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We had a busy four-day weekend, starting with two days of promotion on Cape Cod for SUMMER AND AUGUST! It was great seeing Eric and Mel at Yellow Umbrella Books, the folks at the Cranberry Inn and those at the Chatham Coffee Company! And, of course, Marty, whose friendship and hospitality make it difficult to come home.

We saw the proof for the full-page May advertisement in Along Route 28 for Yellow Umbrella Books. Wow! It is a great ad, with Debra Lawless, William Martin and K Spirito featured!

There has already been a posting on Best-of-cape-cod.com. And there are many articles, interviews and reviews coming in May!

Every phase of this “job” is fun and different. I go from being a recluse, trying to sift through ideas and bring them out on the pages I write, to people and cameras and microphones, which I was never to fond of, but have met many wonderful people as a result of! Every facet is exciting, especially seeing previous readers and hearing what they have to say, plus meeting new readers who are just discovering LaRosa Chronicles!

We are distributing the pre-publication, numbered copies many of you reserved. More new people have joined our readership during this phase than with any previous book and most who had numbers from earlier books have kept their numbers with SUMMER AND AUGUST! Some buying many copies for friends.

You can only get numbered copies directly through my website at:

Online Ordering With PayPal or Credit Card

or order through the mail by printing the form located at:

Mail Ordering With Check

But only if  you  order SUMMER AND AUGUST  prior to May 30, 2010.

Many thanks to the incredible response for SUMMER AND AUGUST!

K

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We have the proof copy of SUMMER AND AUGUST. And it’s perfect! We will now give the okay for the book to be mass produced and enter the distribution process. Our first lot of books for direct sales will arrive within two to three weeks. Which means we will begin to distribute the pre-publication, numbered copies of SUMMER AND AUGUST by mid April 2010.

We’ll continue to sell pre-publication, numbered copies of SUMMER AND AUGUST, a Cape Cod Murder Mystery, until my first book store event, at Yellow Umbrella Books, taking place on May 30, 2010.
Many of you have already reserved your copy(s).

You can still reserve your copy, or copies at:

Online Ordering With PayPal or Credit Card

or through the mail by printing the form at:

Mail Ordering With Check

As many of you know, those who purchased a pre-publication numbered copy(s) of previous books will keep their number(s) if SUMMER AND AUGUST  is ordered prior to my first book store event.

I know you’re going to love SUMMER AND AUGUST, a Cape Cod Murder Mystery.

I’m now 50% through recording the Audio Book master of SUMMER AND AUGUST; it  will be available on CD by the end of May, 2010. And inJune 2010, a month after the print publication date, SUMMER AND AUGUST will be our first book available on Kindle. I’m also doing an edit on Father Sandro’s Money, planned for publication on Kindle by the end of the summer.

K

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The wheels are rapidly turning in my head, with thoughts of Kathleen!

We are very excited to be speaking at the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, in Manchester, NH, on January 25, 2010. Sal and I have been looking forward to this special honor since we were asked!

A Sisterhood of Irish and Irish-American, Catholic Women, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians is a National organization officially recognized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1894 as the “Daughters of Erin.” In 1906, the name was changed to “Ladies Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America”. In 1984, the Ladies voted to change their name to “The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians.” In 2004 they were officially incorporated on their own as Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Inc. I suggest you check out their fascinating history. I will be sure that KATHLEEN (working title) holds  true to their ideals.

I underestimated what it would take to revise FATHER SANDRO’S MONEY. I have been working at it for a week now and have six of the thirty-two chapters reworked. In that time one of the three editors reading SUMMER AND AUGUST has completed her revisions and the other two will soon follow.

My primary goal is the release of SUMMER AND AUGUST for May 30, 2010 and I will break away from my work on FSM to complete the final-final edit and move on to the recording of the audio master. So, although it seems a ways from getting there, we must focus on the release of the print and Audio CD versions of SUMMER AND AUGUST. What will then most likely follow is the release of SUMMER AND AUGUST for Kindle (and maybe also Nook).

I was optimistic to think I would breeze right through FSM and have it on Kindle this month. It will need to done as fill in work and most likely will not hit Kindle until after SUMMER AND AUGUST.
K

The holiday and birthday fun are done and despite the impact of the economy on all of us I think a hard-candy Christmas here and there makes prosperity better appreciated.

I’m finishing up the final editing on SUMMER AND AUGUST and truly believe I will start recording next week.

We’re entering another new phase of publishing, as FATHER SANDRO’S MONEY will be available on Kindle within the next week or two. The rest will soon follow.

In two weeks we will attend our first event of 2010. I was invited to speak at the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, in Manchester, NH, on January 25, 2010. Sal and I are looking forward to this special honor!
K

Monday morning I went to the McGreal Sight Center, in Concord, NH, and donated CDs and cassettes of several of my books to the NH Association for the Blind. Wow! What a special facility! The first vision rehabilitation center in New Hampshire (dedicated in 1998).

The New Hampshire Association for the Blind, founded in 1912,  provides services in virtually every community statewide, as well as at the McGreal Sight Center in Concord. They are the statewide leader in providing vision rehabilitation services for New Hampshire people of all ages who are blind and visually impaired.

I had an awesome tour of the center and met: George-President & CEO; Marcia-Executive Assistant; Joyce-Client Services Assistant; Glenn- Orientation & Mobility Specialist; Jane-Donor Records and Mail Program Manager; and Nancy-Development Associate.

Visit their website: http://sightcenter.com/ and find out the many services they provide for the vision impaired. One thing that was mentioned during my visit is that in June they are having a walk-a-thon. Sal and I are planning to participate.

After you read my previous Blog, LaRosa Chronicles, Connecting the Stories – Connection 6 Dated: 12/17/09 you are up to date with the connections between the first six published novels in the LaRosa Chronicles. Plus, you have the connection to Summer And August, A LaRosa Chronicles Murder Mystery set in Chatham, which will be released in May 2010.

The next connection goes bask in time to a character you meet in  Father Sandro’s Money, the very first LaRosa Chronicles story. Kathleen, the pretty Irish love of Armand LaRosa’s life, travels to the far Western Massachusetts town of Adams, after Armand’s tragic death, to raise her two children in peace and safety.

This is scheduled for 2011, and is currently the story that is screaming to come out. Kathleen is the working title of this story, but most of the working titles change as stories develop.

You’re going to really enjoy another totally unique style of presentation with this story.
K

For the next week my Blog will be brief. A simple greeting to special friends and family members. You never know whose picture might come up!

Today is the birthday of a dear friend, Debra Lawless.
Happy Birthday Debra!

Debra is the author of CHATHAM in the JAZZ AGE. Debra is a reporter for The Cape Cod Chronicle and she investigates five prominent residents of Chatham, MA (Cape Cod) and reveals their contribution to putting Chatham on the map as a national tourist destination. It’s a really great read! And Debra is working on the sequel and says it’s going well. Personally, I can’t wait!

I am fortunate that Debra is also a character in Summer And August, A LaRosa Chronicles Murder Mystery set in Chatham.

Here I am with Debra and Sal, on the porch of The Cranberry Inn, in Chatham. The Cranberry Inn is also a setting in Summer And August.

When you read my previous Blog, LaRosa Chronicles, Connecting the Stories: Connection 1, Dated: 10/29/09, you learned that Father Sandro’s Money and Time Has A Way are loosely connected through Emma LaRosa. Emma and Julie are the main characters in Time Has A Way.

Then when you read the Blog, LaRosa Chronicles, Connecting the Stories – Connection 2 – Yesterday, Tommy Gray Drowned , Dated 11/03/09, you learned in Yesterday, Tommy Gray Drowned that Elizabeth, who is the main character is Julie’s mother.

So when you read the Blog, LaRosa Chronicles, Connecting the Stories – Connection 3 , Dated: 11/30/09, you found out that in The next book in the LaRosa Chronicles is Candy-colored Clown, the main characters are Julie and her husband Ken Waters.

Then recently you read my previous Blog, LaRosa Chronicles, Connecting the Stories – Connection 4 , Dated: 12/10/09, where youi learned that in the fifth book of the LaRosa Chronicles, Spiderling , a Suspense/Thriller, set in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Ken & Julie’s fifteen year old daughter is the main character, who goes off to an ecology camp and ends up as a Spiderling .

In Spiderling Ken & Julie’s fifteen year old daughter, Katrina meets Chas. As we start to read  PISCATAGUA Katrina and Chas are best friends, but Chas wants to be more than best friends. As much as convincing Katrina, Chas needs to believe in himself. Meanwhile, more evil looms in the aftermath of Granite Mountain and it takes aim at Katrina and Chas.

The seventh book in  the LaRosa Chronicles is set  in Chatham, MA, in Old Cape Cod. Summer And August is a Cape Cod Murder Mystery. Doctor Curt Shirlington has left his position in the CDC to settle down in a quiet family practice in Chatham. Unanticipated was the illness that required the Medical Examiner / Coroner to step down and have Curt be asked to temporarily fill in.

So goes Curt’s quiet when a murder victim is found in a dumpster in town. Curt has played a minor role in Time Has A Way and then again in Candy-colored Clown. He played an important role in Spiderling and again in PISCATAGUA, so he is a familiar character to most of my readers.

In  Summer And August Doctor Curt Shirlington teams up with someone introduced with an alias in Spiderling and who plays a role with his true identity in PISCATAGUA, now with the title Special Agent Robert Pomoroy.

That’s enough to get you going to the hyperlinked text and get you to read the first Chapter of  Summer And August.
K

This time of year we have a big push to have many small get-togethers, so we can share gifts with all our dear friends and loved ones who we may not see on Christmas day.

Last night began the mini Christmas parties with our dear friends Carol and Don, and our three year old Godchild, Beth Alice.

We shared wonderful conversation, taking away from all the unpleasant things we each experienced during the day (I won’t get into each of our woes). We then all enjoyed a fine Mexican cuisine at Amigos Mexican Cantina, just off the circle in Milford, NH. (Only rivaled by their new location in Merrimack, NH.

After which we exchanged our Christmas gifts, and opened them, since we would not be together on Christmas. It was truly a wonderful evening with a small group (three) of friends and loved ones. And has set the bar for many more similar evenings ove the next two weeks.

I hope all your holiday happenings are as fine as ours started. My wish to each and every one of you is that you find the inner happiness you seek and share it with as many people as you can for the rest of this year.

Here’s our three year old Goddaughter, Beth Alice

K

This event, sponsored by the Manchester Policemen’s Wives Scholarship Board, raised funds from rentals, raffles and food sales that will be utilized for post High School education scholarships for the sons and daughters of Manchester, NH Police Officers.

Everyone who participated in this event, the volunteers, artists & craftsmen, and all of the friends, families and community members who came out to shop, deserves a warm and sincere thanks for a wonderful showing! Many thanks to Susan and Steve, David, Don, Diane, Jeanne, Nicole, Fran, Nancy, Deborah, Sandra (who brought many friends to our table), and the many others who purchased LaRosa Chronicles books for themselves and as gifts!

Our  special thanks to Cynthia for her coordination of this bodacious event.

This certainly was a fabulous way to end our best year ever. We saw some old friends, made many new friends, and truly enjoyed the day.

We plan to utilize our time enjoying friends and family during the holiday season. And continuing to prepare Summer And August  for release in May 2010.

I’ll end today with just a couple of special pictures from yesterday’s event.
K

Here are new friends and readers Susan and Steve Englert (12/12/09) They were across from our table representing Sandpiper Artisans. Susan makes beautiful handcrafted cards and other graphic design and photographic works.
Find out much more at www.sandpiperartisans.com

Here is Sal with Bill Lorden (12/12/09) Bill is a very good friend we met earlier this year and an excellent wood craftsman. He does magnificent woodworking and woodturning, and takes custom requests.
Email Bill at bwoodwerk@comcast.net

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