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The rework was truly a labor of love! I took apart my cathartic work, which is my only book written in the first person. I eliminated a small amount of unnecessary dialogue and then added clarification and detail. The revised edition consists of 288 pages vs. the original 224, which was first published in 2000.

To those who read the original: I believe you will come away with answers to questions you may have been left wanting answered.

To those who have not read the original: I believe it reflects the growth of my writing over the past decade. You will experience a plethora of emotions. YESTERDAY, TOMMY GRAY DROWNED is a Murder Mystery, set in a fictional town south of Worcester, MA.

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I promise another surprise in my next posting!!!
K

Sal and I had a wonderful evening at the Salem, NH Barnes & Noble talking with The Windham Newcomers and Friends “Book Bites” Reading Group.

Sincerest thanks to Sandy and Dyan for inviting us to met with the reading group and to the Salem, NH B&N Community Relations Manager, Mary Ellen, for hosting this event!

We talked about LaRosa Chronicles, A Snowy Day Distribution & Publishing, writing, book titles, cover design, and so much more. If the store didn’t close at 10:00pm we might still be talking!

Windham Newcomers is a non-profit group whose ultimate mission is to promote social activities for women who are new in town, as well as established residents who would like to form new friendships and expand personal interests and activities. Sal and I truly feel we made many new friends at this meeting!

There is much more going on, including another private book club meeting this week, but I will save that for another day.

Here are a few pictures of some of our new friends from The Windham Newcomers and Friends “Book Bites” Reading Group!

Talk to you soon!
K

 

Sal and I hope you had the Merriest Christmas, the Happiest Holidays, and that you all have the best year ever in 2011!

Sal and I are thankful to all of you who made 2010 the best business year ever for my books and made A Snowy Day Distribution & Publishing have an amazing first year in business!

This week we have a couple of book club events. One in a private residence and one at the Barnes & Noble Salem store, which has been incredible to us! Sincerest of thanks to Mary Ellen for her hosting us three times last year and for hosting the upcoming Windham Book Club event!

I’ve been working on a re-write of YESTERDAY, TOMMY GRAY DROWNED. It’s the only book not yet available on Nook and Kindle, because we lost the electronic copy several years back. And I couldn’t see just typing in the existing content, since I believe my writing style has grown in the ten years since it was written. When it’s done we will publish it for Kindle and Nook and also re-publish it in print through A Snowy Day Distribution & Publishing.

I have more going on, but will save it for another day. I will get more postings done in 2011 than the last half of 2010. At least that’s my plan!

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Talk to you soon!
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

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.

Most 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 next connection weaves through a few books. In the next Connecting the Stories we’ll look at several characters who will be in Chatham, MA, in Old Cape Cod, living (or dying) through Summer And August . 

Click on any of the Hyperlinked text to see more about each story.
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