mother/daughter fundraiser on the Grange Fair grounds in Yorktown Heights, NY.
Here come the pictures!

4-H 6-15
  For the first time, I was able to hang my "Thrillers" banner, which I think looks great!
 
4-H 6-15
Mackenzie was looking forward to reading my new mind-control thriller, Corsonia.
 
4-H 6-15
Edna chose a signed copy of my time-travel thriller, The Disappearance.
 
4-H 6-15
Pete wanted an autographed copy of my first novel, DUST, for himself
and for Matthew, his 14-year-old son.
 
4-H 6-15
Cathy picked up a copy of my newest novel, Corsonia, for Jamie,
her 14-year-old niece, who has read--and loved--all my other books!
 
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On May 9th, I signed copies of my novels at the Spring Craft Fair in Montrose, NY.
Check out the photos below:
 
Montrose Craft Fair 5-15
This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with author Linda Griffin.
We were on the front lawn of Hendrick Hudson High School, visable to traffic on busy Route 9A.
And, except for some powerful wind gusts--one that toppled the neighboring tent--
the weather was quite pleasant.
 
Montrose Craft Fair 5-15
Jordan chose a signed copy of The Disappearance as a birthday gift for her sister, Mack,
who was turning 16 the next day.

Montrose Craft Fair 5-15
Ann wanted a signed copy of Corsonia for her 19-year-old granddaughter.

Montrose Craft Fair 5-15
Lorelle plans to give her copy of Peachwood Lake to someone as a gift.

Montrose Craft Fair 5-15
Alexa is giving a signed copy of The Disappearance to her mom, Karen, for Mother's Day.

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On May 2nd, I participated in "Paint the Mall Purple," at the
Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY, celebrating Relay for Life's
10th anniversary in the town. Here come the photos:
 
JV Mall
Vendors were positioned around the center court. Although fellow YIKES! & TYKES author,
Linda Griffin, was unable to attend, I displayed her books with my four novels.
 
JV Mall
Brian, an airline rep who flies all the time, chose a signed copy of The Disappearance
for his upcoming flight to Japan.
 
JV Mall
Christina, who has my other three novels, wanted my newest thriller, Corsonia,
for her collection.
 
JV Mall
Marietta (right), with friend, Angie, picked up a signed copy of DUST for her mom,
Lisa, a fellow vendor.
 
JV Mall
Thirteen-year-old Jami, chose a signed copy of Corsonia.
 
JV Mall
Cherryl, an eighth grader teacher in the Bronx, plans to share DUST with her students.
 
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I was interviewed in the April 14th edition of the Northern Westchester Examiner,
my local newspaper. Here's the article:
Examiner Interview - 4-15
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On April 5, author Anna del C. Dye interviewed me on her blog about
my creative writing techniques and my new novel, Corsonia.

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On March 22, I had a fantastic time signing books at Main Street Market
at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY.
Here come the photos:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book
My Child Won't Listen... and the children's book, Adopting Ginger.
It was a spacious venue--and we each had our own large table.


Lenore, a fellow vendor, chose all four of my novels--
Corsonia
, The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, and DUST--
for her upcoming trip to Amsterdam.


Twelve-year-old Lauren wanted a signed copy of The Disappearance.


Karen, a librarian in the Bronx, chose The Disappearance for herself
and DUST for her 19-year-old niece.


Tom, a fan of Stephen King's work, wanted a signed copy of each of my novels--
and I was glad to oblige.

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On March 17, I was a guest on Beverley Bateman's blog
with a writing tip for aspiring authors and an excerpt from Corsonia.

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On February 20, author Linda Griffin and I had a YIKES! & TYKES book signing event
at Destination Bistro, a terrific new restaurant in Yorktown Heights, NY.
The food was excellent, our displays looked great--everything was outstanding,
except for one little detail: No one was interested in our books.
Sometimes, it's tough being an author! We'll try again next month.

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On January 31, fantasy author A.F. Stewart interviewed me on her blog.
The interview includes a long excerpt of Corsonia.

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I was interviewed about my new novel, Corsonia, and the story appeared
 in the January 1st edition of the Yorktown (NY) News.
Hope you can read the two-piece scanned article!




On December 6, I signed copies of my books at a Holiday Boutique at
the Montrose (NY) Fire House.
The weather was rainy, but at least it wasn't snowy--and we were inside.
Here are some photos from the event:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of
the parenting book My Child Won't Listen... and the children's book, Adopting Ginger.
 (Notice my new poster, featuring Corsonia!)

Jill Davis, director of the nearby Hendrick Hudson Library, wanted a copy of
The Disappearance for the library's collection.

Fifteen-year-old Sara also chose The Disappearance.


Kristy decided to get a signed copy of Peachwood Lake as a gift
for her 16-year-old daughter, Alicia...


...and Heather selected DUST, inscribed to her 13-year-old son, Tony.


Lisa, a fellow vendor, also chose DUST, which she had inscribed to her mom, Anne.

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On November 16, I signed copies of my novels at the
First Hebrew Congregation's Craft Fair & Holiday Boutique,
 in Mohegan Lake, NY.  Here come the pictures!


I shared a table with Doris Nieves, author of Misconceptions,
a sequel to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


Twelve-year-old Emily decided to read DUST.


Barbara and daughter, Nicki, chose signed copies of both
The Disappearance and Misconceptions.


Danielle wanted Misconceptions--and a copy of Peachwood Lake
for her 10-year-old niece, Chungshim.


Becky was excited about reading The Disappearance.


Amy, whose poem is featured in Poetica Magazine,
chose signed copies of Peachwood Lake and The Disappearance.

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On November 15, I participated in a Holiday Gifts & Craft Fair at the
Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake, NY. I had a terrific time!
Check the photos below:


The Fair was in the entrance lobby of the movie complex. It felt great to be inside--
with no rain, no wind, and no cold. My poster didn't fall down once!


Bianca was excited about reading her signed copy of The Disappearance.


Jeanne decided to read all my novels: DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance.


Grace wanted The Disappearance inscribed to her niece, Audrey--
but she intends to read the time travel novel too.


Since this was also a Wellness Fair, we had zumba dancing in the hallway.


Teresa chose a signed copy of The Disappearance and...


...Brunie wanted to read The Disappearance too, as did several others.
It was a banner day for time travel!

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On October 25, I signed copies of my novels at my last outdoor event of the season:
the Montrose (NY) Business Association's Autumn Craft Fair.
Here come the photos:


Unlike my last outdoor experience, October 25th was a beautiful fall day--
sunny, not windy, with temperatures in the mid-60s.


Tommy and I discussed leaping gulf sturgeons, the inspiration for Peachwood Lake,
and he told me he'd witnessed sturgeons jumping in the Hudson River.
I didn't know that!
Naturally, he decided to read Peachwood Lake.


Fourteen-year-old Christina chose a signed copy of The Disappearance.


Tania, an avid reader, looked forward to enjoying DUST.


Brenda--pictured with grandson, Brandon--
decided to read a copy of The Disappearance.

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On October 11, I signed books in Saint Luke's Harvest Festival in Somers, NY,
which usually includes more than 70 vendors.
However, because it rained all morning and was uncomfortably cold,
fewer people participated and attended. And everybody froze.
The event started at 9 am, but I arrived at 1 pm, after the rain.
Here are some pictures:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of
the parenting book My Child Won't Listen... and the children's book, Adopting Ginger.
We were in the gazebo to protect our books from rain, but it was still cold.


Marion got a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for Kristen,
her 15-year-old granddaughter.


Melissa wanted an autographed copy of DUST.

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On September 20, I signed copies of my novels at the Fieldhome Fall Festival,
in Cortlandt Manor, NY, a fun-filled event for adults and kids.
Here come the photos:


It was a lovely sunny day, but quite windy.
 Note the tape attached to my poster. It didn't help.


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared space with Linda Griffin, author of
the parenting book My Child Won't Listen... and the children's book, Adopting Ginger.


Lynn, a former co-worker, wanted a signed copy of The Disappearance.


Jo-Ann chose an autographed copy of DUST.


Margaret loves time travel so she decided to read The Disappearance.


Karen also chose The Disappearance, and her grandson,
Jack, seems to be showing an early interest in books.

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On August 16, I signed copies of my novels in front of JV Hot Bagels
in Jefferson Valley, NY. As always, the lines were long, the bagels were delicious,
and, for a real online shopping experience, I gave bookmarks to customers on line!
Here are some photos:


The weather was perfect: about 70 degrees, sunny, with little wind.
My sign stayed upright until the last hour.


Sixteen-year-old Olivia, who likes to write, wanted a signed copy of
Peachwood Lake
.


Nancy intends to read The Disappearance on her upcoming vacation.


Vildan skimmed through a copy of DUST while waiting on line--
and decided she wanted a signed copy of the book.


Al chose a copy of The Disappearance for his wife, Cathy, and...


John picked up an autographed copy of The Disappearance for himself.

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On June 22, I was the guest speaker at a cozy Hadassah event
in Jefferson Village in Yorktown Heights, NY. Here come the photos:


Lucille (standing) graciously hosted the event in her condo.


I spoke about how I got the ideas for DUST, Peachwood Lake,
and The Disappearance and...


     ...I discussed the creative writing process and answered questions.

 After my talk, Barbara bought a signed copy of DUST and Peachwood Lake.     

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On June 7,  I participated in Yorktown Community Day, in Yorktown Heights, NY
It was a gorgeous day: sunny with very little wind.
A couple of photos follow below:


Most vendors had tents to protect them from the 80+ degrees hot sun.
I didn't, but I love the warm weather.


Vilma, an avid reader, purchased a copy of The Disappearance.

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On May 31, I participated in a Giant Tag Sale in the St. Columbanus Church parking lot
in Cortlandt Manor, NY. It was a different type of outdoor event,
with vendors setting up tables behind their cars--
and the weather was warm and sunny until about 2 pm when the rain came.
Here are a few photos:


Here's a view of the cars and tables. I again shared a table with Linda Griffin,
author of the children's book, Adopting Ginger, and the parenting book,
My Child Won't Listen...


I signed a copy of The Disappearance for Suzanne's mom, Maxine.
Suzanne, pictured with Katie, is also an author who's written books
about Shirley Temple and dolls.
(Notice my poster displayed in the trunk of the car.)

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On May 10, I participated in the 1st annual
Montrose Business Association Craft Fair in Montrose, NY.
Luckily, the weather held up; the predicted rain never materialized.
 Here are a couple of pictures:


The Fair was set in a grassy area in the business district.
Unfortunately, this was the first time for this event and there wasn't much traffic.


Elmer purchased signed copies of all three of my novels--
DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance--for his ex-wife.
Now that's a nice guy!

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On  May 4, I signed copies of my books at the Art Supports Art benefit
for the Croton Cortlandt Center for the Arts, which burned to the ground in January.
The event was held in the Morabito Community Center in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
Here come the photos:


I again shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of the children's book,
Adopting Ginger
and the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...


Alvis purchased signed copies of Peachwood Lake and The Disappearance.


Twelve-year-old Julie decided to read Peachwood Lake, which centers around a 13-year-old girl.


Laura purchased a signed copy of The Disappearance for her niece Jillian--
the same first name as the novel's heroine!

Celina also opted for a signed copy of The Disappearance.


Mary decided to purchase a copy of DUST for her 15-year-old son.

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On April 25, I signed copies of my three novels at Steampunk Coffeehouse
in Mohegan Lake, NY. It's a delightful little eatery--and I had an awesome time!
Here come the photos:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event, so I shared space with Linda Griffin,
author of the new children's book, Adopting Ginger, and the parenting book,
My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems
.


We used a table in front of the fireplace for our books and posters.
It was a very cozy setting!


Dawn and Tim Fitzpatrick drove all the way from Syracuse to see me--
that's more than four hours! Dawn calls me her favorite author; I am so flattered!
Although she's read all my books on Nook,
Dawn purchased a paperback copy of The Disappearance.


Like me, Susan is a huge Dean Koontz fan.
She bought a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for herself
and a copy of DUST for her 16-year-old son, Nick.


Thanks to Lenny & Lonna DiFroscia, owners of Steampunk Coffeehouse, for a most enjoyable afternoon.
(The smoothie was delicious too!)
.
*           *            *
 I recently made my second appearance on George Ondek's TV program.
(George invited me again because his wife loved DUST and The Disappearance.)
The show will air on Cablevision in Yorktown (Channel 74) on Thursday, May 29 at 8:30 pm - 9:00 pm.
The interview was broadcast on Channel 15 in Peekskill in April.



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I'm on TV again! I'm a guest on "A Modern History of Yorktown," hosted by Ray Arnold.
We discuss my years at the PennySaver and North County News, but, at the end,
 I sneak in a few words about my books. (See table below.)
The show airs on Channel 74, Cablevision, in Yorktown (NY),Thursday nights at 9:00.



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On December 9, I gave a lecture on the creative writing process
to members of the Westchester Reading Council at the Rye Library in Rye, NY.
As usual, I had an awesome time talking about my favorite subject--writing--
and I hope the audience did too. Some pictures follow below:


The Westchester Reading Council graciously allowed me to display my poster
and novels during the talk.


I spoke about how I got the ideas for my novels as well as my
writing philosophies and methods.


I passed around copies of news articles about recent dust devil happenings.
(See Real "Dust" Events)


Council President, Clara Kaplan, who had invited me to speak,
gave me an engraved mug.


After the talk, Betty purchased a signed copy of The Disappearance and...


Marcy got an autographed copy of DUST for LeLeah, a 11-year-old relative.

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On November 24, I signed copies of my novels at First Hebrew Congregation's
Craft Fair and Holiday Boutique in Peekskill, NY. Here come the photos:


This was another YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin,
author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen... and the new children's book,
Adopting Ginger.



Jeremy, who collects signed books, purchased an autographed copy of
The Disappearance. He's hoping I'll become famous. (Me too!)


Karen bought signed copies of DUST and The Disappearance for herself and her dad.

*            *            *

On October 19, I signed copies of my books at the Harvest Festival
at St. Luke's Church in Somers, NY.
It was a lovely autumn day--a bit cool, but rain-free and mostly wind-free.
Here are some photos:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared space with Linda Griffin,
author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen... and the new children's book,
Adopting Ginger.



This woman purchased a copy of DUST for Kevin, her 14-year-old grandson.


Barbara bought copies of all three of my novels--
The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, and DUST.


Betty decided she wanted to read DUST.


June, a fellow vendor at the event, purchased Peachwood Lake for a friend
and The Disappearance for herself.


Barbara chose a signed copy of DUST.

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On September 22, I attended the Brooklyn (NY) Book Festival for a couple of hours,
handing out bookmarks and signing copies of my novels.
Here are a few photos:


Although I didn't have the poster of my three novels, I did wear my poster tee-shirt
as I chatted with book lovers at the Demarche Publishing booth.
The Disappearance, Peachwood Lake, and DUST were prominently displayed.


Penina purchased a copy of Peachwood Lake and...


...fellow New York Jets' fan, Nurian, also decided to read Peachwood Lake.

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On September 21, I signed copies of my books at Fieldhome's Fall Festival in Cortland Manor, (NY).
It was a lovely event with tables lined up around an oval walkway.
Although it kept threatening to rain, it never did.
I would love to post some photos, but, unfortunately,
they are lost somewhere inside the computer.

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On September 12, I was interviewed on Karen Pokras Toz's blog.
Check it out!

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On July 28, I participated in the Town of Cortlandt's 225th Anniversary Celebration
on George's Island in Montrose, NY. The event was supposed to be from 3 - 8 pm,
 followed by fireworks, but it started pouring before 6 o'clock.
Here are some pre-rain photos:


Since this was a YIKES! & TYKES event, I shared a table with Linda Griffin,
author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen... and the new children's book,
Adopting Ginger.



It was a gorgeous park setting. Note the Hudson River in the background.
Unfortunately, it was very windy, which is why none of my books are
displayed vertically and my poster is balanced on the ground.
But check out my tee shirt, a terrific birthday gift from my daughter.


Women marched with flags as part of the opening ceremony of
Cortlandt's 225th anniversary celebration. Behind them are the drums and bugles.


It was a book signing event--and I autographed a copy of The Disappearance for Rebecca.

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On July 11, I had a book signing at Kirby's Grill and Bar in Yorktown Heights, NY. 
The burgers were excellent--and I met some terrific people. Here come the pictures:

This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared space with Linda Griffin (right), author of
the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems and
the new childrren's book, Adopting Ginger, which Iliana Weinbaum (center) illustrated.

Here's my table. We were in the restaurant's back room.

Gaby purchased a signed copy of The Disappearance...

...and so did Amy.

Fourteen-year-old Iliana decided to read The Disappearance and Peachwood Lake.

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On June 19, I was interviewed about my novels on George Ondek's cable TV show, "Get On Deck."
The program aired in late June and early July on Cablevision in Yorktown (Channel 74)
and in Peekskill (Channel 15). You can see it here.


I was only the second author George has interviewed on his TV show.
Since he's done more than 600 shows, that's quite an honor!


George was very easy to talk to. I really enjoyed being on the show--
and I hope everyone enjoys watching it.

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On June 15, I signed copies of my novels at a "Bagels & Books" event at JV Hot Bagels in Jefferson Valley, NY.
As always, the bagels were delicious and the line often extended out the door.
I handed out bookmarks while the customers waited--
giving new meaning to the concept of advertising on-line!


This photo may be dark, but it was a beautiful sunny spring day
 with the temperature in the low 70s.


Bob was my first customer.
He bought a signed copy of The Disappearance for his mom.


Thirteen-year-old Danielle decided she wanted to read DUST.


Shannon plans to read The Disappearance when she vacations at the Jersey shore.


Kevin purchased two of my novels: The Disappearance and DUST.


Ray and his wife plan to read The Disappearance.

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On June 1, I participated in Yorktown (NY) Community Day.
Proceeds from vendor fees benefitted two local youth organizations: ASK and DARE.
It was a beautiful sunny day--but very hot, with the temperature reaching 90.
As always, I had a great time discussing my novel with visitors. Here come the pictures:


I am holding my poster because the wind kept knocking it over. The bungee cord idea didn't work.
(See my May 31 Blog for more info on this issue.)


Carol purchased a signed copy of The Disappearance...


Mike chose Peachwood Lake...


I signed a copy of The Disappearance for Julie and...

Rob bought The Disappearance and his 11-year-old twins Chase and Jake chose Peachwood Lake and DUST.

George Ondek, a local TV host, invited me to be a guest on his cable TV show.
What do you think I said? "Yes," of course!

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On May 17, I signed copies of my novels at Barnes & Noble's Small Press Expo
in Mohegan Lake, NY with six local authors. Here are two pictures:


We had a super location near the entrance.
Unfortunately, the store wasn't very busy Friday night.

This couple bought two of my novels--
Larry chose DUST and Nancy wanted to read The Disappearance.

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On May 11, I signed copies of my novels at Bethel's Mother's Day Marketplace in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
A few photos follow:


I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...
and other early childhood problems
and the new children's book, Adopting Ginger.
We call our events YIKES! & TYKES.


Michael's aunt thought her 16-year-old nephew would enjoy reading the time travel thriller, The Disappearance.


Marge also chose a signed copy of The Disappearance.

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On May 13, from 7:30 - 8 pm, I was the featured guest on "Let's Talk Writing,"
a TV show that aired on (Comcast) Channel 8 in Putnam County, NY.
The show was taped on May 1. Here are a few photos:


"Let's Talk Writing" is hosted by author Vinny Dacquino, who heads a local writers' group.
Behind me, a member of the production crew positions The Disappearance
so the cover doesn't create a glare on camera.


Three robotic-looking cameras are used to film the show. I tried to focus on Vinny--not the cameras.


During the telecast, I discussed my three novels: DUST, Peachwood Lake, and
The Disappearance.
(I'm not looking at a camera; this photo was taken before the show was filmed.)

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This photo appeared in black & white on p.7 of the March 19th edition of the Northern Westchester Examiner. It was taken at the Tea Temptations book signing (see pictures below).
With me are fellow author, Linda Griffin, and Tea Temptations owner, Mike Adamovich.

On March 2, I participated in a book signing at Tea Temptations in Mohegan Lake (NY). I had a wonderful time--
sold a lot of novels and the food was delicious! Here come the photos:


This was a YIKES! & TYKES event so I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems and the new children's book, Adopting Ginger.


Tea Temptations owner Mike Adamovich got a signed copy of The Disappearance for his daughter.


Dotty purchased three copies each of DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance for family and friends.


Twelve-year-old Annabelle decided to read Peachwood Lake, which features a 13-year-old heroine.


Smile! Stan Gitner took a photo of Linda, me, and our table for the local newspaper, The Examiner.


Suesan, an avid reader, told me she always checks the first two paragraphs of a novel to see it grabs her attention.
Then she bought all three of my books!


Fifteen-year-old Seattle chose signed copies of Peachwood Lake and The Disappearance.


Shelley, a Tea Temptations' waitress, loves time travel so she purchased The
Disappearance
.

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In December, I was on a virtual book tour for The Disappearance. You can still check my tour "stops":

Monday, December 3 - Interviewed at Literal Exposure
Tuesday, December 4 - Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book
Wednesday, December 5 - Interviewed at Reader Girls
Thursday, December 6 - Interviewed at Digital Journal
Thursday, December 6 - Guest blogging at Allvoices
Friday, December 7 - Book reviewed at Book Lover Stop
Friday, December 7 - Guest blogging at Shine
Monday, December 10 - Book reviewed at Miki's Hope
Tuesday, December 11 - Guest blogging at Miki's Hope
Wednesday, December 12 - Book reviewed at Read It All Book Reviews
Thursday, December 13 - Interviewed at Read It All Book Reviews
Friday, December 14 - Guest blogging at The Writer's Life
Friday, December 14 - Book reviewed at Mary's Cup of Tea
Friday, December 14 - Interviewed at Review From Here
Monday, December 17 - Guest blogging at Parenting from a Child's Point of View

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On December 13, I joined five area writers for a "Meet the Authors Night" at the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak, NY. It's always fun to talk about my books! Here are a few photos:


We each had a large table to showcase our books.

Then each author gave a short talk about his or her books.
I went first and spoke about how I got the ideas for DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance...


...and we signed copies of our books. Patricia purchased a copy of The Disappearance.

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On December 7, I gave a talk and signed books at Drum Hill Senior Living Community in Peekskill, N.Y. Here come the pictures:


Joanne Powers, recreation director of Drum Hill, arranged the event.


I spoke about how I got the ideas for each of my novels: DUST, Peachwood Lake, and The Disappearance.


Diane, the receptionist--and a time travel fan--purchased a copy of The Disappearance.


Maureen, a star pupil in my creative writing course, bought DUST...


...and Margaret and Bob, two more of my prize students, chose The Disappearance.


Olivia purchased my fish story, Peachwood Lake.

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The interview below appeared in the December 4 edition of The Northern Westchester Examiner:


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On December 2, I had a book signing event at Bethel Springvale Inn's Holiday Fair in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.
Here are some photos:


I shared a table with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems. We call our joint signing events, YIKES! & TYKES.


I signed a copy of The Disappearance for this woman's daughter, Nicole,...


...and I signed a copy of The Disappearance for Judy.


Marsha, housing coordinator for Bethel's The Pines facility, bought a copy of DUST.


Amanda, a young published poet--and a fan of time travel thrillers--purchased The Disappearance.

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Here's the recording of my "live" interview on Hudson Valley Talk Radio on October 26:

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An interview about me and The Disappearance ran in the October 25th issue of Yorktown News. Here's the reduced version:


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On October 20--a gorgeous fall day--I signed copies of my novels at Saint Luke's Church's Harvest Festival in Somers, NY.
Here come the pictures:


I shared a space with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems.
We call our joint signing events, YIKES! & TYKES.


Dorothy purchased a copy of my new time travel thriller, The Disappearance...


...and Diane bought a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for her friend who lives on Peach Lake.


But Olive the parrot thought my books were for the birds.

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An article about me and my novels ran in the October 17 edition of the Yorktown Daily Voice.

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On September 23, I attended the Brooklyn (NY) Book Festival, signing copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake in the DeMarche Publishing booth. The location was wonderful--right at the entrance! Here are some photos:


For a change, it was a beautiful day for a book fair--sunny, warm, with no wind.


This school librarian purchased Peachwood Lake for her students.


Barbara wanted a signed copy of DUST.


I explained what my novels were about to many book lovers, including this young woman.


Chris Angel purchased a copy of DUST.


Aloma returned to the booth to get a signed copy of Peachwood Lake.


This teacher purchased DUST for her eighth grade class.

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On September 22, I participated in Fieldhome's Fall Festival in Cortlandt (NY), signing copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake.
Here come the photos:


It was a mostly cloudy--and windy--day. Notice I'm holding both of my book posters.


Marilyn, a former PennySaver co-worker, purchased a copy of Peachwood Lake,
but it seems little Miller is anxious to read the novel.


Jessie, an avid reader, bought both DUST and Peachwood Lake.


Even Dora is a Peachwood Lake fan!


Connor, 13, and Amber, 10, both decided they wanted to read DUST.


Don, a supernatural fiction fan, purchased Peachwood Lake. His wife, Kathy, is the director of Support Connection,
a wonderful Yorktown Charity that raises money to battle breast and ovarian cancer.
 (Her shirt promotes the organization's walk on October 7th.)

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On September 8, I had a YIKES & TYKES book signing event (Grandparent's Day Marketplace) at Bethel - The Pines, a seniors' facility in Ossining, NY with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems. It was a rain or shine event. Unfortunately, there was much more rain than shine--but the event remained outdoors.
And here's a weird occurrence: We had to move inside when the Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Ossining. Think it's because of the mini whirlwind in DUST? Certainly an interesting day. Here are a couple of photos:


After first setting up our table near the road, Linda and I relocated under a covered porch, which protected our books from the intermittent rains. But then came the tornado warning sirens...


...and, when we moved inside, Dorothy purchased a signed copy of DUST. How appropriate! Dorothy is now my oldest reader: She's 100 years young!

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On Wednesday, September 5, I began teaching a 5-session creative writing course to residents of Drum Hill, a facility for seniors in Peekskill, NY. What a pleasure--no discipline problems with these students! Here are some pictures:


Nearly 20 men and women attended the first class--and many were terrific, talented, and experienced writers.


 I elicited a list of places that the students were interested in describing...


...and each person wrote a description about one of the settings. Some volunteered to read their work aloud.


Joanne Powers, recreation director for Drum Hill, invited me to teach the creative writing course. Thanks, Joanne!

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On August 1, I gave a talk about my writing at The Seabury, a residence for seniors in the Fieldhome complex in Cortlandt Manor, NY. I had a great time, and hopefully, the people who attended did too. Here come the pictures:


I used a mike to make it easier for the residents to hear me. I talked about how I got the ideas for DUST and Peachwood Lake and discussed the creative writing process.


As you can see, I spoke in the dining room. They served an assortment of pastries, including custard-filled chocolate donuts--my favorite!


After my talk, Millie bought signed copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake and...


...I signed a copy of Peachwood Lake for Evelyn and...


...Erika, who works with The Seabury residents, purchased a signed copy of DUST.

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There's a great interview about me and my novels in the new Yorktown/Cortlandt edition of Images & Impressions magazine. (Sorry it's not clearer!)



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On June 16, I brought my books to JV Hot Bagels in Jefferson Valley, NY. The weather was perfect, the bagels were delicious--and, of course, I signed copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake!


I handed out bookmarks to customers to read while they waited to buy food--giving new meaning to the concept of advertising on-line!


Christopher is an avid reader--and his mom thought he would enjoy DUST.


This father and son bought signed copies of Peachwood Lake and DUST...


...and this dad is encouraging his 14-year-old son to read so he purchased a copy of DUST.


Newspaper publisher, Sandra, bought Peachwood Lake and DUST to read on her trip to South Carolina.


Awilda, a lover of sci-fi and fantasy, was thrilled to find novels in her favorite genre.

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On May 30, I was a guest speaker at the Yorktown Rotary Club's weekly luncheon meeting at Kirby's Grill and Bar in Yorktown Heights, NY. As always, it was wonderful to talk about my novels--and the Rotary members asked insightful questions.
Here come the pictures:


The Rotary Club banners adorned the wall of the restaurant.


I spoke about how I got the ideas for both DUST and Peachwood Lake.


I gave bookmarks to Rotary Club members (even the Kindle readers) and...


...I signed copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake for Glyn.

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On May 12, I participated in Yorktown (NY) Community Day in FDR State Park. Proceeds of the event benefited the local chapters of Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) and D.A.R.E. It was a gorgeous day--perfect for photo-taking, so here they are:


With my books, posters, bookmarks and flyers, I was ready to greet visitors.


Dario Gristina, a candidate in the upcoming New York State Assembly primary, was my first customer. Since he loves supernatural thrillers, Dario purchased both novels.



Even Elmo loves DUST and Peachwood Lake!


Lonna treated herself to a copy of DUST for Mother's Day.


Alexandra had seen DUST in last week's middle-school book fair, but had run out of money--so Mom bought the book for her at Community Day.


Barbara described herself as an avid reader and book "collector." I signed copies of DUST and Peachwood Lake for her.


Emily's mom thought both she and her 13-year-old daughter would enjoy Peachwood Lake's coming-of-age/horror story.

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On May 5, I did a book signing with fellow author, Linda Griffin, at a terrific new Baldwin Place (NY) restaurant, the Greek American Grill. Here come the pictures:


When we arrived for our book signing, the restaurant had already set up a double table, attractive tablecloth, and chairs for us. All we had to add were our papers, posters, and books.


Linda Griffin is the author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems.
We call our signing events, YIKES! & TYKES.


I signed a copy of Peachwood Lake for Marsha, who had already read the thriller and loved it.


Sonya purchased a copy of Peachwood Lake because she's Hispanic--and so is the novel's main character, Kady Gonzalez.

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On April 14, I gave a talk about DUST and Peachwood Lake at the Hart Library in Shrub Oak, NY. I discussed how I got the idea for each book, the writing process, plus my publishing experiences. I had a great time--and hope the audience did too.
Here are the photos:


I had my books and notes at the lectern.


The audience included readers of all ages.


I spoke for about thirty minutes and then answered lots of questions about writing fiction and publishing books. Several people took notes--potential novelists, maybe?


When the talk was over, this man told me he had always wanted to write a book, but never had the time while he was working. Now that he had retired, he hoped to find the time to write.


Celina purchased a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for herself and her family.

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Here's the link to the article about my writing that ran in the Express edition of Gannett's Journal News on April 12:

I've also posted a somewhat blurry copy below:



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On April 11, I was the guest speaker at the Ossining Rotary Club's weekly meeting at the Tuscan Grille in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
I had a wonderful time talking about my books--and lunch was delicious! Here come the pictures:


After the officers discussed upcoming fundraisers for area charities (this organization does many good deeds!) and we ate lunch, I spoke to the Rotary members...


...about how I got the ideas for both DUST and Peachwood Lake.


Rotary Club President, Judy Herguth, presented me with a "Thank You" plaque for speaking to the group.


Several Rotary members purchased signed books. Linda bought a copy of DUST...


...Bob bought Peachwood Lake and DUST, both for his wife...


...and Judy, the president--a Dean Koontz fan--also bought signed copies of both novels.

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On April 9, I participated in a second "Meet the Authors" night, this time in the Somers (NY) Library with eleven other writers--published and unpublished. Again, it was interesting to hear other authors speak and to mingle with members of the audience. Some photos follow below:


The audience listened to each author's five-minute talk about his or her work.


I spoke about how DUST and Peachwood Lake were both inspired by newspaper articles.


This woman wanted some advice with the memoir she was writing. I suggested she read my weekly blogs and attend my talk Saturday, April 14 in the Hart Library where I'll be discussing the writing process.


The visiting authors weren't allowed to sell books inside the library so we moved outside. Julia purchased signed copies of both DUST and Peachwood Lake for herself and her mother.

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On March 15, I participated in a "Meet the Authors" night at the Mahopac (NY) Library, joining about thirty fellow authors. I found the experience entertaining and enlightening--so many diverse books! Here come the photos:


With so many participants, table space was tight so I caddy-cornered my display of books, flyers, and bookmarks next to fellow YIKES! & TYKES author, Linda Griffin.


Guests roamed around the room talking to the authors and picking up information about all the books.


Each author gave a three-minute talk about his or her book(s).


When it was my turn, I spoke about how I got the ideas for DUST and Peachwood Lake from newspaper articles--and that both novels were based on reality.


After my talk, in which I explained that DUST was inspired by miniature whirlwinds called dust devils, this man told me he had actually been been enveloped in a dust devil. In this photo, I seem to be doing my own dust devil impression.


And, of course, I signed books. Rob bought Peachwood Lake for his mother, who had read DUST and loved it.

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On February 28, I signed copies of my novels for members of the Premier Athletic Club in Montrose, NY. Here are some photos:

This was a YIKES! & TYKES event with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book My Child Won't Listen...and other childhood problems. Our table was in the club's lobby. (Notice the tennis courts in the windows behind us.)

The Club's owner, Mr. Santucci, stopped at our table and purchased our books.

This man bought a signed copy of Peachwood Lake for his teenage granddaughter.

       Ted wanted Peachwood Lake for himself and for his teenage son.


Mike also wanted a signed copy of Peachwood Lake.

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On December 17, I signed copies of DUST, and my new thriller, Peachwood Lake, in the Village Deli & Cafe in Ossining with Linda Griffin, author of the parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems. I had a great time signing books--and the food was delicious! Here come the photos:


Linda and I call our two-person events Yikes! & Tykes.


Anna bought a copy of DUST for herself and her two children.


This man, a local photographer, bought a signed copy of Peachwood Lake.


Thirteen-year-old Wendy wanted a signed copy of DUST. (She also wanted to read Peachwood Lake, but it has an R-rated scene).


I autographed a copy of DUST for Irene, owner of Village Deli and Cafe--a wonderful place for breakfast or lunch!

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I was interviewed on "Good Morning, Hudson Valley" radio on December 13
mostly about my new novel,
Peachwood Lake.
The interview was broadcast in two parts (on air and online) at 1420 WLNA/1260 WBNR (AM).
If you missed the broadcast, you can listen to it here:

 
 
 

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On November 9, I participated in Barnes & Noble's Small Press Expo in Mohegan Lake, NY. It was great seeing other local authors again. Unfortunately, we didn't see many customers during the mid-week off hours (5 pm - 7 pm).


Notice that I'm listed first. (it's good to be a "B"!)

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On October 22, I was at JV Hot Bagels in Jefferson Valley, NY, signing copies of DUST. It was a fun experience, sitting outside the busy store on a sunny--but cool--Saturday morning. And my bagel was delicious! Here come the photos:


This is my little table display--complete with my poster and colorful "DUST-er."


This woman bought DUST for her older daughter, a teenager.


Notice the huge line all the way out the door as I signed this woman's book. The food in JV Hot Bagels is really excellent!

This teen boy will be reading DUST...


...and so will this teen. (I'm now wearing my JETS' sweatshirt with a muff because my fingers were so cold, I was having trouble signing books!)


This couple's daughter saw DUST in the middle school book fair last week (see photo below), but thought it would be too scary for her. However, her dad loves supernatural thrillers so he came to see me and buy the book.

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DUST--a great read for teens--has again been included in Lakeland-Copper Beach Middle School's Book Fair (Shrub Oak, NY), running from October 17-21.


Here's the DUST display at the school library on Parent Preview Night, October 17.

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On September 18, I participated in the Brooklyn Book Festival in downtown Brooklyn (NY), signing copies of DUST. I had a great time introducing the book to new readers and meeting other authors. One question though: Why is it always so windy at my outdoor events? Could my evil dust be responsible?
Here come the photos:

I shared a table with Doris Nieves, author of the novel Misconceptions: Pride and Prejudice: A Conclusion.


It was great to meet Facebook friend and fellow writer, Beth Glash, in person and sign a copy of DUST for her.


This was the view of the Book Festival from our table. We were in front of the Supreme Court building and next to the subway.


Harold told me, if he enjoyed DUST, he would definitely read all my other books.


Cesar is 9-years-old, a little young to read DUST by himself, but he wanted a copy of the book so much that his mom promised to read it to him.


I signed a copy of DUST for Gina, another fellow writer.


Nicolle purchased DUST because she needed a supernatural novel for her extensive book collection.


New! Look for signed copies of DUST at Demarche Publishing's table in upcoming book fairs across the United States!

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On July 28th, I was interviewed by Janice Lee for her radio program, "Featuring the Arts." The interview aired on WSKV 104.9 FM at 5:30 pm EST and streamed on the Internet. If you missed the broadcast, you can still listen to it here.
(Go to "2011 Archives" and scroll to #17 - "7-28-2011 - Susan Berliner"):
http://featuringthearts.com/index2/?page_id=7

 

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I participated in a Small Press Expo at Barnes & Noble in Mohegan Lake (NY) on June 17with six area authors. It was fun meeting enthusiastic readers, telling them about DUST, and signing copies of the book. A few pictures follow:

 

The sign outside the store announced the event.

 

All the local authors shared a line of tables near the front of the store.


Here's a view of our book displays on the tables.


This teacher was interested in using DUST with her junior high school class.


I signed a copy of DUST for this woman's friend.

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On June 11, I had a table showcasing DUST at the Ossining (NY) Village Fair. Although it was overcast and cold (like autumn!) the entire day, it wasn't a total washout. Here are some photos:

 

As usual, my table is filled with DUST information. But notice that everything is under plastic because of the pesky rain and drizzle.


I signed a copy of DUST for this woman's teenage son. (Of course, this was when it rained the hardest!)


Here's a view of some of the other tables along Main Street in Ossining.


Doris Nieves, author of Misconceptions: Pride and Prejudice: A Conclusion, shared the table with me at the Fair.

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On May 22, I was a guest speaker at the Jewish War Veterans (Post 46) breakfast meeting at the Somers (NY) Library with fellow YIKES! & TYKES author, Linda Griffin. After a delicious breakfast of bagels and lox (what else?), we each gave a brief presentation about our respective books. A few photos follow:

Our books, and information about them, were neatly displayed on a nearby side table.

After our bagels and lox breakfast, Commander Lawrence Kaufman began the meeting.

I spoke first, explaining what DUST is about.


I also talked about dust devils and passed around copies of newspaper articles about these mini-tornados that are the basis for DUST.

Linda Griffin then spoke to the group about her excellent parenting book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems.

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On May 14, I participated in Yorktown Community Day, a town-sponsored charitable event benefiting drug prevention programs for Yorktown (NY) youth--Alliance for Safe Kids and the D.A.R.E. program. Although it was cold (more like mid-March than mid-May!), I had fun meeting people and signing copies of DUST. Here are some photos:

My DUST table is ready for visitors.


Here's a view of some nearby tables.


I signed a copy of DUST for this woman's daughter.


This teen was excited about reading DUST and...


...his father was pleased. (It's great when a teen boy wants to read a book!)

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On March 7, I was featured on Brittney Breakey's "Be Inspired" blog, answering questions about DUST and my writing habits. Check it out! http://brittneybreakey.wordpress.com/2011/03/07/introducing-author-susan-berliner/

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On February 4, I was interviewed about DUST and fiction writing on "My Home Away From Home" on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/notes/my-home-away-from-home/interview-with-susan-berliner-the-author-of-dust/199256353422028
They also ran a week-long DUST trivia contest for a signed copy of the book.

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On December 15, I had a YIKES! & TYKES book signing event with fellow author, Linda Griffin, at the Cidade Cafe in Ossining, NY. We had a wonderful time meeting people, autographing books, and eating the delicious wraps and pastries, all baked on the premises. Now for the photos:


Three tables lined up along one side of this cozy cafe showcased DUST and Linda Griffin's book, My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems.


Pedro, owner of the Cidade Cafe, made us feel comfortable and welcome. And the delicious pastry-based Portuguese food made us feel wonderful!


I signed a copy of DUST for this woman's mother, who was in the hospital. Hopefully, it will help her forget her medical problems.


Charlie Cody, a fellow writer and poet, also decided to purchase DUST.


Lawrence Kaufman, Commander of Jewish War Veterans' Post 46 in Somers, NY, and Seymour Goldberg, Quartermaster (partially hidden), invited Linda and me to speak to the members of their worthy organization next May. We both readily agreed!

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On December 10, I visited the Freight House Cafe in Mahopac, NY to autograph copies of DUST. I had a terrific time and met some delightful people who came to enjoy the fine food in this cozy 19th century railroad building. Here come the photos:


I sat in this comfy little couch with my copies of DUST--and my colorful duster.


Owner Donna Massaro has helped to promote DUST by displaying the novel and bookmarks. I appreciate it!


Here's a view of this 19th century railroad building. Notice the planked wood walls and floors, plus the eclectic furnishings and whimsical accessories. (And the food is excellent!)


This customer was fascinated by the dust devil experience that inspired my novel. (See Real "Dust" Events)


I signed a copy of DUST for this woman's daughter. It'll make a great Christmas gift!

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This article from the November 30 edition of the Putnam Examiner mentions two of my December book signing events.



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On December 4, I signed copies of DUST at the BeanRunner Cafe in Peekskill, NY with Linda Griffin, author of My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems. We call our two-person events YIKES! & TYKES.
Here are some photos:


We shared a table to showcase our books.


Diners were able to watch and listen to us while they ate.


This man was interested in DUST...


...and so was this woman.


This man purchased a copy of DUST.

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Copies of DUST and My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems are now available for sale at Arcadian Cards & Gifts, 230 South Highland Avenue in Ossining, NY.
Stop in and pick up a signed book!


Here we are on the counter of Arcadian Cards & Gifts!

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DUST
is appropriate and fun for women, men--and teens. The novel was included in Lakeland-Copper Beach Middle School's Book Fair (Shrub Oak, NY), which ran from October 18-22. Here's a photo of me at the library, after delivering the books to the library for the Fair.


Notice the empty display cases. Parents were waiting for a class to end before setting up the books.

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I was at Kathleen's Tea Room in Peekskill, NY on October 21 for a Literary Tea, Talk & Book Signing with Linda Griffin, author of My Child Won't Listen...and other early childhood problems. We each gave a brief talk about our very different books and then signed copies. And, as always, the food was wonderful! Here come the photos:


Our posters publicizing the event are still taped on the front window.


I spoke first, mostly about theweird weather phenomenon that inspired my novel: a dust devil.


Linda Griffin talked about her parenting book and read a few humorous examples from the chapter entitled, "The Difficult Parent."


Here I am with Kathleen Chilcott, owner of Kathleen's Tea Room, signing a copy of DUST for her 91-year-old mother.


This woman purchased the novel as a Christmas gift--a great idea!

The Yorktown Examiner printed the following article about the Kathleen's Tea Room event:


For a clearer version of the above article, here's a link to the Yorktown Examiner's archives.
(Please scroll to p. 15):
http://www.theexaminernews.com/archives/yorktown/YorktownExaminer10-5-10.pdf

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On October 9, I joined other local authors at a book signing event at Barnes & Noble in Mohegan Lake, NY. It's always fun to introduce new readers to DUST! Here are some photos:


Notice my name is listed first. (It's good to be a "B"!)

As usual, my DUST sign and duster are on display.


My first customer: a teen reader--and writer!


Another young fan of the supernatural purchases a copy of DUST.


Here's another new DUST reader...


...And another!


It's always a pleasure to sign a copy of DUST for a fellow Mets' fan!

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In keeping with the "Locally Grown" theme, I had a mini book signing at the Yorktown Grange Fair in Yorktown, NY (my hometown) on September 11. It was a very mobile experience. Check the photos below and you'll understand.

 

Here's where I began, in the Exhibitor Tent,at a table adjacent to Barnes & Noble, which handled my little event. Unfortunately, no one paid any attention to DUST. Fair goers were more interested in the cooking demonstration thatbegan a few minutes later at the table to the left.

 

Then my table was moved to the center of the tent, opposite Barnes & Noble, and an exhibitor took my former spot next to the cooking table. I was in a space all by myself. Sounds good, right? But only a few people even stopped at the table. This woman was one of the few to visit.

 

Finally, I moved to my final location, behind the Barnes & Noble table--and that spot was much better!

 

Almost immediately, I had my first customer! This man loved signed books--and he added DUST to his collection.

 

Soon I had another customer...

 

And another...

 

And still another as this woman bought DUST for her daughter.

 

Support Connection is a wonderful Yorktown charity that holds events to raise money to battle breast and ovarian cancer. I donated a copy of DUST to Support Connection director, Kathy Quinn, for the organization's upcoming raffle.

 

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On September 9, my article on the challenges of writing paranormal fiction appeared in Jennifer Conner's column in the Seattle Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/writing-careers-in-seattle/the-challenges-of-writing-paranormal-fiction-by-susan-berliner-author-of-dust

 

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On August 25, I was interviewed about DUST and my fiction writing by Robyn Murphy on Roboloblyn's Universe of Books for "Writer's Wednesday."
Check it out! http://bit.ly/aUPe3J

 

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On July 10, I participated in the Inwood Book Fair & Signing at Coogan's Restaurant in upper Manhattan with eight New York area authors--novelists, poets, non-fiction writers, and a photographer. I had a terrific time--and learned a lot about how other authors think and write. Here come the photos!

 

We all sat at a long table with name tags and copies of our books. Many thanks to John & Barbara McMullen for coordinating the event!

 

Here's our author's panel, which John F. McMullen (right) emceed. The other participants included (l.to r.): Stan Trybulski, Amy Holman, George Hopkins, Thomas Wm. Hamilton, me, Paul Levinson, Don Wortzman, and Kathleen Collins.

 

Each of us had five minutes to discuss our books. Of course, I talked about how I got the idea for DUST.

 

People attending the event ate lunch while they listened to our short presentations. Here, Stan Trybulski explains his crime novel series.

 

Barbara McMullen (left) expertly handled our book sales.

 

I signed a copy of DUST for a fan of supernatural fiction.

 

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I had a wonderful--but weird--experience signing copies of DUST at Tazza Cafe at the Heritage Hills Shopping Center in Somers, NY on June 17. Almost immediately after I arrived at about 11:30 am, the power went out and remained mostly off until I went to the restroom at 1:30. When I flicked the light switch, that's exactly when the power returned! Do I have (unknown) supernatural abilities? Ask owner Ed Novak, who was with me when I turned the electricity back on. He said the incident gave him goosebumps!

 

Many thanks to Jodee and Ed for letting me have a book signing at their lovely cafe. I had a great time--and the food is terrific too!

 

Here come the pictures!

 

Jodee and Ed Novak promoted DUST in Tazza Cafe and helped to make the book signing a great success. I'm sorry I seemed to disrupt the electricity! As my sign says: Weird things really do happen!

 

Mort, my first customer!

 

Reporter Rich Monetti (left), interviewed me for a story on Patch.com, giving me an opportunity to talk about one of my favorite topics: dust devils. Here, I'm explaining the strange weather phenomenon to Neil, who must have been impressed: He bought a copy of DUST.

 

Jodee's mom, Deena, bought copies of DUST for herself and for her grandkids.

 

...And here's Emily, one of the grandkids, who came into the cafe and received her copy of DUST.

 

Maria bought DUST for herself and her teen daughter.

 

Eileen and Frank came to Tazza Cafe especially for a signed copy of DUST.

 

Gladys was my final customer of the day.

 

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I participated in Yorktown Community Day in Yorktown Heights (NY) on Saturday, May 15. The proceeds of this town-sponsored event benefit drug prevention programs for Yorktown youth (Alliance for Safe Kids and the D.A.R.E. program). It was a beautiful sunny day, but strong wind gusts made displaying book materials a real challenge! Here are some photos:

 

The back of the DUST poster is tied to the table with string to keep it from flying away.

 

This girl examines my "DUST" Basket--a raffle prize for a lucky winner.

 

I signed a copy of DUST for this lady.

 

Visitors check out the participating tables.

 

This family showed interest in DUST--and the "DUST" Basket.

 

Stacey Ann Beitler, author/illustrator of the children's books Willy Goes to the Farm and Willy Helps a Friend had an adjoining table at the event.

 

And here's the lucky "DUST" Basket Winner: It's Maria DeMartino of Yorktown! I delivered the prize to Maria a few days after the event. Happy DUSTing!

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On Monday, May 3, I talked about novel writing to students in Katherine Callahan's creative writing class in Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor, NY. I loved talking to the teens--and I hope they did too! Thank you, Ms. Callahan! Here are a couple of photos:

 

Notice the "Welcome" to me on the board.

 

Even though I spoke for the entire second period, the students seemed to be listening. I don't know if they were really interested--or just being polite.

 

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I participated in Barnes & Noble's "New Writers for Haiti" Bookfair on Sunday, May 2 in White Plains, NY. The event promoted Haitian culture, with 10%-20% of the total bookfair proceeds donated to Haitian relief. Here come the pictures:

 

This sign in the front of the store promoted the event.

 

Eighteen authors participated in the event, arranged in nine tables lining the corridor leading to Barnes & Noble. I was at Table 2 at the end of the hall.

 

I signed a copy of DUST for this woman who bought many other local authors' books.

 

Both Mom and daughter are looking forward to reading DUST.

 

Racquel Brown Gaston, author of Deadly Instincts, examines DUST.

 

I signed a copy of DUST for Robert Santoro, author of Wrath and Pride, books of the Deadly Sins Series.

 

DUST was a Mother's Day present for this woman's mom.

 

* * *

 

DUST is a great vacation read!

 

Here I am in the library of the Norwegian Gem (with DUST), cruising to Florida and the Bahamas at the end of March.

 

During the cruise, I signed a copy of DUST for Patricia. Happy reading!

 

* * *

 

I gave a talk about DUST and then signed books at the East Fishkill Community Library in Hopewell Junction, NY on February 18. Here come the photos:

 

I discussed how I got the idea for DUST and my writing techniques.

 

Here's another view of the audience.

 

After the book talk, I signed a copy of DUST...

 

and another copy...

 

and another copy...

 

and yet another copy.

 

I'm surrounded by new DUST fans.

 

* * *

 

On January 27, I was a guest blogger on Science Fiction & Fantasy Insider, a division of Night Owl Reviews. Read my post on "Characters in Charge" and you can also win a signed copy of DUST!
http://sffinsider.blogspot.com/2010/01/characters-in-charge-by-susan-berliner.html

 

* * *

 

I participated in Putnam Valley's Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) Literacy Fair on January 15 at the Putnam Valley (NY) Elementary School, signing copies of DUST for adults and older teens in a 1st grade classroom. Here are some photos:

 

Setting up in the classroom.
 

 

A family checks out DUST.

 

A school district photographer takes my picture. (Am I a celebrity?)

 

Some children collected autographs of the participating authors.

 

These kids were buying a copy of DUST--for one of their moms.

 

Signing another copy of the book.

 

* * *
I did a "virtual book tour" in November 2009, which included online interviews, guest posts, and reviews of DUST. My itinerary for the month is listed below.
Check it out!


November 2 - http://www.fivemonkies.com/2009/11/special-guest-post-from-susan-berliner.html

November 11 - http://lorisreadingcorner.blogspot.com/2009/11/blog-tour-susan-berliner.html

November 13 - http://readbookswritepoetry.blogspot.com/2009/11/dust-by-susan-berliner.html


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We had a small, but attentive, audience for the Authors' Panel on Publishing-on-Demand (POD)/Book Signing event on November 15 at the Mount Pleasant Library in Pleasantville, NY. I'm posting a few photos below:


I've got my props--DUST poster and colorful duster--and I'm ready for the event to begin.


Our 3-author panel (l. to r. - Don Wortzman, me, and John F. McMullen) is set for the library talk.


As always, I am making a point about DUST.


Our Authors' Panel business manager, Barbara McMullen, expertly handles our book sales.


Another DUST reader! I just signed this woman's book.

* * *

On November 10, fellow authors John F. McMullen, Don Wortzman, and I briefly discussed our publishing experiences at a senior community in Yonkers, NY. Here are a few pictures:


As usual, I am talking about DUST.

Poet John F. McMullen discusses his writing.


Author Don Wortzman describes his experience writing and publishing his thriller.


I think the audience enjoyed our talk, but I know they were looking forward to lunch, which was served immediately after we finished speaking.

* * *

The November 7 book signing at Barnes & Noble in Mohegan Lake, NY was fun, but tiring. I loved talking to strangers and telling them about DUST--but standing for more than five hours was tough! Here are some photos:


After signing this man's book, I discovered that I once worked with his ex-wife.


This couple was interested in the book--and the bookmark.


Notice the photo on the back cover of the paperback book this man is holding. It's Stephen King. I knew he would be a potential DUST reader!


Both of these women were intrigued with DUST.

This was my last customer. As you can see, we were all very happy!

* * *

My talk at the Mahopac Libary on Wednesday, October 21 was more intimate and informal than the Hart Library talk last month where I stood behind a podium. Here, everyone sat around--or near--a large rectangular table. The casual environment led to more questions. Afterwards, I signed copies of DUST. Here are a few photos:


Setting up for the Mahopac Library talk.

A view of the long table.

Signing a copy of DUST.

Another new DUST reader.

* * *

The article below is from The Putnam Examiner. It focuses on my inspiration for DUST and on my October 21 talk at the Mahopac Library. I love the first line!

For a clearer version, here's the link (Scroll to page 10): http://www.theexaminernews.com/archives/putnam/PutnamExaminer10-13-09.pdf

* * *

I gave my first solo informational talk about DUST at the John C. Hart Memorial Library in Shrub Oak, NY on Saturday, September 12. Although I was very nervous before the event started, it turned out surprisingly well. People in the audience listened attentively and seemed to enjoy the talk. I'm posting a few photos below:

At the podium just before the Hart Library event.

The audience seemed to be listening. (At least no one was sleeping.)

Another view of the audience at the library.

After the talk, I signed a copy of DUST for this mother and daughter.

* * *

The Authors' Panel/Book Signing at Lola's Tea House in Pelham, NY on August 22 was my first "speaking engagement" about DUST. It was a good learning experience. Afterward, people said the talk by all four authors on publishing-on-demand was interesting and informative. I just wish more people had attended! Here are a few photos from the event:

At Lola's Tea House (l. to r. from rear): Authors George Hopkins, John McMullen, Don Wortzman, and me, speaking.


I guess I had a lot to say!


Maybe all that talking tired me out. I couldn't seem to keep my eyes open after I had just signed this man's book!

* * *

I had my first book signing at Barnes & Noble in the Cortlandt Town Center in Mohegan Lake, NY on Saturday, July 25. Considering the weather (hot, sunny, and gorgeous--the best day of the summer), it was a success. I'm posting some pictures below:

I'm signing a copy of DUST. Note the "Dust" Basket on the left. It was won by Gene Ehrens of Yorktown.

My first customer!

Another customer--a fellow writer!


DUST is suitable for all ages. Mom purchased the book for her daughter.

Marsha Smith was one of the first people to read DUST. She loved it! (Read her comments on the Reviews page.)

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The first newspaper article about DUST was published on July 15, 2009. Here's the link:

http://www.ncnlocal.com/Apps/FullSize.aspx?articleid=6950

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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