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Before each Thanksgiving Dinner we all hold hands around the table and each of us (usually 20 or more) say what we are thankful for. When you have all four of your children, each of their significant others and all eight grandchildren, plus any friends who are not able to be with their families on this day, in one room together that says it all!

Another wonderful thing to be thankful for happen yesterday; we re-connected with an exchange student from Japan who spent her senior year with us in 1986 and then returned to Japan. Candy is married, since 1990, to a U.S. Navy man she met in Japan, living with her husband and two children in San Diego. We hope to never lose touch again!

May all of you have something special to be thankful for this coming Thanksgiving Day!
K

 

 

 

 

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Wow! It’s now less than two months that  I have been Blogging daily (excluding a day here and there) and I continue to be grateful for the wonderful growth in readership. Sincere thanks to all of you for your support!!!

There are still six days remaining in November and you’ve blown away the remarkable number of “views” I received in October. November has given us three awesome events and birthday parties for four of our eight grandchildren!
Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

I promise that all of you who email me for autographed books for holiday gifts will receive them within a week of your orders!

Yesterday I didn’t have a birthday picture of Dominic to post. Now I do! Dominic, Happy Eleventh Birthday!

Dominic cutting his cake (11/22/09)

In addition to the fantastic event in Stratham this past weekend we also attended three Birthday Parties. We celebrated with Christina, Sal Jr’s significant other; Christopher, Sal Jr’s oldest son (sixteen); and with Dominic, Cynthia’s youngest (his sister was on the 11/09/09 Blog with her sweet-sixteen).

Christina and Christopher are shown below in a cell phone photo. I’ll have to put Dominic on tomorrow, after Sal uploads a picture from his camera.

We have Thanksgiving weekend off, thankfully (no pun intended), after having events and birthdays for the last three weekends. Then two more weekend events before we break until after the New Year. These last two events will make eight in the last ten weeks!

I’ll talk about the next two events, in Milford, NH and Manchester, NH after Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, continue to email if you want to purchase books directly.
K

Christina and Christopher (11/21/09)

Yesterday, Saturday, November 21, 2009 we were signing books at the Co-operative Middle School, Stratham, NH. This was the third consecutive year for us at this venue. I don’t know how many people attended this event, but I know Sal and I spoke with over 300 people during the day; at least that’s how many bookmarks we handed out. We sold a record number of books at this event! Our thanks to Katie and all those from the Exeter Area GFWC for running this event.

There is no way I can name all who purchased books at this event, but I will post a few pictures below and mention a few names. Carol, Marny, Deb, Lucas, Carla and Cathy from Stratham; Denise, Marita, Cece and Sandra (with the incredible Scottish sweater) from Exeter, Pauline from Rochester and Cheryl and Carlene from Kensington; Sally from Manchester; Jocelyn and Patricia from Portsmouth; Sharon from Newmarket; Candace from Epping. Sincere thanks to all of you and the many more for your support.

My number one returning reader and fan of the day goes without doubt to Karl from Warwick, RI. Karl read three of my books in the last year and purchased three others at this event. Sales are important, but Karl’s words were worth more than all the sales of the day! Nothing means more than to hear from an enthusiastic reader. Karl you made my day!!! Thank you so much.
K

Here I am with Karl and Kim (11/21/09)

From 9:00am to 3:00pm today I will be signing books at the 32nd Annual Yuletide Fair, at the Stratham, NH Co-operative Middle School; sponsored by the Exeter Area GFWC. This organization does a lot of good for the Exeter area, please come out and shop until you drop!
K

This coming Saturday, November 21, 2009 I will be signing books at the 32nd Annual Yuletide Fair, at the Stratham, NH Co-operative Middle School. This will be the third consecutive year we have participated in this event. It is one of the biggest Annual Fair we have ever seen.

This event is sponsored by the Exeter Area GFWC, which is part of the national General Federation of Women’s Clubs. They are one of the world’s largest and oldest women’s volunteer community service organizations with approximately 4,500 clubs in 50 state federations, plus Puerto Rico. Founded in 1890, GFWC is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The Exeter Area GFWC does much for the community and we are proud to participate at this event. We sincerely hope that Saturday you can come over and see the incredible selection of gift ideas available under one roof.
K

Debra Lawless, reporter for the Cape Cod Chronicle and a wonderful friend, has a stupendous book, Chatham in the Jazz Age,  published in 2009 by History Press.

Debra investigates five prominent residents of Chatham, MA (Cape Cod) –  Harold C. Dunbar, Alice Walker Guild, Heman Andrew Harding, Joseph C. Lincoln and Alice Stallknecht Wight – and reveals their contribution to putting Chatham on the map as a national tourist destination. She also uncovers some secrets of this supposed Eden. It’s a truly great read!

Debra is working on the sequel to Chatham in the Jazz Age,  and says it’s going well. I personally can’t wait!

If you are familiar with LaRosa Chronicles and know of my next book, Summer And August, you will see Debra investigating a murder in Chatham.

Here I am with Debra, in the lounge of the Cranberry Inn, in Chatham, discussing her character. (05/23/09)

Yesterday, Saturday, November 14, 2009 we were signing books at the 27th Annual Holiday Craft Fair held at Thorntons Ferry Elementary School, Merrimack, NH. This was the first year we have participated at this holiday fund raiser for the Parents and Teachers for Thorntons Ferry. Thanks to the Parents, Teachers and Friends of the Thorntons Ferry Elementary School it will not be our last!

Our dear friend, Christi, who we originally met through our sponsoring Merrimack Youth Baseball, came to purchase another book for her lovely daughter, Meagan. Christi and Meagan we appreciate your continued support and friendship! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Dozens of new readers purchased one or more books of the LaRosa Chronicles, for themselves and as gifts! To name a few: Coleen, Eva, Naomi, Kathy (from BAE Systems), Anne, Cindy B., Cindy W., Kathie, Sue (Merrimack teacher), Lauren, Heidi, Janis, Sarah, Kathy (and son John), Linda Cotter (who had the incredible Craft table beside us-also from BAE Systems). To you all, and to all those whose names are missing, Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! 

Literally hundreds of people were introduced to the LaRosa Chronicles for the first time at this event, which is what it’s all about. Many of you are visiting my Blog and Website for the first time right now! And I am confident you will like what you find.

I look forward to our seeing many of you who are in and around New Hampshire in the next couple of events before the holidays. And I hope to hear from many others we have met from out of the local area by email. Please visit the Blog and Website often to find out the many new happenings!

Here I am with Linda Cotter, a new reader and a wonderful crafter! (11/14/09)
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Remember, an autographed book, personalized to the person of your choice, is a unique and very special gift!

Thanks for all the wonderful support!
K

Wow! Sal and I and over 50 other Alumni, current Students, Faculty and Staff attended the Franklin Pierce University (FPU), NH Chapter Alumni Association Network and Social on Thursday, November 12, 2009. What a wonderful time was had by all at the Salt Hill Pub in Lebanon, NH. We chatted with friends and Alumni that we knew – most of all we had the opportunity to meet other fascinating members of the FPU Alumni!

We all appreciated Dr. James Birge, President of Franklin Pierce University, for taking the time to attend this function. He spoke to the group and then spent the rest of the event going around and talking with almost everyone individually!

Now we can’t wait for the next networking social!

Take a look at the  pictures below!

Here is President Birge talking to Alumni. (11/12/09)
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Here I am with Laurie D. Alden, Alumni Chapter and Event Manager – and dear friend! (11/12/09)
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Kurt Muhlfelger, FPU Class of 1982 and Melissa Conway, FPU Class of 1998 are NH Alumni Chapter Coordinators – also dear friends. (11/12/09)
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Pam Sanderson, FPU Alumni Association Board of Directors CGPS representative. FPU Class of 1998, 2008, along with Marty Green, FPU MBA Faculty member. (11/12/09)
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Here I am with Andy Morse, Concord Hospital Public Affairs and Marketing Coordinator. FPU Class of 1994 (11/12/09)
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Here I am with Hillary Murphy, FPU MBA student. (11/12/09)
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Here I am with Laurie Alden and Beth Hallet. Beth is with the FPU Career Planning and Placement office. (11/12/09)
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Sal and I will be attending the Franklin Pierce University (FPU), NH Chapter Alumni Association Network and Social on Thursday, November 12, 2009. The function takes place at the Lebanon Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Lebanon, NH. I have maintained an active role as a volunteer with the FPU Alumni Association and this evening will be simply a great deal of fun connecting with alumni, current students, and Lebanon Center faculty and staff.

We have made so many friends through the fpu Alumni Association and many book readers! And we have attended many functions supported by the Alumni Association. We’re looking forward to this fun function.
K

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